Sunday, 14 July 2024 03:21

GC's Aqua Park easy on the wallet

An easy-on-the-wallet activity is being promoted as a Gold Coast option for family fun ‘in-between’ the theme parks.

Friday, 12 July 2024 02:32

NSW rail trail proves a good choice

The Tweed Tourism Co reports that the Northern Rivers Rail Trail was recently awarded a Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award, ranking it amongst one of the top 10% of things to do worldwide.

Wednesday, 10 July 2024 03:04

Into the Gold Coast hinterland

Southern Cross Tours latest Gold Coast hinterland itinerary – Kangaroos and Mountain Views – is gaining traction with the New Zealand trade and their customers.

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 22:37

TNQ showcased to NZ agents

New Zealand’s top Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Programme agents were rewarded with an eight-day famil of Tropical North Queensland ahead of an increase of direct flights to Cairns.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 01:14

Local and luxury by Kiff & Culture

Luxury experiences made local is the mantra behind Kiff & Culture, a tour company operating in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Byron Bay and soon Tropical North Queensland.

Thursday, 27 June 2024 20:44

Granddad’s there in spirit

Visitors to Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery in Miami, Burleigh Beach on the Gold Coast get a different take on usual distillery tour experience.

Wednesday, 26 June 2024 02:59

Demand strong for SCY

Air New Zealand’s seasonal service to the Sunshine Coast returns on Wednesday 26 June, operating three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday until October 2024.

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 03:05

Cultural centre sees Kiwi potential

The Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is seeing burgeoning interest from the New Zealand market and is keen to generate even more Kiwi business through the travel trade.

Tourism Australia has promoted Daniel Wright to the role of distribution and partnerships manager, New Zealand to focus full-time on business development in the market.

Friday, 21 June 2024 23:56

Dreamworld's new Riverland precinct

Dreamworld will have a new precinct consisting of two high tech, family friendly and accessible rides later this year.

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 03:15

Thinking outside the accommodation norm

Changing booking trends since Covid have encouraged Elite Holiday Homes in the Gold Coast to revisit its different distribution channels.

Monday, 17 June 2024 02:59

Gold Coast’s reverse roadshow a hit

Agents who took part in the Gold Coast ‘reverse roadshow’ have applauded the concept, with its combination of new product workshops and a famil focused on the evolving face of the destination.

Friday, 14 June 2024 03:53

Vivid memories of Sydney famil trip

Destination NSW, in partnership with Qantas and Tourism Australia’s Aussie Specialist Program, recently hosted four key Premier Aussie Specialists and two webinar winners from House of Travel on a five-day trade famil.

Promoting products that won’t be familiar to even regular Kiwi visitors is a major goal of the current ‘reverse roadshow’ that has a group of product managers, premier Aussie Specialists and owner/brokers in the Gold Coast.

Tourism and Events Queensland is expecting the family and fun aspects of its latest campaign – Bluey’s World, for real life – to resonate with New Zealand agents and their clients.

Saturday, 01 June 2024 22:20

Two new Cultural Attractions

Cultural Attractions of Australia, a collective of 17 cultural, historic and sporting attractions, has two new experiences offered by two of its members.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 01:42

SGBR's new offerings

Southern Great Barrier Reef had a record number of exhibitors at this year’s Australian Tourism Exchange, reflecting the breadth of new product being added to existing offerings.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 01:36

Star struck in NSW

Do you believe in aliens? What is your favourite constellation? Are you worried about pollution in space?

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 01:27

Illuminating attraction at K’gari

A light show known as Illumina – Return to Sky will turn on twice a night at Kingfisher Bay Resort, K’gari from 30 September.

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 22:09

Barossa updates trade tools

Barossa Australia has given its trade website an extensive update in the lead up to last week’s Australian Tourism Exchange in Melbourne.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb is offering two new indigenous experiences from August.

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:56

New for Luxury Lodges of Australia

Bullo River Station, with 12 guestrooms, has joined Luxury Lodges of Australia (LLoA).

