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17 Aug
2019

Flight Centre battles pricefixing case

first_imgFlight Centre will go to court today to defend allegations of price-fixing in a case that will see the travel giant face massive fines and injunctions if they lose.Set to face the Brisbane Federal Court over the next three weeks, the travel company vigorously denies allegations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that they schemed with Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates to set ticket prices and keep commissions high.Flight Centre chief executive Graham Turner has  criticised the claims, calling them “stupid” and insists Flight Centre did not seek to have suppliers raise prices or withdraw fares, news.com.au reported.The International Air Transport Association (IATA) sought permission from the court last week to intervene in the case that is seen as the first significant test of new price-fixing laws that came into effect in 2010.Under the law, companies found to have engaged in the practice can be fined up to $10 million, three times the benefit of their illegal conduct or ten percent of their total revenues per offence.The uncertainty in the travel sector and the flow-on implications for those in other sectors is a concern if the ACCC prevails, according to analysts.This is not the first battle for Flight Centre against the ACCC after they were forced to scrap its ‘Lowest Airfares Guaranteed’ slogan and take out advertising to inform the public back in 2005. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W.last_img read more

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17 Aug
2019

Australian hotels strangest situations

first_imgNew research suggests Australian hotel staff often suffer strange requests and awkward situations, while attending to the needs of guests.A survey conducted by lastminute.com.au in conjunction with Australian hotel partners highlighted some wacky facts about the zany guests hoteliers have checked-in.One respondent said a female guest requested a male staff member deliver a bottle of Coca Cola to her room where she proceeded to open the door in her birthday suit.Adult services was a common point of enquiry among Australian hotel guests, while one female traveller asked for a pole to be installed in her room for dancing.Staff agreed couples were better guests than families, males more welcome than females and corporate guests trump leisure visitors.“When it comes to out-there requests and situations, our Australian hotel partners have seen it all,” lastminute.com.au general manager Kirsty La Bruniy said.“When it comes to accommodating requests, they do have to draw the line somewhere, like when a guest wants McDonald’s and the closest one is 70 kilometres away, or a booking for two adults turns out to be for four adults and six children.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. New survey reveals zany customer queries.last_img read more

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17 Aug
2019

Etihad and Alitalia seal equity deal

first_imgEtihad Airways and Alitalia have confirmed have agreed on the terms and conditions of Etihad acquiring equity stake in the airline.Etihad will acquire 49 per cent equity of Alitalia and the airlines will now sign transactional documents that will include agreed upon conditions as soon as possible.According to Bloomberg, Etihad will invest 560 million euros (AUD 81 157 952 million) in Alitalia and also create a company for Alitalia’s operating assets.In addition, it will also buy a majority in the company that runs Alitalita’s loyalty program.The investment is still pending regulatory approval.Alitalia had previously sought a bailout package from a new partner after Air France-KLM Group bowed out of an Italian government backed deal last year.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img

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17 Aug
2019

For Qantas it Feels Like Home

first_imgQantas unveiled the latest of its brand campaigns titled ‘Feels Like Home’.It tells the stories of five Qantas passengers around the world, and their journey home to Australia and being welcomed at the airport by loved ones.The campaign coincides with the national carrier celebrating its ninety forth year of operation in November this year and their seventieth year of the Qantas logo.The advertisement is based on the real life journey of five people; a young woman making an emotional return to Sydney after a year in London; a miner coming home to his family after a long stint in the Pilbara; a little girl coming home from Los Angeles after the trip of her lifetime visiting extended family; a mother living in Hong Kong bringing their new baby home to excited grandparents for the first time; and a young backpacker making his way back from South America.Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce said the campaign was designed to celebrate the unique place Qantas has in the lives of many Australians and the time was right to reinforce what makes Qantas special.“For almost 100 years Qantas has been bringing Australians from all around the world home to the people and places they love,” Mr Joyce said.The campaign will reinvigorate the brand after a tumultuous year that saw the airline operating at a loss of $2.8 billion after tax.Mr Joyce said the airline will go back to doing what it does best; in delivering a level of service Australian passengers have come to know as reassuring.“We often hear that seeing the Qantas red tail at an airport, or stepping on board a Qantas aircraft, makes Australians feel like they’re halfway home already. That’s the spirit we wanted to capture.“The stories we’re telling through this campaign are repeated everyday across our network. They reflect the special pull of home, the love of family and friends and the way Qantas helps bring Australians together around the country and around the globe,” Mr Joyce added.The music backdrop is that of Randy Newman’s song, Feels Like Home sung by 20 year old Australian singer, Martha Marlow and will also be played on-board Qantas aircraft. The campaign will be seen on television, cinema, outdoor, in print and online.Source = ETB Travel News: Basil Naimetlast_img read more

