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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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TAUCK TO DOUBLE SMALL SHIP CRUISING CAPACITY AND FEATURE NEW DESTINATIONS

Tauck has announced plans to double its small ship cruising capacity within the next four years through strategic fleet expansion, deepened partnership programs and new itineraries.

“We are destination explorers at Tauck and some destinations are best explored by both land and sea,” said Tauck President, Jennifer Tombaugh. 

“Tauck Small Ship Cruising is our first product line to sell out each year,” said Ms Tombaugh.

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NORFOLK ISLAND AIRLINES OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Norfolk Island Airlines is pleased to announce that their new Norfolk Island flights are now available for booking online.
Customers can see flight availability, and purchase tickets, via our website; www.norfolkislandairlines.com.au or make bookings through the local travel agents.
Weekly Saturday flights will commence Saturday, the 17th June 2017 with return flights from Norfolk Island to Brisbane and Auckland*.

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WINDSTAR CRUISES RETURNING TO ALASKA IN 2018

Award-winning boutique cruise line, Windstar Cruises has announced a return to Alaska sailings in its northern Spring/Summer 2018 ports of call also taking in British Columbia.

The news comes on the heels of Windstar’s recent announcement of its return to Asia in 2017/18, with the 212-guest,

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES EPIC SAFARI ODYSSEY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SHACKLETON SOCIETY

Aqua Expeditions, one of world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, has announced a Safari Odyssey being co-hosted in October 2017 by Aqua Expeditions Founder, Francesco Galli-Zugaro and renowned safari guide Howard Saunders, Founder of the Shackleton & Selous Society.

The 14-day adventure for up to 10 guests will journey into the African wilderness and has been developed with a dual purpose of exploring two iconic rivers of the world,

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CHIVA-SOM UNVEILS RENOVATED OCEAN ROOMS AND SUITES

Chiva-Som has unveiled its newly renovated Ocean Rooms and Suites in the north, central and south wings of this pioneering and acclaimed Thailand health and wellness resort situated in Hua Hin, 185 km south of Bangkok.

The improvements provide a truly elegant wellness retreat experience, beyond the world-class treatment quality and comfort for which Chiva-Som is recognised throughout the world.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU MEKONG AND AMAZON CRUISING IN 2017 AND 2018

Aqua Expeditions, the leading luxury river cruise operator, has announced a new collaboration with renowned champion of ocean conservation and environmental protection, Jean-Michel Cousteau, offering travellers a series of 3, 4 and 7-night cruises in 2017 and 2018 hosted by the famed explorer on the two vessels.

The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau,

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2017 NORFOLK ISLAND COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Top Australian and New Zealand artists will once again be drawn together for the annual Norfolk Island Country Music Festival which is happening from 15 – 19 May.

The Festival this year celebrates 25 years of honouring new and established talent from both sides of the Tasman during the week-long line-up of activities at this popular short-haul holiday destination.

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EMILY BAY ON NORFOLK ISLAND NAMED TOP 10 AUSTRALIAN BEACH IN 2017 TRIPADVISOR AWARDS

Stunning Emily Bay on Norfolk Island has been named one of the Top 10 Beaches – Australia in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2017.

Emily Bay has been selected following TripAdvisor’s analysis of the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings across beaches worldwide collected over a 12-month period as well as booking interest on TripAdvisor.

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THE LIBRARY, CHAWENG BEACH, KOH SAMUI MARCH 2017 TRAVEL AGENT INCENTIVE

To celebrate the launch to the Australian market of The Library in Thailand, an additional 2% agency commission will apply for any bookings made in March 2017 for a minimum 3 nights.

A member of Design Hotels, The Library is set against the stunning backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach.

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ADVENTURES ON AQUA MEKONG IN 2017

Aqua Expeditions is celebrating the launch of family-friendly cruises aboard Aqua Mekong in 2017 with a Family Promotion offering complimentary travel for children aged 7 to 12 years.

This family incentive will be available on 3, 4 and 7-night Aqua Mekong departures from 5 May to 1 June and 1 July to 11 August 2017 for children sharing with both parents in a triple cabin or sharing with a single parent in a double cabin.

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AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL UP TO NORFOLK ISLAND

Visitor numbers from Australia to Norfolk Island are increasing as this popular short-haul holiday destination introduces more wonderful adventure, dining, cultural, historical and relaxation experiences for all to enjoy.

Air New Zealand continues to operate its schedule of flights to Norfolk Island from Sydney on Mondays and Fridays and from Brisbane on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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THE LIBRARY APPOINTS THE UNIQUE TOURISM COLLECTION AS AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVE

The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for the stunning Thailand resort, The Library, which is set against the seductive backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach.  

