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Qantas launches biggest frequent flyer overhaul in 32 years

Major changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, proclaimed as the biggest in 32 years (which is how long the program has been running) involve more seats, fewer fees and better value, according to the airline. … Continue Reading

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New light shines on notorious two Malaysia Airlines crashes
Trans-Tasman Dreamliner battle looms as Qantas adds 787s
Cruise line ‘emits more sulphur gas than all cars in Europe’
JOHN ROZENTALS declares a love for tempranillo … and reckons the red variety is established enough here to be regarded as mainsteam.


The North Star of Airport Lounges: United Polaris Lounge Named Best Business Class Lounge in the World

The United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport has been voted Best Business Class Lounge in the World by the 2019 World Airline Awards from Skytrax. This highly-coveted award was voted on by more than 21 million airline customers representing over 100 nationalities. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Accolades
AirAsia wins 11th consecutive World’s Best Low-Cost Airline award at Skytrax
Bangkok Airways wins 2 prestigious awards “World’s Best Regional Airline” and “Best Regional Airline in Asia” from Skytrax World Airline Awards 2019
Skytrax World Airline Awards names Air Astana a winner eight years in a row
SWISS earns Skytrax award for World’s Best First Class Lounge

Agents Incentives

Creative Cruising’s Bubbles Bonus Travel Agent Exclusive to Creative Cruising

Creative Cruising, Australia’s leading independent cruise wholesaler, launched an exclusive Travel Agent Luxury campaign that rewards Agents with French champagne! … Continue Reading

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Airfare Deals

Emirates offers competitive fares this end of financial year

As the end of financial year approaches, Emirates is encouraging Australians to book their next adventure now with competitive fares to more than 50 destinations in its global route network, when booked by 1 July 2019 for select travel periods. … Continue Reading

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Uncover the extraordinary with Qatar Airways


Appointments / Movers & Shakers


Destinations International Prize Winner Announced

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is excited to announce Casey Smith, Business Development Manager at the Adelaide Convention Bureau, as recipient of the 2019 Destinations International Prize. … Continue Reading

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Centara elevates evenings in Bangkok to the highest level of style and sophistication at CRU Champagne Bar

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, is giving its guests, international visitors, local residents and event planners the chance to experience the highest levels of style and sophistication at CRU Champagne Bar at Red Sky, the breath-taking rooftop venue at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, its flagship five-star hotel in the heart of Bangkok. … Continue Reading

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Business News

Qantas’ Direct US Flights from Brisbane a Boon for Business Travellers

New planned direct services from Brisbane to Chicago and Brisbane to San Francisco have been welcomed by Flight Centre Travel Group following confirmation from Qantas that services to the two US cities would be launched once final approval is received. … Continue Reading

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Minister Birmingham to open inaugural Beyond the Barrel wine tourism conference

Federal Tourism Minister, Simon Birmingham, will officially open the first-ever National Wine Tourism Conference Beyond the Barrel in South Australia today. … Continue Reading

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The Cruise Industry Is Open for Business with Destinations and Stakeholders: Registration Open for FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show


Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Reveals 65 Unique Excursions Exclusive to Seven Seas Splendor™

Demonstrating its commitment to offer luxury travellers an unrivalled experience, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® today revealed 65 new Mediterranean and Northern Europe shore excursions curated with local tour operators debuting exclusively for guests sailing on the inaugural 2020 season of Seven Seas SplendorTM. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Cruise
P&O Cruises Returns to Tasmania’s Hit Winter Festival, Dark Mofo
Seabourn Launches Current, A New Digital Magazine Covering the Line’s Ultra-Luxury Cruise Experience and Destinations Around the World
48 Days Of Authentic European Beauty: Silversea’s Silver Shadow Embarks On Mediterranean Grand Voyage 2019
Carnival Launches First Full Season of Cruises from Sydney And Brisbane

Destination Europe

10 Best Activities for a Summer to Remember in Monaco

Hope this note finds you well. I’m writing to see if you’re working on any travel stories on Europe – or Monaco, more specifically, and might be keen to feature some of the best activities to experience to enjoy a memorable summer in Monaco? … Continue Reading

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Destination North America

Celebrate the USA’s biggest party southern style!

With the 4th of July recognised around the globe as a big party day in the USA, those scheduled to be in America at this time are likely to be looking for the best things to do on the day.  … Continue Reading

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Destination Seychelles

Saint Ange Tourism Report 17th June 2019

The Editorial this week highlights:- a. Cost and Seychelles Tourism. b. Guest Speaker and Moderator at IATA Regional Aviation Forum, Accra Ghana. c. Air Mauritius is shaking many of the rates structures on the Seychelles route. … Continue Reading

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Kings Canyon Resort Reveals New Glamping Tents in the Red Centre

Kings Canyon Resort in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre is offering visitors a chance to experience the region in style with the launch of its new glamping tents. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

InterContinental Koh Samui Resort Launches New Name with Simple Indulgence Offer

The InterContinental Koh Samui Resort has launched its new name with the ultimate holiday offer: three perfect nights of luxurious Simple Indulgence in either a Club Beachfront Pool Villa or Club Two-Bedroom Residence Villa. … Continue Reading

