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Marriott International Named One of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For A Record 24th Year in a Row

Marriott International was named one of the 2021 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® by Great Place to Work. Marriott International is also proud to have placed on the list every year since it was first published in 1998, the only hospitality company with this distinction, and to be recognized as one of the Great Place to Work Legends™. … Continue Reading

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Appointments / Movers & Shakers

Mastercard Names Tim Murphy to Chief Administrative Officer

Mastercard today announced the appointment of Tim Murphy, the company’s general counsel, to the newly created position of chief administrative officer. … Continue Reading

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Outrigger Taps Top Talent in Sales and Marketing and Food and Beverage
JetBlue Names Carol Clements Chief Digital & Technology Officer


Singapore Opening Up International Travel with Digital Apps

As vaccinations ramp up in many countries and travel bubbles without bursting potential become more realistic talk, fraud is the big thing standing in the way of reopened borders, at least for countries with successful vaccination progress. … Continue Reading

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New IATA Chief Insists Covid Travel Measures Should be Temporary

New IATA director general Willie Walsh has called for all restrictions and constraints on international air travel to be removed as quickly as the public health situation allows, as the trade body’s latest data showed the continued catastrophic impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the airline industry. … Continue Reading

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The Rattler recognises ANZAC Day

Gympie Station and the Mary Valley Rattler, at the north end of the Sunshine Coast, will relive their direct association with Australia’s war efforts by staging a dedicated ANZAC Express Train on Sunday 25 April. … Continue Reading

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Melbourne CBD the central character in new playable, public art experience?
Treat Mum to high tea and bottomless mimosas amongst the koalas this Mother’s Day!
Kids build connections with LEGO® Braille Bricks


Johnnie Walker Keeps Walking as It Launches Its Biggest Ever Sustainability Push

Johnnie Walker – the world’s best-selling Scotch[1] – is today launching The Next Steps initiative, its most ambitious sustainability drive to date, putting the focus firmly on more sustainable socialising for everyone. … Continue Reading

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Spritzer Natural Mineral Water Passes Test for Plastics Contaminants
Quinta dos Vales to open its first residential wine resort in the Algarve

Business News

Affinidi And The Commons Project Foundation Enter Partnership To Leverage Digital Credentials For Safe International Travel

Affinidi, a Singapore-based company founded by investment firm Temasek, and The Commons Project Foundation today announced a new partnership that will leverage Affinidi’s leading digital credential verification solution to enable the safe reopening of borders around the world as international travel resumes. … Continue Reading

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Omni Hotels and Resorts’ job postings increased by 248% since January 2021, finds GlobalData

Omni Hotels and Resorts saw a sudden boost in job posting in 2021, after nearly a year of low hiring activity. … Continue Reading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Cruise Deals

Viking deal of the week – from Iceland to Norway, explore more with Viking

Exclusively for the month of April Viking is offering travellers the chance to explore more with combined cruise and land touring extensions creating remarkable packages at incredible prices. … Continue Reading

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Just Launched – New, Exclusive Deluxe Cat Sailing Holidays in the Whitsundays

Cruise News

Chef Luke Mangan says cruising needs to get “cooking”!

Chef Luke Mangan, whose named restaurants are a feature on P&O Cruises Australia ships, pictured with President P&O Cruises Australia Sture Myrmell has today joined the cruise industry’s call for a pathway for the careful resumption of cruising in Australia. … Continue Reading

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P&O Cruises Australia’s new Pacific Encounter ready to sail!
Yes Minister alive in Australia as we wallow in political cruise confusion and procrastination, while UK domestic cruises storm ahead.
Norwegian Cruise Line To Launch Docuseries

Destination Global

Antigua and Barbuda’s Response to the eruption of La Soufrière Volcano

As the volcanic disaster in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines continues to unfold, regional solidarity is once again at the forefront of relief efforts.

