We have been advised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority regarding the introduction of a new “Tourism Fee”.


This fee is to be applied to all hotel guests staying in any type of hotel establishments including hotels, hotel apartments, guest houses and holiday homes within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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    Malta – Environmental Tax Introduction

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The FUN theme certainly ran through our time onboard the world most popular cruiseline’s ship Carnival Dream! Carnival Dream was at the forefront of a wave of amazingly fun Carnival ships. This 130,000 tonne ship, home to a maximum of 3464 passengers and 1367 crew (that’s one crew member to every 2.5 passengers) is as good if not better than a good 4 – 5 star hotel. The choice of entertainment and dining options is outstanding and has the quality to match it too.

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If you are visiting the Balearics this summer, please be advised there is now a tourist tax to be paid locally, this has been advised by the government and has to be paid locally. Spanish authorities have introduced a new tax. From 1st July 2016 customers visiting the Balearics (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza) will be required to pay a Sustainable Tourism Tax.

The amount of the tax depends on the Star rating of the hotel, and will range from €1 - €2 per person per day. Children under age of 16 are exempt from the tax and long term holiday makers will have a 50% discount on the tax from the ninth day of their stay.
In low season (November 1st - April 3rd), there will be a 50 % discount.

The tax will be collected by the hotel/apartments during your stay; please ensure you have sufficient funds with you to pay this tax

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On the 18th March I met with my fellow TC’s, Luke from Carnival Cruises and Neil from the Louisiana Tourist Board for our flight from London Heathrow via Atlanta to Lafayette with Delta Airlines.

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We at Travel Counsellors have been made aware that yellow fever vaccination is now required for travellers arriving into Rwanda from all countries.

 Following an increase in cases of yellow fever in the region, the Rwandan authorities announced on 28 March 2016 that travellers arriving at Kigali International Airport without a valid yellow fever certificate will have to pay USD 40.00 for a vaccination on arrival.

If you are off to see the Gorilla is Rwanda, make an appointment with your GP or Practise Nurse to check you have the right vaccinations today!

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I am proud to announce that I have retained my status as a Premier Aussie Specialist as awarded by Tourism Australia to only a handful of agents each year.

I have great passion for Australia and everything that it has to offer as a fantastic holiday destination and having been to Australia 8 times so far on both holidays and conferences with Tourism Australia, I can offer first hand knowledge and personal recommendations.

If you are planning a trip to Australia, get in touch for a no obligation chat about what you would like to do and see.

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Here is a press release from British Airways following the withdrawal of their unaccompanied minors services:

Unaccompanied Minors

Despite the overall growth in our customer numbers over the last decade, demand for our Skyflyer Solo (Unaccompanied Minor) service has declined.

Having conducted a thorough review of the service, we have concluded with regret that we can no longer offer this service. 


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Today, I have reached 8 years as being a Travel Counsellor which as a self employed, independent travel agent is something that I am really proud of.

Firstly, may I say thank you to each and every client and friend who have booked their travels with me over the last 12 months. It is a privilege to be trusted with your hard earned cash and to be able to offer assistance with what for some of your is your holiday of a lifetime. 

As one of over 1000 Travel Counsellors worldwide, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to my colleagues for all the support and sharing of experiences you have given me over the last 12 months. A special thank you to Donna and Carol who take on the task of looking after my business for me when I take a break or an educational.

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We have looked into the official information which the World Health Organisation have released overnight regarding the Zika Virus.

  • There should be no restrictions on travel or trade with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission.
  • Customers who travel to areas with Zika virus should be provided with up to date advice on potential risks and appropriate measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to mosquito bites.

The advice the World Health Organisation have given in regards to the potential risks and appropriate measures is:

By using insect repellent; wearing clothes (preferably light-coloured) that cover as much of the body as possible; using physical barriers such as screens, closed doors and windows; and sleeping under mosquito nets. It is also important to empty, clean or cover containers that can hold water such as buckets, flower pots or tyres, so that places where mosquitoes can breed are removed.

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