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  • Breaking news! Wu TV launched!
    16 September 2021

    Breaking news! Wu TV launched!

    We are proud to present WuTV, your one stop channel for all the latest news, views and happenings in the world of travel straight to your TV, laptop, or phone.
    WuTV has expanded the way we connect with our customer and created an avenue to feature specially crafted content to inspire and educate on our destinations. Join us as we share our expertise and offer travel tips, ensuring you do not miss the essentials.
    Our first episode focuses on Japan in all its golden glory offering tips and recommendations on the best times to travel including the stunning cherry blossom, autumn leaves and wisteria seasons. 
    Our second episode has a focus closer to home bringing the sensational highlights of our 2022 Australia & New Zealand tours straight to your living room. Discover our new tour range and learn about the spectacular sites and experiences that are awaiting you on tour.
    We recently released our unique digital brochures for Japan and Australia & New Zealand which include interactive elements at your fingertips, such as videos and live internet links. Our current WuTV episodes will also guide you through our user-friendly online brochures to ensure you get the most out of your browsing experience.
    So tune in, sit back and enjoy this exclusive travel content so that you are up-to-date on all things travel and ready for your long awaited adventure.
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  • Qantas releases an emotional ad and vaccine reward program
    10 September 2021

    Qantas releases an emotional ad and vaccine reward program

    The new ad has certainly pulled at the heartstrings of Australians as we look forward to the day we can start travelling again. Check out the ad here:
    In correlation with the commercial, Qantas further announced a new program which will reward fully vaccinated Australian-based frequent flyer members aged 18 and over. Frequent Flyer members will have the choice of these three attractive rewards packages to add to their membership:
    1000 Qantas points
    15 status credits
    $20 flight discount for Qantas or Jetstar
    And if that’s not enough, members who sign up will automatically be entered into a mega prize draw which will be awarded to ten lucky Qantas Frequent Flyer passengers. There is a range of prizes to be won including a year’s worth of flights to more than 60 destinations, free accommodation packages and fuel promotions.
    So, if you’re planning on travelling with us close to home next year on our new range of Australian tours, why not cash in on Qantas’ program to further enhance your next domestic holiday and give yourself a chance to win some amazing travel prizes!
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  • New Australia & New Zealand 2022 tours brochure out now!
    3 September 2021

    New Australia & New Zealand 2022 tours brochure out now!

    Spring has sprung and with a new season comes the exciting launch of our Australia & New Zealand 2022 tours and new interactive digital brochure!
    We’re thrilled to add to our very popular range with two brand new tours – Introducing East Coast Tasmania and Broome! Plus, we’ve included 2022 departure dates across all our Australia tours.
    Our new tour, Tasmania Highlights, follows one of the most scenic coastal drives and focuses on the dramatic eastern coastline of Tasmania. Stand in awe amongst iconic Freycinet National Park, explore historical townships, taste local delicacies and mingle with friendly locals, we guarantee you will not be disappointed by the beauty that unfolds. This tour was specially created so that it can be undertaken back-to-back with our existing Tasmania Trails tour, offering a total Tassie adventure!
    By popular demand we’ve launched the 5-day Glimpse of the Kimberley tour which captures a corner of Australia unparalleled in its offering of unforgettable experiences. This tour combines relaxation, indulgence, excitement and adventure; bask in the twilight as you witness the sun set on Cable Beach, look up in amazement from your boat to wonder at Horizontal Falls and get your boots on as we explore Kimberley cattle country. 
    Our new interactive digital brochure is also available for you to view or download, bringing you travel inspiration straight into your living room. 
    Here are just some of the features you’ll find:
    Tour highlights and unique experiences featured on each tour page
    Videos illustrating the experiences awaiting you
    Information on hotels and our Book with Confidence guarantee 
    Ability to check live availability with a simple click 
    Links to our comprehensive itineraries and tour dossiers online
    So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start browsing and get excited about your next great adventure!

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  • Singapore Food Festival
    27 August 2021

    Singapore Food Festival

    For the next couple of weeks Singapore Tourism Board and partners are bringing the flavours of Singapore straight to your living room.
    The Singapore Food Festival has been running annually for over 25 years, celebrating local foods that portray the nation’s rich culinary culture. Singapore’s food is deeply intwined with it’s humble beginnings as a fishing village and has played a large part in its evolution into a buzzing modern metropolis. In fact, Singapore’s hawker culture is so important it was named a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage site.
    Due to the impact of COVID-19 the festival didn’t run in its traditional sense in 2020. Instead, a successful online event was launched with plans for another this year, with even bigger and better events to tantilise the taste buds of foodie fans. This year the Singapore Food Festival will run from 27 August to 12 September.
    Join in on the festivities online and surround yourself with the exotic tastes of Singapore. Take part in cooking masterclasses with some of the world’s upcoming and most influential chefs, get inspired with new meal ideas or just take a virtual tour and reminisce wandering those hawkers market stalls that we are all so fond of.
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  • Hong Kong Clean Intiatives
    20 August 2021

