Headline News

Airport worker filmed rifling bags of Jetstar passengers

If you’ve ever wondered whether to lock your checked suitcases, watch this extraordinary video footage, showing an airline baggage worker rifling the baggage of Jetstar passengers and allegedly pilfering. … Continue Reading

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Malware! Hyatt asks customers to double check
As forewarned, drone strikes passenger aircraft
First Qantas Dreamliner in Sydney flyover this Friday
Air Canada appoints new GM for Australia and NZ

Accolades

Agents Incentives

Aranui Offers 2018 Agent Incentive

Aranui Cruises is offering travel agents and wholesalers an extra incentive to book their clients on an Aranui 5 cruise in the new year with all bookings made until April 2018 receiving an extra five per cent commission. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Qantas Unveils First Dreamliner, Great Southern Land

Qantas has unveiled its first Boeing Dreamliner, the game-changing aircraft that will open up new routes and new levels of comfort for travellers. … Continue Reading

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KLM 2017-2018 winter schedule: 5.5% increase in capacity
Celebrate 50 Years of ASEAN with Cebu Pacific Air
SWISS to launch the second Flying Film Festival

Airport

Singapore Airlines’ A350 touches down at Brisbane Airport

Singapore Airlines’ brand new A350-900 aircraft touched down at Brisbane Airport (BNE) this morning, signalling the beginning of upgraded Airbus services for three of Singapore Airlines’ four daily flights between Brisbane and Singapore. … Continue Reading

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Airport Lounge Development Announces the Opening of The Club at Pittsburgh International Airport
ACI signs MoU with HNA Airport Group to promote and facilitate excellence in operations and management at HNA’s airports

Appointments

Bianca Orsola-Rose joins Star Clippers as Sales Manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia

Bianca Orsola-Rose has joined Star Clippers as the Sales Manager for Victoria and Tasmania. She brings vast experience to this role having been the Business Development Manager for Adventure World for six years that also included Cruise Spirit and Creative Cruising, as well four years as the Sales Manager at Creative Holidays (inc Creative Cruising), and most recently as Account Manager at Travelport. She has also had ten years experience within retail and travel management/events. … Continue Reading

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Air Canada appoints Vic Naughton as General Manager Australia and New Zealand
Booking.com Appoints Area Manager For Australia
Tina Sim Appointed General Manager of Orchard Hotel Singapore
Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji appoints Jennifer Grayson to DOS role

Business News

Vagaband Partners with Wyse Travel Confederation on Global Study of Youth Travel Market

The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation announces its partnership with Vagaband for the only recurring global study of youth and student travel, New Horizons. Vagaband will give its travel safety wristbands to twenty lucky winners of the survey’s prize draw. … Continue Reading

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AIM Group Announces Financial Results for 2016
Trade Mission to India – From the Cradle to the Workforce, India’s thirst for education and training

Conferences

The Future of Next Gen Commerce

With the volume of internet data set to reach 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes, by 2020 – what is the value of all this information for the modern consumer? Prominent Australian business leaders will gather at the inaugural Millennial 20/20 Summit in Sydney next month to discuss how both traditional and disruptive businesses leverage data to respond to the changing expectations of millennials. … Continue Reading

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Regional Tourism Champions to Convene in Canberra
The UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook focus on sustainable tourism
New Zealand celebrates 10th PCOA with largest-ever team
27th ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition kicks-off in Mauritius

Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates 5 Years in Australia with Largest Conga Line At Sea

Carnival Cruise Line celebrated its fifth anniversary in Australia today with the world’s longest conga line at sea, marking the first ever World Conga Day™. Over 60,000 guests took part in the Carnival Conga over the past week, which travelled across 25 Carnival ships, via 13 countries, 7 time zones, spanning over 16,000 kilometres. … Continue Reading

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Seabourn Announces New “Extended Explorations” Sailings Showcasing More of Our Extraodinary Worlds In 2018 & 2019
Oceania Cruises Introduces 2019 Europe & The Americas Itineraries
Coming Home: Royal Caribbean Sets Return to St. Thomas
Celebrity Cruises selects Canadian North as airline partner for the Western Canadian expansion of its innovative ‘All Included’ cruise program

Cruise Deals

Back a Winner with Captain Cook’s Melbourne Cup Cruise

Grab your favourite fascinator and a few friends and celebrate the race that’s stops a nation on Tuesday 7th November 2017, on Captain Cook Cruises Melbourne Cup Lunch cruise. … Continue Reading

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Celebrity Cruises Celebrates Solstice’s Return with Spectacular New Deal

Destination Seychelles

New Fire and Ice – Bar & Lounge adds to the Seychelles’ nightlife experience

The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis, has described the opening of the new Fire and Ice – Bar & Lounge at Eden Island, as an added choice of entertainment venue for the new generation of travellers. … Continue Reading

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Destination Thailand

Smoking ban on Thai beaches to promote clean and safe environment for all

Thailand is imposing a smoking ban on some 20 popular beaches across the country as part of the country’s sustainable tourism plan efforts. The ban comes into effect in November 2017. … Continue Reading

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Financial

Surpassing Two Million Messages, SWIFT gpi Is the New Standard in Cross-Border Payments

With SWIFT gpi, corporate treasurers around the world are getting a better payments experience from over 120 leading transaction banks … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

