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A place where we can keep you up to date with our latest news, bring the inside story on the hot topics of the day to you and share stories of our wonderful customers and staff.

We’re so grateful to our loyal customers for sharing their experiences with us; writing travel articles, posting about us on social media and leaving reviews, and we’d love to hear from you…

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News From Us


6 AUGUST 2020

Pre-order your 2021-2022 brochures now

Travel in 2020 may have changed for now but we can't wait for you to see what 2021 holds. Discover the newest tours and latest attractions in some of our favourite destinations, such as China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Plus, you'll notice a few brand new editions below - Central Asia & Middle East, and Latin American & Antarctica! Be one of the first to get your hands on them by pre-ordering your free copy now.

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4 AUGUST 2020

Travel + Leisure’s Top 25 islands in the world

One of our favourites Sri Lanka came in ranked at #4, check out the rest of the list here.

Where would you go next?


3 AUGUST 2020

A tribute to Rajasthan’s camels

Rajasthan’s epic camel festival 'Bikaner Camel Festival' is two days of fur-cutting, dancing and races. Historically, Bikaner was the biggest camel breeding center in Rajasthan, and today, its National Research Center on camel conducts important studies on everything from camel genetics and ailments to fertility and dairy potential.
Here is all you need to know about it.

See our range of India tours here

1 AUGUST 2020

OLYMPICS NEWS

Tokyo Tourism has given us an update
"Tokyo is working hard on looking after the health and well-being of citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for the return of visitors. Meanwhile, excitement about the future has taken on a whole new level of importance with the Tokyo Olympic competition schedule released last week, and a range of hotel openings taking the city by storm, from big international hotel brands through to creative, sustainable new concept hotels. And in true Tokyo style, the practice of excellent general hygiene has utmost priority with the city continuing to implement stringent measures which are helping to contain the spread of the global pandemic COVID-19. In such a populous capital Tokyo has many fabulous services, old and new, that help contribute to keeping it as safe and clean as possible."

Check out the competition schedule of events - Tokyo 2020 Athletics Schedule


30 July 2020

WHERE ARE THE OLDEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD?

Check out this article on some of the oldest restaurants in the world. We were astounded to see some of these date back to as early as the year 803 in Europe! Making us a bit peckish but hopefully it will give you some inspiration for your next meal our or culinary journey in your own kitchen - Oldest Restaurants Mapped


29 July 2020

UMAMI RICH CUISINES WORLD

"All food cultures have their own umami taste" - Jaume Biarnés Digón

We discovered this little lesson in umami rich cuisines across the world, thanks to Matador Network.


29 July 2020

BEST VEGETARIAN FOOD INDIA

Looking for some cuisine inspiration? Read all about some of the best vegetarian options influenced by India’s diverse culture, traditions, religions and geography. Enjoy and happy cooking!



26 July 2020

GOOGLE TRENDS SEARCHED DESTINATIONS FOR 2021

Google trends top searched destinations for travel in 2021. We thought we would share some of the most googled destinations according to google for future holidays. Where will you go to?

Top Holiday Destinations According To Google


22 July 2020

GIANT PANDA BIRTH IN SOUTH KOREA CAPTURED ON VIDEO

A Giant panda gave birth to an adorable cub in South Korea, and it’s all on video... eek! These are a vulnerable species so to hear of a new birth, even in captivity is very positive news indeed. Ai Bao gave birth to a female measuring 6.5 inches and weighing just seven ounces (only 0.2 kgs). Want to know more and see the birth check out the article here.
 

22 July 2020

Japan 2021 Cherry Blossom Sale

When spring arrives in Japan, so does the highly anticipated bloom of the beautiful cherry blossoms. For a brief time the country is awash with delicate, pink blossoms and the whole population celebrates the technicolour arrival of Spring.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to experience Japan and its fleeting passage make it the most popular time to visit. So we’re delighted to announce our 2021 Cherry Blossom are included as part of our current sale with savings up to $500.

Don’t delay, this offer will be extremely popular and departures are very limited.
Did you know? You can also see the blooms in South Korea...



21 July 2020


COVID UPDATE

Many areas around the globe are struggling with the virus but some of our destinations are showing real progress in the fight against COVID – 19 with low rates of new cases we are feeling optimistic.
 
Country Cases

Figures correct as of 21 July 2020 – for the updated figures visit Worldometer.
 


17 July 2020

New Earlybird Magazine Out Now

Read our brand new interactive online magazine. Full of wonderful stories from our customers and staff, incredible special offers and unique insights into what's hot right now - it's the must read to inspire your travels for 2021.



