Cruises start closer to home

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 11 October, 2017: Princess Cruises’ newest cruise ship, Majestic Princess, will board guests at close-to-home departure ports in Asia to experience destinations in the region and Australasia, starting February 2018.

The third ship in the Royal class of ships, the 3,560-passenger Majestic Princess was launched last March.

It is tailored specifically for the Asian market, representing the newest and largest ships in the Princess Cruises fleet.  The fourth Royal-class ship is scheduled for delivery in 2019. Read more

Accor bids for Mantra

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 10 October 2017: France’s AccorHotels has made a AUD1.17 billion (USD910 million) bid for one of Australia’s biggest hotel operators, the Mantra Group, the local company said Monday in a move that sent its share price soaring.

Mantra, which operates more than 20,000 rooms in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, said it had received an offer of AUD3.96 cash per share, valuing the firm at Aus$1.17 billion.

“Mantra has granted Accor access to due diligence to determine if a transaction can be agreed and recommended unanimously by the Mantra board,” the Australian-listed company said in a statement. Read more

Meet the Sydneyporeans

August 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 August 2017: Qantas has teamed up with Destination New South Wales to launch “Meet the Sydneyporeans”, a three-part video mini-series featuring Singaporeans living in Sydney and its suburbs.

The series, due to launch today, will introduce New South Wales through the eyes of the featured Singaporeans, to inspire Singaporeans to travel to Australia.

“Meet the Sydneyporeans” will be launched on www.sydneyporeans.com and Qantas YouTube channel. Read more

Vietnam promotion travel Australia

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 17 August 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and Singapore Airlines embarked on a Vietnam Tourism Roadshow, this week, that travels to key cities in Australia to drum up bookings for Vietnam.

The first event was held in Perth, 15 August, and follows with a presentation in Sydney and closes, 18 August, in Melbourne.

Australian expatriate, Linh Le, is the roadshow’s MC and co-host leading the delegation.  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

Wyndham grows in Perth

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, 29 June 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group is strengthening its presence in Western Australia with the announcement of its third Perth hotel, set to open in late 2018, and its first for Perth under the company’s Wyndham brand.

Situated on the corner of the Great Eastern Highway and Fitzroy Road, Wyndham LUX Perth will offer 120 rooms. Facilities include a swimming pool, gym, meeting rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar with views of the Swan River.

The hotel is located  6 km  Perth’s CBD, the WA Cricket Ground and Perth Stadium, and is within walking distance of the Swan River and Crown Casino. Read more

Australia woos Singaporean tourists

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 June 2017: Singaporeans travelling to Australia, next year will be eligible for a new visa that will allow stays of up to three months at a time, over a six-year validity period.

ChannelNewsAsia reported the new visa was “exclusive” to Singaporeans and would be effective from 1 January, 2018.

The announcement on the long-term visa was made 2 June by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his three-day visit to Singapore. Read more

Australian paedophiles lose passports

May 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 31 May 2017: Convicted paedophiles will have their passports cancelled to prevent them travelling overseas to offend again under tough new laws which Australia hailed, Tuesday, as a “world first”.

Legislation will be introduced to parliament this month making it illegal for registered offenders to leave or attempt to leave the country as part of a crackdown on child-sex tourism.

“The new laws will prohibit registered child sex offenders from leaving Australia or holding Australian passports,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Read more

Bleaching blights Great Barrier Reef

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 11 April 2017: Coral bleached for two consecutive years at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has “zero prospect” of recovery, scientists warned Monday, as they confirmed the site has again been hit by warming sea temperatures.

Researchers said last month they were detecting another round of mass bleaching this year after a severe event in 2016, and their fears were confirmed after aerial surveys of the entire 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) long bio-diverse reef.

Last year, the northern areas of the World Heritage-listed area were hardest hit, with the middle-third now experiencing the worst effects. Read more

Plane loses propeller

March 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 21 March 2017: A regional Australian airline on Monday grounded six planes from its fleet after a propeller fell off one of them as it approached Sydney airport.

The near-disaster happened on Friday, with the crew shutting down the right-hand engine on the Saab 340 plane after “abnormal indications” before the propeller sheared off.

Despite the scare the twin-propeller Regional Express (Rex) plane carrying 16 passengers and three crew landed safely. Read more

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