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Trafalgar launches world’s first travel agent e-learning podcast
With a long history of innovation within travel, Trafalgar has today launched another industry first, an Agent e-learning podcast created specifically to provide behind-the-scenes access to the brand in a way that has never been done before in travel.
With 91 per cent of Australians aware of to podcasts and over 33 per cent listening to podcasts monthly,* the demand and opportunity for listening and learning on the go is at an all-time high. As the world leader and authority in travel, this latest innovation cements the brand’s commitment to innovation and destination expertise, and most importantly, it speaks to the brand’s passion for providing the best experiences for agents and customers while giving a deeper understanding of the people within Trafalgar who bring their trips to life.
The initial five-part series, ‘Travel Unlocked’, sees the brand reveal stories and never before shared information from a variety of guests within the business, such as travel directors, sales managers, product developers and CEO Gavin Tollman. The episodes will cover FAQs, JoinTrafalgar sustainability efforts, and how Be My Guest – another innovation by Trafalgar – was born, to name just a few of the topics discussed.
Experience, discover, taste all new tours at the National Wine Centre of Australia
Australia’s premier CBD wine experience venue, the award-winning National Wine Centre of Australia has launched an exciting new series of tours intended for individuals, small and larger groups. Designed as an ideal opportunity for those without the time to head out to a wine region, or as a perfect launchpad to discover the diversity of Australia’s wine regions ahead of further travels, the National Wine Centre tours have something to suit all ages, all needs and budgets.
The new tour and tasting options offered by the National Wine Centre include the opportunity for patrons, for the very first time, to enjoy a sommelier hosted tasting or bespoke dining experience in the southern hemisphere’s largest open wine cellar amid almost 20,000 bottles that comprise one of the country’s most diverse and comprehensive collections of Australian wine.
Any of the National Wine Centre visitor experiences may be undertaken in conjunction with the Australian Wine Discovery tour which provides an excellent overview of Australia’s wine regions and most popular varietals.
All National Wine Centre tour and tasting experiences may be expanded and enhanced with coffee, a bar plate or luncheon dining opportunity in our ‘Wined’ bar and café or on our outdoor terrace overlooking the magnificent Botanic Gardens.
Galapagos Biosphere expansion
Tempo Holidays, the tailor-made specialists, are advocates of sustainability, local communities and wildlife that create experience rich holidays. Because of this, we are thrilled about the groundbreaking news released by UNESCO that the Galapagos biosphere reserve is being expanded from 772,000 hectares to 14.6 million hectares, making it the largest marine area in the world. This delightful news means that this incomparable natural beauty will be preserved for flora and fauna to thrive.
To travel sustainably in the Galapagos, ensure to use tour providers who hire local employees and offer a fair wage, source local products and conserve water and energy. Speak to Tempo Holidays, the tailor-made specialists about the Galapagos today on our tours that teach travellers about the young islands preservation efforts, vegetation and breeding centres (pg 42-43 of Latin American brochure).
TTC brands help rise of ethical travel
For travellers looking to make travel matter and give back to the communities they visit, there are a new breed of travel itineraries which offer unique experiences in various destinations allowing travellers to immerse themselves in local projects.
Contiki recently launched new trips to Colombia and Patagonia as well as revamping 13 trips in Latin America, ensuring guests are able to volunteer with several community projects and can contribute to. In Colombia, they work with Proyecto Tití and the local community at Hacienda El Ceibal to save and grow the population of the critically endangered Cotton Top Tamarin primates.
In Ecuador, Contiki guests can volunteer on a development project alongside the Teh Mazin community, deep in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. Travellers work alongside the community and learn about life in the Amazon, a place where the local way of life is constantly threatened by environmental impact.
In Europe Busabout together with TreadRight’s Turisti Nei Cian campaign are helping to “Save Vernazza” and help restore and preserve the devasted town which sits in the middle of the Cinque Terre for future generations. Guests have the opportunity to head into the wild of Vernazza and help the local farmers restore and future-proof the land.
Across the globe in Asia, Busabout partners with Refill Not Landfill in a campaign to reduce disposable water bottle waste. Passengers travelling through Cambodia receive reusable stainless-steel bottles, which they can top up at the many refill stations around the country. Travellers in Vietnam visit Streets Restaurant in Hoi An, which runs a no-cost, 18-month culinary and hospitality programme for vulnerable youth living in poverty. In Laos guests visit Ock Pop Tok in Luang Prabang, which is a textile and artisanal institute founded on the principles of fair trade and sustainable business practices – allowing loomed textiles to thrive as a craft and giving villagers the opportunity to work for competitive wages and continued learning.
U River Cruises, is also revolutionising the river cruise industry with its strong stance on sustainability and saying no to plastics. Since its inaugural sailing in 2018, the river cruise line banned single-use plastics from its ships.
Fly business class with APT and Emirates
Book an APT European luxury river cruise to travel between August and November 2019, and fly business class for just $995 return with Emirates Airline. Available for a limited time only, the deal is valid on APT’s Magnificent Europe, Voyage Through the Balkans and Imperial Europe cruise holidays.
Guests who travel on APT’s most popular 15-day Magnificent Europe river cruise in August, September, October or November 2019 can travel from $7,990 per person twin share including business class flights.
Jones & Co announces South American Tours
Jones & Co is excited to announce and welcome South American Tours to their collection. South American Tours (SAT) is a uniquely positioned Destination Management Company with fully owned offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay and a sales office located in Germany enhancing and streamlining processes. In existence since 1973 and purely B2B oriented, SAT offers unforgettable travel experiences across South America that reveal each country’s authentic character.
SAT provides you with a wide range of travel services, with a special focus on customised programs for groups and individual travellers, bespoke luxury journeys and special interest tours.
Their product range also includes cruise handling and ingenious incentive programs.
All Black Luke Romano launches luxury adventure tourism brand
All Black and Crusaders lock Luke Romano today launches Monarch Pursuits, New Zealand’s first full-service outdoor adventure and travel company, targeting the premium visitor market.
Monarch Pursuits provides bespoke, tailored itineraries incorporating hunting, fishing and heli-skiing experiences in NZ’s Southern Alps. Guests are treated to a world-class experience staying at some of the country’s most exclusive alpine retreats and exploring off-the-beaten-track locations in a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
Monarch is inspired by Romano’s passion for the outdoors, hunting in the high country, and his pride in NZ. Romano is financially backed in Monarch by a team of successful Christchurch businesspeople and an operations team with extensive tourism experience.