Travel News
25-11-2014
Singapore Airlines has introduced a new online chat facility exclusively for travel agents effective today. Travel Agent Web Chat will provide agents with an additional means of communicating with the Airline, with the service operating from today. The airline says the new facility will enable travel agents to engage in a live, typed conversation with a Singapore Airlines Reservations consu...
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12-11-2014
Singapore Airlines is offering the latest inflight technology and new seat design on selected flights from Sydney and Melbourne on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. According to the airline the new aircraft offers all classes with more space, comfort and privacy as well as a state of the art KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system. First Class seats will feature a new fixed-back shell de...
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11-11-2014
Tourism Australia’s Restaurant Australia campaign, “Invite the World to Dinner”, has attracted 35 top international food and wine media, bloggers, celebrity chefs and social media commentators to food and wine venues across Sydney and Regional NSW. Some 90 restaurants, 25 wineries, 30 hotels, 40 producers and providores and 20 tourism experiences across Sydney and NSW are taking part in t...
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02-07-2014
Qantas today started thrice weekly direct services between Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef Airport for travellers visiting this magnificient part of the world.. The flights will operate on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday(peak season) between July and September through to January) and bi-weekly services on Wednesday and Sunday the rest of the year. The new services begin after a ten year ga...
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01-07-2014
Western Australia: The newly acquired Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort will fill a gap for the group’s growing hotel portfolio, and provide tourist accommodation for travellers between Geraldton, Carnarvon and the state’s regional Coral Coast. Built in 2009, the 72-room property is the twentieth in Australia to pass Best Western’s Quality Assurance program to carry the BEST WESTERN ...
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27-06-2014
QUEENSLAND: Noosa’s iconic Hasting Street is set to celebrate the twenty third annual Noosa Jazz Festival and transform itself into a pop-up restaurant for 600 diners Friday September 5. The Noosa Jazz Festival is September 4-7. “Tastings on Hastings”, is one of the signature food events of the festival, offering visitors and locals an experience of the best local restaurants and menu...
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24-06-2014
SUNREEF Mooloolaba is launching, what it claims is an Australian first, the opportunity to swim with humpback whales. The program starts 6 July and will continue until the end of the whale watching season. Visitors will now have the opportunity to see these gentle giants from a very different perspective on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Sunreef Whale Encounter supervisor, Dan Hart, said ...
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23-06-2014
Gurragawee, located in the picturesque surrounds of the Byron Bay Hinterland, has released a new three night/four day guided walking tour featuring World Heritage listed rainforests and the beautiful coastal environs of Northern NSW. This new venture is the first of its kind for the local area, and is perfect for those wanting to combine an active holiday with the opportunity to unwind in luxu...
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20-05-2014
Aurora Expeditions has reported a 29 per cent increase in the number of single travellers visiting Antarctica. Figures from the last three years have shown a steady increase in the number of solo travellers booking on their small ship adventures. The company claims the lifting of the “single supplement pricing option” has been popular with solo travellers for years, however there’s been a...
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20-05-2014
Australia and Cambodia have signed a new air services arrangement between the two countries. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today welcomed the move. “Over the last five years the passenger market between Australia and Cambodia has almost doubled, to over 108,000 people in 2013,” he said. “The Memorandum of Understanding ...
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11-02-2014
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (28 February-16 March) will move to events in regional Victoria for the final weekend of the Festival (14- 16 March) and will celebrate the 2014 theme of water. Following two weeks of the Festival spilling down laneways, running along Melbourne streets and over urban waterways, the Festival will pack its bags and host more than 70 unforgettable events in Re...
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04-02-2014
Singapore Airlines has appointed Wendy Wu Tours to manage SIA Holidays in Australia from April 1. Wendy Wu Tours will be responsible for expanding the current program offering travellers a wider range of unique destinations and accommodation in conjunction with SIA flights. SIA senior manager marketing and alliances Australia, Dale Woodhouse, said the airline was excited to be partnering w...
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04-02-2014
Sydney’s social media profile has increased with the city’s Facebook and Google+ pages both having reached one million followers, Minister for Tourism and Major Events George Souris said today. The achievements make Sydney the first Australian city to reach the milestone for both Facebook and Google+ The city’s social media channels are managed by the state government operated, Destina...
