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Tourism Australia, in partnership with Air New Zealand has launched its ‘Savouring Australia’ campaign showcasing 80 of the best experiences in Australia. In keeping with the NTO’s  focus on world-class food and wine experiences, there are plenty of tasty stops on a journey that also includes incredible nature and wildlife, world-class shopping and shows and unique cultural experiences.

For a ‘real person's’ perspective, Tourism Australia enlisted photographer, foodie and blogger, Sarah Tuck who has been journaling her travels through print, online and video content which will play through Dish magazine and Yahoo! New Zealand.

Jenny Aitken, Tourism Australia general manager – New Zealand says, 'Sarah exemplifies Tourism Australia’s best prospect customer in New Zealand who is well travelled and is passionate about food and wine along with other key experiences such as nature and wildlife, shopping and shows and culture, all of which our customers have expressed strong preferences for.'

Sarah shares her journey which took in six Australian States where she spoke with local producers, checked out what’s trending in some of our favourite Aussie cities as and uncovered some real gems in regional Australia, all of which are within easy reach of the main centres.

In Broome, Sarah shares a rich  pearling legacy and witnesses the natural phenomena of the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ before saying 'yes please' to a glass of champagne as part of a very special shopping experience. Eastward, Sarah checks out latest trends and treasures in some of our most visited cities and finds that there is always something new to do, taste, or see.

Jenny Aitken says the content delivery from this campaign can be used as a great tool for agents in providing clients with inspiration for their next Australian holiday and as it is based around experiences it is easy for agents to zoom in on and create a bespoke Australian holiday that is best fitted to their clients personal interest of passion.

Sarah Tuck's adventure can be followed at #SavouringAustralia or bookmark www.savouringaustralia.co.nz

New Zealand’s tourism industry is supporting a package of proposed reforms designed to make trans-Tasman travel even easier.

New Zealand and Australia provide the largest single source of visitors for each country. More than 1.2 million Aussies crossed the ditch in the year to June 2014 while just over 1 million Kiwis visited Australia.

'The implementation of the TTF reforms would unlock further growth from Australia by making travel across the Tasman even easier and more affordable,' says Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) chief executive Chris Roberts.

The current bilateral arrangements between Australia and New Zealand lag behind border agreements elsewhere in the world, like those for the 26 countries within Europe’s Schengen zone, between the USA and Canada, and between the UK and Ireland, Roberts says.

The four proposed reforms are:

  1. A domestic-like travel experience at international airports in Australia and New Zealand through the streamlining of border formalities on exit and entry
  2. Cutting the Australian Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) to AUD$25 (currently AUD$55) to encourage more travel between both countries
  3. Opening additional points of entry at secondary airports in Australia to encourage more travel
  4. Developing common visitor visas to encourage more international visitors to combine both countries in one trip

The TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards 2014 have just been declared a sell-out, says The Travel Agents Association of New Zealand’s chief executive officer Andrew Olsen.

‘If you haven’t got a ticket, you’ll have to hear about it afterwards,’ he says.

The awards are being held on Saturday, August 30 at the Pullman Auckland and Olsen says industry support has been overwhelming. ‘The first year is not without its moments of discovery and the industry has adopted a wonderful, collaborative approach.’

He advises that people should not be late for the event. ‘We will be starting with a surprise.’

Easyway Holidays, a subsidiary of World Interline Tours, will discontinue operations effective July 30, 2014. 

World Interline Tours / Easyway Holidays was incorporated in 1980 and has served the industry these past 34 years, providing Positive Space holiday packages for many sectors of the tourism industry.

Managing director Peter Black says that in today’s environment access and availability of industry travel privileges has changed markedly through many factors. 'Direct access via computerisation and direct offerings by many suppliers to the industry through their own channels has been a deciding influence on our ability to continue offering this special industry facility.

Reservations will honour all existing bookings until all confirmed travel has been completed. The industry priced Easyway Travel Insurance will continue to be available on line or manually. On line can still be accessed through the web site, which will shortly be amended to reflect direct access to this on line facility.

Innovative Travel recently hosted the winners of its Turkey & Gallipoli sales incentive to the play ‘Once on Chunuk Bair’.

Robyn Galloway, Gail Littin and Lisa Wharfe, Pukekohe Travel; Gerald Patterson, HWT Howick; Elhamy Elzayat, Innovative Travel; Moira Walker, HWT Howick got to join in the fun

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