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Buoyant domestic market helps Air NZ weather pandemic

March 2, 2021 Headline News No Comments

In a graphic demonstration of how suppressing Covid-19 helps a country and its travel industry, Air New Zealand has reported domestic seat capacity has reached 76% of pre-Covid levels, “led by robust domestic tourism and the return of business demand during the first half of the 2021 financial year”.

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ACCC Qantas-American move is a gesture of hope for future

March 2, 2021 Headline News No Comments

In an encouraging move during this time of pandemic, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has confirmed it plans to re-authorise the alliance between Qantas and American Airlines for a further five years. … Continue Reading

Where a stunning hotel and amazing art come together with…WOW!

With Brisbane quickly becoming the cool capital of Australia, with its amazing riverside and city entertainment and dining precincts, and so much to do, it also  appears to me, that Brisbane is also becoming the Aussie capital for cool hotels, with this being reinforced as I discovered recently with The Fantauzzo Brisbane – Art Series Hotel, where a stunning hotel and amazing art come together with…WOW! … Continue Reading

Norwegian Cruise Line says vaccines the “deciding factor” in cruise booking surges, plus cruise demand exceeding supply

According to report by Chris Gray Faust of Cruise Critic, the worldwide COVID-19 vaccination rollout is driving strong future cruise bookings and could cause an eventual “boom time for the industry,” and a combination of pent-up demand and higher numbers of people who have received the shots has led to future bookings being “significantly ahead” of the record year of 2019, said Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings President and CEO Frank del Rio at the Q4 earnings call Thursday. … Continue Reading

Mmmm…I wonder, if former Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah rex’ news boss?

With rex launching its first Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney services this week, the domestic air fare war is really heating up, with QANTAS and its low cost operation Jetstar – which is about the only bit of QANTAS that has made series money over the last few years – Virgin Australia, Alliance Airlines and of course rex all on a head on collision course and slashing their prices in a prime route fare war. … Continue Reading

Will travel ever be as much fun again?

So you are wondering what travel is going to be like when international flights begin again? We will take a look at possible scenarios later – let’s start with the present and assume you have decided to take a long-awaited break in another capital for a few days. … Continue Reading

TravelMangers Australia CEO and his top team hold the key to the future of travel

March 1, 2021 Headline News No Comments

If there is one sector in Australia and in fact globally that has gone through the grinder and absolutely devastating ruin as a result of COVID-19, then it has to  be  travel agencies, with as a result of Australia’s international borders closing, hundreds upon hundreds of the familiar high street travel agencies we are used to seeing closing their doors and many thousands of travel agents being laid off and forced to seek other jobs … Continue Reading

Qantas is dreaming, says aviation expert

Qantas might think international flights will lift off at the end of October – but the experts disagree. Analyst Neil Hansford, from Strategic Aviation Solutions, says Qantas is dreaming.

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Some travel companies still behaving badly – thousands of consumers still waiting for travel refunds

March 1, 2021 Headline News No Comments

According to a report this last week by Henrietta Cook in the Sydney Morning Herald, thousands of Australians are still awaiting refunds for ill-fated holidays that never went ahead, with the consumer watchdog receiving almost 28,000 travel-related complaints since the pandemic began. … Continue Reading

Qantas CEO reveals $1b half-year loss and announces plans to resume international flights

Qantas has posted a record $1.08 billion revenue half-year loss along with its plans to resume international flights in October not July, saying that the dire financial result was triggered by the freeze on international travel and Australian state border closures. … Continue Reading

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