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Insider Journeys moves to Calypso

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Insider Journeys is now on Calypso, providing agents access to a greater level of Insider Journeys product than ever before. Moving to the Calypsowholesale reservations system will now allow agents to book Insider Journeys incredible small group journeys themselves online.

For the first-time agents can now make land and air bookings online through Tango. This includes accommodation, tours, transfers and air. They can also view, amend and pay for bookings made through Calypso via the online portal.

Agents will now have the same level of access to the product as they do with Qantas Holidays bookings via the Tango interface. For agents that wish to book and hold their air bookings for Galileo and Amadeus they can do so and have them ticketed by Insider Journeys. Standardised documentation will also accompany this shift to Calypso.

This new technology upgrade will also make it easier than ever for agents to earn themselves rewards through the Insider Journeys ‘5, 10, 15 Incentive’.

Discover the art of travelling in style with Insight Vacations new 2019 Europe and Britain Collection

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Insight Vacations, the award-winning global leader in premium escorted journeys, is thrilled to show travellers the insights and not just the sights of Europe with the launch of its new 2019 Europe and Britain collection – 96 unforgettable journeys including three brand new trips to Scandinavia, Malta and Greece.

In addition, Insight has further enhanced several itineraries including; its Jordan Experience with a meaningful visit to the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative, an Insight Cares and TreadRight project, Israel Discovery with a new Dine-at-Home lunch experience and Easy Pace Malta with memorable visits to Valletta and Mdina.

Insight Vacations has created more selling opportunities for travel agents, which are only available to book for 2019 including commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Normandy D-Day landings. Guests can explore these significant historical sites by booking either the Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley or French Heritage guided journeys.

Agents can assist their clients to book with complete confidence by emphasizing the top five reasons to book with Insight Vacations including; over 70 immersive Insight Experiences, a variety of deliciously authentic dining experiences, travelling and staying in style in the most desirable hotel locations, smaller group camaraderie and the services of passionate Travel Directors.

New in Colorado for the 2018-19 Winter Season

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Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas have spent the spring, summer and early fall working on projects to elevate the guest experience with new capital improvements, investments in infrastructure and new programs that guests of all ages and experience levels will appreciate.

Colorado will welcome six new chairlifts at five ski areas across the state, six new dining experiences and two terrain expansions for skiers and riders to enjoy. This year’s improvements will excite expert skiers and riders, but also those that are new to the sport or returning after some time away from the slopes.

Guests to Colorado Ski Country member ski areas will experience new chairlifts, new terrain, new lodging, new dining options and multiple offerings that are directed at those newer or returning to the sport and those that may just be looking to enjoy the mountain environment.

Adventure World Travel releases wonder-filled 2019 Africa, Egypt and Middle East collections 

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Award-winning tailor-made specialists, Adventure World Travel, are thrilled to launch their 2019/20 Africa, Egypt and Middle East collection, boasting an expanded range of offerings in Mozambique, Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya and Morocco.

A specific area of demand for the brand has been in Zambia, which has seen an increase in traveller interest as safari-goers can choose to explore the country’s less frequented national parks. Adventure World Travel has expanded itineraries and offerings in both Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park, with both parks offering unprecedented and varied wildlife viewing native to the regions. A new itinerary sure to be of interest includes the 5-day Explore South Luangwa, which guests can tailor-make with a selection of award-winning lodges and exclusive Bushcamps.

Adventure World Travel guests now also have the opportunity to experience dedicated photo safari on two incredible new itineraries, with both the Ultimate Gorilla Photo Safari and Migration Photo Safari providing ample wildlife viewing opportunities with the assistance of a Safari Expedition Leader, an expert naturalist and photographer, helping guests capture amazing images of legendary wildlife and landscapes.

Over in Mozambique, increased air capacity from South Africa to the region provides travellers with an ample opportunity to end their safari relaxing on the sandy beaches of eastern Africa. Adventure World Travel now includes stays at renowned Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands, where guests can explore Mozambique’s pristine coral reefs by snorkel or scuba.

Peregrine Adventures to foot the flight bill for adventure cruises

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Peregrine Adventures is offering Australian travellers the chance to fly to South-East Asia for free when they book an Adventure Cruise by 31 October 2018.

For a limited time, Peregrine Adventures is giving Aussie travellers the chance to fly free when they book a selected South-East Asia Adventure Cruise departing between 1 December 2018 and 31 August 2019. The deal provides Aussies with an affordable Christmas break for those who get in early and book now for December.

