Headline News

Inbound roaring ahead and Kiwis still head the list

The latest Overseas Arrivals figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirm that 8.2 million people travelled to Australia over the 12 months to November 2016, an increase of 11.3% over the previous year. … Continue Reading

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Embattled Cathay mulls cutting costs and staff
MH370 search called off – plane likely lost forever
Mexican gunman at large as police seize Turkish suspect
Attack by wild kangaroo mirrors tourists’ ordeal

Accolades

Best Western Hotels & Resorts Ranked # 2 In 2016 Best Hotel Rewards Study

WalletHub – the first-ever website to offer daily updated free credit scores and full credit reports – released the findings of its hotel rewards program study earlier this month. … Continue Reading

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WTTC announces Finalists for 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
Industry Digital Award driving international venue standards

Airfare Deals

New Years Sale Offers a Unique Opportuniy To Make 2017 Truly Unforgettable

British Airways has released a range of special offers on flights from Australia to the UK and Europe, making flying on British Airways the smart way to travel to London and beyond. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Emirates Brings Daily A380 Service to Sao Paulo

Emirates, voted the World’s Best Airline in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, announced that it will operate the first ever scheduled commercial Airbus A380 flight to South America when it upgrades its Dubai (DXB) – Sao Paulo (GRU) service on March 26, 2017. … Continue Reading

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Cathay Pacific Selects Avionica for Second Generation e-Enablement System
Emirates reinstates third daily flight between Dubai and Rome
Flynas orders 60 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Airport

Malaysia Airlines forges partnership with Plaza Premium Lounge Heathrow

Plaza Premium Group has teamed up with Malaysia Airlines in a lucrative new partnership which will see the group become the official lounge partner of the airline for an initial six-month period at London Heathrow Airport. … Continue Reading

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Appointments

Apps

The Quiet Room Label is Working on the Development of the First Global Quiet Hotel Room App

With the Quiet Hotel room app for Microsoft HoloLens you can experience different Soundproof products and the effect they have on sound reduction in hotel rooms.  The client will not only learn about the soundproof products but will experience the exact sound reduction on each product. (built-in speakers) … Continue Reading

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Business News

Shiji Announces the Acquisition of ReviewPro

Shiji announced the acquisition of a majority stake in ReviewPro, the leading cloud-based data and analytics provider of Guest Intelligence solutions for hotels. The investment was made by Shiji (Hong Kong) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary. … Continue Reading

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Conferences

Discover the power of TripAdvisor

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and TripAdvisor have teamed up to host an industry seminar on January 23, 2017 at the LeoPalace Resort Zefiro Banquet Room from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. … Continue Reading

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World Economic Forum (WEF): Sage CEO laments absence of small business issues at Davos

Cruise

Close Encounters With Polar Wildlife Is The Highlight Of Norwegian Arctic Adventure Cruises

Leading polar expedition cruise operator, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), is known for the large number of wildlife sightings on its voyages around Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic, and its ability to get up close to the likes of polar bears, seals, beluga whales, puffins and walrus. … Continue Reading

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Paul Gauguin Cruises Unveils Wedding Ceremony and Renewal of Vows Packages
Viking Line to Take Part in “Finland 100”, with the Baltic Sea as its Centenary Theme

Destination ASEAN

Award-winning Vietnam-Born Danish Artist Danh Vo’s Sculpture Garden Unveiled at National Gallery Singapore

Award-winning conceptual artist Danh Vo’s largest installation in Asia to date launched at the National Gallery Singapore’s Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery today. It also marks the inaugural showcase of the Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission series. … Continue Reading

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Destination Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai Launches Expo Live: an Innovation and Partnership Programme for Social Good

Expo 2020 Dubai today delivered the first public roll-out of its USD 100 million Expo Live programme to help fund, accelerate and promote creative projects that will improve lives while preserving our planet. … Continue Reading

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Destination Europe

Cologne – part of the #urbanana family of cities

Cologne Tourist Board will today be presenting the new urban tourism project, #urbanana, at a roadshow with its partners Tourismus NRW, Düsseldorf and the Ruhr Metropolis. … Continue Reading

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Wales Welcomes 2017 as Year of Legends
UK tech sector leads European investment in 2016
Three of London’s most famous cultural institutions shine a spotlight on American art

Destination Global

Abu Dhabi ranked among fastest-growing destinations in the world

Abu Dhabi has been ranked among the fastest-growing destinations in the world, and the fastest-growing destination in the Middle East, in a new report by financial services giant Mastercard. … Continue Reading

