Press Releases

Windstar Cruises Sails Deeper into Caribbean and Latin America

 Windstar Cruises has announced 2019 and 2020 Caribbean and Latin America sailings will include new visits to ports in Mexico, Honduras, Grand Cayman, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

Travellers seeking active adventure may choose from an impressive 152 departure dates ranging from seven to 56 days.

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Finnair invests in customer comfort with new ATR cabins in 2019 and new Premium Economy class for long-haul in 2021

Finnair has announced it will renew the entire cabin of its ATR aircraft and introduce a new Premium Economy cabin class for its long-haul fleet in a move that reflects the airline’s commitment to offering a high level of customer comfort and increased choice for its customers.   

Finnair’s ATR aircraft are currently used for domestic flights in Finland,

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Aqua Expeditions Announces Major Global Expansion

Aqua Expeditions’ CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro has announced the high-end luxury cruise operator will increase its fleet size by 150 per cent and add new geographic locations over the next two years.

“I am thrilled that after a decade of changing the face of river cruising on both the Amazon and the Mekong Rivers we will extend our footprint to coastal cruising in additional soft adventure destinations,” Mr Galli Zugaro said.

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Chiva-Som has reopened following completion of third stage of renovations

Internationally renowned wellness destination Chiva-Som has reopened after a 6-month closure to complete the third of four stages of the resort’s first major renovation since its inauguration 23 years ago. Further enhancing the Chiva-Som offering, which has already seen all of its Ocean Rooms and many of its facilities transformed,

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Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays – The True Specialists

This dynamic Sydney-based company with more than 50 years’ combined and proven tourism experience is up and running and ready to work with valued industry partners in promoting three fascinating and exciting destinations.

Director, Gill Gaspar has travelled extensively throughout Portugal, Spain and Morocco for more than 30 years and has immersed himself into the culture,

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Adventures Abound on Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is the perfect escape from a demanding world. The delightful switch to ‘Norfolk Time’ allows the internal clock to release the passing of each hour and frees the mind from expectation.

Everywhere you look on Norfolk Island there is something to explore. Every local has an interesting story and every artefact in the museums speaks of a past long gone but remains pivotal in the lifestyle and for the people,

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Ischia – Italy’s New Wellness Hotspot

Step aside Capri, the new Italian island on everyone’s lips for 2019 is Ischia. Located in the Bay of Naples, Ischia is quickly garnering a reputation as Italy’s new wellness destination.

Characterised by lush vegetation, Ischia is also known as the Green Island with its huge parks, beautiful beaches,

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Rayavadee Romance in Krabi, Thailand

Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand, presents an idyllic setting for a romantic escape with a loved one.

Couples travelling from Australia to this popular holiday resort are invited to enjoy a special 3-night honeymoon experience combining beautiful accommodation, a fabulous dinner in a grotto, a chance to cook up a traditional Thai meal,

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Countdown To Chiva-Som Re-Opening

The much-anticipated re-opening of Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin on 1 November 2018 is on schedule with this acclaimed Thailand property nearing completion of its current refurbishment program which commenced in May for the temporary period of closure.

New and refreshed guest experiences will include the unveiling of more spacious Thai Pavilions in a contemporary Thai style and stunning new Thai Pavilion Suite accommodation featuring a glass-walled private space for around six guests,

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Finnair Awarded APEX Five-Star Global Airline Rating

Finnair has been awarded a 2019 Five Star Global Airline rating by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).

Finnair Regional Manager Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia, Arnaud Michelin said Finnair was one of 470 passenger rated airlines through to the end of July 2018. 

The ratings are based entirely on verified feedback from passengers who were validated against confirmed itineraries and geo-location on mobile devices.

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Tauck Australia Announces Exclusive Under The Tuscan Sun Event

Tauck Australia has announced a fascinating new Under The Tuscan Sun event being hosted from 14 to 19 October 2019.

Guests will be taken on an immersive 6-day/5-night journey into Tuscany, celebrating the region’s cultural pleasures and hilltop treasures in depth, up close and authentically rich in every way,

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The Library Completes A Fascinating Sequel

The Library has unveiled the final additions to its award-winning ‘Secret Chapters’ with the opening of The Writer and The Editor ultra-luxurious villas in September 2018 at the acclaimed Thailand property situated on Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui.

