• Travel IQ tickets

    NETWORKING will be a key feature of the upcoming Travel IQ conference in Sydney, which focuses on the “Business of Travel” with a host of high profile presenters relaying their stories.See the cover page for details.
  • Qld Novotel sold for $100m

    THE Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has officially changed hands following a $100 million sale by Abacus Property Group.The purchase was completed by The Shakespeare Property Group, which said it would lead the hotel in a range of improvements to reposition the resort as “a leading business events venue and leisure resort in Queensland”.Sunny Yang, General Manager – Hospitality Asset at Shakespeare Property Group said the Sunshine Coast offered &
  • P&O Adventure on horizon

    PRINCESS Cruises’ Golden Princess will be renamed Pacific Adventure when it joins the P&O Cruises fleet in Oct 2020, the cruise line has revealed (TD breaking news).Pacific Adventure will be the first Grand Class ship to join P&O Cruises and will be followed by its sister ship Star Princess at the end of 2021.
    P&O Cruises President Sture Myrmell said the brand was “primed to keep transforming the fleet” with the addition of Pacific Adventure in 2020.“We’
  • NZ A321s on sale

    AIR New Zealand has today opened reservations for flights on its first Airbus A321 aircraft, which will enter commercial service in mid-Nov.The carrier is investing in 20 Airbus “neo” aircraft – 14 A321neos and six A320neos – to replace its existing Tasman and Pacific A320 fleet as well as to cater for anticipated NZ domestic network growth.The A321neos will offer 214 seats – 46 more than the current A320s, while the new A320neos will have 165 seats.Seats at the fro
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  • NewGenISS rollout in Nov

    THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) today confirmed that the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGenISS) will be implemented in Australia effective from 19 Nov.Australia will be the sixth Asia-Pacific nation to implement NewGenISS, following the system’s rollout in Singapore in Apr, the Philippines in Aug, South Korea this month and upcoming implementations in India and Cambodia.IATA said NewGenISS was the “most extensive and ambitious modernisation of the IA
  • Intrepid NY Times deal

    MELBOURNE-BASED Intrepid Group’s Urban Adventures brand has announced a partnership with the New York Times, which is expanding its travel offerings to include a day tours portfolio.The US media giant has a popular “36 hours” column which details things to do during a short stay in a particular destination.Urban Adventures will distil these itineraries into “an experience that can be enjoyed in less than a quarter of that time,” with the initial NY Times offering to
  • Cosmos a la carte

    THE Globus Family of Brands is today highlighting its new “Cosmos Lite” offering, combining the convenience of its traditional touring products with a personalised approach to daily itineraries – see the last page.
  • Sth Africa e-Visas

    SOUTH Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is piloting the development of an e-Visa program for New Zealand visitors commencing Apr 2019.The trial is aimed at enhancing efficiency in the issuing process for business and leisure travellers, with the e-Visa to be rolled out to other countries if successful.
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  • PX to add Shanghai

    AIR Niugini is expanding its international network into China, with plans for a new 767-300 route between Port Moresby and Shanghai Pu Dong.Reservation systems indicate the flights will operate twice weekly from 23 Oct.
  • Branson gin deal

    VIRGIN Atlantic (VS) Founder Richard Branson has announced a new agreement with movie star Ryan Reynolds for VS to become the exclusive UK airline partner for the actor’s “Aviation American Gin” brand, serving the liquor in lounges and on board its flights.
  • Air New Zealand’s first A321neo

    Air New Zealand has today opened reservations for flights on its first Airbus A321 aircraft, which will enter commercial service in mid-Nov.
    The carrier is investing in 20 Airbus “neo” aircraft – fourteen A321neos and six A320neos – to replace its existing A320 fleet operating to the Tasman and Pacific Islands as well as to cater for anticipated NZ domestic network growth. Air NZ A321neo paint time lapseRuntime0:52View count0
  • What happens if someone dies at an Airbnb?

