• Vail to buy Peak Resorts

    CONSOLIDATION in the global ski market continued overnight with confirmation that Vail Resorts will add 17 additional US ski areas to its portfolio.Vail has come to a US$264m agreement to acquire 100% of NASDAQ-listed Peak Resorts, which operates a range of ski and snowboard areas, mostly in the eastern United States.“We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to add such a powerful network of ski areas to our company,” said Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz.“Peak Resorts’
  • FCM rolls out MarketPlace

    FLIGHT Centre’s FCM Travel Solutions has launched a new “virtual gateway” allowing clients to easily access its range of negotiated business travel content including special fares, hotel rates and booking options.Dubbed “MarketPlace”, the portal is said to aggregate “all the content you could need or want” with the aim of making it simpler to navigate the increasingly complex range of travel options.FCM has highlighted the strong experience of its conten
  • BESydney seeks immunity

    BUSINESS Events Sydney (BESydney) has lodged a formal application with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), with the aim of facilitating cooperation between its member hotels when supplying accommodation to delegates of int’l business events.BESydney is an independent, member-based group which works to secure conferences and meetings for Sydney and NSW, and supplies event tendering and organising services.The ACCC application relates to a new initiative which aims to
  • Air NZ agent rate!

    AIR New Zealand is celebrating its win as Best International Airline – Online at last Sat’s National Travel Industry Awards by offering a special $299 return travel consultant fare across the Tasman, valid for the agent plus three friends – see the cover page.
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  • AAT Kings plots Asia growth

    THE Travel Corporation’s (TTC) Australia-based AAT Kings operation has recorded year-on-year Asian growth of 36%, with the business now led by former Trafalgar MD Matthew Cameron-Smith (TD 12 Feb) ramping up activity in its Singapore-based sales team to further drive the company’s performance.Cameron-Smith told TD this morning that Japan was doing particularly well, with AAT Kings Senior Sales Manager Wholesale Asia, YK Wong, aiming to further showcase the full AAT Kings range of tou
  • Zanetti back on bus

    FORMER Linkd Tourism National Account Manager and Visit USA Australia committee member, Daniele Zanetti, has taken a new position as Sales Manager for Big Bus Tours.His career also includes a former role at Gray Line Worldwide.
  • CZ ups Brisbane

    CHINA Southern Airlines is expanding capacity to Brisbane, with overall frequencies from Guangzhou increasing from seven to 10 per week.The seasonal boost will see the additional flights offered from 14 Dec 2019 through to 09 Feb 2020, using A330 aircraft.
  • Burnes steps down as Liberal Treasurer

    HELLOWORLD Travel CEO Andrew Burnes has resigned from his honorary role as Federal Treasurer of the Liberal Party.He has looked after the party’s finances since 2015, with Liberal Party President Nick Greiner saying he had done an “outstanding job” over the last four years.“Thanks to his hard work and professionalism, the Liberal Party was able to properly resource two successful election campaigns,” Greiner said.
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  • BA A350s to DXB

    BRITISH Airways will introduce its new Airbus A350-1000XWB aircraft on the London-Dubai route a month earlier than previously scheduled, with GDS screens now indicating the A350’s deployment five times per week effective from 02 Sep.
  • $3.6b in Jet claims

    MORE than US$3.6 billion is being claimed by creditors to collapsed Indian carrier Jet Airways, according to India’s National Company Law Tribunal.As many as 16,000 claims have already been lodged as part of the airline’s bankruptcy process.Interestingly, some of the claims have been rejected, including a substantial amount from a company called Jet Air, owned by Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal, which acted as the failed airline’s general sales agent.
  • Skier plummets to ground in Thredbo chairlift incident

    A man walks away with bruising after the chairlift he was sitting in plummeted 5 metres to the ground at Thredbo, where a similar incident happened three years ago.
  • 'Freak gust of wind' caused chairlift to detach, sending skier plummeting 5m to ground

    A man walks away with bruising after the chairlift he was sitting in fell at least 5 metres to the ground at Thredbo, where a similar incident happened three years ago.
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  • 'Best job in the world' winner, early viral media influencer now urges people to disconnect

    Ten years after being Hamilton Island's winter caretaker in a popular campaign, its winner Ben Southall is calling on people to disconnect from their devices and reconnect with each other.
  • 'Time they learn about the way we see it,' Uluru custodian says of critics

    People criticising the decision to close the Uluru climb need to understand how the traditional owners, the Anangu, relate to the site, a senior custodian of Uluru says.
  • NTIA 2019 – what a night!

