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FINNAIR FURTHER STRENGTHENS ITS MARKET POSITION IN GERMANY WITH MORE THAN 280,000 ADDITIONAL SEATS FOR 2018

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 APPOINTED GENERAL MANAGER OF AMIANA ON THE BAY

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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AQUA EXPEDITIONS, SONEVA KIRI AND THE SIAM HOTEL ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE SECRETS OF INDOCHINA TOUR

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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FINNAIR CONTINUES STRONG GROWTH, OPENS NEW ROUTES TO NANJING, LISBON AND STUTTGART, INCREASES CAPACITY FOR POPULAR DESTINATIONS IN ASIA, US AND EUROPE

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 ANNOUNCES NEW LAND TOURS, ITINERARIES AND ADVENTURE SHORT EXCURSIONS IN ASIA

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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TASTE NORFOLK ISLAND BACK ON THE MENU IN 2017

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, THAILAND TRAVEL AGENT INCENTIVE AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2017

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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TRAVEL THE WORLD OFFER FOR CHIVA-SOM BOOKINGS IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

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 EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR NEW ZEALANDERS

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 PICKS UP FIFTH WIN AT AFTA NATIONAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY AWARDS

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 EXCLUSIVE ACCESS AND CHOICE OF SHORE EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE ON 2018 EUROPE SMALL SHIP CRUISES

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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WINDSTAR CRUISES LAUNCHES STAR COLLECTOR VOYAGES

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 PARTNERS WITH LULULEMON AMBASSADOR FOR WELLNESS DEPARTURE ON AQUA MEKONG

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 ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE AUTUMN OFFER FOR AUSTRALIAN GUESTS IN 2017

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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NORFOLK ISLAND TOURISM AND AIR NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCE 2017 AGENT SELF FAMIL PROGRAM

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 SUMMER OFFER FOR THAILAND ESCAPE

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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STAY 4, PAY 3 FREE NIGHT PROMOTION AT THE LIBRARY

Set against the stunning backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach, The Library has announced a Stay 4, Pay 3 Free Night Promotion for guests visiting this beautiful Thai island resort from 1 July until 20 December 2017.

The special promotion is designed to entice guests to The Library and fascinating Koh Samui during and around the peak travel season of July to September and to enjoy the many and varied attractions from lush jungles and waterfalls to the famous Grandma and Grandpa Rocks (Hin Ta &

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FINNAIR AGAIN NAMED ‘BEST AIRLINE IN NORTHERN EUROPE’ IN SKYTRAX SURVEY

Finnair has been named, for the eighth consecutive year by Skytrax, as Northern Europe’s Best Airline at the World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show.

Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone, said “we are thrilled with this recognition once more with Skytrax as Finnair continues to invest significantly in our growing A350 fleet and customer experience from the time of booking through to check in and on board service”.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES PHOTOGRAPHY CRUISE ON AQUA MEKONG

Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, is giving guests the opportunity to ‘capture the moment’ on an exclusive 4-night Photography Cruise along the magnificent Mekong River in December 2017 being presented by talented fine art and architectural photographer and videographer, Francisco Marin.

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PIMALAI RESORT & SPA APPOINTS THE UNIQUE TOURISM COLLECTION AS AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVE

The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for the beautiful Thailand resort, Pimalai Resort & Spa in Koh Lanta.

Sydney-based The Unique Tourism Collection will be responsible for all sales and marketing activity in Australia for Pimalai Resort & Spa.

Pimalai Resort & Spa General Manager,

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FINLAND 100 YEARS: FINNAIR SHOWCASES FINNISH FOOD CULTURE WITH NEW COLLABORATIONS

In conjunction with Finland’s upcoming centennial anniversary, Finnair is launching three new food collaborations for its onboard meals.

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said the collaborations, which intend to promote Finland’s healthy and hearty food culture, are being rolled out in cooperation with the ELO Foundation,

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CHIVA-SOM ANNOUNCES SPECIAL THAI PAVILION OFFER

Pioneering Thai health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som has announced an all-inclusive accommodation offer across its exclusive range of Specialty Retreats.

