Global Travel Media

Headline News

World’s top authorities agree: ‘No need to let virus stop travel’

As the current outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have issued a joint statement, and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has backed it up. … Continue Reading

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New supersonic airliner commits to carbon-neutral test program
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Airfare Deals

Limited time offer from Aircalin sees kids snag return flights to New Caledonia for less than $200

There’s never been a better time for families to visit New Caledonia. The country’s international airline, Aircalin, is offering return airfares from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to Noumea for kids under 12 at just $199 (including taxes) with the purchase of every adult ticket, which is only $579 return. … Continue Reading

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Cue the adrenaline rush with Jetstar’s See NZ Sale

Aviation

Fiji Airways & Tourism Fiji Partner to Bring the Bulanaires onboard

 Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has partnered with Tourism Fiji for the next phase of its Bulanaire campaign, bringing it to life inflight. Travellers can experience the famed Fijian hospitality of the cabin crew and learn about the happiest parts of Fiji via the Bulanaires. … Continue Reading

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Air New Zealand launches tourism campaign to get Kiwis to Tairāwhiti Gisborne
Delta reduces flight schedule to South Korea following coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
JetBlue Suspends Change and Cancel Fees for New Reservations to Give Customers Booking Confidence as Coronavirus Concerns Evolve
Star Alliance Welcomes Thai Smile Airways As Connecting Partner

Airport

Airport Revenue Under Pressure Following Moderate Growth in 2019 and COVID-19 Challenges

Asia-Pacific and Middle East airport revenues are under tremendous pressure two months into 2020 amidst the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, despite moderate growth in 2019. … Continue Reading

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Appointments / Movers & Shakers

Apps

Ascension Now Available For All Classes in Black Desert Mobile

Pearl Abyss today announced that Ascension is now available for all classes in Black Desert Mobile. Starting today, Adventurers now have the ability to unlock new class-specific skills to further enhance their characters and their potential. … Continue Reading

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Attraction

Oh MY, MY, MY…Troye Sivan is joining Madame Tussauds Sydney!

His music has reached all corners of the globe with over 8.5 Billion streams, he has starred in movies, shot covers for international fashion magazines, fronted campaigns for major global designers and today it has been announced that Troye Sivan will be honoured with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Sydney. … Continue Reading

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Beverage

JOHN ROZENTALS exercises his palate in the most pleasant tasting.

Nothing gets the palate exercising more eagerly than the arrival of a case of samples from Darry and Chester Osborn and their team in South Australia’s McLaren Vale — especially if it contains an untried ultra-premium red. … Continue Reading

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ACC Art Books Presents “Louis XIII Cognac: The Thesaurus”
JOHN ROZENTALS looks at a vintage update from Windowrie Wines, in Cowra NSW.

Business News

Cruise

Cruise Deals

Experience The Very Best Of New Zealand And Australia With Ecruising This Spring

This November forget Spring Racing! Instead why not treat yourself to the ultimate Spring break with ecruising’s sensational 25-night RAIL & SAIL Australian Journey & the NZ Escape package. … Continue Reading

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Take on the world with Hurtigruten’s solo waiver offers
Explore the spectacular Faroe Islands on an Expedition Cruise No solo supplement for single travellers

Destination Africa / Seychelles

Tongole rebrands as Tongole Wilderness Retreat

We are excited to inform you that Tongole Wilderness Lodge, located in the untouched rugged terrain of the Nkhotakota Wilderness Reserve, have rebranded to the Tongole Wilderness Retreat (TWR). … Continue Reading

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The Latest from Central African Wilderness Safaris

Destination Europe

ATECA Holding Embarks on Unlocking Uzbekistan’s Huge Tourism Potential

H.E. Aziz A. Abdukhakimov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chairman of the State Committee for Tourism Development, met with Mr. Michel P.J. Noblet, Chairman of ATECA Holding, to discuss opportunities of bilateral collaboration to drive growth of tourism and hospitality sector in Uzbekistan. He was joined by the executive team of ATECA including Mr. Karimov Kamoladdin, Chief Executive Officer, and Ms Hina Bakht, Chief Marketing Officer. … Continue Reading

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Music Жара’20 Festival Live performance by Emin, Agutin, Ivanushki, Revva, Zivert Thursday 7 May at the Salle des Etoiles
Buy-to-let maintenance is costing UK landlords 28% of their annual rental income – here’s where to buy to beat it
The “Ferrari Grand Tour, a journey through passion and beauty” Exhibition at the MEF in Modena
£57bn worth of new homes have hit the market in the last year – here are the hottest housebuilder spots

Destination Feature

Country Town Australia Is The Place To Go In 2020

The push for Australians to take a holiday in the drought, flood and bushfire ravaged regions of our nation has gained great momentum in 2020. … Continue Reading

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Destination North America

Snow and Sun: Break Into Spring With a Colorado Getaway

While springtime in the Rockies brings plenty of snow, temperatures across the state begin to warm, and unique experiences beckon travelers to break away from the ordinary. … Continue Reading

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Spring Family Beach Break Adventures in Daytona Beach
Upgrades and Exciting new tours arrive at Warm Heart Adventures Lodge
Casper, Wyoming Welcomes New Offerings in 2020
Get back to nature and tradition in rural Ishikawa

Destination North Asia

GWEC and JWPA launch joint Task Force to drive offshore wind growth in Japan

 Today the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) have announced that they have formed a joint Japan Offshore Wind Task Force to drive offshore wind growth in Japan.

