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    Queenstown’s Future Marketing Options                                                                            bmi market fares
                    Destination               The meeting was asked to consider two options:                         now offer ....
                    Queenstown                 1. Continue to implement a marketing plan similar to those            Through check of baggage
                    members met last               of the past three years in line with the current funding.         Two date changes FOC
                    week to discuss the        2. Increase marketing activity to meet new, identified
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                    future marketing of            challenges and increase funding accordingly.
                    Queenstown as the         Destination Queenstown CEO David Kennedy urged Queenstown              Sales with any outbound carrier ex New Zealand
                    Southern                  businesspeople to be a part of the decision to guide the next
                    Hemisphere’s premier      strategic plan for promotion of tourism to the town, and said          click here for details
                    four season lake and      members needed to be aware that DQ’s current budget of $1.8
                    alpine resort.            million annually fell short of other leading New Zealand RTOs.
                    The organisation’s
                                              “We are the premier tourist town in New Zealand, and we cannot
                                              rely on the assumption that visitors will just come. We need to be     See (& Hear)What
                    comprises all             active and efficient in our promotional marketing.”
                    commercial                Australia remains the key international market for Queenstown           We’re All About
                    ratepayers in the town    and would be the focus of increased marketing activity by DQ
                    who, directly or          should additional funds be made available.
                    indirectly, contribute    “Funding erosion over the past five years means we have slipped
                    to the commercial         backwards in our ability to effectively promote to Australians.
                    rate levied to fund the   Increased funding would allow us to joint venture in marketing
                    Regional Tourism          campaigns with Tourism New Zealand and the airlines to achieve
                    Organisation.             a greater awareness of our four season destinational message.”                  CLICK HERE
                                        TravelMemo 8.08T 11MAR08         Page 1     www.travelmemo.co.nz
                                              NEW ZEALAND                                                                                                     Short Films, Big Impact
                                                                                                                                                         Visitors to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine
                Making Sense of Our Competitive Ranking                                                                                                  Centre at Aoraki Mount Cook now have more
                                                                                                                                                         opportunity to enjoy a 360° cinematic
Every year the Swiss-based World Economic         The overall ranking results from relative         attitude of locals towards tourists, while we        experience in New Zealand’s first full dome
Forum publishes global comparisons ranking        performance on policy rules and regulations;      are seventh in the world for the sustainable         digital planetarium.
the relative competitiveness of countries and     environmental sustainability; safety and          development of the tourism industry. The report      The Hermitage GM Denis Callesen says that
their economies.                                  security; health and hygiene; prioritisation of   places New Zealand fifth for the effectiveness       two new sessions have been added to the
Its latest annual Travel & Tourism                Travel & Tourism; the infrastructure of air and   of its marketing and branding, a testament to        planetarium schedule to cater for those on tight
Competitiveness Report shows that, while New      ground transport, tourism and ICT; T&T price      the continuing impact of the 100% Pure               timeframes, including a 9.30am screening ideal
Zealand is still in the top 20 countries out of   competitiveness; human resources; affinity for    campaign.                                            for in-house guests before they check out.
130 when it comes to the international            Travel & Tourism; and a country’s natural and     Some factors which affect our ranking, though,       Planetarium movies now screen at 9.30am,
competitiveness of its travel and tourism         cultural resources.                               are outside our control. For instance, New           11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 8.30pm, with
industry, we have slipped five places to rank     While New Zealand has dropped 25 spots in         Zealand’s size means we can’t claim as many          double features on at 7pm and 10pm.
at No.19 overall.                                 the past year to 50th in terms of its ground      natural heritage sites as some other countries       The movies are:
Australia, meanwhile, has climbed the rankings    transport infrastructure and is well down the     and we’re no match for Europe when it comes          Mount Cook Space Traveller (18 mins): A
to fourth behind Switzerland, Austria and         ranks on its IT and communications                to cultural heritage sites. The Government           virtual tour that takes viewers deep into space
Germany, and was the only country in Asia/        infrastructure, CO2 emissions, purchasing         came out in 8th spot for its prioritisation of the   to visit planets, stars and galaxies.
Oceania to make the top ten.                      power parity, ticket taxes and airport charges,   Travel and Tourism industry, but fell short on       Infinity Express (22 mins): Where did it all
The Forum’s Travel & Tourism                      we actually do alright in other areas likely to   its own investment by way of tourism                 begin? Is there life outside our solar system?
Competitiveness Index aims to measure the         help our tourism industry.                        spending, putting New Zealand at an                  Black Holes (22 mins): Travel through space
factors and policies that make it attractive to   New Zealand ranks second in the world for the     uncompetitive ranking of 62.                         as astronomers scan the universe to find
develop the T&T sector in different countries.    quality of its natural environment and for the    Click Here for the full report.                      nature’s most bizarre creations.
                                                                                                                                                         An Explorer Pass allows visitors unlimited
  The first Ellerslie International Flower                               Unique New Beers for MarchFest                                                  access to the Planetarium screenings, plus the
  Show to be hosted in Christchurch                  New Zealand summers are increasingly           and varied music, including a 13-piece               15-minute 3D movie on the Ngai Tahu legend
  next year will cost nearly $2 million to           enhanced by local festivals, with the latest   Oompah Band.                                         of Aoraki, and the Museum and Hillary Gallery
  run, but The Press reports it is                   being MarchFest, a major craft beer and        The organisers have commissioned local               for a full day. Adult ticket prices are $20 (16
  budgeted to break even.                            music event making its debut appearance        craft brewers to create special festival             years+) and all children (0–16) are free when
                                                     after Easter in Nelson, heart of the major     brews for the event - with the proviso that          accompanied by an adult.
