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 & Ireland Events
Taste of PATA 2017 When: Tuesday September 5th 2017, 6pm-10pm Where: Boiler House, Truman Brewery, 152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU PATA UK and Ireland’s flagship agents night is back! Join us for a true “taste” of everything our fantastic Asia Pacific Destinations have to offer! Not just your average trade show, a Taste of PATA is interactive, experiential and fun. From Indian samosas to Papua New Guinean face painting, from Muay Thai boxing to Fijian warriors and kava ceremonies – this evening is all about helping agents experience your destination and product so they have all the knowledge and tools they need to send their clients’ on a trip of a lifetime. With the chance of winning amazing prizes, the agents will be following a map to make sure they go to all stalls and speak to you in order to get your “stamp of approval”, guaranteeing contact time with all attendees! Attended by over 250 agents and product managers, Taste has been oversubscribed for the past two years so this is an event you do not want to miss out on! Sign-up NOW to avoid disappointment! email@example.com Save money on your exhibition fee by becoming a member of […]
Taste of PATA 2017
PATA Indochina Roadshow Brand New PATA UK & Ireland Event in London! We are delighted to announce our 1st ever PATA UK & Ireland Roadshow event. Our first Roadshow event will focus on the Indochina region and will give agents and operators the chance to meet with hotels, DMCs, tourist boards, airlines, cruises and rep companies from within the region! When: Wednesday 1st November 2017, 6pm Where: Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, 22 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BG This will be an after-work, educational event for travel agents and tour operators selling the Indochina destinations. The evening will run in a speed-dating format whereby small groups of agents and operators will be based at a table each and suppliers will move from table to table, having a set amount of time to introduce each group to your product. There will also be dinner and drinks served to the attendees and exhibitors. If you are an AGENT and would like to register to attend, please fill in the registration field below! Attendance for agents is free! If you are a SUPPLIER wanting to exhibit, sign-up now to avoid disappointment, maximum of 12 suppliers! Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org Save money on your participation fee by becoming a member of PATA UK & Ireland! Participation cost […]
Cork Quiz Night
Join us in Cork for one of our PATA Quiz Nights When: Tuesday 14th November 2017 Where: TBC AGENTS: Join PATA UK for a unique pub quiz in Cork, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region. Our quiz nights are a great way to get some current training about PATA destinations in a relaxed environment. You can also meet with representatives from throughout the PATA region, including tourist boards, hotel groups and airlines. Our PATA Quiz Night will take place on 14th November 2017 in a city centre location yet to be confirmed. The evening kicks off at 6pm and we will begin the presentations and quiz at 6.30pm. Drinks and dinner are provided free of charge, and there will be plenty of fantastic prizes up for grabs. Our quiz nights are very popular and sell out quickly, so be sure to secure your place today! Fill out the form below to register. SUPPLIERS: Become one of our Quiz Night sponsors where you will get the chance to address a group of regional travel agents with an interactive presentation including quiz questions relating to your presentation. Fun and educational, our […]
Dublin Mini Taste of PATA & PATA Exchange
Our flagship London events are making their way over to Ireland! Join PATA UK & Ireland in Dublin! Come along to our first ever mini version of Taste of PATA and PATA Exchange rolled into one. When: Wednesday 15th November 2017 Where: The Loft @ 4 Dame Lane, 4 Dame Lane, Dublin 2 AGENTS: PATA UK and Ireland’s flagship agents night hits Dublin! Join us for a true “taste” of everything the fantastic Asia Pacific Destinations have to offer! Not just your average trade show, a Taste of PATA is interactive, experiential and fun. From Indian samosas to Papua New Guinean face painting, from Muay Thai boxing to Fijian warriors and kava ceremonies – this evening is all about helping you experience our destination and product so you have all the knowledge and tools you need to send your clients on a trip of a lifetime – and have them coming back for more! To register, fill in you details below. Attendance is free! SUPPLIERS: PATA UK and Ireland’s flagship agents night hits Dublin! Join us and take an exhibition stand to offer a true “taste” of everything our fantastic Asia Pacific Destinations have to offer! Not just your average trade show, a Taste […]
Belfast Quiz Night
Join us in Belfast for one of our PATA Quiz Nights When: Thursday 16th November 2017 Where: McHugh’s Bar, 29-31 Queen’s Square, Belfast, BT1 3FG AGENTS: Join PATA UK for a unique pub quiz in Belfast, where we ask you questions about the fabulous destinations and products from around the Pacific Asia region. Our quiz nights are a great way to get some current training about PATA destinations in a relaxed environment. You can also meet with representatives from throughout the PATA region, including tourist boards, hotel groups and airlines. Our PATA Quiz Night will take place on Thursday 16th November 2017 at McHugh’s Bar, 29-31 Queen’s Square, Belfast, BT1 3FG. The evening kicks off at 6pm and we will begin the presentations and quiz at 6.30pm. Drinks and dinner are provided free of charge, and there will be plenty of fantastic prizes up for grabs. Our quiz nights are very popular and sell out quickly, so be sure to secure your place today! Fill out the form below to register. SUPPLIERS: Become one of our Quiz Night sponsors where you will get the chance to address a group of regional travel agents with an interactive presentation including quiz questions relating to […]
Read about Guma’s experience joining the training programme at ‘3 Sisters Adventure Trekking’ in Nepal which works to empower women.
Read about Guma’s experience joining the training programme at ‘3 Sisters Adventure Trekking’ in Nepal which works to empower women. Guma Bishwakarma, 20 years old young girl from Pokhara. I come from a lower caste family. My father had two wives. I am from his second wife. My mother was 25 years younger than my father. From his both wives we are seven children. My father married my mother after the death of his first wife. Now all of my siblings are married. I have 3 elder sisters. I am the youngest of all. My father was a blacksmith and my mother was a house wife but also worked in the field. My father passed away when I was in standard 7. After my father’s death, my other sisters too got married and I and my mother were left behind, helpless. There was no one to care or financially support us. I had to quit my school when I was in Class 9. I had no other options left than to get a job and help mother in the field. I then started working as a labor. Working in the construction site, in roads and making house became my life. […]
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa has been named ‘Spa of the Year – Southeast Asia & the Pacific’ at the 13th Annual AsiaSpa Awards.
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa has been named ‘Spa of the Year – Southeast Asia & the Pacific’ at the 13th Annual AsiaSpa Awards. KAMALAYA NAMED AS ‘SPA OF THE YEAR’ AT THE ASIA SPA AWARDS Recognized for the holistic wellness experience that integrates healing therapies from East and West, a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, holistic fitness practices and customized wellness programs ranging from Detoxification to Stress & Burnout, as well as Healthy Lifestyle, Yoga Synergy and Emotional Balance. In 2017, Kamalaya introduced a series of Life Enhancement Retreats for small groups, guided by wellness experts. Considered Asia’s premier spa and well being magazine, AsiaSpa this year featured 26 Award categories, judged by a panel of 21 industry representatives. For more information please visit www.kamalaya.com or contact email@example.com
Latest Issue from Diethelm Travel Group Reveals New Asia Travel Insight, Products and Offers
Latest Issue from Diethelm Travel Group Reveals New Asia Travel Insight, Products and Offers LONDON – 06 November 2017 – Diethelm Travel Group, an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, today released the third issue of its signature Diethelm Discovery magazine. Larger than ever before, the self-published magazine is filled with even more Asia travel insight and inspiration, including a number of in-depth stories plus plenty of new products, packages and booking deals. The magazine is available in print and digital formats and meant to be used as both a source of inspiration and enlightening resource, allowing agents and partners an inside look at the company while staying up to date on the latest Asia travel trends. Along with pages of special offers and travel tips, the magazine also includes coverage on: Advice from Diethlem Travel’s local experts Popular and under-the-radar destinations Family travel itineraries Local travel packages Upcoming holidays and festivals Unique culinary experiences Regional shopping recommendations Cultural insights “Since joining the company mid September, I’ve been amazed by all Diethelm Travel has to offer its clients – from extensive on-the-ground support to thousands of innovative products – and this magazine showcases it all,” said Stephan Roemer, CEO of […]
Book a 3 night stay at the EL QUESTRO Homestead and a Kimberley Ultimate itinerary on the TRUE NORTH to receive an amazing exclusive offer:
Book a 3 night stay at the EL QUESTRO Homestead and a Kimberley Ultimate itinerary on the TRUE NORTH to receive the following exclusive offer: A 4WD transfer from Kununurra to the El Questro Homestead (Homestead stays include accommodation, gourmet meals, selected alcoholic beverages, selected private tours and El Questro Visitor Permit). A 2 for 1 Miri Miri scenic helicopter flight (2 hour duration) A 4WD transfer from the El Questro Homestead direct to the mighty TRUE NORTH (True North itineraries include accommodation, meals, non-alcoholic beverages and all off-ship activities excluding scenic helicopter flights). A $250 per person on-board credit to spend whilst on-board the TRUE NORTH 3 night stays at the El Questro Homestead are available from $3,669pp (twin share) and the True North’s Kimberley Ultimate itinerary starts at $21,995pp (twin share). Applicable to travel in 2018 only. Subject to availability. Offers only applies when booking a 3 night Homestead Stay together with a Kimberley Ultimate itinerary on the TRUE NORTH. For cruise schedule and bookings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Win the Holiday of a lifetime with Tourism Thailand and Thai Airways!
Win the Holiday of a lifetime with Tourism Thailand and Thai Airways! Tourism Thailand and Thai Airways are giving you the chance to win a stunning, adventure filled holiday to Thailand that you will never forget. The holiday for 2 will take you to beautiful Khao Lak and get you up close to nature in Khao Sok National Park. This incredible opportunity includes 2 return economy tickets with Thai Airways to Phuket then onto enjoy 3 days at Elephant Hills, on their Jungle Lake Safari Tour. This is followed by 5 incredibly relaxing nights at two stunning Khao Lak hotels – the La Resort & Spa and La Vela. All you have to do to enter our competition is complete the Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme: training.tourismthailand.co.uk.
Reaching the Ultimate Peak with Papua New Guinea
Reaching the Ultimate Peak with Papua New Guinea Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea’s highest mountain lays 4,509 metres above sea level and it is the point where three provinces, Simbu, Western Highlands and Madang literally meet in the sky. On glorious clear mornings the summit provides spectacular views for trekkers of the surrounding mountain ranges and valley below. It is in this valley that organisations assisted by the government are working closely with the local people towards further developing tourism and most importantly for the local infrastructure creating additional employment in the lodges and guest houses. Whilst in the Highlands region there’s plenty to do; explore the local coffee plantations, visit the orchid farms and remember the region is home to many rare insects and birds including the wonderful ‘birds of paradise’, here if your lucky and persistent you may catch sight of this beautiful bird. www.papuanewguinea.travel
Tourism Australia’s annual roadshow ‘Australia on Tour’ is back
Tourism Australia’s annual roadshow ‘Australia on Tour’ is back Kicking off at the end of the month, and running for just over a week, ‘Australia on Tour’ is once again returning, taking place in five cities across the UK: Exeter – 28 November at Exeter Phoenix Cardiff – 29 November at Tramshed Cinema Chester – 30 November at Storyhouse Norwich – 5 December at Picturehouse Cinema City Newcastle – 6 December at Tyneside Cinema Each event will be held in a boutique cinema, where agents will receive the latest updates and tips to help create the perfect Australian itinerary. With presentations from Tourism Australia, State and Territory partners and airline partner, Singapore Airlines – this is the most comprehensive Australia training evening of the year! Food and drink will be provided and agents will also have the chance to network. Starting at 6pm, each event will finish before 10pm with a fun quiz and the opportunity to win a return ticket to Australia courtesy of Singapore Airlines. The venues are small, intimate cinemas, so space is limited and filling up fast. Don’t miss out
Macao Designated as UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
Macao Designated as UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy We’re excited to announce that Macao has been selected as a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network in the field of Gastronomy. Joining this elite list of global cities is further recognition of Macao’s more than 400-year old culinary legacy View here.
