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2014 Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism Awards of Excellence Winners Named

August 11, 2014

Local Government Award for Tourism: Oberon Mayor John McMahon and Oberon Council General Manager Alan Cairney. The best of the best tourism and hospitality businesses in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region for 2014 were revealed at the annual Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) Awards of Excellence gala dinner and awards night on Friday (August 8). The official regional tourism organisation’s awards recognise and promote product and service quality in the regional tourism and hospitality industry. The black tie event traditionally attracts a glittering array of regional and state industry personalities and stakeholders including Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill, Oberon Mayor John McMahon and Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham, Oberon Council general manager Alan Cairney, Blue Mountains State MP Roza Sage and Macquarie Federal MP Louise Markus. BMLOT chairman Daniel Myles congratulated all finalists and said he was determined to return the nation’s first tourist... Read More →

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Active Adventures New Zealand Celebrate Twenty Years of their Signature Adventure Trip – The ‘Rimu’

July 28, 2014

Leading adventure tour operator, Active Adventures, mark a milestone as they celebrate 20 years of small group adventure tours. Established in the mid-90s, and originally known as Active New Zealand, the company started with one guide, one van and one Department of Conservation concession – to hike in the Nelson Lakes National Park. From these humble beginnings the 14-day ‘Rimu’ trip was born, as the first true multi-sport adventure tour in New Zealand, offering hiking, biking and kayaking around the South Island. Today, Active Adventures offer plenty of different adventure tours throughout New Zealand as well as in South America and Nepal. Over all these years the original Ultimate South Island Adventure ‘Rimu’ still remains the signature trip, with 3662 completed surveys (and counting!) and a rating of 4.49 out of 5. The trip has been tweaked here and there with upgrades to the accommodation and some new activities added, but the basic ingredients remain the same – because... Read More →

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Active Adventures

July 21, 2014

Active Adventures is a New Zealand-based company (no, that’s not part of Australia) and we offer fully guided, all-inclusive, small group adventures that include hiking, biking, kayaking and other activities. The four most common words used by our guests? TRIP OF A LIFETIME. We’re addressing this to YOU – you may be in the business of providing adventure trips, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come along for the ride – you need to know it to sell it, right? So read on, become inspired and get in touch with us to get on board an industry family! Our humble mission is to provide amazing active adventures where the stunning scenery and activities are matched by exquisite service from our experienced guides (our guides are a cross between Bear Grylls, David Attenborough and a Four Seasons concierge). We want to challenge you but allow you to relax, get you off the beaten track, share our destinations the best way we know, and send you home buzzing with energy. When we say all-inclusive,... Read More →

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Luxperience Announces Partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA)

June 10, 2014

Luxperience is proud to announce a strategic partnership with the globally renowned Adventure Travel Trade Association. ATTA serves more than 900 members worldwide, including tour operators, tourism boards, specialty agents and accommodations with an interest in the sustainable development of adventure tourism. “Win / win partnerships is what ATTA is really all about,” said Chris Chesak, Executive Director, North America / Oceania of ATTA.  “By partnering with Luxperience, we’re able to deliver to ATTA member companies the opportunity to explore new buyer/supplier relationships (and, ultimately, help them create new business), while also helping the show expand its pool of exhibitors and buyers. “Last year’s event was extremely positive for ATTA and we had nothing but good feedback from our attending members, so we’re looking forward to building a long term partnership with the Luxperience team.” Eric Lewanavanua, Director of Sales & Partner Alliances of Luxperience,... Read More →

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G Adventures Partners with Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand

June 9, 2014

Savings of 20% on all New Zealand tours Leading small-group adventure travel tour operator G Adventures announces a partnership with Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand. Through to June 30, 2014, US agents’ clients can save 20% on all New Zealand trips offered by the tour operator, for travel by December 15, 2014. To take advantage of the promotion, US agents must use promo code 20NZA2014 when booking. If booking air as well, special rates from Air New Zealand may apply. “Whether your travelers are looking for a pulse-racing, three-week Active New Zealand adventure; a Classic best-of trip such as Highlights of New Zealand, or a Comfort tour that combines meaningful small-group travel experiences with a little more polish like New Zealand in Style, we’ve got you covered,” says Steve Lima, marketing manager, US, G Adventures. For a glimpse at the activities and experiences that distinguish a New Zealand adventure, agents are invited to share G Adventures’ New Zealand Guidebook... Read More →

