Destinations

Aloha Friday Wrap: Island of Hawaii update, Hawaiian Airlines’ starring TV role + MORE

Looking to brush up on your knowledge of all things Hawaii? Go from novice to expert with this…

Island of Hawaii update: what’s new, and things you probably don’t know

Travellers may initially be inspired to visit the Island of Hawaii for its cerulean waters, verdant rainforests and valleys, and striking black sand beaches, but there is so much more to explore.

With an abundance of culture and history to share, the island is full of unique experiences and intriguing facts that inspire first-time and returning visitors.

Click here for a comprehensive, up-to-date lowdown on the Island of Hawaii.

Hawaiian Airlines to star in new season of Seven’s Step Outside with Paul Burt

If you and/or your clients love Hawaii, fishing, the great outdoors and food, mark your calendar for 8 December and a sneak peek of what’s in store in early 2020 with TV show Step Outside with Paul Burt.

Hawaiian Airlines recently flew Burt and his team on its nonstop daily flight between Sydney and Hawaii to film dozens of story segments, tips, fishing, and cooking adventures, which will feature in every episode of the 7mate show for three months, starting March next year.

Read more here.

HTO showcases Hawaiian Islands during MICE famil

Last week, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania (HTO) hosted a group of professional meeting planners for a MICE famil on Oahu and the Island of Hawaii.

The trip across the Hawaiian Islands was filled with unique experiences and Aloha hospitality, beginning with a champagne toast in the Qantas Lounge courtesy of Qantas.

Read all about it here.

How Hawaiian Airlines is flying cleaner

From investing in a more modern fleet, to utilising state-of-the-art technology and adopting industry best practices for all phases of flying, Hawaiian Airlines is intent on lowering fuel burn and reducing carbon emissions before, during and after each flight.

While Hawaiian’s guests are kicking back and enjoying award-winning hospitality, the airline’s ‘ohana is hard at work to transport passengers to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands while using the least amount of fuel possible.

Click here for outline of Hawaiian Airlines’ sustainability efforts so far, as well as its continuous approach to flying cleaner.

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Cruise

Uniworld sues MSC over $18.5m in damages from Venice ship collision

by Christian Fleetwood

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Travel Agents

Agent Wrap: Registrations open for RWC 2023, Counselling for agents impacted by bushfires + MORE!

This week’s Agent Wrap is full of everything you need on a Friday: news of agents on voyages around the world, plenty of pictures and, most importantly, a short word count.

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Wholesalers

Wholesaler launches flexible European coach-touring brand

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Aviation

Aussie influencer slammed after tricking airline into free business-class upgrade

by Huntley Mitchell

An Australian influencer has copped a swathe of criticism after wearing a moon boot to successfully con airline staff into a free business-class upgrade.

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Destinations

South Australian Tourism Commission warned ‘Old mate’ ads weren’t “child-friendly” months before launch

Just released documents have shown that the SATC was warned its now infamous ‘Old mate’ ads were inappropriate months before the campaign even launched.

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Tourism

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If this edition of Flavour of the Week was a marine animal, it would be a blue whale. In other words, this wrap is an absolute whopper.

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Aviation

PHOTOS: Coco the very good rabbit scores a seat in business class

Nobody freak out, but we’ve got some very important news: this very cute bunny rabbit wearing a bowtie just scored its own seat in business class, and the photos are SO CUTE!

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Tourism

Coronavirus poses bigger threat to Aussie airports than SARS: analyst

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Wholesalers

Wendy Wu Tours’ Aussie boss exits after less than three months

Troy Ackerman’s sudden departure follows that of Wendy Wu Tours global CEO Joe Karbo in July last year.

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Aviation

Qantas, Virgin Australia update pet travel policies following dog deaths

by Christian Fleetwood

Australia’s leading carriers will introduce further precautions on their pet policies, in association with the RSPCA.

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Aviation

Canberra Airport closed as fire services use airfield to fight “out of control” bushfire

Canberra Airport has cancelled departures and arrivals as its airfield is used by aviation fire services to facilitate aerial firefighting efforts.

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Hotels

Hotel Wrap: Accor’s new rideshare partner, Melia Hotels International opens first Thai hotel + MORE!

Welcome to the Hotel Wrap. This week’s addition features some gobsmackingly wonderful properties which we warn could cause a severe case of FOMO.

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