Headline News

Jasper and ‘The Wild One’

It was my first time on a Harley Davidson and what made it even more pulsating was that I was heading for the dizzy heights of Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, writes John Newton. … Continue Reading

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JOHN ROZENTALS applauds a flagship of one of Australia’s most celebrated wine regions
JOHN ROZENTALS becomes more familiar with tannat, and like what he tastes
A Fortified Castle which Contributed to Stability of the Ryukyu Kingdom
Kusui-Mun: A Balanced Diet Leads to a Healthy Body, Supporting a Long and Healthy Life


Vietjet Bags ‘Best Vietnam Deal’ Award for its Successful IPO in 2017

Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (HOSE: VJC) was recently presented the ‘Best Vietnam Deal’ award in recognition of its successful IPO held in early 2017 by Finance Asia, Asia’s leading finance publication. … Continue Reading

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Qatar Airways Wins Four Awards at APEX Passenger Choice Awards™ Ceremony in Shanghai


KLM introduces new Airbus 330-200 cabin interior

KLM this week introduced its first Airbus A330-200 with a fully renewed cabin interior. In addition to a whole new design, all seats in World Business Class have been converted to full-flat models, with a brand-new inflight entertainment system. … Continue Reading

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Destination well-being with Air France
Juneyao Airlines and ANA Launch Codeshare and Frequent Flyer Partnership
IATA Innovates Dangerous Goods Handling
Finnair adds frequencies to Japan and Europe for upcoming European Winter


Amadeus promotes Cyril Tetaz to lead Airlines business in Asia Pacific

Amadeus today announces that Cyril Tetaz has been appointed Executive Vice President, Airlines, Amadeus Asia Pacific, with the responsibility of leading Amadeus’ Airlines business in Asia Pacific (APAC), effective April 2018. … Continue Reading

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Centara appoints new VP of Human Resources to support expansion


New Alaska TourSaver App Offers Travelers Instant Statewide Savings

The Alaska TourSaver® offers travelers exclusive 2-for-1 buy-one-get-one-free savings to a collection of adventures, tours, packages and admissions around the state. … Continue Reading

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Spotify Launches in Israel, Romania, South Africa & Vietnam


PATA launches youth component of food waste campaign, “BUFFET for Youth”

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the launch of the “BUFFET for Youth”. The announcement was made yesterday by PATA Young Tourism Professional (YTP) Ambassador, Ms JC Wong, and PATA Sustainability and Social Responsibility Associate, Ms. Veronika Forstmeier, at the Asia Pacific Youth & Sustainable Tourism Workshop held today at the UN Building in Bangkok, Thailand. … Continue Reading

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Kids can be mini miners at The Crystal Caves

Kids from toddlers to teens will have double the fun at The Crystal Caves this school holidays with a new creative centre set up in the Atherton Tablelands attraction. … Continue Reading

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International premiere of major new exhibition James Cameron – Challenging the Deep at the Australian National Maritime Museum
Free Flights, Free Easter Activities and Free Easter Eggs for Children – This Easter at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel


Easter Blues & Brews at Murray’s Brewery

Have an egg-cellent time this long-weekend at Port Stephens’ annual Easter Blues& Brews festival. Local beer and spirits maker, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, is putting on a family-friendly show for the senses, running all long-weekend. … Continue Reading

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Business News

Stronger Accommodation Industry Advocacy in QLD

Stronger local advocacy through the launch of a Queensland State Advisory Board confirms the Accommodation Association of Australia is the leading organisation for advocacy on issues which directly impact on the accommodation industry in the Sunshine State. … Continue Reading

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Securing South Australia’s Future Through Tourism and Transport This Election
TTF Welcomes New National Bid Fund
Golden Bay tourism businesses urged to apply for relief fund


Young guns of Australia’s hospitality industry invited to apply for international scholarship

Applications for the nationwide Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship supported by Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will open on Thursday 15 March.  … Continue Reading

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Cargo & Freight

Digitization, Trade Facilitation, Safety and People Development Top Agenda at WCS

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities for the future success of the air cargo industry: accelerating the digitization of the supply chain, enforcing regulations for lithium batteries, more efficient trade facilitation and developing the next generation of air cargo leaders. … Continue Reading

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Technology empowering an increasingly connected SEA for financially inclusive communities

