Sundowners Overland

Are your clients ready for a white Christmas? How does a tour covering as many destinations as there are time zones in a single trip sound? Here's all you need to know about Central Asia and Siberia specialist Sundowners Overland: the destination experts for private, group and tailored tours of the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian railways, Silk Road and Caucasus.

Technology

Google rides bikeshare tech into latest Maps update

by Christian Fleetwood

Coincidentally, Travel Weekly’s editor recently jazzed up his own bike by adding handle tassles, spoke beads and a sissy bar.

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Aviation

Final nail in the coffin for proposed Qantas-Cathay Pacific codeshare expansion

by Huntley Mitchell

Could you hear a whole lot of brouhaha coming from Virgin Australia HQ this morning? Discover the cause here.

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Aviation

Airbus employs biomimicry in latest eco-conscious concept aircraft

by Christian Fleetwood

Airbus has taken a leaf – a feather even – out of nature’s playbook by putting forward an ambitious eco-conscious concept aircraft for the future of air travel.

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Tourism

Dominican Republic to address tourist fears following multiple deaths

The Caribbean nation has committed to calm tourism concerns surrounding the mysterious recent deaths of 10 foreigners on the island.

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Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Clockwise Consulting’s Jakki Govan

It turns out the Clockwise Consulting co-founder loves long walks on the beach, and wishes she had an invisible cloak.

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Tourism

“Freak gust of wind” plummets skier to the ground in Thredbo chairlift accident

by Ali Coulton

In the most dramatic news since our office dog fell off the couch, a skier has fallen an estimated five metres at a Snowy Mountains ski resort.

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Tourism

Tourists cop hefty fine for making coffee on the steps of Venice’s Rialto bridge

Of all the places to set up your travel cooker, the city’s most famous and historic bridge is probably not the best choice.

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Cruise

Cruise wrap: Win an MSC cruise, PONANT info events, Seabourn’s new champagne partner + MORE!

Batten down the hatches because this cruise wrap is bigger than the Pacific Ocean! Or maybe the Arctic. It would fill your kitchen sink, at least.

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Travel Agents

Avis Travel Agent Scholarship opens for 2019

by Daisy Melwani

Are you an agent looking to get a leg-up on your arch rival? Well, this news couldn’t be more timely.

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Technology

OPINION: Three trends that will disrupt the travel industry

by Gihan Perera

Since Travel Weekly’s editor spilled coffee on the office tarot cards, we’ve consulted a futurist to bring you all the latest trends you should be keeping an eye on.

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Technology

Renewed calls for travel booking giants to ban Israeli settlement listings

by Christian Fleetwood

Travel booking giants Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor have been accused of sustaining tourism to illegal Israeli settlements.

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Tourism

Tourism WA scraps George Calombaris from new campaign amid underpayment scandal

by Huntley Mitchell

The situation for the embattled celebrity chef and MasterChef judge has gone from bad to worse, with Tourism WA dumping him from its latest campaign.

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DESTINATIONS

Uluru custodian says climbing ban critics need to see things from Anangu perspective

87 per cent of people who visit Uluru choose not to climb, but critics of the decision to ban the option have been vocal. Here’s what the Anangu people want them to understand.

DESTINATIONS

Tourism Noosa launches digital campaign to showcase best kept secrets

Noosa is looking to prove itself as more than just a destination for retired school teachers and those going through a mid-life crisis, according to this new campaign.

DESTINATIONS

Bali rocked by off-shore earthquake

An off-shore earthquake has struck the south of the Indonesian tourist hotspot, with reports of damaged and evacuated hotels.

DESTINATIONS

Hundreds of protesters storm famous Paris monument

Police on the scene said 200 to 300 protesters entered the well-known landmark where French national heroes including Voltaire and Victor Hugo are buried.

DESTINATIONS

“How ridiculous”: Pauline Hanson likens Uluru climbing ban to closing Bondi Beach

In an interview that is sure to have many an Aussie giving themselves a face palm, outspoken One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has provided her take on the Uluru climbing ban.

Tourism Innovators Conference

19-06-19 | Gold Coast,QLD

The Tourism Innovators Conference is back and bigger than ever in 2019! Join us to hear from industry heavyweights about the latest trends in travel and technology, and how your business can become an even more successful.

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Women in Travel Awards

2019-06-20 | Sydney,NSW

The success of women in the travel industry continues to rise, and as it grows these awards will continue to celebrate the inspiring and innovative actions that are displayed each year by those amazing women throughout the industry.

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Travel DAZE

2019-08-08 | Sydney,NSW

Travel DAZE 2019 will tackle sustainability, but we’re not just talking about carbon offsetting and charitable practices.

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Aviation

Aviation wrap: Qantas-American Airlines JV gets approval, Air Tahiti Nui’s new ANZ structure + MORE

Since last week’s aviation wrap, two things have happened: a cargo plane load of news has made its way to our inboxes, and green tea has been proven as no substitute for double-shot espressos.

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Tourism

UK government to investigate environmental cost of travel and tourism

by Christian Fleetwood

With Travel DAZE just around the corner (and a fab early bird deal on tickets up and running) comes this sustainability-related announcement out of the UK.

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Destinations

Uluru custodian says climbing ban critics need to see things from Anangu perspective

87 per cent of people who visit Uluru choose not to climb, but critics of the decision to ban the option have been vocal. Here’s what the Anangu people want them to understand.

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Aviation

Man calls in bomb threat to ask flight attendant on date

Just when you thought dating in 2019 couldn’t get much weirder, we bring you a 65-year-old who dealt with being rejected by preventing his flight attendant crush from leaving the country.

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Travel Agents

REVEALED: All the winners from the first-ever CATO Awards

Congrats to all the winners at the inaugural CATO Awards! Congrats also to our editor, who yesterday completed the 1kg schnitzel challenge at our local pub!

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Events

Tourism

New category added for The Travel Awards!

The chances of winning at The Travel Awards have just become even greater, with a new category added to the 37 already in play!

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Technology

STUDY: Online reviews a top source of information when booking trips

It looks like your clients may be searching for a second opinion when it comes to hotel and experience recommendations.

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Travel Agents

G Adventures’ Change Makers Challenge is back for 2020

That’s right, folks. The adventure travel company’s life-changing incentive is running again with a new mystery location to boot!

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Aviation

British Airways suspends flights to Cairo

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has updated its travel advice to Egypt in line with this move by the UK airline.

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Events

Tourism

NTIA 2019 winners revealed!

Did you attend the NTIAs as a finalist but got so blind that you can’t remember if you won? All is revealed here.

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Aviation

Passenger cops $150,000 fine for “one of the most serious cases” of flight disruption

Turns out there are serious consequences for disruptive mid-flight behaviour, especially if it’s so bad that you prompt a military escort like this woman did.

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Hotels

Industry heavyweight urges stronger regulations for commercial Airbnb operators

It turns out around 50 per cent of Airbnbs are commercially run, as opposed to travellers renting out their space or uni students listing their cupboards for a quick buck.

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