    The death of a little boy at an Airbnb in Queensland at the weekend raises questions about who's liable when things go wrong, and what consumers can do to protect themselves from legal traps.
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  • TD for Tue 25 Sep 2018

    Rezdy Google deal, AA puppies!, tech summit, Tiger International, Japan, Tramada, South Africa and much more
    Click here to download Travel Daily for Tuesday 25th September 2018
  • Tourism to aid Japan recovery

    JAPAN will attempt to triple the number of visitors to the tsunami-hit region of Tohoku as part of a strategy to disperse its rapidly increasing tourist numbers beyond key destinations like Tokyo and Kyoto.At the Visit Japan Travel Mart last week, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) executive vice president Mamoru Kobori said expanding regional tourism was a key part of the country’s plan to manage sustainable tourism and spread the economic benefit of international visitation.&ldqu
  • Rezdy to link with Google

    REZDY, the Australian-foundedbooking and distribution system for tour and attraction operators, has announced a new partnership with tech giant Google.The alliance will connect merchants across Rezdy’s platform with Google’s booking capability, creating a new channel for eligible Rezdy clients.Chris Atkin, ceo at Rezdy, said the agreement would provide more opportunities for operators.“We’re able to further expand our customers’ distribution network beyond our alrea
  • IASC ticks Tiger International

    THE runway is clear for Virgin Australia low-cost offshoot Tigerair Australia to launch international flights, with the International Air Services Commission varying a range of determinations to authorise the use of existing VA capacity by wholly-owned subsidiary Tiger International Number1 Pty Ltd.Destinations covered by the revised rulings include the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and New Zealand.Virgin Australia has requested that the transfer of the capacity allocations be ma
  • UL to drop HKG

    SRILANKAN Airlines is set to suspend its non-stop services between Colombo & Hong Kong.GDS screens indicate the final flight will take place on 27 Oct.Previous schedules indicated five weekly A320 services during the northern winter 18/19 season.
  • Travel Tech summit

    A host of high profile speakers are set to take part in the upcoming Travel Tech Summit, with the event the only technology-focused conference for the whole travel and tourism sector taking place in Australia this year.Flight Centre chief digital officer Atle Skalleberg, Travelport md Scott Barber, AFTA ceo Jayson Westbury and Luxury Escapes ceo Adam Schwab will take to the stage for the conference to be held in Sydney in early Dec.Savings of 10% are available for Travel Daily readers wishing to
  • QF rewards saving

    QANTAS yesterday launched a “Classic Flight Reward sale” offering 25% off the number of QF frequent flyer points required to redeem flights worldwide.The discount is available on Economy reward flights operated by Qantas, Jetstar and Emirates with a QF, JQ or EK flight number.Bookings must be made by Fri 28 Sep, for travel 14 Oct 2018-29 Aug 2019 on QF and EK, or 14 Oct 2018 and 30 Jun 2019 on Jetstar.
  • Last days for Celine

    SINGING superstar Celine Dion has confirmed the end of her long-time Las Vegas “residency” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, with the final performance scheduled for 08 Jun 2019.Dion has performed almost 1100 shows to 4.5 million fans at The Colosseum since 2003, with tickets for the last show and final season on sale this Fri 28 Sep.
  • Garden Inn Puchong

    HILTON Worldwide has opened its second Hilton Garden Inn property in Malaysia, in the Puchong district of Kuala Lumpur.The 255-room “focused service brand” hotel is located near a range of burgeoning multi-national and local IT companies.
  • AirAsia OOL boost

    AIRASIA X will operate 18 additional return flights between Kuala Lumpur and the Gold Coast over the upcoming holiday season, adding 13,000 seats by ramping up from the current daily services to 11 weekly rotations from mid-Dec until mid-Jan.
  • Tourists warned of mountain hike dangers

    It's one of the most popular walks in northern NSW, but rescuers are warning tourists of the increasing danger of climbing Mount Warning.
  • Leaders tackle over-tourism

    COUNTRIES including Iceland and Bhutan have shared their strategies for confronting over-tourism at a gathering of government ministers in Tokyo.As part of the Visit Japan Travel Mart last week, industry leaders and tourism ministers from more than a dozen nations joined a round-table session on sustainable tourism and global efforts to ensure the travel industry provides long-term community benefits.Iceland Tourism Minister Thordis Gylfadottir said her government had embarked on a complex proce
  • Gold Coast green light

    THE Federal Government has approved Queensland Airports Limited’s (QAL) plans for a new hotel and conference facility in the Gold Coast Airport’s terminal precinct.The planned 4- to 4.5-star hotel will feature 200 rooms in addition to conference facilities, new accommodation the government believes will drive up the number of people doing business around the airport.“The construction and ongoing operation of the hotel will have a positive economic impact in the region through t
  • Cruisefusion booking engine

