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Month: March 2018

Si Holidays owes $5.5m

THE collapsed Si Holidays owes its unsecured creditors more than $5.5 million, including $831,000 due to its travel agent clients and almost $650,000 in unpaid staff entitlements. The scale of the collapse has been revealed in documents circulated by the company’s voluntary administrator, Damian Hodgkinson from Dem Asia Group who also indicated that options for external administration of Si Holidays had been under discussion since early Jan. Almost 200 suppliers, including hotels and wholesalers across the globe, are owed a total of $3.998 million by the failed company which ceased trading earlier this month (TD 09 Mar). Large hotel...

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French presidential visit

ATOUT France has scored a major coup in showcasing French culture within Australia, having secured a role in an upcoming visit by French President Emmanuel Macron. The organisation’s Australian director Patrick Benhamou has been asked to officiate a meeting between President Macron and leading Australian and French chefs in Sydney in May. On day two of the Rendez-vous en France trade show in Paris, Benhamou told Travel Daily that he considered it a once-in-a-lifetime honour to welcome the French President to discuss French cuisine. It’s understood Macron wants to canvass French gastronomy’s ongoing influence and enduring popularity in Australia....

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Flight Centre’s next move

HAVING bedded down its expansion into other markets overseas, Flight Centre has turned the spotlight back on Australia where it has revealed a surprise consolidation of its shopfront brands. In an exclusive interview with the group’s ceo Graham Turner, travelBulletin explores the evolution of the Flight Centre business and the reasons behind its latest manoeuvre – while drawing insight into Turner’s vision for the future. The Apr edition of travelBulletin is available online now and will be distributed in print next week. As well as all the big industry news and latest developments, it provides coverage of major industry...

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Skytrax award accolades

SINGAPORE Changi Airport has taken out top spot in Skytrax’s 2018 World Airport Awards. The accolade sees SIN take the honour for the sixth consecutive year, the first time to occur in the award’s history. South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and Japan’s Tokyo Haneda International Airport took out the second and third spot on the list respectively. Australia missed out on snaring a spot in the top 10, however Sydney grabbed the highest Aussie ranking of 20 in the list. The Skytrax award for World’s Best Airport Terminal went to London Heathrow T2, followed by Munich Airport T2 in second and Singapore Changi T3 in third spot. Meanwhile, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has scored a maximum 5-star rating from Skytrax for the sixth consecutive year, remaining the only 5-Star rated airline hailing from Japan. Source: Travel...

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NTIA voting closing

MAKE sure you get your votes in for the 2018 National Travel Industry Awards, with the voting period for nominees closing at 5pm AEST today. This year’s event looks to once again surpass expectations with record levels of nominations and keen interest in the outcome from across the industry. NTIA gala dinner tickets will go on sale on Fri 04 May – the day after the finalists are revealed. More info at Source: Travel...

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