It seems the proposed Milford Sound Link             hop growing region.                            these beers must be brand new, unique and
Rail Routeburn-Hollyford piggyback rail              MarchFest will be an annual festival of        unavailable anywhere else in the world,              The largest urban Running of the Sheep in
tunnel is projected to cost $275 million, a          beer, food, music and fun loosely based on     and must include locally grown hops.                 the world takes place in Te Kuiti on 29MAR,
figure obtained by the Southland Times by            Munich’s Oktoberfest, and the organisers       There will be marquees, local food stalls,           when six truckloads of sheep will be let
using the Official Information Act. Rival            aim to develop it into the southern            music and children’s entertainment as well           loose for a 1km dash down the main street
scheme Milford Dart’s backers, who say               hemisphere’s foremost beer festival.           as local wines for non-beer drinkers.                in the midst of the one-day Great New
their planned bus tunnel is costed at $150m,         The event on Saturday 29MAR will feature       Get tickets from outlets listed at                   Zealand Muster crowds in town for the 3-
believe the MSLR plan is uneconomic.                 four brand new beers from local breweries      www.marchfest.com                                    day New Zealand Shearing Championships.
                                                                TravelMemo 8.08T 11MAR08        Page 2     www.travelmemo.co.nz
               AUSTRALIA                                                 Great Barrier Reef Code Share                                                  First copies of Tourism
                                                                                                                                                        Australia’s Coastlines II
            Tiger Gears up for the Bush                                Captain Cook Cruises says it is still selling 3, 4 or 7 night cruises              magazine have been
                                                                       on the Great Barrier Reef, although these are now sold in a code           distributed with this week’s
The Tiger Airways Australia boss surprised everyone when he
                                                                       share arrangement with Coral Princess. The vessels and cruises          New Zealand Woman’s Weekly.
announced at the Australian National Aviation Press Club his
                                                                       will be marketed under both brands.                                     The motivational publication is
airline’s intention to add Airbus A319s to its Australian domestic
                                                                       Cape York Cruises will cease to operate until a suitable vessel is       also being distributed with NZ
fleet, which currently comprises 180-seat A320s.
                                                                       acquired, and Great Barrier Reef Cruises will operate on Coral                   House & Garden and NZ
Tiger says the 144-seat A319, which is used big-time by Europe’s
                                                                       Princess (50 pax) & Coral Princess II (44 pax).                                      Listener next week.
low fare carriers, would allow it to bring discount fares to smaller
                                                                       The early booking Saver (EBS) fares to the Great Barrier Reef
regional centres like Tamworth, provided locals extend their
                                                                       have been rescinded and are no longer available. EBS fares to
Aviation observers see Tiger’s strategy as much like the one
                                                                       Fiji, Murray and Sydney still apply.                                      NEED A
easyJet employs in Europe, but such moves will surely see Virgin
                                                                       All other Captain Cook Cruises - Sydney, Murray and Fiji - operate
                                                                       as normal.
                                                                                                                                               RENTAL CAR
Blue quickly compete on such routes using its growing fleet of
Embraer E-Jets. And Qantas has not been one for sitting back
and readily allowing competitors on its patch.                               CCC Barrier Reef Cruise Itineraries                                 IN THE
The state tourism offices will doubtless be all aflutter at the        The following are the new Captain Cook Cruises Great Barrier              WORLD?
thought of squadrons of jets bringing tourist hordes to their          Reef itineraries.
overlooked rural heartlands, but there’s a question as to whether        3-nt cruise -Cairns - Dunk - Townsville CCT3                           No Need to Shop
the bush towns only miss out on tourism because of the current           Departs Cairns Sat 11am (Alternate weeks 22MAR - 04OCT)                    Around!
airfare cost. The bigger question is whether they have the               Disembark Townsville Tue 10am
                                                                         3-nt cruise -Townsville – Dunk - Cairns CTC3                             We’ve Got the Best
population, infrastructure or tourist appeal to sustain such                                                                                     Deals on Four Wheels!
                                                                         Departs Townsville Tue at 1pm (alternate weeks 25MAR - 07OCT)
operations.                                                              Disembark Cairns Fri 1pm
If, however, Tiger’s reason for A319s is to base at cheaper regional     4-nt cruise - Cairns - Lizard - Cairns CCC4                            AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND
airports near the big population catchments, the question is: will
city folks drive to the bush to access the cheap fares?
                                                                         Departs Cairns Tue & Fri 5pm (alt weeks 18MAR - 14OCT, alt Fri
                                                                         28MAR - 10OCT) Disembark Cairns 8am Sat and Tue)
                                                                                                                                                UK & EUROPE USA ASIA
In other news The Tiger Group will soon announce a second                7-nt cruise - Cairns - Lizard - Cairns - Dunk - Townsville CCT7       We can do rental cars almost everywhere!
base in Oz and also intends setting up a Pilot Training Scheme.          Depart Cairns Tue 5pm (alt weeks 18MAR - 14OCT)                        Great Rates! Excellent Prompt Service!
                                                                         Disembark Townsville Tue 10am
  With just a week left until the                                        7-nt cruise - Townsville - Dunk - Cairns - Lizard Is -Cairns CTC7       CALL US TOLL FREE FOR THE BEST RATE
  Australian Formula One Grand Prix                                      Depart Townsville Tue 1pm (alt weeks 25MAR - 07OCT).                         Phone: 0508 - 650 660
                                                                         Disembark Cairns 8am Tue)
  in Melbourne, F1GP boss Bernie                                                                                                                or email reservations@aimholidays.co.nz
  Ecclestone is tightening the screws,                                 When booking through your wholesaler please specify that you
  threatening again to take the race                                   wish to book a Captain Cook Cruises Great Barrier Reef Cruise                         or check out our website
  away from Australia unless it moves                                  and specify cruise length, itinerary and relevant booking code,                        www.aimholidays.co.nz
  to a night race under lights to                                      or to check availability on any of these cruises call Captain Cook
  improve European viewing times.                                      Cruises on 0800 446 389.                                                                    AIM HOLIDAYS
                                                                       Wholesalers have all the new itineraries and pricing.                                              Phone: 09-477 1090
                                                                   TravelMemo 8.08T 11MAR08 Page 3             www.travelmemo.co.nz
        SOUTH PACIFIC                                                         More Seats Needed from NZ                                    Treasure, Bounty Transfers Clarified
                                                                    Cook Islands Tourism Board chairman John McFadzien,                Treasure Island and Bounty Island resorts now meet any arriving
       Cooks-LA Service under Budget                                reporting on a recent meeting between a Cooks delegation and       and departing flight at Nadi International airport.