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29-01-2014
Tourism Australia has named Fox Sports chief operating officer, John O’Sullivan managing director replacing Andrew McEvoy who has left for a new position with Fairfax Media. He will begin his new role late March. O'Sullivan is a former chief executive of Events Queensland. Tourism Australia executive general manager international Frances-Anne Keeler will continue as acting managing dire...
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29-01-2014
Qantas says it has experienced a 61 per cent increase in Frequent Flyer Cash cards usage during December, compared to previous months. More than 200,000 members activated their Qantas Cash since the facility was launched last August. The card offers foreign currency uploads, worldwide cash access via ATM withdrawals and points earned on spending in Australia and overseas. The card has bee...
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28-01-2014
Victoria’s Moorabool Shire — featuring the towns of Bacchus Marsh, Blackwood, Ballan and Myrniong — will host its annual festival with a veritable swag of farmers’ markets, long lunches, regional events and family days throughout the month of March. Visitors will get to sample mouth-watering farm produce, gourmet lunches and everything in between, when the region’s farmers, foodies an...
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28-01-2014
Victoria’s Moorabool Shire — featuring the towns of Bacchus Marsh, Blackwood, Ballan and Myrniong — will host its annual festival with a veritable swag of farmers’ markets, long lunches, regional events and family days throughout the month of March. Visitors will get to sample mouth-watering farm produce, gourmet lunches and everything in between, when the region’s farmers, foodies an...
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18-10-2013
The New South Wales Government has pledged its support for tourism operators who have been affected by the worst bushfires in a decade, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, announced today. “My thoughts are with the people devastated by these bushfires and with the men and women of the Rural Fire Service and emergency workers who have toiled tirelessly to protect property an...
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17-10-2013
Tourism Australia managing director, Andrew McEvoy has resigned to take on the role of managing director Fairfax Events in January. He will leave Tourism Australia at the end of this year. Tourism Australia chairman, Geoff Dixon commended him and the organisation on a highly successful four years. “His success over the past years was underlined just last week when Tourism Australia was ...
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13-10-2013
Sydney has emerged as the world’s safest and friendliest city in the recent bi-annual Anholt-GfK City Brands Index (CBISM) of 50 international cities. The survey was based on status and standing, physical aspects, friendliness, things to do, education and economic opportunities, affordable accommodation and the standard of public amenities. NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George...
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08-10-2013
While more than 90 per cent of international airline passengers say technology helps them when travelling, smartphone usage for travel services has yet to go mainstream, according to the SITA/ ATW Passenger IT Trends 2013 Survey. This is despite finding three quarters of passengers (76 per cent) surveyed carried a smartphone, which outstripped the global average of 40 percent of the general pop...
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26-07-2013
Many a traveller has spent up a storm when on holiday only to feel the impact when they return. Financial product comparison site Finder.com has published a three-stage guide offering holidaymakers tips on how to manage their travel finances and help turn this year’s debt into next year’s holiday. Finder.com spokesman, Jeremy Cabral said with credit card debt rising by 0.46 per cent sinc...
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29-05-2013
There’s a little over a month left for people to catch a piece of Sydney’s transport history by travelling on the Monorail before it’s dismantled on 30 June. The closure marks an end of 25 years of service as one of the city’s major tourist attractions after opening in July 1988 as a Bicentennial gift to Sydney. It was a controversial topic in the 80s with many Sydneysiders attendin...
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23-05-2013
Australian gold-medal winner at this year’s RHS Chelsea Garden Flower Show, Tom Harfleet will be bringing his artistic innovation to Australia for the first Australian Garden Show Sydney in September. The British garden designer is collaborating with UK Garden Designer of the Year, Andrew Fisher Tomlin on an inspirational garden titled September Sky, which will be displayed at the Show to be hel...
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23-05-2013
Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree Hotels are offering a range of accommodation and whale watching deals for visitors at Hervey Bay, Queensland this winter and spring. This coastal haven has all the ingredients for an epic whale encounter, with thousands of humpbacks staying and playing between July and November when they take time out from their annual migration in the calm waters of Hervey Bay. ...
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