Soaking and sake

Thursday, 25 October 2018 22:07

There’s something in the water in Japan. The most popular holiday for all Japanese people is visiting hot water springs.


Connecting with Kanazawa

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:44

A Japanese destination promoted at a function in Auckland late last week has received the thumbs up from Joanne Hooper, of Active Asia.
The prefecture of Ishikawa, and particularly its capital Kanazawa, was represented by a trade delegation who promoted culture, accommodation, food and beverage (saki anyone?) and craft. Hooper, who attended the event, says she was recently in the region and recommends it for clients seeking a different side to Japan. ‘It is beautiful. It has one of the best gardens in Japan and a great castle. It is also easy to get to by

Japan: ‘Move your clients around’

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:15

New Zealanders should embrace opportunities to explore the regions beyond Tokyo, as they follow the All Blacks in their Rugby World Cup pool games in Japan next year.

Touch of Samurai culture at function for travel trade

Thursday, 18 October 2018 20:31

Some 50 travel agents attended a function at Stamford Auckland yesterday to hear about a relatively undiscovered part of Japan.

Six Senses in India

Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:58

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will open its first property in India by the end of 2018, reports World Journeys.


Bali and beyond

Monday, 08 October 2018 21:06

Embracing and selling Indonesian destinations beyond Bali presents new opportunities for the Kiwi travel trade, says a leading hotel executive visiting New Zealand this week.


Win a trip to Bali

Friday, 05 October 2018 01:47

Next Tuesday’s Emirates – Marriott International Bali Breakfast Workshop still has a few spots left for interested travel agents and brokers.


Luxury India fam

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:37

World Journeys travel designer Dorothy Chambers has returned from hosting a group of travel agents to India in conjunction with Cathay Pacific.


Wendy Wu adds solo tours for first time

Monday, 01 October 2018 22:52

Wendy Wu Tours is adding six itineraries for solo travellers and will be detailing them in a special flyer being sent to travel agents soon.


Myanmar with World Journeys

Friday, 28 September 2018 02:00

A group of travel agents have returned from an educational trip to Myanmar with World Journeys and Malaysia Airlines.


Williment brings back Buck

Friday, 28 September 2018 01:52

Williment Travel has added some star quality to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens next April with former All Blacks captain, Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, hosting its Hong Kong Highlights tour.


Bike tours in Myanmar

Monday, 24 September 2018 22:22

Exotic Holidays is promoting 11- day, 10-night bike tours in Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma).

HK – mainland high speed

Saturday, 22 September 2018 02:37

The high speed rail system connecting Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong will start on 23 September.


Luxury travel: Authenticity trumps opulence

Friday, 21 September 2018 01:40

Nobody is pretending high end clients are forgoing the comforts of life, but the general feeling at this week’s Luxperience event in Sydney was that authentic personal experiences trump opulence for many modern luxury travellers.


Sri Lanka VAT refund scheme

Monday, 17 September 2018 22:49

Sri Lanka has introduced a new system enabling tourists to obtain refunds of 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) payments for goods they purchase from shops in the country.


Let’s eat, Taiwan says

Thursday, 13 September 2018 23:54

Ja Ba Moi is a Taiwanese greeting which could be translated something like ‘have you eaten, and if not let’s do so now’.


Philippines: More with Kiwi trade

Thursday, 13 September 2018 23:18

Increasing business to business connections between the Kiwi travel trade and Philippines suppliers remains the key to further success out of this market, according to the Philippine Department of Tourism.


Kerala tourism aids recovery

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:36

Following the worst flooding in Kerala in nearly a century, World Expeditions is urging travellers to be part of the recovery by visiting now.

Brocade Art Festival, Vietnam

Friday, 31 August 2018 03:16

Exotic Holidays is promoting a tour based around the Vietnamese Brocade Art Festival that is being held from 27 to 30 December 2018.

'Open to the New Shades’

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:50

Excite Holidays has announced the launch of part two of its campaign, Thailand: Open to the New Shades, which kicked off yesterday in conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Kampung stays with Exotic

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:36

Exotic Holidays is promoting a 10-day, nine-night itinerary that includes a kampung (village homestay) experience.

Cave trials in Vietnam

Friday, 17 August 2018 00:17

Quang Binh provincial authorities have approved the operation of a trial ecological tour to explore Vom and Gieng Vooc caves through to 15 January, 2019, advises Exotic Holidays.

Bangkok wellness workshops

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:21

Akaryn Hotel Group has introduced a series of monthly health and wellness workshops at its luxury city hotel, akyra Thonglor Bangkok.

