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European Union’s visitor ‘safe list’ includes Aussie travellers

While it’s a good sign that Australia made the EU’s ‘safe list’, it doesn’t exactly mean your clients can toddle off to France or Spain.

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Events

YOU BLOODY BEAUTY!!! Australia and NZ to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

After a very anxious wait overnight, Aussies and Kiwis have woken up to this fantastic bit of news!

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Wholesalers

Insight Vacations launches ‘Local Escapes’ collection

The wholesaler is offering itineraries across Australia and New Zealand for the first time. And, judging by the photos, there will be no shortage of alcohol for guests.

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Destinations

‘Bula Bubble’ sets sail: Fiji’s PM outlines safe tourism plan, with yachters to quarantine by boat

by Christian Fleetwood

After lobbying for Fiji to be more than just a “second-class consideration” in trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ talks, the country’s prime minister has hatched his own plan.

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Trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ date could be pushed back, as NZ records new COVID-19 cases

by Christian Fleetwood

The reintroduction of COVID-19 across the Tasman could push the start date of the potential travel ‘bubble’ between Australia and NZ back, according to a tourism academic.

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Aviation

Trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ travellers could be isolated in ‘green lanes’ for COVID-19 protection

by Christian Fleetwood

The federal government is reportedly considering so-called ‘green lanes’ once the trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ opens. However, that’s not to suggest only left-wing travellers will be able to use them.

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Aviation

Trans-Tasman flights out of Canberra could begin on 1 July, according to proposal

by Christian Fleetwood

Canberra Airport is taking expressions of interest for proposed flights between Canberra and Wellington, which could take off within a month.

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Destinations

Trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ could be in place by September, travel group says

by Christian Fleetwood

The expert working group behind the proposal for a trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ reckons it could be operational by September.

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Tourism

ScoMo says trans-Tasman bubble is still “some time away”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has put the idea of creating a trans-Tasman bubble between Australia and New Zealand on ice, saying reopening state borders is the priority.

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Tourism

New Zealand PM backs trans-Tasman travel bubble

Jacinda Ardern has joined the Australian government’s national cabinet meeting to discuss the “trans-Tasman bubble”, and it appears she’s a fan of the idea.

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Cruise

Flying cruise ship mirage baffles Kiwis

UFO fanatics are flocking to Mount Maunganui beach to catch sight of what seems to be a hovering ship. And by UFO fanatics, we mean Travel Weekly’s deputy editor.

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Tourism

PM warns international travel won’t return “anytime soon”, except maybe to New Zealand

by Ali Coulton

Meanwhile, academics and tourism bodies are pushing for the trans-Tasman travel bubble to expand to economically vulnerable Pacific Islands.

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