Sydney-based, The Unique Tourism Collection is marking 25 years of luxury travel and tourism marketing communications representation in 2017 and will be responsible for all sales,

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FINNAIR ADDS CAPACITY TO MOSCOW AND ST PETERSBURG, ENHANCES CONNECTIONS BETWEEN RUSSIA AND FINNAIR’S AMERICAN, ASIAN AND EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS

Finnair will offer more connections to Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia, further improving connectivity with Finnair’s network in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Finnair General Manager Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone confirmed Finnair will double its flights between Helsinki and Moscow from 10 April,

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ROLAND SVENSSON NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF AMIANA ON THE BAY

Roland Svensson has been named General Manager of stunning Vietnam resort, Amiana on the Bay, lapping the waters of Nha Trang Bay.

Mr Svensson has a wealth of hotel and resort experience, having worked in a number of international properties, commencing with senior Food & Beverage appointments in Dubai,

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FINNAIR ADDS FLIGHTS TO POPULAR EUROPEAN WINTER DESTINATIONS IN LAPLAND, INCLUDING NEW NON-STOP FLIGHTS FROM LONDON, PARIS, FRANKFURT AND ZÜRICH

Finnair will introduce non-stop flights to Finnish Lapland from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zürich from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018.

Finnair General Manager Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said Finnair will operate two weekly flights between London’s Gatwick airport and Ivalo on Thursdays and Sundays,

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TRAVEL THE WORLD APPOINTS THE UNIQUE TOURISM COLLECTION AS AUSTRALIAN PR REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHIVA-SOM AND WINDSTAR CRUISES

Travel the World has appointed The Unique Tourism Collection as Australian Public Relations Representative for Chiva-Som and Windstar Cruises.

Acclaimed Thai destination spa resort, Chiva-Som and elegant small ship operator, Windstar Cruises are within the portfolio of Travel the World, which in 2017 is celebrating 40 years of service to the tourism industry,

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FINNAIR ADDS HAVANA, GOA, PUERTO VALLARTA AND PUERTO PLATA FOR EUROPEAN WINTER 2017, INCREASES FREQUENCIES TO BANGKOK, DELHI, HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE

Finnair has announced that it is expanding for the European Winter 2017 season with new scheduled flights to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, Havana in Cuba, Goa in India and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, Geoff Stone said the carrier would also be adding extra frequencies to many of its popular European Winter holiday and business destinations in Asia.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE FOUNDER AND CHEF HOSTED 2017 CRUISES ON AMAZON AND MEKONG RIVERS

Aqua Expeditions, one of world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, has announced two new hosted voyages for 2017 after the extraordinary success of the programs in 2016. Guests will have the exclusive chance of joining company Founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, or Consulting Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, on Aria Amazon on the Peruvian Amazon and Aqua Mekong on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.

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FINNAIR ADDS CAPACITY TO POPULAR EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS FOR 2017, EXTENDS REYKJAVIK TO A YEAR-ROUND ROUTE

In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has today announced that it will be adding capacity on several popular European short-haul routes for the upcoming year.

Due to the popular demand of the new Reykjavik route which begins on 11 April, Finnair General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia,

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‘HMONG SONGS OF MEMORY, HMONG THREADS OF LIFE SECULAR & SACRED MUSIC & TEXTILES’ AT TAMARIND VILLAGE CHIANG MAI

‘Hmong Songs of Memory, Hmong Threads of Life: Secular & Sacred Music & Textiles’, an all-new exhibition by American researcher, writer and film maker Victoria Vorreiter, is open for all to enjoy at Tamarind Village Chiang Mai in Thailand.

The exhibition explores the music and textile traditions of the Hmong,

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FINNAIR EXTENDS THE LEASE OF AN AIRBUS 330 FROM IBERIA FOR ITS MIAMI ROUTE

Finnair will extend the lease of an Airbus A330 aircraft and crew from Iberia for its Miami route through to 1 May 2017.  

Finnair previously announced that the Miami route would be operated by Iberia from 10 to 31 January 2017. Finnair flies to Miami three times a week.

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LUXURY VALENTINE AT THE SAROJIN

The Sarojin is inviting couples to enjoy a romantic journey to this acclaimed resort in Khao Lak, Thailand for a memorable time away together during the month of Valentine in February 2017.

This stunning and popular holiday hot-spot for Australians is presenting a 3-night Luxury Valentine offer for couples including beautifully appointed residence or suite accommodation and special resort experiences.

