Americas

Best of Two Worlds

Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:10

Adventure World has savings of up to $1855pp on its best of Two Worlds Patagonia itinerary if booked before 31 December 2018.

Buenos Aires and Beyond Event

Friday, 06 July 2018 01:02

Air New Zealand, Viva Expeditions and Chimu Adventures have announced their next trade fiesta ‘Buenos Aires and Beyond’ on 14 August 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

America’s music with Excite

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:29

Excite Holidays has launched its latest campaign, The Music That Made America, in conjunction with Brand USA, Travel Portland and Choose Chicago.

Gastronomic Latin America

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:21

Last week, the 2018 winners of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants were unveiled in Bilbao, Spain, and highlighted seven Latin American restaurants in the top 50.

Falklands & South Georgia

Monday, 25 June 2018 23:17

Viva Expeditions has a 50% discount to Falklands and South Georgia on the Ocean Adventurer Cruise.

New brand’s got soul

Monday, 25 June 2018 23:08

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau has rebranded and is now known as Memphis Tourism, the official destination marketing organisation representing the tourism and hospitality industry for Memphis and Shelby County.

Win a place on famil to Rio, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls

Monday, 25 June 2018 23:00

Eclipse Travel is offering New Zealand travel agents the chance to win a place on a nine day famil to Argentina and Brazil to showcase some of its most popular first timer product.

Win a small group holiday to SA

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:50

Viva Expeditions has announced its next Travel Agent Prize Draw, where an agent will win a small group tour to either Peru or Patagonia.

Agent finder’s fee boost for SA tour

Monday, 18 June 2018 21:33

Agents are being offered a significant finder’s fee for a hosted South America tour departing 20 October. The three week escorted tour of South America with travel blogger and Newstalk ZB travel correspondent Megan Singleton, returns 9 November.

 

It covers Buenos Aires, Iguacu Falls, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Santiago. ‘It would be ideal for the mid-life traveller who has South America on their list but wants all the hard work done for them so they are free to just enjoy the history, culture, food and music,’ says Singleton. The tour has space for about four more people and bookings can be made until 30 June. www.bloggeratlarge.com/tours/join-me-in-south-america-in-2018/ or megan@bloggeratlarge.com

Kiwis add Colombia to their bucket lists

Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:18

Overcoming historical ideas that Colombia is a dangerous destination was one of the key areas discussed when Viva Expeditions met with the ambassador of Colombia, Jaime Bueno-Miranda and the consulate general of Colombia, Lennin Hernandez recently. Colombia is now one of the most stable nations in Latin America. Colombia is experiencing a tourism renaissance unlike any other. With record low crime rates, booming economic growth, and the promise of increased political stability, Colombia’s tourism arrivals have risen sharply from 3.3 million in 2011 to 5.7 million in 2017. CLICK HERE to view Viva Expedition’s Colombia Highlights holiday.

New destinations over high tea

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:57

Four new destinations and the same number of new itineraries – all combining the train journey with a self-paced drive extension – are among the highlights of the latest Rocky Mountaineer programme. The 2019 brochure and travel agents’ sales guide were launched to the New Zealand trade at a high tea at Fairways Conference Centre, North Shore Auckland late last week. Rocky Mountaineer sales manager Helen Hersom says the new destinations are Canmore (sometimes referred to as ‘Little Banff’, nearby Sunshine Village (where guests take a 15 minute gondola ride to the top of a mountain for their accommodation), the outdoor adventure location of Kananaskis, and the helitrekking base of Caboos (which features in a new 10-day itinerary). Hersom says Rocky Mountaineer is expanding its accommodation range in centres that tend to get full in the busy season. She says that while the Silver Leaf service (using three and half to four star accommodation) is popular the vast majority of New Zealand clients (70%) book Gold leaf (five-star accommodation).

Brand USA & Air NZ’s MegaFam

Monday, 11 June 2018 23:30

Yesterday saw the launch of the Brand USA and Air New Zealand MegaFam incentive where New Zealand travel agents have the chance to win a music-themed ticket to seven nights in the USA.

Agents miss out by not booking bike adventures

Thursday, 31 May 2018 22:41

Increasing numbers of New Zealanders are jumping onto Harley-Davidsons as an exciting way to see the United States or Australia – but the travel trade is not taking full advantage of this.

Agents north-western Argentina famil

Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:10

Viva Expeditions & Chimu Adventures, supported by Air New Zealand, hosted nine agents to explore north-western Argentina.

