Travel Agents

Helloworld CEO pleased with investor feedback, as company completes $50m equity raising

Andrew Burnes has a bit of pep back in his step thanks to this latest vote of confidence from Helloworld’s investors.

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Aviation

More than 100 jobs to go at Brisbane Airport

The cuts will account for, what would be by the end of 2020, a quarter of the company’s workforce.

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Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Industry bodies back resilience of Victorian hoteliers, Lizard Island to reopen + MORE

Looking for some news to help you cure your winter blues? Sit back and let this week’s Hotel Wrap warm your bones.

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Aviation

Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy protection

Sir Richard Branson has reportedly been spotted buying Panadol in bulk to cope with the massive headache caused by Virgin’s UK-based airline.

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Destinations

Returning NSW residents from Victoria to go into hotel quarantine from Friday

Gladys has upped the strictness scale for returning NSW travellers, who will have to complete hotel quarantine at their own expense from Friday.

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Wholesalers

Crooked Compass gives agents opportunity to consult with the master

Have you been dreaming about becoming best friends with travel guru Lisa Pagotto? Now’s your opportunity to make an impression.

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Technology

Travelport launches new tool for airline health and safety

Travelport has launched a nifty new feature to make airline health and safety measures more accessible for agents.

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Destinations

STUDY: Aussies bursting for Pacific ‘bubble’ and domestic nature escapes

We creeped your clients’ search history and found out where they want to travel this year. Just kidding! An online travel platform did all the work for us.

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Cruise

Phew! Cruise line dodges potential COVID-19 outbreak after passenger tests positive

The poor old cruise industry was due for some positive news following the recent COVID-19 cases on board other cruise lines. Here it is.

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Destinations

Former Tourism Australia country manager resurfaces at Visit Sunshine Coast

Jenny Aitken hasn’t wasted much time finding a new role since her recent exit from Tourism Australia, unless you count her daytime Netflix bingeing.

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Aviation

Tigerair scratched, thousands of jobs cut and a simplified fleet: Virgin Australia’s six-point blueprint for success

Have you been wondering what the hell Virgin and its future owner have been up to as the administration process nears the finish line? All is revealed here.

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Hotels

Gun-toting hotel guest fires ‘warning shots’ after telling guests off for not social distancing

The coronavirus pandemic has unearthed some absolute crazies. On one end of the spectrum, you have Bunnings Karen; on the other end, you have this guy.

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DESTINATIONS

Returning NSW residents from Victoria to go into hotel quarantine from Friday

Gladys has upped the strictness scale for returning NSW travellers, who will have to complete hotel quarantine at their own expense from Friday.

DESTINATIONS

STUDY: Aussies bursting for Pacific ‘bubble’ and domestic nature escapes

We creeped your clients’ search history and found out where they want to travel this year. Just kidding! An online travel platform did all the work for us.

DESTINATIONS

Former Tourism Australia country manager resurfaces at Visit Sunshine Coast

Jenny Aitken hasn’t wasted much time finding a new role since her recent exit from Tourism Australia, unless you count her daytime Netflix bingeing.

DESTINATIONS

Queensland to close border to NSW and ACT

You could just sense it was about to happen and, sure enough, Annastacia Palaszcuzk has announced more border restrictions.

DESTINATIONS

These are Instagram’s hottest travel destinations for 2020

There are even some Aussie spots named that you can add to your clients’ domestic itineraries while they wait for international travel to return.

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Tourism

Aussie travel insurance market forecast to shrink due to international restrictions

It appears Australia’s travel insurance providers are set to suffer from shrinkage in the coming months due to COVID-19.

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Travel Agents

Lobby groups seeks travel agent information in push for government funding

A travel industry lobby group has put a call out to agents who wish to be part of a renewed push for financial support from the federal government.

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Cruise

Cruise Wrap: MSC reveals new health and safety protocol, PONANT to resume Arctic expeditions + MORE

Do your clients want to get as far away from their home offices as humanly possible? Perhaps a jaunt to the Arctic will suffice?

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Aviation

Auckland Airport’s international terminal to be split in two ahead of Cook Islands travel ‘bubble’

by Christian Fleetwood

The proposed travel ‘bubble’ between New Zealand and the Cook Islands has taken a giant leap forward, as Australia watches on with envy.

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Destinations

Queensland to close border to NSW and ACT

by Christian Fleetwood

You could just sense it was about to happen and, sure enough, Annastacia Palaszcuzk has announced more border restrictions.

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Technology

Booking.com to axe 25 per cent of workforce

by Huntley Mitchell

It’s sad news for Booking.com staff today, with the OTA forced to cull its headcount as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

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Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Club Med’s Neryl Chambers

This week we chat with Club Med’s business development executive to get some cooking tips for her famous pumpkin soup. Then we gave up and ordered Uber Eats.

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Cruise

Border Force slams claims it misread COVID-19 tests on Ruby Princess

by Ali Coulton

The ABF has quashed claims that one of its officers misread Ruby Princess’ COVID-19 results, leading to the ship’s infamous outbreak.

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Aviation

Aviation Wrap: Virgin Australia changes mask advice, Alliance expands fleet + MORE

Travel Weekly’s reporter attempted to match his espresso intake with the number of stories in this wrap. He’ll be opting for decaf next time around.

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Cruise

COVID-19 case confirmed on board Paul Gauguin ship

The ship was travelling between Bora Bora and the Rangiroa island when a passenger from the US tested positive for the virus.

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Road & Rail

Nine’s ‘Today’ show hops on board the Mary Valley Rattler

The iconic train and its new mascot were recently front and centre on Nine’s breakfast TV show. Enjoy this recap in all its steaminess.

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Travel Agents

Business travel giant pays $6.3 million ransom to hackers

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly’s deputy editor is holding her housemate’s cat hostage so she doesn’t have to do this week’s toilet paper pick-up at Woolies.

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