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Month: September 2017

AFTA update 13 Sep 17

FROM AFTA’s chief executive, Jayson Westbury In THE wake of the Reed Holidays collapse, and as more details are released in relation to the situation and amount of money owed by the directors, more and more questions will now be asked. It appears AFTA was only presented with part of the business operations and there does appear to be a complex web of company involvement and ownership upon which AFTA had no knowledge. This is not an excuse of this company having been an ATAS accredited business, but it does make us feel more confident that our criteria, procedures and systems are working, we can only rely on the information provided to us. No doubt this will all come to the surface as the liquidators unravel the mess that has been left behind and work out what if anything can be done to support those who have lost their money. AFTA continues to maintain an interest in this matter as the circumstances unfold. Curiously, this week the Federal Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, announced a new package to address what is known as “Phoenixing”. This illegal activity costs the economy up to $3.2 billion per year (not just travel, clearly) and persons found guilty of this in the future will be facing tougher penalties as a result of the new package. Phoenixing — the stripping and...

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Window Seat 13 Sep 17

THE idea of paying to take a dip might seem foreign to Aussie beachgoers, but in the Middle East a pay-per-use model could become the norm under plans by developers. Mega-pool creator Crystal Lagoons has announced plans to introduce its resort-style lagoons and man-made beaches to locations across the Middle East, with discussions underway with developers in Abu Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain. Arabian Business says Crystal Lagoons is already working on a mountain-top facility in Egypt and the second phase of a 36-hectare project in Dubai that will result in the largest man-made lagoon in the world. Crystal claims its systems are environmentally friendly and use less energy and chemicals than traditional water treatment processes. It says its plans will benefit real estate and tourism markets with “an idyllic beach lifestyle”. The post Window Seat 13 Sep 17 appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

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Cook Islands, Air NZ agent event

AGENTS from around NSW gathered at Air New Zealand’s rooftop venue in Sydney earlier this month for an intimate Cook Islands event hosted by both Air NZ and Cook Islands Tourism. Complete with Cook Islands’ traditional fare, themed coconut cocktails, dance performances (pictured inset) and much more, attendees experiences the islands through their senses. Air New Zealand’s state manager NSW/ACT Ryan Montgomery and Cook Islands Tourism ceo Halatoa Fua also gave a few words expressing how key the trade industry is to Air NZ’s direct route from Sydney to Rarotonga, a key driver of visitation to the Cook Islands....

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EXCITE Holidays and the Tourism Authority of Thailand recently held two exclusive agent dinner events in Sydney and Perth to celebrate their Create your Thailand campaign, which wrapped up last week.

TWO groups of 25 top-selling agents cooked up a storm and were shown a variety of Thai cooking tricks, while at the same time hearing all about the incredible destination that is Thailand. In Sydney, the agents descended upon VIVE Cooking School in Rosebery and learnt how to make pandan pannacotta and authentic pad Thai from scratch, before sitting down to enjoy the meals they had created. A few days later in Perth, the agents visited the Salt & Company Cooking School and were shown how to make a delicious banana prawn & Thai basil Penang curry with a...

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Globus crowns P2R millionaire

HUNTER Valley agent Debbie Haley is the travel industry’s newest “millionaire” after scoring top prize in a two-month incentive promotion run by the Global family of brands. Haley, from Andy’s World Travel in Maitland, won a million Passport to Rewards (P2R)points in a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” competition offered across NSW and the ACT. To be involved, agents had to book and deposit a minimum of 10 passengers during the incentive period to go into the draw for the prize. Passport to Rewards allows agents to gather points from their Globus bookings to spend on catalogue items...

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