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
Northern Ireland Travel News – The Big Travel Trade Event
PATA UK & Ireland is excited to announce that it will be exhibiting at this year’s Big Travel Trade Event organised by Norther Ireland Travel News. The event will take place in Templepatrick, just outside of Belfast, on the 13th & 14th June. PATA UK & Ireland will be hosting a stand alongside some of its key Chapter members, Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Thailand, The Philippine’s Department of Tourism, Tourism Fiji and Qantas Airways. The Big Travel Trade Event incorporates a travel trade exhibition as well as informal events hosted by various destinations, airlines, hoteliers & travel specialists. It is the ideal opportunity to liaise further with the top industry leaders and allows our PATA suppliers to develop and maintain relationships with the Northern Ireland travel trade. Over 360 travel agents attend the event throughout the two days, with leading destinations, airlines, hoteliers and airports exhibiting. If you will be attending the Big Travel Trade Event and would like to get in touch, or if you would like more information about PATA UK & Ireland’s presence, do get contact us on email@example.com
Tunbridge Wells Quiz Night
Join PATA UK for a unique pub quiz in Tunbridge Wells, 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 27th July 2017 at Vittle and Swig, 26-28 Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2PT. 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!
Taste of PATA 2017 When: Tuesday September 5th 2017 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! firstname.lastname@example.org Save money on your exhibition fee by becoming a member of PATA […]
Taste of PATA 2017
The Amazing Thailand Road Show
Thailand Tourism are bringing together some of their finest hotels, airlines, destination management companies and tour operators for a series of unmissable evenings in the UK. 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! 12 September – Edinburgh 13 September – Newcastle Spaces are limited. To register email the team: email@example.com
Cork Quiz Night
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 Tuesday 28th 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!
Belfast Quiz Night
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 30th 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!
Discover unique first hand food experiences including an ‘Authentic three generation cooking class’ with Indochina Services
Discover unique first hand food experiences including an ‘Authentic three generation cooking class’ with Indochina Services 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 […]
Hurry – Applications for Tourism Australia’s mega famil closing soon
Hurry – Applications for Tourism Australia’s mega famil closing soon There’s nothing like experiencing a destination first hand, which is why Tourism Australia is hosting its mega famil Corroboree West 2017 (CW17). 300 Aussie Specialists will get the chance to engage in specialised training and workshops, experience Australian tourism products and take part in exciting familiarisation trips around the country. Fly to Australia with airline partner Singapore Airlines. Your first stop is the Gold Coast where you will participate in workshops, training events and networking functions with over 100 Australian sellers. Then embark on one of 10 incredible famils throughout Queensland and across the country – you are guaranteed to come home convinced there’s nothing like Australia. Want to immerse in the beach lifestyle, abundant nature and dynamic culture of the Gold Coast, improve your destination and product knowledge and get to know Australia like a local? Qualify as an Aussie Specialist now by completing our free online training programme at www.aussiespecialist.com and apply for your chance to attend Corroboree West 2017. Hurry – applications close 28 April 2017. For more information, please visit www.aussiespecialist.com/cw17uk
Papua New Guinea Celebrates
Papua New Guinea Celebrates Thousands of years in the making, the culture of Papua New Guinea remains unique and untouched. Traditions are passionately maintained through art, initiations and ‘Sing Sings’. The country is home to about 1,000 tribes who, between them, speak more than 800 distinct languages and support an incredibly rich and diverse culture. During the summer, visitors are welcome to witness fascinating tribal traditions at the many festivals held throughout PNG, observing for themselves the exceptional ethnicity and eclectic explosions of colour and sound. In July The National Mask Festival, Kokopo, East New Britain is one of the first events to launch the season. In August Mount Hagen Cultural Show brings tribes together to celebrate and share their various activities. The Crocodile is revered at its’ very own Festival and the most ‘vibrant show’ on earth takes place in Goroka in September. For full details of all festivals please click here
