Volcano vs Air Travel Airports reopen after frustrating flight disru

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Aviation authorities will try to minimize further flight disruptions from a Volcano in Iceland, which temporarily closed three of Europe’s biggest airports yesterday. Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority said it agreed with airlines, regulators and engine manufacturers that new rules needed to be enforced that would allow planes to fly for a limited time through higher ash densities. Going into effect midday Tuesday, the new rules are subject to airlines getting a guarantee from their engine makers that their aircraft can safely tolerate the ash.British budget carrier Flybe is the first carrier that has satisfied these conditions, but it expected other airlines will follow suit soon and European authorities are likely to introduce similar rules.Commenting on the new rules, British air traffic control company NATS said, “There is mounting evidence that aircraft can fly safely through areas of medium density, provided some additional precautions are taken. “This is now what has been agreed,” the company’s CEO Richard Deakin said. “As a result of this change, there are no predicted restrictions on U.K. airspace in the immediate future.”London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport reopened yesterday after the dense volcanic ash dissipated.All three airports have warned travelers that it would take time for airlines to clear the backlog of delayed flights and to contact their airlines before travelling to the airport. All British, Scottish and Irish airspace will remain open at least until early Tuesday, but airspace over the North Sea was still restricted, affecting some helicopter operations.A Qantas spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard that two QF flights which left Sydney on Sunday afternoon – one flying via Bangkok and another via Singapore – had to be diverted to Frankfurt before arriving in the UK three hours behind schedule. The spokesperson confirmed that all Qantas flights scheduled to leave Australia on Tuesday would be departing as planned. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25ff1/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Unscreened Wagga flyers cause Sydney Airport evacuation

first_imgSydney Airport’s Qantas terminal was evacuated on Wednesday due to a security breach which saw 44 passengers of a QantasLink flight from Wagga Wagga allowed into the terminal despite not having passed through security.As security screening is not carried out in Wagga Wagga, passengers normally are bussed to Terminal 2 for screening, but, according to a Qantas spokesperson, on Wednesday the bus didn’t turn up and some passengers were allowed straight into Terminal 3. “This was a process error on Qantas’ part,” the Qantas spokesperson said.Terminal procedure requires an automatic evacuation if any unscreened passengers enter the “sterile area of the terminal” so that all passengers can be re-screened.  Wednesday’s evacuation took place at 2.25pm, re-screening commencing at 3.15pm and the terminal was back to normal operations by 4.00pm. “We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” the Qantas spokesperson said, as seven flights were delayed by up to one hour, adding the evacuation was a “necessary procedure”.“We take such incidents very seriously and are investigating how the breach was allowed to occur.”The breach reveals the poor quality of Australia’s aviation security procedures as there is scant pre-flight screening in a number of the country’s regional airports meaning security screening is done upon arrival into major airports, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. “Almost certainly there’ll be a report to relevant government agencies,” a Qantas spokesperson told the newspaper. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

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Singapore Airlines bumps up fuel surcharges

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Singapore’s international carrier will increase fuel surcharges for the first time in over two years for passengers travelling after December 2, 2010.Singapore Airlines, the additional costs are a result of continued fuel price escalations over the past few months. Depending on the class of travel and flight distance, cost increases to customers range anywhere between US $3 and US $25 per ticketed sector.Singapore Airlines said it will continue to closely monitor fuel prices and provide regular surcharge reviews.last_img read more

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Air New Zealand Wins Top Marketing Award

first_imgAir New Zealand has taken top honours for marketing at the 10th annual Airline Strategy Awards in London.Recognising the success of the airline’s marketing strategy, the judges, including Geoff Dixon (ex-CEO Qantas), Ray Webster (ex-CEO easyJet), and Joe Leonard (director Air Canada), stated that Air New Zealand is in an industry-leading position.  The airline’s approach to marketing further propelled its brand on the international stage by using multimedia tools that showcase the carrier’s wit, humour and personality. Airline Business editor Max Kingsley says the Airline Strategy Awards were founded a decade ago to recognise the best that the airline industry has to offer in leadership. The publication says “In making our decision, the judges look for evidence of a focussed strategy which has helped to strengthen or reshape a carrier’s market positioning. Attention is given to the clarity of the strategy and level of innovation applied across the whole marketing mix from sales and distribution, through to the on-board product and managing the customer relationship.” According to Airline Business Air New Zealand’s safety videos are already the stuff of marketing legend.  “A 2009 video featuring flight crew nude, except for body painted uniforms, was so wildly successful on YouTube that few in the industry could have imagined the carrier would be able to quickly replicate such viral video magic,” it said.“But that is exactly what Air New Zealand did when it launched its latest video ‘Fit to Fly’ with American exercise icon Richard Simmons. The video drew in millions of viewers worldwide, captured the attention of the four largest TV networks in the USA and generated what the carrier acknowledges is an unbelievable degree of international reach.”Reflecting Air New Zealand’s success in raising awareness of its brand, Airline Business says that the New Zealand carrier’s refreshing tongue-in-cheek attitude is certainly part of the carrier’s secret to success. And so too is its decision not to isolate its marketing team.Air New Zealand General Manager Marketing Mike Tod says the airline’s use of social media alongside marketing and PR has given it exposure the carrier could never afford to pay for with traditional marketing. “We believe you need public relations, social media, and traditional marketing standing side-by-side. All three work together to deliver a cohesive strategy. Each builds off each other and builds a snowball of momentum,” says Mr Tod. The Airline Strategy Award follows a raft of accolades Air New Zealand has already received this year including:Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011 – Best Airline Australia/Pacific – WINNERSkytrax World Airline Awards 2011 – World’s Best Premium Economy Class – WINNERConde Nast Traveller’s 2011 Innovation and Design Aviation Awards Air New Zealand Skycouch – WINNER Business Traveler Magazine – Best Business Travel – WINNER Vanity Fair on Travel – Best Premium Economy Seat – WINNER Crystal Cabin Awards – Customer Comfort Award (Skycouch economy seating) – WINNER Aviation Awards Asia – Full Service Airline category – WINNER Business Traveller – Cellars in the Sky Award – Best Presented Wine List – WINNER UK Design Week magazine Awards 2011 – Skycouch best Furniture Design – WINNER The Airline Strategy Awards, hosted by industry publication Airline Business, were announced at the Lincoln’s Inn in London, with judging carried our by a panel of respected and independent judges. Source = Air New Zealandlast_img read more

