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Christmas comes early with Trafalgar

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Trend watching is showing that NOW is the time Aussies are booking their Christmas and New Year holiday break, so Trafalgar is giving agents a heads up to secure these bookings before they go.

Backyard barbecues and beach cricket have their perks, but who could pass up the chance to spend their festive break living The Good Life in a storybook locale? From the bucket-list icons of Rome and the Hidden Gems of Dublin, to the majestic snowscapes of Lucerne and the vibrant streets of Barcelona, ‘tis the season to sell the Christmas break.

There’s no better time to book, with Trafalgar’s 7.5 per cent off Autumn, Winter and Spring trips to celebrate the new brochure release – for bookings made by 23 August, 2018.

Travelmarvel celebrates 30 year anniversary 

This year, Australian-owned premium cruise and tour company, Travelmarvel is celebrating their 30 year anniversary. The industry leaders are kicking off a year of celebrations with two special events in Victoria.

The two ‘Celebration Events’ info sessions will take place at Box Hill Town Hall, Wednesday May 23 and Mornington Racecourse, Thursday May 31. Agents are encouraged to send along customers who might be looking for additional information on a destination or those looking to be inspired.

All booking made on the day are channelled back to their preferred agent, allowing guests to take advantage of sale prices, securing those dreamers into bookings.

The events will showcase special deals and insider tips on a great range of exciting destinations. Host of TV’s Places We Go, Clint Bizzell will be there to talk about his recent Europe River Cruising and Canada & Alaska adventures. The event will also feature Travelmarvel’s CEO, their experienced team of destination experts, and past travellers. Travelmarvel staff will be on hand to answer questions and a team of dedicated staff will be there to assist with bookings on the day.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood debuts brand new Justice League Exhibit

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood has unveiled its expanded DC Universe Exhibit, giving Aussie travellers visiting L.A. the chance to experience the original costumes and props used by the cast on the film set of Justice League.

For the first time, fans are able to unite with their favourite League members through this new exhibit, which joins the tour’s immensely popular Wonder Woman exhibition currently on display.

Now open, this brand-new addition is offered exclusively to tour guests, bringing fans closer than ever to the characters they love.

Fly business class to Europe for $1,995

Today, APT announced the extension of their Europe pre-release Superdeals until 10 May, this is the last chance to secure exclusive earlybird savings, including exceptional flight deals.

Fly business class to Europe for $1,995 per person or fly free on select itineraries when booking by 10 May. Prices are set to increase upon the release of the APT Main Europe brochure so act fast.

Embark on APT’s flagship 15-day Magnificent Europe river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest, starting at the special pre-release price of $6,995 per person, twin share. As well as the business class offer, APT are offering a Fly Free SuperDeal offer of return economy airfares including taxes of up to $250 flying out of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.

With a range of touring styles, APT’s Freedom of Choice inclusions and unregimented itineraries, it’s easy to feel free and experience a more personalised holiday with APT.

Princess Grace of Monaco’s Diamonds on display in Canberra

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Some of Princess Grace’s most spectacular diamonds can currently be admired in a breathtaking display of some of the world’s most exquisite jewels at Cartier: the Exhibition, on show until 22 July 2018 at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

The exhibition unveils several pieces from the Princess’s beautiful jewellery collection marking some of the most important milestone events of her life with items showcased including the 10.48 carat diamond engagement ring of Grace Kelly’s 1956 engagement with Prince Rainier III of Monaco, as well as several of her tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Visit Monaco is thrilled to see the memory of Princess Grace honoured in what is one of the most significant collections of jewellery to visit Australia.

Experience all that’s possible with the Dubai Pass

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) is launching a new way for visitors to enjoy the city’s exciting range of attractions, experiences and tours.

Announced today at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), Dubai Pass, an all-inclusive pre-paid card, grants cash-free access to 33 key events and venues across Dubai, making it the perfect way for tourists to explore the city’s world-class destination proposition. It will be available to redeem from 16 May 2018.

Starting at AED399, the pass offers ‘Select’ and ‘Unlimited’ packages, with a specially-curated list of popular attractions and experiences. These include Burj Khalifa, Dubai Parks and Resorts, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Ski Dubai, Desert Safari Tours, and many more. With every purchase, visitors will also receive a 50 per cent discount on tickets to La Perle – the city’s one-of-a-kind live entertainment show with acrobatics and aerial stunts – by simply presenting their Dubai Pass when buying a ticket to the show.

APT and Travelmarvel launch personalised Travel Apps

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APT and Travelmarvel are putting the world in the palm of guest hands with the introduction of their two new travel apps. The APT Concierge and Travelmarvel Companion apps combine essential travel features and functions in one easy to use application, free to download and available on both Apple and Android devices.

The apps are pre-loaded with each guest’s personalised travel information and tour itineraries and include travel tools such as a currency converter, weather forecast, world time’s clock and budget tracking.

Both apps contain detailed destination maps available for download, designed for use with out Wi-Fi connection, allowing for self-guided tours of foreign towns and easy location of ports and hotels.

The noticeboard function assists guests to interact with Tour Directors, by providing real-time updates during a tour.


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