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Month: May 2018

Darwin-China link debuts

THE inaugural non-stop flight from China to Darwin touched down today, with NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner describing it as a “milestone moment for Territory tourism”. The Donghai Airlines service takes about 5h 30min direct from Shenzhen, and is anticipated to bring thousands of new Chinese visitors to the Territory, providing $32 million in new visitor expenditure annually “once the route reaches three flights per week at 80% capacity,” Gunner enthused. He said the new route heralded a step-change in the Territory’s international competitiveness, with the NT Government investing $103m to “turbocharge tourism”. Tourism NT has launched a new...

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Airports “taking credit”

AIRLINE representatives have accused the country’s major airports of “taking credit” for international passenger growth, and have criticised the current “light-handed” approach to the regulation of Australia’s gateways. As the Productivity Commission prepares to investigate the power of privately operated airports, the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) has expressed concerns that current levels of regulation have “not delivered the high-quality airport services outcomes envisaged for international airlines”. It follows similar concerns raised by Airlines for Australia & New Zealand and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about the monopoly powers of the major privatised airports (TD Fri)....

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Tas flags marketing overhaul

TOURISM Tasmania earlier this month issued a Request for Information for a new “Interactive Design and Information Architecture” project, including a plan to revamp its promotional activities to become a “cutting-edge consumer-focused content marketing organisation”. The move will see seasonal brand campaigns promoting the state replaced with “‘always-on’ relevant customer communications, branded content marketing and integrated cross-channel experiences,” according to the bid document. Information and opinions are being sought from marketing technology providers, with submissions due by 04 Jun 2018. The documentation details Tourism Tasmania’s vision to gather in-depth consumer insights at every touchpoint and use the information to...

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Debussy christened

CRYSTAL Cruises has welcomed its newest river ship, with the formal christening of Crystal Debussy during a ceremony in Amsterdam this week. The event was attended by Crystal ceo Tom Wolber and Walter Littlejohn, head of Crystal River Cruises, along with broadway star Rachel York who is Debussy’s godmother. The 106-passenger all-suite, all-butler vessel will sail itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel. Source: Travel...

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CHC conventions

CONFERENCES and Incentives NZ (CINZ) today announced the Christchurch Convention Centre will be formally named Te Pae (“a gathering place”) when it opens in 2020, with the news revealed during the CINZ MEETINGS 2018 conference in Auckland. Source: Travel...

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