Headline News

Crooked travel agent became Sydney hostage taker

A travel agency manager in Iran defrauded customers of over half a million dollars and then fled to Australia, where he finished up being shot dead by Sydney police after taking hostages in a café. … Continue Reading

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Mystery scare delays Virgin flight to London
Australia moves on drone threat to flights
Corpses, collapses and pensioners on Mount Everest
Rental cars and all others ‘to be driverless electric’

Accolades

Grand Hyatt Melbourne Awarded Best Breakfast for the Third Consecutive Year!

Grand Hyatt Melbourne is thrilled to announce Collins Kitchen has been awarded Best Breakfast at the 2017 Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards for the third consecutive year, announced last night in Melbourne. … Continue Reading

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COMO The Treasury awarded Best Mini Bar at 2017 Gourmet Traveller Hotel Awards
Scenic picks up ‘Best Luxury River Cruise Brand’ in 2017 Gold List Awards
Princess Cruises Takes Out Top Honour as Australia’s Most Trusted Cruise Operator

Aviation

Apps

Tripadvisor Unveils New Native IOS App Experience To Help Travellers Compare Hotel Prices and Plan Their Perfect Trip

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site* from reviews to bookings, today announced a new streamlined experience for its native iOS app available in Apple’s App Store. … Continue Reading

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Business News

Investment In Tourism Is An Investment In Tasmania’s Future

The Tourism & Transport Forum, Australia’s leading tourism and transport advocacy group, has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s continued commitment to growing the State’s booming visitor economy in its 2017-18 Budget. … Continue Reading

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How much should you trust online reviews?
‘Plan now for the future of regional tourism’
Shiji Doubles Down on ReviewPro to Further Accelerate Growth

Conferences

Huawei Holds Fifth Global Financial Summit in Beijing

Huawei held its fifth Global Financial Summit themed “Leading New ICT, Fueling Digital Finance Transformation” in Beijing, China. … Continue Reading

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Cruise

Majestic Princess Begins Epic Journey to China Along the Silk Road Sea Route

Princess Cruises, the world’s largest premium cruise line, and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (Friendship Association) officially began Majestic Princess’ journey from Rome to China which will feature a cultural exchange program themed “Telling the Chinese Story along the Silk Road Sea Route.” … Continue Reading

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Holland America Line to Sail to Cuba on Roundtrip Fort Lauderdale Itineraries Aboard ms Veendam Beginning in December 2017
Carnival Corporation’s New Digital Companion Makes Cruising More Engaging
P&O Cruises Causes MAY-hem with Travel Agents
RCL Australia Extends Reservation Sales & Service Call Centre Hours

Cruise Deals

Star Clippers offer $800 towards your airfare on select Mediterranean Cruises

Tall ship specialists, Star Clippers is offering $800 per person on select Mediterranean cruises until 31 July 2017. … Continue Reading

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That’s A Lot Of Laughs! Carnival Cruise Line To Host Record 25,000 Shows At Fleetwide Punchliner Comedy Clubs In 2017

Destination Europe

Scotland For Aussie Tourists – 11 Castles To Sleep In On A Scottish Holiday

Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle and feel like royalty if they could? Not only can people visit amazing castles in Scotland- they can also take their pick of castle accommodation in Scotland, stay overnight, and really bring dreams to life. VisitScotland unveils its list of top Scottish castles guests can sleep in when visiting Scotland. … Continue Reading

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Destination North America

Visit Santa Cruz County Announces Easy Way for Long-Haul Travelers to Reach the California Coast

To meet the growing demand of the international market, Visit Santa Cruz County has released a new video which promotes the region and the accessibility of reaching California’s quintessential beach town for sun-seekers abroad. Designed with long-haul travelers in mind, the video – San José to Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay – illustrates the ease of flying into Mineta-San José International Airport (SJC), experiencing San José and Silicon Valley, and visiting nearby Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. … Continue Reading

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Events DC Launches Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Project
Fermentation “hot” in Sonoma County – California
Orlando’s Newest Openings Offer Something for Everyone This Summer

Destination North Asia

Taiwan Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, the Judicial Yuan, Taiwan’s highest court, ruled that restricting marriage to only a man and a women was unconstitutional, voting in favor of marriage equality. … Continue Reading

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Experience the Best of Taiwan with Mastercard
SCAD and MTR Open Exhibition in Central MTR Station to Preview Revitalisation Project Planned for Sham Shui Po Station

Destination Seychelles

Seychelles promotes eco-culture tourism in Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia

Seychelles recently organized the visit of 15 youths and students from eight countries to Kutai Kartanegara in East Kalimantan as part of its effort to help promote compassionate destinations of eco-culture in Indonesia … Continue Reading

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Exhibitions

CeBIT Australia shows off best business technology in the Asia Pacific

CeBIT Australia closes today after three successful days showcasing the latest technological innovations from 350 exhibitors, including 100 start-up companies, and nine conference streams, and eight international speakers all reflecting the strength of Australia’s business technology community. … Continue Reading

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Overview of Honda Exhibit at CES ASIA 2017

Hotel Deals

Four Ideas for the Perfect Summer Escape with OZO hotels

Looking for a little adventure? Want to take in the buzz of a bustling city? Or just laze about, catching the ocean breeze? OZO has it covered for the perfect getaway this summer! … Continue Reading

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iclub Sheung Wan Hotel “City Exploration x Old Town Central” Room Package
Summer at the Conservatorium Hotel
Relax, Refresh & Revitalize with Rejuvenating City Retreat Package Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok

Hotel Developments

Century City Group intends to cooperate on a property development project in New York, and Regal REIT will acquire the iclub Ma Tau Wai Hotel in To Kwa Wan

Century City International Holdings Limited (“Century City”, HKSE: 355), Paliburg Holdings Limited (“Paliburg”, HKSE: 617) and Regal Hotels International Holdings Limited (“Regal”, HKSE: 78) are pleased to announce the following transactions: … Continue Reading

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Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Breaks Ground on Exciting New Upscale Hotel in Pattaya

Hotel News

New Hotels Join Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™

This May Small Luxury Hotels of the World is welcoming five new luxury properties to its portfolio. Introducing a brand new eco-certified hotel in Cap Corsica, a newly opened palazzo turned boutique retreat in Rome, a serene forest dwelling in Izu, Japan and a sophisticated retreat wrapped up in bright botanic gardens in Puerto Vallarta. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Openings

Hotel Jen Beijing Opens, Welcoming Travellers Into A World Of New Experiences

The 450-room Hotel Jen Beijing opens its doors to guests today as the city’s new destination for work, play, and travel. Conveniently located in the centre of Beijing’s central business district (CBD), the hotel features a vibrant co-working hub, the only gastropub with its own brewery in the Guomao area, and an expansive, industrial-chic world-class gym catering to fitness enthusiasts and road warriors. … Continue Reading

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World’s largest Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson set to open in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Lifestyle

Emirates World Club introduces premium concierge service

Emirates World Club, a VIP-lifestyle event management company offering customized  solutions for travellers and UAE elite residents has launched in the Emirates. … Continue Reading

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Family Festivities a Hit at Killalea Park

Loyalty

Choice Privileges Rewards Program Unveils New Offerings

The Award-winning loyalty program, Choice Privileges by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, unveiled additional membership benefits, reinforcing the program’s commitment to rewarding customers faster and more frequently than ever before.

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Moreton Hire and Qantas partner to reward Business Events

Meeting Venues

Radisson Blu launches Blu Planet for Meetings

Radisson Blu, the iconic hotel brand driven by innovation and design, is launching Blu Planet for Meetings, making meetings carbon-free at Radisson Blu hotels worldwide by the end of the year. … Continue Reading

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MICE

Middle East fastest growing region for international association meetings

The number of meetings in The Middle East has grown from 100 in 2007 to 255 in 2016.

This was another decade of great success for the association meetings sector. ICCA captured 12,212 rotating international association meetings taking place worldwide in 2016, which is clearly an all-time record for ICCA’s annual snapshot of immediate past year’s meetings data.  … Continue Reading

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Gold Coast Is Meeting Hot Spot

Mobile travel consulting

Travel Counsellors emphasise the importance of work / life balance

Fred van Eijk, Managing Director of Travel Counsellors, says flexible working can empower those with a passion for travel and reduce the related stresses of commuting. … Continue Reading

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OTA News

The Six Types of Flight Search Seekers

In the same way there are different kinds of travellers, there are different kinds of flight searchers too. From organisational whizzes to the ultimate planning procrastinators, Aussies have their own habits and tactics when it comes to planning their next trip. … Continue Reading

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Queensland hotels crowned as top treehouse accommodation Tree-top travel sky rockets, reveals latest Hotels.com data

River Cruising

The Strand Yangon Launches Yangon Insider Packages

Myanmar’s recently renovated luxury urban resort hotel, The Strand Yangon, first opened its doors to explorers and adventurers in 1901. … Continue Reading

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Crystal River Cruises’ Expansion of ‘Rhine Class’ Continues with Keel Laying of Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel at Germany’s MV WERFTEN Shipyard

Ski

There’s no business like snow business

Victoria’s snow season is fast approaching and 2017 promises to be another bumper year with a range of new activities, accommodation, events and amenities available for novices and seasoned snow-seekers alike. … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

A Reality Check For Online Shoppers

Online shopping is getting increasingly popular among Hong Kong consumers. According to the latest Mastercard Online Shopping Survey, 88 percent of consumers in Hong Kong made at least one purchase online in the previous three months, yet 37.4 percent are still wary of online shopping security. … Continue Reading

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Technology

Air France Airbus performance powering ahead with SITAONAIR’s e-Aircraft® DataCapture

Air France (AF) and SITAONAIR today announce a new deal to deliver seamless aircraft data to AF’s top-flight operations and maintenance optimization programs. … Continue Reading

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Tourism Integration partners with Travelport to launch feijipiao.co.nz

Tour Operator

Capture and Share Your Magical Moments for A Chance to Win with Trafalgar

In celebration of the new Autumn, Winter and Spring 2017-18 programme, award-winning guided holiday specialist, Trafalgar, announced its #MagicalMoments competition inviting happy snappers from around the world to share their extraordinary holiday experiences. … Continue Reading

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Tourist Boards

Aus and NZ Winners of the Tourism Ireland Famil Trip

Eight travel agents from Australia and New Zealand have been exploring the island of Ireland this week. They were the lucky winners of a competition run by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Emirates, during Tourism Ireland’s sales mission ‘Down Under’ in late 2016.  … Continue Reading

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Trade Events

IT&CMA 2017 Will Be Extra Special This Year!

It’s been 9131 Days since we started IT&CMA! … Continue Reading

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Langkawi to host PATA Travel Mart 2018

Whats On

MLC Centre Takes Part in Vivid Sydney

MLC Centre is proud to be partnering with Vivid once again this year, with the Urban Tree 2.0 installation featured on the CTA building. The installation is a progression of Ample Project’s award-winning Urban Tree projection from Vivid Sydney 2014. … Continue Reading

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The Spiegeltent Returns To Darwin Festival with Blanc De Blanc

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