Holy Visit of The Samaya Seminyak Team to Besakih Temple
Holy Visit of The Samaya Seminyak Team to Besakih Temple Besakih temple is the biggest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali. The Besakih’s name comes from the word of Basuki, where in Sanskrit Basuki means congratulation. In mythology of Samudramanthana, Basuki is a dragon that twined the Mount Mandara. This biggest temple in Bali is located in Besakih Village, Rendang Sub-district, Karangasem District and it has spectacular views over the surrounding valleys and is about a thousand years old. Besakih temple actually is a large complex of of 23 separate but related temples where the largest and most important temple is Penataran Agung temple. Every 10th Full Moon, the entire compound of Besakih celebrates the visit of the gods, with an enormous throng of visiting pilgrims. For this year, it fell on April 11th to May 2nd. On April 20th and 21st, The Samaya Seminyak held holly visit to Besakih temple. Around 40 people from management team and staffs participated in this holy visit. Not only to Besakih temple, the team also visited and prayed at Batur temple which is only around 30 minutes away. For more information please click here
Malaysia Airlines Appoints Its Marketing Manager and New Sales Support Agent
Malaysia Airlines Appoints Its Marketing Manager and New Sales Support Agent Malaysia Airlines has appointed Richard De Villa as Marketing Manager and Lilian Rotta as its new Sales Support Agent. Both started on 18 April 2017. Richard De Villa joined from the Philippines Department of Tourism in London where he spent over 10 years promoting the destination in Northern and Southern Europe. Richard De Villa will be handling all the marketing activities for Malaysia Airlines in UK and Europe. Lilian Rotta’s role is one of five new positions for the airline in sales and pricing signifying a massive expansion for the airline. Lilian Rotta has previously been with LATAM for over 2 years as sales support and will be playing a key role in Malaysia Airlines providing technical support to travel agencies in the UK and Europe. Both Richard and Lilian will be reporting to Adrian Keating, Malaysia Airlines’ Regional Manager for UK, Europe and USA. “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Richard and Lilian to the Malaysia Airlines team. These appointments are another positive sign of the Malaysia Airlines restructuring as we strive for profitability ahead of our plan for listing in 2019. We are excited and look forward […]
Chance to win with the Macao Specialist training programme!
Chance to win with the Macao Specialist training programme! To celebrate a refresh of the Macao Specialist training programme, agents who register and successfully complete at least one of the four modules by April 30 will automatically go into a prize draw for a chance to win one of 20 pairs of Portuguese wine, with all existing Macao Specialists also included. Reflecting Macao’s Portuguese-Chinese heritage, each prize will consist of a bottle of white and a bottle of tinto Marques de Borba wine from Portugal’s Alentejo region. For more information please click here
Two new Hong Kong hotel openings
Two new Hong Kong hotel openings Two hotels are opening up in Hong Kong this April, offering visitors new accommodation options to enjoy on a stay in this spectacular Asian city. The Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong is set to open along the shoreline of Hung Hom Bay on 28 April, becoming the first hotel to open up on the Kowloon waterfront since 1995. The hotel is the fourth Hong Kong property of the luxury hotel group Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and will be the city’s first urban resort. With 546 rooms, many with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong island skyline, guests can enjoy access to a variety of facilities, all designed to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding environment. Visitors can dine in one of five restaurants each featuring outdoor terraces overlooking Victoria Harbour, plus take advantage of spa treatments and extensive fitness facilities, including a 25-metre outdoor infinity swimming pool. Additionally, opening on 30 April, the new Disney Explorers Lodge will become Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s third hotel, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the adventures of intrepid explorers. The seven-storey property has 750 hotel rooms, each featuring an open sea view or landscape view of […]
All the latest news from Fiji!