Ant Financial Services Group (“Ant Financial” or “Ant”) today wrapped up its participation at Money20/20 Asia in Singapore with the Ant Technology Exploration Conference (ATEC), with guests Giri Jadeja, Global Head of Financial Innovation at International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer at Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sharing their views on financial inclusion alongside Cheng Li, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operations Officer for global business group at Ant Financial. … Continue Reading

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Google, Twitter, NAB, BPAY and Volkswagen join top-level industry discussions at CeBIT Australia
Revenue Managers Flock to 5 International Cities for HSMAI’s ROC


Norwegian Bliss Begins Her Conveyance Up River EMS

Norwegian Bliss, the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience, departed Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany last night local time, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 for her conveyance along the Ems River, and is arriving to Eemshaven, Netherlands this evening, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. … Continue Reading

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Celebrity Cruises Hosts Mumbai Travel Dignitaries and Media To Showcase the Growing Importance of India in the Cruise Industry
The Untold Story of The New Expedition Cruise Vessel, RCGS Resolute
Pearl Seas Cruises’ Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages For Cuba Sailings

Cruise Deals

Earlybird offer on 2019 Torres Strait Island cruises

High interest in its new Torres Strait Islands cruises has prompted expedition cruise operator, Ahoy Buccaneers, to offer another five sailings to the remote and rarely visited islands in 2019, with a 10 per cent  saving available for bookings made on new cruises by April 30, 2018. … Continue Reading

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Norwegian Cruise Line Invites Guests To Cruise Into March With Free At Sea Promotion And Us$1 Deposits

Destination ASEAN

Singapore: Where Passion is Made Possible for True Collectors

Following from the launch of “Passion Made Possible” brand campaign and the two passion tribes “Foodies” and “Explorers” last year, Singapore Tourism Board continues to establish a deeper, more personal connection between Singapore and Thai travellers by promoting Singapore as a destination for true collectors. … Continue Reading

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“Cambodia at a crossroads” – UN expert calls on Government to choose path of human rights

Destination Europe

Vuelve a Madrid, Introducing City´s Tourism Loyalty Programme

The capital of Spain, Madrid is the first destination to offer a visitors loyalty programme based on a catalogue of exclusive advantages and offers that can be redeemed through a points system. … Continue Reading

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Destination Global

A Northern Rivers Holiday Never Looked So Good – 10 Hot Hotel Stays You Need to Tick Off Your Hit List

World-renowned for its stunning beaches, lush hinterland and enviable coastal lifestyle, the Northern Rivers region of NSW is experiencing an accommodation renaissance with a recent spate of new hotels, refurbishments and unique stays attracting an increased number of visitors. … Continue Reading

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Destination North America

Announcing This Year’s Spectacular Lineup of Celebrity Chefs for Tasteful Traditions 2018

At the top of the marquee for South Florida’s social calendar this year is Tasteful Traditions 2018, the highly anticipated annual gala fundraiser for the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (the event is formerly known as Purim Pairings).  … Continue Reading

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Insider Travel Service LOCALIKE New York Launches Wellness-Focused Destination Guide

Destination Okinawa

The History of Okinawa Bullfighting

In Okinawa, bullfighting is known as “Ushiōrasē.” Bullfighting tournaments are one of Okinawa’s more popular tourist attractions and consist of up to 20 bullfights throughout the year. … Continue Reading

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Banyan Tree Phuket’s Saffron Restaurant Presents Thailand’s own Michelin-Star Chef

Banyan Tree Phuket’s signature Saffron restaurant proudly welcomes national treasure Chef Phatchara “Pom” Pirapak for a special set menu event on April 6-7. … Continue Reading

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Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok Delivers Enchanting Easter Treats At Next2 Café
New Executive Pastry Chef David Puig Zaragoza Debuts Artistic Creations At The Langham, Hong Kong
Sicilia gets new chef and new menu!


