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Travel Industry Welcomes President Biden, Vice President Harris

“President Biden is acutely aware of the economic pain the pandemic has inflicted on our industry and its workforce, and we are encouraged by the administration focus providing additional, direct relief to businesses in the hardest-hit industries.”

  • Roger Dow President & CEO U.S. Travel Association

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Headline News

Virgin Australia still not refunding international fares paid.

Mmm, while Virgin Australia is busy trumpeting the appointment of its new top team with only one member of the old top team remaining, it appears that thousands of consumers are very agitated that they are still waiting for a refund of the money they paid to Virgin Australia through agencies and online for international flights, with Virgin Australia only offering domestic flight credits and it also appears very little chance of them getting any of their money back. … Continue Reading

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Free Pandemic Cruising Special Report now out
Thailand’s Tourism Industry And Coronavirus 2021
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings cancels all April cruises on Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Compulsory vaccination for guests and crew by major travel and cruise operator and others


Emirates Restarts Passenger Services To Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney

Emirates will resume passenger flights to Sydney from 25 January, to Melbourne from 26 January, and to Brisbane from 28 January. Passenger flights between Dubai and Perth, as well as cargo operations to all Australian points, continue as scheduled. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Aviation
Flights between Munich and Singapore to Resume
Air New Zealand’s first quarantine-free flight from Rarotonga takes off
Norwegian Air’s exit from long-haul routes emphasizes flaws in business model, says GlobalData


Passenger numbers at BNE hit a 26-year low in 2020

Total passenger numbers at Brisbane Airport (BNE) for calendar year 2020 were just over 8 million, a 26-year low and down 66% on 2019. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Airport


Eagle ray pups born at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium!

A fever of eagle ray pups has arrived at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium! The baby rays were born on New Year’s Eve and are being monitored closely by the aquarium’s aquarists.  … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Attraction
Sydney Tower Eye set to celebrate Tower’s 40th anniversary as the iconic attraction extends lease to 2030

Business News

Travel Industry’s Only Transformation Design Program Welcomes Its Second Cohort in Spring 2021

The Transformational Travel Council (TTC) carries momentum into the New Year and new decade—with the launch of its second Transformation Design Program: A Collaborative Study on Transformational Travel and its Impact. … Continue Reading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Card payments growth in Australia declines in 2020 due to COVID-19, reveals GlobalData

The Australian payment card market, which has been on the rise for past few years, registered slowdown in 2020 due to COVID19 with reduced consumer and commercial spending. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Coronavirus (Covid-19)


Events / Whats On

Lunar New Year at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre!

Visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre over the Lunar New Year period for a range of activities designed to welcome the Year of the Ox and encourage families to build and play together! … Continue Reading

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3 Tips to Help You Pick a Home Loan

When people are seeking ways to leave their current home and move into a new primary residence, they will probably have to apply for a home loan. This type of loan is a loan that is provided to a qualified applicant when they are looking to buy a home or in some cases a condominium. When people qualify for a home loan, they often have to pay a home mortgage. This goes towards paying off a loan for a home. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Financial
United Announces 2020 Financial Results: 2021 Will Focus On Transition To Recovery; Expects To Exceed 2019 Adjusted EBITDA Margin By 2023*

Food & Beverage

National Hot Sauce Day: Five Spicy Cocktail Recipes Guaranteed to Give You a Kick

Whilst many people squirm at spicy flavours, they actually enhance your taste buds and promote digestion. As it is ‏National Hot Sauce day tomorrow‏ (Friday 22nd), drinks retailer ‏The Bottle Club‏ ‏ has ‘sauced’ five spicy cocktail recipes, guaranteed to enliven your palette. ‏ … Continue Reading

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Caravan & Camping critical to domestic tourism and regional Australia recovery based on latest figures

Accounting for 44% of all holiday nights across Australia, the latest insights from Tourism Research Australia for the September 2020 quarter again shows that caravan and camping is the most popular holiday accommodation type for Australians, as they come to terms with a COVID travel environment. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

Family Fun Weekend Staycation at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali is welcoming 2021 with a fun-packed adventure for kids, with plenty of family time and irresistible deals. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

Accor and LA Hotel Group open new-build Mantra Traralgon in Gippsland Valley

Accor and LA Hotel Group today opened the new-build 50-room Mantra Traralgon hotel in the heart of Latrobe Valley’s largest city. … Continue Reading

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Absolute Hotel Services Announces Its Fifth Hotel in Chiang Mai

Hotel News

Minor Hotels Enters a Strategic Partnership with Funyard Hotels & Resorts to Fuel China Expansion

Minor Hotels, a Bangkok-based international hotel owner, operator and investor, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Funyard Hotels & Resorts (Member of Country Garden Core Business Alliance), which will see the expansion of its brands in China. … Continue Reading

