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Monday, June 26, 2017

Lloyd's List: Report shows majority of coastal shipping in foreign hands

Teresa Lloyd, chief executive officer at Maritime Industries Australia Limited says Australia's coastal trading sector (including cruising) needs help. It needs change. Not one stakeholder is happy with the status-quo.
Read her full comment here

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Aussies Give 'Bleisure' Travel Market A Serious Boost

Flight Centre Travel Group's latest global survey has revealed Aussies and Kiwis as the biggest bleisure travel consumers in the world.

Derived from the trend of adding leisure time onto a business trip, bleisure travel has become a mainstream employee perk throughout the world.

88 per cent of Aussie and Kiwi respondents said their employer allowed them to take bleisure travel with 71 per cent of global respondents also answering in the affirmative.

Flight Centre's Executive General Manager - Corporate Travel Andrew Flannery said the bleisure travel concept had grown so quickly in popularity that it had become its own niche travel market.

"Bleisure travel isn't just about taking an extra day or two on the back of work trip anymore.  It's morphed into a holiday option that's utilised in a number of different ways by employees," he said.

"In particular, those who have a relationship with a corporate travel manager are using the extra level of booking expertise to parlay work trips into larger holidays."

Mr Flannery said the ability to take bleisure travel was becoming a more important factor for job selection, especially among millennial travellers.

Surveyed millennials had the highest appreciation for bleisure travel with 89 per cent considering it a major work perk.  They were also the most likely group to extend a business trip with colleagues or use the opportunity to travel with a partner or companion.

Millennials also favoured bleisure holidays that enabled sightseeing and exploration whereas older age brackets were more likely to use the time to visit friends and family.

Results also showed the most frequent bleisure travellers were those who flew more than 11 times annually on business, a category dominated by C-suite respondents.

Mr Flannery said the evolution of the bleisure travel concept from an occasional getaway opportunity to major work perk had created a win-win solution for employees and employers.

"If your employer is willing to pay your airfare for work purposes, or even cover a significant part of your journey, you've immediately got a cut price holiday and more spending money," he said.

"On the flip side, employers can benefit from a reduction in annual leave liability by encouraging employees to use business trips as a launch pad for vacation time."


New Mantra Hotels masterbrand

Leading hotel and resort operator, Mantra Group, has united the Group's 128 properties across Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Hawaii, consolidating its multi-branded portfolio into a new single consumer brand, known simply as Mantra Hotels.

The new Mantra Hotels masterbrand represents the Group's three brands - Peppers, which offers distinctive stays in outstanding settings; Mantra, which combines convenient locations with stylish comfort; and BreakFree, renowned for providing a relaxed ambience at family-friendly prices - with all properties now featured on one all-inclusive website,, offering an overarching consumer brand website for all Mantra Group properties for the first time.

Showcasing the company's entire portfolio and suite of experiences, the new dotcom website conveniently provides curious connected travellers with the experiences they seek in one location and is reflective of the company's ongoing expansion strategy into new international markets.

Mantra Group Chief Operating Officer Tomas Johnsson said the Group is embracing its future with a completely reimagined brand identity that showcases the Group's exceptional offerings and appeal as an integral part of contemporary travellers' aspirations.

"Our new Mantra Hotels masterbrand reflects our intent to encourage guests to live life outside the square and reaffirms our commitment to facilitating genuine and trusted experiences in a meaningful way," said Mr Johnsson.

"We do this by providing spaces with options, where guests can tailor things to their liking within four walls… because only then can they reconnect with what's important to them and discover their own kind of wonderful beyond those walls."

As part of the rebranding, the Group has launched a new Mantra Hotels logo emphasising the brand's holistic, organic approach to servicing the needs of today's travellers, which will be used across all consumer communications channels.

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McCann Queensland, part of McCann Worldgroup - the world's largest agency network, developed the innovative Mantra Hotels masterbrand launch campaign, titled 'My Kind of Wonderful' and featuring four stories inspired by real-life events, which Mr Johnsson said was a bold move, amplifying the brand's belief that the best travel experience begins with a space to make your own.

The campaign includes television, social and video advertising, a new brand look and logo, and enhanced social media platforms.

All travel agent log-ins, access to BizBeds and Mantra Group's affiliate program have transferred over to

The Group's newly launched and revitalised loyalty program, Mantra+, is also conveniently located on the new website for guests to receive more offers, more value, and more ways to discover their kind of wonderful.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meet Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars 3 at Disneyland Resort in California

With the highly anticipated Disney Pixar's 'Cars 3' movie set to open nationwide in Australia on 22nd June 2017, guests can plan their very own Cars themed adventure at Disneyland Resort in California.  The latest sequel in this blockbusting movie franchise, is set to take viewers on a thrilling new action packed adventure, with cutting edge auto scenes and an array of high tech car models.  The all new story, starring Lightning McQueen captures the meaning of being a true champion by believing in yourself against un-win-able odds.

Visitors to Cars Land at Disneyland Resort in California can look forward to stepping into Radiator Springs for themselves, where they will be able to meet characters from the movies and enjoy electrifying attractions, including car races and dancing.

