Europe

Original Irish Hotels – NZ market

Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:14

A newly branded selection of Ireland’s traditional and historical accommodation fits perfectly with New Zealand clients’ travel preferences, agents in Auckland were told this week.

 

Trafalgar’s family collection

Thursday, 18 October 2018 21:26

Designed with all ages in mind, Trafalgar’s nine special family guided holidays include some extra family-friendly features such as accommodation with swimming pools, and daily itineraries crafted to suit family schedules.

 

Durban – big plan for tourism growth

Monday, 15 October 2018 23:19

South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has developed an ambitious Tourism Master Plan to position the province as Africa’s leading tourism destination.

 

New brochure from Sun Island Tours

Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:08

Sun Island Tours has released its 2019 Croatia, Slovenia and Central Europe brochure.

 

Air credit, choices from Globus

Friday, 05 October 2018 01:51

Globus is offering clients an air credit of up to $2000 per couple on 2019 UK and Europe tours until the end of November 2018 (value of air credit varies on the value of tour).

 

Savings, photos in Africa

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:40

Adventure World Travel has a sharp offer on its small group journey through the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Parks.

Cricket World Cup 2019

Saturday, 22 September 2018 02:48

As an official travel agent of the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC), Williment Travel has announced a Kiwi celebrity tour leader for its signature tour to England and Wales next year.

Rwanda ‘not just an add-on’

Friday, 21 September 2018 01:31

Rwanda is making a play for an increased share of the high end travel market out of Australasia.

 

‘Remarkable’ Africa sales

Monday, 17 September 2018 22:39

Response to Trafalgar Tours’ new Africa programme has been beyond the wildest expectations of the company’s chief executive, Gavin Tollman.

Trafalgar boss message: Europe tight, book now

Monday, 17 September 2018 21:05

Airlift availability and exceptional rates are combining to generate huge interest in Europe for 2019.

 

Insight’s opportunity to save

Friday, 14 September 2018 00:26

Insight Vacations has launched its new 2019 Europe and Britain collection, with 96 journeys and three new trips to Scandinavia and Greece.

South Africa famil spots

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:29

Travel agents can be in to win one of six spots on an eight-night South African famil with South African Tourism and South African Airways.

Back-Roads’ agent incentive

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:30

New Zealand travel agents are continuing to embrace Back-Roads Touring Co, with its recipe of small groups, carefully planned itineraries and exclusive features.

New in France, Italy and Croatia

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:55

Chateaux & Villages of the Seine in France, a one way journey to and from Paris, south along the Canal du Centre to Montargis is a new addition in Cycling Europe’s Bike, Boat & Barge 2019 brochure.

Southern Africa safari

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:38

World Journeys has released a new 23 day Safari Southern Africa tour visiting Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Win famil spot to see All Blacks

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:53

Agents who complete the Ireland Specialist training will be in to win a place on a fam trip to see the All Blacks play Ireland in Dublin.

Winterfell Festival in the home of ‘Thrones’

Monday, 13 August 2018 19:16

For fans of Game of Thrones there is only one place to be on 16 September – the Winterfell Festival on the coast of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.

Ireland by rail part two

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:24

World Journeys director Chris Lyons reports on the last two days of his experience aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian train in Ireland.

Switzerland – More than skiing

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:33

Switzerland Tourism is reminding agents that the destination has many experiences beyond skiing that travellers should consider over the colder months.

WWI 100th commemorations

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:13

Innovative Travel is reminding agents that the final 100th commemorations for WWI are taking place in France in Le Quesnoy, on the Western Front on 4 November, followed by Armistice Day in Paris on 11 November.

New Bike, Boat & Barge tours

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:23

Cycling Europe’s Bike, Boat & Barge brochure is coming soon with a huge range of popular tours spread through 13 countries in Europe and in Vietnam.

Egypt with Luxury Gold

Thursday, 26 July 2018 23:14

Clients can receive a 10% saving on Autumn, Winter and Spring departures of two Luxury Gold journeys in Egypt for a limited time.

Latitude 33’s golfing cruise tour

Monday, 23 July 2018 20:57

Latitude 33 has released a 20-night golfing cruise tour of Ireland and Scotland with the opportunity to experience the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

Mandela spikes interest

Thursday, 19 July 2018 21:23

With Nelson Mandela's centenary birthday celebration this week, there has been a heightened interest from travellers to visit South Africa, reports Luxury Gold Vacations.

