Hayman's Beachfront Pavilions

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 22:12

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort will add 12 Beachfront Pavilion suites for an adults-only experience in the the Whitsundays.

The stand-alone pavilions feature a spacious bedroom with separate living area and covered outdoor balcony out to a private heated plunge pool.

Wizardry at Movie World

Friday, 22 July 2022 03:59

Warner Bros. Movie World, Gold Coast will open THE WIZARD OF OZ™ themed precinct featuring two new family-friendly rides in 2024.

The two new rides will include the world’s first THE WIZARD OF OZ™ themed suspended family coaster and a family boomerang racer, both with commensurate height restrictions that will allow younger Movie World guests to experience their first roller-coaster.

Tasmania heading to AKL

Friday, 01 July 2022 00:01

Travel agents, consultants and brokers are being invited to join Tourism Tasmania and Tasmanian operators in Auckland in August to learn more about the destination for clients.

There will be an opportunity for members of the travel industry to enjoy a little Tasmanian hospitality on Tuesday, 2 August 2022 at a daytime event being held in Auckland at the Glasshouse.

New luxury choice in SA

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 03:52

Luxury off-grid accommodation ESCA Nest & Nature has officially opened its doors on a hilltop in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula

Nest & Nature is in the beautiful Inman Valley 75 minutes’ drive from Adelaide. The self-contained, studio-style suites are completely off-grid and have expansive views over the valley. 

Strait to culture in a day

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 02:40

One of the world’s last untapped tourism destinations is now open to travellers through a new tour that packs six iconic Torres Strait experiences into one big day out from Cairns. 

A Strait Day allows visitors opportunity to experience a place where ancient culture is still part of everyday life. They can depart Cairns by plane in the morning, then hop-scotch between Waibene (Thursday Island) and Ngurapai (Horn Island) some 800 km away to learn about Torres Strait culture, food, history, and tradition – all in one package. 

Kimberley, Outback QLD by 4WD

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 00:51

Travelmarvel has released its Kimberley & Outback Queensland by 4WD 2023 holiday programme. The launch includes a range of small group 4WD journeys to remote locations in Travelmarvel’s custom designed 4WD vehicles.

Earlybird offers include savings of up to $1,000 per couple.

First ECO destination for WA

Wednesday, 08 June 2022 23:51

The Margaret River region has become the first ECO Destination for Western Australia – one of only four in Australia.

Through this certification programme, visitors are assured the region has a range of high-quality nature-based tourism products and a commitment to improving sustainable practices.

Tassie ready for NZ resumption

Thursday, 26 May 2022 07:32

Despite last year’s trans Tasman travel bubble being ill-fated, one Aussie destination saw enough to gain new optimism in the Kiwi market.

Cat Carey, head of industry and partnerships at Tourism Tasmania, says the destination saw enough last year to  be excited about the potential from New Zealand when Air New Zealand relaunches Auckland-Hobart services early July.

Opportunities for trade in Australia

Thursday, 26 May 2022 04:44

Now is an ideal time for Kiwis to discover that they don’t know Australia as well as they think they do – and for the trade here to take advantage of that, says Tourism Australia’s executive general manager commercial and business events, Robin Mack.

Nine New Zealand wholesalers / product managers plus five ‘lux buyers’ and a small media contingent were in in Sydney now for the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE 2022).

Australia focuses on yield and reconnection: Trade famils part of that

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 21:02

A new consumer attitude to travel arising from being locked down and having savings to spend is one of the key trends being focused on by Tourism Australia, says managing director Phillipa Harrison.

Speaking at a press conference during the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE 2022), Harrison noted that people don’t want discounts, they want experiences.

From prison to hotel

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 04:10

TFE Hotels expected to open its Adina Apartment Hotel Pentridge Melbourne in the back half of this year.

The transformation of Australia’s historic Pentridge Prison site into a mixed-use lifestyle precinct has breathed new life into the suburb of Coburg.

Great Southern to return

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 05:37

Journey Beyond’s Great Southern will return this summer, with the rail journey running for an extended 12-week season from 2 December 2022 to 23 February 2023, with a new offering – the Southern Wines & Wildlife package.