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Hot Spell, Country Music, New Café and the All-Clear for Blue-Green Algae Sees Lake Keepit’s Visitor Numbers Soar

Destination North America

New York Times Names Canada No.1 For 2017

The New York Times ranked Canada as number 1 on its list of “52 Places to Go” this year, an annual list of top travel destinations compiled by The New York Times’ distinguished travel editors. … Continue Reading

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Winter Heats Up in The Mile High City with Grand Openings, Classic Revivals and More
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Promises Blue Ocean Waters to Overcome Year’s Most Depressing Day

Destination Seychelles

Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO heads for Madrid to present his official documents

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO left Seychelles on Monday afternoon by Ethiopian Airlines and is on his way to Madrid to present his official documents and formalise his candidature. … Continue Reading

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Destination Thailand

Go Forward Music proudly presents The Original “CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND LIVE IN BANGKOK”, a world-class fusion jazz band in concert first time in Thailand on 11 March

Go Forward Music proudly presents the first Go Forward Music project “Chick Corea Elektric Band Live in Bangkok”, one of the best jazz concerts to celebrate 75th birthday of Chick Corea, the world’s legendary fusion jazz ensemble of the 80’s. … Continue Reading

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Dining

Eat Me’s Tim Butler Joins Forces with Mark Weingard To Launch Esenzi At Iniala Beach House

Opening in late November 2016, Esenzi is a globally-influenced seafood restaurant set in the luxurious grounds of the ultra-exclusive, Iniala Beach House. … Continue Reading

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Spiga’s Valentine’s Menu: A Love Story about Contemporary Eataly
The Optimist’s Way to The Heart
French Romance at Le Bistro Winebeast & A.O.C
A San Valentine’s Date at Pirata

Exhibitions

Record Number of Brands Choose Singapore Yacht Show 2017 to Debut Yachts

Excitement and anticipation for the seventh edition of the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) is already building despite being three months away. From 6-9 April 2017, some of the industry’s most important yacht builders and brokers will once again showcase their vessels at ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove. … Continue Reading

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Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter Kicks Off Today
Hyundai “Hands On” Contest Puts Washington In Touch with a New Car!
10th Asian Financial Forum Opens in Hong Kong

Health and Wellness

Welcoming 2017 with Stay Fit for Life

Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorldoffers an alternative choice with modern and fully equipped facilities with an expert advice to enhance the quality of you0r safety and workout as well as others related facilities including water, towels, swimming pool, varieties of classes, etc. LIFESTYLES ON 26 has launched its latest membership promotion that may suit you as the followings: … Continue Reading

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Cult Skincare Brand Omorovicza Launches Exclusively at Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff Johannesburg
Plan A Romantic Escape at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas And Connect Over Valentine’s Day-Inspired Food, Drink and Spa Options
Jump Start Wellness in 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami

Hotel Deals

A Valentine’s Day to remember at The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai

Love is in the air at The Metropolitan Hotel Dubai, a vibrant and refined 4-star property along Sheikh Zayed Road. … Continue Reading

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Asian Sweet Spots Increase Odds for Yes on Marriage Proposals
The Sanchaya Unveils Suite of Romance Packages

Hotel Developments

Hospitality and Tourism Leaders, Excellence Group, Announce Plans for New Luxury Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica

 Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts, renowned for their award-winning luxury resorts in the Caribbean, are pleased to announce their newest venture in Montego Bay, Jamaica. With plans to break ground within the next months, the all-inclusive luxury resort will open its doors to guests in the first half of 2018.

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Hotel News

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac adds Breeze Mooloolaba, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of Australia’s largest hotel franchise groups, is excited to announce the addition of Breeze Mooloolaba, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, to its portfolio in Queensland. … Continue Reading

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IHG® Challenges Brands to Address the Needs of the Uncompromising Customer in the ‘Age of I’
Celebrate the year of the rooster with Dorchester Collection

Hotel Openings

Travelodge Hotel to Open in Hong Kong

Travelodge has entered into an agreement with Tai Hung Fai Group to open the Travelodge Kowloon hotel in Hong Kong. Strategically located just off the ever popular and bustling Nathan Road in the Jordan district of Kowloon, the 126-room hotel currently known as Hotel Rainbow will undergo refurbishment and be rebranded as Travelodge Kowloon from February 2017. … Continue Reading

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AccorHotels opens first ibis in Kochi
Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong Is Open for Reservations
Dorsett Hospitality International Announces the Soft Opening of Silka Tsuen Wan
A New Scale of Opulence for Australia – Crown Towers Perth Is Now Open

