The Pacific Asia Travel Association UK Chapter (PATA UK)
PATA UK is the hub of activity for Pacific Asia. We have a community of over 5,000 travel professionals who strive to be travel experts for a wide array of destinations throughout the region. Our goal is to educate the UK travel trade by hosting events throughout the UK, where members can keep up-to- date about the latest happenings in Pacific Asia.
PATA UK Events
Easter Celebrations at Song Saa
Easter Celebrations at Song Saa The festival of Spring, rebirth and new beginnings. Easter is a perfect time for loved ones to come together and is an ideal opportunity to focus on wellness and rejuvenation. Song Saa, Private Island in the Koh Rong Archipelago of Cambodia is offering a spring time programme across the Easter weekend with special events planned over four days including family beach activities, jungle waterfall hike, yoga & meditation, spa treatments and fabulous dining experiences. For more information please click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippine Airlines adds Kuala Lumpur to network, expands Bali flights
Philippine Airlines adds Kuala Lumpur to network, expands Bali flights Philippine Airlines is further expanding its route network with the introduction of twice daily flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur from 25th June 2017.The new Airbus A321 service to the Malaysian capital means its shimmering skyscrapers, colonial architecture and numerous natural attractions is now well within reach for PAL’s guests. PR525 departs Manila at 07:25 and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 11:00 local time, with the return flight PR526 departing Kuala Lumpur at 12:10 and arriving in Manila at 15:50. PR527 departs Manila at 13:20 and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 16:55 local time, with the return flight PR528 departing Kuala Lumpur at 17:55 and arriing in Manila at 21:35. Service will also be expanded on the Manila – Denpasar (Bali) route, with the addition of a 7th weekly flight from 26th March 2017 operated by an Airbus A320. PAL’s increased capacity to Bali means it’s now easier than ever to reach its stunning Seminyak, Kuta and Nusa Dua beaches plus beautiful Ubud and Lombok Island. Scheduled flight times for PR537 (departing Manila at 20:40 and arriving in Denpasar at 00:40 local time) and the return flight PR538 (departing Denpasar […]
Diethelm Travel Group Launch Second Issue of Discovery Magazine
Diethelm Travel Group Launch Second Issue of Discovery Magazine Diethelm travel are delighted to share with you their second issue launched of Diethelm Discover Magazine at ILTM Cannes. The self-published magazine offers a detailed look not only at new Diethelm Travel products, but the most fascinating destinations and activities throughout Asia straight from Diethelm’s travel experts living and working in the field. Available in print and digital formats, the publication is free for Diethelm Travel clients and features a selection of special seasonal offers, along with sections for: Diethelm Moments – creating a ‘wow’ factor Go Local Travel Family Travel Cross Country Travel Diethelm Cares Destination and Accommodation Spotlights Wellness Travel Insights & Experiences For more information please click here or to request a complimentary hard copy please click here
Discover China’s little-known medieval town with Destination Asia
Discover China’s little-known medieval town with Destination Asia Experience ancient China at its very best. The medieval town of Langzhong provides a window into China’s emphatic past. A 2,300 year old historic city tucked away in remote northern Sichuan, Langzhong, boasts one of the world’s most stunning medieval townscapes. With Destination Asia guests stroll by a number of private scholar’s mansions from the Ming and Qing dynasties as we immerse in the highlights of a bygone era. Those with an interest in classical Chinese culture and architecture will discover plenty to keep them on their toes. Visitors can absorb the wonders of Zhangfei Temple, commemorating a famous general of the Three Kingdoms period; Wander through Gongyuan, the only fully preserved Examination Hall in China; or simply ponder in the presence of a Confucius Temple dating back to the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1912). Combined with walks through historic quarters and the fresh scent of fried dumplings in the morning, Destination Asia guarantee an unforgettable couple of days in Langzhong Ancient Town. For more information, please click here
Tourism Thailand announce their Amazing Thailand roadshow!
Tourism Thailand announce their Amazing Thailand roadshow! Tourism Thailand are excited to announce their upcoming Amazing Thailand Road Show in Belfast (21 February), Dublin (22 February) and Cork (23 February). They are bringing some of Thailand’s top hotels and airlines. These entertaining nights will include ‘workshop style’ speed dating, with tasty Thai food, chilled beer, wine and soft drinks, plus relaxing Thai massages and a free prize draw to win a fam trip to Thailand. Places are limited. To reserve your place please click here
Check out what Hong Kong has to offer over the course of 2017
Check out what Hong Kong has to offer over the course of 2017 Throughout 2017, Hong Kong will offer a varied calendar of events, which blend East and West, traditional and modern. With everything from Chinese New Year celebrations to sports tournaments, Hong Kong’s array of events will add a unique experience to any trip. To celebrate the Year of Rooster, Hong Kong will once again stage the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade, a highly received entertainment event by international visitors, on the first day of Lunar New Year (28 January 2017) in Tsim Sha Tsui. To find out what else Hong Kong has to offer throughout 2017, please click here March sees the return of Arts Month, with a plethora of events including: – Art Basel (23-25 Mar 2017) – Art Central (21-25 Mar 2017) – Hong Kong Arts Festival (26 Feb-18 Mar 2017) – Soho Art Gallery Tour – Affordable arts (19-21 May 2017) April sees an entirely different type of event in Hong Kong with the Rugby Sevens, one of the biggest rugby events on the international sporting calendar, which takes place from 7-9 April. One of the world’s greatest parties, the Hong Kong […]
Responsible Travel with ICS Travel Group
Responsible Travel with ICS Travel Group As a company, our vision is to deliver exceptional travel experiences through engaging journeys that connect people and cultures. Our responsibility along the way is to ensure our operations are conducted in a manner that has a positive impact on our employees, our guests, the destinations where we operate, and the environment. We are pleased to announce our new Responsible Travel Policy, which will act as our road map to a more sustainable future. For more info, visit https://icstravelgroup.com/responsible-travel/
PATA Christmas Lunch 2016
PATA Christmas Lunch 2016 PATA UK Chapter hosted their fantastic annual Christmas Lunch last Thursday in the Grand Connaught Rooms, London. Over 170 industry professional joined together to celebrate the end of the year with their friends and colleagues. Christmas lunch, mice pies, drinks, carol singing and a charity auction made for a fun and festive atmosphere and the afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all. PATA UK dedicated this year’s Christmas Lunch to help raise money for Crisis, the national charity for homeless people. Guest speaker Mayaz Rahman, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Crisis, was invited along to give an inspiring talk on the work Crisis do to reduce homelessness across the UK. With collection buckets and an auctions the event managed to raise and impressive £2,000. A special thanks also goes to our incredible sponsors who donated some fantastic auction items! We would like to extend our gratitude to: Qantas Airways for sponsoring two return flights from London to Dubai The Hotel Group for sponsoring 5 nights at one of their luxury properties in the Whitsundays Cruise Whitsundays for sponsoring a 1-day cruises to the Great Barrier Reef Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts for sponsoring two nights at Shangri-La’sTanjung Aru Resort & […]
Taiwan’s new Facebook campaign begins this month
Taiwan’s new Facebook campaign begins this month The Taiwan Tourism Bureau have launched a social media advertising campaign to spread a wider social awareness of Taiwan as the ‘Heart of Asia’. The posts will be consumer-friendly, informational and appealing to different niche markets, from foodies to birdwatchers to city-lovers and shoppers. The posts will also include updates on all Taiwan’s upcoming events and festivals throughout the year, as well as the many USP’s the destination offers. There will also be a focus kept on trade audiences with frequent updates on agent and trade events that happen throughout the year, as well as information on competitions that are up and running for agents to win some great prizes. Check it out and ‘like’ Taiwan Tourism UK here: https://www.facebook.com/TaiwanUK/
Floating Torii Gate Now Within Reach
Floating Torii Gate Now Within Reach Miyajima Island is undoubtedly one of the most serene and beautiful sites in Japan. It has long been regarded as the Island of Gods, nestled in the peaceful Seto Inland Sea. An island steeped in historical tales and the origin of many legends, its mystery is only added to through the World Heritage site of Itsukushima Shrine (‘floating’ Torii gate). No longer must you admire these breathtaking sights from afar. We can now take guests out onto the water in kayaks and up close to these instantly recognizable attractions. Under the guidance of a qualified instructor we paddle around Miyajima Island in Hiroshima, before approaching the ‘floating’ Torii gate to paddle through the middle of it. The photos opportunities from this viewpoint are exceptional – just don’t drop your camera! For more details, please email: email@example.com
Amazing Thailand relaunches its online training programme
Amazing Thailand relaunches its online training programme To welcome the relaunch of the new Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme, Tourism Thailand are running incentives with Selling Travel and Travel Weekly Magazines! Visit their websites for more information! All agents that complete the 7 module course are automatically entered into the running to win an all expenses paid Fam trip to a mystery destination in Thailand! So visit training.tourismthailand.co.uk to learn about Thailand today!
