• Regional internship scheme

    AUSTRALIAN Regional Tourism (ART) has today launched a new program aiming to attract, retain and mentor young people into the regional tourism sector.The Emerging Tourism Professionals (ETP) program will help address the country’s acute tourism skills shortage, according to ART chairman Simon McArthur.Members of the organisation include 124 local government associations, regional and state tourism organisations, visitor information centres, regional tourism operators & consultants.The
  • International route for NTL

    THE industry has lauded Virgin Australia’s move to offer seasonal non-stop services to Auckland from Newcastle Airport, marking the NSW coastal city’s first international flights in more than 16 years (TD breaking news).Travellers will be able to fly direct to Auckland from 22 Nov-17 Feb, with services to operate thrice weekly on Tue, Thu & Sat.The flights are Newcastle Airport’s first direct Auckland services since a short-lived 2001 service operated by Air NZ’s defu
  • Travellanda makes room for activities

    UK-BASED online wholesaler Travellanda has announced the addition of more than 18,000 activities to its portfolio, which also features over 300,000 hotels bookable online by travel agents.The expansion spans 678 destinations in 132 countries, with sightseeing, activities, dramatic performances & more.As well as its London head office, Travellanda has offices in Bangkok and Istanbul.
  • TA China role

    TOURISM Australia has announced the appointment of Mandy Wu as its new country manager for China.Shanghai-based Wu will direct the organisation’s marketing and PR activity in China as well as nurture key relationships.She joins Tourism Australia after 15 years at Cathay Pacific, most recently as the airline’s corporate affairs manager.For more appointments, see page five.
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  • Spending record

    OVERNIGHT visitor spending in Australia has surged to a record of $107.4 billion annually, according to the latest figures from Tourism Research Australia.The International Visitor Survey released today showed spending by inbound arrivals jumped 6% to $42.3 billion, while domestic tourists spent $65.1 billion, also a 6% increase year-on-year.Chinese visitors remain the biggest spenders, up 13% to $10.9 billion, while the fastest growing market was India which grew 14% to $1.5 billion.
  • Rex cuts flights over fees

    REGIONAL Express (Rex) has escalated its public stoush with regional airport operators, announcing it will cut services to King Island and Mildura over increased landing charges.Having previously accused the King Island Council of “lies deception and incompetence” over its new airport funding scheme (TD 09 Jul), the carrier has now announced it will cut 30% of its flights to the island from Melbourne starting 14 Aug.“Rex solemnly warned King Island Council that if they did not
  • New travel content

    TRAVEL agencies and suppliers wanting to supply quality online content to keep their customers engaged can now access a range of affordable articles through a new initiative co-founded by former Flight Centre editor-in-chief Jason Dutton-Smith.The “Well Travelled Network” features items from more than 100 travel writers globally, who have made their work available for syndication via the online platform at welltravelled.media.“By offering quality travel content at highly afford
  • New Lindblad ship

    LINDBLAD Expeditions this morning announced plans for the construction of an additional polar expedition vessel.The new ship is anticipated to be delivered in 2021, and will be the fourth polar vessel in the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet alongside the National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Orion, currently in operation, and the new National Geographic Endurance which is scheduled for delivery in 2020.Lindblad Expeditions ceo Sven-Olof Lindblad said the state-of
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  • EK boosts France

    EMIRATES has announced an expansion of capacity to France, including two additional weekly services to Lyon and one to Paris.The Lyon expansion will see the route become a daily B777-300 service, while Paris goes to 21 flights per week using A380s.
  • CZ ADL goes daily

    CHINA Southern will boost flights between Guangzhou and Adelaide to a seasonal daily service during the upcoming summer peak period, boosting frequencies from the current thrice weekly flights.GDS displays indicate the daily operations will take place from 11 Dec 2018-04 Jan 2019 and again from 29 Jan-21 Feb next year.During the rest of the northern winter scheduling period the route will drop back to five weekly frequencies.
  • Newcastle to New Zealand flights to begin from November

    NSW will soon have a second gateway to New Zealand, with three new flights per week from Newcastle set to start later this year — but there are concerns about the viability of the route.
  • TD breaking news – Newcastle Airport adds first international flights

    Virgin Australia confirms seasonal non-stops to Auckland.
    Newcastle Airport north of Sydney has announced its first international route in 16 years, with travellers able to fly directly to Auckland from 22 November 2018 through until 17 February 2019.
    The seasonal Virgin Australia services will operate thrice weekly, with the move said to “open up a range of travel and tourism opportunities”.
    Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack, has just unveiled the
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  • ETG Maldives expansion

    ENTIRE Travel Group continues to boost its portfolio, today confirming the launch of a brand dedicated to the Maldives.The new Maldives Travel Connection division complements other destinations covered by the group, with the expansion meaning ETG operates a stable of nine specialist wholesale brands including French Travel Connection, Tahiti Travel Connection, Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays, Spain & Portugal Travel Connection, Barge Travel Connection & the recently merged CIT Ho
  • SQ reclaims Skytrax trophy

