Agents taste the island of Ireland

Thursday, 03 October 2019 23:31

Special guests of Tourism Ireland returned home this week after eating and drinking their way through Ireland on a six-day familiarisation tour.

Tour to Turkey’s north

Monday, 30 September 2019 20:29

A visit to the Black Sea is one of the highlights of a Fez Travel tour that Exotic Holidays is promoting.

Contiki: new & 'Special Stays'

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:39

Contiki’s 2020 Europe trips feature new design-led hostel and hotel accommodation.

Getting tasty with CTT

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 03:31

‘A Taste of Croatia and Slovenia’ hosted tours are gaining momentum, Croatia Times Travel’s senior wholesale consultant Ela Patajac told agents at the GTN2019 conference.

Split to Dubrovnik: hike or bike

Monday, 19 August 2019 22:29

The Split to Dubrovnik (or vice versa) Bike & Boat tour has been one of Cycling Europe’s most popular routes, says director Jill Grant.

APT's three-star brand

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 00:46

APT Travel Group (ATG) has launched TravelGlo, targeting strong demand in the three-star market.

New: Spain by train

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 03:23

Great Train Journeys has a new Al Andalus itinerary in Spain.

Welcome to Winterfell

Thursday, 18 July 2019 23:49

The way Northern Ireland has embraced Game of Thrones and capitalised on fan mania around the show is easy to see at Castle Ward in Strangford.

Cool spot almost off the map

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 02:17

For agents with clients looking for an experience that’s almost off the map, the new floating Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa can now be booked through Off The Map Travel.

Win a Mont Blanc famil

Friday, 05 July 2019 00:13

Continuing the celebration of 45 years, Exodus Travels is offering agents the chance to win a fully escorted Exodus famil to the region of Mont Blanc in Europe.

The power of film tourism

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 00:52

Mary McBride’s Bar, in Cushendun, County Antrim reports that about 1000 people a week are now coming through its doors as a direct result of Game of Thrones – and 75% of them buy a drink or something to eat while they are there.

Ballygally: Ghost hunters

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 00:48

Ballygally Castle Hotel is across the road from the Irish Sea with views over to Scotland. A popular stop on the Causeway Coastal Route, the hotel even has its own (friendly) ghost.

The Titanic Experience

Friday, 28 June 2019 00:49

If a single installation has led to the resurgence of Belfast as a tourism destination it is The Titanic Experience, a museum that traces the building, launch, sinking, immediate aftermath and later search for the world’s most famous ship.

Summer is coming for NIR

Friday, 28 June 2019 00:35

Belfast is continuing to establish itself as a ‘new capital’ for tourism in Europe, with recently opened (and soon to open) hotels, and a raft of added attractions. Leading the way in new reasons to visit are some 25 visitor experiences directly linked to the Game of Thrones TV series – including 10 doors marking scenes from the saga, six stained glass installations, and a massive Game of Thrones tapestry. These are all added to the various natural and historical sites used in the show around Northern Ireland, plus the Touring Exhibition which is in the city until 1 September.

Catherine Gray, media visits coordinator with Tourism Northern Ireland, says more is to come. The Linen Mill Studios, in Bainbridge will open a Game of Thrones Studio Tour in the spring of 2020. It will showcase authentic sets, costumes and props from all seasons of the hit series. ‘Our top attractions are the Titanic Museum and the Giant’s Causeway, but Game of Thrones has given us another high profile reason to visit,’ she says. Gray says her message to travel agents is that Northern Ireland can be promoted as a small, compact and easy to reach destination, just two hours drive from Dublin. ‘Belfast has its various locations, like the Cathedral Quarter, Linen Quarter and Titanic Quarter. But just a 20 minute drive from Belfast gets people into the countryside.’

  By Stu Freeman 

Russia’s ‘latest and greatest’

Thursday, 13 June 2019 23:06

New Zealand agents and brokers will be able to get insights of the ‘latest and greatest’ things to see and do in Russia and the surrounding region when one of the destination’s leading experts visits a number of regions later this month.

Isle of Man TT 2020

Friday, 07 June 2019 01:21

For the first time, Aim Holidays is offering packages to the Isle of Man TT for next year prior to this year’s event ending.

Seeing Sweden by bike

Thursday, 04 April 2019 23:55

Biking in Sweden is proving to be popular this year, according to A Walker’s World.

