Headline News

Is Donald Trump a winner in election and new chain?

egtmedia59The Trump Organisation, which runs hotels, golf courses and other Trump-branded businesses, is developing a new line of hotels aimed at “today’s thinkers and makers” – while some who had written Trump off in the US election are having second thoughts. … Continue Reading

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Emirates selects entertainment system for its new fleet
Ripples over Qantas uniforms and rigid moustache rules
STA Travel behind Tourism Oz pop-up beach
Specific measles alert issued for Singapore Airlines pax


Towering Above All Others: One World Hotel Grabs Awards At The 23rd World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia 2016 And The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards

one-world-hotel-teamThe 5-star award-winning One World Hotel once again is overwhelmed and excited to be celebrating two wins within a week at two separate glitzy ceremonies across two continents; The 23rd World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2016 in Vietnam and the inaugural Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards in the United Arab Emirates respectively. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Accolades
Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa Scoops Up Awards
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu Is Named One of the World’s Best Resorts by Condé Nast Traveler
Barceló Huatulco is awarded Apple Vacations’ Golden Apple for Outstanding Quality

Agents Incentives

13 Not-So-Unlucky Agents ‘treated’ to a Walt Disney World Resort Mega Fam

Earlier this month, the lucky winners of Disney Destinations, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Mega Fam jet-setted from Australia and New Zealand to Florida for six magical nights at the phenomenal Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. … Continue Reading

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Flying Kangaroo Receives An Update As Qantas Prepares To Welcome Dreamliner

Qantas has revealed an update to its iconic Kangaroo logo as part of preparation for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner entering its fleet a year from now. … Continue Reading

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Qantas Unveils Next Generation Cabins For 787 Dreamliner
Delta Launches Exclusive Westin Heavenly In-Flight Blanket for First Class Customers
Airbus explores a new cabin innovation for passengers with limited mobility
Emirates signs multi-million dollar deal with Thales to provide IFEC solutions for new Boeing 777X fleet


DFS Group and Ant Financial Introduce Alipay at DFS, San Francisco International Airport

DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, has partnered with Ant Financial Services Group, a related company of Alibaba Group, to launch Alipay at DFS, San Francisco International Airport, the first offline retailer in California to provide Alipay’s mobile payment option. Alipay, which provides consumers with fast, easy and safe mobile payment, caters to DFS’ global customer base that seeks out convenience and service when shopping in travel retail. … Continue Reading

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DFW Airport Receives $40 Million in Federal Grant Funds for Airport Infrastructure Improvements


Worldhotels Congratulates Caravelle Saigon on its New Leadership Team

unnamed-20Worldhotels is proud to announce two new executive appointments at its affiliate hotel,Caravelle Saigon. Michael Robinson is now the new General Manager of Caravelle Saigon and John Gardner, the former General Manager, takes over from Martyn Davies and now holds the position of General Director of Chains Caravelle Hotel Joint Venture Company Limited. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Appointments
Regent Taipei Announces New General Manager
The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali Welcomes Lucia Liu as General Manager
Grey At Hilton Cardiff Appoints Pasquale Manganiello As Manager
Dreamlines announces new Managing Director

Business News

BRW 2016 Young Rich List – QLD Top 3 Included + State By State Breakdown – Interviews Available With BRW Rich List Editor John Stensholt

An overview of the 2016 BRW  Young Rich list will be published online at afr.com at 3.00pm today, Thursday, October 27, and then in full at 6.00am on Friday. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Business News
HNA-Caissa Tourism Group Celebrates Its First Anniversary as China’s Biggest Listed Travel Business
ACTE Study: Work Life Balance The New Priority For Modern Business Travellers
Neto links with Afterpay offering customers buy now, receive now, pay later option
Principles to Manage Aviation’s Security Challenges Speed is needed to keep a step ahead of threats


helloworld 2016 Owner Managers Conference delivered big news and a big focus on the future

The 2016 Helloworld Owner Managers Conference (OMC) wrapped up in Singapore on Saturday night with owner managers leaving the conference as shareholders in what is a unified and strengthened Helloworld business. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Conferences
Dare, Define and Do: Marriott International Continues its Commitment to Empower Women
Kenya To Host ISOLA Conference
YPO Southeast Asia Hosts Insights ASEAN Summit 2016, Exclusively for Leading Chief Executives across Asia


Coffee connoisseurs apply: Sail to the coffee capitals with Sunsail’s gourmet Croatian flotillas

unnamedCoffee, this fragrant dark liquid is the lifeblood of Croatia. It’s not so much a café on every corner but entire streets lined with café bars. Coffee culture here is distinctive. It’s an eclectic mix of Italian, Turkish and Austro Hungarian culture. Discover the coffee cosmology on a Sunsail food and wine flotilla along the Dalmatian Coast. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Cruise
P&O Cruises Rocks Guests with Aussie Music Legends
2016 Masters Agents Explore PNG on Pacific Eden

