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More departure dates for Flinders Ranges Outback Tour

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Due to high demand Flinders Ranges Odysseys’ has released additional 2018 and 2019 departure dates for its popular four day/three-night Flinders Ranges Outback Tour.

The tour discovers the spectacular and rugged scenery of Wilpena Pound and the magnificent Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia. The Flinders Ranges Outback Tour will now operate more frequently, with additional dates added to the existing fortnightly departures.

The four-Day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour includes all meals, touring and accommodation. Guests explore the Flinders Ranges in luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicles, in small groups of up to eight people, accompanied by a personal local tour guide.

Accommodation is at the award-winning Rawnsley Park Station in luxurious Eco Villas or one-bedroom Holiday Units and at the famous Prairie Hotel at Parachilna. The tour departs from Adelaide and highlights include touring Wilpena Pound and the southern Flinders Ranges, visiting Kanyaka Station Homestead Ruins, the copper mining town of Blinman, and the Nilpena Station Ediacaran Experience with fossils over 500 million years old.

Final countdown to guarantee a spot on Busabouts All Stars Greece famil

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Busabout, the expert in flexible travel, is excited to announce that this year top selling agents from across the world will be whisked away to the sunny Greek Islands as part of the 2018 All Stars Famil. Agents have until 31 March 2018 to sell a minimum of five Hop-on Hop-off Passes and twenty Busabout trips overall to qualify towards a spot on this trip of a lifetime.

With nine epic days ahead of them, travelling from May 26 – June 3, the winning agents will get to party with the international top selling agents and hang out with the incredible Busabout crew. They’ll hit up Athens exploring old world and new, indulge in traditional Greek cuisine in Meteora and soak up the Grecian sun. They’ll live the island life with its scenic white buildings and turquoise seas by day, and then experience the famous party scene at night.

Watch this clip to see what’s in store for the Busabout 2018 All Stars Famil and hear what past winners have to say.

Sigatoka River Safari wins two awards at ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards!

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Sigatoka River Safari is thrilled to announce they have won two awards, The Fiji Pride Champion and The Fiji Tourism Leader award, at the ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards 2017 which celebrates the outstanding performance of those who have made exceptional contributions to their tourism industry.

The Fiji Pride Champion award was won by Josh Ratukuna, Sigatoka River Safari’s Jet Boat Captain. This award recognises a tourism professional who has been employed in the tourism industry for more than five years and who demonstrates a passion and commitment for personal and product excellence.

The Tourism Leader award was presented to Sigatoka River Safari’s founder and Managing Director, Jay Whyte. This award recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to Fiji tourism over many years and their engagement in developing local community and ensuring future sustainability of industry with local talent.

The Blue Train News

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World Journeys report that the popular Blue Train in South Africa is enhancing their experience in 2019 by making it a two-night journey between Pretoria and Cape Town.

As well as an extra night’s accommodation onboard arguably the most lavish train on the planet, the new itinerary will also now include a guaranteed two and a half hour off-train excursion in Kimberley, and a wider variety of menus to choose from due to the extra meals served. 2019 rates start from $2,218 per person (share twin), which includes two night’s luxury accommodation; all gourmet meals and beverages, snacks and high tea; and guided sightseeing in Kimberley.

Australia’s newest guided bushwalking experience – the Cooloola Great Walk – set for launch in April

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A fully-guided trek along the Queensland Sunshine Coast’s spectacular Cooloola Coast will be launched in April providing an unforgettable adventure through massive sand-dunes, hidden sub-tropical rainforests and along unspoilt beaches between Noosa and Rainbow Beach.

Renowned small-group trekking specialists, Tropical Treks, will offer the new Great Cooloola Walk guided trek on a fortnightly basis starting from Sunday 22 April to Sunday, 23 September 2018. The 88km, 5-day/4-night, fully-guided, self-sufficient trek, links the Noosa Northshore to Rainbow Beach via the 500,000 year old Cooloola Sandmass and its unique dune, water, and vegetation systems.

Experienced Tropical Treks guides will lead the tours highlighting the many rare and native animals inhabiting the Sandmass, including Ground Parrots, Feathertailed Gliders, Koalas and Wallabies, along with rich flora and myriad wildflowers. Humpback whales can be seen as they migrate up the coast during the winter months.

Groups are limited to six and the package includes all camping equipment, meals and drinks along the trek. Nightly accommodation is in four walkers’ camps, which offer tranquil camping experiences with toilets and freshwater.

Incredible savings and guaranteed departures – Globus family of brands announces pinnacle year

This week, Globus family of brands announced all 2018 European departures are now guaranteed. This guarantee has been fuelled by a 22 percent increase in bookings across Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways.

