Tourism WA to close regional offices

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Staff numbers at Tourism WA will be drastically cut over the next two years in a major restructuring effort. Labor’s Tourism Spokeswoman Ljiljanna Ravlich told the ABC that the 159 positions currently held by Tourism WA employees will be cut to just 74. Full-time public sector workers who do not secure positions in the new structure will be deployed to other state government agencies, while others will be offered voluntary redundancy. Tourism WA offices in Broome, Port Hedland, Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany and Kalgoorlie are set to close before the end of the year. Ms. Raylich said, “If we don’t develop our tourism product then it’s very difficult to attract tourists to regional and rural areas. Tourism WA will now focus on three key operational areas to increase visitor numbers: marketing WA as a competitive tourist destination; developing, attracting and marketing major events; and supporting significant tourism infrastructure and development projects. Tourism WA’s business model will enable it to free up more than A$31 million in funding over the next four years to directly invest into marketing. The government will also provide additional funding of A$12.4 million over three years to Tourism WA, however the funding will not reach regional visitors centres. Tourism Minister Liz Constable says a portion of the funding will be re-allocated to improving cooperation between Government departments.”They will get far more support if we work across government, not just work within our own agency,” she said. The Chairman of Albany’s Tourism and Marketing Committee, Denis Wellington, says he will be writing to the Government to try and save the city’s Tourism WA office.”Obviously they’ve got some budgetary restraints but we would like to maintain the presence of the Tourism Commission because it’s important to our overall tourism product,” he said. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

American Ashley Kerekes bowled over by Australia

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Twitter Sensation @theashes, Ashley Kerekes Due to the extensive media attention she’s garnered with her Twitter account @theashes, 22 year-old American Ashley Kerekes was flown down under to experience the test match series and all Australia has to offer. e-Travel Blackboard spoke exclusively to Ashley about her first trip to Australia. “This is my first trip to Australia and it’s been fantastic so far, I’ve been extra fortunate to see and do so much in such a short amount of time,” she said. Ashley, a babysitter from Westfield Massachusetts, was courted by Travelscene American Express and Qantas to fly to Australia and enjoy the third day of the Ashes test series after a twitter campaign using the hashtag ‘#gettheashestotheashes’ was created. “To be here in Australia and have the opportunity to learn about a sport I had no prior knowledge of at all is just amazing.” Ashley’s understanding of the game has increased since her arrival on Australian shores and she certainly has a lot of respect for the sport these days. “The actual game is quite intense. There’s a lot going on that you don’t see on the surface until you learn more about the rules and aims. “I just found out what a googly is!” she said. There was no direct reference to cricket intended when Ashley created her Twitter account some years ago. “The Ashes is a nickname my boyfriend gave to me. “I had the Twitter account in 2009 and didn’t receive any attention during that year’s matches,” she said. Ashley is flying home to the United States this weekend but has thoroughly enjoyed her time down under. When asked of her favourite city in Oz, she was quick to respond. “Sydney, it’s such a beautiful city,” she said.last_img read more

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and the Milestone Hotel on travel

first_imgSource = Red Carnation The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, the celebrated luxury collection of family-run boutique hotels, is proud to announce that two of their five star hotels, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, South Africa and The Milestone Hotel, Kensington, London have been included in Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels readers poll for 2011. Both hotels achieved outstanding marks and were listed in the top 10 for their respective regions, Europe and Africa.The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a peaceful sanctuary that stands in a class of its own, showcasing splendid luxury, passionate service, generous hospitality and exceptional value. Nestled at the edge of the world, amongst indigenous flora and mountain trails, with staggering views of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, this five-star Cape Town property is recognised and awarded as the No.1 Hotel in Cape Town (Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best hotels 2010) and voted No.1 Hotel in South Africa (Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Family Hotels Awards 2010). Only five minutes from Camps Bay and 15 minutes from the City Centre and Waterfront, guests can experience the best of both worlds -vibrant Cape Town, and a haven of natural beauty. Facilities include 70 sea and mountain-facing bedrooms and suites including the Presidential Suite; one sea and one mountain-facing pool; and the award-winning Sanctuary Spa. Dining facilities include the Azure restaurant, The Café Grill, and the Leopard Bar. Guests can spend a popcorn-eating evening at the hotel’s 16-seat private cinema. In addition to its own helipad, The Twelve Apostles offers complimentary shuttle transfers to and from the V&A Waterfront, and is an exceptional setting for special occasions, corporate events and spectacular weddings.Situated in the heart of Kensington, overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, the quiet and understated elegance of The Milestone is celebrated for its style, comfort, and exalted levels of personal service. This five star hotel in London offers 56 individually designed rooms and suites, and six two-bedroom apartments: each lavishly decorated with the finest fabrics and furnishings. The building is a showpiece of the Victorian era, having been restored to its former architectural splendour. Boasting 24-hour butler service, Cheneston’s fine dining Restaurant, Park Lounge for traditional afternoon tea, Stables bar and fitness centre with resistance pool and spa treatment, this exquisite hotel is a short stroll to the Royal Albert Hall, and in easy reach of Knightsbridge and the West End.”No request is too large, no detail too small” is the ethos that inspires this luxury collection of thirteen five and four star outstanding boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach and South Africa. Each property has its own individual character and unique location that reflects the local environment, culture and cuisine. They all share the qualities that win Red Carnation so many prestigious awards – splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service and loyal staff committed to creating richly rewarding experiences for all their guests.last_img read more

