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Month: November 2017

Window Seat 28 Nov 17

FORGET awards for service excellence, airline facilitation and passenger satisfaction – Tokyo’s Narita Airport has really hit the big time by having the region’s official mascot named as Japan’s favourite. The cute half-aeroplane, half-eel creation (pictured) is called Unari-kun and was selected after receiving almost 1m votes in an annual poll. Unari-kun is a hybrid of Narita airport and unagi freshwater eels, with Narita deputy mayor Kenji Sekine confessing he was “close to tears” as he accepted the award. The post Window Seat 28 Nov 17 appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

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The Chen opens in Melbourne

ART Series Hotel Group has opened the doors to its eighth art inspired hotel, The Chen, in the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill. The hotel is named after and inspired by Chinese-Australian abstract artist Zhong Chen. The 100-room property opened yesterday with an official ribbon cutting by Mantra Group chief executive officer Bob East. Amenities at the art-inspired boutique hotel include a rooftop pool with sundeck, gymnasium, and a number of facilities for conferences and events. There are also two dining options and an art library. Pictured are: Will Deague, Deague Group ceo; Zhong Chen, hotel namesake; and Bob...

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Brittany at its Brest

THE French region of Brittany made quite an impact on the travel industry in Sydney yesterday with an engaging trade workshop followed by a convivial dinner with food, music and dance emanating from the area. Behind other European and North American tourists, Australian travellers are the most frequent visitors to the area located at France’s most north western tip and renowned for its Gaelic heritage and historic maritime ports including Brest and Lorient. Pictured from left are Deborah Le Goff, comms & promotions mgr Brittany Tourist Board; Patrick Benhamou, director Atout France; & Anne Gallo vp tourism regional council...

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Samoa Airways takes off

SAMOA is celebrating the launch of its newest airline Samoa Airways (OL), now flying between Apia and Auckland and Apia and Sydney (TD 25 Aug). Speaking to TD in Samoa this week, Samoa Airways marketing & communications specialist Dwayne Bentley said, “Australia is a market with great potential”. “We acknowledge that the travel trade plays a crucial role, and whilst the airline has established some really good partnerships early on, our objective is to grow these and look at how we can develop new business opportunities to Samoa”, he added. The new airline will also look to grow leisure...

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Fiji celebrates a big year

TOURISM Fiji has many reasons to celebrate this year and did so by throwing a party for the trade last week in Sydney to thank the industry for the year that was. From the islands’ biggest ever tourism expo held in May and the Network Ten’s filming of the Bachelorette finale in Fiji, to a raft of new executive, marketing and PR staff appointments, it’s been a busy year for the team. With nearly 100 travel industry personnel in attendance, there was an opportunity to give back with Fiji Airways, Captain Cook Cruises and Double Tree by Hilton providing...

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