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UNWTO, Once Foundation And Enat – Delivering Accessible Tourism For All


Cherish Ramadan traditions with your loved-ones at Ramada Ajman

Orchid Restaurant at Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman invites guests to a sumptuous iftar feast featuring traditional Ramadan dishes from the Middle East. … Continue Reading

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Events / Whats On

South African Film Festival Announces 2021 Program For Australia And New Zealand

The South African Film Festival (SAFF) will present an engaging program of nine documentaries, five features and two short films when it returns from 12 to 24 May. … Continue Reading

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European eCommerce Revenue to Hit $465B in 2021, a 30% Jump Amid Pandemic

The COVID-19-led boom in online sales has caused an impressive growth of the European eCommerce market, both in terms of revenue and the number of users. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

Built and Irongate lodge landmark Phillip Street heritage development application

Built and Irongate Group (“Irongate”) in joint venture (‘the “Built Irongate JV”), today announced the lodgement of a Stage 1 State Significant Development Application (Stage 1 SSDA) for the redevelopment of a luxury hotel mixed use project at 52 Phillip Street and the adjacent heritage-listed building at 50 Phillip Street. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Feature

A sanctuary of strength and retreat – the OCÉANO Health Spa Hotel on Tenerife

In our turbulent and uncertain times, it is important to do something good for ourselves every now and then. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Indulge in Art at the Dorchester Collection – 45 Park Lane and Le Meurice

Celebrating its 10th year, contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, is bringing some much needed colour and positivity to 2021 with the reopening of its diverse array of art exhibitions. … Continue Reading

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W Melbourne’s W Insider and Music Curator set the stage for epic guest experiences
Introducing Beyond Green: A Purpose-Driven Hospitality Brand Dedicated To Helping Global Citizens Make Travel A Force For Good
It’s A Pleasure

Hotel Openings - in Association with

PARKROYAL Monash Melbourne now open!

Internationally renowned Pan Pacific Hotels Group is pumping new life into the heart of south east Melbourne after opening its newest upscale hotel, PARKROYAL Monash Melbourne on Monday. … Continue Reading

Hotel Trends

U.S. hotel results for week ending 10 April

The U.S. hotel industry posted its highest demand and occupancy levels since the beginning of the pandemic, according to STR‘s latest data through 10 April 2021. 
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Preliminary Berlin hotel data for March

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News From Your Travel Club

Exciting Exclusive Announcement! TIC has exclusive industry rates on Ponant Cruises which depart and arrive from Australia or New Zealand – here is an unexpected opportunity for our cruising members whilst other destinations still seem a distance away. … Continue Reading

Lifestyle News

Could Intelligent Underwear Improve Your Life?

It is not uncommon to have a favorite bra, or a lucky pair of pants. The pair you wear when your fingers a crossed for a really good day. Now, innovations in E-Textiles and Smart Clothing have taken this phenomenon to the next level. … Continue Reading

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Marriott Bonvoy™ and Uber Team Up for First of Its Kind Collaboration Enabling Members to Earn Points on Both Food Delivery and Rides

Starting today, members of Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s award-winning travel program and marketplace, can earn points toward free nights at the company’s extraordinary portfolio of hotels and premium and luxury home rentals when ordering food delivery on Uber Eats and requesting select Uber rides (NYSE: UBER). … Continue Reading

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South Australia reels in World Fisheries Congress

The 2021 World Fisheries Congress to be held in South Australia will bring together the brightest minds in commercial fishing, with a focus on conservation and sustainability. … Continue Reading

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Countdown to Opening Day: 129th Canton Fair to Showcase New Product Line-Ups from China’s Top Manufacturers
Tourism Australia Announces Additional Support For The Business Events Sector

OTA News

Agoda: Australians and New Zealanders look to Trans-Tasman travel bubble for public holiday travel adventures in 2021

Australians and New Zealanders reputation as keen travellers was reinforced as Agoda’s search data reveals an 850% increase in searches by Australians looking for accommodation in New Zealand, and 470% increase for New Zealanders searching for trips to Australia, following the announcement that the Trans-Tasman travel bubble will commence 19 April 2021. … Continue Reading

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Hotelbeds signs strategic agreement with global leading hospitality chain, Banyan Tree Group
Lonely Planet reveals 25 of New Zealand’s most amazing road trips with the release of a second edition of New Zealand’s Best Trips.


