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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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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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