Pharaoh rules prelaunch ticket sales

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J 3,000 years later and Tutankhamun still knows how to bring in a crowd, with Melbourne Museum noting record tickets sales before the exhibition launched late last week.Melbourne is bound to welcome an influx of arrivals from around Australia keen to be exposed to the artefacts and paraphernalia that made up Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, according to Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu. “With record advance ticket sales and huge interest across the country, Tutankhamun and the Golden Ageof the Pharaohs is the most anticipated exhibition ever to be staged in Australia,” Mr Baillieu said. “Securing exclusive exhibitions for Melbourne has been a highly successful strategy for Victoria, and I look forward to Tutankhamun being another memorable success story for this state,” Mr Baillieu said.Attracting up to seven million visitors during Tutankhamun and the Golden Age exhibition’s tour in the US and the UK, IMG Arts & Entertainment managing director Stephen Flint Wood said pre-ticket sales “surpassed expectations”.“The response from the public has surpassed expectations – as they recognize the historical significance of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Mr Wood said. Melbourne will be the only city in the continent to showcase the exhibition which includes up to 130 artefacts ranging from tombs to statues and ornamental daggers.   Proceeds from Tutankhamun andthe Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ world tour are being used towards conserving the ancient artefacts as well as the development of the exhibition’s future home in the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).  Melbourne Museum is also hosting for the eleventh year Top Designs, showcasing the works of emerging Victorian designers as well as displaying a specimen of an extinct Australian marsupial, the Leadbeater’s Possum.  center_img Tutankhamun exhibition exceeds Melbourne’s record pre-launch ticket saleslast_img read more

Travel2 innovates for agents

first_imgRohan Moss and Kylie Rix – Travel2 National Operations Manager celebrating the successful cutover With a new Calypso platform, more product offerings, improved documentation and communication tools, Travel2 has its agents’ needs at the core of its current and future operations, the wholesaler’s boss has said.According to Travel2 general manager Rohan Moss, as a wholesaler selling only via travel agents, Travel2 understands the requirements of their agents and is constantly advancing to meet those needs.“Our life blood is travel consultants and everything my Travel2 Team do is to continue to improve what we deliver to them,” Mr Moss told e-Travel Blackboard.“We know we need to continue to evolve and strive to deliver the best possible bookings options, product and price to our agents, who are our only customers.”Travel2 last week cut over to a new Calypso platform, a move Mr Moss said has been in the works since October last year in order to “deliver a great range of enhancements for our travel agent customers”.Agents can now expect more instant confirmations as Travel2’s room allotments have increased significantly (to over three million per annum) while Qik Book in Calypsonet has been maintained in the new system.Travel2 has also significantly increased the number of fares loaded for agents to access via Calypsonet or telephone sales. “As with all we do in Travel2, [the changes came about] to offer more to our agency customers and in particular deliver a greater product range and inventory to our agents,” Mr Moss said.“It also ensures our travel agent customers have the confidence with our programme that we’re competing at a product and room inventory level against the plethora of online retailers of whom most are simply hotel room aggregators!”And for agents tired of waiting in telephone queues, Travel2’s investment in a new telephony platform will see agents being called back when it’s their turn, rather than hanging on the phone.“In the coming weeks we will also integrate email messages from agents into the queues to Reservations consultants, meaning email bookings or quotes will be actioned in order along with phone calls and call back requests,” Mr Moss added.Travel2 will today launch a major promotion focusing on key beach destinations, ‘Beach Bonanza’, available on Calypsonet.Running for 6 weeks to 23 September 2011, ‘Beach Bonanza’ will be supported by an electronic 8 page flyer featuring all the special offers with a full colour printed version being delivered to agencies from the end of the week. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

Banyan Tree Bangkok Voted Asias Leading City Spa Hotel

first_imgBanyan Tree Bangkok has been voted as the winner of World Travel Awards 2011 in the category of Asia’s Leading City Spa Hotel.Based on votes cast by over 213,000 industry professionals worldwide, for the best in travel, tourism and hospitality products and services, World Travel Awards recently announced the winners at the 18th World Travel Awards 2011 Ceremony held in Bangkok.The World Travel Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global tourism and travel industry. “This is a great honour, to be recognised as Asia’s Leading City Spa Hotel. We are delighted that Banyan Tree Bangkok has won this award, which recognises our achievement in delivering unique products and services that make our guest experience memorable. We have always strived to maintain the highest possible standards to ensure the comfort of our discerning guests, tailored for individual lifestyles and preferences in accommodation, dining and spa,” said Mr. Sriram Kailasam, AVP, Food & Beverage and General Manager of Banyan Tree Bangkok.Banyan Tree Bangkok has been recognised as the Best City Hotel in numerous international awards including one of ‘The World’s Best Hotels to Stay’ by Condé Nast Traveler (US), and DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2010 as “Best Hotel in Bangkok”, strengthening the brand presence in the regional hotel industry, and increasing awareness among global travellers.          Source = Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts An iconic destination for leisure and business travellers alike in Bangkok, Banyan Tree Bangkok offers a Sanctuary for the Senses with unparalleled panoramic cityscapes, elegantly decorated guest rooms, renowned legendary service and the Banyan Tree Club lounge with integrated spa facilities. Located in the heart of Bangkok’s central business and embassy district, the hotel also affords guests great ease for shopping, entertainment and sightseeing. Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok is one of the city’s most exclusive spas with 16 contemporary treatment rooms, offering exclusive spa treatments which feature a repertoire of signature Banyan Tree Spa techniques. The Spa showcases three beautifully designed Grand Spa Rooms, equipped with the innovative Rainmist and steam facilities and spacious Chromotherapy jet-pool bathtubs, four Deluxe Spa Rooms equipped with steam, jet-pool bath and shower facilities, three Double Spa Rooms, six Single Spa Rooms and a beauty salon. For guests to recreate the unique Banyan Tree Hotel and Spa experience in the comforts of home, Banyan Tree Gallery offers a range of signature aromatherapy accessories, essential oils, incense sticks as well as hair and body care collections inspired by Banyan Tree Spa treatments. Banyan Tree Spa is also ranked amongst the world’s best, having received prestigious awards such as “Best Spa Operator” by Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) Travel Awards Asia for the 6th consecutive year, “Best Spa Brand” in Hurun Report’s Best of the Best Awards 2011 for the 5th consecutive year and “Best Spa Operator” by China Hotel Starlight Awards for three consecutive years.  All Banyan Tree Spa therapists are graduates of the accredited Banyan Tree Spa Academy established in May 2001 in Phuket (Thailand), followed by Bintan (Indonesia) and Lijiang (China). Its rigorous theoretical and practical training ensures therapists deliver consistently high quality service that guests have come to expect from the evolving brand. The Banyan Tree Spa Academy has garnered numerous accolades including the “Spa Academy of the Year” by AsiaSpa Awards in 2009 & 2010, “Best Spa Academy of the Year” by SpaChina Awards for the 2nd consecutive year and “Grand Award for Education and Training” in 2010 awarded by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). last_img read more

