Personal injury and illness of concern

Most Kiwi travellers are leaving themselves open to bearing the financial cost of a cancelled trip by delaying the purchase of travel insurance. Only 27% of New Zealand travellers booked travel insurance at the same time as they booked overseas travel last year, according to a Colmar Brunton survey, and Craig Morrison, SCTI CEO, is […]

Virgin moving to free food, drinks

Virgin Australia will take a step closer to matching Qantas’ ‘full service’ standard this month with the debut of free meals and drinks for economy class travellers on selected flights. The deal includes even the cheapest, most heavily-discounted economy tickets, but will only be offered on flights of more than 2 hours 45 minutes. First […]

Traditional souq for Abu Dhabi

A traditional souq featuring retail options and modern amenities will soon be built at the gateway to Abu Dhabi city, according to the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City. The 150,000sq m souq will depict elements of the UAE’s cultural heritage for visitors, while also providing access to many services for residents. It will be located […]

Djabugay Aboriginal Guided Tours

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway near Cairns has a new Indigenous product where you get to walk in the footsteps of the Djabugay rainforest people and immerse in their culture and history as Djabugay guides share their experiences and knowledge of the Barron Gorge National Park. The 40- minute guided walking tour showcases bush food & medicine, […]

Australia’s Tourist Refund Scheme improvements

Australia’s Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) now allows travellers to claim a GST rebate on purchases under A$300, along with doubling the buy-before-you-fly period. The new rules came into effect this week and enables visitors to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the GST and wine equalisation tax that they paid on goods bought […]

Once in a lifetime’ ride

Queenstown’s KJet, which re-branded last year from Kawarau Jet, continues to offer guests the ultimate high-speed, adrenalin packed Jet boat experience with two rivers and twice the excitement. The complete company re-brand, which perfectly reflects the thrills, speed, spins and spectacular scenery of the ‘once in a lifetime’ ride, includes all eight Jet boats in […]

Marine Reserve Pass

As cruise passenger visits to the Pacific Islands continue to grow, a special marine reserve pass is being introduced to protect environmental treasures at Jinek Bay at Lifou in the Loyalty Islands. In line with its commitment to sustainable tourism in the Pacific Islands, Carnival Australia has funded a viewing platform and stairway at Jinek […]

New Zealand Cycle Trail international award

Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail has been recognised as one of the best cycle trails in the world. It was one of three international winners at the International Trails Symposium, hosted by American Trails in Arizona last night. The New Zealand Cycle Trail will feature more than 2500 kilometres of diverse trails that […]

Quantum ships

Building on a legacy of more than 40 years of innovation and creative design, Royal Caribbean International has unveiled first details of the next generation of cruise vacations – Quantum cruising. The Quantum class of ships will take a dramatic leap forward, introducing more game-changing “firsts at sea” such as a skydiving experience, a thrilling […]

Emeraude’s New Captain

Meet the Emeraude’s New Captain: Nguyễn Văn Quân In the mid 1970s, growing up on the edge of Halong Bay, Nguyễn Văn Quân’s mother used to let him sit on the bow of her sampan while she fished the waters. He would look out at the limestone karsts, rising all around him and his mother, […]