Headline News

Fighter jets intercept pax flight – and is that a UFO?

Impressive footage has been posted on Facebook showing German Air Force fighter aircraft intercepting a Jet Airways 777-300ER passenger flight from Mumbai to London this week after it failed to respond on the correct air traffic control frequencies. … Continue Reading

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Can you insure travel against supplier insolvency?
Airline’s plea – stop urinating in the cargo hold
AIME draws to close and opinions flow
Pour a Betsy with dragon eye and toast Cathay

Accolades

Agents Incentives

TravelCube celebrates 2017 Beach Collection by giving agents chance to win seven-night Cuban getaway

TravelCube is celebrating the launch of its 2017 Beach Collection brochure – which now features 10,000 properties around the world – by giving travel agents the chance to win an unforgettable seven-night trip to Cuba, along with weekly ‘beach breaks’. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Cathay Pacific introduces Betsy Beer – the world’s first hand-crafted bottled beer brewed to be enjoyed at 35,000ft

The quality of the inflight dining experience has always been an important focus for Cathay Pacific – the airline has long sought collaborations with renowned partners, restaurants and chefs in order to provide its customers with innovative dishes and beverages as part of its philosophy of a Life Well Travelled. To that end, … Continue Reading

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Tigerair Australia Announces Direct Daytime Low Cost Carrier Services Connecting Melbourne And Townsville
Hainan Airlines Announces First Ever Nonstop Routes Connecting Los Angeles to Chengdu and Chongqing, China

Airport

Concourse D Marks its First Anniversary Welcomes 16.6 million Passengers in first 12 months of operation

Concourse D marks its first anniversary on February 24 following a successful inaugural year that saw over 16.6 million passengers enjoy its customer-friendly design and top-flight retail and food and beverage offering. … Continue Reading

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Sydney Airport opens new road entry to T1 International precinct

Appointments

Business News

What Australia needs is aggressive entrepreneurship

GLOBAL economic juggernauts like Alibaba[1] will threaten Australia’s banking system unless the country quickly develops its own ‘ecosystem’ of entrepreneurial success stories, according to Tyro Payments, the first Australian IT company to be granted a banking licence. … Continue Reading

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Innovation, technology and sustainability – pillars of Smart Destinations
Australian PR Agency Turns 5 Celebrating 5 years of exceptional service & real results
Small Luxury Hotels of The World™ Appoints Black Communications

Conferences

InsurTech Integrated to highlight why effective leverage of digital innovation is paramount to staying relevant

The inaugural edition of InsurTech Integrated, convened by leading financial intelligence platform, Middle East Global Advisors, and held in strategic partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), will gravitate around the theme of  “Harnessing disruptive technologies to thrive in a digital era”. … Continue Reading

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Antigua and Barbuda to host CTU’s ICT Week and Symposium
European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation returns to Vienna in 2018

Cruise

Disney Cruise Line Offers Families a Chance to See the World and Explore Magnificent New Destinations in Summer 2018

In summer 2018, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to destinations in Italy and Ireland. Disney Cruise Line takes guests on a grand tour of Europe with visits to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Norway and Iceland. Plus, adventures continue with sailings to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. … Continue Reading

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Pacific Dawn Makeover Begins
Port Adventures Immerse Disney Cruise Line Guests in Rich Alaskan Culture, Heritage and Adventure
Carnival Cruise Line Expands Popular ‘Carnival Journeys’ Program with 13 Additional Voyages Departing in 2018-19
Faliero Sarti Creates Exclusive Scarves Celebrating Silversea’s Silver Muse

Cruise Deals

Norwegian Jewel’s triple deal for early-bird bookings – incredible savings available now

Early-bird passengers booking a cruise aboard the spectacular Norwegian Jewel during her inaugural Australasian 2017/18 season will be treated to a triple delight – three enticing offers at once including reduced deposit, free on-board spend and a package of five fabulous ‘Free at Sea’ additional offers available on selected sailings. … Continue Reading

