• Dubai frees British man sentenced for touching another man

    Dubai's ruler pardons a British man a day after he was sentenced to three months in jail for touching another man at a bar, a legal advocacy group says.
  • Window Seat 23 Oct 17

    A gaggle of Mr Bean lookalikes descended on London last week, all in the name of attracting more visitors.Dressed in the bumbling loner’s trademark outfit and clutching the iconic ‘Teddy’ bear, they travelled on the Underground & went for a ride on the London Eye (pictured).The Beans were out to celebrate the launch of a mobile game called Play London with Mr Bean, designed to help visitors discover London’s highlights.The post Window Seat 23 Oct 17 appeared first on
  • Modernism the theme for ’18

    PERTH last week played host to a trade event launching Austria’s tourism theme for 2018, a celebration of the Viennese Modernism arts movement.Around 80 industry figures joined Emirates and the Austrian National Tourist Office at the Art Gallery of WA, which fittingly boasts a collection of fine glassware from Vienna’s celebrated Wiener Werkstaettearts community.The theme coincides with the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Austrian modernists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.P
  • MH picks new ceo

    MALAYSIA Airlines has named Izham Ismail as its new group ceo, replacing Peter Bellew who quit to join Ryanair (TD 18 Oct).Izham has served as the airline’s chief operating officer since last year and will take up the position on 01 Dec.The post MH picks new ceo appeared first on Travel Daily.
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  • Ireland blooms in Sydney

    IRISH President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina were the guests of honour at a luncheon event hosted by Tourism Ireland in Sydney on Fri.
    Higgins is making his first state visit to Australia, and spoke about the deep historical connections between Australia and Ireland.
    Tourism continues to be a key sector for Ireland, with about 230,000 Australians visiting the country last year.
    Irish tourism product also continues to evolve, with new hotel beds coming online including the Titanic Hotel
  • Beijing to Europe

    HNA Group offshoot Beijing Capital Airlines is expanding its European network, with GDS reservations now open for flights to Copenhagen and Helsinki.Both routes will operate thrice weekly, with PEK-CPH to debut 27 Mar and HEL flights from 30 May.The post Beijing to Europe appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Air security move

    FEDERAL Transport Minister Darren Chester has flagged a strengthening of airside security at major Australian airports, with screening, random explosive residue testing and tighter access controls for baggage handlers, caterers and aircraft engineers.The post Air security move appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Viking extensions

    VIKING Cruises has announced two new cruise extensions to its popular Alaska & the Inside Passage ocean itinerary – the eight-day Canadian Rockies (priced from $5,339pp) and the seven-day Pristine Alaska (from $4,939pp).The post Viking extensions appeared first on Travel Daily.
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  • QF/LA Asia c’share

    QANTAS and LATAM Airlines have applied to operate codeshare services on selected Asian routes from 01 Dec.The partnership would see the carriers codeshare on Qantas Hong Kong and Singapore flights.The application follows the launch of non-stop flight from Melbourne to Santiago by LATAM earlier this month, a move supported by another codeshare deal agreed to with its Australian partner Qantas.The post QF/LA Asia c’share appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • QF funds passports

    QANTAS has announced it will pay for Americans to get their passports when they book its flights to Australia.The carrier is offering a discount of US$135 – equal to the United States passport fee – as part of a wider digital marketing campaign.The post QF funds passports appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • India outbound market to hit $45b

    THE outbound Indian tourism market is forecast to be valued at $45b by 2022, according to a report by Research and Markets.The main beneficiaries are likely to be neighbouring Asian markets due to an appetite for short-haul and low budget holidays from Indian tourists, whereas the favoured long-haul destinations include Australia, NZ & the US.
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  • 'Ridiculously bumpy': Qantas jet returns to Sydney with technical issue

    A Qantas jet bound for San Francisco returns to Sydney after pilots discover a "technical issue" about 90 minutes into its journey, with passengers claiming the flight was "ridiculously bumpy".
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  • Window Seat 20 Oct 17