For 2018, Globus and Cosmos unveiled a collection of tours called, ‘Undiscovered Italy’ featuring off-the-beaten-path destinations throughout Italy. At the same time, Monograms made a “better way to travel” even better with ‘Monograms YourWay’, inviting travellers to customise their stay from two to five nights in popular European cities such as London, Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice.

Further, Avalon Waterways continues to thrive with new ‘Suite Ships’ and offerings, including ‘Active Discovery’ itineraries on the Danube and Rhine Rivers, driving record sales throughout Europe and Southeast Asia.

Diversified communications announces significant investment and enhancements in Luxperience 2018

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Global media and trade exhibition conglomerate Diversified Communications announces several key changes and enhancements in the long running annual luxury and experiential travel exhibition Luxperience, being held in Sydney 16 to 19 September 2018.

The Luxperience team has worked quietly behind the scenes over the last month or so researching and challenging the preconceptions and the perspectives of the luxury travel industry, as well as analysing the trends in travel and experiences. This has resulted in a better understanding of the size of the market and its products, leading to the development of a new Luxperience product benchmark and classifications.

Luxperience 2018 is being re-imagined and re-located to a new home at the award-winning facility, International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. The venue is purpose built for running large world-class events and Diversified Communications is confident it will help take Luxperience to the next level.

Costsaver thanks agents for turning it’s evolution into a revolution

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After an exceptional 2017 and with growth of over 20 per cent in 2018, value operator CostSaver, is voicing its thanks to its agent partners who have enthusiastically embraced the brand and the spectrum of sales opportunities it presents. With the innovation of its “Ready To Go” rate unmistakably resonating, the CostSaver team has taken on agents’ positive feedback and simplified the way to sell CostSaver.

Enter the magic C3 Factor , a simple three-step holiday offering that enables agents to gain more clients, cut time by planning and booking within 20 minutes and close the sale to with a rate that will never be better value than it was on that day.

From only $114 per day, and always including the must-see sights, CostSaver guests can travel across Europe and Britain, the USA and Canada, and Central and South America, seeing some of the world’s most iconic sights from Iguazu Falls to the Acropolis but with time to then explore on their own. Sample itineraries include Jewels of Italy, Rhythms of the South in the USA, Costa Rica Adventure, Highlights of Scandinavia, taking in Norway, Denmark and Sweden and Britain and Ireland Delight.

See the Seven Wonders of the World with On The Go Tours

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For the first time, On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays, have launched group departure details for their World Wonders Tour.

Previously a private itinerary, the 31-day group tour has three departure dates with the first tour departing on 3 October 2018. Covering five continents and eight cities, this incredible itinerary is the ultimate bucket list, visiting the new Seven Wonders of the World and the last remaining of the ancient wonders, the Pyramid of Giza.

As with all On The Go’s Signature tours, passengers will be accompanied by English-speaking local guides, each offering unrivalled knowledge of the destinations.

Kicking off this amazing month-long adventure is Rome and a trip to the ancient Colosseum before flying to Cairo to marvel at the Pyramids of Giza. The archaeological wonders continue with a quick flight to Jordan to walk through the Siq to arrive at the Rose City of Petra. The next country on the agenda is India, visiting the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest tribute to love, at sunset. After guided touring of Old and New Delhi, the group will jet off to Beijing to walk along the Great Wall of China.

Tour East signs a new partnership agreement with Complete Travel Marketing

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Sales & Marketing Representation company Complete Travel Marketing is excited to announce the signing of a new partnership agreement with one of Asia Pacific’s top destination management companies Tour East.

As the official sales and marketing representative in the Australian and New Zealand market, Complete Travel Marketing will be responsible for raising the profile of Tour East through a strategic combination of sales and marketing activities.

Established in 1972, Tour East has risen steadfastly over the years to become a leading destination management company with over 500 tour specialists covering 15 destinations in Asia Pacific such as Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Tour East pride themselves on their advanced and robust technology, their in-depth destination knowledge and strong industry relationships.

Kings Canyon Resort launches exclusive new scenic stay

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The team at Kings Canyon Resort are thrilled to announce their exclusive new Overnight Delight offer, an incredible overnight experience showcasing the wonders of the red centre.

Including a scenic 45 minute flight over the red centre from Uluru to Kings Creek Station, indigenous cultural tours and an overnight stay at Kings Canyon resort, this new offer is designed to give visitors to the red centre a taster of the unique experiences that make this part of the world so truly one-of-a-kind.

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