VSC’s re-entry into NZ market

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 23:15

Visit Sushine Coast (VSC) has developed strategies and activities for its market re-entry to New Zealand which commenced this week in anticipation of the first services to Australia.

VSC CEO Matt Stoeckel says the activity includes a “For real” multi-channel campaign which follows the successful first phase of the campaign that was rolled out earlier in the year in anticipation of the borders opening during 2021.

TA campaign to attract Kiwis

Thursday, 08 April 2021 03:33

Tourism Australia is kicking off its first international campaign in more than a year today to remind New Zealanders of the experiences that await them across the Tasman.

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison says she hopes New Zealanders will make the most of the two way bubble that starts on 19 April and enjoy being the first international travellers back to Australia. That theme is evident in the campaign theme - 'Be the First'.

AAT Kings' Tassie savings

Thursday, 08 April 2021 03:15

Clients can save up to $600 per couple on AAT Kings’ 13-day Perfect Tasmania guided holiday. The tour has a foodie emphasis – meeting local producers and winemakers throughout the journey. Highlights include meeting a fitfh generation farmer who shows guests around his property before they taste his ethically raised meat and garden produce at lunch.

There is free time exploring Hobart and Launceston with insider knowledge and help from a travel director.

Rottnest's new trade guide

Thursday, 18 March 2021 01:48

Rottnest Island Authority has released a new trade guide.  It contains useful information about Rottnest Island including new products, how to get around, maps, accommodation, dining, refreshments, tours, activities and attractions.

Located less than 20km from Fremantle, Rottnest Island is a nature reserve with 63 beaches and bays, coral reefs, a
casual atmosphere and the world’s ‘happiest’ animals – the quokka.

New Kimberley departure

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 19:28

Globus family of brands (GFOB) has added a new date for Globus’ Contrasts of the Kimberley itinerary. Priced from $5561, the 10-day trip in the Top End, beginning in Darwin and ending in Broome, is close to selling out on all dates in 2021, so a new departure date of 19 September has been added.

The itinerary is part of GFOB’s new collection of New Zealand and Australia tours launched in October 2020 and created specifically with local travellers

No reopening for Tjapukai

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 21:42

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (Tjapukai) will not be reopening.

The Cairns attraction has experienced significant financial challenges for many years, made worse through the Covid-19 pandemic when it was forced to go into caretaker mode.

The venture is largely reliant on international visitors and is not financially able to continue operating with the continued restrictions and uncertain future for international inbound travellers and increased

Aussie push to lure Kiwis

Thursday, 10 December 2020 00:41

A new campaign just launched by Tourism Australia aims to lure young New Zealanders across the ditch by showcasing the adventures and experiences they can have while working and travelling in Australia. The young Kiwis are being urged to take a working holiday and gain employment in sectors such as agriculture, tourism and hospitality.
Australia's Tourism Minister, Simon Birningham, says with travel from across the Tasman back in play this is an opportunity to entice New Zealanders to take a longer stay in Australia and

Private jet itineraries by APT

Tuesday, 08 December 2020 23:04

APT has released details of its Private Jet Air Tours 2021 itineraries in Australia using privately chartered aircraft. The tours fly across vast distances in a fraction of the time it would take for traditional touring, allowing more time on the ground to explore each destination. Agents can order copies of new APT’s Private Jet Air Tours Australia 2021 brochure  by clicking here.



Major tourism openings for QLD

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 06:05

Queensland has a line up of major tourism developments next year.

In Tropical North Queensland, Silky Oaks Lodge is undergoing a facelift to reopen on 1 October 2021 under the Baillie Lodges brand. Influenced by its Daintree Rainforest surroundings, the

Back to nature in Sth Australia

Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:15

New website data has revealed that in a post-pandemic world, city dwellers are looking for outdoor escapes with an off-the-grid sense of remoteness.

SATV, the digital platform curated by the South Australian Tourism Commission is giving Kiwis a taste of those remote experiences ‘virtually’.

Need to open state borders

Thursday, 10 September 2020 07:44

The first thing Australia needs to do for its tourism recovery is reopen the country’s state borders where it is safe, says John Hart, executive chair of the Australia Chamber of Tourism.

‘There seems to be the attitude that keeping people safe is about locking them down, rather than allowing safe travel. While that happens there won’t be a recovery.’

Sailing on Sunshine Coast

Thursday, 03 September 2020 04:09

Saltwater Eco Tours, operating from Mooloolaba, is using a century-old timber sailing vessel, Spray of the Coral Coast, to showcase the Sunshine Coast’s Indigenous heritage and marine beauty.

Each tour has an Indigenous story-teller on board to share the stories, traditions and culture of the Sunshine Coast’s original inhabitants and first eco custodians, the Kabi Kabi people (originally known as the ‘Saltwater People’). 

WA site to benefit Kiwi trade

Monday, 10 August 2020 23:01

A key operator in Western Australia says the state is ready and waiting for the New Zealand market when a 'bubble' between the two destinations opens.