The Cook Islands News reports that the risk-share joint venture     Air New Zealand, told the Cook Island News that among the          Clients arriving during the day can connect with South Sea
between the CI Government and Air New Zealand is operating          topics covered was the need another flight between New Zealand     Cruises 0900, 1215 or 1515 daily departures and Treasure/
within the $2.9 million budget set aside for it in the 2006-07      and Rarotonga. Air New Zealand had advised the delegation          Bounty will book clients on these services.
financial year. The tourism board chairman John McFadzien           that its current fleet upgrade meant that at any one time one      Outside these times, they will travel on the Treasure transfer
would not, however, be drawn on how much government had             aircraft would be out of service and this would be the case for    service ex Vuda marina.
been paying the airline since the risk share joint kicked off.      the rest of this year.                                             The Treasure representative will meet and greet guests on arrival
Mr McFadzien is quoted as saying that, in the ten months of         One Cooks service will, however, be upgraded from a B767 to        at the airport, take them to their airport office on the arrivals
LAX/RAR flights, of those travelling 42% were from the US,          a B777 from AUG08, providing an additional 83 seats.               concourse, pre-register them, serve them with refreshments then
25% from the UK, 17% were from Europe, 13% were New                 McFadzien said a request for additional seats had been left with   walk them and their luggage over to Raffles so they can connect
Zealanders and Australians, and 3% were from the Pacific.           the airline for further consideration.                             with the South Sea Cruises transfers down to Denarau.
                                                                                                                                       On the return journey ex Treasure, those travelling on SSC will
          Treasure Island Improvements                                                                                                 be transferred directly to the airport if that’s their final
   Treasure Island Resort Fiji has completed the refurbishment                                                                         destination.
   of its restaurant and bar area.                                                                                                     Transfers on either the Treasure service via Vuda Marina
   This includes new floor tiles throughout, new Chairs and                                                                            (15mins north of Nadi), or via Denarau on South Sea cruises
   refurbished tables, new paintwork, light fittings and ceiling                                                                       for both Treasure and Bounty, MUST be booked via Treasure
   fans.                                                                                                                               Island reservations in Fiji.
                                                                                                                                       Wholesalers have details but if you need further clarification,
   The Ganilau fine dining restaurant has now been                                                                                     contact Anne Radonich, NZ Sales Manager - 09 459 7441 or
   glassed in, is air-conditioned and offers another dining                                                                            anne@radmarketing.co.nz
   option - table side flambé. During the day the restaurant
   serves as a small meeting room, catering for up to 12
   The outdoor decking has now been extended to join                                                                                   Qantas has released short-life special fares to Fiji from AKL
   the restaurant bar area for better indoor-outdoor flow                                                                              ($264*) and CHC ($279*), for travel 01MAR-31OCT08 with
   and there are new wooden poolside chairs for outside                                                                                sales to 14MAR08.
   dining.                                                                                                                             *Prices include all ticket surcharges and taxes and are correct
   Anne Radonich reminds agents that Treasure Island                                                                                   as at 07 MAR08.
   completed the renovation of all its rooms mid last year.
   Wholesalers have full details of Treasure’s current special - Stay 5 Pay 3,                                                         The Suva City Council plans to create more reasons for
   plus 2-for-1 meal plan for two adults, and kids stay, play and eat for just $99                                                     cruise ship visitors to stay in town. It reportedly has plans
   per stay (max two kids U12). Sales run to 30APR for travel commenced /                                                              for the old war bunker in Flagstaff, a meke in Sukuna Park
   completed 01-31MAR08, 01-11APR08, 05MAY-23JUN08, 21JUL-                                                                             and firewalking in Thurston Garden.
   26SEP08. All other dates are closed out. The special includes a raft of free                                                        The moves follow news that over half of all cruise ship
   inclusions.                                                                                                                         visitors to Suva opt to take out-of-town tours.
                                                                   TravelMemo 8.08T 11MAR08      Page 4     www.travelmemo.co.nz
                                         Fast Ferry to Aitutaki                                                       Choice Hotels Australasia, represents more than 275 Comfort™, Quality™ and Clarion®
Details have been released on a proposed inter-island       Passengers will find aircraft-type seating with in-seat   hotels, suites and resorts across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.
fast ferry for Cooks and the Cook Islands Herald says       video, fold-down bunks on a lower level for those         Choice Hotels has a clean, comfortable and dependable place to stay that will make
it will take a year to build, will run on bio-fuel, carry   wanting to sleep, and four bathrooms. The interior will   you feel right at home. Choice Hotels Australasia operates as a franchise organisation.
80 passengers and be funded by the private sector at a      be convertible to freight space as necessary and there
cost of around $10 million.                                 are reportedly by two big game fishing chairs on the                      Sales Manager, New Zealand
The twin hulled vessel will be 35m long and just over       stern.                                                    This is a contract position as the current employee is heading off on maternity leave
12m wide, constructed of marine aluminum and                Local staff will double as entertainers, using a small    after three and a half years of working for the organisation
powered by both sails and engines. The sails will be        stage, and there will be a bar and dance area.            This role is a diverse role. The job of Sales Manager New Zealand is to maintain and
made of carbon fibre and the two 1000hp engines, used       Plans call for the vessel to also sail to Atiu, Mauke     grow room night delivery to our hotels in New Zealand and secondly to our hotels in
mainly for maneuvering, will be designed to operate         and Mitiaro as well as Aitutaki three times per week.     Australia.
on a mix of 80% coconut oil and 20% diesel,                 The company will be owned by a Cook Islander with                                    Key Duties and Responsibilities:
converting later to kerosene. It will be built to New       plans to float part of the company to interested          A complete SALES focus on maintaining our current corporate client business
Zealand Standards.                                          investors.                                                and seeking new business opportunities within the corporate market.