Aussies to jingle holiday bells down under

first_imgAussies are keeping Christmas vacations familiar and “safer” this year, with Australia’s favourite local summer holiday spots reporting 100 percent occupancy rates over the festive season.According to real estate group Raine & Horne chief executive Angus Raine, Aussies are snubbing cheap international airfares and the strong Australian dollar and are opting for “the tradition and relative safety of a summer holiday in Australia”.Welcoming the renewed commitment to local stays include NSW North Coast, Central Coast, Palm Beach, the Gold Coast and Port Douglas.Raine & Horne Port Douglas and Mossman principal David Cotton explained holiday bookings have maintained a steady stream this summer with 60 percent and 70 percent occupany for Christmas, while principal of Yamba Denise Jillett explained New Year’s Eve and first week of January are at 100 percent occupancy in the North Coast.”These vacancies came about as a result of cancellations, so holiday makers considering Yamba need to be quick,” Ms Jillett highlighted.”Modern two bedroom apartments close to the beach are available from $1,600 for the week plus booking fee.”Brett Hunter from Terrigal-Avoca Beach added that the company has secured 20 percent more revenue for its owners in the Central Coast over the last six months and said the results were achieved through an altered approach to holiday lettings.”Knowing we can’t improve on a 100% result, instead we have focused on helping people extend their vacations before and after the Christmas period, as well as assisting them with shorter stays of perhaps three or four days on multiple occasions,” Mr Hunter said. What are your plans this Christmas, exchanging presents down under or riding sleigh bells overseas? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

MAS drops eight lossmaking routes

first_imgMalaysia Airlines drops eight routes Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In an attempt to cut further losses Malaysia Airlines as part of its ‘route rationalisation exercise’ plans to withdraw eight loss-making routes beginning 06 January next year. The national carriers affected routes are Kuala Lumpur-Surabaya, Kuala Lumpur-Dubai, Kuala Lumpur-Karachi-Dubai, Kuala Lumpur-Dubai-Damman, Langkawi-Penang-Singapore, Kuala Lumpur- Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur-Cape Town-Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur to Rome.Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the eight routes account for almost 12 percent of passenger capacity and expects the withdrawal will improve loads, increase yields and have a profit impact of RM220 to RM302 million next year.“The above route rationalisation is expected to have minimal impact on Malaysia’s position as a top tourist destination in Asia as we will work with our code share partners,” Ahmad Jauhari said.   “Through our existing arrangements with them, we will continue to promote connectivity between Malaysia and key international destinations as well as contribute towards the overall efforts by the various authorities to increase tourist arrivals to Malaysia.”Mr Ahmad Jauhari added the carrier expects to return to these markets after the company’s financial status is stabilised.In a written statement, Malaysia Airlines said it regrets any inconvenience caused to its passengers and assured customers that it will honor all forward bookings ticketed to date on the affected routes.Malaysia Airlines claims the impact on its Cargo division will be minimal as the carrier continues to maintain its key cargo destinations in Australia, Europe, UK, Orient, Middle East, South Africa and the US.last_img read more

Cosmos Asia success in Australia

first_imgAustralia’s total revenue contribution to the Cosmos Asia program in 2013 represented approximately 28 percent of total sales, compared to just 15 percent the previous year. Source = ETB News: P.T. Globus Family of Brands’ Cosmos Asia program has achieved record growth year-on-year, doubling the amount of business and steadily increasing capacity on tours since 2012. Globus Australasia inbound manager Peter Cooney & Globus marketing manager Australasia Christian Schweitzer. “So we thought… what is a way in which we can capture a proportion of that market and still say you can achieve that same experience, but just take in a little bit of culture beforehand?” Cosmos Asia’s 2014 program also has a new product destination, Sri Lanka.center_img “Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia have been performing really well and Japan is beginning to return to pre-tsunami levels, while India probably has the most potential,” Globus inbound manager Australasia Peter Cooney said. Australian travellers preferred destination this year was overwhelmingly clear, with China tours accounting for 56 percent of all packages sold in 2013. “We all know that the flop and drop market to Thailand is pretty popular out of Australia,” Globus Australasia marketing manager Christian Schweitzer said. Globus’ Cosmos Asia program now offers beach and resort extensions for tours in Thailand and India, broadening the appeal of the product and offering travellers additional incentives.last_img read more