 

Emma Johnson lead the famil and reports: ‘Buenos Aires was our first stop and it did not fail to impress (even in the torrential rain). The El Querandi Tango show was a delight and left us wanting to tango the night away but we had an early start the following morning, to explore what would be the highlight of our trip, Salta Valley & Canyons. We explored the dry dusty desert with colourful mountains, red gorges, Andean puna (grassland) and jagged mountain valleys. A highlight was the Salinas Grandes Salt Flats (an alternative to the famous Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia) and the old towns with a welcoming community, delicious food and wine. Our journey took us across paved and unpaved roads, making for a fun, bumpy journey, climbing high up to 4170 m.a.s.l. And of course we loved indulging at the vineyards of beautiful Cafeyate, and learning of traditional Argentinean winemaking. Ask any one of us what our favourite place was and there were so many, it would be hard to choose. North-western Argentina is definitely one of the most beautiful places in South America.’

 

For your clients who look for breathtaking scenery, unique culture with strong traditions, and something different they will enjoy what north-western Argentina has to offer. The nine-day Salta Valley & Canyons tour (CLICK HERE) starts from $3388 pp and is best explored April to November, avoiding the rainy season when road closures can disrupt travel.

Bikes, bands and beer

Monday, 21 May 2018 21:41

From 11-13 August, Denver’s River North (RiNo) Art District will host the first-ever Colorado Classic professional cycling race and Velorama Festival. This is a three-day block party highlighting the Colorado Classic finish line, national music acts and a craft marketplace. The events will appeal to a broad audience.

 

‘Velorama Colorado aims to celebrate many of the things that make Colorado special,’ says David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group. ‘By combining an outdoor sporting event and a block party that includes already popular events like Denver Flea and local vendors, cycling fans can explore a music festival at their bike race, and music fans can experience a professional bike race alongside their music festival. Either way, Velorama promises to be a weekend filled with world-class cycling, broadly appealing music and more.’ The Colorado Classic will be a four-day series of races that will bring together top international men and women cyclists – including Tour de France runner-up, Rigoberto Uran and Colorado’s own three-time Olympian, Taylor Phinney.

Win a spot on a South America educational

Friday, 18 May 2018 00:03

Adventure World reminds agents all bookings valued at $2,500 or more made before 31 May 2018 will be in to win a spot on its South America educational in September.

 

Leaving New Zealand on 5 September, the winning agent will visit Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls and Copacabana Beach in Rio before returning to New Zealand by 16 September. Each booking gives agents another entry into the draw to win this incredible prize, which includes return airfares from Auckland, all accommodation, some meals, sightseeing and airline taxes. CLICK HERE for details.

Famil competition heats up

Thursday, 17 May 2018 23:59

As South America and Central America interest heats up, so does World Journeys famil contest. By booking any World Journeys South America or Central America (including Cuba) product before 30 June 2018 with a deposit, you can be in to win a FREE place on World Journeys’ 2019 South America Agent Famil, valued at over $2,000.

 

World Journeys marketing manager Caroline Clegg says ‘Booking higher value tours such as the 34 day Grand Tour of South America or 20 day Castro’s Cuba tour can really push an agent ahead and quickly increase their chances of winning’ says Caroline. The agent with the highest dollar value of new bookings conrmed will win the free spot. For full terms and conditions contact World Journeys 0800 117311 or CLICK HERE

Rhode Island by rail

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 22:35

Rail Explorers is heading to Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 2018.

From 12 May until November 2018, visitors can explore the trails and take a scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and Narragansett Bay on a pedal-powered ‘Rail Explorers’ vehicle.

Flying with Super Heroes

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 00:28

California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain – in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment – has a new, extreme virtual reality experience to one of the world’s tallest and fastest drop tower rides. For a limited time, guests can experience the new DC Super Heroes Drop of Doom VR. Thrill-seekers will don special VR headsets to view the action as Superman and Wonder Woman battle their nemesis, Lex Luthor, while plunging 400 feet at speeds of up to 85 mph.

Hawai’i: business as usual

Monday, 07 May 2018 10:50

Visiting bureau representatives from Hawai’i say the timing is just right for an educational trip to remind agents of the geography of the destination – and the distance between the restless volcano of Kilauea and islands such as Maui, O’ahu (which includes Waikiki), and Kaui’i.

New trifecta for LA

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 22:36

Los Angeles has three new hotels in its catalogue, Freehand Los Angeles, Nobu Ryokan Malibu and Kimpton Everly Hotel.

