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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 →

Member Press Releases     Oceania     Pictured here, Valerie Taylor (left) smashes the champagne with Captain Mike Taylor (center) and Jeremy Lindblad (right) joining her on the bow.  Photo Credit: Lindblad Expeditions.

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Inaugurate National Geographic Orion

March 25, 2014

Pictured here, Valerie Taylor (left) smashes the champagne with Captain Mike Taylor (center) and Jeremy Lindblad (right) joining her on the bow. Photo Credit: Lindblad Expeditions. Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - The National Geographic Orion, the newest ship in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, was formally inaugurated in Auckland, New Zealand today.   It marked the culmination of a year-long transition from Orion Expedition Cruises to Lindblad Expeditions. The inauguration ceremony was held alongside the dock at Queens Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand. Jeremy Lindblad, Business Development Manager Australia for Lindblad Expeditions,  Captain Mike Taylor, and celebrated diver and underwater filmmaking legend Valerie Taylor shared a few words from the bow of the ship, as guests watched with champagne in hand on the quayside. As Valerie tossed the champagne bottle, everyone raised their glasses for a toast to the National Geographic Orion and all who sail on her. Immediately following... Read More →

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Natural Habitat Adventures Debuts Greenland’s First Luxury Expedition Camp

March 25, 2014

“Base Camp Greenland” Showcases Arctic Coastal Wilderness Boulder, CO - Natural Habitat Adventures, the world’s premier nature travel company, is proud to introduce a new way to explore the Arctic wilderness of Greenland in surprising luxury: Natural Habitat’s Base Camp Greenland, coming online in 2015. The 9-day, 8-night adventure, limited to just 12 travelers, will be offered four times in 2015: August 1-9, August 9-18, August 18-26 and August 26–September 3. “Till now, Greenland’s remote east coast, carved by glaciers and rent by deep fjords filled with icebergs, has been inaccessible to all but the hardiest travelers,” said Ben Bressler, Natural Habitat’s founder and president. “Base Camp Greenland is changing that.” The centerpiece of the trip is a four-night stay at Base Camp Greenland on Sermilik Fjord, the heart of a region known as the “Arctic Riviera” for its many dry, sunny summer days. Amid Greenland’s most dramatic scenery, guests will go whale... Read More →

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Blue Mountains: Majestic Venue for Royal Visit

March 4, 2014

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George will visit the Blue Mountains during the Sydney leg of their trip “down under” from April 16 to 20. The visit was announced yesterday (Monday, March 3) by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell. Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) chairman Daniel Myles welcomed the honour. “I am very proud that BMLOT was invited to assist in the arrangements for the visit to the Blue Mountains by the young royal couple. “It is a wonderful secret a very small and tight-lipped group within the official regional tourism organisation has kept faithfully for some time. Of course we are delighted it has now been revealed and excited at the prospect of the royal visit. “The Blue Mountains is one of the most recognisable, not to mention magnificent locations on the planet. It is fitting that one of the most recognisable couples in the world visit it.” The Blue Mountains, has been a favourite... Read More →

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Ikara Safari Camp Now Open in the South Australian Outback

March 3, 2014

Wilpena Pound Resort completes its collection of luxe safari-style accommodations in the heart of the majestic Flinders Ranges Flinders Ranges, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Ikara Safari Camp, Wilpena Pound Resort’s new luxury tent accommodations, is available to book in the Flinders Ranges—an iconic Outback region of South Australia. Fifteen safari-style suites are tucked away in the majestic, ancient landscape and offer guests a unique “glampsite” in an exclusive area of the Flinders Ranges National Park. Secluded from Wilpena Pound Resort’s main accommodations, Ikara Safari Camp is set among river red gums, native pines and abundant wildlife. Each tent is approximately 14 feet by 20 feet in size, constructed from insulated canvas, and offers king beds with luxurious linen and bedding, bedside tables and lamps, a gas fire heater and overhead fan, and en-suite bathrooms including a vanity and shower. A deck at the front of the tents allows guests to witness the mesmerizing sunsets on the... Read More →

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The Biggest Man-Man Hole in the World

March 3, 2014

In October last year a group of expeditioners were among the first outsiders for almost 20 years to look into what can only be called the biggest man-made hole in the world. Passengers and guides from the expedition vessel, The Spirit of Enderby, were granted special dispensation to visit the infamous Panguna Copper Mine near Arawa in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. The catalyst for the Bougainville Crisis of the 1980 and 90s, and the backdrop to Lloyd Jones’s acclaimed novel, Mr Pip, Panguna is the largest open cast mine in the world. Due to the Bougainville Crisis that raged there for 10 years and the subsequent blockade imposed by the Papua New Guinea government, few outsiders have visited the island until recently. The Bougainville stop off was organized by Heritage Expeditions as part of a two-week journey of discovery through Melanesia. Heritage Expeditions, a Christchurch-based expedition cruising company, specialises in taking small groups of intrepid... Read More →

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Bells Line of Rd Upgrade Great for Tourism

March 3, 2014

The $48 million upgrade to the Bells Line of Rd would help boost tourism by making the thoroughfare safer for travelers, outgoing Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism chairman Randall Walker has said. He was speaking after Acting Premier Andrew Stoner and State Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay marked the start of works with a sod turning ceremony at Bilpin on the first project in the Corridor Improvement Program, a 1km eastbound overtaking lane on the Bells Line of Rd west of Kurrajong Heights on Wednesday, February 19. The program will include: Seven proposed overtaking lanes between Kurrajong Heights and Mount Tomah and shoulder widening works to improve stopping safety New and extended turning lanes where appropriate Installation of safety barriers appropriate to community needs Minor curve realignments and straightening Minor adjustments to identified intersections and driveways New rest areas and upgrades to existing rest areas Urban landscape design and local environmental... Read More →

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Change of Guard at Regional Tourism

March 3, 2014

The official regional tourism organisation for the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region will have a new chairman from Monday, February 24, for the first time in six years. Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) chairman Randall Walker will not nominate for the position at Monday’s annual general meeting. He will also resign as a director of the BMLOT board. Mr Walker will remain with the organisation as interim chief executive officer until June. “It has been an absolute honour and a privilege to represent one of the most magnificent and recognisable destinations on the planet – I love waking up in a World Heritage Area. “I have lived and breathed the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region every single day for the past six years and am proud of the milestones the organisation has achieved in that time. “There will always be people in life who say things can’t be done. I am not one of them and I enjoy working with similar minded people.... Read More →

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Aurora Expeditions’ New Kimberley Wilderness Walk to Find Lost Outback Road

March 3, 2014

Expedition cruise company, Aurora Expeditions, is inviting guests to take part in a special mission in the Kimberley to uncover a lost historical track once used by early missionaries nearly 100 hundred years ago. The search will take part on a dedicated ‘Wilderness Walk’ which is an exclusive highlight on the company’s 2014 Kimberley Coast cruise itinerary. The lost track, dubbed the ‘Three Mile Road’ was built in 1916 to assist with the relocation of a Presbyterian Aboriginal mission to a site named Kunmunya. Used to transport building materials by donkey cart and enable regular incoming supplies, the road linked a landing site at Nhorgor Inlet along the Kimberley coastline with the Kunmunya site in the south-east. The goal to uncover the road has been a continuing interest of the company’s long-standing Kimberley Expedition Leader, Mike Cusack, who also spent 12-months living in the Kimberley outback near the abandoned Kunmunya site as part of Dick... Read More →

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