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Hertz and Tickford to celebrate original Hertz Mustang

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Hertz Australia has collaborated with Tickford, Australia’s leading aftermarket vehicle personalisation company, to customise a limited number of Mustangs in its fleet. The collaboration also pays homage to the limited-edition Shelby GT350H that Shelby created for Hertz over 50 years ago in 1966.

Hertz has worked with Tickford to customise six of the American classics. The customisation sees the latest model Mustang receive Tickford’s special treatment in various areas of the car including suspension, wheels and tyres, interior and exterior aesthetics.

More info here.

Jayco launches first off-road hybrid camper – Jayco Crosstrak 

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Leading Australian RV manufacturer Jayco, has today launched its first ever purpose-built off-road hybrid product with its new Jayco CrossTrak hybrid camper laying down the stake that it’s a serious player in the off-road RV market.

Garry Moore, Jayco Australia CEO says Jayco has been researching the off-road hybrid RV category for quite some time and is pleased to be able to offer customers Jayco’s’ product offering.

More info here.

Explore Laos by Bicycle with Grasshopper Adventures

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With its dense forests, limestone caves and seemingly endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia. On this 8-day cycling tour, guests will pedal past karst mountains, alongside rivers, and through remote hill tribe villages.

They will boat down the Mekong River, interact with Buddhist monks, take Laotian cooking lessons, learn about rice wine making, and visit both bear and elephant conservation sanctuaries.

The trips starts at $2,600 per person double and includes 195 km of moderate cycling from Muang Xa to Luang Prabang.

More info here.

Busabout introduces three stop hop-on-hop-off pass for the USA 

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In response to the success of Busabout’s new USA program and traveller demand, the flexible travel experts have introduced a 3 stop Hop-on Hop-off Pass for the USA coach network. And its only $479!

This new pass, ideal for shorter stays not only cuts costs for travellers but also caters to those that choose to explore West Coast USA for as little as a week, three weeks or even three months if they like a holiday that’s leisurely.

For those wanting to explore and immerse themselves even more, the Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Pass allows three months of unlimited travel across Busabout’s entire West Coast USA network for only $799.

Busabout’s Hop-on Hop-off coach network is the new and alternative way for independent travellers to explore some of the top spots of West Coast USA such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and more!

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South Australia changes border restrictions for travellers from NSW

by Huntley Mitchell

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Royal Caribbean extends cruise suspension, announces US$40m funding pool for agents

Despite what the headline suggests, the cruise group isn’t offering agents to take a dip in a literal pool of cash, much to our disappointment.

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The Travel Corporation’s Aussie CEO to depart as part of major exec changes

Here’s some very big news right here for your Friday, with TTC’s Fiona Dalton set to fly the coop after just three months in the top role.

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Aviation

Indonesian socialite books out entire flight to Bali to avoid COVID-19

The grandson of a pharmaceutical tycoon reckons booking out an entire commercial flight is cheaper than chartering a private jet.

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Hotels

Opening date revealed for W Melbourne

Have you been waiting with bated breath for Marriott to reveal the opening date for its new Melbourne property? Well, you can now rid yourself of all that anxiety.

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Travel Agents

CTM boss in legal stoush with Brisbane City Council over $20 million property plan

Jamie Pherous has become entangled in a legal battle with the council over a swimming pool he wants to build at his new property on Brisbane River.

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Get in quick! Trafalgar launches ‘Break Out & Break Free’ sale

It appears 2021 is the year of the sale, with Trafalgar joining the already long list of travel brands spruiking their discounted wares.

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Unions take Qantas to High Court over JobKeeper “wage theft”

by Ali Coulton

Having lost on appeal in the Federal Court late last year, the unions are now taking their JobKeeper fight against Qantas to the High Court.

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