Category Archives: Holidays

NZ border fully open from 31 July

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It’s the good news that skiers, cruisers and friends of Kiwis have been waiting for – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a new faster timeline for reopening the border and reconnecting New Zealand with the world. New Zealand’s border will now be fully reopened by the end of July – two months earlier

Emirates launch premium economy into Sydney

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Emirates has unveiled its premium economy cabin on selected routes from 1 August 2022. The new cabin class, which will be rolled out on popular A380 routes from Sydney, London and Paris from 1 August, and Christchurch from December, promises extra comfy seats, more legroom and service to rival many airlines’ business class offerings. Sir

Eurostar Thalys merger – London to Germany by high-speed rail

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Travelling between the UK and some of Europe’s most loved destinations is about to get easier, thanks to a merger between Eurostar and French-Belgian high-speed operator Thalys. Travellers could soon see themselves jumping on a train in London and getting off in Germany, thanks to the new deal between Eurostar and Thalys. This approval has birthed

Fiji removes arrival testing from 1 May

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The Fijian Government has announced that from May 1, fully vaccinated visitors to Fiji will no longer be required to produce a pre-arrival negative test, in a move that reduces costs for travellers and makes it even easier to travel to paradise. However, there are still some travel requirements: You’ll need to show proof of vaccination for

Venice to introduce booking system


Heading to Venice? Make sure you book in advance to access the city’s historic centre, as authorities have announced a new scheme to protect the destination from mass tourism. After some 400,000 tourists thronged the city during the Easter break, Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro announced the launch of the new scheme that will limit the

“You never felt alone”: Here’s how this Melbournian agent got through (another) lockdown

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THERE IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION THAT HOME-BASED TRAVEL AGENTS ARE CUT OFF FROM THEIR TRADE COMMUNITY. Seasoned travel expert Amelia Roth reckons that could not be further from the truth. She said her home-based travel agency was a saving grace through an extremely tough time – Melbourne’s record COVID-19 lockdown period, which lasted more than

Success story: How this dynamic duo kept their business afloat despite the odds

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DURING THIS DEVASTATING TIME OF CLOSED BORDERS, TIGHT BUDGETS, AND DISAPPOINTED CLIENTS, WE LOVE A GOOD SUCCESS STORY. Travel agents are a wily bunch, with truckloads of love for what they do, but these tough times have brought the industry to its knees. MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Carine Boost and Linda Kiernander managed to

MTA Advisor thrilled to make Hobart – Auckland history

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An exuberant MTA-Mobile Travel Agent – Gina Edwards was thrilled to be offered one of only 70 spots on the inaugural Air New Zealand flight NZ198 from Hobart to Auckland, last Thursday. “The Air New Zealand cabin crew were delighted to be flying from Australia again,” said Tasmanian based Edwards, “I was honoured to be

Trans-Tasman travel bubble opens 19 April

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It’s the announcement we’ve been waiting for – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a two-way, quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel bubble will start from 11.59pm on Sunday, April 18. The decision comes after coming close several times only to have the announcement delayed after minor outbreaks on both sides of the Tasman. “While we absolutely wish

Busier than ever…Kim Newton talks to Travel Weekly

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IT IS WITHOUT QUESTION THAT THE WORLD IS A DIFFERENT PLACE TO WHAT IT WAS PRE-PANDEMIC. Our lifestyles have changed dramatically, and many businesses have been left economically devastated. There is also no doubt that the travel industry has borne the brunt of this devastation. One thing that can be taken away from this disastrous