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Adv World to Europe

ADVENTURE World will head to Europe in 2019, with the destination featuring for the first time in its new winter program. The operator’s 2019 winter itineraries extend beyond its regular destinations of Canada and Alaska to include Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Asia & the USA. Adventure World md Neil Rodgers told Travel Daily the new additions were prompted by requests from travel agents. He said while FIT travel in Europe during the summer season was “quite a crowded space”, the company saw “major opportunity” in winter. “We wanted to do something quite niche so we’ve taken Europe – which could...

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NZ to charge tourism tax

THE New Zealand Government has outlined plans to hit international visitors with a tourism tax in a bid to reap up to NZ$80 million (A$75m) a year to fund new infrastructure. The country’s Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has revealed plans for a fee of NZ$25-35 (A$23-33) which would contribute to conservation projects and tourism infrastructure, and has opened a consultation period on its implementation. Australians appear to be exempt from the proposal, with Davis declaring the tax “will not affect our major short-haul markets, Australia and the Pacific Islands”. “As a Government we need to find a way to provide sustainable funding to invest in both our tourism infrastructure and our conservation estate,” Davis said. “We don’t believe that the financial burden should rest purely on the shoulders of New Zealanders – we do believe that visitors should pay their fair share,” he said. To be called the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL), the tax would be paid when visitors applied for an electronic travel authority or visa. “Already we’ve ruled out charging the IVL through tickets or requiring payment at the airport,” Davis said. Source: Travel...

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HA-JL seek joint venture

HAWAIIAN Airlines has announced plans to create a joint venture with its codeshare partner Japan Airlines, aiming to boost Hawaii’s visitor numbers by up to 350,000 people per year. The pair have filed an application for antitrust immunity with the US Department of Transportation and Japan’s Ministry of Transport in a bid to create America’s first airline joint venture not involving one of the big three carriers. If approved, the venture would give Hawaiian access to 34 destinations in Japan including Nagoya and Okinawa, as well as 11 Asian points beyond. In return, Japan Airlines would improve its links...

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Toy Story mega-fam

DISNEY Destinations has teamed up with Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines to offer agents the chance to win a spot on the six-night “A Very Merry Toy Story Land Christmas Mega-Fam” to Walt Disney World Resort, Florida. For details on how to enter, CLICK HERE. Source: Travel...

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TNZ Nth Is quiz

TOURISM New Zealand is inviting travel agents to test their knowledge in a quiz covering the North Island. Participants will go in the draw to win $250. For more information, see the cover page. Source: Travel...

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