• Killer whales live up to name in bloodbath off WA

    What started as a tour like any other on WA's south coast quickly turned into a scene of slaughter, demonstrating the awesome power of the apex predator of the ocean.
  • Window Seat 22 Jan 18

    ALTHOUGH it’s a popular pastime for many Aussies to blast the weather forecast for being inaccurate, it seems the Sunshine State’s tourism authorities may now be taking its criticism a bridge too far.Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) has requested the Bureau of Meteorology change the terms “partly cloudy” and “chance of rain” to “mostly sunny” and “likely sunshine” in a bid to improve its image with tourists.Other requests incl
  • UA SYD/IAH debut

    UNITED Airlines is celebrating the launch of its new daily Sydney-Houston route which debuted on Sat, today promoting the service’s greater connections to destinations in the Caribbean and Central America – more on the cover wrap and on page five.The post UA SYD/IAH debut appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Trav Choice adds 2

    THE Travellers Choice network has welcomed two new members in New South Wales to its national independent retail group in the form of Forward Travel (located in Penshurst, Sydney) and Corowa Travel Link (in regional NSW).Forward Travel owners David Smyth and Rose Toohey specialise in individually planned journeys, with a focus on adventure travel.They chose to join Travellers Choice in order to expand their marketing reach and broaden their product offering.Corowa Travel Link’s owner Sue W
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  • Open letter on Magellan 22 Jan 18

    MAGELLAN founder and past director Kevin Dale has penned an open letter on the group’s planned sale to Helloworld. His letter appears here in full:
    A DECADE ago, three travel agents came together to found a new travel group.
    They were united by deep disillusionment over successive sales of Australia’s major travel agency chains to public companies.
    The members of those chains had no say in this process, and yet it was their success that made the chains attractive to the public compan
  • Houston service has lift off

    UNITED Airlines inaugurated its new Sydney-Houston non-stop service on the weekend, connecting Aussie travellers to the USA’s fourth largest city for the first time.At 13,833kms, it’s also United’s second-longest route, behind the Singapore-Los Angeles pairing.Operating on a daily basis using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, UA’s SYD-IAH route provides new flight options across the United States and into Latin America.The carrier has timed the Houston service to offer op
  • Chimu names gm

    CHIMU Adventures has promoted partnerships manager Sarah Baxter to the role of general manager of sales, product and business development.Baxter joined Chimu in 2012 as the firm’s relationship manager, tasked with boosting trade ties.The post Chimu names gm appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Brochures 22 Jan 18

    WELCOME to Brochures of the Week, Travel Daily’s Monday feature.If your firm is releasing a new brochure of which you’d like to make the industry aware, send a brief description summarising its features and itineraries, including a PDF of the front cover, and contact details to
    brochures@traveldaily.com.au.Great Southern Rail – Australia’s Great Train Holidays 2018/19The Apr 2018-Mar 2019 brochure from Great Southern Rail features a range of new holiday packages and produ
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  • VA most punctual

    VIRGIN Australia was the most punctual major domestic airline for departures in Dec at 83.2%, 4 points ahead of Qantas, according to the latest Govt stats out today.MEANWHILE, the IASC today gave VA the nod to codeshare with Virgin Atlantic on the USA route.The post VA most punctual appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Travel Pages 2018

    THE Business Publishing Group is proud to announce the release of AFTA Travel Pages 2018 – the official guide of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents.The completely revamped and updated publication is a glossy magazine being distributed to AFTA members and key industry stakeholders, with expert commentary, destination updates and a new Supplier Directory, providing a comprehensive guide to travel industry suppliers.Copies of AFTA Travel Pages 2018 can be purchased online at subs.trav
  • 144-hr visa-free

    THE Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China has expanded its six-day visa-free program for the provinces of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.Unveiled just before the new year, the program is available to foreign citizens of 53 countries, including Australian passport holders, arriving by air, train or cruise at six locations.Those being Beijing Capital Int’l Airport, Railway West Station, Tianjin Binhai Int’l Airport, Tianjin Internaitonal Cruise Homeport, Shiji
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. There are 11 host cities throughout Russia. Plan your travel and accommodation before you travel. The geographical distance between some of the host cities is vast. Always research your destination before travelling.
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  • Ferry operator 'gobsmacked' as lake battle rolls on under Archer