All the latest news from Fiji – International Day of Happiness, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course and Fiji Airlines heading to Adelaide It is International Day of Happiness this week (Monday 20th March) which is a United Nations initiative introduced in 2011 that recognises ‘the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal’. As the only nation in the world to be an accredited partner, Tourism Fiji will be sharing stories via social media channels to a global audience about what makes Fiji such a happy place. A competition has also been running during this period and a dedicated microsite where users can vote on Fijian experiences that they feel best represent ‘where happiness finds you’. Matt Stoeckel, CEO of Tourism Fiji says: “Fiji is the place where happiness finds you and the hospitality extended its visitors is world renown. Tourism Fiji recognizes the synergies with the International Day of Happiness and through this partnership will showcase to the rest of the world what makes Fiji such a happy place.” Hole in One The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, together with the PGA of Australia have announced the dates for the 2017 Fiji International as 17th – 20th August 2017 […]
Spectacular Fire Dance
Spectacular Fire Dance Papua New Guinea is a beautiful charismatic country – a place for visitors to enjoy unique experiences. Perhaps the most spectacular of all is “The Baining Fire Dance”, held near Rabaul, East New Britain and a short flight from the capital Port Moresby. The iconic dance – performed only by men, commemorates various special events; the birth of new children in the village, the coming of age for young men entering adulthood, remembering relatives who have passed away. The dance begins after a massive bonfire is lit and the performers, wearing elaborate painted masks, dance through the flames accompanied by the rhythmic beat of bamboo poles. The villagers will not divulge why they do not get burnt; they continue until the fire totally fades. Visitors to Rabaul shouldn’t miss the impressive volcano and hot springs at Mount Tavurvur and additionally can enjoy a variety of water sports. See www.papuanewguinea.travel
Traditional festival meets contemporary celebration at the 2017 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival
Traditional festival meets contemporary celebration at the 2017 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival The annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival will return this year from 2-4 June 2017. Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association, the much anticipated event will see some 3,500 athletes from 100 local teams take part, as well as international teams from 15 countries and regions including the UK. The Dragon Boat Carnival will be held at Victoria Harbour and along Central Harbourfront and in true Hong Kong style, an ancient Chinese festival has become one of the world’s greatest parties! The event will feature four exciting elements: 1. Renowned Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races 2. San Miguel BeerFest offering visitors complimentary beer, entertainment and live music performances 3. Food Trucks Gala featuring an array of mouth-watering treats from some of the sixteen food trucks that were recently introduced in Hong Kong, as part of an initiative designed to help a new wave of start up chefs in Asia. 4. Coveted 20th Anniversary Trophy in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Dragon boat teams from each of the 18 […]
Beautiful Destinations releases stunning 3-minute video of Macao
Beautiful Destinations releases stunning 3-minute video of Macao Beautiful Destinations, who “celebrate the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences” has released a stunning video taken by its team last year during a visit to Macao. Showcasing everything visitors can see and do in Macao, from its beautiful World Heritage sites and traditional neighbourhoods to its spectacular modern day attractions and entertainment, click here to watch the video. www.macaotourism.gov.mo
Experience the semi submarine in the Maldives with Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Experience the semi submarine in the Maldives with Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort The upper part of the semi submarine remains above the sea surface at all times, when you enter it, you will step down into the underwater hull, below the sea level and, through large windows you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the underwater ecosystem of the barrier reef. In the sem i submarine you feel like you are actually diving. The day-light tour explores our beautiful house reef with its marine life: colourful fishes and, if you are lucky, you can see also turtles and sharks. During the South West Monsoon the visibility is fantastic and you feel really to be there, into the water. In the other monsoon, the presence of plankton will reduce the visibility but offers many nutrients and we have plenty of fish around the island. During the night tour you get the chance to experience a real night show, completely different from the daytime. On the reef, fishes camouflage themselves reducing the brightness of their colour, assuming the colour of the barrier reef. With our fluo-light you have the possibility to observe sea creatures with fluorescent colours, usually invisible to the naked eye. This marvel of nature is based on the property of some marine […]
Kamalaya named “Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year” at the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2017
Kamalaya named “Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year” at the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2017 At the recent prestigious World Spa & Wellness Awards Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was named “Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year”. As one of the leading honours in the wellness industry the World Spa & Wellness Awards acknowledge the global excellence of care, service and quality with the aim to both inspire spas and to develop global standards. Kamalaya was shortlisted alongside five highly reputed properties from across the world, assessed by an independent jury of experienced industry professionals. Kamalaya is located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. The resort offers a holistic wellness experience that integrates healing therapies from East and West, a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, holistic fitness practices and customised wellness programs ranging from Detoxification to Stress & Burnout, as well as Healthy Lifestyle, Yoga Synergy and Emotional Balance. For more information please visit www.kamalaya.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oscar Lopera will join Diethelm Travel to drive product development across the company
Oscar Lopera will join Diethelm Travel to drive product development across the company Diethelm Travel Group (DTG), an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, has announced that Oscar Lopera will assume the position of Group Product & Contracting Director beginning on 06 March 2017. He will be responsible for managing the company’s overarching product development and contracting strategy working closely with Diethelm Travel’s 12 regional product managers and directors to ensure all products meet Diethelm Travel’s high standard of quality while also creating unique and innovative offerings to add to the company’s portfolio. Originally from the U.K., Lopera will join the company at the Diethelm Travel headquarters in Bangkok. With more than 15 years working in the industry, including positions in both the mainstream and luxury sectors with operators such as Western & Oriental and Aspire Holidays, Lopera brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of the business, from commercial and marketing to product development and contracting. He was most recently a Senior Purchasing Manager for Dnata Travel overseeing a team responsible for procuring Asia Pacific product remit on behalf of the Dnata Travel portfolio, which included brands such as Emirates Holidays, Dnata Travel as well as the former Gold Medal […]
There’s so much to see in Cambodia!
