Wholesaler wrap: Intrepid’s new booking portal, ethical travel with ONYX, D-Day 75th anniversary tour + more!

Happy Monday, everyone! Or as we like to say, three-shot espresso day. To welcome you into the week, Travel Weekly has prepared a wealth of good wholesaler news and deals.

Intrepid releases new booking portal for agents

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Intrepid Group has released a new trade portal, making it easier for agents to book clients on to Intrepid Travel and Peregrine Adventures, and manage bookings throughout the customer journey.

Intrepid’s customer experience team worked extensively on agent research for their feedback and opinions, which influenced the portal. Agents can create their own account in under a minute with new features including Live Chat, a booking progress bar and clear visibility of when payment is due and when they need to finalise passenger details.


Passports and preservation: ethical travel with ONYX Hospitality Group

Amari Phuket

In celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June, ONYX Hospitality Group have put together some ethical travel inspiration for your next trip to Asia with their range of activities to get more involved in supporting local communities and environmental conservation.

Travellers can book their Andaman escape with the Phuket Super Saver Package at Amari Phuket until 15 December 2019. They can enjoy round-trip airport transfers, a Thai set dinner by the shore at Rim Talay Restaurant and up to 20 per cent off food and beverages, spa treatments and laundry service. Rates start at 5,610 THB per night in a Superior Ocean Facing room. For more information, visit www.amari.com/phuket.

Amari Havodda Maldives

As important as it is to protect the environment and maintain a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, travellers should not overlook the unique communities that make up each destination. Preserving heritage and expressing appreciation for the people remain a priority for any ethical traveller, and Amari Havodda Maldives offers an opportunity for guests to learn more about communities within the Maldives.

Summer is here to stay with Amari Havodda Maldives’ Hot Deal Package, which includes complimentary domestic transfers from Male International Airport via plane and speed boat, and 20 per cent off treatments at Breeze Spa. The Package is for full board meal plans in the Deluxe Beach Villa, starting at $US 470 per night. The offer is available until 31 October 2019. For more information, visit www.amari.com/havodda-maldives.


World Expeditions announcements: Delve into Europe’s war history on foot with UTracks, short-listed to provide new eco-walk on Queensland’s Cooloola Trail

U-Tracks D-Day Tour

Next month marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which signalled “the beginning of the end of World War II”.

Travellers can trace the historic sites of the Battle of Normandy with Utracks and delve into the region’s World War II past.

For more information and bookings, visit www.UTracks.com or call 1300 303 368.

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Meanwhile, World Expeditions is one of three companies short-listed by the Queensland Government to develop a concept for a high-quality, eco-tourism product on the Cooloola Trail near Noosa.

World Expeditions’ successful submission for the proposed Cooloola development drew heavily on a similar eco-campsite concept it developed on the Northern Territory’s Larapinta Trail.


Collette’s ‘Where to Next?’ promotion with deals to over 30 destinations across globe

Travellers can book one of Collette’s ‘Where to Next?’ special deals by 31 July 2019 for savings up to $500 per person, on a selection of tours across the Asia, Europe and North and South America.

The Cultural Treasures of Japan tour immerses travellers in the country’s ancient and modern wonders, where they can save $500 and pay from $5,849 per person.

If Europe is in their sights, travellers can save $400 and pay from $2,899 per person on a tour to Rome and the Amalfi Coast.

Travellers can visit New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville on the America’s Music Cities tour, saving $350 and paying from $3,099 per person.

Or, they can explore the mystical beauty of Peru and travel to Machu Picchu aboard the famed Vistadome train on the Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries tour, saving $300 and paying from $4,429 per person.


Bentours announces Alaska sale


Bentours is offering a saving up to $5,500 per cabin on Hurtigruten Alaska and British Colombia – Inside Passage, Bears and Aleutian Islands itinerary on the MS Roald Amundsen.

Travellers can spend 18 days onboard the world’s first hybrid expedition vessel, on a voyage that will take them through Canada and Alaska to remote polar waters where they can explore islands and fjords and seek out puffins, brown bears and see dramatic volcanoes, in all the glorious autumn colours.

For more details, email res@bentours.com.au or phone 1800 487 844.


