• Hey workaholics, it's literally time to reboot

    If you're choosing to stay in the office at this time of the year while others are packing their bags, then you're being urged to reconsider.
  • Mobile treatment truck lets dialysis patients bond over rare beach holiday

    Dialysis can be isolating but a mobile treatment truck is giving these South Australian families the chance to get away from home.
  • Rigail is boss AF

    AIR France overnight named Anne Rigail as its new Chief Executive Officer, a promotion from her previous role as the carrier’s Executive VP, Customer.Rigail will replace Benjamin Smith, who is CEO of the AF/KLM Group and was also doubling up as the chief of Air France.
  • Rail Plus to Rail Europe

    RAIL Plus has announced it will adopt the name of its parent company from the start of 2019, trading as Rail Europe.In a notice to industry partners, the rail specialist said the change would provide several new advantages including lower booking fees.“Rail Plus is wholly owned by Rail Europe,” the company said.“As such, it only makes sense that we operate under one brand name,” it said, adding that although its name had a Europe focus, it would continue to offer rail pro
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  • No more real-time ESTA

    THE US Government has announced it will no longer process applications for its Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) in real-time.The guidelines for the system have always recommended that applications be lodged at least 72 hours before travelling, but in many cases approvals were almost instant meaning some passengers were able to obtain ESTAs at the airport if they had forgotten to do so earlier.However according to a note on the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website, &ldq
  • Mona hotel revised

    HOBART’S Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) has submitted revised plans for its proposed five-star hotel on the banks of the Derwent River (TD 07 Jul, 2017).The hotel will now be known as Motown following a decision to drop the earlier label of Homo (from HOtel MOna).The new plans involve 172 rooms in a cantilevered structure suspended over the waters of the Derwent.“We wanted an inverted suspension bridge,” said Mona founder David Walsh.“But then the value engineers got at
  • GC tour bus fined $165k

    GOLD Coast tour bus operator AVA Travel has been hit with over $165,000 in penalties after engaging in sham contracting and underpaying two of its drivers.The company admitted to sham contracting after it told three drivers in Sep 2014 they needed to provide an ABN, effectively converting them to independent contractors, and also advised that they would no longer receive superannuation.AVA Travel admitted these workers remained in an employee relationship and were paid the same flat hourly rate
  • 90 years of Christmas Traveleague

    EARLY this week in Melbourne, the festive season reached a high with the annual Christmas Traveleague luncheon providing over 960 guests hours of revelry at the Crown Palladium.
    The 90th iteration of Traveleague was the largest gathering since 1929 and provided the opportunity for all in attendance to dig deep in support of the nominated charity, Friedreich Ataxia Research Association (FARA).
    An ambitious target of $30,000 was set with co-founders of the association, Mike and Mandy Dwyer of Main
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  • World Expeditions NZ walking deal

    WORLD Expeditions has sealed an exclusive agreement with the owners of a large high-country working sheep station in New Zealand, with the pact providing the opportunity to walk the Ben Lomond Trail beyond Queenstown.The company has created the new five-day “Moonlight Valley and Queenstown Backcountry Hike” which begins and ends in Queenstown and includes a heli-hike to the top of Mt Gilbert, a jet-boat transfer on the Shotover River, three nights’ Moonlight Lodge accommodation
  • SilkAir Cairns boost

    SINGAPORE Airlines’ regional carrier SilkAir will increase its Cairns services from 02 Jun, operating daily instead of the current five flights per week.The additional services will be operated on Tue and Sun with Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, fitted with 12 Business class and 144 Economy class seats.The additional flights will attract up to 10,200 more visitors to the region over two years, Qld Tourism Minister Kate Jones said.
  • Adventurer floated

    CORAL Expeditions has floated its new vessel Coral Adventurer during a ceremony in Vietnam.The next phase for Adventurer will be sea trials which will commence in Feb, followed by her official launch party in Singapore on 23 Apr.“Excitement was at a real high with Coral Adventurer now officially in the water and her delivery drawing nearer,” said Coral Expeditions Group General Manager Mark Fifield.“We were delighted to be joined by over 200 shipyard staff who celebrated this s
  • One of Australia's first nature resorts turns 85

    Binna Burra, one of Australia's first nature-based resorts, attracts around 250,000 guests from across the globe annually and this year is turning 85.
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  • Hong Kong’s huge plans