Wellness increasing driver for clients heading to Asia

Monday, 13 August 2018 20:48

Holiday makers and business travellers alike are increasingly looking for wellness and relaxation programmes in Asia, says one of the region’s leading destination management companies (DMCs).

Friendly Shandong Confucius Culture

Monday, 13 August 2018 20:33

CTS Tours and China Eastern Airlines invite agents to a Friendly Shandong Confucius Culture & Shanghai Famil.

Seven nights in the Maldives

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:44

Exotic Holidays is offering a number of seven night Maldive packages.

Monkeying about at Takasaki

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:25

Exotic Holidays is offering a 12-day tour in Japan with the Mt Takasaki Wild Monkey Park as a highlight.

Vietnam presents wares at Auckland showcase

Monday, 06 August 2018 21:41

New Zealand travel agents have the opportunity to attend an indepth educational session with some 20 Vietnam suppliers at a trade event in Auckland next week.

Exotic's India out now

Thursday, 02 August 2018 22:42

The latest Exotic Holidays India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives 2018 / 2019 is available now.

Hong Kong’s new trade manual

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:20

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has launched a new addition of the Hong Kong Travel Trade Manual (TTM) for 2018-19.

Hunter’s Sri Lankan journey

Thursday, 26 July 2018 23:10

World Expeditions ambassador Rachel Hunter is hosting her first wellness tour of Sri Lanka later this year.

New Ganges cruise

Monday, 23 July 2018 21:11

World Journeys reports that Pandaw has expanded its cruise offering in India, deploying two more ships to the region.

Tourism, travel students experience Hong Kong

Monday, 23 July 2018 19:48

Eighteen students from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), travelled to Hong Kong recently, as part of the cultural exchange programme, Embrace the World.

Agents Explore Georgia on famil

Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:03

Explore Worldwide recently hosted a group of agents on a famil to Georgia to uncover more about this destination.

Uzbekistan tour with Fez Travel

Monday, 16 July 2018 20:44

Exotic Holidays is advising agents that Fez Travel has a tour in Uzbekistan that travels Tashkent - Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand, priced from $2209 per person.

Interest boosts Sri Lanka famil

Thursday, 12 July 2018 21:07

Huge (and growing) interest in Sri Lanka was one of the motivations behind a famil for GTN agents to the destination arranged by Exotic Holidays and with the support of Thai Airways.

GO Holidays Bali famil

Friday, 06 July 2018 01:09

A group of agents enjoyed eight days in Bali recently where they were treated to a Lembongan Island Beach Club cruise as well as being able to check out a selection of properties featured in the GO Holidays Bali brochure. Mt Agung erupting during their stay didn’t deter these intrepid travellers and the airport reopened in time for their departure flight back to New Zealand.

World Cup Japan 2019

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:49

Agents with clients wanting to travel in Japan during next year’s Rugby World Cup from 20 Sep to 2 Nov 2019 need to get organised now, advises World Journeys.

The Hornbill Festival

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:06

Exotic Holidays has a tour that is based around the Hornbill Festival held in Nagaland, India from 1-10 December 2018.

Exotic reports on Thailand

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:27

Hemant Kaushik, senior consultant with Exotic Holidays, recently returned from an inspection trip to check out places of interest, hotels and activities in Thailand.

Balloons over Bali

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:41

The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud anchors a 23-metre hot air balloon in its rice paddies and opens the gate on its wicker basket for rides three times a day.

Agents experience best of Borneo

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:06

Wildlife rehabilitation centres, national parks and cultural villages were amongst the highlights for participants on an agents’ famil to Borneo last week.

Ancient fishing method a sight for travellers

Thursday, 14 June 2018 23:04

If clients are travelling to Tokyo between May and October, Exotic Holidays is recommending that they try to watch Ukai, the traditional fishing method manipulating seabirds in Minato-machi, Gifu Prefecture. Ukai is a traditional method of catching small Japanese trout by manipulating seabirds called Ukai (cormorants) in the Nagaragawa River. Master trainers of cormorants dressed in ancient costume manipulate 10 to 12 wild sea cormorants to catch the trout.


This fishing is performed each night between 11 May and 15 October except during a full moon or in heavy rain. Clients can watch the entire spectacle aboard a small wooden boat while dining and drinking sake. This 1300-year-old event is protected by the Japanese government. Cormorant fishing starts at 7:30pm. The evening closes with six boats sailing side by side to corner the small trout into the shallows.

