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Rayavadee Early Board Offer

Rayavadee has announced an Early Bird Offer of 10% savings on contract rates for new bookings received until 28 February 2018 for travel to the acclaimed Thai resort from 1 March to 29 March and 3 April to 10 May 2018.

The Rayavadee Early Bird Offer is available on bookings across all room categories and includes daily breakfast,

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Finnair opening new route to Lyon, adding long-haul frequencies to Osaka, Hong Kong, Delhi and Phuket for next European Winter

Finnair has announced the opening of a new route to Lyon, France for the 2018/2019 European Winter.

Known for its gastronomy, historical landmarks and proximity to the French Alps, Lyon is the second largest metropolitan area in France.

Finnair Corporate Sales Manager Australia, Sanna Ruuskanen said Finnair would operate two weekly flights commencing 11 December 2018 on Tuesdays and Saturdays from its Helsinki hub to Lyon with an E90 aircraft,

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The Unique Tourism Collection Appointed Australian Representative For The Inn At The Spanish Steps And The Inn At The Roman Forum In Rom

The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for two luxury boutique hotels in Rome – The Inn at the Spanish Steps and The Inn at The Roman Forum.  

Sydney-based, The Unique Tourism Collection, which has been celebrating 25 years of luxury travel and tourism marketing communications representation in 2017,

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GEOFF STONE LEAVING FINNAIR

Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone has announced he will be leaving the airline at the end of this year.

Mr Stone, who has been with Finnair for 6 ½ years based in Sydney, originally as Country Manager before being appointed General Manager in September 2016,

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The Library extends 15% Agency Commission for Secret Pool Villas in 2018

The Library in Thailand has extended its 15% travel agent commission period for bookings of the new Secret Pool Villas through to 30 April 2018.

This incentive commission offer is based on bookings for guests staying in a new one-bedroom Secret Pool Villa at the stunning beachfront Koh Samui resort from 6 January to 30 April 2018 inclusive at the introductory rate of THB22,800 THB +++ (or THB27,064) per night for two people including breakfast.

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Rayavadee Offers 25% Christmas Savings

Popular Thailand resort, Rayavadee in Krabi is offering a 25 per cent discount across all room categories from 19 – 27 December 2017 inclusive.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee presents award-winning architecture, fine cuisine, a relaxation spa and a fleet of speedboats for excursions to surrounding islands.

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Finnair revamps business class with a Nordic touch

Finnair has today announced the launch of a new business class service concept and new Marimekko design elements for both cabin classes, celebrating its Nordic roots and offering customers a unique Nordic customer experience

 

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said Finnair’s new service concept had been inspired by pure essentials,

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Finnair brings Nordic flavours to business and economy class passengers in cooperation with top chefs

Finnair is investing in its food offering as part of the acclaimed carrier’s drive to present customers with  a unique Nordic experience.

 

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said food was one of the items that frequently comes up in airline customer satisfaction surveys,

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Finnair adds flights to top European destinations for Summer 2018 and to Lapland for Winter 2018/2019

Finnair continues to grow its traffic and will add frequencies to popular destinations in Europe for the European Summer and Winter periods in 2018 and increase flights to popular destinations in Finnish Lapland for the peak season in the 2018/19 European Winter.

 

The additions are being fuelled by the increasing number of Asians travelling to Finnair’s European destinations.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS EXTENDS 2018/19 SUMMER DEAL OFFER ON AQUA MEKONG

Aqua Expeditions has announced its offer of 30% reduced rates on selected Aqua Mekong cruises has now been extended to include 3, 4 and 7-night departures from 27 April to 14 August 2018 inclusive and 3 May to 13 August 2019 inclusive. 

 

Lead-in rate for the selected 3-night Discovery Cruises is USD2835 per person twin share in a First Deck Suite.

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Sustainable Slimming at Chiva-Som

Chiva-Som invites guests to lose weight and begin a journey towards a healthier lifestyle as they embark on a Sustainable Slimming Retreat at this benchmark resort destination for Thai health and wellness experiences.  