There’s so much to see in Cambodia! This month it’s all about Cambodia! Most visitors head to the temples at Angkor, but there’s much more on offer than just a trip to Siem Reap. Cambodia’s beaches are becoming more popular with more tourism infrastructure available, and all at a great price. Fancy dipping your toes in the water of this extraordinary country? Then try our short beach break, and combine it with a visit to one of the cultural jewels in the world crown. Click here for more information
New Qantas safety video to show best of Australia
New Qantas safety video to show best of Australia Qantas has unveiled a new inflight safety video featuring some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes and locations. The new film is an evolution of the national carrier’s 2016 safety video, which had more than 90 million views across Qantas’ in-flight and social media platforms. The 2017 production features everyday Australians in unique destinations across every state and territory, ranging from the Victorian ski fields to sand surfing at Queensland’s Moreton Island. It also features several cameo appearances, including a Bangarra dance performance overlooking Botany Bay, the crew from “Wild Oats XI” showing Sydney Harbour in all its glory, and designer Daniel Avakian on a Melbourne fashion runway. Qantas will be using content from the video to promote the destinations it showcases for Australia’s key tourism markets. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the goal was to make the safety video engaging as well as informative. “What we’ve found is that it’s a lot easier to grab people’s attention with something that’s interesting to watch,” Mr Joyce said. “We know the combination of beautiful landscapes and laid-back Aussie charm really cuts through. It’s also why this video doubles as a perfect tourism ad. “Finding […]
Destination Asia Video Suite Provides New Perspective
Destination Asia Video Suite Provides New Perspective Destination Asia has announced it will soon release the Destination Asia Video Suite – a collection of short video clips revealing their 11 destinations as never seen before. Included is a link to one clip as a sneak preview of what’s to come. The video suite is being developed to provide Destination Asia’s partners with a unique advantage when competing for new business. The HD videos make use of the latest camera technology and add a competitive edge to proposals and marketing collateral. They also make useful training tools to introduce a country; and help refresh on the visual aspects of destinations in Asia. The videos have been a year in the making with teams on the ground, in the air, on boats, flying drones and climbing mountains to capture the best possible shots. The complete video suite will be launched in the coming months. For more clips follow ‘Destination Asia’ on Instagram. If you would like to know more about using these videos, please email: email@example.com Exclusive video clip of Indonesia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZscPubdPXo
Amazing Thailand Road Shows 2017
Amazing Thailand Road Shows 2017 Edinburgh – 12th September Newcastle – 13th September Thailand Tourism are bringing together some of their finest hotels, airlines and destination management companies for a series of unmissable evenings in the UK, including Edinburgh on 12th September and Newcastle on the 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 please click here
Philippine Airlines and Tourism Australia Launch The Great Australian Challenge to front line agents
Premier ASP clinch title at inaugural Great Australian Challenge Last night Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Tourism Australia hosted its newest agent event for 2017, The Great Australian Challenge at the Hippodrome in London’s Leicester Square. Over 80 agents were tested on their Aussie trivia for the chance to win free flights to Australia, which went to top scoring inaugural title holders the Premier Aussie Specialist team. On the night Philippine Airlines doubled the prize to give the winners a pair of tickets each Down Under. David Cochrane, Country Manager for Philippine Airlines UK & Ireland said ‘We were totally thrilled by the turnout for this event, which we hope will be the first of many. It is always great to get face to face with the trade to build and maintain awareness for PAL’s products, services and network especially as we continue to expand our presence in Australia’. Denise von Wald, Regional General Manager for Tourism Australia added ‘Tourism Australia is committed to working with the trade, and our award winning Aussie Specialist Program gives agents the opportunity to build on their knowledge of Australia, helping them to sell the destination even more effectively. Events such as The Great Australian […]
Largest Ever Familiarisation Trip around The Philippines
