Update from the Desk

Dear Colleagues
We hope you enjoy our new-look newsletter and the latest news from RP Marketing’s clients.
We are very proud to introduce our new client, Past and Present Journeys of Albania. Dritan Xhengo and his team have asked us to promote their business in the UK and having spoken to two of their clients here they only have good things to say about them. We are very excited to be working with such a professional and innovative team in Tirana. Read more about them below.
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Anita of Travel Projects (anita@travelprojects.co.uk)
In This Issue
Meet RP Marketing’s new client, Past and Present Journeys of Albania
Learn more about the spa at The Elysian Bali
Bali Adventure Tours opens its state-of-the art Adventure Centre
New developments at Kamandalu Resort, Bali
News from Bali Tours, Bali
News from Bidy Tours, Lombok
New lodge at Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea, taking shape
Meet Luxury Travel at Taste of ILTM at WTM
News from World Express Malaysia
News from World Express Singapore
News from Hi Tours India
World Travel Market
Past and Present Journeys, Albania
One of the most dynamic travel companies in Albania, Past and Present Journeys are putting the country on the map by providing an extremely professional service to travel companies which are looking to expand their programme to include this emerging destination.
Whatever your needs, Past and Present can assist you to develop a programme to suit your style and at very competitive prices: escorted group tours, tailor-made itineraries, beach holidays, city breaks, shore excursions, special interest tours, off-the-beaten-track itineraries and event planning.
Past and Present also offer a concierge service assisting clients with restaurant recommendations and bookings, buying tickets for events, personal shopping and much more.
If you would like a preliminary chat about Past and Present Journeys and/or Albania please contact Anita at RP Marketing who has extensive knowledge of this intriguing country and the services that Past and Present Journeys can provide.
For further information contact the Managing Director, Dritan Xhengo ondritan.xhengo@pastandpresent.alwww.pastandpresent.al
The Elysian, Bali
Many clients now require their hotel of choice to have a spa so that they can indulge when not sightseeing or sunbathing. The Elysian has introduced a new range of completely natural spa treatments based around fresh fruit and other organic ingredients. The treatments are packed full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants to help eliminate toxins and improve skin tone. Spa Therapists mix up a perfect treatment for clients’ particular skin type.
For marketing information contact Director of Sales and Marketing, Mr Dimas ondimas@theelysian.com;www.theelysian.com
Elephant Safari Park Lodge & Bali Adventure Tours
Bali Adventure Tours has opened its exciting world-class Ubud Adventure Centre overlooking the gorge of the Ayung River. The 4-storey, split level complex will be the check in and finishing point for whitewater rafting operations. The centre is also home to  restaurants, bars, coffee shop, deli, bakery, art gallery, gift shop and Japanese-inspired spa. There are also two decadent Adventure Suites for guests who want to overnight there with a private outdoor dining pavillion and pool.
Bali Adventure Tours will be exhibiting at ITB Asia in Singapore from 23-25 October, so if you are attending do make an appointment.
For further information on the Adventure Centre and the lodge, please contact Arifin Tirta Wijata, the Director of Sales and Marketing onarifin@baliadventuretours.co.id.www.baliadventuretours.com;www.elephantsafariparklodge.com
Kamandalu Resort & Spa, Bali
Kamandalu Yoga House
Kamandalu Yoga House
Many new developments have taken place at Kamandalu Resort and Spa. The 56 villas at this enchanting Balinese Villa have been refurbished and there are exciting new developments in the public area.
The new Presidential Villa is the newest addition to the choices of accommodation at Kamandalu. This two-storey villa consists of three bedrooms with separate bathrooms, a dining room that sits 6 people, a living room with 180-degree view of the tropical garden and valley and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Located near the Presidential Villa is the Plaza with a design that is inspired by lotus flowers – a perfect place to hold special events, from a wedding ceremony to a romantic dinner. The traditional wooden Javanese Yoga House is a cosy venue for events – as well as yoga!
Just show your clients the website photos of this gorgeous resort overlooking the river in Ubud and they will need no convincing to book. To help them with their decision the Kamandalu is offering a 35% per night discount until the end of August and 40% per night discount for bookings made at least 40 days in advance up until the end of March 2014.
For further information about the resort and spa contact Francisca Widjaja, Director of Sales & Marketing on dosm@kamandaluresort.com. Ade Krishna Wardhani has now moved on to pastures new.
Bali Tours & Travel
Please be aware that if you have booked clients to arrive or leave from Bali between 5 and 9 October there will be a series of airport closures because of the APEC summit being held on the island.
On 5 and 9 October the airport will be closed between 10am and 4pm and from 10am to 8pm on 6 and 8 October.
Air Niugini have launched a weekly flight between Bali and Port Moresby (for further information go to report from Trans Niugini Tours, Papua New Guinea).
From August 11, there will be a weekly Sunday market on Sanur beach, in front of the Sand Beach Club and Restaurant, from 9am to 3pm selling traditional crafts and farmers’ produce.
The transport authorities have introduced a public bus service between Denpasar and the international airport.
For full details of all programmes and rates for trips to Bali please contact the Managing Director, Mr I B Nada;nada@indo.net.id; www.balitours-travel.com
Bidy Tour, Lombok
Jetstar Australia will commence flights between Perth and Lombok on September 24, subject to government and regulatory approval. The four-times-weekly service will be the first non-stop service from Australia to Lombok, operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays by an Airbus A320.
