News

A message from Travel Weekly’s editorial team

Travel Weekly‘s editorial team have got an important message we’d like to share: can 2020 please end already?

We’d like a new year, please, as this one seems to be defective.

But in all seriousness, we’d like to address our readers and extend our support to our industry in these difficult times.

As a leading travel trade publication, with our fingers firmly pressed to the industry pulse, these past few months – and this past week, in particular – have been difficult to watch.

From seeing our domestic travel industry emerge from an unprecedented and vicious bushfire season with true Aussie grit, to seeing it pushed back down, along with the rest of the global travel industry, by this devastating virus.

We’ve had to make some divisive editorial decisions to make sure our community of hard-working travel and tourism professionals remain well-informed, but also have access to more light-hearted content.

We see you and we know you are hurting. We’re hurting too.

In this time of economic turmoil, social isolation and fear, it is our sense of community as a strong industry that will get us through. That’s why we hold our Women in Travel Awards, Travel DAZE and The Travel Awards each year. We love to see you all come together, and we love to celebrate your success.

We know reading the news right now is difficult, particularly with all the misinformation and fear-mongering firmly embedded in the mix.

We remain committed to providing you with the news you need to know each day, and with the resources you need to get you through this trying time.

And of course, we will NEVER stop showing you all the wacky and wonderful things happening in the travel world, like globetrotting cats, strange airline passenger behaviour and the time we found out that Qantas staff consider these very territorial falcons as their colleagues.

If you’re not feeling okay and/or need some guidance, Beyond Blue has some great tips HERE for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, which we encourage everyone to read.

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) also has some great resources for travel agents seeking business advice, which you can find HERE.

And Australia’s consumer watchdog has got some great advice for business and consumer rights and obligations during this time. You can find that HERE.

Most importantly, we want to remind you that this time will pass and the world will keep on travelling, as it always has.

If you have any suggestions on what you’d like to see more of from us, or just want to have a chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at editor@travelweekly.com.au.


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Wholesalers

Give your clients a taste of wabi-sabi with InsideJapan’s new cultural journey

Don’t worry, the new trip doesn’t involve eating loads of that little green paste that comes with your sushi (that’s WASABI, not wabi-sabi). However, if that’s your thing, we won’t stop you.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel cops criticism for charging almost $400 to access its bar

The hotel owner said he introduced the fee because he was tired of finding strangers in his garden, which is the most Welsh thing we’ve ever read.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

This tourism ad is so weird and trippy, it’ll have you declaring “WTF did I just watch?”

Did you perhaps take an ecstasy tablet in your misspent youth? Travel Weekly warns this ad could bring it back on 15 years later.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Sabre’s Nicole Regel promoted to regional role

Travel Weekly understands Nicole Regel is eyeing the IKEA JÄRVFJÄLLET leatherette swivel chair in charcoal after her recent promotion.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

P&O extends Aussie cruise pause, as Pacific Adventure emerges from dry dock

Don’t let the headline fool you; this article also contains some uplifting cruise news to give sail-savvy agents a little Friday boost.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Travel industry veteran takes “black sheep” approach to help brands navigate COVID landscape

Trish Shepherd, the mastermind behind this new company, has assured us it’s got nothing to do with agricultural practices, as we first imagined.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

“A wonderful spectacle”: Spain’s Tourism Minister suggests using catastrophic volcanic eruption to attract visitors

The country’s Tourism Minister is in hot water after she appeared to propose using a volcanic eruption that has destroyed hundreds of homes to lure tourists to the Canary Islands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

WATCH: Flight attendant promises to annoy passengers who don’t wear a mask

As you can imagine, the comment section on this TikTok user’s video was… divided, to say the least.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Tourism Minister says international borders will reopen by Christmas “at the latest”

by Ali Coulton

Dan Tehan has urged states to stick to the national plan and encouraged Aussies to “roll up their sleeves”.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

IHG’s Leanne Harwood elected first-ever female president of the Accommodation Association

Hospo industry veteran Leanne Harwood is back in the headlines, and this time it’s about her very deserving new role.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Passenger claims flight attendant told her to glue a mask to her distressed toddler’s face

A mother has taken to social media to call out a flight attendant who she claims gave her a rather distressing ultimatum.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Strong take-up of AFTA membership continues

If the current demand for AFTA membership is anything to go by, there’s a lot of confidence that agents can clear the remaining pandemic hurdles.

Share

CommentComments