    Legal action launched by Tasmania's former environment minister, which aims to break a ferry operator's hold on a pristine lake, will continue under his successor — and the ferry operator is fuming.
  • Instagrammers beating destructive path to Tasmania's natural gems

    The sharing of stunning photos on social media is driving the degradation of some of Tasmania's natural gems, warns professional photographer Jason Futrill.
  • Tourism boom as Instagram discovers the remote town with the 'world's best beaches'

    For years Esperance on Western Australia's south coast has laid claim to being the home of the world's best beaches. Now it is struggling under the weight of tourists drawn by photo-sharing platform Instagram.
  • More Aussies pulling out their passports, with NZ topping the destinations list

    More than 10 million Australians travelled overseas last year, an increase of 6.9 per cent on the previous year, with New Zealand, Indonesia and China among our top destinations for short stays.
  • Six of Australia's best swimming spots

    Australia is blessed with a vast number of stunning swimming holes, lakes, creeks, rivers and beaches. We thought we'd take one for the team and find a few excellent spots for you to cool down.
  • Seven of Australia's best swimming spots

    Australia is blessed with a vast number of stunning swimming holes, lakes, creeks, rivers and beaches. We thought we'd take one for the team and find a few excellent spots for you to cool down.
  • Seven best swimming spots

    We thought we’d take one for the team and find a few excellent spots for you to cool down.
  • Five of Australia's best swimming spots

    Australia is blessed with a vast number of stunning swimming holes, lakes, creeks, rivers and beaches. We thought we'd take one for the team and find a few excellent spots for you to cool down.
  • TD Jobs Page – Travel Trade Recruitment jobs 19 January 2018

    These jobs from Travel Trade Recruitment were advertised in Travel Daily on 19 January 2018.Click here to download the TD Jobs Page – Travel Trade Recruitment jobs 19 January 2018The post TD Jobs Page – Travel Trade Recruitment jobs 19 January 2018 appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Window Seat 19 Jan 18

    THEY’VE walked down the aisle so many times they’ve lost count, but as airline cabin crew they’re usually pushing a trolley.But on a LATAM service in Chile this week, Paula Ruiz and Carlos Elorriga were married mid-flight – by the Pope himself.The airborne nuptials were performed after the couple asked the pontiff for a blessing as he flew a leg of his current Chilean tour.Though the pair had legally married in a civil service in 2010, plans for a religious service were t
  • Travel Specials 19 Jan 18

    WELCOME to Travel Specials, Travel Daily’s Friday feature. If your firm has released a travel special you’d like to make the industry aware of, send the details to specials@traveldaily.com.au.
    The post Travel Specials 19 Jan 18 appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Swiss-Bel BNE gm

    SWISS-BELHOTEL International has announced the appointment of Pankal Dhingra as the new general manager of the 134-room Swiss-Belhotel in Brisbane.Dhingra joins the company from his most recent role as executive assistant manager at the NEXT Hotel in Brisbane.He will work closely with Swiss-Belhotel business director Murray Bote and Grant Gaskin, area gm for NZ and Australia.The post Swiss-Bel BNE gm appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • CAPA Insights 19 Jan 18

    CAPA Centre for Aviation today offers its latest exclusive infographic,presenting insight from its own data and external sources.As PART of its continued review of global alliances CAPA Insights brings you a snapshot of Star Alliance.
    The airline grouping was established in 1997 as the first global airline alliance to “better meet the needs of the frequent international traveller” and is now the world’s largest global alliance. In terms of market share, Star Alliance is the lar
  • Trafalgar extends