    CRUISEFUSION, the wholesale division of Cruise1st Australia, has launched a Live Dynamic Packaging Reservations Platform which enables agents to package fly/cruise/accommodation options for clients and access “a range of unique cruise holidays”.The new B2B and B2C tool was developed in partnership with US-based company Odysseus Solutions and provides access to live and dynamic pricing.Cruisefusion general manager Geoff Hackett, who was appointed to the role almost two years ago (TD 0
  • Travelmarvel Egypt

    TRAVELMARVEL has today launched its 2019/20 Egypt & Jordan featuring Israel brochure, with a range of earlybird deals including fly-free and 2-for-1 air, valid for bookings made by 21 Dec.The 2019 itineraries include a new five-day journey through Israel, plus the popular “Treasures of Egypt & the Nile with Hidden Jordan” trip – more brochures on page five of today’s Travel Daily.
  • Tourism Noosa ceo

    TOURISM Noosa has today confirmed the appointment of Steve McPharlin as its new ceo.McPharlin, described as a “local tourism leader and destination advocate,” has been selected from almost 200 applicants from across Australia & further afield.He moves from his previous role as Sunshine Coast area manager of the Mantra Group, where he was also chair of Tourism Noosa for the last seven years.
  • Tassie trade site

    TOURISM Tasmania has launched a new Tassie Trade website offering agents in-depth information on the destination and multi-lingual itineraries.The mobile-friendly platform also includes Tourism Tasmania’s domestic online training platform, Tassie Specialist program.See www.tassietrade.com.au.
  • Take off with VA

    VIRGIN Australia is today showcasing the final week of its “140 Chances to Fly, Race or Glide” travel consultant incentive.The last stage of the huge promotion offers 15 “first prizes” of two return Economy class tickets to Los Angeles, along with 20 $200 Adrenaline gift vouchers, while VA is also promoting its $695 travel industry fare from MEL/SYD/BNE to Los Angeles.See the cover page for details.
  • QFFF shopping site

    QANTAS Frequent Flyer has launched a website called Qantas Shopping, allowing members to earn Qantas points when they shop online or in-store.The portal allows members to earn points at over 150 retailers, including The Iconic, David Jones and eBay.It also allows users to redeem points on 8,000 products through the Rewards Store.Visit shopping.qantas.com.
  • Intrepid ranger trip

    INTREPID Travel marked World Rhino Day over the weekend by launching a trip which offers travellers insight into the work of a ranger.The eight-day Kenya: Wildlife Rangers Expedition takes travellers “behind the scenes” on game drives and foot patrols with the Rangers working in the area between Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Kilimanjaro national parks.CLICK HERE for more.
  • Emirates ups fares

    EMIRATES will increase its fares on 27 Sep following “a tariff review of its year-round published fares to all regions and earlybird fares from Australia”.The changes will impact ongoing First, Business, Mixed class and Economy class published prices.Exceptions will apply to earlybird fares from Australia to Dubai, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, London, Manchester, Nice, Zurich and from Perth to New York.Existing and new bookings at current fare levels
  • One-legged Australian humiliated as she is denied entry to Paris attractions

    Roya Hosini, who had previously been turned away from the Eiffel Tower, is furious after a guard at the French catacombs said that letting her into the landmark would be like "letting a blind person fly a plane".
  • One-legged Australian humiliated as she is denied entry to Eiffel Tower

    Roya Hosini is furious after a guard at the French catacombs said that letting her into the landmark would be like "letting a blind person fly a plane".
  • Got a welfare debt? You might be banned from travelling overseas

    Human Services Minister Michael Keenan says travel bans will be used as a measure of last resort in a bid to recoup debts totalling more than $800 million across the country.
  • Win with Viking

    VIKING Cruises is offering travel agents the opportunity to win a 13-day “Mediterranean Odyssey” cruise between Barcelona and Venice, by participating in its Viking Bingo promotion.The bingo card, included on the cover page of today’s Travel Daily, includes a range of itineraries which can be crossed off each time a trip is booked between 01 Sep and 30 Nov.
  • Qantas, Cathay codeshare

    QANTAS will add 10 new routes to cities in Asia under its new codeshare agreement with Cathay Pacific (TD breaking news), including flights from Hong Kong to Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai in India; Colombo in Sri Lanka; Vietnam’s Danang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City; and Yangon in Myanmar.The carriers already have a close relationship as members of the oneworld alliance, and interestingly former CX ceo Tony Tyler was recently appointed to the Qantas board (TD 30 Aug).
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  • NZ leases 787-9