A Gold Green Globe status for The Samaya Seminyak
A Gold Green Globe status for The Samaya Seminyak The Samaya Seminyak proudly announced that they have met the requirements of the Green Globe Standard 1.7 which made their Green Globe certificate extended. This year’s certification is quite special for The Samaya Seminyak since they have been awarded Gold status for continuous certification over 5 years. Besides keeps doing all Green Programs they have in previous years, this year The Samaya Seminyak has better program in managing all waste. The Samaya Seminyak’s Green team leader; Mr. Eka Dilaga; said “in first quarter of this year, we have special MOU with EcoBali to work together in managing any kind of waste from our hotel”. EcoBali was established in 2006 in response to the urgency of waste management problems in the island of Bali and their focus is to maximize recycling, reduce quantity of waste to landfill and promote composting.
Outrigger Laguna Beach in Phuket are offering complimentary half board.
Outrigger Laguna Beach in Phuket are offering complimentary half board. This is for guests staying at their Club Lagoon room. Guests will also receive full club privileges including unlimited soft drinks, tea and coffee and snacks served in club lounge, daily cocktails and chefs tasting menu between 6.00 and 7.30pm. Book through your preferred tour operator.
Australia in the news with its latest Youth campaign
Australia in the news with its latest Youth campaign The latest chapter in Tourism Australia’s evolving There’s Nothing Like Australia campaign will focus upon youth, in a $5 million push to put Australia back on the map as one of the world’s most desirable and memorable destinations for youth travellers and working holiday makers. A dedicated, tongue-in-cheek news channel, Aussie News Today, curated by youth for youth will sit at the centre of the campaign. Additional youth content will be created as part of a world-first partnership with BuzzFeed, which will see eight young travellers from the UK and Europe report on their individual three-month campervan road trips of Australia. Find out more and watch the promo video here. To benefit Aussie Specialists, the campaign also includes a brand new special interest module called ‘Youth Experiences‘. Complete the module by 31 October 2017 and entrants will automatically go into the draw to win an amazing Osprey backpack. Don’t miss out, log in now!
SONG SAA’S AHYOKA – Set Sail on the Archipelago
SONG SAA’S AHYOKA – Set Sail on the Archipelago The Song Saa Collective is delighted to introduce The Ahyoka – A beautiful 43-foot Beneteau Oceanis Motor Yacht, fitted with two cabins to carry a maximum of 8 passengers. The Ahyoka allows guests visiting Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia the opportunity to explore the most beautiful scenes of the Archipelago – enchanting bays & beaches, search for sea turtles and snorkel through reefs teeming with colourful life. Song Saa offer a variety of sailing options from the island including sunrise sail, snorkel safari and a full day on-board. In addition to hosting guests, The Ahyoka also takes to the seas for the Song Saa Foundation’s regular ‘boat of hope’ missions to bring medical supplies, books and educational programmes to the communities of this Cambodia archipelago. For more details about Song Saa Private Island, The Ahyoka and the Song Saa Foundation please visit www.songsaa.com/sailing or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippine Airlines to open Cebu – Bangkok service from 2nd December
Philippine Airlines to open Cebu – Bangkok service from 2nd December Amidst public demand for direct non-stop flights from Asian destinations to Central Visayas, Philippine Airlines will be opening a thrice weekly Cebu-Bangkok-Cebu service starting 2nd December, 2017.The new flights will serve the route utilizing PAL’s 199-seater Airbus A321 which offers Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes of service. Free baggage allowance, Wi-Fi connectivity, inflight entertainment and new inflight meals are among the offerings passengers will enjoy on board the 3.45 hour journey. PR578 (CEB-BKK) departs Mactan, Cebu at 9:25PM every Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday and arrives in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 12:10AM local time. Return flight PR579 (BKK-CEB) leaves Bangkok at 1:30AM local time every Wednesday/Friday/Sunday and touches down at 6:15AM. Travelers from Thailand now gain a convenient direct link to ‘The Queen City of the South’ and can connect to any of the following domestic destinations PAL flies to from Cebu, namely: Bacolod, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan, Caticlan, Davao, Camiguin, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Siargao and Tacloban. From Cebu, visitors may also take PAL flights to Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul (Incheon), Singapore, Chengdu and Beijing (Peking). ABOUT PHILIPPINE AIRLINES Philippine Airlines, Asia’s first airline and the country […]
Undergo a journey taking you back to the very beginning of Balinese Hinduism, tracing the evolution of this unique culture with Destination Asia
Undergo a journey taking you back to the very beginning of Balinese Hinduism, tracing the evolution of this unique culture with Destination Asia Undergo a journey taking you back to the very beginning of Balinese Hinduism, tracing the evolution of this unique culture that has influenced an entire Nation. Evolved over centuries from a mix of Buddhism and Hinduism combined with the influences of the Javanese empire, the attributes of Hinduism on the island of Bali are best explored through traditional cuisine. Destination Asia Indonesia engage guests in an afternoon of food preparation and dining, centered about the locally revered dish of “Babi Guling”. Only found on the island of Bali, Babi Guling is a suckling pig prepared following traditional methods. However our program first introduces guests to Bapak Enong Ismail, curator of the Sukarno Museum and the leading expert on the recently world heritage listed Pakerisan River area and its ancient temples. We explore his private house that sits among rice fields and listen to a short lecture at the private house of and monuments. We then watch the process and preparation of “Babi Guling”, with the option of participating and assisting your local hosts for a hands-on experience. […]
Diethelm Travel group unveils news tours offering a classic Thai experience with a unique twist
Diethelm Travel group unveils news tours offering a classic Thai experience with a unique twist Diethelm Travel Group, an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, has unveiled brand new tours offering a classic Thai experience but with a unique twist – instead of being driven around, guests do the driving behind the wheel of their very own tuk tuk while discovering the rural outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand in 1-day, 5-day and 11-day tour programmes. Please click here for more information
UK Travel Trade experience the wonders of Papua New Guinea
UK Travel Trade experience the wonders of Papua New Guinea The Tourism Promotion Authority recently took a group of UK tour operators to experience the wonders of Papua New Guinea. The visit culminated with the trade expo Lukim Nau, where the group met with private sector partners including hotels, airlines and DMC’s. The itinerary took in Kokopo where swimming with dolphins and the mesmerising Baining Fire Dance were among many highlights. Afterwards the group moved to The Highlands, exploring this culture and wildlife, hosted by Trans Niugini Tours. The group commented that it would be the first of many visits as it gave them an insight into selling such a unique and fascinating destination. For Pic L to R – Robin Russell Pavier- Account Director TPA / Bret Charman – The Natural Travel Collection / Aleem Raheem – Earth Trip / Jane Westwood – Wild Frontiers / Jon Fitzsimmonds – Cox and Kings. www.papuanewguinea.travel
There are more ways to fly to Australia with the return of Singapore as a Qantas stopover destination from 25th March 2018
There are more ways to fly to Australia with the return of Singapore as a Qantas stopover destination from 25th March 2018 There are now more ways to fly to Australia with the return of Singapore as a Qantas stopover destination. From 25 March 2018~, Qantas are introducing double-daily flights from London Heathrow to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and daily options to Adelaide and Singapore. So take a break on your way to Australia to enjoy amazing shopping on Orchard Road, delicious hawker fare, spectacular rooftop pools and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens. Plus, you’ll also be able to connect to a range of other Asian cities from Singapore with Qantas’ partner airlines. To find out more click here
Life enhancement retreats in 2018 at Kamalaya, Koh Samui
Life enhancement retreats in 2018 at Kamalaya, Koh Samui Since its inception in 2005, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa has embraced a spirit of healing through personal and collective transformation. The shared process of growth among guests and hosts alike enhances the wellness journey and empowers each individual experience. While Kamalaya’s focus continues to be on personalised individual wellness programs, our Life Enhancement Retreats provide a setting for guests to explore specific areas of interest in greater depth and benefit from the support network of like-minded individuals, with a maximum of 12 participants per retreat. Upcoming Life Enhancement Retreats include two self-discovery retreats with Kamalaya co-founder Karina Stewart, Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a maven in the field of health and wellbeing. Further retreats will be hosted by Kamalaya’s Life Enhancement Mentors and by renowned ‘Yin & Yang Yoga’ teacher Simon Low. 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 retreats, please […]
Eastern & Oriental Express – Seasons updates
Eastern & Oriental Express – Seasons Updates Guests onboard Belmond’s luxury sleeper train the Eastern & Oriental Express can now choose from an exciting new range of inclusive experiences during their journey, depending on their own preferences. At the River Kwai they can take a raft along the river and visit the Thai-Burma Railway Museum, or enjoy a bicycle tour through rice paddies stopping off at a local farm, or hone their culinary skills with a visit to a local market and a traditional rice noodle house with a cookery class. In Kuala Kangsar guests will travel to a local village and immerse themselves in rural Malaysian life with a warm welcome ceremony from the villagers, followed by a guided tour of the rice paddies. Or alternatively they may visit a local plantation and sample the produce before embarking on a hill trek with panoramic views. Furthermore Belmond has two new gastronomic journeys with highly acclaimed international chefs Ian Kittichai and Luke Mangan on 22 – 25 November 2017 and 18 – 20 November 2018 respectively. New for 2018 – house wine, house spirits and local beer will be included throughout all journeys. For further information please visit www.belmond.com/trains/asia/eastern-and-oriental-express
The Anam Hotels First Festive Season
The Anam Hotels First Festive Season: A note from the General Manager Time flies when you’re having fun. So much so, it’s been six months since we celebrated The Anam’s grand opening. And with great guest feedback, occupancy above expectations, and the resort going from strength to strength, this has been the most successful resort opening I’ve been part of. The Anam is one of Vietnam’s top coastal resorts and the first truly luxurious property in up-and-coming Cam Ranh, a pristine coastal destination removed from the hustle and bustle of nearby beach city Nha Trang. With the end of a remarkable year fast approaching, we’re gearing up for The Anam’s very first Christmas with our Festive Season at The Anam’ experience. Our dining scene is also shaping up to be incredible, as we apply the finishing touches to our fine dining a la carte restaurant The Colonial. The Beach Club will be converted into a Vietnamese restaurant called the Hanoi House, to be situated by the beach offering up fresh and local Nha Trang seafood, and due to open by the end of this year. To download the Christmas programme, click here To download the Christmas Flyer including festive packages and […]
Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Thailand offers a travel industry exclusive giving agents up to 50% off from the best available Dusit rate.
Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Thailand offers a travel industry exclusive giving agents up to 50% off from the best available Dusit rate. Enjoy a travel industry special of up to 50% off from Dusit Best Available Rate. Take time to experience for yourself the grace of Thai hospitality at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, the perfect sanctuary for leisure, the refined social pleasure of fine dining and graciously polite pampering. Through the centuries, until this day, Hua Hin has continued to be the favored retreat of Thai Royalty. Dusit Thani Hua Hin warmly welcomes you to discover why. Terms and conditions apply. Please note that staff ID is required upon check-in for verification For more information and reservations, please contact +66 (0) 3252 0009 or email@example.com
The Formula E race is returning to Hong Kong this December 2-3, 2017, launching the 4th season of the FIA Formula E Championship.
The Formula E race is returning to Hong Kong this December 2-3, 2017, launching the 4th season of the FIA Formula E Championship. Formula E is a ground-breaking international urban street racing championship with races in some of the world’s major cities including New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong. It aims to test and develop road-relevant technologies and sustainable mobility solutions – helping refine the design and functionality of electric vehicle components and improving the driving experience for everyday road car users all over the world. It is Formula E’s mission to inspire and educate the next generation about the future of motorsport and the importance of sustainability. Due to the overwhelming success of the inaugural Hong Kong E-Prix, this year’s event will be expanded to two races, making Hong Kong the first Asian city to host a “double-header” – two separate championship races will take place over two days. The E-Prix will return to the purpose-built urban track at the Central Harbour front with major landmarks such as the International Finance Centre, Hong Kong Observation Wheel and Hong Kong City Hall as the backdrop, the Hong Kong E-Prix is one of Formula E’s most iconic races. click […]
Meet ‘The Holiday Team’ a dedicated UK agency sales support team
Meet ‘The Holiday Team’ a dedicated UK agency sales support team The Holiday team would like to introduce their dedicated UK agency support team, we are here to help to grow their business and ensure you never lose a booking, there is no problem too big, no request too small and no such thing as a silly question! Offering agents competitive prices, 24/7 bookable, choose your own commission levels, dynamic pricing, one stop shop for flights, hotels and transfers, and ATOL protection for your packages. Plus a ticketing service for agents who book their own flights through GDS. The holiday team wants to remind the trade how much we appreciate agents and that we are 100% dedicated to the trade and offer a 24hrs, 7 days a week call centre to ensure they never lose a booking. Follow us on Facebook – The Holiday team for agents. For Bookings: Online: www.theholidayteam.co.uk 24/7 Reservations: 020 8843 4300 email enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org The Team: Brian Challis – Regional Sales Manager. Email: email@example.com Amy Woodward Witt – Business Development Manager. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Kevin Toby – Head of Sales. Email: email@example.com
Cruise and learn with Taiwan Tourism – Thursday, 9th November, 7pm, Tower Millennium Pier
Cruise and learn with Taiwan Tourism – Thursday, 9th November, 7pm, Tower Millennium Pier Taiwan Tourism are inviting trade sales agents and tour operators aboard to enjoy an evening cruise along the Thames, and to learn what makes Taiwan so special from their partners. The evening will be full of surprises with performances from a Taiwanese A Capella group, delicious Taiwanese snacks and drinks, and some great prizes up for grabs including a trip to Taiwan! Equip yourself with all the tools you need to sell Taiwan to your clients, and learn what makes it stand out from other Asian destinations. The cruise starts and ends at Tower Millennium pier, London. Boarding starts 7pm, departure at 7:15pm, returning to dock at 9:45pm. Spaces are limited, so to book your place please email Nadia.Falchi@brightergroup.com
Diethelm Travel Thailand named ‘Best Travel Agency’ in Thailand by TTG Asia
Diethelm Travel Thailand named ‘Best Travel Agency’ in Thailand by TTG Asia Diethelm Travel Thailand, the Bangkok-based arm of Diethelm Travel Group, has been named Best Travel Agency – Thailand in the TTG Travel Awards 2017. This is the seventh time Diethelm Travel Thailand has claimed the honour in the past ten years. On behalf of the company, Ms. Patama Narintarangkool, Diethelm Travel Group’s Group Managing Director, Finance, accepted the award last night at the Annual TTG Travel Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner held at Centara Grand at CentralWorld in Bangkok. About Diethelm Travel Group: Diethelm Travel Group has 60 years of experience in providing a full scope of travel services within Asia. Diethelm Travel Group builds on a long history of industry-leading creativity, solid service-delivery and customised travel solutions: for people, by people. The extensive network has fully licensed and insured offices in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, and has a worldwide reputation as a first-class travel service provider. Diethelm Travel Group employs over 600 multilingual staff and serves hundreds of quality tour operators across the globe.
New Ocean dive and sports open in Thani Maldives, offering a comprehensive range of water sport activities.
New Ocean dive and sports open in Thani Maldives, offering a comprehensive range of water sport activities Stunning island resort teams up with Ocean Group to offer comprehensive range of dive and water sports services Dusit Thani Maldives, a luxury resort situated on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, Maldives’ first and only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, has partnered with water sports specialists Ocean Group to open the Ocean Dive & Sports Centre, a new facility offering a wide range of water sports, high quality diving equipment and excursions. From PADI-certified scuba diving courses such as the Night Diver course and Digital Underwater Photography course, to children-friendly dive activities such as Fun Bubble Maker, the centre makes the most of the rich tropical waters which surround the resort by enabling guests to experience, first-hand, a diverse mix of marine life in its natural habitat. The centre also offers jet skiing, Sea-Doo Seascooter snorkeling, water skiing, wakeboarding, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, ocean kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, hoverboard-style hydraflights, and more on-water activities for guests to enjoy. Excursions include snorkeling trips, manta ray spotting, traditional sunset fishing, and the sunset Dolphin Cruise. “From the ocean’s gentle giants, whale sharks, to […]
Find your release with something to suit everyone’s needs in the beautiful Islands of Fiji
Find your release with something to suit everyone’s needs in the beautiful Islands of Fiji! Marine Release Part of what makes Fiji so unique is its many groups of islands, each with their own heritage and attractions, taking to the sea is one of the best ways to get around and experience what Fiji has to offer. Whether tourists want to stay close to the main land, or to venture further into uncharted waters, there is over 50 sea-friendly activities available to choose from. If you’re seeking luxury or more easy-going experiences there is something for everyone. Youth Release Fiji makes for an ideal destination for young explorers embarking on a gap year, or backpacking expedition. Located in the South Pacific and surrounded by beautiful beaches, pristine oceans rich in marine life and several acres of rainforest, Fiji provides an easily accessed island of adventure. A destination rich in heritage and culture, Fiji offers various volunteer experiences that will create memories that last a lifetime. The International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), offers an immersive and authentic travel experience, whilst showcasing the wonders of Fiji through projects in turtle conservation, organic farming, construction and renovation, sports education and teaching. Empty nesters release With […]
Book any wellness programme at Ananda Spa, Himalayas and get 15% off, for a stay of 14 nights and above.
Book any wellness programme at Ananda Spa, Himalayas and get 15% off, for a stay of 14 nights and above. This winter, get your guests to immerse themselves into curated Wellness Programmes at Ananda in the Himalayas and emerge completely refreshed and revitalized. The programmes are designed with the aim of restoring the vitality of the body by eliminating toxins. The focus is to enhance the body’s immunity through the combination of Ayurvedic treatments, dosha (body type) based diet, Yoga and meditation. Please use code ‘ANANDA WINTER’ to avail this offer. Terms and conditions apply. This offer is applicable for stay period between 1st October & 28th December 2017 For more detail please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete the ‘Youth Experiences’ module for your chance to win an Osprey backpack for your next Australia backpacking adventure.
Complete the ‘Youth Experiences’ module for your chance to win an Osprey backpack for your next Australia backpacking adventure. Australia is bursting with breathtaking natural beauty from the Great Barrier Reef to the world’s oldest rainforest, brilliant beaches and outback deserts. Combined with an adventure playground, bustling cities, cultural diversity and friendly people, Australia is a highly desired and visited destination by the younger generation. Complete the new Youth Experiences Module by 31 October 2017 for your chance to win an amazing backpack by outdoor brand Osprey.
Dusit Hotels & Resorts offer fantastic rates for Travel Agents at dusitD2 & DusitPrincess in Chiang Mai
Dusit Hotels & Resorts offer fantastic rates for Travel Agents at dusitD2 & DusitPrincess in Chiang Mai Take a look at the great rates on offer from Dusit Hotels and resorts. If you are interest or need more information, please contact Dusit.
Fiji Airlines sign codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines
Fiji Airlines sign codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines News on the partnership of Fiji Airlines joining forces with Hong Kong Airlines: Aiming to offer customers seamless connections between the South Pacific and Asia, Hong Kong Airlines and Fiji Airways have signed a codeshare agreement, under which Hong Kong carrier’s HX code will be placed on Fiji Airways’ flights from Nadi to Hong Kong and Auckland. Meanwhile, Fiji Airways will put its FJ code on Hong Kong Airlines’ flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok, Tokyo, and Osaka.
Hong Kong Tourism Board invites star Shibu Inus to take visitors through OTC
Hong Kong Tourism Board invites star Shibu Inus to take visitors through OTC See the Old Town Central through the eyes of the neighborhoods much loved pups. A new round of OTC promotion has been launched with a family of five Shiba Inus who are residents of the Central-Sheung Wan district. The Shiba Inu residents are called WE5 – a family of five that has lived in the Central-Sheung Wan area for over seven years. They enjoy taking walks around the neighborhood with their owner. Not only are they adored by their neighbors, they also have over 10 thousand fans on social media. Aside from starring in the promotional video for HKTB, WE5 took up the role of photographers to present another perspective of OTC. They were equipped with customized photography equipment for them based on the fact that they wag their tails when they’re excited: cameras with sensors are attached to their tails and automatically take pictures at anything they wag their tails at. All of the equipment has been custom made to ensure their comfort while they took photographs. WE5 did a great job and captured photographs featuring the themes of history, art, culture, food and more in […]
Can you guess where in Australia this little gem is located?
