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2016 helloworld Singapore Conference welcome … in pictures!

helloworld OMC Conference 2016 Singapore

The 2016 helloworld Owner Managers Conference is off to a spectacular start in Singapore, with 510 delegates enjoying the Larry Emdur-Emcee’d welcome cocktail function at Resort World Sentosa’s S.E.A Aquarium.

helloworld OMC Conference 2016 Singapore

Emcee Larry Emdur kicks off the 2016 helloworld OMC in Singapore

Over the three day conference, Owner Managers will network with preferred partners, suppliers and senior staff via presentations, workshops and entertainment that will culminate in a gala dinner Awards Event, on Saturday night, sponsored by Qantas.

helloworld OMC Conference 2016 Singapore

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IHG to bring EVEN Hotels wellness brand to OZ & NZ

EVEN Hotel Brooklyn New York

EVEN Hotel Brooklyn New York

InterContinental Hotels Group and international investment company Pro-invest Group have announced an exclusive agreement to establish the first portfolio of EVEN Hotels outside the US across key Australian and New Zealand capital cities and economic hubs.

EVEN Hotels is IHG’s newest lifestyle hotel brand, and was created with wellness at its core. The brand is designed to help travellers ‘Eat Well, Rest Easy, Keep Active and Accomplish More’. IHG says this is an important milestone for the Group, as no other hotel brand provides a holistic wellness experience under one roof, adding that the agreement recognises that health and wellness is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia.

New one-stop mobile platform for self-management of all corporate travel

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Sabre has released a single mobile technology platform that allows business travellers to manage their whole trip using self-service in-transit travel bookings, itinerary management, payments, expense integration, and safety capabilities.

The Traveler Experience Platform was developed on the back of a recent survey – The Digital Business Traveler – published by Sabre Corporation and the GBTA Foundation, that found 77% of business travellers in some of the largest corporations around the world have to use, on average, nine different apps to self-manage their travel.

Agents ‘go west’ with Scenic

helicopter-group-shotA group of agents recently discovered Western Canada on a six-day famil with Scenic, travelling from Lake Louise to Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver.

The group started their journey at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, before heading to Banff for a two night stay at the exclusive Fairmont Banff Springs.

Surcharges on NZ self-drive cut for Aussie 18 year-olds with full licence

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Good news for 18s-and-over who want to get away on a self-drive trip around New Zealand.

DriveAway Holidays has cut its driver surcharges and struck a deal with new partner, InterRent, that lets Aussie drivers who are 18 years old and possess a full drivers licence book a vehicle for collection from Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown airports.

Find out more via email or call 1300 363 500

Visit USA runs final expos in Queensland

visit-usa-expo-bannerThe final two Visit USA Travel Agent Expos for this year, which give agents the opportunity to meet and chat with key USA experts over dinner, take place in tropical Queensland. The first will be in held in Cairns on Tuesday October 25 and then the following night the expo will be in Townsville.

“We are thrilled to have our Visit USA’s annual road show concluding in the tropical north of Queensland. It is some 13 years since we visited this area,” said Visit USA president Kylee Kay.

Fakeout Friday – not even a good pool fakeout!

9777-inn-at-seaside-websiteOK – this is a very cute kid with a big smile, but not even he can disguise the fact that this pool doesn’t actually look all that appealing. So what are they really hiding with this fakeout?

Anantara Kalatura Resort Sri Lanka opens

New Anantara Resort Sri Lanka

Anantara has opened its second resort in Sri Lanka, set in a peaceful hideaway on the island’s southwest coast, just ten minutes from the town of Kalutara, an hour south of Colombo.

Shop your way to flights with Virgin and flybuys

velocityVelocity Frequent Flyer and flybuys have partnered to allow members of the loyalty programs to link their cards, enabling them to transfer their flybuys points to Velocity Frequent Flyer Points and earn Status Credits with Velocity Frequent Flyer when shopping at Coles, Coles Online, Liquorland or First Choice Liquor by presenting their flybuys card. This is the only way a Velocity member can earn Status Credits outside of flying.

Coles is the first and only Australian retailer to allow its loyalty members to earn airline Status Credits with an Australian frequent flyer program when making grocery and liquor purchases. It has more partners than any other supermarket loyalty program, allowing shoppers to accrue points more quickly.

DFAT travel advisories

Tunisia: Reconsider your need to travel

Thailand, Philippines, Uganda: High degree of caution

New rooms and suites for luxury Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa Mauritius

Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

Ocean Beachfront Family Suite

The 5-star Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa in Mauritius is about to re-launch with a revamp of its beach accommodation, across Ocean Beachfront Rooms and Suites and Family Suites.

Closed for the winter while the renovations were completed, the new-look accommodation was treated to a complete interior rebuild and redecoration, with new bathrooms, fresh colours and new light and relaxed furnishings.

Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

Ocean Beachfront Room

20 Ways to Celebrate package marks Ayana’s 20 years in Bali

Rimba Jimbaran Bali

Rimba Jimbaran Bali

The award-winning AYANA Resort and Spa BALI will mark its 20th anniversary in November, celebrating its evolution over two decades into Bali’s most successful integrated resort, with sister property RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA, and offering a ‘20 Ways to Celebrate’ package.

Two people can enjoy a three-night Bali escape with 20 free gifts, including daily breakfast, sunrise yoga, Aquatonic experience, 20 minute Balinese massage, a special 20th anniversary dinner and cocktails at the famous Rock Bar.

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2016

COMO The Treasury

COMO The Treasury

More than 300,000 Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers around the world submitted millions of ratings and over 75,000 comments for their favourite travel experiences, creating an international list of winners, for the 29th annual Readers Choice Awards.

While Australian properties scored well in the hotel category, we were outshone by other destinations in the Pacific in the resorts list.

Movement at Eclipse Travel

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Karen O’Dwyer has been appointed to the position of adventure travel consultant at Eclipse Travel.

A travel industry veteran with over 20 years experience, Karen was most recently adventure travel consultant at Back Track Adventures.

Stephen Lanfranco, whose previous tenures include global product manager for Flight Centre, and product manager of Adventure World, was appointed as the Eclipse Travel sales team leader last October, and now moves into to the role of business development manager.

Wendy Wu renews agreement with TravelManagers

andrew-mullhollandAsia specialist Wendy Wu Tours has renewed its agreement with TravelManagers Australia as preferred supplier to Asia.

Wendy Wu Tours general manager Andrew Mulholland said “With TravelManagers’ impressive network of more than 490 personal travel managers nationwide and their extensive expertise, we look forward to exceptional growth for both parties.”