That wasn’t there before…

Monday, 19 August 2019 22:21

Clients who head to the Big Island of Hawaii now can see a new black sand beach, formed by the volcanic eruption last year.

Busabout: New trips, 3 Stop Pass

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 01:28

Busabout has launched its 2020 USA & Canada brochure with three new guided adventures and a 3 Stop Hopon Hop-off Pass on its West Coast coach travel network.

Renowned artist to exhibit at NY’s botanic gardens

Sunday, 04 August 2019 20:58

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) will feature the work of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama as its major exhibition in 2020.

Running from 2 May through to 1 November, the works will cover the spectrum of Kusama’s multifaceted practice and introduce major new works, including immersive experiences created specifically for this exhibition.

Vancouver day tours

Thursday, 18 July 2019 23:53

A range of new tours has been launched in Vancouver this year, encompassing bikes, beer, food and the rainbow community.

Music guides: agents can win

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 02:00

Excite Holidays and Brand USA have launched a new series of itinerary-style guides, themed around popular destinations for music across the USA.

Southern States turn on charm

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 02:14

Globus Family of Brands’ top ten performing agents across all brand categories in the 2018/19 year have just returned from a Supertour of the US.

US sector: shorter queues

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 22:47

The United States travel industry wants agents’ clients to get into America quicker and easier – that was the message from industry leaders at IPW, the USA’s travel and tourism showcase, last week.

A German – Texas mix

Friday, 07 June 2019 02:05

The German – Texas culture of Fredericksburg is being highlighted to Kiwis as an easy road trip (about four hours) from gateway Houston.

California’s roads pave way

Friday, 07 June 2019 01:04

California has just launched a major global campaign focused on road trips and urges travel agents and brokers to swot up on the opportunities the programme provides.

New York City on road in NZ

Monday, 06 May 2019 22:45

NYC & Company visited Auckland and Wellington for agent training events last week.

Contiki adds to Latin America

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 23:00

Contiki has launched five new trips to Patagonia and Colombia and 13 improved trips across Latin America in its latest product release for the region.

Festivals in the Andes

Monday, 18 March 2019 23:58

New festival experiences are available in Peru through Viva Expeditions. Inti Raymi and Qoyllur Rit’I are two annual religious festivals in Inca/Andean tradition that take place during the winter solstice in Cusco.

Contributing in Peru

Friday, 08 March 2019 01:09

Clients looking to gain insight into the day-to-day lives of local Andean people, and make a difference to their lives, can include a visit to Misminay community in Peru.

Agents choose Chicago

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:43

by Aleisha Moore
Auckland agents joined Choose Chicago, Chicago Airport and Air New Zealand mid-November to celebrate the launch of Air New Zealand’s direct Auckland to Chicago service.
Fiona Love from The Travel Corporation won the major prize of the night, which included return flights on Air New Zealand to Chicago, five nights’ accommodation, sight-seeing excursions and more.
The evening was a chance for Chicago promoters to share insider tips, allowing agents to better sell the destination.

Southern USA with Masterchefs

Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:58

Masterchef winners Karena and Kasey are embarking on a one-off trip to the USA with Costsaver on Friday 3 May 2019.


Save on TTC’s North America

Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:34

With options to suit a variety of travel preferences, The Travel Corporation brands are promoting a limited time savings of up to 17.5% off selected USA & Canada trips in 2019.


Argentina: great for groups

Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:06

Adventure World’s destination expert Jorja Stone has just returned from hosting an agent educational trip to Argentina with Andy Stock, where seven kiwi agents experienced the cultural, artistic and architectural heritage on offer in the region.


DC appoints NZ rep

Monday, 08 October 2018 22:37

Destination DC, the official destination marketing organisation for Washington DC, has appointed Canuckiwi Ltd to represent it in New Zealand and Australia.


Responsible tourism in SA

Saturday, 22 September 2018 02:56

Having witnessed the detrimental effects of overtourism around the world, priorities are shifting towards offering a more beneficial, sustainable and less-invasive form of tourism.


Must-see Broadway shows

Friday, 14 September 2018 00:31

AIM Holidays has tickets on sale for five new shows in New York this autumn/winter:


‘What’s Your Santa Monica Soul’

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:43

Excite Holidays has launched ‘What’s Your Santa Monica Soul’, in conjunction with Santa Monica Travel & Tourism.

Viva–Chimu Buenos Aires famil

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:37

Viva Expeditions, Chimu Adventures (flights courtesy of Air New Zealand) took six Orbit Travel Agents plus an Air New Zealand representative on an in-depth tour of Bueno Aires.

Win fam trip to ski BC

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:20

Agents have the chance to win a fam trip place on a Ski British Columbia Agent Famil planned for early 2019.

