Hints for travelling in Japan

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:27

Compiled by Kathy Ombler
• Tokyo subway – ticket machines offer English translations; you can buy a single trip, day pass or buy a pasmo card (available from the ‘pink’ machines), these can be topped up as needed. (The pasmo card also can be used in 7 Eleven stores and some vending machines.)
• Subway cell phone etiquette – put phones on silent and don’t have loud conversations.

Shinto shrines to Bullet Trains

Monday, 05 November 2018 20:11

From Shinto shrine to bullet train; Shogun castle to cutting edge car production: attractions in Nagoya and neighbouring Toyota City exemplify the juxtaposition of technology and tradition that is modern Japan.


Clients oughta go to Oita

Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:24

Oita, on Japanese island Kyushu, is one of next year’s Rugby World Cup pool venues.


First hand to fjords

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:32

Amy Forsyth, communications and sales specialist at Wild Earth Travel, recently returned from a luxury cruising expedition with PONANT in Norway.


Exotic's Philippines trip

Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:30

Exotic Holidays is promoting an 11- day Banaue & Boracay Swing package in the Philippines priced from $2753 per person twin share.


Malaysia’s ‘unsung islands’

Monday, 15 October 2018 23:17

Exotic Holidays and Tourism Malaysia are encouraging Kiwis to look beyond the country’s most famous island beaches if they want to enjoy coastal and island destinations with less tourists.


Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:56

AIM Holidays has released packages for the 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.


Argentina easier to get around

Monday, 08 October 2018 22:41

Getting around Argentina has got cheaper and easier with more airlines competing for passengers, including new ultra-low-cost carrier Flybondi and Norwegian Air Argentina.

Exotic: Discover Malaysia

Monday, 01 October 2018 23:55

The wide diversity of Malaysia is the focus of a campaign that has been launched by Exotic Holidays, in conjunction with Tourism Malaysia.


Super discount at Nasama

Saturday, 22 September 2018 03:04

To coincide with Air Vanuatu’s Super Sales Fares for the 2019 low season of February and March, Vanuatu’s Nasama Resort is offering 40% off for bookings of four nights or more during this period.


Growth for Egypt & Jordan

Monday, 17 September 2018 22:36

The Middle East has become a hotspot for Australian and New Zealand travellers with Egypt and Jordan identified in the top fastest growing regions for G Adventures’ Kiwi and Aussie travellers.


Explora en Rapa Nui

Friday, 14 September 2018 00:44

Adventure World Travel has a new offer for one of Easter Island’s most celebrated hotels: explora Rapa Nui.

Wellness in the Himalayas

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:24

Exotic has five-night wellness (Ananda) packages in the Himalayas that can be extended to seven, 14 and 21 nights to suit clients. Price is on application.

Guangzhou feast for foodies

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:17

With a rich Dynastic heritage, the southern city of Ghangzhou is arguably China’s most popular culinary destination.

Calling all Yogis

Friday, 31 August 2018 03:13

World Journeys has a new itinerary combining some of the cultural highlights of India, with the International Yoga Festival taking place in Rishikesh 1 – 7 March 2019.

Namibia under canvas

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:40

World Journeys has small group journeys in Namibia staying in canvas camps.

Eclipse Travel Africa grows

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:42

Eclipse Travel is reporting growing Africa enquiries following a focus on the destination this month with exclusive savings and value-adds on offer.

Big Island volcano vacations

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:47

Far from keeping people away, the massive Hawaiian Kilauea volcano is now drawing more tourists than ever since it erupted in May, according to a local operator who visited New Zealand recently.

Destination Churchill

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:23

Churchill is known as the polar bear and beluga capital of the world. Adventure World Travel share some insight to this destination.

Contiki unlocks India

Thursday, 09 August 2018 23:05

India is increasing in popularity as Western interest in yoga, wellness and holistic medicine booms.

Trans Siberia with TC

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:37

A special hosted rail journey travelling from Vladivostok to St Petersburg, has been released by Innovative Travel, under its Travel Companions Club brand.

Ireland by luxury rail

Monday, 06 August 2018 21:48

World Journeys director Chris Lyons is in Ireland, experiencing a luxury rail journey aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian.

Bhutan enquiry increasing

Monday, 30 July 2018 22:09

Adventure World is noticing an increase in enquiry for travel to the emerging South Asian nation of Bhutan.

Oberammergau: Passion Play

Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:44

All three TTC brands, Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, and Costsaver have confirmed pricing for the 2020 trips on all guided holidays with Oberammergau.

Mama Mia inspiration

Monday, 23 July 2018 21:04

Clients inspired by the recent release of the Mamma Mia 2 movie can visit some of the film locations with Contiki, Trafalgar and Insight Vacations.

Make it Madikwe

Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:18

Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge has reopened after a two-week refurbishment.

Follow the rules on Skull Island

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:12

Visitors to Skull Island are advised to wait until the boatman sings his prayer before alighting the boat.

Backyard World War II relics

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:04

Evidence of the heavy fighting between Japanese and US forces can be found all over the Western Province region of Munda.

