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Month: February 2018

Window Seat 14 Feb 18

QATAR Airways’ outspoken ceo Akbar Al Baker was in fine form at last night’s gala (see page 8)to mark the Doha-based airline’s entry into Canberra this week. Not one to shy away from controversial statements, Al Baker highlighted the size and age of his airline’s fleet of 200+ planes and an average age under five years, and remarked, “I’m sure your national carrier must be very jealous”. The event also saw a number of lucky attendees win a set of Economy and Business class return tickets to anywhere on Qatar Airways’ global network. When Queanbeyan City Travel & Cruise’s Jim Cooper was drawn as the Business class winner, Al Baker stormed the stage, saying “You’ll have to sell more seats Jim. Those seats won’t be free”. The post Window Seat 14 Feb 18 appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

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Hotel Connection roadshow

THE Hotel Connection yesterday hosted top travel agents at a function in Sydney, showcasing its ‘Luxury Collection’ portfolio. The event featured representatives from some of the overseas suppliers who made the most of the stunning views in the ‘Studio’ venue atop Sydney’s Centrepoint Tower. Pictured above from left are Virginia Irurita from Made for Spain & Portugal; the inimitable Filippo Curinga from I.D.I. Italy and France; Sarah Whitty, The Hotel Connection; Michael Erwin, the Victoria Palace Hotel Paris; Madeline Pack and Cindy Kam, The Hotel Connection; and Doug Greenwood, Cheval Residences. The post Hotel Connection roadshow appeared first on...

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TIME’s double celebration

THE Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) network recently celebrated the 27th intake from its mentoring program in Travelport’s Sydney office last week. Ensemble Travel Group’s Trish Shepherd spoke at the event about the importance of having great mentors in the success of her own career. “Three decades into my career I still work with my mentor,” Shepherd said. The latest intake program for 2018 has now kicked off. Pictured are the latest graduates of the program. The post TIME’s double celebration appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

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Mvenpick networking

MVENPICK Hotels & Resorts last night booked out the swanky Ivy Penthouse in Sydney for an evening of VIP networking, highlighting the company’s range of new and exciting developments across Asia. Holger Jakobs, vice president of sales for Asia, spoke about recent announcements including the pending debut of the 148-room Mvenpick Resort Lang Co in Vietnam and the 105-villa Mvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhvaru Maldives. The Swiss hotel group is undergoing rapid expansion, and expects to launch at least eight new Asia Pacific hotels this year, boosting its regional portfolio by more than 50% to 19 properties. Jakobs is...

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No DOH/CBR non-stop, yet

ANY hopes of a non-stop flight between Doha and Canberra have been quashed by Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker, for now. He told media at QR’s press conference in Canberra yesterday that a direct flight into the capital out of the Middle East would not be possible at this stage due to CBR’s insufficient runway length. Al Baker said that although a long-haul flight from the Middle East would be able to land at Canberra, “we will not be able to take off”. “When you are going for such an ultra long-haul flight the aircraft is very heavy...

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