Murray River gains traction

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 00:18

A Great Walk of Australia that combines food, wine and nature (plus history and culture) is gaining traction in the New Zealand market and rising interest from the trade here.

Murray River savings

Friday, 31 January 2020 00:05

Murray River Paddlesteamers has a limited number of cabins available on PS Emmylou’s February and March 2020 departures – most with just one remaining cabin, and up to 40% discounted.

Cruise to Kangaroo Island

Monday, 20 January 2020 23:02

Australia’s cruise industry is celebrating its return to the bushfire-affected communities of Kangaroo Island after this week’s arrival of Sun Princess at the island port of Penneshaw.

NSW lifts SOE

Thursday, 16 January 2020 23:14

Destination New South Wales (DNSW) advises that the State of Emergency due to bushfires was lifted earlier this week.

Packaging drives Kiwis to VIC

Monday, 13 January 2020 22:39

Working with the travel trade to put together an extended selection of three to five-day packages is one of the goals of Visit Victoria this year, says the organisation’s regional manager New Zealand, Joanna Garrie.

AU cruising full capacity

Monday, 13 January 2020 22:01

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia reports all major cruise lines in the region are currently operating as scheduled and most Australian cruise destinations are unaffected by the fires.

'Thoughts with Australia'

Monday, 06 January 2020 23:04

Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) president Brent Thomas says the thoughts of the New Zealand travel industry go out to all those who have been impacted by the destructive fires in Australia. 'The bush fires are of a magnitude that we have not seen before and it is hard to comprehend just how ferocious the fire, smoke and heat have been.'

Great Barrier Reef programme

Sunday, 08 December 2019 21:39

Coral Expeditions, has a new programme of Great Barrier Reef expeditions from June 2021.

Williment's Bathurst packages

Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:29

Williment Travel has released its flagship Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 tours for 2020.

AAT Kings’ 50% agent rates

Monday, 18 November 2019 22:03

AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys are offering industry partners the opportunity to explore trans-tasman at limited-time exclusive rates.

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.