    THE Australian travel sector pulled out all stops last Sat night, with the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards seeing more than 1,300 guests kick up their heels to collectively celebrate excellence at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.Key achievements of agents and suppliers were highlighted (TD breaking news), with the new judging system introduced for the 2019 NTIAs ushering in even higher levels of credibility and transparency for the awards.Virgin Australia celebrated a big win
  • Green light for Qantas, AA

    AMERICAN Airlines and Qantas are set to finally implement their long-awaited trans-Pacific joint business agreement, more than four years since the expanded cooperation deal was first proposed (TD 12 Jun 2015).The airlines have worked closely together for almost a decade, under a pact approved prior to AA’s launch of its own trans-Pacific services (TD 12 May 2011).However, this deal was required to be “restated” once AA’s direct Sydney flights debuted, because initially i
  • Vale Jenny Doherty

    THE industry is today mourning the death of former Korean National Tourist Office PR and Marketing Manager, Jennifer Doherty, who retired just over 12 months ago and recently fell ill after returning from a Nepal trek.
  • Travel top for e-commerce

    MORE than 20% of Australian online payment transactions relate to the purchase of travel, according to a new report released by Amadeus today.The 2019 Travel Payments Guide analyses the evolving industry payments landscape, with Amadeus saying there are now more than 300 different ways to pay for travel across the globe.A major trend is the rise of “e-Wallets” on platforms such as Alipay, particularly in China where they are now twice as popular as credit cards, accounting for a heft
  • Take a Tempo trip

    TEMPO Holidays is giving 10 lucky travel consultants the opportunity to experience Sri Lanka on an exclusive week-long famil – see the last page for info.
  • Railbookers to add South Africa

    RAILBOOKERS this morning confirmed the addition of train journeys in South Africa to its global portfolio.Launch packages feature The Blue Train, with a range of itineraries taking in the Garden Route, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Johannesburg, Cape Town and more, with prices starting at $2,549ppts for a 10-day trip.More info at railbookers.com.au or call 1300 650 257.
  • Meet the travel industry’s Best Dressed!

    THERE was a huge response to Travel Daily’s impromptu National Travel Industry Awards Best Dressed competition, with hundreds of attendees at Sat’s NTIA Gala Dinner showcasing their outfits on Instagram. The TD fashion squad has spent the weekend poring over the plethora of posts, and have named the lucky winners of prizes courtesy of InterContinental Hotels Group’s funky voco brand.The Best Dressed Female winner was Bianca Caldana from Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers (left), who d
  • Karbo leaves Wendy Wu Tours

    WENDY Wu Tours (WWT) this morning confirmed the surprise departure of its global CEO, Joe Karbo (TD breaking news).Karbo left the company last Fri, 19 Jul, with founder Wendy Wu saying that structural changes to the global organisation meant the CEO role had been disbanded.Karbo joined WWT in 2016 and has led the global growth of the company, including its digital transformation and the joint venture development of the new Victoria Mekong river ship which enters service later this year.More rece
  • Cairo suspensions

    BRITISH Airways has cancelled its services to Cairo for a week to allow for “further assessment” of elevated security concerns.Lufthansa also cancelled its flights to the Egyptian capital last Sat, citing an “unclear security situation,” but later confirmed it planned to resume operations.BA is rebooking passengers who still wish to travel to Cairo on alternate airlines, while the UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advisory for Egypt adding “there is a heighte
  • New Griffith route

    REGIONAL carrier Sharp Airlines last week commenced operations on a new direct service between Melbourne Essendon and Griffith in the NSW Riverina region.The carrier has scheduled 12 weekly flights on the route, using 19 seat Fairchild Metroliner 23 turboprop aircraft.Griffith City Council Mayor, John Dal Broi, welcomed the new route, saying “the longevity of this service is dependent on patronage, and I encourage businesses and the community to support it,” while Sharp Airlines MD,
  • 'Humanity hurt them': Tourists speak of encounter with couple on Canadian highway before murder

    A pair of travellers who came across Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese before they were shot have spoken of the 'smiling' couple, as police reassure tourists the murders are not linked to any other incidents.
  • TD breaking news – Karbo leaves Wendy Wu Tours

    Global CEO departs after three years in the role. 
    Wendy Wu Tours this morning confirmed the shock departure of its global CEO, Joe Karbo.
    The company said structural changes to the global organisation meant the CEO role had been disbanded.
    Karbo joined WWT in 2016 and has led the global growth of the company, including its digital transformation and the joint venture development of the new Victoria Mekong river ship which enters service later this year.
    For the last 12 months he has also b
  • TD breaking news – NTIA 2019: All the winners from the industry’s night of nights!