One example is the Thailand and Malaysia Adventure Cruise, departing on 22 December where travellers can switch traditional get-togethers for snorkelling in Tarutao National Marine Park and replace snags on the barbie with Malaysian and Thai cuisine. The 8-day cruise costs from $3,695 per person including flights, accommodation, an expert local leader, most meals and most activities.

Itineraries with the free flight deal also include Peregrine’s Indonesian Island Cruise, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and the Thai Islands. All trips encourage travellers to explore parts of Asia in a completely new way by visiting locations with a rich history and spectacular natural environments, learning about different cultures and enjoy local cuisine both onboard and offshore.

Take off to Bali with Club Med and Garuda Indonesia

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Club Med has released a last-minute all-inclusive package deal to help agents book their client’s last-minute trip to Bali with ease. Agents booking their client’s holiday to Club Med Bali on the shores of Nusa Dua can take advantage of special flight fares with Garuda Indonesia, plus FREE airport transfers. Offer valid for bookings from now until 31st October 2018 and valid for travel from 1st November 2018 to 22nd December 2018.

Plus, discover a NEW exclusive event in Club Med Bali from 25th November to 14th December, 2018; Eat, Plat, Renew. With a specially curated program of activities held by local artisans and instructors, the event includes:

  • EAT – Feast on Balinese and international delights with artisanal recipes specially prepared for you
  • PLAY – Bali is home to heart-pumping land and waters sports from globally renowned surfing* to treks* up Mount Batur to catch sunrise or diving* into the world of marine life in Jemeluk Bay
  • RENEW – Soothe body and mind through a myriad of wellness treatments with Balinese massages*, aromatherapy and yoga by the beach

Topdeck release 2019/20 Europe brochure with brand new product range

Youth travel experts, Topdeck Travel, has released its Europe product range for the 2019/20 season. Serving up over 140 unique and popular trips, and for a limited time, Topdeck is offering a 10 per cent early bird discount. Customers can expect to save up to $1020by booking before 14 December 2018.

For those looking to experience some of Europe’s most sought-after sights, and have more free time in each destination, Topdeck has added the new Hotel26-day European Promenade which will offer travellers the chance to visit seven iconic countries in depth with three night stops in each destination including Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Florence and Rome.

In addition to increasing much-needed capacity on growing hotel programmes, Topdeck has introduced new trips in popular destinations such as the Greek Islands. The new Hostel Plus Seven-Day Greece Lightning offers travellers the chance to explore Athens, Mykonos and Ios; a brand-new destination for Topdeck. As the name suggests, the package is designed for customers wanting to experience Greece in a short amount of time, at an affordable price.

Tempo Holidays – Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Turkey 2018

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Tempo Holidays, the destination specialists, are debuting our biggest brochure to date with the release of Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Croatia & Turkey 2018. We have used our specialist knowledge to bring you the top sellers and brand new exciting products for the 2019-20 season.

These massive top sellers come in a newly designed 234-page brochure that is packed with incredible products to suit any customer, with over 57 new products that will never be short on inspiration.

Whether you are after ready-made or tailor-made, Tempo Holidays Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Croatia & Turkey 2018 brochure has the answer.

Hot deals from Peregrine Adventures

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Save $748 on Peregrine’s seven-day Argentina & Brazil trip departing 3 October 2018. Discover some of South America’s liveliest locations in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. On this trip, travellers will experience the eclectic mix of European, cosmopolitan and Latin flavours of lively Buenos Aires, watch the fluid movements of tango dancers and marvel at the beauty of Iguazu Falls.

Save $1,299 on Peregrine’s 15-day Mexico in Depth trip departing 6 October 2018. Discover Maya ruins, Indian communities and colonial towns through one of Mexico’s most comprehensive tours. Travellers will experience a tour throughout Mexico that is rich in historical and cultural highlights. On this tour travellers will try Mexico City’s street food, rest up on the white sands of Playa Del Carmen, stay for three nights at Hotel Geneve and explore the Aztec temples of Teotihuacan and the hills of San Cristobal.

Save $979 on Peregrine’s 15-day Northern Thailand & Laos Experience departing 28 September 2018. Adventure through two of South East Asia’s most exciting locations, Thailand and Laos. On this trip, travellers will visit the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants, visit the ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, enjoy a lunch while cruising down the Mekong River observing stunning scenery and remote village life as well as unwind in the laid-back jungle town of Luang Prabang.

Save $595.50 on Peregrine’s nine-day Everest in Style departing 30 September 2018. Travellers can trek through the foothills of Everest and stay in the best accommodation in the region. Starting and ending in Kathmandu, the trip includes a flight over the Himalaya range and a six-night stay in Yeti Mountain Lodges complete with panoramic views and electric blankets. Travellers even have the option of visiting a spa at the end of a day of trekking.


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