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Headline News

Parachutists and storms, then Qantas and Virgin flew at each other

Two Boeing 737 jets – one operated by Qantas and the other by Virgin Australia – flew directly towards each other on the same flight path over Brisbane Airport and at one point were separated by less than 200 metres, according to an official report yesterday. … Continue Reading

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Study: Theft in Hotels Which items are stolen the most?
Experience Sala Keo Kou Park in Nong Khai
Life at sea – cashing in on the wellness market
New Deals From Your Travel Club


Agents Incentives

Luxury Paris finale announced for McLachlan Tours WIN THE ULTIMATE FAMIL

With nine days to go for agents to sell across Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours and McLachlan European Holidays to win their seat on an incredible 10-day Europe famil taking place from 16 to 25 August 2020, … Continue Reading

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Chimu give chance for agents to win Paul Kelly tickets

Airfare Deals

Aircalin’s “New Caledonia Summer Sale” – Starts 06 December

Aircalin is excited to announce our “Summer Sale”, flying to Noumea from only $499* return including taxes. … Continue Reading

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Kerching! It is Kuching!
Jetstar kicks off the holiday season with low fare Christmas cheer


Culinary delights from St. Moritz for SWISS’s winter guests

SWISS is now offering its passengers on long-haul services from Switzerland a range of culinary specialities from the exclusive el paradiso Mountain Club and the Lej da Staz restaurant in the heart of the Engadine. The specially-created meals will be available in First and Business Class for a three-month period. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Aviation
Qatar Airways celebrates 10 years down under with pop-up restaurant and all Aussie menu
Strong Fourth Quarter Performance But Unsatisfactory Full-Year Earnings
Air New Zealand trials edible coffee cups as it explores innovative waste reduction measures
Jetstar Group and Tigerair Taiwan Launch Virtual Interline Partnership


‘Voices Of Los Angeles’ Brings Four New Celebrity Welcome Messages To LAX

Four new famous voices are now greeting guests at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), welcoming travelers to Los Angeles as the latest in the airport’s “Voices of Los Angeles” project.

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KLM Opens New Non-Schengen Crown Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounge Celebrates the Festive Season with Santa’s Elves

Appointments / Movers & Shakers

New Director for Monte-Carlo Opera appointed Cecilia Bartoli to take over from Jean-Louis Grinda on 1 January 2023

At a press conference in Salle Garnier on Tuesday 3 December, H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, Chair of the Monte-Carlo Opera Board of Directors, made an important announcement: Cecilia Bartoli will take over from Jean-Louis Grinda as director of the Monegasque institution on 1 January 2023. … Continue Reading

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Sheraton Grand Danang Resort Names Carl Volschenk as General Manager (December, 2019)
Brisbane appoints BrandStory as South-East Asian representative
SWISS CFO Michael Niggemann appointed to the Lufthansa Group Executive Board
Stellar Partners, Inc. Welcomes New Media Director


Spotify Wrapped 2019 Micro-site is Now Available

In 2019, millions of people around the globe came to Spotify once again to listen to the music and podcasts that they love, while discovering new favorites along the way. … Continue Reading

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Daebak! Spotify Reveals the Top K-Pop Artists and Tracks of 2019
Shangri-La Races Towards a Greener Future


PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2020 to be held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is set to organise the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2020 (PDMF 2020) in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from November 25 – 27. … Continue Reading

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Will You Find The $400 Nugget At Sovereign Hill These Summer Holidays?

This summer, Sovereign Hill is busier than it’s been since the goldrush of the 1850’s. With NEW activities every day and the chance to win a $400 gold nugget every week, it feels like the gold rush is happening all over again! … Continue Reading

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Business News

Cargo & Freight

Air Cargo Peak Season off to Slow Start, Annual Demand down 3.5% in October

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.5% in October 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. … Continue Reading

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Earth Day 2020 Team Spotlight Climate and Environmental Education at COP25

A delegation from Earth Day Network, the team that organizes the annual Earth Day events, will take part in the UN Climate Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain in order to promote stepped-up climate action in 2020. … Continue Reading

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Laurent A. Voivenel, Svp Operations & Development, Swiss-Belhotel International, Speaks On ‘Future of Solar Power In Hotels’


Cruise Deals

3 Nights Free on 7 and 11-night Fiji cruises!!!

Book any seven or eleven-night Fiji cruise and receive three nights free with small ship cruise specialists, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji’s annual ‘Three Nights Free Sail’.  … Continue Reading

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Discover Your Crusading Spirit With Ecruising’s Cruise Tour: Andalusia & Morocco Journey.
New Yuletide market river cruises launched for Christmas 2020

Destination ASEAN

Do a Double Take at Clarke Quay’s 2020 Countdown Party

Let’s get the party going and ring in the New Year at Clarke Quay’s 2020 Countdown party at the iconic Fountain Square 31st December, from 8:30pm till late. … Continue Reading

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Asia’s Top Destinations to Celebrate the New Year

Destination California

The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Bros. Studios

If you’re dying to score a seat as an audience member on Ellen, you’re in good company, which is why these tickets need to be secured well in advance. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Destination California
$4.3 million Federal Grant funds six YARTS Electric Buses

Destination Europe

Casinos in Sweden – must visit!