Machu Picchu in luxury

Friday, 31 August 2018 03:02

Although the Inca Trail is an amazing hike, the arduous journey is not for all clients.

Aloha Waikiki

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:45

It was yet another successful Aloha Down Under event with interest as always in Aqua-Aston Hotels and Resorts’ extensive portfolio of properties across Hawaii.

Free night in Quito

Friday, 17 August 2018 00:14

World Journeys says clients can receive one free night at the boutique Casa Gangotena hotel in Quito, when booking a two-night stay there in conjunction with a Galapagos Cruise.

October in the Atacama

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:39

World Journeys has late availability savings of 15% on stays at the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa in Chile, for travel in October 2018.

Rio de Janeiro in-depth

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:54

World Journeys can now offer in-depth touring options in Rio de Janeiro, for travellers who want to see beyond the usual tourist sights.

Patagonian Cruising offer

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:17

World Journeys has savings of 25% on select 2018 departures of its five-day Australis Cruising in Patagonia itinerary in southern Chile, when booked by 30 August 2018.

HOT agent wins Latin Escapades

Thursday, 02 August 2018 22:49

Melanie Bartram, House of Travel Ferrymead, is the big winner in South America Tourism Office’s Latin Escapades sales incentive.

New look hotels say Aloha in New Zealand

Thursday, 02 August 2018 21:23

The upgrading, relaunching and rebranding of properties, especially around Waikiki, was a big part of the message at Aloha Down Under in Wellington and Auckland this week.

Buenos Aires and Beyond

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:54

A final call is out for agents to RSVP for the Buenos Aires and Beyond event.

Ancient Peru ‘more accessible’

Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:51

Eclipse Travel is reminding agents that from 30 August this year, Peru’s Chachapoyas and Kuélap will become more accessible, with domestic airline LC Perú announcing direct flights between Lima and Chachapoyas each Thursday and Sunday.

High time in Whistler

Monday, 23 July 2018 21:02

Whistler’s newly named Cloudraker Skybridge will open year-round (although it will only be accessible to skiers and snowboarders in the winter.)

Common goal in Latin America

Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:44

Rachel Williams, founder of Viva Expeditions, recently had a date with Latin American ambassadors to discuss tourism trends and ways to grow travel to their countries.

Uptown Foodie Walk in Dallas

Monday, 16 July 2018 21:27

Adventure World Travel is encouraging guests on its USA itinerary to take up an insider’s view into the West Village, a walkable urban living, dining and shopping district in the heart of Dallas.

Emerging South America

Monday, 16 July 2018 20:36

Agents are being urged to suggest Colombia to clients seeking an emerging destination in South America.

Best of Two Worlds

Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:10

Adventure World has savings of up to $1855pp on its best of Two Worlds Patagonia itinerary if booked before 31 December 2018.

Buenos Aires and Beyond Event

Friday, 06 July 2018 01:02

Air New Zealand, Viva Expeditions and Chimu Adventures have announced their next trade fiesta ‘Buenos Aires and Beyond’ on 14 August 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

America’s music with Excite

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:29

Excite Holidays has launched its latest campaign, The Music That Made America, in conjunction with Brand USA, Travel Portland and Choose Chicago.

Gastronomic Latin America

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:21

Last week, the 2018 winners of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants were unveiled in Bilbao, Spain, and highlighted seven Latin American restaurants in the top 50.

Falklands & South Georgia

Monday, 25 June 2018 23:17

Viva Expeditions has a 50% discount to Falklands and South Georgia on the Ocean Adventurer Cruise.

New brand’s got soul

Monday, 25 June 2018 23:08

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau has rebranded and is now known as Memphis Tourism, the official destination marketing organisation representing the tourism and hospitality industry for Memphis and Shelby County.

Win a place on famil to Rio, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls

Monday, 25 June 2018 23:00

Eclipse Travel is offering New Zealand travel agents the chance to win a place on a nine day famil to Argentina and Brazil to showcase some of its most popular first timer product.

Win a small group holiday to SA

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:50

Viva Expeditions has announced its next Travel Agent Prize Draw, where an agent will win a small group tour to either Peru or Patagonia.

Agent finder’s fee boost for SA tour

Monday, 18 June 2018 21:33

Agents are being offered a significant finder’s fee for a hosted South America tour departing 20 October. The three week escorted tour of South America with travel blogger and Newstalk ZB travel correspondent Megan Singleton, returns 9 November.