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Crystal Cruises Scores Win as Conde Nast Travelers Best

first_imgSilk Road at Crystal Symphony Exterior of Crystal Serenity Source = Crystal Cruises In a huge affirmation of cruise industry excellence, Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.) readers have named Crystal Cruises the “Best Cruise Line” (Mid-Sized) for 2011 and rated the line higher than any cruise line, large or small. The ultra-luxe line’s victorious score of 93, its highest in years, marks the 18th time the company has won its category—more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in the magazine’shistory.Crystal President Gregg Michel shared his excitement about the feat: “Clearly, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler continue to appreciate and recognize Crystal’s unwavering focus on delivering what sophisticated travelers want: new, life-changing itineraries and on-board experiences, plus a chic sense of design and space that also makes them feel at home.” Considered one of the highest honors in hospitality, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards celebrate the best-of-the-best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies and islands. The more than 28,800 readers who voted this year evaluated cruise lines’ Activities/Facilities, Staterooms, Crew/Service, Design/Layout, Food/Dining, Itineraries and Shore Excursions to determine the overall score.  All award-winners are listed in the magazine’s November 2011 issue, and its website.2011 has been a winning year thus far for Crystal, with numerous additional accolades from other travel trade publications, industry editors, and trusted travel agent consortiums.  Such international honors include “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure (U.S.) readers for the 16th consecutive year, #1 Foreign Cruise Line by Japan’s Cruise magazine readers, and three Travel Weekly Magellan Awards for the $25 million redesign of Crystal Serenity.Other innovations implemented by Crystal in 2011 include new, private tour options for shore excursions; a new “You Care, We Care” voluntourism program, with complimentary opportunities on every cruise; new dual-compatible, 27” Apple computers and classes at Computer University@Sea; new fitness and beauty offerings in the Feng Shui-designed spas; and new dining amenities, including “Perfect Choice Dining” with flexible, open seating by reservation, and, starting in spring 2012, “All Inclusive” enhancements, with complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open bar service in all lounges, and pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff—even in Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio’s onboard specialty restaurants.Itineraries of 7-98 days on the line’s Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ships are available throughout the world, with “Book Now” savings of up to $4,000 per couple until October 31, 2011.  Penthouse Suite with Verandah at Crystal Serenitylast_img read more

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Underpaid underappreciated OLeary

first_imgRyanair’s boss says he’s underpaid in a sh**ty industry.You’d expect him to think it, but RyanAir chief executive Michael O’Leary has said it out loud, declaring that he is Europe’s most “underpaid and underappreciated” boss.Although recognizing that he earns 20 times more than the average employee with an annual salary of up to $1.5 million, the head of the Irish low-cost carrier, Mr O’Leary says he works harder than the average Joe and therefore deserves more, The Guardian reported. In what can only be described as a ‘tell all’ interview, the CEO explained that while he flew more than 80 million passengers last year, his Aer Lingus counterpart, Christopher Mueller, earned more despite flying only nine million passengers.Regretting his move into “the sh**ty”industry“, Mr O’Leary continued, highlighting that perks for an airline boss were a complete waste particularly for someone who hates holidays. “Holidays are a complete waste of time,” he said.  “I do it because I have a wife and four children who insist that I have to go away every year otherwise they will be traumatised. I try to explain to them they’ll be more traumatised having me there for two weeks. “Of course I fly Ryanair, but it costs me a fortune in excess baggage.”Often recognized for his upfront persona, Mr O’Leary added that he is “probably unemployable, which why a business as sh**ty as the airline industry is one where I can flourish”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Study revelas majority of Aussies travel to broaden horizons