Hotel Developments

Regent Partners with Cottonwood Management to Launch 133 & 135 Seaport, A Regent Collection as Part of Echelon Seaport in Boston

Regent Hotels Group and Cottonwood Management, a prominent North American real estate development and management company, have officially launched their first collaborative project- 133 & 135 Seaport, a Regent Collection and appointed JLL, Taiwan to be their exclusive residential condominium sales agent in the Asia Pacific region. … Continue Reading

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Resorts World Las Vegas Selects Construction Manager and Awards More Than $400 Million in Contracts
Saraceno Signs With Mantra Group To Operate Hotel At $1b Development In Melbourne’s South-East

Hotel News

Hotel Openings

Hotel Trends

STR: Central/South America hotel pipeline for September 2017

STR’s September 2017 Pipeline Report shows 58,410 rooms in 374 hotel projects Under Contract in the Central/South America region. The total represents an 8.4% decrease in rooms Under Contract compared with September 2016.  … Continue Reading

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STR: Caribbean/Mexico hotel pipeline for September 2017

Lifestyle

CABN Has Launched

Most of us dream of simplifying our lives, even for just a few days. The tiny house movement is gaining momentum globally, the urge to reduce excessive consumption has led to a desire for more sustainable living.  … Continue Reading

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Aussies Reduce Food Waste

Meeting Venues

Sheraton Waikiki Completes Significant Ballroom, Banquet Upgrades

For the first time in nearly a decade, Sheraton Waikiki’s meetings and convention spaces have a new look, thanks to a $1.4 million project over the summer. The hotel features one of Oahu’s preeminent meeting and convention facilities with one of the largest hotel ballrooms in Waikiki with the Hawaii Ballroom at nearly 26,000 square feet. … Continue Reading

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MICE

Korea Unveils Best of UNESCO Capital Gyeongju for OWHC Delegates

Representatives from UNESCO World Heritage cities will have a golden opportunity to explore fellow heritage city Gyeongju’s unique contributions to the UN register when they visit the ancient Korean capital for the 14th World Congress of the OWHC, to be held at HICO from October 31st – November 3rd. … Continue Reading

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Looking Ahead At International Business Events: Growth In Bid Losses Outpaces Bid Wins

Mobile travel consulting

Personal Travel Managers ‘Battle of the Brains’ Trivia Nights

TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs), national partnership office (NPO) staff and a handful of partner suppliers joined forces across the country recently, as they tested their general knowledge regionally, in a series of ‘battle of the brains’ style trivia nights. … Continue Reading

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OTA News

Slingshot Announces First Ever Regional Travel Cohort

Slingshot, alongside Amadeus and Brisbane Airport Corporation, are pleased to announce the cohort for the Horizons accelerator program. … Continue Reading

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Rail

Cape Cod Central Railroad Adds Premium Diamond Class Seating for Train to Christmas Town

Cape Cod Central Railroad announced today that it is adding an additional full-length dome car for its Train to Christmas Town event this holiday season. … Continue Reading

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New Online Transfer Booking Platform Launched for Agents
Agents and travellers both win with Eurostar’s new earlybird deal

Resort News

Niyama Private Islands Invites You To An Indian Ocean Festive Season With A Difference

A Winter Wonderland of snow-white sands melting into turquoise lagoon and never-ending Sapphire Ocean. Neon and fireworks lighting up the starry sky in a Countdown to the Surreal. … Continue Reading

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Family Adventure At Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
Do Africa Differently In 2018 With Sanctuary Retreats.

Responsible Tourism

Mantra Group Rising Stars Cook For A Cause With Ozharvest

Mantra Group’s Rising Stars, a group of 21 team members, teamed up with OzHarvest to participate in their corporate hands-on cooking class ‘Cooking for a Cause’ to transform rescued food items into restaurant-quality meals as part of their development week at Mantra Legends Hotel on Thursday 12 October. … Continue Reading

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&Beyond Invests in Sustainable Energy in Botswana
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group makes a difference in local communities during its 2017 Responsible Business Action Month
7 Days, 90 Countries, 4,000 Volunteer Projects: Hilton Employees Show Their Hospitality Through Global Week of Service

Sports

Qatar Airways Teams Up With FIFA to Play its Part in The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 football tournament has got underway with Qatar Airways as the Official Airline Partner of the illustrious tournament. … Continue Reading

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Australian Champion Kitesurfer Chases Waves on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef

Technology

Virgin Australia implements Sabre Branded Fares

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, is pleased to announce that Virgin Australia has recently implemented Sabre Branded Fares, joining a growing list of airlines globally. … Continue Reading

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BBVA and BBVA Bancomer deploy DLT-based FX matching pilot from Calypso Technology and R3
Aussie Start-Up Launches Platform to Promote Business Innovation

Travel Deals

DriveAway Launches Their Best Earlybird Season for 2018

Whether it’s self-driving the Amalfi coast of Italy in a Peugeot, rolling along the countryside of the Cotswolds in the UK in a rental car, or packing up a motorhome and creating your own itinerary through the USA; self-drive specialist DriveAway Holidays have a deal to suit all travellers in its recently launched Earlybird specials for 2018. … Continue Reading

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Travel Goods

Etherius Gradient Collection Lightweight Design. Legendary Brand.

Victorinox Travel Gear launches the Etherius Gradient Collection, imparting new metallic colour schemes to its popular range of lightweight luggage. … Continue Reading

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