The Library, a member of Design Hotels, has now completed the creation of an exclusive collection of Secret Pool Villas which offer outstanding leisure experiences though conceptually engaging design and warm Thai hospitality.

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Finnair to fly new A350 route to Los Angeles in 2019

Finnair will commence three weekly frequencies to  Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from 31 March 2019.

This will be Finnair’s first US route regularly operated with the new Airbus A350 aircraft. 

Finnair Regional Manager, Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia, Arnaud Michelin said Finnair would also be making some additions to its North American Summer program for the San Francisco and Chicago route.

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Aqua Expeditions Announces Solo Traveller Offer For Mekong And Amazon Cruise Adventures

Boutique river cruise line, Aqua Expeditions has announced an exclusive Solo Traveller offer in which the single supplement will be waived on selected departures aboard the magnificent Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon as they ply the waters of two mighty world rivers on their fascinating adventures.

With a small-ship capacity of only 32 to 40 passengers on each sailing,

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Finnair Appoints Topi Manner as CEO

Finnair has appointed Topi Manner (MSc.Econ) as CEO effective 1 January 2019.

Born in 1974, Mr Manner has a long career in management positions at Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, and since 2016 has worked as a member of Nordea’s Group Executive Management and as Head of Personal Banking.

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Aqua Expeditions Announces Agent Portal Service

Aqua Expeditions has announced a new Agent Portal, along with an online check-in system  that will ensure agents a user-friendly experience from the initial booking stages to checking clients in before their departure. 

The Agent Portal allows agents to check cruise availability, make a courtesy hold for up to 7 days as well as the option to reserve multiple cabins at the same time.

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Arnaud Michelin appointed Finnair Regional Manager Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia

Finnair has appointed Arnaud Michelin as Regional Manager Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia.

Based in Finnair’s Sydney office, Mr Michelin will head up all consumer and trade activity for Finnair in this region, with Australia providing significant market share for the airline.

French born, Mr Michelin later moved to Sydney,

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Windstar Australia Announces 16-Night Philippines & Borneo Fly, Cruise & Stay Adventure

Windstar Australia has announced an exclusive Fly/Cruise & Stay offer departing Australia 12 January and 18 February 2019 featuring a 16-night Philippines & Borneo Adventure from Singapore to Hong Kong aboard Windstar Cruises’ All-Suite vessel Star Legend (max 212 guests).


The Fly/Cruise & Stay offer,

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Chiva-Som Offers Integrative Wellness Consultation

Chiva Som invites guests to attend an Integrative Wellness Consultation with Chiva-Som Medical Doctor, Chawapon Kidhirunkul MD, MSc, ABAARM during their visit to this internationally acclaimed health and wellness resort in Hua Hin, Thailand.

By focusing on guests’ personal history, health examination and individual biochemistry, Dr Chawapon provides an entrée for guests to become their “best self”,

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The Library Koh Samui Secret Pool Villas Offer

The Library in Koh Samui, Thailand is offering special discounts on its Best Available Rates (BAR) for bookings received by 20 October 2018 for guest stays in the stunning new Secret Pool Villas until 20 December 2018.

The Library’s Advance Purchase Promotion for stays during this offer period in the Secret Pool Villas includes 20% off BAR for 60 days’ advance booking,

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Rayavadee Bonus Night Villa Offer

Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand has announced a Bonus Night Villa Offer for new bookings of guest stays in the resort’s Family Villa 105, Rai ta Lay Villa, Rayavadee Villa and Phranang Villa 404 until 30 September 2018.

This special offer is applicable for 1 + 1, 2 + 2,

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Direct Cuzco to Iquitos flights for Aria Amazon cruises

Aqua Expeditions is encouraging people wishing to cruise aboard Aria Amazon to take advantage of LATAM Airlines’ direct flights from Cusco to Iquitos available through to the end of November 2018.

LATAM is operating this 2 hour and 21-minute seasonal test route for the first time and will determine if to be expanded in the future.

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Taste Norfolk Island Back On Menu 2018

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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Bask in the Benefits of Black Sand on Volcano Island in Sicily

Sydney, 14 August 2018:

A day at the beach is good for the soul however it is the rare black sand found on the beaches near Therasia Resort Sea & Spa that offers health benefits far beyond mental wellbeing. So much so that the resort has developed a spa body scrub treatment utilising locally sourced black sand making it their most requested treatment.