Travelling from Brisbane to Adelaide, guests on the Great Southern will travel down the coast, pausing for a beachside dinner in Coffs Harbour, exploration of the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens or Newcastle, and a choice of Melbourne city experiences or time in the Moorabool Valley. Once in Adelaide, guests depart on a journey through South Australia’s wine region. The package is rounded out with two nights on Kangaroo Island.

Tourism Australia says 'Don't Go Small. Go Australia'

Monday, 02 May 2022 05:21

Tourism Australia yesterday launched a new campaign in New Zealand to encourage Kiwi travellers to book their next big holiday in Australia, now that two-way quarantine-free travel has resumed across the Tasman.

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison says the Come and Say G'Day - Don't Go Small. Go Australia campaign will run across TV, print, digital and social channels in New Zealand and feature some of the country's most iconic destinations and hidden gems.

PONANT returns to Kimberley

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 03:49

PONANT will restart its Kimberley 2022 expedition season following the statement by Western Australia to welcome small interstate and international expedition ships with a maximum of 350 persons to its waters.

With operations resuming 28 April 2022, PONANT will offer multiple departures between April and October including two new departure dates for its 10-night Australia’s Iconic Kimberley between Broome and Darwin, onboard Le Soléal.

Aussie 'warm up' packages

Monday, 18 April 2022 03:21

ANZCRO has released a Warm Up In Australia collection for Kiwis looking to escape the colder months.

Nate Gordon, ANZCRO’s trade marketing manager, says the collection focuses on Queensland, showcasing luxury lodges, coastal towns and islands that clients may not have considered.

Leisure Time launches WA

Friday, 08 April 2022 04:47

Leisure Time Travel has launched a number of tours to Australia and the Pacific. They include a 16-day Western Australia: Discover the Coral Coast programme priced from $11,950.

It includes return Air New Zealand flights Auckland to Perth, Broome to Perth flight with Virgin Australia, and 15 nights accommodation – twin/double rooms (single rooms available with surcharge) – and meals where indicated.

WA's Taste Great Southern

Wednesday, 30 March 2022 17:33

Food and wine fans can enjoy some of Western Australia’s best delights at the Taste Great Southern festival . 

The annual festival, which takes place in May each year, celebrates the lifestyle, premium food and award-winning wine of WA’s Great Southern region.

More than 20 leading chefs from across the state will participate in over 30 events that will showcase the produce of the region.

Oz rail releases 2023 journeys

Thursday, 03 February 2022 19:02

Australia’s Journey Beyond has opened its 2023 rail season for The Ghan, Great Southern and Indian Pacific earlier than ever before, giving guests greater choice and flexibility when planning a rail holiday.  

Chief commercial officer for Journey Beyond, Peter Egglestone says guests are showing increased interest in planning and booking holidays for 2023. 

Lindblad's Kimberley return

Thursday, 20 January 2022 16:53

Lindblad Expeditions says the National Geographic Orion will be returning to Australian waters in 2023 with two new itineraries – Kimberley Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest and Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia and Indonesia.

ASP adds second tier

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 03:37

Tourism Australia has introduced a second tier to its travel agent training in New Zealand with the introduction of the Premier Aussie Specialist Program.

The premier membership category acknowledges destination expertise, inside knowledge and strong ties with the Australian travel industry with an established record of selling Australia.

Aussie inbounders mark trends

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 20:31

Longer itineraries with travel at a more relaxed pace will be the order of the day when Australia welcomes international visitors again, according to a panel of the country’s inbound tour operators at the Tourism Australia Global Summit this week.

Other trends they identify are increasing indigenous content in itineraries, more focus on nature and wildlife, plus an uptake in boutique and luxury accommodation and experiences.

Back on the Great Ocean Road

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 20:12

See Adelaide and Beyond will commence its weekly four-day small group tour, Melbourne to Adelaide, from Monday 31 January 2022.