It covers Buenos Aires, Iguacu Falls, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Santiago. ‘It would be ideal for the mid-life traveller who has South America on their list but wants all the hard work done for them so they are free to just enjoy the history, culture, food and music,’ says Singleton. The tour has space for about four more people and bookings can be made until 30 June. or

Kiwis add Colombia to their bucket lists

Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:18

Overcoming historical ideas that Colombia is a dangerous destination was one of the key areas discussed when Viva Expeditions met with the ambassador of Colombia, Jaime Bueno-Miranda and the consulate general of Colombia, Lennin Hernandez recently. Colombia is now one of the most stable nations in Latin America. Colombia is experiencing a tourism renaissance unlike any other. With record low crime rates, booming economic growth, and the promise of increased political stability, Colombia’s tourism arrivals have risen sharply from 3.3 million in 2011 to 5.7 million in 2017. CLICK HERE to view Viva Expedition’s Colombia Highlights holiday.

New destinations over high tea

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:57

Four new destinations and the same number of new itineraries – all combining the train journey with a self-paced drive extension – are among the highlights of the latest Rocky Mountaineer programme. The 2019 brochure and travel agents’ sales guide were launched to the New Zealand trade at a high tea at Fairways Conference Centre, North Shore Auckland late last week. Rocky Mountaineer sales manager Helen Hersom says the new destinations are Canmore (sometimes referred to as ‘Little Banff’, nearby Sunshine Village (where guests take a 15 minute gondola ride to the top of a mountain for their accommodation), the outdoor adventure location of Kananaskis, and the helitrekking base of Caboos (which features in a new 10-day itinerary). Hersom says Rocky Mountaineer is expanding its accommodation range in centres that tend to get full in the busy season. She says that while the Silver Leaf service (using three and half to four star accommodation) is popular the vast majority of New Zealand clients (70%) book Gold leaf (five-star accommodation).

Brand USA & Air NZ’s MegaFam

Monday, 11 June 2018 23:30

Yesterday saw the launch of the Brand USA and Air New Zealand MegaFam incentive where New Zealand travel agents have the chance to win a music-themed ticket to seven nights in the USA.

Agents miss out by not booking bike adventures

Thursday, 31 May 2018 22:41

Increasing numbers of New Zealanders are jumping onto Harley-Davidsons as an exciting way to see the United States or Australia – but the travel trade is not taking full advantage of this.

Agents north-western Argentina famil

Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:10

Viva Expeditions & Chimu Adventures, supported by Air New Zealand, hosted nine agents to explore north-western Argentina.


Emma Johnson lead the famil and reports: ‘Buenos Aires was our first stop and it did not fail to impress (even in the torrential rain). The El Querandi Tango show was a delight and left us wanting to tango the night away but we had an early start the following morning, to explore what would be the highlight of our trip, Salta Valley & Canyons. We explored the dry dusty desert with colourful mountains, red gorges, Andean puna (grassland) and jagged mountain valleys. A highlight was the Salinas Grandes Salt Flats (an alternative to the famous Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia) and the old towns with a welcoming community, delicious food and wine. Our journey took us across paved and unpaved roads, making for a fun, bumpy journey, climbing high up to 4170 m.a.s.l. And of course we loved indulging at the vineyards of beautiful Cafeyate, and learning of traditional Argentinean winemaking. Ask any one of us what our favourite place was and there were so many, it would be hard to choose. North-western Argentina is definitely one of the most beautiful places in South America.’


For your clients who look for breathtaking scenery, unique culture with strong traditions, and something different they will enjoy what north-western Argentina has to offer. The nine-day Salta Valley & Canyons tour (CLICK HERE) starts from $3388 pp and is best explored April to November, avoiding the rainy season when road closures can disrupt travel.

Bikes, bands and beer

Monday, 21 May 2018 21:41

From 11-13 August, Denver’s River North (RiNo) Art District will host the first-ever Colorado Classic professional cycling race and Velorama Festival. This is a three-day block party highlighting the Colorado Classic finish line, national music acts and a craft marketplace. The events will appeal to a broad audience.


‘Velorama Colorado aims to celebrate many of the things that make Colorado special,’ says David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group. ‘By combining an outdoor sporting event and a block party that includes already popular events like Denver Flea and local vendors, cycling fans can explore a music festival at their bike race, and music fans can experience a professional bike race alongside their music festival. Either way, Velorama promises to be a weekend filled with world-class cycling, broadly appealing music and more.’ The Colorado Classic will be a four-day series of races that will bring together top international men and women cyclists – including Tour de France runner-up, Rigoberto Uran and Colorado’s own three-time Olympian, Taylor Phinney.

Win a spot on a South America educational

Friday, 18 May 2018 00:03

Adventure World reminds agents all bookings valued at $2,500 or more made before 31 May 2018 will be in to win a spot on its South America educational in September.


Leaving New Zealand on 5 September, the winning agent will visit Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and Copacabana Beach in Rio before returning to New Zealand by 16 September. Each booking gives agents another entry into the draw to win this incredible prize, which includes return airfares from Auckland, all accommodation, some meals, sightseeing and airline taxes. CLICK HERE for details.