Worldpay and Lianlian Pay team up to connect China to the world

Worldpay, Inc. the global leader in payments, and Lianlian Pay, one of the top mobile payment service providers in China, are partnering to expand Worldpay’s settlement and pay out capabilities to include Chinese Yuan (CNY).  … Continue Reading

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SWISS raises earnings to CHF 561 million

Food & Beverage

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok Serves Eggs with A Total Weight Equivalent to Five Fully-Grown Thai Elephants Yearly

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok’s NEXT2 Café serves 1,337 eggs per day, an amount equivalent to 80.2 kilogrammes, or 2,245 kilogrammes per month or 26,947 kilogrammes per year; which is equivalent to an average weight of five fully-grown Thai elephants. … Continue Reading

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EASTER HIGH TEA & FEAST @ Award-winning ABODE Bistro & Bar
Flying High: Celebrating Native Australian Ingredients With Qantas


How Innovation Delivered an All-new Camera for the Galaxy S9/S9+

It’s hard to remember when a smartphone was just a phone. In fact, today most people probably use their phones to send texts, images, GIFs and videos far more than to make actual phone calls. … Continue Reading

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Two Artists and a Notebook: How the Notebook 9 Pen Fueled an Artist Collaboration

Golf Tourism

Golf’s Modernised Rules Released

St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States: The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA) have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented on January 1, 2019. … Continue Reading

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Health and Wellness

Aromatherapy Associates Launches New Spa Treatments Exclusively At Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre

For those seeking a holistic approach to balance both the mind and body, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre at Hotel Café Royal has further developed its wellness offering by introducing an exclusive range of spa treatments by wellbeing experts, Aromatherapy Associates, launching March 2018.  … Continue Reading

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Wellness Specialist Ketut Armana Adiana To Reinvigorate Guests’ Experiences at Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu

Hotel Deals

April shaping up to be the best month for a ‘sneaky holiday’ in Sydney – Tank Stream Hotel launches 3-day sale with 20% discounts off stays in April

April is shaping up to be a great month to stay in Sydney, with the Tank Stream Hotel announcing a 3-day sale from 24 – 26 March, offering discounts of 20% for stays throughout April – with no blackout periods.

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Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park Unveils Refreshed Guest Rooms with New Spring Package
The Shilla Hotels & Resorts Celebrates Spring with Seasonal Specials

Hotel Developments

FIH Announces Strategic Alliance with IHG

Formosa International Hotels Corporation (FIH) today announces that it has formalised a joint venture agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to accelerate the international expansion of Regent Hotels & Resorts (Regent). … Continue Reading

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Hilton Continues French Focused Service Expansion
IHG® expands luxury footprint, acquires 51% stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Goes Beyond with Signing Of 10th Hotel in Japan

Hotel News

Aloft Hotels Presents a Showcase of Emerging Artists at SXSW®

Aloft Hotels, Marriott International’s brand for music lovers and music makers, in partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, will present a female-led, emerging artist showcase during the 2018 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals in Austin, TX. … Continue Reading

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Delta Hotels And Soapbox Unite To Make Global Impact One Bar At A Time
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Showcases “Today’s Best Western” With Behind the Brands Series
Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach presents exhibition by contemporary Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton
The High Line Hotel Welcomes Guests And Neighbors To 5th Annual Easter Celebration

Hotel Openings

Pangolin Khwai Camp Opens In Botswana

PANGOLIN Photo Safaris’ new Pangolin Khwai Camp is now open with the first guests enjoying the innovative property offering a luxury stay deep in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.  … Continue Reading

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Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge Officially Open
Get Ready Australia; W Brisbane Opens 1st June 2018 A Sunshine State of Mind

Hotel Trends

Industry Deals

New Deals From Your Travel Club

http://industryclub.com.au/This Week’s deals! From your friends at Travel Industry Club

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Melbourne Convention Bureau Applauds Federal Funding Boost for Business Events

The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) applauds the announcement today by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon Steven Ciobo MP to increase investment in attracting international business events to Australia by $12 million over 3 years. … Continue Reading

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Australian Government Investment To Disrupt Global Business Events Landscape


Avis Budget Group Moves Closer to a Fully Connected Fleet with New Toyota Partnership

Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR) today announced a multi-year deal that will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to Avis Car Rental’s expanding fleet of connected vehicles. … Continue Reading

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Mercedes-Benz Takes Pole Position as World’s Most Valuable Car Brand

OTA News

Most Romantic Places to Propose in 2018

The old adage ‘location, location, location’ is as true for romance as it is for real estate. If you’re looking for the perfect place to propose EliteSingles surveyed 1600 participants to compile the definitive list of the 15 ultimate romantic places to propose and what you need to know in 2018. … Continue Reading

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Photo Gallery

A Close Shave at Helloworld Travel

Two brave staff from AOT Inbound took the plunge and shaved off their locks this week to help beat blood cancer!
The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave is now 20 years old, and remains one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events. … Continue Reading

