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A Dream Holiday Four Years in the Making

IT’S SAID that all things come to those that wait. I think four years is long enough, don’t you?

It was back in 2019 that a group of like-minded friends and I first started discussing a trip to Vietnam. There was going to be fun and frolics aplenty as we pursued a certain sporting obsession.

And then along came the ultimate party pooper known as COVID…

Undeterred, we vowed to go ahead as planned and I have just returned from said trip. And I can confirm it was even sweeter having waited so long.

The country is spectacular, the food and culture are remarkable, and the people are warm, inviting and so glad to see tourists back again. Throw in value for money and you’ve got one heck of a destination.

 

I mention this because there are millions of Aussies out there desperately planning to make up for lost holiday time. A tidal wave of tourists is heading overseas and it’s great news for the travel industry.

Respected industry champion Justine Waddington joins us this month to talk about the future of the travel industry. Her insights make for very interesting reading.

Ethical tourism is a hot topic at the moment so we’ve asked Intrepid MD Brett Mitchell to give us some tips on how we can all be better travellers.

And talking of travel, we’ve been busy in the New Year. Jenny Rowland reports back on a small ship with a big heart, Jenny Evans mingles with the Catalans and we’ve got a insiders view of five secret spots in Japan.

Jon Underwood, Managing Editor

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE….

Don’t forget to check out the very first edition of Talking Travel, our new podcast. In the debut episode, we talk about the resurgence of the travel industry and the vital role women play in the industry. You can find it at: https://www.traveltalkmag.com/talking-travel/

INSIDE THIS MONTH

Aussies Tempted to Buy Before They Fly

Aussies heading overseas might be tempted to part with some of their holiday money before they leave with a new luxury shopping precinct unveiled at our largest airport.

How to Spend It Like Beckham

WHEN IT comes to luxury, the island of Ireland has no shortage of options.
From castles and country manors to spa resorts and sleek city hotels, here are six properties travellers can consider on their next holiday to the Emerald Isle.

How Thailand is Keeping Tourism Real

SUSTAINABILITY IS one of the major elements in tourism and Thailand is at the forefront of destinations working hard to preserve and protect our planet’s resources.

Top 10 Things to Do in Singapore

WELCOME TO new experiences unlike any other.
Sure, you might’ve been here before, but there’s definitely lots more you haven’t seen and done in the city.

Why Wellness Tourism is Such a Healthy Business

The global wellness tourism market is predicted to reach a staggering $1.2 trillion by 2027.
In this exclusive article, SANDIE JOHANNESSEN, the award-winning Health and Wellness Director, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, explains why more and more people are embracing wellness tourism.

Is It Time to Close the Page on Travel Brochures?

They’ve been a regular feature in travel agencies for decades but now the humble travel brochure is under threat.
As more and more companies go paperless in a bid to help save the environment, does the travel brochure have a future? We asked two industry leaders for their thoughts.

Meet A Taylor Made For Travel

During the worst of the pandemic, Richard Taylor was a voice of hope for the travel trade during troubled times. He’s now joining AFTA to continue that support. We asked him what we can expect going forward.