    Hong Kong Clean Intiatives

    Hong Kong continues its low rate of COVID infections with relatively little to no community transmission. As at 19 August, 57.3% of the population have received their first dose of vaccination and 44.9% are now fully vaccinated having received both doses #. 
    Hong Kong has been able to effectively manage outbreaks without the need for hard lockdown measures. Here are just some of the ways they are working to protect the health and safety of visitors to Hong Kong.
    1. Anti-epidemic hygiene programme
    Both the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency have introduced the Anti-epidemic Hygiene Measures Certification Scheme. To receive the certification, merchants and other businesses in various sectors, including hotels, restaurants and tour operators must implement measures including temperature checks conducted on staff, providing hand hygiene amenities to customers, regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces and maintaining good indoor ventilation.
    2. Smart contact tracing
    The LeaveHomeSafe mobile app enables the logging of details when visiting restaurants or public places by using a QR code. The app will notify anyone who may have been at a venue at the same time as a confirmed case 
    3. The use of smart robots for thorough disinfection
    First introduced at Hong Kong International Airport, robots have now been deployed across the city to carry out deep cleaning in shopping centres, offices and exhibition halls. 
    Created by Hong Kong medical device manufacturer Time Medical Systems, the robots are equipped with ultraviolet light and disinfectant vaporisers. 
    The metro system has been using a different type of robot to sanitise stations and trains.
    4. Long-term disinfection technology
    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has developed an invisible, anti-microbial coating that can be sprayed onto surfaces to kill bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus. This has helped to combat concerns of surfaces that may pose a risk of transmitting bacteria and viruses such as lift buttons, handrails and doorknobs. The technology is also being used at the international airport in seating areas and on baggage trolleys as well as the city's shopping centres and tourist attractions.
    5. Community efforts
    The local community have also contributed to the fight against the pandemic as part of their everyday activities with the use of face masks and alcohol sanitisers.Dining establishments offer take away services and conduct temperature checks on all customers dining in. Tables are socially distances with many places implementing plastic barriers between tables.
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  • Priority access - new tours coming soon
    17 August 2021

    Priority access - new tours coming soon

    We’ve been busy creating exciting new tours to complement our successful Australia range featuring incredible experiences to inspire and delight.
    With so much of our beautiful country waiting be explored, we’ve made sure to not only include the quintessential ‘must see’ sights but we’ve also featured handpicked, local experiences.
    A touch of history, a dash of culture and an immense amount of gastronomic delight, or perhaps long beach walks, sunsets, fire and light are more appealing? Whatever you fancy, we have so many surprises to share.
    We invite you to register today for priority access and be in the know before everyone else!
    Keep an eye on your inbox on 25 August for the exclusive release of our latest collection.
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  • Live Japan celebration
    06 August 2021

    Live Japan celebration

    Our recent live Japan celebration was a fun-filled event journeying thorugh the heart of Japan
    Our experts Bec and Paul, touched on Japan’s top cities giving the inside scoop on our popular tours and most in demand authentic experiences for 2022 and 2023, including the hugely popular cherry blossom & autumn leaves seasons and we heard from our guides on ground!  
    Watch the recording here.
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  • FREE single supplement for Japan
    25 July 2021

    FREE single supplement for Japan

    Solo travellers can benefit from NO single supplement on our entire range of Japan group tours for 2022 & 2023 including departures during the ever popular cherry blossom and autumn leaves seasons. Save up to $2,900pp and enjoy a room of your own. 

    Choose from our popular programs including Discover Japan - covering all of the 'essentials', the new Japan by Rail tour or our best selling Japan UIncovered tour, offering a comprehensive overview.

    What's more, all that is needed is a $99pp deposit to lock in your tour with no more to pay until 75 days prior to departure.

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  • Save up to $1000 on Japan tours
    25 July 2021

    Save up to $1000 on Japan tours

    Japan is certainly on the world's centre stage. With so much to see and do in this magnificent country, what better way to celebrate than an incredible offer.

    For a limited time, we're offering huge savings of $1000pp on all 2022 & 2023 tours or  solo travellers save $300 on our dedicated solo departures on certain tours.

