2012 Year in Review: October to December

2012 Year in Review: October to December
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2. Tiger Airways Singapore and Scoot announce plans to collaborate on travel between Australia and a variety of South East Asian destinations.

3. Gecko's brand to be relaunched in early 2013 to attract a wider demographic.

4. Qantas formally applies to operate flights to London via Dubai instead of Singapore as part of its alliance with Emirates

8. Magellan Travel Group reports a 21% increase in net profit and pledges to retain its "niche" appeal rather than evolve into a much larger network.

9. AFTA releases its response to the Travel Industry Transition Plan and reiterated its belief that reform should include the winding up of the Travel Compensation Fund and an end to travel agent licensing.

9. Qatar Airways confirms it will join Oneworld.

10. Tourism Australia strikes a $14.3 million, three year marketing deal with Emirates.

10. Price fixing allegations against Flight Centre are heard in Brisbane Federal Court with competition regulators claiming the retailer tried to collude with several airlines.

11. Air Pacific unveils a new look for its aircraft.

12. British Airways rejects speculation that the end of its Joint Services Agreement with Qantas will also spell the end of Australian flights.

18. Mantra Group sets out plans to open 15 to 20 properties in Indonesia over the next three years with Phuket also in its sights.

19. Long awaited Air India flights to Melbourne, due to start before the end of the year, are delayed again, with March now tipped as the most likely start date.

22. The fuel surcharge class action against Air New Zealand opens at Sydney's Federal Court.

24. Peak Adventure Travel Group reports a mixed result for 2012 with some brand growing while other failed to hit targets.

26. An out of court settlement appears likely between lawyers acting for travel agents and Air NZ in the fuel surcharge case.

29. Former Council of Australian Tour Operators chairman Simon Hills launches a controversial business which invites travel agents to cut out wholesalers and deal directly with overseas suppliers.

30. Virgin Australia stirs up the aviation landscape by announcing plans to acquire 60% of Tiger Airways Australia and 100% of Skywest. In a separate deal, Singapore Airlines will take a 10% interest in Virgin.

30. Sales rebound in October for Flight Centre after weaker than expected trading in September.

31. Classic International Cruises is placed into voluntary administration.



1. In a document marked confidential but mistakenly placed on a Government website, Carnival Australia says it may be forced to adopt a more aggressive direct sell strategy if the TCF and financial oversight of travel agents is scrapped .

5. AFTA insists its proposed voluntary accreditation scheme will not be "Mickey Mouse".

6. Jetset Travelworld ditches in-house cruise brands and launches new wholesale operation, The Cruise Team.

7. Classic International Cruises (CIC) cancels its Australian season after being unable to find a replacement for the Athena.

8. Claims following the collapse of CIC are predicted to hit more than $2 million.

8. Qantas announces a 3% international fare hike with effect from November 21.

12. Carnival Australia attempts to back peddle on its direct sell warning by reaffirming its loyalty to agents.

14. Starwood names Brisbane as the next location of a Four Points by Sheraton hotel. It will open in January 2014.

19. Rosemarie Sama, the former chief of luxury travel show Luxperience, reveals extraordinary plans to host a rival luxury show on the same date in 2013.

20. Garuda will reinstate flights from Brisbane to Jakarta and Denpasar from August 2013 after a five year hiatus.

21. The airline regulator confirms it will only allow Qantas and South African Airways to codeshare until the end of 2014.

26. Tiger Airways reveals plans to fly to Coffs Harbour from Sydney.

27. Royal Caribbean predicts the arrival of Voyager of the Seas to Australia will boost local sales of its Asian itineraries.

28. Qantas withdraws all funding from Tourism Australia after claiming the involvement of TA chairman Geoff Dixon in a syndicate said to be "actively canvassing" against the airline is a conflict of interests.

28. Jetset Travelworld Group expects a flat first six months of the financial year.

30. Tourism Australia stands behind its chairman Geoff Dixon over the Qantas row.



3. Hawaiian Airlines says it will increase frequencies between Sydney and Honolulu from daily to 10- weekly flights during April and May next year.

4. Carnival Australia and Royal Caribbean hold talks with Government officials over plans for a huge hike in berthing charges in Sydney.

5. AOT founder Andrew Burnes buys around 11 million shares in Jetset Travelworld from former chief executive Peter Lacaze. It gives approximately 3% of the company.

5. Former Zuji chief executive Scott Blume is named as Robbie Cooke's replacement to head up Wotif.

6. As talks continue with Virgin Australia over an expanded marketing agreement, Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy hints that Qantas has shot itself in the foot by withdrawing marketing support from the agency.

6. In a surprise announcement, Jetstar reveals that Tiger Airways chief Andrew David will join the airline "sometime in 2013" to oversee its long haul operation.

6. InterContinental Hotels makes its debut in Queensland following the rebranding of the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove.

7. Consumer affairs ministers give the all clear for travel industry reform with the TCF and travel agent licensing to be phased over the next two years.

10. The industry reacts to the reform decision with AFTA saying the planning of a voluntary accreditation scheme starts now while the TCF labels the move "extremely disappointing".

11. Details emerge of the first designs of the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Centre at Darling Harbour.

12. Webjet snaps up rival online travel agency Zuji for $25 million.

12. Delta confirms plans to acquire Singapore Airlines' 49% interest in Virgin Atlantic.

13. Tourism Australia and Virgin Australia double their marketing agreement from $6 million to $12 million.

14. Qantas and Jetstar get the green light for their Asian networks to coordinate their operations.

14. Air New Zealand agrees to pay travel agents $37,141 as it settles the fuel surcharge class action.

17. Still with Air NZ, Australia general manager Cam Wallace is promoted to group general manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands, based in Auckland.

17. Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) chief executive John Lee announces his surprise decision to quit the body.

17. Another new airline deal for Tourism Australia, this time striking a $6m, three year deal with Etihad. 18. The International Cruise Council Australasia is to rebrand to the Cruise Lines International Association Australasia as part of a global move to ensure the industry speaks with "one voice".

18. AFTA names the seven members of a working group that will shape the future of the travel industry.

20. Qantas and Emirates are given draft approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for their alliance – but only for five years, half the number requested by the airlines.




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