Ireland immersion suits Kiws

Sunday, 24 March 2024 02:21

New Zealand travellers are embracing opportunities to connect with Ireland’s locals more than ever, as well as searching out opportunities in the outdoors, says the managing director of a leading destination management company (DMC) in the country.

Rail Europe and iryo partner

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 22:25

Rail Europe and Spanish high-speed rail operator iryo have a new partnership that marks a step forward in rail travel across Spain.

Rail Europe campaign

Monday, 12 February 2024 19:50

Rail Europe has launched its Only Europe. Only by Train campaign featuring a new detailed map and a series of competitions to win dream train journeys across Europe.

On the Go's new UK choices

Monday, 29 January 2024 02:45

On The Go Tours has launched its United Kingdom small group tours with seven trips in England and Wales. Scotland will soon follow.

New Alps hiking adventure

Monday, 15 January 2024 22:27

Active Adventures has launched its Italian & Swiss Alps Hiking Adventure, a fully-guided, small group tour of the Monte Rosa massif.

Venice and beyond

Thursday, 19 October 2023 22:08

More Kiwis are discovering the wider Itaian region of Veneto and exploring beyond Venice, says Jill Grant of A Walker’s World/Cycling Europe.

More than the aurora borealis: Nordics promote year-round appeal

Monday, 16 October 2023 21:03

Getting to and around Scandinavia is easier than most people think and packaging up an itinerary for clients is also straightforward if agents know where to go for assistance, exhibitors at the Nordic and Baltic Travel Workshop told attendees in Auckland in October.

Northern Ireland City of Peace

Friday, 13 October 2023 22:35

Derry-Londonderry has been designated a UN City of Peace.

The United Nations International City of Peace programme acknowledges cities worldwide that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in fostering peace, tolerance, and cooperation among their diverse communities. Derry-Londonderry’s transformation into a symbol of peace is a testament to the city’s resilience and dedication to moving on from the past.

Over the years, the city has made tremendous progress in bridging divides, fostering dialogue, and nurturing a culture of understanding among its citizens.

Derry-Londonderry is a cosmopolitan, creative city steeped in history. The hit TV series ‘Derry Girls’ has captivated audiences worldwide. Set against the backdrop of the city’s tumultuous history, it highlights the resilience of the people of Derry-Londonderry.

Some of the city’s most compelling events can be explored through a collection of museums, including the Siege Museum, the Museum of Free Derry and the Tower Museum.

Guided tours such as the Free Derry Tour and the Bogside History Tour are ideal for explaining the history of the area.

Derry-Londonderry’s Peace Bridge stands as a symbol of the city’s determination to bring people together.

The ancient city walls, dating back to the 17th century, are the only fully intact city walls in Ireland. They provide a glimpse into the city’s past, offering panoramic views of the cityscape and the River Foyle.

Ireland over eight days

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 02:10

Innovative Travel’s MD, Robyn Galloway, has just completed an Innovative Travel eight-day Unforgettable Ireland coach tour and says tourism on the island is buoyant.

Having experienced the product first hand, Galloway assures agents that it is an easy sell.

Bike, Boat & Barge 2024

Friday, 06 October 2023 01:35

Cycling Europe has released a collection of 43 Bike & Barge or Bike & Boat routes in 16 countries for 2024. All tours are a week long except the 15-day Danube Six Country tour that travels beyond Austria and Hungary to Croatia, Serbia and Romania. All vessels offer ebike options and meals are included.

Trenitalia fares with Rail Online

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 22:21

Rail Online is offering travel agents an expanded range of B2B Trenitalia fares delivering price reductions of up to 70% off high-speed Frecce journeys, discounts of up to 60% for groups of three-to-five people, and 50% rate cuts when two people travel as a pair.

Spain promotes specialist programme, plus prizes as Kiwis visit in big numbers

Friday, 04 August 2023 00:16

The Spain Tourism Board is currently giving New Zealand travel agents the chance to win a Spanish-themed prize each quarter.

Agents need to register themselves on the Spain Specialist Program website and start one of the four learning modules. They will then be in the running to win a range of prizes, from Spanish wines to gift cards for mouth-watering Spanish restaurants across the country. The first quarter prize winner will be announced on 31 August 2023.

