Australia

Two new Cultural Attractions

Saturday, 01 June 2024 22:20

Cultural Attractions of Australia, a collective of 17 cultural, historic and sporting attractions, has two new experiences offered by two of its members.

SGBR's new offerings

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 01:42

Southern Great Barrier Reef had a record number of exhibitors at this year’s Australian Tourism Exchange, reflecting the breadth of new product being added to existing offerings.

Star struck in NSW

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 01:36

Do you believe in aliens? What is your favourite constellation? Are you worried about pollution in space?

Illuminating attraction at K’gari

Wednesday, 29 May 2024 01:27

A light show known as Illumina – Return to Sky will turn on twice a night at Kingfisher Bay Resort, K’gari from 30 September.

Barossa updates trade tools

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 22:09

Barossa Australia has given its trade website an extensive update in the lead up to last week’s Australian Tourism Exchange in Melbourne.

Indigenous storytelling on Story Bridge

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 22:05

Story Bridge Adventure Climb is offering two new indigenous experiences from August.

New for Luxury Lodges of Australia

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:56

Bullo River Station, with 12 guestrooms, has joined Luxury Lodges of Australia (LLoA).

Art tour uncovers new secrets

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:55

Hidden Secrets of Melbourne is launching a new Art in the Street tour designed to see the ‘quieter corners’ of the city.

New tours at top of the NT

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:52

Northern Territory has two new high-end day-trip experiences out of Darwin, both particularly suited to clients short on time.

Walking Port Stephens' coast

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:50

A new 27-kilometre hike in Port Stephens provides new motivation to visit the area during winter.

Record turnout at ATE as Tourism Australia puts focus on distribution trends

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 05:44

Some 16 Kiwi product managers and wholesalers as well as six New Zealand based inbound agents are part of a record attendance at this year’s Australian Tourism Exchange.

Whitsundays family cruising

Monday, 22 April 2024 07:37

Explore Group has added a dedicated family cruise departure to its Whitsunday Islands small ship cruise experiences.

Tassie campaign, NZ restart

Monday, 15 April 2024 23:35

Tourism Tasmania will launch its latest Come Down For Air campaign in New Zealand later this month.

Learn and win with WA

Friday, 05 April 2024 02:21

Tourism WA has an online training programme available for travel consultants to upskill on holiday destinations and holiday experiences in Western Australia.

Sunshine Coast shares tips and news to give trade a sales advantage

Friday, 29 March 2024 21:25

Travel agents are a key part of Visit Sunshine Coast’s strategy in getting New Zealanders  to look beyond the beach when they visit the destination, says the organisation’s trade manager, Emily Zinowki.

Food, fashion tours in ADL

Thursday, 28 March 2024 02:35

Flamboyance Tours in Adelaide is adding new specialised tours.

These include the Adelaide Central Market Tour – a short intro to discover the artisanal and indigenous products from South Australian regions; plus a two hour Slow Fashion experience where clients visit three locations to uncover hidden sustainable fashion gems to add to their wardrobe. Both are available now.

NT busting tourism myths

Friday, 15 March 2024 23:23

Shoulder and wet seasons are a great time for clients to visit the Northern Territory and the destination is not just about visiting once to see ‘bucket list’ attractions.

New luxury in QLD Outback

Monday, 11 March 2024 02:02

The introduction of new luxury camps, farmstays and retreats in the last three or four years gives travel agents a new category to sell in the Queensland Outback as well as another reason get Kiwis to disperse beyond the coast when they visit the state.

On the rails in Queensland's outback

Friday, 08 March 2024 00:50

Outback Aussie Tours will be operating its second season of rail journeys starting in April.

Kiwi spend up, numbers on track as QLD visits NZ in force

Monday, 04 March 2024 00:38

A desire for more indepth experiences and a trend towards higher-end accommodation are driving a big increase in expenditure from Kiwi travellers in Queensland, according to Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) chief executive office Patricia O’Callaghan.

The amount spent by trans Tasman visitors in 2024 is considerably above expenditure in 2019. This is despite the number of New Zealanders visiting the state being 84% of pre-pandemic levels.

Reef & rubber in Rocky

Thursday, 29 February 2024 04:13

Kiwi agents with clients who are enthusiasts of cars, bikes and motor sport should be organising a trip to the Southern Great Barrier Reef for them, says Zac Garven, tourism and events manager at Explore Rockhampton.

Aboriginal tourism to fore at event for NZ travel trade

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 17:15

New Zealand has solidified its position as the third-largest inbound market for Western Australia (73,000 visitors) to year ended September 2023, with the rising popularity of Aboriginal experiences capturing the interest of 31% of Kiwi holiday makers.

New cat for Kimberleys

Monday, 05 February 2024 16:41

Australian superyacht specialist, YOTSPACE will debut a luxury catamaran to cruise in the Kimberley this year.

Great Walks now number 13

Friday, 02 February 2024 04:46

Great Walks of Australia has added a new experience to its collection of multi-day guided hikes – Flinders Island Walking Adventure In Comfort on Flinders Island in Tasmania, operated by Tasmanian Expeditions.

