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Qantas Group stands down 2500 staff as lockdowns bite

Lockdowns against Covid in Greater Sydney and southeast Queensland have hit Qantas hard and fast, with the airline standing down 2500 frontline Qantas and Jetstar employees for “an estimated two months in response to ongoing Covid outbreaks”. … Continue Reading

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Australia shouldn’t ‘open up’ before we vaccinate at least 80% of the population. Here’s why
Head ‘out bush’ with the local Jawoyn ladies
Travel in hard lockdown since March 2020 – more help needed to survive
Here’s why Sydney & Gold Coast are amongst TIME’s World’s Greatest Places of 2021


Accolades

EY Announces Glenn Gonzales and Vishal Hiremath of Jet It as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Southeast Award Winners

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced on Thursday, July 29th that Glenn Gonzales and Vishal Hiremath, co-founders of Jet It and JetClub were named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Southeast Award winners. … Continue Reading

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Bundaberg Rum Distillery awarded ‘World’s Best Distillery Tour’

Agents Incentives

Voyages recognises travel partners and agents with “Just Wow” trade incentive

Voyages says it is doing its utmost to recognise the exceptional work being done by their trade partners to manage their clients’ travel plans, by launching an exciting new incentive program called “Just Wow”! … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Airport

Qatar Duty Free Launches Viale di Lusso Introducing the World to a Unique Luxury Travel Retail Experience

Qatar Duty Free (QDF) today celebrated the launch of Viale di Lusso, a new premium fashion avenue at the heart of the award-winning Hamad International Airport (HIA), introducing the world to a unique luxury travel experience, featuring an enhanced retail and dining portfolio and a number of global and regional firsts. … Continue Reading

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Toronto Airport to Line up Arrivals by Vaccination Status
New industrial site to meet demand at Brisbane Airport’s Export Park
Swissport Opens Australia’s First Aspire Lounge At Perth Airport / Second Lounge To Open Later This Year

Appointments / Movers & Shakers

Brett Butcher Returns to Langham Hospitality Group as Chief Executive Officer

Langham Hospitality Group (LHG) today welcomes back Brett Butcher as chief executive officer who had previously served in the same role for five years from 2009. He left the group in 2014 and returned as chief executive officer of GE Hospitality Asset Management Limited in 2017, a position that he will continue to hold. … Continue Reading

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Beverage

The world’s best cities for beer lovers

New research reveals the best cities around the world for beer lovers.

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Business News

CT Partners continues its expansion, adding two premium NSW agencies to the group this month

Australia’s premium and most influential independent travel buying group, CT Partners has today announced further growth, with 2 high profile NSW agencies joining this month, bringing the total of new additions to six since the beginning of the year. … Continue Reading

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Strong membership renewal for AFTA
Kyushu Readies for Returning Australian Travellers with Appointment of Local Representation Agency, Linkd Tourism
One week until Census night

Canadian News

British Columbia, Canada inspires travellers with an ‘Open to More’ exploration concept

Making promising steps toward a post-pandemic life, Destination British Columbia in Canada is preparing to welcome the world, launching Open to More: a concept to encourage wider exploration and new adventures throughout the province. … Continue Reading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Cruise News

Construction starts on P&O Cruises UK’s new ship Arvia

Demonstrating Carnival Corporation and its company P&O Cruises UK’s confidence in cruising going forward, construction has started at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Warnemunde, Germany on P&O Cruises UK’s second Excel class ship Arvia, … Continue Reading

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Looking ahead Cruise Traveller’s 2023 luxury Oceania Regatta Australia NZ cruise also features the Blue Mountains
Regent Seven Seas unveils 2023 destination-immersive Japan itinerary
Report says Australian cruisers back calls to bring back cruising, but only with passengers and crew fully vaccinated,
Exciting new ship delivery for PONANT

European News

Lord Lawson warns Boris Johnson over real costs of Net Zero

Nigel Lawson, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1983 to 1989, has warned Boris Johnson that he is being misadvised on the real costs of Net Zero. … Continue Reading

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Events Calendar

Sydney Film Festival Announces New November Dates For 68th Edition

In light of the Sydney lockdown extension announced by the NSW Government, Sydney Film Festival today announces that the 68th Edition will now be held 3-14 November 2021. … Continue Reading

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Financial

Mastercard partners with Birmingham Department of Innovation & Economic Opportunity to launch Ascend Birmingham helping local businesses get digital

With spend already declining in Birmingham pre-COVID, the decrease rapidly accelerated in Birmingham’s downtown and surrounding tracts because of the pandemic significantly impacting the city’s small businesses. … Continue Reading

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People Globally Want to Expand their Minds, Unwind from the Daily Grind and Seek Selfless Self-Care, According to New Mastercard Experience Research