Fiji Airways adds another 737

first_imgFiji Airways, Fiji National Airline, today welcomed a fifth Boeing 737-800 into its fleet. The leased aircraft – Island of Ovalau – features Fiji Airways’ award-winning livery and designs, and features eight Business Class seats and 162 Economy Class seats. It touched down at the Fiji Airways Hangar in Nadi this morning, having left the Netherlands last weekend. Nalin Patel, Fiji Airways Chairman at the welcome event comment: “This new aircraft comes at an important time for us. It will contribute straight-away to our network, as we prepare to start direct services between Wellington and Nadi from June 25th on Thursdays and Sundays all year around. This aircraft will also allow us to add an extra service from Christchurch, also making that a twice-weekly connection to Fiji all year round as well.”Fiji Airways will also be able to add more daylight flights to Brisbane, as well as extra frequencies on Fiji Airways’ busy Auckland and Sydney routes.Mr. Patel added: “With this addition to our fleet we become larger and stronger. We will be able to further strengthen our position as the leader in aviation in the Pacific. It aids us in developing partnerships within the region, like the recently announced codeshare with Air Vanuatu and partnerships we are looking to put in place in Tonga.”The ‘Island of Ovalau’ will undertake its first flight on Friday.Source = Fiji Airwayslast_img read more

10 year China Visa great for tourism

first_img10 year China Visa great for tourismA new ten year, multiple entry visa for Chinese visitors will be a major bonus in helping Australian tourism gain greater share of this growing international visitor market, ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said today.“The signing of this agreement will give Chinese visitors an even greater impetus to visit Australia and the decision to introduce these ten year visas will bring us in line with other competitor countries including the United States, Canada and Singapore,” Mr Shelley said.“These changes align us with the new paradigm of international travel where visa processes are becoming more streamlined and consumer friendly, enabling Australia to compete for increased market share of the international tourism dollar.“Visa reform is a vital element of Australia’s competitiveness and, with the number of Chinese international travellers set to rise dramatically over coming years, we need to remove any unnecessary barriers to travel to remain competitive and continue to grow our opportunities within this lucrative market.“ATEC has taken a leading role in advocating for a visa system that improves access from the Chinese visitor market and removes the current barriers. We congratulate Federal Ministers Dutton and Robb on supporting Australia’s $30 billion tourism export industry through this progressive initiative.“With Chinese visitors spending around $5.4billion in Australia each year, and a doubling of China visitors expected over the next 5 years, this initiative puts Australian back in the game as both an appealing destination and as having a friendly and welcoming visa arrangement which is sure to auger well into the future.” Department of Immigration and Border ProtectionSource = ATEClast_img read more

French Travel Connection Paris announcement

first_imgThe team at French Travel Connection has many friends and family in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people in this wonderful city.We would like to express our gratitude for the kind messages of support received from the Travel Industry following the Paris attacks.In response to this tragedy, on Saturday we contacted all of our travel agent partners who have clients in Paris.Today we are contacting all agents with clients scheduled to arrive between now and 31st December 2015 with an update as follows:FTC Cancellation PolicyThe below applies for bookings in Paris:For all bookings up to 31st December 2015 French Travel Connection will not apply any cancellation chargesAll cancellations are subject to our suppliers terms and conditions.  We are working with them to understand what cancellation policies may applyDue to the circumstances in Paris, we anticipate it will take time for us to understand the situation so we ask for your patience during this processFor all bookings up to 31st December 2015 French Travel Connection will not apply amendment fees to alternative arrangements in FrancePlease refer to Excluding Paris the advice levels for France overall is “exercise normal safety precautions”Our team is here to assist so please contact them on 1300 858 304 or all bookings from 1st January 2016 our standard terms and conditions applyShould you require any assistance please email French Travel ConnectionSource = French Travel Connectionlast_img read more