    On our solo departures, you'll also benefit from these exclusive features:
    - No single supplement - enjoy your own room
    - Smaller group sizes
    - FREE return chauffeur transfers from home to the airport^
    - FREE airport lounge pass (selected airports)
    - Complimentary cocktail on arrival in Japan

    All tours are backed by our Book with Confidence guarantee.

    ^Transfers available in selected cities only on a 50km radius. 

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  • Japan Brochure Launched
    23rd July 2021

    Japan Brochure Launched

    We are proud to anounce that we have just released our new 2022/23 Japan brochure, also featuring Taiwan and South Korea. 
    The interactive digital brochure features our wide range of fully inclusive group tours including our Classic range covering the essential highlights of Japan as well unique itineraries. Also featured are immersive Go Beyond tours and dedicated solo departures on popular itineraries which feature additional inclusions such as free chauffeur transfers and airport lounge passes (selected cities). 
    The new digital offering incorporates a complete immersive destination guide to Japan, as well as interactive tour pages incorporating educational videos which bring each tour to life, destination information and links from all tour pages to the website. 

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  • Phuket to Reopen

    Phuket to Reopen

    Thailand is preparing to reopen the island of Phuket to international travellers on the 1st of July. In preparation for this Thailand Safety and Health Administration has handed out over 300 Plus Certificates which confirms more than 70% of employees at these businesses have been fully vaccinated. This is Thailand’s exciting first step towards welcoming back international travel.

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  • Singapore Airport Premium Lounge Opening

    Singapore Airport Premium Lounge Opening

    We are pleased to announce that Singapore Airport’s Plaza Premium Lounges are currently opening for Australian passengers. These changes are inline with Singapore Airport preparing to return to hosting more international and transit passengers. As Singapore continues to look to open more travel bubbles including one with Australia, this reflects the optimism Singapore feels towards the future.

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  • Australia Tours for 2021 Launched
    20 May 2021

    Australia Tours for 2021 Launched

    Wendy Wu Tours is excited to announce four new Australian tours for this year. With amazing destinations like Uluru, Kakadu, the Great Barrier Reef, and the beautiful Tasmania, this is a great opportunity to see some of the natural delights in Australia’s own backyard. Plus, to celebrate these new destinations if you book now you will receive a $100 RedBalloon voucher when you travel.  The tours range from 5-7 days making them perfect for a week away.

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  • Save up to $800pp on 2022 tours
    15 April 2021

    Save up to $800pp on 2022 tours

    Discover your dream destination on an adventure throughout 2022 to all corners of the world.

    Choose from over 30 tours and 90 dates from our most popular tours.Featuring tours to China, Southeast Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Taiwan, South Korea, Middle East and Latin America.

    BONUS OFFER: Receive FREE return chauffeur transfers from your door to the airport, valued at up to $180.

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  • Fly Free to Japan Offer for 2022 Tours
    15 April 2021

    Fly Free to Japan Offer for 2022 Tours

    It's back! Our amazingly popular Fly Free to Japan offer has returned for a limited time. This is your chance to fly to Japan on us! Whether its your dream to experience cherry blossom first hand, see Mt Fuji up close or travel by bullet train, there has never been a better time to lock in your favourite tour. This time there is a special bonus offer too, you can add on a 2 night Singapore stopover for just $69 per person. Take a look for yourself below. 

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  • Great News - Oxford vaccine slows virus
    04 Feb 2021

    Great News - Oxford vaccine slows virus

    Great news this morning suggests that the Oxford-AstraZenenca vaccine may have a "substantial" effect on reducing the transmission of the virus.

    It means the jab could have a greater impact on the pandemic, as each person who is vaccinated will indirectly protect other people too.

    Nearly 10 Million people have already been vaccinated in the UK, with news of vaccines to start rolling out here in Australia by the end of the month.
  • More good news. New Novavax vaccine shows 89% efficacy in UK trials.
    29 Jan 2021

    More good news. New Novavax vaccine shows 89% efficacy in UK trials.

    A new coronavirus vaccine has been shown to be 89% effective in large-scale UK trials and the jab is the first shown to be effective against the new UK variant.

    The UK has secured 60 million doses of the jab which are expected to be delivered in the second half of this year, if approved for use by MHRA.
  • Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Australia with rollout expected in late February
    28 Jan 2021

    Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Australia with rollout expected in late February

    Australia's medical regulator has approved the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for provisional use, with the first doses set to be rolled out late next month.

    Provisional approval of the vaccine is valid for two years. Two doses are required at least 21 days apart, with aged care and disability residents and workers, frontline healthcare staff as well as quarantine and border workers at the front of the queue. 

