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The Taste Norfolk Island Food Festival is back from 26 – 30 November 2018 and once again will be showcasing magnificent locally grown, fresh, organic produce presented by a talented line-up of Chefs.

Norfolk Island is a food lover’s destination boasting 20 plus eating out places presenting the freshest of fish,

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Tauck Australia advises the new Tauck 2019 Small Ship Cruising brochures are now available to order on TIFS.

For 25 years, Tauck has shared a passion for sailing with guests, including signature land sightseeing and longstanding partnerships which have created unforgettable travel experiences in favourite destinations the world over and small ship cruises which rank as some of the most popular journeys.

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During the current closure at Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, for its latest period of renovation works, the highly skilled professionals at this renowned wellness resort, continue their research into and work on tailoring the array of Specialty Retreats and other personalised treatments and therapies which will again be available to guests upon the property’s re-opening on 1 November 2018.

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Tauck Australia has announced the launch of an App across all Tauck’s tours designed to enhance the experience for clients and enable them to make the most of their Tauck journey from start to finish.

Available once full payment has been made, this complimentary tool will provide clients with a list of area activities to enjoy if they have chosen to stay at the selected Tauck hotel before or after their itinerary,

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The Library in Koh Samui is named Hospitality Winner for its Secret Chapters at the BCI Interior Design Awards (IDA) Asia for 2018.

This year’s awards, announced in June 2018, included entries from properties across Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam with the winners selected according to:

  • Spatial design: space usage,

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Tamarind Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand has extended its Bonus Night Offer accepting for new bookings received until 31 July 2018 for stays from now until 30 September 2018.

Bonus nights are capped at a maximum two nights i.e. applicable for 2 + 1 and 4 + 2 respective paid and bonus nights.

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Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand has announced a Worldwide Summer Offer for new bookings received until 31 July 2018 for travel to the resort from now until 30 September 2018.

Bonus nights are capped at a maximum three nights s i.e. applicable for 2 + 1, 4 + 2 and 6 + 3 respective paid and bonus nights.

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To celebrate Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions’ 30th birthday in 2018, Travel the World and Ponant have announced an exclusive Agent Incentive and Client Offer.

Agents booking any Ponant 2018, 2019 and/or 2020 Antarctica cruises or any 2019 Kimberley Expeditions’ cruises by 31 July 2018 will receive an additional 5% commission and a $550 Coles/Myer gift card per passenger booked.

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Windstar Cruises has announced an End of Financial Year Agent Incentive running throughout June.

Agents book and depositing on any 2018 or 2019 Windstar cruise between 1 June and 30 June 2018 will receive a $50 Coles/Myer gift card per booking.

Windstar Cruises Australia will track all bookings and email totals made during this period to agents,

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Tauck Australia has announced Mid-Year Agent Incentive for bookings of Tauck river cruises, land journeys or small ship cruises made during June.

Agents making any 2018 Tauck bookings will receive $100 Coles/Myer gift card per booking and, for 2019 bookings, agents will receive a $50 Coles/Myer gift card per booking.

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Chiva-Som International Health Resort has commenced the third stage of its renovation program running from May through to October with the reopening scheduled for 1 November 2018.

The latest developments to the leading wellness resort, situated in Hua Hin, Thailand, will comprise a complete overhaul to the Thai Pavilions,

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Finnair has announced changes in its Finnair Plus frequent flyer program which, combined with the updates made earlier this year, makes this the most competitive reward program in the region.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager and Acting General Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen confirmed from 4 June 2018 Finnair will be lowering its flight award prices,

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The Norfolk Island Jazz Festival is back again in 2018 featuring a terrific line-up of artists performing in amazing settings, including World Heritage Kingston, providing the perfect and fascinating backdrop for a fun and musical experience for everyone.

Turning up the volume on popular jazz hits will be top acts including Australia’s The Jazz Factory,

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Finnair’s CEO, Pekka Vauramo, has given notice of his resignation from the company to join Metso Corporation as new CEO.

He will leave Finnair at the latest in November 2018. The search for Vauramo’s successor has commenced.

“The Board of Finnair is naturally sad to see Pekka Vauramo leave the company,

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Small ship cruise line, Windstar Cruises has hired a team of Sommeliers to serve guests on sailings in 270 ports around the world.

These new wine experts provide a major guest enhancement as the northern Summer cruise season begins and builds on the trend for ongoing fleet-wide enhancements to Windstar’s wine,

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Finnair continues its Signature Chef program and is, for the first time, featuring a a signature menu designed by a Korean chef.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager and Acting General Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said the new menu, created by acclaimed Korean Chef, Sung-Yeol Nam is now available in business class on Finnair’s flights from Seoul to Helsinki.

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Australian couples wishing to tie the knot in Italy can now do so in undoubtedly the world’s most romantic location at CastaDiva Resort & Spa on the shores of Lake Como.

