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Transformation for motel that sent chills up many spines

A notorious Australian city motel which guests described as dodgy, seedy and the “scariest motel experience” (“bullet holes in glass” and “knife in the pool”) is reportedly on the market, with neighbours looking forward to its transformation into something much more positive and friendly. … Continue Reading

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With the trans-Tasman travel bubble about to open, how much should the tourism industry get its hopes up?
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Tanna, Vanuatu villagers mourn the death of their ‘god’, Prince Philip


Oman Air Holidays Receives WTTC Safe Travels Stamp Attesting Enhanced Health & Safety Measures

Oman Air, the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, is pleased to announce that Oman Air Holidays has received the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). … Continue Reading

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JetBlue and Qatar Airways Expand Strategic Codeshare Partnership, Increasing Global Connectivity

JetBlue today announced it is expanding its codeshare with Qatar Airways to offer customers more ways to book travel to international destinations aboard the global partner airline. … Continue Reading

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Flyarystan Launches International Services To Georgia
United Airlines to Lead Industry Switch to Sustainable Aviation Fuel with Global Corporations, Customers


Narita Airport, Amadeus and NEC introduce Japan’s first end-to-end biometric boarding process

Check-in, passport checks and boarding using paper documents can be a frustrating and cumbersome process that contributes to airport congestion and many physical interactions. … Continue Reading

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Appointments / Movers & Shakers

Amanda Cottome, Hotel General Manager & Brand Experience Manager, A by Adina Sydney

There’s no question TFE Hotels newest Hotel General Manager expected a mind-blowing challenge with the arrival of A by Adina. … Continue Reading

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JetBlue Announces Leadership Appointments and Promotions in Place


SWISS to trial IATA Travel Pass app

SWISS is to become the first airline in the Lufthansa Group to trial IATA’s new Travel Pass app, which it will do on its Zurich-London Heathrow route from 22 April onwards. … Continue Reading

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CLIA’s online showcase to welcome spectacular new ships

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia is preparing a virtual welcome for more than a dozen spectacular new cruise ships about to join the world fleet this year, hosting its first-ever Ocean Debut Showcase for travel agent members. … Continue Reading

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Kavalan Sweeps Icons of Whisky, WWA 2021

Kavalan has beaten out the competition to claim two prestigious Icons of Whisky’s 2021 awards: “Visitor Attraction” for Kavalan Distillery and “World Whisky Brand Ambassador” for Kaitlyn Tsai. … Continue Reading

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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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Farnek acquires FM contracts worth AED 131 million in Q1 2021
Anticipated boom in summer holiday bookings dampened by uncertainty over travel restrictions, says GlobalData
ATPI expands international network: four new partners added
Microsoft’s purchase of Nuance Communications will strengthen its enterprise strategy, says GlobalData


GBTA Announces New Dates for 2021 Convention

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the world’s largest business travel association and worldwide leader in education, research, networking, and advocacy for the industry – has shifted the dates of its GBTA Convention 2021 to November 17-19 in Orlando, Florida. … Continue Reading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Intravacc announces positive preclinical data for its OMV- based Lyme vaccine

Intravacc, a world leader in translational research and development of preventive and therapeutic vaccines, today announced positive preclinical data for its OMV based Lyme disease vaccine. … Continue Reading

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Cruise News

Cunard’s Captain Christopher Wells Retires After 20 Years With The Brand, And Awarded Rank Of Commodore

Cunard Captain, Christopher Wells, is retiring after a stellar 20-year career with Cunard, part of 30 years spent working across Carnival Corporation cruise lines. In recognition of his outstanding service he has been awarded the rank of Commodore. … Continue Reading

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P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Encounter Completes Her Transformation


South Yarra’s Only Vegan Restaurant and Bar Set to Open

Lona Misa Bar & Kitchen will officially open its doors from Friday April 16 within the new designer hotel Ovolo South Yarra as South Yarra’s only true plant-based restaurant and bar offering. … Continue Reading

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Events / Whats On

Striking a chord with the Canberra International Music Festival at Kambri

The eclectic sounds of musicians from all over Australia will fill the autumn air at Kambri this April and May, with special performances in the precinct as part of the 2021 Canberra International Music Festival. … Continue Reading

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TravelMangers Australia Personal Travel Managers tell their story – one of great success.

John Alwyn-Jones here again and as I said in the first and second articles in this series of really interesting articles and videos about Australia’s leading home based travel agent company, … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

Stay Fit, Stay Active 24/7 in Quarantine @ Dorsett Wanchai

Being “one of the best Hong Kong hotels for quarantine that goes above and beyond to keep quarantining guests sane and comfortable during their stay” recommended by Discovery, Cathay Pacific, Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong is offering all-inclusive quarantine packages from just HK$800 per night, with 3 meals per day and up to US$281 cash credits to be used during the stay. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Developments

Edition Announces Eight Anticipated New Hotel Openings Across The Globe By The End Of 2022

EDITION Hotels today announced its further international expansion by the end of 2022, with the slated opening of eight new properties across three continents. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Songkran and Transformative Change

The month of April welcomes the celebration of Songkran, the Thai New Year.  This exciting holiday, aptly named “the water festival”, typically involves gathering together with friends, family, and the community to reflect and “wash away” the grievances and poor luck from the past year. … Continue Reading