Philippine Airlines and The Philippine Department of Tourism London to Host Largest Ever Familiarisation Trip for UK Agents to Multiple Destinations in the Country This March Philippine Airlines (PAL) and the Philippine Department of Tourism London (PDOT) are to host a ‘Philippines MEGAFAM’ for agents to key destinations throughout the archipelago. The week-long familiarisation trip will be the first of its kind at this scale, with a selection of almost 50 travel agents ranging from large consolidators, OTAs and dive specialists to luxury leisure boutique agencies. Attendees will travel on PAL’s regular scheduled daily flight from London Heathrow, arriving in Manila on March 27th ahead of a tour of the capital, taking in the Spanish colonial era walled city of Intramuros, followed by a business-to-business networking session to meet with the local tourism industry with a welcome dinner in the evening. The group will then split into four, with the first itinerary going to Boracay and Cebu, the second to Cebu and Bohol, the third to Puerto Princessa and El Nido with the last group visiting Dumaguete and Puerto Galera for diving. Each trip will be accompanied by representatives from PAL and the PDOT. David Cochrane, Country Manager for PAL […]
Apply for Tourism Australia’s Corroboree West 2017 now
Apply for Tourism Australia’s Corroboree West 2017 now There’s nothing like experiencing a destination first hand, which is why Tourism Australia, in partnership with Singapore Airlines and Destination Gold Coast, is hosting its mega famil Corroboree West 2017 (CW17). 300 Aussie Specialist agents from the UK, Germany, Italy, France, the US, Canada and Brazil will get the chance to engage in specialised training and workshops, experience Australian tourism products and take part in exciting familiarisation trips around the country. Workshops and networking functions with over 100 Australian sellers will be held from 9 to 14 October on the Gold Coast where agents can improve their product and destination knowledge and immerse in the beach lifestyle, abundant nature and dynamic culture which make this part of Queensland such an enduring destination. Following this, agents will join one of many incredible famils throughout Queensland and across the country – and are guaranteed to come home convinced there’s nothing like Australia. Travel for Corroboree West 2017 takes place between 7 and 21 October 2017, depending on the departure date of the selected familiarisation. Attendance is exclusively for qualified Aussie Specialists. Not an Aussie Specialist yet? Qualify and apply by 28 April 2017 for […]
Philippine Airlines unveils first-ever nationwide crowdsourced Inflight Safety Video
Philippine Airlines (PAL) unveils first-ever nationwide crowdsourced Inflight Safety Video Starting this year, Philippine Airlines will be showing the Heart of the Nation Inflight Safety Video promoting the importance of safety as it brings passengers to different destinations all over the Philippines and the world. PAL’s inflight safety video, which is in line with the company’s brand equity “The Heart of the Filipino”, was co-developed with McCann Worldgroup Philippines, Inc.with the support of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Department of Tourism (DOT). A first-of-its-kind in the world, the nationwide crowdsourced inflight safety video was inspired by two unique Filipino traits – being “maaruga” (caring) and the spirit of “bayanihan”(unity/cooperation). The production, which kicked off in Legazpi and continued in Cebu, Boracay, Davao, Coron, Laoag, Bohol, Cagayan De Oro and Manila, entailed auditions in the nine Philippine destinations. Filipinos from these nine provinces were invited to audition and demonstrate the latest safety guidelines for PAL’ safety video. “Last year, Philippine Airlines celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a renewed mission and vision of becoming a 5-star full-service airline by 2020. As more and more people fall in love with flying, we recognize the responsibility to provide our passengers a level of care […]
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Announces All-Inclusive ‘Dream Wedding Package’
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Announces All-Inclusive ‘Dream Wedding Package’ Phuket, Thailand – Four nights’ accommodation for the bride and groom and an anniversary stay are part of a new wedding ceremony and reception package at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort overlooking the beautiful Andaman Sea at Laguna Phuket in Thailand. The Dream Wedding Package includes an international or Asian buffet dinner, three-hour beverage service, including house wine and local spirits, three-tier wedding cake, floral table centerpieces and venue hire. Priced at THB200,000* (US$5700/€5392/£4580) for 50 guests, the Dream Wedding Package also offers a choice of a Thai or western ceremony on the beach or in a tropical garden setting overlooking the pool, a personal wedding coordinator, a master of ceremonies, resort marriage certificate, flower arrangements and corsage and bouquets for up to six guests. The four nights’ accommodation for the bride and groom is in a one-bedroom Sea View Suite and includes daily breakfast and return airport transfers. The Anniversary stay provides two nights’ complimentary accommodation with a stay of seven nights or more. The Dream Wedding Package is valid from March 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018. Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is 20 minutes from Phuket International […]