Land and sea from Honiara

Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:35

The Solomon Islands’ capital, Honiara faces the divers’ treasure trove of Ironbottom Sound, a stretch of water between the main island of Guadalcanal, Savo Island, and Florida Island.

GTN takes on Sri Lanka

Monday, 09 July 2018 22:55

Global Travel Network (GTN) agents were shown Sri Lanka with Thai Airways and Exotic Holidays.

Honiara – worth a look

Friday, 06 July 2018 00:43

Although Honiara is usually seen as a springboard to other islands, the Solomon Islands capital has a compelling World War II history that’s worth exploring for a day or two.

Cape Town - water improving

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:42

With rains finally hitting South Africa’s Western Cape this May and June, Cape Town is finally breathing a sigh of relief after suffering through its worst drought on record.

Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Town

Thursday, 28 June 2018 22:58

Cape Town’s Tintswalo Atlantic has released its 2019 rack rates which start at around $540pp per night in the low season from 1 May to 31 August.

Eclipse: Nicaragua civil unrest

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:47

Eclipse Travel has suspended sales to Nicaragua following recent civil unrest and violence as the government clashes with protestors.

Philippines’ new services

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:21

The tropical destination of the Philippines is well worth the adventure and is a destination that many Kiwis still do not have on their radar.

Insight's Europe Preview

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:23

Insight Vacations has released its 2019 Europe Preview collection which offers clients a glimpse into Insight Experiences across the continent.

Tuscany: spas to adventure

Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:26

Tuscany is a region of much diversity, famous for its spas and wellness sector. Less known is Tuscany’s range of adventure options.

The Safari Company tours

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:43

Kiwi born, Nairobi based Andy Kibby personally hosted, The Safari Company tours, continue to grow in popularity year after year, says NZ GSA Innovative Travel.

Egypt is back and ready for travellers

Thursday, 31 May 2018 23:03

Innovative Travel’s product manager Anthony Gardiner has recently returned from an inspection of Egypt – and enjoyed the experience so much he is already planning his return trip.

Accessible Amedee

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:32

Having a day on Amedee Island is still one of the easiest ways to get out of the city and enjoy a local lagoon experience, say Beatrix Cuenot and Anne Gilodi of Mary D / Noumea Discovery.

Singapore, Maldives for famil

Thursday, 17 May 2018 23:47

A recent GO Holidays and Singapore Airlines combined famil took in both Singapore and the Maldives.

Franschhoek first for famil group

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 00:22

Much-needed rain has not dampened the spirits of a famil group visiting Cape Town and its surrounds recently.

Family friendly in Cali

Monday, 23 April 2018 23:21

Slide slipping and swimming pools surrounded by snow: here are five family friendly hotels in California for clients in need of a big dose of family fun.

Honiara – worth a look

Friday, 06 July 2018 00:43

Although Honiara is usually seen as a springboard to other islands, the Solomon Islands capital has a compelling World War II history that’s worth exploring for a day or two.

Food fusion & blending of cultures

Thursday, 15 March 2018 06:13

In Macau’s Year of Gastronomy 2018 the preservation and promotion of Macanese food has gained new impetus.

Saving water in Cape Town

Monday, 12 March 2018 22:19

Cape Town’s water saving efforts have successfully pushed ‘Day Zero’ back until 2019.

Ballooning over Botswana

Monday, 26 February 2018 22:37

Wilderness Safaris’ hot air ballooning season in Botswana will now run for a longer time period, from 1 April to 14 October 2018.

Go ape in Sabah

Monday, 19 February 2018 21:37

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, in Sabah, Borneo is one of the biggest and most well know Orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia.

Tomorrowland, Belgium

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:24

Busabout is now an official travel partner for one of the world’s largest annual music festivals, Tomorrowland.

Kenya in style

Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:32

Properties in Adventure World’s Luxury Treasures of Kenya itinerary are upping the ante, adding in new features and continuing on with current excursions.

Zambezi romance

Friday, 15 December 2017 01:42

The Zambezi Sands River Camp has been recognised as one of Africa’s most romantic safari properties.

The property recently scored itself a Runner-Up prize in the Most Romantic Safari Property category at the 2018 Safari Awards.

Qorokwe opens in Botswana

Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:04

Wilderness Safaris has opened its new Classic Camp, Qorokwe, bordering Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Cobus Calitz and Jil Gerard-Calitz are the owners of the new camp but will be based in an office in Maun.

‘We are thrilled to be partnering with Wilderness Safaris to market and sell Qorokwe to the world,’ says Cobus.

It's all go in Dublin

Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:23

Dublin has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s 21 ‘Best of the World’ destinations for 2018.

‘These are 21 destinations around the world selected and reported on by our editors that reveal the beauty of the wild, the creativity of our cultures and the superlatives of our cities,’ says George Stone, editor in chief,

Tarutao's sinister past

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 01:49

Exotic Holidays is promoting the little known area of Tarutao with its empty beaches and jungles teeming with wildlife.

The remote island in Thailand’s southern Andaman Sea has a surprisingly sinister past that clients will find interesting.
Ko Tarutao Marine National Park comprises some of the most beautiful islands in the country.