Can you guess where in Australia this little gem is located? REST Australia! Did you guess it? This little beauty is found on the West coast of Tasmania and is the Pieman river cruise located near the township of Corinna. It offers excellent commentary, stunning reflections, freedom from other vessels and a truly personal experience with the river and rainforest. This is just one of the experiences on the new REST Australia Tasmania self-drive that is being launched this September. Along with Tasmania there are three other drives traveling along iconic Australian routes helping travellers discover the real Australia. If you are looking for a comprehensive self-drive itinerary that encapsulates the very best hidden gems Australia has to offer you need to be selling REST Australia. For more details please email Bryan email@example.com
The Samaya Seminyak Bali: A Visit to Sanatana Dharma Orphanage
The Samaya Seminyak Bali: A Visit to the Sanatana Dharma Orphanage The celebration of 16th anniversary of The Samaya Seminyak was started with visiting an orphanage named Sanatana Dharma on September 9th 2017. This orphanage is located in Jembrana regency; west area of Bali; and it takes about 3 hours from Denpasar city by car. Sanatana Dharma orphanage has around 35 children with range age between 6 to 17 years old where most of them are high school students. On our visit on last Saturday, the Samaya Seminyak team including the management, employees and representative of labor union delivered stationary, daily needs, food supplies and cash money which were the donation from the company and employees. Besides the donation from company and employee, the food supplies and stationary donated by one of our loyal guests; Mr. Paul and Mrs. Sandra Lawrence; were also delivered. Some games such as eating crackers, blowing candles and arranging puzzles were also conducted to make more fun atmosphere. (smy/shn)
Tourism Thailand have announced the cities for the 2018 Amazing Thailand Road Show!
Tourism Thailand have announced the cities for the 2018 Amazing Thailand Road Show! Thailand Tourism are bringing together some of our finest hotels, airlines and destination management companies for a series of unmissable evenings in the UK and Ireland. These entertaining nights will include ‘workshop style’ speed dating, with tasty Thai food, chilled beer, wine and soft drinks and a free prize draw to win a Fam trip to Thailand. Please see the cities below: Belfast – 20 February 2018 Cork – 21 February 2018 Limerick – 22 February 2018 York – 13 March 2018 Sheffield – 14 March 2018 Cardiff – 24 April 2018 Bristol – 25 April 2018 Jersey – 4 September 2018 Guernsey – 5 September 2018 Places are limited. Register your interest now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Rising Stars’ The 31st Macao international music festival
‘Rising Stars’ The 31st Macao international music festival Under the theme “Rising Stars”, the 31st Macao International Music Festival, from 29th September to 30th October 2017, aims to learn from the past and march into the future. This year’s Festival journeys into a brilliant new era of vivacity and includes performances from rising jazz star Jazzmeia Horn, fresh electronic musician el fog, the joyous South African ensemble Soweto Gospel Choir and the distinguished Vienna Philharmonic. Find out more here. For more information on Macao: www.macaotourism.gov.mo
Cruise Whitsundays Reefsleep is now OPEN!
After a two month closure Reef Sleep in the Whitsundays is OPEN!! There can be few more unique experiences offered in the world than the chance to sleep under the stars, 40 nautical miles from shore on the Great Barrier Reef. Now Reefsleep is back, bigger and better than ever after being closed for refurbishment. We can now accommodate 30 pax on our newly refurbished pontoon and enjoy a NEW delicious menu for their ultimate night under the stars, not to be missed!
Love the Island – Papua New Guinea
How many of us have wondered how we would get on left to our own devices on a secluded, tropical island in paradise? Kabakon Survivor experience proffers the chance to cast off current reality and live the dream.The adventure begins a short picturesque boat ride away from Kabakon, at Kokopo, the capital of East New Britain. The island offers the opportunity to live very basically in a thatched bungalow overlooking the St. George’s Channel of the Bismarck Archipelago. The accommodation has a kitchen, outdoor shower and drop toilet. A large verandah hammock overlooks the transparent waters of Kabakon. The Karawara islanders, who live on the nearby Karawara Island, teach basic survival skills. Kabakon, has been awarded the coveted Community Engagement Award at PURE, and is guaranteed to make a perfect add-on to any PNG experience. For details, contact the Oceania Expeditions team at email@example.com
Experience rural life at Sabuk Guliang with Destination Asia
This immersive rural life experience with Destination Asia Indonesia takes guests through Bali’s farming headland and into the heart of traditional villages, passing scenic vistas en route to Subak Guliang. Subak Guliang is a traditional farming village and compound in the centre of the island with houses that boast a unique architectural style within Indonesia. Based on the Asta Kosala Kosali tradition of house building, the method is not dissimilar to the ancient art of Feng Shui. Our local experience begins with a delicious local style breakfast in the Balinese compound, followed by time dedicated to exploring nearby farms, walking through community centers and witnessing the colourful rural life of the Balinese people. Visitors can also learn about the complexities of rice growing, from planting and harvesting through to the best cooking methods. They will discover the workings of the irrigation system known locally as Subak, or can simply sit back and take it all in whilst enjoying fresh coconut water, one of nature’s most delicious drinks. During this experience lunch will be served in the middle of a rice field with traditional Rindik music played in the background on bamboo instruments. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Wander through Malaysia (Online) with Diethelm Travel webinar – 30th August 2017
Diethelm Travel are bringing Malaysia to you through their webinar series.This is a fantastic way to explore what Malaysia (and other Asian destinations) have to offer. The sessions will give an insight into the Diethelm Travel ethos, important travel information for each destination, introducing unique experiences – like those from our Go Local, Family Travel and Diethelm Moments product lines. In each session, you can expect to learn more about: Leading products available in the spotlighted country or countries, including best selling packages, off the beaten track experiences and new programmes Tips on how to better position key packages and destinations to help you become an expert at what you sell Local insight for popular destinations Country overviews explaining the geography, climate, history, culture and more. Do’s and Don’ts of the country to better benefit your guests Along with the opportunity to connect directly with our travel experts in real time, participants will also get exclusive access to special offers and perks. To register for the Webinar and to find out more information Please click here
Discover unique first hand food experiences including an ‘Authentic three generation cooking class’ with ICS Travel Group
Discover unique first hand food experiences including an ‘Authentic three generation cooking class’ with ICS Travel Group If there’s one thing that separates getting to know a country from just visiting it, it is the cuisine, both in terms of the taste of it, and the preparation and cultural importance involved. Visiting a restaurant is the easy part, the explosion of new flavours and new concepts giving the most delicious of insights into the life of a city, a people and a nation. But for those who want to go one step further, we have created an array of experiences, whether that be cooking classes, a real street food experience, or joining a family in their floating Myanmar village to learn their local cuisine. There is little quite so beguiling as experiencing a central tenet of real life when visiting somewhere new. These are just some of the great experiences on offer. To find out more visit https://icstravelgroup.com Authentic Three Generation cooking class Biryani Cooking class Balinese Culinary Experience
Hong Kong dubbed as the ‘Shoppers Paradise’ and you can easily see why
Hong Kong dubbed as the ‘Shoppers Paradise’ and you can easily see why For decades, Hong Kong has been known the world over as a shopper’s paradise. No matter what you are looking for, you’ll find it in Asia’s World City! From prestigious malls and flagship stores to street market stalls and independent boutiques, Hong Kong is packed full not just with fashion outlets but also jewellery, home ware, trinkets and unique souvenirs. Check out the top five shopping spots in Hong Kong: Causeway Bay: with endless shopping malls, department stores and boutiques, shoppers should dedicate a whole day to really explore what it has to offer. 2. Tsim Sha Tsui: is a giant world bazaar, where Hong Kong’s glittering harbour is met by an alternate sea of stalls, shops, markets and malls. 3. For bargains in jade, silk products, embroideries and wooden handicraft items, head to Cat Street. Amongst antique dealers and art galleries, you can pick up treasures like rare Ming Dynasty furniture, retro posters and vintage glass wear. 4.Hong Kong’s glamorous fashion designers come to the wholesale markets of Cheung Sha Wan Road to sift through […]
Philippine Airlines brings forward launch of B777 on London-Manila route and launches virtual tour
Philippine Airlines brings forward launch of B777 on London-Manila route and launches virtual tour From 19th September 2017 a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will serve the London – Manila route – a move designed to enhance the passenger travel experience whilst rationalizing capacity, with 42 seats in Business Class and 328 in Economy versus the 254 seats on the current A340. David Cochrane, Country Manager for PAL UK & Ireland said, ‘Philippine Airlines has just been ranked sixth amongst the World’s 10 Most Improved Airlines by Skytrax and Fourth Best Airline Worldwide for cabin service. On the back of these accolades, we are thrilled to deliver a truly premium experience on-board a brand new aircraft to our guests visiting The Philippines and beyond.’ The new 777 Business Class provides utmost passenger comfort inflight, with 78 inch pitch seats which adjust into full-flat beds. All seats feature an 18.4 inch personal TV screen, a retractable privacy divider, in-seat power supply to charge via mains or USB and an ottoman that opens to reveal a personal storage area. Likewise the 777’s Economy Class is designed for optimal comfort, with a wider seat pitch of up to 34 inches and fully adjustable leather headrests. […]
Become an Outrigger certified specialist and receive many fantastic benefits!
Become an Outrigger certified specialist and receive many fantastic benefits! A variety of benefits await those who become a certified Outrigger Expert. This engaging online educational and rewards program provides agents with the tools and training they need to arrange memorable vacations at Outrigger properties for their clients. New learning courses are regularly added to our online course library, each providing Outrigger Expert Agents the opportunity to earn additional rewards points upon successful completion. Benefits included: Complimentary client welcome amenities Exclusive booking bonus cash offers 100 reward points immediately upon certification Cash or gift certificate rewards in $50 increments Enroll at https://agent.outrigger.com/
Increase your Australia knowledge with regular video product updates!
Increase your Australia knowledge with regular video product updates, the next best thing to first hand experience. Looking for some Australian Experience? Increase your Australia knowledge with video product updates, the next best thing to experiencing Australia first hand. The Aussie Specialist website features regular video updates from various Australian suppliers to keep Aussie Specialists well informed. This is an interactive way to learn more about tourism products that you can include in your clients’ itineraries. Become an Aussie Specialist now and click here to view the latest videos from Australia.
Luxury Wellness Programme at ‘Ultimate’ Ananda in the Himalayas with Sunset views
Luxury Wellness Programme at ‘Ultimate’ Ananda in the Himalayas with Sunset views Make the journey as splendid as the destination. Arrive by private helicopter from Delhi to reach the 100 acre palatial estate, surrounded by the gracious Sal forests and overlooking the Ganges river valley. Ananda in the Himalayas is where luxury meets wellness. It is a seamless blend of ancient wellness, principles, regal opulence, customised indulgence and spectacular serenity. At Ananda’s multi-award winning spa, a wellness concierge guides guests each day through a specially curated program. Understanding dosha or body type with a detailed personal consultation with the Ayurvedic physician, pampered with blissful spa experiences by expert therapists, indulge in a healthy high-tea at the Viceregal Palace Hall, which once hosted the Maharaja and his guests in the 19th century. Watch the brilliant, vivid hues of the setting sun as they leave an indelible impression – one that might be hard to part with. Bask in what promises to be the perfect balance between the mind and body. With accommodation provided in an expansive villa with private pool and personal butler and private themed dining is offered at several of Ananda’s exquisite locations – Ultimate Ananda is an experience […]
Cycling Island Trails Across Japan’s Seto Inland Sea with Destination Asia
Cycling Island Trails Across Japan’s Seto Inland Sea with Destination Asia On this adventurous three-day break, visitors jump on a bicycle and depart on an unforgettable journey passing over the bridges to cross two island trails in the stunning Seto Inland Sea. Blessed with breathtaking scenery, a mild climate and fertile land allowing an abundance of fresh produce to be harvested, riders are treated to a visual feast. An expert cycling guide leads the way for your small group (each group to include a maximum of 6 people) and a van follows behind in case anyone feels tired and decides to continue the journey in the vehicle. Onomichi is characterized by its undulating terrain around which the town is spread. Many of the town’s attractions are located along its narrow lanes which visitors can explore. It’s great fun walking up and down the sloping lanes that cut through the residential areas to find local temples and other hidden gems!