 

Guests will undertake a comprehensive and tailored program of physical activities to assist in losing weight in a controlled and healthy manner whilst Chiva-Som’s expert culinary team support the regime by creating nutrient rich cuisine and qualified physiotherapists guide guests towards correct posture and increased flexibility.

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TAUCK EXOTICS 2017/18 AGENT INCENTIVE

Tauck has announced a worldwide agent incentive in conjunction with sales of its Tauck Exotics 2017/2018 program.

The 10 travel agents with the most passengers booked and deposited for Tauck Exotics itineraries from 1 November 2017 to 30 March 2018 inclusive will each be invited with a guest to enjoy one of the fabulous itineraries,

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FINNAIR TO ADD 100 PLUS WEEKLY FLIGHTS INCLUDING LAPLAND, RUSSIA, STUTTGART, LISBON AND THE BALTICS FOR 2018/19 EUROPEAN WINTER

Finnair will continue to grow its operations during the 2018/19 European Winter season with additional capacity on existing routes in Lapland, Russia and the Baltic countries.

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said Finnair would serve both Kittilä and Ivalo, in Finnish Lapland,

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FINNAIR’S EXPANSION TO REACH ALL-TIME HIGH DURING EUROPEAN WINTER SEASON – NEW ROUTES OPENING TO INDIA, MEXICO, CUBA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND LAPLAND

Finnair is poised to enter the largest expansion in its history during the upcoming European Winter season. With its fast-connecting hub in Helsinki, Finnair offers one of the most reliable and convenient networks linking several key destinations in Europe with Asia and North America. 

 

Finnair General Manager – Australia,

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TAUCK AND KEN BURNS ANNOUNCE NEW WASHINGTON DC EVENT AND WESTERN US TOUR FOR 2018

Tauck and Ken Burns are offering a new Washington DC event and Western US tour as part of their Ken Burns American Journeys’ collection of travel experiences in Tauck’s 2018 portfolio of 39 journeys in the US and Canada.

Ken Burns will deliver the keynote address and meet with Tauck guests at the Washington DC event,

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NORFOLK ISLAND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL BACK IN THE CHARTS FOR 25th YEAR

The Norfolk Island Travel Centre will charter an Air New Zealand flight for New Zealand guest artists and travellers heading over for the 2018 Norfolk Island Country Music Festival from 19 – 26 May.

 

This Festival is among the biggest and most popular events on the island’s annual calendar and next year marks the 25th anniversary of its staging by the Norfolk Island Country Music Association.

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CHIVA-SOM ANNOUNCES TRANQUILITY OFFER FOR THAI PAVILION

Chiva-Som has announced a Thai Pavilion Tranquility Offer across the exclusive range of Speciality Retreats for guests staying at this pioneering Thai health and wellness resort from 1 November to 19 December 2017 inclusive.

Priced from AUD3531 per person twin share, this offer represents a saving of AUD883 per person for three nights and includes:

  • Accommodation in a stunning Thai Pavilion
  • Individual health and wellness consultation
  • 3 wellness cuisine meals per night
  • Optional skin consultation
  • Optional physical analysis
  • Daily fitness and leisure activities (8 classes daily)
  • Unlimited use us Water Therapy Suites (Steam,

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SECRET CHAPTERS AT THE LIBRARY, KOH SAMUI

The Library is set to unveil the new Secret Pool Villas meticulously crafted under the concepts of space, privacy and mystery in November 2017.

Each of these new accommodation offerings will present an amazing new resort experience at this beautiful property set against the backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach in Thailand.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES 30% REDUCED RATES ON AQUA MEKONG IN 2018 AND 2019

Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, is offering travellers to Southeast Asia an exclusive offer of 30% reduced rates on selected Aqua Mekong voyages in 2018 and 2019.  

Guests will experience the green Summer season on Asia’s Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia and experience the vibrant culture,

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FINNAIR OPENS NEW ROUTES TO BERGEN AND TROMSØ IN NORWAY IN COOPERATION WITH WIDEROE

Finnair has announced new routes to commence between its Helsinki hub and Bergen and Tromsø in Norway in May 2018, connecting the regions to Finnair’s extensive Asian network.

