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Contiki announces first trip since April

Contiki has announced its first trip since the beginning of the global pandemic, signalling its return to Magnetic Island after almost 20 years.

Taking off on 14 November, Contiki’s first trip since April will be an island-hopping escape in North Queensland.

Katrina Barry, managing director for Contiki, said: “With the day-to-day monotony of lockdown and social distancing, it’s been a tough trot for Millennials and Gen Z – they should be out there living their best life!”

“They play such an essential role in tourism starting again, which is why we’re so excited to get our travellers back on the road, travelling together with old mates, making new friends and experiencing the magic moments that travel brings.”

Social listening data has shown that younger generations are craving experiences that affect the senses, smells, sounds and sights outside the overload of virtual and digital interactions; and the opportunity for social travel is the most important when choosing a domestic holiday.

The North Queensland Adventure is a sun-soaked, island-hopping escapade that kicks off in Airlie Beach before sailing along the Whitsundays on a converted racing yacht.

Travellers head to Magnetic Island, meet some of the local koalas, before ending in Cairns to get closer to The Great Barrier Reef.

“It’s been close to 20 years since we’ve had Magnetic Island on our itineraries!” Barry said.

“It’s encouraging to see Queenslanders wanting to discover their own backyard. Our domestic trips have evolved and are designed with the conscious traveller in mind – the perfect opportunity to make travel matter with Contiki Cares to support local businesses and communities deeply affected by COVID-19.”

The youth travel company will also help put your client’s minds at ease, with enhanced training for trip managers, its operational procedures, and numerous new measures throughout to comply with physical distancing requirements.

“We are absolutely committed to the wellbeing of our travellers, only working with trusted partners and are very selective when choosing hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that meet the expected guidelines, standards and specifications,” Barry said.

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