    SINGAPORE Airlines has returned to the top of the annual Skytrax ranking of world carriers, nudging out Qatar Airways which claimed the top place last year.The Asian carrier was named World’s Best Airline for 2018 at a ceremony in London last night, while also taking gongs for World’s Best First Class, Best Airline in Asia and Best First Class Airline Seat.Qatar was ranked second place overall this year, followed by ANA, Emirates, EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Hainan Airlines,
  • Motorhome firm fined $12,600

    CAMPERVAN operator Cruisin’ Motorhomes has been ordered to pay a penalty of $12,600 over allegations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that it breached the excessive payment surcharge laws introduced last year.Established in 1999, Cruisin’ Motorhomes operates branches in Cairns, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with a fleet of new-model vehicles from two to six berths.The ACCC claimed that in Jan this year the company charged Visa and MasterCard customers a
  • Hona to 1000 Mile

    FORMER Helloworld Business Travel national business manager Steve Hona has been appointed as the new general manager of 1000 Mile Travel Group.As well as several years at HLO, Hona’s career has included roles at CTM and Cathay Pacific.
  • Crystal webinar

    TODAY the highly anticipated first episode of Crystal Cruises’ new webinar series goes live.The educational session has been produced in partnership with Travel Daily and Cruise Weekly, with the launch webinar including a discussion of “all things Crystal” with Karen Christensen, the company’s senior vice president Australia/NZ.Registrations are still open for today’s session which will be screened at 2pm AEST – for more details CLICK HERE.
  • Cruiseco ad account

    CRUISECO has confirmed the outsourcing of its media planning and buying to agency This is Flow.The wholesaler is estimated to spend about $5 million annually on advertising, according to Mumbrella, and until now has managed its campaigns internally.Cruiseco national marketing manager Carolyn Mackley said the business was “going through a positive transition period in a competitive and cluttered market and as such we needed an agency that was aligned with our motivation”.
  • BNE SQ A350 event

    THREE lucky travel consultants who attend the next “show and go” event at Brisbane Airport will win a trip to South Africa or Singapore.The 10 Aug showcase will include an exclusive airside lunch and tour of the new Singapore Airlines A350 featuring the carrier’s new Premium Economy cabin – for details see the cover page of today’s Travel Daily.
  • Best Western appoints md

    BEST Western International has appointed Graham Perry as its new managing director for Australasia.The appointment follows Best Western’s move to take control of the global brand from the Motel Federation of Australia (TD 05 Jun) as it moved to a “Property Direct Relationship” with member properties in Australia and NZ.Perry joins Best Western from his most recent role as ceo of Inland NSW, while he is also a former ceo of See Australia as well as Traveland, and has held positi
  • Albatross guarantee

    ALBATROSS Tours has confirmed that all of its Christmas and New Year festive season tours for 2018/19 are now guaranteed to depart.Options include Christmas in a French Alpine Village or New Year in Berlin – see page nine.
  • Hotel plan rebuke for Tasmanian council as residents speak out against development

    Residents concerned Crown land on Hobart's eastern shore will be privatised for a major hotel development have told the local council to go back to the drawing board.
  • VRL capital raising

    VILLAGE Roadshow today issued the Retail Offer Document in relation to its entitlement offer (TD 10 Jul) which seeks to raise about $51 million to reduce debt.Eligible shareholders are being offered five shares for every 26 already held, at the heavily discounted price of $1.65 each.
  • Virgin alt directors

    THE Virgin Australia Group has announced the appointment of two new alternate directors, effective today.Ray Gammell has stepped in as alternate director for Robin Kamark, who is the nominated representative of the Etihad Aviation Group on Virgin Australia’s Board.Gammell brings more than 30 years’ experience in leadership across the financial and government sectors and currently holds the role of group chief people and transformation officer at Etihad Aviation Group.Luo Jiaqi is the
  • Russian World Cup visa extension

    ALL foreign visitors holding “fan ID” cards for the 2018 FIFA World Cup can now continue to enter the Russian Federation without a visa until the end of 2018, officials in Russia have confirmed.The special card allowed fans to enter Russia during the World Cup, but was originally due to expire on 25 Jul.Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters about the new arrangements after the World Cup final in Moscow on Sun.
  • Peregrine Africa cruise

    PEREGRINE Adventures will add West Africa to its adventure cruising program in 2019, confirming a new itinerary travelling between Senegal and The Gambia.Having launched adventure cruising product in Europe last year and announced plans to expand in Asia later this year, the company will next year offer its first African cruise, travelling by sea as well as inland waterways.“Our travellers have responded to a style on the water that is akin to our style on the land – authentic and lo
  • Party with SQ