The Strand Hotel Yangon welcomes guests following extensive refurbishment
The Strand Hotel Yangon welcomes guests following extensive refurbishment The Strand Yangon reopened in November after a restoration project that has seen the hotel ushered elegantly into the 21st century. This project has preserved the heritage at the heart of the hotel and honours the Strand’s part in Myanmar’s history, whilst creating a more relaxed, refined and glamorous setting for 21st century travellers and explorers. The Strand Yangon is the only luxury property in Myanmar to have invested so significantly in product refurbishment and service training for over a decade. The only centrally located luxury hotel in Yangon, The Strand is within easy reach by car or by foot to all the city’s major landmarks, such as the Sule Pagoda, as well as the thriving downtown district, where the best restaurants and most exciting art galleries are popping up. Guests do not need to rely on a car and driver for most of their excursions. The Strand has been the byword for luxury hospitality and service excellence in Myanmar for over 115 years, and this reputation, coupled with a completely renovated heritage hotel upgraded with the latest technology, a luxury river cruiser custom-built in 2015, and recently enhanced operations teams […]
Diethelm Travel announces three new product collections
Diethelm Travel announces three new product collections Asia’s leading inbound tour operator introduces exclusive products for families, local experiences and memorable moments. Diethelm Travel Group, an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, today launched three collections of newly-designed products at World Travel Market (WTM) London featuring extended offerings for family travel and local experiences, as well as a collection of add-on services to further customise client itineraries. Family Travel Diethelm Travel is passionate about creating Journeys of a Lifetime for all ages. Using our deep understanding of Asia, and having families of our own, we’ve curated a collection of intriguing and stress-free itineraries designed specifically for families with young children and teens. All our itineraries include: Accommodation suitable for families Hand selected guides that are great with children A range of activities to capture your child’s attention and further their appetite for learning, such as pottery making with Yandabo villagers in Myanmar, a shadow puppetry lesson in Malaysia or even coconut carving with a NGO in a Cambodian village. Additionally, the company’s new country-specific kids family packs are an extra special treat upon arrival including a number of activities for kids to learn more about an area’s local traditions and […]
Macao confirmed as one of Asia’s most exciting food destinations
Macao confirmed as one of Asia’s most exciting food destinations Macao has been further confirmed as one of Asia’s most exciting food destinations, with three restaurants receiving Michelin stars for the first time in the 2017 Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau. The new additions bring the total number of Michelin starred restaurants in Macao to 19, with the guide recommending a total of 68 restaurants in total. Twelve of these have received the Bib Gourmand award, given to restaurants offering a three-course menu for no more than 300HKD (approx. £32), with twelve also recommended in the street food section, showcasing that Macao does not only excel for the luxury market but also for the budget traveller.
Celebrate Christmas at the “Best of the World Destinations for 2017”
Celebrate Christmas at the “Best of the World Destinations for 2017” The beautiful country of Papua New Guinea has much to celebrate this Christmas. PNG has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Best of the World Destinations for 2017’, and deemed by their editors a ‘must-see’ location. At Tufi resort the Xmas programme is full on fun with stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, diving fishing, canoeing the fjords and cultural tours. Find out more here Lissenung Island Resort’s activities coincide with the turtle-nesting season, watch as the eggs are moved away from predictors to hatch in safety here Overlooking the magical Duke of York islands is Kokopo Beach Bungalows, with picture postcard views of the twin volcanoes of Tavurvur, visit and swim with the dolphins on route. Click here fore more information Looking for a peaceful Christmas, Lake Murray Lodge, only accessible by their private plane, nestled among trees and surrounded by fish and birds. For more information, please visit www.papuanewguinea.travel
Great Barrier Reef TV series wins National Geographic award
Great Barrier Reef TV series wins National Geographic award Sir David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Series won ‘Best TV programme’ in the National Geographic Traveller Awards last week, as voted for by the readers of the magazine. Australia was also shortlisted for best Long-Haul Country, the Great Barrier Reef for Overseas Attraction and Sydney for Long-Haul City. David Attenborough spent approximately three weeks on the Reef as part of the filming schedule, which took in Ribbon Reef and Osprey Reef and Lady Elliot, Magnetic, Orpheus, Lizard and Heron Islands.
Hike and Drive New Zealand with Pacific Destinations
Hike and Drive New Zealand with Pacific Destinations Exploring New Zealand’s walking and hiking trails is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing the country’s outstanding natural beauty. With thousands of kilometers of tracks available to suit all levels of fitness and experience, you will be at one with the beautiful landscapes, vast native forests and stunning coastal regions along the way. Local guides who are never short of a tale, keep you informed about the history of the region and fill you in on all you need to know about the native trees and wild life that you’ll discover. So grab a pack and put on your walking boots as you embark on a once in a life time journey through New Zealand. For more details, please contact Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outrigger Konotta Maldives’ fantastic ‘You stay, we pay’ offer
Outrigger Konotta Maldives’ fantastic ‘You stay, we pay’ offer To assist with sales during the busy peaks period, Outrigger have come up with a great offer which they hope your clients will like. It’s the right time to book your clients to Outrigger Konotta Maldives. Stage a minimum of 7 nights and guests receive complimentary Half Board. Stage a minimum of 10 nights and guests receive complimentary Half Board and Round Trip Domestic Transfer. You can also upgrade to Full Board or All Inclusive for a supplement. Terms and conditions apply – speak to you preferred operator.