    HONG Kong is firmly cementing its place as the major gateway to mainland China, with huge infrastructure projects aiming to facilitate travel and tourism in the burgeoning Greater Bay Area.The area – which includes Hong Kong, Macao and nine major cities in southern China’s Guangdong Province, has been designated as a key initiative under the Chinese Government’s latest Five Year Plan for the country’s reform.It was one of the major topics discussed yesterday at the 2018 I
  • Win $50 with LA

    TODAY’S issue of the LA Insider features a profile on the upcoming Fairmont Century Plaza Century City, LAX updates plus the chance to win a $50 gift card by sending your best insider tips.For more information, see page 11 of today’s Travel Daily.
  • United set to fly MEL-SFO

    UNITED Airlines has announced a further expansion of its Australasian network, with plans to launch direct services between Melbourne and San Francisco from Oct next year.The new route has been revealed as part of the carrier’s largest international expansion from its San Francisco hub, which will also include the upgrade of Auckland’s seasonal service to year-round operations.The Melbourne flights willoperate three times per week and will join United’s existing services betwee
  • Qantas lifts Qld network

    QANTAS has announced a major expansion of its Queensland operations, adding an extra 2,600 seats per week to key destinations including Cairns, the Sunshine Coast, Mount Isa and Townsville.From 31 Mar, the carrier will add 11 extra return flights on the BNE-CNS route, while boosting capacity on the SYD-CNS route with A330 aircraft.Weekday SYD-MCY flights will increase from daily to double daily, while weekday BNE-ISA flights will return to double-daily.Six return flights will be added between BN
  • NZ Xmas strike averted

    AIR New Zealand has avoided strike action that would have hit the carrier over the peak Christmas period, agreeing to a deal with unions representing engineering and logistics workers.The deal was secured late last night after three days of negotiations, resulting in the lifting of strike notices which would have impacted up to 120,000 travellers over the three busiest days of the year (TD 07 Dec).Air New Zealand Chief Ground Operations Officer Carrie Hurihanganui said customers could now be rea
  • Agents’ Superstar Switzerland tour

    A team of 10 agents have just returned from a week-long winter famil to Switzerland as part 2018’s Swiss Travel Pass SuperStar Program, a joint initiative between the Swiss Travel System, Switzerland Tourism and Rail Europe. The famil saw the group sample the country’s transportation system of trains, cable cars, boats and buses while taking in the beauty of the alpine land.Highlights included dining at the world’s first vegetarian restaurant, Haus Hiltl, a fondue dinner and Ch
  • A&K 2019 India

    ABERCROMBIE & Kent has released its 2019 luxury private and small group journeys through the Indian subcontinent.Highlights include the new 18-day Icons & Hidden Treasures of Northern India journey from $13,495pp – CLICK HERE for more.
  • West Kowloon taking shape

    DELEGATES at the 2018 International Tourism Convention Hong Kong were yesterday given a sneak peek at the city’s new West Kowloon Cultural District.The arts-focused precinct is rapidly taking shape with a number of museums, theatres and performance spaces under construction and set to open starting from 2019.The area is being developed around the new West Kowloon railway station, which sits between a local MTR station and the Kowloon Station link to the airport, providing an unparalleled t
  • US suspects China

    HACKERS in China are suspected of being responsible for the Marriott data breach which compromised the personal details of up to 500 million customers (TD 03 Dec).Investigators in the US believe the breach was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort involving the country’s Ministry of State Security, the New York Times says.The Trump administration is planning action in coming days, the newspaper says, including indictments against Chinese hackers working for intelligence services
  • Excite incentive

    EXCITE Holidays is reminding agents there’s just over a week to secure one of 13 spots available on an Indonesia famil, offered in conjunction with Wonderful Indonesia.The famil includes return flights with Garuda Indonesia from Sydney, Melbourne or Perth, four nights of accommodation at minimum 4.5-star properties across Bali and an emerging Indonesian island “set to become the region’s laid-back luxury destination”, transfers, most meals and activities.The incentive end
  • Excite Hols out of ATAS

    EXCITE Holidays, one of the country’s largest independent wholesalers, is no longer a member of the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme.The move was described as a “voluntary withdrawal” in a notice placed on the AFTA website yesterday.AFTA has not made any statement on the change, which among other impacts will seeExcite no longer eligible for participation in the National Travel Industry Awards for 2019.Excite Holidays bookings will also not be covered by the AFTA Chargeback Sch
  • VA calls in Houston

