Press Releases

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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Windstar Cruises Announces 51-Day Grand Mediterranean Cruise Aboard World’s Largest Sailing Ship

Guests on Windstar’s 51-day Grand Mediterranean adventure will embark the 310-passenger MSY Wind Surf on 7 July 2019 in Europe’s westernmost port of Lisbon, Portugal, prepared for an epic journey visiting the best ports in central Europe sailing across the culturally-rich Mediterranean,

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Tauck Announces New ‘Autumn Along The Rhine…Munich’s Oktoberfest’ for 2019

Tauck has announced details of its new 10-Day Autumn Along The Rhine…Munich’s Oktoberfest trip with two departures only on 16 and 24 September 2019.

This exclusive trip will combine a 7-night river cruise on the Rhine with a 2-night land stay in the heart of Munich to experience the world’s largest Oktoberfest celebration.

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Finnair adds frequencies to Japan and Europe for upcoming European Winter

Finnair has announced additional frequencies to some of the airline’s popular destinations for the 2018/2019 European Winter season.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said the increase of flights between Helsinki and various popular destinations offered greater availability for Finnair passengers from Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia during the European Winter Season.

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Countdown to Norfolk Island Country Music Festival Private Charter

Norfolk Island Travel Centre has confirmed final bookings for its private charter from Auckland to the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival must be locked in by 23 March 2018.

The Festival is being held from 19 – 26 May with headline acts back again from New Zealand including Dennis Marsh who has some 26 albums under his belt,

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Jean-Michel Cousteau Additional Hosted Cruises On Aria Amazon

Aqua Expeditions, the leading luxury river cruise operator, is continuing its successful collaboration with renowned champion of ocean conservation and environmental protection, Jean-Michel Cousteau, offering additional cruises in October 2018 hosted by the famed explorer on Aria Amazon.

Following sold-out cruises on Aria Amazon with the legendary conservationist in 2017 and in February 2018,

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Troy Cassar-Daley and Shannon Noll Head Chart-Topping 25th Norfolk Island Country Music Festival

Back in the charts for 2018 is the Norfolk Island Country Music Festival celebrating 25 years of bringing together top line Australian and New Zealand artists and discovering new and amazing talent.

Headline acts during the week-long program of special events in May will be the hugely successful and much awarded Troy Cassar-Daley and Shannon Noll who are sure to thrill the throng of musical devotees gathered on the island,

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CastaDiva Resort & Spa Appoints The Unique Tourism Collection as Australian Representative

CastaDiva Resort & Spa in Lake Como, Italy has appointed Sydney-based The Unique Tourism Collection (UTC) to represent its sales, marketing and public relations activity in Australia.

CastaDiva Resort & Spa General Manager, Andrea Luri said, “Lake Como has long enjoyed a steady stream of Australian visitors. We look forward to working with UTC to share our story with this all-important market and encourage more Australians to experience the true romance of this extraordinary Italian landscape”.

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Chiva-Som International Health Resort Welcomes New General Manager, Vaipanya Kongkwanyuen

Thailand’s pioneering health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som welcomes Vaipanya Kongkwanyuen as new General Manager.

Mr Vaipanya is returning home to Chiva-Som, having been the Director of Food & Beverage for the resort in 1994 in the early stages of the journey, during the pre-opening phase.

He was recently based in China (Beijing,

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Early Bird Offer at The Library, Koh Samui

The Library in Koh Samui, Thailand is offering up to 30% off rack rates commissionable at 15% for travel agent bookings received by 30 March for guest travel to this acclaimed Thai property until 20 December 2018.

A 40% discount off rack rates for the Secret Pool Villas,

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Finnair opens direct flights to Minsk and extends Chicago and San Francisco services

Finnair will open a direct year-round route between Helsinki and Belarus capital, Minsk on 9 June 2018.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said the flights between Helsinki and Minsk would operate Tuesdays and Saturdays with an Embraer 190 aircraft.

Currently, Finnair also co-operates with Belavia on the Helsinki-Minsk route and Finnair’s own flights will bring the total amount of weekly services to four.

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A World of Fitness at Chiva-Som

Chiva-Som invites guests to join in a specially tailored Fitness retreat for those wishing to focus on nurturing their body and achieving personal wellness goals during their visit to this acclaimed international health destination in Thailand.

This specialised regime is designed to provide the guest with the necessary tools to create a healthier and more complete lifestyle with a wide-range of daily classes overseen by experienced trainers and physiotherapists.

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Tauck Australia announces Air Credit and Bonus Night on Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise

Tauck Australia is offering a $500 per person air credit and bonus night hotel stay on bookings made by 30 March for Tauck’s 15-day Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat northbound and southbound cruises in 2018.

The 15-day Danube, Main and Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest – and in reverse direction – will take guests on an amazing journey past grand cathedrals,

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Acclaimed Australian Chef, David Thompson Hosting Aqua Mekong 2018 Cruises

Guests booking Aqua Mekong cruises in 2018 being hosted by acclaimed Australian Chef, David Thompson, will be able to take advantage of 30% savings on normal cruise prices for these special June and August departures.

The 4-night cruises from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh from 22 – 26 June and 3 – 7 August will include exclusive hosted components with David,

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Roland Svensson appointed Group General Manager, Alba Hospitality and General Manager, Alba Wellness Resort Hue in Vietnam.

Roland Svensson has been named Group General Manager Alba Hospitality and General Manager of Alba Wellness Resort Hue in Vietnam.