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Coronavirus outbreak threatens China’s already tepid economic growth, observes GlobalData

Destination South Pacific & Oceania

Tourism Solomons – Coronavirus Update

Tourism Solomons has advised all passengers entering the Solomons Islands via air and sea ports and other points of entry who has been in or travelled through a ‘restricted country’ in the 14 days prior to arrival will be denied entry to the Solomon Islands. … Continue Reading

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Whale Sharks Arrive to Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef
Japanese visitors ‘on the air’ with Queensland’s most remote learners
UFC’s return to Perth a triumph for WA tourism
Now’s the Time to Love Lake Macquarie’s Beaches!

Destination Thailand / Mekong

TAT releases daily photos of weather situations at attractions across Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is releasing a daily collection of photos with daytime weather situations at various attractions across Thailand. … Continue Reading

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Dining

Stride into Hyde this March and April for 49% off food

Stride into Hyde Paradiso during March and April for 49% off food when paired with any drink purchase… and, best of all, this incredible offer has dropped just in time for the Hyde tribe to sample the lively lounge and bar’s exciting new menu and cocktail list. … Continue Reading

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Beachhouse At The Moana Pops The Cork On First “Pairings” Of 2020
Coming Home:Daniel Humm Returns To Pavillon

Exhibitions

NEW DATES: ProWine Asia (Singapore) 2020 to be held from 13 to 16 July 2020

 The 3rd edition of ProWine Asia (Singapore) will take place from 13 to 16 July 2020 at Singapore Expo, re-scheduled from the original dates of 31 March to 3 April 2020. … Continue Reading

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Financial

Air New Zealand reports interim profit1 of $198 million and maintains interim dividend

Air New Zealand has today announced earnings before other significant items and taxation of $198 million for the six-month period ended 31 December 2019, compared to $217 million in the prior period, reflecting the slower demand growth environment, weakness in the global cargo market and the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong. … Continue Reading

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Virgin Galactic Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial Results
Leap Year is Giving Us One More Day, and Mastercard Wants to Help You Share it With Someone You Love
Marriott International Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Results
Quarterly Results In Line With Guidance

Gadgets

Galaxy S20 Ultra: Ready, Set, Build

At Samsung, we embrace the spirit to question and challenge conventions. It is at the core of our innovations and the central value that powers our creativity. … Continue Reading

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Galaxy S20: 3 Tips to Shoot Like a Pro, From a Pro

Golf Tourism

Malaysia Open Receives Timely Shot-in-the-Arm

The Malaysia Open has received a timely shot in the arm with Bandar Malaysia being named as title sponsor of the historic championship that is returning to the Asian Tour schedule following a four-year absence. … Continue Reading

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Doctor Orders Million Dollar Hole-in-One Opportunity
Don’t Cut Golf Tourism Funding, Urges IAGTO
Golf Genius Gets Online with Asian Golf Industry Federation
Mentor Role for Grassroots Ambassador Leadership Award Winner

Health and Wellness

Until the end of April, Hotel Eden’s La Libreria shall be transformed into an irresistible chocolaterie in collaboration with “Said dal 1923”

Hotel Eden, a 5-star luxury hotel of the Dorchester Collection chain, is proud to announce a special collaboration with “Said dal 1923”, the historic artisan chocolate producer from Rome. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

Vivid Sydney Hot Deals at Metro Hotels & Apartments in Sydney

Over two million visitors will converge on Sydney to enjoy Vivid Sydney from May 22 – June 13, 2020, Australia’s major event in winter, and the largest event of its kind in the world combining light, music and ideas. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

Accor grows its luxury presence in Australia with the announcement of SO/Melbourne

Today, Accor announces the continued expansion of its luxury portfolio in Australia, with the debut of the vibrant and playful SO/Hotels & Resorts luxury brand in Melbourne, Australia. … Continue Reading

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Hyatt Expands Presence in Turkey With Plans for Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park
Hyatt Announces Plans for Hyatt Centric Cambridge
Kerten Hospitality Signs Partnership Agreement with Ayla Oasis Development

Hotel News

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Hotel Trends

STR: Asia Pacific hotel performance for January 2020

Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported mostly negative results in the three key performance metrics during January 2020, according to data from STR. … Continue Reading

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STR: U.S. hotel performance for January 2020
STR: Central/South America hotel performance for January 2020
STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 15 February
STR: Global hotel chains lead Europe in hotel net unit growth

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Insurance

Regulatory initiatives to help Malaysian life insurance business surpass US$13bn in 2023, says GlobalData

The Malaysian life insurance market, in terms of gross written premiums, is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4% from MYR46.7bn (US$11.6bn) in 2019 to MYR55.4bn (US$13.7bn) in 2023, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. … Continue Reading

