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.

All about wine…

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 03:50

National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide has launched a new series of tours for individuals, and small and larger groups.

SeaLink second departure

Thursday, 13 June 2019 23:04

SeaLink has a second departure date for its 13-day Follow the Winter Sun in Queensland Escorted Tour after a sellout July inaugural tour.

New COO at SeaLink

Friday, 07 June 2019 01:53

SeaLink Travel Group has appointed Donna Gauci as chief operating officer (COO).

Outback offers

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:44

The new Broken Hill Outback Resort has two new offers for the resort’s camping and van sites and new, deluxe spa cabins.
Until 31 July 2019, outback explorers who stay on one of the camping and van sites for three nights, can stay a fourth night for free. And those looking for extra comfort can stay in one of the new spa cabins for A$155 a night per cabin, usually A$185. The self-contained cabins feature a king bed, fold-out

Diverse dish of fishing experiences

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:42

From ‘sight fishing’ for brown trout in the wilds of Tasmania to dropping a line in Sydney Harbour, Australia’s diversity of fishing options is a key to the sector’s success, says Dean Cooper, Great Fishing Adventures of Australia.
Great Fishing Adventures is one of Tourism Australia’s Signature Experience series and Cooper says the key is to be on the water with someone who is passionate about their region.

LocalYokl app for GC

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:25

By Aleisha Moore
A platform to connect travellers with locals for real, immersive experiences is gaining huge traction on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast: Not so famil-iar

Monday, 06 May 2019 22:31

Destination Gold Coast is surging ahead with its New Zealand campaign off the back of an 11.5% increase in Kiwi travellers visiting the Australian hot spot in 2018.

VIC shops for Kiwi travellers

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 00:54

A Visit Victoria, Air New Zealand campaign designed to boost Kiwi traffic to Melbourne will give agents an extra hook to sell the destination in its traditionally slow mid winter period.

Rat Pack on the Murray

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:06

Clients can re-visit the 50’s and 60’s party era with Bill Parton and his band as they perform the Rat Pack Era show on the Murray Princess’ music cruise departing 19 July 2019.

Corroboree West 2019

Monday, 18 March 2019 21:14

Aussie Specialist agents in New Zealand are invited to participate in Corroboree West 2019, taking place from 7 to 11 October in Perth, with applications to attend now open.

Pent up demand for Tassie

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 01:58

Direct flights between Auckland and Hobart could be a reality by 2020, especially if the growth from New Zealand to Tasmania continues as it is, according to John Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of Tourism Tasmania. Fitzgerald’s comments came as he and other representatives from the tourism office welcomed about 120 Kiwi travel agents to a function at Sofitel Viaduct Harbour in Auckland last night. The roadshow heads on to Wellington and Christchurch today and tomorrow.

Aussie Specialist Ambassador

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:04

Stacey Leitch from House of Travel Kapiti Coast has been chosen as New Zealand’s first Aussie Specialist Ambassador by Tourism Australia, Australia’s states and territories and Qantas.
Leitch will join a tailor-made trip to Australia to share Aussie experiences with her fellow Kiwi agents.
Penny Hayes at House of Travel Lakers in Invercargill will take home a GoPro to capture any future personal trips, as the programme’s runner up.

Williment - Presidents Cup

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:33

Williment Travel is the Official Travel Agent for the Presidents Cup hosted at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, from 9 to 15 December 2019.


Newcastle, new destination

Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:24

More trade education around what clients can do in Newcastle, New South Wales is critical if agents are to maximise the opportunities of the new Virgin Australia flight between the city and Auckland, according to delegates at a major travel expo this week.
While the city is regarded as an ideal gateway to the tourism areas of Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, city representatives at the Pacific Area Incentives & Conferences Expo (PAICE 2018) on Tuesday emphasised that Newcastle itself has an array of attractions.