Wednesday 14 March 2012

Free Entry to upcoming Holiday & Travel Shows

Melbourne ~ March 17th & 18th at Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens

Sydney ~ March 24th & 25th Royal at Hall of Industries, Fox Studios Moore Park

Brisbane ~ April 14th & 15th at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank

10am to 4:30pm daily

· Finally a feel good story for New Zealand, thanks to its Aussie neighbours

· Combatting global roaming pitfalls and bill shock

· Mixed information, misinformation and myths - one stop shop on medical advice before you take off!

· Performing with the stars – unique interactive cruises where guests become part of the entertainment

· Unique once in a lifetime opportunity to join documentary film crew and witness wildlife migration in Kenya

· Off shore wedding destinations for budget savvy couples

· Give your taste buds a taste for international travel

After having the worst year yet in terms of natural disasters, it is heartening to hear that New Zealand has some good news, boasting a record number of visitors. And true to the sentiment, "you get by with a little help from your friends", it is largely Australia that has contributed to this success. Not only do the latest figures show that New Zealand is the favourite international destination for Australian travellers, for this first time ever, Statistics New Zealand's International Travel and Migration figures show that annual visitor arrivals toped 2.6 million. Tourism New Zealand's General Manager Tim Burgess says, "The figures show that New Zealand held its own in what was a year of contrast. Australian arrivals were up in December by 6.7 per cent. As our largest market this translates into significant numbers. Beyond the world cup, there are a wealth of reasons why destination New Zealand is hot for 2012. The 2011 collection of significant awards - designating New Zealand as hot, popular and eco-friendly - confirms Aotearoa, New Zealand as a top international destination for visitors looking to fulfill their travel dreams."

While often neglected as a consideration in travel planning, global roaming phone bills can end up being the single biggest expense of a trip abroad after airline tickets – in fact, in some cases even more than their airline tickets. Learn how to combat global roaming pitfalls and bill shock at daily seminars in mobile phone preparedness abroad. The 'Using your mobile overseas - what you need to know' seminars explain how to take control over call and data spending abroad. Jamien Zimmerman is available to "tell all"!

Mixed information, misinformation and myths - one stop shop on medical advice before you take off! From altitude sickness and travelling with prescription medication to jet lag and insect avoidance measures - The Travel Doctors provide current health alerts and offer expert health advice before you depart. Doctors will be on hand promoting healthy and safe travel as well as assisting in destination fact sheets and preparing your medical checklist. Interview talent: Dr Jane Daniels

Budget savvy Australian couples head OS for weddings - It's not just honeymoon destinations that bride and grooms are seeking as travel choices, but a growing trend for couples to choose an off-shore destination for their wedding as well. It would seem that it makes sound financial sense given that an Australian wedding for 100 guests costs around $60,000, while a destination wedding costs around $10,000 to $20,000, with couples more inclined to throw the rule book out the window and plan the wedding they truly want – at a price they can afford. Editor of recently launched Bride Destination magazine, Lorna Goodyer shares her top tips for planning an overseas wedding; research, research, research - find out what is required in your country of choice to make your marriage legal; hire a reputable wedding planner; give friends and family as much notice as possible.

Give you taste buds a taste for international travel! At Flavours of the World learn to perfect sushi hand rolls and Gyoza dumplings, discover the favours of East Africa and the art of Tadka (tempering of Indian spices). Enjoy a 'true Italian' experience, which is not only about food but also the history and the anecdotes, or explore Welsh identity through dishes like leek pie, Caerphilly cheese and tea soaked fruit cake. (featured at Melbourne show only)

Performing with the stars - unique interactive cruises where guests become part of the entertainment! - For those who have ever wanted to explore their musical or dancing talent, musician Michael Manov's unique holiday cruise experience is designed to provide a unique way to get in-touch with your inner song writer or performer, all while cruising the South Pacific. Michael's seven to 10 day musical cruises allow passengers to indulge in everything from guitar workshops, song writing workshops, to line dancing, square dancing and clogging classes – even rock n' roll, all while enjoying top musical acts from Aussie and overseas artists. "Not only do we entertain our guests but they too, become part and parcel of the entertainment," explains Michael. Michael's unique cruises include the Rock the Boat cruise, which takes 50s and 60s fans to the South Pacific while enjoying original artists such as Normie Rowe, Lucky Starr and Little Pattie to name but a few. His Cruisin Country cruise gives passengers the opportunity to take part in song writing sessions with Gina Jeffries, guitar workshops with Rod McCormack, while being entertained by Troy Cassar-Daley and loads more. (featured at Melbourne & Sydney shows only)

Australian travellers are being given a unique opportunity to indulge in a once in a lifetime experience, travelling to Kenya to witness the wildlife migration from the banks of the highly renowned Masai Mara River, known for the migration of a staggering 1.3 million animals! Australian wildlife photographers and cinematographers, Clive and Anne Arnold have spent the last 26 years working with African wildlife having produced five documentaries. For the last nine years they have also been taking Australian travellers on African safari tours to the places they have filmed and worked in, making their knowledge and experience second to none. Their latest new safari to Kenya will find their travellers staying just 50 metres from the Mara River in unfenced accommodation, where the animals roam free and will offer a rare opportunity to capture the experience on camera from the dining table, or perhaps from the waters edge accompanied by Masai warriors.

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