                                                                                                                          · Building and maintaining positive strategic relationships with the travel
                                                  ASIA                                                                    · Attendance and delivery at important buyer trade shows
                                                                                                                          · Attendance and delivery of local corporate events.
        Luxury Train for Tibet Run                              Accor’s Big Plans for Vietnam                             · Implementation of current preferred supplier agreements with key consortia
China’s Xinhua news agency reports that the world’s         Vietnam’s fast-growing economy has encouraged                 in the New Zealand market place
most luxurious train will begin service on the Beijing-     Accor to grow its hotel portfolio. Three Pullman hotels       · Solicitation and coordination of tenders for corporate business.
Lhasa route from 01SEP. Operating three times a week,       are to be developed – the 200-room Pullman Lao Cai,           · Delivery of presentations, workshops and updates
the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Corporation trains will           150-room Pullman Sapa Resort and the 360-room                 · Business Development across all market segments.
carry a total of 96 passengers, with 12 passenger           Pullman Vung Tau. The Vung Tau property is expected           · Servicing of Key accounts, partnerships and wholesalers
carriages, each with four double-bedded suites fitted       to open in early 2010 adjacent to a 2,000 people              · Product Development and training
out to five-star hotel standard. The trains would also      convention centre.                                            · Working with franchisees to build business
have two dining carriages and a sightseeing carriage.       Accor will also develop two Mercure hotels in Hanoi       We are looking for someone who has a minimum of 2 - 3 years in an account
The fare for the five-day journey is expected to be         to accommodate the rapid increase in demand for           management position. Industry experience would be a preference. Tertiary Qualified or
around NZ$7000.                                             quality mid-scale accommodation. A new 200-room           industry qualified favorable. Package includes competitive salary and car allowance.
                                                            Novotel resort is planned for the rapidly emerging           Looking for someone who can hit the ground running and is enthusiastic.
             Closed for Training                            tourist destination of Phu Quoc, to be located five            An opportunity to take the next step on your career path in the industry.
  Active Asia wishes to advise agents that this             minutes from the Grand Mercure La Veranda, which
                                                                                                                                                  Expressions of Interest :
  Wednesday 12MAR, reservations will be closed              opened last year.                                                        Rochelle Fleming Sales Manager, New Zealand
  from 2pm for staff training. Active Asia asks             Four other Novotels open over the next two years.                Tel: +649 532 8624 Fax: +649 532 8624 Mob: +64 274 749 574
  agents to be patient and email all enquiries which        Novotel Halong Bay will open in June, while the                             Email: rochelle_fleming@choicehotels.co.nz
  will be handled promptly on Thursday morning.             Novotel Nha Trang opens in late 2008, Novotel Hoi
  Any super-urgent enquiries will be forwarded              An Imperial Resort in late 2009, and Novotel Hanoi
  from Reception. Email: sales@activeasia.co.nz             On The Park in 2010. They will join Novotels in Dalat
                                                            and Phan Thiet.                                                                         TM             TM           TM

                                                                   TravelMemo 8.08T 11MAR08 Page 5            www.travelmemo.co.nz           choicehotels.co.nz
       Starwood Expansion in Asia-Pac                                     Boutique Hawaiian Islands Cruises                                 USA Today reports that the Transportation Security
Starwood currently operates more than 140 hotels in Asia             No sooner has NCL America opted to withdraw two of its ships           Administration is trialling lanes designed for families with
Pacific, with over 80 hotels and resorts under development.          from Hawaii’s waters than American Safari Cruises announces            children. The tests, at the Denver and Salt Lake City airports,
More than half of these are in China, which already has 36           it is deploying an American-flagged luxury yacht to the 50th           will also include “expert” lanes for pax who are
hotels in operation there under Starwood brands. India is another    state for a season of inter-island cruising starting in DEC08.         experienced in security procedures, and “casual” traveller
hot spot for Starwood, where its existing 20 properties will         American Safari Cruises’ inter-island Hawaii cruises are very          lanes, allowing pax to choose which they want to use.
soon be joined by another ten. Elsewhere in Asia Pacific,            different from the big-ship offering. Their 145ft Safari Explorer      Segregated lanes could open around the US if the tests
Starwood’s brands are growing their footprint in Thailand,           will carry just 36 guests on explorations of secluded coves and        show the concept speeds up security lines.
Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Macau, Japan and New Zealand.          bays, quaint harbours and tiny villages. The yacht travels only
In Thailand alone, Starwood will debut 11 new hotels in the          during the day, and in the waters less travelled will visit Molokai,
next three years, including three Le Meridien hotels in Bangkok,     Lanai, 19th-century Lahaina on Maui, the Big Island and several
Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai coming onboard this year.                  snorkel/dive sites. Guests will also have an included Volcanoes              AFRICA / MID EAST
                                                                     National Park helicopter tour and explore beautiful backcountry
India is implementing a requirement for passenger details            waterfalls and exotic terrain on foot.                                    Common Passport, Currency for Gulf
to be transmitted to Immigration from the flight’s                   Cruises will focus on traditional Hawaiian culture and will offer      The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries Kuwait, Saudi
embarkation point within 15 minutes of the flight departure          opportunities for guests to get to know local residents by visiting    Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain are steadily working
for India. The Advance Passenger Information System                  their land and their homes.                                            towards agreement on a regional bloc with a common passport
becomes effective 01APR08.                                           The inaugural Hawaii cruise season runs to 09MAY09 and the             and currency. Kuwait last week announced plans to accept the
                                                                     ship will return in NOV09 for a second season.                         new Gulf passport, starting next May, and a GCC currency
                                                                     The company operates four luxury yachts that carry 12 to 36            should be in place by 2010.