The Travel Corporation’s weekly deals

Busabout - Ultimate Winter Explorer


Ultimate Winter Adventure

Save 10 per cent off select Winter trips with Busabout. Your client can use this discount on Busabout’s 26 Day Ultimate Winter Adventure. This snow-packed wander through Europe’s wintery-wonders boasts everything to love about travel. From skiing the slopes of the Austrian Alps, to learning the startling history of Eastern Europe, and enjoying tantalising treats in the restaurants of Italy. Starting from $2699 per person (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 30 June 2019 for departures from 1 November 2019 to 30 March 2020 which are listed in the Busabout Europe 2019/20 brochure. For more information or to book contact www.busabout.com or call 1300 287 226. *Conditions apply.


New York Explorer

Save your clients 10 per cent on all 2020 USA & Canada trips when they book and pay before 18 December 2019. These savings can be enjoyed on trips such as the five-day New York Explorer. Guests can experience the famous and iconic New York, which celebrates its cultural diversity and the pursuit of progress and prosperity, from its leafy boroughs to its towering skyline. Starting from $2,515* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 18 December for selected departures between 23 April and 17 December 2020. For more information or to book call 1300 78 78 78 or visit www.trafalgar.com *Conditions apply.


Grand Alaska

Save 10 per cent off USA & Canada with Contiki’s 12 Day Grand Alaska journey. Alaska invites travellers to feel the call of the wild on this itinerary, starting in Anchorage then travellers will experience Talkeetna, camping in Denali National Park, staying at the cosy MacLaren River Lodge in Wilderness Glacier Park, staying at the ‘End of the road’ campground in Wrangell-St Elias, and Valdez before coming to finish in Anchorage. Starting from $3,641* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 13 August 2019 for departure on between 11 June and 20 August 2020. For more information or to book call 1300 266 845 or visit www.contiki.com *Conditions apply.


East Coast Islands & Rainforests – Last Minute Deal

Save up to $600 per person with AAT Kings Last Minute Deals. Guests can enjoy these savings on the 13 Day East Coast Islands & Rainforests itinerary where they will explore the epic coastline of Eastern Australia on a journey that takes then from Sydney to Cairns through Port Macquarie, the Gold Coast, Noosa, Rockhampton, Hamilton Island and Mission Beach. Starting from $4,950* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until sold out or departed, for departures on 23 June and 15 September 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 556 100 or visit www.aatkings.com *Conditions apply.


Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland

Let’s Fly Away: Free air with 2020 Europe cruises, with the option to upgrade to business class air from just $3,999 per person. Guests can enjoy this offer on Uniworld’s 11 Day Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland itinerary. Guests will explore Europe’s rich history and Jewish heritage on an incredible discovery of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland as you travel from Amsterdam to Basel through Zaandam, Rotterdam, Cologne, Frankfurt and Strasbourg. Starting from $7,499* per person, twin share (with return economy class airfares included). Other departure dates available however prices may vary. This offer is on sale from now until 30 June 2019 for departures on 31 March, 10 & 20 April & 24 October 2020. For more information or to book call 1300 780 231 or visit www.uniworld.com. *Conditions apply.


Rolling on the Rhine

Now extended for a limited time, save $750 per person on select departures. Guests can enjoy these savings on the 8 Day Rolling on the Rhine itinerary. On this cruise along the Rhine river, guests will get a glimpse into Europe’s history and culture, starting in Amsterdam with stops in Haarlem, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Frankfurt, seeing famous artwork and incredible scenery. Starting from $1,749* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 30 June for departures on 13 and 20 July 2019. For more information or to book call 1300 730 010 or visit www.ubyuniworld.com *Conditions apply.


Desert Escapes of California & Arizona end Phoenix

Enjoy a 10 per cent Early Payment Discount on 2020 trips when your client books & pays in full by 18 December 2019 with Insight Vacations. These savings can be enjoyed on the 8 day – Desert Escapes of California & Arizona end Phoenix. A holiday for the adventurous, travellers will be able to delve into the USA’s desert lands with their travel companions, as they journey from the Golden State to Arizona. Starting from $3,353* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 18 December 2019 or until sold out for departure on 21 January 2020. Other departure dates available however prices may vary. For more information or to book call 1300 727 767 or visit www.insightvacations.com *Conditions apply.


River of Wine & Culinary

Save up to $500 per person with Adventure World Travel when you book before 14 June. Your client can enjoy these savings on the 8 Day – Rivers of Wine and Culinary. Guests will take a journey down the Columbia River George indulging in fine wine and exquisite food embarking at Portland and sailing through Hood River Walla Walla, Palouse Falls, Red Mountain, The Dalles, Willamette Valley before coming to finish in Portland. Starting from $6,185* per person, twin share (discount included). This offer is on sale now until 14 June 2019 for 2, 9, 16 & 23 November departures.