    RESPECTED miltary leader Sir Angus Houston will join the board of Virgin Australia Group, taking the place of Mark Vaile who steps down today after 10 years on the airline’s board.The retired Air Chief Marshal and former Chief of the Australian Defence Force becomes one of the highest-profile figures on the Virgin board.“Sir Angus’ experience as one of Australia’s most senior aviation and military leaders will further strengthen and diversify the board of the Virgin Austr
  • QF/AS approved

    QANTAS has been given approval for expanded codeshare operations with Alaska Airlines, covering services to Alaska via other parts of the US as well as Canada (TD 22 Nov).A series of rulings by the International Air Services Commission will allow Qantas to use capacity on Canada and USA flights for codeshare services with Alaska Airlines from this week.Qantas has also been allowed to use Canada capacity for codesharing with American Airlines and WestJet Airlines, or for use by Jetstar.
  • Ponant 2020 open

    PONANT has released a new Kimberley season, featuring cruises from May to Aug 2020 aboard the newest ship to serve the area, Le Laperouse.The vessel will return to the Kimberley in 2020 after its debut in the region next year.“Le Laperouse offers all the accoutrements of luxury travel and amenities – including an infinity-edge pool and sea view spa – however its compact size, with just 92 staterooms and suites, all with balconies, allows for the personalised style of service Po
  • Oaks buys Qld QT hotel

    OAKS Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotels, has acquired the freehold interest of the boutique resort QT Port Douglas and adjoining land, in a move to “strengthen its position in Tropical North Queensland”.The 170-room resort will operate under the Oaks brand and been renamed Oaks Resort Port Douglas.Minor Hotels Australia and New Zealand Chief Operating Officer Craig Hooley said the acquisition formed part of a “strategic direction to own and operate hotels that del
  • HLO forecasts expansion

    HELLOWORLD Travel is predicting its fully branded agency network will expand by 20 new members to a total of 300 by 30 Jun 2019.The forecast expansion was part of an investor presentation in Sydney today, during which the company’s Group General Manager Retail & Commercial, John Constable, highlighted a range of ongoing initiatives including the ResWorld mid office system and white-labelled websites and apps for agents.On the product side Helloworld is focusing on increasing the uptake
  • Gregg found guilty

    FORMER Qantas Chief Financial Officer Peter Gregg could face up to two years in prison after yesterday being found guilty of engaging in conduct which led to the falsification of accounts in his role as CFO of construction firm Leighton Holdings.Gregg was at Qantas from 2000 to 2008 and resigned shortly after Alan Joyce was named as CEO, initially moving to Leighton and later becoming CEO of hospital operator Primary Health Care.
  • Festive Austria!

    THE Austrian National Tourist Office is offering the Australian travel sector best wishes for the festive season, reminding the industry that the famous Christmas carol Silent Night was composed 200 years ago in a village near Salzburg.The cover page of today’s Travel Daily is a reminder of that very special moment in time.
  • Albatross festivities

    ALBATROSS Tours is today highlighting 12 experiences which feature in its 2019/20 European Festive brochure.Highlights include Christmas markets and seeing the world’s largest advent calendar.More on page nine.
  • Air NZ update

    AIR New Zealand will tomorrow enter a third day of negotiation with unions Aviation and Marine Engineers Association (AMEA) and E t, following proposed strike action by Air New Zealand aircraft maintenance workers over a pay dispute (TD 07 Dec).Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Anita Hawthorne said the airline would do all it could to get customers where they needed to be this Christmas.“We are working on contingency plans to keep our flights moving the best we can if, as
  • NT Government gives thousands to Hilton Hotel chain and top Darwin restaurants

    The Northern Territory Government is handing out $3 million of taxpayers' money to businesses including five-star hotel chains and luxury waterfront restaurants.
  • Hilton hotel chain among businesses cashing in on taxpayer-funded grants

    The Northern Territory Government is handing out almost $74,000 of taxpayers' money to hotel chain Hilton, in the hopes service upgrades will attract more tourists.
  • Heywire winner Brianna Merrima, Broome, WA

    Heywire winner Brianna Merrima, from Broome in WA has had 19 eye operations she hopes will mean one day she’ll be able to the sights of the world she’s dreamed of.
  • Zuji shutdown over BSP shortfall

    THE Hong Kong and Singapore operations of online travel agency Zuji have been suspended, with the company’s participation in IATA’s Billing and Settlement Planblocked due to a reported failure to meet payment obligations.Websites have been taken downbut a company spokesman said services are expected to resume with a new online presence in the first quarter of 2019.The situation is a far cry from Zuji’s strength just two years ago when Webjet sold the company to Hong Kong-based
  • Travelport $4.4b takeover