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone confirmed the routes will be operated by Norwegian regional airline Wideroe,

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CHIVA-SOM PRESENTS ART OF DETOX

Pioneering Thai health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som has introduced its newest Speciality Retreat, Art of Detox, in which guests will presented with a fully-tailored personalised dietary focussed program.

A dedicated Chiva-Som advisor will assist guests in discovering their ideal diets and balancing nutrients while herbal and nutritional supplements will ensure the detoxification process cleanses the body of toxins.

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TAUCK ANNOUNCES 2020 OBERAMMERGAU LAND TOURS AND RIVER CRUISES

Tauck has commenced accepting reservations on itineraries to feature the next exciting performances of Oberammergau’s Passion Play in the small Bavarian town in 2020.

In 2020, Tauck will include the Passion Play (or ‘Passionsspiele’, as it is known locally) on two European land tours, ‘Romantic Journey’ and ‘The Ultimate Alps &

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FINNAIR FURTHER STRENGTHENS ITS MARKET POSITION IN GERMANY WITH MORE THAN 280,000 ADDITIONAL SEATS FOR 2018

As part of its growth strategy, Finnair has increased its capacity to several existing destinations in Germany.

From 26 March 2018, Finnair is adding a fourth daily frequency between Helsinki and Berlin.

Furthermore, there will be additional capacity to the German capital for the upcoming European Winter season by flying the route with a larger aircraft.

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ALEXANDER VOEGL APPOINTED GENERAL MANAGER OF AMIANA ON THE BAY

Alexander Voegl has been named General Manager of stunning Vietnam resort, Amiana on the Bay in Nha Trang.

 

Austrian-born, Mr Voegl brings more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including 14 years in the role of General Manager, to this popular holiday resort for Australians.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS, SONEVA KIRI AND THE SIAM HOTEL ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE SECRETS OF INDOCHINA TOUR

Three luxury hospitality operators have teamed up to offer a special rate for travellers looking to explore the highlights of Indochina by water, land and air.

 

Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, Soneva Kiri,

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FINNAIR CONTINUES STRONG GROWTH, OPENS NEW ROUTES TO NANJING, LISBON AND STUTTGART, INCREASES CAPACITY FOR POPULAR DESTINATIONS IN ASIA, US AND EUROPE

In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has announced a new year-round route to Nanjing, China and is adding two new European routes for its European Summer 2018 lineup including new non-stop flights to Lisbon and Stuttgart.

 

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia,

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WINDSTAR ANNOUNCES NEW LAND TOURS, ITINERARIES AND ADVENTURE SHORT EXCURSIONS IN ASIA

Windstar Cruises has announced five new cruise dates running September to November 2018 in addition to already diverse offerings in Asia for 2017 and 2018 on 18 different itineraries with 25 different departure dates spanning seven to 34 days.

Visiting both well-known ports and hidden harbours across Southeast and East Asia options include a President’s Cruise to the Philippines and Borneo,

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TASTE NORFOLK ISLAND BACK ON THE MENU IN 2017

The Taste Norfolk Island Food Festival will be served up again at the popular Australian holiday destination in 2017 with appetites at the ready for the fourth hosting of this fun event on the culinary calendar.

Taste Norfolk Island is on from 27 November to 1 December again showcasing the best of talented local chefs,

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THE LIBRARY, THAILAND TRAVEL AGENT INCENTIVE AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2017

The Library in Thailand is offering 15% travel agent commission on bookings made in August and September for minimum 3-night stays until 20 December 2017.

Guests will also receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine during these stays at The Library which is set against the stunning backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach.

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TRAVEL THE WORLD OFFER FOR CHIVA-SOM BOOKINGS IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

Guests booking a Speciality Retreat for a minimum 7-night stay at Chiva-Som in Thailand for travel until 30 September 2017 will receive an additional complimentary night and an exclusive VIP Fast Track Service at Hua Hin Airport with guests to be met on arrival by a personal porter and hostess and escorted through immigration for collection of luggage and transfer to the resort.

