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Cox & Kings debut ‘Journey of the Month’ Campaign

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The Cox & Kings ‘Journey of the Month’ campaign will see a recommended journey released each month by the their team’s unrivalled expertise.

The Dragon Kingdom is a 14 day discovery tour that journeys from Kathmandu and back again. On this tour travellers will visit medieval towns and picturesque valleys, learn about the fascinating Bhutanese culture and trek to Tiger’s Nest monastery. Prices for this package start from A$4315/NZ$4485 per person and departs 28 Sep, 19 & 26 Oct, 04 Nov 2017.

Travellers can also take part in the cultural tsechus (festivals) occurring during this time. The 28th Sep departure coincides with the Thimphu Tsechu; the 26th Oct tour visits the Jambhay Lhakhang Festival; and the 4th Nov tour visits the Black-Necked Crane Festival.

 

Giant Panda Tourism Trek Launched in Sydney 

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A fleet of ten giant panda-themed campervans have embarked on a journey through Australian mainland promoting China as a tourist destination, as well as Australian tourist destinations to a huge Chinese audience.

Over eleven weeks the fleet of “pandavans” will cover more 30,000 kilometres around the entire Australian coastline from North Queensland to Darwin and inland from Adelaide, past Alice Springs across Central Australia and through outback Far North Queensland to Townsville.

“Of the more than one million Chinese visitors to Australia each year most will visit cities and popular tourist destinations but few will have the chance to experience life right throughout the continent.

The Panda Explorer Trek fulfils two roles, taking China to hundreds of towns and regional communities; and giving millions upon millions of Chinese people an insight into the diverse landscapes and cultures of Australia, ” Director of the China National Tourist Office, Luo Weijian said.

The trek is part of the 2017 China-Australia Year of Tourism (CAYOT2017), a year-long promotion of tourism cooperation between Australia and China, which will see the implementation of a number of joint initiatives aimed at strengthening tourism exchange and cooperation.

Bali Tours Release New Brochure 2017/18

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Bali Tours have released their brand new 80 page brochure for 2017 and 2018. The brochure features the the popular section on Seminyak Villas as well as new hotels across all areas of Bali. Included is a section dedicated to cruise featuring the Kalimantan – Orang-utan & Dayak village cruise/ Kalong Island – Komoda dragons, Bali Sunset dinner Cruise & Beach Club Cruise.

Bali Tours also take guests on adventures beyond Bali to the neighbouring islands including Lombok, Nusa Lembongan, Gili Islands, Yogyakarta & Borobudur, Flores, Mount Bromo and Moyo Island.

The Bali “Experience page” features Elephant Safari, White Water Rafting, Cooking in Bali, Waterbom Park, Bali Safari & Marine Park.

Full & half day tours are available.

 

Finns Take Top Billing

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Finland has been declared the world’s safest and most secure travel destination, according to a report received by wholesaler Beyond Travel.

The results of the World Economic Forum’s 11-year analysis of the travel and tourism competitiveness included 136 economies across the world. The survey named Finland at the top of a list of 10 destinations in order of their sustainable and inclusive future for tourism in an uncertain security environment while preserving the natural environment and local communities on which it so richly depends.

With over twenty-two years expertise, Beyond Travel offers a full range of services in Finland such as Helsinki hotels and sightseeing, tailor made rail tours, self-drive and northern lights packages.

 

Chimu launches Arctic Sale for 2017/18 trips

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Chimu Adventures have unleashed fantastic deals with substantial savings of up to AU$ 1,500* per person.

Voyages on sale include the Realm of the Polar Bear, now priced from AU$ 3,518*. This 8-day best value itinerary explores the Spitsbergen area in-depth and the region’s scenic glaciers, fjords and ice fields.

The Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth is the 11-day ‘in-depth’ version of the Realm of the Polar Bear tour, now priced from AU$ 4,049*.

The Arctic Highlights voyage is now priced from AU$ 5,660*. This itinerary gives travellers the opportunity to take in the best of Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland, providing them with a great chance of seeing polar bears and the Northern Lights.

How to Secure your Iceland Adventure with Bentours

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Bentours release a range of self-drive packages with set departures for the peak 2017 summer season. Clients can explore everything from volcanoes to glaciers, breathtaking waterfalls, geysers and the unique Icelandic coast- all with their own car so they have the freedom to explore at their own pace.

The Bentours five day ‘Golden Circle & Black Sands’, takes drivers through South Iceland to discover the charm of the Golden Circle including Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring and the historic site of Þingvellir National Park.

Prices for this package start from $1400 per person, and departs 15 & 29 Jun, 6, 13, 20 & 27 Jul, and 3 & 10 Aug 2017. Other packages include the 6 day ‘Magical West Iceland’, 7 day ‘Iceland Explorer’, 8 day ‘Highland and Seaside Ramble’ and 10 day ‘Active Iceland’.

With Bentours set departures your hotel accommodation is locked in and car rental is included. You also receive a GPS system, sim card with credit and a detailed road map and itinerary, taking you to some of Iceland’s most breathtaking sites.

 

Agent lunch events with SNS + Vail Resorts

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On invitation from Sno’n’Ski, a few select agents were lucky enough to have lunch with representatives from Vail Resorts while visiting Australia.

A private lunch event was held at Ricky’s in Noosa on Monday 26th April, and The Butcher and the Farmer in the newly redeveloped Tramsheds in Sydney on Thursday 27th April. Agents were spoilt by Vail Resorts with a goodie bag, a delicious 3 course meal with matched wines, and prizes – including accommodation and lift passes to Whistler, British Columbia or Vail, Colorado.

Whistler Blackcomb is the most recent acquisition of Vail Resorts, which adds Whistler, the largest skiable area in North America, to the best value season pass in the market. EPIC Passes and accommodation packages are available from Sno’n’Ski now for winter 2017/18.

 

Cosmos Appointed Official Tour Operator for World Youth Day 2019

Cosmos will be the official tour operator to coordinate the Australian pilgrimage to World Youth Day (WYD) 2019 in Panama in January 2019. More than 1000 pilgrims across 30 groups will follow a rigorous selection process conducted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, to attend the World Youth Day in Panama City from January 22-27.

Cosmos managed the successful Australian pilgrimages to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland and has extensive experience in offering affordable tours across the globe including a range of religious tours.

Cosmos offers a specialist program of religious tours throughout Europe and the Holy Lands. Its arrangements for World Youth Day pilgrims will be tailored specifically for the event, while at the same time drawing from its existing portfolio of religious destinations and experiences.


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