• Money 24 Apr 18

    THE Australian dollar last nightdropped to its lowest level infour months against its UScounterpart, as sharp increasesin market interest rates drove upthe greenback.The AUD is now more than 2%down since last week when itwas hit by poor job figures.The local dollar has beenmixed in other markets as thestrenghtening USD puts pressureon other currencies.It was down 0.2% against theeuro in overnight trading, up0.1% against the Japanese yen,and down 0.2% against the NewZealand dollar.Wholesale rates
  • TD Photo Page – On the Back-Roads to la dolce vita

    Travel Daily together with Travellers Choice, have produced a photo page which can be viewed below.Click here to download the TD Photo Page – On the Back-Roads to la dolce vita
  • TD Jobs Page – TMS Talent/inPlace Recruitment jobs 24 April 2018

    These jobs from TMS Talent inPlace Recruitment were advertisedin Travel Daily on 24 April 2018.
    Click here to download the TD Jobs Page – TMS Talent inPlace Recruitment jobs 24 April 2018
  • Virgin Australia to replace 737 blades

    VIRGIN Australia will replace 17 turbine blades on engines in its Boeing 737 fleet, in response to a safety directive issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration.The move follows last week’s fatal Southwest Airlines incident, where a passenger died after debris from a damaged engine smashed through the window of one of its 737s.Metal fatigue is suspected as a contributing factor, with the FAA ordering inspections of all 737 engines with fan blades that had accumulated over 30,000 cycl
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  • VA HKG changes

    VIRGIN Australia is reducing frequencies on its Melbourne-Hong Kong route to five per week, with the change effective from 02 Jul – the same date that the carrier launches its new Hong Kong non-stops from Sydney.A spokesperson told Travel Dailythe reduction in Melbourne services was a result of the limited slot availability which had been granted to the carrier in HKG.The existing curfew at Sydney Airport also resulted in a change in Melbourne timings.“Increasing our Melbourne-Hong K
  • Uniworld air offer

    UNIWORLD Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering free Economy class flights on any European river cruise departing 01 Mar-15 Nov 2019, for bookings made before 30 Jun this year.Clients wishing to upgrade to Premium Economy can do so for just $1,299pp, while Business class upgrades cost $3,999pp. The offers are valid right across the season on itineraries in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Eastern Europe.See the cover wrap for details.
  • Qantas 747s to Hawaii

    QANTAS will deploy Boeing 747 aircraft on the Sydney-Honolulu route during the holiday peak from 07 Dec until Easter 2019 as part of adjustments to its international network announced today (TD breaking news).The jumbos are being freed up by other changes to US services, including the deployment of A380 and 787-9s on all Qantas services into Los Angeles.Capacity is being boosted to daily on the Sydney-San Francisco route, but Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth is dropping back from daily to six A380 frequ
  • McCallum to Entire

    ENTIRE Travel Group, fresh from announcing a merger with CIT Holidays (TD yesterday), today revealed it has appointed Greg McCallum as its sales & marketing director, effective 21 May.McCallum has over 20 years’ industry experience and was most recently the regional director of sales for Australia/NZ with Rocky Mountaineer.His career has also included stints with Express Travel Group, Rail Plus Australasia, Best Western Hotels and JTG.
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  • JITO jobs board set to close

    JITO has announced that after a strategic review it will cease operating its travel industry jobs board in late May 2018.Helene Taylor founded Jito.co three years ago to assist employers in the travel and hospitality industries, and since then the site has helped a large number of candidates find jobs.However an increasing shortage of available talent in the market coupled with a desire by Taylor to focus her energy on her senior management and executive headhunting business has led to the decis
  • Indiana hep A alert

    HEALTH officials in the US state of Indiana have taken the unusual step of warning residents if they plan to travel to the neighbouring states of Michigan or Kentucky they should get a hepatitis A shot.There has been a significant rise in cases of the disease, with Indiana State epidemiologist Pam Pontones noting that with a number of tourist events coming up in the other states “we know many Hoosiers (Indianans) will be travelling to areas impacted by hepatitis A and we want them to be sa
  • Group buying commission

    A new player in the tech space has emerged offering agents up to 10% commission on online deals.Called Tomatosoft, the travel agent platform makes the travel elements of daily deals & group buying sites available to agents.Co-founder and md Derek Lam said it marked the first time agents would be able to earn commission on these deals, which included those available on Kogan Travel and Groupon.“The trade is entitled to this commission,” Lam stated.Tomatosoft aims to address the is
  • Club Med rewards

    AGENTS are being rewarded by Club Med, with the all-inclusive holiday specialist to offer itshighest commission level of 20% on bookings made at properties in the Maldives or Mauritius.The 20% commission is valid on sales made between 01 Apr-11 May, for travel from 01 Apr until 30 Apr 2019 – more info HERE.
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  • Air France strikes

