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Set Sail or Try Rail

It’s been just under one week since the international borders opened, and it’s clear many Australians are itching to get back into the swing of travelling. Surprisingly though, travellers aren’t being called towards the air but rather the sea, with cruising now defying the odds and fast becoming one of the more popular modes of travelling for many Australians looking to head abroad.

“We have seen a real spike in travellers wanting to get back to cruising,” says Liam Giudes, General Manager of Travel Associates.

“With cruise lines introducing new safety innovations and successfully operating all over the world, it’s truly one of the safest ways to travel.”

After experiencing an increase in popularity during the pandemic with their direct charters to places such as Uluru, Fraser Island and Noosa, Travel Associates are backing this trend and encouraging locals to “set sail or try rail” with their upcoming Cruise and Rail Expo on March 7 at the Townsville RSL Club.

The expo, which will be split into two sessions, will be the first of its kind in two years and is set to bring 19 Cruise and Rail brands from around the world to Townsville with the aim of spotlighting the diverse range of travel itineraries currently on offer.

“We have already seen availability across tour operators and cruise lines become limited, so we wanted to give travellers the option to sit down with these brands and find a way of travelling that works for them,” continues Liam.

For those who aren’t jumping to leave the country just yet, Liam says there will also be numerous Australian itineraries on offer to further encourage locals to continue exploring their own backyard.

“With the world back travelling and the Australian borders opening we thought that this was the perfect time to bring our most popular and trusted travel brands to the same place, so travellers can get back to doing what they love most; experiencing the world.”

You can find more information about the expo here.

Georgie Desailly

Georgie Desailly

Georgie is BDmag’s resident writer who is passionate about entrepreneurship, sustainability and regional affairs. She is preparing to study with The School of The New York Times later this year before commencing her journalism qualifications.