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AFTA sells head office

THE Australian Federation of Travel Agents has achieved a record sale price for strata property in the Sydney CBD, confirming its Pitt Street headquarters has changed hands for a whopping $3.8 million+GST. The deal was confirmed during the AFTA annual general meeting today, which also saw the re-election of Helloworld Travel’s Mike Thompson as chairman. Flight Centre ceo Graham Turner and Travellers Choice head Christian Hunter were also re-elected as AFTA’s vice-chairs. AFTA ceo Jayson Westbury noted that the proceeds from the office sale would be invested for the future benefit of members, with the organisation to move to...

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VFR drives inbound travel

TRAVELLERS to Australia citing their journey reason as “Visiting Friends/Relatives” are becoming a larger relative contributor to overall inbound travel numbers, according to a new analysis by John O’Shea of stockbroking firm Ord Minett. The respected analyst cited May data which indicated the moving annual growth rate for this segment stands at 6.8% – a “relatively robust figure” compared to a year-on-year 2% drop in holiday arrivals. He said the VFR growth was partly driven by increased family visits to the large number of international students now residing in Australia. “At a high level we think that these travellers...

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Amex takes whole Hogg

AMERICAN Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has completed its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), five months after announcing the 410 million deal (TD 12 Feb). “The combination of American Express GBT and HRG will provide clients and travellers with an unrivalled offering,” said GBT ceo Doug Anderson. “I look forward to integrating our companies and combining the vast experience and expertise of both,” he said. HRG ceo David Radcliffe, who joins the GBT board as a result of the deal, said he looked forward to “growing a best-in-class travel management company”. Integration of the two companies has now...

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1000 Mile team converges

THE mobile corporate specialists of the 1000 Mile Travel Group came together earlier this month for an annual team day at which they welcomed the company’s new general manager Steve Hona (TD Wed). Twenty-five of the group’s mobile experts joined a full day of education and networking at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne where 1000 Mile md Ben Ross provided updates on the company’s vision and growth, and launched a new intranet that offers preferred suppliers a distribution platform to the group’s team of more than 40 mobile consultants. The group will next converge in Oct when 1000 Mile holds...

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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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