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Destination Europe

Tourism results for 2016: Moderate decrease in visitor numbers due to difficult general conditions

The tourism year 2016 lagged behind the record-breaking year 2015, posting a total of 3.35 million arriving guests and 5.8 million overnight stays. The decreases amount to 2.9 per cent for arrivals and 3.5 per cent for officially recorded overnight stays in hotels. … Continue Reading

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Destination Global

Gold Coast Voted Favourite Australian Destination

Chinese travellers have overwhelmingly voted the Gold Coast as their favourite Australian holiday destination in the annual ‘Destination of the year’ awards released overnight. … Continue Reading

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Destination Laguna Phuket

Inaugural “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” Expected to Support Phuket Orphans

Laguna Phuket launched its newest “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” earlier this year  as a charity event with a mission of “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” and children of Phuket as beneficiary. … Continue Reading

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Destination Seychelles

Possibility of daily flights from Seychelles to Mauritius proposed

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, has made a proposal for Mauritius to look at the possibility of having daily flights between the two islands. … Continue Reading

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Seychelles Tourism Board launches new blog

Dining

Exhibitions

Darktrace to discuss the future of machine learning for cyber defence at CeBIT Australia

Innovative international cyber security company, Darktrace, will discuss how artificial intelligence algorithms and genuine machine learning will be essential to combat the evolving cyber-threat at CeBIT Australia, at the International Convention Centre Sydney on 23 May 2017. … Continue Reading

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Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show and Hong Kong International Jewellery Show Kick Off Next Week

Financial

Helloworld delivers strong business performance with half year results success

Helloworld Limited today announced its results for the half year ended 31 December 2016. The Group has turned around a loss before tax of $1.0m in December 2015 to a profit before tax of $18.7m.
… Continue Reading

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Travelport Worldwide Limited Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

Hotel Deals

The ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation of body, mind, and spirit at Crown

Crown Spa has taken the art of relaxation and wellbeing to new levels of luxury with their range of special offers for February and March. Enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating couples package or bring a little bit of opulence into everyday life with special discounts on La Prairie luxury products. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

RCI Welcomed More Than 170 New Resorts in 2016

RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), added more than 170 new affiliated resorts to its exchange network in 2016. … Continue Reading

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BHMAsia Opens Representative Office in Vietnam

Hotel News

Dorsett Shepherds Bush As Official Hotel for aMei Utopia 2.0 Celebration World Tour Concert

Dorsett Shepherds Bush is honoured to be the official hotel partner for aMei Utopia 2.0 Celebration World Tour Concert, which will be held for only ONE (1) day on 22 March 2017. … Continue Reading

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Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu Presents Mugnâ x Miranda Konstantinidou
Pullman Melbourne On The Park set for $6million transformation

Hotel Openings

Tribute Portfolio Debuts In China

Tribute Portfolio™, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced its debut in China with the addition of The Yuluxe Sheshan, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Shanghai. … Continue Reading

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sbe to open its first hotel in the Middle East and introduce the Mondrian brand to the region with the opening of Mondrian Doha

Hotel Trends

Tourism growth a shining light as hotel development pipeline finally responds to record occupancies

Australia’s tourism sector remains a shining light for the nation’s economy, with strong growth in both international and domestic visitor numbers, according to Deloitte Access Economics’ latest Tourism and Hotel Market Outlook report. … Continue Reading

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STR: US hotel performance for January 2017

Insurance

How to have a 2-week holiday and take only seven days of annual leave

Ahead of the Easter holidays online travel insurance provider InsureandGo, has reviewed this year’s public holiday dates to help Australians take longer breaks while using fewer annual days. … Continue Reading

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SureSave and Express Travel Group partner to offer members a new-look PDS
Cover-More Travel Insurance recognised for trusted customer service

Loyalty

SSI and Hawaiian Airlines Launch New Rewards Program

SSI and Hawaiian Airlines announced a new rewards program today called Opinions Take Flight.  The program offers HawaiianMiles members the opportunity to earn award miles by participating in surveys and sharing their opinions.