Study revelas majority of Aussies travel to broaden horizons

first_imgResults of the latest TripAdvisor (TripBarometer) survey shows the motivation for 78 percent of Australians traveling is to enhance their perspective.Upon returning from holidays, two out of three Australians begin planning their next adventure, while 11 percent aspire to move abroad, compared to the global average of six percent.While ‘enhancing perspective’ is the main driver for travellers worldwide, the variations in motivations differ from nationalities. Those from South Africa, UK and Italy leaned towards ‘harmony’, whereas Brazilians, Thais and Chinese sought ‘liberation’.Post-travel impacts of the survey, confirm young Australian adults are more likely to be more open-minded and tolerant of others (66 percent), while 55 percent introduced new foods into their diets.Australia also topped the chart as the country most likely to donate to charity, followed by Malaysia, USA and New Zealand in second, third and fourth place, respectively.The fourth edition of the biannual TripAdvisor (TripBarometer) study, which focuses on the psychology of travel is conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor by independent research firm Ipsos.TripBarometer is a tourism survey highlighting country, regional and global travel trends according to more than 53,000 travellers and hoteliers around the world.Source = ETB News: Megan Tranlast_img read more

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Sydney secures 19 million dollar international medtech event

Sydney secures 19 million dollar international medtech event

first_imgSydney secures 19 million dollar international medtech eventSydney is set to welcome the latest cutting-edge magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) global leaders and technology at an international conference secured for Australia.The New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, and Business Events Sydney (BESydney) CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith, today jointly announced the high-profile win, worth more than AU$19 million in direct expenditure for the State.“The annual meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM 2020) will draw up to 6,000 of the world’s top scientists and technologists to NSW during the seven-day event in 2020,” Mr Ayres said.“Sydney continues to be Australia’s leading host city for international medical and technology conferences, which in turn bolster our economy.”Ms Lewis-Smith confirmed Sydney faced fierce international competition.“BESydney worked tirelessly to secure this event, competing with four other major cities in Asia. It will feature top clinicians, physicists, engineers and biochemists as they explore the latest life-saving technologies, such as new MRI techniques that are leading to reduced need for brain surgery,” Ms Lewis-Smith said.“Hosting this event will boost industry and showcase local innovation while increasing the profile of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics which are crucial for the future.”On 19 February, Minister Ayres met ISMRM Executive Director, Roberta Kravitz, in San Francisco. Conversation ranged across the organisation’s goal to promote global innovation, development and the application of resonance techniques in medicine, including how Sydney can play a greater role in the future of the sector.NSW has an impressive record of achievement in health and medical research, making significant contributions to discoveries internationally. The State is also at the forefront of emerging fields such as genomics, biobanking and bioinformatics.Sydney is headquarters to many large pharmaceutical, medical suppliers and device companies such as Pfizer Australia, Bayer, AstraZeneca, Resmed, Cochlear and Leica Biosystems.The opportunity to bring a global conference to Australia provides an opportunity to create a lasting impact on health issues in the host country. Sydney hosted the International Congress of Obesity in 2006 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.The event showcased Australian research to more than 2,200 delegates from 56 countries around the world and helped raise awareness of obesity on the Australian Government agenda. Indeed the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) owes its very existence to that impact.Through this new focus, funding was secured for the Centre of Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Sydney which led to the $385 million building that is the Research and Teaching Hub of the Charles Perkins Centre.The world-leading research and education hub is the focal point of Australia’s efforts to address humanity’s greatest health challenges and is the heart of CPC. Cardiovascular disease alone is a major killer of post-reproductive women in Australia and around the world. It’s never been more important to find real-world solutions to cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. BESydneySource = Business Events Sydneylast_img read more

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Sofitel celebrates 20 years in Melbourne