NT events to AKL and CHC

Monday, 22 January 2024 23:06

Northern Territory will build on increased interest from New Zealand agents when it holds a two city ‘mini-roadshow’ in March.

SA eco-resort's first stage

Monday, 15 January 2024 22:56

The first stage of luxury eco-resort Rumi Reveal on Louth Island, South Australia is complete.

Once a sheep farm established in 1802, Louth Island is situated 10 minutes off the coast from Port Lincoln.

WA’s Wooleen Station expands

Friday, 13 October 2023 22:51

Wooleen Station has relocated a historic shearing shed kitchen to the entry of the property to provide a focal point for visitors with its curved, domed tin roofline.

New off-train options

Monday, 09 October 2023 01:44

The Great Southern returns on 1 December 2023 for the 2023-24 summer season, marking the rail journey’s fifth season exploring the east coast of Australia by train.

AAT Kings new indigenous tour

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 01:54

AAT Kings has launched its new Aboriginal Culture & Australia Highlights tour, as part of the group’s new 2024/2025 touring season.

The limited season guided holiday features destinations from city to outback across Melbourne, Uluru, Sydney and Cairns over 13 days, with a focus on local connection, cultural immersion, sustainable footprints and wildlife and nature.

More Kiwi presence for Journey Beyond

Thursday, 28 September 2023 01:34

Journey Beyond has flagged its intention to appoint a business development manager in New Zealand next year, probably around March.

The news came at trade events held by the company in Christchurch and Auckland last week to reconnect with a market that is showing considerable growth for the Australian-based operator.

Travelmarvel's 2024 Aus tours

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 22:11

Travelmarvel has released its Australian holidays for 2024.

Its Kimberley cruise programme leads a diverse range of tours which also feature land, rail and remote 4WD adventures across the country.

Journey Beyond's Gold Premium

Wednesday, 09 August 2023 03:28

Journey Beyond has introduced Gold Premium, now available to book on The Ghan and Great Southern for 2024.

Sitting between Gold and Platinum, Gold Premium includes a twin cabin with a lounge seat to convert to a sleeper each evening; premium amenities in the en-suite bathroom and extra features.

Underground at White Cliffs

Friday, 04 August 2023 01:05

Out of the Ordinary Outback is offering a three-day package including town tours and subterranean accommodation in the opal mining town of White Cliffs.

Until the end of September, guests at the White Cliffs Underground Motel can experience the daily campfire at sunset, overlooking the plains of far west NSW, with complimentary snacks available.

New website to book Aus Open

Thursday, 20 July 2023 23:48

Sports Travel & Hospitality (STH) NZ has launched a website and division dedicated to the Australian Open.

Head of premium experiences, New Zealand for STH, Philippa Beams says AO Travel is the official travel agent here for the 2024 event and the new online platform gives the trade here an opportunity to book clients and earn commission at the click of a button.

Journey Beyond's train-cruise

Wednesday, 19 July 2023 23:22

Journey Beyond has launched a package that combines two iconic rail journeys – The Ghan and the Indian Pacific – with a cruise provided by Silversea Cruises.

The Ultimate West by Land and Sea package is an 28-day journey that laps half of Australia, with only one departure for 2024.

Marine package at K’gari, QLD

Saturday, 15 July 2023 00:48

Kingfisher Bay Resort has launched a new package focusing on the marine-based experiences available to guests staying on K’gari (formerly Fraser Island).

Kingfisher Bay Resort’s Cruise K’gari Your Way package coincides with the beginning of whale season and aligns with Fraser Coast Tourism’s Marine Mecca, an initiative to recognise the water-based activities available in the region.

Top reasons to visit WA in winter

Tuesday, 11 July 2023 01:46

Tourism WA has released the top reasons for clients to visit the state in winter.

These include swimming with the largest fish on the planet at Ningaloo Reef (Nyinggulu) where, from March to August, the reef becomes a natural habitat the whale shark.

Aus famil ‘tops’ for Kiwi agents

Saturday, 01 July 2023 05:22

Five Aussie Specialists recently travelled to the Northern Territory’s Top End on a special six-night famil hosted by Tourism Australia and Tourism Northern Territory. The trip was supported by Qantas with the group travelling from different ports around New Zealand to Darwin via Sydney.

Super slant to GC famil

Tuesday, 30 May 2023 18:08

A Kiwi travel trade group has been experiencing some of the best on the Gold Coast this month.

Experiences have ranged from a Treetop High Ropes Adventure in Currumbin to meeting super heroes at Movie World, bubbles and power shopping at Harbour Town and taking a walk through Burleigh Headland.

KI launches winter event

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:48

Gutsy Kangaroo Island is a new food and drink event which celebrates, and pays tribute to, the island’s producers. It is set to take place from 8-12 June 2023 with 19 events scheduled over five days.

The extra-long weekend will start with Mulled at The Shy Wren, an evening of live music, fire and feasting, and cooking with ancestral charcoal techniques.

