Tourism

Big fat aloha Friday wrap

What do you get when you mix a fat stack of press releases, a very stressed out journalist and a basket of Honolulu shortbread cookies? A very tropical Hawaii wrap, of course!

Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania Reveals Record-Breaking Result for 2018

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Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania has presented the visitor statistic results at the annual ‘Ohana update in Sydney today to trade and industry partners.

The 2018 visitor statistics show Oceania arrivals increased by 3.5% in 2018, bringing the total visitors to 409,133, the highest figure seen by the region to date.

Within the Oceania region, Australian visitor figures remained consistent year on year with 324,471 arrivals, reflecting the hard work and marketing initiatives of Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania.

Giselle Radulovic, Country Manager Australia for Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania said the team were pleased with the 2018 visitor statistics.

“Never before has the Oceania region seen visitor arrivals to Hawai‘i exceed 400,000. This extremely positive result is setting up Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania for an even stronger year in 2019 as we continue to promote the diversity of experiences on each Hawaiian Island,” Radulovic said.

Read more here.

Sydney Kings Bring Aloha Spirit to the NBL

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Embracing the Aloha Spirit as they take to the court, the February 8 NBL game between the Sydney Kings and Melbourne United at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena will have a Hawai‘i theme to align with sponsor, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania.

A sponsor throughout the 2018-2019 season, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania have opted for this Friday nights’ Sydney Kings home game to represent the Aloha State with a Hula Cam, Hawaiian music and cultural performances.

Read more here.

Five unmissable experiences on the rejuvenating island of Kauai

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Kauai exudes all the charms of tropical island life.

The pace is slow and relaxed, locals are friendly… and nothing stays open late. What it lacks in high-rises (no building is taller than a coconut tree) it makes up for with towering sea cliffs, deep canyon ridges and huge waterfalls.

Only ten per cent of Kauai is developed and the majority of the islands natural attractions are inaccessible by road. To get to know Kauai best one should navigate the coastline, set off on foot or private tour through its lush interior or take to the air for a breathtaking 360-degree view.

Read more here.

Sail for free with Norwegian Cruise Line and Hawai’i Tourism Oceania

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Norwegian Cruise Line – in partnership with Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania – is giving Australian and New Zealand trade partners an opportunity to sail for free onboard Pride of America as part of the brand’s NCL Legends trade recognition program.

To be in the running for this incredible incentive, agencies simply need to book $10,000 or more of Norwegian worldwide product – either directly with Norwegian or via a wholesale partner – by 30 June 2019. The top 15 individual travel agencies will receive a Single Balcony Stateroom aboard Pride of America’s 7 December 2019 sailing, for which they can nominate one or two of their consultants to sail.

Read more here.

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

by Christian Fleetwood

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has levelled a lawsuit against MSC Cruises over massive damages sustained in a Venice ship collision last year.

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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

The new brand combines the convenience of escorted tours and the independence of FIT, with guaranteed departures on all tours, regardless of their size.

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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

Flavour of the Week: Ex-Liberals leader named Boeing’s new regional boss, CMV’s team expansion + MORE!

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

Meanwhile, China has placed more than 18 million people in lockdown overnight as the number of those infected climbs to 650, with 18 confirmed deaths.

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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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