Stories of Irish life and death

Wednesday, 19 July 2023 23:27

The oldest urban domestic building in Ireland now houses a museum which traces the customs, traditions and superstitions associated with death from the earliest times to the 20th Century.

Rail Europe adds Greek islands

Wednesday, 19 July 2023 02:19

Rail Europe has added the Eurail Greek Islands Pass to its inventory, available via its B2B website and API. 

This is a complementary product to the Eurail Greece Pass.

Rail Europe adds Berner Oberland

Friday, 30 June 2023 04:16

Rail Europe has added Switzerland’s Berner Oberland Pass to its B2B website and API.

A regional pass that complements the Swiss Travel Pass and with validities ranging from three, four, six, eight to 10 consecutive days between 1 April and 31 October, the Berner Oberland Pass includes unlimited travel within the Bernese Oberland region. It gives access to more than 25 mountain excursions and cable car rides; and up to 50% discount on numerous other mountain railways in the region.

Wendy Wu into Turkey

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 01:22

Wendy Wu Tours will add the Dawn Ceremony at Gallipoli as an option for New Zealand and Australian travellers in 2024.

Managing director Paul Dymond says people attending the service will then go onto the Treasures of Turkey tour that the company recently launched.

More on Rail Europe’s B2B

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:34

The Swiss panoramic train journeys of the Glacier Express and Bernina Express are now available on Rail Europe’s B2B websites and via its API.

Rail Europe’s GM of APAC, Richard Leonard, says that post pandemic, Switzerland has emerged as a top mono European destination to explore.

Europe still hot, late bookings continue, says niche wholesaler

Friday, 14 April 2023 03:53

Phenomenal demand for Europe through travel agents does not look like abating any time soon, according to a specialist in the market.

Jay Soysa, product and reservations manager of Orton International, says that while this is obviously pleasing  another ongoing trend continues to add pressure on the trade.

More support from Rail Europe

Friday, 03 March 2023 04:07

New Zealand travel agents can expect increased ‘love, care and attention’ from Rail Europe this year as the company plans a number of visits to the market, targeted webinars and new trade friendly booking and procurement features.

Rail Europe will also be launching a fresh new brand at ITB in Berlin next week. Full details will be released then.

Race for Monaco Grand Prix 2024

Friday, 03 March 2023 03:56

Agents are being urged to get in quick if they have clients interested in attending the Monaco Grand Prix in 2024.

‘New Zealand is a few steps behind Australia, which is almost back to pre-pandemic numbers for us,’ says Alison Roberts-Brown, regional director for Visit Monaco. ‘However New Zealand is coming back, there is definitely interest here.

New hiking route in Spain

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 19:39

European self-guided walk operator, On Foot Holidays, has launched a new hiking route in the wine region of Galicia in north-west Spain.

Hikers stay in historic inns and a former monastery and explore gorges, ancient citadels, medieval hamlets, and terraced vineyards established by monks in the Dark Ages.

Back-Roads' 'Save Your Seat'

Friday, 21 October 2022 04:05

Back-Roads Touring has launched its 2023 ‘Save Your Seat’ sale offering a $275 per person discount on a range of trips to the UK and Europe departing in 2023.

The discount is available on new bookings made between Wednesday, 12 October until Wednesday, 23 November, on select departures (excluding all trips departing in May and September 2023).

Moselle Valley highlight of brochure

Wednesday, 12 October 2022 00:56

The just released Cycling Europe’s 2023 Bike Boat & Barge brochure offers 41 routes in 14 different countries. 

The company’s director, Jill Grant says the programme allows clients to live aboard a traditional vessel and bike a well-researched route to places of interest each day before meeting their vessel in the afternoon at a new location. 

French bike tours fit for rugby

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 21:06

Rugby enthusiasts in France next year can experience the Canal Entre Deux Mers between games, reports Jill Grant of A Walker’s World and Cycling Europe. 

The first game kicks off in Paris on 8 September after which fans will be heading south to the city of Toulouse to catch the next NZ game on 15 September. 