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Per Latest CDC Guidelines, Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay Beach, To Provide Complimentary Covid-19 Testing To Guests Returning Home

Hotel Openings - in Association with

Australia’s first Mövenpick hotel has opened its doors

Accor has opened the doors to Australia’s first Mövenpick hotel, Mövenpick Hotel Hobart, which stands on one of Hobart’s principal heritage streetscapes near the Hobart waterfront. … Continue Reading

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Kickstarts 2021 With New Hotel Openings In South Africa, Italy

Hotel Trends

2020 officially the worst year on record for U.S. hotels

The U.S. hotel industry reported all-time lows in occupancy and revenue per available room (RevPAR), according to year-end 2020 data from STR.   
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Industry Deals Sponsored by Travel Industry Club

What’s up this week?

How about a cruise close to home? Exclusive 50% discounted industry rates on the Murray River with Captain Cook on the paddlewheeler. … Continue Reading

Luxury Hotels

Asian Parents Approved: The Best Way to Celebrate CNY

The Year of Ox is coming upon us, get in the mood for loud yet warm family reunions and celebrate Chinese New Year in style. … Continue Reading

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OTA News

Hotelbeds and HotelRunner extend partnership

 Hotelbeds, the world’s leading B2B bedbank, has today announced the extension of its partnership with HotelRunner, a sales channel management platform and B2B network for OTAs and hoteliers. … Continue Reading

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Tripadvisor 2021 Travel Outlook Report Reveals Increasing Consumer Confidence as Travellers Plan 2021 Travel and Dining Post-Vaccine

Resort News

Whale Shark Encounters at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

This year, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo invites marine-life enthusiasts to marvel at the sight of whale sharks in the healthy reefs of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll.  … Continue Reading

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Responsible Tourism

Frasers Property commits to net-zero carbon by 2050

Frasers Property Limited (“Frasers Property”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”), today
announced its official commitment to be a net-zero carbon corporation by 2050 – one of five new
sustainability goals which Frasers Property established in FY2020 (from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020) and published in its latest sustainability report. … Continue Reading

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River Cruising

As Optimism Grows in Travel Industry, European Waterways Promotes Luxury Hotel Barging with Up to 20% Off on 2021 Cruises in France and Italy

With the tourist industry poised to rebound in 2021, luxury hotel barge cruising specialist European Waterways is rewarding travelers who are ready “to venture out again” with up to 20% off on some of its most popular cruises in France and Italy, valid when booked by February 22, 2021. … Continue Reading

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Serviced Apartments

Oakwood Gears Up for 2021 After a Year of Unprecedented Achievements and Service Innovation

Oakwood® today shared about the group’s milestone achievements despite challenges faced by the travel industry in 2020. … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

Travel and Tourism Revenues to Reach $540B in 2021, Almost $200B Less than in 2019

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every sector globally, but the travel and tourism industry is among the hardest hit. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Statistics & Trends

Tour Operator

First pangolin pup in decades born at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve!

andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve has welcomed the birth of a pangolin pup, the first of this endangered species to be born in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in many decades. … Continue Reading

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Aussie travellers are committed to making a difference when travel returns


Malaysia needs efficient COVID-19 management to curb declining production output, says GlobalData

“Malaysia’s COVID-19 pandemic management has turned out to be weak and the country has been witnessing spike in the number of daily cases. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Visit ASEAN

Visit Europe

Changed by Rovaniemi – South Africans at the Arctic 6/7

In our new “Changed by Rovaniemi”- blog series, we share unique stories from travelers of Rovaniemi. … Continue Reading

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Celebrate Burns Night 2021 with a twist

Visit South Pacific

Beautiful Samoa: Saying “I Do” In Paradise.

Wherever you choose to say “I do” in tropical Samoa, it’s guaranteed to be magical. Many Samoan resorts and venues are well-versed in hosting beautiful tropical island weddings for visitors, so why not plug into their extensive knowledge, facilities and services to make it all easy and relaxed? … Continue Reading

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Visit Thailand / Mekong

Thailand’s general insurance market to reach US$9.4bn in 2024, says GlobalData

The general insurance gross written premium in Thailand is projected to grow from THB253.6bn (US$8bn) in 2019 to THB285.6bn (US$9.4bn) in 2024, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Visit Thailand / Mekong

Visit USA

Memphis Attractions Including Graceland Launch Virtual Tours As Widespread Travel Remains In Limbo

One of Memphis’ most famed attractions, Graceland, has for the first time announced the introduction of Virtual Live Tours. … Continue Reading

Latest News under Category: Visit USA
What’s New in Scottsdale, Ariz. – Spring ‘21

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