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Headline News

Why were tourists allowed on White Island?

The official death toll has reached eight, with a further eight people still missing, presumed to have died in Monday’s volcanic eruption at Whakaari/White Island. … Continue Reading

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NSW heads the list of Australia’s Top 20 Beaches for 2020
Decade’s Best New Luxury Hotels. The Perfect Ten.
50+ New Year’s Facts – Traditions, Spending & More
Rebuilt after disaster: 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in Cambodia


Accolades

Agents Incentives

Your Travel & Cruise Members Play Bingo to Win A Slice of Paradise

One lucky Your Travel & Cruise member has ended the year on a high after winning a trip to the Maldives as part of a fun Bingo-themed incentive. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Emirates to serve 500,000 Christmas meals at 40,000 feet

The festive spirit is in full swing as Emirates prepares to serve 500,000 Christmas meals across all classes to customers travelling on select flights from December 9 to 31. … Continue Reading

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flydubai Launches Daily Direct Flights between Dubai and Yangon; Includes Southeast Asia in its Routes Network
IndiGo appoints Airline Rep Services as General Sales Agent for Australia and New Zealand

Airport

Moving Walks installed in Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 4 ahead of busy holiday period

Melbourne Airport has installed moving walkways inside Terminal 4, in response to overwhelming
feedback from domestic holidaymakers. … Continue Reading

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Appointments / Movers & Shakers

Chiva-Som appoints new Naturopath and Nutritionist

Chiva-Som has appointed Renee Grandi as Naturopath and Nutritionist, bringing a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the latest in industry research and development to the resort’s team of health and wellness experts in Hua Hin, Thailand.

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Apps

“LGND” Travel App Adds Launches in Chicago, Nashville, and Savannah — Now Showcasing Over 100 Travel Guides Created By Locals

A growing travel app company is out to prove that the process of finding the best places to go or things to do when traveling is in need of an overhaul. … Continue Reading

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Ag-tech impact company AgUnity partners with Equitise for Equity Crowdfunding campaign

Association

ASTW & HKTB’s Rising Star Winner Announced

Tayla Gentle has been named the 2019 winner of the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) and Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Rising Star Award for her article www.adventure.com/seven-women-nepal published on the popular Adventure.com site. … Continue Reading

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Opportunity for Aviation in Europe’s Green Deal
Skål Lagos celebrate ‘XMAS PARTY 2019’ in style

Attraction

The Hunter Valley Gardens Are Shining Bright This Holiday Season

The Southern hemisphere’s largest lights display, Christmas Lights Spectacular, will be twinkling until 26th January, 2020. … Continue Reading

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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium unveils spectacular new jellyfish exhibit

Beverage

7 hacks to get the premium travel experience on a beer budget

Don’t let a tight budget stop you from enjoying the finer things when travelling this Christmas. … Continue Reading

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Business News

Pelikin CEO Interview: We Plan to Reach 30k Users by the End of 2020

In a recent interview with LearnBonds.com, Pelikin CEO and Founder Sam Brown explained they are helping Australian travelers to handle their funds while exploring the world. At the same time, he mentioned they want to reach 30,000 members by the end of 2020. … Continue Reading

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Series F funding in Kuaishou Technology led by Tencent win-win for both, says GlobalData
8common named a Worldwide Major Player by IDC MarketScape

Conferences

Rotorua rises to the challenge for Emergency Medicine Symposium

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Winter Symposium … Continue Reading

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Cruise

Rolls Royce Fleet Welcomes Silver Muse to Sydney

On Thursday 5th December, five Rolls Royce cars lined the shores of White Bay Cruise terminal to welcome the return of Silversea’s ultra-luxurious flagship vessel, Silver Muse to the region for a second, extended season. … Continue Reading

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National Geographic Endurance Floats Out in Ulstein Verft, Norway
Azamara® Reveals Destinations to Sail to Now, Next Year, and In the Future
Port of Seattle Wins Cruise Critic Award for Best Homeport 2019

Cruise Deals

Experience A True Indian Summer With Ecruising’s Cruise Tour: Indian Ocean & The Golden Triangle Journey.