Cruise Deals

Walker Stalker Cruise Adds Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, and Katelyn Nacon to the Heart-Pounding Lineup

Skybound’s The Walking Deadwill come alive aboard Norwegian PearlFebruary 3-6, 2017 as Jeffrey Dean Morgan(Negan), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Christian Serratos (Rosita), and Katelyn Nacon (Enid) join previously announced guests Norman Reedus(Daryl), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Michael Cudlitz(Abraham), Tom Payne (Jesus), Michael Traynor (Nicholas) and special effects guru, director, producer, and writer, Greg Nicotero for the second annual Walker Stalker Cruise. … Continue Reading

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Destination Global

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 Revealed

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel) is the bestselling, inspirational travel yearbook from the world’s leading travel authority that highlights the top ten countries, cities, regions, best value destinations and travel trends that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travelers experience in 2017. … Continue Reading

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Nassau Paradise Island Is Open For Business With Sunny Skies And Special Offers
What’s New in New England 2017

Destination Hawaii

Hawaii Makes History Hosting Women’s Tennis Fed Cup for Second Straight Year

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement regarding today’s historic announcement that the United States and Germany will contend in the 2017 Fed Cup, the world’s foremost international women’s team tennis competition, at Maui’s Royal Lahaina Resort on February 11-12, 2017. Hawaii is the first state in the nation to host a Fed Cup match in consecutive years. … Continue Reading

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Destination Laguna Phuket

Laguna Phuket Triathlon Named “Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand” At Sports Industry Awards Asia 2016 (SPIA Asia 2016)

all-winnersRecently (on 4 October), “Laguna Phuket Triathlon” was named Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand (Bronze) at Sports Industry Awards & Conference (SPIA Asia) 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. … Continue Reading

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Destination North Asia

‘King’s Residence’, the Only Residential Building in Southern Taiwan, Awarded both ‘Earthquake Resistance Label’ and ‘Green Building Label’

low_king1610253King’s Town Construction Co., Ltd. (“King’s Town”), a leading property developer with long history and strong capabilities in Taiwan, today announces the official global sales of the topmost luxury mansion King’s Residence in early November. … Continue Reading

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Embark on an Unforgettable Journey of Taste at the Hong Kong Great November Feast
Hong Kong ranked world’s fourth easiest place to do business

Destination Seychelles

Seychelles Tourism Board Organises Appreciation Evenings

Mumbai, Wednesday, 26th October: Seychelles Tourism Board recently organised Appreciation Evenings in New Delhi and Mumbai for its key travel trade, airline, hotel and media partners. … Continue Reading

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Seychelles President Meets with Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Destination Thailand

Thailand open for business as usual with tourists events and attractions going ahead

kobkarn-wattanavrangkul-at-mots-2-500While Thailand is officially in a mourning period in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Ministry of Tourism and sports (MOTs) along with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai people want to assure foreign visitors and tourists that Thai people remain as warm and hospitable as ever, with cultural attractions and facilities for tourists all in place. … Continue Reading

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Loi Krathong Festival 2016 will show respect to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej


APEX Expo 2016 – Singapore: Airbus focusing on connectivity and choice for airlines and passengers

Airbus showcases its latest cabin innovations at this year’s APEX Expo in Singapore – the world’s dedicated event for the in-flight passenger entertainment experience, connectivity and passenger services. … Continue Reading

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BuildTech Asia 2016 unveils transformation of building and construction sector through technology and Building-IoT


Korean Air posted record profit in 2016 3Q

Korean Air announced that the company posted its biggest quarterly profit in history, dispelling recent worries about its financial instability (non-consolidated). … Continue Reading

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Cash – The Payment Family’s Crummy Relative?

Hotel Deals

Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya Launches Fun-Packaged Family Getaways Next To the Soft Sands of Na Jomtien Beach

unnamed-4From October 2016 until the end of March 2017, Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya is offering unique packages for families that want to combine beachside fun with high-end relaxation. During the entire period, parents and their children can enjoy preferential rates and a specially selected programme of complimentary activities. … Continue Reading

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HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings Launches ‘Staycation 4 Family’ Promotion
Poolside Perfection, Breakfast & Valet… Emporium Hotel announces sensational summer packages as Brisbane readies to welcome stage & sporting stars

Hotel Developments

KARL LAGERFELD Announces Launch of Global Hospitality Business

KARL LAGERFELD is pleased to announce the expansion of its global business with plans to build an international hospitality brand named KARL LAGERFELD Hotels & Resorts. … Continue Reading

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IHG expands in Greater Sydney with signing of Holiday Inn Sydney St Marys

Hotel News

Hotel Openings

GHM announces first Chedi in India, by Lake Powai in Mumbai

General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) has joined hands with Rajesh LifeSpaces, one of Mumbai’s most trusted real estate companies, to bring The Chedi brand to the hospitality market in India’s wealthiest city. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Hotel Openings
A Resort for Diving Enthusiasts Has Opened in Palau
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort Invites Travellers to Experience New Heights of Luxury
Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin: Shangri-La’s Newest Hotel in China Debuts in December 2016
sbe Launches First New York City Hotel – The Redbury New York

