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Qantas Club Drops Joining Fee And Offers Status Credits

Qantas is waiving the $99 Qantas Club joining fee, reducing annual renewal fees, and putting up to 100 status credits on the table in an ‘end of financial year’ promotion for its Qantas Club lounge membership program. … Continue Reading

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Accolades

Air New Zealand employees recognised with $1,000 share award

The efforts Air New Zealand employees made during one of the airline’s toughest years will be recognised via an award of $1,000 worth of company shares to all permanent employees. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

American Gives Customers More Choices with More Flights from Austin

Since the first American Airlines flight landed in Austin, Texas (AUS), 40 years ago this week, the airline has grown alongside the capital city. Today, American is making it even easier for customers to travel to and from AUS with the addition of 14 new routes beginning this fall, including four new international destinations, further connecting Austin to the carrier’s global network. … Continue Reading

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Airport

Swissport Acquires No1 Lounges In Australia

After introducing its Aspire Airport Lounges brand in Australia with the construction of two modern airport lounges at Perth Airport (PER), Swissport has acquired the No1 Lounges’ Australian business which includes premium lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports. … Continue Reading

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New Lounge and Airport Experience Additions – May 2021
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Appointments / Movers & Shakers

PONANT farewells long-serving PR Manager Michael Corbett

At a farewell lunch held at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Wednesday, Sarina Bratton, PONANT Chairman Asia Pacific formally announced the retirement of long-serving Public Relations Manager, Michael Corbett: … Continue Reading

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Pia Heidenmark Cook becomes trustee of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Rapid exclusion of COVID-19 infection using AI, EKG technology

Artificial intelligence (AI) may offer a way to accurately determine that a person is not infected with COVID-19. An international retrospective study finds that infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, creates subtle electrical changes in the heart. An AI-enhanced EKG can detect these changes and potentially be used as a rapid, reliable COVID-19 screening test to rule out COVID-19 infection. … Continue Reading

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Cruise Deals

Explore the Cultural Diversity of Europe with Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ ® ‘Upgrade in Europe’ Offer

Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line, is giving travellers the chance to discover the delights of Europe in even greater style as part of its Upgrade in Europe offer which includes a FREE 2-Category Suite Upgrade and50% Reduced Deposits on bookings made before 30 June, 2021. … Continue Reading

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Financial

Global blockchain platform and services market will be worth $199bn by 2030, says GlobalData

Revenue from blockchain platforms and services is expected to rise from $4bn in 2020 to a huge $199bn by 2030 as businesses seeking to accelerate digital transformation and development spend big on blockchain, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. … Continue Reading

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Health and Wellness

Top tips for keeping your teeth clean and healthy

Our teeth are a part of our body that is unlike any other, and once our adult teeth come in, we need to look after them to ensure they last us the rest of our life. Not only are they important if we want to carry on eating steak when we’re 80, but having a good smile can really affect your confidence, therefore looking after your teeth the best way you can is something invaluable. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Feature

Family holiday: Active relaxation at the Bio Family Hotel on the Baltic Sea

Wide fields, tree-lined avenues, chic Baltic Sea resorts, and architecturally charming Hanseatic cities: holidays in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are varied and in high demand. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Marriott International’s Portfolio of Luxury Brands and Quintessentially Unveil a Collection of Exclusive Luxury Experiences in the Middle East & Africa

Marriott International’s portfolio of luxury brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, EDITION, and W Hotels is delighted to unveil a collection of one-of-a-kind adventures in the Middle East and Africa curated in partnership with Quintessentially, the world’s leading luxury concierge company. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Trends

STR: Preliminary May data for Riyadh hotels

Riyadh’s hotel industry reported its highest room rates in three months, according to preliminary May 2021 data from STR

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By now I am sure you have learned that the Federal Government has extended the restrictions on outbound travel until at least 17 September. … Continue Reading

Lifestyle News

Massivemusic Joins Songtradr Alongside Song Zu And Big Sync Music

Songtradr, the worlds largest B2B music licensing tech platform, recently announced the acquisition of MassiveMusic, the worlds largest creative music agency, renowned for helping global brands become more strategic and effective with the emotional power of music and sound. … Continue Reading

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Obituaries

African Tourism Board mourns the passing of President Kenneth Kaunda

Alain St.Ange, President of the African Tourism Board, and Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman of the Organisation mourns the passing of President Kenneth Kaunda, the founding President of Zambia. … Continue Reading

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Sports

No crowds at Tokyo 2020 would be catastrophic for Japan’s tourism sector, says GlobalData

With the jury still out on whether domestic spectators will be allowed at Tokyo 2020, the prospect of a complete ban on attendance cannot be dismissed. This scenario would be disastrous for several tourism-related industries in Japan says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

The Least and Most Stressful Cities Index 2021

VAAY.com, the CBD and well-being brand, has released a study which ranks cities by assessing how stressful their environments are for their inhabitants. As part of its mission to promote inner balance and mindfulness, the company decided to look into common external factors that make city-living stressful for urbanites. … Continue Reading

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Tech

TOPCAST and ECT Launch Distribution Agreement for Delivering Augmented Engine Wash Technologies

Topcast Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. (“TOPCAST”) and Engine Cleaning Technology Inc. (“ECT”) signed a distribution agreement in May 2021, delivering biodegradable, non-toxic and non-flammable compressor cleaner for aviation jet engines. … Continue Reading

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Theme Parks

The Fun Starts Now: Luna Park Reopens With Eight New Rides

Luna Park Sydney just ramped up all the good stuff, big time, following a $30 million renovation and the unveiling of eight new rides, with gates set to open on 26 June perfectly timed for the June school holidays. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

Surge in group travel to the NSW Outback

Outback NSW is experiencing a surge in visitation, especially from groups keen to experience carefree trips to the region’s vast horizons, raw landscapes and big skies, with one of the biggest tourism businesses in far west NSW – Out of the Ordinary Outback – recording record tour group visits this year and releasing discounted package rates to maintain the demand. … Continue Reading

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Visit Oceania

The Healthy Holiday Hack – just head to Lake Mac!

2020 was a year of high stress and bad habits fueled by the global pandemic, and in 2021 many Aussies are seeking a reset.  Wellness tourism is one of the fastest growing segments in travel and Lake Macquarie, just a 90-minute drive from Sydney, is fast becoming a popular choice for healthy holiday seekers of all types. … Continue Reading

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Visit Thailand / Mekong

“Thailand Must Open in 120 Days”

National Address of the Prime Minister of Thailand — HIGHLIGHTS … Continue Reading

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