Headline News

Mother and infant’s plane eviction caught on video

A pianist and cancer researcher, travelling with her two-year-old-son and elderly parents, have all been ordered off a flight before take-off in what seems to have been a blunder over a crying infant. … Continue Reading

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Flight attendant suspended for eating from meal trays
One of the world’s truly rarefied tourism experiences
Major new role in industry for Ingrid Kocijan
Melbourne is holiday star but Hobart growing fast


Hainan Airlines leads winners at World Travel Awards Grand Final

Headquartered in Haikou, Hainan (China), the airline scooped the trophies for World’s Leading Airline – Business Class, World’s Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment, World’s Leading Cabin Crew and World’s Leading Excellence Inflight Service, while Hainan Airlines’ International Lounge at Beijing Capital International Airport was hailed World’s Leading Airport Lounge – Business Class. … Continue Reading

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American Cruise Lines Receives Cruise Critic’s 2017 Editors’ Picks Award
Evergreen’s River Ships Named “Best Value for Money” by Cruise Critic for the Third Consecutive Year
Designers of SPTO Brand Win Asia Pacific Award
It’s ‘Raining Awards’ For Carnival Australia Brands In Latest Cruise Critic Awards

Airfare Deals

Hong Kong Airlines offers free tickets to San Francisco and more with “Gift You More” Christmas promotion

Christmas is a time for creative gift exchange and Hong Kong Airlines wants to be a part of the fun in this festive season with its “Gift You More” Christmas promotion. … Continue Reading

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Singapore Airlines Launches Chatbot For Customer Queries

Singapore Airlines (SIA) today launched a beta chatbot, as it expands digital servicing channels for customers. The bot, named ‘Kris’, will initially be available on the SIA global Facebook page, and will later be made available on singaporeair.com … Continue Reading

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AirAsia X commences exclusive operations between Kuala Lumpur and Jeju
Official Launch of the Air China Beijing – Brisbane Route
Jetstar returns to Wellington-Queenstown route
China Airlines takes delivery of A350 XWB powered with biofuel mix


Hamad International Airport Voted as the Best Airport in the Middle East by Global Traveler Awards

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has been voted as the “Best Airport in the Middle East” at the Global Traveler’s GT Tested Reader Survey Awards in Los Angeles. The award recognises outstanding performance and customer service displayed by airports across the world. … Continue Reading

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Melbourne Airport launches new playspace in time for Christmas


Business News

Accommodation Industry Welcomes Economic Focus On Tourism

The accommodation industry welcomes the increased profile of the tourism portfolio in the new Queensland Government Ministry and congratulates the Hon Kate Jones MP on her success at the election and her promotion.

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Cover-More acquires majority stake in NUS data analytics company FitSense
Tourism making immense contribution to NZ
Creative Cruising Gets Set To Sail Into A New Business Venture
SKYCOP urges Monarch Airlines to cover passenger compensations with slot deal money


Dubai Remains On Track To Receive 1m Cruise Line Passengers By 2020

In a keynote address to cruise line executives and regional industry stakeholders at the opening session of Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum, Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) confirmed that Dubai remains on track to receive one million cruise passengers by 2020. … Continue Reading

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2nd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture
Yidan Prize Summit Shapes an Outlook on the Future of Education


Celebrity Cruises Unveils Its Biggest Australian Season Yet

 Celebrity Cruises has revealed details of its biggest Australian cruise season yet, with more cruises and more overnights on offer than ever before, together with the line’s first ever turn in Melbourne. The 2019/20 summer season will be open for sale from Friday 15 December 2017. … Continue Reading

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Cruise arrives in official tourism statistics

Destination Europe

The best of the festive season in Germany

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Germany in the run-up to Christmas, you’ll feel the sense of celebration everywhere you go, and you can expect some unforgettable events in delightful settings. … Continue Reading

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Heligan By Night – The Art of Illumination

Destination Global

Sharp fall in international visitor expenditure delivers powerful message to Sunshine Coast tourism sector: “build new, upmarket tourism accommodation – urgently”

