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Headline News

AFTA strong financially as public chooses favourite agencies

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is in a strong financial position, according to its latest annual report. The federation is raising its profile through consumer advertising, and its quest to find the country’s best travel agency, by public vote, is going equally well. … Continue Reading

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Qantas long-range single-aisle planes will link Oz and Asia
ACTU takes legal action against Qantas over bonuses
Qatar Airways scoops pool and others shine in Skytrax awards
A Culinary Journey into ASEAN


Dylan Takao and Mariano Ascencio and InterContinental San Francisco Win InterContinental® Hotels and Resorts ‘Ultimate Culinary Clash’ Cooking Competition

InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the chef team Dylan Takao and Mariano Ascencio of the InterContinental San Francisco as winners of the sixth annual Ultimate Culinary Clash, which took place on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, CA. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Accolades
Morpheus becomes first in Macau to win Prix Versailles award
QT Melbourne’s Pascale Bar & Grill awarded back-to-back Deluxe Restaurant of the Year at the 2019 Tourism Accommodation Australia Awards
Accor Scoops Four Awards at 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards
The People’s Choice votes are in! Australians name favourite ATAS Travel Agencies



LAX Brings Couture Fashion Runway to Tom Bradley International Terminal

Guests in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were wowed by a first-of-its-kind fashion show, spotlighting designs from international designer Sebastian Gunawan and featuring models and behind-the-scenes talent from the local area. … Continue Reading

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Ground broken in record investment at Melbourne Airport

Appointments / Movers & Shakers

Council of Australian Tour Operators Elects New Board Members

The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) has held an Extraordinary General Meeting to accept a revamped constitution following a full review of the current version implemented in June 2014 at the time of deregulation of the Australian Travel Industry. … Continue Reading

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The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Introduces Executive Chef Paul Shewchuk


Ngong Ping attraction “Wisdom Path” upgrades facilities to enhance visitors’ travel experience

The “Wisdom Path”, one of Ngong Ping’s attractions, has recently undergone improvement works with new facilities such as a commemorative plaque for the late Professor Jao Tsung-I, a site map, benches, … Continue Reading

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Hightail it to Featherdale for Lunch with a Koala


Experience, Discover, Taste All New Tours At The National Wine Centre Of Australia

Australia’s premier CBD wine experience venue, the award-winning National Wine Centre of Australia has launched an exciting new series of tours intended for individuals, small and larger groups.  … Continue Reading

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Business News

OANDA – More Sanctions, GBP, Oil, Gold, Bitcoin

The situation in the Middle East remains fluid and market uneasiness is likely to persist at the start of the trading week. … Continue Reading

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A&K farewells Wendy D’Arcy


Australia’s first ever Wellness Tourism Summit to be held in Noosa. Research identifies 10 million Australian wellness tourism trips each year

Noosa is to be the backdrop for Australia’s first ever Wellness Tourism Summit early next year aimed at showcasing the rapid growth in the wellness sector and the opportunities for tourism businesses in Australia.

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Latest News under Category: Conferences
Alain St.Ange, President of African Tourism Board at IATA Regional Aviation Forum – Accra – Ghana
Global Table confirms former US Secretary of State John F. Kerry as keynote speaker


Oceanwide Expeditions: Hondius sister ship m/v Janssonius ordered for 2021

Due to the success of our new Polar Class 6 ship, Hondius, Oceanwide Expeditions has ordered a sister ship built by the same manufacturer: M/vJanssonius is scheduled to be completed in October, 2021. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Cruise
A&K announces new Baltic Expeditionary Cruise
Carnival Sunrise’s Inaugural Call in Tortola Commemorated with Traditional Maritime Plaque Exchange

Cruise Deals

Be among the first to discover HMS Erebus – lost to the world for 170 years

Passengers on a voyage through the Arctic Circle’s Northwest Passage this September could be among the first ever visitors to the wreck site of HMS Erebus, one of the two ships of the ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition. … Continue Reading