Signature Experiences

Monday, 06 March 2023 00:17

Now is the right time to be spiking the curiosity of the New Zealand market and providing premium options for clients seeking something different, says Karen Fitzgerald, Tourism Australia’s general manager experiences.

‘We speak to the curious. People may have looked further afield in the past but one thing Covid has done is made many of us look differently at our backyards. They realise there are many experiences they hadn’t considered in the past and now they are keen to discover them.’

2024 rail packages

Friday, 03 March 2023 20:02

Following the early pre-release of several popular rail packages for 2024, Journey Beyond has announced the full 2024 season for bookings across all rail journeys.

Packages pair the trains and Journey Beyond’s sister brand Outback Spirit touring. New rail and rail offerings, along with Opera on the Harbour with Opera Australia, helicopter flights, and a host of wineries are available.

DCG / TAAP famil

Friday, 03 March 2023 04:44

Kiwi travel agents have just returned from a Destination Gold Coast / Expedia TAAP famil.

Kate Fulton, of Destination Gold Coast says the purpose of the famil was to not only rewards the top selling Gold Coast TAAP agents following on from a November incentive, but also to showcase a range of new hotels, tours and experiences on offer.

QLD outback's luxury camping

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 03:57

Rangelands Outback Camp, 10 kilometres from Winton, Queensland is targeting the New Zealand market with trade ready product.

The canvas hideaways in the adults-only retreat are placed to deliver uninterrupted views and maximum privacy. Full guest capacity is 12 in six tents.The retreat includes an expansive sunset deck, guest lounge, dining room, cocktail bar and more.

New kayak offerings in NSW

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 20:33

Region X in Batemans Bay, South Coast New South Wales, has launched a new website for its range of nature-based experience products.

Director Josh Watersson says this coincides with the release of two new experiences which fill a gap for adventure products but also recognise travellers’ desire to get away from crowds.

South Australia famil signals new phase of Australian activity in NZ

Wednesday, 07 December 2022 02:18

A famil undertaken recently by seven Aussie Specialist Agents out of New Zealand held extra significance in being the first trade famil hosted by South Australia since the Covid pandemic began.

The South Australia itinerary was designed to showcase the state as a one stop destnation for world-class wine, gourmet food and produce, natural scenery and wildlife.

Tiny houses at SA's pink lake

Friday, 28 October 2022 16:50

The Pink Lake Tiny House in South Australia’s Clare Valley offers eco-friendly ‘tiny houses on wheels’ accommodation in Lochiel, opposite the pink salt lake – Lake Bumbunga.

The self-contained tiny houses are a 95-minute drive north from Adelaide.

NT urges Kiwis to Seek Different

Wednesday, 12 October 2022 00:49

Tourism NT has launched its first international marketing campaign in New Zealand since Covid-19 travel restrictions ended.

Titled Seek Different, the multi-platform campaign champions the individuality of travellers while highlighting the many facets that make the Northern Territory intrinsically different as a holiday destination – from culture and history to spirituality, landscapes and wildlife.

New paddlesteamer for Murray

Sunday, 02 October 2022 23:53

Murray River Paddlesteamers will build a new A$6.75 million, 35-metre, five-star river vessel offering year-round, all-inclusive, overnight cruises from the Victorian river town of Echuca.

The vessel is expected to make its debut journey along the Murray in late 2024 and has been supported with A$2.25 million in funding by the Victorian Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund which has brought the project forward by three years.

South Australia bounces back

Sunday, 02 October 2022 23:48

South Australia’s visitor economy is charging ahead to recover its once $8.1 billion high.

A sharp increase in international tourism and a new post-pandemic record interstate spend have helped drive the total value of the state’s visitor economy to A$6.2 billion – the highest it has been since its Covid-induced low point of A$4.4b in March 2021.

PS Emmy Lou busy on Murray

Thursday, 01 September 2022 22:39

Murray River Paddlesteamers has launched its biggest-yet programme of overnight cruises for 2023-24, with a new brochure detailing an entire year of back-to-back cruises.

It has also added longer journeys in response to record- demand for multi-day cruises on the river.

Innovative researches Tassie

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 20:51

Innovative Travel’s Robyn Galloway has just returned from Tasmania where she researched the finishing touches for the upcoming hosted Travel Companions Club Tasmanian tour. 

Tasmania is a new closer to home destination, added in repsonse to feedback from some Travel Companions members. Galloway says the island offers a diverse touring experience.

South Australia sale extended

Monday, 22 August 2022 22:27

ANZCRO’s Reward Your Wonder holiday collection sale has been extended until the end of October.

The collection includes four packages showcasing South Australia. They range from city breaks to food and wine safaris at cellar doors, wellness retreats in the hills and outback adventures in the Flinders Ranges.

IHG: 60 years in Australia

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 22:19

IHG Hotels & Resorts is marking 60 years since an InterContinental property opened in Australia.

US airline Pan Am, founder of the InterContinental brand, opened the InterContinental Southern Cross Hotel Melbourne, on 14 August 1962 – lauded as one of the most luxurious hotels of its time.

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