News in Brief
Woolworths have announced a trial at Melbourne airport, where travellers can submit their grocery list via an app on their iOs or Android smartphone, and have their shopping ready for collection at the airport when they land.
Orders can be made up to seven days ahead and can then be collected in the terminal forecourt, using the same ‘click and collect’ process as other online collection points.
While the trial is confined to Melbourne at this point, Woolworths envisage that it will roll out to other airports if successful.
Mobile Travel Agents (MTA) collected the Travelport Pacific ’Top Achievers Award Australia – Home Based Business Growth’ award at the Travelport Australia conference last week.
High spots of the conference included a ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner under the Red Centre stars and a sunrise breakfast tour of Uluru.
(Left): MTA managing director, Karen Merricks, with the Travelport Pacific award.
The brainchild of local artist John Murray and created with the support of the tourism association, the environmentally-friendly statue is made of scrap metal, including three Volkswagen bodies and a pair of satellite dishes, while the legs, neck and main structure were fashioned with the metal from the old Dubbo police station.
According to Roger Collins, president of the local tourism association:”Lightning Ridge has big skies, big personalities, big opals… and Stanley is our next big thing. He stands out strikingly within the landscape.”
Australia’s longest established health retreat has undergone a $7 million refurbishment and is now known as the Eden Health Retreat.
Facilities at the property now include a fully equipped spa and fitness centre with adjoining heated saltwater swimming pool and outdoor covered spa; secluded treatment pavilions; sauna and steam rooms; tennis courts and more.
Eden Health Retreat is just 30 minutes drive from the Gold Coast Airport.
For more information visit Eden Health Retreat
The state-owned Air China announced on Tuesday that its board has approved a plan to buy 100 Airbus jets as well as dispose of six Airbus A340 jets to keep up with demand from the burgeoning Chinese traveller sector.
From 5-11 May 2013 Celebrity Cruises are offering up to US$300 onboard credit* and half priced deposits* for all new bookings on Celebrity Solstice Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific summer 2013-14 cruises.
*For more information and details on terms and conditions, click here.
Melbourne restaurant Attica has appeared in the prestigious San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the first time, winning the award for highest new entry. Entering the list with a ranking of 21, Attica also won the award for highest ranked restaurant in Australasia.
Sydney’s Quay was also included in the list at number 48. Founded in 2002, the list is determined every year by over 900 restaurant industry experts from 26 global regions, including food critics, chefs and restaurateurs.
Following its acquisition by Webjet, online retailer Zuji will migrate to the Travelport GDS. Webjet has a long-term partnership with Travelport, and has already begun the migration of Zuji onto its GDS platform.
Zuji customers in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong will soon have access to Travelport’s technology and wealth of content – including airlines’ web fares and full, published inventories.
Travelport, Webjet and Zuji are working closely to ensure an efficient and seamless migration takes place in the coming months.
An interactive TV show aired in Japan last night featured some of our best destinations, as visited by Japanese celebrities.
The four-part program will show the best of Sydney, Cairns, Uluru and the Gold Coast, followed by audiences voting for their favourite, in a project that tourism minister Gary Gray said is “designed to increase the impact of Tourism Australia’s marketing to Asia consumers.”
Inga Afheldt has resigned as group operations director and will leave the company at the end of May. A replacement has not been announced and in the interim, Kathy Geourgiou, manager agent relations, will be the key contact.
ATS group general manager Sue Notley said Afheldt had “significantly contributed” to the company’s growth and development.
Paul Casey, Hawaiian Airlines’ CEO from 1997 to 2002 and President of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s from 1995 to 1997 steps in as the new CEO of billionaire Larry Ellison’s Island Air from 1 May.
Overnight Australia’s population was set to hit the 23 million mark. Growing at a rate of over 300,000 ‘new’ Australians per annum, Australia’s largest contributor to population growth is migration and not newborns.
Despite the big number, Australia’s people still only represent 0.3% of the world’s population.
Hmmm, things could get very interesting now that Orlando Bloom, who is married to Qantas ambassador Miranda Kerr, has signed up to help British Airways launch their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in Sydney next month.
Passengers travelling from Sydney to London will be able to experience the airline’s latest craft, with flights now arriving at Heathrow’s terminal 5 to facilitate connections within the UK and Europe.
Given that Qantas and BA no longer enjoy a cosy relationship, it was an inspired move to recruit Bloom to spruik the airline, in a tactic that is sure to be seen to dilute the value of Kerr to the Qantas brand.
Travelscene American Express is taking the guesswork out of Mother’s Day, with a range of vouchers that can be used for flights, accommodation, car hire, travel packages and other travel-related pursuits.
The gift cards can be purchased online or through any Travelscene American Express agency and the purchaser nominates the amount they wish to spend.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced it will be providing free internet to all of its 71 million loyalty program members worldwide. IHG is the first and only hotel group to offer free internet in all hotels to all loyalty program members globally – whether they stay the night or come in for a coffee or an impromptu meeting. This will start from July 2013 for Elite members and extend to all members in 2014.