Places

Japan’s top 100 Experiences

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 02:12

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has released a collection of 100 Experiences, compiled in response to the shift in interest by travellers to experienced-based travel.

Sri Lanka ‘back on the map’

Sunday, 01 December 2019 23:58

The watching and waiting is over for Sri Lankan tourism as Kiwi visitors return with enthusiasm after this year’s Easter terrorism attack.

Monaco’s potential for trade

Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:53

Monaco daytrippers, most of whom book their excursion once they reach Nice in France, provide a clear opportunity for agents who could be converting these travellers into overnight visitors, according to Alison Roberts-Brown, the regional director of Visit Monaco.

New tours in South America

Monday, 18 November 2019 21:53

South America Tourism Office’s new 2020 brochure, is a comprehensive guide with personalised itineraries, small group tours and cruises to Latin America.

El Salvador, Lebanon and the Silk Road

Monday, 11 November 2019 03:39

Explore’s Discovery & Wildlife brochure for 2020 features new tours to El Salvador, Lebanon and the Silk Road.

Vietnam with Genting Dream

Thursday, 03 October 2019 23:19

Hot gets hotter in Vietnam

Wellness in Thailand

Thursday, 26 September 2019 23:02

A six-day wellness package in Thailand is available through Exotic Holidays.

Discovering Dolomites on foot

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:35

Exploring the Dolomites in Northern Italy on foot is gaining strong bookings and rave reviews, according to A Walker’s World.

New tourism vibe ticks boxes for younger market

Monday, 16 September 2019 23:36

New tourism and hospitality operations are popping up in Norfolk Island to cater for the younger demographic that is discovering the destination.

These include activity operators, eateries and shops, says Rose Evans, team leader tourism and economic development. ‘We’ve seen great growth in new businesses that have a younger vibe and are environmentally aware, like eco-store, Prenke.’

Greece is the word

Friday, 13 September 2019 00:04

A Walker’s World has increased its offerings of walking and biking holidays in Greece as demand creeps up, says director Jill Grant.

Yurts in Iceland

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 03:29

Explore Worldwide has new accommodation in Iceland, a private collection of bespoke yurts set in the heart of the Golden Circle.

Tokelau aims for spot

Monday, 19 August 2019 22:27

Tokelau has become the 20th Pacific Island member country of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 01:21

Viva Expeditions’ operations manager, Tara Sutherland recently completed a 13-day circumnavigation of Spitsbergen, Norway.

Bike & barge Northern Burgundy

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 03:08

A Walker’s World/CYCLING EUROPE has a week long Bike & Barge tour of Northern Burgundy to discover a less known part of this famous wine region.

Imagine this… lagoon life

Thursday, 18 July 2019 23:42

What started off as a one room base for geologists searching for gold in a nearby island is now Imagination Island Resort.

Safari with kids

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 01:48

Adventure World’s expert in group and family travel, Angela Mount has recently returned from safari in Africa with her three children aged 8, 14, 15 and shares her top tips for agents in preparing clients for safari with their kids.

Scenery some of the best

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:43

Self-drive is a burgeoning market in Northern Ireland and some of the most spectacular scenery in the land is around the coastal town of Ballycastle.

A tattoo state-ment

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 03:32

Julie Gerrard, destination team leader – North America, Asia, Europe from Adventure World New Zealand, enjoyed her recent trip to The Great American West so much, that she got a tattoo to prove it.

Tourism growing for Slovenia

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 00:57

Tourism is fast becoming one of the strongest sectors for Slovenia, with the destination lodging another record year last year of 18% growth in international tourism.

Russia – not an ‘add-on’

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 00:36

‘Rather than thinking about Russia as something you would slot into a European itinerary, why not think about Russia as your main destination and see what is around it?’

Get back to the Big Island

Thursday, 20 June 2019 22:42

Getting New Zealand travellers back to the Big Island and spreading the message about various events and developments on the whole archipelago are among the objectives of two visiting representatives from the Hilton portfolio of hotels and resorts in Hawaii.

Riding the Dragon in KZN

Thursday, 13 June 2019 23:00

Part 4 in a series on South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal: They’ve done the Winelands and Capetown, driven the Garden Route, and been on safari.

Puerto Rico – have we met yet?

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 22:58

Puerto Rico is not only back, it’s thriving almost two years after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the destination’s one year old marketing organisation reports.

Taking it to Taroko

Friday, 07 June 2019 01:25

Whether walking, biking, running a marathon, learning about the local tribal culture or simply relaxing in a spectacular natural landscape, Taroko Gorge is the go to place in Taiwan.

British-Zulu battles are centre of attention

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 03:08

Part 3 in a series on South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province
Stories that bring to life fierce battles between Zulu warriors and the British are highlights of a stay at Fugitives’ Drift in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Behind the Big Five

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:55

Part two in a series on South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province
Building in an extra day or two at a game reserve can give clients a deeper understanding of how wildlife parks fit into their local communities and conservation initiatives.
That’s the advice of Christian Sperka, wildlife photographer and marketer for Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve, three and a half hours drive from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province.

Hippo happiness at St Lucia

Thursday, 02 May 2019 22:47

A big wildlife drawcard in KwaZulu Natal is St Lucia, around two hours’ drive north of Durban and home to around 900 hippos and 1200 crocodiles.