The Great Ocean Road and Beyond small group tour is a guided trip offering reclining seat travel and accommodation in regional townships. The itinerary highlights the major icons along the Great Ocean Road and regional South Australia. These include the Shipwreck Coast, Loch Ard Gorge, the 12 Apostles, Tower Hill, the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves, Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake, Umpherston Sinkhole, the Langhorne Creek wine region and the Adelaide Hills.

TIME's ASP scholarship

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 00:59

Aussie Specialist Trainer, Daniel Wright recently sat down with a current mentee of the TIME NZ programme, Alex Hannagan, to discuss the benefits of TIME and why people should apply.

This follows TIME NZ’s partnership with Tourism Australia to offer the inaugural Aussie Specialist Scholarship to members of the wider travel industry.

Kangaroo Island by foot

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 02:09

South Australian tour operator Exceptional Kangaroo Island has launched a new tourism venture, Walk Kangaroo Island, to showcase the landscape across the island.

Over six days and five nights, small groups of up to 10 guests will be hosted by two experienced local guides on 11 different walks across Kangaroo Island.

SA's border opening plan

Thursday, 28 October 2021 22:52

South Australia has announced its plan to reopen to domestic tourism and ease restrictions – and marking an important step towards the resumption of international tourism.

South Australia will begin by opening its borders to fully vaccinated people from all Australian states and territories on 23 November.

It is the date South Australia is expected to reach the national double vaccination target of 80 per cent and comes earlier than initially expected, thanks to the quick uptake of vaccines by South Australians.

‘As one of the first ‘Covid-free’ states to open to fully-vaccinated travellers in New South Wales and Victoria this is an opportunity for our industry and is a positive step towards welcoming international tourists back,’ says South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex.

On 23 November, South Australia’s Covid-Ready Plan also outlines that quarantine for fully vaccinated returning Australians will drop from 14 days to 7 days.

South Australia’s borders will open to fully vaccinated international travellers when its vaccination rate hits 90 per cent (12 years and older) and the Federal Government lifts Australia’s border to international tourism. The state has just hit the 80% first vaccine milestone.

‘With Christmas, the peak summer tourism period and Adelaide’s festival season not too far around the corner – the reopening to domestic and global tourism is a real opportunity for our industry and one that we will take full advantage of,’ Harrex says.

PONANT in the Kimberley in 2023

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 20:45

PONANT has released sales for the 2023 Kimberley Expedition season.

Offering multiple departures between April and October 2023, the 10-night ‘Australia’s Iconic Kimberley’ itinerary journeys between Broome and Darwin. It showcases the landscapes of the Kimberley on board PONANT’s Le Lapérouse or Le Soléal, both of which will be sailing throughout the season.

AAT Kings' interactive brochure

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:33

AAT Kings is announcing its 2022-2023 season with an interactive brochure, aimed at helping agents working in varied environments enter a new era of travel. The new season brochure gives agents and customers a multi-sensory experience including embedded videos, pop up animations and immersive timelines designed with the user in mind. It also retains the brand’s customisable call to action (CTA) technology, allowing agents to create personalised brochures to suit customers’ needs, including the ability to add wish-list tours and travel agent details (including logos) before sending to clients.

ASP summit in November

Monday, 04 October 2021 04:50

Tourism Australia is reminding New Zealand agents about the relaunched Aussie Specialist Program.

The programme, which is run in conjunction with Australia’s State and Territory Tourism Organisations, has been given a new look and feel in its 32nd year with greater personalisation, faster qualifying times and shorter, more interactive training modules.

Tourism Australia managing director, Phillipa Harrison says the investment comes after many frontline travel sellers turned to the Aussie Specialist Program over the past 18 months to learn and position themselves as champions for Australian travel once borders re-open.

Wendy Wu Tours adds to ANZ

Friday, 17 September 2021 00:02

Wendy Wu Tours has released a dedicated Australia and New Zealand brochure, with two new programmes complementing its existing range of tours.

The Australasian collection has a new seven-day Tasmanian Highlights tour, focusing on the eastern coastline including Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay as well as Cape Pillar. Clients will also visit historical Port Arthur and sample Tasmania’s local produce, including a visit to Freycinet Oyster Farm. The tour is priced from $5600 per person, twin share.

