Australia

High end on Lord Howe

Monday, 14 October 2019 01:20

New accommodation based on private home living is opening in Lord Howe Island, an hour and a half flight out of Sydney, early 2020.

A walk on part in the opera

Monday, 14 October 2019 01:17

Opera Australia is still waiting for the first Kiwi taking up its offer to have a walk on role in La Boheme, with the next opportunity for clients to do so in January 2020.

New Flinders Ranges tour

Monday, 30 September 2019 20:38

Flinders Ranges Odysseys has launched a new three-day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour beginning 3 April 2020.

SA incentive winner

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:46

Congratulations to Zoe Christensen from Flight Centre Cambridge, who is the lucky winner of the recent Aussie Specialist Program incentive.

DMC launches on Norfolk Island

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:17

A demand for premium product has led Kiwi ex-pats Lillian and Ian Mann to launch Travel Norfolk, a service for travellers wanting flexibility, custom made experiences, and the reassurance of having someone ‘on the ground’ to ensure that special excursions are pre-booked and confirmed before they leave home.

Tourism Talent enters Australia

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:00

New Zealand’s Tourism Talent has launched in Australia, operating in both New South Wales and Western Australia.

New for Tourism Australia

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:20

Phillipa Harrison is the new managing director of Tourism Australia.

Bar drops anchor to fill a gap

Monday, 16 September 2019 23:42

When Benny Ford opened The Black Anchor Bar in Norfolk Island last November, he filled a gap in the market. He opened a casual bar where people could relax after work, with a cocktail, craft beer or wine. Open Thursday to Saturday from 5pm till midnight, The Black Anchor serves  ‘pop up’ bar food from offsite caterers – dumplings on Thursdays, tacos on Fridays and American barbecue food on Saturdays.

The Black Anchor is a fitting name for someone who has worked for 20 years as a sea captain, and grew up on boats. Doubling as port manager by day, Ford has lived on the island for three years. ‘Norfolk Island is the place that everyone in Byron Bay

Aussie Specialist news

Monday, 19 August 2019 22:14

Agents can tune in to the Victoria webinar this week, plus be in to win a trip to South Australia.

AIM for tattoo in Sydney

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 01:08

AIM Holidays is reminding agents that it has packages available for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney from 17 to 19 October at the ANZ Stadium.

FC’s Global: BNE 2020

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 01:31

Brisbane has landed a major tourism windfall after being selected to host one of the world’s largest travel industry conferences.

All about wine…

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 03:50

National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide has launched a new series of tours for individuals, and small and larger groups.

SeaLink second departure

Thursday, 13 June 2019 23:04

SeaLink has a second departure date for its 13-day Follow the Winter Sun in Queensland Escorted Tour after a sellout July inaugural tour.

New COO at SeaLink

Friday, 07 June 2019 01:53

SeaLink Travel Group has appointed Donna Gauci as chief operating officer (COO).

Outback offers

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:44

The new Broken Hill Outback Resort has two new offers for the resort’s camping and van sites and new, deluxe spa cabins.
Until 31 July 2019, outback explorers who stay on one of the camping and van sites for three nights, can stay a fourth night for free. And those looking for extra comfort can stay in one of the new spa cabins for A$155 a night per cabin, usually A$185. The self-contained cabins feature a king bed, fold-out

Diverse dish of fishing experiences

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:42

From ‘sight fishing’ for brown trout in the wilds of Tasmania to dropping a line in Sydney Harbour, Australia’s diversity of fishing options is a key to the sector’s success, says Dean Cooper, Great Fishing Adventures of Australia.
Great Fishing Adventures is one of Tourism Australia’s Signature Experience series and Cooper says the key is to be on the water with someone who is passionate about their region.

LocalYokl app for GC

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:25

By Aleisha Moore
A platform to connect travellers with locals for real, immersive experiences is gaining huge traction on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast: Not so famil-iar

Monday, 06 May 2019 22:31

Destination Gold Coast is surging ahead with its New Zealand campaign off the back of an 11.5% increase in Kiwi travellers visiting the Australian hot spot in 2018.

VIC shops for Kiwi travellers

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 00:54

A Visit Victoria, Air New Zealand campaign designed to boost Kiwi traffic to Melbourne will give agents an extra hook to sell the destination in its traditionally slow mid winter period.

Rat Pack on the Murray

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:06

Clients can re-visit the 50’s and 60’s party era with Bill Parton and his band as they perform the Rat Pack Era show on the Murray Princess’ music cruise departing 19 July 2019.

Corroboree West 2019

Monday, 18 March 2019 21:14

Aussie Specialist agents in New Zealand are invited to participate in Corroboree West 2019, taking place from 7 to 11 October in Perth, with applications to attend now open.

Pent up demand for Tassie

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 01:58

Direct flights between Auckland and Hobart could be a reality by 2020, especially if the growth from New Zealand to Tasmania continues as it is, according to John Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of Tourism Tasmania. Fitzgerald’s comments came as he and other representatives from the tourism office welcomed about 120 Kiwi travel agents to a function at Sofitel Viaduct Harbour in Auckland last night. The roadshow heads on to Wellington and Christchurch today and tomorrow.

Aussie Specialist Ambassador

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:04

Stacey Leitch from House of Travel Kapiti Coast has been chosen as New Zealand’s first Aussie Specialist Ambassador by Tourism Australia, Australia’s states and territories and Qantas.
Leitch will join a tailor-made trip to Australia to share Aussie experiences with her fellow Kiwi agents.
Penny Hayes at House of Travel Lakers in Invercargill will take home a GoPro to capture any future personal trips, as the programme’s runner up.