Sofitel celebrates 20 years in Melbourne
first_imgSource = AccorHotels – Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Mr Simon McGrath (AccorHotels Chief Operating Officer Pacific), Ms Jacqui Felgate (Channel 7 and the MC for the evening) and Mr Clive Scott (General Manager Sofitel Melbourne On Collins) at the 20th Anniversary of Sofitel in Melbourne Cocktail Party.Luxury 5 star hotel Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is celebrating its 20th anniversary during 2016.Located within the Collins Place precinct at the `Paris End’ of Melbourne’s famed Collins Street, the hotel was formerly known as The Wentworth and then The Regent Melbourne. Sofitel rebranded the iconic I.M Pei designed property as Hotel Sofitel on July 1, 1996.The opening of the Hotel Sofitel in Melbourne represented a significant milestone for the French luxury hotel company, and its parent company AccorHotels, as it was the brand’s first property in Australasia. Reflecting its prestigious address, the hotel was renamed Sofitel Melbourne On Collins in 2008 and over the past two decades has established itself as Melbourne’s Hotel For The Arts.The property is renowned as one of Melbourne most versatile conference and event spaces, offering 13 individual meeting rooms including a pillarless Grand Ballroom, 362 seat auditorium, and Tower Suites that offer sweeping views of the world’s most liveable city.Standing by its brand pillar of gastronomy and wine the hotel has prided itself on culinary excellence, via its original restaurant Le Restaurant and since 2008, No35, which is currently helmed by Chef de Cuisine Martin Horsley.Sofitel Melbourne On Collins has a well-deserved reputation as Melbourne’s home of opening night parties for major musical theatre productions. It has hosted celebrations for The Lion King (2005), Miss Saigon (2007), Wicked (2008), Mao’s Last Dancer (2009), Chicago (2009), Mary Poppins (2010), Hairspray (2010), Love Never Dies (2011), Jersey Boys (2009), Moonshadow (2012), Strictly Ballroom (2015) and Georgy Girl in December last year.Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is proudly part of Sofitel Hotels and Resorts, a collection of more than 120 luxury addresses in 40 countries worldwide.AccorHotels Pacific Chief Operating Officer, Simon McGrath, said: “Established as a flagship of the brand, the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins has set the high standard for Sofitel properties in Australia ever since its opening in 1996. I congratulate the hotel General Manager, Mr Clive Scott and his team on 20 successful years, and look forward to the next 20.”Rhonda Burchmore and her daughter Lexi at the Sofitel 20th Anniversary Cocktail PartySofitel Melbourne On Collins General Manager, Mr Clive Scott, thanked guests and ambassadors for their support of the hotel and said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Sofitel in Melbourne. We have been welcoming guests to the hotel for the past two decades and are committed to providing our guests and clients with magnifique experiences combined with a touch of French elegance. We look forward to saying `Bonjour’ for many years to come.”The hotel’s 20th anniversary was marked on July 1 with a French themed cocktail party in Sofi’s Lounge, replete with a two metre high croquembouche in the shape of the Eiffel Tower.Experience Sofitel Melbourne On Collins this winter with the So Cultural Package.Discover the cultural heart of Melbourne with this offer that includes overnight accommodation, buffet breakfast for 2 in No35 restaurant and 2 tickets to one of Melbourne’s major cultural exhibitions. Prices start from AU$355 per room per night. Sofitel Melbourne on Collinslast_img
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Personal Travel Manager wins car at National Conference

Personal Travel Manager wins car at National Conference

first_imgPersonal Travel Manager wins car at National Conference TravelManagers Executive General Manager Michael Gazal thrilled to advise personal travel manager Erryn Morris that her key fits – the brand new car is hersPersonal Travel Manager wins car at National ConferenceTravelManagers’ personal travel manager Erryn Morris representative for Gooseberry Hill in Western Australia had more reason than most to say this was the best conference yet. Morris won a brand new Mazda 2 Neo along with three years AGA Roadside Assistance as part of a sales incentive with travel insurance partner, Allianz Global Assistance.“This was my fifth conference, I haven’t missed once since joining TravelManagers. I find conference always a wonderful forum to find enthusiasm, support and value for my business. To experience all that and to be going home with a brand new car is a dream come true. I know I’m not dreaming though, as I have the key that fits the car,” laughs Morris.The ten eligible personal travel managers who had the chance to win the car were Cathy Moir, Kerrin Poupos, Tanya Tyler, Ally Casey, Gayle Dawson, Alister Pardew, Lucrezia Caruso, Robbie Barrett, Linda Naake along with Erryn Morris.On the final afternoon of conference each personal travel manager was given a key, yet only one key opened the padlock on the pretend Mazda 2 Neo car.“Words cannot express the absolutely joy and excitement I felt as my key opened the padlock. Being the sixth person to attempt to open the padlock I knew I had a chance but albeit hopeful I didn’t think it could be me. I can’t wait to get home and try the key in the car door for real.”This is the first time personal travel managers have had the opportunity to win a prize of such magnitude at conference.“TravelManagers has been a partner with Allianz Global Assistance for more than three years and we had been working closely for some months to collectively develop an exclusive sales incentive. It was a really simple concept where personal travel managers who sold a minimum of ten of the company’s travel insurance products between 01 May and 31 July would be eligible for the draw,” says TravelManagers Chief Operating Officer Grant Campbell.Morris is already looking forward to next year’s conference in Darwin.“This is definitely has been the best conference yet! I can’t wait to see what surprises are planned for next year as we venture to the Northern Territory.”The TravelManagers 2016 national conference was held 19-21 August at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel in Bangkok.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. TravelManagers Australiabecome a Personal Travel Manager hereAbout TravelManagers Travel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagers Australialast_img read more

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AFTA disappointed by a lacklustre approach to travel and tourism

