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Month: July 2018

NTIAs tomorrow!

IT’S almost here. The Australian travel industry is set to break out the finery tomorrow night for the highly anticipated 2018 National Travel Industry Awards. Now in its 25th year, the pinnacle event will see the coveted NTIA trophies distributed in 38 categories to honour excellence among both travel agents and industry suppliers. Awards won’t be the only thing taken home by attendees, with a host of prizes also on offer including flights around the world courtesy of Star Alliance carriers, holidays from CATO members, Qantas travel vouchers worth a whopping $30,000, and trips across the Tasman from Air NZ. For those not attending, keep an eye on Travel Daily’s social channels for live updates of the winners as they are announced, along with a special travelBulletin supplement distributed next week. Source: Travel...

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International route for NTL

THE industry has lauded Virgin Australia’s move to offer seasonal non-stop services to Auckland from Newcastle Airport, marking the NSW coastal city’s first international flights in more than 16 years (TD breaking news). Travellers will be able to fly direct to Auckland from 22 Nov-17 Feb, with services to operate thrice weekly on Tue, Thu & Sat. The flights are Newcastle Airport’s first direct Auckland services since a short-lived 2001 service operated by Air NZ’s defunct low-cost offshoot Freedom Air, which closed down eight years ago (TD 06 Sep 2007). Purists will also note a brief direct Norfolk Island...

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Regional internship scheme

AUSTRALIAN Regional Tourism (ART) has today launched a new program aiming to attract, retain and mentor young people into the regional tourism sector. The Emerging Tourism Professionals (ETP) program will help address the country’s acute tourism skills shortage, according to ART chairman Simon McArthur. Members of the organisation include 124 local government associations, regional and state tourism organisations, visitor information centres, regional tourism operators & consultants. The new scheme is open to tourism professionals aged 30 and under working in the tourism industry in regional Australia or in a role that primarily focuses on regional tourism. Winners will receive...

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Rex cuts flights over fees

REGIONAL Express (Rex) has escalated its public stoush with regional airport operators, announcing it will cut services to King Island and Mildura over increased landing charges. Having previously accused the King Island Council of “lies deception and incompetence” over its new airport funding scheme (TD 09 Jul), the carrier has now announced it will cut 30% of its flights to the island from Melbourne starting 14 Aug. “Rex solemnly warned King Island Council that if they did not review their decision to double airport charges that it would result in a degradation of air services to the remote Tasmanian...

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Travellanda makes room for activities

UK-BASED online wholesaler Travellanda has announced the addition of more than 18,000 activities to its portfolio, which also features over 300,000 hotels bookable online by travel agents. The expansion spans 678 destinations in 132 countries, with sightseeing, activities, dramatic performances & more. As well as its London head office, Travellanda has offices in Bangkok and Istanbul. Source: Travel...

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