    THE official after party for the NTIAs is set to kick off at the Watershed from 10pm on Sat evening, with official sponsor Singapore Airlines helping the celebrations along by offering a free welcome drink to all guests.For more information, see the cover page.
  • Pandaw India expansion

    PANDAW is ramping up its India operations, announcing it will deploy two more ships to the region in Oct 2019.In May, Pandaw revealed it would position a vessel in the country for the first time from Dec.The company has now added three new itineraries or itinerary combinations and launched a range of new pre- and post-cruise tours of the country.“The response to our announcement in May that we will place our own ship, RV Orient Pandaw, on the Lower Ganges River from Dec 2018, has been trul
  • Airlines in buying spree

    MAJOR airlines have embarked on a multi-billion dollar buying spree at Britain’s Farnborough Airshow, confirming orders for hundreds of workhorse aircraft.Orders announced by the major aircraft manufacturers have been dominated by the latest versions of their single-aisle mainstays – the Boeing 737 MAX and the Airbus A320neo.Indian carrier JetAirways has signed the biggest order, having struck a US$8.8 billion deal to purchase 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes to help meet demand domestical
  • JW family program

    THE upmarket JW Marriott hotel brand has announced the launch of a new “Family by JW” program, offering “experiences and personal touches for children aged 5-12 and their parents”.Themed on creativity, activeness and culture, the initiative is now rolling out across the 80-plus JW Marriott hotels globally.Experiences vary across different properties but may include activities such as hands-on cooking classes with hotel chefs, or excursions with JW Marriott partner supplie
  • HRG takeover tick

    THE European Union has granted approval for the acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group by American Express Global Business Travel (TD 12 Feb).American Express GBT said the EU merger clearance means the deal is now expected to be finalised on 19 Jul, with HRG ceo David Radcliffe to then be appointed to the Amex Global Business Travel board.The transaction has already been cleared by regulators in Russia and the USA.
  • EU warns Airbnb

    THE European Union has warned Airbnb its practices are in breach of EU law and has given the home-sharing website until the end of Aug to reform.The EU says Airbnb prices shown online have failed to reflect fees and charges that are passed on to consumers, and says regulators will take action if it does not adjust its practices.
  • May departures up 5.5%

    OUTBOUND travel from Australia continues on an upward trajectory, with May figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicating a 5.5% year-on-year trend estimate increase in “resident returns”.The report released today showed 822,200 short-term travellers returning to Australia during the month, with Japan the strongest-growing destination, up a whopping 20.9% year-on-year.There was also double-digit growth in travel to China, up 16.3%, Indonesia which rose 11% and India whic
  • CATO, Star NTIA prizes

    ATTENDEES at this weekend’s 2018 National Travel Industry Awards will have the opportunity to win a host of holidays, with members of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) joining forces with the Star Alliance for the first time to offer guests trips including flights and tours across the globe.Star Alliance member carriers have had a strong presence at the NTIAs for a number of years, but 2018 marks the first time the generous flight prizes have been linked with land content via
  • World Expeditions

    WORLD Expeditions Travel Group (WETG) has purchased a major stake in the Blue Mountains Adventure Company, an operator of activities including canyoning, rock climbing and abseiling in the Blue Mountains.The acquisition takes the number of WETG’s brands to 13 and adds a base near Sydney, complementing existing operations in Alice Springs, Darwin and Launceston.
  • Overseas travel intentions up

    STRONG population growth over the last decade has seen the number of Australians planning overseas trips almost double,according to a new Roy Morgan Research report.The study says more than 2.3 million Australians – or 11.4% of the population – are currently intending to go abroad over the next 12 months.The corresponding figure in 2008 was 1.2 million – or 7.2% of the population at the time.According to Roy Morgan, there is also an increasing proportion of Australians planning
  • One&Only special

    EMIRATES One&Only Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains is offering savings of 20% on selectrates when three or more villas are booked.
    Celebration rates start from $796 per person per evening with the deal valid for stays between Aug and Oct.For further information on the offer, see page 10.
  • Journey Beyond launches 2019/20

    JOURNEY Beyond, the operator of iconic trains The Ghan and The Indian Pacific, has launched its 2019/20 rail holidays program.Packages include the “Southern Safari”, “Outback to Island” and “The Territory Complete” with journeys taking guests across the outback and featuring inclusions such as pre-trip accommodation and small group guided touring.See the cover page for details.
  • G Adv incentive

    G ADVENTURES has announced a “7 for 1” incentive for travel agents, providing a free tour for those who make seven bookings with the operator by 31 Aug.The incentive is open to any Australian or New Zealand travel agent, with winners able to choose one of 30 different tour options worldwide.The incentive does not apply to private group bookings.
    For full details, CLICK HERE.

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