News in Brief: Thursday November 6

News in Brief: Thursday November 6
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Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will be rebranded under its new owner, One&Only Resort following a deal by South African billionaire hotelier, Sol Kerzner.

The Australian newspaper reports the Emirates-owned six-star resort in NSW will be the second for the resort brand after opening Hayman Island earlier this year following an extensive $80 million refurb.

According to the paper, Kerzner had previously stated his intentions to find and rebrand more luxury properties to One&Only branded resorts in Australia.


ATAS general manager, Gary O'Riordan has anticipated that over 80% of the industry will be ATAS accredited by the New Year.

"Over 2,300 travel agent locations across Australia have already embraced the new industry scheme by becoming accredited and a further 550 entity applications are being processed," O'Riordan said.

Furthermore, the recent Government Campaign "Pack some peace of mind" has received an impressive 32 million consumer interactions online.


On The Go Tours has launched their India's legendary Golden Triangle tours.

Choose from either the 12-day or 14-day options to experience the Taj Mahal, explore the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the Pink City of Jaipur.

For more information click here.


Holland America Line is reminding agents to take advantage of up to US$400 Shipboard Credit per stateroom on 21 sailings throughout the South Pacific, Asia & Antarctica departing in 2014 & 2015.

This offer has been extended and concludes November 14, 2014, click here for more details. 


Aircalin has announced “Summer Saver” Earlybird airfares for immediate departures all the way through to May 31, 2015.

The sale has begun and will run until November 28, 2014. For more information click here.


Topdeck Travel have appointed two new Business Development Managers to their Australian sales team.

Sarah Hoskin has been appointed as the third member of the NSW and ACT on-road sales team and Tom Heffernan will become the second member of the Queensland trade sales team for the youth travel brand.


Seven personal travel managers recently experienced a taste of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia on an eight-day exclusive TravelManagers famil.

They were lucky enough to experience a jam-packed itinerary with unforgettable and inspiring experiences of historical, cultural and geographical significance.

Participating personal travel managers were Victoria based Josie Puglia, Maria Rainone, Penny Meallin, Tanya Patterson; New South Wales representatives Debra Deane, Robbie Barrett, Sarena Taylor with escorts Suzanne Laister from the national partnership office; Amy Scott, Buffalo Tours and Charlotte Chun from Vietnam Airlines. 



Amadeus has announced the appointment of Christian Lukey as Regional Director, of Hotel Distribution in Asia Pacific.

With more than 16 years’ experience in hospitality roles across Asia Pacific, Lukey will bring an extensive insight into hotel business strategy, reservation systems, distribution networks and travel buyers’ needs. 

“The global hotel landscape is changing dramatically and Asia Pacific is at the heart of that change,” Lukey said.


Flight Centre, is partnering with eNett, a global provider of payment solutions uniquely tailored to the travel industry, to use Virtual Account Numbers (VANs).

Both companies share similar paths, starting from humble beginnings as small businesses in the Australian travel industry, and rising into global prominence in their specialist fields.

For more information on eNett click here.

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