News

News in Brief: Thursday August 1

Garuda Indonesia's five years absence from the Brisbane route ended this morning as a Boeing 737-800 aircraft flew its inaugural service on the Brisbane-Denpasar route.

The daily operation takes the Indonesian carrier's tally of Australian services to 52 per week.

 

Early-bird registration has opened for the 2013 Australian Tourism Directions Conference, to be held at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday October 29.

Panellists will include Virgin Australia's Judith Crompton, TAA's Tony South and Ronald Vlasic of Kimpton Hotels among others.

Throughout August, places are available for booking at the discounted rate of $250. Click here for more information.

 

Pete Rawley is the "head honcho" of G Adventures no more, as the adventure travel firm confirmed his departure to pursue fresh opportunities after five years in the role.

Vice president of global commercial development, John Warner, will base himself in Melbourne until a replacement is found.

 

Youth operator Topdeck has revamped its website to feature a new agent booking system, with further improvements on the cards.

The refreshed site includes improved navigation and search capacilities along with real-time booking availability.

Agents with Topdeck log-in details can now access the dedicated section of the site where they will find offer, forms, selling information and brochure requests. 

 

South America Travel Centre has released its new brochure, complete with a range of sample itineraries but no prices.

Its aim is to inspire and showcase what is possible, according to managing director Alex Burridge.

"It is intended as a starting point," he said. "As we tailor each itinerary to meet client wishes, it made no sense to offer packages with prices, which effectively limits the options and is contrary to what we do."

 

Viking River Cruises has partnered with the Australian Maritime Museum in support of the Vikings – Beyond the Legend exhibition which opens in September.

 

Tony Pedroni has been named the new general manager of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort in Thailand, effective immediately.

 

Emirates has doubled its services to Amsterdam with the addition of a second daily service from December 4 to be operated by Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.

The new service will complement the daily Airbus A380 service which commenced last August, and adds more than 3,700 weekly seats to the route.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Comments are closed.

Destinations

Tsunami warnings triggered after 7.8 Earthquake hits Solomon Islands

by Daisy Melwani

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Solomon Islands, 130 kilometers from the capital Honaira earlier this morning triggering tsunami warnings for a number of neighbouring South Pacific islands.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Thailand floods kill 14, tourists cautioned

by Daisy Melwani

Thailand flooding hits popular Australian destinations, just as the country’s tourism high-season commences.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

BIG FAT AGENT WRAP

by Sophie Harrison

See which lucky travel agents are cashing in the awards this week from South America, Myanmar to Honkas! It’s Bonkas!

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Industry first for leading travel group with release of new portal

by Sophie Harrison

Looking for a faster, more efficient way to travel? My Travel Group’s new member portal offers unique benefits for every traveller.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Roadshow Success for the Star State

by Sophie Harrison

Tri-city event wraps up in Sydney this week after a roadshow of success for US State’s Tourism

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Accor buys stake in Banyan Tree to strengthen brand

by Sophie Harrison

A heads of agreement between two leading hotel brands is yet another innovation for the global hospitality industry.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

No survivors in Pakistan plane crash

by Daisy Melwani

A Pakistan International Airlines jet crashed overnight into a mountain in the country’s north.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Norwegian taps into eNett payments

by Daisy Melwani

It’s always appreciated when a big global acts local.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Australia’s Best and Worst Airports Revealed

by Amy Bryant

The data is in! Australia’s best and worst airports have been revealed

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Marriott International ‘looks ahead’ doubling its luxury footprint

by Sophie Harrison

Where will you step foot next as Marriott International adds to its luxury hotel brands?

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

BIG FAT HOTEL WRAP

by Sophie Harrison

Fiji’s luxurious Sheraton Resort and Spa is reopening, Centara celebrates some noteworthy milestones, and Best Western adds even more fresh properties to its Australasian network. Find out more in this week’s Big Fat Hotel Wrap!

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Top travel spots for 2017 have been revealed – we bet you won’t guess No. 1

by Sophie Harrison

You might want to take a look at Tripadvisor’s top travel spots before booking next years holiday…

Share

CommentComments