             AMERICAS                                                guests; other destinations are Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés,
                                                                     Pacific Northwest and the Columbia and Snake rivers.                                   Experience Ethiopia
       Take the Road Less Travelled.....                             www.amsafari.com                                                       Ethiopia is the oldest independent nation in Africa, and one of
That is, a 17-day Volcano Trail expedition through Guatemala,                                                                               its most fascinating countries, offering a unique culture with a
Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This is one of G.A.P’s                         March in The Galapagos                                   long history and astounding scenery. Thought to have been
most exciting trips, even for the seasoned traveller, filled with    The rainy season is at its height                                      founded by Menelik, son of the Queen of Sheba and King
breathtaking scenery. Tour route: Antigua - Copan, Honduras -        in the Galapagos Islands right                                         Solomon, Ethiopia touring offers rock-hewn churches, ancient
Utila, the Bay Islands (a Caribbean-style island) - Tegucigalpa      now, but World Journeys says                                           obelisks and the forbidden medieval town of Harar, while views
- Granada, Nicaragua - Ometepe - Monteverde Cloud Forest,            it’s still a great time to visit as                                    vary from the impressive Blue Nile Falls to the rugged
                                       Costa Rica - La Fortuna       the rain is sporadic, there’s                                          mountains of the Simien range.
                                       / Arenal Volcano - San        plenty of sun and the                                                  Beset by famine and poverty, Ethiopia is now on the road to
                                       Jose. This Roam-style         temperature can reach up to                                            recovery and its historical sights and natural wonders are unique
                                       trip is priced from           30C. March is when marine iguanas nest on Fernandina, and              to Africa. Explore the Historic Route on an in-depth 13-day
                                       $940pp plus US$250            snorkelling is excellent in the warm waters of the western islands     journey, with local guides accompanying the sightseeing in each
                                       local payment.                - Punta Vicente Roca in particular is amazing as you’ll find           town. Adventure World’s Blue Nile & Lalibela small group
                                       Contact Adventure             penguins alongside tropical fish. World Journeys says there is         journey is priced from $3,466pp share twin plus US$250 local
                                       World on 09-522 5942.         still some availability in April for 3, 4, or 7 night cruises aboard   payment. Call 09-522 5941.
                                                                     the MV Santa Cruz. Call 09-360 7311.
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                                                                                    Taste the Winelands
                                                                  World Journeys says it has Stay/Pay deals on ‘gorgeous’
                                                                  properties in South Africa’s famous Winelands region, including
                                                                  the Grande Roche in Paarl. Dating back to 1717 this old
                                                                  homestead was restored to its original Cape Dutch splendour
                                                                  in 1991 and transformed into a luxury hotel. Now a member of
                                                                  the Relais & Chateaux group, the property features 29 luxury
                                                                  suites and five executive rooms.
                                                                  Stay 5/Pay 4 nights until 31MAR and from 01NOV to
                                                                  31DEC08. Stay 4/Pay 3 nights from 01APR to 15MAY and
                                                                  from 01AUG to 31OCT08. This promotion also includes a
                                                                  welcome drink, a bottle of Paarl Wine, sun-ripened fruits and
                                                                  mineral water, and a free shuttle service in Paarl.
                                                                  World Journeys also has Stay/Pay deals on River Manor Country
                                                                  House & Spa in the Winelands.

 Europcar, National Combine                                  Sight Jogging in Rome                                          Beyond Flexible River Cruise Deals
This month the fleets of Europcar and National   For travellers who want to keep up their fitness while          River cruising specialist, Beyond Travel
combine, creating the biggest fleet in the UK    viewing the must-sees, Sight Jogging’s running tours offer      is offering a choice of flexible deals,
daily rental market comprising over 60,000       visitors to Rome a selection of 14 different routes to          including free accommodation packages
vehicles. By making services for both brands     choose from, led by experienced trainers from a variety         or airline credit, when you book the 15-
available from a number of locations that        of countries and speaking many different languages.             day Amsterdam to Budapest river cruise
previously had been sole branded, Europcar       Springwise.com reports that one popular route is a 6.2-         onboard the MS Viking Danube, for
and National customers have access to daily      mile tour culminating at St. Peter’s Basilica, while another    departures between June and October.
rental from over 250 locations throughout the    is 5.2-mile jaunt to the Villa Borghese. All routes are rated   The first choice is an offer of NZ$1270
UK. Crucial to the development is giving         for duration, difficulty level and types of attractions         air credit per couple on European airfares
customers of both brands the confidence that     covered (“artistic and historical,” for example), and guides    booked with Beyond Travel aboard
their transportation needs will be met every     can tailor the route and pace to the runners’ ages and          Finnair, Austrian Airlines, Emirates or       The cruise costs from NZ$4735pp twin
time.                                            fitness level. Sight Jogging lends heart-rate monitors to       Thai International.                           share and the free accommodation deal
Europcar customers will also now have access     all runners at no extra charge, and baby strollers and bikes    The other option is a free land package, an   can be taken in either Prague, Budapest
to sub-contracted vehicles through National’s    are also available for those who’d rather not run.              example being three nights accommodation      or Vienna. Packages are flexible and can
Specialist Vehicle Management Centre as well     Prices range from EUR 70 for one person up to EUR 140           in a four-star Prague property, city tour     be customised to suit individual needs.
as nationwide access to luxury and               for four. www.sightjogging.it                                   including the Prague castle, tickets to a     The cruise must be booked and paid for
performance vehicles from Guy Salmon             Footnote: Similar tours can be had in New York, Chicago         Black Theatre performance and return          before 30MAY08 to receive the deals.
Prestige Rental.                                 and other US cities with City Running Tours.                    private car transfers.                        Call Beyond Travel on 0800-550-065.
