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Indus Experiences unveils small-group tours range


Samantha Mayling


samantha.mayling@ travelweekly.co.uk


Southern Asia specialist Indus Experiences has launched a debut programme of small-group escorted tours, with Uzbekistan featured for the first time by the operator


As well as a nine-day tour of Uzbekistan, itineraries explore India, Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. The programme features eight


tours, designed for groups of eight to 14 travellers, led by local tour escorts, with accommodation ranging from boutique hotels on tea plantations to jungle lodges and houseboats. Marketing director Asiya Zargar


said: “We are delighted to be expanding our offer so that we, and our agents, can now cater to a new segment of the market. [The new tours] are aimed at travellers who are keen to be part of a small group of like-minded guests.


TRAINING


Japan’s Setouchi region offers fam trip as training incentive


The tourist board for the western Japanese region of Setouchi has launched an online training platform, giving agents the chance to win a place on a fam trip. The Setouchi region includes the prefectures of Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima,


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JODHPUR: India is among the destinations featured in the new Indus Experiences brochure


NEWS IN BRIEF


Car rental firm Vroomerz rebrands and adds 100 cars


Car hire service Vroomerz has rebranded as Driverso and added 100 vehicles to its fleet, which it hopes to grow to 1,000 cars by June. The firm provides luxury cars in major European cities and offers agents up to 15% commission on bookings made through its online platform. driverso.com


Columbia Beach Resort serves up training for lunch


Cyprus-based Columbia Beach Resort is inviting agents to ‘Lunch & Learn’ with a member of its UK sales team. To register for a 30-minute session, email: nicola@luxuryescapehotels.com


Virgin ship to feature record shop and karaoke lounge


Prices start at £1,045 for a


nine-day tour called Kerala: God’s Own Country, which includes Cochin sightseeing with a sunset harbour cruise, a tea plantation walking tour in Munnar, a boat trip on Lake Periyar and an overnight houseboat cruise. Flights are extra. Departure dates are available


from April 2019 to April 2020, and agents can customise the tours with extensions and stopovers. About 65% of the operator’s


sales are made through the trade. Indusexperiences.co.uk


Kagawa and Ehime, and is renowned for its cuisine, modern art and sculptures. Agents who complete the short course on the


Setouchi Learning Platform can enter a draw to win a place on the Setouchi Tourism Authority fam trip. Taking place at the end of November 2019, the trip


will be run with British Airways, which launches a direct Heathrow-Osaka service in April. There will be other opportunities to win places on


the trip throughout the year. https://training.setouchitrip.com


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Did you know…? The Sandals 2 FOR 1 SALE ends on April 9 – hurry and book your clients’ dream holiday at a dream price. Offers start at £1,399pp for 7 nights including return flights! To book call 0808 164 3459


Virgin Voyages has revealed that its first ship, Scarlet Lady, will feature a record shop and karaoke lounge. Voyage Vinyl and The Groupie are a nod to Richard Branson’s record-label background. DJ Mark Ronson will perform at the line’s Beach Club at Bimini in 2020. virginvoyages.com


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