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Time to end fire insurance confusion: CHOICE
58% of young adults drew from the ‘bank of mum and dad’ when travelling – and most don’t repay their parents in full

Lifestyle

Loyalty

Shangri-La Group Extends Golden Circle Programme Tier Status and Benefits

In view of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Golden Circle, the loyalty programme of the Shangri-La Group, is extending tier status for its Diamond and Jade members globally. … Continue Reading

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uno Home Loans lifts off new partnership with Velocity Frequent Flyer

Luxury Hotels

Full Renovation For The Pool Rooms And Suite At Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria

Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano unveils its latest renovation this season, including the entire 4th floor of accommodations with 13 rooms and 1 suite. … Continue Reading

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Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston Encourages Guests To “Come Home Different” As Part Of #Fstakeyourtime Initiative

MICE

HML welcomes Hong Kong Government’s US$130-million subsidies under novel coronavirus to reinvigorate the exhibition and convention industry

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”), the professional private management company responsible for the daily operation of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”), welcomes the latest revitalisation measures initiated by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government to support the exhibition and convention industry. A subsidy of over HK$1,020 million (US$130 million) will be injected to subsidise exhibition and convention organisers and participants, in order to reinvigorate Hong Kong’s reputation as the event capital of Asia. … Continue Reading

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ASTM International to Host Large Standards Meeting in Prague
Preventive measures at the HKCEC in response to novel coronavirus infection
Post-Meeting Activities : City Walking Trails in Korea

OTA News

Kuoni Business Travel expands its long stay travel offer through Acomodeo’s digital solution and services

Kuoni Business Travel has integrated Acomodeo’s innovative, digital serviced apartment booking platform into its travel management services. … Continue Reading

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Airbnb rounds up Sydney’s fabulous & dazzling listings to celebrate Mardi Gras

Resort News

Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort Forays Into Sustainable Fashion

Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort is dressing its staff in a runway-worthy collection of apparel that brings a bold, contemporary layer to Vietnamese culture, after joining forces with a sustainable fashion house. … Continue Reading

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Resort Trades… The Next Decade
Outrigger Fiji and Tourism Fiji target Japan
Ulu Cliffhouse Welcomes Carl Cox & Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco – Sat 9th May in Bali
Elite Havens announces guaranteed refunds and a flexible rebooking policy to protect the interest of guests in the COVID-19 scenario.

Responsible Tourism

Huma Charity Challenge Giveaway

Supporting your favourite charity has never been more rewarding. Sign up to one of Huma Charity Challenge 2020 Challenges and you can invest in a new pair of trekking boots for your Kokoda Challenge, or maybe some hiking poles to help you along the Larapinta Trail or perhaps a day pack for your Challenge to Ethiopia. … Continue Reading

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As Reef threat builds, time for Reef-safe climate policy say marine conservationists
Hilton Brisbane cleans up the city
Radisson Hotel Group Announces Global Plan For A Future With Reduced Single-Use Plastics

River Cruising

American Cruise Lines to Accelerate Expansion 3 New Riverboats to Debut in the Next 20 Months

American Cruise Lines announced today that it will launch two additional modern riverboats for the 2021 season. Construction is already underway on the new riverboats and will ramp up as American Jazz, the Line’s 3rd modern riverboat, is readied for its 2020 debut in New Orleans. … Continue Reading

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Untethered Danube River cruise among Avalon Waterways’ most unique – and most popular – itineraries for 2020
Save up to A$3600 per couple on three Mississippi fly, stay and cruise packages
‘Wine and Water’ – See the Tall Ships, Cruise the Canal as Part of a Bordeaux Wine Festival/Hotel Barge Cruising Holiday, Says European Waterways

Social Media

The Most Instagrammed Road Trips in the World!

Road trips are an increasingly popular way of discovering and experiencing new countries, and how good your trip looks ‘on the gram’ is very important in an age where everything has to be captured. … Continue Reading

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Tech

Theme Parks

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Stirs in the Key Ingredient of Storytelling to Create a Uniquely Disney Experience, from Feb. 28 to April 21, 2020

The highly anticipated Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to the Disneyland Resort for a limited time* Feb. 28 to April 21, 2020, with innovative food, beverages and pairings created with a magical Disney twist. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

Trade Events

ATM Registration open

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is a travel and tourism event organized annually in Dubai to provide a platform for inbound and outbound tourism professionals from the Middle East and around the world. … Continue Reading

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2XL Furniture & Home Decor and Swiss-Belhotel International Announce ‘2XL Interior Design Challenge’ for Arabian Travel Market 2020
IPW 2020 – Next Stop: Vegas

Travel Deals

Whats On

March to the APT Travel Showcase

The leaders in luxury cruising and touring, APT, is hosting luxury Travel Showcase this March. Travel agents in Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sydney are encouraged to attend these events that will showcase insider tips and offer exclusive deals on a great range of exciting destinations. … Continue Reading

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Just announced: Perth, Hobart, Newcastle and Canberra Viking Information Sessions
Stunning program announced for the 30th Australian Festival of Chamber Music as 30 years of making music in the north is celebrated – TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

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