    TRAFALGAR has added the USA and Canada to the list of destinations applicable with its $999 airfare promotion as part of the guided holiday company’s “2018, it’s time” campaign.The offer now extends to 32 North American destinations and refers to a $999 return airfare deal (including taxes) available until 28 Feb, valid for travel 01 Mar and 30 Nov this year.The post Trafalgar extends appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • QF MEL/SFO start

    QANTAS has named 01 Sep as the start date for its new direct services between Melbourne and San Francisco (TD 15 Dec), with fares available for sale from today.The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service will operate as an evening departure from MEL and an overnight flight on the return, flying four times a week.However, the carrier will reduce its Dreamliner services between MEL and LAX to accommodate the new SFO flights, cutting them from six to two services a week.Passengers booked on impacted flight
  • Oz day at Wolgan

    EMIRATES One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort in NSW is offering a special Australia Day long weekend package for a distinct celebratory getaway – see page 9.The post Oz day at Wolgan appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • MH lands in Alice

    PASSENGERS are being offered alternative services after a Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney to KUL was diverted after experiencing engine problems last night, making an emergency landing in Alice Springs.The post MH lands in Alice appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • HI Express growth

    THE Holiday Inn Express brand is set to undergo a major expansion phase in Australia following its funding partner successfully raising $500m.Pro-invest Group, partner of parent company InterContinental Hotels Group, says a new 170-room hotel in Newcastle will open this year as well as two new properties in Melbourne.IHG’s EVEN hotel brand is also set to debut in Syd & Mel soon.The post HI Express growth appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • EK orders 36 A380s

    THE future of the Airbus A380 superjumbo has received a much-needed boost with confirmation that Emirates has signed a US$16 billion deal to increase its fleet.The agreement involves 36 additional A380s, with 20 on firm order and options for 16 more.The new planes will be delivered from 2020 onwards and together with existing orders will lift Emirates’ A380 contingent to 178.“We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates,” said Emirates ch
  • Canberra's top natural swimming spots explored

    Canberrans don't need to go to the coast for a refreshing swim. Here's six top swimming spots to cool you down on a hot day.
  • Betoota pub to reopen in town with no people

    A pub left to decay in an Australian ghost town is preparing to open its doors again. But will a cold stubby and the name recognition offered by the Betoota Advocate be enough to entice people to leave the main drag and pay it a visit?
  • Warrnambool: The town that holidays at home

    During summer, Warrnambool's three beachside caravan parks are full of locals. Happy campers Sean O'Toole, Cheryl Carroll and Denis Hughson explain why.
  • The beach town where locals camp just down the road

    Would you camp a kilometre from your house? In Warrnambool, generations of residents make one of the shortest summer migrations to stay in local caravan parks with family and friends.
  • Unhappy campers lose tens of thousands of dollars as retro manufacturer heads to court

    The travel dreams of dozens of Australians are in tatters after the collapse of a retro camper-maker, which owes $3.5 million to investors and customers around the world.
  • Window Seat 18 Jan 18

    AS FASHION crimes go, it was a moderate offence. But to British Airways, it simply wouldn’t fly.A traveller bound for London has been prevented from boarding after putting on all his clothes at once in an attempt to beat luggage allowance rules.Metro reports the man, Ryan Carney Williams, was denied a boarding pass when he checked in at Iceland’s Keflavik airport and allegedly become so angry that security officers used mace to subdue him.After giving a statement to police, he return
  • Industry Appointments 18 Jan 18

    WELCOME to Industry Appointments, Travel Daily’s Thursday feature which has the latest job appointments from across the industry. If you have just appointed someone to a new position and would like to update the industry email appointments@traveldaily.com.au.Matteo Zanarini was today announced as the new Area Manager, South West Pacific for the International Air Transport Association, succeeding Ian Lorigan. Zanarini has over 30 years’ aviation industry experience and joined IATA in
  • Hurtigruten cements APAC operations

    HURTIGRUTEN celebrated the official opening of its Hong Kong office last week, marking a milestone in the company’s operations in APAC.The company has been working in the region for many years, but newly-appointed managing director of APAC Damian Perry told Travel Daily the company had reached a new stage.Perry takes over from William Harber, who spent the past 12 months establishing a team out of the Hong Kong “hub”.The company is now upping its commitment to the region, worki
  • Collette appoints new bdm