    Positive news in moving toward borders re-opening and prime minister Scott Morrison said "Australians should take confidence in the thorough and careful approach taken by our world-class safety regulator.Our priority has always been to keep Australians safe and to protect lives and livelihoods. Today's approval is another big step forward for our community, particularly in the protection of our most vulnerable people."
  • Solo Traveller Sale
    21 Jan 2021

    Solo Traveller Sale

    Exclusive offer: Free Single Supplement.

    Enjoy a room of your own and save up to $2,715! That's right, our new and exclusive offer guarantees you a room of your own at no extra cost! There are 50 tours on offer for travel in 2021 & 2022.

    Choose from tours in Japan, Latin America, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, India, China and Oman. Rooms are limited on every departure so don't delay.

    Book and travel with complete confidence with these extra steps we’ve taken for your peace of mind. See more on our dedicated Solo Traveller Sale page.

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  • Early Christmas present....
    18 December 2020

    Early Christmas present....

    Guess What?! We have an early Christmas present for you all, check out our brand new Whispers edition! 

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  • News from New Zealand
    16 December 2020

    News from New Zealand


    Jacinda Arden has told a live streamed press conference live on Facebook that while an exact date hasn’t been announced for a two-way bubble, she has said it will be in the first quarter of next year.
    Australia’s Health Minister, Greg Hunt, described Ardern’s announcement as “second half of the equation”, and said the federal government would “absolutely” approve the agreement.
    “We consciously opened up Australia to people coming from NZ because their case numbers were negligible, and we knew there would come a time when our case numbers would give them confidence,” he said according to ABC News.
    “Now this gives the chance for New Zealanders [and] Australians to visit New Zealand … without having to quarantine.

  • Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine rollout in United Kingdom sees countries around the world up preparations
    11 December 2020

    Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine rollout in United Kingdom sees countries around the world up preparations

    Just a week ago, no certified vaccine existed for COVID-19. Now, after a flurry of developments, there are a host of vaccines being rolled out throughout the world.
    The UK got the ball rolling, and Russia quickly followed. The United Kingdom jumped ahead in the global race to begin mass inoculation against COVID-19 when it gave emergency use approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
    The National Health Service gave top priority to vaccinating people aged over 80, as well as frontline healthcare workers and care home staff and residents.
    The UK's vaccination program officially began on Wednesday, with 90-year-old grandmother Margaret Keenan given the first dose. The UK expected about 800,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be administered at 70 hospitals over the following few days, just a week after the drug's approval.
    In Australia, a local vaccine candidate is out of the running. Australians told to 'be realistic' about COVID-19 vaccine
    Australia's low COVID-19 infection rate means the population will have to wait patiently for a March rollout, experts say
    The Federal Government has deals with Pfizer, Novavax and Oxford University/AstraZeneca, but has stood firm on its original plan to deliver vaccines in March 2021.
    A decision on an Australian-approved vaccine is expected at the end of January.
    Governments around the world had booked hundreds of millions of doses of the Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline shot, including the EU, United States and Britain.

  • Wendy speaks to the BBC
    8 December 2020

    Wendy speaks to the BBC

    Wendy is invited by the BBC in the UK again to hear her unique insight into the impact of coronavirus on the tourism industry.

    Hear how Wendy Wu Tours weathered the initial impact of the outbreak and how we are seeing a surge in bookings following the recent positive vaccine news.

  • COVID Vaccine News
    2 December 2020

    COVID Vaccine News

    Big news! Covid Pfizer vaccine approved for use next week in UK
    The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.
    British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout next week. Immunisations could start within days for those who need it the most. Around 10m doses should be available soon, with the first 800,000 arriving in the UK in the coming days.
    We excitedly await confirmation on Australia's plan, we hear it might be as early as January and will keep you posted as soon as we have more vaccine news.
  • Exciting News!
    9 November 2020

    Exciting News!

    First Covid vaccine offers 90% protection!

    Reports in this morning are that the first coronavirus vaccine can prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid-19.

    The developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described it as a "great day for science and humanity". Their vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised.

    The companies plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month.

  • Travel solo but never alone
    8 November 2020

    Travel solo but never alone

    We have reserved selected departures of some of our most popular tours exclusively for customers who prefer to share their wonderful holiday experiences with a readymade group of like-minded solo travellers. Plus you will enjoy these extra features
    - No single supplement
    - Smaller group sizes
    - FREE return Australian chauffeur transfers from home to the airport^
    - FREE airport lounge pass (available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane airports only)^
    - Complimentary cocktail on arrival at your destination
    Take a look at the tours here that we offer with dedicated Solo departures

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  • Machu Picchu re-opens!
    2 November 2020

    Machu Picchu re-opens!