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     Tours of the Palace of Westminster                                               An Alpine Interlude
The Palace of Westminster, home of Britain’s Parliament, offers      New for 2008, Tauck’s 12-day Alpine Interlude showcases the
guided tours for the public.                                         Austrian, Italian and Swiss Alps. Clients journey along the
They operate during the Summer Recess, when Parliament does          Yellow Roads, such as the Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse,
not sit and MPs work away from Westminster, starting at              through inspiring scenery; climb to the highest railway station
Victoria Tower and ending in Westminster Hall, taking in both        in Europe aboard a cogwheel train; and take in a sweeping
Chambers – the House of Lords and the House of Commons –             panorama of alpine splendour from a cable car. Explore the
as well as other State Rooms.                                        cities of Zurich, Berne, Vaduz, Salzburg and Vienna. Savour a
The Palace is open for tours this year from 28JUL-27SEP, Mon-        real taste of the Alps in a traditional Tyrolean Hutte, a Swiss
Sat inclusive (not on Sun or Bank Holidays). Tours take about        Gasthof, a famous Viennese cafe, a 900-year-old monastery
75 minutes. Admission: adults £12, students and seniors £8,          winery and a schnapps distillery. The trip is priced from
children 5–16 £5, children under 5 free, family ticket (max two      $6,699pp. Phone Adventure World on 09-524 5118.
adults) £30. www.parliament.uk
            Theatre in a London Park
                                                                                                                                                      21 Nights North Africa
                                                                                                                                        World Journeys Director Kate Gohar is escorting a small group
                                                                                                                                        journey from Carthage to Cairo in October this year visiting
                                                                                                                                        Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, and says her years spent living in
                                                                                                                                        Egypt will have prepared her well. Talking about the North
                                                                      Escorted North American National Parks                            African Mediterranean coast, Kate says: “People have been
                                                                     From the Grand Canyon to the Canadian Rockies, this 28-day         scuttling about that coastline for centuries – spice traders,
The Open Air Theatre in London’s Regent’s Park is the only           group escorted tour departs New Zealand 11SEP, returning           conquering Romans, WWII Allied Forces, and now increasingly
permanent professional outdoor theatre in Britain. Since it          08OCT08. From Las Vegas, the group heads to Arizona and            – travellers. The history is amazing – Carthage very nearly
opened in 1932, the theatre has entertained thousands of people      Utah, to view the Grand Canyon, the spires of Bryce Canyon         became the new Rome, and impressive ruins throughout are a
every summer with its successful seasons of Shakespeare,             NP, the rock formations of Zion NP and Salt Lake City, the         legacy of not only Roman occupations but also Phoenicians,
classics, opera, musicals and family shows. The steeply raked        Mormon capital. There’s a visit to Jackson Hole enroute to the     Greeks and Egyptians, plus there are the atmospheric war
auditorium with 1,240 seats is one of the largest in London,         impressive Grand Tetons and ‘Old Faithful’ geyser at               cemeteries of Tobruk and El Alamein”.
and regulars turn up early to picnic on the lawns of the park, or    Yellowstone NP. Cross the border into Canada, to the alpine        The 21-night itinerary is priced from NZ$8880pp share twin
to visit the theatre’s bar and café set among trees lit by fairy     town of Banff, and on to Lake Louise and Jasper via the Icefield   including airfares from AKL/CHC; transfers; accommodation;
lights.                                                              Parkway. Continue on via Lac Le Jeune to Vancouver with a          plenty of meals; entrance fees; group visas for NZ passport
For 2008 there’s Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth          trip to the famous Butchart Gardens. Farewell Canada and re-       holders at each border; and the services of local English
Night; a new production of the classic musical Gigi starring         enter the US for Portland and Coos Bay in Oregon, and on to        speaking guides. A 6-night Nile Cruise extension is available
Topol; and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream re-               historic Eureka. The final National Park experience is Yosemite    from NZ$1459pp share twin. Price excludes ticketable and
imagined for young audiences. This year’s productions run from       with its Giant Redwoods before arriving in San Francisco, and      departure taxes of approx NZ$50pp, and a tipping fund of
02JUN-13SEP, with ticket prices from £10 to £35.                     flying home. Tour is priced from $10,270pp share twin.             US$210pp. Space is filling fast.
www.openairtheatre.org                                               Phone Adventure World on 09-524 5118.                              Call World Journeys on 09-360 7311.
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             Gecko’s Super Specials                                                Draconian US Demands                                    US Airways Amends Checked Baggage Policy
Gecko’s Griff reports they are offering the following ‘Super         Britain’s Daily Mail reports that US Homeland Security                US Airways will implement a US$25 service fee for a second
Specials’:                                                           Secretary Michael Chertoff made far-reaching new demands              checked bag, effective for travel on or after 05MAY08. The
15% off Gecko’s Africa brochure                                      in recent talks with the British Home Secretary. He wants the         new checked bag policy will apply to all flights within the U.S.,
15% off Gecko’s Asia, China & India brochure                         right to ban air passengers from flying over America en route         to/from Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
15% off Gecko’s Latin America brochure including Galapagos           from the UK to other countries – even when the flights will not       Customers may continue to check one bag free of charge. In
and Antarctica                                                       land in the United States.                                            addition, the airline will waive the fee for its most frequent
All the normal inclusions apply, and normal commission rates         Passengers’ passport details, travel plans and form of ticket         customers including Star Alliance Silver and Gold status
are paid. Discount available on all departures before 30SEP08        payment would be examined and anyone identified as having             members; confirmed First Class and Envoy passengers at time
and applies to new bookings only, made and deposited between         “suspicious indicators associated with travel behaviour” by US        of check in; and all Dividend Miles Preferred members (Silver,
12MAR and 31MAR08. It is not in conjunction with any other           security, and those on US anti-terror and so-called “no-fly” lists,   Gold, Platinum and Chairman’s Preferred).
offer.                                                               would be prevented from boarding their flight.                        Exemption from paying the US$25 fee for a second checked
All bookings count for your 5 for 1 agent incentive.                 Almost every flight leaving Britain and Europe for North,             bag will be extended to Active military personnel (in uniform
                                                                     Central and South America will be affected. US security officials     with ID), unaccompanied minors and those pax checking in
                AVIATION                                             insist the checks must be completed 72 hours before departure         assistive devices.