… Continue Reading

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Asian airline booking tech must better serve frequent flyers, says TravelPass
Velocity Frequent Flyer And Energyaustralia Partner To Power And Reward Australians
More Kiwi kids set to fly thanks to Airpoints™ for Schools

Luxury Hotels

The Iconic Intercontinental Sydney Plans for a $200 Million Upgrade

Mulpha Australia Limited today unveiled its long term vision for a $200+ million upgrade to Sydney’s most iconic hotel, InterContinental Sydney. The proposed upgrades include to all existing public areas, functions rooms, restaurants and 509 guest rooms and a new, 900 square metre grand ballroom, which will feature unique views of Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. … Continue Reading

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MICE

ICC Sydney Reveals its World Class Benchmarking data

Delivering on its launch objectives, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) was impressing event organisers well before it officially opened 20 December 2016, according to data revealed today at Asia-Pacific Incentive & Meetings Expo (AIME). … Continue Reading

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Versatile venue brings Brisbane Showgrounds success

Motoring

Hertz and Air France renew longstanding, exclusive partnership and launch new car rental products and services for passengers

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc announced that Hertz, Thrifty and Firefly will serve as Air France’s exclusive car rental providers for four years, following the renewal of the 28 year partnership between Hertz and Air France–KLM Group. … Continue Reading

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European Motorhomes From $65 A Day

Photo Gallery

Queen Mary 2 Makes Maiden Visit to Kangaroo Island

As Sydney prepares for the 10th anniversary visit of Queen Mary 2 on Saturday, the iconic liner has already been turning heads around Australia. … Continue Reading

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On The Go Tours hosts agents in Nepal

Resort News

Make it an Affair to Remember…..

Bali has always been considered the ultimate location to celebrate a special occasion with one hundred metres of absolute beachfront to host a private party; plus over 1.2 hectares of lush lawns, swimming pool, poolside gazebo and the best sunsets in Bali Semara Beach House is definitely Bali’s 2017 premier event venue. … Continue Reading

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Vail Resorts to Acquire Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont
Sharing the Love for Songan Village, Bali, Indonesia
Six Senses Residences Fiji
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort Unveils “Family Playground” Programme For Young Guests

River Cruising

Sanctuary Retreats Relaunches Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Luxury cruise specialist Sanctuary Retreats has announced the launch of the new look Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer in March 2017. … Continue Reading

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Sports

What do you get if you combine freerunning with minus-25 degrees Celsius? The ultimate winter wonderland.

Every year for the past 33 winters, covering an area the size of 12 football fields, the North Chinese city of Harbin is transformed in to a virtual ice palace. … Continue Reading

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Technology

Tramada announces availability of tramada® ISOS Integration

International SOS has long been a leading provider of Duty of Care services in the Travel industry. Tramada is proud to announce that we have successfully launched an integration with International SOS that will see agencies extend their offering in this Duty of Care space. … Continue Reading

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World Travellers Group selects Travelport as its preferred technology provider
etouches Launches Full Service Venue Sourcing Tool for Event Planners
Kaligo Travel Solutions and Velocity Frequent Flyer Launch Flexible New Online Hotel Redemption Platform

Tour Operator

Byroads’ Small Group Tours Lead To Uzbekistan

Lying on the crossroads of the ancient ‘Silk Road’, Uzbekistan remains a mystery to the masses

However, its obscurity makes it all the more appealing to the seasoned travellers from Australia. … Continue Reading

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Introducing: The Buffalo Tours 2017 Luxe Brochure

Trade Events

AIME winds up a successful two day show in Melbourne

Exhibitors and delegates have gathered for the second day of the jam-packed Asia-Pacific Incentive and Meetings Expo (AIME) program, after a night of events in and around Melbourne which saw people networking and doing business well into the night. … Continue Reading

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First ITB China fully booked up

Travel Deals

Save up to $4,800 per couple with A&K in Chile

An award winning adventure destination, Chile is trending as one of South America’s must see locations and with luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent guests experience it in style and save. … Continue Reading

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