Nine’s Travel Guides to start 26 January due to Aus Open delay

In response to the Australian Open’s delay, Nine will air a domestic season of Travel Guides starting 26 January, going head-to-head with Ten’s competitor travel show, The Amazing Race.

The show usually involves Australian households reviewing the world’s most popular holiday destinations. But this year, with no international travel, the teams will be tasked with reviewing local destinations, just as The Amazing Race – which will debut on 1 February – was forced to film domestically.

“With the world locked down, we’re setting the Travel Guides loose across Australia,” the voiceover says in a promotion ad rolled out last night.

Travel Guides was part of the lineup revealed in the media company’s 2021 upfronts, and last ran in 2019, when it premiered to 752,000 viewers.

It was meant to return last year, but was delayed due to widespread travel restrictions and border closures.

The format, along with a two-part Married at First Sight special, will fill the gap left by the Australian Open, which has been delayed for three weeks due to COVID-19 and is now set to start on Monday 8 February and run until Sunday 21 February.

The MAFS all-stars special is expected to air across two Sundays, starring contestants on previous seasons. While Nine is yet to formally announce the specials or their airing dates, the first part is tipped to run on 31 January, which would likely put it up against Ten’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! finale.

Ten is yet to confirm the episode’s date, which will be a live event after the rest of the season was pre-recorded late last year in northern New South Wales.


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