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17 Aug
2019

Cathay Pacific adds fifth weekly Adelaide service

first_imgCathay Pacific adds fifth weekly Adelaide serviceCathay Pacific Airways is adding a fifth weekly flight to Adelaide from 2 December 2015. The move will see the airline increase its capacity on the route by 25 per cent and brings the weekly number of seats to 2,500.Nelson Chin, General Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways Southwest Pacific, said the increase is a direct response to high demand from both inbound and outbound passengers.“Since we introduced our new schedule in early April last year which provides better connections, particularly to the UK and Chinese destinations, we have seen demand surge,” he said. “Our flights have been very popular and we have seen increased numbers of tourists into Adelaide from mainland China, as well as South Australians taking advantage of the fast connections to China, Asia, London and North America via Hong Kong.“The fifth flight will depart Hong Kong on Wednesday night and depart Adelaide on Thursday morning, making Adelaide departures available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, giving South Australian passengers more flexibility in their travel plans,” said Mr Chin.“We are also working closely with Tourism South Australia to promote the State in Hong Kong, mainland China and other key markets and this is proving to be a very good partnership,” he added.Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the additional flight into Adelaide was excellent news for South Australia.“The State Government has been working extremely hard to create opportunities and shine the spotlight on our state. With events like the Tour Down Under, World Cup Cricket at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide Fringe, Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Adelaide Festival and WOMADelaide, we are continuing to see visitors flood into SA.“Importantly, Cathay Pacific has very strong links with Europe and China – two of our key markets.  In the recent State Budget, $35 million was allocated to market Adelaide and SA internationally and interstate, with a particular focus on China.“The additional flight will play a role in helping us reach our goal of 57,000 Chinese visitors by 2020 and build an $8 billion tourism industry by 2020,” he said.Mark Young, Managing Director, Adelaide Airport added: “The direct flights to Hong Kong, providing same day connections with mainland China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, have proved very popular with travellers – as have the onward connections to London.  It’s great news that Cathay Pacific will expand this service from later this year to meet growing demand.”The additional flight also means an increase in capacity for freight from South Australia.“In addition to extra passengers, we have also been carrying a lot more freight out of Adelaide, particularly fresh tuna to Japan, chilled fish to Hong Kong and Europe, as well as chilled meat to Frankfurt and Taiwan. An extra flight each week gives South Australian exporters an extra 15 tonnes in freight capacity,” Mr Chin added. Fly Cathay PacificSource = Cathay Pacificlast_img read more

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16 Aug
2019

Bahamas approved its presence at Seychelles Carnival

first_imgIn a recent UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) & Kingdom of Morocco’s tourism meeting in Morocco where a large number of tourism ministers and by heads of tourism offices of many countries, Minister Alain St Ange of the Seychelles and Joy Jibrilu, the Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, made time to meet to discuss closer cooperation between the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands and also between the Seychelles itself and the Bahamas.“Participating in Carnival of Carnivals cultural event is a sure way to raise your country’s visibility. It is very much like a tourism trade fair, but at this event in Seychelles, one uses one’s culture and in so doing the people of one’s country instead of glossy brochures to promote one’s country. This event is promoting peace through culture, as it was launched believing that the future of humanity is through peace,” Minister St Ange of the Seychelles said.Minister St Ange of the Seychelles also guaranteed the Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism that a large contingent of world press would again be in Seychelles this year to cover the event, and it is the press themselves who have called the event the unique ‘Carnival of Carnivals’.last_img read more

