By KarryOn @karryontravel22 Aug 2017Skill up on all you need to know with bite sized travel news designed specifically to help you, the Travel Agent, be your best. 1. INCENTIVE: Earn bonus $50 TRIP Dollars In partnership with Destination Canada, British Columbia, Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Whistler, Tourism Yukon, Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail, Qantas Holidays launched its ‘Explore Canada’ campaign on Friday 18 August, running until 8 September 2017. The campaign features a range of packages throughout Canada with multiple partners, giving agents and their clients the best of the best. From the stunning coastal cities of Vancouver and Victoria, to the beauty of the majestic Canadian Rockies to the picturesque towns and villages of Eastern Canada – this campaign has all of the variety and adventures that await in Canada for every traveller. Agents have the opportunity to reap the rewards from the campaign, with an incentive for qualifying bookings offering bonus $50 TRIP Dollars. To earn the reward, agents must book any Canada package between 18 August – 8 September 2017 with a 7 nights or more accommodation or extended touring (i.e. Rocky Mountaineer). Click here for more information. 2. YOU’RE INVITED to the free Latin America Travel Agent Expo in Sydney Growing demand in Australia for holidays to South and Central America has paved the way this week for the second annual Latin America Travel Week, with Sydney Travel Agents invited to a free trade expo and workshop this Thursday, 24 August, 2017. Organised by the Australian Travel Association for Latin America (ATALA), the Agent event will showcase products from 27 exhibitors from across Latin America, with complimentary drinks and canapes also offered. The Agent function will be held from 6-9pm at Dockside at Cockle Bay Wharf. One lucky Agent attending the Sydney trade expo this Thursday will win a prize holiday to Ecuador for two people, including return flights with LATAM, two nights in Quito at the beautiful Illa Experience Hotel and a four-night Galapagos cruise onboard the Isabella II. Click here to register & for more information. 3. You’re clients are INVITED to the Travelmarvel info sessions Travelmarvel is showcasing its amazing 2018 journeys at free Information Sessions across the Eastern Seaboard, designed to bring its portfolio of premium holidays to life for prospective clients while also generating increased sales for travel agents. At each event, Travelmarvel’s team of knowledgeable experts will showcase a wide range of destinations and travel styles, from river cruising in Europe and Asia to land touring in Canada and Alaska. Travelmarvel’s portfolio of premium escorted journeys will be covered in depth at a number of seminars held over the day. The Information Sessions provide exclusive offers for attendees who book during or immediately after the event. Client bookings made on the day are transferred back their Travel Agent, or clients can take their Information Session discount voucher in store to book with their preferred travel agency. In addition, Travelmarvel also refers clients who may not have a travel agent to a preferred agency in their area. Click here for more information & to register you or your clients. 4. Melbourne Agent wins warm Whitsundays escape Melbourne travel consultant Andrew Holmes will soon be on his way to the sunny Whitsundays after winning a four-night holiday on the spectacular Queensland coast courtesy of TravelCube and Whitsundays Tourism. Andrew secured the tropical sojourn after his agency, Escape Travel Forest Hill Chase in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, recorded the highest dollar value of Whitsunday bookings through TravelCube during June. As well as return flights, he will enjoy four nights’ accommodation – including two at the iconic Coral Sea Resort at Airlie Beach – and an action-packed itinerary that incorporates a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and an exhilarating journey around the Whitsundays with Red Cat Adventures. 5. Switzerland Travel Academy winners announced Image: Switzerland Tourism Switzerland Tourism has announced the winners of the Switzerland Travel Academy for 2017 with 12 lucky Agents looking forward to experiencing the Alpine country in September. The winners include MTA Debra Andrews; Trixie Kennedy from Qantas Holidays; Tina Backer from CPE Travel; Jennifer Phillips and Courteney Gast from Helloworld; Madelaine Stangewitz from Phil Hoffman; Karryn Bartlett, Karen Doyle and Rosemary Febo from Travel Managers; Amy Wilson and Erin Sykora from Escape Travel; and Michelle Harvey from CFS Travel Globetrotting. Escorted by Director of Switzerland Tourism AU&NZ, Mark Wettstein, the group will be on a fun-filled week long famil to Switzerland where they will visit some of the country’s most iconic and naturally Instagram-worthy destinations, experience myriad products on offer in terms of the Swiss nature, cities, adventure, cultures, history, cuisine and of course, the local transportation system. Click here to learn more about Switzerland. 6. Luxperience announces awards finalists With a record number of impressive submissions, the finalists for this year’s Luxperience Awards were announced this week. The prestigious awards acknowledge excellence in the development and promotion of the finest products that the luxury travel and premium business events industries have to offer. The 2017 Finalists are: INSPIRING category finalists – Destination Asia, Asia; Luxury Travel Advisors, United Kingdom; Trisara, Thailand; MEANINGFUL category finalists – Auckland Seaplanes, New Zealand; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia; Shinta Mani Hotels, Cambodia; CONNECTIONS category finalists – Experiential Travel Journeys, India; Lighthouse, India; Local Eyes Sydney, Australia; and OUTSTANDING DESTINATION category finalists – Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau, USA; Japan National Tourism Organization, Japan; New Caledonia Tourism, New Caledonia; Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand. Winners will be announced in front of over 400 guests attending the dazzling Luxperience Gala Dinner, taking place on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at Doltone House, Darling Island, Pyrmont. 7. DEAL: Free day on Britrail with International Rail Agents can offer clients a free travel day on selected BritRail passes when purchased through dedicated rail specialist International Rail before 18 September. The bonus is available on BritRail‘s most popular passes: the BritRail FlexiPass, BritRail Consecutive Pass, BritRail England FlexiPass, BritRail England Consecutive Pass and the Britrail Euro England consecutive and Flexipass, in either first or standard class and cost from $66 per day in second class. BritRail marries well with all types of UK holidays, once you have explored downtown London, you can travel on any train travelling throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The biggest attraction of this rail pass is you can hop on and off the trains at your leisure, so you have the choice to stay an extra night in a city you love or extend your trip to that extra destination. Great day trips from London include stops in Oxford, Bristol, Cambridge, Brighton, Bath, Canterbury, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Pass also includes two Airport Express coupons valid on the Heathrow Express, Stansted Express or Gatwick Express, making airport transfers to central London hassle free. Passes are valid for eleven months from the date of purchase, making it perfect for clients looking for rail travel in the 2018 summer season. Click here for more information 8. LAST DAYS: $599 air offer to the USA & Canada with Insight Vacations & Luxury Gold There’s only a few more days for your clients to take advantage of Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold’s $599 return flight per person (including taxes) when booking a 2018 USA or Canada trip. Not only is this a market leading air offer at $599 return, the choice of destination is broad. With over 24 crafted itineraries to choose from guests can discover the Best of Eastern Canada and USA for a cosmopolitan escape, experience an incredible journey coast-to-coast on America the Beautiful or explore America’s Magnificent National Parks. With Luxury Gold, why not witness the work of Mother Nature on the 22-day Majesty of the Rockies itinerary or explore the states of the south with an unforgettable journey on the Southern Grace itinerary. This offer is for a limited time only from 25 July 2017 to 28 August 2017, departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. What are your thoughts on today’s travel news? Share your thoughts below. Other stories you may like Canada was named ‘2017 Destination of the Year’ & with a PM like Justin Trudeau, we’re not surprised 180 Travel Agents went to Canada, this is their story Were you on a famil in Hong Kong? Or were you SPOTTED testing out a Club Med & more?