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Enjoy a free night and see the baby elephant calves at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

Hotel Developments

Japan Signs Its Second Distinctive Autograph Collection Hotel – The Mesm Tokyo Is Set to Open in 2020

The distinctive Autograph Collection brand announced the signing of its second independent hotel in Japan, mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection, which is set to open in 2020. … Continue Reading

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Hyatt Announces Plans for First Alila Branded Resort in Europe

Hotel News

Hotel Openings

IHG unveils new luxury openings worldwide in 2019 with InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts

With luxury properties in over 200 locations including emerging destinations around the world, IHG®’s (InterContinental® Hotels Group) InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest global luxury hotel brand, pioneering luxury travel for over 70 years. … Continue Reading

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Lux* North Male’ Atoll Unveils Its Lux* Retreats A First of Its Kind in The Maldives
Luxury Manhattan-inspired hotel to launch in Darling Harbour Sydney


Australian insurtech Cover Genius wins Scandinavia’s largest travel group

Insurtech tech firm Cover Genius has signed a partnership with Scandinavia’s largest travel group, Etraveli, to become its insurance partner. … Continue Reading

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60% of Aussie parents say domestic flights not good for under-1s; 45% say international flights are not suitable for under-5s


Qantas Rewards Frequent Flyers In Program Overhaul

Qantas Frequent Flyers will soon pay significantly less fees for international reward flights, have access to more seats and enjoy more rewards for earning points on the ground as part of the biggest overhaul to the airline’s loyalty program in its 32 year history. … Continue Reading

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Air France-KLM and Accor announce new enhanced loyalty program partnership with more rewards for their joint customers

Luxury Hotels

Australia Hails The Anam as Top Luxury Resort

Australia is taking a shine to one of Vietnam’s most compelling new destinations — Cam Ranh. … Continue Reading

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Join Us On The Terrace This Summer at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Mobile travel consulting

Travel Counsellors get set for the Hawaiian Islands

In partnership with Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania and Hawaiian Airlines, ten lucky Travel Counsellors are set to say “Aloha” on an incredible reward trip to the Hawaiian Islands. … Continue Reading

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OTA News

Are Aussies obsessed with staying connected whilst travelling? New research reveals free Wi-Fi is the top priority when booking a hotel

Leading travel search engine has revealed the top amenities and features Australian travellers seek when booking accommodation, and the results are surprising… or perhaps not! … Continue Reading

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Photo Gallery

Taiwan Tourism opens Australian Visitor Information Centre to support booming interest

Tourism Taiwan have opened a new tourism information centre in the heart of Sydney. The centre has been established in partnership with APAC agency, Switch Digital. … Continue Reading

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International Rail Promotes Eurail Save And Give

AUSTRALIAN owned International Rail has welcomed the start of a new charity initiative introduced by Eurail, that will run from now until July 16 and believes it is a great way to engage agents to provide for clients looking to make a difference with their overseas travel experiences, said owner and managing director Jonathan Hume. … Continue Reading

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Resort News

Manta Rays Join The Turtles Of Heron Island – June to September

Renowned worldwide as a haven for sea turtles, Heron Island has new residents that have joined in the mix, with June to September being manta ray season on the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef. … Continue Reading

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Six Senses Zil Pasyon’s Corals Are Growing
Little Green Book: A New Eco Blueprint for Tropical Resort Managers
Newly Re-Imagined Seven Stars Resort & Spa Puts Summer On Sale With Smart Savings For A Luxury Vacation Experience

Responsible Tourism

Air Passengers Want Governments to Focus on Sustainable Fuels to Cut Aviation Carbon Emissions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on European governments considering a Dutch proposal for an EU-wide tax on air tickets to listen to what their citizens want. … Continue Reading

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Australian snowfields photographic slideshow

Dreaming of getting away to the snow this winter? While the alpine region of Australia can often be thought of as a great place to ski, snowboard and build snowmen, the stark beauty of our snowfields cannot be ignored. … Continue Reading

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SITA CELEBRATES 70th Anniversary with record US$1.7 billion revenues

More than 100 of the world’s airlines and airports gathered in Belgium this week as SITA, the air transport IT provider, celebrated its 70th anniversary. … Continue Reading

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Adobe-Microsoft partnership: Getting More Out of Your Microsoft Investment

Tour Operator

Trafalgar Releases 2020 Asia Program

Trafalgar is today proud to announce the release of its 2020 Asia itineraries with the addition of nine exciting new trips, building on the customer demand for more itineraries that uncover the real Asia in true Trafalgar style. … Continue Reading

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Tourist Boards

AVIAREPS Japan Ltd selected as Japan Marketing Representative

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) has announced the appointment of AVIAREPS Japan Ltd to provide tourism destination marketing representation services in Japan led by GVB Country Manager Hiroshi Kaneko.

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New scholarship launched for hotel students

A new scholarship for students studying towards a career in hotel management has been launched at the 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference today. … Continue Reading

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