Trade Travel Familiarization Program

Are you looking for a new destination?

Then the Trade Travel “famil” program is for you! It is a unique and exciting program filled with opportunities unattainable as a single operator. We specialise in taking Group Tour Coordinators to many destinations, just so you can experience the destination first hand.

Our famils are designed as a condensed version of a full tour – a taste of what you will experience. There is a small participation fee, that will be credited back to you the tour Coordinator in full when you book and complete a tour to the destination!

These famils are very popular, and it’s with that in mind that we must restrict these opportunities to group Tour Coordinators who’s clubs, groups or companies are genuinely interested in going on tour to the destination.

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Familiarisation Opportunities 2017

Please see below a list of current Famil tours that we have on offer: 

  • Clarence Valley & Surrounds Self Drive Famil: Dates available on request – View the Invitation

Please note:  Trade Travel Famil conditions will apply

Past Famils

Sabah/Borneo – February 2014

Departing Melbourne on a very pleasant mid afternoon Royal Brunei flight gave a very relaxed departure without having to rush through Melbourne in early morning traffic. Arriving in Kota Kinabalu we were greeted by a most courteous and knowledgeable guide, who seemed able to answer any query, and was accompanied by a most competent driver. With recent flooding many roads challenged our driver to provide a comfortable trip in his air conditioned bus, which he did very well. The food, accommodation, facilities, services and air conditioning at each hotel were excellent.
The extent of Australia’s war history in this area continues to be thankfully acknowledged by the local people all of whom welcome Australians openly. Visiting the Orang-utans, Monkeys and Sun Bear was a wonderful experience as was the wilderness experience on the Klias River boat trip. The inclusion of many traditional Malay meals and the Cultural Village concluded a most rewarding famil. It is hoped to include an August, 2015 trip to Sabah in our club travel plans.

– Sue Mc Conchie, Dingley Central Probus

Mauritius – August 2014

I found Mauritius to be one of the most enjoyable places I have visited. The resorts were excellent and the all inclusive package made it so easy to enjoy most of the facilities without having to worry about additional cost. The staff were all friendly and went out of their way to assist – I agree with many in our group who described the experience as being treated like royalty. The all inclusive package gave free access to all meals and many extras like the coffee bar; ice cream van; hamburger truck; free Wi Fi internet; the red telephone box to phone home for free; and a large selection of soft drinks & alcohol available with meals and from the bar till midnight in addition to the bar fridge contents (replenished daily). Also included was a section of land and water based sporting activities, and use of the sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, and swimming pool. The resort entertainment and Night Club were excellent. The tour guide was so helpful and extremely knowledgeable. The air-conditioned coach was modern and comfortable with a very careful driver who skilfully manoeuvred the bus through many tight spots.

On the Trade Travel Famil tour of Mauritius, I discovered the colourful history of the island. The Spanish were the first Europeans to visit in early 1500’s, followed by Dutch colonisation introducing slavery to the island, then followed by the French and finally the British until the island became independent in 1968. Matthew Flinders was imprisoned on the island for over 6 years (1803 – 1810) during the British – French war. I also witnessed a multicultural society happily living together; beautiful scenery from mountainous highlands to sandy coastal bays; the slave history trail; ½ day catamaran lunch cruise watching the dolphins playing in the crystal clear waters of beautiful colours changing from aqua to turquoise and greens; extensive botanical gardens established in 1770 covering 37 hectares; colonial buildings and gardens; sugarcane fields; salt pans; semi tropical & tropical fruit plantations; a vanilla factory; a rum distillery with tastings; the national & natural history museum – with skeletal remains of the dodo bird; a sugar museum in a disused sugar factory; a cassava biscuit factory tour with tastings; a  tour of the capital Port Louis and its old fort lookout; and several markets. Considering all that, the highlight for me was “walking with the lions” at the Casela wildlife park. What a wonderful experience to be able to walk with and pat these creatures, to take amazing photos and have your photo taken with the lions.

– Ross Bennett, Probus Club of Victor Harbor/Granite Island

Longreach – October 2015

Longreach just has to be on every Probian’s  “Bucket List”. It far exceeded my expectations! I recently returned from a 7 day tour based in this “Jewel of the Outback” town; staying at the Kinnon & Co. Outback Lodges. So many places to visit. Nogo Station, to be used as a film set in 2016; the dinosaurs at Winton; an evening cruise on a Paddlewheeler followed by a Bush dinner & entertainment; a not to be missed show/dinner by Grant, Lee, Michael & Denise, talented singers/guitarists at the Heartland Theatre; the Qantas museum, and the thrill of riding on a  stagecoach at full speed through the outback! Everyone had our interests at heart, from the warm welcome we received from Richard and his family of Kinnon & Co. to the Walker family at the historical Camden Park Station where we had our final dinner in their beautiful homestead. Highly recommend travelling overnight on the Spirit of the Outback train from Brisbane – a great relaxing experience. This town desperately needs our support after a 4 year drought & still no rain! Please consider this as your next Probus club tour.

– Anne Oughtibridge, Ringwood Clocktower Probus Club

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    • Our "FAMIL" program is an excellent way for Group and Tour leaders to go and experience a destination first hand. You get to sample the airline, meet the accommodation and touring providers and sample the local cuisine. It is a WIN/WIN situation and a lot of fun!Mark O'Brien
      Trade Travel Director

    • The girls in res are brilliant, when I need a quote or booking I go straight to them, knowing they’ll give us the best possible price and they know exactly what we need.”Val Henry
      Tour Coordinator for Donald Simpson Centre

    • Our recent Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” trip with the Probus Club of Breakfast Point showed us how important it is to look at the country in greater depth. Travelling with the Probus group enabled us to delve beneath the surface and see real outback families and experience the outback in all its many and varied facets. We would recommend the Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” to all.Client of Trade Travel
      Longreach Tour

    • Our recent Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” trip with the Probus Club of Breakfast Point showed us how important it is to look at the country in greater depth. Travelling with the Probus group enabled us to delve beneath the surface and see real outback families and experience the outback in all its many and varied facets. We would recommend the Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” to all.Client of Trade Travel
      Longreach Tour

    • The girls in res are brilliant, when I need a quote or booking I go straight to them, knowing they’ll give us the best possible price and they know exactly what we need.”Val Henry
      Tour Coordinator for Donald Simpson Centre

    • Our "FAMIL" program is an excellent way for Group and Tour leaders to go and experience a destination first hand. You get to sample the airline, meet the accommodation and touring providers and sample the local cuisine. It is a WIN/WIN situation and a lot of fun!Mark O'Brien
      Trade Travel Director

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