    AIR France is advising pax that up to 25% of the its mainline flights may be disrupted today as a result of industrial action being taken by several staff unions.The carrier says 70% of its long-haul flights, 65% of medium-haul flights to/from Paris Charles de Gaulle and 80% of short-haul flights to/from Paris Orly and French provinces are expected to operate as originally scheduled.
  • TD breaking news – QF adjusts international network

    Rejig will see 747 cease operating to Los Angeles. 
    Qantas has just announced a number of adjustments to its international network, to better utilise its fleet as well as respond to changing customer demands.
    Changes to US routes include the removal of Boeing 747 flights into Los Angeles from 03 December 2018, which will be replaced by a combination of Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft. From 17 December Qantas will also operate an additional Sydney-San Francisco 747 flight making this r
  • VA gigantic promo

    VIRGIN Australia is once again reminding agents of its “Gigantic Giveaway” for the top 35 agents with the highest ticketed revenue between 03 Apr-01 May – see the cover wrap for full details.
  • TC heads to Cairns

    TRAVEL Counsellors are preparing to make their way to Cairns next week for the Travel Counsellors Annual Conference.Themed “A Future Without Limits”, the three-day event will see attendees learn about company news and developments, showcase technology, mix and mingle at social events and share in $100,000 worth of travel prizes.
  • Outback Way funds

    THE Coalition Government has announced it will inject a further $160 million to upgrade the iconic Outback Way linking Western Australia & Queensland.The 2,700km stretch of road from Laverton to Winton passes through Alice Springs and is billed as “Australia’s Route 66”.
    “This funding will make it an even better experience for tourists who travel the Outback Way,” said Assistant Minister to the Deputy PM Keith Pitt.
  • Mt Buffalo strategy

    WORK is progressing on plans to reinvigorate tourism to Mount Buffalo in the Victorian Alps to make it an all-year holiday spot.Funded by a $200,000 grant from the state, The Mount Buffalo Destination Advisory Group has identified seven tourism concepts under its vision for the region.They include making; The Gorge and Chalet Village precinct Mt Buffalo’s primary visitor area; Lake Catani the area for camping; Dingo Dell the mountain’s day lodge & activity centre; and more.
  • MH grand deals

    MALAYSIA Airlines today kicked off a new sale to Asia, with fares priced from $400 all-inclusive return when booked by 29 Apr.The Grand Travel Deals promo is based on travel between now and 31 Mar, and offers companion fares in Business class – see pg 10.
  • iVenture in Athens

    IVENTURE Card has expanded its reach with the debut of a new iVenture Card Athens, providing entry to 40 sites in the Greek city at up to 50% off walk-up prices.There are three options offered – a flexi, unlimited and museum pass – CLICK HERE for details.
  • Evergreen combo success

    MORE than a dozen new cruise/tour combo itineraries in Europe have been introduced by Evergreen Cruises and Tours as part of the Australian company’s river cruising program for 2019.The range builds on the success of Evergreen’s eight-day voyages on European waters using its ‘Star-Ships’ in France and Portugal that enable back-to-back packaging of sailings on one river to another.Through the addition of a luxury yacht in Croatia (TD 07 Mar) & an extended range of sail
  • Entire Travel, CIT merge

    WHOLESALE brands Entire Travel Group & CIT Holidays today revealed they will merge at the end of the financial year, creating a travel powerhouse specialising in Europe, North America and the Pacific (TD breaking news).Italian travel specialist CIT Holidays, established in 1971, was acquired by Adventure World founder Peter Newsom and Alpin Group three years ago.Since then, CIT has bolstered its focus to include Switzerland, while last year it acquired Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays
  • CNS airport results

    INTERNATIONAL passenger traffic at Cairns Airport jumped 3% year-on-year during Mar, boosted in part by the relaunch of Air New Zealand’s seasonal flights (until late Oct) from Auckland.Domestic patronage was up 2%.
  • AccorHotels Ctrip alliance

    ACCORHOTELS has signed a major new Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese OTA Ctrip, which will include a “flagship” online store for AccorHotels properties.The agreement will also see AccorHotels properties more prominently featured by Ctrip, along with joint development of loyalty programs and cooperation on IT.Ctrip has more than 300 million registered users, with the deal said to allow the OTA’s clientele to “access and enjoy personalised experiences from AccorHotel
  • Enjoy all Sydney has to offer for 2018 State of Origin Game II

    Sydney will host a historic State of Origin encounter on Sunday 24 June 2018, providing fans with a great opportunity to enjoy a few days in the Harbour City. Sydney resident and Rugby League legend, Cooper Cronk, takes fans on a tour of his favourite activities, attractions, food destinations and hangouts across the City. For more information visit sydney.com #ilovesydney #origin Enjoy all Sydney has to offer for 2018 State of Origin Game IIRuntime1:41View count67
  • TD breaking news – Entire Travel Group to merge with CIT Holidays

    Italy specialist to join combined portfolio.
    Entire Travel Group has announced it will merge with CIT Holidays, bringing new product across Italy, Switzerland, Canada and Alaska to its stable of wholesale brands.
    The move will see all brands operate under the Entire Travel Group umbrella from 01 Jul, with the group’s managing director Brad McDonnell to take on the new role of chief executive officer.
    Entire’s portfolio launched in 1991 with French Travel Connection and has since expa
  • Dialysis bus makes holidays possible for patients suffering kidney disease

    Holidays away are usually out of the question for those suffering from kidney disease, but a portable dialysis centre is changing all that.
  • Queensland's idyllic islands are sitting in ruins, so what has gone so wrong?

