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Month: May 2018

Money 29 May 18

TRAVELLERS heading overseas are still in a positive position today, with the Aussie dollar trading higher against all currencies, with the exception of the Euro. The dip is reported to be a reflection of the current politcal uncertainty in Italy, as Europe’s third-largest economy appears headed towards a possible election. The higher Australian dollar in other markets has reportedly been supported by a tweet from US President Donald Trump suggesting a summit between himself & Kim Jong-un on 12 Jun. Wholesale rates this morning. $1AUD = US0.754 US $0.754 UK £0.567 NZ $1.087 Euro €0.649 Japan ¥82.42 Thailand ß24.17 China ¥4.828 South Africa R9.398 Canada $0.980 Crude oil US$67.88 Source: Travel...

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AFTA Update 29 May 18

FROM AFTA’s chief executive, Jayson Westbury – Today is the day that the NTIA judging extravaganza kicks off at the spectacular Qantas Campus in Mascot. Qantas is the major sponsor of the NTIA and also plays host to the entire NTIA judging process at their wonderful facilities in Sydney. AFTA remains very grateful to Qantas for providing its facilities and supporting AFTA and the NTIA the way it does. This year, we will have more finalists than ever facing the gruelling judging process that has been developed for NTIA, with candidates presenting to a distinguished panel of three judges for each category. In total we have 12 judges across multiple categories, which include individuals talking themselves up and companies of all shapes and sizes being put to the test. It is a process that will have us uplift some 60 candidates from other states from around the country bringing the best of the best to what you might call the “battle rounds”. It is an exciting time for all those involved, and of course a very big best of luck to everyone who is appearing. I can’t wait to see the results on 21 July at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney. By the way, tickets are almost sold out and we are looking at the biggest event we have ever had. I’m pleased that the NTIA continues...

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HLO renews Trav Choice

HELLOWORLD Travel has renewed its collective purchasing agreement with Travellers Choice, giving the independent agency group access to its range of travel products and services for another five years (TD breaking news). The deal, through the Helloworld Travel Services division, extends an arrangement forged in 2013 and will run through until 30 Jun 2023. It gives Travellers Choice access to the commercial supply arrangements of Helloworld Travel and means it will purchase the bulk of its travel products through these agreements. The pair have also renewed an agreement for Travellers Choice to use Helloworld’s ticket consolidation business Air Tickets....

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SQ makes first NDC link

SINGAPORE Airlines has entered the New Distribution Capability (NDC) arena, announcing its first connection through the new technology to global online retailer Skyscanner. The airline today confirmed its flights and ancillary services would be sold via the NDC within months, following its recent Level 3 Certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Customers who book Singapore Airlines flights through Skyscanner will now be able to do so directly, instead of being referred to the Singapore Airlines website to complete a booking. Other capabilities such as the ability to select seats and the availability of personalised offers will be...

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