Williment - Presidents Cup

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:33

Williment Travel is the Official Travel Agent for the Presidents Cup hosted at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, from 9 to 15 December 2019.

 

Newcastle, new destination

Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:24

More trade education around what clients can do in Newcastle, New South Wales is critical if agents are to maximise the opportunities of the new Virgin Australia flight between the city and Auckland, according to delegates at a major travel expo this week.
While the city is regarded as an ideal gateway to the tourism areas of Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, city representatives at the Pacific Area Incentives & Conferences Expo (PAICE 2018) on Tuesday emphasised that Newcastle itself has an array of attractions.

Aussie Open serves up opportunities

Friday, 23 November 2018 01:58

It may be in its fiftieth year but the Australian Open is still serving up opportunities for travel agents.
The open, and some of its silverware, was in Auckland this week and hosted the trade to a preview of what to expect at the event’s golden anniversary. Not only are there more seating options but the iconic Melbourne sports event has become more than tennis.

Packages for Phillip Island

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:35

Williment Travel has released a new motor sport tour for 2019.
The WD-40 Phillip Island 500 (held 12-14 April) is staged on the famous Phillip Island Circuit and is arguably the most scenic racetrack on the supercars calendar.
Two hours from Melbourne Airport, Phillip Island is easily accessible and has beaches, wildlife and family activities to add to the motorsport action.

Motorsport with Williment

Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:56

The Williment team has wrapped up two Supercars tours this month.

Sydney in Summer

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:28

It was a battle of the brands with agents in Christchurch and Auckland trying to be the ultimate Quiz champions at last week’s Destination New South Wales agent quiz events.

 

Feast festival – The Curated Plate

Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:55

The Curated Plate, a new four-day destination food festival, will debut on the Sunshine Coast on 8 to 11 August 2019.

Cruising on the Murray

Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:36

Wood-fired cruising paddle steamer, the PS Emmylou, is being relaunched this spring and offers clients a special way to explore the Murray River.

 

Pit Walk with Murph

Monday, 08 October 2018 22:34

Williment Travel has added a special inclusion to its 2019 Adelaide 500 travel package.

 

The Ghan marks 90th

Friday, 05 October 2018 02:03

Next year marks 90 years since The Ghan embarked on its inaugural journey.

 

APT’s Outback savings

Friday, 28 September 2018 02:11

APT’s 2019 Outback Wilderness Adventures brochure has a range of early-bird Superdeals including savings of up to $1200 per couple on selected tours.

 

Greater Hunter ramps up promo

Friday, 28 September 2018 01:48

The Greater Hunter region’s promotion to Kiwi agents and consumers ahead of the Virgin Australia service between Newcastle and Auckland ramped up a notch this week.

 

Aboriginal experiences

Monday, 17 September 2018 20:19

Aboriginal experiences have an increasing role to play in Australia’s luxury travel sector, delegates at Luxperience conference and exhibition in Sydney are hearing this week.

 

Kimberley, by land, sea and air

Friday, 14 September 2018 22:21

PONANT has released its Kimberley May to August 2020 series of 10- to 13-night voyages.

 

Discover across the ditch

Thursday, 13 September 2018 23:37

AAT Kings’ new 2019/2020 Australia brochure is out now.

 

Kiwis to SA on the up

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:06

Kiwi numbers to South Australia have hit a record with 43,000 visiting the state as at March 2018 year-end.

Potential to earn with activities

Monday, 10 September 2018 21:11

With Kiwis staying longer and spending more in South Australia, there are opportunities for agents to boost revenue with tour and activity bookings.

Opportunities for QLD cruisers

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:02

Providing one on one experiences and opportunities to meet real Queenslanders are among the priorities for Tourism and Events Queensland, delegates at the Cruise 360 – Cruise Destination Showcase heard late last week.

New hotel for ADL

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 01:01

Event Hospitality and Entertainment (EVENT) will open the new Atura Adelaide Airport next month.

QLD self drive launched

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:20

A self drive holiday programme being launched now to the New Zealand market gives agents a new way to sell a reef and outback holiday in Queensland.

Diversity celebrated at GTN conference on Gold Coast

Monday, 20 August 2018 20:42

Agent delegates and suppliers alike have lauded the second Global Travel Network Conference and say it lived up to its theme of Strength in Diversity.

GTN – who got the gongs?

Monday, 20 August 2018 20:23

GTN supplier awards were presented at the gala dinner during the GTN conference on the Gold Coast.

Tablelands tour

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:39

Billy Tea Safaris has launched a Best of the Tablelands tour.

Bathurst with Sporting Tours

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:44

Sportings Tours has a Bathurst package for motorsport fans, for a weekend of Supercars action.

Uluru Astronomy Weekend soon

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:49

Clients can gain insight into the spectacular Australian outback sky at Ayers Rock Resort’s upcoming Uluru Astronomy Weekend on 14-16 September.

Surf school earns eco stamp

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:10

Lets Go Surfing has achieved Ecotourism Certification for its surf and stand up paddle (SUP) schools with Ecotourism Australia.

2019 Bledisloe Cup clash

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:21

The Bledisloe Cup will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth to an expected sell-out crowd on 10 August 2019.

Drinks credit on Sealink tour

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:31

Clients who book a two day Food, Wine & Natural Wonders of Kangaroo Island tour on selected August and September 2018 departures will receive a $50 voucher to spend at either Dudley Wines or Kangaroo Island Spirits.

IHG to manage Hayman Island

Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:41

IHG takes over management of Hayman Island in 2019, rebranding the Whitsundays resort as Hayman Island, by InterContinental.

Brisbane biking bonanza

Monday, 23 July 2018 21:50

Brisbane has secured a new world-class cycling festival commencing in 2019.

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