    The picturesque Queensland coast and its islands are the envy of the world. But behind the palm trees and sunshine, trouble is brewing, with a growing number of resorts falling into disrepair, decay and financial strain.
  • Dave Kok bringing Tasmania to the Shetland Islands

    Transplanted Tasmanian Dave Kok is doing such a comprehensive job of talking up his place of birth to the Scottish locals at his new digs, he jokes he should be receiving a commission from Australian tourism authorities.
  • Town revamps tourism brand as a prime spot for mythological yowie spotting

    When it comes to tourism, the small town of Kilcoy may not have reefs or rainforests, but it does have the yowie.
  • NSW backs transPacific jv

    THE proposed transPacific joint business agreement (JBA) between American Airlines & Qantas being evaluated in Washington DC hasreceived support from the office of the NSW Government.In a letter to the US Dept of Transportation, NSW Minister for Trade & Industry and Primary Industries Niall Blair said the proposed QF/AA alliance “will strengthen a strategic partnership that will drive trade, enhance investment and promote tourism between NSW and the US”.“It will benefit
  • Portland hotel boom

    PORTLAND, Oregon, in the US is bolstering its accommodation stocks reflecting increasing demand from visitors wanting to experience the destination.Additions include the recently opened The Dossier which offers room delivery from the local Salt and Straw ice creamery; the new Hoxton in an historic building dating back to 1906; the 297-room The Porter which is soon to open as part of Hilton’s Curio Collection; and the quirky Jupiter NEXT which is a revitalised 67-room motor inn on the east
  • P&O extends rides

    P&O Cruises will extend its partnership with ride-sharing service GoCatch nationally after a pilot scheme introduced in Brisbane earlier this year.Guests departing on cruises of up to six nights from any of P&O’s Australian homeports will receive a $50 GoCatch credit per room to go from home to port.
    For cruises of seven nights or more the credit is $100 per room.Passengers can also book ahead for a scheduled pick-up without surge pricing.
  • New Viking options

    VIKING Cruises has announced five new voyages for 2019, two of which visit Australia.Travellers will be able to sail from Santiago to Sydney or from Sydney to Durban or London on Viking Sun, with a series of flight options now available.The 2019-20 cruise brochure is now online – CLICK HERE.
  • Hainan visa-free

    TRAVELLERS from Australia are among citizens of 59 countries that will be able to visit China’s tourist hot-spot of Hainan Island without a visa, effective 01 May.Individuals and groups from the extensive list of nations will be entitled to a 30 day visa-free status, so long as they have booked their travel through travel agencies registered in Hainan Province and approved by China National Tourism Administration.Other countries that can access the visa-free entry to Hainan incl New Zealan
  • Dubai blockchain vision

    DUBAI has launched its Tourism 2.0 blockchain-enabled marketplace as part of a vision to connect buyers directly to hotels and tour operators through new technology platforms.The initiative is aimed at creating new distribution channels for Dubai’s tourism inventory through “a future-proofed virtual business-to-business marketplace”.The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) says the concept will make it the first city to “embark on the journey of democ
  • DFW lounge shift

    QANTAS will temporarily relocate its lounge services in Dallas/Forth Worth from Mon while American Airlines constructs its new Flagship Lounge in terminal D.Customers transiting on QF7/8 between Sydney and Dallas will have access to a temporary AA Premium Lounge on the concourse near gate D36.The new Flagship Lounge is due to open in Mar.
  • CWT takes gold for CSR

    CARLSON Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has been given a gold rating for its corporate social responsibility practices (CSR) for a second successive year.The ranking was given by independent CSR ratings agency EcoVadis and puts CWT among the world’s top 1% of companies across all industries.CWT was also given a rating in the top 1% for “fair business practices/ethics & compliance” within its industry.“Our second, successive, annual gold rating for global CSR is testament to bot
  • Bliss delivered

    NORWEGIAN Cruise Line has taken delivery of the 168,028 gross tonne Norwegian Bliss from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.Norwegian Bliss’ maiden voyagewill be from Southampton to the US tomorrow where she will be previewed in New York, Miami & LA prior to operating a summer season in Alaska starting in Jun.
  • Air NZ contingency

    AIR New Zealand has updated flight schedules on multiple routes due to engines issues affecting its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (TD Mon).Fifteen flights have been axed between today and 29 Apr, on sectors such as PER-CHC, AKL-PER, AKL-SYD (on specific dates).Passengers affected by the flight cancellations are being contacted & sent new e-tickets, or are being advised that their agent will be in touch with new flight details.
    Dozens of Air New Zealand’s services from today until 26 Jun to d

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