Select Page

Month: January 2018

AFTA update 30 Jan 18

FROM AFTA’s chief executive, Jayson Westbury Our friends across North America in the form of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA) have both come out strongly against the announcement over the weekend by a large hotel group to cut commissions to travel agents (TD yesterday). The detail, as I understand for now, is that the commission cut only relates to a group booking and that the rate will go down from the current industry wide 10% to a rate of 7%. How short-sighted is that? In the face of ever increasing disruption to the distribution of hotel rooms across the globe, the one thing you would think a hotel company would value is the travel agent indirect distribution channel and particularly for groups. Groups are a key and underlying factor in the revenue mix of hotel bottom lines and I am not sure if this commission cut is some strange signal that they don’t want groups any more. More than ever, travel agents are the key drivers of group bookings – be it for meetings, incentives or events – and they have the absolute ability to influence a client’s choice of hotel when considering the best option for the program they are looking to run. So like our North American friends, AFTA is clearly concerned to the real underlying reason...

Read More

Window Seat 30 Jan 18

CONDOM manufacturer SKYN is injecting more romance into the humble hotel guide by releasing its own version called “Places of Intimacy” – a sensual catalogue of the 30 best hotels for travellers to get intimate around the globe. The focus of the reviews are less about room service and restaurants and instead contain firsthand accounts from “intimate travellers” on where to find the most spacious baths, the best mirrored ceilings and the most debauched carpet. To view the guide, put the kids to bed and CLICK HERE. The post Window Seat 30 Jan 18 appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

Read More

Tianjin Sydney inaugural

TIANJIN Airlines touched down in Sydney at 0705 this morning to commence regular operations between China and Australia. GS’s twice weekly service flies between Tianjin and Sydney via Zhengzhou in Henan province. The Chinese carrier is utilising Airbus A330 aircraft on the route, fitted with 18 Business class seats in a 2-2-2 layout and 242 seats in Economy class. The route is expected to attract around 14,000 Chinese visitors to NSW annually, generating approx $60m into the state’s economy. Tianjin Airlines’ A330 is pictured at Sydney Airport, receiving a water canon salute upon arrival. The post Tianjin Sydney inaugural...

Read More

Quest starts in Burwood East

CONSTRUCTION has started on Quest Apartment Hotels’ new property in Burwood East, Vic. The new development will feature 91 rooms over five levels and is anticipated to open its doors in early 2019. Burwood East is situated approx 15km east of Melbourne’s CBD. “Quest’s presence in Burwood East…provides a high standard of accommodation that will support the overall city development,” said OAM director, Kian Chong. Pictured: Quest executives turn the sod at the construction site. The post Quest starts in Burwood East appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

Read More

Travelport serves up tennis

TRAVELPORT hosted a number of key customers at the Australian Open Men’s and Women’s Tennis Finals at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne over the weekend. The lucky group enjoyed a private dining experience at Pure South Dining before enjoying a short water-taxi to the Arena to the enjoy the matches. Pictured enjoying a meal at the tennis are: Jonathan Garrett, Anthony Hunter, RAA, Di Mufic, Air Tickets; Nadia Spada, Travelport; Mukesh Mann, Mann Travel; Nicola Veltman, 1000 Mile Travel Group; Mital Kakaiya, Webjet; David Lorimer, HRG; Tim Lane, Travel Beyond and Collette King, Travelport. The post Travelport serves up...

Read More