For more information or to book call 1300 363 055 or visit www.adventureworld.com *Conditions apply.


Book a group with Adventure World Travel and be rewarded

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WHAT: Award-winning tailor-made specialists, Adventure World Travel, are offering travel agents the chance to receive a special $100 Giftpay card when booking and depositing a group.

Agents must book and deposit a group between 1st June and 31st August 2019 to be eligible for the reward.

Whether it be an incentive or conference group booking, a walking or cycling club looking for a challenge or extended family wanting to retrace their roots – Adventure World Travel can work with agents great specialty itineraries for groups of 10 or more travellers.

From working on a suitable quote to keeping the client’s interests in mind, the Adventure World groups team have knowledge and expertise to ensure impeccable service and value for money.

Travel agents can call or email today for a quote.

WHEN: Available when booked between 1 June and 31 August 2019.

WHERE: For more information, visit adventureworld.com, call 1800 641 803 or email groups@adventureworld.com.au.


Cocky Guides unveils experiences for sight-impaired travellers on East Coast of Australia

Travellers with sight loss can now visit iconic East Coast tourism sites regularly with accessible adventures that eliminate sightseeing and deliver experiences using other senses.

In Queensland, they can visit the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest to knock on the buttress root of a century old tree, touch a live crocodile or listen to the booming rumble of a Cassowary.

In New South Wales, they can ride the world’s first solar power train from Byron Bay or visit Australia’s highest alpine resort using over-snow transport.

Sensory short breaks are a new product launched by Cocky Guides, Australia’s first tactile and sensory tour operator for the blind and low vision community.

Originally leading day trips from Sydney, and more recently Melbourne, Cocky Guides now offer sensory short breaks that range from two to four days.

Destinations include Port Douglas, Byron Bay, Hunter Valley, Canberra, Snowy Mountains, Melbourne, Lake Mountain, Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula.


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Review: Le Farnatchi is a truly boutique beauty in the heart of Marrakech

by Nancy Hromin

Hidden in plain sight in the middle of the Medina, Le Farnatchi is a truly boutique beauty with only 10 suites offering a quiet and peaceful reprieve.




Sydney’s Great West Walk extended by 80km

Hikers, rejoice! This iconic trail has been extended to cover a whopping 140km, making it possible to walk from Parramatta to Katoomba.




Hilton and Carnival named among Australia’s best workplaces

Travel Weekly unfortunately missed out on the list, though we do often hold up balloons that spell out our company name like in the featured image. It really boosts team morale!




ACCC raises concerns over Qantas’ acquisition of Alliance Airlines

The ACCC is also concerned about whether Alan Joyce’s volunteering on the tarmac has affected productivity, with workers beginning to raise eyebrows after his eighth morning tea break.




Virtuoso reveals hottest bounce back trends at Travel Week

Are you living it up at the fashion week of travel in Vegas this year? Or are you sitting at home suffering from FOMO? Either way, we’re sure these insights will tickle your fancy.




Tourism New Zealand seeks to attract “high-quality visitors” in new campaign

Nothing says ‘adventure’ like ziplining through a forest in New Zealand. Zipliners are up there with Marco Polo in our opinion.




Azamara rolls out luxe bar championing destination immersion

The line will launch its new bar concept across the entire Azamara fleet, with delicious destination-themed cocktails to get passengers in the zone.




Aurora Expeditions announces new Patagonia treks

Travellers are set to weave their way through the remotest parts of South America with these new itineraries, in their Patagonia gear of course.




New expert sessions announced for Cruise360

These new sessions have us so excited we went out and booked a cruise, only for us to realise the date overlapped with Cruise360 so we had to cancel.




Club Med’s flash sale has 30% off Asian resorts

Just to clarify, it’s 30% off resort deals, not the actual resorts themselves. Although that would be quite the sale.



Midweek Interview

Midweek catch-up with Visit West Hollywood’s Tom Kiely

This week we caught up with the CEO of Visit West Hollywood Tom Kiely who kept praising Australia and our travel industry. We just couldn’t stop blushing!




Corona announces its own tropical island destination in South America

If drinking beer on the beach is one of your favourite holiday activities then there’s no better destination for you!