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Month: April 2018

Cruise lines back AA/QF

A NUMBER of top international cruise lines have thrown their support behind the planned joint business agreement (JBA) between American Airlines and Qantas on transPacific routes that is being considered by the US Department of Transportation. Senior executives representing both the Holland America Group (HAG) and Celebrity Cruises have submitted letters to the US Govt, via American Airlines, urging the proposed JBA be approved. “Our company and our employees will benefit in many ways from approval of the proposed joint venture, which will lower fares, increase capacity, add new flight and route options, enhance connectivity & improve schedule coordination,”...

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Westin Perth now open

MARRIOTT International today officially opened its newest 5-star hotel in Australia with the debut of The Westin Perth in the city’s revamped East End quarter. The Westin Perth is the first of four new hotels to open locally within the brand’s pipeline, with other sites including Brisbane, Darwin and Coolum. “The Westin brand is synonymous with well-being and we believe the property will deliver a unique hospitality offering to the West Australian hotel market,” The Westin Perth gm Peter Brampton said. The 368-room “world-class property” features 10 Club Suites, eight Westin Suites, five Executive Suites and a Presidential Suite....

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Strong 1Q18 for Hawaii

HOTELS across Hawaii enjoyed a robust first quarter 2018, with the state’s Hotel Performance Report released by Hawaii Tourism Authority indicating a 9% bump in revenue per available room (RevPAR), to US$243 per night, compared to the pcp. Average daily rates increased 7% to US$293 and occupancy levels rose 1.5 points to 82.9%. All classes of Hawaii’s hotels, from luxury to economy, achieved RevPAR growth. The report comes as arrival data showed a 9.4% improvement in total visitor during 1Q, rising to 2.478 million. Visitor arrivals from Australia spiked 5.4% year-on-year to 67,728 during the period, and by nearly...

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Cruise360 regos

EARLYBIRD tickets priced from $240 are available until 30 Jun for the Cruise360 Australasia cruise conference, organised by CLIA Australasia and being held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney on 31 Aug – book tickets at cruise360.org.au. Source: Travel...

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HWBT summit nears

THE Helloworld Business Travel Summit is approaching, with this year’s event to be held in Adelaide from 09-12 May. The two-day agenda will include talks from experts on TMC Trends and changing client expectations, how to position a business for the tech savvy traveller and insights into the corporate travel industry provided by Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport gm Sara Hales. The summit will also feature social festivities, such as a dinner at Ayers House and a networking event at Adelaide Oval. Source: Travel...

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