The Samaya Seminyak receives Emerald award from Tri Hita Karana Tourism Award and Accreditation
The Samaya Seminyak receives Emerald award from Tri Hita Karana Tourism Award and Accreditation The Samaya Seminyak is delighted to announce its achievement of Emerald award from Tri Hita Karana Tourism Award and Accreditation. The award and accreditation night was held on 1st December 2016 at Ksirarnawa Art Center while the assessment itself was held on 20th October 2016 where 3 assessors from THK Foundation who are an academic from popular Tourism College in Bali inspected The Samaya Seminyak.Tri Hita Karana (THK) is the life concept of Balinese community in accomplishing secular and spiritual bliss through harmonization of the relationship between humans and God (parhyangan), human and human (pawongan), and human and environment (palemahan) into an integral unity. Emerald award is given to hotels or institutions which has achieved gold award for third consecutive year promoting inter-human relationships in all dimensions of life. (smy/shn) For more information please email: email@example.com
Hong Kong Tourist Board is recruiting
Hong Kong Tourist Board is recruiting An exciting opportunity has come available at the London office of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). They are currently recruiting for a Senior Executive Digital Marketing & Trade, to support the Digital Marketing Manager, and Manager, Trade Development in devising and implementing integrated marketing and promotional plans in accordance with HKTB strategy The role includes a wide range of activities from executing digital marketing campaigns and managing co-op campaigns to the organisation of trade events. The successful candidate will be educated to degree level and have a minimum 6 years trade-facing experience within the travel/leisure sectors, they should posses basic understanding of Digital Marketing If you would like a copy of the job description, please email firstname.lastname@example.org To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to email@example.com
Qantas set to fly non-stop from London to Perth, Australia
Qantas set to fly non-stop from London to Perth, Australia Qantas is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate non-stop flights from London to Perth using the 787-9 Dreamliner. The 14,498-kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Europe to Australia when it begins in March 2018. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the history-making flight would be a watershed for travel, tourism and trade. “When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route between London and Australia in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop. “This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Travellers from Europe have never had a direct link down under before, so the opportunities this opens for them to explore Australia are huge. Mr Joyce said passenger comfort on the 17-hour flight was a key consideration. “When we designed the interior of our 787s, we wanted to make sure passengers would be comfortable on the extended missions the aircraft was capable of. “That’s why we have features in our Economy seats that other airlines reserve for Premium Economy. Our Business Suite […]
Korea’s beloved Hanyeo become UNESCO Cultural Heritage
Korea’s beloved Hanyeo become UNESCO Cultural Heritage South Korea’s “Haenyeo” (freediving ladies) from the southern island of Jeju ― were listed as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently. These exceptional women who continue the islands tradition of diving to the sea bed without breathing apparatus to collect conches, abalones and seaweed. In a bygone era these ladies had to risk their lives to collect their sea bounty as their source of revenue. The Korea Times reported that “According to the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), haenyeo represent the cultural identity of the scenic island where people in the past relied heavily on the sea to survive. The women divers’ eco-friendly way of doing business and their passing down of diving know-how for generations help them to be listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage, it said”. The Haenyeo became Korea’s 19th intangible cultural heritage inscribed on the UNESCO; and is another addition to Jeju’s UNESCO recognitions of natural science, in the categories of Biosphere (2002), World Natural Heritage (2007), and Global Geoparks (2010), the island received intangible cultural heritage designation (2009) for the Chilmeoridang Yeongdeung-gut, a shamanist ritual to a local sea […]
Don’t miss Taiwan’s Breakfast Workshop at WTM!
Wednesday 9th November, 10:15am – 12pm Come and join us for breakfast and learn more about what makes Taiwan the most exciting new destination in Asia! Enjoy a brief destination training and then speak with our delegation about the fantastic product Taiwan has to offer, and how to best market and sell this unique country to your clients. If you do not sell Taiwan yet but are thinking of introducing it in 2017 then there is no better time to speak with our local experts and get the ball rolling ahead of the curve! There are some great prizes to win, so make sure you get your name on the list! RSVP here
Geothermal New Zealand
Thanks to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, New Zealand has been shaped and coloured by volcanic and geothermal forces for thousands of years. The most active geothermal area centres around Rotorua, stretching south to the mountains of Tongariro National Park then east to Bay of Plenty’s White Island. It makes for an exciting landscape for visitors – who can get up close to an active volcano, view gushing geysers, bathe in naturally steaming hot pools and eat delicious food cooked by the earth’s heat. To find out more about some exciting experiences which make the most of New Zealand’s geothermal wonders, please click here
Kamalaya wellness sanctuary & holistic spa launches life enhancement group
To enhance its individual wellness programs and personalised health journeys, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Koh Samui, is now introducing small group retreats. Guided by distinct wellness experts, the new Life Enhancement Retreats provide a setting for guests to explore specific areas of interest in greater depth and benefit from the dynamic group energy and support network of like-minded individuals, with a maximum of 12 participants per retreat. Each retreat has been developed collaboratively with the retreat leaders who hold a deep appreciation for Kamalaya’s philosophy of holistic wellness, combining life enriching insights with carefully selected wellness treatments. Upcoming Life Enhancement Retreats include yoga immersions, explorations of emotional wellbeing and self-discovery retreats. Each retreat is results-oriented and approaches the integral wellness concept – of mind, body and soul – from a distinct perspective to create a unique experience that could only be delivered at Kamalaya. Kamalaya is located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. The resort integrates healing traditions and practices from East and West, inspired healthy cuisine and customised wellness programs ranging from Detoxification to Stress and Burnout, Healthy Lifestyle, Yoga Synergy and Emotional Balance. For further details regarding the new […]
New ways to explore the Andaman Islands with Destination Asia
Discover more of Burma and its magnificent surrounding seas as the country continues to offer visitors alternative ways to travel. Destination Asia has connected with Burma Boating who are now crossing the sea to India’s Andaman Islands, one of the most remote islands groups in the world. Cruises depart from Ranong on the west coast of Thailand, sailing the Indian Ocean for two days before reaching Port Blair to begin the exploration of 325 isolated islands. The marine life around the Andaman Islands is simply stunning as commercial fishing has been forbidden for over 40 years. Guests join dolphins and whales as they migrate across the open ocean. Discover paradise beaches and remote wildlife, swim with elephants on the shoreline, and visit the last remaining home of our Palaeolithic ancestors. The whole time being spoiled by a private chef. For more information, please contact David Andrews
My Hong Kong Guide app
The Hong Kong Tourist Board had another successful Taste of PATA on 6th September and showcased the brilliant My Hong Kong Guide App! My Hong Kong Guide is an all-in-one app allowing visitors to Hong Kong to choose from over 1,800 activities and attractions, get trip ideas from other travellers and share their Hong Kong experiences on social media. The app allows visitors to connect with other travellers in Hong Kong for itinerary inspiration or while in Hong Kong, with a simple shake of their phone, visitors can get immediate location-based inspiration! Visitors can build a unique itinerary through the app on their desktop or mobile before the trip and then download to their device to use offline! Click here for more information and to download the app Don’t forget to stay up to date with all the latest information through our PartnerNet Trade Portal, become a trade member and even complete the Hong Kong Specialist Programme and become quite the Hong Kong expert:http://partnernet.hktb.com/uk/en/home/index.html
Macao Expands Luxury Offering with Two New Hotels
Macao has added two new hotels to its already impressive roster of luxury hotels, providing even more choice for anyone deciding where to stay in this exciting destination. The Wynn Palace, which opened on 22nd August, is a 1,706 room hotel with a 7-acre performance lake and more than 50 luxury shops. The resort also has a round-the-lake cable car system, whose cabins, called SkyCabs, carry customers through the lights and sounds of the performance lake. The Parisian Macao, Macao’s newest hotel, opened on 13th September, features a half size Eiffel Tower, with a dazzling nightly light show, and 150 authentically recreated boutiques and cafes. For more information, please firstname.lastname@example.org
Exciting 10-night holiday giveaway – Lissenung Island Resort
The stunning Lissenung Island Resort celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, the resort is giving away an enticing and exciting 10-night holiday which includes: meals, 8 dive days with 2 boat dives per day, shore diving on the famous house reef and round trip airport transfers. To enter, please follow the link to the Lissenung Island Resort 20th Anniversary Campaign on Facebook. Good luck! https://www.facebook.com/lissenung/?sk=app_512541485429310 From modest beginnings, Dietmar Amon has created a veritable visitors paradise. Picture a small private island with white sandy beach, tall palm trees, beautiful flowers, magnificent sunsets and traditional style bungalows. The island, easily circumnavigated in 15 minutes, is a short boat ride away from Kavieng, which has regular flights from Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. The resort accommodates a maximum of 14 guests and for those wanting total privacy can be hired in its entirety. For more information visit www.lissenung.com andwww.papuanewguinea.travel
Tourism Thailand Roadshows
Tourism Thailand have announced the cities for the 2017 Amazing Thailand Road Shows! This will be the 9th year that the Amazing Thailand Road Shows have been successfully running these events throughout the UK and Ireland. Come join us for an evening to meet the Thailand experts and be spoilt with delicious Thai food, traditional Thai massage and the chance to win a Fam trip to Thailand! Register early to avoid missing out by emailing email@example.com Belfast, Dublin and Cork: 21-23 February Manchester and Chester: 25-26 April Edinburgh and Newcastle: 12-13 Sept To be up to date with all of the future events like the Facebook page here
Outrigger £50 giveaway
To celebrate 50 years of Outrigger Castaway Key in Fiji they are giving away £50 in Love2Shop vouchers to one lucky agent. Tell them why you would like to visit the resort for a chance to win! Send your reason to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th November if you want to be in with a chance to win!