Highlights

  • Central Asia – Get the inside track on one of Wendy Wu’s fastest growing destinations.
  • Meet the Team – Insights from our tailor-made specialist Dinah Shafry.
  • The Victoria Mekong – Read journalist Steve Meacham’s review of our deluxe river vessel.
  • Coming Soon – Exciting new destinations for 2021.
  • 2021 the Year of Japan – Our Japan experts’ top tips on discovering next year’s hottest destination.
  • Latin America – Let us take you on an adventure.
  • Join the Wendy Wu Kingdom – Find out what's been happening in the world of Wendy Wu Tours.
  • Traveller Tales – From Wendy Wu customers on Chile, India, Vietnam and China.

Plus much much more… https://www.wendywutours.com.au/brochures/
 


9 July 2020


Positive news in the fight
against Coronavirus

While many parts of the world are still struggling with the virus, there are many places in the world that are winning the fight. In the world of Wendy Wu Tours, the countries below are currently the safest with very low rates of new infections which makes us optimistic that we will return to life as normal and be able to enjoy our dream holidays soon.
 
Country Cases

Figures correct as of 9 July 2020 – for the updated figures visit Worldometer.
 


April, May, June & July 2020

Journey Around the World from your Armchair

Join us every week on Tuesday for some very special online events where you can take a virtual trip to some of our best-loved destinations in Asia, Latin America, Central Asia and the Middle East, without ever leaving your living room!

Our Wendy Wu travel experts will take you on a journey to the must-see attractions, showcase our newest and most popular tours. Join us on our Facebook page to keep up to date and check out all the recent webinars here – link to playlist on youtube – https://bit.ly/Armchairadventuresplaylist
 


9 July 2020

Singapore's Gradual Reopening of Tourism Establishments

Attractions and tours will resume operations from July 2020.

As part of the resumption of activities in Phase 2 after Singapore's Circuit Breaker, it was announced on Sunday 28 June 2020 that tourism businesses in Singapore will be permitted to resume operations in stages from 1 July 2020.
 
Before approval is given for an attraction to reopen, eligible attractions must submit a proposal which outlines how it will adhere to all the requirements listed in the Advisory for Attractions as well as take the steps needed to receive the SG Clean Mark.
 
In an exciting time for Singapore, the following attractions, including selected attractions within the two Integrated Resorts (Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands), have reopened from 1 July 2020.

Bounce, Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Jurong Bird Park, Madame Tussauds, River Safari, Singapore Zoo, Zero Latency, Art Science Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Sands SkyPark and Observation Desk, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium and Resorts World Sentosa.
 
For more information please click on the links.
 


6 July 2020

Singapore Tourism Board Update

SG Clean - Keeping Singapore Safe
Singapore's SG Clean Campaign aims to raise the hygiene standards and transform the cleanliness level of public spaces by encouraging companies to adopt the country’s SG Clean Quality Mark.

Launched on 16 Feb 2020 by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, and with over 9,000 premises already obtaining the SG Clean mark, the SG Clean campaign is one of the many steps taken to reassure visitors and locals alike that their premises maintain high levels of cleanliness and public hygiene.
 
For more information on the SG Clean Campaign visit www.sgclean.gov.sg/
 


1 July 2020

Let’s Go – 2021 Offer

#letsgo2021

We’ve been grounded for too long – our suitcases are yearning to be filled, passports waiting to be stamped and our feet are itching to explore.

Our sense of wanderlust has never been stronger, so to help you on your way we have an incredible offer for 2021 travel. Save $500pp on over 70 tours plus we’ve also bought back our low deposit of $99pp and extended your payment terms.

So whether you’re looking to explore the wonders of Japan, discover the local culture of Central Asia or fulfil that dream of seeing Machu Picchu first hand, there really is something waiting for your next adventure.

So pack your bags and let’s go – 2021 is waiting.

Offer valid to 14 August 2020 - https://www.wendywutours.com.au/lets-go-2021/
 


1 July 2020

Solo Traveller Sale - Travel Solo, but never alone

We're delighted to announce our Solo Traveller Sale featuring no single supplements for a room of your own on a host of tours to Japan, China, India and Sri Lanka and selected tours to Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Save up to $3,560pp Plus, we’ve also brought back our low deposit of $99pp and extended payment terms for extra peace of mind.