You are invited to a Thailand Webinar on 24 August – 10am
You are invited to a Thailand Webinar on 24 August – 10am IS THAILAND STILL A COUNTRY OF SMILES? YOU BET IT IS! Come with us on a trip to Thailand, only virtual of course, but you can relax with a cuppa in front of your computer and don’t have to get over the jetlag. We will explore the lively metropolis of Bangkok, see the different sights in Phuket and discover how chilled Koh Samui can be. Thailand has so much to offer but we can only show you three hotels for this webinar. MODE SATHORN BANGKOK, MANATHAI KOH SAMUI and THE NAI HARN PHUKET. Timetable 10:00 – 10:05: Intro of the presenters and the webinar features 10:05 – 10:25: Emma Arnott from Tourism Authority of Thailand will present to you the destination 10:25 – 10:45: Mode Sathorn, Bangkok, Manathai Koh Samui and the THE NAI HARN, Phuket presented by May Kamya 10:45 – 11:00: Q&A: We will answer all your questions 11:00: End of the Webinar To register please https://easternfavourites.clickmeeting.com/thailand-webinar-uk/register
The 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest will light up the night sky.
The 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest will light up the night sky. Considered one of the largest competitive fireworks events in the world, the 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest will light up the night sky of Macao with a myriad of colors on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd September and 1st October. This year’s contest, taking place at Nam Van Lake near the Macau Tower, will see ten globally-acclaimed pyrotechnic companies from all over the world – including a team from the UK – competing to produce colourful displays choreographed with both music and laser light projections. To find out more information please click here
DOT Cheers Palawan as World’s best Island of 2017
DOT cheers Palawan as World’s best island of 2017 Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo lauded Palawan for being chosen by the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine as the World’s Best Island for two consecutive years now. “We are truly proud of our country’s Last Frontier for the accolades gained and we enjoin the community, industry and local government leaders to continue preserving this valuable travel jewel for our future guardians and visitors to enjoy,” Teo said. The Philippine’s prime paradise was initially picked No.1 island in Asia, and then adjudged No. 1 worldwide, besting the likes of Santorini, Maui, Galapagos Islands and the Seychelles. Palawan first took the top spot in 2013, based on the results of an annual survey where T+L readers rated their tourism experiences in 86 different categories. Palawan was noted for its “unspoiled, sugar-white beaches”; its world-class scuba diving sites where divers are treated to fish-filled reefs in Bacuit Bay to World War II shipwrecks; and for the Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the globe’s longest subterranean rivers and a UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage site. Also garnering attention are the “dramatic” limestone formations rising from the turquoise waters of El Nido; the “warm and […]
Philippine Airlines joins Indonesian Weekend London 2017 as Official Airline Partner
Philippine Airlines joins Indonesian Weekend London 2017 as Official Airline Partner London’s largest festival of Indonesian culture hosted Philippine Airlines (PAL) as its Official Airline partner for its 2017 event, held last weekend (22nd – 23rd of July) at Potter’s Field Park, London. The event promoted Indonesia as a premium tourist destination and showcased the best the country has to offer. David Cochrane, Country Manager UK & Ireland for Philippine Airlines said, ‘We were delighted to join this festival alongside some of Indonesia’s most vibrant and exciting brands. Bali and Jakarta are some of our fastest growing routes and we continue to welcome more guests travelling to our Indonesian destinations. Philippine Airlines flies non-stop daily from London Heathrow to Manila, where guests can connect to its eight weekly flights to Indonesian capital Jakarta and daily flights to Denpasar, gateway to Bali.
100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme
100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme Tourism New Zealand have launched their new 100% Pure New Zealand Programme, which comes complete with new features such as a tiered system and free agent listings on newzealand.com. Make sure your listing is complete and up-to-date so you can increase your visibility with consumers and benefit from the traffic to the Tourism New Zealand consumer website. To find out more about the new programme and sign up today visit; http://traveltrade.newzealand.com/en/training/nz-specialist-programme/
Diethelm Travel Becomes First Operator to Offer Self-Drive Tuk Tuk Tours
Diethelm Travel Becomes First Operator to Offer Self-Drive Tuk Tuk Tours Diethelm Travel Group, an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, has unveiled brand new tours offering a classic Thai experience but with a unique twist – instead of being driven around, guests do the driving behind the wheel of their very own tuk tuk while discovering the rural outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand in 1-day, 5-day and 11-day tour programmes. The first of its kind, the Northern Thailand Self-Drive Tuk Tuk Adventure experience takes travellers on an adventure of a lifetime driving the iconic three-wheeled rickshaws through the heart of northern Thailand’s jungle-covered hills and glistening rice fields, complete with stops in rural villages and an ethical elephant home, a traditional Thai lunch and even bamboo river rafting. Each tuk tuk holds up to three guests who can take turns driving, or simply enjoy the ride from the back seat. All drivers must be 18 years old or older and hold a valid manual driving licence from their home country. Once everyone has mastered the art of driving through a safety briefing and tuk tuk driving lesson,the journey begins in earnest with a convoy of tuk tuks following the lead […]
Dusit International to manage new five-star resort in the Philippines
Dusit International to manage new five-star resort in the Philippines Thailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), one of the Philippines’ leading real estate companies, to operate the Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu, a five-star resort situated on the northern peninsula of Mactan island. This resort is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2018. Positioned to meet the needs of leisure and business travellers alike, the new beachfront resort will comprise 271 well-appointed guest rooms divided between three buildings adjacent to RLC’s AmiSa private residences. Facilities will include a luxury spa, a fully-equipped fitness centre, a lobby lounge, three restaurants with al fresco and private dining, a large infinity pool, and over 1,200 sq m of meeting space. Dusit’s signature gracious hospitality inspired by authentic Thai values will drive the service experience. Mactan island is located a few kilometres from Cebu in the Central Visayas region and is known for its luxury tourism industry. Surrounded by coral, the island offers excellent diving and snorkelling experiences, has a vibrant sailing community, and is also home to the only aquarium attraction in the Visayas. Mactan island is served by Mactan-Cebu International […]
Win a place on an incentive trip with the Hong Kong Specialist Club!!
Win a place on an incentive trip with the Hong Kong Specialist Club You can win a place on the Hong Kong Specialist Club Incentive Trip and lots of other prizes by completing Hong Kong Specialist by 31st August 2017! Successful agents will travel to Hong Kong from 24-27 October 2017 for an exclusive trip. Highlights include entrance to the Wine & Dine Festival as well as a Lantau Island Sunset Tour! Here is how it works! Complete 1 module by 31st August and we’ll send you some HKTB goodies including portable speakers, Power Banks and more! Complete 2 modules by 31st August and you will be in with a chance to win Love2Shop vouchers! Complete 3 modules by 31st August and you will also be in with a chance to join the Hong Kong Specialist Club Incentive Trip next October! The Hong Kong Specialist Club also offers a range exclusive benefits as well as special trade offers. Not a Hong Kong Specialist? Register now to get started: www.SpecialistHK.com/uk
Witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts at the Bali Arts Festival
Witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts at the Bali Arts Festival Bali Arts Festival is a month long festival consists of cultural performances, handicraft exhibitions and many more arts-related activities. This annual festival usually starts on the second Saturday of June and based at the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar. It is the perfect moment to witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts together with various cultural highlights from other islands in Indonesia. Through this special annual event, it is hoped that the true authentic wisdom and philosophy of the people of Bali will not only be preserved but will also grow and spread to other parts of the world.
Speed up your booking process with Quick Quote
Speed up your booking process with Quick Quote Bryan Arnicar, ex Tourism Australia Destination Trainer UK has been working closely with Pacific Destinations and the developers of Quick Quote to offer a user friendly and viable program that is perfectly suited to the UK. At Pacific Destinations, we know how important it is for you to be able to provide your client quotes and itineraries as quickly and as easily as possible.That’s why we’ve introduced Quick Quote, a simple smart web based platform that draws from over 500 pre-packaged FIT itineraries for both New Zealand and Australia. Agents from across the world are now using the new Quick Quote platform and seeing the benefits of being able to produce quotes and make modifications in no time at all.Suitable for 1-4 passengers, our packages are the fastest and easiest way to produce a Self-drive or Seat in Coach quote with Pacific Destinations. We have purpose built a range of options to suit a wide variety of interests, however if our packages are not exactly what your client wants, you can customise it further to make it perfect for them. If you want to speed up your quotation process and be able […]
Macao Grand Prix, four-day adrenaline-fuelled event set to take place 16 to 19 November.
Macao Grand Prix, four-day adrenaline-fuelled event set to take place 16 to 19 November. The Macau Grand Prix, the most internationally prestigious event in Macao’s sporting calendar, takes place from 16th to 19th November 2017. Now in its sixth decade the four-day adrenaline-fuelled event, sees the world’s best motorcycle, WTCC and Formula 3 racers compete for the coveted titles. Considered one of the world’s most challenging street circuits due to its narrow lanes and limited number of overtaking opportunities, the 6.2km long Guia Circuit always delivers a great show. Watch and share this year’s promotional video here. For more information on Macao: www.macaotourism.gov.mo
West and East New Britain – Papua New Guinea
West and East New Britain – Papua New Guinea Discovered by an Englishman, William Dampier and named accordingly, the beautiful island of New Britain is still virtually untouched, a pre-requisites for today’s adventure traveller. Walindi Plantation Resort would be a stunning introduction to West New Britain. Located on the shores of Kimbe Bay, the resort is paradise for divers, who can explore volcanic caves draped in staghorn coral and startling reef drop-offs. The fishing and snorkelling are also exceptional in this area, meaning non-divers can enjoy the superb natural surroundings. Head East to Rabaul and the visitor will find a treasure trove of WW2 relics, tunnels and caverns to explore. In addition this part of PNG has a rich culture and unique traditions. The evergreen rainforest vegetation, rugged mountain ranges and imposing volcanoes make an attractive and exciting place to visit. Whilst there the Duke of York Islands are simply beautiful, undeveloped and easily accessible. www.papuanewguinea.travel
One month to go until the 4th Fiji International tournament
One month to go until the 4th Fiji International tournament With just one month to go until the 4th Fiji International tournament, final preparations are being made for the players and visitors’ arrival. Taking place from 17th – 20th August at the newly renovated Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course – and with a minimum purse prize of FJD2.3million, it is sure to be a fantastic event. The InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is the official accommodation provider to the international multimillion dollar event. With golf being part of Fiji’s niche tourism industry, and the event set to be broadcast to millions of viewers globally, organisers are encouraging the people of Fiji to support the nation’s biggest premium sporting event. Professionals confirmed to compete include seasoned players such as Aron Price, Adam Blyth, Anthony Houston and Fiji’s own three time major champion and course designer Vijay Singh. For further information on the Fiji International visit www.fijiinternational.com.