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Destination Europe

A Green Scene in the City

Fresh green is the emblematic colour of Le Bristol Paris, this season the Palace brings it to life adding to the Parisian green scene.  … Continue Reading

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Italy This Summer – Smaller Villas Offer an Attractive Option for Couples Traveling
Europe Is This Summer’s Hot Student Destination, Airfare Prices on Average 7.7% Cheaper Than Last Year

Destination Global

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Guide to Melbourne

Plan your holiday with a purpose. … Continue Reading

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Winter solstice and the shortest day are run at a uniquely Queenstown pace at the 45th Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival.
Celebrated Photographer Ben Heide returns to Yorke Peninsula to share his secrets…
Music, dancing and unorthodox snow sports close the 45th Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival.

Destination New York

How to Chase Water in New York State

New York State offers a trio of the country’s best summertime water destinations with beautiful beaches, glistening waterfalls and expansive lakefronts. Before the summer ends, soak up the sun and cool-off at these scenic spots throughout the state worth chasing. … Continue Reading

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Destination North America

Celebrate the USA’s biggest party southern style!

With the 4th of July recognised around the globe as a big party day in the USA, those scheduled to be in America at this time are likely to be looking for the best things to do on the day.  … Continue Reading

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Offshore, the Largest Rooftop Deck in the World, as Designated by The Guinness Book of World Records, Opens Atop Iconic Navy Pier
Visit Temecula Valley Announces Tourism Economic Impact of $1.1 Billion for Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

Destination North Asia

Shaved Ice Delights, Fireworks, Tropical Islands & More: Tokyo Reveals 2019 Summer Highlights

Often dubbed as the ‘metropolis that never sleeps’, Tokyo is set to be more buzzing than ever with the city revealing a number of exciting events, activities and experiences for this summer. … Continue Reading

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Hippopotamus Celebrates Matariki With Te Reo Māori Menu

QT Wellington’s signature French restaurant Hippopotamus is celebrating Matariki, Māori New Year, with its first ever bilingual menu in English and te reo Māori. … Continue Reading

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Alibi’s Bar Gets Dirty

Hotel Deals

Mercure Canberra ‘on the Monet’ with special package for the National Gallery’s new blockbuster Monet exhibition

Visitors wanting to view the National Gallery of Australia’s new blockbuster exhibition Monet: Impression Sunrise can take advantage of a special package at Mercure Canberra that includes accommodation and tickets to the exhibition. … Continue Reading

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‘Beat the Heat’ this Summer at Biggles in Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
Taki Restaurant at Warwick Al Khobar Rolls Out a Special Discount of 25 Per Cent on the Menu

Hotel Developments

Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Begin Construction; Will Redefine Luxury Lifestyle in Nashville

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company; The Congress Group Inc., a Boston-based real estate investment and development firm; and AECOM Capital, the investment arm of AECOM, today celebrated the groundbreaking of Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Accor introduces The Sebel apartment brand to Canberra

Australia’s largest hotel operator, Accor, has welcomed its first Sebel branded apartment hotel to Canberra with the opening of The Sebel Canberra Civic, together with Canberra developer, ZAPARI. … Continue Reading

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Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel completes Radisson Hotel Group’s most extensive renovation program ever in the Nordic region
The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport-BWI Boasts a Sophisticated New Look
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Launches Rosewood Family Time

Hotel Openings

Absolute Hotel Services Announces the First Eastin Grand Resort in Vung Tau, Vietnam

Jonathan Wigley, CEO of Absolute Hotel Services Group, announced today the group’s latest addition and the first property under the Eastin Grand Hotels & Resorts brand in Vung Tau, Vietnam to its portfolio, Eastin Grand Resort Vung Tau Vietnam. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Trends

May 2019 Hawaii Hotel Performance Report

In May 2019, Hawaii hotels statewide reported that revenue per available room (RevPAR) was flat overall compared to May 2018. … Continue Reading

