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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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Guests are invited to escape tension-causing routines and release their minds and bodies to discover true inner peace with a 10 or 14-night Speciality Retreat focusing on Tension Release at this renowned Thai health and wellness resort.

The tailored experience is designed to help guests who suffer from high blood pressure to regain a restorative balance in life.

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Rayavadee has announced an Early Bird Offer of 10% savings on contract rates for new bookings received until 28 February 2018 for travel to the acclaimed Thai resort from 1 March to 29 March and 3 April to 10 May 2018.

The Rayavadee Early Bird Offer is available on bookings across all room categories and includes daily breakfast,

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Finnair has announced the opening of a new route to Lyon, France for the 2018/2019 European Winter.

Known for its gastronomy, historical landmarks and proximity to the French Alps, Lyon is the second largest metropolitan area in France.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said Finnair would operate two weekly flights commencing 11 December 2018 on Tuesdays and Saturdays from its Helsinki hub to Lyon with an E90 aircraft,

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The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for two luxury boutique hotels in Rome – The Inn at the Spanish Steps and The Inn at The Roman Forum.  

Sydney-based, The Unique Tourism Collection, which has been celebrating 25 years of luxury travel and tourism marketing communications representation in 2017,

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Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone has announced he will be leaving the airline at the end of this year.

Mr Stone, who has been with Finnair for 6 ½ years based in Sydney, originally as Country Manager before being appointed General Manager in September 2016,

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The Library in Thailand has extended its 15% travel agent commission period for bookings of the new Secret Pool Villas through to 30 April 2018.

This incentive commission offer is based on bookings for guests staying in a new one-bedroom Secret Pool Villa at the stunning beachfront Koh Samui resort from 6 January to 30 April 2018 inclusive at the introductory rate of THB22,800 THB +++ (or THB27,064) per night for two people including breakfast.

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Popular Thailand resort, Rayavadee in Krabi is offering a 25 per cent discount across all room categories from 19 – 27 December 2017 inclusive.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee presents award-winning architecture, fine cuisine, a relaxation spa and a fleet of speedboats for excursions to surrounding islands.

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Amiana on the Bay will once again present a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the popular Vietnamese resort in Nha Trang.

The ceremony on 15 December will carry the message of ‘Sharing thewarmth of the Winter’ and include cocktails for all guests and a Carol Choir Performance from the Amiana team as the Christmas Tree lights up for this joyous occasion.

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Finnair has today announced the launch of a new business class service concept and new Marimekko design elements for both cabin classes, celebrating its Nordic roots and offering customers a unique Nordic customer experience

 

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said Finnair’s new service concept had been inspired by pure essentials,

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Finnair is investing in its food offering as part of the acclaimed carrier’s drive to present customers with  a unique Nordic experience.

 

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said food was one of the items that frequently comes up in airline customer satisfaction surveys,

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Finnair continues to grow its traffic and will add frequencies to popular destinations in Europe for the European Summer and Winter periods in 2018 and increase flights to popular destinations in Finnish Lapland for the peak season in the 2018/19 European Winter.

 

The additions are being fuelled by the increasing number of Asians travelling to Finnair’s European destinations.

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Aqua Expeditions has announced its offer of 30% reduced rates on selected Aqua Mekong cruises has now been extended to include 3, 4 and 7-night departures from 27 April to 14 August 2018 inclusive and 3 May to 13 August 2019 inclusive. 

 

Lead-in rate for the selected 3-night Discovery Cruises is USD2835 per person twin share in a First Deck Suite.

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Chiva-Som invites guests to lose weight and begin a journey towards a healthier lifestyle as they embark on a Sustainable Slimming Retreat at this benchmark resort destination for Thai health and wellness experiences.  

 

Guests will undertake a comprehensive and tailored program of physical activities to assist in losing weight in a controlled and healthy manner whilst Chiva-Som’s expert culinary team support the regime by creating nutrient rich cuisine and qualified physiotherapists guide guests towards correct posture and increased flexibility.

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Tauck has announced a worldwide agent incentive in conjunction with sales of its Tauck Exotics 2017/2018 program.

