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Month: April 2018

Radiance cancelled

ROYAL Caribbean Int’l has axed its 06 Apr cruise from Sydney on Radiance of the Seas to repair the ship’s propulsion system. The line says it is contacting affected passengers and agents, and will offer a full refund plus 100% future cruise credit. Source: Travel...

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Virtuoso regional growth

CRISTINA Magni has been appointed to the role of regional director, Australia and NZ, for the Virtuoso luxury travel network as part of expansion plans for the group across Asia-Pacific. Evan Pierce has also been named as Virtuoso’s regional director, Asia, and will relocate to Singapore to take on the newly created role. Virtuoso APAC md Michael Londregan said the appointments followed strong performance in the region over the last five years. “Virtuoso has made the commitment to reward this success by further investment in our in-market resources,” he said. Londregan said 2017 had seen more than 20% growth...

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Seychelles targets Australia

THE Seychelles Islands has confirmed plans to boost its presence in the Australian market, with the appointment of Julie King and Associates to build trade relationships and local industry partnerships. The 115-island Indian Ocean archipelago welcomed about 350,000 visitors last year from across the globe, with aspirations to boost this to 500,000 by 2021. Seychelles Tourism Board ceo Sherin Francis said her organisation had extensively analysed the Australian market and the Seychelles positioning among other destinations. “We recognise there is a lot of untapped potential for our islands,” she said. Francis said Julie King had a long history with...

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Qld beautiful, perfect again

QUEENSLAND has debuted a major new tourism campaign coordinated with this week’s start of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, including the return of the “Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next” tag line. The slogan was used to promote the state in the 1990s, and resonated so strongly that recent research by Tourism & Events Queensland (TEQ) found 60% of respondents still believed it was the official campaign catchphrase. The campaign features the experiences of real Queenslanders, highlighting the state’s beaches, rainforest, outback, the Great Barrier Reef and events, encouraging prospective visitors to “find your perfect next…”. TEQ ceo Leanne...

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Huge VA giveaway

VIRGIN Australia has launched a major agent incentive, with more than 20 million Velocity points and other prizes up for grabs for top selling consultants. The top 35 agents with the highest ticketed base fare revenue between 03 Apr and 01 May 2018 will win 500,000 points each, while the top 70 agents each week will win either international return flights, VA lounge memberships or Velocity Points prizes. See the cover page for details. Source: Travel...

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