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Quest checks-in 68 apartments to NSW market

Quest Apartments opened a brand new property in Griffith today, a major hub of the Riverina region in New South Wales. A “home away from home,” Quest Griffith at 53 Railway Street features 68 apartments – a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments – as well as on-site parking, a conference room and gymnasium, and offers guests easy access to neighbouring town-centers.

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Peppers Docklands unveils buggy service to one of Australia’s premium sporting stadiums

Looking for a transfer service to Etihad Stadium? Peppers Docklands in Melbourne is taking advantage of its unique location on the concourse of Etihad Stadium with a new golf buggy transfer service; an ultra-convenient and creative way of getting to sporting events and other unique vantage points of the city…

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Award-winning Ayana Resort and Spa Bali extends its luxury hotel portfolio to Jakarta

One of Indonesia’s premier hospitality companiesplans to rebrand InterContinental MidPlaza Jakarta to Ayana Midplaza Jakarta as it looks to launch Ayana’s legendary hospitality across Indonesia in 2017.

Mantra Samui Resort unveils new look

Mantra Samui Resort in Thailand is set to unveil a new tropical retreat in early 2017 after extensive renovations to its lobby, spa, pool and its sustainability efforts. The bold changes for the ocean-view property begin from arrival, boasting of the island’s magnificent gardens with panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand…

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Movenpick Resort and Spa set to introduce new upscale standards of hospitality in Bali

Inspired by traditional Balinese design, the newly-built Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran will welcome guests from the beginning January 2017 to a unique lifetime experience, nothing short of breathtaking for those wishing to travel to the Island of the Gods…

Overview of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Overview of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali

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Hotels

W Brisbane appoints new hotel manager, marketing boss and chef de cuisine

As the saying goes, all good things come in threes. Unless, of course, we’re talking about baseball strikes.

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Destinations

Travel agents left out of NSW’s $530m plan to revive tourism and events

The plan includes vouchers to encourage domestic travel and a fund to lure international airlines back to Australia, but AFTA’s chief argues a crucial element of the industry has been left out.

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Tourism

New marketing and PR agency launches with sustainable travel focus

Two senior names in the tourism marketing space have joined forces to launch a new purpose-led player, and you can probably guess its name from the accompanying pic.

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Destinations

Victoria reopens to fully-vaxxed travellers from Sydney, WA to allow quarantine-free travel for Queenslanders

Here are a couple more positive signs that domestic travel is getting back to the good old days.

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Events

Sunrise’s David “Kochie” Koch to host sustainable tourism webinar featuring industry heavyweights

Do you generally start your mornings with Kochie on TV? Well, you’ll be able to enjoy a double dose of him tomorrow.

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Aviation

Qantas introduces automatic ticket revalidation enhancement for agents

Are you sick of flight schedule changes messing with your clients’ travel plans? Well, hopefully this new update by Qantas will help you contain your rage.

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Destinations

“Dust off the good china”: Chris Hemsworth agrees to visit Cowra for a “chinwag” following video campaign

The rural NSW town’s delightful ‘Get Chris to Cowra’ campaign appears to have paid off, with the Hollywood hunk planning a visit in 2022.

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Technology

The ACCC wants Trivago to be fined at least $90m for deceiving consumers

Australia’s consumer watchdog reckons Trivago’s crimes could, in theory, equate to hundreds of billions of dollars in fines, which makes $90 million look like a good deal to us.

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Wholesalers

Intrepid Travel unveils first rebrand in more than 15 years

It’s out with the old and in with the new over at Intrepid. However, it’s understood that the plush leather sofa in reception will stay.

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Aviation

Aussie aviation industry streamlines approach to guiding travellers through new restrictions

The differing reopening roadmaps of the states and territories will no doubt cause headaches for travellers, hence this from A4ANZ.

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Destinations

Switzerland is calling

Aussies craving for their Swiss fix can now not only look forward to being welcomed back with wide-open arms, but also a host of brand new and thoroughly enriching experiences.

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Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Hilton’s Paul Hutton

We covered a lot in our chat with Hilton’s boss for Australasia – even his music tastes. Just don’t play house or rap tunes around him, though.

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