The capital of Sweden has so much to welcome tourists along with the Vasa Museum, its Royal Palace, and thus the renowned Abba Museum. It is still one of Sweden’s most successful land-based casinos–either mortar or bricks, but if you are a fan of online gambling you can virtually visit and find the best casino here in Sweden!  … Continue Reading

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Esports Europe chooses Brussels for its headquarters
Vilnius Transforms Century-Old Former Prison into Space for Contemporary Christmas-Themed Installations

Destination Feature

Exploring the arty side on Noosa By JOHN ROZENTALS

I’ve just emerged from Peter Phillips’ gallery near Noosa with three pairs of signed designer socks, but much more importantly I’ve spent half an hour chatting with the eighty-year-old godfather of British Pop Art, now firmly ensconced in the warmer climes of southern Queensland. … Continue Reading

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Destination North America


AREA15, the experiential retail and entertainment complex opening in spring 2020, today announces a corporate hospitality partnership with one of the world’s leading hospitality companies – Hakkasan Group, which will be AREA15’s preferred caterer for meetings, private parties and corporate events taking place in the one-of-kind venue. Additionally, Hakkasan Group will use AREA15 as the exclusive location for any events outside of the company’s Las Vegas venues. … Continue Reading

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The Year Ahead at the Huntington

Destination North Asia

Overseas visitors praise unique charm of Chengdu

More than 200 participants, including social media influencers and representatives of tourism organizations from all over the world, were invited to Chengdu during the recent “Global Travel Merchants Gathering in Chengdu” activity, organized by Chengdu Culture, Radio and TV, Press and Publication Bureau. … Continue Reading

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All aboard to experience Taiwan’s fascinating ‘cruise-style’ train journeys
Hong Kong to Maintain Its Position as Top City Destination Despite Decline in Visitor Arrivals

Destination South Pacific & Oceania

CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park Advances on Stage Three of Redevelopment

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) – home to some of Australia’s top sporting and entertainment events, including the Australian Open Grand Slam – has announced a key milestone for its new state-of-the-art events complex, CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park – with the largest concrete pour in the final phase of the build. … Continue Reading

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Harbour walk to honour Eora Country

Destination Thailand / Mekong

MQDC, Tourism Authority of Thailand and RSTA Jointly Organise “Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness”

Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), one of Thailand’s leading property developers, together with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA),  today announced that they are jointly organizing ‘Beautiful Bangkok 2020: A Blossom of Happiness’. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Destination Thailand / Mekong
Radio-controlled yachts make debut at the 33rd Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
Sponsors on board for the 33rd Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
New UNESCO Global Report Highlights Thailand’s Progress on Adult Learning and Education (ALE)


The Apurva Kempinski Bali Welcomes Guests to Bali’s First Aquarium Dining Experience at Koral

Guests are invited to an underwater world of bistronomic delights at Koral, the highly-anticipated new aquarium dining experience at The Apurva Kempinski Bali. … Continue Reading

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Montara ’s Restaurant PRU Retains its Coveted MICHELIN Star in 2020 MICHELIN Guide, Thailand Edition


Way towards Friendlier Society, Bridged by Robots: International Exhibition Dec. 18-21, 2019

The Japan Robot Association and THE NIKKAN KOGYO SHIMBUN will hold the International Robot Exhibition 2019 at Tokyo Big Sight from December 18 (Wednesday) to 21 (Saturday) with the theme “The way towards a friendlier society, bridged by robots.” This year’s exhibition will mark the 23rd time the biennial event, the world’s largest robot trade fair, has been held. … Continue Reading

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Mastercard Start Path Welcomes Seven Fintechs to Help Build the Future of Commerce

After searching 210 countries and beyond, Mastercard has selected the following companies to receive tailored programs, operational support and commercial engagements within the Mastercard ecosystem: … Continue Reading

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Food & Beverage

The Royal Hawaiian Pastry Chefs Lead Classes in Christmas Cookie & Cupcake Decorating

Celebrating Christmas is extra sweet at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort this year. Pastry chefs at the Pink Palace of the Pacific are putting on two special classes in December: one on cookie decorating, and another on cupcake decorating. … Continue Reading

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RAC acquires Esperance Seafront Caravan Park

RAC members can now save on a holiday in Esperance, with RAC announcing its acquisition of Esperance Seafront Caravan Park.