A Taste of Ireland winner

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 21:45

Auckland based Fiona Johnson, Travel Managers Group, will be getting A Taste of Ireland with CIE Tours after winning a competition that has been running in TRAVELinc Memo over the past few weeks.

A twitcher’s paradise

Friday, 08 March 2019 01:15

World Journeys recommends East Africa for clients who enjoy bird watching.

Oktoberfest alternative and other tips from visiting German operator

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 02:32

Giving clients tips like how to have an ‘Oktoberfest’ experience without the crowds, and where to find a medieval German town just half an hour from Frankfurt airport will provide travellers with a reason to re-look at the destination, says Michael Kater, managing director of Unique Germany.

New for Ireland’s Blue Book

Monday, 18 February 2019 22:23

Six new members have been added to Ireland’s Blue Book for 2019.

Guided running in Northern Ireland

Friday, 18 January 2019 01:09

Born to Run Tours offers a new and different way to experience Northern Island’s sights.

Luxury Barging in France

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:52

World Journeys has savings of 20% on cabin rates for select 2019 departures of the seven-day Barging the Canal du Midi luxury barge cruises.

Willering to lead netball tour

Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:13

Former Silver Ferns player and coach, Yvonne Willering will lead Williment’s ‘Liverpool Experience Tour’ in July 2019 which begins in Edinburgh, travels through the north of England and down to Liverpool where the tournament will be held.
Sports tours hosted by well-known Kiwi athletes are at the core of the Williment brand explains product manager Philip Mazey.’Travelling is always a bonding experience for a tour group and particularly for sports

Croatia by bike and boat

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:24

Cruising onboard a traditional sailing vessel and discovering by bike unknown byways and villages, are two of the best ways to explore the Croatian coast and islands of Dalmatia according to A Walker’s World.
The most popular section is between Dubrovnik and Split, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Ships take around 30 passengers and are 25 to 30 metres, small enough to negotiate the narrow channels and tiny coves.  
Cycling is on little used roads through olive groves, vineyards, and orchards past castle ruins, churches and small hamlets tucked in coves.

Agents – sign up for Swiss chance to win

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:20

Switzerland Tourism is reminding agents who have not yet signed up to the 2018 Switzerland Travel Academy to do so before the end of the year and be in for chance to win one of three prizes valued at $500 each.
The simple e-learning programme equips agents with the necessary information, updates, tools and tips to help them sell and better assist their clients heading to Switzerland.

Europe’s ‘forgotten frontier’

Monday, 19 November 2018 23:27

South Caucasus, encompassing the destinations of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, is among the new frontiers for New Zealand travellers, agents heard at roadshows around the country last week.
Fez Travel and GSA Exotic Holidays visited a number of centres, culminating in an Auckland presentation at dinner at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on Friday night.
Fez managing director Ekrem Usta says the company is seeing renewed interest in Egypt and Turkey, as well as having continued success in areas such as The Balkans. However, it is also seeing interest in Caucasus – a region that has an increased profile in the company’s 2019 brochure.

Original Irish Hotels – NZ market

Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:14

A newly branded selection of Ireland’s traditional and historical accommodation fits perfectly with New Zealand clients’ travel preferences, agents in Auckland were told this week.


Trafalgar’s family collection

Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:26

Designed with all ages in mind, Trafalgar’s nine special family guided holidays include some extra family-friendly features such as accommodation with swimming pools, and daily itineraries crafted to suit family schedules.


Durban – big plan for tourism growth

Monday, 15 October 2018 23:19

South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has developed an ambitious Tourism Master Plan to position the province as Africa’s leading tourism destination.


New brochure from Sun Island Tours

Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:08

Sun Island Tours has released its 2019 Croatia, Slovenia and Central Europe brochure.


Air credit, choices from Globus

Friday, 05 October 2018 01:51

Globus is offering clients an air credit of up to $2000 per couple on 2019 UK and Europe tours until the end of November 2018 (value of air credit varies on the value of tour).


Cricket World Cup 2019

Saturday, 22 September 2018 02:48

As an official travel agent of the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC), Williment Travel has announced a Kiwi celebrity tour leader for its signature tour to England and Wales next year.

Rwanda ‘not just an add-on’

Friday, 21 September 2018 01:31

Rwanda is making a play for an increased share of the high end travel market out of Australasia.


Trafalgar boss message: Europe tight, book now

Monday, 17 September 2018 21:05

Airlift availability and exceptional rates are combining to generate huge interest in Europe for 2019.