“Indonesia has always been an important part of the group’s international network and we’re committed to enabling new travel opportunities for visitors to Indonesia as well as Indonesians keen to explore the region” said the CEO of Jetstar Australia.
Gili Trawangan, one of the small islands off Lombok, may find itself thrown into the limelight shortly as ‘the Hoff’, David Hasselhof, is planning to open a bar on the island. Watch this space for more celebrity news….
For information on travel to Lombok and neighbouring islands contact the Managing Director, Mr Yan Hamidy onyanhamidy@bidytour-lombok.comwww.bidytour-lombok.com
Trans Niugini Tours, Papua New Guinea
Trans Niugini Tours is in the process of building a new lodge at Lake Murray. Situated on a small island in the lake, this lodge will accommodate guests in 12 individual units overlooking beautiful Lake Murray, an area which has its own unique culture, tropical climate and rainforest.
A comfortable main lodge building will serve as a lounge, bar and dining area, with a spectacular wrap-around veranda for pleasant views of the lake including its beautiful sunsets.
The lodge, which will open in 2014, will be powered by a solar system and will feature birding, cultural visits and Black Bass fishing around the lake and on the small island.
For clients who fancy some beach time after their adventure in PNG, Air Niugini have launched a weekly (Monday) service between Port Moresby and Bali using a Boeing 737.
For further information and programme details please contact the Sales Manager, Shirley Johnson on service@pngtours.comwww.pngtours.com
Luxury Travel, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand
Pham Ha
Pham Ha
Luxury Travel will be on stand AS587 at WTM in November as well as at a Taste of ILTM at WTM on the Monday and Tuesday. If you are a luxury buyer go towww.wtmlondon.com/luxury and register.
Once a real adventure for visitors because of the poor quality of the accommodation throughout Indochina, standards have increased dramatically in the region and Luxury Travel has been at the forefront of this development. Luxury Travel recognises that a truly memorable holiday is more than deluxe hotels and smart restaurants and what sets them apart is that they ensure that your clients’ experience is inspirational. Talk to us at RP Marketing or contact Pham Ha to discuss your requirements.
Phu Bai airport, Hue, is scheduled to reopen ahead of schedule in September.
Etihad has announced a direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Saigon starting in October; Finnair has started its first scheduled service to Vietnam.
Dragonair is introducing a seasonal flight from Hong Kong to Siem Reap three times a week from the end of October. Qatar’s daily Saigon flight will continue on to Phnom Penh.
Bangkok Airways are starting a new service between Bangkok and Mandalay four times a week from 15 September.
This is just a taste of what is included in the tours so for full details of these programmes and details of costs for FITs and groups, please contact the CEO, Pham Ha, uk@luxurytravelvietnam.com;www.luxurytravelvietnam.com
World Express Malaysia
Asia’s first Legoland water park will open in Malaysia in October which will feature the usual water slides as well as a ‘Build a Raft River’, where kids can build their own raft from Lego bricks and sail it down the river.
Etihad has added a new daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur making it a double daily service with better connecting times.
Johor Bahru has added two quality hotels with the arrival of the Marriott’s 345-room Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel and Shangri-La’s Traders Hotel Puteri Harbour.  Johor is located less than half an hour from Singapore.
Malaysia Airlines has increased the weight of its hand luggage allowance to 7kg for economy passengers and two pieces of hand luggage up to 7kg each for business and first-class passengers plus a handbag, briefcase or laptop.
For further information contact the Executive Director, Ms Cherry Lee oncherry.lee@worldexpress.travelwww.worldexpress.travel
World Express Singapore
Many visitors to Singapore use it as a stopover en route to Australasia but the country is now showcasing itself as a standalone destination.
World Express Singapore, one of the leading DMCs in the region, can put together a programme of experiences for your leisure or MICE clients including the east coast and Changi, in the footsteps of Raffles, horseracing at Singapore Turf Club, tour of World War II sites and a cookery school.
If you would like further information please contact Candice Lim on candice@worldexpress.com.sg
Hi Tours India
The annual International Yoga Festival takes place from 1st to 7th of March every year in Rishikesh and Hi Tours can include this festival as part of a longer trip around India for your clients.
During the one-week festival, clients will have the opportunity to participate in over 70 hours of yoga classes from world-class yoga teachers practicing multiple styles of yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga.
Thinking of adding a programme to India and would like to experience the country and the services of Hi Tours? Check the offers on the Hi Tours website for Tour Operators and Travel agents – 7-night Treasures of Kerala for Euro 195 or 6-night Treasures of the North also Euro 195.
To find out about programmes and availability, contact the Managing Director, Mr Prem Syal onpsyal@hi-tours.comwww.hi-tours.comwww.hitours.travel


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This newsletter is written by Anita Sach of Travel Projects:anita@travelprojects.co.uk;www.travelprojects.co.uk. Travel Projects offer newsletter copywriting services, product development support for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Albania and the writing, editing and proofreading of websites and travel brochures.
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World Travel Market
A number of RP Marketing clients will be at WTM in November, in particular new clients Past and Present Journeys of Albania.
Luxury Travel of Indochina will not only have a stand at WTM but will also be at A Taste of ILTM at WTM.
If you would like appointments with either of these companies, please get in touch with us by phone or email and let us tell you a little more about them.