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Golf Tourism

Presidents Cupdate: T-3 Days

The ‘Presidents Cupdate’ offers updates and insight as anticipation builds for the event’s return to Melbourne, Australia, to be contested at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club from 8-15 December 2019, with gates open for the first time this Sunday. … Continue Reading

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Japan, Korea and Singapore on High Road to The 149th Open
LPGA and Ladies European Tour Join Forces

Health and Wellness

Accor releases thought-leading white paper on the business of wellness and hospitality

When stepping into a hotel these days, one cannot help but notice a growing wave of smoothie bowls, pilates poses, and mindfulness seminars. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

Hotel Developments

Marriott International Expected To Debut More Than 30 Luxury Hotels In Established And Emerging Global Hotspots In 2020

Marriott International, Inc. today announced it is projecting to open more than 30 luxury properties in 2020 as the company focuses on creating the future of high-end travel through its portfolio of distinct luxury brands. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Hotel Openings - in Association with

Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Brands Debut in the Dominican Republic

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) and Playa Hotels & Resorts (NASDAQ: PLYA) today announced the opening of the combined 750-room all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana and Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana resorts, marking Hyatt’s entry into the Dominican Republic. … Continue Reading

HOTEL THE MITSUI KYOTO Introducing a new Japanese luxury hospitality brand and the first flagship property Due to open in summer 2020 opposite the Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto
The Park Hyatt Brand Celebrates the Debut of Park Hyatt Doha
Veriu opens at Sydney’s Green Square
Aman Announces Aman Miami

Hotel Trends

Miami hotel rates to break Super Bowl Weekend record

Hotel average daily rate (ADR) in the Miami/Hialeah market is projected to reach a record level for a Super Bowl weekend, according to a custom forecast from STR‘s Consulting & Analytics office.   … Continue Reading

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MGFF20: Ellie and Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) set to be the first Australian feature to open Mardi Gras Film Festival in its 27 year history.

Queer Screen’s 27th Mardi Gras Film Festival will open with an Australian feature for the first time in its history with the World Premiere of ​ELLIE AND ABBIE (AND ELLIE’S DEAD AUNT​). … Continue Reading

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Visit land-based Casinos in new-Zealand!

When you’re traveling to New Zealand, with a passion for gambling, or want to understand how it feels like playing at a real casino, you’d have to do some research and know about the country’s most excellent land-based casino establishments until you prepare your route. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Lifestyle
Gift Guide Alert: The Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year Round
New build homebuyer activity set to spike as busiest time of the year approaches
Scenario Analysis for Physical Climate Risks
Five Ways Not To Get Stranded After Your Christmas Party


2020’s Best Hotel Rewards Programs

The best hotel rewards programs provide a wide range of free perks. Members receive special amenities such as free Wi-Fi, late check out and bar credits. But that’s just the beginning. Most importantly, the top hotel rewards programs let you quickly earn free nights, redeem them with ease, and go about your business without worrying about fine-print restrictions. … Continue Reading

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Luxury Hotels

Glitz and Glam at the Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental, Milan has launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery lovers this festive season. … Continue Reading

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F&B Happenings at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
The Ritz-Carlton Fashion Santa®️ Tour brings Fashion Santa®️ home to Toronto for SickKids

Meeting Venues

It’s ‘Showtime’ as the re-imagined State Library re-opens.

The State Library has officially opened to the public today after its ambitious $88.1m Vision 2020 redevelopment, celebrating last Tuesday night with a grand reception with Victoria’s philanthropic and political powers all in attendance. … Continue Reading

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TCEB Partners with THAI-THAI Smile Targeting APAC MICE Market

TCEB is partnering with Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) and THAI Smile Airways to launch the APAC MaxiMICE campaign, in order to target the MICE market in the Asia-Pacific region. … Continue Reading

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Penang Hosts Inaugural ICCA Asia Pacific Summit Concurrently with its Homegrown Conference – BE @ Penang
Experience Dialogue in the Dark

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History, Heritage and Incredible Scenery on Alaska and Yukon Famil

From the scenic delights of a cruise through the Inside Passage in North America’s Pacific Northwest to a wilderness tour of Alaska’s Denali National Park, TravelManagers’ Deb Hanley had long dreamed of visiting this unique and beautiful part of the world. … Continue Reading

Travel Counsellors show support for Movember  

OTA News

Airbnb for Work uncovers business traveller’s wellness habits when out of the office

A survey of more than 1,000 Aussie business travellers found that as a nation, we’re guilty of some greasy convenience while on the road for work, with almost two thirds of Aussies (58%) eating at least one takeaway meal a day, and one in 10 resorting to takeaway for all three meals. … Continue Reading