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:55

Art tour uncovers new secrets

Hidden Secrets of Melbourne is launching a new Art in the Street tour designed to see the ‘quieter corners’ of the city.

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:52

New tours at top of the NT

Northern Territory has two new high-end day-trip experiences out of Darwin, both particularly suited to clients short on time.

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:50

Walking Port Stephens' coast

A new 27-kilometre hike in Port Stephens provides new motivation to visit the area during winter.

Some 16 Kiwi product managers and wholesalers as well as six New Zealand based inbound agents are part of a record attendance at this year’s Australian Tourism Exchange.

Monday, 22 April 2024 07:37

Whitsundays family cruising

Explore Group has added a dedicated family cruise departure to its Whitsunday Islands small ship cruise experiences.

Monday, 15 April 2024 23:35

Tassie campaign, NZ restart

Tourism Tasmania will launch its latest Come Down For Air campaign in New Zealand later this month.

Friday, 05 April 2024 02:21

Learn and win with WA

Tourism WA has an online training programme available for travel consultants to upskill on holiday destinations and holiday experiences in Western Australia.

Travel agents are a key part of Visit Sunshine Coast’s strategy in getting New Zealanders  to look beyond the beach when they visit the destination, says the organisation’s trade manager, Emily Zinowki.

Thursday, 28 March 2024 02:35

Food, fashion tours in ADL

Flamboyance Tours in Adelaide is adding new specialised tours.

These include the Adelaide Central Market Tour – a short intro to discover the artisanal and indigenous products from South Australian regions; plus a two hour Slow Fashion experience where clients visit three locations to uncover hidden sustainable fashion gems to add to their wardrobe. Both are available now.

Friday, 15 March 2024 23:23

NT busting tourism myths

Shoulder and wet seasons are a great time for clients to visit the Northern Territory and the destination is not just about visiting once to see ‘bucket list’ attractions.

Monday, 11 March 2024 02:02

New luxury in QLD Outback

The introduction of new luxury camps, farmstays and retreats in the last three or four years gives travel agents a new category to sell in the Queensland Outback as well as another reason get Kiwis to disperse beyond the coast when they visit the state.

Friday, 08 March 2024 00:50

On the rails in Queensland's outback

Outback Aussie Tours will be operating its second season of rail journeys starting in April.

A desire for more indepth experiences and a trend towards higher-end accommodation are driving a big increase in expenditure from Kiwi travellers in Queensland, according to Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) chief executive office Patricia O’Callaghan.

The amount spent by trans Tasman visitors in 2024 is considerably above expenditure in 2019. This is despite the number of New Zealanders visiting the state being 84% of pre-pandemic levels.

Thursday, 29 February 2024 04:13

Reef & rubber in Rocky

Kiwi agents with clients who are enthusiasts of cars, bikes and motor sport should be organising a trip to the Southern Great Barrier Reef for them, says Zac Garven, tourism and events manager at Explore Rockhampton.

New Zealand has solidified its position as the third-largest inbound market for Western Australia (73,000 visitors) to year ended September 2023, with the rising popularity of Aboriginal experiences capturing the interest of 31% of Kiwi holiday makers.

Monday, 05 February 2024 16:41

New cat for Kimberleys

Australian superyacht specialist, YOTSPACE will debut a luxury catamaran to cruise in the Kimberley this year.

Friday, 02 February 2024 04:46

Great Walks now number 13

Great Walks of Australia has added a new experience to its collection of multi-day guided hikes – Flinders Island Walking Adventure In Comfort on Flinders Island in Tasmania, operated by Tasmanian Expeditions.

Monday, 22 January 2024 23:06

NT events to AKL and CHC

Northern Territory will build on increased interest from New Zealand agents when it holds a two city ‘mini-roadshow’ in March.

Monday, 15 January 2024 22:56

SA eco-resort's first stage

The first stage of luxury eco-resort Rumi Reveal on Louth Island, South Australia is complete.

Once a sheep farm established in 1802, Louth Island is situated 10 minutes off the coast from Port Lincoln.

