Headline News

Going The Whole Hog On Two Wheels

Harley Davidson four journos on bikes BMountainsTRAVEL writing colleagues have told us of some pretty bizarre things they’ve got up to in that search for the Holy Grail of travel stories, and we sometimes look back in wonderment at the more stupid we’ve done too – from bungy-jumping at 66 years of age and with a dodgy ticker, to shuffling with crook knees and hips with a couple of unleashed lions on a bush track in Zimbabwe at even greater dotage. … Continue Reading

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Accolades

Airfare Deals

Tigerair Launches Express Fare – Value & Convenience Combined

As Australia gets ready for the summer holidays, Tigerair Australia has today made booking travel with the airline even more convenient than ever thanks to the launch of the new Tigerair Express Fare package. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Qatar Airways’ flights to Edinburgh to increase to a daily Scheduled Service

Qatar Airways will operate a daily, direct scheduled service from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Edinburgh Airport from 1st May 2015. The announcement comes just six months after the successful launch of the five-weekly service on the route and reinforces the airline’s commitment to add additional frequencies on the route, which it announced at the launch. … Continue Reading

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Latin American and Caribbean airlines will need 2,300 aircraft by 2033
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Appointments

New Faces Join Sheraton Shanghai This Autumn

Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel has announced three new team members this month as the hotel looks to build on its strong reputation in Shanghai. … Continue Reading

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Michael Tam Is Named General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou

Association

AACB Delivers Deloitte Report On Australia’s International Business Events Sector

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), in partnership with Deloitte Access Economics, has undertaken a robust study on the benefits of international business events. … Continue Reading

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Preparing for Growth Challenges for Asia Pacific
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Attraction

Celebrates Madame Tussauds’s 253rd Birthday Lucky HKID numbers ‘2’, ‘5’, ‘3’ to receive 40% discount

To mark Madame Tussaud’s 253rd Birthday on December 1, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong welcomes all guests to celebrate the occasion together on the day. … Continue Reading

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A Dazzling Time Awaits at Night Safari’s Mystica
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Charity

Charity Financial Information To Be Made Available By ACNC

Financial information from Australia’s registered charities will, for the first time, be made available to the public free of charge by the national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). … Continue Reading

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Conferences

helloworld Frontliners Conference – 7 days to go

The countdown is on for helloworld’s customer facing staff who will meet in Adelaide next Friday to celebrate and build on an incredibly successful year at their annual Frontliners Conference. … Continue Reading

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Corporate

Marriott Earns 100% Perfect Ranking on 2015 Corporate Equality Index

World’s favorite travel company, Marriott International, Inc. today was again named among America’s top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). … Continue Reading

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Cruise

Cruise Deals

MSC Cruises’ Deals Get Even Better With Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

MSC Cruises is getting a head start on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a special sale starting today and lasting through Monday, Dec. 1.  The deal features some of the line’s best rates of the season on select sailings in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Europe; up to $200 in shipboard credits per stateroom*; and balcony staterooms priced at ocean view rates.  … Continue Reading

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Destination ASEAN

The Anambas Islands

The Anambas Islands are located between Singapore and the Natuna islands in the South China Sea. … Continue Reading

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Destination Feature

An Instant Ghost Town Called Varosha

Cyprus Varosha abandoned beachfront hotels.WmediaA-NEAR half century ago it was one of the most famous beachfronts in the world, a magnet of sun, sand and 5-star-plus hotels for the rich and famous. … Continue Reading

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Destination Seychelles

Malaysia and Oman delegates arrive in Seychelles for the IORA Ministerial Meeting

Minister Mohamed Nazri, the Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture and Mr Adil Bin Al Murdas Bin Ahmed Al-Busaidi, the Advisor of Tourism Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman have today arrived in Seychelles by the Emirates flight from Dubai and were met at Seychelles International Airport by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible fro Tourism and Culture and by Anne Lafortune his PS for Tourism.

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Exhibitions

Luxperience Deadline Looms – Exhibitor early bird offer closes 28 November

Exhibitors considering participation in next year’s Luxperience, the leader in luxury and experiential tourism exhibitions in the Southern Hemisphere, have less than ten days to capitalise on considerable savings. … Continue Reading

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Food & Beverage

Time For Tea And History At Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Traditional English afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s Authors’ Lounge now comes with a generous serving of the hotel’s unparalleled heritage.  … Continue Reading

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Pool Bar All-Day Bbq + Absolut Perfection At Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Bangkok
Trung Nguyen enters Middle East & Africa
November dining offers at Emirates Grand Hotel
Romantic Private Dining At Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Hospitality

‘Mini-Monaco’ Festive Season at Phuket’s Exclusive New Resort Kata Rocks

Phuket’s new ultra luxury resort Kata Rocks is transforming into a mini-Monaco through the festive season, from the King’s Cup regatta through to Christmas as a party venue for the super yacht set. … Continue Reading

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Karma Royal Group Revamps Royal Resorts Brand
Harbour Grand Kowloon unveils an enchanting Christmas
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Hotel Deals

Siem Reap Gains Model Angkor Resort And Residence

Asia Initiative Corporation (AIC) has added a new luxury property to its expanding portfolio of hotels under management with the recent opening of the 22-room Model Angkor Resort and Residence in Siem Reap. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Openings

JW Marriott Houston Downtown Opens in Style

Today JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Pearl Hospitality, one of Texas’ leading hotel development and management companies, officially opened the 328-room JW Marriott Houston Downtown. … Continue Reading