Mr Svensson has a wealth of hotel and resort experience, having worked in a number of international properties, commencing with senior Food & Beverage appointments in Dubai, Macau,

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Rayavadee Bonus Night Summer Offer

Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand has announced a Bonus Night Summer Offer for new bookings received until 28 February 2018 for travel to the resort from 10 May to 31 October 2018.

Bonus nights are capped at a maximum four nights i.e. applicable for 3 +1, 5 +2, 7 + 3 and 10 + 4 paid and bonus nights.

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Finnair now offering digital newspapers on its long-haul flights

Finnair has announced it is now providing a wide selection of international newspapers in digital format for customers on its long-haul flights.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen confirmed 50 plus international newspapers can be read in pdf format through the Nordic Sky portal that is available onboard Finnair’s A330 and A350 aircraft.

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Finnair unveils its first Japanese Signature Menu chef

Finnair continues its Signature Chef program by introducing the airline’s first Japanese Signature Chef.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said Tokyo-based top chef, Rika Maezawa, had designed a series of five seasonal signature menus to be served in the Business class of Finnair´s flights from Tokyo to Helsinki commencing 7 February 2018.

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Travel the World Appoints New NSW/ACT Sales Manager

Travel the World, Premium Travel Service Provider for Tauck (Tauck Australia), Windstar Cruises (Windstar Australia), Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions, Aqua Expeditions (Aqua Expeditions Australia), Silversea, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Chiva-Som Health & Wellness Resort has announced the appointment of Clare Wheeler-Smith as new Sydney-based NSW / ACT Sales Manager.

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Tourism Council of Bhutan hosts successful Bhutan Roadshows in Australia

The Tourism Council of Bhutan conducted a successful series of Bhutan Roadshows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during January.

Travel industry partners in each city were invited to meet with a VIP government delegation from Bhutan and locally-based Bhutan tourism operators, including COMO Uma Bhutan, Taj Tashi and Gangtey Lodge,

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Windstar Cruises’ Mediterranean Sale

Windstar Cruises has announced a special offer on selected 2018 Mediterranean cruises for bookings made by 6 February.

The 7-night Barcelona & Grand Prix of Monaco return round trip Barcelona cruise on Star Pride departing 22 May will be priced from $5604 per person twin share during this offer period,

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Tension Release at Chiva-Som

Guests are invited to escape tension-causing routines and release their minds and bodies to discover true inner peace with a 10 or 14-night Speciality Retreat focusing on Tension Release at this renowned Thai health and wellness resort.

The tailored experience is designed to help guests who suffer from high blood pressure to regain a restorative balance in life.

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Rayavadee Early Board Offer

Rayavadee has announced an Early Bird Offer of 10% savings on contract rates for new bookings received until 28 February 2018 for travel to the acclaimed Thai resort from 1 March to 29 March and 3 April to 10 May 2018.

The Rayavadee Early Bird Offer is available on bookings across all room categories and includes daily breakfast,

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Finnair opening new route to Lyon, adding long-haul frequencies to Osaka, Hong Kong, Delhi and Phuket for next European Winter

Finnair has announced the opening of a new route to Lyon, France for the 2018/2019 European Winter.

Known for its gastronomy, historical landmarks and proximity to the French Alps, Lyon is the second largest metropolitan area in France.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said Finnair would operate two weekly flights commencing 11 December 2018 on Tuesdays and Saturdays from its Helsinki hub to Lyon with an E90 aircraft,

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The Unique Tourism Collection Appointed Australian Representative For The Inn At The Spanish Steps And The Inn At The Roman Forum In Rome

The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for two luxury boutique hotels in Rome – The Inn at the Spanish Steps and The Inn at The Roman Forum.  

Sydney-based, The Unique Tourism Collection, which has been celebrating 25 years of luxury travel and tourism marketing communications representation in 2017,

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Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone has announced he will be leaving the airline at the end of this year.

Mr Stone, who has been with Finnair for 6 ½ years based in Sydney, originally as Country Manager before being appointed General Manager in September 2016,

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The Library extends 15% Agency Commission for Secret Pool Villas in 2018

The Library in Thailand has extended its 15% travel agent commission period for bookings of the new Secret Pool Villas through to 30 April 2018.

This incentive commission offer is based on bookings for guests staying in a new one-bedroom Secret Pool Villa at the stunning beachfront Koh Samui resort from 6 January to 30 April 2018 inclusive at the introductory rate of THB22,800 THB +++ (or THB27,064) per night for two people including breakfast.

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Rayavadee Offers 25% Christmas Savings

Popular Thailand resort, Rayavadee in Krabi is offering a 25 per cent discount across all room categories from 19 – 27 December 2017 inclusive.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee presents award-winning architecture, fine cuisine, a relaxation spa and a fleet of speedboats for excursions to surrounding islands.

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Finnair revamps business class with a Nordic touch

Finnair has today announced the launch of a new business class service concept and new Marimekko design elements for both cabin classes, celebrating its Nordic roots and offering customers a unique Nordic customer experience


Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said Finnair’s new service concept had been inspired by pure essentials,

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Finnair brings Nordic flavours to business and economy class passengers in cooperation with top chefs

Finnair is investing in its food offering as part of the acclaimed carrier’s drive to present customers with  a unique Nordic experience.


Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said food was one of the items that frequently comes up in airline customer satisfaction surveys,

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