This week’s Wholesaler Wrap not only contains a lot of great deals, but also a lot of important info in response to the coronavirus outbreak, so it’s worth reading top to bottom.
Coronavirus forces Trafalgar and Costsaver to update travel policies for Italy
Travel to and through Italy continues to be affected by the current outbreak of novel coronavirus, with non-essential precautionary travel alerts imposed by some worldwide government bodies.
As such, Trafalgar and Costsaver have cancelled all Italy trips effective immediately and until 31 March 2020. The Travel Corporation is attempting to reroute all Discovery trips travelling through Italy wherever possible.
Clients who have booked to travel to or through Italy up and until 31 March 2020 can choose any alternative trip with Trafalgar, Costsaver or any TTC travel company anywhere in the word, with a 15 per cent saving.
Any guest who chooses to cancel can apply to take their trip at any other date within the next year.
For clients travelling after 31 March 2020, Trafalgar and Costsaver are continuing to monitor the situation and following all authority guidelines, and live updates will continue to be provided on their respective websites.
In addition, and in accordance with travel restrictions imposed by governments worldwide, all trips travelling to and through China, and commencing before 30 April 2020 have been cancelled.
For clients travelling from May onwards, further updates will continue to be provided at Trafalgar.com. Temporary cancellation terms apply.
All worldwide trips (with the exception of those outlined above) are operating as planned.
For guests with existing bookings departing on or after 1 April 2020, Trafalgar and Costsaver have temporarily changed the terms of its cancellation policy to give clients more time to make decisions about their future travel plans without worrying about increasing penalties.
Effective immediately and until further notice for 2020 Trafalgar and Costsaver trips departing 1 April 2020 or later, the brands are temporarily offering a waiver for the cancellation penalty until 30 days prior to departure should guests wish to change their dates or travel to a different destination with Trafalgar.
This applies to land bookings only and does not apply to European trips that include Oberammergau. Also, airlines may impose different change policies.
Globus updates travel policy due to coronavirus concerns
The Globus family of brands (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways) is responding to coronavirus uncertainty with a policy that enables travellers and their travel advisors to adjust travel plans to help alleviate their immediate concerns, related to upcoming or future trips.
At this time, all of the Globus family’s tours, cruises and independent holiday packages are operating as scheduled, with the exception of mainland China.
For all other destinations, Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways are introducing a temporary policy update for 2020 travel, as follows, until further notice:
For travellers with existing bookings and for new bookings, deposits on future Globus tours can be moved to any other brand (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways), destination or itinerary in 2020 or 2021 without penalty prior to final payment
Additionally, Globus is allowing guests departing on any holiday that includes Italy, on any date, to move their tour to a future date without penalties.
Also, Globus is temporarily waiving cancellation penalties until 30 days prior to departure.
Some restrictions apply to these policy changes. Visit Globus’ traveller update page for details.
Bunnik Tours celebrates 25 years
Over the last two months, Bunnik Tours has been busy holding events with key trade around Australia to mark its 25th anniversary.
The inaugural event was held in Surfers Paradise on 29 January, which was then followed by events in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Noosaville, Sydney, with the final event held in Melbourne.
Insight Vacations launches anniversary sale
Insight Vacations has announced a special offer for clients travelling in 2020 to celebrate The Travel Corporation’s 100-year anniversary.
Agents can now offer their clients a saving of $200 per couple on select trips across Europe, Britain, India, the US, and Canada until 30 April 2020.
Agents must use the promotion code PPIV100YRS to apply the discount to their client’s next journey. The offer is available on new bookings only and is combinable with any Club Bon Voyage discounts.
Terms and conditions apply. For more info, visit Insight Vacations’ website, call 1300 727 767 or contact your local sales manager.
Exodus offers free day on almost 200 selected departures worldwide
To celebrate the leap year, Exodus Travels is offering a free day on almost 200 worldwide departures until tomorrow (3 March).
So, instead of paying for a 14-day tour, your clients will only pay for 13 days, or get a week-long trip for the price of six days.
Terms and conditions apply. Call 1300 131 698 or visit Exodus’ website for more details.
The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka offers four-night package to coincide with Wild Collective
For those of your clients wanting to escape to a tropical paradise and enjoy a three-day festival oozing with creativity, Wild Collective is definitely worth a consideration.