AFTA disappointed by a lacklustre approach to travel and tourism

first_imgAustralian Federation of Travel AgentsAFTA disappointed by a lacklustre approach to travel and tourismThe Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) is disappointed with the direction and lack of support that tonight’s Federal Budget has delivered for the Travel & Tourism Industry. The Government missed the opportunity to harness the future that travel and tourism offers to the Australian economy for now and in the future.At a time when the rest of the world is embracing travel and tourism and looking to grow their economies and visitor numbers, this government has missed the flight to success.As the Australian Economy moves from resources to tourism as a key pillar and when a country like Australia has the natural asset of a clean, fresh, sophisticated and jobs filled industry on its door step like Travel & Tourism, you have to wonder what the masters of the Australian budget process were thinking – perhaps not thinking.“It is disappointing that once again the travel and tourism industry is asked to pay significant taxes but appears to not have any significant support coming back to it. This government appears to think that the travel & tourism should be the door mat to the Australian economic future. It is simply not good enough and we as an industry we should expect more.” Said Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.“The Global travel and tourism industry is a competitive market place and when cuts like the ones announced tonight to the Tourism Australian budget and increases to taxes on employer needing staff to fill shortages not wanted by Australians, it is yet another blow to the industry. If the government is serious about delivering jobs toAustralians in the future, then the travel and tourism industry is ready to help, but clearly the government does not want to help the industry” said Westbury.The 2017 Federal budget has including the following news for the travel and tourism industry.This Budget introduces a big new tax, this new tax will raise $1.2bn (over 4 years) from employers who employ foreign workers on skilled visas.Many small and medium-sized tourism businesses face critical skills shortages. Their customer needs require them to employ foreign workers who have those specialised skills. These workers are covered by Temporary Skill Shortage visas.It is a harsh impost to require a small tourism business (with less than $10m turnover per year) to make an upfront payment of $1,200 per visa per year for each employee on such a visa.Extracting revenue from travellers and visitorsThe government loves extracting revenue from travellers and international visitors. The net Budget changes for visa charges will extract half a billion dollars from incoming travellers and visitors over the next 8 years. This is $270m extracted over the Forward Estimates.$225m net additional revenue from indexation of visa application charges (net of additional expenditure on worthy visa processing reforms); and$47m additional visa charges for the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa (which replaces the 457).Tourism Australian fundingTourism Australia will continue to suffer from a lack of indexation of base government funding and in real terms the federal budget has taken $35million out of their budget over the next four years.Lost opportunities – Tourism Shopping Reform The government refuses to make a decision on long-overdue reform of Australia’s tourism shopping system.The clunky, paper-based GST refund system for departing travellers iscrying out for reform.The government champions innovation and new digital approaches in other areas, but not for tourism shopping, it seems.Other measures announced tonight will be further reviewed over the coming days and impacts on the travel industry will be further considered as the full gamut of the budget papers are considered.“As federal budgets go, this is an unwelcomed, tasteless budget for the travel and tourism industry as it increases costs for tourism businesses but delivers very little for those on the ground working 24/7 keeping the doors open, people employed and making Australia the great nation that it is.” concluded Westbury. AFTASource = AFTAlast_img read more

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Aussie Millenials are the nations most stressed generation

Aussie Millenials are the nations most stressed generation

first_imgAussie Millenials are the nation’s most stressed generationAccording to new research commissioned by Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of Australia’s largest hotel franchise groups, an enormous 82 per cent of Millennials say they are feeling some level of stress.The “Need A Break” Report identifies work as a major cause of this stress for the under 35’s, as cited by 62 per cent – the highest result across all age segments. 71 per cent pointed the finger at finances/money and nearly a third of Millennials (29 per cent) flagged societal expectations as a significant cause of stress.With Millennials by far the most stressed out demographic, their response was even slightly higher than parents of young children (81 per cent). By comparison, only 44 per cent of Baby Boomers say they are experiencing any stress, while 77 per cent of Gen X’ers currently feel moderate to extreme levels.Millennials said that taking a short break (one to three nights) away from the daily grind was their top solution to relieving this stress (40 per cent), but work related concerns were stopping over half of them accomplishing this very achievable goal (51 per cent).CEO of Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, Trent Fraser, said the results of the “Need A Break” research was evidence that Millennials need to give themselves a break – figuratively and literally.“The pressures on young Australians in todays’ society are enormous,” said Mr Fraser. “When you combine the rise in the cost of living in the country’s metropolitan locations with soaring property prices, it is easy to see how monetary pressures topped the causes of stress for Millennials (71 per cent).”“We hope to provide inspiration to young Millenials through our www.NeedaBreak.com platform to encourage them to get away and have a short one to three night break to destress from their pressures,” added Mr Fraser.Although Millennials highlighted a real desire for more regular short breaks away from the office  and daily grind, almost a fifth (17 per cent) indicated they actually didn’t take any short breaks in 2016. Need a Break?Source = Choice Hotels Asia-Pacificlast_img read more

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50 Off second passenger with MSC Cruises

50 Off second passenger with MSC Cruises

first_img50% Off second passenger with MSC CruisesMSC Cruises will be offering 50% off second passenger, during October for Plan a Cruise Month. With 90 itineraries to choose from in the Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, Northern Europe & Fjords, Caribbean, West Indies, Cuba and repositioning cruises, it will be hard to say no to this great offer.Nobody knows the Mediterranean like MSC and during Plan a Cruise Month they are offering a 7-night West Mediterranean cruise from $799 first passenger and from $487 for the second passenger.  Mix with celebrities in Portofino, re-trace the steps of history in Rome and Malta and discover the vibrancy of Barcelona and Marseille in France on board state-of-the-art MSC Meraviglia.In Northern Europe, MSC will take you to spectacular fjords, ancient cities and picturesque hamlets aboard MSC Magnifica from $1,999 first passenger and $1,110 second passenger over seven nights.Fancy a longer cruise? Journey from the beautiful city of Venice to the colourful town of Cuba over 21 nights. From $1,685 first passenger and $993 second passenger.Just a sample of the 90 itineraries available with MSC Cruises’ 50% off second passenger promotion, valid during Plan a Cruise Month from October 1 to 31.  To BOOK NOW call 1300 028 502, www.msccruises.com.au or call your local travel agent.*Conditions apply.Offers valid from October 1 to 31, 2017.Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

