Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/23bb0/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> AirAsia has claimed that it is lack of support from the Malaysian government which is holding it back from launching long-haul services into Sydney with its AirAsia X brand.Azran Osman-Rani, AirAsia X CEO, has confirmed to e-Travel Blackboard that the only thing holding back from launching its direct services from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney was government approval from Malaysia.Initially AirAsia X had planned to launch Sydney services in 2008, but continuous delays and red tape has seen the carrier opt to connect Perth, Melbourne and the Gold Coast first.“It’s confirmed that there won’t be services before June [to Sydney] but that July is possible if AirAsia X is granted approvals by March,” said Mr Osman-Rani.Reports from Malaysia are claiming that one of the key reasons why the government is dragging its feet is due to favouritism of the national carrier Malaysia Airlines, which the government wholly owns.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/25e5d/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The SkyTeam airline alliance is reportedly in talks with around 12 other airlines, two of whom may be added to the group by the end of the year. In an interview with Bloomberg, SkyTeam said new members were integral to expansion plans in Asia, India and Latin America, but declined to name which carriers were being pursued. Alliance chairman Leo van Wijk admitted only that most of the airlines currently in talks were regional carriers servicing either just one or a few countries. “Latin America is still a relatively wide spot for us,” he said. “It’s not easy to find a partner who covers all of it, so you have to go with multiple partners who cover pieces.” The alliance, which already includes Delta Air Lines Inc. and Air France-KLM, gained its 13th member this week with the official induction of Tarom Romanian Air Transport.Vietnam Airlines joined the alliance on June 10 and China Eastern is set to join in the coming months.
The Vietnamese-based budget airline was called Pacific Airlines until 2007, when a 23-per-cent stake was sold to Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd. As part of a branding shake-up, the state-owned carrier was renamed Jetstar Pacific Airlines Joint-Stock Aviation Co and given a logo similar to Jetstar Airways Pty, an Australian budget airline launched by Qantas. Previously, Qantas has not raised any objections to Jetstar Pacific’s use of the orange-star logo. Speculation has mounted that the order by the CAAV stems from opposition to the Australian stake in the airline by elements in the Vietnamese government, which still holds 73 per cent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2930a/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has ordered budget carrier Jetstar Pacific to change its orange-star logo and repaint all of its aircraft. “Jetstar Pacific has to do it to avoid customers confusing the Vietnamese airline with Australian carrier Jetstar Airways,” said Deputy Minister of Transportation Pham Quy Tieu.
Dr Handa, George Souris, Emma Matthews, Adrian Collette Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Opera in Sydney will be taken to a new level (sea-level, that is) when Opera Australia presents La Traviata on Sydney Harbour. The new event will start its season on 24 March 2012 and run for the duration of three weeks.The International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC) together with Events NSW on behalf of the NSW government have sponsored the event enabling Opera Australia to roll out three annual seasons of which will be known as Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.It will be the first opera in Australia to be held on a tailor-made stage built over the water off the Royal Botanical Gardens and, according to Opera Australia, this is there most ambitious project yet.“Opera on Sydney Harbour will be a spectacular event and will focus national and international attention on Sydney,” NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said.”Sydney Harbour will once again become the stage, attracting people from all over the world.” Events NSW on behalf of the government will work with Opera Australia to connect with potential markets across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the USA to encourage tourism to accompany this major opera event.Speaking to e-travelblackboard Opera Australia chief executive Adrian Collette indicated that the opera marked the creation of an event for which Sydney will become known, generating tourism locally, nationally and globally.“A vision of this scale is only possible when it’s a vision shared and we’re very fortunate to have such partners in the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, and Events NSW on behalf of the NSW Government,” Mr Collette said.Internationally acclaimed director Francesca Zambello will stage direct the production which will feature Sopranos Emma Mathews and Rachelle Durkin and tenors Ji-Min Park and Gianluca Terranova.“The chance to work with Opera Australia and its wonderful performers to bring La Traviata to the stage is something that I would always consider an exciting undertaking. But staged on the water, under the stars and with that iconic Sydney skyline as a backdrop, this is truly a special opportunity,” Ms Zambello.Tickets will go on sale to the public on 04 July 2011 and price ranges from AUD$85 – AUD$350, dinner and show packages are also available. Opera Australia chief executive Adrian Collette was kind enough to meet with the etravelblackboard team and described the event as a once in a life time opportunity Alan Jones, George Souris The stunning voice of Emma Mathews who plays “Violetta” is regarded as one of Australia’s most outstanding sopranos.
