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The Big Fat Agent Wrap

Hannah Edensor

There’s few things we like less than sifting through endless emails, so instead we’ve gone and done the legwork for you.

If you want to know the latest agent incentives, hotel deals and airfare specials, or if you just want to see all the industry snaps of late, look no further.

We’ve got all your agent goodness in one place – thank us later.

The Fresh Prince of Barossa Valley

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort has unveiled 24 newly refurbished Studio Apartments and 10 Spa Suites, featuring new bathrooms with large walk-in rain showers, kitchens and laundry facilities, state-of the-art appliances, private outdoor balconies and more.

The resort has an Endota Spa onsite, nine function rooms hosting up to 250 delegates and an 18-hole Tanunda Pines Golf Course adjacent to the property, making the Novotel an ideal setting for getaways, meetings and events.

To celebrate the refurbishment, the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is offering a special accommodation offer of Stay 2 nights and Save 20 per cent. For more information and bookings, contact the hotel directly on +61 8 8524 0045 or visit www.novotelbarossa.com.

 

Things heat up in Hamilton

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The 32nd Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is well underway this week, with crews of 202 racing and cruising yachts hitting the shores of Hamilton Island on Saturday, and hanging around until Saturday August 22.

Thousands of visitors, celebrities, socialites and sailing identities from around the globe will descend on the island to enjoy a variety of on- and off-water events and activities, including the second largest regatta fleet in its history with 2000 people competing in the international sailing event.

 

Wendy Wu Tours PSA

There is just over a month left to save their clients hundreds of dollars by booking a selected fully inclusive tour before September 18. Clients can save up to $1355 per person on a selection of Wendy Wu Tours’ fully inclusive group tours through China, Tibet, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Japan, India, Nepal and Central Asia for departures from January until July in 2016.

For more details on the Early Bird specials visit www.wendywutours.com.au/earlybird or call 1300 789 980.

 

75 years of TG service

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Three of the team in TG PER are celebrating work anniversaries this week, totalling a massive 75 years service.  Certificates were presented by General Manager for WA, Mr Karun Sirarojanakul.

The three staff members being celebrated were Debra Matthews, Sales Manager WA contributing 30 years,  Pat Devahasdin, Cargo Manager WA also with 30 years service and Ghada Ibrahim, Reservations and Ticketing WA racking up 15 years.

 

Track your snowga

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Trackers Mountain Lodge has created a Ski and Yoga Retreat program (Snowga), with the five day event running from September 13-18 at Victoria’s most picturesque alpine resort Falls Creek.

Participants are invited to reconnect with nature, deepen your practice, obtain a renewed sense of physical and mental wellness and leave with a more balanced and holistic lifestyle.

The retreat package includes breakfasts, dinners, yoga, afternoon teas, guided village tours, welcome and farewell functions, with additional optional activities such as massages and snow sports on offer.

All-inclusive five nights from $995 per person twin/double share, with more information found on the website.

 

Emirates launches global fares

Emirates Global fares are available until August 21 on selected destinations in both Economy and Business Class.

Explore some of Emirates’ 38 European destinations, such as Stockholm from $1408 in Economy Class or $7838 in Business Class. Likewise, London is available from $1617 in Economy Class or $8148 in Business Class.

With over 140 destinations in 81 countries, it’s time to discover the world with Emirates. For flight information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or go to www.emirates.com/au.

 

APT goes small on Africa

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The new Africa Small Group Safari’s 2016/17 brochure is available now and features South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, Botswana, Rwanda and Namibia.

One of the new featured tours the new nine-day Kenyan Discovery tour which takes guests to the Samburu Game Reserve and Masai Mara, with the opportunity to visit local villages, spend two nights at the Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club, enjoy a bush dinner in the Masai Mara and experience a private performance by the Kenyan Boy’s Choir.

Travel agents can also offer clients exclusive access to APT’s new three night river cruises on the Chobe River, which feature on ten of the itineraries in APT’s Africa portfolio. Two APT SuperDeals are available, a ‘Companion Fly Free, including air taxes’; and an ‘Air Credit’ on select Africa itineraries.

 

Get the inside on Insider specials

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For the month of August, Insider Journeys is offering Mekong River cruise savings starting from $4,916* per couple for December departures aboard luxury boutique cruise vessels. Selected Burma cruises are also available for October departures at 30% off if booked before August 31.

Insider Journeys’ Mekong packages start from $2,916 per person twin share cruising on Heritage Line’s charming Jahan or Jayavarman through Cambodia and Vietnam for departures 3 Dec, 10 Dec and 17 December 2015.

Also on “sail” are the itineraries for the Irrawaddy River sailings onboard the new Anawrahta, due to be launched September 2015. The Golden Land Voyage package includes 4 nights cruise accommodation in a deluxe cabin, breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, sightseeing with local English speaking guides and entrance fees, arrival and departure transfers, tips and port charges.

 

Cruise into massive savings

Live life big and save up to 30% on over 150 cruises with Royal Caribbean International.

Prices start from just AUD $699 per person for summer cruises in Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific and Asia – with upgrades to Oceanview cabins from as little as just AUD$25 per person per day – but hurry, this offer ends 16 September 2015.

For more information about Royal Caribbean International or to book a cruise, visit royalcaribbean.com.au or call 1800 754 500.

 

Accor brings on 3 new hotels

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AccorHotels is pleased to announce that Mercure Warragul, a new build, 48-room hotel has joined the network under a franchise agreement and is ready to take bookings from 24 August 2015.

Hotel Launceston in Tasmania has rebranded to Mercure Launceston, complementing AccorHotels other Tasmanian property, The Sebel Launceston. Mercure Launceston will be taking bookings from 27 August 2015 and rates will start from $120 per night.

Monte Pio Hotel in Maitland will also join the AccorHotels network in September 2015, at which time it will rebrand to Mercure Maitland Monte Pio. The 47-room hotel which will operate under a franchise agreement and has a restaurant and bar, four function rooms and a swimming pool and is located in the close to the centre of town.

 

Scenic sails with sparkle

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Scenic’s inaugural Bordeaux river cruising season commenced on 5 August with Scenic Diamond relocating from the Rhine, Main, Danube to begin sailing Bordeaux’s three waterways.

Scenic Diamond is operating the 11 Day Beautiful Bordeaux river cruise – a new itinerary for 2015. Highlights of this cruise include the famous wineries, stunning Gothic architecture and breathtaking landscapes.

 

Go beyond on the Silk Road

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Beyond Travel have recently added five new exclusive small group special journeys to their collection for 2016, including the ‘Central Asian Odyssey’ tour that explores the legendary Silk Road cities of Khiva, Samarkand and Bukhara.

Early bookers can receive up to $500 in Travel Vouchers per couple to use against any additional Beyond Travel service.

For more details on this contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or visit http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/tours/exclusive-special-journeys.


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