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Resort News

LUX* Grand Gaube Officially Launches in Mauritius

LUX* Grand Gaube has officially opened this month and its first guests are already bubbling with enthusiasm at its eclectic retro-chic style. … Continue Reading

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Exclusive Tali Wiru re-opens for 2018 season
Honouring The Brave and The Fallen…

River Cruising

Scenic Announces New Hosted Cruise in 2018

Scenic has announced author and historian Peter FitzSimons will return to the Seine on 27 June 2018. … Continue Reading

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World Champions arrive in Sydney for 2018 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta

More than 1,500 rowers from across Australia and abroad will gather in Sydney next week for the 2018 Aon Sydney International Rowing Regatta (SIRR) to be contested at Penrith from 19 to 25 March, 2018. … Continue Reading

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Enjoy the Glamour & Thrill of Dubai World Cup at The Meydan Hotel

Statistics & Trends

‘Living Spirits’ debuts light installation at i LIGHT MARINA BAY 2018 in Singapore

Thai interactive art creators, ‘Living Spirits’, debuts its light installation, “Chandelier of Spirits”, inspired by the morning beverage habits of office workers and to symbolize Singapore’s workforce. … Continue Reading

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With almost 191 million Chinese tourists by 2021, global brands should embrace WeChat, says GlobalData
Airlines for America Forecasts 151 Million Flyers for Record-High Spring Travel Season


A Decade of Review Excellence: TrustYou Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary

TrustYou, the world’s largest guest feedback platform, celebrates its 10th anniversary today and looks back on a decade of helping hoteliers handle their guest feedback and online reviews with success and excellence. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Tech
Samsung Executive Briefing Center Grand Opening
Tramada Systems partners with BookingBuilder Technologies to bring to market another first

Theme Parks

Plan Your Day of Fun at Gumbuya World These School Holidays!

Beat the school holiday blues and plan a day with the kids at Victoria’s newest theme park, Gumbuya World. Open everyday of the school holidays, including Good Friday, come and explore four worlds of fun from 10am to 6pm daily. Located in Melbourne’s South-East and only 50 minutes from the CBD on the Princes Hwy (M1), Gumbuya World opened in December to smashing reviews.   … Continue Reading

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A Sneak Peek at the Food for Pixar Fest, coming to the Disneyland Resort April 13, 2018

Tour Operator

Tour the Tracks of UCI Cyclists on Grand American Adventures’ New California Cycling Holidays

Small group adventure specialist Grand American Adventures today launches two new cycling tours to California, the first in a new cycling series being added to their portfolio of comprehensive US itineraries. … Continue Reading

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Springtime Wonders with Grand American Adventures
The tour that makes you happy Sights & Delights reinvents the Oxford City tour with unique experiences that make people hap

Tourist Boards

Iconic Australian landmarks to turn green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

Iconic Australian landmarks to turn green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day
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Travel Deals

Travellers’ Good Buys Compiled By John Rozentals

The End festival will see the historic NSW Central West gold-mining village of Hill End transformed into a music, culture, food and history lover’s paradise from April 20-22. … Continue Reading

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Wake up with Today – in Vanuatu!

Travel Feature

See Breathtaking Bruny by Boat

Toby can’t believe it. This nine-year-old rollercoaster and Wet’N’Wild aficionado is dumbstruck as our fast, custom-built open boat roars out of Adventure Bay on Bruny Island. … Continue Reading

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Weird & Wacky

Superbike’s Quarter Million Superprice

A FIFTY YEAR old prototype of a Honda CB750 motorcycle, a machine that was to go on to be dubbed “the world’s first superbike,” has sold in England for an extraordinary 161,000 pounds (that’s AU$287,000,) making it the world’s most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction. … Continue Reading

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Whats On

Boutique Festival Good Saturday Unveils Music, Food and Brewer Line Up

Sydney’s inaugural Good Saturday Festival steps out with a stellar first line-up for its one-day, all ages block party; combining iconic rock royalty, nourishing eats and top-notch brewers, all converging on a Marrickville laneway this Easter long weekend. … Continue Reading

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The 37th Istanbul Film Festival to Kick Off On 6 April
Diary/What’s on Alert – The World’s Best Bucking Bull Riders Are Coming to Sydney This June
Countdown to Norfolk Island Country Music Festival Private Charter
Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert! To Feature the Iconic Score Performed Live to Film.

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