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Sophie Harrison

Mantra Group announces five new hotel signings

Mantra Group has secured five new hotel signings with a combined total for more than 900 additional rooms across Australia and New Zealand.

Peppers Southbank (Melbourne VIC), Mantra 900 Hay Street (Perth WA), Peppers Queenstown Resort (Queenstown NZ), Mantra Club Crocodile (Airlie Beach, QLD) and Mantra Observatory (Port Macquarie NSW) will join Mantra Group’s 126 other global properties. Successfully increasing its portfolio by 11 properties this year, Mantra is well placed to exceed last year’s record result as Australia’s fastest growing hotel group!

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Artist impression of dining room at Mantra Club Crocodile, Airlie Beach QLD
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Mantra Observatory, Port Macquarie NSW
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Artist impression of Mantra 900 Hay Street, Perth WA

InterContinental Sydney on trend with Laneway Dining experiences this festive season

The heritage sandstone enclaves of the hotel’s Macquarie Street façade will transform into a pop-up laneway this silly season, when the InterContinental Sydney culinary team experiment with a seasonal menu.

The five-course degustation dinner will unearth the best in local produce, including seaweed-cured Hiramasa, dry-aged beef strip-loin and 117 dining’s signature dessert, Sweet Passion, from Head Pastry Chef Simon Veauvy. The themed ambiance of the laneway is the prime location to bring these flavours to life!

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Oaks Hotels and Resorts launches digital transformation with new website

Oaks Hotels has this week unveiled an exciting digital transformation that has seen the launch of its newly redesigned website. The new intuitive design will offer its guests an enriched booking experience. Its mobile responsive and state-of-the-art booking engine, means that reservations will be made easier than ever!

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Royal Caribbean Announces Four-Day Black Friday Sale 

Royal Caribbean has joined the Black Friday frenzy, giving its cruisers the chance to pick up some unbelievable Summer sales from Friday 25 November until Wednesday 30 November 2016.

Experience the World’s only airside outside swimming pool

Boring airport layovers are now a thing of the past! Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel in Singapore’s Changi Airport is changing the transit experience for the better by providing its guests with the world’s only outdoor airside pool and jacazzi complete with pool-side bar, gym, library lounge and hot showers. Plus more!

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Familiar face returns to Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific as GM

Crowne Plaza has opted not to hire a stranger to lead its iconic Terrigal hotel. However, that’s not to say there were a heap of creepy job applicants.

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Aviation

Emirates cans decision to suspend Aussie flights

The UAE’s flag carrier has performed a bizarre backflip, complete with a couple of half-twists and a pike. Meanwhile, the government has introduced stricter rules for returning Aussies.

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Cruise

Norwegian launches agent incentives across all three brands

As the saying goes, all good things come in threes … except if there were four incentives being offered, of course.

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Destinations

Victoria and Tasmania announce further easing of border restrictions

by Huntley Mitchell

The relaxing of domestic border restrictions continues apace, so apologies if we’ve missed any updates here. Our editor’s typing fingers are quite tired and sore.

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Wholesalers

WATCH: Intrepid releases heartfelt video to remind the world why we travel

Travel Weekly’s deputy editor cried her eyes out while watching this video. Partly because it’s so beautiful, but mostly because she just really wants to be on the next plane out of here.

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Hotels

Australia’s first Mövenpick hotel opens its doors

Among the offerings at this new Accor hotel is a daily ‘Chocolate Hour’, which we can only assume involves bathing in Cadbury Dairy Milk.

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Destinations

Tourist slammed for daring Instagram video on the edge of 500m waterfall

A 25-year-old influencer has been heavily criticised for taking photos of herself on the edge of a very threatening-looking waterfall. Fair enough.

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Cruise

CLIA names new global chairman

There’s been a major change in CLIA’s boardroom, and we’re not talking about the new fiddle-leaf fig.

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Tourism

Federal government accidentally advises visa applicants to travel overseas despite COVID-19 pandemic

Looks like someone at the Department of Home Affairs is getting fired after accidentally telling visa applicants to get overseas immediately during a global pandemic.

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Travel Agents

Savvy agent scores loads of cruise bookings during Victoria’s lockdown

Meanwhile, the only thing Travel Weekly’s editor achieved in lockdown was to eat his weight in potato chips while getting through Netflix’s entire catalogue.

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Tourism

Northern Beaches COVID-19 outbreak led to $7 billion loss for tourism industry: TTF

Avalon residents have reportedly gone back into quarantine to escape the blame for this huge loss to the tourism industry.

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Travel Agents

Federal government urged to introduce HECS-style loan scheme for small businesses

Could this turn out to be another much-needed funding opportunity for travel agents? Let’s bloody hope so.

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