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Pacific region take top city and country for Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 list

Start planning your local travel itineraries, because the travel trend overlords at Lonely Planet have just released their picks for the year.

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International travel: NZ restarts Cook Islands flights, Thailand adds three cities to ‘sandbox’ while Japan extends travel ban

With restrictions changing more frequently most people change their knickers, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know right here.

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Australia’s Scenic Rim named among top destinations for 2022 by Lonely Planet

With overseas trips well and truly back on the agenda, the well-travelled folk over at Lonely Planet have unveiled their top picks for destinations next year.

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Hotels

Accor opens Mercure Auckland Queen Street, plus a new Aussie resort

The French hotel chain has been busy this past week, opening the doors of a slick new Mercure across the ditch and new retreat in South Australia.

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Aviation

Trans-Tasman bubble breached in Perth, as Brisbane Airport cops its own COVID-19 scare

by Ali Coulton

A Cook Islander has managed to travel to Perth without quarantining, while two travellers from Port Moresby wandered into Brisbane Airport’s common area before testing positive for COVID-19.

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Aviation

Air New Zealand CEO trials new digital travel pass app on first international flight since joining the airline

It was a day of firsts for Greg Foran last Friday, who popped his international flight cherry with Air NZ and put the new IATA Travel Pass app through its paces.

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Travel Agents

Travel agent “honoured” to make history on Air New Zealand’s revived Hobart-Auckland route

This agent scored one of only 70 spots on Air NZ’s first flight in a generation between the two cities. Jealous much?

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Aviation

Jetstar promotes ‘Limited Time Only’ sale with stunning outdoor artworks

The budget carrier has embraced its inner-Banksy to create this latest promo campaign.

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Aviation

Trans-Tasman flyer charged for threatening to blow up plane over wine spat

Travel Weekly staff have had similar problems at Friday knock-off drinks, but concede that threatening to blow up a plane is more serious than peeing in a pot plant.

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Events

Host cities and stadiums announced for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

Australia and NZ are teaming up to host the next FIFA Women’s World Cup, so we’re assuming stadiums will serve a combination of meat pies and kiwi fruit to the masses.

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Aviation

Air New Zealand adds new non-stop service between Auckland and Hobart

The Kiwi carrier has added Tasmania to its repertoire, but there’s a catch.

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Destinations

NZ’s opposition leader pushes for two-way trans-Tasman travel, as Australia reopens its border to Kiwis

Judith Collins has called for NZ to lift its ban on Aussie travellers for the sake of the country’s tourism industry, a sentiment that was echoed by our very own ScoMo shortly after.

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