Airline operates first and largest GDP certified multiairport hub in

first_imgAirline operates first and largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the world His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group with dignitaries at the inauguration of Emirates SkyPharmaAirline operates first and largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the worldEmirates SkyPharma, Emirates SkyCargo’s new purpose-built facility dedicated exclusively to the timely and secure transport of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments at Dubai International Airport (DXB) was officially inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health, United Arab Emirates and His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of Dubai Health Authority (DHA) were also present at the inaugural.“Pharmaceuticals are one of the most important products we transport because of the impact on people’s lives and communities across the world,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.“As a leader in the global air cargo industry we decided that it was not only important for us to build state-of- the-art cool chain facilities for the transport of pharma products but to also go the extra mile and ensure the compliance of our operations against the highest international standards. Our customers can continue to rest easy knowing that shipping their high-value and temperature-sensitive goods with Emirates SkyCargo is a safe and efficient choice for their business and end customers.”First and largest GDP Certified multi-airport hub in the worldThe new purpose built Emirates SkyPharma facility, part of the new 11,000 square metre extension of Emirates SkyCentral terminal at Dubai International Airport, offers 4,000 square metres of space dedicated to pharmaceutical cargo. It also features temperature controlled zones (2-8 degree Celsius and 15-25 degree Celsius), 88 temperature controlled individual positions in the automated ULD (aircraft pallet) handling system and 5 temperature controlled acceptance and delivery truck docks.Emirates SkyCargo has also been awarded the certification of compliance under the EU Good Distribution Practice guidelines (GDP) for medicinal products for human use by Bureau Veritas following an audit conducted by the certification agency’s team from Germany. The certification validates the carrier’s adherence to the strict guidelines on the transport and handling of pharmaceutical products and covers all Emirates SkyCargo handling activities for pharmaceutical products at its hub in Dubai.Emirates SkyCargo is the first cargo airline in the world that has obtained GDP certification for its hub operations covering two airports and the 24/7 bonded trucking service that connects cargo between them. The carrier also operates the largest GDP certified area in the world offering a total area of 8,600 square metres of combined handling space dedicated for pharmaceutical products at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central.The Good Distribution Practice guidelines outlined by the European Commission have been designed to ensure that the quality and integrity of pharmaceutical products are maintained during transportation. As part of its audit process, Bureau Veritas, well known around the world for their high standards, subject knowledge and experience, scrutinised all aspects of the handling and storage of pharmaceutical shipments through Emirates SkyCargo’s dual hubs in Dubai to ensure compliance with GDP guidelines on a number of subjects including quality management, product integrity, security and training of staff handling pharmaceutical products.“Throughout the audit process we found strong evidence of Emirates SkyCargo’s commitment across all levels to delivering high quality and secure transportation for pharmaceutical products. We are pleased to certify Emirates SkyCargo’s facilities at Dubai International airport, at Dubai World Central and the bonded road service between its hubs as GDP compliant” said Mr Ahmad Chaouk, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Middle East, India, Caspian Sea & Africa Operating Group, Bureau Veritas.The new Emirates SkyPharma facility at Dubai International airport works in conjunction with Emirates SkyCentral DWC, the carrier’s freighter hub in Dubai World Central which offers 4,600 square metres of dedicated area for pharmaceutical cargo. Both facilities complement the range of innovative cool chain products and solutions offered by Emirates SkyCargo including the Cool Dolly, the White Container and White Cover Advanced, all of which are designed to prevent temperature fluctuations or spikes from occurring during any part of the transportation process.Emirates SkyCargo’s pharma handling capabilities at its dual hubs further consolidate Dubai’s position as a leading destination for healthcare and pharma logistics.In 2015 Emirates SkyCargo shipped close to 11,000 tonnes of pharmaceutical products across its global network through its hub in Dubai. The top pharmaceutical products shipped include critical medication for diabetes and cancer, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), blood derivatives and vaccines.About Emirates SkyCargoEmirates SkyCargo is the largest international airline cargo operator in the world connecting cargo customers to over 150 cities across 82 countries in six continents. Emirates SkyCargo’s cargo hold capacity comprises Emirates’ fleet of more than 250 aircraft, including 15 freighters – 13 Boeing 777-Fs and two B747-400ERFs.Emirates SkyCargo is renowned for the highest standards of product quality in supporting business logistics – achieving customer satisfaction through innovation, flexibility and the constant refinement of service levels.The 2015-16 financial year was a strong one for Emirates SkyCargo with a 6% increase in airfreight uplifted to 2.5 million tonnes. Contributing 14% of the airline’s total transport revenue, Emirates SkyCargo continues to play an integral role in the company’s expanding operations. Source = Emirateslast_img read more

Chinese celebrities to showcase Sydney and surrounds

first_imgChinese celebrities to showcase Sydney and surroundsChinese celebrities to showcase Sydney and surrounds to millions in TV reality showImages of some of NSW‘s most popular attractions will be seen by more than 44 million Chinese television and online viewers after filming of the popular Chinese reality show Travel with Superstar takes place across Sydney and Regional NSW this week.NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the activity supported by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, will showcase Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Mudgee, Gunnedah, the Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Port Macquarie to a massive audience across Mainland China.“China is NSW‘s largest inbound tourism market and we are delighted to be exposing Australia’s number one tourism and events State to potential Chinese visitors,” Mr Marshall said.In the year ended December 2016, NSW welcomed more than 683,000 visitors from China who spent more than $2.7 billion in the State.“We know Chinese visitors love what Sydney and rural and regional NSW has to offer, and this program will inspire even more visitors to come and see our world-famous attractions and landscapes,” Mr Marshall said.Travel with Superstar, now in its third season, will follow two Chinese celebrities on a road trip from Sydney to Gunnedah and on to Port Macquarie.  Sydney and NSW will feature in all 20 episodes of Travel with Superstar. The celebrities cast in the show will also post about their experiences on popular Chinese social media site Weibo. The celebrities boast 4.5 million followers between them.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said the show will be broadcast on the China Communication Television Broadcast Network (CCTBN) as well as 32 different online platforms.“In every shot of every episode for the entire season, our attractions, our scenery, our natural wonders will be there, capturing the attention of viewers,” Ms Chipchase added.The filming will begin in The Blue Mountains where the celebrities will visit Echo Point, Scenic World and experience the thrill of canyoning. The show will also feature Featherdale Wildlife park, as well as visits to wineries, museums, bee and deer farms, Indigenous cultural experiences, as well as a hot air balloon ride over the Hunter Valley.Filming is scheduled to commence on Saturday 25 March, with the 20 person crew and celebrities returning to China on Sunday 2 April.Travel with Superstar is produced by Sue Grace Media Pty Ltd and is due to be broadcast in China in mid-April Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