    A TRAVELLING hedgehog called Azuki has captured the hearts of Instagram with his camping trip.The Japanese Instagram star sports over 208k followers and delighted fans earlier this month by embarking on his first camping adventure.He headed into the wild well equipped, with photos capturing him laying about in a hedgehog-sized tent, cooking up a storm on a mini BBQ & settling in for lunch and a spot of tea at a teeny tiny table (pictured).The post Window Seat 20 Oct 17 appeared first on Trav
  • Qantas 787 touches down

    THE “game-changing” Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner officially touched down in Sydney this morning, cutting an impressive shape through the dark clouds above Kingsford Smith Airport.Once safely on the tarmac, celebrations were in full swing, with the newly-christened ‘Great Southern Land’ jet warmly welcomed to the fleet with a live performance from Aussie band Icehouse, who belted out their iconic hit whose name now adorns the aircraft’s fuselage.A chuffed Alan Joyc
  • Travel brands invest in print

    PRINT remains a key part of the marketing mix with leading travel companies reaffirming their commitment to catalogues, magazines and print ads at the 2017 Publish conference in Sydney yesterday.
    The conference, staged by Mumbrella, saw panellists from APT and Flight Centre speak about how they were investing in print to win new business and keep customers loyal.
    “The notion of the rise of digital has meant the demise of print, well I don’t think so,” said Fiona Corsie content
  • Trafalgar air offer

    TRAFALGAR has warned its $699 air offer across all of its 97 trips through Europe and Britain for 2017/2018 is selling quickly, and is urging agents to take advantage of the deal.The fare involves flights from all major capitals – CLICK HERE.The post Trafalgar air offer appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • SQ mobile pay

    SINGAPORE Airlines has introduced Android Pay and Apple Pay mobile payment services to the SingaporeAir app.Under the change, customers are able to use the app to pay for air tickets, redemption booking-related fees or for other purchases, such as preferred seat selection and travel insurance, at the time of booking.The post SQ mobile pay appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Scoot to Palembang

    SINGAPORE Airlines’ low-cost long-haul offshoot Scoot has filed plans for a new four weekly Singapore-Palembang service, replacing SilkAir on the route.The post Scoot to Palembang appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Melia Sol shine

    MELIA Hotels is highlighting its four new concepts in beach destinations including holidays for the family and for adults only.
    Concepts include Sol resorts, Sol house, Sol beach house and Sol Katmandu Park & Resort – see more on page eight.The post Melia Sol shine appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Gong for APT mag

    THE ‘Voyage’ print magazine produced by APT for its customers has taken out the award for Best Custom Publication at the annual Mumbrella Publish Awards.Other contenders in the category included the Qantas Magazine and the Coles Magazine.The post Gong for APT mag appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • EK to showcase F, J at Melbourne Cup

    GUESTS lucky enough to be invited to the Emirates Marquee for the upcoming Melbourne Cup racing carnival will be able to experience the carrier’s signature First class and Business class without leaving the ground.The carrier today unveiled the highly anticipated theme for this year’s Birdcage marquee, with EK divisional vice president Barry Brown saying the venue would focus on the recently relaunched cabin product.The marquee will transport guests on board into an “oasis of s
  • Aussie dies in Kenya

    AN AUSTRALIAN woman has been killed during a bungled bag-snatch while walking home in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.Gabrielle Maina, who was working in the city as a teacher, was shot after her purse was grabbed by a motorcyclist.The post Aussie dies in Kenya appeared first on Travel Daily.
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  • Businesses looking to boom from influx of thousands for Masters Games in north-west Tasmania

    Business counting on big spenders at Masters Games in north-west Tasmania
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    Organisers of the Masters Games in Tasmania expect the competition to inject more than $12m into the economy.
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  • Window Seat 19 Oct 17

    TUI will look into its crystal ball to now predict where travellersshould holiday based on its clients’ moods.The Destination U prototype – involving a seat shaped like the company’s logo – uses emotionally intelligent technology to unlock holiday desires for travellers, TUI claims.It uses facial coding & emotion measurement technology to trigger imagination and tap into the subconscious.Algorithms then use the data collected to calculate a “perfect holiday&rdqu
  • Voyages to Antiquity

