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Abercrombie & Kent Titled Australasia’s Leading Tour Operator for 2017

The World Travel Awards, which was held on Sunday in Shanghai, is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. Its annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry.

‘We have won this award five times in previous years (the last being in 2012) and have been nominated almost every year since 2007. The awards are voted on by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, and celebrate organisations that push the boundaries of industry excellence,” Regional Managing Director, A & K, said.

Abercrombie & Kent beat four leading contenders being Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Virgin Australia Travel to win this prestigious award.

Each year, the World Travel Awards cover the globe with a Grand Tour – a series of regional gala ceremonies to recognise excellence on each continent, culminating in a Grand Final at the end of the year, at which Abercrombie & Kent have now secured a place in the World Titles Category as Australasian Winners.

India Savings from Beyond Travel

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Destination specialist Beyond Travel, are celebrating its recently launch India/Sri Lanka division – India & Beyond with a selection of introductory Early Bird discounts and bonus extras.

Save up to $400 per couple on a range of newly released private tours, river cruises and rail products in India and Sri Lanka when you book by September 30, 2017. Bonus extras are available on all private tours and include a free room upgrade at one hotel, a free bottle of wine at one hotel, complimentary WIFI at all hotels and a 15% discount on food, beverages or spa treatments at one hotel.

The Golden Triangle 6 day roundtrip tour from Delhi, includes all the highlights such as the contrasting Old and New Delhi town, Jaipur- the Pink City and many more. Now priced from $ 770 per person twin share (was $870 per person), it includes accommodation with daily breakfast, touring with local guides and all ground transportation.

The private tour “Temples, Taj & Rituals” departs Delhi and travels to Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, and Ranthambore- for safaris in the Ranthambore National Park as well as Jaipur before returning to Delhi. It includes travelling with various modes of transportation including private car and driver, plane and rail. It is now priced from $2260 per person twin share, save $200 per person.

Croatia cruising – $1000 off with Tempo

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Croatia’s Coast is highlighted by a multitude of stunning and diverse islands offering something for everyone. Cruising is the best way to explore these magnificent islands and for a limited time Tempo Holidays have an incredible offer where you can save A$1000//NZ$1065 per cabin.

This eight day journey begins by sailing around the Old City of Dubrovnik and includes highlights such as swimming at the Golden Horn, a walking tour of Korcula and exploring Mljet National Park which features five types of forest, many species of birds and two deep lakes.

This discount is valid on bookings made before 30 June 2017 and for select departure dates 15, 29 July and 12, 19, 26 Aug 2017. Prices start from A$2070 // NZ$2210 per person and includes airport transfers, breakfast daily and the services of a professional cruise manager throughout.

Conditions apply. Visit A: tempoholidays.com/specials / NZ: tempoholidays.co.nz/specials or call A: 1300 362 844 / NZ: 0800 836 764 for more information or to book.

Party on the Nile with the Bunniks!

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Marion, Sacha and Dennis Bunnik are going to Egypt this October and will be taking 45 lucky agents with them on a 10-day mega famil! This is the chance of a lifetime to experience one of the world’s most iconic travel destinations with the Egypt experts and founders of one of Australia’s most innovative travel companies.

Over the 10 days, agents will stand in awe at the sight of Egypt’s most famous monuments and enjoy a series of money-can’t-buy experiences. The famil will take in Cairo, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the many breathtaking temples of Aswan, Luxor, Edfu and Kom Ombo. Winners will enjoy spectacular Sound & Light shows at some of the oldest structures in existence, as well as cruise the Nile in comfort and style between Aswan and Luxor.

How can agents win a spot on this incredible educational?
1. Register online at www.bunniktours.com.au/Egypt-Mega-Famil
2. Book a Bunnik Tour – the more bookings you make, the more entries you’ll get in the draw
3. Watch our Middle East Webinar
4. Complete our Bunnik Tours and Middle East Online Training Modules https://youtu.be/gCB4pYkrVfQ – Check out the Bunniks inviting you to join them in Egypt.


Southern Ocean Lodge Offers a Kangaroo Island Walk on the Style Side

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Southern Ocean Lodge is offering a stylish option to walking the new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail with the release of a dedicated hiking adventure, Expedition Kangaroo Island.

Departing Southern Ocean Lodge on August 26, 2017, the seven-night expedition offers guests an exclusive, personally guided experience of the world-class walk complete with catering and nightly accommodation at the luxury lodge.

Priced from $7200* per person twin share, the experience package includes seven nights’ accommodation with a bonus night’s stay (Stay 7/Pay 6) in a choice of luxury suite. All dining and beverages are included, as well as a treatment at the Southern Spa to reward deserving muscles. The package also includes a full expedition kit with everything required for the walk; premium field jacket, day pack, cap and map.

Guests are transferred to the location of each day’s hike with a dedicated lodge guide, a small number of lodge guests and a gourmet walker’s lunch. After a full day’s wilderness adventure, guests return to the warm luxury of Southern Ocean Lodge for inspired cuisine featuring local produce, South Australia’s finest wines and a well-earned rest in a luxurious king bed.

Experience a magical Christmas in 2018

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Journeying to Lapland to experience Christmas in Santa’s heartland is a magical adventure that conjures up all the nostalgia and tingling excitement of childhood fairytales.

To deliver on your clients dream festive holiday, Bentours have announced the release of 2018 dates and availability for travellers to experience a white Christmas in Lapland. With 2017 selling out with unprecedented speed, Bentours is advising agent to book now for 2018 to avoid missing out.

Bentours Christmas in Lapland package is an unforgettable journey for young and old that takes you beyond the Arctic Circle to Finnish Lapland. Visit Santa Claus Village and Santa’s Hideaway, the Arktikum Science Centre & Museum and enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride! Plus the Northern Lights may be dancing over Rovaniemi, Santa’s hometown, as you create a lifetime of Christmas memories.

Prices for this 5 day package start from A$2800 // NZ$2990 per person twin share and departs 23 Dec 2018. Australia visit www.bentours.com or call 1800 221 712, New Zealand visit www.bentours.co.nz or call 0800 443 510.

 

Tempo Holidays Extends Greece sale

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Tempo Holidays have extended their Greece sale, now available to book until 30 June 2017. Travellers can save up to A$760//NZ$810 with 25% off plus free shore excursions with Tempo Holidays, available on their eight day cruising packages in Greece.   

If you love history, sunshine, amazing food and classic postcard images of whitewashed houses with blue shutters to crumbling temple ruins… Greece cannot be equalled.  

 For all new bookings made, this deal is available on Tempo’s Jewels Of The Cyclades and Classical Greece itineraries for select departures between Jun – Oct 2017.   

For these packages travellers can choose from a range of free excursions on the islands of Delos, Syros, Paros, Santorini, Crete/Rethymnon and Nauplion.   

   


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