American Express expands growing Global Lounge Collection

first_imgAmerican Express expands growing Global Lounge CollectionAmerican Express expands growing Global Lounge CollectionAmerican Express (NYSE:AXP) today announced the expansion of its signature airport lounge network, The Centurion Lounge, with two new locations in Hong Kong and Philadelphia International Airports. Hong Kong, which opens on October 2nd, marks the first Centurion lounge in Asia, and Philadelphia, opening in late October, marks the 8th U.S. location of this growing network of premium airport retreats. “We are excited to introduce our first Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong, which continues to be a top destination for our Card Members and an epicenter for contemporary culture,” said Janey Whiteside, executive vice president and general manager of Global Charge Products, Benefits & Services, American Express. “We’re equally thrilled to expand our offerings in the U.S. with the opening of a Centurion Lounge location in the growing travel hub of Philadelphia. These two new additions to our Centurion Lounge offerings and broader Global Lounge Collection build on our ongoing commitment to provide our increasingly global Card Members with access to premium travel benefits and experiences.”The Centurion Lounge is the signature lounge program within the broader American Express Global Lounge CollectionSM, which provides Platinum Card® and Centurion Members with access to the most lounges across the globe compared to other U.S. credit cards, including access to more than 1,100 lounges around the world, in 500 plus cities, across 120 countries and counting.The Centurion Lounge at Hong Kong International AirportOpening on October 2nd, The Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong International Airport is located in Terminal 1. Covering approximately 8,000 square feet, the lounge offers an expansive escape for Card Members to relax, refresh and reboot. The space features a unique selection of premium amenities, food and beverages inspired by the local culture.Amenities include:A premium buffet featuring both locally and internationally inspired dishes.Example menu items include French toast with maple syrup and mixed berry compote, assorted Dim Sum baskets, stir-fried rice with eggs, mushrooms and vegetables, chicken congee, gnocchi with Pomodoro sauce, pan fried sole fillet with caper cream sauce, and vanilla mango panna cotta.A complimentary full bar with custom cocktails created by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan and wine selections handpicked by renowned wine authority Anthony Giglio*Private phone areas and a meeting room, plus a workspace outfitted with a computer barRestrooms and a private shower suite outfitted with L’Occitane amenitiesA private area exclusively available for Centurion Members and their guests, which will offer access to a dedicated Member Services Professional to help with any specific travel, reservation or card services requestsThe private Centurion area will also feature an a la carte menu designed by Michelin star chef, Lau Yiu Fai of Yan Toh Heen at the InterContinental Hong Kong.                 Chef Lau’s menu will offer Cantonese dishes such as baked pork in puff pastry, crispy spring rolls with kimchi and pork, crispy fresh prawns with black truffles, braised wagyu beef cheek and turnip, barbecued pork with honey and steamed rice, and baked egg tartlettes with bird’s nest, among others.The Centurion Lounge at Philadelphia International AirportIn the coming weeks, American Express will open a new 6,300 square foot Centurion Lounge located in Terminal A West of Philadelphia International Airport. In this new lounge Card Members can enjoy amenities including:An Israeli-inspired food menu designed by four-time James Beard Award winning Israeli Cuisine Pioneer, Chef Michael SolomonovA complimentary full bar with custom cocktails created by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan and wine selections handpicked by renowned wine authority Anthony Giglio*Floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive internal and external viewsEssentials for business and leisure travelers alike, including dedicated workspaces, power outlets, private phone areas, comfortable seating and access to high-speed Wi-FiAmerican Express is excited to partner with Chef Michael Solomonov, the executive chef and co-owner of Philadelphia’s pioneering Israeli restaurant Zahav, to bring some of his favorite flavors to The Centurion Lounge in Philadelphia. Some of the items on Solomonov’s lounge menu include challah French toast with tehina and blackberries, Israeli salad with feta, kale tabbouleh with apples and pomegranate, Bulgarian kebabs with red pepper and white bean salad, and malabi with coconut and passionfruit.“We are extremely honored to be a part of the American Express Centurion Lounge family and excited to help make their newest lounge an oasis of hospitality for Philadelphia travelers,” said Chef Michael Solomonov. “It’s such an exciting time to be a Philadelphian, and I am grateful for the opportunity to show visitors to our historic town what the City of Brotherly Love is all about.”The two new lounges in Hong Kong and Philadelphia are the latest openings in American Express’ network of Centurion Lounges, which also includes locations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Miami International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Houston’s George Bush International Airport.In addition to the new locations, The Centurion Lounge at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will be relocating to a larger space in Terminal D, opening in the first half of 2018. The new space will be approximately 3,000 square feet larger than the original space and will include additional amenities such as telephone rooms, a private mother’s room and an additional shower suite.Access to The Centurion Lounge is complimentary and exclusive for Platinum Card and Centurion Members. Platinum Card Members may enter with up to two travel companions at no additional charge. Centurion Members may enter with their immediate family or up to two travel companions. Platinum Card or Centurion Members may purchase a one-day pass to The Centurion Lounge for additional guests for $50.**Access to The Centurion Lounge and the broader Global Lounge Collection is among an expansive suite of benefits designed to create a more seamless travel experience for Platinum Card and Centurion Members. The Global Lounge Collection includes access to American Express Centurion Lounges, international American Express lounges, Delta Sky Club® for Card Members flying on Delta, Priority PassTM Select Lounges upon enrollment, Airspace Lounges and MAG U.S. Escape Lounges. Card Members can find a loungeat the Global Lounge Collection website or by using the Amex Mobile app.Visit for more about the Platinum Card.Source = American Expresslast_img read more