    VOYAGES to Antiquity is highlighting its 2018 European small ship cruise-tours, including its 16-night European Connoisseur from Seville to London and 12-night Aegean Experience II in Greece – see p8.The post Voyages to Antiquity appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Industry Appointments 19 Oct 17

    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.Abercrombie & Kent has appointed Jeff King to the role of International Sales Manager who will be charged with the development of the company’s private travel desk and int’l sales & operations teams.A significant ap
  • Frasers clocks up 10 years

    FRASER Suites Sydney celebrated its 10th birthday last week, marking the 2007 opening of Frasers Hospitality’s first property in Australia.Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore was on hand to congratulate the property for its contribution to the tourism sector.
    The 42-storey tower has 201 rooms which include studios, one and two bedroom options and two penthouse suites.
    Pictured at the celebration event are: Alan Tang, Annette MacAndrew and Choe Peng Sum of Frasers Hospitality; Clover Moo
  • Agents take on India

    NINE agents from across Australia were given the chance to explore India on a 10-day Taste of India famil with Insider Journeys last month.Highlights of the tour included visiting Old Delhi, taking in the Taj Mahal and travelling to Fort Nahargarh before catching a glimpse of the Bengal tigers.The group also stayed in at Samode Palace before travelling to the pink city of Jaipur.Pictured back: Sanjeev Singh, Insider Journeys; Andrea White, MTA Travel; Abraham Khoury, Merrylands Travel; Amit Shar
  • AA #FlyToTheBeat in SYD

    AMERICAN Airlines last night packed out Sydney’s funky Ivy Bar for the latest stop in its global #FlyToTheBeat music tour in partnership with Universal Music.Travel agents, key industry partners and fans gathered for a highly anticipated performance by Latin rock superstar Juanes, who appeared along with Australia’s very own Ricki Lee.The celebration took place in the lead up to next month’s AA debut of its 787-9 aircraft with a new Premium Economy class on the Sydney-Los Angel
  • Trump ban blocked

    LAWS to introduce travel bans on citizens of eight mainly Middle Eastern countries have been blocked by courts in two US states, placing the plans of President Donald Trump in doubt.A court in Maryland yesterday followed a counterpart in Hawaii which ruled the President’s third attempt at imposing a ban was still based on religious grounds.The bans had been due to come into effect last night.
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  • NZ cycling strategy

    TOURISM New Zealand (TNZ) is targeting Australian travel agents as part of its cycling holiday strategy, announcing plans to host 10 Flight Centre consultants on a famil next month.The cycling focus is part of TNZ’s plan to attract longer-staying and higher-spending visitors, while at the same time dispersing tourism into regional areas.
    Agents will spend five days riding the Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail and Otago Central Rail Trail, hosted by TNZ in conjunction with Adventure South NZ.Australia
  • New York taps GTI

    THE New York State Division of Tourism has enlisted GTI Tourism to drive its sales, marketing and public relations activities in Australia as part of a five-year representation agreement.The Division of Tourism’s director of int’l marketing Markly Wilson said consistent growth in the Australian tourism sector provided a strong opportunity to increase visitation.“It is important that we build our representation in the Australian market to empower our trade partners to share all
  • MEL Int’l pax surge

    MELBOURNE Airport has revealed another sharp increase in international passenger numbers, with 870,000 passing through during Sep.The result is an 8% increase on the same month last year.Top-five routes to AKL, SIN, KUL, HKG and LAX helped drive the growth and were up 9%.Despite four interstate teams making the football finals, domestic traffic was down 0.02%.The post MEL Int’l pax surge appeared first on Travel Daily.
  • Share economy rivers of gold could become more of a trickle, expert warns

    Thousands of older Australians are plunging into the share economy to make easy extra money, but an expert warns that cash may soon be harder to grab.
  • Pastoralist calls for better regulation of traveling prospectors

    A Western Australian pastoralist is calling for better regulation of prospecting permits due to large numbers of grey nomads impacting on his properties.
  • Beachside community takes on backpacker worker surf safety

    Backpackers working at a blueberry farm north of Coffs Harbour are swapping their outdoor gear for a pair of bathers as part of a new surf awareness program to teach them about ocean safety.

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