Insight Vacations has rolled out its first Australia and New Zealand ‘Local Escapes’ collection geared towards the predicted domestic and trans-Tasman travel resurgence in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The newly released program – foreshadowed in LATTE last month – comprises five itineraries visiting South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
Itineraries have been designed to include many exclusive experiences that the general public would not be able to access as an independent traveller, such as behind-the-scenes discoveries, giving back to local communities, VIP winery tours and unique local dining experiences.
Being the first-time launching product in Australia and New Zealand, Insight Vacations has worked closely alongside sister company, Inspiring Journeys, to develop each itinerary and experience.
“We are truly excited about our new homegrown collection,” said Karen Deveson, Managing Director Insight Vacations.
“Whether you are after a food and wine lovers extra-long weekend experiencing the best South Australian wineries or a week’s getaway going behind the scenes and sampling the local produce of the North Island of New Zealand – we have simply combined the best of the Insight way closer to home.
“Our guests have told us they are getting ready to start planning their local travel and we’ve listened to what they want. Our Local Escapes collection will provide them with a unique way of experiencing these regions.”
Each itinerary will provide guests with an opportunity, not only to stimulate local economies but to participate in a ‘Make Travel Matter’ experience. The activity on each itinerary varies from visiting places that were devastated by the recent bushfires, visiting fire-affected koalas, understanding the importance of indigenous culture at Cape Naturaliste in WA and contributing to reforestation efforts.
Travel advisors are reminded that Future Travel Credits may be redeemed to book these Local Escapes trips.
Insight Vacations has also introduced $99 deposits* and the ability for guests to change their mind just 30 days out from departure and receive a full refund.*
“These are just a few things we’ve introduced to make it easier for our trade partners to be able to encourage their clients to book with confidence and return to travelling with peace of mind,” Deveson added.
The short-duration trips include the five-day Flavours of Adelaide and the Barossa Valley, six-day Tasmania’s Food, Whiskey & Wine, six-day Perth and The Margaret River Explorer, eight-day Taste of New Zealand’s North Island and the seven-day Scenic Roads of the South Island.
More details at insightvacations.com.
All images supplied. Lead image: Waipara Wine Region, North Canterbury, New Zealand