Big Fat Wholesaler Wrap

If you’re one of the unlucky few in the industry that aren’t at our Travel DAZE conference today, use this wholesaler wrap to procrastinate your day away looking at pretty pictures.

Deep Powder Sale


Whilst Australian skiers and snowboarders are relishing Niseko-style powder at their favourite resort they may also be considering a trip to Japan where they are virtually guaranteed numerous opportunities to ski or board abundant fresh powder.

That’s the motivation behind the latest offer for SkiJapan.com launching a new campaign aptly titled “Deep Powder Sale” that offers significant savings during Niseko’s peak snow period mid-January to early February.

If any powder hounds are into “Japow”, then this is for them! Last winter over three meters of snowfall in January alone, contributing to over 17 meters of cumulative snowfall at Niseko between when its lifts began spinning and the final days of the 2017/2018 ski season.

With this promotion, a seven-night stay for two people at the well-located ski-in ski-out self-contained luxury accommodation, Alpen Ridge, will save guests around $370 (over ¥30,000) per person from January to Feb.

Latitude 33: Pagodas, Plantations & Places

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In February 2020, Latitude 33 will host an exclusive group of just 20 travellers on a 29-night cruise tour highlighting the revitalised Silver Spirit and a land program of India’s Golden Triangle staying exclusively at Oberoi Hotels.

Inclusive of flights, travellers will arrive in Singapore on the 27th February 2020. Here they’ll spend two nights at Raffles Hotel Singapore, welcomed by a special dinner at Chef Justin Quek’s newest restaurant.

Setting sail on the 29th February, guests will spend fifteen nights on board the luxurious Silver Spirit. Cruising the Southeast Asian coastline, guests will make their way to Phuket for a day of exploring before arriving in Myanmar’s capital, Yangon for three nights.

Latitude 33 has curated a selection of bonus shore excursions in Yangon; visiting the Bogyoke Aung San Market, discovering the world-renowned Shwedagon Pagoda, strolling through Kandawagyi Park and Lake and taking a boat ride to one of the oldest pagodas in the region, Kyauktan Ye Le Paya.

Intrepid offers new active trips in North America as demand from Aussies increase


Intrepid Travel has released its 2019 North America tours with the introduction of new active and hiking trips in response to an increased appetite from travellers looking for an adventure in the great outdoors.

The latest figures show a 17 per cent increase globally this year for active adventures and North America remains a firm-favourite for Australian travellers. From learning the art of curling in the Rockies, to taking an overnight rafting trip down the Colorado River, these new trips are sure to get the heart racing.

The new North America brochure has a total of seven new trips including these active adventures:

  • Colorado and Utah Active Adventure: On this nine day tour, travellers will explore rugged desert landscapes, visit the mountain town of Telluride and experience the rush of the Colorado River on an overnight rafting trip.
  • Trekking the Appalachian Trail: Travellers come close to true wilderness in Baxter State Park, Hike to mountain enclosed Lonesome Lake and witness Boston, a city rich with history and charm.
  • Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Winter Adventure: On this new eight day winter tour, travellers will hike through frosted valleys, taking a scenic gondola ride over snow dusted hill sides and ice skate around the great outdoors beneath the granite Half Dome.
  • Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure: Travellers can also embark on this 10 day action packed itinerary with winter activities from ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoe hikes in backcountry.
  • Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Expedition will have travellers visiting some of the east coast’s prettiest towns.
  • Seattle to San Fran: Oregon Discovery: Travellers explore incredible forests, mountains and rivers, treat themselves to world class food and delicious microbrews in Portland and walk among the world’s oldest, tallest trees in Redwood National Park.

On The Go Tours launch 20th Birthday agent prize draw

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Travellers seeking group tour value but desiring the freedom of independent travelling can now enjoy On The Go Tours’ newly launched range of Budget tours.

On The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator and leader in authentic group tours, have targeted the FIT market for this new range. The Budget tours are a perfect balance for those travelling on a shoestring but that wish to have the comfort and security of guided sightseeing.

On The Go’s Budget tours have capacity for up to 40 people and go to Croatia, Iceland, Egypt, Jordan, and all across Africa. Each tour offers budget friendly features to cut down some of the touring costs. The itineraries have fewer group dinners to allow travellers to pick what and where they eat. Many of the tours include local payment which ensures funds stay within the communities of the destination.

On The Go Tours have an introductory offer with 10 per cent off their Egypt Budget Tours until 12th September 2018.

Ormina Tours launches Sardinia and Corsica 14 Day Itinerary

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Strongly regarded as the experts in luxury travel across Europe, with a key focus on Italy, Ormina Tours 2019 program brings regional travel to the forefront with the launch of their new Sardinia and Corsica itinerary.

Over 14 days, travellers can discover the two gems of the Mediterranean with some of the most seductive beaches, surrounded by an emerald sea. Offering astounding geographical diversity, this region is an outdoor lover’s playground that allows travellers to become immersed in two striking cultures.

The full itinerary is able to be tailored to suit client preferences. Ormina Tours also offers the itinerary as a self-drive or privateescorted experience, giving travellers the flexibility to travel in a way that best caters for their travelling style and budget.

As well as indulging inlunch and wine tastingsin boththe regions, guests have a number of spectacular properties to choose from. Some featured hotels include Faro Capo Spartivento –a refurbished lighthouse, originally built in 1854, on the Sardinian coast –or an amazing rural retreat in Sartène, Corsica, at Domain de Murtoli, an agricultural property that offers guests premium natural products straight from the surrounding land.