    Top travel achievers celebrated at National Travel Industry Awards.
    Travellers Choice has taken out the Best Travel Agency Group category at this year’s National Travel Industry Awards, which have just been announced at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.
    The black-tie event, which was attended by over 1,300 travel industry members, also saw Magellan Travel crowned Best Non-Branded Travel Agency Group for another year, while other big winners included Royal Caribbean Internatio
  • TD breaking news – US Department of Transportation gives final approval to Qantas/AA Joint Business

    Qantas and American Airlines claim benefits for “millions of travellers”. 
    Authorities in the USA have formally granted approval to the joint business agreement between Qantas and American Airlines, allowing the carriers to coordinate operations “to deliver new routes, more destinations, reduced travel time, lower fares, and additional benefits for frequent flyers”.
    This morning’s final tick follows tentative approval of the pact last month, at which time Qanta
  • Woolworths Disney flight

    SUPERMARKET giant Woolworths has been revealed as the charterer of a Qantas A380, which will operate a special one-off flight between Sydney and Orlando early next year.The service, exclusively revealed a month ago by Travel Daily (TD 11 Jun) will operate Sydney-Los Angeles-Orlando on 19 Jan 2020, with the return sector scheduled for five days later.Woolworths and Qantas today confirmed the details as part of a special promotion in conjunction with the release of the new The Lion King movie.The
  • Michael James in fast lane

    MICHAEL James (pictured), the former CEO of the collapsed Air Australia and husband of Bestjet MD Rachel James, has been spending plenty of time on the road in recent weeks, with his own personal motor racing team having come in second place in the Phillip Island 600.The Holden Commodore-driving outfit, called MRJ Motorsport, features James behind the wheel along with co-driver Callan Sayers, driving an HSV VE GTS in the “Aussie Muscle 1 Class”.It’s now just over seven months s
  • Klook’s Aus expansion

    TRAVEL activities and services booking platform Klook expects to triple its Au/NZ market share by end 2019, just months after its Australian launch (TD 22 Feb).The company has seen its search volume increase by 200% since Feb, to 100,000 in Jun.Monthly users have also jumped from 150,000 in Dec to 450,000 in May.Klook has reported a tripling in reservations by Aussies to Southeast Asia during winter, with up to 30% of activities booked on the same day or the day before the tour, and 75% made on
  • Viagogo blocked

    GOOGLE has banned ticket resale website Viagogo from its top search results, following Federal Court findings earlier this year (TD 23 Apr).The Switzerland-based company was found to have engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct by using the word “official” in Google advertising when it was not the official marketplace for ticket resale for a certain event.Viagogo has been subject to complaints for years from both customers and companies regarding inflated prices and misleading cl
  • TravelGlo launches

    APT Travel Group has today formally launched its new three-star TravelGlo concept (TD 10 Jul) with an initial complement of eight rail journeys across Europe – for details see the cover page.
  • Thai AirAsia X BNE

    THAI AirAsia X is adjusting operational frequencies for its Bangkok Don Mueang-Brisbane route from 05 Aug.With the exception of the week of 19 Aug, the route will fly thrice weekly as opposed to four times.
  • Singapore moves

    SINGAPORE Airlines and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) have entered a new deal to boost tourism to Japan.The Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) will see Singapore Airlines and JNTO make significant investments to boost marketing activities and promote tourism to Japan from the markets of Australia, Singapore, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
    These countries are being targeted by both organisations due to their high volume of visitors to Japan in 2018.Meanwhile, SQ also announced an increas
  • Rex rocks OTP

    REGIONAL Express (Rex) has for the third month in a row displayed the best on-time performance in the latest figures released by the Bureau of Infrastructure Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).The carrier clocked 81.8% of its arrival flights on time during Jun, again narrowly edging out Virgin Australia, which achieved 80%, as did QantasLink.The next best performing airlines for arrivals were Jetstar with 77.8%, followed by Qantas (77.6%) and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (71.1%).Rex
  • NTIA best dressed

    THE glitz and glamour of the NTIAs is nearly upon us, and while the hefty list of finalists are preparing acceptance speeches, there’s another title up for grabs.This year Travel Daily will be crowning Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Female, with stays at voco properties up for grabs, along with bragging rights.The winners will each walk away with a one-night stay, with one receiving a night at voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, including breakfast and a Hunter Valley picnic hamper to enj
  • Air NZ temp hires

    AIR New Zealand has put the call out for temporary flight attendants who will undergo “a condensed and intensive regulatory training course” to fly on the airline’s int’l widebody fleet over the summer period.The airline said record numbers of customers were expected to be travelling with the carrier over the busy summer period and successful applicants would be offered four- to six-month temporary contracts.They would undergo training at the Air New Zealand Academy of Le
  • Waldorf rebrand & push