Recharge your batteries at Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin

first_imgSource = Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin Recharge Your Batteries at Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua HinRecharge your batteries at Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua HinHoliday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin, Asia’s first integrated Holiday Inn hotel and water park, has demonstrated its commitment to innovation and sustainability by installing Hua Hin’s first electric car charging station.Launched in partnership with leading renewable energy company Energy Mahanakhon, the new ‘EA Anywhere’ charging station is a state-of-the-art facility that meets IEC international standards and can support all types of electric vehicle, including hybrid plug-ins (PHEVs) and battery-operated vehicles (BEVs).The new charging station is located in the hotel’s car park, meaning that guests can simply leave their vehicle to charge while they relax and recharge their own batteries at Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin. Electric car owners can also use a mobile app to locate the charging station and make payments.Service fees for the new charging station are as follows:60 mins – THB50120 mins – THB80180 mins – THB110240 mins – THB150By installing Hua Hin’s first electric vehicle charging station, Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is demonstrating its commitment to clean energy. The hotel is located just 2.5 hours’ drive from Bangkok, which makes it perfect for guests travelling by car from the Thai capital.“This partnership with Energy Mahanakhon is the first step in a very important movement and part of what we feel is our social responsibility,” said Franck Rodriguez, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin. “The 200km journey between Bangkok and Hua Hin is a hugely popular route, travelled by millions of people each year, including domestic and international tourists. If every journey was taken by electric vehicle, this would have a hugely beneficial impact on the environment.”The number of electric vehicles in Thailand is expected to rise rapidly in line with global demand and with it the need for charging stations. Energy Mahanakhon has currently installed approximately 200 stations across Thailand, with a total of 1,000 targeted for this year.Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is a bold new hotel that rises dramatically from Thailand’s golden Gulf coast, overlooking the sea. Directly accessible from the Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle, which features 19 thrilling rides and slides, the hotel is suited to all types of holiday, including family vacations, weekend breaks and corporate retreats.In addition to the water park, the hotel features restaurants, bars, outdoor pools, a spa and fitness centre. Its crowning glory is the spectacular 27th floor rooftop oasis, Vana Nava Sky Bar, which was designed by Ashley Sutton and features a stylish bar, restaurant, function space, outdoor pool and glass-floored observation deck. The hotel also features a collection of modern meeting spaces, including a 900-delegate capacity pillar-free balloon.last_img read more

Vietjet opens direct flight from Hanoi to Osaka

first_imgA representative of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) , Japan (Front – 2nd from left) presenting the certificate for the new route to Vietjet Vice President Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh (front, 1st from left) at the Vietnam Investment Conference in Tokyo. The ceremony was witnessed by Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang (back – 5th from left).Vietjet opens direct flight from Hanoi to OsakaVietnam’s new-age carrier Vietjet will officially launch a direct route connecting Hanoi with Osaka (Japan) on 8 November 2018, looking to further boost tourism and trade integration between the two countries and across the region.A special ceremony to announce the new route was held today at the Japan-Vietnam Economic Forum in Tokyo with Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang, Japanese government’s representatives, and officials from both countries joining representatives of Vietjet.At the ceremony, Vietjet, SBI Leasing Services, Natixis and some of the Japanese equity arrangers also signed a MOU worth a total of nearly US$600 million for the purpose of aircraft financing.Using Vietjet’s new and modern A320 aircraft, the Hanoi-Osaka route will operate on a daily basis with a flight time of more than four hours per leg. As proposed, the flight will depart from Hanoi each day at 1:45am and arrive in Osaka at around 7:50am (local time). The return flight will take off from Osaka at 9:20am and land in Hanoi at around 1:10pm (local time).Vietjet’s new service to Osaka will bring the airline’s total number of international routes to 45 while also servicing 38 domestic routes.Ticket sales for the new route is expected to be available from 8 June 2018 at (also compatible with smartphones at and at (just click the “Booking” tab).Speaking at the ceremony, Vietjet’s Vice President Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh said, “We are excited to be preparing to launch this new route. The Hanoi-Osaka route will be the first service for Vietjet’s expansion into Japan – the Land of the Rising Sun. We believe that this new connection and our expanding network will help make the travel dreams of millions of passengers come true.”“Japan is known to people from all over the world for its natural beauty especially for its cherry blossom season and Mt. Fuji. The country is also adored for its many enviable cultural heritage,friendly people, mouth-watering cuisine and cutting-edge technology. As part of our expansion strategy in Japan, we will continue to open new routes connecting Vietnam and Japan’s economic and tourism hubs in order to diversify destination choices and meet the growing demand for air travel between the two countries and beyond to better connect with the rest of the world,” added Binh.Osaka is Japan’s third largest city with a population of over 2.7 million people. It is not only the capital of the Kansai Region but also considered to be a cultural treasure of Japan for its striking traditional architecture and authentic Japanese cuisines. The city is well-known for its stunning tourist attractions and entertainment destinations such as the Osaka Castle (Ōsakajō), Sumiyoshi Taisha, Minoo Park, Universal Studios, Minami (Namba) and many more.Vietjet has already collaborated with Japanese travel agencies to operate many direct-chartered flights from Vietnam to Osaka as well as Narita, Sendai, Nagoya, Ibaraki and Fukushima, a demonstration that the airline’s services and its efforts in connecting the two countries has been very well received.Following a “Consumer Airline” model, Vietjet continues to open new routes, add more aircraft, invest in modern technology and offer more added-on products and services to serve the demands of millions of satisfied customers.An award-winning and pioneering airline, Vietjet is much loved by travelers for its exciting promotional and entertainment programs, especially during festive seasons. With high-quality services, diverse travel categories and special low-fare tickets, the airline offers its passengers memorable flying experiences on new aircrafts with comfy seats, delicious hot meals served by beautiful and friendly cabin crew, and many other interesting added-on services.Source = Vietjetlast_img read more