 

Guests can experience Mandela’s legacy with Luxury Gold’s 12-day luxury guided journey, Spectacular South Africa. They visit Cape Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Robben Island, where he was imprisoned with many other notable anti-apartheid activists. An ex-political prisoner shares personal stories with guests who also have time to explore the island. They later meet Manfred Jacobs, a former warden at the Victor Verster prison where Mandela was also imprisoned and where he spent the last 14 months of his 27-year-long imprisonment.

 

The tour also visits the not-forprofit After School and Youth Skills Development Programmes that supports the Western Cape communities; Cape Peninsula and the Winelands; and Table Mountain where guests enjoy sundowner cocktails at the summit. Spectacular South Africa’s safari component is three days at Kruger National Park through Big Five territory, staying at Lion Sands Lodge on the banks fo the Sabie River, followed by a trip to Victoria Falls. Spectacular South Africa has departures for the rest of 2018 from August to December 2018. www.luxurygoldvacations.com

Uniworld’s agent rates

Monday, 16 July 2018 23:31

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, reminds frontline agents they can access rates of up to 70% off selected 2018 sailings throughout Europe.

Swing and win an Omega

Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:34

Agents can share with their clients heading to Switzerland that an Omega watch worth A$8,880 is up for grabs for anyone who sinks a hole-in-one on Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe.

New Ethiopia tour

Monday, 09 July 2018 23:00

World Journeys has launched a brand new small group hosted journey aimed at exploring the history and traditions of Ethiopia.

Swiss Travel Pass SuperStar

Friday, 06 July 2018 00:51

The annual Swiss Travel Pass SuperStar Program is back and will run from 2 July to 28 September 2018.

Winner to Western Front tour

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:16

The winner of the Te Papa the Scale of our War Gallipoli exhibition competition, sponsored by Innovative Travel and Singapore Airlines, attended a special prize presentation last week at Te Papa Museum.

New camp in Rwanda

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:27

World Journeys reports that luxury safari operator Wilderness Safaris is to open a new camp in the north-east of Rwanda’s Akagera National Park.

Screen buffs book Back-Roads

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:22

TV and film buffs are booking their holiday with Back-Roads Touring, with some of the companies most popular tours visiting filming locations.

Africa insights shared

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:45

Adventure World Travel’s destination expert for Africa, Ryan Kendall, has recently returned from a reconnaissance in Africa and shares his top three insights:

 

1. Two weeks of driving through Namibia brought new highlights such as tracking black rhinos at the Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland, star gazing over the Namib Desert, and climbing the ‘Big daddy’ sand dune in Sossusvlei. ‘Little Kualala is a luxurious desert retreat in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve and each of the 11 climate-controlled thatched kulalas there have a private plunge pool and a roof-top star bed’ Kendall tells of one of his camp stays in Namibia.

 

2. He also reports on a rebirth of Zimbabwe as a safari destination: ‘I noticed several new lodges and significant investment going into the tourism opportunities says Kendall about changes in the region. Ryan participated in a walking safari in Hawange National Park with Imvelo Safari Lodges. ‘Imvelo are leaders in eco-tourism and if you’re looking for a remote and exclusive destination, one that actually makes a difference to local communities and wildlife, Zimbabwe’s Bomani Tented Lodge is a great choice’ he says.

 

3. A third insight came from a visit to Cape Town where Kendall attended the ‘We Are Africa’ conference. ‘I was able to get a deep understanding of the diversity of product and stories coming out of Africa but also, that Cape Town is open for business. A tourist really won’t notice any changes due to the water crisis, the area and issue is being well managed so that there is no impact on a tourist’s experience.

Trafalgar’s September Sale

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:16

Clients can still save up to 15% off itineraries in Trafalgar’s September sale.

Trains, skis and more as agents go on Swiss watch

Monday, 18 June 2018 20:52

Promoting the ease of self guided / FIT train journeys was one of the key factors being promoted to travel agents by a contingent from Switzerland last night.

WWI’s ‘last shot’ remembered in Zambia

Thursday, 14 June 2018 22:50

One of the more unusual World War 1 commemorations takes place in Zambia in November. Jill Grant of A Walker’s World and Cycling Europe was at ZATEX, the Zambia Travel Expo, earlier in the year and the WWI commemoration was among the discussions there.

Trafalgar Africa gives new opportunities

Monday, 11 June 2018 23:41

Trafalgar CEO Gavin Tollman is anticipating excitement within the New Zealand travel industry around its just launched Africa portfolio.

Trafalgar boss: ‘Visa process should not detract from NZ to SA travel’

Monday, 11 June 2018 23:33

While visa complications for New Zealanders travelling to South Africa have come at an unfortunate time in terms of Trafalgar’s Africa portfolio launch, they should not deter agents from promoting and selling the destination, says the company’s CEO.