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Kiroro Steps Up As Leader In Hospitality And Tourism Industry During Global Crisis
Come on Aussie cousins, where the bloody hell are ya?
Seek Simplicity: Life’s Top 50 Simple Pleasures According to Australians

Hotel Openings - in Association with

Arrive Expected: Australia’s First Hotel Sky Lobby Rises 21 Storeys above Sydney

TFE Hotels’ A by Adina Sydney, set to open late April 2021, is being billed as the flagship property of an elevated new ‘premium’ suite of Apartment Hotels, where VIP guest experience is set to soar to extraordinary heights. … Continue Reading

Hotel Trends

Preliminary March data for Beijing hotels

Beijing’s hotel industry reported its highest room rates in 15 months, according to preliminary March 2021 data from STR. … Continue Reading

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Preliminary Jeddah hotel data for March

Lifestyle News

Poor air quality in classrooms detrimental to kids’ wellbeing and learning

Many Australian school kids could be learning in classrooms with poor indoor air quality that exceeds safety guidelines. … Continue Reading

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$25,000 On Offer For Keynote Speakers At Business Events Around Australia

Business Events Perth is offering up to $25,000 to help secure extraordinary keynote speakers for national business events anywhere in Australia. … Continue Reading

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Iconic Holdens to Set to Break Records

In what could be some of the lowest kilometre mid 80s Holden’s existing in Australia is a VL Walkinshaw and VN SS Group A that are going to auction expected to fetch over $1 million. … Continue Reading

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Resort News

Curate Your Dream Honeymoon At Baros Maldives – The World’s Leading Romantic Resorts

Couples looking to mark their nuptials after a year of lockdowns and travel restrictions can do so with some additional spoils at Baros. … Continue Reading

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Responsible Tourism

The Women’s General Association of Macau and Melco support women’s mental wellness

To help relieve emotional pressures faced by women, the Women’s General Association of Macau and Melco Resorts & Entertainment co-organized an inauguration ceremony for the “Feel Better – Women’s Personal Development and Support Program” followed by a mental wellness seminar on April 13. … Continue Reading

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Discrepancies in official trade data suggest illegal international trade in endangered hammerhead shark fins

Serviced Apartments

Oakwood Outlines Continued Expansion Plans in China with Introduction of New Properties

On target to double its portfolio of managed properties by 2025, Oakwood today confirmed plans to open four new properties in China by December 2021 with more signings expected to be announced in the coming months. … Continue Reading

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Cora Cora Maldives Selects IDeaS G3 RMS to Maximise Revenue and Provide Pricing Decisions in Uncertain APAC Market

IDeaS, a SAS company, the world’s leading provider of hotel revenue management software and services, announced today its partnership with Cora Cora Maldives to implement IDeaS G3 Revenue Management System (RMS) at the Maldives’ most anticipated new resort opening of 2021. … Continue Reading

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HRS Korea Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Asset Management Company, Emerson AMC.
Gulf Air to Transform Falconflyer Programme with IBS Software’s iFly Loyalty

Tour Operator

Tauck Announces Full Restart of U.S. Tours

A year ago Tauck CEO Dan Mahar reached out to the company’s guests and travel advisor partners with an important and ultimately upbeat message: even though Tauck was suspending its tours and cruises, the company was already looking forward to the day when it would again welcome guests.  Today, Tauck announced that day has arrived.

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Trade Events

Final preparations in place for Arabian Travel Market 2021 in-person event in Dubai as new dawn beckons for travel & tourism industry

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has reconfirmed that the 2021 edition of its annual showcase, will go-ahead in-person at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on Sunday 16 to Wednesday 19 May, as final preparations are being put in place, in particular health and safety. … Continue Reading

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Myanmar’s Neighbors Must Protect Those Seeking Refuge

“Refugees International is deeply concerned about the failure of Myanmar’s neighbors to protect those seeking refuge from the Myanmar military’s February 2021 coup and ongoing attacks on civilians. … Continue Reading

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Visit California

Los Angeles Launches Initiative to Become First Sharecare Health Security Verified™ Destination in Us

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board today announced an initiative powered by digital health company Sharecare and Forbes Travel Guide, the global authority on hospitality excellence, to verify the health security of all hotels with 50 or more rooms in the City of Los Angeles. … Continue Reading

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Visit Middle East / Dubai

Abu Dhabi Set to Celebrate Holy Month with Exclusive Offers through the ‘Layali Ramadan’ Campaign

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has today launched its ‘Layali Ramadan’ campaign, which will bring exclusive hotel, retail and culinary offers to UAE residents and visitors throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. … Continue Reading

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Visit North Asia

Step Through the CULTURE GATE to JAPAN to Explore the Country from Home

Step through the CULTURE GATE to JAPAN to explore the country’s regional diversity through contemporary art. This new exhibition can be explored online and at seven airports and a cruise terminal in Japan. … Continue Reading

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Japan Has the Most Powerful Passport but Only in a Post-Pandemic World

Visit Oceania

Attention Sydneysiders! Put these NSW destinations on your Autumn getaway list

Summer might be over, and whilst many Aussies will need to bid adieu to daylight savings and extended days at the beach, Autumn certainly has its benefits. … Continue Reading

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Visit South Pacific

Tahiti still looks nice / 10 years anniversary of the iconic Imperial Leather Commercial

It’s the iconic catchphrase from the world famous Imperial Leather commercial that put Tahiti on the wish list of millions. … 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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