Headline News

Flying shoe-whacker heads bizarre travel goings-on

The action of an Indian politician, who thrashed an airline employee with his shoe when denied a business-class seat (on an all-economy-class flight) heads a list of odd travel-related happenings in the subcontinent – including a client said to have died of shock when duped by a tour operator. … Continue Reading

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Want to hear a string of puns and jokes in flight?
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Accolades

Airfare Deals

Fuss-free family fun in the Philippines with Cebu Pacific Air

Like clockwork, school holidays are set in the last four months of the year leading up to Christmas. And what better way for families to give their children new experiences, find time to recharge and relax and have quality bonding time than by going away on a trip? … Continue Reading

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Cebu Pacific Announces Early-bird Sear Sale From Just HK$488!

Aviation

Airport

Sydney Airport welcomes new Hanoi-Sydney service

Sydney Airport today welcomed a new direct Vietnam Airlines service from Hanoi.

The three-weekly service will be operated on a 274-seat Boeing 787-9, adding 85,000 seats annually. … Continue Reading

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WOW air Announces Chicago as its 10th North American Destination
Urgent Call for Alternatives to Large Electronic Restrictions
Passenger traffic at DXB up 8.8 percent in February
Canada Should Eliminate Crown Rents Not Privatize Airports

Appointments

Radisson On Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne Appoints New General Manager

Centrally located in Melbourne’s CBD, opposite the historic Flagstaff Gardens, and next to Queen Victoria Market, Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne has recently appointed Clinton Farley as General Manager of the hotel. … Continue Reading

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New QLD Sales At Wendy Wu Tours

Business News

Tourism Spending In Australia Exceeds $100 Billion: But Now The Hard Work Begins, Says TTF

Australia’s tourism industry has today reinforced its claim to be the nation’s next super-growth industry, with new figures showing that domestic and international tourists spent more than $100 billion here last year. … Continue Reading

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Hostel cities: Youth travel accommodation and urban development
YPO Launches a New European Chapter in Rome, Italy

Conferences

Qatar Airways Takes Part In The Qatar – UK Business And Investment Forum

Qatar Airways’ participated in the Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum taking place in both London and Birmingham this week under the patronage of Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani.

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Cruise

Norwegian Joy Begins Her Journey to China with Conveyance Along the Ems River

Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market,began her journey to her home port of Shanghai, China this week, as she departed the MEYER WERFT shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Sunday, March 26 for her approximately 14-hour long conveyance along the Ems River. … Continue Reading

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Sunsail launches two new 2017 flotillas itineraries
Expansive New WaterWorks Park Added to Carnival Glory Following Recent Renovation
Princess Cruises Announces Largest Food & Beverage Innovation Ever to Take Place during a Drydock
Heywood Hill to Curate Bespoke Library for Silver Muse

Destination ASEAN

Philippines Tourism Board Seeks Airline Partner to Sponsor their Web Site, ThePhilippines.com

The Philippines Tourism Board, which produces ThePhilippines.com, the most popular online destination for both foreigners and local Filipinos that are interested in taking a vacation in the Philippines, is looking for an airline partner to sponsor their web site. … Continue Reading

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Destination Global

Sunshine Coast breaks all domestic visitor records, as region leads Queensland’s tourism growth in 2016

The Sunshine Coast recorded its highest ever domestic visitor numbers, attracting 3,394,000 arrivals in 2016, a rise of 15.2% compared to 2015. It broke the previous record for domestic visitors, which was set in 2005. … Continue Reading

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1850s Come Back to Life As ‘The Story Lives On’ At Sovereign Hill
The Story Lives On This Easter At Sovereign Hill
Canberra Is the Capital of School Holiday Entertainment
Rural and Regional NSW Tourism Bonanza

Destination North Asia

Kitakyushu City & Shimonoseki City to Launch Net Video on Japan’s Kanmon Strait

On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Kitakyushu City and Shimonoseki City released a new internet video aimed at attracting more visitors to the Kanmon area. … Continue Reading

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Destination Thailand

Growth continues as Thailand hits visitor and revenue targets for first quarter 2017

Thailand is expected to finish the first quarter of 2017 right on target with tourism revenue of 734 billion Baht (US$20.9 billion), up 9 per cent over the same period of 2016. … Continue Reading

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Dining

Rockpool Dining Group selected to cater to the World’s 50 Best Ceremony

Rockpool Dining Group chefs, led by Neil Perry AM, will cater to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 awards ceremony in Melbourne on Wednesday, 5 April. … Continue Reading

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A New Italian Dining Experience at Mercure Perth
One of Spain’s best kept secrets at UNO MAS
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney Presents Sichuan Food Festival

Exhibitions

Smooth Sailing Ahead for China International Boat Show 2017 as It Reveals an Impressive Line Up Next Month

The 22nd edition of the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show (CIBS 2017) is now the Asia’s largest and most established boating event for the maritime industry. … Continue Reading

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Financial

CEB 2016 earnings double

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) posted a net income of PHP9.8 Billion in 2016, up 122% year-on-year, on the back of the strong demand for low-cost air travel and robust growth in ancillary revenues, which include baggage fees, on-board meals and merchandise. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

Hotel News

Hotel Openings

Hotel Trends

Hoteliers tell all in new SiteMinder report: “Being bookable and visible online is our No. 1 business focus”

A report by the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, has found that the ability to grow direct bookings and online presence is the top business focus for hotels this year. The finding, documented in SiteMinder’s Global Hotel Business Index 2017 released today, is based on more than 2,100 survey responses from hoteliers at both independent properties and hotel groups around the world. … Continue Reading

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Insurance

Allianz Global Assistance Launches Innovation Initiatives To Make Claim Payments Faster And More Flexible