‘Brand Africa’ for tourism growth

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:17

Africa’s 5% share of global travellers (62 million of the world’s 1.2 billion tourists) could be doubled in the next decade with the right collaboration, policies and investment. That’s according to South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona who was promoting ‘Brand Africa’ at the Africa’s Travel Indaba recently in Durban.

 

‘Africa’s tourism sector grew 8% in 2017, 1% above the global average,’ says Ntshona. ‘The forecast is for continued growth – no other continent has as much potential to grow.’ The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) reports tourism is already an economic force on the continent – contributing a total of 8.1% to the GDP and employing 6.5% of the workforce in 2017. ‘Tourism can take us from poverty to prosperity, specifically women and young people in rural areas,’ says Ntshona who highlighted the number of small, local operators exhibiting at Indaba. ‘Today’s travellers want authenticity, and Africa covers that.’

 

South Africa itself has an ambitious growth plan for the next five years – to increase its visitors by 40% to 10 million. ‘South Africa has something for everyone, every wallet and every generation,’ says Ntshona. ‘We are seen as a five-star destination but we’ve got three- and four-star. Kruger is as big as Israel and you can observe the same lion from a backpacking tent to six-star luxury.’ Ntshona is also encouraging visitors to combine South Africa with another African country. ‘We are shining the spotlight so that everyone gets to benefit. Instead of spending 10 days in South Africa, how about 20 days in the region?’

Year-round Europe opportunities with Trafalgar

Thursday, 31 May 2018 23:37

From the iconic to the unexpected, Trafalgar has opportunities for your clients to see Europe through Autumn, Winter and Spring. Trafalgar’s selection of itineraries through Europe encourage year round travel, outside the peak season, for your clients who are looking to avoid crowds and make the most of cost savings.

 

New for 2018 is the nine day Enchanting France itinerary. This Country Explorer itinerary is a journey through France from Paris to Burgundy, and Strasbourg to Dijon. Now priced from $2821 pp, this trip includes highlights of accommodation at an 18th century chateau, dining with a local family on their 17th century farm, and at least one surprise Hidden Treasure. Trafalgar’s 7.5% Early Payment Discount is valid until 23 August 2018. www.trafalgar.com/en-nz

Visiting endangered gorillas

Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:04

World Journeys recommends trekking to see the endangered gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to over half the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. They can only survive in the wild meaning the only chance of seeing them is trekking into their native forests in Africa. World Journeys offers this opportunity on its Magic of the Mountain Gorillas itinerary. Travellers are able to stay at The Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, which is visited by gorilla families and may mean long hours of trekking isn’t required. Visit worldjourneys.co.nz/ destinations/africa/uganda/

Early bird savings up for grabs

Thursday, 17 May 2018 23:42

Back-Roads Touring has a Europe Sneak Peek campaign, where clients can save up to $1,042 per couple on some of its most popular tours for 2019 travel. The deal is on sale to 19 June 2018. The early bird special applies to selected departure dates from 10 of Back-Roads’ most popular tours including Italian Indulgence, Iberian Inspiration and Corners Of Cornwall.

 

Back-Roads Touring country manager APAC Dennis Basham says now is the perfect time for travellers to book their UK or European holiday. ‘Catering to the mature traveller, Back-Roads recognises the demand for unforgettable experiences that take customers on an authentic, scenic route of discovery,’ he says. He adds that available experiences include lunch at Rick Stein’s signature restaurant The Seafood Restaurant, traditional Italian cooking lessons in a Tuscan villa, visiting the resting place of William Shakespeare or exploring the coastlines of Ireland. More info here backroadstouring.com

Sell-out means long wait for across Africa rail trip

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:21

Rovos Rail fans will have to wait until 2020 for a berth on the new Trail of Two Oceans journey from Tanzania to Angola. When the July 2019 departure was launched in January this year, it sold out in three weeks. It now has a waiting list and the 2020 trip is filling up. ‘We are surprised at how quickly it has sold out,’ says Estee Badenhorst, marketing with Rovos Rail. ‘It’s been mainly repeat clients who have booked the journey,’ explains key account manager, Alicia Taljaard. ‘For ‘country tickers’, the train travels through four countries – Tanzania, Zambia, southern Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.’ The once a year journey leaves Dar es Salaam on 19 July 2019 and, after a three-day turn around leaves Lobito for the return journey on 2 August (this leg is also booked out).