                                                                     or the flight will be banned from US airspace.                        The fee only applies to tickets purchased on or after 26FEB08
           P Class for Emirates Suites                               For safety reasons, transatlantic flights usually take the shortest   for travel on or after 05MAY and customers may pay it at an
Emirates yesterday added one more main booking class in its          route across the Atlantic and then fly over or close to the US        airport kiosk with a credit card or at the check-in counter with
reservations system and GDSs.                                        coast so they can divert to an airfield quickly in an emergency.      a credit card, check or cash.
The four reservations booking designators are now P (First Class
with private suites), F (First Class without suites), J (Business       Qantas is intent on lifting its customer service game,             US Airways ranked number one for on-time performance
Class) and Y (Economy Class).                                           with news that it is planning to put its entire 20,000             among the ten largest carriers in the US for the months of
The new designator P will apply to bookings made for travel             passenger contact staff through a new A$10m                        DEC07 and JAN08. According to the Department of
after 30MAR on aircraft featuring Emirates’ private suites,             training academy, starting in November. The Herald-                Transportation, US Airways’ arrival rate of 79.5% on time
which cost US$125,000 to install, making them as comfortable            Sun also reports that QF may spend as much as A$20m                topped the majors and also improved its rankings for
as the most luxurious executive aircraft.                               on its biggest-ever offshore ad campaign, targeting                baggage handling and customer complaints.
“… Emirates private suites are a distinctive innovation initiated       Asia, Europe and the US via TV commercials
by Emirates and we believe it appropriate that they are specially       showcasing the Qantas product.
designated,” says the airline’s New Zealand manager Chris                                                                                                  FAA: Read Our Lips
Lethbridge.                                                              Royal Brunei Airlines Check-In Info                                  The US Federal Aviation Administration intends fining
At present, 19 aircraft in the EK fleet, including all A340-500s     Royal Brunei reminds agents that passengers departing from               Southwest Airlines US$10.2 million for operating 46
operating on the AKL-MEL-DXB and CHC-SYD-DXB routes,                 London’s Heathrow Terminal 3, must arrive 3 hours prior to               B737 Classic aircraft without performing mandatory
have private suites. Other aircraft include recently-delivered       the scheduled departure of their flight.                                 inspections for fuselage fatigue cracking, representing
B777-300ERs and the new B777-200LRs, and further B777-               Effective 30MAR08, Royal Brunei Airlines check-in will close             deliberate violations of an agency airworthiness
300ERs will be retro-fitted.                                         60 minutes prior and the Boarding Gate will close 30 minutes             directive. ATW Online says the fine, if it becomes final,
A number of the 58 giant Airbus A380s that Emirates has on           prior to the scheduled departure of the flight. Passengers who           would be the largest-ever penalty imposed by FAA on
order will feature the new P class, including the aircraft due to    are not present at the Boarding Gate by this time, will not be           an airline for safety violations.
operate to Auckland from February next year.                         accepted for travel.
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         Aust-Malaysia Capacity Deal                                                                                        CRUISING
Australia and Malaysia have signed a deal that will allow
Malaysian and Australian carriers to operate an additional 5,000
seats per week to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth,
                                                                                                     HAL’s Volendam Headed Our Way
effective from this month. A further 3500 seats will be added to     Holland America Line is deploying ms Volendam on a series of        Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Puerto Princesa
the permitted capacity total from MAR09.                             nine unique voyages around the Asia Pacific region next year.       Subterranean River National Park features a spectacular
The deal will allow for expansion of AirAsia X, Tiger and Jetstar    Volendam will sail to destinations throughout the Pacific,          limestone karst landscape. An overnight stay in Laem Chabang
services.                                                            including exotic ports in China, Southeast Asia, Korea,             allows guests plenty of extra time to explore Bangkok.
                                                                     Indonesia, Vietnam and Russia.                                      Great Wall of China on 14- and 16-day Voyage
       Have Fun Hawaii Fares from SYD                                The itineraries offer a comprehensive exploration of over a         On Volendam’s 14- and 16-day China, Japan and Korea cruise,
Hawaiian Airlines has released Le’a Le’a(Have Fun) short-life        dozen of the most popular Pacific Rim nations on cruises from       there’s plenty of time to explore. The itinerary offers two
special fares from Sydney to Hawaii.                                 14 to 19 days that are designed to enable guests to combine         overnight stays in China to ensure that guests are able to explore
The fares start from AU$799 / NZ$940 return from Sydney to           cruises for a truly unique and extended experience of up to 66      Shanghai and Xingang (Beijing) with optional shore excursions
Honolulu, excluding surcharges and taxes of approximately            days.                                                               to the Forbidden City, Ming Tombs and the Great Wall of China.
NZ$450.                                                              Next summer, Volendam will begin her Asia Pacific duties with       Volendam departs on this 14-day itinerary on 18APR09 and
Travel is permitted 23APR-30NOV; with blackouts 27JUN-               a series of 14-day Down Under cruises and a special 16-day          16-day itinerary on 10OCT09.