Hotel Trends

STR: Central/South America hotel pipeline for December 2016

STR’s December 2016 Pipeline Report shows 62,861 rooms in 403 projects Under Contract in the Central/South America region. The total represents a 15.1% decrease in rooms Under Contract compared with December 2015. … Continue Reading

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STR: Caribbean/Mexico hotel pipeline for December 2016

Industry Deals

Air Vanuatu Announces New Travel Agent Fare

Vanuatu’s national carrier, Air Vanuatu has announced the return of their travel agent fare, giving agents the chance to ‘discover what matters’ firsthand for less.  … Continue Reading

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Loyalty

IHG® Business Rewards Brings Back Double Play for Double Points

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has announced the launch of its newest IHG® Business Rewardspromotion, Double Play Double Points, offering members the opportunity to double the points they can earn on bookings made through participating IHG hotels worldwide. … Continue Reading

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Luxury Hotels

Casa Angelina Announces Exclusive Offers For Australian Guests In 2017

Casa Angelina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast has announced exclusive offers for Australian guests wishing to stay at this stunning boutique hotel during the European Spring and Autumn in 2017. … Continue Reading

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MICE

Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand GET GLOBAL

MICE trade event, Get Global, has confirmed a strong New Zealand exhibitor contingent for the event, being held in Sydney this July.  The one-day event is the first MICE business platform in Australia dedicated exclusively to outbound product.  … Continue Reading

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Mobile travel consulting

Personal Travel Managers Pack Their Sense of Adventure for Exclusive Nepal Famil

Nine personal travel managers recently experienced a famil of a lifetime on a ten-day exclusive TravelManagers famil to Nepal. The group was hosted by partner supplier Crooked Compass and Nepal Tourist Bureau. … Continue Reading

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OTA News

January detox breaks from Booking.com

Modern life can be exhausting, particularly at the end of the year when the festive party season can take its toll. January is traditionally a time for reflection, detoxing and preparation for the year ahead after the excesses of December! … Continue Reading

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Resort News

Meet ‘Moana’ and discover the spirit of adventure at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawai’i

Disney’s newest heroine, Moana, has arrived at ‘Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa’, the ultimate family getaway, positioned on the beautiful beaches of Ko Olina on the coast of O’ahu in Hawai’i.  … Continue Reading

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The Nai Harn Invites Guests To Dine, Drink And Delight In The Work Of Celebrated Culinary Craftsmen In 2017
VALENTINE’S DAY at Ayodya Resort Bali

Ski

Straya Day on the Slopes Vail and Park City Celebrate with Aussie Food Favourites and Free Beer

On Thursday, January 26, both Vail and Park City will celebrate Australia Day on the slopes. … Continue Reading

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Sports

APT aces summer with broadcast sponsorship of the Australian Open

The buzz surrounding APT’s 90th Celebration Sale is escalating over the next fortnight with the luxury cruise and tour operator once again a major sponsor of Channel 7’s broadcast of the Australian Open tennis tournament. … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

Diners get social for veganism, African cuisine and charcoal chicken

As a nation of food lovers, Australians have raised their forks and declared veganism the most talked about dietary trend of last year, with the Paleo diet dropping off the social media radar according to research from OpenTable – the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations. … Continue Reading

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2017 Adventurous Australian Cities Ranking
Spanish travel to the Far East is set to take-off

Theme Parks

Universal Orlando’s New Ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, Will Celebrate Its Grand Opening On April 6, 2017

Today, Universal Orlando Resort announced that its newest ride, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon,” will officially grand open on April 6, 2017. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

Europe & Britain Confirmed as Travel Hot Spots For 2017

There’s never been a better time to visit Europe and Britain and now Trafalgar is making it even easier for agents to secure additional 2017 sales to the region. … Continue Reading

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SeaLink’s American River self-drive package Extended!!!
A&K Philanthropy partners with Elephant Outreach Program in Botswana
New Brochures from G Adventures

Travel Deals

From Roman Relics to Gaelic Mythology – Peter Sommer Travels Offers More of Europe and the British Isles in 2017

Cultural and archaeological tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels has launched its largest range of tours in 2017, introducing England and Ireland for the first time as well as new itineraries in Croatia, Italy and Greece. … Continue Reading

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Camino Guided Tours for 2017

Whats On

Celebrate Australia Day in the historic Macarthur region

The historic Macarthur region will celebrate Australia Day on January 26 with fireworks, carnival rides, free entertainment, morning teas and barbecues, spread across three locations: … Continue Reading

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