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Month: July 2018

Spending record

OVERNIGHT visitor spending in Australia has surged to a record of $107.4 billion annually, according to the latest figures from Tourism Research Australia. The International Visitor Survey released today showed spending by inbound arrivals jumped 6% to $42.3 billion, while domestic tourists spent $65.1 billion, also a 6% increase year-on-year. Chinese visitors remain the biggest spenders, up 13% to $10.9 billion, while the fastest growing market was India which grew 14% to $1.5 billion. Source: Travel...

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TD breaking news – Newcastle Airport adds first international flights

Virgin Australia confirms seasonal non-stops to Auckland. Newcastle Airport north of Sydney has announced its first international route in 16 years, with travellers able to fly directly to Auckland from 22 November 2018 through until 17 February 2019. The seasonal Virgin Australia services will operate thrice weekly, with the move said to “open up a range of travel and tourism opportunities”. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack, has just unveiled the new route in a ceremony at the airport, with the service seeing VA the first carrier to provide an international service from the upgraded Newcastle Airport terminal. “These flights will help drive regional tourism growth and dispersal of visitors to Australia’s most popular tourism destinations,” McCormack said. VA gm of Network, Revenue and Alliances, Russell Shaw, said “Virgin Australia is proud to provide the regional New South Wales community with increased travel choices and convenience, and a much more seamless international travel experience”. And Newcastle Airport ceo Peter Cock said community support for direct international services had been extremely strong. “New Zealand is our number one unserved market, so it is fitting that the first flight through our new international facilities will be servicing Auckland”. Flights are now on sale starting at $199 one way, excluding checked baggage. More information in tomorrow’s issue of Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

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ETG Maldives expansion

ENTIRE Travel Group continues to boost its portfolio, today confirming the launch of a brand dedicated to the Maldives. The new Maldives Travel Connection division complements other destinations covered by the group, with the expansion meaning ETG operates a stable of nine specialist wholesale brands including French Travel Connection, Tahiti Travel Connection, Canada & Alaska Specialist Holidays, Spain & Portugal Travel Connection, Barge Travel Connection & the recently merged CIT Holidays (TD 23 Apr). CEO Brad McDonnell said Maldives Travel Connection was a natural extension of the company’s product range. “We have extensive experience in selling island destinations, but...

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Best Western appoints md

BEST Western International has appointed Graham Perry as its new managing director for Australasia. The appointment follows Best Western’s move to take control of the global brand from the Motel Federation of Australia (TD 05 Jun) as it moved to a “Property Direct Relationship” with member properties in Australia and NZ. Perry joins Best Western from his most recent role as ceo of Inland NSW, while he is also a former ceo of See Australia as well as Traveland, and has held positions at Fairfax and Utell. “Best Western has a positive position in Australia and New Zealand with...

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Motorhome firm fined $12,600

CAMPERVAN operator Cruisin’ Motorhomes has been ordered to pay a penalty of $12,600 over allegations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that it breached the excessive payment surcharge laws introduced last year. Established in 1999, Cruisin’ Motorhomes operates branches in Cairns, Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with a fleet of new-model vehicles from two to six berths. The ACCC claimed that in Jan this year the company charged Visa and MasterCard customers a 2% surcharge, despite the cost of processing the payment ranging from 0.41% to 1.48%. “The excess payment surcharge laws provide that businesses can only pass...

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