The 10 travel agents with the most passengers booked and deposited for Tauck Exotics itineraries from 1 November 2017 to 30 March 2018 inclusive will each be invited with a guest to enjoy one of the fabulous itineraries,

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Finnair will continue to grow its operations during the 2018/19 European Winter season with additional capacity on existing routes in Lapland, Russia and the Baltic countries.

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said Finnair would serve both Kittilä and Ivalo, in Finnish Lapland,

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Finnair is poised to enter the largest expansion in its history during the upcoming European Winter season. With its fast-connecting hub in Helsinki, Finnair offers one of the most reliable and convenient networks linking several key destinations in Europe with Asia and North America. 

 

Finnair General Manager – Australia,

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Stunning Casa Angelina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast has announced exclusive offers for early Australians booking a minimum 2 nights across all room categories during next year’s European Spring and Autumn.

 

The Spring Offer is available on bookings confirmed by 15 May 2018 for stays between 24 March and 31 May 2018.

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Tauck and Ken Burns are offering a new Washington DC event and Western US tour as part of their Ken Burns American Journeys’ collection of travel experiences in Tauck’s 2018 portfolio of 39 journeys in the US and Canada.

Ken Burns will deliver the keynote address and meet with Tauck guests at the Washington DC event,

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The Norfolk Island Travel Centre will charter an Air New Zealand flight for New Zealand guest artists and travellers heading over for the 2018 Norfolk Island Country Music Festival from 19 – 26 May.

 

This Festival is among the biggest and most popular events on the island’s annual calendar and next year marks the 25th anniversary of its staging by the Norfolk Island Country Music Association.

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Chiva-Som has announced a Thai Pavilion Tranquility Offer across the exclusive range of Speciality Retreats for guests staying at this pioneering Thai health and wellness resort from 1 November to 19 December 2017 inclusive.

Priced from AUD3531 per person twin share, this offer represents a saving of AUD883 per person for three nights and includes:

  • Accommodation in a stunning Thai Pavilion
  • Individual health and wellness consultation
  • 3 wellness cuisine meals per night
  • Optional skin consultation
  • Optional physical analysis
  • Daily fitness and leisure activities (8 classes daily)
  • Unlimited use us Water Therapy Suites (Steam,

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Finnair and British Airways are extending their current partnership with several new code-shares flights within Europe.

 

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said British Airways will place its codes on several of Finnair’s European destinations including the new non-stop flights from London Gatwick to Kittilä and Ivalo,

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The Library is set to unveil the new Secret Pool Villas meticulously crafted under the concepts of space, privacy and mystery in November 2017.

Each of these new accommodation offerings will present an amazing new resort experience at this beautiful property set against the backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach in Thailand.

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Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, is offering travellers to Southeast Asia an exclusive offer of 30% reduced rates on selected Aqua Mekong voyages in 2018 and 2019.  

Guests will experience the green Summer season on Asia’s Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia and experience the vibrant culture,

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Finnair has announced new routes to commence between its Helsinki hub and Bergen and Tromsø in Norway in May 2018, connecting the regions to Finnair’s extensive Asian network.

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone confirmed the routes will be operated by Norwegian regional airline Wideroe,

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Pioneering Thai health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som has introduced its newest Speciality Retreat, Art of Detox, in which guests will presented with a fully-tailored personalised dietary focussed program.

A dedicated Chiva-Som advisor will assist guests in discovering their ideal diets and balancing nutrients while herbal and nutritional supplements will ensure the detoxification process cleanses the body of toxins.

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Tauck has commenced accepting reservations on itineraries to feature the next exciting performances of Oberammergau’s Passion Play in the small Bavarian town in 2020.

In 2020, Tauck will include the Passion Play (or ‘Passionsspiele’, as it is known locally) on two European land tours, ‘Romantic Journey’ and ‘The Ultimate Alps &

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As part of its growth strategy, Finnair has increased its capacity to several existing destinations in Germany.

From 26 March 2018, Finnair is adding a fourth daily frequency between Helsinki and Berlin.