Good things come in pairs at Rotorua’s Hamurana Lodge Boutique Hotel, which has been applauded for its outstanding service for the second year in a row.The lodge has only been open for two years, but has been awarded its second Certificate of Excellence after it was again voted top for service by traveller reviews made through TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.Since it opened in 2009 the lodge has established a name for itself in Rotorua’s tourism market with innovative product offerings and service excellence.Hotel director Fred Novella says the award comes in the wake of a very busy summer season and again shows the great team effort that goes into providing the best genuine hospitality to the lodge’s guests.“In the past two years, the last five months have been our best and it is with great pleasure that we receive this recognition,” says Mr Novella.“The Excellence Award is a genuine reflection of our team’s efforts as it comes from guests that have experienced our hospitality and the services we provide here at the lodge.”Mr Novella says the award complements the lodge’s number one ranking restaurant in Rotorua, Le Manoir Restaurant.“We are extremely proud of our position in the New Zealand Hotel Industry,” he says.“Our successes to date show that local and international travellers alike are keen to experience luxury in great surroundings but mainly with a team of dedicated professionals.” Source = Hamurana Lodge Boutique Hotel
In an initiative to show the world why there is no where better to celebrate New Year’s Eve than in Sydney, Tourism Australia has launched a social media campaign to capture a short film overnight on New Year’s Eve. Party-goers celebrating the night are urged to capture and share the experience and emotion of welcoming in the New Year with friends and family against the magnificent backdrop of Sydney’s world renowned fireworks display. This latest digital and social media campaign, titled Project:12 features user-generated video clips via the City of Sydney’s NYE iPhone app. The video clips will be promoted globally via Tourism Australia’s Facebook and Twitter sites in the early morning hours of January 1, 2012 before many other parts of the world reach their own 2012 countdown, as well as released on Tourism Australia’s YouTube channel. Tourism Australia is also giving away a BridgeClimb gift certificate for the best video clip submitted City of Sydney’s NYE iPhone app Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W
The Queensland tourism industry has received a massive boost as Gold Coast Airport reports a rise in passenger arrivals, the first year on year gain since the chain of natural disasters that hit last year.Recent figures reveal almost 26,000 more passengers arrived into the Gold Coast Airport in March 2012 than in the same month a year ago.Internationally, 67,023 passengers arrived into Gold Coast Airport in March, up 5.5 percent from last year, and 389,688 domestic passengers, up 5.7 percent.Queensland Airport Limited managing director Dennis Chant said the last 12 months had been a challenging year for the region but there are positive signs for the future ahead.”In the next six months we have more seats allocated to the Gold Coast both domestically and internationally,” Mr Chant said.”The loads are starting to pick up too, particularly out of Japan.”Additionally, Ardent Leisure chief executive officer Greg Shaw who represents theme parks Dreamworld, Skypoint Climb and Water World has reported an increase in visitation for the company’s March quarter.”We are happy with the momentum of the theme park division,” Mr Shaw said.”We are in a much better position than we were in the prior year.”Queensland Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the Gold Coast was turning around and gaining momentum.”The arrival of budget carrier Scoot next month will be another positive boost to our tourism industry,” Ms Stuckey said. Theme Park boss talked of a turnaround in business Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Hoping to dig up gold, Corporate Travel Management (CTM) has announced a step into Australia’s growing mining industry with its new brand offering, Resource Travel Management (RTM).Unveiled this morning, the company said the new brand would help deliver expertise and know-how from the segment that covers up to 30 percent of the company’s business.CTM managing director Jamie Pherous said it was the next logical move for the company and noted it “was time” to launch a brand that catered to specific mining needs.