Rugby boosts NZ tourism

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

WELLINGTON, 22 September 2017: New Zealand’s economy grew 0.8% in the April-June quarter partly due to a tourism boost from the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, official data showed Thursday.

Statistics New Zealand said the quarterly figure, which was in line with market expectations and released just days ahead of national elections on Saturday, took annual growth to 2.7%.

It said exports rose 5.2%, the best quarterly performance in almost 20 years, amid high demand for New Zealand dairy and forestry products. Read more

GoAir readies for Phuket flights

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, India, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 August 2017: Mumbai-based budget carrier GoAir is ready to start its first international services to Male, in the Maldives and Phuket, Thailand, this October.

However, schedules for the airline’s first international services have not been finalised and bookings are not possible for either destination on the airline’s website.

It is understood the airline is waiting confirmation that two Airbus A320s will be delivered in time to launch the flights during October. Read more

Qantas flags ultra long-haul flights

August 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 28 August 2017: Australia’s Qantas unveiled plans for the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight, last Friday, calling it the “last frontier of global aviation”, as it posted healthy annual net profits on the back of a strong domestic market.

The firm, which hopes to fly non-stop from Australia to London and New York by 2022, announced a 17.2% slip in annual net profit to AUD852 million (USD673 million) after record results last year.

The airline’s underlying profit before tax — its preferred measure — was the second-highest in its history at AUD1.4 billion for the year to June 30, matching forecasts. Read more

Air New Zealand profit hits headwind

August 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

WELLINGTON, 24 August 2017: Air New Zealand posted a 17.5% fall in annual net profit, Wednesday, as increased competition hits the carrier’s bottom line.

The airline said net profit for the 12 months to June 30 was NZD382 million (USD278 million), down from a record NZD463 million in the previous financial year.

Air New Zealand said it was still the second-highest figure ever recorded by the airline, describing it as a “strong” result. Read more

Fiji is a hot spot

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

NADI, Fiji, 23 August 2017:  Fiji scooped up a top award at the 29th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference, recently, being named the Hottest Destination for 2017.

Announced by International luxury travel network Virtuoso, the award recognises Fiji as the destination with the highest year-over-year growth within the Virtuoso Network.

Tourism Fiji received the award last week at The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. Virtuoso has a network of 1,700 partners eligible for voting in various categories. Travel Week. Read more

Big gaps in airport security

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 4 August 2017: Major security gaps persist at Australian airports despite authorities’ efforts to tighten screenings after thwarting an alleged terror plot to blow up a plane, the pilots’ union has warned.

Four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday accused of planning an attack using an improvised explosive device, prompting authorities to tighten security at airports across the nation.

But pilots, who have to be screened alongside air crew, retail workers and passengers, said similar requirements were not in place for ground staff, who are instead issued with security cards. Read more

Media names Etihad as plot target

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 2 August 2017: Etihad Airways said, Tuesday, it was helping Australian police with their investigation into an alleged plot to bring down a plane, as authorities sifted through evidence from counter-terrorism raids.

Four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday evening, with security tightened across all major Australian domestic and international airports as investigators search several homes across the city.

Local media on Monday reported that the men, who have not yet been charged, planned to use poisonous gas, or a crude bomb disguised as a meat mincer, although details of the alleged plot have not been confirmed by police. Read more

Qatar to serve Canberra

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

DOHA, 31 July 2017: Qatar Airways will launch a service to Canberra, the capital of Australia in 2018 and its fifth destination in the country.

Earlier this year the airline announced a plan to add 26 new destinations by the end of 2018.

Qatar Airways will continue its expansion into Eastern Europe in August, with the launch of direct service to Prague, Czech Republic and Kyiv, Ukraine. Read more

Australia aviation on alert

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 31 July 2017: Australia has foiled an Islamist-inspired terrorist plot to bring down an aircraft with an improvised explosive device, authorities said Sunday, after four people were arrested in raids across Sydney.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the plot appeared to be “elaborate” rather than planned by a lone wolf, as security was strengthened at major domestic and international airports across the nation.

“I can report last night that there has been a major joint counter-terrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane,” Turnbull told reporters. Read more

Marriott names new team

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 20 July 2017: Marriott International announced a new leadership executive team for the Pacific region this week.

The team will oversee a portfolio of over 40 operating and pipeline hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

The introduction of new roles and reporting structures across all operations, including sales and distribution, reflects Marriott International’s commitment to more than double its presence by 2020, with a target of 50 hotels for the region. Read more

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