Headline News

Flight Centre buys Topdeck, stays doggedly profitable

egtmedia59Flight Centre’s ability to turn a decent profit is almost legendary and it has pulled the rabbit out of the hat again, despite an ACCC fine and some writedowns. It has also bought Topdeck Tours, in some ways a return to its roots. … Continue Reading

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MAS plan eyes Aussie cuts as crew resignations soar
One-off items turn helloworld profit into a loss
Air New Zealand brings home bumper financial result
Lavasa strides with tourism, adds entertainment

Accolades

Inaugural Young Tec Excellence Award Winner!

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand announced last night at the national tourism conference awards event held at the Claudelands Event Centre, the winner of the inaugural Young TEC Excellence award with Dylan Rushbrook, Director of International Sales SKYCITY Hotels as the first recipient.  … Continue Reading

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Top tour operators recognised by industry

Aviation

Excitement builds as more Etihad Airways flights on sale for Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has reaffirmed its commitment to start Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operations in December 2014, with additional flights on sale this week for both aircraft and an extensive pilot training program now underway. … Continue Reading

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Air Astana Re-Launches Dubai Service
Three million passengers fly with VietJet during first seven months of 2014
Qatar Airways To Increase Flights On Most Popular Doha – Dubai Routes
Qatar Airways To Fly Double Daily To Madinah From October 26

Appointments

Tourism Authority of Thailand appoints Soraya Homchuen as Director Mumbai Office

AmazingThailand_NewMs Soraya Homchuen has been appointed as director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai. Her jurisdiction will cover western and southern India (where her efforts will complement those in TAT New Delhi) as well as Sri Lanka and the Maldives. … Continue Reading

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Corinthia Hotel London appoints new Wellness Manager & Naturopath
Luxury Phuket Resort, Paresa, Appoints General Manager,Dawid Koegelenberg
Luxury Hotel Operator Auberge Resorts appoints Caroline MacDonald as Chief Marketing Officer
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Names Thomas Mangas Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Association

Strategic Opportunities for Vietnam Aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the Vietnamese government to work with the air transport sector to strengthen the country’s economy through global air connectivity. … Continue Reading

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Attraction

Ocean Park Transforms into Horror Film Studio for the 14th Halloween Fest Featuring Asia’s First Doraemon-themed Halloween Party First-ever Attractions that Change from Fun to Fright as Day Turns into Night

Building on the tremendous reception of last year’s revolutionary all-day-and-night Halloween Fest, Ocean Park this year will again present a new breakthrough by transforming itself into a horror film studio, … Continue Reading

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Freaky Fridays!!! LEGOLAND® California Resort Adds Two Friday Nights to Its Brick-Or-Treat Halloween Celebration!!

Conferences

HSMAI to Reveal New Insights on Critical Skills for the Modern & Progressive Hospitality Sales Professional at the 10th Annual AsiaConnect Conference in Singapore

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Asia Pacific’s 10th Annual AsiaConnect Conference will be held in Singapore on September 3, 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Conference Center. … Continue Reading

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Interest grows as second AfBAA symposium takes off

Corporate

TUI UK & Ireland Celebrates its One Millionth Eco-Traveller

TUI UK & Ireland’s Eco-traveller programme has reached a milestone as the one millionth school child participates in the initiative. Since the scheme was launched four years ago, over 4500 teachers have regsitered, with over 380,000 children participating so far this year alone.   … Continue Reading

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Latitude, The Award-Winning Luxury Brand Agency Opens In Singapore
Qatar Airways Named Official Sponsor Of French Heritage Automobile Classics Showcase In Domaine De Chantilly
Topdeck Travel makes joint venture announcement

Cruise

Seadream Yacht Club Highlights Shore Side Casuals For 2015 Caribbean Season

unnamed (8)SeaDream Yacht Club announces crew-led excursions for the fall and winter 2014/2015 season in the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. Known as “shore side casuals” among past guests, the veteran crew onboard the 112-guest twin mega-yachts leads complimentary shore tours to their favorite spots in the islands. … Continue Reading

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Travel into the midnight sun with new itineraries from Viking Ocean Cruises
Keel Laid for Holland America Line’s New 2,650-Guest Pinnacle Class Vessel
Legendary Performance to Welcome Carnival Legend to Sydney
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Cruise Deals

Le Boat’s 5 day sale – with 30% off almost everything

Save 30% in France (all regions), Germany, Belgium, Holland, England (Thames), Ireland and Scotland for departures this October 2014. It’s the perfect excuse to book yourself a last minute holiday to Europe. … Continue Reading

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New Ships For 2015 Croatian Islands Cruises

Destination Global

Luxe Asian Grand Tour Box to Be Released Autumn 2014 – Luxe City Guides Collaborates with Shanghai Tang to Create the Brand New Asian Grand Tour Box in Time for Christmas

What do you get when you team the world’s most renowned Chinese fashion and lifestyle brand with the snappiest and sauciest travel biz in the game? The answer is: this season’s most coveted holiday accessory, the limited edition Shanghai Tang x LUXE City Guides Asian Grand Tour Box. … Continue Reading

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Top 10 Fun Family Activities in the Whitsundays

Destination Seychelles

Seychelles confirms that the first-time carnival on the island of La Digue was a real hit

Seychelles-TravelVibrant colours, rhythmic and pulsating music, young and old dancing on the road at La Passe were all added to the carnival frenzy on La Digue island recently. … Continue Reading

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Lorna Carosin-Awale clocks 40 years of service in the tourism industry of the Seychelles

Destination Thailand

8 Riverside Hotels Join Cleanup Of Chao Phraya River At Pier 28, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Adrian Brown (center) General Manager, Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok together with the members of Bangkok Riverside Marketing Partnership (BRMP) and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration jointly organized the Chao Phraya Rivercleanup activity. … Continue Reading

