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New NZ manager for QF | Silversea line-up for 2014

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MSC Cruises' 96-hour sale

MSC Cruises has doubled the booking time for the next sale to 96 hours, beginning on Tuesday, January 29 with cruises priced from $47 per person per day. The European cruise line company has extended the offer on a range of itineraries across the 2013 season. Read More...

Mahalo Month extended

Hawaii is gearing up for Mahalo Month, the Travel Professionals programme inviting Hawaii-selling retail agents, tour operator staff and reservation agents to visit and experience the islands first-hand. Special rates have been extended to participants by local travel industry partners during the two-month period of April-May. Read More...

New regional general manager for QF


Qantas (QF) has appointed Igor Kwiatkowski as regional general manager for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Kwiatkowski will assume the Auckland-based role, succeeding Rohan Garnett who will begin a new QF role as regional general manager Middle East and North Africa, based in Dubai. Read More...


Silversea line-up for 2014


Silversea Cruises’ Silver Shadow docked in Auckland recently as part of her voyage downunder. During her time in New Zealand, the Silversea team unveiled the line-up of worldwide voyages for Silversea over 2014. More than 200 sailings were revealed, visiting more than 500 destinations on seven continents – all now open for reservations. Read More...


New food crawls for Intrepid


Intrepid Travel has launched a new range of food trips focussing on local, grassroots food experiences. The 28 trips will celebrate street fare, local specialties, secret home recipes, markets and urban food culture.Read More...


EK fliers offered chance to win back ticket


Emirates (EK) is giving passengers the chance to win back the value of their ticket plus one companion ticket. The competition, along with 2013 special early-booker fares, runs from now until March 13. Read More...


Kerr promotes QF drive service


Australian supermodel and Qantas (QF) ambassador Miranda Kerr has stepped out in Los Angeles to help promote the airline’s upcoming Chauffeur Drive service. Chauffeur Drive will be offered to QF travellers as part of its global airline partnership with Emirates (EK) from April 2013, and to other QF long-haul destinations from mid-2013.
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Rocky’s first training programme


Rocky Mountaineer launched it’s very first online training programme this week, called TRACKS. As an incentive, the first 100 participants, who successfully complete modules one and two by March 15, 2013, will be entered into a draw to win one of three iPad minis.

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Dubai gets creative


Dubai is set to host the largest Art Dubai fair to date, with 76 galleries selected to take part in the seventh edition of the fair this March. The line-up includes art spaces from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as well as Europe and America. Read More...

Party Pix

Auckland travel industry peeps came together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Noosa Food and Wine Festival (to be held in May) recently. Pictured here at dine by Peter Gordon is Sally Holyer, Tourism Queensland; Jim Berardo, festival director; and Kate Wright, Sunshine Coast Tourism. Read More...


Hot Spots
Hawaii Five-O


Hawaii Tourism Oceania and partners are ramping up for a record year with 50,000 Kiwis expected to grace Hawaii’s shores over 2013. So brush up on your Hawaii knowledge - find out what’s new on the island of Oahu and discover an island beyond the gateway to suit your client.

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WIN!!!
WIN two passes to Movie World, Seaworld or Wet’n’Wild


Traveltrade is giving away two adult passes to the Village Roadshow theme park of your choice. Simply visit www.traveltrade.co.nz for more information.


Coming up


South America
Traveltrade will take a look at the hot spots and emerging destinations for Kiwis travelling South America. We will also include some information around airlift, travel tool kits, product news and key travel trends from the people who know the destination best – product experts and wholesalers.


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