    DAIWA Living Waldorf will rebrand its Waldorf Apartments portfolio to “Nesuto” under an aggressive strategy to more than triple the number of the brand’s rooms in Australia and NZ.The new branding will be rolled out across 12 of the group’s 23 properties, including those at Woolloomoolo, NSW; Mounts Bay, WA; and Auckland Stadium in New Zealand.The new direction follows the 100% share acquisition of Daiwa Living Waldorf in Nov by Japan-based Daiwa Living Management and Cos
  • Luxury family escapes

    LUXURY Escapes has moved into the homes and villas market, launching a new range of exclusive retreats for groups and family getaways.The company’s latest family-focused accommodation range is currently available in Southeast Asia, offering destinations such as Nha Trang in Vietnam, Bali, and the Thai island of Phuket.While the new product line is limited to the Asian region for now, Luxury Escapes Chief Exec Officer Cameron Holland told Travel Daily there were plans to expand family getaw
  • YOTEL to open in Melb

    UK-BASED hotel group, YOTEL, has announced plans to open its first property in Australia, with the 2022 arrival of YOTEL Melbourne.The 244-room hotel will be located on 63-69 City Road in Southbank, within walking distance to tourist hot-spots such as the Arts Precinct, Federation Square and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The brand currently owns properties in Europe, the US and Singapore and offers an “affordable luxury” option that targets both business and leisure travellers.“
  • Regional Vic report

    THE Victorian Government is inviting members of its regional communities to offer their opinion on the future of tourism in the State, following the release of the Regional Tourism Review Discussion Paper.A series of consultations with tourism industry stakeholders will be held from Jul to Sep across nine local regions, starting in Ballarat on 26 Jul – more HERE.
  • Pickyourtrail tie-up

    INDIA-BASED DIY travel platform Pickyourtrail is teaming up with Tourism Australia to provide itineraries from the UnDiscovered Australia initiative to Indian visitors.
    The partnership will offer the growing Indian tourism market greater insights to plan customised itineraries before travelling to Australia, Pickyourtrail co-founder Hari Ganapathy said.
  • Jetstar overseas

    JETSTAR has launched a Get Overseas Sale, offering discounted flights to Fiji, Seoul, Hawaii and more.One-way fares from Sydney to Fiji (Nadi) are available from $169 one-way, from the Gold Coast to Seoul (Incheon) from $199 and Sydney or Melbourne (Tullamarine) to Hawaii from $189.The sale ends 23:59 AEDT Mon 22 July, unless sold out prior.For more info, CLICK HERE.
  • HK setback study

    DEMONSTRATIONS against the controversial Hong Kong extradition bill have led to a 5.4% drop in flight bookings to the region from Asia, travel trends analysts ForwardKeys reports.In the two weeks from 16 to 29 Jun, which saw riots on the city’s streets and a siege of the police headquarters, bookings fell by 9%.This was followed by a 2.2% decline the following fortnight, when demonstrators stormed the Legislative Council on 01 Jul, before police charged a group of protestors with batons on
  • Emirates Mexico

    EMIRATES will commence a daily service between Dubai and Mexico City via Barcelona from 09 Dec.The new route will be operated on a two-class Boeing 777-200LR, featuring 38 Business class seats and 264 in Economy class.Emirates President Tim Clark said a non-stop flight was not possible due to the high altitude of Mexico City Int’l Airport.
  • AmaMagna is ready

    RESERVATIONS can now be made on APT’s newly christened ship, MS AmaMagna.The European river vessel is twice the width of traditional ships at 22 metres, and features spacious suites, a Zen Wellness Studio, five bars, and four sperate dining venues.Itineraries on offer are sailings from the Balkans to Germany.For more info on the ship and available cruises – see front cover.
  • Kang Is go-ahead

    A CONTROVERSIAL ecotourism accommodation project proposed for Kangaroo Island’s Flinders Chase National Park has been given the green light despite concerns from environmentalists, ABC News has reported.The project, instigated by The Australian Walking Company, is said to “minimise the impact of the natural landscape”, however concerns for wildlife remain.
  • TRA moves with the times

    TOURISM Research Australia (TRA) has adjusted its methodology for calculating the National Visitor Survey (NVS) figures, and is no longer using antiquated landline interviews to collate the results.The organisation said the change to 100% mobile phone sampling reflected “current phone usage trends” and would provide better coverage of the population.The NVS is created based on an annual sample of 120,000 random phone calls, with respondents asked a series of questions about their rec
  • Win a Crystal cruise!

    TODAY the highly anticipated third instalment of the Travel Daily/Cruise Weekly webinar series featuring Crystal Cruises goes live at 2pm AEST.Agents who register to view the webinar will have the opportunity to win a nine-night Caribbean cruise, after learning about the new Crystal Endeavor with Crystal MD Karen Christensen and Expedition Leader David Sinclair in an exclusive interview with TD Editor Jasmine O’Donoghue.Demand is expected to be strong for the Crystal Endeavor expedition ya

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