Furthermore, there will be additional capacity to the German capital for the upcoming European Winter season by flying the route with a larger aircraft.

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Alexander Voegl has been named General Manager of stunning Vietnam resort, Amiana on the Bay in Nha Trang.

 

Austrian-born, Mr Voegl brings more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including 14 years in the role of General Manager, to this popular holiday resort for Australians.

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Three luxury hospitality operators have teamed up to offer a special rate for travellers looking to explore the highlights of Indochina by water, land and air.

 

Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, Soneva Kiri,

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In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has announced a new year-round route to Nanjing, China and is adding two new European routes for its European Summer 2018 lineup including new non-stop flights to Lisbon and Stuttgart.

 

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia,

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Windstar Cruises has announced five new cruise dates running September to November 2018 in addition to already diverse offerings in Asia for 2017 and 2018 on 18 different itineraries with 25 different departure dates spanning seven to 34 days.

Visiting both well-known ports and hidden harbours across Southeast and East Asia options include a President’s Cruise to the Philippines and Borneo,

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The Taste Norfolk Island Food Festival will be served up again at the popular Australian holiday destination in 2017 with appetites at the ready for the fourth hosting of this fun event on the culinary calendar.

Taste Norfolk Island is on from 27 November to 1 December again showcasing the best of talented local chefs,

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The Library in Thailand is offering 15% travel agent commission on bookings made in August and September for minimum 3-night stays until 20 December 2017.

Guests will also receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine during these stays at The Library which is set against the stunning backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach.

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Guests booking a Speciality Retreat for a minimum 7-night stay at Chiva-Som in Thailand for travel until 30 September 2017 will receive an additional complimentary night and an exclusive VIP Fast Track Service at Hua Hin Airport with guests to be met on arrival by a personal porter and hostess and escorted through immigration for collection of luggage and transfer to the resort.

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Norfolk Island is the perfect short-haul holiday destination for New Zealanders, presenting wonderful adventure, dining, cultural, historical and relaxation experiences for all to enjoy.

Only 90 minutes from Auckland, this stunning setting offers spectacular pristine scenery and countless activities and adventures for all ages and families, including fishing,

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Finnair has been named Best International Airline – Off-Line Carrier for the fifth consecutive year in the prestigious AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for 2017.

These annual awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of individuals and product within the Australian travel and tourism industry over the last 12 months.

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Tauck Small Ship Cruising, known for intimate yacht-like luxury ships, all-inclusive packages and intimate shore excursions, is setting sail with four distinct European itineraries in 2018, part of Tauck’s global portfolio of 17 small ship cruises. 

From the warmer waters of the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas to the medieval ports along the Baltic Sea and the rugged coasts of the British and Irish Isles,

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Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has launched a fresh series of back-to-back cruises, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports in the new Star Collector Voyages.

In addition to the elegance of an extended trip with the luxury of unpacking only once,

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Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, will host a 4-night Wellness Departure on Aqua Mekong, in December 2017 for those who want to stay physically and mentally balanced while sailing along one of the most historically and culturally rich areas of the world.

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Casa Angelina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast has announced exclusive offers for Australian guests wishing to stay at this stunning boutique hotel during the European Autumn in 2017.

Casa Angelina overlooks expanses of the Mediterranean Sea from a cliff-edge perch in the quiet and picturesque Campania village of Praiano,

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Travel agents are invited to enjoy a break on Norfolk Island alone or with a friend to experience the wonderful variety of adventure, wellbeing, dining, adventure, cultural and historical activities on offer at this popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians.

Air New Zealand will support the Self Famil Program with a $179 (plus taxes) ‘works’ industry fare and $319 (plus taxes) ‘works’ friend fare for return flights ex-Sydney from 21 July to 1 September and ex-Brisbane from 5 August to 22 August.

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Rayavadee in Krabi has announced a Summer Offer including bonus complimentary nights for guest stays from Australia in a Deluxe Pavilion at this popular resort in Thailand through to the end of October 2017.

This Rayavadee Summer Offer is applicable for new bookings only of a minimum 4-night stay in a Deluxe Pavilion,

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