Vietnam addition from Thomson and First Choice

Vietnam addition from Thomson and First Choice

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:00

Thomson an...

Ranch Rider adds authentic Arizona ranch for next year

Ranch Rider adds authentic Arizona ranch…

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:00

Keen to expand on its portfolio of authentic US ranches, Ranch Rider will be introducing Arizona’s Hideout Working Ranch in its 2017 brochure, which is situated near Portal near the...

Qatar Airways announces daily Seychelles flights

Qatar Airways announces daily Seychelles…

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 08:00

Qatar Airways will provide UK holidaymakers with greater access to the Seychelles from December 12 when it launches daily flights via Doha.

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:00

HF Holidays is promoting a selection of winter getaway including a Christmas Craft Weekend at Dovedale in the Derbyshire Dales, Festive Walking At Dovedale, A Seasonal Stay at Malhamdale in...

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sale

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sa…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:00

Flybe has put more early release routes on sale as part of its preliminary summer 2017 schedule.

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Super Hostel’

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Su…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:00

A planning application has been submitted by YHA (England and Wales) to open its first Super Hostel in London.

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade pla…

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

Following a major overhaul of the security search area for departing passengers, Bristol Airport has unveiled plans to address congestion in arrivals.

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen Z with new Geckos age-range

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen …

Monday, 24 October 2016 11:00

30 year olds will be ‘too old’ for Geckos Adventures next year, as the Intrepid Group has announced that it will cut the age range to meet a growing demand...

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits manage to wangle an upgrade

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits …

Monday, 24 October 2016 08:40

New research from has revealed that only 8% of British travellers have actually managed to secure a free upgrade for their holiday, with flight upgrades and hotel room upgrades...

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

In an age of prolific online travel ‘supermarkets’ one key sales tool travel agents have at their disposal is their expertise. Whilst it may be easy for Joe Public to book a holiday on the internet it can still be something of a gamble without lots of research and recommendations, particularly for a destination like Australia. 

Put simply, first hand destination knowledge can be a deal breaker. That’s why I’m particularly delighted that Tourism Northern Territory and Darwin will be hosting Corroboree Europe - the Australia mega famil and training event - this year with Tourism Australia and Qantas. This will be the first time Darwin has hosted the event.


As part of Corroboree, taking place from June 2-5, more than 300 Aussie Specialists from across the UK, Europe and South Africa will come together for three days of training workshops, events at major Darwin attractions and extended famils to various regions across the Top End of the Northern Territory.

The ‘Top End’ deserves to step into the limelight and this will be a mutually beneficial exchange. Corroboree is the perfect opportunity for agents to experience a very different side to Australia and an exclusive taste of a northern Australian culture. Think ‘Australian Holiday’ and you may be forgiven for name checking Sydney and the Reef. If your clients have time, you’d no doubt include ‘the Rock’ – Uluru – in their itinerary.

But what about repeat visitors, experience seekers and niche markets such as wildlife and nature enthusiasts, birders and photographers? The seven key Australian experiences: cities, coastal, outback indigenous, nature, journeys, and food and wine can all be experienced in the NT.

Darwin is a young, vibrant and tropical city. From open-air cinemas, markets and festivals to al fresco dining and cruising on the harbour, the city is a constant celebration of life outdoors. It’s also an excellent base from which to explore the natural attractions of dual World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, all the way down to the timeless red deserts and cattle stations of the iconic Red Centre.

But without getting agents to see this for themselves, how can we expect them to know about these hidden gems (and sell them with conviction)? A fam trip offers the chance to share our key messages, educate agents on the depth and breadth of product available and also provide them with new and compelling reasons for clients to visit this magnificent part of Australia. It’s one thing to tell agents about the experience, it’s something entirely else to SHOW them, and a mega fam offers the ideal forum.

What better way for our tourism suppliers to directly engage with agents. And the benefits for agents? First-hand knowledge of a destination adds depth to a sales pitch. You know how long a trek takes, what you’re likely to see en route, that good walking boots are essential (because you got a blister) but that the view from the top of the bluff was worth the hike.

You know where to buy the best authentic indigenous art (because your credit card statement has arrived) and that birdwatchers will be in paradise (because you have the photos to prove it). You know which suppliers will suit which clients (because you met them).

Tourism Australia’s ‘Aussie Specialists’ programme is a great industry benchmark. You have to be a qualified Aussie Specialist to attend the annual Corroboree, so there is a real incentive for learning the destination inside and out. Last year’s Corroboree was a resounding success with 99.3% of agents responding that as a result of the famil and workshops, they felt more confident recommending and selling Australia to their clients.

So no matter how great a resource the internet is, how many maps and guide books you have at your disposal, there really is ‘nothing like the Territory’ and nothing beats saying ‘I’ve been there’.

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