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Up to 20 Discount on England and Scotland Cruises

Up to 20 Discount on England and Scotland Cruises

first_img20% off per charter – 15, 22 & 29 April; 10 June10% off per charter – 8 & 29 JulyHop on a hotel barge and rediscover England and Scotland with Barge Travel Connection. Retire in one of the well-appointed en suite cabins, savour rich wines, sample local culinary delights, and enjoy gourmet feasts for dinner. Barge cruises come complete with accommodation, transfers, meals and daily excursions, so all our guests have to do is sit back, relax and let our expert crew take care of everything.For full details and bookings, contact Barge Travel Connection on 1300 150 725, email info@bargetravel.com.au or visit www.bargetravel.com.au Source = Barge Travel Connection Magna CartaRiver Thames, England Up to 20% Discount on England and Scotland CruisesUp to 20% Discount on England and Scotland CruisesBarge Travel Connection (BTC), Australia’s leading specialist in barge canal cruising, is offering up to 20% discount on charter and cabin bookings on England and Scotland cruises.Crisscrossed by navigable waterways that wind past castles and towns set against spectacular landscape, England and Scotland are two enticing destinations for luxury barge cruising. Relax and enjoy rural views and industrial-era heritage as you meander through Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire in England, and taste superb local cuisine as you explore hidden gems tucked along the River Thames. Meanwhile, mythical natural beauty and UNESCO World Heritage sites await travellers in Scotland. Drift through the Caledonian Canal and Scotland’s lochs and immerse in the country’s history and heritage while feasting on the hearty meat dishes, salmon and fresh seafood Scotland is known for.Book by 14 May 2018 to enjoy these special deals:center_img 20% off per charter – 15 April20% off per cabin – 22 April; 13 & 20 May Scottish HighlanderCaledonian Canal, Scotlandlast_img read more

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Radisson opens new hotel in Ningbo

Radisson opens new hotel in Ningbo

first_imgGuestroom of Radisson Ningbo BeilunRadisson opens new hotel in NingboRadisson Hotel Group™ has expanded its collection of upscale Radisson hotels in China, with the opening of Radisson Ningbo Beilun in the thriving port city of Ningbo, Zhejiang province.Radisson Ningbo Beilun is a new-build hotel in the city’s Beilun district, a free trade zone close to one of China’s largest international ports. It is an integral part of a new mixed-use development, INSHOW City, which is China’s first maritime-themed commercial complex and features the city’s largest light show. The stylish 21-storey hotel also is strategically located close to commercial offices, dining outlets, retail malls, parks and a media broadcasting base.Connected to major expressways, Radisson Ningbo Beilun is just a 45 minutes’ drive from Ningbo Lishe International Airport. The hotel also provides easy access to attractions including Harbor Land Theme Park, Jiufeng Mountain, and other natural and cultural sights in Beilun district.“The city’s emerging industrial sector and the success of Ningbo International Port make Ningbo one of Asia’s most dynamic cities and a key business hub. Radisson, our international upscale brand, is a perfect fit for many of China’s fast-growing cities. We look forward to introducing local and international travelers to a new era of hospitality in Ningbo Beilun area.” said Gary Ye, Vice President, Operations, China, Radisson Hotel Group.Radisson Ningbo Beilun offers 230 guestrooms and suites, with ample work space and complimentary Wi-Fi providing a seamless work environment for corporate guests, while allowing leisure travellers to unwind and stay connected at all times. Guests are also offered a choice of dining options, with two restaurants, a lobby lounge and an executive lounge.Radisson Ningbo Beilun is a new leading local destination for meetings and events with two 800-square metre ballrooms backed with professional support and state-of-the-art audio-visual technology.“I am delighted to welcome our first guests to Radisson Ningbo Beilun. Our contemporary rooms, suites and facilities are perfect for all types of guest, including solo business travellers, couples, families and groups. Meanwhile, our extensive MICE facilities give us the flexibility to host a broad range of events, from small boardroom meetings to major events and weddings, putting the hotel in the heart of the local community,” said Max Xu, General Manager, Radisson Ningbo Beilun.The opening of Radisson Ningbo Beilun forms part of a major strategic expansion of the world-famous Radisson brand across the Asia Pacific region. This growth will focus on fast-growing cities in some of Asia’s largest and most populous countries, including China, India and Indonesia. Radisson Ningbo Beilun becomes the third Radisson hotel in Mainland China.The property also marks Radisson Hotel Group’s entry into Ningbo, which has a history dating back thousands of years to the days of the ancient Silk Road. As part of the modern-day Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone, one of the world’s most important industrialized regions, Ningbo is now playing a major role in the success story of 21st Century China.ABOUT RADISSON HOTEL GROUPRadisson Hotel Group™ (formerly Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group) is one of the world’s largest hotel groups with eight distinctive hotel brands, more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development around the world. The Radisson Hotel Group portfolio includes Radisson Collection™, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson and prizeotel. Guests can benefit from the newly rebranded Radisson Rewards™ (formerly Club CarlsonSM), a global rewards program that delivers unique and personalized ways to create memorable moments that matter to our guests. Radisson Rewards offers exceptional loyalty benefits for our guests, meeting planners, travel agents and business partners. Radisson Meetings™ offers a variety of fully-equipped meeting and event venues featuring fast free Wi-Fi, A/V technology and on-site contacts designed to make every event unique. More than 95,000 global team members work for the Radisson Hotel Group and at the hotels licensed to operate in its systems.For more information, visit www.radissonhotelgroup.com/media.LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/radisson-hotel-group/Instagram (Employees): https://www.instagram.com/radissonmoments/Instagram (Hotels): https://www.instagram.com/radissonhotels/Twitter (Corporate): https://twitter.com/radissongroupTwitter (Hotels): https://twitter.com/radissonhotelsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/radissonhotelsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/radissonhotelgroupABOUT RADISSON NINGBO BEILUNRadisson Ningbo Beilun is a leading hotel in the city’s Beilun district, a free trade zone close to one of China’s largest international ports. Strategically located, the hotel is connected to major expressways, providing easy access to attractions including Harbor Land Theme Park, Jiufeng Mountain, and other natural and cultural sights. The hotel features 230 contemporary styled guestrooms and suites, with ample work space and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests are also offered a choice of dining options, with two restaurants, a lobby lounge and an executive lounge. The hotel’s two 800-square metre ballrooms backed with professional support and state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. Two 800 square metre ballrooms are backed with professional support and state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, catering to meeting and event needs.For more information, visit www.radisson.com/ningboSource = Radisson Hotel Group™last_img read more

