A Week in Oz

Each year only 2 percent of the 21 million Americans traveling internationally visit Australia

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Australia is encouraging Americans to visit.
A Week in Oz

It’s one of the most desirable vacation destinations for American travelers, but each year only 2 percent of the 21 million Americans traveling internationally visit Australia. Excuses range from too expensive to too far away, and it’s Australia Tourism’s desire to change these misconceptions in the eyes of West Coast travelers at least.

The AussieWeek campaign, launched with specially developed airfares, itineraries and packages for West Coast clients, aims to prove that Americans can jump a flight to Australia as easily and cost-effectively as a flight to Europe.

“Americans generally think nothing of jumping on a flight to Europe to spend their annual week’s vacation, yet the flight time to Australia is practically the same. Also, with great deals on transportation and accommodation and fewer on-ground costs, Australia is a better value for the money,” said Michelle Gysberts, vice president Americas at Tourism Australia.

To assist the campaign, a special microsite, AussieWeek.com, was developed, offering iconic and off-the-beaten-path itineraries in and around Australia’s three major cities Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney starting from as little as $250 a day, including flights and four-star accommodation.




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Model spacecrafts were unveiled to the agents.
Take a Spin in Space

Forty-six travel advisors are one step closer to traveling in space. This month, Virgin Galactic hosted its inaugural Accredited Space Agent (ASA) Forum at the Philadelphia National Aerospace Training and Research Center. Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch was in attendance to support the advisors, 24 of which are Virtuoso members. Upchurch is also a Virgin Galactic founder and will be one of the first astronauts to experience Virgin’s suborbital flights.

“The three days I spent with Virgin Galactic were among the most exhilarating of my life, both on a personal and professional level. Space travel is no longer something of fiction. It is real, and the impact it will have on the world and the way we travel is beyond anything we can even comprehend at this point,” said Upchurch.

Following the forum, the ASAs traveled to New York for a private unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft models.




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Alitalia crew in front of plane.
Alitalia Returns to L.A. Airport

Starting June 1, Alitalia Airlines will return to Los Angeles with nonstop service to Rome, Italy. The flight will operate five days a week on a Boeing 777 aircraft and will be the only nonstop service between California and Italy.

Flight AZ 621 will depart LAX at 3:10 p.m., arriving in Rome’s Fiumicino Airport 12:10 p.m the following day. Returning to Los Angeles, flight AZ 620 will depart Rome at 9:10 a.m. and arrive at LAX at 1:10 p.m. the same day. Travel time is approximately 10 hours eastbound and 15 hours westbound.



Spring Savings

Clients planning to visit Mickey and Minnie at Disney World Resort this spring can upgrade their Magic Your Way Package by adding Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More options for free.

The free Park Hopper option gives clients more flexibility to come and go form one Disney theme park to another every day, while the Water Park Fun & More option lets them visit their choice of Disney Water Park, Disney Quest Indoor Interactive theme park or the Downtown Disney Pleasure Island Nightclubs.

The offer is valid for clients visiting between March 30 and May 21 and must be booked by March 21.