Itineraries to showcase premium experiences in Australia
Great Golf Courses of Australia, Great Walks of Australia, Luxury Lodges of Australia and Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia have collaborated to develop a suite of 13 itineraries that bring together some of Australia’s most aspirational holiday experiences. The itineraries have been designed to inspire trade partners and consumers to start planning the ultimate Australian itinerary and feature some of the best golf courses, guided walks, winery experiences and luxury lodges Australia has to offer. The itineraries are now available on the Aussie Specialist site, australia.com,Luxury Lodges of Australia, Great Walks of Australia, Great Golf Courses of Australia and Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia. For more information please contact Pete Mills
Diethelm Travel Unveils Fully Redesigned Website
New Media-Rich Website Offers Even More Resources and Booking Capabilities Diethelm Travel Group, an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, launched a completely redesigned website boasting updated product information, easier search and booking capabilities, media-rich trip inspiration from on-the-ground staff (including video, images and downloads of Diethelm Discovery magazine), and a brand new blog for even more Asia travel help, information and resources. To see all that Diethelm Travel has to offer, please visit www.diethelmtravel.com. The easy-to-navigate website –www.diethelmtravel.com – features extensive product information for overnight tours, day tours, accommodation options and land services with products organised by travel style. With nearly 60 years of being Asia’s go-to travel experts, Diethelm’s newly redesigned and updated website further shares the depth and breadth of the company’s expertise with clients to ensure even more Journeys of a Lifetime. To see all that Diethelm Travel has to offer, please visit www.diethelmtravel.com.
Unlock Australia with Qantas
It’s time to book and win with Qantas, awarded Best Airline in Australia / Pacific at the Skytrax 2016 Awards. Qantas flies to over 60 destinations across Australia, unlocking a huge range of extraordinary destinations for your customers. With the Qantas Walkabout Pass, your customers could save when you book their Qantas international and domestic flights on the same ticket. With more than 30 destinations to choose from, the Qantas Walkabout Pass is a great way to see more and save. Book Qantas flights for your customers this September, and you could win your own Qantas Walkabout! Find out more here
TASTE OF PATA – 6th September
Agents were treated to another fantastic Taste Of PATA event on the 6th September at the Old Truman Brewery. This year we had 36 exhibitors, which was a record number with new sponsors for 2016 attending the event such as Virgin Atlantic Airways and Wonderful Indonesia. 290 travel agents were treated to food and drink from the Pacific Asia region and had the chance to learn from our sponsors about their products and destinations. Prizes on the night included flight tickets from Cathay Pacific, Oman Air and Virgin Atlantic Airways, a holiday in Thailand from Tourism Authority of Thailand, as well as many other prizes of hotel nights and much more! A fun and educational night was had by all!
Experience the King’s Cross Station Philippine Takeover this July
From 20th-24th July 2016, London King’s Cross station will be dominated by the Philippine Department of Tourism in collaboration with Round the World Experts. As part of the Visit the Philippines Again 2016 campaign – and following the success of the recent London Waterloo station takeover – the Philippine Department of Tourism is launching its second station domination series at King’s Cross station. This event is out of a total of three station takeover projects, the final of which is to occur in November 2016 during World Travel Market. Between the 20th and 24th July, a unique experiential zone will be activated at King’s Cross station where, once again, commuters will be able to have a taste of what the Philippines has to offer. Central to this campaign is the newly founded partnership between the Philippine Department of Tourism and Round the World Experts which will promote packages to the Philippines throughout the duration of the campaign. Round the World Experts will also be present at the station to engage commuters visiting the experiential zone. As part of the partnership with PDOT, the Philippines as a destination will be promoted throughout both Round the World Experts’ active networks during the […]
The Philippines Department of Tourism London Launches its Twin-Centre Destination Campaign with Singapore Airlines
The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) London has just launched its Twin-Centre Destination Program with Singapore Airlines offering a premium tourist product combining a dynamic city break with a fantastic beach holiday. PDOT London and Singapore Airlines have chosen to launch its campaign on the First Stop Singapore Platform developed by Digital Spring. The First Stop Singapore platform (https://www.firststopsingapore.com) was developed to promote the numerous attractions of Singapore before going on to the Next Stop/final destination for travellers to continue their holiday after a short city break in Singapore. For five weeks from 4 July – 17 August, the Philippines will be the featured destination on the platform. The plan for the Philippines involves highlighting its “best of” series, covering the best dives, best islands and beaches, best food and lifestyle as well as holiday packages. This taps into the target markets of promotions for the Philippines in tandem with the four destinations in the country that Singapore Airlines currently flies to, namely Manila, Kalibo (Boracay), Cebu and Davao. The page will remain indefinitely as a resource for interested travellers. The Next Stop Philippines page will also feature a competition during the run of the campaign with Singapore Airlines and […]
Rare Flying Dodos Land in South Mauritius
Up to five types of Flying Dodo craft beer, made in Mauritius, have landed at the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort. Nectarologists had feared craft beer was as dead as a dodo in the holiday island. However, the resort’s sober-as-a-judge General Manager, Pieter van der Hoeven and his staff have managed to capture various types of Flying Dodo, which are not only on display at the resort, but can also be tasted by guests with nothing better to do. “All my sightseeing plans went the way of the dodo after I discovered these beautiful dark, gold and tan-coloured creatures were alive and well at the Outrigger,” said Herman Holtz a German tourist from Bavaria. “I feel so at home. I’m happy to be grounded along with my dodo friends.” So popular have the crafty, hoppy Flying Dodos become that the resort’s chef, an empathetic flying Dutchman, has paired these rare beauties with other species. The results can be seen at the Plantation Club restaurant in the Outrigger, where guests have reported spotting four exquisite Flying Dodo pairings that brought tears of joy to their eyes: the Czech-style Pilsner with the Bitter Gourd Salad; the Old-Style Belgian Wit Dodo with the Smoked […]
Outrigger Koh Samui Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Romantic Getaway Deal for Couples
The Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort has launched a Romance Getaway Package to celebrate its first anniversary on 29 May. The intimate resort with a secluded 300-metre beach is popular with couples and honeymooners. Bookable until 31 July, the Romance Getaway Package is available for stays up to 23 December 2016. The rate is from THB6,599* (£127) per couple per night. Guests who book at least 14 days in advance of their stay date receive an additional 20% off. The Romance Getaway Package comes with an 80 sqm (861sq ft) Garden Pool Suite, daily breakfast for two, a 60-minute Navasana Spa treatment for two, round-trip airport transfers and complimentary shuttle services to Chaweng and Fisherman’s Village. Oceanfront and Ocean View Pool Suites are also available. Outrigger took over the former Akaryn Resort Koh Samui last year and enhanced the all-villa and suite resort with renovated restaurants, pool area and rooms. Villa privacy was enhanced to ensure complete seclusion. Outrigger Koh Samui General Manager Rory Campbell says: “Our renovations have introduced a streamlined, more modern in-villa layout and more seclusion around each pool villa. Feedback from couples wanting to chill out together has been extremely positive.” While the Outrigger is just […]
Angkor Hike and Bike (7 Days / 6 Nights)