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NORFOLK ISLAND EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR NEW ZEALANDERS

Norfolk Island is the perfect short-haul holiday destination for New Zealanders, presenting wonderful adventure, dining, cultural, historical and relaxation experiences for all to enjoy.

Only 90 minutes from Auckland, this stunning setting offers spectacular pristine scenery and countless activities and adventures for all ages and families, including fishing,

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FINNAIR PICKS UP FIFTH WIN AT AFTA NATIONAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY AWARDS

Finnair has been named Best International Airline – Off-Line Carrier for the fifth consecutive year in the prestigious AFTA National Travel Industry Awards for 2017.

These annual awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of individuals and product within the Australian travel and tourism industry over the last 12 months.

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TAUCK EXCLUSIVE ACCESS AND CHOICE OF SHORE EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE ON 2018 EUROPE SMALL SHIP CRUISES

Tauck Small Ship Cruising, known for intimate yacht-like luxury ships, all-inclusive packages and intimate shore excursions, is setting sail with four distinct European itineraries in 2018, part of Tauck’s global portfolio of 17 small ship cruises. 

From the warmer waters of the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas to the medieval ports along the Baltic Sea and the rugged coasts of the British and Irish Isles,

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WINDSTAR CRUISES LAUNCHES STAR COLLECTOR VOYAGES

Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has launched a fresh series of back-to-back cruises, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports in the new Star Collector Voyages.

In addition to the elegance of an extended trip with the luxury of unpacking only once,

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS PARTNERS WITH LULULEMON AMBASSADOR FOR WELLNESS DEPARTURE ON AQUA MEKONG

Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, will host a 4-night Wellness Departure on Aqua Mekong, in December 2017 for those who want to stay physically and mentally balanced while sailing along one of the most historically and culturally rich areas of the world.

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CASA ANGELINA ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE AUTUMN OFFER FOR AUSTRALIAN GUESTS IN 2017

Casa Angelina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast has announced exclusive offers for Australian guests wishing to stay at this stunning boutique hotel during the European Autumn in 2017.

Casa Angelina overlooks expanses of the Mediterranean Sea from a cliff-edge perch in the quiet and picturesque Campania village of Praiano,

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NORFOLK ISLAND TOURISM AND AIR NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCE 2017 AGENT SELF FAMIL PROGRAM

Travel agents are invited to enjoy a break on Norfolk Island alone or with a friend to experience the wonderful variety of adventure, wellbeing, dining, adventure, cultural and historical activities on offer at this popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians.

Air New Zealand will support the Self Famil Program with a $179 (plus taxes) ‘works’ industry fare and $319 (plus taxes) ‘works’ friend fare for return flights ex-Sydney from 21 July to 1 September and ex-Brisbane from 5 August to 22 August.

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RAYAVADEE SUMMER OFFER FOR THAILAND ESCAPE

Rayavadee in Krabi has announced a Summer Offer including bonus complimentary nights for guest stays from Australia in a Deluxe Pavilion at this popular resort in Thailand through to the end of October 2017.

This Rayavadee Summer Offer is applicable for new bookings only of a minimum 4-night stay in a Deluxe Pavilion,

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STAY 4, PAY 3 FREE NIGHT PROMOTION AT THE LIBRARY

Set against the stunning backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach, The Library has announced a Stay 4, Pay 3 Free Night Promotion for guests visiting this beautiful Thai island resort from 1 July until 20 December 2017.

The special promotion is designed to entice guests to The Library and fascinating Koh Samui during and around the peak travel season of July to September and to enjoy the many and varied attractions from lush jungles and waterfalls to the famous Grandma and Grandpa Rocks (Hin Ta &

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FINNAIR AGAIN NAMED ‘BEST AIRLINE IN NORTHERN EUROPE’ IN SKYTRAX SURVEY

Finnair has been named, for the eighth consecutive year by Skytrax, as Northern Europe’s Best Airline at the World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show.

Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone, said “we are thrilled with this recognition once more with Skytrax as Finnair continues to invest significantly in our growing A350 fleet and customer experience from the time of booking through to check in and on board service”.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES PHOTOGRAPHY CRUISE ON AQUA MEKONG

Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, is giving guests the opportunity to ‘capture the moment’ on an exclusive 4-night Photography Cruise along the magnificent Mekong River in December 2017 being presented by talented fine art and architectural photographer and videographer, Francisco Marin.

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PIMALAI RESORT & SPA APPOINTS THE UNIQUE TOURISM COLLECTION AS AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVE

The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for the beautiful Thailand resort, Pimalai Resort & Spa in Koh Lanta.

Sydney-based The Unique Tourism Collection will be responsible for all sales and marketing activity in Australia for Pimalai Resort & Spa.

Pimalai Resort & Spa General Manager,

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FINLAND 100 YEARS: FINNAIR SHOWCASES FINNISH FOOD CULTURE WITH NEW COLLABORATIONS

In conjunction with Finland’s upcoming centennial anniversary, Finnair is launching three new food collaborations for its onboard meals.

Finnair General Manager – Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said the collaborations, which intend to promote Finland’s healthy and hearty food culture, are being rolled out in cooperation with the ELO Foundation,

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CHIVA-SOM ANNOUNCES SPECIAL THAI PAVILION OFFER

Pioneering Thai health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som has announced an all-inclusive accommodation offer across its exclusive range of Specialty Retreats.

The offer applies to guests staying a minimum 3 nights at the resort, which is situated within seven acres of tropical gardens in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand,

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NORFOLK ISLAND TARGETS NEW ZEALAND FOR INCREASED GROWTH

Norfolk Island continues to be a popular short-haul holiday destination for New Zealanders and will be a major focus for increased travel from this market in a new destination campaign being launched in July.

This upcoming activity in New Zealand showcasing Norfolk Island offering a real and authentic holiday experience will also highlight the introduction of Norfolk Island Airlines’ weekly flights from Auckland and Brisbane commencing in June.

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TAUCK ANNOUNCES 2018 RIVER CRUISE PLANS

Tauck, the 92-year-old leader in upscale guided travel, has announced its European river cruising plans for 2018, and the coming year will see the launch of two all-new cruise itineraries, the debut of two radically redesigned ships, and added enhancements to the shore excursions featured fleet-wide.

New for 2018 are itineraries on the Danube and Rhine – 14-day ‘Royal Danube,

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS RELEASES 2017-18 HOSTED DEPARTURES ON ARIA AMAZON AND AQUA MEKONG

Aqua Expeditions has unveiled its 2017-18 four-colour glossy brochure focussing on the leading luxury cruise operator’s hosted departures on its boutique Aria Amazon and Aqua Mekong cruises.

The new brochure provides fully illustrated details of 3, 4 and 7-night cruise offerings being hosted by Aqua Expeditions CEO and Founder,

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FINNAIR AND FINAVIA TEST FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY AT HELSINKI AIRPORT CHECK-IN

Finnair and Finavia, together with Futurice, will test the use of face recognition technology for the check-in process of Finnair flights at Helsinki Airport.

Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said during the test period until 23 May, the companies will gather information on the applicability of face recognition technology to the airport environment and the systems and processes used by the airline.

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THE UNIQUE TOURISM COLLECTION APPOINTS NEW ACCOUNT DIRECTOR FOR NORFOLK ISLAND TOURISM

The Unique Tourism Collection has appointed Trina Shepherd to the new role of Account Director for Norfolk Island Tourism.

Based in Sydney, Ms Shepherd will be responsible for continuing to develop the momentum growth in visitor numbers and implementing new marketing opportunities for Norfolk Island.

Ms Shepherd joins UTC from Tourism Australia where she worked in Industry Events on activity in preparation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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FINNAIR INCREASES CAPACITY TO LAPLAND FOR EUROPEAN WINTER 2017/18, OFFERING 430,000 SEATS DURING NOVEMBER-APRIL

Due to the continued increase in demand for Lapland as a tourist destination, Finnair is growing its capacity to several Lapland airports for the winter European 2017 season. 

Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said between 1 January and March 24 2018, Finnair will add four weekly frequencies to Rovaniemi operating on Wednesdays,

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