Become an Aussie specialist and reap all the benefits of Tourism Australia’s invaluable selling tools.
Become an Aussie specialist and reap all the benefits of Tourism Australia’s invaluable selling tools. Each year Australia puts on an impressive line-up of festivals and events that shines the spotlight on the country’s passion for arts and culture, food and wine, sport, nature, beach lifestyle and Aboriginal culture. Tourism Australia has now put together an events calendar that you can download from the Aussie Specialist website and use as a cheat sheet when you talk to your clients. You will find it an invaluable selling tool! Don’t miss out on other great Aussie sales tools, like an interactive map, suggested itineraries, fact sheet and more – register to the Aussie Specialist Program now and reap all the benefits of an Aussie Specialist.
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resorts introduces all inclusive rates for UK wholesale travel agents.
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resorts introduces all inclusive rates for UK wholesale travel agents. The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort has introduced all-inclusive rates for UK wholesale travel agents. The UK is the first market in which the property has offered all-inclusive rates. The rates are effective immediately for stays up to 31 March 2018. The 53 pool villas offer the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives. The all-inclusive lead-in rates with (for example) tour operator Gold Medal for a seven-night stay based on two people start from £2689 per person for the 211m2 Beach Pool Villa and £3365 per person for an Overwater Villa with private pool. Prices include domestic transfers but exclude international flights. “We believe our all-inclusive plan now positions the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort as a great value holiday option in paradise that will give guests peace of mind so they can relax to the max,” says the property’s General Manager, John Allanson. All-Inclusive Details The all-inclusive option at the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort includes three meals a day, a selection of different brands of alcohol in all restaurants and bars, a dine-around option and in-villa dining. In the villas the mini bar with beer and soft […]
Legend Palace Hotel, Macao Now Open
Legend Palace Hotel, Macao Now Open The five-star deluxe Legend Palace Hotel opened earlier this year in Macao’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Inspired by the architectural styles of 18th century Monte Carlo, it is conveniently located adjacent to the Macao Ferry Terminal and offers breath-taking views over the Pearl River Delta. The resort has 223 elegant guestrooms and suites with butler and limousine service plus a variety of bars, restaurants, shops, a business centre and leisure facilities including a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool with stylish poolside cabanas.
Port Moresby Hotel Update
Port Moresby Hotel Update Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea, has an excellent selection of Hotels and as all flights operate through Moresby a stopover is inevitable. The Stanley Hotel – Price range GBP 185 – 205. The recent addition of a Day Spa Facility and with the added bonus that the hotel connects to Port Moresby’s integrated shopping, restaurant and entertainment complex, makes this a popular choice. See: www.thestanleypng.com Holiday Inn Express – Price range GBP 142 – 146. The hotel – set in the middle of 12 acres of landscaped gardens – offers a variety of recreational facilities ensuring a comfortable and activity filled stay. See: www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/port-moresby/pomex/hoteldetail Lamana Hotel – Price range GBP 122 – 253. Following major renovations, the hotel now has superior dining and entertainment, plus a ten-pin-bowling alley. See: www.lamanahotel.com.pg Other Port Moresby hotels include the Airways Hotel, first choice for visiting Royal Families and Heads of State, Ela Beach Hotel (Apartment Wing) and The Gateway Hotel. www.papuanewguinea.travel
Win with the Hong Kong Specialist Club!
Win with the Hong Kong Specialist Club! Become a part of the Hong Kong Specialist Club and earn exclusive rewards! To thank agents for their support in selling Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has launched the Hong Kong Specialist Club. Simply complete three modules of the Hong Kong Specialist programme to become a member of the club and you’ll be able to redeem exclusive travel vouchers for your own trip, including a DukLing Harbour Cruise, a Hong Kong TramOramic Tour and a MTR Tourist Day Pass. Complete the three modules by 31 August 2017 and you’ll also be in with a chance of winning a place on a Hong Kong incentive trip, taking place later this year. For those that complete one module of the Hong Kong Specialist programme by 31 August 2017, we’ll also send you some exclusive HKTB goodies. Whilst those who complete two modules by the deadline will be in with a chance of winning Love2Shop vouchers. To register for the Hong Kong Specialist programme, visit: www.SpecialistHK.com/uk
Australia’s premier luxury adventure-cruise ship True North Celebrates 30 Years
Australia’s premier luxury adventure-cruise ship True North Celebrates 30 Years Australia’s premier luxury adventure-cruise ship True North has sailed into 30 years of continuous operations. The now revered adventure-cruise operator first cruised Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast during 1987 when fishing type charters commenced along a coastline that was and still is largely inaccessible from land under the name North Star Cruises Australia. Today True North offers luxury adventure cruises in the Kimberley, Papua New Guinea and around the Australian coastline. Whilst there have been significant developments of the company over the last 30 years, the one thing that has not changed is the guest experience, life on-board is very different to a big ship environment and traditional expedition cruises. True North have an unrelenting focus on giving the guest maximum opportunity to truly experience the destination. Featuring a shallow draft that allows the True North to go where bigger ships cannot, an exceptionally high crew to guest ratio of 22:36, six dedicated expedition boats and a ship’s helicopter, ship’s biologist and a team of naturalists – there are few other examples of craft so keenly configured for discovery and adventure. True North’s itineraries never depart from theme – sea days are […]
Dusit Thani extends lease on prime Bangkok city-centre plot
Dusit Thani extends lease on prime Bangkok city-centre plot Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, today announced it has signed an agreement with the Crown Property Bureau to continue leasing the plot of land at the intersection of Silom Road and Rama 4, and on which the Dusit Thani Bangkok is built. The lease will be extended by 30 years with the right to extend for another 30 years. Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, together with its partner, Central Pattana Public Company Limited (CPN), will further elevate Dusit Thani Bangkok’s standing as one of the world’s renowned hotels, as well as build a landmark mixed-use real estate development that features a hotel, residences, retail areas and office spaces, with a large green space. Mr Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman & Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dusit Public Company Limited, said, “Built in 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok was the very first iconic landmark of modern Bangkok. It has been a prominent feature of Bangkok’s skyline for almost half a century and symbolised the beginning of the city’s transformation into one of the world’s greatest metropolises in the era of globalization. As a leading hotel […]
Tourism Australia’s new youth training module for Aussie Specialists
Tourism Australia’s new youth training module for Aussie Specialists Tourism Australia has released a new special interest training module on youth experiences for the Aussie Specialist Program to educate frontline travel sellers on what makes Australia a must-see destination for the younger generation. The training module also provides a guide to creating inspiring itineraries with the latest key highlights, accommodation, local immersion activities and nightlife across the country. The online training module is available in English with a range of supporting fact sheets on each State and Territory plus the Working Holiday Maker Program.
Destination Asia Excites the Senses on a Beijing Craft Beer Tour by Tuktuk
Destination Asia Excites the Senses on a Beijing Craft Beer Tour by Tuktuk Navigate the streets of Beijing by tuktuks for an all-inclusive visit to Beijing’s best brewery taprooms! Beijing is the epicenter of China’s craft beer scene. The city has some of the world’s best beer in hidden, quaint locations around the city that many travelers simply wouldn’t find on their own! Now with Destination Asia China travelers can try over 10 different types of beer at a number of locations hidden in the traditional hutong alleys of Beijing. All craft beers are hand selected by the brewers and made fresh in Beijing to showcase the best the city has to offer. Travel between breweries by private tuktuk (stocked full of additional beer) so you can try all the best taprooms in one night! For more information please click here
Complete the Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme Now
Complete the Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme Now By completing the Amazing Thailand Online Training Programme, you will have the expertise and confidence to convert enquiries into bookings. With a 65% repeat visitor rate, clients you send to Thailand will most likely come back to you to book their next holiday. Not only will you increase your sales, you will also go into the draw to win the monthly prize! A lucky agent will win at least 7 nights accommodation in a luxury hotel in Thailand every month. So go to www.training.tourismthailand.co.uk to become a Thailand Expert!
Story of Laxmi Sunar
Story of Laxmi Sunar Laxmi Sunar, a 35 years old from Jumla, which is one of the remote districts of Nepal belongs to a low caste family. She never attended school. At the age of 15, her neighbors arranged marriage for her in Mugu, the west of Nepal. She has two daughters age seven and five. During her husband’s veterinary course he married another women. He left Laxmi because she gave birth to a girl. Her life became rough every day; her in-laws tortured her and asked her to leave their house. She left her in-laws house leaving her two lovely daughters behind, it was very painful for her. “But that was the only option for her to escape from that situation. Her in-laws also attempted to pour a poisonous chemical to her.” She returned to her maternal home which she shared with her parents. They understood her situation but due to poverty they were helpless and convinced her to return to her in-laws. Culturally, it is believed that married daughters should not stay at her parents’ home. In our society, once the girls marry off, her entire life has to be spent with her husband and his family. One […]
ICS Cultural Connections
ICS Cultural Connections Protecting and promoting the cultural traditions of our destinations is one of our key priorities. We aim to do our part to keep these practices alive and flourishing by supporting local communities and artisans in our experiences. Your clients can participate in responsible, community-based excursions like “Bagan Community Connection” where you can chat with Burmese villagers and – if you have a chance – watch them collecting the ‘toddy juice’ outside the village. In Vietnam, “Hidden Secrets of the Cham Culture” will let you meet a Cham specialist and talk in-depth about Cham’s history. You can also visit one of the families who preserve the art of weaving brocade with ancestral techniques. “Bamboo Explorer” is an interactive tour where your clients can learn to cook, create and craft with bamboo in Luang Prabang, Laos. Assist the chef cooking up delicious bamboo dishes, and try your hand at weaving a souvenir bamboo mat. “Local Life Discovery” bears witness the daily life of the river people at close range as you cruise along the Sangker River in Cambodia. Floating villages and an ancient pagoda reveal how life revolves around the water, while you cross the great freshwater Tonle Sap […]
Philippine Airlines is the Official Airline Partner of AFL Europe
Philippine Airlines is the Official Airline Partner of AFL Europe Philippine Airlines (PAL) have been announced as the Official Airline Partner of AFL Europe. The partnership will assist the ongoing development of Australian Rules Football in Europe, whilst supporting PAL’s ongoing growth of its network. David Cochrane, Country Manager UK & Ireland of Philippine Airlines, Asia’s first airline and the country’s flag carrier and Ryan Davey, AFL Europe General Manager, were thrilled to announce the partnership. Cochrane said: “Australian Rules Football unites not only the UK and Australia but also people from all walks of life around the world. AFL Europe’s motto of ‘Structured, United & Respectful In Everything We Do’ embodies the same values we share at PAL. Therefore, we are very proud to be the Official Airline Partner of AFL Europe and we look forward to connecting their players, umpires, administrators and fans with the rest of the world. Davey echoed Cochrane’s sentiments saying, “AFL Europe is excited to be partnering with Philippine Airlines for the 2017 Season. With their help, we can continue to provide more support to our AFL Community throughout Europe and ensure that we can continue to grow this great game of ours.” PAL […]
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort Reveals its Crystal Marquee for MICE & Wedding Sectors
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort Reveals its Crystal Marquee for MICE & Wedding Sectors Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has unveiled Crystal, a unique meeting space in the south of the island. This new concept opens opportunities for the resort in the events and MICE sector, from meetings and conferences to exceptional gala dinners and weddings. Crystal is a fully air-conditioned transparent marquee. It measures 33 x 17.5 metres, can seat up to 250 people in banquet style and sits on a rooftop area of the hotel giving a wonderful view of the Bel Ombre coast. The resort setting is ideal for events: 181 sea-facing rooms offer a breath-taking beachfront location alongside the turquoise lagoons of the Indian Ocean. Nestled in the nature reserve of Bel Ombre, the property is only 45 minutes from the airport, A permanent structure, Crystal can be adapted for many needs. It can be used as a classic conference venue with pitch-dark option, or semi-transparent with ocean views, both incorporating the latest audio-visual technology. “Crystal is unique in Mauritius and repositions the Outrigger as a full-on MICE destination for events, incentive meetings, weddings and banquets,” says Cyrille Carmona, Deputy General Manager of the resort. “With Crystal, the […]
Cruise Whitsundays returns to the Great Barrier Reef
Cruise Whitsundays returns to the Great Barrier Reef Cruise Whitsundays returned its much anticipated daily cruises to the Great Barrier Reef on 23 May. Cruise Whitsundays has two permanently moored pontoons ‘Reefworld’ and ‘Heart’ pontoon located at Hardy Reef and late March both encountered 11m waves and strong winds during Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The Cruise Whitsundays maintenance team have repaired and refurbished ‘Heart’ pontoon and resumed daily departures. The cyclone hasn’t scared off the main star attractions at Hardy Reef, the beloved marine life; Chip the Turtle, George the Queensland Grouper and Wally and Maggie, the two Maori Wrasses have all been seen by dive crew around the pontoon. Even the resident Nemo family have been found alive and well. Guests can still expect to snorkel amongst the colourful corals and abundant marine life and enjoy a newly refurbished pontoon.
