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Lonely Planet partners with Skyscanner

Lonely Planet has partnered with global travel search provider Skyscanner to launch a new flights-comparison engine.

The first time Lonely Planet has hosted an own-branded search engine, the mobile-optimised site has been incorporated into the recently re-designed site.

In addition to flights, the site provides information on 27,000 destinations and has a travel forum with a community of over 1.3 million members.

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AAT Kings 'bowls 'em out'

AAT Kings has fitted out one of its coaches with the world’s first mobile indoor lawn bowls green. AAT Kings is teaming up with Bowls Australia, Grassman and Scania, and setting out around Australia in a specially refitted coach before attempting a Guinness World Record for the 'longest marathon playing indoor bowls'.

Having stripped the interior of one of its luxury vehicles, removing almost all seats and replacing it with the indoor lawn bowls green, the newly decked AAT Kings coach will roll into several regional towns and metropolitan cities during July and August, inviting the public to climb aboard and have a bowl. The coach will then return to Sydney for the attempt at a Guinness World Record.

Decked out in its finest green lawn

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Online travel courses

The International Travel College (ITC) of New Zealand is set to launch its new online short courses in August.

The online courses will cover training for cabin crew, ground crew, tour guiding, cruises, and careers in travel and tourism. Two online soft skills courses on winning with customers and sales skills have also been developed.

ITC’s Distance Learning Programme Manager Carla Sutton says the courses have been created in direct response to the needs of industry.

'We asked airline, travel and tourism operators what they wanted from us and we were prepared to do what it took to provide it.'

The clear indication from industry was that ITC should offer courses that would allow all those involved in travel and tourism to benefit – from those just starting to explore their interest to those already working in the industry.

The courses are accessible and affordable to anyone and can be access from any PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone.

The courses ranges from Bronze to Silver and Gold, with Bronze providing basic course lessons and the Silver and Gold levels offering more personalised study and assessment. Students who complete the Silver and Gold levels will also receive a Certificate of Completion.

Click here for a look at the online options available

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Contiki 2015 preview pricing

Contiki has released its 2015 prices summer travel in Europe by offering trips at 2014 rates. Plus the operator has taken an extra 10% off for all new bookings deposited by August 22, 2014. Full payment needed by December 18, 2014.

If prices go down for 2015 then all preview bookings will be adjusted to the new 2015 prices, less committed deposit.

The offer is valid on Europe Summer itineraries for travel from April 2015. Contact Contiki on 0800 CONTIKI


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Etihad launches daily to Edinburgh

Etihad Airways will launch its first service from Scotland on June 8, 2015 with the start of a non-stop daily flight from Edinburgh to its home base of Abu Dhabi.

The new route will be operated with a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, offering a total of 22 seats in Business Class and 240 seats in Economy Class.

Edinburgh is Etihad Airways’ first Scottish destination, and its third departure point from the UK. It currently offers triple-daily flights from London, and double-daily flights from Manchester.

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Air Ratua launch

Ratua Private Island in Santo, Vanuatu has launched Air Ratua – private airline charters directly two and from the island.

Guests can arrive/depart at a time on the 5-seater Cesna Stationair T206H, including connecting to international services.

Air Ratua is also available for private sight seeing charters complete with commentary including viewing the Pentecost land dives.

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Amex and Air NZ new credit card

American Express has released a fee-free Airpoints card.

The Air New Zealand American Express Card has no annual card, membership or joining fees. Card Members can earn Airpoints Dollars simply by using the card.

Air New Zealand American Express Card at a glance:
$0 annual card fee (basic and up to four supplementary cards)
$0 Airpoints joining fee
$0 Airpoints annual membership fee
Spend NZ$100 to earn 1 Airpoints Dollar, with an additional Airpoints Dollar per NZ$100 at for the first 12 months of card membership
19.95% interest rate for purchases, 21.95% interest rate for cash advance
Up to 55 interest free days

To apply visit

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Peregrine adds to Gallipoli 2015

Due to the increased demand for the Gallipoli dawn serve 2015, Peregrine has added an additional departure of its popular 15 day trip, the Treasures of Turkey. The trip will be conducted in reverse direction starting in Istanbul on April 23, 2015, and heading to Gallipoli; camping at Anzac Cove on the evening of April 24, then attending the dawn service the following day (25 April 2015). Click here for the full itinerary.

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