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TravelManagers Accessible Travel Guru

TravelManagers Accessible Travel Guru

first_imgHaving a young family has expanded PTM Fiona Donaldson’s interest into the cruise and family holiday markets: (L-R) sons Charlie and Oscar, Fiona and husband Anthony.TravelManagers’ Accessible Travel GuruFor the 550 personal travel managers (PTMs) who have joined TravelManagers, benefits include having the flexibility to set their own hours, having the security and support of the industry’s premium travel network and having the freedom to pursue their own areas of expertise and interest. Fiona Donaldson, who is representative for Burpengary East, QLD, is one of the many PTMs within the company who has turned her personal travel experiences and niche expertise into a thriving business.Donaldson has been with TravelManagers since February 2017, having worked in various roles within the travel industry for 22 years before that. She has been a wheelchair user for the duration of her travel career, and joined TravelManagers with the vision that she could apply her expert, first-hand knowledge in the area of accessible travel to build a business that focused on planning and booking holidays for other people with accessibility requirements.“I was looking for a fresh challenge in my career when a chance meeting with one of TravelManagers’ Business Partnership Managers (BPMs) led to a leap of faith,” Donaldson explains. “I had to trust in my abilities to go out on my own and create a business that would specialise in accessible travel.”Donaldson says the move has been more successful than she had ever hoped, despite having to start building a client base from scratch when she first set out.“My time with TravelManagers has presented me with more opportunities than I had thought possible – not only has my business increased steadily, but it has also led to personal development opportunities that I had not foreseen.”Donaldson is referring to her burgeoning public speaking role, which she says came about from knowing that she had a story to tell. Starting out four years ago by giving talks to her Business and Professional Women (BPW) group and local Rotary organisations, Donaldson is now finding herself in demand as a speaker: she has gone on to speak about accessible travel at Spinal Life Australia’s Wellbeing Conference, and was thrilled to be invited to be the keynote speaker at a conference of graduating Occupational Therapy students at the University of Queensland recently.“The UQ conference theme was ‘Bringing out the Greatness Within’,” Donaldson explains, “which I addressed in the context of my own life experience, and experience with Occupational Therapists in general. It was very well-received, and I have been asked to attend various courses and events at the University this year, as well as another Spinal Life Australia Wellbeing Conference in Perth later this month.”Donaldson is also focused on continuing to build her accessible travel business, with support from her BPM and TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO).“The BPMs are full of ideas that have already been proven to work in building a successful travel business,” she says. “Every department is supportive and quick to give advice and offer suggestions, and the flexibility I now have allows me to prioritise my day-to-day business.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says Donaldson presents the perfect example of why the TravelManagers business model works so well for its people.“Fiona has built a very successful business around tailoring itineraries for people with disabilities from all over Australia,” he explains, “using her personal experience and passion for making travel more accessible and less intimidating for people with accessibility needs.”Donaldson says being able to offer her clients first-hand advice and tips is one of the keys to her success, adding that one of her current career goals is to familiarise herself with the growing number of accessible tour companies that are operate around the world.“It is a highly specialised area, and many potential clients feel quite overwhelmed by the logistics involved in organising a holiday – the challenges they face will vary depending on the type and level of disability.”“Having someone like me to remove the uncertainty makes a huge difference to their holiday experience,” she continues. “From checking the door dimensions and bed heights in accessible hotel rooms to sourcing equipment hire such as hoists and shower chairs to be delivered to the hotel prior to checking in, as a wheelchair user myself I know what to look for, what questions to ask, and I can offer valuable advice to my clients from personal experience.”Donaldson says one of her business goals is to escort a group to Singapore or New Zealand in 2019/2020 to demonstrate that travelling with a disability is very achievable. She’s also aiming to grow her business to the point where she is considered the go-to travel advisor in Australia for accessible travel.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.8 billion for 2018. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 550 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