The offer applies to guests staying a minimum 3 nights at the resort, which is situated within seven acres of tropical gardens in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand,

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NORFOLK ISLAND TARGETS NEW ZEALAND FOR INCREASED GROWTH

Norfolk Island continues to be a popular short-haul holiday destination for New Zealanders and will be a major focus for increased travel from this market in a new destination campaign being launched in July.

This upcoming activity in New Zealand showcasing Norfolk Island offering a real and authentic holiday experience will also highlight the introduction of Norfolk Island Airlines’ weekly flights from Auckland and Brisbane commencing in June.

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TAUCK ANNOUNCES 2018 RIVER CRUISE PLANS

Tauck, the 92-year-old leader in upscale guided travel, has announced its European river cruising plans for 2018, and the coming year will see the launch of two all-new cruise itineraries, the debut of two radically redesigned ships, and added enhancements to the shore excursions featured fleet-wide.

New for 2018 are itineraries on the Danube and Rhine – 14-day ‘Royal Danube,

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS RELEASES 2017-18 HOSTED DEPARTURES ON ARIA AMAZON AND AQUA MEKONG

Aqua Expeditions has unveiled its 2017-18 four-colour glossy brochure focussing on the leading luxury cruise operator’s hosted departures on its boutique Aria Amazon and Aqua Mekong cruises.

The new brochure provides fully illustrated details of 3, 4 and 7-night cruise offerings being hosted by Aqua Expeditions CEO and Founder,

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FINNAIR AND FINAVIA TEST FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY AT HELSINKI AIRPORT CHECK-IN

Finnair and Finavia, together with Futurice, will test the use of face recognition technology for the check-in process of Finnair flights at Helsinki Airport.

Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said during the test period until 23 May, the companies will gather information on the applicability of face recognition technology to the airport environment and the systems and processes used by the airline.

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THE UNIQUE TOURISM COLLECTION APPOINTS NEW ACCOUNT DIRECTOR FOR NORFOLK ISLAND TOURISM

The Unique Tourism Collection has appointed Trina Shepherd to the new role of Account Director for Norfolk Island Tourism.

Based in Sydney, Ms Shepherd will be responsible for continuing to develop the momentum growth in visitor numbers and implementing new marketing opportunities for Norfolk Island.

Ms Shepherd joins UTC from Tourism Australia where she worked in Industry Events on activity in preparation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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FINNAIR INCREASES CAPACITY TO LAPLAND FOR EUROPEAN WINTER 2017/18, OFFERING 430,000 SEATS DURING NOVEMBER-APRIL

Due to the continued increase in demand for Lapland as a tourist destination, Finnair is growing its capacity to several Lapland airports for the winter European 2017 season. 

Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said between 1 January and March 24 2018, Finnair will add four weekly frequencies to Rovaniemi operating on Wednesdays,

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TAUCK TO DOUBLE SMALL SHIP CRUISING CAPACITY AND FEATURE NEW DESTINATIONS

Tauck has announced plans to double its small ship cruising capacity within the next four years through strategic fleet expansion, deepened partnership programs and new itineraries.

“We are destination explorers at Tauck and some destinations are best explored by both land and sea,” said Tauck President, Jennifer Tombaugh. 

“Tauck Small Ship Cruising is our first product line to sell out each year,” said Ms Tombaugh.

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NORFOLK ISLAND AIRLINES OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Norfolk Island Airlines is pleased to announce that their new Norfolk Island flights are now available for booking online.
Customers can see flight availability, and purchase tickets, via our website; www.norfolkislandairlines.com.au or make bookings through the local travel agents.
Weekly Saturday flights will commence Saturday, the 17th June 2017 with return flights from Norfolk Island to Brisbane and Auckland*.

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WINDSTAR CRUISES RETURNING TO ALASKA IN 2018

Award-winning boutique cruise line, Windstar Cruises has announced a return to Alaska sailings in its northern Spring/Summer 2018 ports of call also taking in British Columbia.