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More Singaporean Travellers Seeking Off The Beaten Track Adventures
Airbnb reveals this year’s top travel destinations for the festive season
Online travel agent market value now surpasses in-store within the UK, says GlobalData

Photo Gallery

Flight Centre agents hit the #StripAtNight for Las Vegas’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), in partnership with United Airlines, recently invited twelve Australian Flight Centre agents to experience the Entertainment Capital of the World – from a whole new perspective. … Continue Reading

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Resort News

Pimalai Invites Guests to Savour A Sparkling Festive Season On The Pure Shores Of Koh Lanta

Pimalai Resort & Spa, the iconic and authentic five-star retreat on pure shores of Koh Lanta, is inviting guests to embark on a glittering gastronomic journey this festive season, with a series of exquisite epicurean experiences at a choice of two restaurants, both of which overlook the azure Andaman Sea. … Continue Reading

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Ulu Cliffhouse Launches The Clubhouse Bar
The Luxurious Anam Marks Festive Season With A Bang
An Enchanted Festive Celebration At Alila Villas Uluwatu
Fiji’s Luxe Jungle Resort, Qamea Resort & Spa, Announces Resort Updates & Plans for 2021

Responsible Tourism

Port Douglas Daintree Leads the Way in Sustainable Tourism

Cape Tribulation

The Port Douglas Daintree region has become the world’s first destination to be awarded Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Destination Certification today. … Continue Reading

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Hilton Brisbane Brings A Touch of Sunshine to Ronald Mcdonald House

River Cruising

European Waterways’ 2020 Spring Cruises Offer Perfect Family Charters With 10% Off On A Wide Range of Departures

For multi-generational travelers, “it’s all about sharing the experience, creating moments that last a lifetime and spending quality time with your loved ones,” says European Waterways’ Managing Director, Derek Banks. … Continue Reading

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A First for Uniworld: Fleet Expands to South America for 2020
Avalon Waterways announce a return to Egypt & the Nile
Journey the length of the mighty Mississippi across America


A Private Ski Slope in the Magnificent Japanese Snow Mountains! 2019-2020 Ski Season Opening of LOTTE Arai Resort

For skiers who haven’t decided where to go during this ski season, LOTTE Arai Resort, is a skier’s paradise in Japan. … Continue Reading

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Brisbane to Host International Table Tennis Festival

Brisbane is set to serve up another sports extravaganza when it hosts more than 1000 table tennis competitors and spectators from across Australasia during a new Festival of Table Tennis next year. … Continue Reading

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Treasury Wine Estates returns as Official Wine Supplier of Australian Open 2020

Statistics & Trends

Travelers from Japan to France set to reach 1.3 million by 2023, says GlobalData

The number of international travelers from Japan to France is set to grow from 1.1 million in 2019 to 1.3 million in 2023, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6%, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. … Continue Reading

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Staah Celebrates Ten Thousand Partners Worldwide

Crossing yet another milestone in its journey of technology leadership, STAAH celebrates building strong partnerships of more than 10,000 partners worldwide. … Continue Reading

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How Technology helps Students to Improve Grades
Travelport extends leadership in rich content retailing

Tour Operator

Delfin Amazon Cruises offers Pink River Dolphin tours in 2020

Delfin Amazon Cruises, the first to bring upscale river cruising to the most remote and spectacular tributaries of the Upper Peruvian Amazon, is offering two new four-day voyages on March 2 and April 28, 2020 featuring PHD Marine Biologist, Dr. Joanna Alfaro, specializing in Pink River Dolphins. … Continue Reading

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Butterfield & Robinson launches new portfolio of luxury trips for 2020
Luxe By Exo’s New Tropical Islands & Cities Tour
MHholidays Now Available in New Zealand!
Wild Bush Luxury announces Top End Wilderness, Culture & Food Safari with renowned Australian chef Christine Manfield

Trade Events

ITB China becomes member of Chengdu Inbound Tourism Strategic Partnership Alliance

The Chengdu Inbound Tourism Partnership Summit, organized by the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, Broadcast-TV, and Tourism, was held in Chengdu on 28 November 2019. … Continue Reading

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Show Time For Perth At Dreamtime 2019
Exhibitors set to launch new experiences at CINZ MEETINGS 2020

Travel Deals

Whats On

El Questro’s Ultimate Day Out Rounds up the Fun at The Ord Valley Muster

El Questro is set to join the action in the annual Ord Valley Muster from 2020 in a new three-year partnership, with a full and half-day adventure rounding up all the excitement of working life in the Kimberley outback. … Continue Reading

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Pop Sensation Kesha Joins Mardi Gras Party Line-Up

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