Friday, 13 October 2023 22:51

WA’s Wooleen Station expands

Wooleen Station has relocated a historic shearing shed kitchen to the entry of the property to provide a focal point for visitors with its curved, domed tin roofline.

Monday, 09 October 2023 01:44

New off-train options

The Great Southern returns on 1 December 2023 for the 2023-24 summer season, marking the rail journey’s fifth season exploring the east coast of Australia by train.

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 01:54

AAT Kings new indigenous tour

AAT Kings has launched its new Aboriginal Culture & Australia Highlights tour, as part of the group’s new 2024/2025 touring season.

The limited season guided holiday features destinations from city to outback across Melbourne, Uluru, Sydney and Cairns over 13 days, with a focus on local connection, cultural immersion, sustainable footprints and wildlife and nature.

Thursday, 28 September 2023 01:34

More Kiwi presence for Journey Beyond

Journey Beyond has flagged its intention to appoint a business development manager in New Zealand next year, probably around March.

The news came at trade events held by the company in Christchurch and Auckland last week to reconnect with a market that is showing considerable growth for the Australian-based operator.

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 22:11

Travelmarvel's 2024 Aus tours

Travelmarvel has released its Australian holidays for 2024.

Its Kimberley cruise programme leads a diverse range of tours which also feature land, rail and remote 4WD adventures across the country.

Wednesday, 09 August 2023 03:28

Journey Beyond's Gold Premium

Journey Beyond has introduced Gold Premium, now available to book on The Ghan and Great Southern for 2024.

Sitting between Gold and Platinum, Gold Premium includes a twin cabin with a lounge seat to convert to a sleeper each evening; premium amenities in the en-suite bathroom and extra features.

Friday, 04 August 2023 01:05

Underground at White Cliffs

Out of the Ordinary Outback is offering a three-day package including town tours and subterranean accommodation in the opal mining town of White Cliffs.

Until the end of September, guests at the White Cliffs Underground Motel can experience the daily campfire at sunset, overlooking the plains of far west NSW, with complimentary snacks available.

Thursday, 20 July 2023 23:48

New website to book Aus Open

Sports Travel & Hospitality (STH) NZ has launched a website and division dedicated to the Australian Open.

Head of premium experiences, New Zealand for STH, Philippa Beams says AO Travel is the official travel agent here for the 2024 event and the new online platform gives the trade here an opportunity to book clients and earn commission at the click of a button.

Wednesday, 19 July 2023 23:22

Journey Beyond's train-cruise

Journey Beyond has launched a package that combines two iconic rail journeys – The Ghan and the Indian Pacific – with a cruise provided by Silversea Cruises.

The Ultimate West by Land and Sea package is an 28-day journey that laps half of Australia, with only one departure for 2024.

Saturday, 15 July 2023 00:48

Marine package at K’gari, QLD

Kingfisher Bay Resort has launched a new package focusing on the marine-based experiences available to guests staying on K’gari (formerly Fraser Island).

Kingfisher Bay Resort’s Cruise K’gari Your Way package coincides with the beginning of whale season and aligns with Fraser Coast Tourism’s Marine Mecca, an initiative to recognise the water-based activities available in the region.

Tuesday, 11 July 2023 01:46

Top reasons to visit WA in winter

Tourism WA has released the top reasons for clients to visit the state in winter.

These include swimming with the largest fish on the planet at Ningaloo Reef (Nyinggulu) where, from March to August, the reef becomes a natural habitat the whale shark.

Saturday, 01 July 2023 05:22

Aus famil ‘tops’ for Kiwi agents

Five Aussie Specialists recently travelled to the Northern Territory’s Top End on a special six-night famil hosted by Tourism Australia and Tourism Northern Territory. The trip was supported by Qantas with the group travelling from different ports around New Zealand to Darwin via Sydney.

Tuesday, 30 May 2023 18:08

Super slant to GC famil

A Kiwi travel trade group has been experiencing some of the best on the Gold Coast this month.

Experiences have ranged from a Treetop High Ropes Adventure in Currumbin to meeting super heroes at Movie World, bubbles and power shopping at Harbour Town and taking a walk through Burleigh Headland.

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