Press Releases

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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A Winter Break On Norfolk Island

Winter is the time to escape to Norfolk Island for a holiday break offering the perfect combination of food and wine, beaches, history and culture, nature, adventure, relaxation and wonderful hospitality.

Omniche Holidays has announced a 7-night Norfolk Island Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel offer which includes a $660 discount on accommodation for bookings received by 4 May 2018 for travel ex- Sydney,

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The Unique Tourism Collection to represent renowned designer George Cooper’s KK Collection

The Unique Tourism Collection (UTC) has been appointed to represent Sri Lanka’s KK Collection in Australia. The creation of renowned interior designer George Cooper, KK Collection encompasses two complementary and equally chic boutique hotels, Kahanda Kanda and KK Beach.

Owner and founder, George Cooper said,

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Windstar Cruises Announces Return to Asia

Windstar Cruises’ second season for the 212-passenger Star Legend in Asia kicks off in the northern Autumn of 2018 after the vessel’s inaugural Alaska season in the upcoming Summer months.

The return to Asia for Windstar in 2018/19 will bring four new cruises, as well as the recurrence of four of the company’s most popular cruises from its 2017/18 season sailing in the region for a total of 27 sailings.

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Tauck’s ms Treasures and ms Esprit return from Massive Reconfiguration

Tauck has officially welcomed ms Treasures and ms Esprit back into its riverboat fleet in April 2018 following a massive reconfiguration of the vessels’ interior spaces that has resulted in enlarged cabins and reduced passenger count. 

The Treasures and Esprit are the last of Tauck’s four 110-metre ships to undergo the radical transformation. 

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Finnair Wins Recognition In 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

Finnair has been announced as one of the winners in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards in the category of Major Airline-Europe.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said Finnair was delighted to feature in TripAdvisor’s awards acknowledging the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines worldwide gathered over a 12-month period.

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A New Era Of Digital Wellness At Chiva-Som

Chiva-Som International Health Resort, which enjoys a reputation as a pioneer in global wellness, is proud to unveil its new website. 

The latest enhancement to be announced in a series of developments at Chiva-Som, including a resort-wide renovation and a new visual identity, this new site allows guests to book online for the first time.

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The Library Celebrates Songkran With New Secret Pool Villa Offer

The Library in Koh Samui is celebrating Thailand’s Songkran Lunar New Year on 13 April by announcing an extension of the resort’s introductory Secret Pool Villa offer through to 15 July 2018.

The special offer of THB27,064 per night will apply for two people staying a minimum 3-nights in a one-bedroom Secret Pool Villa during this period and will also include daily breakfast and a roundtrip Samui airport transfer.

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Fly-Cruise-Stay David Thompson-hosted cruise on Aqua Mekong

Aqua Expeditions Australia has announced an exclusive 8-night Fly-Cruise-Stay offer departing Sydney 20 June and 1 August 2018 for guests wishing to join celebrated chef, David Thompson who is hosting two cruises aboard the fabulous Aqua Mekong.

This special offer represents a saving of 30% and is priced from $7091 per person twin share in a First Deck Suite including:


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Tamarind Village Bonus Night Offer

Tamarind Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand has announced a Bonus Night Offer for new bookings received until 30 April for stays from 7 April to 30 June 2018.

Bonus nights are capped at a maximum two nights i.e. applicable for 2 + 1 and 4 + 2 paid and bonus nights.

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Chiva-Som’s 3 Tips For Better Sleep

Chiva-Som International Health Resort is renowned for its holistic approach to health and wellness with guests inspired by the nature of the stunning setting in Hua Hin, Thailand and the quality of expertise, treatments and facilities.

One of the constant challenges in current times facing many guests – and people the world over – is difficulty in getting to sleep and/or waking up in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated – ready to face the day ahead.

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Natural Renewal at Chiva-Som

Those suffering from chronic conditions or who struggle to feel at their best will recover their sense of awareness by embracing a Natural Renewal retreat at leading health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Chiva-Som, which provides a Haven of Life to guests seeking health and wellness,

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