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Month: August 2017

TD breaking news – Scenic faces $14m payout in class action

Scenic judgement handed down in NSW Supreme Court.  The NSW Supreme Court has today given its judgement on a class action against Scenic. The case involved 13 European river cruise departures in Apr and May 2013 which were affected by torrential rain and flooding. The judge found that lead plaintiff, David Moore, was entitled to a 100% refund of what he paid for the cruise and $2,000 in damages. Scenic had argued that passengers got at least part of what they paid for, but the judge found Moore would not have taken the cruise if Scenic had made him aware of the problems as soon as it knew about them. The judge indicated this would apply to 10 out of the 13 cruises involved in the class action. Somerville Legal has estimated the total judgement, including refunds of amounts paid by passengers, damages, interest and costs will amount to approximately $14 million. The judge has ordered the parties to file further submissions, and has relisted the case for further argument in Nov. More in tomorrow’s issue of Travel Daily.   The post TD breaking news – Scenic faces $14m payout in class action appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

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Industry Appointments 31 Aug 17

WELCOME to Industry Appointments, Travel Daily’s Thursday feature which has the latest job appointments from across the industry. If you have just appointed someone to a new position and would like to update the industry email Jeff Skinner has been made General Manager of Tour East Australia. Skinner will also take responsibility for the company’s Indian operation into Australia. Previously Skinner has held General Manager positions at Tourism Queensland and the Sydney Aquarium Group. International tour operator Collette has announced Ron Lonsdale will now serve as Vice President of the company’s Canadian office. Lonsdale will work with partners to grow sales and build relationships. Erin Kramer will take over the role as Trade Marketing Manager at Scenic. Kramer has previously worked at groups including Club Med. Destination Queenstown has appointed Rae Baker as the Director of the Queenstown Winter Festival. Baker will commence her new position in Oct and oversee the event’s promotion in New Zealand and abroad. Ashley Gabriel has been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Sales & Marketing at Novatech. Gabriel brings over 18 years of experience in the live events industry to the event tech company. Fantasea Cruising has named two new staffing additions to its Sydney division. Alexia Ligonnet has been appointed to the role of Charter & Groups Sales Executive, while Bilal Qureshi will become Retail Sales Manager at...

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Window Seat 31 Aug 17

THIEVES have used the Parisian Catacomb tunnel network to steal $375,000 worth of wine from a private cellar. More than 300 bottles of wine were nicked from an apartment in the 6th arrondissement, near the Luxembourg Gardens, and carried out through the underground system. Detectives say the thieves must have identified the cellar they wanted to access under the building and then drilled into it from the catacombs. Many of the tunnels have the above-ground street names etched into the walls of the 250km tunnel network, making it possible to navigate the city from below. It is forbidden for people to stray from the main tourist path in the tunnel system. The post Window Seat 31 Aug 17 appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

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Nexus Dream come true

TO CELEBRATE Nexus Holidays’ and Dream Cruises new partnership, more than 130 industry guests were invited to a ‘Dream Come True’ movie celebration at Event Cinemas in Sydney last night. Attendees were treated to an exclusive screening of a film on the making of Dream Cruises vessel Genting Dream in the lead up to its inaugural sailing from Singapore this Nov. Nexus Holidays and Dream Cruises have launched an incentive for agents to win a balcony stateroom on Genting Dream’s first five-night sailing from Singapore to Malaysia on 26 Nov, inclusive of return airfares, taxes and port charges. The...

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Tok Tok 2017 underway

THIS year’s Vanuatu Tok Tok trade show is being held in a purpose-built air-conditioned marquee at the Iririki Island Resort, near Port Vila. Now in its 15th year, moving the event indoors has been well timed, with Tok Tok experiencing on and off showers today, but delegates are remaining dry. Vanuatu’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism Joe Natuman (pictured centre) officially opened the show. Vanuatu Tourism Office’s gm Adela Issachar Aru is pictured (second from left) with other officials – more images on Facebook throughout the day. The post Tok Tok 2017 underway appeared first on Travel...

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