New Aus Specialist trainer in NZ

Thursday, 09 September 2021 23:19

Tourism Australia recently appointed Daniel Wright as Aussie Specialist Program trainer for New Zealand, based in Auckland.

Wright’s most recent role was senior marketing executive at South Australia Tourism Commission, based in London since January 2018. He brings more than 10 years of experience working in the travel industry, working for brands such as Flight Centre and Jucy Rentals, along with other luxury and specialist our operators.

Norfolk Island tour for foodies

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 23:28

Our Pacific has a small group tour to Norfolk Island, created for those seeking a foodie experience on an island that relies heavily on self-sustainability.   

It also provides some active outdoor activity events, ensuring the group participants get to enjoy the outdoors and scenery that Norfolk Island offers.

New owner for The Louise

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 22:26

Luxury lodge The Louise, in South Australia’s Barossa wine region, has been acquired by Baillie Lodges, adding to the company’s growing collection of properties from September 2021.

This is the second luxury lodge to join the group in South Australia. Southern Ocean Lodge, situated on Kangaroo Island, joined the fold in 2008. The lodge was destroyed in the bushfires in January 2020 and the property is now closed. However, Baillie Lodges is rebuilding the lodge and anticipates this will reopen in late 2022 or early 2023.

Time to sell Capricorn Coast

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 02:23

Queensland’s Southern Great Barrier Reef gives New Zealand travel agents something different in the state to sell, with opportunities now to convert the interest that was steadily rising pre-Covid, says Mary Carroll, chief executive officer of Capricorn Coast.

‘We regularly visited trade and consumer shows in recent years and we were really starting to see great interest. Now is the time to convert that to real life bookings through the trade.’

Carroll says a key message for the market is that they can fly into Brisbane and then take a one-hour domestic flight to Rockhampton.

TIME partners with ASP

Tuesday, 20 July 2021 21:55

TIME (Travel Industry Mentor Experience) NZ has a new partnership with Tourism Australia’s Aussie Specialist Program. This includes the inaugural Aussie Specialist Scholarship.

The development was announced at a TIME event at Crown Institute of Studies on in July, which celebrated graduates from recent intakes and also announced four new mentees and their mentors.

The scholarship covers full TIME programme fees for six months of dedicated, tailored mentoring from a strategically selected senior industry professional plus on-going benefits including the TIME to Learn programme and additional one-off mentoring with a mentor of choice (subject to availability).

Our Pacific boosts NLK

Sunday, 20 June 2021 22:52

Our Pacific says the levels of enquiry around Norfolk have definitely increased with the launch of the AKL to NLK service on Air Chathams last week.

As a result the company has reviewed its product offers on the island, especially as the intention is for the airline increase to the service to two flights per week from the beginning of August. 

‘We have created air plus land packages for couples, families, holiday homes, long weekends, golfing and fishing adventures as the destination is now starting to attract a wider range of holiday makers than in the past,’ says Lindy Christian, head of strategic development. ‘Shelley Gutry, Our Pacific’s product manager, visited the island prior to Covid-19 , so we have a good working knowledge of the destination within the company.’

Maher: Aussie pick up augurs well for 2022

Sunday, 20 June 2021 22:37

Maher Escorted Tours says its first sold out Aussie tour since the trans Tasman bubble opened will depart for Western Australia and Northern Territory early next month.

Away for the Winter 2021 visits Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, Kakadu, Broome and Perth amongst other places and includes experiences such as lunch at Daly Waters outback pub, Lake Argyle and Ord River wildlife cruise, and a sunset harbour dinner cruise in Darwin.

Maher’s business manager, Emily Newrick, says a tour to Tasmania on 10 October is close to selling out as well, with 25 passengers confirmed so far.

NZ-based Aussie Specialist trainer on horizon, delegation heading here

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 01:05

Tourism Australia is set to appoint an Aussie Specialist Programme (ASP) trainer in the New Zealand market. The recruitment process is underway now. For all non-ASP related business the contact will be TA’s Sydney-based general manager domestic and New Zealand Andrew Hutchinson and his team.

