Press Releases

Kahanda Kanda Introduces Ayurvedic Menu

Sydney, 22 February 2019: Sri Lanka’s Kahanda Kanda has introduced an Ayurvedic menu designed to encourage optimal health from inside out and complement the resort’s new 4-night Wellness Program.

Based on 5000-year-old Ayurvedic philosophies, the menu incorporates the essential elements of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, astringent and salty in each meal to aid digestion and achieve overall balance.

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Spencer Travel’s Exclusive India Tour

13 – 25 October 2019

Delhi – Varanasi – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Mumbai

From Mumbai’s dabbawallas and Old Delhi’s markets, to the Taj Mahal and lavish Taj Hotels, Spencer Travel has announced an exclusive 12-day Spencer Gems India journey to be hosted from 13 – 25 October 2019. 

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The Unique Tourism Collection Appointed Australia and New Zealand Representative for The Table Bay, Cape Town

The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australia and New Zealand representative for The Table Bay in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Sydney-based travel and tourism marketing and communication specialist will be responsible for sales, marketing and media activity working closely with industry partners and media and developing strategic opportunities for driving business from Australia and New Zealand to The Table Bay.

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Afternoon Tea is Served at CHIVA-SOM


International Health Resort, a pioneer in global wellness destination Chiva-Som has introduced a complimentary Afternoon Tea being offered to guests in The Orchid Lounge from 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm each day.

Guests are invited to relax and enjoy a beautiful selection of treats including Mochi with Sweet Red Bean Paste,

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KK Beach In Sri Lanka Announces Gnarly Surf Deal

KK Beach In Sri Lanka Announces Gnarly Surf Deal

Aussie surfers eager to drop in on Sri Lanka’s top breaks can now do so with a new 4-night surf package being offered by KK Beach located near Galle.

On the doorstep of popular Sri Lankan surf spots Unawatuna,

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From Garden to Table: The Italian Hotel Championing Zero-Food Miles

Italy is heralded for its fresh and seasonal gastronomy however Garden & Villas Resort on the island of Ischia is taking sustainable cuisine to the next level by serving genuine zero-mile products that tell the history of Ischia direct from their onsite organic garden.

Tucked inside a lush 3-hectare organic garden on the island of Ischia,

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Norfolk Island Country Music Festival Rocking Again in 2019

Taking advantage of a location ‘in the middle of the ditch’, both Australian and New Zealand performers will join once again for the 27th staging of the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival in May 2019.

Norfolk Island comes alive over this week with four major shows, acoustic and country rock sessions and the famous UpCountry bar and party after each show.

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Norfolk Island February Getaway

Norfolk Island Travel Centre has limited seats still available on an exclusive direct return charter flight from Auckland to Norfolk Island 2 – 9 February 2019.

The return flight is priced from NZ$880 per person return whilst the 7-night package is priced from NZD1325 per person twin share inclusive of flights,

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Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays – Discover Us!

 Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays continues to unveil wonderful experiences in three amazing destinations and is ready to create personalised itineraries.

Discover Us for…

  • Unique Experiences – Surfing in Peniche, horse riding in Montserrat, hot ballooning above the Alentejo, horse riding in Andalucia
  • Camino Specialists – Walking or cycling plus many other ways to enjoy this historical pilgrim journey across Spain to Santiago do Compostela
  • Cooking and Gourmet Experiences – Amazing local cuisine,

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Dine Michelin-Star Style on Volcano in 2019

Sicily’s Therasia Resort Sea and Spa on Volcano has announced a ‘hot’ offer for guests to enjoy a degustation dinner prepared by awarded Chef Giuseppe Biuso at the resort’s one Michelin-Star restaurant, Il Cappero, when the resort reopens for the European summer in April 2019.

Set on Volcano,

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Tauck Australia Announces New Douro Riverboat Cruising in 2020

Tauck Australia has announced three cruises commencing in April 2020 aboard Tauck’s new 80-metre Douro Riverboat which has been purpose-built for traversing Portugal’s fascinating Douro River and offers spacious accommodation for 84 guests. 

 Cruise itineraries and dates are as follows with full pricing to be available in February 2019:


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Aqua Mekong Cruising with David Thompson

Following sold-out Chef-hosted cruises in 2018, Aqua Expeditions has again scheduled two special departures on Aqua Mekong with acclaimed Australian Chef, David Thompson in 2019.

As Consulting Chef for the Aqua Mekong since this beautiful sleek vessel’s inaugural cruise in October 2014, Thompson continues to expand his adventurous palate more broadly around Southeast Asia,

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25% Special Offer at Stylish, The Library in Koh Samui

The Library in Koh Samui, Thailand is offering a 25% discount on its Best Available Rates (BAR) and 15% travel agent commission for bookings received by 31 January 2019 for guest stays of a minimum three consecutive nights at this stunning property until 15 July 2019.

This special offer is available for accommodation in a Smart Studio (from THB8400+++),

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Festive Celebrations at Chiva-Som

Chiva-Som International Health Resort, a pioneer in global wellness, is hosting special culinary events and celebrations for guests staying over the upcoming Festive Season at this acclaimed property in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Keisuke Matsushima at The Emerald Room

To celebrate the unveiling of The Emerald Room and a fresh,

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Escape to Norfolk Island

Spacifica Travel has announced a 7-night Escape to Norfolk Island Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel offer for new bookings made by 4 December 2018 which includes an $800 combined discount on accommodation and flights.

Inclusions are:

  • Return economy airfares to Norfolk Island (including 23kgs of checked luggage)
  • Return airport transfers 

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Introducing Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays

Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays is a dynamic Sydney-based company with more than 50 years’ combined and proven tourism experience in promoting three fascinating and exciting destinations to which Australian travellers flock each year.

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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Windstar Cruises Announces USD250 Million Star Plus Initiative

Windstar Cruises has announced a USD250 Million Star Plus Initiative, which is a major investment and expansion for the innovative cruise company.

The multi-million-dollar, multi-year undertaking will impact and enhance all aspects of the guest experience for the highly awarded small ship cruise line’s three Star Class vessels.“We are thrilled to announce the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative,

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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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