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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Peregrine Adventures new Limited Edition experiences for 2019 and 2020.






From Christmas in Bethlehem to a one-off tour marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Peregrine Adventures has revealed a suite of new Limited Edition experiences in 2019 and 2020.

With only one or two departures on each trip, Peregrine's Limited Edition tours live up to their name, offering only a small group of 12 or less travellers the chance to join each special experience.

Brett Mitchell said Peregrine's Limited Edition tours were not the sort of trips you would find in an app or guidebook.

"Often centred around a moment in history or a natural phenomenon, our Limited Edition tours offer our customers the chance to combine a special interest with their love of travel. Led by expert local leaders, the bespoke tours offer the best possible immersion in the place and occasion," Brett Mitchell, Regional Director Asia Pacific for Intrepid Group.

"Wine connoisseurs won't be able to resist the chance to discover Georgian wine culture which dates back more than 8000 years, while history buffs won't want to miss our special tour to Berlin that coincides with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For something extra special at Christmas time there are two new tours including an Orthodox Christmas in Ukraine's highlands or the chance to go back to where it all began, a magical Christmas in Bethlehem."

Peregrine's new Limited Edition trips include:

Christmas in Bethlehem

Enjoy a Christmas like no other on this festive eight-day adventure in the Holy Land of Israel and the Palestinian Territories. This tour offers an unforgettable Christmas experience including the chance to join the annual Christmas day procession to Bethlehem, Midnight Mass and dinner with Bethlehem locals, visit the Christmas Markets, make a pilgrimage to Nazareth, swim in the Dead Sea and explore the ancient sites of Tel Aviv. Priced from $4340* per person twin share, the trip departs on December 21, 2019 and 2020.

Wine in Georgia

With over 500 varieties of endemic grapes and the world's first cultivated grapevines, the wine-growing regions of Georgia are a mecca for wine connoisseurs. On this eight-day tour, travellers will learn the ancient techniques of Georgian wine making, visit the country's most famous wine-producing region Kvareli, travel into the Caucasus Mountains on a visit to the 18th-century hilltop town of Sighnaghi while sampling natural wines, take a walking tour of Tbilisi, and taste Georgian staples at a cooking masterclass. Priced from $2275* per person twin share, the trip departs on September 14, 2019, and October 5, 2020.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

This 10-day trip offers history buffs the chance to be in Berlin to take part in the official 30th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the wall. Beginning and ending in Berlin, the trip includes a visit to Checkpoint Charlie, the Wall Memorial, Gdansk, the German Embassy in Prague where the mass exodus from East Germany started, and Dresden, to experience the food and culture of East Germany. Priced from $3995* per person twin share, the trip departs on November 1, 2019.

Hokkaido Winter Discovery

Winter is one of the best times of the year to experience Japan and this 10-day trip through Hakodate, Sapporo, Otaru, Sounkyo and Lake Akan is the ultimate winter celebration. Highlights include Sapporo's world-renowned Snow Festival and the chance to enjoy ice cold beers at the Sapporo beer museum, the marvellous mountains in Sounkyo; an outdoor onsen, and the endangered red-crowned cranes at snow-covered Lake Akan. Priced from $6370* per person twin share, the trip departs on February 4 and December 17, 2019.



Northern Peru & 1 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Up until recently, thick jungle and daunting heights kept many of the delights of Peru's north hidden. On this 13-day tour, travellers can explore cultural sites and natural wonders that are rarely seen by non-Peruvian eyes including the impressive concentric structures of the ancient fortress city of Kuelep and the chance to stay in a lodge with views of Gotca Falls, the world's third largest waterfall which was unknown to anyone but locals until 2005. A day hiking the Inca Trail from Ollantayttambo and Chachabamba to Machu Picchu rounds out this special Peruvian adventure. Priced from $4590* per person twin share, the trip departs on August 11 and September 8, 2019.

Orthodox Christmas in Ukraine

Take a festive journey from historical Lviv to the rolling hills of the Carpathian Mountains on this seven-day adventure in Ukraine's remote and beautiful Carpathian Mountains. Far from the reaches of much USSR policy, the Hutsul people who live in the highlands are able to maintain their colourful traditions and customs. This trip offers the chance to experience an Orthodox Christmas with all the trimmings from Christmas Eve dinner in a traditional farmhouse to symbolic feasts and market trips, amongst the snow-dusted storybook scenes of the Carpathian Mountains. Priced from $2,605 per person twin share.