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Santorini Heights marks its grand opening in Greece

Santorini Heights marks its grand opening in Greece

first_imgThe tallest hill in Santorini, Greece became the home of a luxurious boutique villa with the soft opening of the Santorini Heights in April 2016.Owner and Operator of the Santorini Heights, Stefanos Tsipas, said, “Since the opening, many of our guests have already rebooked another stay at Santorini Heights.  It’s a true testimony as for how much they enjoyed this extremely spectacular place and surroundings and our welcoming hospitality.”“The construction of the property was a fusion of luxury and local, natural materials to make it eco-friendly to please even the most eclectic guest and especially blend into our beautiful natural surroundings,” added, Tsipas.Each suite accommodates up to three guests, features an outdoor heated infinity swimming pool, private sea view balcony, fully equipped kitchen and many other luxurious amenities.last_img read more

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Salman Khan promotes tourism in Arunachal Pradesh

Salman Khan promotes tourism in Arunachal Pradesh

first_imgBollywood actor Salman Khan promoted the Mechuka Adventure Festival as he is the tourism ambassador for Arunachal Pradesh. Khan cycled through scenic hills to promote the beauty of the state. The actor who is currently shooting in Punjab for his upcoming film ‘Bharat’ recached Dibrugarh airport to attend the festival and was received by Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju.Rijiju praised the actor for promoting the state as an adventure tourism destination. He also posted some pictures from the inaugural of the festival on his twitter handle. “People of Arunachal Pradesh will be forever indebted to Salman Khan for promoting the State as a destination for adventure tourism. People showered him all the love and affection at Menchuka today,” Rijiju tweeted.Khan also wore the state’s traditional Monpa jacket at the inauguration of the festival. In his speech, Khan promised to shoot a film in the state to boost tourism and also adored Arunachal’s beauty. He also took part in a 10 km bicycle ride along with Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Rijiju.last_img read more

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Freddie Mac Sees 577M in FirstQuarter Net Income

Freddie Mac Sees 577M in FirstQuarter Net Income

first_imgFreddie,Freddie Mac Sees $577M in First-Quarter Net Income Agency Debt Agents & Brokers Bailouts Company News Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Profits Quarterly Earnings Refinance Service Providers Stocks Treasury Department 2012-05-04 Ryan Schuette Mortgage giant “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ saw $577 in net income over the first quarter, less than $619 million for the same by the fourth quarter last year.[IMAGE]The GSE said that its net worth deficit would require a Treasury draw of $19 million, adding that it offset comprehensive income over the first quarter by senior preferred dividends worth $1.81 billion.[COLUMN_BREAK]The company laid claim to more than $114 billion of liquidity in the mortgage market over the first quarter, including $89 billion single-family refinance loans that resulted in an estimated $1.4 billion in aggregate annual interest savings for some 416,000 homeowners.Freddie’s single-family origination portfolio saw more declines between 2005 and 2008, with mortgage loans from those years accounting for roughly 30 percent of the single-family credit portfolio.””In the first quarter, Freddie Mac sharpened its focus on building value for the industry, homeowners and taxpayers by aligning its resources and internal business plans to meet the goals and objectives laid out in our new Conservatorship Scorecard and Strategic Plan,”” Charles E. Haldeman, outgoing CEO for Freddie, said in a statement. He added that Freddie continues to work “”with our regulator to build a new infrastructure for the housing finance system and establish a path for shifting risk to private investors. These steps will ultimately reduce the size of the government’s role in the market, and complement the work we’ve already started to streamline the company.”” in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Share May 4, 2012 445 Views last_img read more

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Pro Teck Announces COO Appointment

Pro Teck Announces COO Appointment

first_imgPro Teck Announces COO Appointment in Headlines, News, Uncategorized Pro Teck Valuation Services announced the appointment of a new COO, with management veteran Todd Gerspach stepping into the role.Prior to joining Pro Teck, Gerspach worked most recently at Express Scripts, a Fortune 20 company, where he served in a number of senior management roles that saw him working to increase revenue and streamline operations. During his tenure, he played a key part in managing the company’s post-merger integration of its $29 billion acquisition of Medco, which covered 20 locations and 10,000 employees.Before Express Scripts, Gerspach worked for Tempel Steel Company, serving as general manager for Tempel Changzhou.As COO, Gerspach’s job is to lead all of Pro Teck’s Operations, Information Technology, Product Management, and Human Resources areas, driving the company’s operational strategy.”We are excited that Todd is joining Pro Teck as our new Chief Operating Officer,” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of Pro Teck. “Todd brings strong management experience and throughout his career has greatly improved quality and customer experience through teamwork and continuous improvement. We look forward to working with Todd to build on the extraordinary growth our company has realized over the last decade.” Sharecenter_img August 5, 2014 486 Views Movers & Shakers Pro Teck Valuation Services 2014-08-05 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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