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Intrepid Travel take another 'bow'

Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd has acquired the 50% stake in Urban Adventures Limited previously held by WHL Group, to take full ownership of the global day tour company.

Launched as a joint venture by Intrepid Travel and WHL Group in October 2009, Urban Adventures has grown quickly since inception and the company is on course to carry 70,000 passengers on 265 trips in 90 cities this year.

James Thornton, managing director, Intrepid Group says the original idea behind Urban Adventures was to give travellers a taste of what an Intrepid Travel trip feels like. 'We’ve seen a huge appetite from customers for the unique local experiences on offer, and this deal allows us to fully integrate Urban Adventures with our portfolio of small group adventure travel brands.'

Urban Adventures will continue to be led by Tony Carne as general manager, overseeing new initiatives such as the clustering of Urban Adventures tours for the FIT market, and the recent launch of the Home Cooked range of tours which allow travellers to share a meal with a local family in their own home.

The deal is subject to legal completion and will free up capital for the WHL Group to focus on other businesses such as Hotel Link Solutions and Green Path Transfer.

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Save up to 25% High Arctic

Pergrine is offering between 15 - 25% off trips to the High Arctic in 2015. 'The High Arctic can be divided into the Canadian Arctic or the Scandinavian Arctic and then there is the North Pole, which is also possible on the 50 years of Victory,' says sales manager Rod Griffiths. 'If agents have clients looking for something incredibly different, where the will get close-up wildlife encounters, and small ship cruising (75 – 120 passengers), this could be what they are looking for.'

Arctic 2015 Early Booking Bonus Terms and Conditions
Valid on bookings made to May 15, 2014. North Pole voyages, Northwest Passage voyage, triple and quad cabins excluded.
Passengers’ full names must be provided at time of bookings; name changes will result in a fee of US$500 per name change.
Not combinable with any other promotion, including referral and past passenger discounts. Applies to voyage only and not applicable on adventure options, additional hotel accommodation, pre/post tours, insurance or flights. Cabins are limited.
Peregrine has the right to limit, change or discontinue promotion at any time without notice.

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Sabre Pacific’s Fiat Winner

Sabre Pacific has presented Tony Strong of helloworld Helensvale with the keys to a new Fiat as part of Sabre's Win a Fiat sales incentive.

From September to December 2013, Sabre Pacific challenged agents around Australia and New Zealand to make car and hotel bookings through the Sabre GDS for a chance to win a selection of iPads at the end of each month and a new car at the end of the promotion.

Strong made the highest number of eligible bookings across Australia and New Zealand, placing him in the driver's seat of a new Fiat.
Tony Strong of helloworld Helensvale with Skye Collie and James Quinlan from Sabre Pacific

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Win a Contiki Thailand trip for two

Thailand is the latest weekly destination to feature in Contiki’s 8-week long #NoRegrets Adventure Challenge.

The online video campaign employs local personalities and YouTube stars to showcase Contiki’s adventure travel appeals for featured destinations.

Each week, viewers have the chance to win their own adventure and save on 2014 travel plans.

This week, a trip for two to Thailand is up for grabs for anyone who watches the video and answers a challenge question.

New Zealand will feature later in the campaign with Connor Nestor fronting the camera to showcase the country’s adventure hotspots.

Contiki Thailand savings include:

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Cook Islands double resort offer

Little Polynesian Resort, Rarotonga and Aitutaki Escape have joined forces to create a variety of new Cook Islands experiences highlighting the best of both islands.

The 5, 7 and 12 night Ultimate Polynesian Escape packages include free return airfares for two between Rarotonga and Aitutaki, as well as complimentary return airport transfers, daily breakfast at both resorts and an assortment of activity options.

The offer is on sale until May 31, 2014 and applies to stays until March 31, 2015.

Click here for more information on Polynesian Escape resorts.

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Save up to 20% with Contiki

Youth adventure operator Contiki is offering 20% off six trips through Europe. These deals are available on a first-book basis.

European Adventurer: May 23rd departure, now $5798 (savings of $1177)
Offering the ultimate adventure experience through Europe, Contiki’s 37-day European Adventurer is an epic journey to 17 countries. Highights activities include whitewater rafting, mountain biking, diving into the waters of the Adriatic Sea on an island cruise in Dubrovnik and and a steep cog railway ride up the side of Jungfrau Mountain in the Swiss Alps.

