Road & Rail

Road & rail wrap: Rail Europe’s APAC appointments, Hertz converts a classic to electric + MORE!

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Rail Europe announces new appointments for APAC


Rail Europe has appointed Richard Leonard to lead the company’s APAC teams in the newly created role of general manager of business for the Asia Pacific.

Effective immediately, Leonard will oversee operations in Australia, New Zealand (which collectively make up Rail Europe’s second largest market after North America), Japan, South Korea and South East Asia.

Supporting Leonard is the newly promoted James Hooper as regional sales manager for Australia and New Zealand, and Kirsty Blows, who is now Rail Europe’s customer care manager for the APAC region.

Railway Adventures launches Anzac Day 2020 journey with savings to boot


Renowned for its interesting and exclusive rail journeys, rail tour specialist, Railway Adventures, has just launched its very special 2020 ‘Borneo for Anzac Day and Beyond’ journey with an introductory early bird savings of $250 per person twin share and $350 for solo travellers, when booked before 30 September 2019.

Departing Kuala Lumpur on 22 April 2020, this small-group tour will travel to Sandakan in Borneo to attend the very moving Anzac Day dawn ceremony that pays tribute to the Australian and British soldiers who tragically perished in the Death Marches of 1945, towards the end of the Second World War.

For early bookers, this exclusively escorted tour is now priced from $6,645 per person twin share and includes 12-nights quality centrally located accommodation (mostly five-star), with daily breakfast and many local meals, economy class flights- Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu to Labuan and Kota Kinabalu to Kuching, luxury charter coach with luggage transport on rail travel days, entry fees on a vast variety of guided sightseeing excursions and even includes all tips and gratuities.

Airport transfers may be included on select flights from Australia.

Solo travellers can save as well, with a low single supplement of $1,195.

Avis collaborates with local experts for new interactive Portugal Road Trip Guide

Avis has created and launched a new interactive road trip guide for Portugal and the country’s three main areas: Porto, Lisbon, Algarve.

Created with local experts, users can discover the rich culture the country has through a series of short trips and city guides, as well as explore the local food, history, attractions, and activities.

Found on their official blog, Inspires by Avis, The Portugal Guide is its latest online interactive guide, following on from previous ones around Edinburgh and Barcelona.

Hertz Italy offers customers truly electric experiences this summer with bespoke electric conversion of a 1960s classic


Hertz Italy has unveiled the latest addition to its ‘Selezione Italia’ (Italian Collection): a customised electric version of the classic 1960s Fiat 500 Spiaggina.

The Fiat 500 Jolly Spiaggina Icon-e is being launched as part of an exclusive tie-up with the iconic auto design house, Garage Italia.

The exclusive partnership gives Hertz Italy customers the unique opportunity to hire a reinvented, all-electric modern classic this summer – a once-in-a-lifetime experience bringing together the best of classic motoring and design, with a radical modern Garage Italia twist.

Hertz chose the Fiat 500 Icon-e by Garage Italia as the perfect addition to Italy’s summer season. Based on a vintage Fiat 500, adapted to become a playful, eco-friendly convertible, the custom-built Spiaggina features a rear-wheel drive electric retro-fitted motor, hand-woven seats in natural rope, and heritage bodywork, with matching rims completing the high-end finish.

Available to rent from early July, the new launch sees the further expansion of Hertz’s successful Selezione Italia offering, which brings together the best of ‘Made in Italy’ iconic cars and high-end personalised service, to create a bespoke, luxury motoring experience.

Travellers can save $300 per couple during Railbookers’ flash sale

For a limited time, travellers can save $300 per couple during Railbookers’ flash sale.

It’s winter, the season that demands taking a holiday overseas. And this flash sale is the perfect excuse to get away somewhere warmer, or to lock in next year’s travels.

Beginning 17 July through 26 July 2019, Railbookers is giving travellers $300 off per couple on any itinerary that is seven nights or longer. This offer is valid for travel in 2019 and 2020.

Dragoman Overland launches 15 per cent off sale

Global overlanding specialists Dragoman is offering 15 per cent off all journeys in India and Nepal for travel through until 31 December 2020.

With 27 different journeys to choose from, ranging from a ’13-day Heritage Nepal’ trip including hiking in the Annapurnas and a safari on the plains of Chitwan National Park, through to an epic 90-day journey encompassing both India and Nepal, the ultimate journey through the Indian Subcontinent. This sale ends on 12 August.

Dragoman’s reservation team can be contacted at or on 1800 951 060, and brochures can be ordered from TIFS. Speak to the Drago team or visit the website for full T&Cs.

Jayride completes foundation phase of global transport strategy


Jayride Group, the global online marketplace for airport transfers, has announced it has completed the foundation phase of its global transport strategy, securing a presence at more than 1,500 high-volume international airports around the world, and is moving into the growth and profit stage of its development.


Jayride now has airport transfers coverage in all leading aviation markets – the Americas, China, Europe, Russia, Asia and Oceania – accessing over 85 per cent of global aviation passenger trips, a step change which it says is unlocking significant global demand for its airport transport operators.


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