Rocky Mountaineer Canadian Season Starting July 5

In consideration of the continuing travel restrictions and uncertainty of when they will be lifted, Rocky Mountaineer is delaying the start of its Canadian travel season until July 5, 2021.  … Continue Reading

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Resort News

Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort Positions Itself as a Gateway to Unique Biosphere for Eco-Tourists

The Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort is positioning itself as the most practical resort in Mauritius from which to explore the ecotourism attractions of the ‘wild’ south of the island. … Continue Reading

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Viceroy Los Cabos Launches New Art Program & Retail Concept
Five reasons to choose Majorca for your next nautical adventure

River Cruising

An urgent update from Paul Strachan of Pandaw re the dire situation in Burma

Thank you for your kindness in supporting Burma at this time. … Continue Reading

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11 May last chance to lock in 2021 Epic Australia Pass at lower price with Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham set to open for winter season on 12 June

With winter right around the corner, now is the best time to secure the 2021 Epic Australia Pass before the price rises by $100 on 11 May. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Tourism


RateTiger and IDS Next strengthens partnership to help hotels optimize revenue

Hotel business is always challenging, even more so, on an island nation that is heavily dependent on international business travellers during these turbulent times. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

G Adventures leads the way with 100th trip globally since September

While Aussies and Kiwis have just seen their travel hopes restored since the announcement of the trans-Tasman bubble last week, G Adventures has been keeping the travel dream alive in markets where travel is possible, to help support agents and continue its mission of changing lives through travel by giving back to local communities that rely on tourism. … Continue Reading

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Planet Classroom Fuels Its YouTube Network Slate with Stories that Focus on Global Oneness

Earthrise, Marie’s Dictionary, Counter Mapping and 5000 Miles Apart, featured on the Planet Classroom Network this month, illustrate that beyond the beauty of our individual heritage, history and language, there are universal values that tie us together as a human race. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

7 adventurous experiences to try in Australia this Autumn

  1. Jet Ski Tour – Airlie Beach, Queensland

The Whitsundays Island is a perfect getaway for beach lovers and definitely not a spot to be missed if you’re into watersports. Enjoy the thrill of speeding through the waters as you embark on an adrenaline-fuelled guided jet ski tour suitable for everyone of all skill levels — beginner to advanced. … Continue Reading

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Visit Europe

Santa Claus hears the world through the letters

Did you know that all the post offices around the world know where Santa Claus lives, so the only address you have to write to your letter is “Santa Claus”. … Continue Reading

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Visit Queensland

Sunshine Coast welcomes back New Zealanders

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast says that it is rolling out the welcome mat and getting ready to welcome back Kiwi visitors, following the announcement by the New Zealand government for quarantine-free Trans-Tasman travel for Australians to start from 11.59pm, Sunday 18 April, 2021. … Continue Reading

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Visit South Pacific

The Kiwi bubble opens so check out Lonely Planet’s top road trips

With the trans-Tasman bubble ready to open and driving around New Zealand the very best way to discover the Land of the Long White Cloud, who better than Lonely Planet to guide you with 25 of New Zealand’s most amazing road trips released in the second edition of New Zealand’s Best Trips, with 5 fully updated guidebooks launched In celebration of the two-way Trans-Tasman travel bubble … Continue Reading

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How The Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Will Work

Visit Thailand / Mekong

Will Thailand’s plan for quarantine-free tourism set a global trend?

As part of plans to stimulate a rebound in tourism, some countries have moved to waive compulsory quarantine for international travellers who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. … Continue Reading

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Visit USA

Barnes to Senate Subcommittee: Enact Strategies to Restart Widespread Travel

The newly formed U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, led by Chairwoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Ranking Member Rick Scott (R-FL), held its first-ever hearing today, entitled “The State of Travel and Tourism During COVID.”

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