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NSW backs transPacific jv

THE proposed transPacific joint business agreement (JBA) between American Airlines & Qantas being evaluated in Washington DC has received support from the office of the NSW Government. In a letter to the US Dept of Transportation, NSW Minister for Trade & Industry and Primary Industries Niall Blair said the proposed QF/AA alliance “will strengthen a strategic partnership that will drive trade, enhance investment and promote tourism between NSW and the US”. “It will benefit consumers and businesses… and serve to strengthen economic and cultural links between us,” he said. Minister Blair said the United States was one of New...

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Dubai blockchain vision

DUBAI has launched its Tourism 2.0 blockchain-enabled marketplace as part of a vision to connect buyers directly to hotels and tour operators through new technology platforms. The initiative is aimed at creating new distribution channels for Dubai’s tourism inventory through “a future-proofed virtual business-to-business marketplace”. The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) says the concept will make it the first city to “embark on the journey of democratising travel through the use of emerging technologies” and will initially provide a new distribution channel for hotels. A wider implementation will be rolled out over 24 months. Arabian Business...

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CWT takes gold for CSR

CARLSON Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has been given a gold rating for its corporate social responsibility practices (CSR) for a second successive year. The ranking was given by independent CSR ratings agency EcoVadis and puts CWT among the world’s top 1% of companies across all industries. CWT was also given a rating in the top 1% for “fair business practices/ethics & compliance” within its industry. “Our second, successive, annual gold rating for global CSR is testament to both us, and our customers, of the benefits of living the CWT values,” said Catherine Maguire-Vielle, CWT’s chief human resources officer. “Responsible business...

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Bliss delivered

NORWEGIAN Cruise Line has taken delivery of the 168,028 gross tonne Norwegian Bliss from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany. Norwegian Bliss’ maiden voyage will be from Southampton to the US tomorrow where she will be previewed in New York, Miami & LA prior to operating a summer season in Alaska starting in Jun. Source: Travel...

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Air NZ contingency

AIR New Zealand has updated flight schedules on multiple routes due to engines issues affecting its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (TD Mon). Fifteen flights have been axed between today and 29 Apr, on sectors such as PER-CHC, AKL-PER, AKL-SYD (on specific dates). Passengers affected by the flight cancellations are being contacted & sent new e-tickets, or are being advised that their agent will be in touch with new flight details. Dozens of Air New Zealand’s services from today until 26 Jun to destinations such as Houston, Apia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tokyo Haneda, along with some transTasman flights, have also had their timing adjusted. View the latest update HERE. Source: Travel...

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