With rooftop pool and Broken Shaker bar now open, Freehand is located in Downtown Los Angeles, and features an array of rooms to suit customer needs.

Amazon on the Anakonda

Monday, 19 March 2018 23:44

On selected sailing dates in April and May 2018, World Journeys can oer free return ights between Quito and Coca to join the Anakonda cruise.

NYC: Dispersal is key

Thursday, 01 March 2018 05:38

Dispersal beyond Midtown is just one of the goals to grow New York City as a destination, as well as getting tourists to stay a bit longer in the normal hot spots.

‘We’re wanting to highlight all of New York’s boroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn and even Staten Island,’ says Kristin Hellmrich of NYC & Company.

Options aplenty at LAX

Monday, 19 February 2018 21:41

Los Angeles International Airport will be featuring biometric e-Gates in the near future.

LAX is the first location in the US to pilot this paperless, biometric boarding process.

Cuba and more

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:52

Chimu Adventures & Viva Expeditions ‘Great Sale’ has savings of up to 35% on trips to Central & South America, plus cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic.

The range of tours on sale has expanded to include 20% off all Intrepid & Peregrine Galapagos Cruises Only.

Nepal treks on sale

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:59

A number of Nepal treks are on sale with World Expeditions until 10 February 2018.

Travellers can save up to $200 per person on Nepal treks valued at $2500 and over, and $100 per person on Nepal treks valued between $1500 and $2499.

Rugby 7s and beyond in SFO

Monday, 22 January 2018 21:10

The Rugby 7s World Cup in July was the ‘hook’ for a San Francisco delegation that held a function for the travel trade at the Air New Zealand Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre in Auckland yesterday – but the visit also provided an opportunity to emphasise some key marketing messages.

Joe D’Alessandro, president and chief executive officer of San Francisco Travel, says the city and its surrounding region continue to distance themselves from any perception that visitors are not welcome.

Zipping into the new year

Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:25

There is now a new Zipline at Grand Canyon West, which opened this month.

Cruise the Amazon

Monday, 15 January 2018 23:07

Delfin Amazon Cruising in Peru is available through World Journeys with a ‘Buy one, get one free’ offer.

The offer applies to select departures of three and four-night cruises from January to April 2018 and applies only to two people sharing a cabin if one pays full price, and the companion is free.

NYC & Company's new partner

Monday, 18 December 2017 20:48

NYC & Company has announced a new partnership with 20th Century Fox Film on a holiday campaign titled ‘The Greatest New York City’.

The campaign is in support of the global release of The Greatest Showman film on December 20, 2017, and aims to inspire more travel to New York City.

Guatemala: Cultural heart

Monday, 11 December 2017 20:38

World Journeys is promoting Guatemala as the cultural heart of Central America.
‘Like Bolivia in South America, it is probably the poorest country in its regional area, hence the country has held onto its rich traditions, culture and dress,’ says director Chris Lyons.

Kiwis keen on Alaska

Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:48

Adventure World has noted an increase in enquiry for Alaska, with its scenery, wildlife and a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget. 

An itinerary that is particularly popular is the Alaska Lodge Drive, a 13-day exploration of Alaska’s most magnificent scenery, including incredible national parks and unique wilderness lodges. 

Comprehensive Canada by rail

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 02:17

World Journeys say they’ve had great interest in their new rail journey across Canada, the 21-day Grande Canadian Journey, particularly from clients wanting a more in-depth experience of Canada – from West to East.

The itinerary starts in Vancouver with a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey to the alpine town of Banff. Guests then travel by road through the Bow Valley to Lake Louise, with the chance to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

From there guests travel along the Icefield’s Parkway to Jasper where they again board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ train for the train journey across the prairies and lake lands to Toronto.

Canada, meet Club Med

Monday, 13 November 2017 23:55

Club Med is set to open a resort in Canada’s Charlevoix ski region, the first mountain resort for the brand in North America.
The new offering from Club Med and Groupe Le Massif, will be situated at the highest point of the ski region, offering waterfront views overlooking the Saint Lawrence River.

Explore Canada, again

Thursday, 09 November 2017 23:19

Adventure World’s 2018/19 Canada, Alaska and High Arctic brochure is out now.

One of the focuses of the brochure looks at ‘less explored’ options, catering to the second or third time returning traveller.

‘In many instances, they have already ticked off the iconic Western Rockies rail adventure and now they are seeking an immersive experience in the wilds of Canada,’ says Adventure World managing director Neil Rodgers.

