Trade News

Finnair invests in customer comfort with new ATR cabins in 2019 and new Premium Economy class for long-haul in 2021

Finnair has announced it will renew the entire cabin of its ATR aircraft and introduce a new Premium Economy cabin class for its long-haul fleet in a move that reflects the airline’s commitment to offering a high level of customer comfort and increased choice for its customers.   

Finnair’s ATR aircraft are currently used for domestic flights in Finland,

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Aqua Expeditions Announces Major Global Expansion

Aqua Expeditions’ CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro has announced the high-end luxury cruise operator will increase its fleet size by 150 per cent and add new geographic locations over the next two years.

“I am thrilled that after a decade of changing the face of river cruising on both the Amazon and the Mekong Rivers we will extend our footprint to coastal cruising in additional soft adventure destinations,” Mr Galli Zugaro said.

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Chiva-Som has reopened following completion of third stage of renovations

Internationally renowned wellness destination Chiva-Som has reopened after a 6-month closure to complete the third of four stages of the resort’s first major renovation since its inauguration 23 years ago. Further enhancing the Chiva-Som offering, which has already seen all of its Ocean Rooms and many of its facilities transformed,

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Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays – The True Specialists

This dynamic Sydney-based company with more than 50 years’ combined and proven tourism experience is up and running and ready to work with valued industry partners in promoting three fascinating and exciting destinations.

Director, Gill Gaspar has travelled extensively throughout Portugal, Spain and Morocco for more than 30 years and has immersed himself into the culture,

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Adventures Abound on Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is the perfect escape from a demanding world. The delightful switch to ‘Norfolk Time’ allows the internal clock to release the passing of each hour and frees the mind from expectation.

Everywhere you look on Norfolk Island there is something to explore. Every local has an interesting story and every artefact in the museums speaks of a past long gone but remains pivotal in the lifestyle and for the people,

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Ischia – Italy’s New Wellness Hotspot

Step aside Capri, the new Italian island on everyone’s lips for 2019 is Ischia. Located in the Bay of Naples, Ischia is quickly garnering a reputation as Italy’s new wellness destination.

Characterised by lush vegetation, Ischia is also known as the Green Island with its huge parks, beautiful beaches,

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Rayavadee Romance in Krabi, Thailand

Rayavadee in Krabi, Thailand, presents an idyllic setting for a romantic escape with a loved one.

Couples travelling from Australia to this popular holiday resort are invited to enjoy a special 3-night honeymoon experience combining beautiful accommodation, a fabulous dinner in a grotto, a chance to cook up a traditional Thai meal,

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Countdown To Chiva-Som Re-Opening

The much-anticipated re-opening of Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin on 1 November 2018 is on schedule with this acclaimed Thailand property nearing completion of its current refurbishment program which commenced in May for the temporary period of closure.

New and refreshed guest experiences will include the unveiling of more spacious Thai Pavilions in a contemporary Thai style and stunning new Thai Pavilion Suite accommodation featuring a glass-walled private space for around six guests,

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Finnair Awarded APEX Five-Star Global Airline Rating

Finnair has been awarded a 2019 Five Star Global Airline rating by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).

Finnair Regional Manager Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia, Arnaud Michelin said Finnair was one of 470 passenger rated airlines through to the end of July 2018. 

The ratings are based entirely on verified feedback from passengers who were validated against confirmed itineraries and geo-location on mobile devices.

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Tauck Australia Announces Exclusive Under The Tuscan Sun Event

Tauck Australia has announced a fascinating new Under The Tuscan Sun event being hosted from 14 to 19 October 2019.

Guests will be taken on an immersive 6-day/5-night journey into Tuscany, celebrating the region’s cultural pleasures and hilltop treasures in depth, up close and authentically rich in every way,

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The Library Completes A Fascinating Sequel

The Library has unveiled the final additions to its award-winning ‘Secret Chapters’ with the opening of The Writer and The Editor ultra-luxurious villas in September 2018 at the acclaimed Thailand property situated on Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui.

