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Omicron delays Australia’s cruise restart

white and blue ship on sea under blue sky and white clouds during daytimeJust 14 Days before the cruise ship ban renews and now Omicron delays Australia’s cruise restart

The new COVID strain Omicron has halted Australia’s cruise restart with just 14 days to go before the Biosecurity Act ban on foreign-flagged vessels is due for renewal.

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Accolades

Qatar Airways Recognised with New ‘World Class’ Rating and Named ‘2022 Five Star Global Airline’ at the APEX/IFSA Awards

Qatar Airways has earned the title of ‘World Class’ airline and ‘2022 Five Star Global Airline’ at the APEX/IFSA Awards, in addition to securing two additional awards including APEX Passenger Choice Awards® for Best Food & Beverage and Best Seat Comfort. … Continue Reading

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Agents Incentives

Carnival’s North American brands commit to commission rates

Carnival Corp logoCarnival Corporation’s North American brands announced last week that they will maintain travel advisors’ current commission tiers earned through 2023. … Continue Reading

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Aviation

Emirates first-ever full aircraft livery is airline’s first A380 to return to Australian skies

Emirates first-ever full aircraft livery arrived in Sydney on 1 December, marking the resumption of A380 services to Australia. … Continue Reading

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ASEAN News

President Jokowi highlights priority issues for G20 Indonesia 2022

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) says the Indonesia G20 Presidency will focus on three priority issues, namely: inclusive health management, digital-based transformation, and the transition toward sustainable energy. … Continue Reading

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Association

Skål International CEO appointed member of the World Tourism Organization’s Global Ethics Committee

In the framework of the 24th session of the UNWTO General Assembly held in Madrid from November 30th to December 3rd, 2021, Daniela Otero, CEO of Skål International, who is participating in the event as a member of the Board of Directors of Affiliate Members, has been appointed as a member of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE). … Continue Reading

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Attraction

‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art’ Opens Tomorrow

‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10), featuring 69 projects by emerging and established artists and collectives, together comprising more than 150 individuals from more than 30 countries, opens at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) from tomorrow until 25 April, 2022. … Continue Reading

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Business News

Charity

MCEC’s Five Chef’s Dinner helps mark a decade with Starlight Children’s Foundation

In a night that won’t soon be forgotten, the Starlight Five Chefs Dinner, proudly sponsored and hosted by Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), raised vital funds to support Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight). … Continue Reading

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Acumen Diagnostics’ PCR capabilities to tackle Omicron COVID-19 variant

Homegrown medical technology Company, Acumen Diagnostics Pte. Ltd. (“Acumen Diagnostics” or the “Company”), a 51% owned subsidiary of Q&M Dental Group (Singapore) and 49% owned by Aoxin Q&M Dental, today announced that its proprietary, locally-manufactured polymerase chain reaction (“PCR”) test kits Acu-Corona 2.0 and Acu-Corona Duplex are able to detect COVID-19 positive cases infected with the Omicron variant. … Continue Reading

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Cruise News

No cruise calls for Sydney yet but even tiny St. Maarten gets 12 in a week!

St MaartenCaribbean Port St. Maarten has announced a busy week with 12 calls on its cruise schedule, while over here in Australia, the global leading cruise port of Sydney had zero calls! … Continue Reading

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European News

The New Essential Guide to Italy

A new entrant to the Italian luxury holiday market is a London based agency called Essenza Escapes. Created in the midst of the pandemic and with a website launched in April 2021, Essenza offers beautiful rental villas, luxurious city centre apartments and boutique hotels across Italy together with a wrap-around concierge service.

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Events Calendar

Parrtjima 2022 Theme Focuses On Stunning Red Centre Skies

The theme for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2022 has been revealed as ‘Sky Country’, with a focus on our place in the universe and the relationship First Nations people have with the environment. The free 10-night festival returns to Alice Springs, Mparntwe, from 8-17 April 2022. … Continue Reading

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Exhibitions

Samsung Becomes a Partner of the First International MotoXpo Hong Kong Displaying a Series of Supercar Themed NFTs

Samsung Electronics H.K. Company, Limited has always been dedicated to leading scientific and technological development; deeply aware of the rapid development between technology and art in recent years, a focus is placed on enhancing the art viewing experience. … Continue Reading

