Concierge Travel news and deals: Airbnb launches insider tours

Wellington is a destination in Chan Brothers Travel's North Island Discovery Self-Drive tour of New Zealand. Thailand's Wonderfruit Festival in Pattaya, originally scheduled for next month, has been postponed to Feb 16 to 19 in honour of the 100-day
Wellington is a destination in Chan Brothers Travel's North Island Discovery Self-Drive tour of New Zealand.PHOTO: JULIAN APSE
Wellington is a destination in Chan Brothers Travel's North Island Discovery Self-Drive tour of New Zealand. Thailand's Wonderfruit Festival in Pattaya, originally scheduled for next month, has been postponed to Feb 16 to 19 in honour of the 100-day
Thailand's Wonderfruit Festival in Pattaya, originally scheduled for next month, has been postponed to Feb 16 to 19 in honour of the 100-day grieving period forthe late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.PHOTO: WONDERFRUIT

AIRBNB LAUNCHES INSIDER TOURS

Home-sharing platform Airbnb has launched Trips, a new feature which allows travellers to join curated tours led by local experts in the cities and neighbourhoods they know best.

There are 500 experiences available in 12 cities around the world, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Havana, London, Paris, Florence, Cape Town and Tokyo.

Tours on offer include a three-day natural immersion tour with Ranger Ted in Los Angeles, a three-day cheese crawl through Paris with Pauline and an anti-apartheid tour of Cape Town with Nelson Mandela's former chef and prison warden Jack.

Trips also has 100 Insider Guidebooks for six cities that are curated by local cultural experts and neighbourhood insiders, and more than a million recommendations of hidden gems and favourite hangouts from Airbnb hosts worldwide.

For more information, go to airbnb.com


JETSTAR ASIA ADDS MORE FLIGHTS

Budget airline Jetstar Asia will be adding 23 flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Penang, as well as Shantou and Haikou in China during the Chinese New Year period from Jan 25 to Feb 5. Chinese New Year falls on Jan 28.

Of the 23 extra flights, eight will fly to Kuala Lumpur, seven to Penang, three to Shantou and five to Haikou.

For more information, go to Jetstar.com


CHAN BROTHERS TRAVEL SALE

Today is the last day of Chan Brothers Travel's fair, Free & Easy+ Fiesta, at its office at Fook Hai Building, Levels 1 and 7, in South Bridge Road.

Discounts on itineraries include up to $800 off a couple on a nine-day North Island Discovery Self-Drive tour of New Zealand, a two-to-go package starting from $2,598 (excluding taxes and surcharges).

Customers who are Citibank credit cardholders will receive a free limited-edition 24-inch trolley suitcase when they charge $3,800 for new bookings; a Flexiroam X Data microchip with 500MB data worth $60; and AIG zone 2 or 3 premier travel insurance.

Customers also stand to win $30,000 in a grand draw with any booking made from now till Feb 12.

For bookings and inquiries, call 6438-8880.


THAI FESTIVAL PACKAGE

Gig Life Asia, a website which provides insider guides and the latest information about the best festivals, events and gigs in Asia, has introduced a new all-in package for travellers heading to the Wonderfruit Festival 2017 (wonderfruitfestival.com) in Pattaya, Thailand, in February.

The website is the festival's main travel partner.

Organisers of the socially and environmentally conscious arts and music festival, which was originally scheduled for next month, postponed the event in honour of the 100-day grieving period forThailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last month.

Now taking place from Feb 16 to 19, the festival will remain at its original venue, The Fields at Siam Country Club in Pattaya.

Gig Life Asia's travel package, starting from $850 a person, includes a four-day festival pass, flights, transfers, food vouchers and accommodation.

For bookings and information, go to Giglifeasia.com


Correction note: In an earlier version of the story, we stated that Gig Life Asia's Wonderfruit travel passes were priced at $850 a person. It should be starting from $850 a person. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 27, 2016, with the headline 'Concierge Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe