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Singapore Airlines pilot fails alcohol test in Melbourne

Singapore Airlines’ early morning flight SQ247 from Melbourne to Wellington, New Zealand, was cancelled last Saturday because the pilot failed a blood alcohol test before takeoff – which was particularly disturbing news for passengers heading to the All Blacks vs Springboks Rugby Union test in Wellington that evening. … Continue Reading

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Hayman Island by InterContinental appoints Mr Mark Eletr as Resort Manager to lead a new era of luxury

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has today announced Mr Mark Eletr will lead the region’s most awaited luxury destination launch in 2019, joining Hayman Island by InterContinental as Resort Manager. … Continue Reading

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Mark Meehan appointed Managing Director of Travelport’s newly formed APACMEA region
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Appoints Ms. Luckrada Lucksanawimol as New Regional Director Sales – Asia
Laucala Island Welcomes New Managing Director Peter Nilsson
oneworld appoints Qantas’ Alan Joyce as Governing Board Chairman

Business News

New owners invest to up Shamwari’s game

Shamwari Private Game Reserve has completed the first phase of a US$25 million upgrade, opening two newly refurbished lodges, its flagship Eagles Crag and Riverdene Family Lodge. … Continue Reading

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DISRUPT.SYDNEY – Human Robots fail against the Corporate Machine


Event royalty to share secrets at inaugural The Business of Events

The Business of Events has confirmed more high calibre speakers set to share their strategic advice and insights on how businesses can capitalise on Australian events. … Continue Reading

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Beijing held Global Distribution Partnership Summit 2018


NORWEGIAN ENCORE HULL ARTWORK UNVEILED – Celebrated Spanish Artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo Commissioned to Design the Hull of the Final Breakaway-Plus Class Ship

Norwegian Cruise Line today revealed that Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, the award-winning Spanish artist, created the hull artwork for the fourth and final ship of its Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Encore, debuting in Miami in November 2019.  … Continue Reading

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Viking Releases Trade Survey
Celebrity Edge Shipyard Hyperlapse Tour
Introducing Rascal Voyages
Second Edge Class Ship, Celebrity Apex, To Launch In The UK

Destination Europe

A Crystal Clear Ride up to the Matterhorn

Switzerland Tourism has announced the opening of the world’s highest cableway featuring the country’s very first see-through floor feature.  … Continue Reading

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It’s Time To “Visit Lapland”
Harvest at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Destination Global

CNN’s Destination India explores health and wellness retreats across the country

India is known to be a destination with roots steeped in the traditions of wellness and spirituality. It has flourished through centuries making it the ideal destination for a perfect mental and physical detox. … Continue Reading

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New UNWTO Report Helps Cities Manage Impact of Tourism

Destination North America

Alcatraz Cruises Announces Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering

 Alcatraz Cruises and the National Park Service host two annual Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremonies each year. This year, the gatherings will take place on Monday, October 8 and Thursday, November 22. … Continue Reading

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Destination North Asia

Hong Kong Celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with the Dazzling Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance

The Mid-Autumn Festival, one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated festivals, is fast approaching on 24 September (the 15th day of the 8thmonth on the Chinese Lunar Calendar). … Continue Reading

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Hong Kong Citizens continue Spending Big on Travel ITE Hong Kong’s Annual Survey reveal Affluent Travelers’ Preferences

Destination Thailand

MOC launches Thai SELECT App to expand accessibility of authentic Thai food restaurants in overseas

The Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, launched a new digital tool so-called ‘Thai SELECT Application’ that facilitates Thai cuisine lovers in overseas to quickly locate and access to authentic Thai food restaurants at their fingertips. … Continue Reading

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The 5th Sichuan International Travel Expo opens in Leshan, China

The 5th Sichuan International Travel Expo opened in Leshan, a city in China’s Sichuan province, on September 7. Deputy Party Secretary and Governor of Sichuan Province Yin Li attended the opening ceremony and inaugurated the expo. … Continue Reading

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Health and Wellness

Common legal medications that could get Aussies fined or jailed abroad

Common over-the-counter medications that are legal in Australia such as cold and flu tablets containing codeine, nicotine gum, children’s pain relief, and even the contraceptive pill, could get Aussies fined or even locked up overseas. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

Great value Spring Racing Offer at Metro Apartments Bank Place

With Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival in less than two months, now is the perfect time to lock in a great rate for your accommodation before prices escalate. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

Designs Group Enters into Strategic Alliance with Warwick Hotels & Resorts for Management of Properties in KSA

Saudi based Designs Group has announced its strategic alliance with Warwick Hotels & Resorts (WHR) for the management of new properties featuring 1000 rooms in the Kingdom. The agreement will come into effect from the beginning of 2019. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Travelling to Hong Kong? Marco Polo Club partners with The Pure Group for members worldwide to enjoy a health and wellness boost

Fancy a rejuvenating Yoga class after your flight or looking for fitness solutions during your travels? Marco Polo Club – the loyalty programme of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon – has partnered with The Pure Group – Asia’s premium provider of world-class yoga and fitness with over 20 locations in Hong Kong – to provide an enriching experience to its members. … Continue Reading

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AccorHotels Launches Give a Tree campaign in Greater China
Laurent A. Voivenel, SVP Operations & Development, Swiss-Belhotel International, Speaks on New Trends Emerging in Owner and Operator Relations
S Hotels & Resorts Pioneers Original Island Vacation Experiences with Unveil of SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton
Baillie Lodges Reveals New-look Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island

Hotel Openings

Westin Set for Queensland Debut with November Opening in Brisbane

The highly anticipated The Westin Brisbane, part of Marriott International, will open its doors on 8 November 2018, revealing a unique urban retreat for the river city.  … Continue Reading

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Buckle and Seam introduces its Midnight Blue collection of premium quality business bags

Established premium business bag manufacturer, Buckle and Seam is today pleased to announce that its hugely popular range of its luxury business bags, laptop sleeves and travel luggage are now available in Midnight Blue. … Continue Reading

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Sleigh your Swiss-mas game with the perfect gift from Victorinox
Paradise Art Space Opens


IG Asia Partners Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer to be the first broker to offer miles

IG Asia Pte Ltd (“IG”) partners with Singapore Airlines Group’s KrisFlyer frequent flyer programme, to launch an air miles incentive scheme. This will make IG, the first broker in the region to offer such an initiative. … Continue Reading

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Luxury Hotels

Celebrate Golden Week With Armani/Mediterraneo

Venture east this October as Armani/Mediterraneo turns red and gold in honour of Chinese National Day and the start of Golden Week. … Continue Reading

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Meeting Venues

Be Inspired by one of Chiang Mai’s Most Technologically-Advanced Meeting Venue – The Anantara Function Room at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Offering tranquil luxury and a prime location for business guests, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is pleased to announce one of Chiang Mai’s most advanced meeting venues in the city – the Anantara Function Room. … Continue Reading

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Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort Offers World-Class Meetings and Events in The Kingdom of Wonder

Mobile travel consulting

New Personal Travel Manager Embraces Fresh Opportunities

After eleven years in business and with more than 540 personal travel managers (PTMs) now operating within their network, TravelManagers have had plenty of time in which to refine their business model.  … Continue Reading

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OTA News

Hoteliers highlight role of OTAs in revenue generation

Online hotel bookings are expected to continue to thrive and hoteliers need to support its relationship with online travel agencies (OTA) for mutual growth. … Continue Reading

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The New TripAdvisor Goes Social, Gets Personal

Photo Gallery

Myconian Collection Agent Famil

A group of travel agents had a wonderful time visiting the Myconian Collection in Mykonos recently. The trip included a visit to all 9 Myconian Collection properties, a look at a property which is still undergoing construction (due to open next season), an archaeological tour of Delos and many delicious lunches and dinners. … Continue Reading

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Princess Cruises Host Their Biggest Ever Travel Agent Famil Onboard Largest, Newest Ship, Majestic Princess

Resort News

Finn’s Melbourne Cup Charity Lunch Raises Funds For Solemen

Party enthusiasts are already racing in to secure their table at the island’s hottest Melbourne Cup event and with just under two months to go until those fine fillies bolt from the barriers, tickets are already 50% sold! … Continue Reading

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Responsible Tourism

Melco’s close to 100 employees back immediate Typhoon Mangkhut relief efforts

In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut, Melco Resorts & Entertainment (Nasdaq: MLCO) deployed a team of nearly 100 employees to ensure public safety and help beach clean-up efforts. … Continue Reading

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River Cruising


TripIt’s Siri Shortcuts for iOS 12 Provide Hands-Free Access to Travel Plans

TripIt® from Concur®, the world’s highest-rated travel-organizing app, today announced new TripIt shortcuts for Siri on iOS 12. Now TripIt users can set up voice commands to access their upcoming travel plans using Siri. … Continue Reading

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Sabre expands Beyond NDC program, achieves IATA Level 3 NDC certification

Tour Operator

Explore The Other Side of The Tracks in India with APT

When considering a trip to India, it can be hard to look past the Taj Mahal, or Jaipur’s striking Palace of the Winds, but beyond the Golden Triangle lies a side to India that many travellers rarely get to experience.  … Continue Reading

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Party at the home of Dracula – Bran Castle – this Halloween

Tourist Boards

Fiji takes centre stage in new Channel TEN series

The Coral Coast and Pacific Harbour regions of Fiji became a culinary playground for Channel TEN’s new travel and food series “Foodie Adventures with Ash Pollard”. … Continue Reading

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Why September is the hottest time to visit The Islands of Tahiti

Trade Events

205 cruise line representatives to converge in Lisbon this week as part of Seatrade Cruise Med 2018

Over 200 of the globe’s most influential cruise line executives and managers will arrive in Lisbon this week to join Seatrade Cruise Med 2018 – the world’s largest cruise industry event focussed on the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

The Early Bird always nabs an affordable active Europe holiday

Travellers ready to lock in their active European holiday for 2019, should jump in quick and take advantage of UTracks 10% Early Bird Deals*. … Continue Reading

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