    TOUR operator Collette has recently expanded its sales team by appointing Zach Gregory as the company’s new NSW/ACT business development manager.Gregory will join NSW business development manager Fran Gildon in heading up the sales strategy in the state.In 2014, Gregory was a finalist in the National Travel Industry Awards for the Rookie of the Year category and he arrives with more than six years of experience in similar roles within the Australian cruising industry.Pictured are Collette
  • Walker to Fairfax

    PHILIPPA Walker has been recruited by Fairfax as head of travel to oversee the company’s Australian metro publishing.Walker is well known to the travel trade, with her career including more than 12 years at The Travel Corporation including head of marketing Australia for Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.She was most recently account director with printing firm Blue Star Group Australia (TD 22 Jun).See page seven for more of the latest industry appointments.The post Walker to Fairfax appeare
  • May Fair free feed

    THE May Fair Hotel in London is offering a complimentary brekkie for guests staying at the Stratton Street property up until 25 Feb.Guests will also enjoy free wifi when booking the ‘best available rate’ – see the back page for info.The post May Fair free feed appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Mauritius update

    SOUTH African Airways and Air Mauritius have cancelled flights to/from Mauritius for a second day ahead of Cyclone Berguitta making landfall.
    Air Mauritius’ Perth flights have been suspended with the country’s main international airport MRU, cancelling operations until further notice.SAA said it was axing flights SA190/SA191 from Johannesburg and Mauritius today.
    Models predict Berguitta is heading directly towards MRU.
    The post Mauritius update appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • APT marketing tools

    LUXURY cruise & tour operator APT has developed a campaign agent toolkit, providing access for travel agencies to its catalogues, flyers and digital assets.Options to drive client interest include images & videos, a range of flyers for “APT Feel Free” deals and email signature boxes.See the cover wrap for more.The post APT marketing tools appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Antiquity special

    VOYAGES to Antiquity is today promoting two Southeast Asia itineraries aboard the Aegean Odyssey departing in Jan 2019.The 26-night Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca cruise tour is currently on sale priced from $9,210ppts – more on page eight.The post Antiquity special appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Airbus prepared to scrap A380

    AIRBUS has signalled it may have to shut down production of its A380 models if it cannot secure minimum demand.
    The French aerospace manufacturer said the decision whether to shelve the A380 program would boil down to whether or not Emirates came to the table with a new order, Arabian Business reports.“We are still talking to Emirates, but honestly they are probably the only one to have the ability right now on the market place to take a minimum of six per year on a period of eight to 10 y
  • TD for Wed 17 Jan 2018

    Consumer protection alert, Ovolo into Canberra, VA/VS tick, NRL Travel, Mauritius cyclone, Solo traveller crusade, Zambia Airways, JNTO & much more
    Click here to download Travel Daily for Wednesday 17th January 2018The post TD for Wed 17 Jan 2018 appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Advertising and Digital Marketing Executive

    Advertising and Digital Marketing Executive – Australia & New Zealand (Permanent and Full-time based in Sydney)
    Purpose of the role:• To plan, coordinate and execute a programme of integrated, well-targeted and effective on- and off-line marketing and advertising activity that will build brand awareness and drive visitor numbers and revenue to the island of Ireland in line with agreed strategic objectives.
    • To manage and execute Tourism Ireland’s digital marketing acti
  • Road trip with Instafamous cat becomes part of 10-year journey

    Home is where the cat is for Richard East, who along with his companion Willow are proving that settling down doesn't mean having to be stationary.
  • Qantas 'worst major airline' for fuel efficiency on trans-Pacific flights

    Qantas is ranked in a new study as the worst major airline for fuel efficiency and carbon emissions when flying across the Pacific. The other major Australian carrier, Virgin Australian, was ranked sixth — only 6 per cent below the top performers.

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