From the sandy beaches of the West Australian coast to tropical jungles of Indonesia and the hustle and bustle of Delhi’s street markets, experience an intoxicating melting pot of history and culture with ecruising’s spectacular 28-night CRUISE TOUR: Indian Ocean & the Golden Triangle itinerary. … Continue Reading

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The Ultimate Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Lunch Experience

Destination Africa / Seychelles

Saint Ange Tourism Report Tuesday 10th December 2019

The Editorial this week highlights:- a. Financial Budget for 2020 has gone through its scrutiny. b. Seychelles on tax haven blacklist by France. c. Seychelles Golf – MCB Tour Championship starts off with Pro-Am Competition. d. Kenya: Balala – Kenya Open Big Boost for Tourism. e. New Seychelles Brandy by XO “LA COCOFESSE”. f. This week was Routes Africa in Kenya. g. South African Queen Zozi Tunzi Wins Miss Universe 2019. … Continue Reading

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Destination ASEAN

Island-wide hunt for Coyotes as recruitment campaign kicks off for Coyote Ugly Saloon

The Most Famous Bar on the Planet is coming to Singapore and they are launching an island-wide search for Coyotes! Coyote Ugly Saloon, the well-known American bar and restaurant brand that inspired the cult movie of the same name, features female bartenders and dancers called Coyotes in a fun, drinking environment. … Continue Reading

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The Reverie Saigon Charts the City’s Food Scene with Hidden Saigon

Destination Laguna Phuket

Laguna Phuket Named DPE’s Honorable Contributor in Sports and Exercise

On Monday 9 December, Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket was named Honorable Contributor in Sports and Exercise by Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Physical Education (DPE) at its 86th anniversary celebration, held at National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. … Continue Reading

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Destination New York

Broadway Inbound teams up with the New York Yankees

Broadway Inbound is pleased to announce its newest offering – tickets for New York Yankees games at Yankee Stadium. … Continue Reading

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Destination North America

Destination South Pacific & Oceania

NSW Tops The List | Australia’s Top 20 Beaches for 2020

Veteran Australian coastal advocate and author, Brad Farmer, has been reviewing beaches
worldwide for over 35 years and has examined first-hand most of the nation’s 11,761 coastal
beaches. … Continue Reading

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Look no further than Lake Mac to fill your Santa sack

Dining

The Michelin guide, TripAdvisor and TheFork Launch an International Strategic Partnership

The Michelin Guide has joined forces with TripAdvisor and TheFork to offer diners a complementary way to find their ideal dining experience, as well as improved access to a wider choice of high-quality restaurants around the world. … Continue Reading

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Pierre Gagnaire Restaurant At Ana Intercontinental Tokyo Retains Its Two Michelin Stars For Ten Consecutive Years In The Michelin Guide Tokyo 2020

Financial

Mastercard and Doconomy Extend Collaboration to Deliver a More Sustainable Future

Doconomy and Mastercard today extended their joint effort to combat climate change. Moving beyond previously announced programs, this new arrangement brings the ability for any Mastercard issuer to offer their cardholder the ability to track and understand their carbon footprint based on purchases made. … Continue Reading

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Ajman Bank Signs Agreement with Avanza Solutions for an End-to-End Omnichannel Digital Banking Platform
With Taxi Tuesdays™ and Fareback Fridays™, Mastercard Makes Commuting Easy This Holiday Season in New York City

Health and Wellness

Bawah Reserve, Anambas Islands, Indonesia To Launch Wellbeing Programmes For January 2020

Bawah Reserve is one of Indonesia’s most exclusive, off-grid resorts and only accessible via private seaplane from Singapore. In January 2020, Bawah will launch two restorative wellbeing programmes for guests – the Journey to Calm and Journey to Vitality. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

Centara Offers the Discount for Epic 12.12 Sale

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, launches a new 12.12 Sale this week that features an across-the-board 24% discount. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

Hilton Launches Tapestry Collection by Hilton Brand in Australasia

 Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the signing of The Modern Christchurch, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, marking the first signing and launch of the Tapestry Collection brand in Australasia. … Continue Reading

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Hyatt Announces Plans for First Hotel in Iceland With Hyatt Centric Reykjavík

Hotel News

Swiss-Belhotel International Blends Business and Leisure in Blissful Bali

Swiss-Belhotel International, the global hospitality management chain, is helping to make Bali the ideal destination for “bleisure” breaks, by blending exceptional business and leisure facilities at its extensive collection of hotels in the “Island of the Gods”. … Continue Reading