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Major Investments by Governments in Indigenous Tourism in Australia and New Zealand

May 30, 2014

Doc ReynoldsWestern Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council Recent budget announcements by the Western Australian Government and the New Zealand Government have seen significant commitments by both governments to the development of Indigenous tourism. The Western Australian State Government has committed to an investment of $4.6 million over 4 years for Aboriginal tourism product development in Western Australia.  With over 70 Aboriginal tourism experiences offered in Western Australia, the increased funding will assist with the development of the Aboriginal tourism sector which is acknowledged as a key focus of the Western Australian tourism strategy. The strategy aims to double the value of the State’s tourism industry to $12 billion by 2020. Doc Reynolds, Chair of the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) said “the additional funding secured by Tourism WA through the Royalty for Regions program will go a long way to assist emerging and market ready... Read More →

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G Adventures Launches Arctic Early Booking Bonus

May 5, 2014

Clients save 15% on select Arctic trips Unleash the mysteries of one of our planet’s last great frontiers for less! Leading small-group adventure travel tour operator G Adventures is offering a 15 percent discount on select Arctic trips departing between May 1 and August 31, 2015, when booked by June 30, 2014. Agents must quote promo code G14ARCTICEBB. The discount does not apply to the Arctic Highlights itinerary. G Adventures’ Arctic Expedition cruises take guests on trips that explore this remote part of the world always on the lookout for polar bears, seals, reindeer and colonies of birds. Carrying up to 140 passengers, the MS Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience with spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities. Clients will explore the polar region from low-slung Zodiacs, dine on gourmet meals, and learn about the environment and wildlife through guided excursions with G Adventures’ professional expedition... Read More →

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Blue Mountains Tourism Delegation to Meet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

April 17, 2014

Photo © David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism The Blue Mountains tourism industry will be showcased on the world stage when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet a Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) delegation at Echo Point tomorrow (Thursday, April 17). BMLOT CEO Randall Walker and Scenic World joint managing director Anthea Hammon will be the official escorts for the royal couple during their whistlestop visit to Echo Point Lookout, the most visited natural location in regional Australia. As well as pointing out landmarks in the vista such as the Three Sisters, Jamison Valley and, of course, Scenic World across the valley, Mr Walker and Ms Hammon will discuss the economic impact of the October 2013 bushfires on the tourism industry. The Royal couple will also meet Aboriginal elders associated with the tourism industry, Aunty Sharyn Halls (Gundungurra Aboriginal Heritage Association, The Gully and Ancestral Pathways Walk), Aunty Sharon Brown (Gundungurra... Read More →

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At Last: Numbers on Tourism in Greenland

April 14, 2014

For many years the exact number of tourists visiting the Worlds biggest Island, Greenland, has been unknown. A new initiative by Visit Greenland and the Ministry of Industry in collaboration with the Greenland Airports and Statistics Greenland will now for the first time ever provide these crucial numbers. From the Summer of 2014 all international departing passengers from Greenland will be asked about their Country of Residence. The collected data will be processed by Statistics Greenland and will in turn give us the valuable information on how many travellers visits Greenland and which countries they come from, explains Project Leader Anders la Cour Vahl from Visit Greenland. For many years it has been a big wish to get totals on visitors to Greenland in order to calculate tourism spend. For the local and national operators it is perhaps even more important, that the new numbers also tells us where our visitors come from. They will give us clear indications on the development on different... Read More →

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April 8, 2014

TourWriter offers an easy-to-use itinerary software application for inbound operators and destination management companies. The system is created to simplify and streamline all sales and client management processes. From the initial contact with clients to creating an itinerary, producing quotes, booking suppliers, pricing schedules, creating itinerary documents with photos and maps, to vouchers, accounting and emailing newsletters – TourWriter managers it all! TourWriter Software is designed to make business more efficient, and has been created by agents, for agents. Understanding that your business is what makes the difference. In 2004, three travel businesses recognised they had a need for an itinerary software application that would simplify their processes, a way to make every aspect of itinerary building and management fast and easy. They looked high and low, and the only options that they could find were designed for large agencies, with the price tag to match. By combining... Read More →

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