For more information visit https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/limited-edition-tours


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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Own a car? It can make you at least $2500 a year, guaranteed



DriveMyCar offers car owners a unique way to make thousands of dollars on the side - by renting their car out to other people

DriveMyCar (https://www.drivemycar.com.au), Australia’s leading peer-to-peer car rental marketplace, has announced an industry leading guarantee for car owners who rent out their cars the platform.

DriveMyCar guarantees that car owners will earn a minimum of $2,500 in rental income in the first 12 months, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

While the guaranteed income is $2,500, car owners have the potential to earn up to $1,750 per month depending on the value of their car. A car valued at $24,000, for example, could earn the owner $840 per month, or $10,080 per year.

Chris Noone, CEO of DriveMyCar, said “With 2019 fast approaching, it’s a good time to get your finances in order. If you have a car that you only use occasionally, or not at all, DriveMyCar lets you earn money from a car that may be costing you money. Our sharing economy platform offers a simple, secure and effective way to rent your car out to others, and with a guarantee of at least $2,500, it’s never been easier to clear debts or save for a much-needed holiday.”

To be eligible for the owner’s guarantee, the following criteria need to be satisfied:
  • The car must be less than six years old at the start of the guarantee period
  • The maximum odometer reading is 100,000km
  • The car is located within 15km of the Sydney CBD or 10km of the Melbourne CBD
  • The car is available for at least 300 days in the 12-month guarantee period
The safety of vehicles rented out through DriveMyCar is paramount. The platform facilitates the process on behalf of owners, including a credit check, providing a formal rental agreement, collecting the payment and security deposit, and providing insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance.

“If you own a car, this is one of the easiest ways you can make some extra cash on the side. We’ve already paid out $8 million to car owners in Australia, and we’re looking forward to paying out a lot more in 2019,” added Mr Noone.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Colombia & Chile with George Negus: mindful travel in an era of ‘fake news’




World Expeditions has launched a new “Travel for the Mind Colombia & Chile with George Negus” itinerary for 2019, following on from his highly successful 2018 journey through Jordan, Israel & the Occupied Territories.

George Negus’s exciting new Travel for the Mind itinerary will take travellers behind the headlines to discover the phenomenal changes that are unfolding in these once-troubled countries, as they emerge from the political and military struggles of the past.

According to World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, creating the Travel for the Mind itineraries with a seasoned professional traveller and journalist like George Negus and his partner Kirsty Cockburn, has proven to be incredibly popular with travellers.

“George Negus has had a lasting impact on Australian television viewers for a reason,” Sue said.

“Feedback from the travellers, who have joined our Travel for the Mind itineraries, recounts George’s wonderful capacity to explain, engage and explore as he travels, and the way he makes it possible for them to swiftly educate themselves and gain a deeper understanding of countries that have dominated global headlines for a whole generation.

“They describe the Travel for the Mind experience as an ‘innovative way to provide unfiltered information to everyday people’.

“This, in an era of fake news, is an extraordinary concept.”

“Travel for the Mind” itineraries are specially crafted by George Negus, drawing on his extensive experience and the valuable contacts made during his 30 plus years travelling the globe as a journalist.

“These itineraries are designed for the culturally, socially, politically and religiously curious travellers, giving them the chance to explore, question and probe and ultimately to leave these destinations with their own story to tell and a greater understanding of where they’ve been and the lives of those they have met,” George said.

“These journeys are like journalism without a television camera and a smaller but no less critical audience.”



George Negus describes Colombia as a new opportunity for Australians to comfortably traverse a geographically beautiful and incredibly diverse country and to gain a real appreciation of the phenomenal changes that have taken place since the historic Peace Agreement in November 2016 ended a half-century-long conflict.

“Once off-limits to visitors due to security issues, Colombia is enjoying increased political stability and a rise in tourism following the collapse of the key major drug cartels that had previously created security issues limiting access for tourists to many of its most extraordinary regions,” he said.

“Now it’s become a rare good news story, with striking architectural beauty, preserved colonial towns and largely unspoilt natural wonders waiting to be explored.

“And in Chile, tourism has in fact flourished since 2006, increasing 300 per cent after decades of economic collapse from similar political instability caused by long dictatorships,” he said.

