Travel Agents

AFTA prompts ACCC to update advice on COVID-affected travel

AFTA boss Darren Rudd has been rolling up his sleeves so much that his buttoned shirt is starting to resemble a tank top.

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Tourism

More than 100 million tourism jobs could be saved in 2021: WTTC

The Wolrd Travel & Tourism Council reckons the industry is getting ready to pick itself up, shake itself off and sashay towards recovery.

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Destinations

Ardern threatens to delay two-way trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ after Australia halts Kiwi travellers

by Ali Coulton

The prospect of sending your clients to New Zealand in the first quarter of this year has once again been thrown into jeopardy.

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Cruise

Norwegian extends cruise suspension

This news isn’t particularly surprising. Unless, of course, you’ve been living under a very large rock.

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Destinations

Amsterdam may soon ban tourists from its infamous coffee shops

by Ali Coulton

The days of tourists eating space cakes and bogarting joints in Amsterdam’s infamous coffee shops appear to be numbered, following a proposal from the city’s mayor.

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Aviation

IAG negotiates half-price deal for Air Europa

The aviation behemoth has turned into a bargain hunter amid the COVID-19 pandemic and realised that $1.6 billion is probably too much to pay for an airline right now.

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Destinations

New Caledonia Tourism ditches GTI for another local marketing rep

The destination’s tourism board has opted for a ‘French New Wave’ style of marketing, so expect a bit of experimentation and iconoclasm.

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Wholesalers

Arcadia Expeditions offers private air tour centred on Indigenous storytelling

Got a client who is looking to learn more about the rich culture of Indigenous Australians, but only want to travel via private plane? Start dialling their number.

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Hotels

Historic Southern Highlands property to relaunch as five-star hospitality venue

This soon-to-be-reopened venue even has jail cells. However, that’s not to say they are occupied by any murderers or drug traffickers.

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Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with G Adventures’ Dan Coleman

Here, G Adventures’ sales manager for Australia and New Zealand revealed his secret holiday spot … which isn’t really a secret anymore.

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Tourism

Tourism Minister eyes potential post-JobKeeper support package for travel industry

Fingers and toes are being crossed throughout the industry, as Australia’s new Tourism Minister provides some hope of targeted government support.

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Aviation

Flight evacuated following threatening note

Passengers have been evacuated from a plane at an international airport in the US after flight attendants uncovered a written threat.

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Malaysia

Even though international travel from Australia will remain off the cards until at least 2021, there are still plenty of reasons to ensure your knowledge of the world’s tourism offerings remains tip-top. Case in point: the stunning nation of Malaysia.