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.

Walking the Murray

Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:57

A Walker’s World is promoting Murray River Magic – one of the Great Walks of Australia.

Trade boosts growth on Aussie rail trips

Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:23

Great Southern Rail’s The Ghan and Indian Pacific recorded more than 30% growth in Kiwi passenger numbers from July 2017 to June 2018 and GSR is giving trade partners much of the credit for the success.

Kiwis take to trolls on Gold Coast

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:16

Dreamworld on the Gold Coast reports an influx of New Zealand travellers these school holidays, as Kiwis are taking advantage of the great savings by booking through their local travel agents.

World Expeditions buys Blue Mountains operator

Monday, 16 July 2018 20:52

World Expeditions Travel Group has acquired a majority shareholding in the Blue Mountains Adventure Company, a well known operator of day adventure activities in the mountains.

Rail Plus incentives include Ghan famil

Monday, 16 July 2018 20:13

Rail Plus has launched the new booking season for Great Southern Rail with an incentive programme where agents can win prizes.

Ocean Rafting earns its wings

Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:47

Visitors to the Whitsundays have access to a new package, the ‘Fly and Raft’.

Festival rides into Brisbane

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:36

The new Brisbane Cycling Festival is designed to entice visitors from around Australia and overseas, giving cycling enthusiasts the chance to take part in events, from 26 March to 14 April 2019.

Emporium Hotel's MICE offerings

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:11

Emporium Hotel South Bank is set to reveal its series of new event spaces, which will position the hotel as a meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destination of choice.

FC team leaders take on SA

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:44

Flight Centre’s annual Team Leader Conference recently converged on Adelaide showcasing the region’s food and wine to 240 team leaders from around New Zealand.

‘Nanogirl’ at Convene Q

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:38

Convene Queensland has announced that Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) will be the headline speaker at Convene Q (Convene Queensland) on Tuesday 24 July at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Whitsundays funding boost

Monday, 18 June 2018 23:58

Tourism in the Whitsunday Region has received a further boost with Whitsunday Regional Council boosting its investment in the tourism body to A$600,000.


Council handed down their 2018/19 budget on Monday and has increased its funding by $150,000 to support the regional tourism organisation’s marketing activities over the next financial year. Tourism Whitsundays general manager, Tash Wheeler, says the commitment from the Whitsunday Regional Council will help deliver increased marketing initiatives across the whole region.

Winter warmers in High Country

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 01:41

Victoria’s High Country is promoting various gastronomic tourism opportunities this winter. On and off-mountain, the region’s locally grown produce, wine, craft beer and spirits are on the menu at Chef’s Hatted restaurants like The Provenance in Beechworth and The Terrace at All Saints.


Clients can also visit the High Country’s gastropubs like The Empire in Beechworth; in bright funky eateries like Tomahawks or gin distillery door Reed & Co. Visitors can hit the High Country Brewery Trail to sample dark winter ales at a range of craft breweries like the new King River Brewing, or explore the region’s many inviting cellar doors offering internationally awarded fortifieds and other delicious drops to ward off the winter chill.

Transformed silos make new Launceston hotel

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:05

Launceston’s new Peppers Silo Hotel has opened. Originally erected in 1960, the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades until two years ago when construction began to transform the silo barrels into a contemporary hotel.

Traditional owner appointed Tjapukai GM

Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:59

A female traditional owner will be at the helm of one of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal tourism businesses following the appointment of Djabugay descendant Shirley Hollingsworth as Tjapukai general manager. Tjapukai board chair Michael Nemarich congratulated Ms Hollingsworth on becoming the first Djabugay person to be appointed to the Tropical North Queensland cultural park’s most senior role.

Convene Q calls corporate agents

Thursday, 17 May 2018 22:49

Corporate travel agents based in New Zealand and Australia (outside Brisbane) are able to apply now for hosted buyer status at Convene Queensland (Convene Q).

Queensland – Kiwi agents hear the latest

Monday, 07 May 2018 23:23

Agents who attended the Queensland on Tour event at Villa Maria Winery, Auckland late last week have come away with plenty of new ideas on how to sell the state. From brand new apartments in the form of The Ruby Collection at Surfer’s Paradise, to the Trolls Village opening at Dreamworld in June, refurbishments at Cairns Colonial Resort and sister property Palm Royale, and a splash of reptile colour at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures there was plenty to be updated on.

It's not just cricket

Monday, 23 April 2018 22:54

The presence of SCG Behind the Scenes Tours at the Australian Tourism Exchange for the rst time signals the eorts of a long established product to get more trade friendly.

Louise Richmond, marketing consultant – tours and museum, at SCG says the tours cover both the Sydney Cricket Ground and the adjacent Allianz Stadium.