australia

Wholesalers

Insight Vacations kicks off first Australian tour

Not only is it the luxe wholesaler’s first Aussie jaunt, but also its first trip since the global COVID-19 pandemic began in March last year.

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Cruise

Carnival Corporation postpones more cruises, with some restarting this month

New year, new cruise resumption dates for several Carnival Corp brands, so tell your clients they won’t need to add seasickness tablets to their shopping lists anytime soon.

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Cruise

Ponant gets green light for ‘Bubble Expeditions’ in New Zealand

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more ‘bubbles’, allow us to introduce you to the latest one.

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Destinations

How an Aussie power couple delivered in spades for Tourism Australia

by Sponsored by Tourism Australia

It turns out Tourism Australia chose well for the celeb faces of its relaunched ‘Holiday Here This Year’ campaign.

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Tourism

Cover-More introduces new COVID-19 insurance benefits for domestic and trans-Tasman travellers

The insurance company has wasted no time updating its trans-Tasman travel policies following Jacinda Ardern’s big ‘bubble’ announcement.

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Aviation

British Airways promises Aussie songwriter a seat on the ‘First Plane Home’

British Airways is sharing the festive joy by promising to reunite a lonesome singer with her family once it is safe for her to fly, after she shared a heartwarming song with the airline.

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Hotels

First Wyndham Grand hotel announced for Australia

The new hotel is set to be very tall … so tall, in fact, that it couldn’t all fit in the accompanying image.

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Tourism

ScoMo says international travel “still some time away”

by Huntley Mitchell

The Aussie PM is sticking to his “health first” strategy. However, that’s not to suggest he’ll be laying off the fruit mince pies at Christmas time.

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Destinations

Australia turns itself into a gift shop as part of ‘Holiday Here This Year’ campaign

Aussies looking to expand their Christmas gift horizons beyond a Bunnings gift card and Big Mouth Billy Bass Singing Fish have been given a helping hand.

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Road & Rail

Is Ola about to say adiós to Australia?

Ola’s local boss has left, and it has closed its driver centres “until further notice”. No wonder there’s speculation around the ridesharing company’s future Down Under.

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Destinations

SA’s coronavirus outbreak underscores why New Zealand “has not rushed into” trans-Tasman ‘bubble’: Ardern

If there was any speck of hope left of a two-way trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ happening by Christmas, New Zealand’s Prime Minister has practically eradicated it.

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Cruise

Celebrity Cruises reveals plans for local 2021-22 summer sailings

The cruise line also just announced free drinks and WiFi on all cruises, which we have been lobbying for in our office for years now. The best we get is dial-up internet and the occasional warm beer.

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