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November 15, 2013 Headline News, Wholesaler No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Cosmos is doing very well in Australia with its Asia program, introduced three years ago. Last year set a record for bookings and 2013 has seen bookings more than double the 2012 figure.

With the release of its 2014 collection of Asian holidays, the wholesaler has introduced new tours, new beach stays and earlybird discounts of $300 per couple (until 31 January 2014 or until sold out).

Cosmos Inbound Mananger Australasia, Peter Cooney (left) and Cosmos Marketing Manager Australasia Christian Schweitzer launch the new brochure in Sydney yesterday

Cosmos Inbound Mananger Australasia, Peter Cooney (left) and Cosmos Marketing Manager Australasia Christian Schweitzer launch the new brochure in Sydney yesterday

“We’ve reached the point where Australians represent almost a third of our Cosmos Asia travellers,” Cosmos marketing manager Australasia, Christian Schweitzer said yesterday.

“In some instances our groups are made up entirely by Australians, which reflects the fact we have a strong affinity with Asia and shows this market has excellent potential for future growth.”

The contribution of Australians as a proportion of the company’s global business has climbed steadily to 28% in 2013.

Among destinations, China was the clear winner this year, Schweitzer said, and the number of extensions to popular tours had grown.

The new Cosmos Asia brochure offers a choice of 12 different tours in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, India, and now Sri Lanka, priced from $105 per day.

Each tour has been designed to offer a rich cultural immersion, taking travellers into the real Asia while at the same time enjoying the best possible hotels and expertly arranged activities.

Cosmos inbound manager Australasia, Peter Cooney, said that for the first time, Australians would have the opportunity to pre-pay local guides. Another trend is free Wi-Fi in hotels. Cosmos seeks hotels that offer it, when available.

Japan was returned to pre-tsunami booking levels, Cooney said, India had the most potential, and Myanmar was on the website though not in the brochure yet.

While China was very strong, there was growing interest in destinations like Singapore and Hong Kong.

For the first time, Cosmos has introduced a choice of beach-side getaways in Phuket, Koh Samui and Goa, allowing travellers to extend their tour with a relaxing resort stay. They can be added to two of the most popular tours in the Cosmos Asia program – the 13-day Thailand Experience or the seven-day Golden Triangle in India.

Other add-ons available include tiger Safaris in India, expeditions to Ankgor Wat, a stay in a traditional Ryokan guest house in Japan and Hong Kong extensions on China itineraries.

Two new tours have been introduced for 2014:

  • China’s Cities of Contrast, seven days from $679 per person twin share (including discount). A week exploring two of the most dynamic cities in Asia, travelling by China’s futuristic high-speed train between Beijing and Shanghai. Highlights include the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall and the spectacular cityscapes of Shanghai’s old and new quarters. 
  • Grand Tour of Sri Lanka, 11 days from $2230 per person twin share (including discount). A fascinating circular route through Sri Lanka, beginning and ending in Colombo.  Highlights include the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa, the markets and temples of Kandy, hilltop tea plantations and the jungle wildlife of national parks at Minneriya, Horton Plains and Yala. 

Cooney said Cosmos in the UK had ben operating to Sri Lanka for a couple of years and there was now great interest in the destination from Australia.

Written by : Peter Needham

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