Australian Wildlife Journeys webinar

Monday, 10 August 2020 20:14

Agents can join John Daw to learn about Australian Wildlife Journeys on Thursday 13 August from 5-6pm. As part of the Signature Experiences of Australia program, Australian Wildlife Journeys is a group of Australia’s top wildlife travel operators that have come together to showcase their commitment to conservation, passion for nature and interpretation of wildlife in natural habitats. The operators of these wildlife experiences see themselves as guardians of the native fauna as well as expert guides.

Go to and register via the training section of the site.



Byron at Byron’s refresh

Monday, 03 August 2020 23:13

NSW’s Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, is set to reopen on 1 September 2020.

Keeping Australia top of mind

Monday, 27 July 2020 23:20

Tourism Australia is promoting a number of ways agents can encourage their clients to experience different sides of Australia while travel is restricted.

‘Storytelling is embedded in Australian culture. Thanks to our creative industry, there are many different means of soaking up our rich culture – even from the comfort of your couch,’ says Phillipa Harrison, managing director of Tourism Australia.

Kangaroo Island tours

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 02:13

Kangaroo Island Odysseys has launched a new one-night/one-day Kangaroo Island Road to Recovery Tour.

Byron Bay’s House of surf

Monday, 29 June 2020 23:59

The Surf House in Byron Bay opened yesterday. It includes Byron Bay’s only rooftop bar, The Rooftop, and is the third Byron Bay property from Millett Group which owns boutique hotel Lord Byron and the hostel Wake Up!

STH launches Wallabies Travel

Sunday, 21 June 2020 22:42

Sports Travel and Hospitality (STH) Group has signed a long-term agreement to be the official partner of Rugby Australia.

The move signals the establishment of Sports Travel and Hospitality Australia, trading as Wallabies Travel. On this side of the Tasman, Sports Travel and Hospitality New Zealand has a high profile trading as All Blacks Tours and New Zealand Cricket Tours.

Tourism Aus moves NZ biz events

Thursday, 11 June 2020 21:42

The departure of Tourism Australia’s New Zealand country manager Jenny Aitken will not in itself significantly change the relationship the organisation has had with the general travel trade here for the last five years.

Since 2015, Aitken’s official brief has been almost entirely business events focused (with some exceptions such as working with wholesalers on the Australian Tourism Exchange).

SA ready for expanded bubble

Monday, 25 May 2020 23:33

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has launched a new campaign directed at Kiwis.

South Australia backs ‘bubble’

Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:51

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) and Adelaide Airport have thrown their weight behind the trans Tasman travel bubble with plans to welcome Kiwis who are ready to travel once it is safe to do so.  

For the year ending December 2019, record numbers of Kiwis travelled to South Australia to enjoy the state’s food, wine and destinations such as the Murray River and Kangaroo Island, spending more than $45 million in their travels.

Now’s the time to love NSW

Thursday, 21 May 2020 00:32

Destination NSW has launched the next phase of its tourism recovery campaign, Now’s The Time To Love NSW.

This is spearheaded by TV, social and digital creative which utilises New South Wales’ diverse landscapes and experiences to inspire travellers.

The commercial debuted in New Zealand over the weekend.

ANZCRO Connect – NZ and OZ

Thursday, 07 May 2020 20:55

ANZCRO Connect has already generated considerable interest amongst the trade in New Zealand but this is set to increase with the current focus on domestic and, as a next step, trans Tasman travel, says the company’s managing director Nick Guthrey.

The specially designed agents’ portal allows travel agents to search, quote and book all of ANZCRO’s product from one platform. It can also be used to create an entire New Zealand itinerary.

Trans Tasman obvious start

Friday, 24 April 2020 20:59

The travel and tourism industries of both Australia and New Zealand should be working together to create a ‘runway’ towards reopening trans-Tasman travel, an industry webinar heard this week.

Speaking at the Tourism Temperature digital event, organised by the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ), various speakers felt the trans Tasman travel bubble could fly if the countries’ governments and health authorities also worked together to create safe and highly monitored gateways.

Aussie’s new weekly webinars

Friday, 24 April 2020 04:56

The Aussie Specialist Team has moved the monthly Talkabout webinar series to a weekly schedule through to early June.

The new series kicked off with Annabelle Sweetman from Tourism Tasmania last week, informing agents on the sights of Tassie. Those travelling the island can taste produce straight from the farm and ocean, and meet the makers at cellar doors, farm gates and local markets.

Fact sheets to sell WA

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 00:38

Fact sheets that will help agents sell Western Australia are now available, with more to come.

Maggie Beer cooking videos

Monday, 06 April 2020 22:20

Acclaimed cook and restaurateur Maggie Beer is sharing daily online videos as part of a new series called ‘Cooking with Maggie’.

Garrie moves on

Saturday, 28 March 2020 05:38

Joanna Garrie has moved on from her role as regional manager New Zealand with Visit Victoria.

Clients can go wild in Aus

Monday, 09 March 2020 01:44

Australian Wildlife Journeys gives agents a range of close to home experiences to sell to clients who may typically be attracted to destinations such as Africa and the Galapagos, says executive officer John Daw.