Slowly through Switzerland: ‘Urge clients to take their time’

Monday, 26 September 2022 21:03

Agents should advise clients there is plenty to do in a 10 to 12-day stay in Switzerland, says Silvio Goetz, director Australia and New Zealand with Switzerland Tourism.

‘We are advising the trade to try to get people to stay longer, take it easy and see the smaller villages and rural areas, visit local craftsmen and really get into the mountains and lake areas.’

Innovative adds campervan GSA

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 20:50

Innovative travel has signed a GSA agreement with Ireland’s BUNK campervan rentals, the latest step in the company’s expanding Irish product portfolio.

‘A lot of New Zealanders went out and bought campervans during Covid and that has rekindled people’s love for this sort of travel,’ says Robyn Galloway, managing director of Innovative Travel. ‘It is also an ideal way to see Ireland, get off the beaten track and discover the smaller towns and villages.’

Paris Region among highlights at workshop

Monday, 22 August 2022 22:37

Paris Region will have a high profile at the French Travel Workshop next month.

Organised by Atout France, the French Tourist Bureau, the event is being held on Friday 9 September at Sofitel Auckland.

Cycling in Champagne

Monday, 22 August 2022 22:32

The soon-to-be-released Bike Boat & Barge brochure from Cycling Europe will feature new tours in Champagne, France and the Moselle region of Germany.

During a 15-day circuit tour of the Champagne region, guests board a traditional barge and cruise downstream past the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Paris then embark on daily rides across the vineyards on the banks of the Marne. 

Switzerland Travel Experience is returning to NZ – famil spots to win

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 22:05

The Switzerland Travel Experience Roadshow is back in New Zealand mid-September.

Nine key partners from Switzerland will be joining Livio Goetz and Birgit Weingartner from Switzerland Tourism ANZ on a visit to Auckland and Christchurch, where they will meet with key industry partners, travel advisors and local media.

Italian trains add initiatives

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 21:12

Trenitalia and the Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT) have new initiatives to enhance inter-city train travel and help promote some of the country’s key tourist attractions and destinations.

Savings on motorhome holidays

Monday, 15 August 2022 22:49

Early bird savings are available on a selection of 2023 tours in the UK and Ireland with Worldwide Caravan & Motorhome Holidays. Clients can save up to $1,200 per couple for any new bookings made by 31 August 2022.

Biking & Boating the Danube

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 04:39

Bike Boat and Barge 2023 options from A Walker’s World/Cycling Europe are steadily becoming available in New Zealand and director Jill Grant says there has been good uptake already.

Grant says the 15-day Danube Bike & Boat tour is one she is highlighting now. It rolls through six European countries – Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria – to the fjord-like canyons of the Iron Gates National Park in Serbia. 

Cruising Scotland with Aurora

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 01:06

Having recently experienced an Aurora Expeditions cruise in the UK, World Journeys director Chris Lyons has written a blog about his journey to becoming a committed fan of cruising in remote regions. 

‘Exploring wild places such as the Outer Hebrides, it was great to be able to go on Zodiac excursions with knowledgeable guides, and return to the warmth and comfort of the ship each evening,’ Lyons says. ‘The landscapes are wild and rugged, and the history is fascinating – from Neolithic ruins to the remnants of Viking settlements. The birdlife was prolific too, from the puffins, to enormous concentrations of gannets, guillemots, terns, cormorants and auks. ‘

Push the green button

Thursday, 07 July 2022 20:53

There was a certain rugby game on the horizon, as emphasised by the venue for a Tourism Ireland travel trade breakfast in Auckland on Friday morning – The All Blacks Experience in the CBD.

Rugby banter aside, the event also served to emphasise Tourism Ireland’s latest consumer campaign – the Green Button, designed to drive business and strengthen travel intentions to the destination.

Bike, Boat & Barge offers

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 02:27

Cycle Europe has special offers on its Bike, Boat & Barge tours for June, July and August in France, Belgium and the Netherlands of between €100-200pp.

Director Jill Grant says the company is offering a €200 discount (approximately $340) on France Meets Belgium, a 14-day tour between Paris and Bruges for 25 June and 23 July. 

Turkey by coach returns

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 02:22

Traditional 14 and 15-day coach touring is back for Turkey, says Innovative Travel MD Robyn Galloway.