Glamping

Anticipation builds as holiday parks prepare to regather

Holiday park owners and operators will regather this week at the Holiday Parks New Zealand Conference, culminating in the reveal of the Holiday Parks Awards 2021 winners. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Deals

The St. Regis Mexico City Debuts Exclusive 48 Hours In Mexico City Package

Born in the Gilded Age and defining the Modern Age, The St. Regis Mexico City plays host to the most artistic lifestyles and glamorous celebrations found in Mexico City. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Commemorate Singapore’s 56th Birthday With Exciting Celebratory Delights From Raffles Hotel Singapore

Raffles Hotel Singapore invites guests to celebrate this National Day with a curation of delightful culinary specials, luxurious gifts, and pampering experiences, available at Raffles Hotel Singapore and Raffles Arcade from 2 – 29 August 2021. … Continue Reading

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Bannister 22 joins the Hougoumont & Warders Hotel Family
Experience authentic Arabic cuisine and culture at the newly-opened Bait Al Nakhla

Hotel Trends

Beach destinations leading hotel performance in Latin America

Latin America’s popular leisure markets, especially beach destinations, have continued to post hotel occupancy levels above 40%, according to data from STR through 25 July. … Continue Reading

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MICE

Fintech Week London Hails First Hybrid Event Success

Fintech Week London, which ran for the week from 12th July across a number of venues in the capital, invited attendees to join both in-person or online, for the first major hybrid event of its kind since the pandemic. … Continue Reading

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IAPCO forms a new destination partnership with JNTO, the Japan National Tourism Organization
MCEC Recognises National Homelessness Week

OTA News

Traveloka tackles pandemic stress through its Take a Break Campaign

To get a better understanding of how stress is affecting individuals during the pandemic, Traveloka conducted a wellness survey with Singaporean respondents. Through their research, they found: … Continue Reading

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The Smith Family, Airbnb Experiences and Singapore Tourism Board Embark on an Enriching and Educational Journey of Self-Discovery

Resort News

Contemporary Maldives Meets Contemporary Art

Milaidhoo Island Maldives welcomed Russian artist and fashion illustrator Alena Lavdovskaya to the island for a unique art project: embracing and honouring Maldivian art and culture and creating island-inspired artworks. … Continue Reading

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River Cruising

Viking welcomes guests back on board for river voyages in France

Viking celebrated on Friday the official restart of its popular river itineraries in France, marking the latest milestone as the company resumes operations in Europe. … Continue Reading

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Sports

Australia has Olympic fever – data reveals how Aussies are inspired by the Games

Booking.com has put together a list of places to visit and stay around the nation, when safe to do so, in close proximity to beaches, running trails and epic facilities so you can get active while on your next holiday and put your Olympic inspiration into practice – or even spot the next Olympian! … Continue Reading

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Tech

Tourist Journey Launches As The First Personalized Connected Travel Platform Fusing Ai Technology With A Passion For Unique Experiences And Seamless Travel

The future of travel has arrived with the launch of Tourist Journey, a first-of-its-kind digital connected travel platform. The tech-based and user-led site offers a hand selected collection of the world’s most interesting and high-quality travel experiences. … Continue Reading

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Voice Assistant Transaction Values to Grow by Over 320% by 2023, But Content Libraries Must Expand
APG Platform Is Now Certified NDC Capable Level 4

Thailand News

Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus going ahead; mid-August launch planned for Krabi and Phang Nga

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to reiterate that both the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programmes are going ahead as usual, and the plans to reopen Krabi and Phang Nga to fully vaccinated international tourists are set to start within August. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

WWF-Australia And Tasmanian Walking Company Launch Walk For Wild To Raise Funds For Regenerate Australia

The World Wildlife Fund-Australia (WWF-Australia) and Tasmanian Walking Company (TWC) today officially launched the inaugural Walk for Wild fundraising event series set to depart on 8 October 2021. … Continue Reading

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Travel Deals

The Wild Stay at Corinna Wilderness and Every Day I’m Trufflin’ at Stillwater Seven

CORINNA WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE: The Wild Stay

Corinna Wilderness Experience is an eco-conscious retreat located in Tasmania’s pristine Tarkine region, a remote and large temperate rainforest in Australia. The dramatic landscape is home to unique flora and fauna, including rare Quolls, healthy Tasmanian Devils, Wedge-Tailed Eagles and giant Freshwater Lobsters.   … Continue Reading

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Women Of Joy Retreat, Phuket

USA News

Virtual Elvis Week 2021 – Live from Graceland

The city of Memphis continues to open (virtual) doors for (armchair) travellers around the world, bringing the best of one of the globe’s hottest destinations to those currently unable to travel. … Continue Reading

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