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Tourism

Flavour of the Week

The industry has quite a few fresh faces, so let the small talk and welcome morning teas begin!

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Travel Agents

Big Fat Agent Wrap

Thank God it’s Agent Wrap Day! Can I get a hallelujah? No? I can’t? Ok, well give this wrap a read anyway.

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Cruise

Gold Coast cruise terminal delayed

A report investigating a new Gold Coast cruise terminal has been delayed, as has the publishing of this story. We’re a bit hungover this morning, bear with us.

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Aviation

Qantas to host a domestic beauty pageant

We just realised they were looking for planes, not people. Now we don’t know what to do with the images from our photoshoot, contact us if you’d like them.

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Aviation

Secret’s out – airline crew totally get it on mid-flight

Airline crew are gettin’ jiggy with it in between serving your Sav Blanc and chicken stirfry, and if we were you, we’d skip dessert.

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Destinations

Tourist snapped by croc in NT

A baby croc has taken a nibble on a tourist’s leg, and we’re having trouble not finding this story just a little bit cute.

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Aviation

Man sues airline for serving sparkling, not champagne

We once sued an airline for not serving us champagne. Although given we didn’t even pay for the airfare, it wasn’t a very strong case.

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Aviation

Ryanair “begs” ex-pilots to return amid flight crisis

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary didn’t exactly drop to his hands and knees, but he may as well have.

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Travel Agents

How this Gold Coast travel agency beat the OTAs

Just like a David and Goliath-style battle, one agency rose above the rest. Yes, we’re probably dramatising it slightly.

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Destinations

Stretch Your Dollar in Switzerland

Switzerland’s tourism board is helping tourists stretch their dollars, though we do not recommend physically stretching your notes, you might rip them.

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Aviation

Qantas accidentally creates Tinder of the skies

Do your Tinder dates leave you bored, depressed and stuck with the bill? Maybe a mile-high rendezvous is the solution.

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Technology

What does the future of travel behold?

We tried to ask it what our future holds, it came back with an error message. We’re definitely not letting ourselves read into it.

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DESTINATIONS

Tourist snapped by croc in NT

A baby croc has taken a nibble on a tourist’s leg, and we’re having trouble not finding this story just a little bit cute.

DESTINATIONS

Stretch Your Dollar in Switzerland

Switzerland’s tourism board is helping tourists stretch their dollars, though we do not recommend physically stretching your notes, you might rip them.

DESTINATIONS

Iceland celebrates its ridiculous language

We had tickets booked to go to Iceland, but cancelled them when we realised John Snow isn’t real and doesn’t live in Iceland.

DESTINATIONS

How New Cal is tempting more tourists

Is there anything better than listening to awesome beats in a tropical paradise? Besides of course pub schnitty and a fresh schooner.

DESTINATIONS

Thailand bans cigarettes on beaches

Say goodbye to accidentally swallowing and stepping on soggy cigarette butts on Thai beaches.

WANDERLUST FESTIVAL

2016-02-18 |

Unplug from the ordinary. Adventure awaits. Wanderlust festivals are 4-day celebrations of mindful living. Find out more >

Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival 2016

2016-03-04 | Thredbo,NSW

Following the triumphant return of country music to the Snowy Mountains earlier this year, Thredbo is excited to announce that the Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival will be back next year with an even bigger line up of stars from Friday 4 March - Sunday 6 March, 2016. Find out more >

Sculpture by the Sea 2015

2015-10-22 | Bondi,NSW

This year’s exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea transforms the breathtaking Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk with 107 sculptures by artists from 19 countries. The exhibition is free to the public and runs from Thursday 22 October until Sunday 8 November 2015. Find out more >

Twilight at Taronga

2016-01-28 | Sydney,NSW

From the stunning vantage point of Taronga Zoo, Twilight at Taronga’s harbour-side amphitheatre will play host to music lovers each weekend from Thursday 28 January through Saturday 12 March 2016, featuring the likes of Missy Higgins, Josh Pyke, The Waifs, Birds of Tokyo and John Butler Trio. Find out more >

Wholesalers

The secret ingredients to Excite’s success

Think you’ve found the secret to a successful travel business, yet staff & clients are leaving in droves? Rip this off quick!

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Destinations

Iceland celebrates its ridiculous language

We had tickets booked to go to Iceland, but cancelled them when we realised John Snow isn’t real and doesn’t live in Iceland.

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Aviation

Air Berlin’s “risky” stunt sends onlookers screaming

A pilot is being investigated for attempting a “risky” landing at Dusseldorf Airport, and please excuse us while we cancel our flights to Brisbane this weekend.

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Tourism

“Turnbull for Tourism Minister”: Destination NSW board member

by Hannah Edensor

Mr Turnbull has been nominated for Tourism Minister, yet no word on if he also received his nomination to be our croquet team captain.

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Aviation

Malaysia Airlines’ future turbulent as third CEO exits

The patissier who bakes Malaysia Airlines’ leaving cakes set to retire early as the third CEO in three years heads for the exits.

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Travel Agents

Introducing a travel agent that reads your mind

A company is boasting new technology that reads your mind to find your dream location, although it’s yet to figure out how many fingers we’re holding up.

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Hotels

Big Fat Hotel Wrap

Is everyone in your office sick of talking about the Bachelorette? Well, there’s at least 8 tidbits here to impress your colleagues with.

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Cruise

Double stacking ships can “deliver better guest experience”: cruise advocate

A cruise industry advocate has thrown his recommendations for Sydney cruise terminals into the ring, although he wasn’t playing coits or anything.

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Aviation

Move over Dave the goose, Air NZ has a new bird-bassador

We were quite shocked to learn that Dave the goose had been replaced. Admittedly we’d just stuck a knife in the toaster, though.

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Road & Rail

The newest booking platform all agents will love

Ding ding ding – no that’s not the office doorbell, it’s the sound of a new platform that’s about to make your life a whole lot easier. FYI there isn’t actually anyone at the door.

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Tourism

Condé Nast reveals 2017 Reader’s Choice winners

At Travel Weekly, we’re always first with the news. Just kidding, this story is at least a day old, but we forgot so are publishing it today.

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Wholesalers

Shark Naomi Simson, Crooked Compass reveal new deal

by Tara Harrison

It’s too early for Christmas theming, right? Not for Crooked Compass who are all about reindeers in their latest collaboration with TV shark Naomi Simson.

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