Phillipa Harrison, TA’s managing director, says the move reflects the importance of personal meetings now that the trans Tasman bubble has opened.

Tasmania 'super confident' about NZ

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 01:00

Tourism Tasmania is pleased with the start of the Air New Zealand flight between Auckland and Hobart, and the office is hearing from New Zealand trade that there is plenty of interest in the destination.

Chief executive of Tourism Tasmania, John Fitzgerald, says Air New Zealand is also reporting to be happy with how things are tracking.

‘We are tracking where we thought we would be and the holiday periods of July and October are looking strong. We’re super confident about the market long term.’

QLD optimistic on Kiwi pick-up

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:54

The New Zealand market into Queensland is showing the patterns that the domestic Australia sector did when state borders opened, according to Tourism & Events Queensland.

Michael Branagh, group executive global marketing at TEQ, says both started slowly while confidence built up.

‘We are starting to see a pick-up from New Zealand and we are optimistic of that continuing. Once it gets colder we’ll see more interest.

NTL-AKL service ‘more than sustainable’

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:37

Newcastle Airport has its sights set on a resumption of services to Auckland this year, hopefully for an extended season and probably with a new carrier.

NTL-AKL services were successfully launched for the 2018-19 summer and then showed further growth in the 2019-20 summer before being disrupted by Covid last summer.

Stephen Crowe, executive manager corporate affairs with Newcastle Airport, says the early experience proved a trans Tasman service to and from the region is ‘more than sustainable’ and discussions with airlines are ongoing.

Take another look at Canberra

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:30

The New Zealand travel trade is being urged to think again about Canberra and promote it as a food and wine destination with new experinces not usually associated with the city.

Nicole Casey, partnerships events officer with Visit Canberra, was at ATE this week and says that among other things, clients will now find Bell tent and (since about a fortnight ago) a Tiny House accommodation at Mount Majora.

The guest experience typically starts with a wine tasting, and includes a hamper dinner and lunch.

MCY-CNS link gives Kiwis ‘open-jaw’ option

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:24

The work done last year to increase Queensland connectivity for the domestic market will have a positive spin-off for New Zealand trade and clients now that the state is open to Kiwis, says Gareth Williamson, general manager aviation business development with Sunshine Coast Airport.

Air New Zealand starts its three times weekly Auckland to Sunshine Coast seasonal service 28 June, running through to the end of October. Williamson says the destination is working on having the season extended.

ATE gives Kiwis chance to refresh Aussie offers, look to post-Covid rebuild

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:21

Putting together packages with experiences clients can not find in the average brochure and connecting with small businesses that don’t necessarily have a strong presence on this side of the Tasman are among the aims of 17 New Zealanders with face to face appointments at Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE21) in Sydney this week.

Buyers were also checking out high end accommodation and activities, plus adventure options for families and couples.

ANZCRO releases Aus brochure

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 04:21

ANZCRO Australia Package Collection 2021/2022 is an ideal starting point for planning a client’s holiday across the Tasman, says the company’s managing director Nick Guthrey.

The collection, produced in print and online, features 46 packages that are ready to sell, fully comissionable and can be customised to suit a client.

‘The sights of Australia are so vast and varied it can be hard to know where to start planning a holiday. That’s why we created the Australia Package Collection.

An early taste of the bubble

Monday, 19 April 2021 22:37

By Stu Freeman

Yesterday I was on Flight QF166 to the Gold Coast – Qantas’ inaugural between Auckland and Coolangatta and an early opportunity for me to experience travel in the trans Tasman bubble.

Auckland Airport yesterday (apart from a couple of slightly busier bursts during the day) was quiet to the point of being eerie – a boon for clients travelling just outside peak who want to get through the airport quickly with no hassle.

Globus: ‘Immediate interest from the trans-Tasman bubble’

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 23:32

Globus family of brands reports immediate interest and bookings through the trade for its Globus and Cosmos Australian tours following the announcement of the trans-Tasman bubble.

Brett Simon, head of New Zealand at GFOB, says the Red Centre, Northern Territory tour was the biggest seller on Thursday out of New Zealand, while Tasmania and West Australia’s Kimberley also continue to be popular.

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.