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Following the high demand for its Eternal India trip launched in 2016, Contiki is expanding its product in the region with a new ‘In-Depth Explorer’ Southern Spice trip launched this week. Other trips in Asia including China Adventure and the Big Indochina have been rened and improved.
Fathom Asia is adding depth to what it offers in the region through a new business relationship with Asia DMC. Jay Soysa, product – reservations manager with Fathom Asia (which is under the Francis Travel Marketing umbrella), says that the relationship has grown from an existing connection. ‘As the local GSA for luxury Aqua Expeditions, it was a natural progression for us to explore opportunities with their approved preferred partner – Asia DMC – for pre and post land content,’ adds Soysa.
The developing Pacific tourism destination of Tonga is a good sell for agents who have clients seeking alternatives to more frequently visited islands, say wholesale agents who have just returned from a famil there. ‘When agents ring and say that clients want something different, that’s when I would ask if they have thought of Tonga,’ says Nicole Chitty, of House of Travel product.
Fuzion Travel has signed a new long term lease on premises in Dominion Rd, Auckland, with the move coming on the back of what the company describes as ‘rapid growth’. Stuart McKay, director of Fuzion Travel, says the company now has affiliates / brokers in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin. ‘We are continually looking to provide opportunities to like minded industry people who are wanting to work with one of the most supportive, if not a little quirky, travel businesses in the country,’ McKay says. He recalls himself and Andrew Parke starting in September 2013 in a room above a garage in Mt Wellington. ‘We’re now one of the top producing World Traveller stores,’ he says. McKay points out that travel industry identity Graeme Moore has a share in Fuzion, providing an integral governance role and strategic direction. ‘We’re definitely a broker business (we call them affiliates) with strength in Auckland where the affiliates can come and go as they please – have a desk and work as a team with no cost to them,’ says McKay. ‘Our other main hub is Queenstown, where we work with Toby Stanton and his Frankton team brokering through us.’ McKay says Fuzion is looking for more affiliates. ‘We’ll take people from anywhere – Kaitaia to Bluff.’
South Sea Cruises has released details of Malamala Beach Club, Fiji’s menus, confirmed prices and industry rates. Set to welcome guests from 14 August, the beach club is 25 minutes from Port Denarau and offers snorkelling in a surrounding reef, complimentary non-motorised water sports, beachside cabanas with butler service, and an à la carte menu from light bites to Pacific inspired meals and shared platters.
Mondo Travel is looking for brokers and independent agents who want to represent the company in key regions of New Zealand.
Mondo CEO, Tony Terrill, says agents who would like to carry the Mondo logo and gain from the benefits the company brings could potentially take up the option of being fully Mondo branded.