By Lachlan Nicolson |
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents National Travel Industry Awards were held on Saturday 18th July in Sydney at the Darling Harbour Dockside Pavilion. More than 1200 were in attendance at the glittering event and witnessed awards presented to best of the best of the industry.
World Travel Professionals again claimed the Best Corporate Travel Agent – Multi Location Award in an extremely tough category against a strong list of finalists.
With business goals that focus on innovation, delivering the highest service standards and management processes, whilst maintaining quality relationships, World Travel Professionals have developed formula for success which is well recognised in the industry. Major factors contributing to winning the award were the outstanding list of new clients won and implemented over the last 12 months, a strong and well executed business plan and the value demonstrated by travel technology platform provided to its clients.
In accepting the award, Executive Directors Michael Chase-Smith and Lisa Story thanked the Australian Federation of Travel Agents and the Industry Suppliers that work closely with the business and supported their nomination. The most important praise however was directed at the World Travel Professionals management and staff.
"This award is dedicated to the Management Team at table 61 and the wonderful commitment of all the staff around Australia." said Michael Chase-Smith.
Lisa Story saluted to the table and added “We are so proud of the dedication, support and passion demonstrated every day by our wonderful staff.”
The 2015 award adds to their previous successes, and now totals an outstanding 8 National Travel Industry Awards in the last 9 years.
World Travel Professionals have focussed on taking management of corporate travel to a new level and they are one of only a few travel management companies in Australia that can provide a total travel management solution which includes their propriety and industry leading technology platform.
Aside from providing tailored corporate solutions, World Travel Professionals has excellent expertise in their offices offering holiday and luxury travel, cruising and conference and event management.
Established in 1994, World Travel Professionals continue to grow their position as one of Australia’s most successful independent travel management companies. The company now boasts 5 offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and employs over 80 staff with the Executive Directors overseeing the business from the Gold Coast office. Learn more...
By Lachlan Nicolson |
This weeks decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to keep the cash rate on hold means Australians will continue to have more disposable income to spend on leisure and holidays.
The CEO of Tourism and Transport Forum Australia (TTF) Margy Osmond said that most households biggest expense is their mortgage. Therefore lower interest rates will make repayments easier and allow more spend for Australians to splurge on tourism.
“Consistently low rates could see more Aussies heading away on holidays, and also offset the impact of the lower Aussie dollar, which is traditionally considered a factor that discourages people from travelling overseas."
“As most people plan their holidays well in advance, short-term fluctuations in the currency play little part in their travel decisions,” she said.
Overseas arrivals and departure data shows Australians are still taking overseas holidays in large and growing numbers. Short-term departures are reaching just under 9.2 million over the past 12 months, which is the second highest on record after March 2015.
“Australians are still travelling overseas in record numbers. However, if we see persistent falls in the Australian dollar against currencies used in key markets like the USA and Europe, people may start to rethink their plans,” Osmond said.
“If the Aussie dollar heads lower, Australians may also start to look domestically for their holidays."
A lower Australian dollar however could drive more attraction for international travellers to visit Australia from growing markets like Asia, UK and New Zealand. Further falls in the Australian dollar could also help the number of Chinese visitors to Australia crack the one million mark this year.
By Danielle Hennessy |
Written by our Traveller Danielle:
My first visit to Rarotonga was 8 years ago and I fell in love with the place instantly, this has been the result of 4 more visits since and I hope for many more in the years to come.
The Cook Islands is located is the South Pacific between Tahiti in the East and Fiji and Tonga in the west. Daily flights service the island from Auckland, New Zealand and then weekly flights from Sydney also make it a great island getaway for Australians too with a 4 hour flight on average.
Unlike its neighbour Fiji, Rarotonga has avoided large hotel chains starting up on the island which means no high rise hotel blocks or too much western Influence on the culture. There is something for everyone on the island, with a diverse selection of accommodation however you like to holiday.
Cook Island Accommodation:
Beach Front Bungalows:
These are really popular with honeymooners and couples with the ocean right there to wake up in the morning to the sound of the waves crashing against the reef. Beach Bungalows have the added privacy of being stand alone and separate from the busier resorts.
These are great for groups travelling together or large families. They offer the space needed and independence a lot of people want when travelling as a group such as self catering in their own accommodation.
Rarotonga has a couple of family orientated resorts on the island which offer all the facilities a family would want. Kids Clubs, Daily activities programs and beach front locations for superb water activities.
Couples Only Resorts:
These are always very popular with the honeymoon groups of travellers or groups of friends travelling wanting a quieter environment with personalised service.
Island Access and getting around is really easy. There is a great bus service operating around the island going clock wise and anti clock wise servicing all the main accommodation and is a fun way to get around with its open air sides .
You will see loads of scooters on the island, the locals transport of choice and very popular with tourists who want an easy way to get around at their own leisure. For those not confident with a scooter there is a number of hire car companies too with everything from people mover vans for groups to convertibles!
What to see and do:
You will never get bored on this incredible island. The back road around the island is where many of the locals live and it’s a great place to see how daily life takes place and check out the planation’s where much of the island produce is grown.
Some of my favourite things to do are:
Koka Lagoon Cruises:
This is a great half day tour out to the reef on a glass bottom boat. The day is fun filled with some entertaining locals as your hosts for the day showing you everything from coconut tree climbing, coconut husking, snorkelling to see the giant clams and huge trevally followed by a delicious BBQ lunch with fresh fish and other island treats.
Pua Nui Saturday Market:
One of the best markets I’ve been to and is very popular with tourists and locals a like. Lots of the islands fresh product is sold here from fish to fruit and veges and many home made treats too like mango and pineapple pudding! There is always cultural performances with dancing, drums and music to entertain not to mention some great souvenirs to choose.
4WD Island Safari:
This is adventurous and a great way to see the island from an areal view, you are taken by 4wd to the top of the island where you have wonderful 360 degree views for miles!
Kayaking and snorkelling:
Most resorts will offer complementary snorkelling gear for you to use , and kayak hire for those that want to explore a bit further. Look out for the whales in season just past the reef from July – October time.
Sunrise and sunset are both spectacular sites on the island and great to watch with an morning or evening walk along the beach
There are so many choices on the island for every taste and budget! You don’t have to be staying in a resort to go their restaurants and there is some great options around the island on offer !
This is just a little taste of what Rarotonga and the Cook Islands has to offer - try it out for yourself!
Contact us and let us tailor you a perfect Cook Island experience!
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