Destination Asia Launch 2017 Experiences Calendar
Destination Asia Launch 2017 Experiences Calendar Destination Asia has produced a comprehensive 2017 events calendar complete with celebrations, events and weather expectations to show how rich and diversified Asia can be month by month – and that it’s possible to travel in Asia all year round! (Open the Calendar) No matter the month there is always an adventure waiting, stunning landscapes to admire, a changing of the season that brings with it new and unforgettable opportunities. At Destination Asia we believe there is no low season in Asia. When it rains the waterfalls become blissful sanctuaries, river levels rise to provide exceptional kayaking, floating villages breathe a new lease of life, grasslands turn vivid green and rice grows ubiquitously while rates for accommodation are at their lowest. Cold weather in Northern Asia means winter sports, skiing, snowboarding, ice festivals. And if that isn’t your thing, don’t worry – there are hot and sunny destinations in Asia every month of the year. (Open the experiences calendar)
Unmissable evenings with Tourism Thailand
Unmissable evenings with Tourism Thailand 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 and Ireland. These entertaining nights will include ‘workshop style’ speed dating, with tasty Thai food, chilled beer, wine and soft drinks, plus relaxing Thai massages and a free prize draw to win a Fam trip to Thailand. Edinburgh – 12 September Newcaslte – 13 September Spaces are limited. To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Industry Veterans Yvonne Wong and Judy Lum will Serve As Diethelm Travel Singapore’s New Business Consultant and General Manager
Industry Veterans Yvonne Wong and Judy Lum will Serve As Diethelm Travel Singapore’s New Business Consultant and General Manager BANGKOK – 16 January 2017 – Diethelm Travel Group (DTG), an award-winning inbound tour operator servicing Asia, today announced appointments of two key senior management positions for Diethelm Travel Singapore, including Yvonne Wong taking the position of Business Consultant (active now) and Judy Lum assuming the role General Manager beginning 4 February 2017. As Diethelm Travel Singapore’s new Business Consultant, Wong now support the development of the business. Wong first started working with Holiday Tours & Travel including roles in administration, ticketing and inbound. In the 1990s she moved to Jakarta to manage launching a new Holiday Tours & Travel office, which she then headed for five years. Wong returned to Singapore in 2000 as the General Manager of Tour East Singapore where she was responsible for the overall business activities, day-to-day operations and performance of the company. Lum began her career as a tour guide before moving to Holiday Tours & Travel where she worked in operations, as well as product and business development. In 1996, she assumed the position of General Manager Sales & Marketing Singapore for Tour East before subsequently being promoted to […]
Birds of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest BBC 2
Birds of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest BBC 2 In 2004 BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner was shot and left for dead following an al-Qaeda ambush in Saudi Arabia. While he lay in hospital, during a long and painful recovery, he thought of all the opportunities he’d missed, particularly his ambition, as a confirmed birdwatcher, to go to Papua New Guinea and see the elusive birds of paradise. Last year Gardner fulfilled this ambition; despite using a wheelchair and with typical determination he embarked on a three-week expedition. The B.B.C. had commissioned a two part series to film the journey. Frank’s travelling companion was veteran explorer Benedict Allen, who had spent months living in PNG in his 20’s – and was welcomed back by the villagers as a son. Frank and Benedict’s adventures make fascinating viewing giving a unique and touching insight into the people and landscapes of Papua New Guinea. www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08dxr8d via @bbciplayer www.papuanewguinea.travel
Show Time in Macao
Show Time in Macao When it comes to evening entertainment few places in Asia can compete with Macao for the sheer range of options. High on the list is the spectacular House of Dancing Water, unique to Macao it is the world’s largest water-based show, where performers dive from dizzying heights and perform jaw-dropping acrobatics for an awe-struck audience. Just one of the many options to keep your clients entertained. For more information please click here.
