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Contiki brings back ultimate music-inspired trip with sell-out product: Contiki Sounds

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Travel brand Contiki launched Contiki Sounds trips as part of their Limited Edition series in 2018, to phenomenal sell-out success. This year, the new & improved product again sees Contiki partner with one of the UK’s biggest summer parties, Reading Festival, offering Contiki travellers a VIP festival experience. The two trips (7 or 10 days) include additional music focussed experiences and the chance to see some of the UK’s top destinations.

The Reading Festival line-up for 2019 includes legendary rockers the Foo Fighters and The 1975, touted as the hottest band of the year with a must see live stage production.  The combination of plunging into England’s iconic music culture and partying at one of the world’s biggest musical festivals makes these two of Contiki’s most sought-after trips.

Choosing Reading Festival with Contiki not only means travellers have a ready-made festival crew, it also eliminates the hassle and stress which can come with trying to purchase the hottest festival tickets around.

Bonus last-minute offer of a free night on Birdsville Outback Adventure Tour

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Travellers on an eight-day Birdsville outback loop tour will receive a free night’s accommodation at the start of their Aussie adventure, thanks to a new offer released by outback tourism company, Tri State Safaris.

The highest sand dune in the Simpson Desert, Burke and Wills’ famous ‘Dig Tree’ and the most remote town in NSW are among the highlights of the tour. The bonus night is available at the start of the tour at the Argent Hotel in the heart of Broken Hill.

The tour also has a low single supplement, perfect for independent travellers.

Aiming to take people beyond Broken Hill to the real outback, the tour will see guests travel in air-conditioned 4WD vehicles through red sand dune country. After journeying through Sturt National Park, guests will visit Cameron Corner – where NSW, Queensland and South Australia meet, and the Dingo Fence – built in the 1880s to keep dingos out of south-east Australia, and still one of the longest structures in the world today. From there, the journey continues to Innamincka on the majestic Cooper Creek where explorers Burke and Wills made camp at the Dig Tree almost 160 years ago.

Benefit with group bookings through Beyond Travel 

The destination experts Beyond Travel have further developed their groups department by appointing a dedicated account manager to each booking to ensure the most efficient customer service teamed with high-quality products.

Offering a personalised service for tailor-made itineraries and special interest groups, agents will be are offered personalised assistance with expert advice to create a flexible and successful group.

Sales and marketing general manager Bryce Crampton said that there has been an increasing demand from agents requesting additional groups service, especially those seeking to visit lesser known regions or with special interest from dog shows in Prague to little athletics groups in Siberia the demand for expert group service is growing.

Addicted to Maldives has been officially accepted into leading luxury travel network Virtuoso®

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Addicted to Maldives is thrilled to announce its acceptance into Virtuoso®’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners as a Regional Tour Operator for Australia & New Zealand.

Addicted to Maldives joins Virtuoso’s collection of the finest luxury hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and other suppliers worldwide. These partners, which specialise in world-class client service and experiences, secure Virtuoso clients superior offerings, rare opportunities and exceptional value. Addicted to Maldives’ acceptance into Virtuoso gives it direct relationships with the world’s leading leisure travel agencies in the Australia & New Zealand markets.

Switzerland Travel Connection launches brand new brochure 

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Switzerland Travel Connection, in partnership with Switzerland Tourism has launched its brand-new brochure last night celebrating all things Swiss with selected travel agents.

Switzerland Travel Connection joins the likes of French Travel Connection; CIT Italy Travel Connection, Spain & Portugal Travel Connection; Tahiti Travel Connection, New Caledonia Travel Connection and Maldives Travel Connection under the Entire Travel Group banner.

The brochure was launched yesterday during an event held at Verandah Social, with over 70 agents in attendance. The evening included a celebration of all things Swiss with a destination presentation from Switzerland Tourism VP & Head of Markets, Urs Eberhard, a focus on the new brochure which includes some exclusive products and itineraries, some great Swiss prizes at the end of the night including Swiss Cheese, knife and of course chocolates!

On the Go Tours launches new tours to the Baltics 

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On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours to worldwide destinations, has added new Baltic tours to their ever-expanding portfolio.

In response to a growing demand for ‘off-the-beaten-track’ destinations, On The Go Tours have launched four tours to the undiscovered corners of Europe. These new tours have departure dates from March 2019 and visit up-and-coming Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania.

Insight Vacations Wins Feefo Gold Trusted Status

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that Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold have won Gold Trusted Status with Feefo, the review site, for 2019.

This is the second year in a row that Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold have received the gold seal, which is Feefo’s highest accolade and is a testament to the hard work of Insight’s Travel Directors and Traveling Concierges, as well as Operations and Travel Experiences teams.

Having the gold trusted status means that Insight consistently average over 4.5/5 stars in guest reviews. The Feefo guest reviews are genuine and completed unedited – allowing future guests to have a true insight into what they can expect when travelling with Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold.

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