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FINNAIR PARTNERS WITH ISU WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

Finnair and the Finnish Figure Skating Association have signed a partner agreement for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships to be held in Helsinki from 29 March 29 to 2 April 2017.

Approximately 65,000 people are expected to attend the event, with large groups travelling to Helsinki especially from North America and Asia.

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FINNAIR ADDS BOCUSE D’OR CANDIDATE AS ITS NEW SIGNATURE MENU CHEF

Finnair has announced a new partnership with Finnish Chef Eero Vottonen for the airline’s latest Signature Menu collaboration. The Signature Menu cooperation with Eero Vottonen will bring true Nordic elements to Finnair’s long-haul business class customers flying out of Helsinki to all destinations as of 11 January 2017.

Last year,

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FINNAIR OPENS NEW ROUTE TO ASTANA IN EUROPEAN SUMMER FOR THE WORLD EXPO 2017

Finnair will add a new short-haul route to Astana, Kazakhstan for the European summer 2017 season. Finnair will operate two weekly flights between Helsinki and Astana, from 20 June to 11 August. The new route will coincide with the 2017 World Expo which starts in June 2017.

Finnair’s flights to Astana will be flown with an A319 aircraft and have a duration of 4 hours 10 minutes.

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ON YOUR BIKE AT THE SAROJIN

The Sarojin has unveiled two exciting new bicycle adventures inviting guests on a journey of discovery taking in the fascinating history, culture, community and landscape which surround this luxury boutique resort in Khao Lak, Thailand.

In a contrast of experiences, one can head in the direction of the unspoilt land of the rural island of Koh Kho Khao or venture to the historic and cultural town of Old Takuapa – or take on both cycle tours.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS HOSTING EXCLUSIVE AMAZON AND MEKONG JOURNEYS FOR WOMEN IN 2017

Aqua Expeditions has announced the launch of a series of unique hosted journeys exclusively for women for 2017.  Offering unparallelled access to the world’s greatest rivers in utmost comfort, women will be able to embark on limited-edition experiential journeys from January 2017. Cruising on both the Amazon and Mekong rivers,

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THREE NEW MEXICAN HOTELS JOIN SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™

This month, SLH welcomes three new properties in Mexico to our portfolio of boutique luxury hotels. The hotels join alongside seven other SLH properties in Mexico.

Stara Hamburgo; Mexico City, Mexico

Rooms from USD210 (approx. AUD278) per night based on two sharing

www.slh.com/hamburgo 

Newly opened in January 2016,

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FINNAIR A350 XWB AIRCRAFT NOW FLYING SINGAPORE TO HELSINKI ROUTE

The much anticipated Finnair A350 XWB (extra wide body) aircraft on Singapore–Helsinki route departed Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) Terminal 1 for the first time at 11:35pm on Monday 17 October.

The inaugural flight departure was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and meet-and-greet with the Finnish Ambassador to Singapore HE Paula Parviainen.

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NEW HOTELS JOIN SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™ OCTOBER

SLH has welcomed three boutique hotels to its portfolio in October 2016, including its eighth Australian property – Halcyon House at Cabarita Beach in New South Wales – and new locations in Norway and Sweden.

Travel agents booking with SLH can enjoy a range of benefits. Simply visit www.slh.com/travel-agents to receive commissions ranging from 10% to 20% available through all SLH booking channels.

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FINNAIR INCREASES FREQUENCIES TO TOKYO AND HONG KONG WITH THE A350 FOR EUROPEAN SUMMER 2017

Finnair continues to grow its Asian traffic, and has announced it will add capacity and frequencies to the Tokyo and Hong Kong routes with the A350 for the European summer 2017 season.

Finnair will increase its current flight schedule between Helsinki and Tokyo with four additional weekly flights to Narita Airport.

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MARTIN CLUNES ON NORFOLK ISLAND

Tune into Channel 7 on Friday 7 October at 8.30pm for the premiere of Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia and catch up with Doc Martin’s experiences during his visit to Norfolk Island earlier this year.

It was an action-packed time for Martin and his crew, so be sure to join in the fun.

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SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™ TARGETS ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ FOR INDEPENDENTLY-MINDED

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ has identified Australia as its 4th top source market for bookings and is on track with its growth strategy to offer only the ‘best of the best’ independent properties within the SLH portfolio across Australia and overseas.

In Australia alone within the last year,

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NEW HOTEL PALÉ HALL IN WALES JOINS SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has welcomed brand new country house hotel Palé Hall into its collection of exclusive, independently-owned hotels around the world. This will be SLH’s first hotel in Wales and joins 33 other SLH hotels within the United Kingdom. Palé Hall will open to guests on 1 September 2016.