Europe’s biggest Winter Festival debuts in New Zealand

Today it has been announced that the legendary European festival, Snowboxx, will host one week of world-class acts, incredible slopeside parties and so much more in the best ski area in the Southern Hemisphere. Hitting Queenstown in winter 2019, the experience will see some of the world’s best-loved music artists take to the piste as the festival brings a full-scale festival production to the mountains.

With a series of outdoor stages and a multi-venue takeover, Snowboxx NZ will be recreating the successful Snowboxx European extravaganza which takes place annually in Avoriaz, France. Now in the sixth year, the sell-out event has thrown alpine parties with the likes of Fat Boy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Stormzy, Bicep, Grandmaster Flash, 2ManyDJs, Mike Skinner, Norman Jay MBE, Fleetmac Wood and more. The New Zealand edition promises an avalanche of the hottest international electronic music artists who will perform alongside talent from across the Trans-Tasman.

Dominating Queenstown’s 700 hectares of sun-kissed slopes, both beginners and pros will be catered for with two ski areas and the two spectacular mountains, Coronet’s Peak and The Remarkables, waiting to be explored. With unprecedented access to unrivalled alpine scenery, unreal ski parks and unbelievable beats, Snowboxxers are in for one hell of a ride.

Evergreen announces end of “Earlybear” deals for Canada Touring program following record year

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Evergreen Cruise & Tours has seen exponential growth in passenger numbers into Canada with double-digit growth year on year for the last five years with 2019 being no exception.

“Earlybear” offers for Evergreen Cruises & Tours 2019 Canada and Alaska Touring program end on 30 September 2018 and include:

  • 18 Day Canadian Rockies & Alaska Inside Passage Cruise – from $5,345pp – a saving of up to $1,300 per couple
  • 18 Day Rockies Grandeur & Alaska Inside Passage Cruise – from $7,495pp – a saving of up $2,200 per couple
  • 24 Day Canada, Alaska and Glaciers Voyage Cruise – $10,695pp – a saving of up to $2,200 per couple

Hot new deals from Peregrine Adventures

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Peregrine Adventures has released their latest hot deals.

Save $748 on Peregrine’s seven day Argentina & Brazil trip departing 3 October 2018. On this trip, travellers will experience the eclectic mix of European, Cosmopolitan and Latin flavours of lively Buenos Aires, watch the fluid movements of tango dancers and marvel at the beauty of Iguazu Falls. Highlights for travellers include a two night feature stay at the El Pueblito Hotel in Iguazu and immersing themselves into authentic Brazilian culture, food and music.

Save $591 on Peregrine’s 12 day Vintage Nepal trip departing 8 September 2018. Experience the diversity of Nepal from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Chitwan National Park. On this trip travellers discover the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Kathmandu, fly, hike, drive and canoe around Nepal and witness the true beauty of Everest by plane. Highlights for travellers include a jeep safari and jungle walk with an expert resident naturalist and a two night feature stay in riverfront cottages in Chitwan National Park.


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Review: Le Farnatchi is a truly boutique beauty in the heart of Marrakech

by Nancy Hromin

Hidden in plain sight in the middle of the Medina, Le Farnatchi is a truly boutique beauty with only 10 suites offering a quiet and peaceful reprieve.




Sydney’s Great West Walk extended by 80km

Hikers, rejoice! This iconic trail has been extended to cover a whopping 140km, making it possible to walk from Parramatta to Katoomba.




Hilton and Carnival named among Australia’s best workplaces

Travel Weekly unfortunately missed out on the list, though we do often hold up balloons that spell out our company name like in the featured image. It really boosts team morale!




ACCC raises concerns over Qantas’ acquisition of Alliance Airlines

The ACCC is also concerned about whether Alan Joyce’s volunteering on the tarmac has affected productivity, with workers beginning to raise eyebrows after his eighth morning tea break.




Virtuoso reveals hottest bounce back trends at Travel Week

Are you living it up at the fashion week of travel in Vegas this year? Or are you sitting at home suffering from FOMO? Either way, we’re sure these insights will tickle your fancy.




Tourism New Zealand seeks to attract “high-quality visitors” in new campaign

Nothing says ‘adventure’ like ziplining through a forest in New Zealand. Zipliners are up there with Marco Polo in our opinion.




Azamara rolls out luxe bar championing destination immersion

The line will launch its new bar concept across the entire Azamara fleet, with delicious destination-themed cocktails to get passengers in the zone.




Aurora Expeditions announces new Patagonia treks

Travellers are set to weave their way through the remotest parts of South America with these new itineraries, in their Patagonia gear of course.




New expert sessions announced for Cruise360

These new sessions have us so excited we went out and booked a cruise, only for us to realise the date overlapped with Cruise360 so we had to cancel.




Club Med’s flash sale has 30% off Asian resorts

Just to clarify, it’s 30% off resort deals, not the actual resorts themselves. Although that would be quite the sale.



Midweek Interview

Midweek catch-up with Visit West Hollywood’s Tom Kiely

This week we caught up with the CEO of Visit West Hollywood Tom Kiely who kept praising Australia and our travel industry. We just couldn’t stop blushing!




Corona announces its own tropical island destination in South America

If drinking beer on the beach is one of your favourite holiday activities then there’s no better destination for you!