Win a place on AUH famil

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 01:04

Excite Holidays has launched a new campaign in conjunction with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.

Lebanon back on the map

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:17

Explore is putting Lebanon back on the tourist map with a new eight-day Highlights of Lebanon trip using local guides.

Jordan: region’s resurgence

Monday, 18 March 2019 23:50

Innovative Travel advises the resurgence of tourism in Egypt is creating a positive overflow effect onto tourism for Jordan.

New Tanna tour

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 01:50

Vanuatu Ecotours has launched a three-day, two-night adventure to Tanna.

TAS: spreading visitors

Friday, 08 March 2019 00:36

A Tasmanian government push to entice visitors into the regions is quickly showing dividends.

Trekking Hokkaido’s wild lands

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 03:01

Active Asia is promoting a nine-day small group guided tour that explores a secluded part of eastern Hokkaido, Japan.

Out with the old, in with the Newcastle

Monday, 18 February 2019 22:26

Virgin Australia and Newcastle Airport partnered to take nine key corporate travel agents and incentive operators to Newcastle recently.

Soneva Fushi special

Monday, 28 January 2019 22:55

For clients looking for a luxury resort in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi is offering free transfers and three free experiences in addition to the current stay seven, pay five nights offer for travel in February 2019, reports World Journeys.

DC ‘open’ despite shutdown

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:29

Destination DC (DDC) continues its ‘DC is Open’ campaign while the partial government shutdown continues to let visitors know that Washington, DC is open for business and is ready to welcome business and leisure travellers.

Hints for travelling in Japan

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:27

Compiled by Kathy Ombler
• Tokyo subway – ticket machines offer English translations; you can buy a single trip, day pass or buy a pasmo card (available from the ‘pink’ machines), these can be topped up as needed. (The pasmo card also can be used in 7 Eleven stores and some vending machines.)
• Subway cell phone etiquette – put phones on silent and don’t have loud conversations.

Shinto shrines to Bullet Trains

Monday, 05 November 2018 20:11

From Shinto shrine to bullet train; Shogun castle to cutting edge car production: attractions in Nagoya and neighbouring Toyota City exemplify the juxtaposition of technology and tradition that is modern Japan.

 

Clients oughta go to Oita

Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:24

Oita, on Japanese island Kyushu, is one of next year’s Rugby World Cup pool venues.

 

First hand to fjords

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:32

Amy Forsyth, communications and sales specialist at Wild Earth Travel, recently returned from a luxury cruising expedition with PONANT in Norway.

 

Exotic's Philippines trip

Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:30

Exotic Holidays is promoting an 11- day Banaue & Boracay Swing package in the Philippines priced from $2753 per person twin share.

 

Malaysia’s ‘unsung islands’

Monday, 15 October 2018 23:17

Exotic Holidays and Tourism Malaysia are encouraging Kiwis to look beyond the country’s most famous island beaches if they want to enjoy coastal and island destinations with less tourists.

 

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:56

AIM Holidays has released packages for the 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

 

Argentina easier to get around

Monday, 08 October 2018 22:41

Getting around Argentina has got cheaper and easier with more airlines competing for passengers, including new ultra-low-cost carrier Flybondi and Norwegian Air Argentina.

Exotic: Discover Malaysia

Monday, 01 October 2018 23:55

The wide diversity of Malaysia is the focus of a campaign that has been launched by Exotic Holidays, in conjunction with Tourism Malaysia.

 

Super discount at Nasama

Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:04

To coincide with Air Vanuatu’s Super Sales Fares for the 2019 low season of February and March, Vanuatu’s Nasama Resort is offering 40% off for bookings of four nights or more during this period.

 

Growth for Egypt & Jordan

Monday, 17 September 2018 22:36

The Middle East has become a hotspot for Australian and New Zealand travellers with Egypt and Jordan identified in the top fastest growing regions for G Adventures’ Kiwi and Aussie travellers.

 

Explora en Rapa Nui

Friday, 14 September 2018 00:44

Adventure World Travel has a new offer for one of Easter Island’s most celebrated hotels: explora Rapa Nui.

Wellness in the Himalayas

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:24

Exotic has five-night wellness (Ananda) packages in the Himalayas that can be extended to seven, 14 and 21 nights to suit clients. Price is on application.

Guangzhou feast for foodies

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:17

With a rich Dynastic heritage, the southern city of Ghangzhou is arguably China’s most popular culinary destination.

Calling all Yogis

Friday, 31 August 2018 03:13

World Journeys has a new itinerary combining some of the cultural highlights of India, with the International Yoga Festival taking place in Rishikesh 1 – 7 March 2019.

Namibia under canvas

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:40

World Journeys has small group journeys in Namibia staying in canvas camps.

Eclipse Travel Africa grows

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:42

Eclipse Travel is reporting growing Africa enquiries following a focus on the destination this month with exclusive savings and value-adds on offer.

Big Island volcano vacations

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:47

Far from keeping people away, the massive Hawaiian Kilauea volcano is now drawing more tourists than ever since it erupted in May, according to a local operator who visited New Zealand recently.