News in Brief: Wednesday February 13

News in Brief: Wednesday February 13
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A new partnership between SilverNeedle Hospitality and Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme will allow Velocity members to earn points at Grand Chifley, Chifley, Australis, Country Comfort and Sundowner hotels. The deal follows SilverNeedle's recent Regional Business Travel Survey which shows more than 50% of business travellers believed the ability to earn Velocity points is an important factor when making travel arrangements.


Peter Sommer Travels has launched a new eight-day sailing expedition along Turkey's Carian Coast aboard a traditional wooden gulet. The archaeological tour departs Dalaman on June 2 and is priced from $3160.


Etihad Airways has upped its Khartoum services from five times weekly to daily on the back of growing passenger demand between Sudan and Abu Dhabi.


Colombia has handed aviation conference Routes America over to El Salvador, the host destination of the seventh annual event which will take place in early 2014. This year's event was attended by more than 400 delegates.


Insight Vacations has reported strong bookings for its new 14-day Christmas in Canada and New Year's Eve in New York itinerary, with the tour likely to be repeated in 2014. Marketing manager Maureen Van Metter told Travel Today that the new tour had been introduced on the back of strong growth in sales to the east coast and, based on its popularity so far, could become a yearly event.


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