 

Taljaard says the changing scenery in Angola includes a vast watershed scattered with fisheries and where the railway line is built up on the water. ‘You then travel through green, lush jungle, baobab forests and dry arid dunes. In the Congo it’s remote. There’s jungle and copper mining but the thing I remember most is the warmth of the people.’ When the journey ends in Lobito, guests stay one night at the new Terminus Hotel. ‘We recommend guests then add a side trip to the capital Luanda, flying from nearby Catumbela,’ says Taljaard. In Luanda, points of interest include old forts and the trip incorporates a game drive and river cruise in nearby Kissama National Park.

 

– Trish Freeman

Lovely Lucca

Thursday, 10 May 2018 22:54

Think narrow streets, cobblestone laneways, churches packed with history, ancient buildings and towers and not to mention endless options for alfresco dining, all enclosed by well-preserved Renaissance walls, and you’ve got the historic city centre of Lucca, Tuscany. The charming destination is on show this week as part of an educational organised by The Italian State Tourist Board and Lucca Promos ahead of the Buy Tuscany exhibition this week.

Cape Town: open for business

Monday, 07 May 2018 23:17

Strict water saving measures, early winter rain and an above average rainfall predicted for the next three months has meant that Cape Town’s ‘Day Zero’ for water has been pushed back to 2019. ‘Cape Town is open for business,’ says Melyne Hovasapian, trade relations manager, Australia New Zealand for South African Tourism.

Lake Garda cycle track

Monday, 23 April 2018 23:11

A new bike path expected to be finished in 2021 will offer up the chance to cycle around Italy’s Lake Garda.

SAA reduces regional flights

Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:51

South African Airways have reduced regional flight schedules between Johannesburg and some African countries.

The changes reflect demand on affected routes as well as the airline’s desire to maximise efficiencies across its network and to return to profitability as soon as possible.

No intercontinental routes are impacted by the announcement with the changes taking effect from the end of September finalising in November 2017.

New tours in Back-Roads’ latest

Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:50

Back-Roads Touring has recently launched its most significant offering yet – 50 2018 itineraries, with new additions such as Madeira, Malta and a Battle of Britain itinerary.
For foodies, the Cornwall Food Tour promises a culinary adventure, including lunch at Rick Stein’s restaurant and a cooking demonstration at the renowned Fat Hen. Clients can unlock the secrets of Madeira as they sample wine and cruise the Funchal Bay in the Madeira Highlights Tour, or explore some of Italy’s historical islands by boat in the Sail the Bay of Naples tour. Other new tours include Iceland Highlights, Champagne and Great War Cruise, a Dubai stopover and more. Back-Roads Touring reports guests can save up to $720 per couple on all 2018 tours with its early bird special, available until 15 January 2018.

South Africa looks at online visa solution

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 22:33

Streamlining South Africa’s visa process is ‘top of mind’ according to South African Tourism boss, Sisa Ntshona.

Swiss suppliers to visit NZ

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 22:38

Switzerland will be in Auckland in force for a trade workshop mid-June.

The destination will have 13 partners attending and will update trade on all the latest developments, events and other sales ‘hooks’.

Hollywood in London

Monday, 19 March 2018 23:52

The Heart of Hollywood World Tour will premiere at The O2 Arena in London on 20 June this year for a four-week run.

The Heart of Hollywood World Tour is an exhibition, show and attraction that will visit 60 cities over the course of five years, allowing the world to engage with the Hollywood sign before returning it home to Los Angeles

Royal Livingstone Express

Thursday, 01 March 2018 05:35

Due to popular demand, the Royal Livingstone Express in Zambia is adding an additional ‘run day’ from 5 March 2018.

This will increase its frequency to three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Kenya behind the lens

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:22

There is still some space available on a safari this March which sees award-winning National Geographic photographer Robin Moore, on an exclusive six-night excursion to capture Kenya from behind the lens.

This Cultural Photographic Safari journeys from Girae Manor in Nairobi to Sasaab in Samburu, ending at Solio Lodge near Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountains.

Latitude 0 takes off

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:45

Latitude Hotels Group is launching another property in Africa this September, Latitude 0.

The Kampala location is just one of many on the list for the group with further city hotels in the planning stages – Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Kigali, Dar Es Salaam, Maputo, and Harare.

Growth for Munich Airport

Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:16

Munich Airport showed substantial growth in 2017, with new traffic records in several categories. 

The airport’s passenger traffic increased by 2.3 million to a new high of 44.6 million. This was a 5.5% gain over the 2016 figure. 

The airport also saw a strong surge in take-offs and landings, with an increase of more than 10,000 to approximately 405,000 – a gain of 2.6%. 

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