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Trafalgar adds USA & Canada to $999 air deal

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Trafalgar continues to bring guests The Good Life with its integrated “2018, It’s Time” campaign. Standing by its commitment to always put #AgentsFirst, Trafalgar has extended its current $999 air deal to Europe and Britain, to now include the USA and Canada as well. Creating ease when selling these extra 32 North America trips combined with flights with Virgin Australia and Delta.

MD of Trafalgar Australia, Matt Cameron-Smith said: “We’ve kicked off the New Year with a fantastic response to our incredible Europe and Britain $999 air offer, which has only motivated us to push more boundaries and provide agent partners more transparent and value-driven deals.

“By extending this offer to 32 USA and Canada trips, we are making travel in 2018 even easier to book, no matter the destination – we’re giving you the added edge to get your clients over the line.”

Discover Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and save when you book now

UTracks, the active Europe travel specialist, has come up with more reasons to explore Croatia in 2018 – with savings on its four new Croatian itineraries – all based on the spectacular Istrian peninsula.

From cycling around the striking coastline and through vineyards, to walking along the Parenzana trail to Motovun, a charming hilltop town, UTracks’ range of self guided walks and cycles on the Istrian peninsula offer numerous opportunities for culture, food and active exploring.

UTracks is offering savings of $100 per person on four NEW FOR 2018 Croatia itineraries, for bookings made before 14 February 2018.

On The Go Tours kicking off 2019 with new Russia tour

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In time for ‘FIFA World Cup fever’, On The Go Tours have announced a new 10-day Russia tour for 2018 taking in the top sights of St Petersburg, Moscow and the remote beauty of the Solovetsky Islands.

Kicking off 9 June, the tour dives deep into Russia’s rich history and visits its thriving cities and provinces that make up this truly fascinating country.

Only accessible by boat during the summer months, the Solovetsky Islands (also known as Solovki) are located in the Onega Bay of the White Sea. Travellers will be guided through one of Russia’s most famous Monasteries, Solovki Monastery, dating back to the 16th century. The remote location was used to house one of the Soviet Union’s most infamous Gulags during Stalin’s reign in the 1920’s.

Trek Larapinta for The Katrina Dawson Foundation

The Katrina Dawson Foundation & Huma Charity Challenge have launched a guided walk along the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia to raise awareness of and funds for the foundation established in honour of the late Katrina Dawson.

The Katrina Dawson Foundation was established in December 2014 by Katrina’s family and former Governor General of Australia, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, to honour Katrina’s memory, after she was tragically taken from her family, friends and the community in the Lindt Cafe Siege.

“The Katrina Dawson Foundation Challenge, Larapinta with Edwina Parsons” will take place from 8-12 May 2018.

Rayavadee Early Board Offer

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Rayavadee has announced an Early Bird Offer of 10% savings on contract rates for new bookings received until 28 February 2018 for travel to the acclaimed Thai resort from 1 March to 29 March and 3 April to 10 May 2018.

The Rayavadee Early Bird Offer is available on bookings across all room categories and includes daily breakfast, an additional bed and third person occupancy.

The offer can be combined with Bonus Night and Honeymoon Offers only.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee presents award-winning architecture, fine cuisine, a relaxation spa and a fleet of speedboats for excursions to surrounding islands.

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