Hotel Trends

STR: Asia Pacific hotel performance for Q3 2016, September 2016

Hotels in the Asia Pacific region recorded mixed Q3 2016 results when reported in U.S. dollar constant currency, according to data from STR. … Continue Reading

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STR: $50 million in hotel room revenue lost during Hurricane Matthew

Industry Deals

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Allianz Global Assistance Urges Aussies: Don’t Be Cruisy About Cruising

It’s no secret the Cruising Industry is booming, with over a million Aussie travellers embarking on a cruise in 2014[1] – a growth figure that well exceeded industry forecasts. … Continue Reading

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Kaligo Travel Solutions and PINS.Co Launch PINS Hotels, a New Hotel Booking Platform Designed for Members of the Coalition Loyalty Program

Kaligo Travel Solutions, the leading innovator in loyalty commerce, in partnership with PINS.Co, the award winning loyalty management company owned by Air Baltic Corporation, announced the launch of a real-time loyalty accrual and redemption platform at hotels.pinsforme.com. … Continue Reading

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Introducing Points Bank – A New, Easy and Effective Loyalty Program Management Tool

Meeting Venues

AVPartners wins audiovisual contract at Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

Following a competitive tender process, AVPartners has been appointed as the in-house audiovisual provider for the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort; providing audiovisual support for meetings, incentives, conferences, and events at the five star venue. … Continue Reading

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Get Rewarded for Meeting on the California Coast

Mobile travel consulting

Travel Counsellors hit the road for series of state conferences

TravelManament logo 108x54The Travel Counsellors leadership team recently travelled around Australia delivering a series of state conferences aimed at bringing together Travel Counsellors working remotely on their own travel enterprises. … Continue Reading

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Resort News

Magnifique Festive Season Journey

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is all set to escalate the expectation of the festive season celebration this end of the year. The guests are invited to a relish in the culinary delights in the Christmas celebrations and anticipate a spectacular year-end gala and New Year’s Eve party. … Continue Reading

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Outrigger Resort in Maldives Announces Wondrous Beach Activities for Christmas and New Year


Welcome to the urban playground – Crane and shipping containers transform Croatian port in wakeboarding first.

There’s a first for everything. And three wakeboarders have pulled off a first with a twist for their sport, using a crane to shift them over a floating course made up of obstacles and kickers created entirely out of shipping containers. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Sports
“RALLY NIPPON 2016” to Be Held in Taiwan in mid-November
General Public Tickets for RLWC2017 on Sale

Statistics & Trends

Global study reveals travellers would spend $100 on airline ancillaries to personalise travel experience

How much are travellers willing to pay for airline ancillary services such as seats, bags and food when travelling?  New research from global travel technology company, Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), has found that travellers would drop a hundred dollar bill to make their travel a little more “about me”.   … Continue Reading

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Airline Executives Must Lead “Mobile-First” Strategies to Boost Revenues, Ancillaries, Personalization & Loyalty, Says New CellPoint Mobile Report
Content and ancillary products highlighted as revenue drivers for the online travel industry


Amadeus and Derbysoft partner to give hotel customers access to metasearchers and OTAs to boost online bookings

In today’s connected society, small and mid-sized hotel chains and independent hotels are empowered to compete against their larger hotel chain counterparts as the internet offers a fantastic opportunity to reach the same audiences. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Technology
Sabre enables Air Canada to expand personalized offerings, bringing Paid Seat Selection and Branded Fares to Sabre agents
“SYNC TRAVEL” Allows Virtual Traveling Experiences Using VR

Tour Operator

Scenic celebrates 30th birthday

scenic-30th-birthday-party-5Leading luxury travel company Scenic, last night celebrated its 30th birthday at a special event for media, travel agents and suppliers at the Park Hyatt, Sydney. … Continue Reading

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Scandinavia just got a whole lot cheaper
APT sails back to Antarctica in style in 2018
World Expeditions ahead of the pack in Peru innovations

Trade Events

Merak Attends IMEX America 2016

2016 October 18th to 20th, Sands Expo. The largest MICE industry exhibition, IMEX America, was hosted in Las Vegas. The event has attracted tens of thousands of buyers and exhibitors from all over the world. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

Sunshine Coast on Sale with Sunlover Holiday’s ‘sunny’ specials

unnamed-20Sunshine Coast on Sale has been launched by Sunlover Holidays, offering a feast of special accommodation and touring packagesfor travel till 31 March 2017. … Continue Reading

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Butterfield & Robinson inspires travellers to explore Australia with the launch of four unforgettable adventures

Whats On

The Unveiling of A Unique Art Car by The Frog King Today Launched Hong Kong’s Art Week – Autumn Edition 2016

Art Week – Autumn Edition, presented by Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, was launched today with the unveiling of the Frog King’s first ever Art Car. … Continue Reading

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A ‘Royal’ Welcome for the 2017 QPAC International Series

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