Road to Athens: May 13, 2014 departure, now $3128 (savings of $781)
The 17-day itinerary starts in Paris and travels through Switzerland, Austria and Germany then along the Mediterranean through Italy, Greece and the sandy beaches of Corfu.

Best of Europe: May 18th 2014 departure, now $2972 (saving of $677)
The 13-day Best of Europe heads to gourmet hubs like Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin and Prague. Highlights include an authentic Italian cooking class in Rome and sampling the varieties of Edam on a visit to a cheese farm outside of Amsterdam.

Included in every trip is Contiki’s signature Backstage Pass, offering unrivalled value to travellers. Made up of exclusive inclusions, ME Time for independent discovery or optional activities, exclusive accommodation in some of the best stays in Europe, authentic regional cuisine plus the services of a professional and highly-trained team, Contiki shows travellers the real Europe covering both the Blockbusters and Backstreets.

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Nat Geo Live Pacific 2014 in partnership with Adventure World

Following last year’s sell out audiences throughout Australia and New Zealand, National Geographic Live in partnership with Adventure World is returning bigger and better to the region in 2014.

Wellington’s flagship Te Papa National Museum is being added as a new venue in New Zealand for both visiting headline speakers later this year with Auckland’s ASB Theatre (Aotea Centre) continuing on the programme for each presentation.

Award-winning filmmaker for National Geographic Channel Bryan Smith and Photographer David Doubilet are the event’s star attractions who will present to an audience of up to 18,600 for Nat Geo Live Pacific 2014, more than double last year’s audience.

Smith shares gripping, behind-the-scenes moments from his assignments to document extreme feats and high adventure in the world’s most challenging environments. Photographer Doubilet is considered the world’s leading underwater photographer and has introduced a generation to the mystery and wonders of the deep photographing more than 70 stories for National Geographic.

After working with Nat Geo Live in 2013, Adventure World Managing Director Fiona Hunt is delighted to up the brand’s partnership involvement for the 2014 shows which start Down Under in July.

Messages of exploration, adventure, discovery and conservation are all core to the National Geographic mission to inspire people to care about the planet and are also a key focus for Adventure World as we strive to offer our clients a lifetime of extraordinary travel so it’s a perfect partnership,' says Hunt.

“Adventure World is committed to inspire and provide our customers with a holiday that meets and exceeds expectations, holidays of a lifetime. Being able to see and hear from world leading filmmaker Bryan Smith and acclaimed photographer David Doubilet could not be more inspirational.'

As well as adding Wellington in New Zealand, the Australian leg has added Perth and Wollongong and is using larger venues in many cities.

2014 dates for National Geographic Live in partnership with Adventure World are:

Bryan Smith (Award-winning Adventure Filmmaker)
27 Sydney – SOH Opera Theatre
1 Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne
3 Perth – State Theatre/Heath Ledger Centre
7 Wellington – Te Papa National Museum
9 Auckland – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

David Doubilet (Acclaimed Underwater Photographer)
28 Perth – State Theatre/Heath Ledger Centre
1 Auckland – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
2 Wellington – Te Papa National Museum
4 Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne
6 Sydney – SOH Concert Hall
7 Wollongong - Wollongong University

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House of Travel releases travel app

House of Travel customers will now be able to have instant access on their smart phones to all their travel related documents including booking local attractions and flights on the go, with the launch of the company’s new travel app for both iPhone and Android.

The HOT Travel App is available for free download through both Google Play and the App store. It has been designed to upload a customer’s full itinerary which users can then countdown to their holiday, provide access to all the vital booking references and check-in documents as well as offer a one stop shop to create and share holiday photos with friends.

Additional exciting features include guidebooks of traveller's destinations, GPS and map services as well as securely storing important documents on the smart phone.

House of Travel says it wanted to be able to offer customers a level of support that reflects its digital thinking while taking full advantage of how kiwis have embraced their phones for everyday activities.

This is a significant breakthrough in making our customers travel experience more enjoyable and offering them a practical digital tool to go on holiday with,' says House of Travel head of strategy Niall White.

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