    TRAVELPORT Worldwide will be taken private in a buyout worth US$4.4 billion, with the company last night recommending shareholders accept a US$15.75 per share offer. The travel technology platform announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Siris Capital Group and Evergreen Coast Capital Corp in an all-cash transaction, with closure expected in the second quarter of 2019.“Travelport welcomes this proposed transaction with Siris and Evergreen, who ar
  • TMS NZ growth

    TRAVEL recruitment specialist TMS Talent has expanded its team in New Zealand, following the acquisition earlier in the year of Auckland-based Top Dog Personnel (TD 01 May 2018).Belinda Peddie has been named as Recruitment Team Manager bringing more than 14 years’ experience in recruitment as well as running a range of businesses in South Africa, while Auckland local Alisa Wilson also joins the organisation with a background in wholesale, product and team management.TMS Talent Global MD Jo
  • Prineas joins Kings

    AAT Kings has appointed a new Head of Marketing in Emma Prineas, the former marketing head at Wendy Wu Tours.She will lead the marketing team and oversee trade and consumer strategies for both AAT Kings and Inspiring Journeys.
  • NZ reaps $39b windfall

    NEW Zealand’s tourism industry has contributed more than NZ$39 billion to the country’s economy, with growth in spending now out-pacing that of visitor arrivals.In its Tourism Satellite Account figures for the year ended Mar 2018, Stats NZ said total tourism expenditure had grown 7.7% over the same period last year, injecting an extra NZ$2.8 billion into the local economy.International visitor spending increased 9.6% to NZ$16.2 billion, while the number of international arrivals over
  • Intrepid & Chimu Antarctic range

    CHIMU Adventures and Intrepid Group have announced a new program of “sustainable small-group polar expeditions” which will be operated under the Peregrine Adventures flag.The joint venture partners will charter the newly refurbished Ocean Endeavour from Oct 2020, with capacity for 199 travellers.Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton said the new range was the next step in the partnership between Intrepid and Chimu which combined were now one of the biggest sellers of Antartica across the
  • Hawaii Free at Sea

    NORWEGIAN Cruise Line is today highlighting its special offers on Pride of America cruises around the Hawaiian islands.Bonus agent commission features alongside free beverage packages, specialty dining and more – see the cover page.
  • AF-KLM simplifies Europe

    AIR France-KLM’s codeshare deal with Qantas has made it easier for Australian travel agents to sell Europe via the airlines, the group’s SVP Asia Pacific Antoine Pussiau told Travel Daily yesterday during his first visit down under.Pussiau said the partnership had seen “a very good response from the market” and provided travellers with one ticket, one code, no need to pick up luggage at the connection point and the ability to earn miles.
    The Air France codeshare kicked of
  • Wu agent giveaway

    WENDY Wu Tours is offering travel agents Christmas giveaways this week, with daily prizes including Vietnam Airlines tickets.To enter, agents need to book any Wendy Wu Tours product and answer a daily question in 25 words or less, with winners announced the following day.For full details and conditions, log in to the Wendy Wu Tours agent portal – CLICK HERE.
  • Haynes exits VB

    VISITBRITAIN has confirmed that its long-time Commercial Manager Mark Haynes is no longer with the organisation.Haynes had been one of VisitBritain’s most senior staff locally since the UK tourism marketing body restructured more than eight years ago with the departure of its former Australia/NZ manager Judy Watkins (TD 30 Apr 2010).A few months ago VisitBritain appointed Maria Sykes as country manager, with a spokesperson telling TD there is “no change in direction” for the or
  • Nude photo and on top of Great Pyramid violates 'public morality': Egyptian officials

    This video was posted to the YouTube Channel of Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, who says it shows himself and a friend climbing the pyramid in late November.
  • Jacinda Ardern apologises to family of murdered backpacker on behalf of New Zealand

    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has apologised on behalf of her country to the family of murdered British backpacker Grace Millane.
  • Flights from central Victoria to Sydney to start in March

    Regional carrier Qantas Link will begin passenger flights from Bendigo in central Victoria to Sydney, starting next year and flying six days a week.
  • Are we seeing the last generation of grey nomads?

    Grey nomadism is considered a reward from a lifetime of hard work but the future of wandering looks less sutstainable and may happen earlier in life out of necessity, not escape.

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