The Sunshine Coast has recorded another strong increase in international arrivals with 8.2% growth to 294,000 in the year to September 2017, but alarmingly, visitor expenditure declined 11.9% to $235.6 million. … Continue Reading

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Top 8 reasons Lake Macquarie should be on your 2018 bucket list

Destination North Asia

Seoul’s “Urban Regeneration” initiative revitalizes neighborhoods and lives of citizens

The term “urban regeneration” has recently become one of the important issues in many cities around the world. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has started re-turning the city’s identity and carried out its urban development with focusing on “urban regeneration,” instead of “redevelopment.” … Continue Reading

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Destination Seychelles

Fourth edition of the Seychelles Regatta set for 2018

The Seychelles Regatta — a sailing competition designed to take place in a relaxed atmosphere — returns to the island nation’s shores in 2018. … Continue Reading

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Destination Thailand

Bangkok to count down to 2018 at its first high-rise 3D projection mapping show, screening on new landmark Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard

Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard is announcing its arrival as a city landmark and a leader in the super-luxury mixed-use market by enriching Bangkok’s festive season with ‘Beautiful Bangkok by Magnolias @Ratchaprasong’, Thailand’s first world-class high-rise 3D building mapping show. … Continue Reading

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nahm at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok Awarded One Michelin Star

For the first time in its 117-year history, the Michelin Guide has included restaurants in Thailand. This year, nahm at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok was awarded one of the guide’s coveted Michelin stars, putting it among the top restaurants in Asia. … Continue Reading

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Cherish that festive feelin’ at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR
Pirata Group Shakes up Happy Hour’s Hotspots


Axis Bank and WorkFusion win CFO Innovation Award for Excellence in Finance Automation

WorkFusion, the leading Intelligent Automation software provider, today announced that Axis Bank won the Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Finance Automation at the 6th annual CFO Innovation Awards in Singapore. … Continue Reading

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Unibail-Rodamco set to gain from Westfield Corp’s shopper appeal in US$24.7bn takeover, says GlobalData

Food & Beverage

Unique Flavours, Brazen Designs, Personalisation And Over 500kg Of Chocolate at The Forefront Of New Artisan ‘Choc Shop’ Opening

In an exciting move for Sydney’s sweet-tooths, online chocolatier Bakedown Cakery have opened their flagship store on Sydney’s Lower North shore, bringing handcrafted artisan chocolate, cakes and desserts to the masses. … Continue Reading

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New Partnership Brewed Between Mareeba Coffee Pioneers

Hotel Deals

Pullman and ibis Brisbane Airport hotels offer guests the chance to win an Antarctica flight experience

Guests who book to stay at the new Pullman Brisbane Airport or ibis Brisbane Airport hotels before 31 January 2018 can go in the draw to win an Antarctica Flight Experience for two people*. To enter, guests can book the “Win an Antarctica Experience” rate at: www.accorhotels.com/antarctica. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

Hotel News

New Club Lounge opens at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur has just celebrated the opening of their new Club Lounge exclusively built for their valued guests. With a sophisticated and contemporary design, the new executive lounge is located on the 14th floor of the property. … Continue Reading

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Danat Al Ain Resort welcomes McGettigan’s
Christmas Lights are ON at the Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
Eclectic Contemporary Flair within the Suites & Villas of Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
AccorHotels partners with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Hotel Openings

5-star Luxury in South West Sydney The William Inglis Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel

Opening in January 2018, The William Inglis Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel is a boutique, 5-star luxury hotel set across eight levels, with 144 elegantly appointed guest rooms and a host of hospitality and leisure facilities. … Continue Reading

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Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Moves into Bali’s Popular Jimbaran Area with Brand New Midscale Hotel


Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Offers Holiday Bonus To Rewards Members

Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ award-winning loyalty program – Best Western Rewards® (BWR) – is giving its rewards members a special gift this holiday season.  … Continue Reading

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Scenic Announces Refresh of Scenic Club Loyalty Program

Luxury Hotels

Tales from Indochina: Announcing The 2017 Festive Theme at Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai, Hoi An