    AIR Lease Corporation (ALC) has confirmed the delivery of a new Boeing 787-9 aircraft on long-term lease to Air New Zealand.NZ also currently has A320s and 777-300ERs on lease from ALC.
  • Japan targets 40m visitors

    JAPAN is aiming to continue its double-digit tourism growth into the next decade as it works to capitalise on major events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and next year’s Rugby World Cup.At the Visit Japan Travel Mart in Tokyo yesterday, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) outlined its ambition to attract 40 million annual visitors by 2020 – a doubling of levels achieved in 2015 – with further aims to hit 60 million by 2030.Last year the country posted its fifth co
  • Insight achievers to Greece

    INSIGHT Vacations will take 20 representatives from its top selling stores nationally to Greece next year, with global ceo Ulla Hefel Bohler in Australia this week to launch the TTC brand’s 2019 program.Hefel Bohler told TD there would be another smaller incentive trip to Croatia, with both groups to depart in Apr next year and participation based on sales of Insight and Luxury Gold through until 20 Feb.The 2019 Insight brochure features 96 journeys, including three new trips to Scandinavi
  • FCTG digital acquisition

    FLIGHT Centre’s purchase of Toronto-based Umapped (TD breaking news) will deliver “immediate improvements to several of our businesses,” according to FCTG chief digital officer, Atle Skalleberg.The Umapped platform, available as both a white label and API solution, will see Flight Centre offer “interactive, media-rich itineraries that feature personalised offers and content, live updates, two-way messaging, real-time chat and much more,” Skalleberg said.Flight Centr
  • Etihad takeover?

    ETIHAD and Emirates are both downplaying speculation about a potential merger of the UAE-based global carriers.A Bloomberg report overnight cited “four people familiar with the matter” saying talks are at a preliminary stage to see Emirates acquire Etihad’s airline business.The carriers have denied any discussions are under way.If the deal went ahead it would create the world’s largest airline.
  • CWT boosts meetings team

    CARLSON Wagonlit Travel has expanded the Australasian presence of its meetings & events division with the appointment of three senior executives.Michelle Sargent has been named as director & commercial leader of CWT Meetings & Events, alongside Heather Lawson as national operations manager and Ben Ogden as the division’s senior events manager.“Positive business sentiment in recent years has created strong demand for meetings and events,” said CWT M&E vice presid
  • APT Tailor brochure

    APT has released a new Tailor Made Journeys Travel Agent Guide, to help consultants make the most of the company’s custom travel planning service.Vietnam and Cambodia have also been confirmed as new destinations to be included in the program, with the APT team ready to work with agents to custom-build an itinerary for individual client preferences.The program also features South America and Africa, with the guide available on request by calling 1300 196 420.
  • Corp Traveller WA

    LISA King has been appointed as general manager West Australia for Corporate Traveller, with her new role seeing her oversee the 40-strong Perth office – more corporate sector news on page 6.
  • TD breaking news – Flight Centre acquires Umapped

    Deal said to fuel FCTG digital transformation. 
    Flight Centre has just announced the acquisition of Toronto-based Umapped, a technology firm which provides travel documentation, communication and itinerary management software for the travel industry.
    Umapped products are already being used by FCTG’s GOGO wholesale business in the USA, and will now be rolled out in other Flight Centre businesses globally. The offering will be a “key feature of FCB 2.0, the next generation Flight
  • Trevor the 'world's loneliest duck' puts tiny Niue on the map

    The story of a duck named Trevor living alone on an remote coral island went viral recently, leaving many people wondering whether it was a genius marketing ploy and asking the question — "Where is Niue?"
  • TD Photo Page – Agents on a high following Swiss trip

    Travel Daily have produced a photo page which can be viewed below.Click here to download the TD Photo Page – Agents on a high following Swiss trip
  • Industry Appointments 20 Sep 18

    PETER Nilsson has been appointed as the Managing Director at LauculaIsland, a private island located in the Fijian Pacific archipelago. Nilssonjoins from the Ritz-Carlton hotel company in Malaysia.Travelport has welcomed Mark Meehan as Managing Director for thecompany’s newly formed Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region.Meehan was previously Managing Director for Travelport’s APAC region.Chan Bee Hong has stepped into the role of Senior Vice President forFinance at the Pan Paci

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