By KarryOn @karryontravel15 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. The Fiji Tourism Expo will be held on… Minister for Industry and Trade, Tourism and Land and Mineral Resources, Honourable Faiyaz Koya, has confirmed the 2018 Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) will take place from the 10-12 of April Honourable Minister Koya said: “We are pleased to announce the dates for next year’s event and we believe will be another great success. The Expo is Fiji’s premier international tourism event and at the same time has become an important platform for local businesses especially micro, small and medium enterprises to extend their reach and find new markets.” The trade exhibition, which are booked with scheduled appointments for buyers, media and sellers, will also be enhanced by concurrent events showcasing products from our Fijian Made and Fijian Crafted Village, which has been an integral part of our Expo since 2014. 2. Your clients are invited to the Scenic Information Sessions Scenic will be providing some bucket list inspiration during a new round of information sessions, running nationwide in metro and regional centres between August and October. The free sessions will cover Scenic’s extensive array of products, from river cruising in France, Europe and South East Asia, to land journeys in Canada, Alaska and the USA, as well as in Africa. New for this round of information sessions, Scenic will be introducing Egypt and Jordan following the release of its first dedicated brochure for the region at the start of August. The sessions will also showcase the full Scenic Eclipse release, including Antarctica and South Georgia. Click here to RSVP and for full dates. 3. Go Big with Excite Holidays in Dallas & Fort Worth Get ready for some toe-tapping fun because Excite Holidays, in collaboration with Visit Dallas and Visit Fort Worth, are thrilled to announce the launch of their ‘Go Big’ campaign. For two weeks, they will showcase to Agents all the incredible opportunities and activities on offer in this unique twin city destination. From honky tonks to rodeos, world-class shopping precincts, live music and some of the best burgers in the world, Dallas Fort-Worth is filled with something for all types of travellers, all year round. The curated destination guide covers everything from shopping to the Wild West, to music, food and dining, and sports and entertainment. It features a variety of hotels, activities, eateries, bars and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are on offer in this American bucket list destination. The downloadable guide aims to help agents sell Dallas and Fort Worth in a fresh and exciting way, and inspire their clients to experience something new. Click here to check out the destination guides and learn how consultants will earn 500 rewards points for every night booked in Dallas and Fort Worth between Monday 14 and Sunday 27 August 2017. 4. Helloworld invests in Queensland based agencies Helloworld Travel Limited has announced that it has agreed to purchase a minority shareholding in Queensland based company Cooney Investments Pty Ltd, operators of branded network member agencies Helloworld Travel Mackay and Helloworld Travel Mount Pleasant and also the very successful and industry recognized Hosted Journeys Group Travel and Events products. Owned and operated by Managing Director John Cooney, the two multi award winning Queensland based agencies have a highly successful track record and history with the Helloworld Travel group, having been members of the branded network for 31 years. “John Cooney and his teams in Mackay and Mount Pleasant have been among our most successful franchise operators with over thirty years of history with the company,” said Helloworld Travel Limited CEO and Managing Director Andrew Burnes. 5. Emirates ramps up services to Cairo Emirates will increase capacity on its services to Egypt from 29 October 2017, with the launch of four additional scheduled flights every week to Cairo. The four new flights will increase the number of frequencies between the two cities to three each day, and take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Cairo to 21. Similar to the current service between the two cities, the new flights will be operated by a 360-seat Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration featuring 8 private suites, 42 Business Class and 310 Economy Class seats; adding 1,440 seats each way per week on the route as well as 23 tonnes of additional capacity for cargo per flight. The additional Dubai – Cairo flight EK 925 will leave Dubai at 2050hrs and will arrive in Cairo at 2305hrs. The return flight, EK926, will depart Cairo at 0045hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0615hrs. 6. Byroads lead to Mexico’s ancient pyramids The famous Mayan-Toltec pyramid settlement of Chichen Itza is one of a host of ancient sites visited on Byroads Travel’s sought-after Mexico and the Yucatan small-group tour. Beginning in bustling Mexico City on 2 February 2018, the next escorted 15-day tour will also focus on the ruins of such historic Yucatan gems as Palenque, Uxmal and coastal Tulum, along with the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon and the Spanish city of Merida with its colourful colonial squares and streets and lively markets. “Long before the Spanish arrival into Mexico, the region was populated by complex indigenous civilisations, including the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec and Aztec empires,” said Steve Mortimer, who, as managing director of the Australian based Byroads Travel with 30 years of travel experience behind him, will lead the February 2-16, 2018 tour. Priced at US$3750 (A$4700) per person, twin share, the tour also calls on colourful San Cristobal, Monte Alban and the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-Ha, among a host of fascinating highlights. 7. Albatross Tours launches 2018 Europe & UK early bird sale Albatross Tours has released its 2018 Europe & UK Small Group Tour programme offering early bird discounts of $700 per couple if booked and deposited prior to 31 October 2017. Albatross Tours believe its small group size coupled with longer stays and genuinely inclusive prices will be a very attractive option to travellers seeking a more fulfilling European holiday experience. Three new and exciting tours are being released for 2018 including the 15 day ‘Through Bohemia & Saxony’, the 10 day ‘La Petite France and the 15 day ‘Italian Alternativo’. Click here to check out more. 8. Explore The Wonders of Japan by Small Ship with A&K Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, with over 25 years’ experience in expedition cruising, once again offers its fascinating ‘Wonders of Japan’ small ship cruise around Japan and South Korea next year. Including a variety of coastal and inland ports and rarely seen wilderness areas, A&K has exclusively chartered the luxurious, all-balcony l’Austral for the all-inclusive journey. Travelling in the company of A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team of lecturers and guides, travellers will explore the highlights of Gyeongju, Korea, the ancient dynastic capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site; Hiroshima (where time is spent reflecting Japan’s turbulent history and miraculous resurgence); famous gardens, markets and castles as well as some unique art experiences during visits to leading museums. Travellers on this journey will also be amongst the first to visit the village of Karatsu, an early trading post with a rich medieval heritage, before exploring the arts centre of Kanazawa, rice paddies of Sado Island and much more. Tour dates: 16-29 May 2018. What are your thoughts on today’s travel news? Share your thoughts below. Other stories you may like Buongiorno Italia! Qantas Holidays Italy 2018 brochure is perfetto! Australia’s favourite international airline is… you’ll definitely guess this one Were you partying on the Nile with Bunnik Tours? Or were you spotted getting muddy & more?