Best of Borneo

Friday, 23 June 2017 09:48

Exotic Holidays’ recent agents’ famil to Borneo highlighted the best of nature, wildlife and culture on the world’s third largest Island.

Rainforests, an abundance of wildlife and a closer look at the ancient tribes of Borneo along with local markets, food stalls and a look at the history of Borneo completed the experience. 

Arriving in Kuching, Sarawak’s capital city, agents learned about the interesting history of the state and the influence of the White Rajahs, Sarawak’s founding monarchy.

The quad squad in Cambodia

Friday, 12 May 2017 11:50

Exotic Holidays is promoting quad and mountain bike tours as a different way to experience Siam Reap in Cambodia.
Clients begin their tour with visits to Prasat Kravan, The Royal Baths, Banteay Kdei and Eastern Mebon. They will also visit Angkor Thom and explore Bayon temple and the Elephants Terrace. The day finishes with sunset at the Pre Rup mountain-temple.
The next day the tour heads into the countryside to visit a school and meet the locals. This will be followed by a visit to Senteurs D’Angkor where you’ll taste authentic teas and liquors.

Game on for Penang

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:52

As New Zealand opened its arms last week to about 25,000 athletes taking part in the 2017 World Masters Games, Penang stepped up to the plate to promote its own major sporting event.  
The Asia Pacific Masters Games (APMG) Penang 2018 was officially launched at a function in Auckland on Friday. They are the first multi-sport Masters Games to be staged in Asia and will be held from 8 to

Taiwan workshops head to NZ

Monday, 06 March 2017 10:57

On the back of February's successful six-day famil in Taiwan, tourism delegates from the destination are heading to New Zealand to further promote the country to agents.
The Taiwan Tourism Workshop will head to Auckland’s Stamford Plaza on 21 March and move on to Christchurch on 23 March.
The workshops are each open to around 40 agents. Presentations will be given by Taiwan Tourism Bureau and government officials and prizes, including a China Airlines flight to Taiwan, will be up for grabs.

Agents: ‘overcome the fear’

Monday, 06 March 2017 09:36

The amount of consumers who say ‘I didn’t know we could do that’ convinces Penny Henderson, who represents Sundowners Overland and Tucan Travel in New Zealand, that many agents are still hesitant to promote and sell niche adventure experiences.
Henderson and Sundowners Overland Melbourne-based general manager Liz Anderson were constantly busy at Flight Centre’s Travel Expo in Auckland over the weekend, often with 14 or 15 people listening in at once.

Macao rises to challenge of bustling tourism industry

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 09:54

Macao is embracing its booming tourism industry with new attractions and improved infrastructure to complement a growing number of hotels, shops and eateries.  
Visitor numbers to the Portuguese enclave last year rose to 31 million. The number of New Zealanders visiting Macao grew by 1.2% in 2016 to 13,572.
Macao also last year welcomed the opening of Cotai hotel-resorts The Parisian and the Wynn Palace, which boosted hotel room numbers to more than 37,600 – an increase of 13.9% on 2015.

Philippines ‘gaining traction’

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 09:44

Philippine Airlines’ service to Manila (via Cairns) is gaining traction after operating for more than a year, says Didi Varata, area manager New Zealand with the carrier.
‘We have now established interest from Kiwis as well as VFR and ethnic groups (about 50 – 50).
‘We are strengthening Manila as a hub for our 44 international and 31 domestic destinations. Domestically we have four hubs – Manila, Clark, Davao and Cebu.’

Wendy Wu savings to China

Friday, 03 February 2017 20:28

Wendy Wu Tours is offering up to $350 off per person on 2017 China group tours when flying Cathay Pacific.
Clients can access the specials on a vast array of Wendy Wu Tours’ 2017 China group tours, but the company advises these have limited availability and are only on sale until 27 February 2017 (unless sold out prior).
General manager NZ, Paul Dymond, says Wendy Wu has seen a huge increase in the amount of people travelling to China in 2017 already.

Agent famil to Yunnan next step

Friday, 27 January 2017 15:13

A famil trip for up to 20 Kiwi travel agents is set to be the next big trade promotion in this market by one of China’s lesser known, but increasingly accessible, regions.
Operators from Yunnan Province in the southwest of the country presented to about
50 trade and media representatives in Auckland yesterday, emphasising cultural attractions such as the regions 25 ethnic tribes, flora and fauna that includes wild Asian elephants and Yunnan golden monkeys, plus natural landscapes and attractions ranging from high snowy peaks on the border of Tibet, through to hot springs, the Three Parallel Rivers National Park and the ‘photographers’ paradise’ of the Red Lands.

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