Priced from $9990 per person (twin share), Travel for the Mind Colombia & Chile with George Negus departs from Bogota, Colombia, and finishes in Santiago, Chile with an optional escorted extension to the remarkable Atacama Desert.

A vast and incredibly diverse country, Colombia dominates the 18-day itinerary which ends in the Chilean capital, Santiago. Highlights include:

· Discovering Street Art with a lot to say about a changing South America
· Exploring the well-preserved colonial towns of Villa de Levya, Cartagena and Barichara
· Undertaking a river journey along the Rio Magdalena to the UNESCO protected site of remote Mompox
· Meeting young Colombians turning their country around with business ventures like the
· La Palma y el Tucan coffee farm
· Travelling through the Colombian Andes
· Traversing the urban innovations that have caught the world’s attention in Medellin, former home of Pablo Escobar’s notorious drug cartels
· Enjoying an Ancestral lunch at renowned Peumayen in Santiago

The itinerary includes breakfast and accommodation in specially selected unique boutique hotels, 10 lunches and 10 dinners, internal flights in Colombia, private transfers and tours, an English speaking guide throughout Colombia, local site guides, entrance fees and boat transport.

More information at https://worldexpeditions.com/Chile/Adventure-Touring/Travel-for-the-Mind-Colombia-Chile-with-George-Negus

Monday, November 26, 2018

Extreme weather event management in the palm of your hand


Technology-driven Toolkit available to Address Extreme Weather Events 

Extreme weather events are one of the major global risks facing communities around the globe. To address the impact of extreme events, Brisbane-based EarthCheck has developed a Risk and Crisis Toolkit for the travel and tourism industry. It's a practical technology-driven resource to help businesses, operators and destinations to collectively address risk management before, during and after an emergency event.

Organisations are likely to face some form of crisis every 4 to 5 years. Knowing when and how to act can be critical in saving time, money and jobs. EarthCheck's CrisisReady Program, App and Toolkit helps businesses, tourism operators and destinations create a 24/7 risk and crisis management plan and the CrisisReady App executes the plan step-by-step when disaster strikes.

EarthCheck Founder and CEO, Stewart Moore
"The CrisisReady technology puts a risk and crisis management plan at your fingertips. Set to go at the push of a button, the App sends information directly to a Content Management System which controls the alerts and provides a more streamlined response process," said EarthCheck Founder and CEO, Stewart Moore.

EarthCheck plans to export the user-friendly cloud-based technology of the CrisisReady App globally.

"As the world's leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism, EarthCheck has identified a need for emergency preparedness and we have the capacity to support businesses and destinations in uncertain times, Mr Moore continued.

"The world is at a tipping point and the type and impact of climatic events such as the wildfires in California, bushfires in Australia and the tsunamis in Asia are likely to continue," Mr Moore warned. "It's not so much about if, but when, a disaster will strike. Today it's about having a business continuity plan already prepared, and that means adopting new technologies and operational procedures to help build resilience. With unpredictable weather affecting cities, communities and the environment, adopting interactive mobile technology that works 24/7 and linking the App to deploy teams quickly to the most important jobs in a crisis is critical."

The mobile application is an evolution of technology that puts paper-based crisis management practices into a smartphone and into the hands of your team; no matter where they are. "Effectively it's a 'Disaster HQ' in your pocket," said Mr Moore.

"The most exciting thing about the toolkit is the positive implication this has for government, local authorities, businesses and destinations all over the world."

For every dollar invested in disaster mitigation, three dollars is saved in recovery costs allowing organisations and destinations to get back into market as quickly as possible - 80% of businesses without continuity plans do not survive more than two years after a major crisis.

"Visitors can be overlooked in disaster planning. As non-locals, they may not know the escape routes, may not be connected with local media, and they may not speak the same language as local residents.  A different level of vulnerability can come into play, which is where the CrisisReady technology can prepare communities to be crisis ready for disruption," Moore concluded.

Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton is joint Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year



Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton has been recognised as the joint Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year at CEO Magazine's 2018 Executive of the Year Awards. Thornton was also shortlisted for the major award; CEO of the Year.

The awards are considered Australia's most prestigious business awards event, recognising the exceptional contribution made by the CEOs, managing directors, and senior management who drive Australia's leading organisations in a range of sectors.