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Embracing Casa Angelina’s Lifestyle With Late Summer Sunshine Offer

Casa Angelina has announced a Late-Summer Sunshine Offer available to guests staying at this stunning property in Praiano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast from 1 to 28 October 2018, after which time the property will close until its new seasonal opening next April. 

This special offer, valid for stays of a minimum two nights from 1 to 28 October 2018,

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Aqua Expeditions Launches Honeymoon And Anniversary Cruises On Mekong And Amazon

Aqua Expeditions has announced new Honeymoon and Anniversary cruise experiences, full of unmissable romantic touches and offering couples a truly immersive river safari experience – all for the same price as a regular departure on the boutique operator’s Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon sailing schedules.

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Emotional Well-Being at Chiva-Som

Leading health and wellness resort, Chiva Som presents the holistic Emotional Well-Being retreat guiding guests through a personalised regime focusing on mind and body therapy, healthy eating, regular physical activity and establishment of a stable sleeping pattern.

This rejuvenating regime encompasses emotional and mental balance, stress management, recovery and rehabilitation,

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Lake Como Is Good For The Heart In More Ways Than One

With its romantic connotations it’s not surprising to hear that Lake Como is good for the heart. But romance aside there is another less obvious reason why a visit to Lake Como may be good for the heart and you’ll find it in the water.

Locally sourced Lake Como Trout served on the new summer menu of L’Orangerie restaurant at CastaDiva Resort &

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Tauck Announces New 2019 Christmas Danube River Cruise for Families

Tauck has announced plans to introduce three new European river cruises in 2019 including a new family river cruise along the Danube timed for the holiday season, a 10-day Autumn journey along the Rhine highlighting Oktoberfest in Munich, and an eight-day exploration on the Seine highlighting Paris, Versailles and Normandy’s D-Day Beaches.

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Taste Norfolk Island Being Served Up Again In 2018

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 2019 Small Ship Cruising Brochures Now Available

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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The Spa Wellness Revolution at Chiva-Som

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 Launches App Across All Tours

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’s Secret Chapter Take Top Honours In Interior Design

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 Extends Bonus Night Offer

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 Worldwide Summer Offer

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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The Unique Tourism Collection erupts with two new properties in Italy

The Unique Tourism Collection’s (UTC) growing Italian presence has expanded to Sicily and Naples with the appointment of the group by Therasia Resort Sea and Spa on Volcano and Garden & Villas Resort on Ischia to manage their sales and marketing activities in Australia. Both properties are located on the volcanic outcrops off the coast of Sicily and Naples respectively,

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Travel The World Exclusive Ponant Agent Incentive & Client Offer

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 Eofy Agent Incentive

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 Launches June 2018 Mid-Year Agent Incentive and 2019 European River Cruising Exclusive Offer

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 Commences Third Stage Of Renovations

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 Plus becomes most rewarding frequent flyer program in Nordics

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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All That Jazz On Norfolk Island

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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The Unique Tourism Collection joins forces with Experience Morocco

The Unique Tourism Collection has opened a new doorway to experiencing tailor-made Morocco following their recent partnership with Experience Morocco.

Born of a mutual desire to share their passion for their home country and travel, Harvard graduates and founders Hachim Mhammedi Alaoui and Ghassan Rachid devised a sophisticated model for creating highly-customised itineraries for individual,

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Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo leaving the company to join Metso Corporation

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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Windstar Cruises Announces Sommeliers on Four Ships, Beverage Experts on James Beard Culinary Cruises and Beverage Package Enticements on Longer Star Collector Voyages

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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The Chic, Romantic Resort on the Shores of Lake Como Is Now Part of the Exclusive Luxury Travel Network

CastaDiva Resort & Spa is pleased to announce it has been accepted into Virtuoso®’s exclusive portfolio of luxury travel partners, comprised of more than 1,700 preferred suppliers in 100 countries. Virtuoso agencies sell more than USD$23.7 billion annually, making the network the most significant player in luxury travel.

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Finnair launches Signature Chef cooperation for flights from Seoul to Helsinki

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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Tie the knot in Lake Como

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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Strong Growth For Finnair In Australia

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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