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‘Echoes of Wisdom: Living Past, Living Future’ at Tamarind Village

‘Echoes of Wisdom: Living Past, Living Future,’ an all-new exhibition at Tamarind Village Chiang Mai, Thailand examines the folk wisdom of  northern Thai culture and the ways in which Lanna people lived in balance with nature long before words like ‘organic’, or ‘sustainability’ were even in fashion.

The exhibition,

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TASTE NORFOLK ISLAND BACK IN TOWN

Food lovers will be heading off to Norfolk Island again when the popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians kicks off its Taste Norfolk Island for the third year running in November.

Due to the wonderful successes of the first two years of this week-long event, Taste Norfolk Island will be back to serve up a feast of more amazing island settings,

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SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™ ANNOUNCES SEASONAL SALE

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has announced a Seasonal Sale offering 30% savings on selected SLH properties worldwide.

Bookings must be confirmed by midnight on 3 August 2016 for stays from 1 August to 31 October 2016.

There are more than 100 SLH properties participating in the Seasonal Sale including the following:

 

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS LOSES THE AQUA AMAZON IN ACCIDENT

New York: It is with much regret and sadness that Francesco Galli Zugaro, Founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions, announced that on Saturday, 16 July, the Aqua Amazon suffered a very serious accident, and sank.

During the regular Saturday supplying and turn-around hours for re-stocking of the vessel,

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FINNAIR NAMED BEST OFF-LINE CARRIER FOR FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW AT AFTA NATIONAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY AWARDS

Finnair has continued its success at the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) with a fourth consecutive win as Best Off-Line Carrier in 2016.

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

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SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD™ NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), the champion of small, exclusive, independently-owned hotels around the world, today announces a new board of directors following the luxury company’s recent announcement of £12 million investment and restructure.

The appointed Executive Board of SLH Limited is as follows:

  • Filip Boyen,

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS TO BUILD NEW WORLD-CLASS RIVER CRUISER FOR THE AMAZON AS PART OF ITS THREE – YEAR GROWTH PLAN

In line with its aggressive growth strategy, Aqua Expeditions will start construction in December 2016 of a third vessel to sail on Peru’s Amazon River, it was announced by Francesco Galli Zugaro, the company’s Founder and CEO.  The third all-suite vessel will be a joint cooperation between Noor Designs of Vietnam and Jordi Puig of Peru,

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SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD APPOINTS MARK WONG TO LEAD ASIA PACIFIC OPERATIONS

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), the champion of small, luxury, independent hotels, today announced the appointment of Mark Wong to the newly created role of Vice President, Asia Pacific.  The move sees SLH progress its drive to execute an ambitious growth plan following a recent restructure and £12 million pound investment into the brand by the management company.

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NEW BEACH BAR AND WINTER ESCAPE OFFERS AT THE SAROJIN HOT SPOT FOR AUSSIES

The Sarojin’s unveiling of its new Beach Bar and Winter Escape Early Bird Offers are proving major drawcards for Australians staying at this acclaimed luxury boutique resort in Khao Lak, Thailand.

The new Beach Bar, perched on the shores of the Andaman Sea, is breezy, chic and stylish,

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ONE-OF-A-KIND FASHION SHOW TAKES OVER HELSINKI AIRPORT RUNWAY

The fashion world turned its attention to Helsinki Airport as the long-awaited Match Made in HEL fashion show took place on runway 2 on Tuesday 24 May. Jointly organised by Finnair and Finavia, the event gathered seven top names in European and Asian fashion design who presented their creations in this truly one-of-a-kind fashion show.

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FINNAIR BRINGS MINNA PARIKKA SHOES TO ITS A350 SKY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

Finnair continues to enhance the shopping opportunities onboard the Finnair A350 by opening a Minna Parikka shoe store in its Nordic Sky Wi-Fi portal.

The Helsinki-based designer Minna Parikka is renowned for her fun and bold shoe designs, and the brand’s iconic bunny-eared shoes and other bold styles are a favourite among celebrities.

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AQUA EXPEDITIONS EMBRACES YOUNG TRAVELLERS WITH NEW FAMILY PROMOTION

Aqua Expeditions, leader of luxury cruises on the world’s greatest rivers has introduced a family travel promotion in response to the demand for more inspiring, educational and authentic travel experiences for children.

Parents are constantly seeking new experiences for their children on holiday.

Aqua Expeditions’ latest family activities have been tailored to take families on an unforgettable educational experience down the magnificent Mekong River on-board its luxury all-suite vessel Aqua Mekong.

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