"I'm equally humbled to accept the award as I am to lead Intrepid Group. We are finishing off a spectacular year of growth and significant milestones; having become Australia's largest certified B Corp, and largest travel company in the world to achieve the rigorous certification. Our growth, coupled with our purpose beyond profit, means that as a business, we can be an even greater force for good" commented Thornton.

Now in its seventh year, the 2018 Executive of the Year Awards were the biggest yet, with more than 550 guests and nominees attending from the country's most respected and innovative brands.

Intrepid Travel has also been awarded Best Family Tour Company at the Family Travel Magazine Awards. The awards were a result of over 120,000 unique votes.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Family Travel People's Choice Awards revealed



Family Travel today announced the results of its annual awards recognising the best of the best in family travel.

Providing a 100% independent snapshot of the family travel segment, this survey was carried out from April 2018 through to July 2018, and polled a broad cross section of Australians from coast to coast, small families to large, single parents to blended families, and those travelling with special needs considerations.

“These awards enable us to share useful insights to our ever-growing audience of families,” said Janeece Keller, Founder & CEO, Bound Round. “Our consumers can feel confident selecting these destinations, brands and businesses as they have been voted as the best by a large pool of family voters just like them. And our winners can celebrate the fact that the award means their customers genuinely value their brand and this accolade helps set them apart.”

With over 120,600 unique votes case in over 70 categories, consumers submitted a record number of responses rating their travel experiences, providing a clearer picture of the current Australian family travel climate.

The awards were broken down into four distinct categories:
Best of Australia - focused on domestic destinations, attractions and services
Best of International - focused on international destinations, attractions and services
Best Travel Providers - focused on service providers such as tourism operators, airlines etc
Best for families of all shapes and sizes - focused on families of larger or smaller sizes and those with specific requirements

The full list of the 2018 Family Travel Awards recipients are published on the Family Travel website www.familytravel.com.au/awards and are celebrated in the next issue of Family Travel magazine, hitting newsstands on 24 December 2018.

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Canberra Region’s best in tourism celebrated at 2018 Gala Awards

Leaders of the Canberra Region tourism industry gathered last night, Friday 23 November 2018, to celebrate another year of success and excellence in tourism at the annual Canberra Region Tourism Awards.

The National Capital Attractions Association together with supporting partner, Visit Canberra, hosted the awards, the most prestigious event in the Canberra region tourism calendar, and were joined by ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, as guests enjoyed the Masquerade themed ball at Hotel Realm’s newly renovated ballroom.

Amongst the major winners were the National Gallery of Australia which won the award for Major Tourist Attraction, making it the second year in a row they have scooped the award in this highly desired category. Questacon - the National Science and Technology Centre won the Tourist Attraction category, having also claimed this prize in 2017.

Other major awards were collected by the Royal Australian Mint which won the Cultural Tourism category (also taking out the Visitor Experience Award), the Australian Institute of Sport’s Experience AIS which won the Specialised Tourism Services category, and the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre which won the Visitor Information Services category.

“We are all so proud of the hard work of our industry partners and the high calibre of experiences available in the capital as a result of those efforts, the visitor economy is going from strength to strength. Canberra and region tourist attractions and tourism businesses really do punch above their weight when it comes to the programs and services on offer here,” said Dr. Naomi Dale, President of the National Capital Attractions Association.

Dr. Dale acknowledged the contribution of Stephen Byron to the Canberra region tourism industry. Mr Byron, Managing Director of the Canberra Airport, this year won the award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.

Dr. Dale was also quick to point out the high calibre of accommodation properties in the Canberra region recognised last night, with Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Leumeah Lodge, Little National Hotel and Hyatt Hotel Canberra all winning their respective categories. And she congratulated Destination Southern Highlands which won the Destination Marketing category for Pie Time for the second year running.

All Canberra Region category winners are now off to compete at a national level at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Launceston in March 2019.

“We know the fabulous pride, determination and commitment held by our tourism industry here in Canberra, and we wish all of our winners the very best when they compete at the Australian Tourism Awards in early 2019,” concluded Dr. Dale.

The full list of award winners can be viewed below. For more information on the awards, visit http://canberratourismawards.com.au/ For more information on the National Capital Attractions Association, visit http://www.nationalattractions.com.au/

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