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An has just put the finishing touches to its 2017 festive programTales from Indochina – a celebration of the unique and unifying traditions from the stunning region.  Each day guests will be immersed in the cuisines, community and cultures of the vibrant subcontinent through interactive arts and adventures, fun and feasts. … Continue Reading

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Iconic New York Cocktail Bar ‘PDT’ To Open at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Luxury Hotel Operator is All a Buzz


Dreamtime Delegates Hit their Stride in Melbourne

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) in partnership with Business Events Australia welcomed incentive agents from New Zealand to Melbourne and regional Victoria last week as part of Dreamtime 2017, showcasing some of the state’s best assets as a compelling incentives destination. … Continue Reading

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CIMGlobal to Spearhead AMCA International, Middle East
High Five to Taiwan’s New International Conference Environment

OTA News

Memories or Money? Which Would You Choose

We asked members of the public at Christmas, Would you swap your most precious memories for cash? … Continue Reading

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Ctrip-Christmas with Chinese characteristics? (Christmas/Winter Travel Trends)

Photo Gallery

MTV x Madame Tussauds VIP Launch Party

Tonight, Madame Tussauds Sydney and MTV Australia officially launched the all-new MTV Music Experience in the Darling Harbour attraction. As part of the night, Madame Tussauds also unveiled the newest addition to their Sydney family, global singing sensation Adele! … Continue Reading

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Resort News

River Cruising

Crystal River Cruises Unveils Comprehensive New Collection of Curated Destination Experiences

Crystal River Cruises has announced details of its new collection of destination experiences for voyages along Europe’s Danube, Rhine and Main rivers. Debuting in 2018, the newly added offerings focus on authenticity and are tailored to travellers’ individual interests, featuring smaller group sizes and extra special details. … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

Korn Ferry 2018 Salary Forecast: Asia Sees Highest Real Wage Growth, Though at Slower Pace Than Last Year

A forecast issued today by the Hay Group division of Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY) reveals that, adjusted for inflation, employees around the world are expected to see real wage increases of only an average of 1.5 percent, down from 2017’s prediction of 2.3 percent and 2016’s prediction of 2.5 percent. … Continue Reading

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U.S. Travel to International Destinations Increased Eight Percent in 2016


The Netherlands’ first fully-electric hotel now taking reservations with SiteMinder

The Netherlands’ first fully-electric hotel has begun accepting reservations ahead of its opening in April 2018. Powered entirely by wind energy, Conscious Hotel Westerpark will become the fourth property of sustainable hotel chain Conscious Hotels, which for the past year has employed the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, to market and sell its rooms online. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

‘The Blue Walk’ Introduces New Bolzano Wine Tour for 2018

Walking tour vacation specialist “The Blue Walk” announced the addition of the “Blue Walk Bolzano Wine Tour” to its program for 2018. The tour is a six-night walking and wine tasting vacation that explores the fine vintages and unique heritage of Bolzano, Italy. … Continue Reading

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Grand American Adventures Launches Three Solar Eclipse Chile Adventures for June 2019
Scenic Releases New 2018/2019 New Zealand Brochure

Tourist Boards

Good sport SIVB scores points with SI Netball team sponsorship

Pictured, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau marketing officer, Helen Aumae (third from right) and her Solomon Islands netball team squad members proudly wearing their SIVB sponsored uniforms at this week’s Mini Pacific Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu. … Continue Reading

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Trade Events

ILTM 2017 Breaks All Records As Luxury Travel Sector Looks To Its Future

The 16th edition of ILTM took place last week in Cannes and featured 1670 exhibitors – an increase of 3% – and 1662 buyers from 75 countries – a 10% increase year on year.  … Continue Reading

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Whats On

Elma Arts Center Presents “Toujours Mozart” International Music Festival Honoring The Composer, January 25-27, 2018

Elma Arts Complex and Luxury Hotel, a 95-room-and suite property located in Zichron Yaakov which is home to Israel’s most state of-the-art performance hall, will host the annual “Tojours Mozart Festival,” a three-day music festival featuring a lineup of orchestral and classical performances, masterclasses and workshops, for the second consecutive year, January 25-27, 2018.

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