The first and only hotel in this extraordinary location to offer civil ceremonies with legal value right,

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Finnair has reported strong sales growth in the Australian market for January to March 2018.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager and Acting General Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said ticketed revenue was up 43% compared to Q1 last year, much of which can be attributed to a further increase in business class sales.

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Winter is the time to escape to Norfolk Island for a holiday break offering the perfect combination of food and wine, beaches, history and culture, nature, adventure, relaxation and wonderful hospitality.

Omniche Holidays has announced a 7-night Norfolk Island Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel offer which includes a $660 discount on accommodation for bookings received by 4 May 2018 for travel ex- Sydney,

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The Unique Tourism Collection (UTC) has been appointed to represent Sri Lanka’s KK Collection in Australia. The creation of renowned interior designer George Cooper, KK Collection encompasses two complementary and equally chic boutique hotels, Kahanda Kanda and KK Beach.

Owner and founder, George Cooper said,

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Windstar Cruises’ second season for the 212-passenger Star Legend in Asia kicks off in the northern Autumn of 2018 after the vessel’s inaugural Alaska season in the upcoming Summer months.

The return to Asia for Windstar in 2018/19 will bring four new cruises, as well as the recurrence of four of the company’s most popular cruises from its 2017/18 season sailing in the region for a total of 27 sailings.

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Tauck has officially welcomed ms Treasures and ms Esprit back into its riverboat fleet in April 2018 following a massive reconfiguration of the vessels’ interior spaces that has resulted in enlarged cabins and reduced passenger count. 

The Treasures and Esprit are the last of Tauck’s four 110-metre ships to undergo the radical transformation. 

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Finnair has been announced as one of the winners in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards in the category of Major Airline-Europe.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said Finnair was delighted to feature in TripAdvisor’s awards acknowledging the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines worldwide gathered over a 12-month period.

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Chiva-Som International Health Resort, which enjoys a reputation as a pioneer in global wellness, is proud to unveil its new website. 

The latest enhancement to be announced in a series of developments at Chiva-Som, including a resort-wide renovation and a new visual identity, this new site allows guests to book online for the first time.

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The Library in Koh Samui is celebrating Thailand’s Songkran Lunar New Year on 13 April by announcing an extension of the resort’s introductory Secret Pool Villa offer through to 15 July 2018.

The special offer of THB27,064 per night will apply for two people staying a minimum 3-nights in a one-bedroom Secret Pool Villa during this period and will also include daily breakfast and a roundtrip Samui airport transfer.

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Aqua Expeditions Australia has announced an exclusive 8-night Fly-Cruise-Stay offer departing Sydney 20 June and 1 August 2018 for guests wishing to join celebrated chef, David Thompson who is hosting two cruises aboard the fabulous Aqua Mekong.

This special offer represents a saving of 30% and is priced from $7091 per person twin share in a First Deck Suite including:

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Tamarind Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand has announced a Bonus Night Offer for new bookings received until 30 April for stays from 7 April to 30 June 2018.

Bonus nights are capped at a maximum two nights i.e. applicable for 2 + 1 and 4 + 2 paid and bonus nights.

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Chiva-Som International Health Resort is renowned for its holistic approach to health and wellness with guests inspired by the nature of the stunning setting in Hua Hin, Thailand and the quality of expertise, treatments and facilities.

One of the constant challenges in current times facing many guests – and people the world over – is difficulty in getting to sleep and/or waking up in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated – ready to face the day ahead.

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Those suffering from chronic conditions or who struggle to feel at their best will recover their sense of awareness by embracing a Natural Renewal retreat at leading health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Chiva-Som, which provides a Haven of Life to guests seeking health and wellness,

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Guests on Windstar’s 51-day Grand Mediterranean adventure will embark the 310-passenger MSY Wind Surf on 7 July 2019 in Europe’s westernmost port of Lisbon, Portugal, prepared for an epic journey visiting the best ports in central Europe sailing across the culturally-rich Mediterranean,

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Tauck has announced details of its new 10-Day Autumn Along The Rhine…Munich’s Oktoberfest trip with two departures only on 16 and 24 September 2019.

This exclusive trip will combine a 7-night river cruise on the Rhine with a 2-night land stay in the heart of Munich to experience the world’s largest Oktoberfest celebration.

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Finnair has announced additional frequencies to some of the airline’s popular destinations for the 2018/2019 European Winter season.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said the increase of flights between Helsinki and various popular destinations offered greater availability for Finnair passengers from Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia during the European Winter Season.

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Norfolk Island Travel Centre has confirmed final bookings for its private charter from Auckland to the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival must be locked in by 23 March 2018.

The Festival is being held from 19 – 26 May with headline acts back again from New Zealand including Dennis Marsh who has some 26 albums under his belt,

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Aqua Expeditions, the leading luxury river cruise operator, is continuing its successful collaboration with renowned champion of ocean conservation and environmental protection, Jean-Michel Cousteau, offering additional cruises in October 2018 hosted by the famed explorer on Aria Amazon.