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Celebrate the Festive Season at Canal Central Hotel Business Bay
W Brisbane Unearths Real World Talent with QUT

Hotel Openings - in Association with COSIHotels.com

JA Resorts & Hotels Announces New Hotel Addition to the Portfolio ‘The Manor by JA’

JA Resorts & Hotels announced today the early January 2020 opening of new 247-key property officially named ‘The Manor by JA’, located in Al Furjan, Dubai. … Continue Reading

2020’s Hottest New Hotel Openings in Australia (and across the globe)

Hotel Trends

STR: Australia surpasses 300,000 hotel rooms

Openings in November pushed Australia’s hotel inventory above 300,000 open rooms, according to data from STR. Australia ranks 12th in the world in total room count and fourth among countries in the Asia Pacific region.   … Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

MICE

Support the bush and go ‘out the back’ for your next event or meeting

One of the biggest tourism businesses in far west NSW – Out of the Ordinary Outback – has launched a program to attract more social and corporate events to its flagship properties in outback NSW, with discounted package rates released for functions, meetings and conferences for up to 300 people. … Continue Reading

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MTA head office team cruises into Christmas

Mobile Travel Agents’ head office team has celebrated Christmas in style with a slap-up seafood feast at the Gold Coast’s renowned Omeros Brothers restaurant followed by a scenic cruise aboard the luxurious Crystal Blue. … Continue Reading

Resort News

Bali Beach Bliss This Christmas & New Year

Why not celebrate Christmas and ring in the new decade in Bali, right on the beach in Nusa Dua? … Continue Reading
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Six Senses Fiji Invites You to Share the Bula Spirit
Mingle with Maiko at a Michelin Recognised Ryokan

Responsible Tourism

Scalloped hammerhead shark globally upgraded to ‘critically endangered’ due to fishing pressures

Conservation groups are calling on the Queensland and Northern Territory state governments to ban the fishing of scalloped hammerhead sharks after their global conservation status was upgraded to Critically Endangered. … Continue Reading

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River Cruising

Le Boat’s top tips for navigating canals and waterways of UK/Europe

When it comes to boating, it’s not rocket science. But with a few expert tips and tricks, your Le Boat boating holiday can run much smoother, especially if you’re a first-timer. … Continue Reading

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Social Media

Pinterest 100: The top trends to inspire and try in 2020

When Pinners want new ideas, they come to Pinterest first. It’s where they get inspiration, find new dreams and plan for what matters most. … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

How to Save More Than $3500 on Your Next Holiday, Thanks to the Share Economy

New Money Smart figures show that holidays account for $77 in the average Australian household’s weekly budget, adding up to a total of $4,004 a year. … Continue Reading

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New data indicates 1 in 3 Schoolies could return home with significant out-of-pocket costs

Theme Parks

Miral and Warner Bros. To Open World’s First Warner Bros. Hotel on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi in 2021

Miral, Abu Dhabi’s creator of destinations, and Warner Bros. announced today that the world’s first Warner Bros. branded hotel – The WB Abu Dhabi – is currently in development on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

Utracks Is on Trend

Recently online flight aggregator, Skyscanner published its respected annual Travel Trends 2020 Report for Australian travellers identifying six major travel trend types. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

Book & Pay Before Wednesday 18 December To Secure Trafalgar’s 10% Early Payment Discount on Worldwide Destinations

With the arrival of December and festive season now in full swing, the countdown is on to close those pre-Christmas sales and lock in your clients 2020 travel plans, while making their festive season 10% merrier with Trafalgar’s early payment discounts on the USA & Canada​, Latin America​, Asia​, Europe & Britain or Australia & New Zealand – ending on 18 December. … Continue Reading

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Whats On

Moonlight Cinema To Bring Starlit Blockbusters To Western Sydney This Summer

Moonlight Cinema has announced it is coming to Western Sydney, bringing the season’s biggest blockbusters, hottest new releases and certified cult classics to The Amphitheatre at Lizard Log, Western Sydney Parklands – Sydney’s Biggest Backyard! The season will run for a limited time only from 1 January to 2 February, 2020. … Continue Reading

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