The news comes on the heels of Windstar’s recent announcement of its return to Asia in 2017/18, with the 212-guest,

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES EPIC SAFARI ODYSSEY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SHACKLETON SOCIETY

Aqua Expeditions, one of world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, has announced a Safari Odyssey being co-hosted in October 2017 by Aqua Expeditions Founder, Francesco Galli-Zugaro and renowned safari guide Howard Saunders, Founder of the Shackleton & Selous Society.

The 14-day adventure for up to 10 guests will journey into the African wilderness and has been developed with a dual purpose of exploring two iconic rivers of the world,

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CHIVA-SOM UNVEILS RENOVATED OCEAN ROOMS AND SUITES

Chiva-Som has unveiled its newly renovated Ocean Rooms and Suites in the north, central and south wings of this pioneering and acclaimed Thailand health and wellness resort situated in Hua Hin, 185 km south of Bangkok.

The improvements provide a truly elegant wellness retreat experience, beyond the world-class treatment quality and comfort for which Chiva-Som is recognised throughout the world.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU MEKONG AND AMAZON CRUISING IN 2017 AND 2018

Aqua Expeditions, the leading luxury river cruise operator, has announced a new collaboration with renowned champion of ocean conservation and environmental protection, Jean-Michel Cousteau, offering travellers a series of 3, 4 and 7-night cruises in 2017 and 2018 hosted by the famed explorer on the two vessels.

The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau,

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2017 NORFOLK ISLAND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Top Australian and New Zealand artists will once again be drawn together for the annual Norfolk Island Country Music Festival which is happening from 15 – 19 May.

The Festival this year celebrates 25 years of honouring new and established talent from both sides of the Tasman during the week-long line-up of activities at this popular short-haul holiday destination.

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EMILY BAY ON NORFOLK ISLAND NAMED TOP 10 AUSTRALIAN BEACH IN 2017 TRIPADVISOR AWARDS

Stunning Emily Bay on Norfolk Island has been named one of the Top 10 Beaches – Australia in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2017.

Emily Bay has been selected following TripAdvisor’s analysis of the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings across beaches worldwide collected over a 12-month period as well as booking interest on TripAdvisor.

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THE LIBRARY, CHAWENG BEACH, KOH SAMUI MARCH 2017 TRAVEL AGENT INCENTIVE

To celebrate the launch to the Australian market of The Library in Thailand, an additional 2% agency commission will apply for any bookings made in March 2017 for a minimum 3 nights.

A member of Design Hotels, The Library is set against the stunning backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach.

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ADVENTURES ON AQUA MEKONG IN 2017

Aqua Expeditions is celebrating the launch of family-friendly cruises aboard Aqua Mekong in 2017 with a Family Promotion offering complimentary travel for children aged 7 to 12 years.

This family incentive will be available on 3, 4 and 7-night Aqua Mekong departures from 5 May to 1 June and 1 July to 11 August 2017 for children sharing with both parents in a triple cabin or sharing with a single parent in a double cabin.

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AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL UP TO NORFOLK ISLAND

Visitor numbers from Australia to Norfolk Island are increasing as this popular short-haul holiday destination introduces more wonderful adventure, dining, cultural, historical and relaxation experiences for all to enjoy.

Air New Zealand continues to operate its schedule of flights to Norfolk Island from Sydney on Mondays and Fridays and from Brisbane on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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THE LIBRARY APPOINTS THE UNIQUE TOURISM COLLECTION AS AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVE

The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for the stunning Thailand resort, The Library, which is set against the seductive backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach.  