‘Clients who may opt for independent travel in other destinations, often choose a coach tour in Turkey, as it is the simplest and most convenient style to explore this destination – four times the size of the UK,’ says Galloway.

Explore's new Europe tours

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 23:04

Explore Worldwide has launched 11 new European adventures that show off highlights while also travelling slowly through lesser-known parts of Europe. 

Many of the tours focus on using public transport with opportunities to explore on foot and really get under the skin of these beautiful destinations.

Travel to drive Europe recovery

Friday, 27 May 2022 06:56

Europe’s travel and tourism sector is expected to create up to eight million new jobs within the next decade, says the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) latest Economic Impact Report (EIR).

The forecast from WTTC, which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, also shows the sector will be a driving force behind Europe’s economic recovery, following more than two years of suffering.

Walking, cycling southern Italy

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 05:30

A Walker’s World’s 12-day Apulia and Basilicata walk/cycle combo tour explores the best of Italy’s ‘heel in the boot’ during six days of semi-guided walking and six days self-guided cycling. 

‘Having a local expert guide to interpret the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Sassi of Matera, Valle d’Itria and Alberobello, is a huge advantage and highlight of the tour,’  says A Walker’s World direct, Jill Grant.

Ireland welcoming back Kiwis

Friday, 08 April 2022 05:34

The Emerald Isle has shown that is ready to once again to welcome Kiwis following the attendance at the Meet the Buyer trade event in Meitheal  (Killarney) by Tourism Ireland’s NZ rep Darragh Walshe and Innovative Travel’s Robyn Galloway.

‘It was also important to show the Irish industry that New Zealand is now opening up again,’ says Walshe. ‘We were particularly happy to be able to host Robyn at the Meitheal event for the first time. Her enthusiasm for the breadth of product and the opportunities for the New Zealand market was plain to see – especially by the tourism board and government heads.

A Walker's World: new brochure

Friday, 08 April 2022 04:18

A Walker’s World is reporting steady interest from the trade as it releases its 2022 Europe digital brochure.

Director Jill Grant says the company’s product has always ticked the sustainability box and attracts clients who enjoy the outdoors and being active – all things that have come even more into their own after the last couple of years.

Ireland lifts Covid restrictions

Thursday, 03 February 2022 18:50

The Irish Government has ended almost all Covid-19 public health restrictions. Restaurants and bars can resume normal trading hours; and restrictions on indoor and outdoor events, including sporting fixtures, have been lifted. 

Island stay in Arctic Circle

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 01:18

Heritage Expeditions is offering an exclusive 10-day stay on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Circle. Up to five guests will be able to stay on this remote island during The Ultimate High Arctic Expedition in July 2022.

They will be guests of the rangers who man the Wrangel Island Nature Reserve, best-known as the polar bear denning capital of the world, as well as for having the largest population of Pacific walrus and a rich natural history.   

New France Bike & Barge tours

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 02:27

Two week-long guided Bike & Barge tours in France are new for the 2022 season.

‘Heart of Alsace Lorraine’, between Strasbourg and Nancy, is where French and German cultures converge owing to the changing of borders between France and Germany, Cycling Europe’s managing dictor Jill Grant points out. 

Bike & Barge: Safety steps work

Thursday, 28 October 2021 23:23

Cycling Europe reports that there has not been one single outbreak of Covid on any of its bike, boat and barge tours in Netherlands, Belgium and France this European season.

‘The thought, care and protocols put into the organisation of these cruises has paid off,’ says A Walker’s World / Cycling Europe managing director Jill Grant. ‘With some 100 plus tours and thousands of guests, this is a sound record of safety.’

A video of the protocols in place on these trips is on the Cycling Europe website so agents and clients can and see for themselves how the tours operate in the Covid era. CLICK HERE.

‘Small groups and natural social distancing while cycling are natural advantages.  Looking to 2022, travellers can have great confidence booking these tours and the Bike Boat & Barge 2022 brochure is available now,’ says Grant.

For the brochure, CLICK HERE.

Cycling Europe's 2022 brochure

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:17

Cycling Europe has released its Bike Boat & Barge 2022 brochure.