To really get a handle on the amazing temple complex of Angkor and the countryside of which it is the centrepiece, it pays to exert a little energy and widen the scope of a visit. This active journey sees guests bike and hike to reach places most tourists rarely see. Millions of visitors pass through Siem Reap and the temples at Angkor each year, but it is fair to say that only a fraction of these do more than scratch the surface. To really get a handle on the amazing temple complex and the gorgeous countryside of which it is the centrepiece, it pays to exert a little energy and widen the scope of a visit. This active journey sees guests use pedal power and hiking to reach places most tourists rarely see. In addition to the relics of the once-mighty Khmer Empire, guests will encounter timeless Cambodian village scenes, immerse in traditional arts and crafts such as rice paper production and sample local cuisine. Highlights of the epic journey, which covers well over 150kilometres all in, include a homestay, a visit to the relatively undiscovered Beng Mealea temple and the chance to bathe in a cool waterfall pool near […]
Easia Travel now a member of PATA UK
Easia Travel is a South East Asian DMC with 15 years of experience, operating in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand with over 30 thousand passengers a year, 15 local offices, 3 in Vietnam, 2 in Cambodia, 3 in Laos and 4 in Myanmar and 2 in Thailand. Easia believe in tailor making each itinerary to individual customer’s needs. A dedicated English speaking team are fully trained on each individual client and the current UK market and can deal with your every need, they are also experienced in all destinations and travel at least 3 weeks a year. An office is based in Hanoi and Yangon to deal with all requests to make communication as easy as possible. Easia Travel works exclusively with travel professionals worldwide – tours operators, travel agencies, incentive agencies and is happy to deal with any enquiries Luxury, Adventure, Incentive, SIC, Groups, FIT each enquiry will be dealt with by a team of experts Key Differentiation Factors – A human-sized company placing connection with local people at the core of our philosophy of travel. – An extensive experience in the field, a thorough knowledge of the clients’ needs and wishes as well as a good understanding of the characteristics of each […]
Blue Lagoon Cruises Gives Travel Leaders a Welcome Fit for a Princess
A right royal Fiji welcome awaited a VIP group of international travel industry leaders aboard Blue Lagoon Cruises’ Fiji Princess in the lead up to the 2016 Fiji Tourism Expo (May 3-6). Pictured (from left) are some of the VIPs during their visit to upmarket Yasawa resort Paradise Cove: Andrew Guthery, ANZCRO, United Kingdom; Paula Lipscombe, GTA, New Zealand; Regula Odermatt, Oceania, Switzerland; Timoci Tuiqali, Paradise Cove; Dizy Shah, Sona Tours, United Kingdom; Leigh Jacobs and Wendy Fisher, Blue Lagoon Cruises. The VIP travel industry party cruised the Mamanuca and Yasawa island chains. Their itinerary included an inspection visit to Paradise Cove and several other resorts also packaged by Blue Lagoon Cruises and sister company Awesome Adventures Fiji. Located on Naukacuvu Island mid-way up the Yasawa chain, Paradise Cove received praise from several of the visitors as being a perfect property to market in a combination resort-cruise vacation package. At their first overnight anchorage at Modriki Island, the guests wriggled their bare toes in the pure white sand while being treated to rousing meke entertainment along with canapes and cocktails served at a South Seas-style bar Fiji Princess crew had set up on the beach. Dinner followed back on board […]
Philippines takes over London Waterloo Station
The London Waterloo Rail Station has been taken over by the Philippines Department of Tourism as part of the Visit Philippines Again 2016 campaign, launching a station domination series, starting with London Waterloo Railway Station from the 24th of April to the 23rd of May. The station domination began with the Philippines featuring a special immersion zone at the station that gave the commuters a taste and feel of the country’s beauty and its promise of a “more fun” overall experience when they travel to the Philippines . Commuters gets to win instant prizes and a chance to win a holiday to the Philippines in three fun ways. One is by taking “foot selfies” using our floor stickers mapped around the station concourse, second is by taking part in the 3D selfie stand and third fun option is by experiencing the Philippine islands in our 360 virtual reality pods with photos by Rommel C. Bundalian. Awaiting the lucky winner is a package for two with a seven-day fun adventure, tours, accommodations in Manila, Cebu and Bohol including international flights from Philippine Airlines. One winner will be drawn on the 16th of May and another drawn on the 16th of June […]
YANGON’S HISTORIC STRAND HOTEL TO BE RETURNED TO GLORY
The Strand Yangon has revealed details of an extensive refurbishment project that, once completed, will reaffirm the hotel’s position as one of the leaders in luxury hospitality in South-East Asia. The Strand Yangon will close on 1 May until November 2016 to undergo a complete facelift that will return the award-winning heritage hotel to its former glory. Constructed in 1901 in a classic colonial style, the hotel will retain its heritage architectural details, while being given a complete upgrade and contemporary twist through a refreshed colour palette and subtle decorative details. The interiors of all the hotel’s 31 suites will be redecorated in keeping with the Strand’s legendary style and elegance, while at the same time updated with the latest technology. The Strand is famous around the world for its flawless, personalised service and suites will continue to be attended by the hotel’s team of highly trained butlers. The famous Sarkies Bar; a meeting place for adventurers, explorers and story-tellers, such as Noël Coward and Rudyard Kipling, will also be fully refurbished and an extensive selection of whiskeys and single malts will be added to its offering. The second phase of the refurbishment (opening July 2017) will see an additional […]
Outrigger Mauritius Shows Food Credentials
The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort is gaining a reputation for innovative dining that reflects Mauritian culinary culture. The highly praised Plantation Club restaurant in the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has launched a new high-end Saturday brunch. It features live jazz. Executive Chef Geert-Jan Vaartjes regularly teams up with guest chefs. He recently teamed up with 2-star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte in the resort’s colonial style Plantation Club with its bar and tea room overlooking an exclusive pool. The resort’s main Mercado outlet features live cooking stations dedicated to Mauritian, Indian sub-continent, Japanese and European dishes. The Outrigger even opened a charcuterie and delicatessen featuring the best of local smoked meats and cheeses. Further information and bookings: Tel: (+230) 623 5000. Or email email@example.com. Visit OutriggerMauritius.com. ABOUT THE OUTRIGGER MAURITIUS BEACH RESORT Opened in April 2014, the stunning deluxe property with 181 sea-facing rooms offers a breathtaking beachfront location alongside the turquoise lagoons of the Indian Ocean. Nestled in the nature reserve of BelOmbre, 45 minutes from the airport, the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort blends the needs of the most sophisticated traveller with the charm and tradition of an early 18th century Mauritian sugar cane plantation. The resort features the locally […]
Experience authentic Balinese tours at The Samaya Seminyak Bali
On March 30th to April 2nd 2016, Petitenget Temple had its anniversary celebration. The anniversary celebrations held every 210 days on “Merakih” Wednesday of Balinese Pawukon Calender. The name Petitenget derives from “Peti” which means caven and “Tenget” which means haunted. Petitenget temple was initiated by the legendary Hindu priest Dang Hyang Nirartha on his historical mission from Java island in 15thcentury. Legend told that locals had observed that people who went into the jungle became ill and believed this was due to a dark spirit named Bhuti Ijo then to solve this issue, DangHyang Nirartha advised to build a temple. Petitenget temple is located at the coast of Seminyak beach and it is just around 210m or just less than 5 minutes by walking from The Samaya Seminyak Bali.The temple is very famous for its detailed architecture and beautiful panorama facing to the Indian Ocean. The Samaya offers a chance to experience a short religious tour to our neighbour temple “Petitenget”. A knowledgeable member of our team will assist guests who wish to make this tour, which is free of charge. The Samaya staff will assist you being adorned as a Balinese in their national costume.