 

Rod announces Vegas return

Monday, 06 November 2017 22:06

Rock icon Rod Stewart is heading back to Las Vegas in June for another residency at the Colosseum, Caesars Palace. 

Tickets for six new shows June 12 – 23, 2018 will go on sale to the public Saturday, November 4 at noon PT.

Off the beaten track

Monday, 30 October 2017 23:06

Viva Expeditions has released two new tours for 2018. 

Both of the tours will focus on exploring the Carretera Austral, taking travellers off the beaten track of South America.

Las Vegas stands strong in AKL

Thursday, 19 October 2017 02:47

Las Vegas and Nevada suppliers hosted Auckland travel trade to a function last night as the destination continues to recover from the tragic shootings about a fortnight ago.

The message was that the city is determined not to let the event change what it has to offer New Zealanders in terms of a holiday experience.

Kiwi kinship with Oregon

Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:06

Building on significant growth out of New Zealand to Oregon was the key objective at a function at Urbanaut Brewery, Auckland earlier this week.
Canuckiwi along with Travel Portland and Travel Oregon brought their Kiwi travel partners together for a ‘makers’ event.
The event not only showcased the artisanal best of both the state and the city, but further explained the extent of the region’s relationship with New Zealand, and the reason for it.

Cuba after Irma

Friday, 15 September 2017 00:38

Viva Expeditions & Chimu Adventures will revise each booking to Cuba that includes visits to Hurricane Irma affected areas on the island during September and October.

California coast top trip in DriveAway survey

Monday, 04 September 2017 23:26

Los Angeles to San Francisco was the most popular drive in the USA across all traveller types, according to a major survey of New Zealand and Australian travellers by DriveAway.

Disney and more

Sunday, 03 September 2017 19:27

Anaheim continues to re-invent itself and offer new attractions and hotels for repeat visitors – but Disney remains the ‘anchor’ attraction, says Charles Harris, senior vice president of Visit Anaheim.
Part of a 15-strong delegation that held a lunch for senior industry peeps in Auckland yesterday and full-on trade event for about 200 last night, Harris says the city has ‘Disney and a lot more.

Longer stays for South America

Thursday, 17 August 2017 22:40

Chris Lyons from World Journeys reports a growing demand for stopovers in South America en route to Europe. ‘With a wider range of airfare options in conjunction with the Air New Zealand flight to Buenos Aires, sales to Argentina in particular are brisk,’ says Lyons.

Three’s not a crowd for South American event

Friday, 04 August 2017 01:48

Three of New Zealand’s key wholesalers have joined forces to promote travel to South America. Adventure World, Viva Expeditions and World Journeys say the time has come to get more agents onboard with the huge potential they all believe exists to grow sales. 

‘South America is one of the fastest growing destinations for NZ travellers and agents need to get upskilled to get their share’, the committee says.  

‘What’s driving this demand is multi-fold,’ says Chris Lyons of World Journeys.  ‘There is now far greater air capacity to South America, which will be demonstrated by the participation of Air New Zealand and LATAM Airlines, both of whom are providing generous prizes of return tickets for two to South America.  Aerolineas Argentinas joins the carriers in covering the continent. 

‘There has been a vast improvement in infrastructure over the years, and clients can now enjoy world class hotels, cruises and touring options that make South America all the more accessible.  Yes you can find the international brands such as Hilton and Marriott, but there is also a great range of boutique hotels bursting with character and local flavour.’

Also being featured at the evening is Antarctica, currently more affordable than ever. The potential to present Patagonia in conjunction with an Antarctic cruise creates valuable up-sell options. 

Dave Nicholson of Adventure World says Kiwi travellers, including both young professionals and baby boomers, are always looking for somewhere new and exciting to travel.

South America on Show in Auckland on 29 August will focus on destinational knowledge, rather than each wholesaler flying their own flag.

‘We know some agents view South America as 'too hard' so we aim to get more of them up to a level where they are familiar with the highlights, and are able to deal with initial enquiries,’ says Rachel Williams of Viva Expeditions. ‘They then can be confident in accessing the expert information and advice available from their wholesaler to progress the booking.  The earning potential is huge. These tend to be high value bookings, and once an agent becomes confident in selling South America, and even gets a name for it, the sky’s the limit.’

Invitations to the 29 August event in Auckland are being sent out this week. Due to demand, space will be limited.

 

 

Halloween & Christmas at Disneyland

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 01:57

Guests can experience Halloween and Christmas across the resort’s two theme parks, Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure Park. Halloween is starting from 15 September until 31 October 2017.