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The Gateway Hotels & Resorts launches the first Gateway branded resort in India
IHG Grows the Holiday Inn Brand® in New York City
Melia Hotels International To Open Melia Costa Hollywood Beach Resort In South Florida
Ascott To Launch Its First Citadines Apart’hotel In South Korea

LGBT

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Puts The “T” In LGBT

With the objective of deeply understanding the travel needs of the transgender community, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) has launched a Transgender Travel Initiative.  … Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

5 of Australia’s Best Food and Wine Events

UntitledWhether you love to whip up amazing feasts yourself, or prefer just to indulge in amazing food and wine without stepping into a kitchen, you won’t have trouble finding an event around Australia that you can enjoy. … Continue Reading

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Lifestyle Feature

Southern Highlands Merlot A Stunner

Lifestyle FeatureIF you’re one of those re-discovering the joys of Merlot after it seemed to go out of fashion for a time, a stunning drop worth investing in by phone or internet is a 2011 ‘Halle’ Reserve from Cherry Tree Hill in the cool-climate NSW Southern Highlands. … Continue Reading

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Loyalty

Le Club Accorhotels Rewards Customer Loyalty with Exclusive ‘Triple Points’ Offer for Members

Le Club Accorhotels has launched an exclusive ‘Triple Points’ offer for its Asia Pacific hotels to reward and recognize members from now until 28 February 2015. … Continue Reading

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Luxury Hotels

Christmas And New Year Celebrations At Mandarin Oriental, Macau

Mandarin Oriental, Macau celebrates this festive season with good taste, presenting an array of appetizing menus, themed afternoon teas and cocktail drinks, indulgent Christmas desserts, gorgeous gift hampers and takeaway meals. … Continue Reading

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Online Travel Agents

Where to Stay for the Royal Treatment: Room Key Names New York’s Five Most Regal Hotels in Honor of Will & Kate’s December Visit

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare to descend upon the Big Apple next month, Roomkey.com has named the top five Manhattan hotels for guests seeking the royal treatment this holiday season. … Continue Reading

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Photo Gallery

Top Achieving Agents Set Sail on the Adventure Cruise of a Lifetime with APT

A group of 14 travel agents have recently returned from the cruise of a lifetime, sailing through Turkey and Greece aboard APT’s own luxury small expedition ship, the MS Island Sky, as part of its VIP Top Achiever Trip for 2014. … Continue Reading

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Responsible Tourism

Carnival Corporation Releases Sustainability Report, Reduces Rate of CO2 Emissions by 20 Percent

Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise company, today released its 2013 Sustainability Report detailing the company’s sustainability efforts, including initiatives which enabled it to meet its corporate goal to reduce its rate of CO2 emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent – a year ahead of its initial plan. … Continue Reading

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SAS signs agreement for regular bio-fuel powered flights

River Cruising

Scenic Tours take cruising the Mekong to a new level of luxury

unnamed (6)Scenic has unveiled its latest luxury river cruise ship, Scenic Spirit, which will launch on the Mekong River in January 2016 travelling over eight days between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. … Continue Reading

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Ski

SkiWorkShop – Easy to learn

Ski-again-2-c-ANTO-400x266Do you remember the days when making those turns came naturally to you? Can you still feel the cold sensation of fresh powder under your skis, when you were the first to set tracks on the slope that morning? … Continue Reading

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Social Media

TripTogether Shares Tips on How to Act Like a Local

The leading service for connecting travelers and finding international travel companions TripTogether has compiled a list of tips for how to avoid the tourist label and experience destinations like the locals do. … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

Recent travellers our top pick for holiday advice

Sure, there’s a multitude of websites, travel agents, guidebooks and TV shows out there to help with your holiday plans, but sometimes you can’t go past word-of-mouth advice. … Continue Reading

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Technology

Cebu Pacific and Smart tie up for mobile data service for inbound tourists

Wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and the Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB), have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will enable tourists visiting the country to stay connected with their friends and family back home, through the country’s largest broadband network. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

APT has Christmas Wrapped up in New Winter Wonderland Brochure

From the fairytale town squares and festive markets of Europe to the snow capped mountains, luxurious hotels and picturesque alpine villages of Canada, if you’re looking for the ultimate Christmas holiday then APT’s new Winter Wonderland 2015 brochure has it all.  … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

TRAVELLERS’ GOOD BUYS Compiled by JOHN ROZENTALS

cruiseCruise1st is offering a 20-night fly-and-cruise holiday that starts with a flight to Shanghai and a night in that mega-city. … Continue Reading

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Travel Talk RADIO

Meet the most knowledgeable person in the world on all aspects of the Dead Sea.

TravelTalkRADIO_logo1Today we are honored to have as our guest, Ismail Daqour, the General Manager of Numeira, a Jordan based company that harvest and distributes products from the Dead Sea.  … Continue Reading

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Weird & Wacky

STRUTH!

unnamed (10)IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says a Christmas present for someone who likes a good read is Men on the Menu – an hilarious, yet poignant, account of how an Australian woman in search of love travelled to 22 countries in 81 days to go on 75 blind dates. … Continue Reading

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Wellness

Trisara Phuket Launches Ultra-Luxurious Wellness And Detox Programme From Now Until October 2015

unnamed (25)Available for health and wellness aficionados, for the first time in Phuket, Trisara is offering a five day/four night wellness and detox programme encompassing a holistic medical evaluation provided at a world-class facility using the latest technology in the field, a regimen of healthy meals, spa treatments, as well as personalised exercise and yoga sessions, from now until 31 October 2015, starting from USD 4,420+++ per person (USD 5,320+++ for 2 pax) … Continue Reading

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