The Philippines Department of Tourism London outlines its 2016 plans to the UK travel trade
In the newly opened Philippine restaurant, Romulos Cafe, The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London announced its plans to its partners in the travel industry. With “Visit the Philippines Again in 2016” campaign in full swing, many exciting activities are set to entice travellers to visit the country’s 7,107 islands. 2015 saw a tremendous rise in tourism arrivals from the UK, growing to 154,589 individuals. This represented a 15.65% growth rate over 2014, the highest annual growth rate experienced in more than a decade. It was also notably higher than the global growth rate of tourism to the Philippines at 10.91%. For “Visit the Philippines Again in 2016”, there are numerous events slated in the country, beginning with the ASEAN Travel Forum (ATF) in January, Routes Asia in March. In April, food will be the showcase as Madrid Fusion Manila celebrates its second year bringing esteemed Michelin chefs from around the globe to showcase their craft. Manila will also be hosting the World Street Food Congress featuring 24 Street food masters from up to 10 countries. The World Food Expo is slated to be held in August. In October, Manila will be hosting TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel […]
Most Awesome Fiji Resorts Welcoming Guests
Most of the resorts that Awesome Adventures Fiji packages in Fiji’s Yasawa and Mamanuca islands are welcoming visitors again following Cyclone Winston in February, backpackers helped with the clean up and Blue Lagoon Cruises continues to distribute much needed supplies. “The massive team effort of everyone lending a hand means that the majority of resorts we package are welcoming visitors again. In fact several scarcely missed a beat,” says Ellen Bousfield, Sales Executive UK and Europe for Awesome Adventures Fiji, South Seas Cruises and Blue Lagoon Cruises. “Everyone who sells our Yasawa and Mamanuca packages can be confident that their clients will be accommodated and go home having had an awe-inspiring time – an experience they will be talking about for years to come. ”The same goes for our Blue Lagoon Cruises passengers and the people on our Vinaka Fiji volunteering programmes.” Ms Bousfield said the Blue Lagoon Cruises’ ship Fiji Princess headed north just days after the cyclone with basic supplies for villages and continues to ferry much needed items as part of the current cruise schedules, as does Awesome Adventures Fiji’s Yasawa Flyer resort connection vessel. “Our passengers are saying they are pleased to be a part of […]
All visitors in Fiji announced safe following TC Winston
The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Hon. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya has assured all friends and families of guests currently visiting Fiji that all visitors are safe and comfortable. Minister Koya stated that all properties have taken all necessary precautions and actions to ensure that their guests are safe and are taken good care of. “Furthermore, there are no reports of any significant structural damage to the majority of hotels in Viti Levu, except for some properties in the Rakiraki area,” said the Minister. “We understand that friends and families are very concerned, however, we request everyone to remain calm. Cyclone Winston has caused extensive damage to the communications infrastructure, hence, mobile and Internet communications in some parts of Fiji maybe affected. However, communication is active in Suva, Nadi, Denarau and along the Coral Coast,” added Minister Koya. Furthermore, the Hon. Minister stated that as soon as flights resume, Fiji Airways will prioritise guests who want to go back home and flights are expected to be normalized by Monday, 22 February 2016. Minister stated that tourism remains a key and important industry for Fiji and this setback will not curb the enthusiasm and the warm hospitality Fiji is renowned for. […]
KAMALAYA KOH SAMUI AWARDED “BEST DESTINATION SPA”
At the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2016 held in London earlier this month, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was honoured to be named “Best Destination Spa”. Each year, the UK’s leading luxury travel magazine selects the world’s best spas. This year’s winners are also announced in the magazine’s annual Spa Guide. Kamalaya is located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. The resort offers a holistic wellness experience that integrates healing therapies from East and West, a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, holistic fitness practices and customised wellness programs ranging from Detoxification to Stress & Burnout, as well as Healthy Lifestyle, Yoga Synergy and Emotional Balance. www.kamalaya.com
Diethelm Travel Group Names New Sales Director for the U.K., U.S. and Scandinavia
Diethelm Travel Group (DTG) has announced the appointment of Karen Davidson to Sales Director – U.K., U.S. & Scandinavia. Based in London, Davidson will be responsible for managing sales efforts across these three regions further supporting Diethelm’s strong relationships with clients while driving sales in 2016. Davidson was most recently the Director of Business Development for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts overseeing the leisure marketing within the U.K. and Ireland. During her 16 years with the company, she was responsible for a variety of accounts, including the top volume producers, luxury operators, cruise specialists and niche touring operators, while directly supervising all sales and marketing activities throughout the leisure market. “Davidson comes to us with not only an extensive background in the hospitality and travel industry, but also a strong commitment to quality, successful relationships and company dedication,” says Lisa Fitzell, Group Managing Director of Diethelm Travel Group. “We couldn’t be more pleased with having her join Diethelm Travel Group and anticipate an incredible year to meet KPIs and sales targets, as well as strengthening Diethelm Travel’s reach within the significant U.K., U.S. and Scandinavian markets.” Dedicated to exceptional service, Diethelm Travel Group prides itself on its outstanding team, both within […]
Hong Kong prepares to welcome The Chinese New Year
Preparations are underway for the 2016 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade, where Hong Kong will welcome in the Year of the Monkey by staging what Forbes magazine described as one of the “10 Best Events of the Year”. To kick start Chinese New Year, themed floats and a variety of international and local performing groups, including dance troupes, cheerleaders and marching bands, will parade through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui! The parade will take place on Monday 8th February 2016 from 8pm – 9.45pm with the opening ceremony taking place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui and local street performances providing interactive entertainment from 6.30pm. Spectators can view the parade free of charge along the parade route, or alternatively, tickets for seats at the parade will be available at the Hong Kong Tourism Board Kowloon Visitor Centre on Saturday 30th January 2016 and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. For more information on Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong click here: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/uk/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/chinese-new-year-celebrations.jsp
SEVEN GREAT EVENTS AND REASONS TO VISIT SAMOA IN 2016
In addition to its white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and clear blue skies, Samoa has a full calendar of new and annual events for visitors in 2016 to encourage more travellers to help celebrate Samoa’s first Visit Samoa Year 2016. The sporting theme is strong in 2016 with the Vailima Marist Samoa 7’s (February 2016), the inaugural Savaii Games (April 2016), the Five Island Swim (May 2016), the Stand Up Paddling Super Regatta (August 2016) and the Samoa Swim Series (August 2016). Visitors looking for a dose of culture can head to the annual Samoan Independence Celebrations (June 2016) or the traditional Teuila Festival (September 2016). ‘Visit Samoa Year 2016’ is the Samoa Tourism Authority’s main promotional campaign for 2016, the over-arching theme of the year is ‘Beautiful Samoa’. The campaign focuses on Samoa’s key target markets, Adventure, Romance, Experience, Family and Culture. The campaign includes a new destination video, new imagery, logo and communication style.
Fly with Air Niugini to Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s tourism arrival figures from the U.K. have more now than trebled since 2012. To ensure a ‘seamless’ experience, for travellers arriving or departing the country the government has worked vigorously with Air Niugini, the national carrier, at the main hubs. Port Moresby Airport has undergone considerable refurbishment, whilst both Mount Hagen and Hoskins Airports have been totally rebuilt. Mount Hagen Airport will start welcoming international flights during 2016, continuing Air Niugini’s policy of expansion in the pacific region. Air Niugini already operates regular scheduled flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Tokyo, Denpasar, Honiara, Port Vila, Nadi, Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney offering a variety of convenient connections from the United Kingdom in addition to the possibility of a multi-centre itinerary. Air Niugini is represented in the U.K. by Flight Directors. www.flightdirectors.com Visit Papua New Guinea Tourism at The Destinations Travel Show, Olympia, London 4-7 February. www.papuanewguinea.travel
Discover a beyond enchanting experience at Keemala Resort and Spa
Following it’s grand opening last month, Keemala Resort and Spa is now open to guests to enjoy a beyond enchanting experience at the Phuket resort. With 38 villas and tree houses overlooking Kamala Bay, the luxury resort celebrates the culture of four fictitious Phuket tribes. Last month Keemala offered a host of holistic and wellness treatments for guests wanting to unwind and escape the stress of everyday life. The resort opening also welcomed two resident buffaloes who enjoy walks round the resort and greeting the guests as they walk by. Next month the resort welcomes Phil Davies, promoting self-connection and self-healing. From February 3-13th, Phil will offer vibrational attunement therapy at Keemala. A non-intrusive, energy therapy that uses frequency and light quotient as well as the higher consciousness to help you recognise and embrace challenges and issues that surround you. Book now at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information please contact Lee Ballard on: E: email@example.com T: 0208 545 2619
Amazing Thailand Big Prizes to be Won with Traveluni
Amazing Thailand Big Prizes to be Won with Traveluni Hello Friends of Thailand!Tourism Thailand would like to invite you to complete an online training program before the official launch of the new training scheme. Aside from refreshing your destination knowledge on one of the hottest long haul destinations and increasing your sales, you also go in the draw to win some fantastic prizes! Enter the training program through this link: http://training.tourismthailand.co.uk/ See prizes below:Big Winner – Mystery FAM Trip The big winner gets a spot on one of our Amazing Thailand FAM trips to a mystery destination in Thailand – all expenses paid! All people that complete all modules of our training program will go into the draw to win! *** Winner announced 28 February. Compulsory completion of all modules**** Runners Up – 11 nights hotel accommodation for you and a friend! Pathumwan Princess Hotel Bangkok 2 nights in a Superior Double with breakfast included for 2 people http://www.pprincess.com/ BW Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa in Phuket 7 nights in a Deluxe Side Sea View Room with breakfast included for 2 people http://www.bangtaobeach.com/ Resting on Phuket’s spectacular West Coast, the Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach is a real Thailand […]
Korea’s recent mega fam created plenty of K-Smiles!