20JUL and again between 01SEP-31OCT, where outbound                  holiday sailing between Australia and New Zealand. Following        Ancient Traditions to Colossal Glaciers
departures are not permitted.                                        this, the ship will begin her Asia-Pacific odyssey:                 Guests wanting a cruise with amazing scenery and diverse ports
Add-ons from Honolulu to Maui, the Big Island and Kauai are          15- and 19-day Indonesian Islands & Great Barrier Reef              need only join Volendam for its Japan, Eastern Russia and
also available for AU$75 each-way.                                   Two new Indonesian Islands & Great Barrier Reef itineraries         Alaska itinerary. On the cruises between Kobe (Osaka) and
Sales are permitted until 02MAY and Agents should refer to           are firsts of their kind among major cruise lines in the region.    Vancouver, the ship will explore Petropavlovsk — known as
their CRS fare displays for more details or contact Hawaiian         Several interesting ports will be visited in Indonesia, including   Russia’s Far East - with its scores of volcanoes, as well as the
Airlines on Tel 09 977 2227.                                         Komodo Island – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – as well as           scenic Kurill Islands off the coast of Russia and Alaska’s
                                                                     Padang Bai, Bali, with an abundance of shopping opportunities,      Aleutian Islands and Inside Passage. There’s an overnight stay
The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has made it                 and Semarang, a bustling city teeming with ancient temples.         in Yokohama (Tokyo) and a maiden port visit to Otaru, one of
clear it does not want control over Auckland International           Also on these exclusive cruises, guests enjoy four days cruising    Japan’s leading tourist destinations on Hokkaido Island.
Airport. CPPIB says it is prepared to voluntarily reduce its         the Great Barrier Reef, including two days of daylight cruising     The 19-day cruise (actually 18 calendar days due to the Dateline)
voting power for all shareholder resolutions, except those           through the world’s largest coral reef system. The 19-day           departs 02MAY09, and sails from Kobe to Vancouver. The 16-
affecting the rights attaching to CPPIB shares, to 24.9% of          itinerary from Auckland to Singapore departs 16MAR09, and           day cruise in the reverse direction departs Vancouver on
all voting shares on issue.                                          the 15-day Singapore to Sydney cruise departs 21NOV09.              23SEP09, or guests can board the 15-day version from Seattle
Effective 04APR Air Pacific will add a second 160-seat B737-         New SE Asia Itinerary features Maiden Port of Call                  on 24SEP.
800 return service , flying Nadi – Port Vila – Honiara on            From Singapore to Hong Kong, Volendam is set to explore             First round-trip Hong Kong sailing for HAL
Fridays. The existing Tuesday flight operates on the same            Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, offering two        Holland America Line is offering a round-trip Hong Kong
routing.                                                             itineraries – a 14-day cruise starting 04APR09 and a 12-day         itinerary for the first time. The 14-day journey departs 26OCT09
                                                                     cruise starting 07NOV09. Highlights of the new 14-day itinerary     and includes an overnight stay in Shanghai, a maiden call at
Qatar Airways has announced that it will begin flying to             include a maiden call at Puerto Princesa in the Philippines,        the popular Chinese resort of Sanya on Hainan Island and a
Houston from Doha from later this year. Qatar already flies          famous for its crocodile farms, underground rivers and dive         Vietnam visit.
to New York and Washington DC.                                       spots.

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                                                                                    Celebrity Galaxy is to undergo a US$4 million
       First Design Details of new Oceania-Class                                    makeover in April, with new carpeting and
                                                                                                                                            Celebrity Equinox Europe-Bound
Oceania Cruises has revealed the first design details of its new Oceania-Class      upholstery throughout its public areas, while     When Celebrity Equinox, the second in Celebrity Cruises’
ships scheduled for delivery in 2010 and 2011.                                      the pool deck area will get new synthetic teak    newest class of ships, sets sail in 2009, it will sail a short but
The Oceania-Class represents an evolution of the line’s extremely popular           decking, and striking new glass tiles             unique season in Europe, featuring new ports and several
Regatta-Class ships. This new class of mid size cruise vessels will retain all      surrounding the pool.                             overnight stays, before transitioning to the Caribbean for the
of the warmth, popular design elements and signature amenities of the Regatta-      Contemporary new carpeting will be laid in        rest of the year and the first quarter of 2010.
Class while affording guests an additional level of comfort, convenience and        250 staterooms, and new sinks and new             Bookings for the Europe voyages open later this month.
many new luxury amenities. Designed to cruise to all corners of the globe, the      upholstery will complement the same work          Celebrity Equinox will make her maiden voyage on 08AUG09
new ships will boast a cruising speed 20% faster than the Regatta-Class. In         that already has been completed in the            with a 10-night “Best of Europe” itinerary from Southampton
addition to their greater speed, the new ships will have a greater range that       balance of the ship’s staterooms.                 to Rome, calling on ports in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy,
enables them to undertake the itineraries to virtually any destination worldwide.                                                     as well as Gibraltar along the way. The ship will then sail a
The new Oceania-Class ships will be awash in rich, dark woods, Italian marble,                                                        series of 13- and 14-night “Ancient Empires” cruises around
lustrous granite, fine wool carpets and sumptuous leather. No expense is being                                                        Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt and featuring two new
spared to create an array of spacious, yet intimate public spaces and luxurious                                                       ports of call: Haifa and Ashdod, Israel, and an overnight stay
staterooms and suites.                                                                                                                in Alexandria, Egypt. These sailings will take place 18AUG,
The new ships will accommodate 1,252 guests in 626 staterooms and suites                                                              31AUG, 13SEP, 26SEP, 10OCT and 23OCT09.
who will be served by more than 780 staff members. 96% of all                       Vietnam Shipbuilding Corp is reported to have     Celebrity Equinox will sport the new features unique to the
accommodations will feature private teak verandas and guests will dine in           purchased two cruise ferries from Italy’s         Solstice class of ships, including The Lawn Club, a half-acre
their choice of six open seating restaurants. They include a classic steakhouse,    Grandi Navi Veloci. It reportedly paid EUR        on the top deck of the ship featuring real, growing grass, and
a gourmet Italian restaurant, casual buffet restaurant, the Grand Dining Room       265m for the 2002-built La Suprema and the        the “Hot Glass Show” which presents glassblowing
serving Continental cuisine, French and Asia restaurants. There will also be        2003-built La Superba, both huge cruise ferries   demonstrations.
private dining rooms and wine cellar, and a grill & milkshake bar.                  capable of accommodating 2,930 passengers.        Call Cruises Holidays on 09-523 7788.

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