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Month: March 2018

Air NZ confirms Chicago

AIR New Zealand’s new non-stop flights from Auckland to Chicago (TD breaking news) are a further extension of the carrier’s Americas strategy, which firmly targets Australian travellers linking to its US, Canada and South America flights via trans-Tasman services. NZ chief commercial officer Cam Wallace told TD this morning the new route was “designed perfectly for connections out of Australia,” while within the USA onward flights were available with joint venture partner United Airlines to more than 100 destinations. Air New Zealand will launch the new route on 30 Nov, with thrice weekly Boeing 787-9 flights taking about 15...

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Staycations nudge 100m

OVERNIGHT domestic trips taken by Australians are nearing the 100 million mark, new data released by Tourism Research Australia has revealed. For the 12 months to Dec 2017, domestic overnight travel was up 7% year-on-year to 97.2 million, of which holiday trips increased 6% to top 39.3 million & business travel reached 21 million. According to the National Visitor Survey, the trend in growth for overnight trips was unsurprisingly matched by expenditure rises, with overnight trips surging 6% to $64.5 billion, on par with growth for holiday trips which accounted for $32.5 billion. Domestic day trips achieved marginal growth,...

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Wicked back to old tricks

VEHICLE rental bad-boy Wicked Campers is back in the news after another ruling against it by Australia’s Advertising Standards Bureau (Ad Standards). The renegade operator has fallen foul of the ad watchdog for a 79th time over a van painted in the style of a Dr Seuss book with an apparent reference to drug production in the TV series Breaking Bad. Complaints about the van raised concerns that it was glamorising drug use and manufacture. Wicked has stopped responding to Ad Standards complaint notifications and has prompted laws in three states which ban vehicles found in breach of the...

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Mead exits Collette

US-HEADQUARTERED tour operator Collette will be without a locally based manager following the resignation of general mgr Alison Mead, effective mid-Apr. Mead is departing the company to “focus on family priorities”, Collette said in a statement. Collette’s svp of international business Christian Leibl-Cote praised Mead for her efforts in building the firm’s profile in this market since the brand launched an Australian operation. “We are sorry to be losing such a talented leader who has established strong partnerships and solid growth for the company in Australia,” Leibel-Cote said. Collette’s head of marketing James Hewlett and head of sales Amanda McCann will lead the business’ growth going forward, overseen by Leibl-Cote. Source: Travel...

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Survey reminder

DON’T forget to complete TD’s 2018 Touring Survey for a chance to win great prizes and contribute to Australia’s most extensive research into industry views on the group touring sector. CLICK HERE to take part. Source: Travel...

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