Out of sorts when it comes to the who’s who of the wholesaler scene? This week’s Wholesaler Wrap comes in the nick of time.
Collette celebrates 5th anniversary in Australia
Family-owned tour operator Collette has commemorated its five-year anniversary in Australia, with a celebration event at the home of the Consul General of the United States of America, Sharon Hudson-Dean.
Speaking on the night, Hudson-Dean (pictured above, five from left) acknowledged that the ties between the US and Australia are “extremely important” in 2020, considering New South Wales and Victoria’s recent tourism and community devastation by bushfire.
“It’s my intention to do what I can to encourage many Americans to come and visit in this very important year, as many of the places that have been hard hit by the bushfires are trying to rebuild,” she said.
“Tourism will be very important for that.”
The event was also attended by Collette senior vice president global business Christian Leibl-Cote, who revealed Australia had been one of the tour operator’s toughest international markets.
“We’re very committed to the Australian market,” Leibl-Cote said, adding that America’s oldest tour operator plans to donate $50,000 to the bushfire appeal, on top of an already donated $7,500 toward the Koala Hospital.
Globus family of brands previews Globus and Cosmos’ 2021 European tours
Globus family of brands has provided an early preview of its 2021 itineraries for escorted coach touring operators Globus and Cosmos – providing Aussie travellers and agents early access to tours and dates for the season, many of which are guaranteed departures.
Guests looking to book a trip in 2021 can take in the Renaissance architecture of Florence, Italy, unwind in one of Budapest, Hungary’s mineral-rich thermal baths, and savour the local flavours of Portugal.
Right now, Aussies can book 2021 holidays at 2020 prices and enjoy a further five per cent off Globus and Cosmos tours, on all bookings made and deposited before 21 April 2020.
AKP Helps Build ‘Castle of Books’ in Peru
Since 2008, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) has helped support Peru’s ‘Children of the Rainbow’ school in the Sacred Valley where more than 220 of the most impoverished, at-risk children in the area receive meals, medical and dental care and an education.
AKP is extremely proud to deepen its engagement with the school, building a brand-new library named “The Castle of Books” made possible by the generous support of A&K guests. The children can now find sanctuary in the reading nooks enjoying a wide variety of titles and improving their comprehension.
Abercrombie & Kent guests visiting the Sacred Valley have the privileged opportunity of visiting the AKP supported Children of the Rainbow School, interacting with the students and family members, touring the kitchen, garden and classrooms and gaining insight from A&K’s local Philanthropy Coordinator along the way.
Female family historians to explore ancestors’ service on the Western Front
Organised by Boronia Travel Centre, women-only tour to the Western Front that will focus on helping Australians learn about their ancestors’ First World War service is being offered for the first time in response to an ever-growing interest in family and military history.
Led by two female historians, the 13-day ‘Service and Sacrifice’ tour to France and Belgium will give women an opportunity to visit the graves or memorials of past family members while also learning about the intense battles of the Somme and the Ypres Salient in which they fought.
The tour will also visit sites relevant to the story of Australian nurses and other women who were part of the 1914-1918 war effort, and feature discussions of the effects of war on families and the role played by those on the home front.
Sun Island Tours’ announce changes to Greek Ferry Tickets
Sun Island Tours, has informed agents of a new Greek Government policy to issue ferry and hydrofoil tickets in Greece.
Effective immediately, in order to issue Greek ferry and hydrofoil tickets, Sun Island Tours will require full passengers’ names as per their passport, nationality listed on their passport and date of birth of all passengers.
Without this information the ferry companies will not allow tickets to be issued, nor accept passengers on board their vessels.
Agents with current ferry bookings will be notified over the next week to supply their client’s details for their future ferry bookings.
Huma Charity Challenge partners with ACCF for 10th anniversary in Bhutan
Huma Charity Challenge, the fundraising arm of World Expeditions, is pleased to partner with the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) to launch its next Charity Challenge departing in November 2020.
This year, participants will travel to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the National Cervical Cancer Vaccination Program which was launched in 2010.
The Huma Charity Challenge trip combines travel with purpose as participants explore the ancient wonders of Bhutan, a tiny country located high up in the Himalayas.
With registrations now open, the journey ventures to the beautiful Pobjhika Valley, where challengers will join locals celebrating at the famed Black-Necked Crane Festival. The trip also features a hike to Tiger’s Nest, known as the 8th wonder of the world.
For more information, visit: www.humacharitychallenge.com
The Travel Corporation’s weekly deals
Explore Europe & Experience Tomorrowland 2020 with Busabout. Starting from $3,239* per person (Hop-on Hop-off pass + Tomorrowland package included), Busabout’s ‘Reflection of Love’ offer is on sale now until sold out to be used for either weekend of Tomorrowland, starting 16 July 2020 or 23 July 2020.
Receive up to $400 air credit per person with AAT Kings on select itineraries like the 10-day ‘Tasmanian Wonders’ holiday. Starting from $3,475 per person, twin share, this offer is on sale now until 30 April 2020 for selected departures up until 24 March 2021.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Elevate your river cruise experience in 2021 and fly free to Europe in economy class or upgrade to business class from $3,999 per person. Guests can enjoy this offer on the eight-day ‘Enchanting Danube’ cruise.
Starting from $ 5,899 per person, twin share, this offer is on sale now until 29 May 2020 for departures on 14 March 2021 and 24 October 2021.
These are your last days to save up to 20 per cent off Europe 2020 with Contiki, including on the 12 -day ‘European Discovery’ holiday.
Starting from $3,008* per person (discount included), this offer is on sale now until 23 April 2020 for departures between 26 March to 12 April 2020.
Northern Lights of Scandinavia
Experience the magic of the seasons in Autumn, Winter and Spring. Book early and save 5 per cent with Insight Vacations’ ‘Early Payment Discount’, enjoyed on tours like the 10-day ‘Northern Lights of Scandinavia’.
Starting from $4,844 per person, twin share (discount included), this offer is on sale now until 27 August 2020 or until sold out for select departures between October 2020 to April 2021.
Highlights of Eastern Europe
Save an additional 10 per cent with Trafalgar’s ‘Early Payment Discount’. Guests can enjoy these savings on the 17-day ‘Highlights of Eastern Europe’ holiday.
Starting from $4,585.50 per person, twin share (Discount included), this offer is on sale now until 1 September 2020 for departures between April to October 2021.