The Samaya Seminyak Supporting World Turtle Day
The Samaya Seminyak Supporting World Turtle Day In the world, there are seven sea turtle species, six of them live in Indonesia. They are Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), Flatback Sea Turtle (Natator depressus), and Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta). Nowadays, some species of turtles and tortoises are suffering and almost on the edge of extinction due to environmental hazards and issues with hunting and harvesting of their eggs. World Turtle Day was created by the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) in 2000 and it is celebrated across the world every May 23rd. Its purpose is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for turtles and tortoises and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways. The Samaya Seminyak was very excited in taking a part of this celebration by providing a little turtle souvenir for all of their in house guests. These souvenirs hopefully can be useful in promoting the campaign of turtles protection.
Anand Collection Host Fam Trip!
Anand Collection Host Fam Trip! In Conjunction with Vietnam Airlines, Anand Collection recently hosted a fam trip to Mia Resorts Vietnam and Navutu Dreams Siem Reap which included Kuoni Travel, Rickshaw Travel, Inside Asia Tours, Kenwood Travel, Premier Holidays and Travel 2. The itinerary included Vietnamese Lessons, Mojito making class at Mia Resorts and sunrise meditation at the temples near Navutu Dreams Siem Reap. For further information please visit www.anandcollection.co.uk
How 3 Sisters Trekking’s work has saved Maha Laxmi’s life
How 3 Sisters Trekking’s work has saved Maha Laxmi’s life Maha Laxmi is the second child of her parents out of six. She got married when she was 15 and was studying in class nine. Here begins her story; I can’t remember how I got married maybe it’s because I was too young to feel that I was getting married or maybe I was just driven away by that boy. When I began to realize that I was not in my home with my family members, I began to cry a lot. I wasn’t able to go back to my house because I was married and for the sake of my parents’ prestige. I decided to stay with him no matter what I should face. Because of my crazy and irresponsible husband I was having a hard time. One and a half years’ later I gave birth to a baby boy. All of my in-laws were happy with my baby boy. The days and months were passing by but the baby’ weight was remaining the same. A local doctor said he is malnourished and admitted him to Nepalgunj hospital, which is in a big city. I went to Nepalgunj for my […]
Destination Asia Private Geisha Photo Tour Goes Behind the Colorful Mask
Destination Asia Private Geisha Photo Tour Goes Behind the Colorful Mask Step into the world of the geisha for a peek behind the mask. Meet a real life maiko on a full-day outing during which guests get to know the maiko and gain a deep appreciation of her exquisite beauty. More than that, each guest will be accompanied by a professional photographer who will guide and provide creative input on how to best photograph your beautiful subject. Guests spend an hour meeting and greeting while enjoying Japanese tea before heading to a nearby temple for the first photo shoot of the day. After a one hour session shooting in the temple’s harmonious atmosphere, we will temporarily say goodbye to our lovely subject as she puts on her ‘mask’ for the evening. We reconvene around sunset for a second shoot on the back streets of Gion, also lasting an hour. Our shoot takes place out of sight of the prying eyes of passers-by. Here you will meet your geisha in her full splendor as she walks the streets and poses in her full regalia in this relaxed environment. For more details please contact: email@example.com
Introducing Diethelm Travel’s New Webinar Series
Introducing Diethelm Travel’s New Webinar Series Diethelm are bringing Asia to you! Starting this May, they’ll be opening up their world with a brand new webinar series completely complimentary to clients. Once a month, they’ll go live focusing on each of the 12 countries they operate in sharing details about the Diethelm Travel ethos, important travel information for each destination, introducing unique experiences – like those from their Go Local, Family Travel and Diethelm Moments product lines – and more. Each session will run for one hour and be hosted by senior management, such as our Product Managers and Managing Directors, of the highlighted destination providing clients with a wealth of information, insight and tips for best positioning Diethelm destinations and experiences to travellers. In each session, you can expect to learn more about: Leading products available in the spotlighted country or countries, including best-selling packages, off the beaten track experiences and new programmes Tips on how to better position key packages and destinations to help you become an expert at what you sell Local insight for popular destinations Country overviews explaining the geography, climate, history, culture and more Do’s and Don’ts of the country to better benefit your guests […]
Discover Hong Kong’s Old Town Central
Discover Hong Kong’s Old Town Central The HKTB has launched a new programme promoting the neighbourhood of Old Town Central. Five themed walking routes have been produced to help visitors explore the area, which feature unique tourism hotspots in Central and Sheung Wan. The routes have been thoughtfully designed to highlight the riches of Old Town Central, including its historical architecture and landmarks, arts and culture, restaurants and bars, and lifestyle boutiques. A Tasting Hong Kong tour takes visitors from the traditional dim sum restaurant, Lin Heung Tea House, to the modern rooftop bar of CÉ LA VI. Whilst for shoppers seeking unique finds, the Treasure Hunt route runs from the stalls of Upper Lascar Row to popular vintage stores. Plus, travellers will get a feel for Hong Kong’s history just by wandering through Old Town Central with Hollywood Road – one of the first roads built in the city – spanning right through it. Discover Old Town Central on discoverhongkong.com.
Amazing Thailand Road Shows 2017
The Amazing Thailand Road Show – Edinburgh and Newcastle Thailand Tourism are bringing together some of our finest hotels, airlines, destination management companies and tour operators for a series of unmissable evenings in the UK, including Edinburgh on 12th September and Newcastle on 13th September. These entertaining nights will include ‘workshop style’ speed dating, with tasty Thai food, chilled beer, wine and soft drinks and a free prize draw to win a Fam trip to Thailand. Spaces are limited. To register email the team: firstname.lastname@example.org Want to learn more about Thailand? Go to http://training.tourismthailand.co.uk/
Experience the “Great Astrolabe Reef, Fiji” – with Pacific Destinations
Experience the “Great Astrolabe Reef, Fiji” – with Pacific Destinations Fiji is known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World” and is also home to the “Great Astrolabe Reef”. A network of brilliant coral reefs surrounds our 333 islands and atolls. With around 1000 species of fish and several hundred types of coral and sponges, Fiji offers a unique diving experience. With over 4000 square miles of coral reef, Fiji Islands offer divers unparalleled marine biodiversity. Pacific Destinations have been operating over 20 years and are one of Fiji’s leading ITO’s based in Nadi. A Fijian success story, the family owned and operated DMC employ over 100 enthusiastic local Fijian’s and pride themselves on delivering an exceptional level of service for our clients. With continual investment in our team’s product knowledge we will ensure your clients next exotic island getaway is as perfect as the picture in the brochure. For more details, please contact our Europe based manager Bryan Arnicar at email@example.com
Trekking PNG Style
Trekking PNG Style Now celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary, steeped in WW2 history, the Kokoda Trail is PNG’s most famous trek. PNG Trekking Adventures has been organising activity holidays since the early 90’s and are dedicated to ensuring a superb experience whilst actively supporting sustainable tourism. The full Kokoda trek is only recommended for those with a high level of fitness, capable of walking a demanding six or seven miles a day. However, it is possible to get the Kokoda experience with the ‘Kokoda Taster’. This, as with the full trek, is operated by Trekking Adventurers PNG staff, who guide and help the travellers. They carry guitars and ukuleles’ and at night everyone is invited to sit around the campfire and listens to traditional music. Kokoda trekking offers a fantastic opportunity for visitors to be immersed in the culture, whilst increasing physical and mental agility. For more information: www.pngtrekkingadventures.com www.papuanewguinea.travel
Register for the Macao International Travel Expo now!