“We have extensive experience in these industries, from mining to oil and gas, to coal, to iron ore – you name it – in Western Australia, in Queensland and also offshore in Papua New Guinea, the South Pacific and now Africa and Mongolia,” Mr Pherous said. “These industries are growing, and they need a lot of assistance because their travel needs are so manual, that is why I am so passionate to be able to give this industry the skill-set, the products and the industry-leading expertise that it needs, and quite frankly deserves, with the launch of RTM.”CTM Queensland general manager Andre Moten said among the key areas in which RTM will assist include emergency situation support, end-to-end logistical solutions and industry expertise.He added that the brand would also offer support and quick responses while assisting with pre-trip approvals and commercial and non-commercial requirements. “RTM and CTM can do all of these things and more. We know we offer the most compelling solution for the resource industry and that no one is really positioned as well as CTM and RTM in their understanding of the resource industry at the moment – we have so many customers in these sectors, so many pieces of technology aligned around the industry – this launch is just the next step in our ongoing investment,” he concluded. Earlier this month CTM also announced its first step into the US, with the acquisition of R&A Travel.Click here for more information.
Leading international airline Emirates has signaled its commitment to Australia’s growing cruise industry by taking on the role of Gold Sponsor for the 2012 Cruise Industry Awards.Presented by the International Cruise Council Australasia, the prestigious annual Cruise Industry Awards event recognises leading cruise travel consultants and agencies from across Australia and New Zealand.ICCA General Manager Brett Jardine said he was delighted to welcome Emirates onboard as the Gold Sponsor of the 2012 Awards night, which will be held in Sydney on February 9, 2013.“Emirates first joined the Council as an associate member in 2007 and, as our cruise line members will attest, has made a point of pro-actively working with the industry to carry Australian passengers to cruise ships around the world,” Mr Jardine said.Emirates Vice President Australasia Barry Brown said the airline was pleased to further strengthen its relationship with the ICCA and to celebrate the achievements of those in the industry.“With a route network that currently includes more than 120 destinations in over 70 countries, and a consistent global service proposition, Emirates is a natural partner for cruising operators worldwide,” Mr Brown said. “In particular, the expansion of Emirates’ European network to more than 30 cities has allowed the airline to build stronger relationships with more cruise professionals, who appreciate the wider flight possibilities for connecting with a variety of European cruise itineraries, conveniently via one-stop in Dubai from Australia.“With the growth of Dubai as a popular cruising destination for Australian travellers in its own right, we look forward to furthering our relationship with the Council in 2012, and supporting our partners as the industry continues to flourish,” Mr Brown said. Source = Emirates
Sydney’s Sofitel Wentworth Hotel played host to an evening of fantastic French photography, creative cuisine and a celebration of all things Champagne-Ardenne.The French Government Tourist Office and Champagne Tourist Office invited special guests and media to enjoy a flamboyant dinner prepared by Michelin chef, Philippe Mille, paired with selected G.H. MUMM champagnes.The menu consisted of a hot and cold haddock soup reduction, black truffle risotto with scallops and a tempting chocolate dessert.The evening featured an engaging performance by famous French cabaret entertainer Pierre Marchand.The region of Champagne-Ardenne is just 45 minutes by train from Paris and contains 34,000 hectares of vineyards, 15,000 growers and over 300 Champagne houses. Special guests in attendance included the president of the regional council of Champagne-Ardenne Jean-Paul Bachy, Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy, Australian television presenter Catriona Rowntree and many others. During the month of September, an enlightening Champagne Exhibition, featuring rare and imported vintage and contemporary photographs, prints and posters celebrating the exciting bubbly beverage will be on display at the Sydney Sofitel Wentworth Hotel.Check out images from the spectacular evening below or you can visit our Facebook gallery. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T