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16 Aug
2019

Amitabh Bachchan visits Egypt to launch India by the Nile festival

first_imgIndian superstar Amitabh Bachchan was recently on a three-day visit to Egypt’s capital Cairo city. During his visit, he inaugurated the third edition of the ‘India by the Nile’ festival.“It is my fourth visit to this wonderful country. Every time I come to Egypt I feel as though I come home. There is a lot of similarity between India and Egypt in terms of culture, ancient history, tolerance, warmth and friendliness of the people,” said Bachchan during a press conference in Cairo.During his stay in Egypt, Bachchan also visited the Pyramids and Cairo Opera House. Talking about the safety concerns in Egypt, Bachchan said, “I am an example of how Egypt is save to travel and I am going to go back and say that in India too. I would also love to come back and shoot a film in Egypt.”Ramy Nicola, Chairman, Lady Egypt Tours, a leading travel agency in Egypt added, “The history and stunning monuments of ancient Egypt, the romantic cruise along the river Nile, the hospitality of the Egyptians and their love and respect for Indians will definitely leave an everlasting impression in the minds of Indian travellers.”The 18-day India by the Nile festival is considered to be the biggest foreign fair in Egypt. The festival is organised by The Embassy of India, Cairo (through the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture) in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Cairo Opera House and managed by Teamworks Arts. Egypt Tourism is hoping that Bachchan’s visit will boost Indian tourist arrivals to the country in the coming years.last_img read more

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16 Aug
2019

New initiatives taken by Indian Railways

first_imgIndian Railways are planning to roll out paperless mobile ticketing system in New Delhi and Mumbai corridors. Indian Railways has taken major initiatives to bring comfort to passengers, including mobile ticketing and e-catering.Source: DD Newslast_img

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16 Aug
2019

Tourism Minister inaugurates Bharat Parv to mark Republic Day celebrations

first_imgBharat Parv, a national festival showcasing the country’s diverse culture, cuisines, handicrafts and catch glimpses of a progressive India was inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism and Culture at Red Fort, Delhi.Bharat Parv event was organised by the Government of India at the Red Fort, Delhi from January 26-31, 2017, as part of the Republic Day 2017 celebrations. The primary reason behind organising the event is to generate patriotism, promote the rich cultural diversity of the country, to ensure wider participation of the general public and to popularise the idea of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.The Ministry of Tourism had been designated as the nodal Ministry for the event, the highlights of which included display of the Republic Day Parade Tableaux, Performances by the Armed Forces Bands (static and moving), a Multi-Cuisine Food Court, Crafts Mela, Cultural Performances from different regions of the country and a Photo Exhibition on the theme ‘Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai, Aage Badh Raha Hai’ by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.The participating States and Union Territories in the event were Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Dadra– Nagar Haveli, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more

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16 Aug
2019

TripAdvisors TripIndex Cities Report reveals prices of a three day break in

first_imgTripAdvisor, announced the seventh edition of its annual TripIndex Cities which compares the cost of a three-day break for the month of December in the eight major cities across India – New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Jaipur. The data takes into account typical in-destination costs for two people and these include – a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to five attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day including the cost of dinner.The study found that among the Indian cities – the average price for a short break is INR 39,693 (excluding flights) with prices varying significantly from the least to the most expensive. Pune is the lowest cost destination at INR 34,704, while Jaipur costs the most at INR 45,351 for a three-day break in the city.“For price conscious Indians planning a December domestic break regardless of destination, using TripAdvisor will ensure you are getting the best value for your money. TripAdvisor’s Tripindex Cities report is a great indicator of the costs involved for a short stay during this period and helps travellers to assess the various aspects of their travel so they can feel confident of their choices and of making the absolute most of their trip” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.last_img read more

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