It includes the Stunning Croatia by Bike & Boat itinerary – small group tours will now start and end on Fridays instead of Saturdays as they have previously. 

‘This change takes advantage of emptier harbours, less traffic upon arrival and the general benefits for better logistical coordination of the tours,’ says Jill Grant, director of A Walker’s World and Cycling Europe.

Uniworld's Nights Out in Europe

Monday, 04 October 2021 04:56

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is adding new ‘Nights Out’ evening experiences throughout Europe from 2022.

The five excursions are private offerings, showcasing top European cities in a new light.

These will be part of Uniworld’s all-inclusive itineraries. For 2023, ‘Nights Out’ excursions will be included on all of Uniworld’s European cruises.

Low cost rail disruptor

Friday, 24 September 2021 01:51

Lumo’s launch of low-cost rail services could disrupt current rail and air services between London and Edinburgh. Its low-cost model alongside a focus on minimising environmental impact will bode well for shifting traveller trends as the sector recovers from the pandemic, says GlobalData.

Gus Gardner, associate travel and tourism analyst at GlobalData, says British travellers have become accustomed to high fares and low-quality services that, pre-Covid, were often overcrowded.

Whisked away for whiskey

Thursday, 09 September 2021 23:04

Irish Whiskey’s ‘serious revival’ has not only given rise to an influx of new distilleries but also led to the formation of several tours based around the spirited beverage.

John Callely, founder of Whiskey Island Premium Tours and Tastings, says that for a long time the island of Ireland’s whiskey industry lay dormant. ‘At one stage we were down to just two distilleries, now we have 39 and more (about 25) on the way.’

He says whiskey trails offered to guests take in a number of distilleries but also stop at some of the historical, cultural and scenic highlights along the way.

Virtual Switzerland in ANZ

Friday, 27 August 2021 03:55

Switzerland Tourism’s first Virtual Switzerland Travel Experience 2021 welcomed more than 150 advisors from New Zealand and Australia across the two-day event recently.

Apart from receiving useful updates on Switzerland’s travel experiences via six dedicated workshops and pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with the country’s 14 plus key tourism providers, attendees were also treated to live interactive entertainment by SongDivision.

A major highlight at STE2021 was the panel discussion on sustainability. Hosted by Switzerland Tourism’s executive vice president, Urs Eberhard, the panel discussed the meaning of Swisstainable.

Ireland Virtual Expo in September

Friday, 20 August 2021 02:16

More than 25 tourism providers from the island of Ireland, as well as four operators based in Australia and New Zealand, will re-engage with travel advisors at Tourism Ireland ANZ’s first Ireland Virtual Expo on 7 and 8 September from 5pm-7pm.

At the online B2B event, Tourism Ireland will facilitate an Exhibit Hall as well as one-on-one pre-scheduled video appointments, where advisors will connect with the exhibitors to obtain the latest in news and experiences. The event will help advisors discover/rediscover the wide range of products and experiences in Ireland.

Ireland closer to opening

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 01:47

Tourism Ireland says it is looking forward to rolling out the green carpet to international visitors following the country’s adoption of the EU’s new Digital Covid Certificate.

This will enable more seamless travel among EU member states. Ireland will begin the scheme on 19 July, meaning that travellers from EU member states bearing the pass – which attests that the holder has either been vaccinated, has had a negative test for Covid-19 or has had the virus – will then be able to visit Ireland without the need for a test or quarantining.

Rail Europe's Rail Agent Course

Wednesday, 02 June 2021 04:07

Rail Europe’s new module, available on its e-learning platform, The Rail Agent Course, is designed to help travel agents learn about the Eurail pass in all its forms.

As an added bonus for participants, agents who complete the module have the chance to win a Eurail pass, First Class, for unlimited travel in Europe.

In February, Rail Europe released a mobile version of the Eurail passes on its API and agent website. The mobile pass allows travellers to cross up to 33 countries on several railway networks, using one pass. 

Mobile Eurail Passes

Sunday, 28 February 2021 21:09

Rail Europe is offering a mobile version of its Eurail Passes, offering flexible exchange options.

The mobile version is being released through Rail Europe’s API and its agents website. It allows passengers to cross from one to 33 countries on several railways with one pass.