News in Brief: Tuesday February 26

News in Brief: Tuesday February 26
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Transport minister Anthony Albanese has said the Government will seek further bilateral air services talks with a number of key markets this year as he desescribed Australia as "one of the most open international markets in the world".

He revealed that discussions will take place with the EU, China, Hong Kong "and other key markets in Asia".

But in a speech at the Asia Pacific Aviation/Aerospace Leaders Summit, the minister said it was also crucial to balance the benefits of increasing capacity with the need for a strong locally-based aviation industry.


Kirra Holidays has released its New Zealand 2013 ski and snowboarding brochure


An Amadeus study has estimated that long distance rail passenger traffic will increase by 21% to reach more than 1.36 billion by 2020.

Demand will be driven largely by four key markets: the UK, France, Switzerland and Germany.


Freelance journalist Rob McFarland is running two travel writing workshops, including his first in Melbourne, in April and May,

The two-session courses, which cost $399, take place on Saturday April 6 and 13 at the Vibe Savoy Hotel in Little Collins Street, Melbourne and on Saturday May 18 and 25 at the Vibe Hotel in Goulburn Street, Sydney

Courses are limited to 12 spaces. More information is available at


New Horizon Holidays has drawn up a series of packages for the Singapore Grand Prix which takes place from September 20-23.

They include a three night stay at the three star Landmark Village Hotel for $297 per person. Three day passes to the event cost from $238, rising to $1502.


Hamilton Island's Qualia resort has been named by Flight Centre consultants as their favourite luxury resort in a survey by Quickbeds.

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