9 Day Southern Sojourn – SIC Tour
9 Day Southern Sojourn – SIC Tour Short on time yet want to see the very best of New Zealand. This seat in coach tour offered by Pacific Destinations is for you. Spend 9 days discovering New Zealand’s beautiful South Island. You will start your trip off in beautiful Christchurch which retains something of the English nature of its origins – the willow and oak-lined River Avon and clustered medieval stone buildings. Making your way down to the magnificent scenery of Franz Josef and onto Queenstown: set alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu, under the gaze of the Remarkables Ranges. See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor. This tour continues to Dunedin known for the Albatross and Penguin colonies plus many species of New Zealand wildlife before finishing back in Christchurch. For more details on this and many other seat in coach tours throughout New Zealand and Australia please contact Bryan at Pacific Destinations – email@example.com
Ananda Spa in the Himalayas – the perfect base for those attending the International Yoga Festival
Ananda Spa in the Himalayas – the perfect base for those attending the International Yoga Festival Since its launch in 1989, the International Yoga Festival has grown to a festival which now brings hundreds from all over the world to the ancient city of Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas. During March, 70 Yoga gurus, teachers, students and seekers come from every corner of the globe to this ‘spiritual birthplace of yoga’ to participate in this event. Besides yoga sessions from various exponents of different forms of yoga, revered saints and spiritual masters from within India explore the depths of the union of body and mind. Ananda offers the perfect tranquil setting from where to experience the International Yoga Festival. Start a path of insightful discovery with an immersive wellness program at Ananda in the Himalayas. From traditional Ayurvedic therapies to Tibetan wellness experiences, Hatha Yoga and guided Meditation, and Vedanta talks and discussions. Daily transfers to Rishikesh for the Yoga festival are available on request. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.anandaspa.com
There’s more to Indonesia than Bali- check out what else this beautiful region has to offer!
There’s more to Indonesia than Bali- check out what else this beautiful region has to offer! Bali remains one of the most popular attractions in Asia, with nightlife, restaurants and plenty to see and do. But that only scratches the surface of what this glorious region offers. For example, you could enjoy a full day off the tourist trail on Nusa Penida, a neighboring island of Bali. Blessed with stunning natural beauty, including beautiful beaches and cascading waterfalls, the island is also known for its religious sites, and Hindu Balinese regularly visit the island for praying. The island can be reached by boat crossing the Badung strait for about 45 minutes. Click here for more information. Or instead why not take a trip to Jimbaran Beach, one of the best in Bali for swimming before boarding the Dedari boat for a cruise through the bay, taking in the famous cliff hanging temple at Uluwatu. Click here for more information For the more adventurously minded, a four night tour to West Sumba, one of the Lesser Sunda Islands in the province of East Nusa Tenggara will provide the perfect contrast to the life and bustle of the Bali everyone knows. Read more […]
Feel the love in Hong Kong
Feel the love in Hong Kong with these top ten romantic hotspots for lovebirds to enjoy – With its stunning harbour front, amazing restaurants and beautiful beaches, Hong Kong is an ideal setting for a romantic break. Here are some top tips for those looking to add some romance to their trip. 1. Take a ride on the observation wheel Enjoy romantic day or night-time views of the spectacular Victoria Harbour on the 60-metre-high Hong Kong Observation Wheel. For an extra special experience, book the luxurious VIP cabin with its leather seats and crystal floor! 2. Enjoy a meal accompanied by the sound of the ocean in a beach-side restaurant Enjoy a dinner à deux whilst soaking up the sea views – what could be more romantic? Whether it’s a relaxed seafood dinner at The Beach House in South Lantau or a decadent meal in chic hotspot Cabana, Hong Kong has an array of options for indulgent seaside dining. 3. Sip cocktails at a rooftop bar Take in the spectacular views that Hong Kong has to offer with a delicious cocktail in hand. Top recommendations include Ozone, Hong Kong’s highest bar, which is located on the 118th floor of the tallest hotel in […]
Corroboree West 2017 – join us in Australia this autumn!
Corroboree West 2017 – join us in Australia this autumn! There’s nothing like experiencing Australia first-hand – it’s the key to selling this amazing destination effectively to your clients. We realise the importance and are excited about our mega-famil Corroboree West 2017 (CW17) which will take place in October 2017. As we prepare to open applications next month, you will find more information appearing on the Aussie Specialist website, including a video of the last Corroboree in Adelaide. Give yourself a head start by completing your training (if you haven’t already) and all STO modules as preference will be given to Aussie Specialists who have completed all STO modules. We will notify all Aussie Specialists when applications open, so look out for our newsletter or check the Aussie Specialist website for more information.
