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Qantas launches biggest frequent flyer overhaul in 32 years

June 21, 2019 Headline News No Comments

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

New light shines on notorious two Malaysia Airlines crashes

June 21, 2019 Headline News No Comments


The year 2014 stands out as the 21st century’s worst for commercial aviation because of the loss, in horrendous circumstances, of two Boeing 777 airliners, both belonging to Malaysia Airlines – and this week has seen major developments in getting to the bottom of each of those dreadful disasters.

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Trans-Tasman Dreamliner battle looms as Qantas adds 787s

June 21, 2019 Headline News No Comments

Qantas will operate a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner across the Tasman between Sydney and Auckland over the peak southern summer season, going head to head with Air New Zealand, which operates the same type of aircraft on the same route. … Continue Reading

Cruise line ‘emits more sulphur gas than all cars in Europe’

June 21, 2019 Headline News No Comments

As the aviation industry tries to counter allegations that airlines are polluting the skies and adding to global warming, a major European environment group has accused Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest luxury cruise operator, of emitting nearly 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOx) around European coasts than all the cars in Europe. … Continue Reading

JOHN ROZENTALS declares a love for tempranillo … and reckons the red variety is established enough here to be regarded as mainsteam.

I really like tempranillo as a red grape variety for Australia. Always have, ever since I tasted my first ‘local’ example — from Tim Adams in South Australia’s Clare Valley, I think, though it could have been from Andrew Birks’ Wagga-based Bidgeebong venture. … Continue Reading

Revealed, the distinguishing feature of travel agents

June 20, 2019 Headline News No Comments

A certain distinguishing attitude of mind sets travel agents apart from workers in other industries, according to results of new research. … Continue Reading

‘Good morning world,’ says 100% pure New Zealand

June 20, 2019 Headline News 1 Comment

In a new incarnation of its highly successful ‘100% Pure New Zealand’ tourism tagline, Tourism New Zealand has turned to face the rising sun with a campaign in which Kiwis will share their sunrise views on Instagram, accompanied by a series on various media. … Continue Reading

I’ll buy a holiday via Facebook with a cryptocurrency, right?

June 20, 2019 Headline News No Comments

Next year, a client may try to pay you for their cruise or overseas holiday through Facebook, using a yet unknown cryptocurrency named the Libra. Is this a good idea? … Continue Reading

Big-spending China and fast-growing India impress

June 20, 2019 Headline News No Comments

China has drawn abreast of New Zealand as a visitor source for Australia, with each of those two countries supplying 1.3 million visitors to Australia in the year ending March 2019 – but the Chinese are spending over four times as much as the Kiwis, according to the latest International Visitor Survey released yesterday. … Continue Reading

Vertical Booking USA Launches a New Mobile CRS App & Releases a New Update to CRO

June 20, 2019 Headline News, Tech No Comments

Today, Vertical Booking USA – the leading reservation technology provider to hotels around the globe – is launching a new, mobile, app-based version of their Central Reservation System (CRS) and an updated version of their Central Reservation Office (CRO) solution. … Continue Reading

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