Let us take you somewhere you've never been before and discover the world the Wendy Wu way. Offer valid to 31 July 2020 - https://www.wendywutours.com.au/free-single-supplement/
 


1 July 2020

Share Your Story and Become a Wendy Wu Writer

We love hearing your travel stories here at Wendy Wu Tours and want to share these amazing adventures with others. That’s why we’re calling upon our customers to become Wendy Wu writers!

No one can bring our tours to life better than those who have seen, done and experienced it all first-hand, and we want to bring these stories to life on our blog and across our website.

So, if you’ve been on a Wendy Wu tour and want to share your experiences, we’d love to hear from you. You don’t need to be the world’s best writer and you can submit as little or as much as you like, our resident wordsmiths can help turn your tales into something truly special.

Register your interest here and we’ll be in touch soon
 


1 July 2020

COVID Update

https://www.wendywutours.com.au/covid19/

Here at Wendy Wu Tours we want to give you the most up to date information on COVID-19 and to help you feel safe and secure when you look to travel again.

We have created our own page to host news, information, the ways in which we will be working to protect you our loyal customers on tour, destination information and more.
 
 


26 June 2020

Hong Kong Tourism Board update

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has published a nine-page document titled “Hong Kong Embraces New Norms of Travel”, which highlights concerted efforts by the public and private sectors in preparation for a tourism revival in the post-pandemic city.

The final page gives you a summary of all the changes in effect - https://epublishbyus.com/ebook/10049198/html/index.html#page/1
 


25 June 2020

Ground Partner update

One of our Ground Suppliers – ASIA DMC has given us an update for some of our most popular destinations.

Vietnam: 352 COVID-19 cases including 329 recoveries
  • Vietnam Ministry of Tourism has recently proposed plans to welcome international visitors as soon as travel bans are lifted; direct flights; travel visa exemption; medical declaration and temperature check on arrival; COVID-19 tests; tracking mobile apps while in Vietnam; health precautions; closure of market (if needed) when there are signs of community infection.
  • Domestic travel has been restarted and most trades and services are back in business as ‘thee new normal state’ is encouraged nationwide.
Myanmar: 293 COVID-19 cases including 208 recoveries
  • The majority of hotels, restaurants and bars in all destinations are reopened. However, most international hotel chains in Yangon and some 4-5* hotels in main destinations remain closed until further notice, likely in accordance to the reopening of international airpoers, which were last announced closed until June 30.
  • Pagodas, museums and parks are being inspected for reopening.
  • Domestic travel has been restarted with focus on family road trips by car.
  • Myanmar aims to reopen in July and August according to roadmap of tourism recovery.
  • Myanmar declares to work together with Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia to introduce regional tourism, with the 4 countries signing an agreement to ease border access between them.
Cambodia: 130 COVID-19 cases including 127 recoveries
  • The Cambodian government required all foreign visitors to deposit US$3000 upon arrival at the airport to cover any COVI-19 related costs which may occur: lab tests, quarantine and medical treatment services. This can be paid either by cash or by credit card and any remaining deposit will be reimbursed after deductions for services.
  • As part of the US $3000 deposit, an estimated US $165 is mandatory on arrival: $100 for the test, US$5 for transport to the testing cenet and US$60 for 3 meals and 1 –night stay in a hotel or designated facility to wait for the results around (24 hours)
Thailand: 3,158 COVID-19 cases including 3,038 recoveries
  • Borders could be reopened to low risk countries; New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and certain cities in China from August 1, but visitors may have to go through ‘villa quarantine’, staying in their own accommodation.
  • Plans for a travel bubble is in the works for potential tourists, while one including the first wave of foreigners are soon going to take effect (those visiting Thailand for business, investment, medical and compassionate purposes are allowed to enter from July 1)
Laos: 19 COVID-19 cases, all recovered
  • Attractions are being renovated to attract domestic and international tourists.
  • Restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, night markets and cinemas have been reopened.
We will keep you updated as and when we get further information and updates on our destinations.
 


15 June 2020

Encouraging Coronavirus vaccine news from China

Reports from China suggest that they are just about to move into the third phase of clinical testing on a new Coronavirus vaccine developed by a team headed up by Dr Chen Wei - China's top epidemiologist and virologist, building on the knowledge and skills she gained fighting Sars and Ebola.

Employees of state owned companies are volunteering to test the vaccine when travelling overseas – having beaten the virus in China, there are insufficient numbers of cases to test efficacy of the vaccine in China itself.

Work is continuing apace to produce the vaccine once it is finally approved with one high tech factory completed already and another due to open shortly. Together they will have the capacity to produce 200 million vaccines a year.
 