Nyepi, A Uniqueness You Can Only Experience In Bali
Nyepi, A Uniqueness You Can Only Experience In Bali Nyepi or Day of Silent is the Balinese Hindu New Year. Nyepi is calculated according to the Çaka lunar calendar and falls at the time of the new moon in the months of March or April each year. The celebration of Nyepi Day starts with Melasti ceremony which is held 3 or 4 days before Nyepi Day. This ceremony is aimed to clean all nature and its content and performed with a parade procession followed by thousands of Hindu people by bringing all sacred objects. The day before Nyepi Day, Tawur Kesanga is performed in order to vanquish negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. In the evening, the Balinese parade the streets with the ogoh-ogohs; a giant monster doll in the form of demon characters as symbol of evil (bhuta). During the Nyepi Day, the four rules called Catur Brata Penyepian which consists of Amati Lelungan (no travelling), Amati Geni (no fire or lights), Amati Karya (no work or physical activities) and Amati Lelanguan (no making noise) will be implemented. The Island literally switches off, airport closed, roads empty, within the environs of a hotel one can still get those not to be missed home comforts, […]
Malamala Beach Club to open mid-2017 in Fiji
Malamala Beach Club to open mid-2017 in Fiji Welcome to Malamala Beach Club – Fiji, Fiji’s newest day-activity, slated to open mid-2017, is just 30 minutes from Port Denarau Marina, Fiji. The completely refurbished beach club will offer exclusive transfer services, a-la-carte dining option, local and international beverage selection as well as one of Fiji’s largest infinity pools with easy access to the crystal blue waters of the pacific ocean.
Tufi Resort – Paradise Found
Tufi Resort – Paradise Found Tufi resort, placed to perfection, positioned in one of the most beautiful and pristine regions of Papua New Guinea (PNG); nestled on one of the world’s rare tropical fjord hilltops, only accessible by air or sea. The resort offers some of the finest diving in the country. There are over 30 major dive sites in the nearby tropical waters of the Solomon Sea and stunning marine biodiversity makes this a unique reef system. Schools of tuna, Spanish mackerel, barracuda, reef sharks and hammerheads all inhabit this exotic water. As an alternative to diving the region offers short to medium trekking trips, bird watching and cultural demonstrations. For visitors who wish to truly experience local ethos, overnight stays in village guesthouses are on offer with proceeds donated back to the community, underlining the resorts commitment to responsible tourism. For more information, please visit www.papuanewguinea.travel or click here
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Outrigger Phuket
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Outrigger Phuket The Outrigger Phuket has put together an unforgettable Valantine’s day dinner under the stars at the beachfront. Chef Roberto Conrad has created a romantic five-course menu at Edgewater Restaurant. THB 6,500++ for five courses per couple including a glass of sparkling wine and red rose for a lady.
Discover a different side of Fiji
Discover a different side to Fiji Your journey to discovery starts on arrival at Nadi International Airport. Our self-drive itinerary has been designed to create an array of wonderful memories by taking the road less travelled, connecting with the Fijian people from different regions, towns and cities; immerse yourself into their rich culture and history as our itinerary provides you with many opportunities to do so; and along the way; taking in the diverse, breath-taking scenery. We guarantee that you will be immensely touched by the friendliness of the Fijians; whose smiles are almost permanently etched on their faces. For more details, contact Bryan at Pacific Destinations on email@example.com
Macao’s Chinese New Year Celebrations
Macao’s Chinese New Year Celebrations Macao is getting ready to usher in the Year of the Rooster with a range of exciting and colourful celebrations including parades and firework displays. Chinese New Year (28 – 30 January) is one of the most important festivals in Macao’s calendar, which is filled with unmissable festivals and events in 2017. Highlights include the Feast of the Drunken Dragon (3 May), 29th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest (2 September – 1 October) and the 64th Macau Grand Prix (16th – 19th November). Click here to see the full calendar of events.
Tourism Australia wish PATA agents a Happy Australia Day on 26th January 2017
Tourism Australia wish PATA agents a Happy Australia Day on 26th January 2017 Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia celebrated annually on 26 January. It marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships in New South Wales and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove. Each year parties, fireworks displays and barbeques are held across the country, as Aussies enjoy a day off from work to mark the occasion. Tourism Australia would like to wish all PATA agents a Happy Australia Day and best wishes for 2017. With a range of excellent airline fares on sale at the moment, it has never been more affordable for Brits to fly from the UK to Australia. So, we encourage you to share the story of why there’s nothing like a holiday in Australia with your clients and help us sell the destination this year.
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