Summer Fun in the South Pacific

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With summer quickly approaching in the South Pacific, travelers can enjoy this pristine region’s warmer months with a bevy of new tours, hotel offerings and cruises. We’ve rounded up a handful of vacation options for your Australia- and New Zealand-bound clients.

Brendan Vacations recently announced a special offer for vacationers headed to Sydney, Australia. Those who book one of the company’s air-inclusive package to Sydney receive their second destination in Australia for free. Simply book your client’s Qantas roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and Sydney, along with a minimum 3-night hotel stay in Sydney and they’ll receive two free hotel nights in Cairns, Melbourne or Brisbane, plus roundtrip domestic air transportation.

The Australia offer must be booked before Dec. 31, 2011 for travel through June 30, 2012. For rates and more information, call (800) 421-8446 or visit

Travelers can also check out Travel Impressions’ newly introduced Discover New Zealand & Australia package, which features 10 nights exploring Queenstown and Auckland in New Zealand, as well as Sydney and Cairns in Australia.

Starting at $3,270 pp dbl (based on sample itinerary), this package includes airfare on Qantas within and between New Zealand and Australia, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations for 10 nights (Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa-three nights; Mercure Auckland Windsor -two nights; InterContinental Sydney-three nights; and Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns-two nights), tours and hotel tax.

Tour options include a visit to the Fiordland National Park in Queensland, a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House, a full-day catamaran excursion to the Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef in Cairns, as well as various outdoor activities, from bungee jumping and jet boating, to hiking and strolling through wine trails.

As an incentive for booking the Discover New Zealand & Australia itinerary, travel agents earn a 1 percent commission bonus made through Travel Impressions’ reservations department. For more information, call (800) 284-0044 or visit

Meanwhile, Jupiters Hotel & Casino, located on Broadbeach Island on Australia’s Gold Coast, is kicking off its summer season with a series of pool parties—Glisten Pool Party at Jupiters. The series kicks off Nov. 3 and will feature a lineup of international artists including American rapper Vanilla Ice (Nov. 13), American R&B group Salt ‘n’ Peppa (Dec. 14), American pop singer Wynter Gordon (Jan. 7, 2012) and Australian pop-punk group The Veronicas (Jan. 26).

General admission tickets start at $65. For more information, visit

Over in Melbourne, Australia, guests can take advantage of the Sense of Summer package available at the The Westin Melbourne, which includes two Pimms cocktails at the hotel’s lobby lounge or Martini Bar, gourmet buffet breakfast for two in Allegro Restaurant, 2 p.m. late check-out and complimentary access to the onsite wellness center. Rates start at $315 per night through Jan. 13, 2012. For more information, visit

If cruising is on the agenda, Kathleen Hill, MICE and Cruise Sales Manager, Air New Zealand, North America, tells Recommend, “Cruse is booming right now and the growth in New Zealand and Australia is huge. From luxury to affordable, there are many options for travelers, and the travel agent is very important in ensuring travelers book a cruise that is right for them.”

On Nov. 10, travel agents can join Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand for a live webinar on cruising in New Zealand. The webinar, which starts at 10 a.m. PST, will cover all agents need to know about how to get there, cruising, pre- and post- cruising options, port activities and how to sell a full land tour.To register, visit

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