Star Wars and more at Disney

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:09

New experiences coming to Disney Parks and Resorts have been unveiled by chairman Bob Chapek at an expo in Anaheim over the weekend. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, is the newly announced name for Disney’s Star Wars-themed lands. Chapek gave details and a glimpse inside the two anchor attractions, including one that puts guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Visitors will feel like they are inside a hangar bay on a Star Destroyer.

SKAL celebrates 4th of July

Thursday, 06 July 2017 19:11

Memphis and Nashville are two destinations that agents should be promoting to clients who have already done the West Coast and major cities in the United States, Consul General Melanie Higgins told SKAL Auckland yesterday.

But when it comes to a place a little more off the beaten Kiwi track, Savannah, Georgia comes up tops for the diplomat.

Higgins was a guest speaker at the SKAL Auckland lunch, which had a 4th of July theme, despite being held a couple of days later.

Event gives agents ‘more depth’

Monday, 19 June 2017 23:17

Helping agents join the dots between major cities for their clients and giving them more depth in what they sell were key objectives of the Travel South USA event in Auckland on the 19th June.

Grey Brennan, of Alabama Tourism Department, is one who would like more Kiwis to get off the beaten southern track.

A Big Island Aloha

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:41

Incentive travel organisers from around the world, including 13 New Zealanders, are in the Hawaii Islands this week for the first Experience Aloha Business Exchange, spearheaded by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Ahead of the exchange, officially starting today, groups from New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and Europe headed to Hawaii’s Big Island to check out active volcanoes, waterfalls, snorkelling, zip lining, hiking and golf.
Debbie Hogan, senior director of sales for the Big Island Visitors Bureau, says holding the exchange on the Big Island was a big win for the bureau, as the island hasn’t always been first choice for visitors to the tropical destination. But with more and more direct flights

Brand USA funding cut slammed

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 15:32

‘Perplexing,’ is how US Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow has described the proposed elimination of the Brand USA tourism marketing agency in President Trump's federal budget document.
With the country’s major travel trade event underway in Washington DC this week and international visitation being the number two export supporting 15 million American jobs, Dow is ‘struggling to understand' how cutting Brand USA squares with the administration’s stated priorities.

One big welcome?

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 15:17

The proposed budget cut for Brand USA was not the only ‘elephant in the room’ when the organisation’s president and CEO Chris Thompson addressed 500 media from 70 countries at the official IPW 2017 press conference in Washington DC yesterday.
The other was President Trump’s not particularly welcoming executive order limiting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries.

What Trump slump?

Friday, 10 February 2017 09:02

By Lisa Bradley

While overall visits to the US appear to have taken a hit following the release of President Donald Trump’s banned list, hardy Kiwi travellers are still eager to tour there this year.
New Zealand trade reports Kiwi interest in the destination has not waned under Trump’s leadership, and House of Travel, The Travel Corporation and Flight Centre predict the US can continue to enjoy healthy visitor numbers from here.  
The Kiwi position appears to buck international statistics, revealed this week by ForwardKeys. The travel analyst’s figures show there had been a 6.5% worldwide drop in travel to the US in the week following Trump’s 27 January release of his seven-country

Argentina ripe for incentives

Thursday, 20 October 2016 20:00

Organisers of incentive travel, corporate retreats and other group movements are being urged to think beyond Buenos Aires when recommending Argentina to their clients.
Maria Jose Barciela, marketing director of boutique travel operator Across Argentina, has been living in Auckland and working the New Zealand and Australian markets since April this year.
Born and bred in Buenos Aires, Barciela says she loves the city but that Kiwi organisers and delegates will find Argentina’s real gems beyond the city boundaries. ‘Of course, people can find that city experience but Argentina’s natural attractions are amazing. At the same time they will find a high level of service, and international standards.’

Brand USA wants Kiwi agents

Saturday, 08 October 2016 06:37

Brand USA has put the microscope on the needs and strategies of the Kiwi industry selling into America.

Matt Fletcher, who was named the Brand USA Australia and New Zealand director a month ago, was in Auckland for three days talking to major retailers and wholesalers, determining how the organisation can partner more closely to trade here. ‘There is increased opportunity with the increased airlift, but that also creates a need to maximise that opportunity so we get even more momentum,’ Fletcher says.

Brand USA is now sourcing new products to further entice Kiwi travellers to its shores. There has been a strong focus on America’s great outdoors this year, and in 2017 attention will turn to pop culture. ‘There is no destination like it in the world for this… sports and concerts are not an established product here, and it’s going be an area of opportunity for us.'

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