    Encouraging news from Peru. Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas' has reopened after nearly eight months of closure.
    Numbers will be restricted to just 675 tourists a day, about a third of what you could have expected before the pandemic.
    See it on our new Treasures of South America Tour. Book for 2021 or 2022.
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  • Book with confidence
    1 November 2020

    Book with confidence

    Our Book With Confidence guarantee has been introduced to provide you with peace of mind when booking with us so that you can enjoy every moment of your holiday.
    1. Low deposit, secure your place with a low deposit of only $99 per person for most tours.
    2. Extended payment terms, won’t need to pay your final balance until 75 days prior to departure. If any tours or special offers require payment sooner, our Reservations team will notify you at the time of booking
    3. No risk payment, in the event that your tour is cancelled due to government travel restrictions you can be confident that any payments made are safe:
    100% of deposits paid will be kept as credit towards future travel with us and Final balances paid within 75 days of departure can be refunded in full.
    4. Free Amendment to your tour, one free amendment up to 75 days before departure should your plans change for any reason.
    5. Your safety is our priority. Every tour features our pioneering Travel Safe protocols.

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  • Japanese Government Considers Opening Borders
    21 October 2020

    Japanese Government Considers Opening Borders

    The Japanese government is considering opening its borders for foreign tourists in time for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year, according to Economic Revitalisation Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.

    Nishimura said that as the government considers how it should relax strict travel bans on foreign visitors in time for next summer, it will also strengthen its airport quarantine and coronavirus testing measures.

    Rumours from sources close to the Japanese government are that such a roadmap may include a trial period which could begin in April 2021.

  • Exciting News in the race to find a cure for Covid 19!
    1 October 2020

    Exciting News in the race to find a cure for Covid 19!

    Dr. Josef Penninger, a University of British Columbia Life Sciences Institute Director who helped discover an enzyme and develop a drug to stop the spread of SARS more than 20 years ago, is using that knowledge to fight COVID-19. The promising findings of his first clinical trial of his new treatment were recently released in the Lancet Medical Journal.
    The patient, a 45-year-old woman in Vienna who was on a ventilator due to severe COVID-19 symptoms, showed improvement shortly after receiving the drug known as APN01.
    In one or two days, the virus disappeared in her blood system and also in her lungs. She developed perfect immunity from the virus. She is now back home and healthy.
    This encouraging news comes on top of a recent WHO report that announced that there are now 7 COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of trials before approval for general use, including 4 in China which hopes to officially launch the vaccine at the end of December 2020.

  • Taj Mahal Re-opens
    26 September 2020

    Taj Mahal Re-opens

    Encouraging news from India.

    The incredible UNESCO world heritage site had been closed down for visitors since 17th March but has now re-opened. Robust new measures are now in place to ensure everyone's safety including limiting daily visitors to just 5,000. You could expect 70,000 a day pre lockdown!

    Order you copy of our new India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan Brochure

  • Singapore Clean quality mark for assurance
    22 September 2020

    Singapore Clean quality mark for assurance

    The SG Clean logo is given to places that meet the country’s new heightened sanitation standards and hygiene practices.
    SG Clean is a quality mark awarded to high-traffic locations such as shopping malls, hotels, tourist attractions, conference venues, schools and transport nodes. As of 1 August 2020, more than 20,000 individual premises have been certified SG Clean across Singapore.

    For more information on Singapore's SG Clean initiative including a full list of Singapore's SG Clean-certificated premises visit

  • Take a Journey through Japan with Wendy Wu Tours in 2021
    20 September 2020

    Take a Journey through Japan with Wendy Wu Tours in 2021

    Check out our Japan article in well-known travel publication, International traveller for everything you need to know about japan travel.

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  • New Brochures 2021-22
    14 September 2020

    New Brochures 2021-22

    Our brand new brochure collection is out now. For 2021 and 2022, featuring new tours, new destinations and our book with confidence guarantee. You won't want to miss them, you can download them online or order by post.

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  • Tokyo Olympics will go ahead
    9 September 2020

    Tokyo Olympics will go ahead

    The Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, John Coates, confirmed that the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will definitely go ahead next year. A resounding endorsement of the influential committee's confidence that the country will be safe in 2021.

    He said "These will be the Games that conquered Covid, the light at the end of the tunnel."

  • 2021 Japan Brochure and Business Class Upgrade Offer
    4 September 2020

    2021 Japan Brochure and Business Class Upgrade Offer

    Check out our brand-new Japan brochure for 2021/22 Japan with 2 new tours, solo tours and much more.

    Plus you can upgrade to Business class for just $999pp return on selected group tours for 2021. Find out more about this offer.

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