The Library, a member of Design Hotels, has now completed the creation of an exclusive collection of Secret Pool Villas which offer outstanding leisure experiences though conceptually engaging design and warm Thai hospitality.

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Finnair to fly new A350 route to Los Angeles in 2019

Finnair will commence three weekly frequencies to  Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from 31 March 2019.

This will be Finnair’s first US route regularly operated with the new Airbus A350 aircraft. 

Finnair Regional Manager, Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia, Arnaud Michelin said Finnair would also be making some additions to its North American Summer program for the San Francisco and Chicago route.

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Aqua Expeditions Announces Solo Traveller Offer For Mekong And Amazon Cruise Adventures

Boutique river cruise line, Aqua Expeditions has announced an exclusive Solo Traveller offer in which the single supplement will be waived on selected departures aboard the magnificent Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon as they ply the waters of two mighty world rivers on their fascinating adventures.

With a small-ship capacity of only 32 to 40 passengers on each sailing,

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Finnair Appoints Topi Manner as CEO

Finnair has appointed Topi Manner (MSc.Econ) as CEO effective 1 January 2019.

Born in 1974, Mr Manner has a long career in management positions at Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, and since 2016 has worked as a member of Nordea’s Group Executive Management and as Head of Personal Banking.

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Aqua Expeditions Announces Agent Portal Service

Aqua Expeditions has announced a new Agent Portal, along with an online check-in system  that will ensure agents a user-friendly experience from the initial booking stages to checking clients in before their departure. 

The Agent Portal allows agents to check cruise availability, make a courtesy hold for up to 7 days as well as the option to reserve multiple cabins at the same time.

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Arnaud Michelin appointed Finnair Regional Manager Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia

Finnair has appointed Arnaud Michelin as Regional Manager Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia.

Based in Finnair’s Sydney office, Mr Michelin will head up all consumer and trade activity for Finnair in this region, with Australia providing significant market share for the airline.

French born, Mr Michelin later moved to Sydney,

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Windstar Australia Announces 16-Night Philippines & Borneo Fly, Cruise & Stay Adventure

Windstar Australia has announced an exclusive Fly/Cruise & Stay offer departing Australia 12 January and 18 February 2019 featuring a 16-night Philippines & Borneo Adventure from Singapore to Hong Kong aboard Windstar Cruises’ All-Suite vessel Star Legend (max 212 guests).


The Fly/Cruise & Stay offer,

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Direct Cuzco to Iquitos flights for Aria Amazon cruises

Aqua Expeditions is encouraging people wishing to cruise aboard Aria Amazon to take advantage of LATAM Airlines’ direct flights from Cusco to Iquitos available through to the end of November 2018.

LATAM is operating this 2 hour and 21-minute seasonal test route for the first time and will determine if to be expanded in the future.

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Taste Norfolk Island Back On Menu 2018

The Taste Norfolk Island Food Festival is back from 26 – 30 November 2018 and once again will be showcasing magnificent locally grown, fresh, organic produce presented by a talented line-up of Chefs.

Norfolk Island is a food lover’s destination boasting 20 plus eating out places presenting the freshest of fish,

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Bask in the Benefits of Black Sand on Volcano Island in Sicily

Sydney, 14 August 2018:

A day at the beach is good for the soul however it is the rare black sand found on the beaches near Therasia Resort Sea & Spa that offers health benefits far beyond mental wellbeing. So much so that the resort has developed a spa body scrub treatment utilising locally sourced black sand making it their most requested treatment.

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Embracing Casa Angelina’s Lifestyle With Late Summer Sunshine Offer

Casa Angelina has announced a Late-Summer Sunshine Offer available to guests staying at this stunning property in Praiano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast from 1 to 28 October 2018, after which time the property will close until its new seasonal opening next April. 

This special offer, valid for stays of a minimum two nights from 1 to 28 October 2018,

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