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Financial

Virgin Australia reports A$3.7B profit

VirginVirgin Australia has reported a $3.7 billion after-tax profit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, its first since 2012. It comes as a surprise to investors and aviation enthusiasts since it was sold to Bain Capital, a US-based private equity firm, last year. It appears to be a complete 180-degree turn; but, there is more to it. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

Marriott Bonvoy Logs into the Metaverse with Debut of Travel-Inspired NFTs

Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s award-winning travel program featuring 30 extraordinary hotel brands and endless experiences, has teamed up with up-and-coming digital artists – TXREK, JVY, and Erick Nicolay – to create three Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). … Continue Reading

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Hotel Openings

The Standard, Hua Hin Opens its Doors as the Brand’s First Resort in Thailand

The Standard, Hua Hin, the brand’s new resort and first property in Thailand, has officially opened its doors to local and international guests. With 171 guest rooms and suites, 28 pool villas, a beachfront location and timeless design, The Standard, Hua Hin will be the destination of choice for the Thai creative set and The Standard’s global loyalists. Visitors can immerse themselves in one-of-a-kind culinary experiences at three on-site restaurants, as well as rejuvenating spa services that meld the traditional with the alternative. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Packages

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street x NGV: A Stylish Stay in Melbourne

Melbourne’s newest Hilton flagship hotel Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street is delighted to announce its exclusive summer partnership with the state’s world-renowned National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) – including NGV Summer Friday Nights and NGV Gala – and is launching an ‘I Am Fashion’ stay to celebrate.

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Hotel Trends

U.S. hotel results for week ending 27 November

selective focus photography of graphU.S. hotel performance came in higher than any other Thanksgiving week on record, according to STR‘s latest data through 27 November. 
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MICE NEWS

IAPCO and AIPC release research paper on hybrid events

On December 2nd, IAPCO and AICP released a research paper on hybrid events, as part of their alliance announced on October 25th. … Continue Reading

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North Asia News

China Matters Documents Past and Present of Zhongshan City

Zhongshan is the birthplace of China’s 1911 revolution that ended the country’s thousands of years of imperial rule. The city is named after Dr. Sun Yat-sen who led the charge to change China’s course of history. And decades on, he is still revered in the city as a visionary and a revolutionary. … Continue Reading

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Resort News

Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort Welcomes International Travelers with Handcrafted Holiday Offerings

Located in the heart of world-renowned Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is pleased to welcome international travelers back to its idyllic Beach House. … Continue Reading

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South Pacific News

Samoa launches $5 million tourism stimulus for struggling tourism operators

The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) has announced this week a much-needed $5 million cash injection for struggling tourism operators, as part of a Government stimulus package. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Tourism

Spain’s Valenciaport the first port in Europe become Sustainable

Juan Manuel DiezThe port of Valencia will become the first port in Europe to use modern hydrogen technologies to reduce emissions and protect the environment from its terminal machinery operations. … Continue Reading

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Tech

Olympus Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World)

Olympus Corporation (TSE: 7733; Director, Representative Executive Officer, President and CEO: Yasuo Takeuchi) has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) and the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific), among the world’s most recognized corporate sustainability indices. … Continue Reading

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Thailand News

Acclaimed MICHELIN Guide Thailand gets 5-year extension from 2022-2026

Acclaimed MICHELIN Guide Thailand gets 5-year extension from 2022-2026The Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the success of The MICHELIN Guide Thailand over the past five years, since its launch in 2017, has resulted in the project being extended for another five years from 2022 to 2026 guaranteeing continued promotion of gastronomy tourism in Thailand to the highest international level. … Continue Reading

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USA News

Season’s Greetings from the Sonoran Desert

green trees near brown rock formation under blue sky during daytimeAs a crisp breeze rolls through the desert and temperatures drop from triple digits to near-perfect weather, Scottsdale illuminates with millions of glistening lights, myriad holiday events and festive merriment to last all season. … Continue Reading

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Visit Turkey

Traditional Maraş Ice Cream and Its History

baked caked on plateTürkiye’s Maraş dondurması (Maraş ice cream) gets its name from the town of Kahramanmaraş, known as Maraş for short, which is located at the foot of Ahir Mountain. It is a dessert that is enjoyed all across Türkiye. Its thickened texture and taste make it different from classic Italian-style ice cream (gelato) and definitely worth trying.

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Yacht News

Valef Yachts, Greece: The Wellness Retreat Experience On Luxury Yacht Charters In 2022

Valef Yachts, GreeceValef Yachts welcomes wellness seekers in Greece with a holistic approach to rejuvenation. … Continue Reading

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