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Maharaja Express companion offer


The Maharaja Express has a companion deal for selected train journeys in India.

The first traveller pays full price and the companion travels at 50%. Deal is available on the following selected journeys for 2014 departures; Gems of India October 1, December 24; The Indian Panorama October 4, November 29; The Heritage of India November 15 and Treasures of India December 21.

Limited space and subject to cabin availability on booking. Contact Exotic Holidays This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 0508 396 842.

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Everest gets closer

The world's highest railway, the Qinghai-Tibet rail line in China is about to get even closer to Mount Everest with a new stretch of track connecting the Tibetan cities of Lhasa and Shigatse. The US$2.1 billion line commenced in 2010 and is expected to open later this year giving passengers the ability to connect from Beijing through to the Mount Everest gateway of Shigatse.

With the arrival of the train, the journey from Lhasa to Shigatse shrinks five hours of driving over terrain ranging in altitude from 3,600 to 4,000 metres, to two hours by rail.

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AJ Hackett opens in Russia

Over three years of working with both Russian and New Zealand architects and engineers, then two years to build, phase one of AJ Hackett Russia is open.

Sochi Skypark or in Russian, ДОБРО ПОЖАЛОВАТЬ В, has a 69 metre Bungy Jump and a 439 metre long by 207 metre high Skybridge - the world's longest suspended pedestrian walkway - spanning the canyon.

Phase two will include a 207m Bungy - guessing it will be off the Skybridge; a 170m swing and 550m flying fox is scheduled to open end of 2014.

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Korea Tourism new brand

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has launched a new tourism brand, 'Imagine your Korea'.  The new brand reflects KTO's ambition and aspiration to attract 20 million tourists and to advance Korea as a global tourist destination.

The new brand image emphasises the 'K' in Korea to symbolise a variety of resources that are offered in Korea such as K-Food, K-Culture, K-Pop and K-Style.

Coinciding with the new brand, the KTO is offering foreign visitors the chance to win one of eight trips to Korea this Autumn.  Winners will be asked to record videos of their journeys and share them online.

Enter online by August 31, 2014 at Eight winners will be selected at random to receive a four day vacation for two in Korea this October and November.

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New identity for Adventure World

As Adventure World continues to evolve under the direction of The Travel Corporation, the soft-adventure specialist has released a new logo, heralding a refresh to the brand’s identity.

Fiona Hunt, managing director, Adventure World says 'with the business undergoing a period of growth and evolution we felt the time was right for an updated logo. We’re very proud of Adventure World’s 30-year history so although the logo has a new look and feel we have chosen to retain core elements such as our signature globe and orange palette. We’ve introduced earthy tones of blue, green and brown to signify the elements of soft-adventure travel and the diversity of the destinations we visit.'

The new logo will be rolled out across Adventure World collateral with immediate effect.

About Adventure World

For over thirty years Adventure World has specialised in crafting authentic tailor-made soft-adventures to some of the world’s most niche and inspiring destinations.


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Dragon training camp at Sheraton Macao

Sheraton Macao has released its latest promotion in conjunction with DreamWorks.

It features the new ‘Dragon Training Camp’ included in the ‘DreamWorks Dragon Adventure Package’, priced from HKD1798 and valid until September 30, 2014.

The training camp and adventure package add to other DreamWorks offerings within Sands Cotai Central this summer, including the daily character breakfast ‘Shrekfast’ and the ‘Vikings Feast’ dinner.

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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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