Following sold-out cruises on Aria Amazon with the legendary conservationist in 2017 and in February 2018,

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Back in the charts for 2018 is the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival celebrating 25 years of bringing together top line Australian and New Zealand artists and discovering new and amazing talent.

Headline acts during the week-long program of special events in May will be the hugely successful and much awarded Troy Cassar-Daley and Shannon Noll who are sure to thrill the throng of musical devotees gathered on the island,

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CastaDiva Resort & Spa in Lake Como, Italy has appointed Sydney-based The Unique Tourism Collection (UTC) to represent its sales, marketing and public relations activity in Australia.

CastaDiva Resort & Spa General Manager, Andrea Luri said, “Lake Como has long enjoyed a steady stream of Australian visitors. We look forward to working with UTC to share our story with this all-important market and encourage more Australians to experience the true romance of this extraordinary Italian landscape”.

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Thailand’s pioneering health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som welcomes Vaipanya Kongkwanyuen as new General Manager.

Mr Vaipanya is returning home to Chiva-Som, having been the Director of Food & Beverage for the resort in 1994 in the early stages of the journey, during the pre-opening phase.

He was recently based in China (Beijing,

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The Library in Koh Samui, Thailand is offering up to 30% off rack rates commissionable at 15% for travel agent bookings received by 30 March for guest travel to this acclaimed Thai property until 20 December 2018.

A 40% discount off rack rates for the Secret Pool Villas,

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Finnair will open a direct year-round route between Helsinki and Belarus capital, Minsk on 9 June 2018.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said the flights between Helsinki and Minsk would operate Tuesdays and Saturdays with an Embraer 190 aircraft.

Currently, Finnair also co-operates with Belavia on the Helsinki-Minsk route and Finnair’s own flights will bring the total amount of weekly services to four.

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Chiva-Som invites guests to join in a specially tailored Fitness retreat for those wishing to focus on nurturing their body and achieving personal wellness goals during their visit to this acclaimed international health destination in Thailand.

This specialised regime is designed to provide the guest with the necessary tools to create a healthier and more complete lifestyle with a wide-range of daily classes overseen by experienced trainers and physiotherapists.

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Tauck Australia is offering a $500 per person air credit and bonus night hotel stay on bookings made by 30 March for Tauck’s 15-day Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat northbound and southbound cruises in 2018.

The 15-day Danube, Main and Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest – and in reverse direction – will take guests on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals,

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Norfolk Island Tourism has released its new There’s More To Norfolk Island brochure which provides details of the latest experiences to be enjoyed at this popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians.

The 28-page brochure discusses the wonderful variety of wellbeing, dining, cultural, historical, family, relaxation, action-packed and nature-based island and water activities and adventures available to all who venture to this travel hot spot.

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Guests booking Aqua Mekong cruises in 2018 being hosted by acclaimed Australian Chef, David Thompson, will be able to take advantage of 30% savings on normal cruise prices for these special June and August departures.

The 4-night cruises from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh from 22 – 26 June and 3 – 7 August will include exclusive hosted components with David,

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Roland Svensson has been named Group General Manager Alba Hospitality and General Manager of Alba Wellness Resort Hue in Vietnam.

Mr Svensson has a wealth of hotel and resort experience, having worked in a number of international properties, commencing with senior Food & Beverage appointments in Dubai, Macau,

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Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand has announced a Bonus Night Summer Offer for new bookings received until 28 February 2018 for travel to the resort from 10 May to 31 October 2018.

Bonus nights are capped at a maximum four nights i.e. applicable for 3 +1, 5 +2, 7 + 3 and 10 + 4 paid and bonus nights.

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Finnair has announced it is now providing a wide selection of international newspapers in digital format for customers on its long-haul flights.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen confirmed 50 plus international newspapers can be read in pdf format through the Nordic Sky portal that is available onboard Finnair’s A330 and A350 aircraft.

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Finnair continues its Signature Chef program by introducing the airline’s first Japanese Signature Chef.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said Tokyo-based top chef, Rika Maezawa, had designed a series of five seasonal signature menus to be served in the Business class of Finnair´s flights from Tokyo to Helsinki commencing 7 February 2018.

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Travel the World, Premium Travel Service Provider for Tauck (Tauck Australia), Windstar Cruises (Windstar Australia), Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions, Aqua Expeditions (Aqua Expeditions Australia), Silversea, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Chiva-Som Health & Wellness Resort has announced the appointment of Clare Wheeler-Smith as new Sydney-based NSW / ACT Sales Manager.

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The Tourism Council of Bhutan conducted a successful series of Bhutan Roadshows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during January.

Travel industry partners in each city were invited to meet with a VIP government delegation from Bhutan and locally-based Bhutan tourism operators, including COMO Uma Bhutan, Taj Tashi and Gangtey Lodge,

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Windstar Cruises has announced a special offer on selected 2018 Mediterranean cruises for bookings made by 6 February.

The 7-night Barcelona & Grand Prix of Monaco return round trip Barcelona cruise on Star Pride departing 22 May will be priced from $5604 per person twin share during this offer period,

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