Phi Phi Marine Discovery Centre

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:36

A Marine Discovery Centre has opened at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort in Thailand to raise awareness and educate visitors, locals and stakeholders about the importance of marine biodiversity and conservation. The centre houses four zones – the Shark Room, the Phi Phi Islands Room, the Clownfish Room, and the Auditorium – and offers visitors colourful, interactive displays explaining the life cycles and habits of the marine species endemic to the region. The new environmental attraction will also be a base for the re-introduction of clownfish better known as ‘nemos’, as well as breeding harmless bamboo sharks and replanting coral reefs.

Excite showcases Singapore

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:14

Excite Holidays in conjunction with Singapore Tourism Board is showcasing the best that Singapore has to offer from now to Sunday 17 June 2018.

Talking Macao in Auckland

Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:06

Travel trade and media were updated on Macao’s World Centre of Tourism & Leisure branding over an educational presentation and lunch in Auckland on Wednesday. Richard Froggatt, sales & marketing manager in New Zealand with Macao Government Tourism Office, highlighted the July 2018 opening of the new Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao 55km road link, including a 29.6km bridge. Other developments to watch for include the Light Rail Cruiser – Macao’s first mass transport system – set to open in 2019. There are also 12,750 rooms to be added to the ‘pool’ by hotels currently under construction.

Adventure World in India

Thursday, 17 May 2018 23:54

Adventure World’s India and Asia product manager Eric Finley has returned from exploring India as well as attending contract and supplier meetings in the region. Finley explored the alleyways in historic Old Delhi with a local guide called Pankaj to fine tune a walking tour offered to Adventure World clients.

Japan’s pilgrim route

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:26

Lisa Mead from A Walker’s World recently took part in a famil trip on the Kumano Kodo Trail in Japan. This pilgrimage trail in Southern Japan has existed for over 1,000 years and pilgrims from all levels of society have trod their way to the Grand Shrines of Kumano. Mead says the week long route is a challenging trail that is steeped in a rich cultural and natural heritage. Walking can be tailored to cover the highlights of the route to suit a walker’s level of fitness for three days and longer. ‘Accommodations along the way are mostly Japanese traditional style inns and guesthouses with tatami mat flooring in the guest and dining rooms and futon mattresses to sleep on. Meals are included which is an adventure into typical Japanese cuisine. Hot springs are common on the route and baths with mineral waters (called ‘onsen’) are soothing at the end of a day’s walk. Protocol is important and preparation notes are provided to cover the dos and don’ts. The Kumano Kodo is an immersion into the Japanese way of life far from the large cities. ‘The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route embodies the spiritual origins of Japan in much the same way the Camino de Santiago in Spain embodies Christianity. Completing certain sections of both trails will earn walkers the Dual Pilgrim Credential.

SQ's ‘Destination of the Month’

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 00:11

Singapore Airlines has launched Destination of the Month, where each month it will feature an up-coming destination on the SIA group network. This will be supported with an awareness sales pack, tactical airfare offering, special land / tour rates, special agent airfares, and special agent land rates.

Macao – insider’s surprises

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 22:53

Macao’s history, its new hotels and entertainment complexes in Cotai, and its gastronomy are all part of the destination’s promotional prole in 2018.

However agents who want to offer a couple of 'out of the ordinary’ tips to clients can start with these:

Uzbekistan visa change

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:48

Exotic Holidays advises New Zealand is amongst the additional 45 countries that will come under the ‘visa free regime’ in Uzbekistan from 1 February 2019.


Rugby, trains and more as Japan targets NZ trade

Thursday, 17 May 2018 22:41

Educating agents on the four cities that will host the All Blacks during pool play in the Rugby World Cup next year was one of the key objectives of a Japan National Tourism Organization function at Grand Millennium Auckland last night.

Japan trade seminar in AKL: ‘More than sushi and tempura’

Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:16

There is more to Japan than just Sushi and Tempura. That’s one of the key messages that will be highlighted to trade when Japan National Tourism Organization and supplier partners hold a roadshow in Auckland next month.

‘We are also trying to break the stereotype of travel to Japan being expensive,’ says Sally Miles, business development and marketing assistant at JNTO.

‘Especially with so many major sporting events happening – Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 – there’s no better time for clients to see Japan.

Spotlight on Korean food

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 22:30

Korea has entered the spotlight thanks to the success of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018, and with this Korean food has been put on the global radar.

From Michelin starred restaurants to more affordable street food options, there is something for everyone, and they can all easily be found in the heart of Seoul.

However, when venturing out a little south by train visitors will come across the true foodie capital of Jeonju, which was declared UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2012.