Silversea Expeditions celebrates 10 years of pioneering exploration

first_imgSilversea Expeditions celebrates 10 years of pioneering explorationSilversea Expeditions celebrates 10 years of pioneering explorationOn 3 June, 2018, Silversea Expeditions proudly celebrated 10 years of luxurious expedition cruising, marking the occasion with a two-day gala voyage between London and Dublin. On this momentous day, the ultra-luxury Silver Cloud departed London’s Tower Bridge amid great elation to honour Silversea Expeditions’ very first voyage, which sailed under Tower Bridge for Svalbard a decade ago to the day.In a nod to the company’s continued focus on innovation, Silver Cloud, which was the first vessel in Silversea’s fleet and was reimagined as an elegant ice-class expedition ship in late 2017, crossed paths with Silver Spirit – Silversea’s recently lengthened and renovated ship – in Greenwich, London.The array of enrichments aboard Silver Cloud’s celebratory voyage included a congratulatory video message from HSH Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, who had cut the ribbon in Monte Carlo during the naming ceremony for Silversea’s first expedition ship in 2008. Originally named Prince Albert II in tribute to His Serene Highness and his environmental efforts, the ship sails today as Silver Explorer and continues a legacy of sustainable tourism.“We are delighted to be celebrating this important milestone,” says Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Chairman. “I am glad to see that my vision has been successfully realised and we are now recognized for our destination leadership. Since the launch of our expedition itineraries, we have connected people with the world’s most spectacular landscapes and cultures, and, in the process, we have fostered respect and greater care for our planet and its inhabitants. I am very proud of my team and our mission. We will continue to scout new destinations to bring innovation to the world of expedition cruising.”Over the last 10 years, the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and humanitarian efforts has extended across the globe, in many forms: in the Cook and Phoenix islands in 2015, guests of Silversea participated in a mammal acoustic survey that successfully added three new species of animals to the national registry; in Bangladesh, where Silver Discoverer made the first-ever cruise ship call in 2017, we visited a remote village where our guests purchased regional produce to benefit the local community; and in 2017, when Silversea engaged in a partnership with ORCA, one of the U.K.’s leading marine conservation charities, to enable guests to discover incredible marine life and contribute to the charity’s ongoing conservation work. In the Galápagos Islands, where Silver Galapagos inaugurated ultra-luxury expedition experiences in 2014, Silversea will co-sponsor a camp for children to encourage the conservation of marine habitats.Looking ahead, the future of ultra-luxury expedition cruising is in safe hands with Silversea. With a Northeast Passage crossing planned, and additional voyages to the Bay of Bengal, the Russian Far East, Antarctica, and Australia’s Kimberley Coast, among others, the cruise line will continue to push industry boundaries. Of special note are two Silver Discoverer cruises that depart in summer 2019 for Borneo’s Camp Leakey – a renowned refuge for orangutans, to which the cruise company enjoys exclusive access and has made various donations to support the protection and research of the primates.Efforts to champion environmental sustainability are currently, and will continue to be, key in Silversea’s strategic development. Silversea is a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), which is dedicated to managing respectable, sustainable and safe expedition cruising in the Arctic. Moreover, the cruise line belongs to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), which promotes safe and responsible travel to Antarctica.In the past decade, Silversea has developed innovative strategies – such as a dedicated training academy – to recruit an unparalleled team of expedition specialists. This has played a crucial role in the cruise line’s success. On each expedition voyage, teams of up to 28 experts conduct immersive destination experiences for guests. These passionate and insightful professionals offer informative lectures and discussions on board, in addition to Zodiac® excursions and nature walks ashore – all of which are complimentary.Aboard Silversea’s fleet of four purpose-built expedition ships, guests enjoy ocean-view suites, gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages served throughout the ship, a stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and unlimited free Wi-Fi.View the commemorative video marking 10 years of Silversea Expeditions: the congratulatory message from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco: more information on Silversea Expeditions, please visit = Silversea Cruiseslast_img read more

Yatra launches TG Rooms and TG Stays starting at Rs 499 is launching TG Rooms and TG Stays, thus further strengthening its position as the premier aggregator of domestic hotels and home stay accommodations in India. TG Rooms will exclusively cater to budget travellers providing hotel and guest house options that meet all the basic standards of hygiene and offer amenities like free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Keeping in mind the growing interest in home stays amongst Indian travellers, TG Stays will offer verified home stays across the major destinations in the acquired a 100% stake in Travelguru in 2012 to become the largest provider of hotel bookings in the country. Launched with over 500 accommodations in over 60 cities, TG Rooms and TG Stays are available for booking on both and, with a starting price of Rs. 499 for an A/C room, free Wi-Fi, breakfast, free cancellation and clean linen. Accommodation options under TG Rooms and TG Stays can also be included in any holiday package booked with on this development, Sharat Dhall, President, said, “Growing our hotel business is a key focus for us, and the launch of TG Rooms and TG Stays is another step in the same direction. With TG Rooms and TG Stays, we are looking to expand our inventory even further and offer travellers a diversified portfolio of budget accommodation options. TG Stays is targeting a new segment in the market by aggregating verified home stays, which are especially ideal for short vacations, weekend getaways and road trips that are gaining immense popularity amongst Indian travellers. Travellers need an assurance especially when it comes to budget accommodation and we are doing exactly that – curating the best budget options, standardising the experience and providing assurance by lending the Travelguru brand to them.”last_img read more

Gulara Alkacir

first_imgOTM 2017 has been a real eye opener and we are pleased to have attended such a grand event. We attend OTM every year, since we consider this event to be very important for Turkey. We are planning lots of events for the Indian market and OTM is the one stop platform which provides the opportunity to interact with not just the Indian market, but other foreign markets as well.last_img