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Life Is A Beach Party- Saturday 20th Of September
Hotel PR Association stages charitable activity, painting and conservation visit to Sea Turtles Centre at Sattahip
Oasis Spa and Rajamangala University of Technology Isan Signs MOU to strengthen knowledge in Thai Traditional Medicine

Exhibitions

Luxperience Adds an Exclusive Corporate Connect Program to the Agenda This Year for Busy Corporate and MICE Trade Buyers

In recognition of the fact that corporate event organisers and MICE trade buyers are extremely time-poor, Luxperience has introduced a condensed program just for them. … Continue Reading

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International sector gathering IMEX America 2014
World’s Largest Timepiece Trade Fair to Open Next Week

Financial

Food & Beverage

Golf Tourism

5th Round Of Waitgc 2014 To Play Out In Sarawak

 It is an exciting time for golf enthusiasts as the 5th round of the World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Championship (WAITGC) tees off at the prestigious Samarahan Country Club and Damai Golf & Country Club in Kuching, Sarawak from 25 to 28 August. … Continue Reading

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Hospitality

Accor acquires 13 properties in the UK in line with HotelInvest strategy

Accor announces that HotelInvest, the Group’s hotel owner and investor business, has purchased a portfolio of 13 hotels from Tritax for a total consideration of €89 million (£71 million) in line with its stated strategy to consolidate the owned hotel base whilst strengthening its economy and midscale segments. … Continue Reading

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“THE Q” Al Barsha’s favorite hotspot bar at Holiday Inn Dubai’s re-opens its doors after a major refit to become
Sweet Sixteen Celebrations at Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai
Dream Hotel Bangkok celebrated its 8th years Hotel Anniversary

Hotel Deals

Trump SoHo New York Partners with Chloé on Curated Shopping Experience

With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week right around the corner, Trump SoHo New York is thrilled to partner with French fashion house, Chloé to offer hotel guests a specially curated personal shopping experience. … Continue Reading

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Most Exclusive Resort in Cabo, Hacienda Encantada, Unveils Exclusive New Discount
Fall in Love at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
The InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam offers inspiring Planet Trekkers kids programme

Hotel Developments

Expansion Of Tropicana Las Vegas Convention Facilities Slated For Completion March 1, 2015

Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton today announced a March 1, 2015, completion date for construction to expand the Tropicana Pavilion and increase the resort’s total meeting and convention facilities to 100,000 square feet. … Continue Reading

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Construction Permit Received, Work on The Parisian Macao Moves Forward

Industry Deals

Luxury Hotels

Opulent Destination Weddings Take Centre Stage at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal in the New Season

Boasting a beachfront location in the historic heart of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal brings together centuries-old traditions, rich culture and renowned hospitality of the Orient to create a seamless destination wedding experience for the most discerning couples. … Continue Reading

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Meetings

Hunter Valley’s Chateau Élan at The Vintage joins Tourism Portfolio’s luxury collection

Award-winning luxury resort Chateau Élan at The Vintage is taking its MICE business to a new level by appointing Sydney-based Tourism Portfolio as its representative in the Australia market. … Continue Reading

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MICE

Shangri-La Resorts in Kota Kinabalu Encourages Delegates to Bring Sunglasses to Work

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu launches ‘Sunglasses at Work’, an office-meets-lifestyle serires of activities developed to incorporate elements of pleasure, nature and nurture in the resort to promote … Continue Reading

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Online Travel Agents

American Airlines Fares No Longer Available On Orbitz Websites

American Airlines has withdrawn its fares from consumer websites powered by Orbitz, effective immediately. American Airlines Group has notified Orbitz it also will withdraw US Airways fares on Sept. 1, 2014. Corporate clients that use Orbitz for Business to book travel are not affected by this change. … Continue Reading

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River Cruising

American Cruise Lines Announces 2015 Spring Cruise Collection

American Cruise Lines (http://www.americancruiselines.com), operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, announced today its Spring Cruise Collection, a various selection of cruises handpicked to showcase the beautiful 2015 spring season. Cruise itineraries include Puget Sound & San Juan Islands, the Lower Mississippi River, Historic South & Golden Isles, Columbia & Snake Rivers and Great Rivers of Florida. … Continue Reading

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Social Media

29 Year Old Wombat Virgin Helps TA Reach 6 Million Fans

A 29 year old wombat virgin has helped Tourism Australia’s Facebook page reach six million fans, making it the most followed tourism body on Facebook globally. … Continue Reading

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TripTogether’s Social Travel Network Offers a Safe Place for Travelers to Meet and Plan Dream Vacations

Technology

Smartphone and Tablet Users Are Upending Traditional Hotel Booking

A new study of 2,000 consumers from market research and consulting firm Chadwick Martin Bailey (CMB) found that mobile, social, and online factors influence leisure travelers very differently at separate stages in the purchase journey. … Continue Reading

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Gogo Receives Certification from the FAA to Install Gogo Vision as a Stand-alone Product for Commercial Aviation
Travelport launches mobile ticketing for Deutsche Bahn
Sabre and interCaribbean Airways sign full content distribution agreement

Tour Operator

Launch of the “Glam-Cation” Puts a New Spin on Women’s Travel

A boutique tour company is putting a new spin on luxury trips for women 30+ by launching the “glam-cation” – trips loaded with ultra-glamorous inclusions tailor made just for the girls – to Honolulu, Hong Kong and New York City. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

A to A Safaris introduces the modern Billionaire’s guide to travelling in Africa

A to A Safaris, Asia’s first and leading safari specialist, offers travellers advice and suggestions for exploring the top destinations in Africa at the most lavish safari camps. … Continue Reading

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