15 June 2020

Taiwan bounces back

Our guides in Taiwan have shared a video of them out and about. Watch to see how life has returned to normal and attractions are quieter than ever following their defeat of COVID-19.

When we’re free to travel again it will be a great time to visit Taiwan aka The beautiful Island.

Click to view - https://www.facebook.com/WendyWuToursAustralia/videos/3135808646455719/
 


29 May 2020

Traveller tales

Ever since she visited the China Pavilion at Expo '88 in Brisbane, Janice Griffin has always dreamed of a holiday to China. After many holidays to numerous corners of the globe on her own, Janice would fulfil her dream when her daughter invited her on our Wonders of China tour.

Read about her amazing holiday here and check out some quirky dumplings - https://bit.ly/2Xt5lUl
 


28 May 2020

More Good News from China

An update from one of our guides in China, who sent us a wonderful video.

Joe in Xian recently visited the Terracotta warriors which is now open for visitors – doesn’t it look amazing without the normal crowds? Many of the locals are saying that China now feels like it did 30 years ago, you can get a really great view of local attractions.

Link to video Link to video on fb page – (might get more signups to page) https://www.facebook.com/WendyWuToursAustralia/videos/2706017679670828/
 


15 May 2020

Panda-monium! Warning warm and fuzzy alert!

As China emerges from a very difficult few months, we are delighted to see major attractions starting to re-open their doors, restrictions are being placed on the number of visitors to sites around the country.

The Chengdu Panda Research Centre re-opened its doors on 25 March allowing a maximum of 5,000 visitors per day (they would normally see 35,000 this time of year)
Our National Guide Alex has put together an amazing video giving us a glimpse of the centre’s playful residents during this quiet time. He also has two new and adorable residents he wants you to meet!

Say hi to twin boys, Pingping and Anan (You can meet these cute baby pandas and more with, not one, but two unforgettable encounters on our In Pursuit of Pandas tour! - https://youtu.be/Bpiy9njRubs
 


13 May 2020

China Attractions Re-open

The recent re-opening of the Forbidden City is just one high profile example that China’s attractions are opening their doors once again following the country’s defeat of the Coronavirus.
Crowds are so small that it feels like travelling in China 30 years ago. Once we are allowed to travel again, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the country in a way that’s not been possible for decades and won’t be the same again in the future.
Here's a snapshot of some of most famous attractions that have recently re-opened.
  • Beijing: Forbidden City, National Museum of China, Capital Museum, Ming Tomb, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
  • Shanghai: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Zoo, Jinmao Tower, Wuzhen Watertown
  • Xian:Terracotta Warriors, Shaanxi History Museum, Hanyangling, Xian Beilin Museum, City Wall, Muslim Quarter
  • Chengdu: Sanxingdui Museum, Panda Base, Grand Buddha in Leshan
  • Guilin: Lijiang Rafting, Sanjieliu Impression Show
  • Suzhou: Humble Administrator's Garden, Grand Canal
  • Pingyao: Ancient Town, Shuanglin Temple
  • Luoyang: Longmen Grottoes
  • Shanxi: Wutaishan
  • Datong: Hanging Temple, Yungang Grottoes
  • Yunnan: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang Black Dragon Pool Park
 
For a great report about what holidays in China are like right now view our video report from Chengdu’s famous Panda Research Centre
 


6 Mar 2020

A Force for Good

Our Fearless leader Wendy Wu was a keynote speaker at a Force for good industry event. What began as a celebration for International Women’s Day has turned into an annual day of Driving Diversity and the greatest day of learning in the travel industry, as global leaders come together to pass on their success stories and provide some great business skills with a focus on being a force for good.
 


27 Feb 2020

Managing Director Andrew Mulholland returning effective March 2020

“Andrew brings a wealth of experience within product development, operations and change management areas. This is an area he executed extremely successfully during his time as MD in 2016/2017”. Wendy Wu

 


11 Dec 2019

Victoria Mekong Sets Sail Today!

The newest and greenest ship on the Mekong sets sail on her maiden voyage today. Offering an authentic insight into a little visited stretch of the delta, combined with four star comfort and superior service she'll offer unforgettable voyages between the green landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia's enchanting capital Phnom Penh.

Experience

  • Australia's leading Asia & Beyond Specialist
  • Over 25 years of experience
  • Friendly, knowledgeable regional specialists
  • Exceptional Value & Extrordinary Experiences

Peace of Mind

  • Seamless, end to end holidays
  • Global award-winning service
  • Highly Experienced Guides
  • Fully ATAS and IATA accredited

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