Insight’s opportunity to save

Friday, 14 September 2018 00:26

Insight Vacations has launched its new 2019 Europe and Britain collection, with 96 journeys and three new trips to Scandinavia and Greece.

Back-Roads’ agent incentive

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:30

New Zealand travel agents are continuing to embrace Back-Roads Touring Co, with its recipe of small groups, carefully planned itineraries and exclusive features.

New in France, Italy and Croatia

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:55

Chateaux & Villages of the Seine in France, a one way journey to and from Paris, south along the Canal du Centre to Montargis is a new addition in Cycling Europe’s Bike, Boat & Barge 2019 brochure.

Win famil spot to see All Blacks

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:53

Agents who complete the Ireland Specialist training will be in to win a place on a fam trip to see the All Blacks play Ireland in Dublin.

Winterfell Festival in the home of ‘Thrones’

Monday, 13 August 2018 19:16

For fans of Game of Thrones there is only one place to be on 16 September – the Winterfell Festival on the coast of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.

Ireland by rail part two

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:24

World Journeys director Chris Lyons reports on the last two days of his experience aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian train in Ireland.

Switzerland – More than skiing

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:33

Switzerland Tourism is reminding agents that the destination has many experiences beyond skiing that travellers should consider over the colder months.

WWI 100th commemorations

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:13

Innovative Travel is reminding agents that the final 100th commemorations for WWI are taking place in France in Le Quesnoy, on the Western Front on 4 November, followed by Armistice Day in Paris on 11 November.

New Bike, Boat & Barge tours

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:23

Cycling Europe’s Bike, Boat & Barge brochure is coming soon with a huge range of popular tours spread through 13 countries in Europe and in Vietnam.

Egypt with Luxury Gold

Thursday, 26 July 2018 23:14

Clients can receive a 10% saving on Autumn, Winter and Spring departures of two Luxury Gold journeys in Egypt for a limited time.

Latitude 33’s golfing cruise tour

Monday, 23 July 2018 20:57

Latitude 33 has released a 20-night golfing cruise tour of Ireland and Scotland with the opportunity to experience the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

Mandela spikes interest

Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:23

With Nelson Mandela's centenary birthday celebration this week, there has been a heightened interest from travellers to visit South Africa, reports Luxury Gold Vacations.


Guests can experience Mandela’s legacy with Luxury Gold’s 12-day luxury guided journey, Spectacular South Africa. They visit Cape Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Robben Island, where he was imprisoned with many other notable anti-apartheid activists. An ex-political prisoner shares personal stories with guests who also have time to explore the island. They later meet Manfred Jacobs, a former warden at the Victor Verster prison where Mandela was also imprisoned and where he spent the last 14 months of his 27-year-long imprisonment.


The tour also visits the not-forprofit After School and Youth Skills Development Programmes that supports the Western Cape communities; Cape Peninsula and the Winelands; and Table Mountain where guests enjoy sundowner cocktails at the summit. Spectacular South Africa’s safari component is three days at Kruger National Park through Big Five territory, staying at Lion Sands Lodge on the banks fo the Sabie River, followed by a trip to Victoria Falls. Spectacular South Africa has departures for the rest of 2018 from August to December 2018.

Uniworld’s agent rates

Monday, 16 July 2018 23:31

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, reminds frontline agents they can access rates of up to 70% off selected 2018 sailings throughout Europe.

Swing and win an Omega

Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:34

Agents can share with their clients heading to Switzerland that an Omega watch worth A$8,880 is up for grabs for anyone who sinks a hole-in-one on Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe.

New Ethiopia tour

Monday, 09 July 2018 23:00

World Journeys has launched a brand new small group hosted journey aimed at exploring the history and traditions of Ethiopia.

Swiss Travel Pass SuperStar

Friday, 06 July 2018 00:51

The annual Swiss Travel Pass SuperStar Program is back and will run from 2 July to 28 September 2018.

Winner to Western Front tour

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:16

The winner of the Te Papa the Scale of our War Gallipoli exhibition competition, sponsored by Innovative Travel and Singapore Airlines, attended a special prize presentation last week at Te Papa Museum.

New camp in Rwanda

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:27

World Journeys reports that luxury safari operator Wilderness Safaris is to open a new camp in the north-east of Rwanda’s Akagera National Park.

Screen buffs book Back-Roads

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:22

TV and film buffs are booking their holiday with Back-Roads Touring, with some of the companies most popular tours visiting filming locations.