‘Come and play’ on the GC

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:54

Kiwis are being invited to ‘come and play’ in Australia’s sixth largest city as the Gold Coast positions itself as ‘Australia’s favourite playground’.

Corroboree West highlights video

Thursday, 20 February 2020 23:58

Held exclusively for Aussie Specialists from Europe, North America and for the first time, New Zealand, Corroboree West 2019 has released a highlights video from the event staged in Perth in October.

DNSW new head

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 01:13

The former head of bookseller, Dymocks has been appointed to lead Destination NSW.

Murray River gains traction

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 00:18

A Great Walk of Australia that combines food, wine and nature (plus history and culture) is gaining traction in the New Zealand market and rising interest from the trade here.

Murray River savings

Friday, 31 January 2020 00:05

Murray River Paddlesteamers has a limited number of cabins available on PS Emmylou’s February and March 2020 departures – most with just one remaining cabin, and up to 40% discounted.

Cruise to Kangaroo Island

Monday, 20 January 2020 23:02

Australia’s cruise industry is celebrating its return to the bushfire-affected communities of Kangaroo Island after this week’s arrival of Sun Princess at the island port of Penneshaw.

NSW lifts SOE

Thursday, 16 January 2020 23:14

Destination New South Wales (DNSW) advises that the State of Emergency due to bushfires was lifted earlier this week.

Packaging drives Kiwis to VIC

Monday, 13 January 2020 22:39

Working with the travel trade to put together an extended selection of three to five-day packages is one of the goals of Visit Victoria this year, says the organisation’s regional manager New Zealand, Joanna Garrie.

AU cruising full capacity

Monday, 13 January 2020 22:01

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia reports all major cruise lines in the region are currently operating as scheduled and most Australian cruise destinations are unaffected by the fires.

'Thoughts with Australia'

Monday, 06 January 2020 23:04

Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) president Brent Thomas says the thoughts of the New Zealand travel industry go out to all those who have been impacted by the destructive fires in Australia. 'The bush fires are of a magnitude that we have not seen before and it is hard to comprehend just how ferocious the fire, smoke and heat have been.'

Great Barrier Reef programme

Sunday, 08 December 2019 21:39

Coral Expeditions, has a new programme of Great Barrier Reef expeditions from June 2021.

Williment's Bathurst packages

Thursday, 21 November 2019 20:29

Williment Travel has released its flagship Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 tours for 2020.

AAT Kings’ 50% agent rates

Monday, 18 November 2019 22:03

AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys are offering industry partners the opportunity to explore trans-tasman at limited-time exclusive rates.

High end on Lord Howe

Monday, 14 October 2019 01:20

New accommodation based on private home living is opening in Lord Howe Island, an hour and a half flight out of Sydney, early 2020.

A walk on part in the opera

Monday, 14 October 2019 01:17

Opera Australia is still waiting for the first Kiwi taking up its offer to have a walk on role in La Boheme, with the next opportunity for clients to do so in January 2020.

New Flinders Ranges tour

Monday, 30 September 2019 20:38

Flinders Ranges Odysseys has launched a new three-day Flinders Ranges Outback Tour beginning 3 April 2020.

SA incentive winner

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:46

Congratulations to Zoe Christensen from Flight Centre Cambridge, who is the lucky winner of the recent Aussie Specialist Program incentive.

DMC launches on Norfolk Island

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:17

A demand for premium product has led Kiwi ex-pats Lillian and Ian Mann to launch Travel Norfolk, a service for travellers wanting flexibility, custom made experiences, and the reassurance of having someone ‘on the ground’ to ensure that special excursions are pre-booked and confirmed before they leave home.

Tourism Talent enters Australia

Monday, 23 September 2019 22:00

New Zealand’s Tourism Talent has launched in Australia, operating in both New South Wales and Western Australia.

New for Tourism Australia

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:20

Phillipa Harrison is the new managing director of Tourism Australia.

Bar drops anchor to fill a gap

Monday, 16 September 2019 23:42

When Benny Ford opened The Black Anchor Bar in Norfolk Island last November, he filled a gap in the market. He opened a casual bar where people could relax after work, with a cocktail, craft beer or wine. Open Thursday to Saturday from 5pm till midnight, The Black Anchor serves  ‘pop up’ bar food from offsite caterers – dumplings on Thursdays, tacos on Fridays and American barbecue food on Saturdays.

The Black Anchor is a fitting name for someone who has worked for 20 years as a sea captain, and grew up on boats. Doubling as port manager by day, Ford has lived on the island for three years. ‘Norfolk Island is the place that everyone in Byron Bay

Aussie Specialist news

Monday, 19 August 2019 22:14

Agents can tune in to the Victoria webinar this week, plus be in to win a trip to South Australia.

AIM for tattoo in Sydney

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 01:08

AIM Holidays is reminding agents that it has packages available for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney from 17 to 19 October at the ANZ Stadium.

FC’s Global: BNE 2020

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 01:31

Brisbane has landed a major tourism windfall after being selected to host one of the world’s largest travel industry conferences.