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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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/
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Images of rolling hills, delicious wine and authentic, rustic cuisine come to mind when one thinks of Tuscany. However, there’s more to this famous Italian region, according to Marta Javarone, events and b2b executive, Toscana Promozione.
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
Increased connectivity is the key selling point for luxury tours and incentive travel into Ireland from New Zealand, says destination specialist John Healy, managing director of Moloney & Kelly.
Healy says Ireland has more to offer high-end clients than many agents may think, and this is all more accessible with both Emirates and Qatar Airways offering one-stop flights between Auckland and Dublin.
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 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.
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%.
Extraordinary Journeys has put together a shortlist of getaways in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Seychelles to accommodate the ‘buddymoons’.
Designed as a honeymoon for newlyweds and their closest friends, ‘buddymoons’ are shared experiences instead of seclusion and round-the-clock romance.
To cater to this growing custom, Extraordinary Journeys has identified seven exclusive-use villas, lodges, and a private island where shared accommodations and experiences are the highlights of the trip.
Sanctuary Retreats is a company that has been committed to conservation and responsible tourism ever since opening its first camp in the Masai Mara in 1999.
That’s according to Michael McCall, director of Sales Australia, NZ & Asia. He says the company has always strived to build long-lasting relationships with rural communities in the areas in which it operates, making a point of
Coach tour packages throughout Britain and Ireland for 2018 are currently being offered with savings up to $1110 per person by Tempo Holidays.
Included in the promotion is Tempo's 24 day Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland with prices now starting from $8385 per person.
An extensive transformation of Sanctuary Retreats’ Kenyan property, Sanctuary Olonana is about to commence shortly as part of a major investment programme across the Sanctuary portfolio.
Michael McCall, director of sales New Zealand and Australia and Asia, says Sanctuary Olonana is already widely regarded as one of the top safari properties in Kenya.
Trying out the local meals are a must do on most trips abroad and Insight Vacations’ new 2018 Europe Premium Escorted Journeys program offers a host of authentic dining experiences.
‘These authentic meals are specially curated so travellers not only enjoy a beautifully prepared dish, but also learn the culture and history behind it, and the wonderful companionship the whole way through,’ says Ulla Hefel
Pangolin Photo Safaris bought a houseboat in 2015, in a move to provide accommodation for clients who have booked one of the company’s photo safaris.
The houseboat has five rooms, ideal for small groups or FIT travellers.
On top of the houseboat, it is opening a lodge in July 2018. Toby Jermyn, Pangolin Photo Safaris, says the lodge is in response to travellers not wanting to stay in hotels.
A group of travel agents from New Zealand recently went on an action-packed visit around Ireland, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Qatar Airways.
The trip was a good opportunity to highlight ease of access to Ireland from New Zealand, with Qatar Airways via Doha.
The group’s itinerary included the Guinness Storehouse, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren Perfumery, Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre, the Irish National Stud & Gardens and Powerscourt House & Gardens.
While summer continues to be the most popular travel period to Switzerland, more travellers are discovering that a Swiss winter holiday is appealing and eventful.
Switzerland Tourism points out that the colder months transform the country into an ‘icy wonderland’, bringing out different characteristics and personalities of the country.
Christmas Markets from Zurich (home to Europe's largest indoor Christmas market), to Basel (where fairy-tale dollars are used as legal tender in the markets), and Montreux (the gateway to Santa Claus' Swiss abode atop
Monaco recently had the second edition of TEDxMonteCarlo, putting innovation at the core of its strategy.
Themed ‘License to Know’, this year’s TEDxMonteCarlo was held at Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum.
Over 16 speakers from around the world shared their passion and new ideas on a range of front-page topics such as entrepreneurship, safety, security and transparency.
Switzerland Tourism has announced the opening of AQUATIS, the largest freshwater aquarium-vivarium in Europe.
Located on the shores of Lake Geneva (the largest body of freshwater in Western Europe), in the historical town of Lausanne, the project was 15 years in the making. Spread over two levels and with 3,500sqm dedicated to
Kiwi-born Andy Kibby - the founder of Kenyan based The Safari Company - has struck a chord with older kiwis seeking African adventures, says New Zealand representative Innovative Travel.
An extra departure was added for 2018 for the most popular 31-day Gorillas, Gameparks & Beaches tour, which starts in Kampala and ends in Zanzibar.
The first tour departing on 29 July is sold out, nine months ahead of departure.
Scandinavia is the ‘big go’ in Europe for Kiwi travellers, says Greg Osborne, general manager Tempo Holidays New Zealand.
The company has just released five brochures – including Bentours Scandinavia & Expedition Cruising 2018 – 19. Also reaching travel agents next week (available through Stocklink) are Italy, France & Spain; UK, Ireland & Central Europe; Greece, Croatia & Turkey, plus a new release Worldwide programme that covers Europe, Middle East, East Africa, India & Subcontinent, and Latin America.
British Airways has become the first airline worldwide to introduce high-tech remote-controlled devices to push back aircraft across its short-haul operation.
In partnership with Heathrow Airport, the eco-friendly Mototok tugs will give British Airways staff the tools to prepare aircraft for departure more efficiently.