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Dillon Arteen: Saavy tradie turns over $200k after overcoming depression

Running your own business can be hugely rewarding, but for many tradies having sole responsibility for your company’s success or failure can take its toll. … Continue Reading

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Luxury Hotels

Delightful Family Moments at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei

Mandarin Oriental, Taipei has launched an enticing new accommodation package, Delightful Family Moments, that combines a stay in the city’s most luxurious and spacious rooms with access to Taipei’s popular KidsAwesome children’s Museum. … Continue Reading

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MICE-in-the-Bag brings European corporate and independent buyers to Borgo La Chiaracia

Borgo La Chiaracia, a 5-star resort nestled in the Umbrian countryside of Castel Giorgio (Italy), was the destination for M.I.C.E.-in-the-bag’s fam trip. It brought budget-ready MICE buyers and also wedding planners. … Continue Reading

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Mobile travel consulting

Wherefore art thou MTA’s Sarah Browning

o be or not to be in Stratford-Upon-Avon – that was the question for MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ Sarah Browning who recently visited the UK as part of a Backroads Touring and Royal Brunei Airlines ‘Heart of England’ study tour. … Continue Reading

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Photo Gallery

Centara Hotels & Resorts hosts Hawaiian themed Beach Party at the Thailand Travel Mart 2019

Centara Hotels & Resorts once again hosted a stunning event to all their key global partners who attended Thailand Travel Mart held on 5-7 June 2019 in Pattaya. … Continue Reading

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Helloworld Business Travel Agent Crosses Australian Outback in support of charity!

Resort News

W Bali’s Hottest Summer Party Returns

W Bali – Seminyak is bringing Ibiza vibes to the island with the return of SPF, the hotel’s annual summer party, on 27th of July 2019. … Continue Reading

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Six Senses Zil Pasyon’s Corals Are Growing

Responsible Tourism

Australia co-champions action on coral reefs for Commonwealth Blue Charter

‘Champion’ countries of the Commonwealth Blue Charter are laying the groundwork for joint action and robust, innovative strategies to tackle the world’s most pressing ocean issues. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Responsible Tourism
Harvard’s Kindness Pledge Motivates Australia’s Kindness Queen
Radisson Hotel Group promotes Responsible Business at new Radisson Blu resorts in Asia


Treble Cone Delays Opening

Due to low levels of natural snow fall during June, Treble Cone Ski Area has made the decision to delay its planned opening until conditions improve to the levels its guests expect. … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

New data finds more than half of Aussie kids experience cyberbullying

New data released today from headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation reveals more than half of young Australians (53%) have experienced cyberbullying , indicating bullying in a digital context is prevalent among young people.  … Continue Reading

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Etihad bolsters flight safety with SITAONAIR’s eWAS Weather Awareness Solution

Etihad Airways has bolstered flight safety by choosing to deploy SITAONAIR’s rich and intuitive EFB Weather Awareness Solution, eWAS, across more than 100 aircraft. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Tech
Top tech trends changing the business travel industry right now

Tour Operator

50 Degrees North’s hugely popular Beautiful Norway & Hurtigruten tour now available as an escorted summer tour for 2020

The Nordic tour operator, 50 Degrees North, has introduced a new 16-day escorted small group tour to Norway, the heart of their operations.

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Travel Deals

TrekAmerica & Grand American Adventures 4th of July Sale

North American Specialists TrekAmerica (Trek) & Grand American Adventures (GAA) have just announced 10% off their Top 10 Trips to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday – there are a great range of selected tours across both the USA & Canada, departing before 30th September 2019. … Continue Reading

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Fly Business Class with APT and Emirates

Whats On

Inaugural South Coast Food & Wine Festival to Showcase the Incredible Offerings of Sourthern NSW

Set against the stunning backdrop of the picturesque township of Berry, crowds of all ages will gather this spring for the inaugural South Coast Food & Wine Festival. … Continue Reading

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World’s Finest International Children’s Choirs To Sing Together in Sydney

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