Register for the Macao International Travel Expo now! The 5th Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo is taking place at The Venetian Macao from 7th to 9th July. This important event provides a platform for delegates and exhibitors to exchange ideas, explore business opportunities, forge partnerships and boost visitation. The Expo covers six tourism categories including accommodation, transportation, dining, entertainment, sightseeing and shopping. For further information and to register as an exhibitor or buyer please visit http://www.cmitc.com/plus/list.php?tid=78
London embraces ‘PyeongChang2018 Winter Olympic Games’ road show fever
London embraces ‘PyeongChang2018 Winter Olympic Games’ road show fever Korea Tourism Organization in collaboration with the PyeongChang2018 Winter Olympic Committee brought the PyeongChang2018 Winter Games Road Show to the palatial surroundings of the Four Seasons Hotel London. In the presence of H.E. Mr. Joonkook Hwang, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the UK, the CEO of Korea Tourism Mr. Chang Soo Jung and Mr. Hyung Koo Yeo, secretary General of the PyeongChang2018 Organising Committee, and a host of guests joined the countdown to the games. A press conference and speeches delivered a timely update about PyeongChang2018 progress. The evening gave a snap-shot of next year’s Winter Olympic Games, in terms of venues and infrastructure, the regional tourism potential of the Gangwondo region and the legacy this event will provide in the form the new rail connection between Seoul and the PyeongChang cluster. It was also the chance to introduce and connect the official Authorised Ticket Seller (ATR) ‘Sports Travel & Hospitality Group’ (STH) to the travel trade and media here in the UK. STH will soon launch Team GB Live, a platform developed in partnership with Team GB to enable those wishing to book ticket inclusive travel packages […]
The Strand Cruise offer new special interest cruises
The Strand Cruise offer new special interest cruises In addition to its regular sailings, The Strand Cruise has recently added a series of themed cruises sailing throughout 2017 and 2018. Each departure will follow The Strand Cruise’s scheduled four-night Bagan-Mandalay itinerary, but be enhanced by the presence of professional experts hosting each voyage and presenting additional activities on board and during shore excursions designed to enrich passengers’ experience of Myanmar. Photography Cruise Date: Monday 16 October 2017 Myanmar is a photographer’s delight, with glowing sunrises, expansive landscapes and characterful people. Professional photographer, Lucas Gurdjian, will join passengers on The Strand Cruise on 16th October to share his knowledge on how to capture this once in a lifetime experience and improve their skills as a photographer. Lucas has already travelled the route of the cruise from Bagan to Mandalay and identified the best times to be in each location to capture the best light, for example, for sunrise over Bagan. Music Cruise Date: Monday 13 November 2017 Classical music aficionados are in for a treat as artists from the Orchestre de Paris will return to The Strand Cruise on 13th November to present a new program of scores from […]
Dine under the stars at Outrigger, Koh Samui
Dine under the stars at Outrigger, Koh Samui Outrigger Koh Samui is offering guests the opportunity to “Dine Under the Stars”. For approximately £50 per couple, guests can have a magical experience of an a la carte meal, a canopy set up with white drape and candlelight on the beach.
New training module – Australia’s Luxury
New training module – Australia’s Luxury Tourism Australia has released a new special interest training module on the Aussie Specialist Program. Australia’s Luxury aims to educate and inspire travel agents about Australia’s diverse premium offering, what makes luxury travel unique in Australia and provide a guide to creating bespoke itineraries for sophisticated travellers. A range of supporting fact sheets from urban and outback luxe to active and culinary adventures, specialist guiding and more are also available. For your chance to win a surprise gift set of luxury body and skin care products by Australian brand Aesop – complete the new module by 30th June!
Dusit International set to open hotel on Vietnam’s emerging island destination Phu Quoc
Dusit International set to open hotel on Vietnam’s emerging island destination Phu Quoc Thailand-based global hospitality company Dusit International will make its Vietnam debut this December with the opening of the DusitPrincess Moonrise Beach Resort on the country’s largest island, Phu Quoc. The result of a long-term franchising arrangement with Linh Chi Limited Company, the new hotel will comprise 108 rooms in a lush location overlooking popular Bai Truong beach on the island’s west coast, only eight minutes’ drive from Phu Quoc International Airport. Elegantly and stylishly designed, the rooms will range from 32 sq. m Deluxe rooms to 56 sq. m Grand Suites, all providing sea views, while facilities will include an all-day-dining restaurant, a spa, an outdoor pool, a lounge and pool bar, a fully-equipped conference room, and a kids’ zone. Phu Quoc, also known as Pearl Island, is located in the south of Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand. An up-and-coming tourist destination, the island is known for its long, sweeping beaches, rich coral reefs, and dense, tropical jungle. Popular attractions include Phu Quoc National Park, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve; and Dinh Cau Temple, built in 1937 to honour Thien Hau, the Goddess of the Sea. Phu […]
3 Sisters Adventure Trekking are first to receive complimentary PATA UK membership for 2017/2018.
3 Sisters Adventure Trekking are first to receive complimentary PATA UK membership for 2017/2018. 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking are pioneers in providing professional female guides and assistant for trekking in the Himilayas Established in 1998 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking have since welcomed many guests from across the globe. 3 Sisters work in partnership with Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) to promote and empower women through adventure tourism. They aim to educate and provide practical skill-based training programs to encourage fellow Nepali sisters to become self-supportive, independent, decision making women. Click here to find out more about their amazing work
Streets, Eats and Tasty Treats with ICS Travel Group
Streets, Eats and Tasty Treats with ICS Travel Group Our foodie experiences uncover the rich culinary heritage of our destinations and give you a taste of local traditions through cooking classes in private homes, visits to bustling wet/dry markets and insider access to the best of Asia’s famous Street food. From cooking Khmer dishes in the Cambodian countryside around Siem Reap, to having a home cooked lunch with a local family in Pindaya, or feast on Javanese cuisine on the streets of Yogyakarta. Experiencing the local flavours and traditions of a destination is part of the reason for going, and these three merely scratch the surface of what we have to offer. Visit https://icstravelgroup.com/culinary/ for more ideas and inspirations.
Philippine Airlines to operate Boeing 777-300ER on London – Manila route
Philippine Airlines to operate Boeing 777-300ER on London – Manila route From mid-December 2017 a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will serve the daily London – Manila route, a move designed to primarily enhance the total passenger travel experience and inflight service delivery.” PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said Monday. “The Boeing 777 is our flagship aircraft for long-haul operations. With its range and operational capability, the flag carrier will be at par with other full service carriers along the route. We will also increase capacity as the aircraft will have a 370-seating capacity on a two–class configuration (42 in Business Class and 328 in Economy) as compared to the 254-seating capacity of the current A340,” Bautista added. PAL aims to be the Philippines’ full-service five star airline in five years. The journey towards reaching this goal is the implementation of flagship initiatives such as fleet modernization which includes the acquisition of six brand new Airbus A350s for delivery starting mid-2018 and the reconfiguration of eight mono-class Airbus A330s to tri-class lay-out to serve Honolulu, Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka. David Cochrane, Country Manager for PAL UK & Ireland said, ‘Since launching non-stop daily flights in June […]
How would you like to witness fire walking at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort?
How would you like to witness fire walking at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort? How far would you walk on fire? The art of fire walking is a cultural tradition passed down through generations of islanders in Fiji. It takes mental, physical, and emotional training to be a professional of this historic performance. That is not to say that you might be one adventure away from witnessing this Signature Experience in person. To understand the practice, one must first learn the legend that began five hundred years ago. On the Fijian Bega Island, where the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has built a haven, there lived an old man who would tell epic stories to the eager youth of the island in return for gifts. One young man, Tunaiviqalita, yearned to hear these stories, so he made a deal with this old man. Tunaiviqalita promised to bring the elder a gift of delicious, fresh eel. The renowned storyteller agreed, and the young man set out on his newfound quest. As he searched in the stream near his village, he soon found a large rock, under which he would usually find the delicacy he was seeking. He slipped his hand inside a crack under the rock, […]
Diethelm Travel Group Celebrates 60 Years of Service
Diethelm Travel Group Celebrates 60 Years of Service Diethelm Travel Group officially turned 60 on 2 April and marked the occasion with festive celebrations in all regional offices on 3 April. Now recognised as one of Asia’s leading tour operators, Diethelm Travel Group was originally established in 1957 in Bangkok and cultivated a long-lasting, trusted reputation within the country and with the Thai royal family. The company has been received a royal warrant of appointment from the late King Rama IX, one of the highest honours in Thailand, recognising the business for significantly supporting the country’s economic and social development. In 1991, Diethelm expanded internationally with an office in Vientiane, Laos, and has since continued to use its strong local connections and expertise to further grow, now boasting more than 3,300 custom tours in 12 countries that emphasise authentic experiences. It’s been wonderful to experience all the celebrations – in person and in spirit – around the region and see the passion and commitment our staff has for Diethelm Travel. Lots of laughter and memories have certainly been shared by all. A big thank you goes out to the teams who were deeply involved in making the birthday celebration such a success. And, of […]
Pacific Destinations launch Quick Quote – a simplified quoting platform!
Pacific Destinations launch Quick Quote – a simplified quoting platform! Pacific Destinations new Quick Quote platform is designed to make producing an FIT quote as simple as possible. When you enter your criteria, Quick Quote will draw from over 250 FIT packages to give you an itinerary and price in no time at all. Suitable for 1-4 passengers, either self-drive or Seat in Coach, our packages are the fastest and easiest way to produce an FIT quote. We have purpose built a range of packages to suit a wide variety of interests, however if our package is not exactly what you client wants, you can customise it further to make it perfect for them. Discover how Pacific Destinations are inspiring a new generation with fresh and immersive itineraries as well as offering the old favourites. For more details, please contact Bryan Arnicar at Pacific Destinations on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07503166546.
Amazing Thailand Road Shows 2017
The Amazing Thailand Road Show – Edinburgh and Newcastle Thailand Tourism are bringing together some of our finest hotels, airlines, destination management companies and tour operators for a series of unmissable evenings in the UK, including Edinburgh on 12th September and Newcastle on 13th September. These entertaining nights will include ‘workshop style’ speed dating, with tasty Thai food, chilled beer, wine and soft drinks and a free prize draw to win a Fam trip to Thailand. Spaces are limited. To register email the team: email@example.com Want to learn more about Thailand? Go to http://training.tourismthailand.co.uk/
Kurtz-Ahlers announces representation of The Brando, French Polynesia
Kurtz-Ahlers announces representation of The Brando, French Polynesia The team at Kurtz-Ahlers is delighted to announce their latest representation partnership with The Brando. Combining luxury and environmental sustainability to create one of the finest eco-friendly resorts in the world, The Brando is located on the Tetiaroa atoll. Also known as Marlon Brando’s private island, this resort is meant to carry out his vision and his legacy. It is 100% energy independent and supports a number of research and conservation initiatives. The Brando Resort features 35 private villas located along the coast of Motu Onetahi, set back from the beach for maximum privacy. Each one has been carefully designed with comfortable furnishings and deluxe amenities including a private pool. The resort offers two gourmet restaurants, two hotel bars, a luxurious overwater spa, and an organic fruit orchard and vegetable garden. To find out more please visit www.thebrando.com or contact the team at Kurtz-Ahlers via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Destination Asia Joins Travelife Sustainability in Tourism Scheme
Destination Asia Joins Travelife Sustainability in Tourism Scheme Strengthening our commitment to sustainability management and consistent sustainable business practices, Destination Asia has become a member of the Travelife Sustainability in Tourism scheme. With 31 operational offices in Asia and 9 worldwide sales offices, Asia’s leading DMC has taken great steps to steer its practices along a more sustainable route and will now work closely with Travelife to manage and improve social and environmental impacts. As an engaged Travelife member, Destination Asia must comply with over 200 sustainability criteria that can be grouped into five key areas: Office operations; Product development; Working with suppliers; Customer relations and Destinations. “Through regular training, raised awareness and developing a culture of sustainable management and best practice guidance, Destination Asia aims to achieve certification, the third and highest level,” commented Nicholas Mulley, Chief Operating Officer of Destination Asia. “This process will run alongside our corporate social responsibility programs as we look to further develop and instill our ethical and environmental values throughout all areas of the business.” Since becoming an engaged Travelife member, Destination Asia has joined with other DMCs as members of the ‘Elephant camp welfare and sustainability standard and assessment initiative’. At present […]
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