e-Travel Blackboard: Top Stories

By: E-travel Blackboard  05/12/2011
Keywords: tourism, airlines, Travel Agents

International air travel picked up by 4.6 percent in October this year over the same month last year with Latin American carriers experiencing the strongest capacity growth of up to 10.4 percent for the month.

Agents will now have the option of sending their clients on Inspiring Journeys into New Zealand after the tour operator announced it has added NZ to its 2012/13 brochures.

Melbourne’s travel industry gathered at Citro Restaurant, Seasons Botanic Gardens last night, some with Santa hats adorned, for our final Thirsty Thursdays event for 2011.

Egypt is at risk of being removed from global touristic brochures if revolts in Tahrir Square continue long term.

Sri Lanka is soon to reach one million tourist arrivals and one billion US dollars in revenue, a double win for a country that once struggled with adverse travel advisories due to terrorist problems.

Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sydney continue to reign as the most popular local destinations for Aussie travellers to spend their upcoming Christmas holidays.

Injecting up to $150 million in the NSW economy annually, Scoot Airlines and the NSW Government have released plans to launch new direct daily flights between Sydney and Singapore.

Club Med has ceased forward bookings for after January 2012 at its Lindeman Island resort in the Whitsundays Islands after releasing plans it will close the resort’s doors before February next year.

United Continental Holdings has received regulatory approval to operate as a single entity after 18 months of aligning its operating policies.

Off-the-back of the demise of the Association of National Toursit Office Representatives {ANTOR), the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) has released plans to open its membership doors to tourist offices down under.

On the hunt for fresh faces to front its 2013 brochures, G Adventures has launched an international competition and wants travel agents in on the action.

Travel Indochina is venturing deeper into more remote countries than ever before with Bhutan, Mongolia and Sri Lanka added in the 2012 range of already unique and extensive touring options.

Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia have received regulatory approval to enter an integrated network aviation alliance.

Tourism leaders in the Sunshine Coast have launched a new membership program for the industry where local operators can advertise their business and leverage from Sunshine Coast Destination marketing campaigns (SCDL).

Looking to cut costs and shed massive debt brought on by increasing jet fuel prices and costly labor contracts, American Airlines and its parent company, AMR Corporation have filed for bankruptcy protection.

Australian travellers will be able to access foreign currency exchange, passports, merchandise, travel insurance, flights and bookings at Australia Post, making it a one-stop travel shop.

More Australian travellers are visiting the Czech Republic, with an increase of 5.1 per cent on last years’ 65 000 visitors.

Travellers flying in and out of Heathrow International Airport today are expected to face long delays as UK Border Agency staff walk off the job from midnight 29 November to midnight 30 November.

A multimillion dollar plan consisting of eight huge projects has been identified in a report that seeks to boost tourism along the Great Ocean Road.

Travellers flying Qantas domestic today were issued handwritten boarding passes after the carrier experienced technical difficulties with its check-in system.

Kick starting plans to become “one of the leading” hotel brands in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, SilverNeedle Hospitality re-launched its recent acquisition, Constellation Hotels under the SilverNeedle Hospitality corporate brand in Australia.

Virgin Australia has put a positive spin on retail therapy after teaming up with Westfield to offer its most loyal customers the option to earn and redeem points online with the shopping centre group.

New Zealand’s national carrier has launched Seats to Suit on its domestic operations and reducing its lowest domestic airfares by an average of up to six percent.

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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