One of the most frequent complaints that insurance companies hear from customers involves the claims process.  Customers often feel that the process is too cumbersome, rigid and time consuming and doesn’t meet the needs of today’s on-the-go consumer.  … Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

Casting Announced for the Royal Ballet’s Exclusive QPAC Seasons of Woolf Works and the Winter’s Tale

The Royal Ballet arrives in Australia, direct from London, this winter for an exclusive residency at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 9 July 2017. … Continue Reading

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Grand premieres, three Verdi masterpieces and a variety of ballet at the FNOB in 2017–2018

Loyalty

First World of Hyatt Promotion Celebrates Members with “Double Points for Being You”

World of Hyatt, the new global platform from Hyatt, today introduced its first global loyalty program promotion, Double Points for Being You. … Continue Reading

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Luxury Hotels

The Peninsula Hong Kong Presents Bright Idea, An Extraordinary New Site-Specific Work By Michael Craig-Martin Ra, Marking The Third Year In Collaboration With Britain’s Royal Academy Of Arts

Building on its ground-breaking history of championing public art in Hong Kong, The Peninsula is once again celebrating the power of creativity this spring with the launch of its fourth annual “Love Art at The Peninsula” programme. … Continue Reading

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MICE

IDeaS Helps Hoteliers Further Optimize Group, Meetings and Events Revenue Through Smart Space Acquisition

IDeaS Revenue Solutions acquired the business assets of Smart Space Strategy Limited. Smart Space pioneered a cloud-based, visual strategy management solution that helps companies analyze the business trends and performance of meeting and event space within hotels and conference center venues. … Continue Reading

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Cvent Unveils 2017 Lists of Top Meeting Hotels in the U.S., EMEA, and Asia Pacific

OTA News

Step Your Way To A Discounted Stay

In a world-first, Australia’s leading holiday rental site, Stayz® has launched an innovative way for travellers to pay for their holiday home; through the steps they take. It’s simple, the more active they are, the cheaper their holiday. … Continue Reading

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How to Find Cheap Deals During Shoulder Seasons

Photo Gallery

Park Hotel Group roadshow comes to Australia

Seven Park Hotel Group delegates are currently touring across Australia to promote the leading Asia Pacific hospitality group, holding a current portfolio of eleven properties in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan. … Continue Reading

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Resort News

Karma Group Introduces Its First Resort in Vietnam With Karma Cây Tre, Near the Unesco Listed Town of hoi An

Karma Group has recently launched the completely refurbished Karma Cây Tre, just outside the Vietnamese town of Hoi An on the banks of the beautiful Do River. … Continue Reading

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Outrigger launches “Best Rate Guarantee” policy
Explore Ancient Cambodia with the Newly Renovated All-Suite Anantara Angkor Resort

Responsible Tourism

New Study Confirms World’s Second Breeding Indochinese Tiger Population

In a welcome sign of hope for the endangered tiger, a new scientific survey has confirmed the presence of the world’s second breeding population of Indochinese tigers and provided the first photographic evidence of tiger cubs in eastern Thailand. … Continue Reading

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Contours Travel launches campaign to help victims of Peruvian floods

Ski

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak launches hump day night skiing – Wednesday night under the stars

Coronet Peak in New Zealand’s adventure capital of Queenstown is bringing out the stars on Wednesdays nights, as it extends its popular Friday and Saturday Twilight and Night skiing experience to Wednesdays during July. … Continue Reading

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Sports

Air France Sent Five Staff Members To Scout The Schneider Electric Paris Marathon Course To Provide Insider Tips For Participants

Five Air France staff members, including a pilot, a flight attendant and a maintenance engineer, ran the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon before everyone else to help future participants prepare for the annual event. The Scouts – Léa, Mawa, Jérôme, Antoine and Laurent – are all active runners and were eager to chart the route through Paris. … Continue Reading

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One Year Until The Commonwealth Games And Tourism Hopes Run High

Statistics & Trends

The Five Trends Changing Luxury Travel Today

The trends are the emergence of the new luxury consumer, the trend to learning and enrichment, the need to put something back, the rise of the ephemeral and instant, and the unwavering need for greatservice. … Continue Reading

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Something You Didn’t Know about Passwords… Check it Out with Mastercard!
WYSE Travel Confederation publishes survey findings regarding the impacts of volunteering on communities and projects hosting volunteer travellers.

Technology

Emirates’ Seat Reservation Now Available Through the Amadeus Distribution Channel

Emirates is offering travellers more choice and personalised travel experiences by making advanced seat reservation available through the Amadeus distribution channel. Advanced seat reservation allows travellers to select their seat at the time of purchase. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

Trade Events

Uncover Melbourne Hosted Buyer Program a Hit at AIME

Melbourne Convention Bureau’s (MCB) pre-trade program, Uncover Melbourne, has been deemed the best ever, raising the bar for the 25th anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME). … Continue Reading

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Far from business as usual: revamped education programme offers innovation and inspiration for planners at IMEX in Frankfurt

Travel Deals

Limited spots still available on A&K’s upcoming small ship cruise of Japan

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, with over 25 years’ experience in expedition cruising, still has limited availability on its fascinating ‘Wonders of Japan’ small ship cruise around Japan and South Korea this May. … Continue Reading

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Whats On

Celebrity Solstice Tuscan Grille Networking Lunch

Described as an Italian Steakhouse with a nouveau twist, Celebrity Solstice’s Tuscan Grille is the setting for Skal International Sydney’s next networking event, being held on April 13. … Continue Reading

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Barzirk Circus Show launches at No. 1 Martin Place
DJ Line Up Announced for the End Presented by Twisted Tea at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, Bc

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