There are not many travel trade familiarisation trips where participants are invited to dress up in national dress, before being treated to a guided tour of an UNESCO world heritage site by the CEO of the tourist board, whilst being filmed for several national TV news channels. Well this unique opportunity presented itself to a group of 40 UK travel operators, agents and press when they were invited to Korea in mid-November by the Korea Tourism Organization in London. The group’s itinerary included key cities, taking in the capital Seoul, the port city of Busan and the UNESCO heritage area of Gyeongju known as ‘the museum without walls’. The 300kmph KTX high-speed train whisked guests between locations, making sure there was time to enjoy Seoul’s vibrant Gwangjang market, Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace and the De-militarised Zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea; Busan’s famous Jagalchi fish market and UN Memorial Cemetery; and Korea’s most famous temple ‘Bulguksa’ in Gyeongju. Ramy Salameh, PR Manager of the Korea Tourism Organisation said “this is the first time we have taken such a large group of travel agents, tour operators and press to South Korea and is a reflection of the rapid development and popularity […]
Keemala Resort and Spa in Phuket is now open!
Keemala Resort and Spa officially opened its doors on the 1st December, with 38 villas and tree houses overlooking Kamala Bay. Located in the woodlands of Kamala, Keemala harnesses and celebrates the culture of four fictitious Phuket tribes within this luxury resort which is proud to be a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Keemala offers 4 villa choices all with their own private pool. The 16 Clay Pool Cottages with a choice of one or two bedrooms they reflect the ‘Pa-Ta-Pea’ clan who believe a strong connection to the earth will bring health benefits. The Tent Pool Villas reflect the nomadic ways of the ‘Khorn-Jorn Clan’, while the Tree Pool Houses are home to the ‘We-Ha Clan’ who worship the sky. Finally, there is the ‘Rung-Nok Clan’ who enjoy an opulent life which resulted in the woven tangle of the bird’s nest design. Keemala also offers a host of holistic treatments and wellness packages for those wanting to unwind and get away from the stress of modern life. To complement this Keemala will be welcoming several leading holistic specialists ranging from yoga instructors to experts in sound healing, shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine and aromatherapy. For more information […]
Tourism Fiji Matai Special Offers goes live
Local industry operators who are registered and listed on Tourism Fiji’s consumer website will now have the ability to profile Trade Deals to Tourism Fiji’s Global Matai Specialists. The Matai Specialist Programme is Tourism Fiji’s official training program for its trade partners globally to enable them to upskill on Destination Fiji and be kept abreast of tourism developments in the country. Tourism Fiji’s Regional Director and the Matai Project Manager, Mr Wayne Deed says the ‘Matai Agent Offers’ allows for local industry operators listed on the Tourism Fiji’s consumer website to upload their special industry offers, which are then profiled on Tourism Fiji’s Matai Site, enabling travel agents to make bookings. “The offers will only display to our Matai Specialists and can also be displayed to specific global markets. We really want to encourage our Matai Specialists from around the world to travel to Fiji and avail themselves with a selection of fantastic industry discounts which in turn increases their product knowledge enabling them to better sell Fiji to their clients,” Mr Deed explains. “We encourage our Industry Partners to be proactive and upload their Agent Deals so our Matai Specialists can avail themselves of the offers and travel to […]
Tourism Fiji Wins Travel Digest Travel Industry Awards 2015
Tourism Fiji New Zealand Regional Office has been announced as the winners of the Travel Digest Travel Industry Awards 2015 in the ‘National Tourism Office of the Year’ category, nominated by the readers of New Zealand’s leading travel industry magazine. In making the official announcement, Travel Digest stated that, “Tourism Fiji has had a very successful year, starting with its Frontliners Weekend in February in Fiji. Over 1000 agents participated across three national (NZ) roadshows this year and the relaunched Matai Programme has grown over 60 per cent in membership since the beginning of the year.” Tourism Fiji New Zealand Regional Director, Mr Wayne Deed says: “Tourism Fiji is very excited to receive this award and to see the trade so engaged with the destination. With lots of new products coming online, we have a new story to tell. It has been particularly rewarding to see some agents, not having been to Fiji for a number of years, being ‘blown-away’ by the new hotels, resorts and activities now available.” 119,334 New Zealanders have visited Fiji from January to October 2015, making 19 per cent of the total number of total visitor arrivals to Fiji. New Zealand remains the second largest […]
“Appreciate Hong Kong” campaign offers visitors to museums free admission in January 2016
Throughout the month of January 2016, visitors to Hong Kong will be able to enjoy museums managed the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), completely free of charge! This is as a result of the “Appreciate Hong Kong” Campaign, aiming to encourage more visits to the museums and promote creative and inspirational experiences. For more information please see here: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/news/press_details.php?id=9138 With the closure of the Avenue of Stars (AOS), the Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront podium garden is being transformed into the “Garden of Stars” with the subway connecting Tsim Sha Tsui station and East Tsim Sha Tsui becoming a “Starry Gallery”. These exhibitions on AOS and Hong Kong movies offer visitors a brand new experience of local film art and history. For more information please see here: http://www.avenueofstars.com.hk/en/whatsnew.php Keep your knowledge of Hong Kong events, attractions and festivals up to date by becoming a Hong Kong Specialist: www.SpecialistHK.com/uk
Tenth track to be added to New Zealand’s Great Walks
A new 45-kilometre walk, the Pike29 Memorial Track, is to be constructed through the Paparoa National Park on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Taking visitors through an area of breath-taking natural beauty, the track will join the list of New Zealand’s internationally renowned Great Walks, which includes the Milford Track, The Kepler, Routeburn and the Heaphy Track. These Great Walks are New Zealand’s premier tracks and compliment the country’s well maintained and extensive trail network which offers a diverse array of trails suitable for all levels of experience from first time walkers through to the most avid of hikers.” For more information please visit: http://traveltrade.newzealand.com/en/news-events-updates/news/tenth-walk-added-to-new-zealand-s-great-walks/
North Star Kimberley Snapshot Cruise for 2016
North Star Cruises Australia has pioneered luxury adventure cruising along the Kimberley coast for more than 25 years. All cruises are activity based and specifically designed for the most discerning adventurer. All cruises allow guests the opportunity to fully experience the destination – daily activities can include scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, culture, picnics, nature, diving, exploring and much more! Passenger numbers are limited (36) and a young and enthusiastic Australian crew provides personalised service. Multiple expedition vessels take guests away in small groups to experience wilderness ‘up close’ and, the luxury of numerous tenders also means that everybody on-board gets to do what they want, when they want. And to add yet another dimension to adventure, most cruise options feature an on-board helicopter! For those pressed for time the flagship Kimberley Ultimate itinerary condensed into a single week voyage aboard the True North! The Kimberley Snapshot itinerary features several Kimberley icons including the King George Falls, the Hunter River, the Prince Regent River, Montgomery Reef and the Horizontal Waterfalls. For more information please visit: www.northstarcruises.com.au
Diethelm Travel Thailand Unveils Partnership with Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
Diethelm Travel Thailand have announced the launch of a collaboration with Banyan Hotels and Resorts at International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes. Known as Diethelm Preferred with Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, the new partnership offers Diethelm Travel clients unmatched access to stay at some of Banyan Tree’s premium properties in Thailand while experiencing intriguing tours and excursions from Diethelm Travel. Properties in the collaboration include Banyan Tree Bangkok, Samui and Phuket. Discerning travellers looking for a bit of luxury during their stay in the Land of Smiles will appreciate Banyan Tree’s commitment to showcasing the very best of the country with its stunning locales, dedication to generous hospitality and emphasis on sustainability. Properties available within the collaboration include: Banyan Tree Bangkok Banyan Tree Samui Banyan Tree Phuket Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree Phuket “Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts’ lavish accommodation options and unique properties perfectly complement our Thailand tours for guests dreaming of a memorable Thailand holiday,” says Lisa Fitzell, Group Managing Director of Diethelm Travel Group. “With our Diethelm Preferred line of offerings no detail has been overlooked and clients can expect a true Journey of a Lifetime beginning from the moment they […]
