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Why you should consider a staycation to Kakadu

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With the rise of domestic travel in full swing as Australians come to the realisation they need to see more of what our own backyard has to offer, Guided Holiday experts AAT Kings and boutique travel specialist Inspiring Journeys, have put together a range of fascinating short breaks and full day tours for travellers looking to escape city life.

With Helloworld’s episode recently airing on Channel Nine, Ray Martin explores World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park – a photographer’s paradise with cascading waterfalls, rich and rugged terrain, aboriginal rock art dating back to 20,000 years, giant crocs and exotic bird life. Kakadu stretches as far as the eye can see and is one of our great national parks.

Unravel the sublime mysteries of this breathtaking place and delve deeper into the destination as travellers unearth the highlights with an expert Driver Guide sharing their local knowledge, captivating history, culture and fun facts to create a truly memorable experience.

No matter how you wish to explore the region, AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys have a travel style to suit all guests. With hotel pick-up included – sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure.

Topdeck launches 2019/20 Asia, Middle East and Africa Brochure

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Topdeck Travel is launching its Asia, Middle East and Africa 2019/20 Brochure, loaded with trips and unique experiences that will take you off the beaten track for a taste of adventure.

Two brand new trips are featured in Topdeck’s brochure: seven-day Japan Winter Tour where travellers will have the chance to hit the slopes at some of Japan’s most illustrious ski resorts, including Kiroro and Niseko, followed by some downtime at the hot springs in Lake Toto. The 13-day Vietnam and Cambodia Explorer showcases the iconic sights of the destinations with a night cruise along the limestone islands and a visit to the lush rainforest of Ha Long Bay.

Topdeck’s Asia, Middle East and Africa product range focuses on smaller group sizes, led by awesome trip leaders and local guides, enabling travellers to have an unforgettable and unique experience. Highlights illustrated in the brochure include a walking tour to visit the baby pandas at the Chengdu Conservation Centre as part of the 12-day China Live Tour and a trek along Kruger National Park in South Africa to spot lions, elephants and buffalos as part of the seven-day African Insight Tour.

Travel Agents rewarded for telling Club Med what they really think

 

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Premium all-inclusive holiday provider, Club Med, today launches its annual industry survey asking travel agents across Australia to share valuable feedback on the business. Helping to shape future communications and develop relevant industry tools, all participating travel agents will go in the draw to win one of five $100 gift vouchers, as a thank you for their time.

The 2018 survey titled, ‘Travel Agents, Tell us what you really think’, asks questions regarding;

  • Travel agents’ knowledge and understanding of Club Med
  • Club Med and its corporate social responsibility
  • Club Med sales tools and Resources (brochure, factsheets, travel agent portal etc)
  • Club Med training
  • Club Med’s sales team
  • Club Med’s call centre
  • Meetings and Events by Club Med

Over the years this has seen Club Med implement a number of changes including the redesign of its brochure in 2018 based on the feedback from travel agents in the 2017 survey. Travel agents can share their feedback by completing this year’s survey via the following link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DTP67BX.

Eat your way through Mexico with Exodus Travels

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Taste your way through Mexico’s divine history and finest culinary experiences in all of the country with Exodus Travels’ newest tour; an exquisite and mouth-watering eight-day adventure that is set to attract food lovers from every corner of the globe.

With a culinary heritage that is truly fascinating, travellers will be exposed to Mexico’s diverse food scene; from local foraging and street stalls, through to artisan and restaurant experiences.

Every experience throughout the tour showcases Mexico’s long historic model of farming, ritual practices and age-old skills passed down from generation to generation; all uniting on the plate to create a beautiful, traditional and exceptional experience that will delight the senses.

Enjoy cooking classes, local markets, guided street food tastings, Mezcal tastings, local wine and beer, and world-class restaurants dining at Casa Oaxaca, El Mural de los Polanos and Chapulin Restaurant. Nine days from $4,305. Throughout the month of October, Exodus Travels is giving everyone who books $250 off per person.

UTracks Early Bird Sale now extended to 26 October

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UTracks, the active European holiday specialist has extended its Early Bird Sale for an extra week, so there’s still time to nab a bargain on a range of an affordable walking, cycling and boat-based itineraries in Europe.

UTracks 10 per cent Early Bird Deals have been extended to Friday 26 October 2019 and applies to new bookings for a huge range of 2019 itineraries. With many airlines currently offering some great Early Bird airfares, next year’s active European holiday is looking more affordable than ever.

More so, given that UTracks’ flexible range of small group Active Europe itineraries provide great value with inclusions such as accommodation, many meals, luggage transfers on self-guided trips, experienced local guides for guided trips, bikes for cycling trips, and complete backup and support.

The UTracks’ Active Europe Early Bird offer coincides with the release of UTracks 2019 Active Brochure which showcases some of its 350 plus small group or self-guided itineraries across Europe.

Trafalgar’s $999 air offer to Europe and Britain is back

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Trafalgar has announced the launch of its client favourite $999 return air offer (including taxes) to Europe and Britain for 2019, available for a strictly limited time. Clients who book one of 95 Trafalgar trips across its 2019 Europe and Britain program before 31st October 2018, can take advantage of these flights from all capital cities – on full-service airlines Cathay Pacific and Qatar.

In line with its commitment to consistently being #AgentsFirst, all the hot destinations are included in this exclusive offer – Croatia, Spain, Ireland, Scandinavia and perennial favourites Italy and Britain to name a few, aiding agents in securing any tentative bookings. Spaces on this limited-time offer are selling fast and clients wanting to secure their dream 2019 holiday at unbeatable value, need to book in early to guarantee them a slice of The Good Life.

Clients will experience the real Europe and Britain with new trips to best-selling destinations created to meet demand in 2019. Trafalgar’s NEW Best of Croatia and Slovenia will take guests along the walls of ancient capital cities, breathtaking Adriatic seaside retreats and stunning natural icons like Plitvice and Lake Bled. Sun-seeking clients will enjoy the NEW Treasures of Spain and Portugal itinerary through Southern Europe, which boasts a traditional Andalusian Be My Guest dinner experience exclusive to Trafalgar, where some of the best olive oil is produced.

Clients can choose the exclusive $999 return air offer (including taxes) on 95 Europe and Britain trips in 2019 for travel between 1 Apr 2019 and 30 Nov 2019, if booked and paid in full by 31st October 2018. Or a 10 per cent Early Payment Discount if paid in full before 31 January 2019 (offers not combinable).

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Boeing confirms debris found in 737 MAX engines, as Qantas eyes cut-price deal

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AFTA considers partial ATAS review following collapse of online travel agency

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Helloworld posts profit and record TTV, but expects “minimal growth, if any” for rest of FY20

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More Diamond Princess evacuees catch coronavirus

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Flight attendant says keto diet got him fired

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Ardent Leisure suffers another loss, warns of further impact from Dreamworld tragedy

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Hurtigruten makes history in Antarctica

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Aussie wholesaler expands to New Zealand

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Coronavirus: Diamond Princess passengers die, as two evacuated Aussies test positive

The coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry, prompting the federal government to extend its travel ban for another week.

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