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AFTA update 21 Feb 18

FROM AFTA’s chief executive, Jayson Westbury I HAD the great pleasure of taking part over the past weekend (18/19 Feb) in the Association of Travel Management Companies (ATMC) corporate engagement event with Qatar Airways in Doha, Qatar. A distinguished group of Australian TMCs gathered to experience the Qatar Airways’ flying experience along with Doha, both as a transit hub, but also as a stopover destination. The group was definitely impressed with the entire experience and for me personally, it was a first. A first for flying with Qatar Airways and a first visit to Doha. The Middle East definitely is a part of the world that has its troubles but as a corporate traveller stopping over in Doha, there was nothing to see other than a vibrant success story with all the most amazing modern trimmings that regular corporate travellers have come to expect. Doha’s Hamad International Airport for example is a well-oiled (pardon the pun) machine that works very efficiently, is immaculately clean and brings a highly sought-after experience at every turn. With the latest introduction of new services by Qatar Airways into Australia including Canberra, there are definitely some new experiences to be had for the Australian travelling public. I was a guest of Qatar Airways, and thank them, along with the Grand Hyatt Doha for their wonderful hospitality. Those TMCs within the Australian market that have...

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Window Seat 21 Feb 18

THERE’S one in every crowd, particularly if the crowd happens to be American. China is demanding answers from the US after a man attending an “ugly sweater party” allegedly broke off and stole a thumb from a terracotta warrior displayed in a Philadelphia museum. Police say the man had swiped the digit after taking a selfie with the defenceless statue, having accessed a closed section of the museum during a cocktail event. China is demanding the man be “severely punished” for his assault on the A$5.5m exhibit, on loan to the Franklin Institute. Police arrested a Delaware man after viewing security footage. The post Window Seat 21 Feb 18 appeared first on Travel Daily. Source: Travel...

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Visit USA hits Melbourne

THE second stage of Visit USA’s trade Expo saw the event hit the bustle of Melbourne last night, entertaining more than 250 agents who walked the red carpet in search of some iconic American glitz and glamour. Major draw cards for the evening included the awarding of prizes to guests and, of course, the infectious charisma of the event’s host Richard Reid. The roadshow will now push ahead to Sydney tonight to finish off its successful tour of Australia, touting the many charms of the United States to Aussie agents. Travel Counsellors Australia pictured above strike a pose including:...

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Trav Choice welcomes Paula

TRAVELLERS Choice members gathered in Sydney and Canberra last week to give a warm welcome to Paula Moylan, the network’s new bdm for NSW and the ACT (TD 06 Feb). In Sydney, Travellers Choice gm sales Nicola Strudwick officially welcomed Moylan with drinks overlooking Darling Harbour, and in Canberra md Christian Hunter introduced the group’s new recruit with some Barefoot Bowls at The RUC Turner Bowls Club. Pictured at the Canberra event are: Phil Dalley, Aree Hardy & Jan Dalley from Travel Makers, with Travellers Choice md Christian Hunter (right) and Moylan (back). The post Trav Choice welcomes Paula...

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QR receives 1st A350-1000

AIRCRAFT manufacturer Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by QR and is the first ever Airbus fitted with its new Business class Qsuite seats. Qatar Airways chief exec Akbar Al Baker said the aircraft would allow the airline to keep ahead of the curve. QR’s A350-1000 is configured for 327 passengers – 46 in Business & 281 in Economy class. Qatar Airways will debut the aircraft on the Doha-London Heathrow route from 24 Feb on the afternoon...

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