PATA Exchange 2016
Join us for our flagship event – PATA Exchange – a one day appointment-led trade show on the 14th March 2016. With over 60 exhibitors from the Pacific Asia region, the event is designed for decision-makers from tour operators and travel agencies to meet with relevant suppliers for 10-minute appointment slots. Moving to a new venue and making improvements to our online appointment system, 2016 promises to be the biggest and best PATA Exchange to date. Numbers are limited and we are already accepting both buyers and sellers. To secure your place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference & Mart 2016, Chiang Rai
Next year The PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference & Mart 2016 will be taking place in the historic city of Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand. ATRTCM 2016 is a three-day niche event on the 17th – 19th February, that brings together public and private sectors involved in adventure travel and responsible tourism, to discuss new opportunities for promoting environmental protection and social sustainability within the industry. The programme comprises a one-day conference, followed by a one-day travel mart, and includes two complimentary half-day tours. The choice of the destination reflects the growing importance of dispersing tourists to emerging destinations, following successful events in Bhutan and Nepal in previous years. The former capital of the great Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Rai is a fascinating province filled with cultural and natural wonders. Located in northern Thailand, tourists can escape the crowds and visit remote hill tribes and spot exotic wildlife. Attractions range from ruins of ancient settlements and Buddhist shrines to magnificent mountain scenery and hill tribe villages. Chiang Rai is also a centre for community development projects, helping rural villagers develop their attractions without adversely affecting their natural and cultural assets. Join us in Chiang Rai for another memorable and fruitful PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible […]
Kokomo Yaukuve Island luxury resort in Fiji set to open in 2016
Kokomo Yaukuve Island is the newest and most luxurious resort in Fiji, due to open its doors in 2016. This magnificent and indulgent private sanctuary will eventually house 5 opulent villas with stunning views over the lagoon and 21 exclusive bures nestled amidst natural rainforest and sparingly spread across two of the islands picture perfect beaches. Kokomo Yaukuve Island is remote in comparison to Fiji’s mainstream tourism and rewards guests with luxurious privacy in surroundings that can only be described as absolute paradise, offering spectacular scenery and a glimpse of authentic Fijian culture. With an emphasis on environmental and cultural sustainability, no expense has been spared in sourcing the finest local materials for the resort, organic vegetables are grown on the island and fresh water fish are sourced from the surrounding waters. Find out more: www.yaukuve.com
Annandale New Zealand receives top honours at 2015 World Travel Awards in Hong Kong
Annandale New Zealand – With less than two years since Annandale opened its doors to welcome guests, Annandale received world recognition and top honours at the 2015 World Travel Awards ceremony hosted at the Intercontinental Grand Stanford in Hong Kong. Annandale is pleased to announce that it was named “Australasia’s Leading Experiential Luxury Property” at the 2015 World Travel Awards ceremony and is currently nominated for “World’s Leading Experiential Luxury Property”. These awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, and this accolade recognizes the commitment to excellence which Annandale has demonstrated. Annandale Coastal Farm Escape & Luxury Villa Collection in New Zealand offering four luxurious, architecturally significant, private and secluded villas for exclusive use, including an ultra-modern escape for couples and a fully restored 19th-century homestead with magnificent gardens. We invite guests to make the experience their own with a wealth of adventures waiting just outside their door: explore the spectacular sheep and cattle farm, see the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world, and enjoy Annandale’s farm to table produce. Find out more: www.annandale.com/about
Emirates to operate only A380s on it’s 9 daily London departures from January 2016
From December 2015, Emirates will operate double daily services from Dubai to Phuket using Boeing 777 aircraft during the peak summer season until 28 February 2016. Thereafter, the service will be maintained at 11 per week offering more connections for UK originating passengers. From January 2016, Emirates will operate only A380 aircraft on all its 9 daily London departures from Heathrow and London Gatwick. The revolutionary aircraft features Private Suites and on-board Shower Spas in First Class, an on-board Lounge and flat-bed seats in Business Class, and even more room to relax in Economy plus free Wi-Fi on-board. Also from January 2016, our 4th A380 service will be introduced onto our Dubai—Bangkok route. Find out more at: www.emirates.com/uk/
Tourism Australia promote the ‘World’s biggest water park’
Australia will be promoted as the world’s biggest water park as part of Tourism Australia’s next phase of ‘There’s Nothing Like Australia’ campaign. Tourism Australia will place a renewed focus on one of Australia’s key competitive advantages – aquatic and coastal experiences. This renewed focus will tap into the fact that 80% of UK visitors to Australia participate in an aquatic and/or coastal experience and is backed by Tourism Australia’s latest consumer research, carried out in 11 of Australia’s most important inbound markets, including the UK. To launch the campaign, Tourism Australia has collaborated with Atlantic Productions on a major documentary project in which renowned English broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, will take viewers on a journey to one of Australia’s most recognised and popular attractions – the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef remains one of Australia’s strongest tourism draw cards, attracting more than 1.9 million visitors each year.
Diethelm Travel Group launches exclusive accommodation collaboration with Leading Luxury Hotel Brand
Diethelm Travel Group (DTG), an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, has announced a collaboration with Leading Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Known as Diethelm Preferred with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the new offerings combine expertly-crafted tours and excursions from DTG, highlighting Thailand’s rich heritage, culture and history, with some of the hotel group’s finest properties throughout Thailand. With the new offerings, clients will experience the very best of Bangkok, Phuket and the Thai islands with stays at: Royal Orchid Sheraton (Bangkok) The St. Regis Bangkok The Naka Island (Phuket) Sheraton Samui Resort (Koh Samui) Vana Belle Resort (Koh Samui) W Retreat Koh Samui “Our Diethelm Preferred line of offerings combines unique, insider travel experiences with the care, attention and amenities these leading luxury hotels are known for,” says Lisa Fitzell, Group Managing Director of Diethelm Travel Group. “We are setting the stage for our clients to enjoy truly authentic, memorable journeys throughout Thailand in the utmost comfort and style.” Diethelm Preffered is a campaign of Diethelm Travel Group offering exclusive accommodation pairings with curated DTG itineraries. Whether staying in the centre of all the action in Bangkok or relaxing on the ivory sands of Chaweng Noi Beach in Koh Samui, […]
Running among the temples at Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor
The awe-inspiring Angkor Temple complex in Cambodia is the setting for several popular annual running events, including the 19th Angkor Wat International Half Marathon which is open to all fitness levels and takes place on 6th December. As local children and adults line the streets to cheer runners on, the course passes some of the site’s most famous temples including Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor in Siem Reap, an intimate hotel built in natural woods in the traditional Khmer style, offers guests taking part in the race a special marathon package including luxury accommodation, breakfast, unlimited pre- and post-run massages for two, unlimited coconut water and one carb-loading dinner for two.
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