Sydney-based, The Unique Tourism Collection is marking 25 years of luxury travel and tourism marketing communications representation in 2017 and will be responsible for all sales,

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FINNAIR ADDS CAPACITY TO MOSCOW AND ST PETERSBURG, ENHANCES CONNECTIONS BETWEEN RUSSIA AND FINNAIR’S AMERICAN, ASIAN AND EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS

Finnair will offer more connections to Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia, further improving connectivity with Finnair’s network in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Finnair General Manager Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone confirmed Finnair will double its flights between Helsinki and Moscow from 10 April,

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ROLAND SVENSSON NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF AMIANA ON THE BAY

Roland Svensson has been named General Manager of stunning Vietnam resort, Amiana on the Bay, lapping the waters of Nha Trang Bay.

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,

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FINNAIR ADDS FLIGHTS TO POPULAR EUROPEAN WINTER DESTINATIONS IN LAPLAND, INCLUDING NEW NON-STOP FLIGHTS FROM LONDON, PARIS, FRANKFURT AND ZÜRICH

Finnair will introduce non-stop flights to Finnish Lapland from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zürich from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018.

Finnair General Manager Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said Finnair will operate two weekly flights between London’s Gatwick airport and Ivalo on Thursdays and Sundays,

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TRAVEL THE WORLD APPOINTS THE UNIQUE TOURISM COLLECTION AS AUSTRALIAN PR REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHIVA-SOM AND WINDSTAR CRUISES

Travel the World has appointed The Unique Tourism Collection as Australian Public Relations Representative for Chiva-Som and Windstar Cruises.

Acclaimed Thai destination spa resort, Chiva-Som and elegant small ship operator, Windstar Cruises are within the portfolio of Travel the World, which in 2017 is celebrating 40 years of service to the tourism industry,

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FINNAIR ADDS HAVANA, GOA, PUERTO VALLARTA AND PUERTO PLATA FOR EUROPEAN WINTER 2017, INCREASES FREQUENCIES TO BANGKOK, DELHI, HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE

Finnair has announced that it is expanding for the European Winter 2017 season with new scheduled flights to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, Havana in Cuba, Goa in India and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said the carrier would also be adding extra frequencies to many of its popular European Winter holiday and business destinations in Asia.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE FOUNDER AND CHEF HOSTED 2017 CRUISES ON AMAZON AND MEKONG RIVERS

Aqua Expeditions, one of world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, has announced two new hosted voyages for 2017 after the extraordinary success of the programs in 2016. Guests will have the exclusive chance of joining company Founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, or Consulting Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, on Aria Amazon on the Peruvian Amazon and Aqua Mekong on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

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FINNAIR ADDS CAPACITY TO POPULAR EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS FOR 2017, EXTENDS REYKJAVIK TO A YEAR-ROUND ROUTE

In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has today announced that it will be adding capacity on several popular European short-haul routes for the upcoming year.

Due to the popular demand of the new Reykjavik route which begins on 11 April, Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia,

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‘HMONG SONGS OF MEMORY, HMONG THREADS OF LIFE SECULAR & SACRED MUSIC & TEXTILES’ AT TAMARIND VILLAGE CHIANG MAI

‘Hmong Songs of Memory, Hmong Threads of Life: Secular & Sacred Music & Textiles’, an all-new exhibition by American researcher, writer and film maker Victoria Vorreiter, is open for all to enjoy at Tamarind Village Chiang Mai in Thailand.

The exhibition explores the music and textile traditions of the Hmong,

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FINNAIR EXTENDS THE LEASE OF AN AIRBUS 330 FROM IBERIA FOR ITS MIAMI ROUTE

Finnair will extend the lease of an Airbus A330 aircraft and crew from Iberia for its Miami route through to 1 May 2017.  

Finnair previously announced that the Miami route would be operated by Iberia from 10 to 31 January 2017. Finnair flies to Miami three times a week.

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LUXURY VALENTINE AT THE SAROJIN

The Sarojin is inviting couples to enjoy a romantic journey to this acclaimed resort in Khao Lak, Thailand for a memorable time away together during the month of Valentine in February 2017.

This stunning and popular holiday hot-spot for Australians is presenting a 3-night Luxury Valentine offer for couples including beautifully appointed residence or suite accommodation and special resort experiences.

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