The festival brings together musicians, artists, healers, biologists, adventurers, wildlife experts, yogis, and many other talented people from across the island.
Lucky for you, The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka has teamed up with Kitesurfing Sri Lanka to bring a special four-night, fully-inclusive package (excluding soft drinks and alcohol).
Starting at $1,560 per person (twin share), the package includes a Private Lagoon Bungalow, full board, kitesurfing during the stay, a complimentary Shiatsu massage, mangrove planting, morning yoga sessions, bicycle rental, sustainability workshops, Wild Collective festival entry, tea, coffee, drinking water, and airport transfers.
Intrepid’s latest deals
Here’s a quick rundown of the latest deals on offer from Intrepid Travel:
- Save $1,099 on the 14-day ‘Sydney to Cairns Northbound’ departing 21 March 2020 (now $4,946 per person, twin share).
- Save $929 on the 10-day ‘Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure’ departing 13 March 2020 (now $3,716 per person, twin share).
- Save $746 on the 13-day ‘Cycle Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand’ departing 21 March 2020 (now $2,239 per person, twin share).
- Save $911 on the 15-day ‘Marrakech to Barcelona’ departing 14 March 2020 (now $3,099 per person, twin share).
- Save $748 on the eight-day ‘Best of Costa Rica’ departing 28 March 2020 (now $2,247 per person, twin share).
- Save $1,196 on the 15-day ‘Barcelona to Rome’ departing 21 March 2020 (now $3,589 per person, twin share).
All deals include accommodation, transport and some meals and activities. For more info, call 1300 458 437 or visit Intrepid’s website.
TTC’s weekly deals
UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISES
Your clients can elevate their river cruise experience in 2021 and fly free to Europe in economy class or upgrade to business class from $3,999 per person. This offer is available on the eight-day ‘Brilliant Bordeaux’ cruise. Starting from $5,699 per person, twin share (return economy flights to Europe included), this offer is on sale until 29 May 2020 for departures on 28 March 2021 and 31 October 2021. Other departure dates are available, but prices may vary. For more info or to book, call 1300 780 231 or visit Uniworld’s website (conditions apply).
ADVENTURE WORLD TRAVEL
Explora En Rapa Nui
Travellers can save up to $1,755 per couple on a four-day stay at the award-winning Explora En Rapa Nui on Easter Island with Adventure World Travel. Starting from $2,635 per person, twin share (discount included), this offer is on sale now and valid for travel between April and June 2020. For more info or to book, call 1300 363 055 or visit Adventure World Travel’s website (conditions apply).
Your clients can save up to $580 per person with AAT Kings’ Last Minute Deals on the 11-day ‘Untamed Kimberley’ trip. Starting from $5,215 per person, twin share (discount included), this offer for departures on 12 and 26 May 2020 and is on sale now until sold out or departed. Other departure dates are available, but prices may vary. For more info or to book, call 1300 556 100 or visit the AAT Kings website (conditions apply).
Croatia Island Hopper
Travellers can save up to $150 off selected Busabout trips such as the eight-day ‘Croatia Island Hopper’. Starting from $1,009 per person (discount included), this offer is on sale now until 16 March 2020 for departures up until 31 March 2021. For more info or to book, visit the Busabout website or call1300 287 226 (conditions apply).
Shamrocks & Leprechauns
Your clients can save up to 10 per cent off for young travellers, plus 10 per cent EPD for all travellers with Trafalgar. Guests can enjoy these savings on the 10-day ‘Shamrocks & Leprechauns’ trip. Starting from $3,172.50 per adult and $2,848.50 per child, twin share (discounts included), this offer is on sale now until 1 September 2020 for departures between April 2021 to September 2021. For more info or to book, call 1300 78 78 78 or visit Trafalgar’s website (conditions apply).
Alpine Christmas Markets
Clients who book early can save five per cent with Insight Vacations’ Early Payment Discount on the 9-day ‘Alpine Christmas Markets’ trip. Starting from $2,541 per person, twin share (discount included), this offer is on sale now until 27 August or until sold out for select departures between October 2020 to April 2021. For more info or to book, call 1300 727 visit the Insight Vacations website or contact your local Sales manager (conditions apply).
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