Cars Land at Disneyland Resort in California attractions:

Radiator Springs Racers combines classic storytelling with a thrilling high speed race as the grand finale. The journey begins by boarding a six-person car for a scenic road trip through Ornament Valley, including driving past the valley's famous plunging waterfall, Radiator Falls. Next, guests head towards the town of Radiator Springs, encountering familiar faces along the way.  For the exhilarating conclusion, guests will be pitted against another car full of guests for a friendly competition to see who can get to the checkered flag first.

Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters is where guests can join the action by hopping into 20 miniature Italian roadsters (Luigi's cousins), which perform traditional dances of gliding, turning and spinning to upbeat music across a trackless dance floor. Each roadster performs an individual routine meaning guests will enjoy a different experience each time, depending on the car and song playing.

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree allows guests to join in a tow-si-do square dance. The adventure begins when visitors board a trailer pulled by an adorable little tractor and swing in time to lively music sung by Mater himself!

In addition, visitors to Cars Land can savour a hearty feast including house-made pies at Flo's V8 CafĂ© or chilli 'cone' queso from the Cosy Cone Motel.  Once night falls, guests can watch as Cars Land comes to life with 16 neon signs, lighting up the sky.

To book a magical Disney holiday, please contact your local travel agent.


Raffles signs Churchill’s Old War Office as iconic London address

Raffles Hotels & Resorts, the top luxury brand of AccorHotels Group, has announced the signing of an historic partnership with the Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD) to transform the iconic Old War Office building in Whitehall into the most unique hotel and deluxe residences in London. The Raffles Hotel in London will be the heart and soul of this exciting landmark destination.

Raffles Hotels & Resorts is delighted to complete its already stunning portfolio with such an exclusive asset in such strategic city and location.
Steeped in history, the first Raffles Hotel was opened in 1887 in Singapore, named after the British statesman and founder of Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Raffles was celebrated by Nobel Prize winner, Rudyard Kipling in his 1889 book, From Sea To Sea and in 1915 Singapore's most famous cocktail, the Singapore Sling was created at the hotel. 

The Grade II* listed Old War Office, with its 1100 rooms across seven floors, and two miles of corridors, was completed in 1906. It was the office to many of the United Kingdom's most important and influential political and military leaders of the twentieth century, notably Sir Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lo
rd Kitchener, Herbert Asquith and T.E. Lawrence. It was also the haunt of the British Secret Service who had their own, more discreet entrance.

Close to 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, the Old War Office was bought by Hinduja Group and OHLD in December 2014 following a public bid. Planning permission was granted for a multi-purpose development including 125 rooms (of which 40% are suites), 88 private residences, restaurants and other amenities. Completion is expected in just over three years.

Commenting on the new partnership, SĂ©bastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels said: "I am delighted to announce this long-term management contract with the Hinduja Group and OHLD. This is the start of an important partnership for Raffles Hotels & Resorts and will create a new and vibrant landmark for London. This is a significant step for Raffles and a strategic addition to the Group's Luxury portfolio. We remain committed to providing guests with unparalleled service and experience."

Gopichand P. Hinduja, the Hinduja Group's Co-Chairman said: "Our new partnership with Raffles Hotels and Resorts is a significant milestone in our vision to transform the Old War Office into London's finest luxury destination. Raffles brings a unique understanding of British heritage and tradition that will help revive this great British landmark."

Sanjay G Hinduja, President of the Hinduja Group, said: "We are delighted that after the completion of the Grade I listed building in Carlton House Terrace, we can now apply this valuable experience to a greater challenge and create what will become the most iconic place in London."

Juan Villar-Mir de Fuentes, Chairman of Grupo OHL said: "The OHL Group is extremely proud to be part of, in partnership with the Hinduja Group, this exciting project which, reinforced with the Raffles brand, is now fully aligned with OHL Desarrollos's strong commitment and strategy to develop unique projects around the world."

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Nanuku Auberge Resort introduces 'Ki na kalokalo' private island camping

With an emphasis very much on rustic and soulful, Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji has expanded its already top-heavy list of exclusive client activities to a whole new level with private island camping.

The 'Ki na kalokalo' (pathway to the stars) camping experience revolves around an overnight stay on the resort's nearby private island, Nanuku Island, and begins when resort staff take guests on the short trip aboard Nanuku 1 for an activity-filled afternoon.

This includes a host of options – from exploring the island with jet skis, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking paddle boarding – guests can even join their hosts, the resort's team of 'Nanuku Buddies' in helping to catch and prepare the fresh fish, bamboo-pole cooked prawns and traditional 'kokoda' served for dinner.

Less strenuous activities include palm-frond hat and basket weaving, coconut scraping, searching for the elusive Hawksbeak turtles which inhabit the island – or simply relaxing.

As the sun sets and the 'kalokalo' (stars) begin to emerge, the 'Buddies' entertain guests with traditional songs and the sharing of centuries-old legends of Fiji.

Once dinner and the entertainment have been concluded the crew retire to the nearby-moored Nanuku 1 for the evening offering guests perfect privacy for the night – but not before leaving a 'survival kit', mobile phone and a Tiki torch pathway to a discreetly located and hurricane lamp-lit outhouse.

For those who wish to sleep undercover, weather-proof tents are an option but, according to general manager, Sascha Hemmann, most guests prefer to sleep under the 'kalokalo' in comfortable hammocks.

A highlight of the following morning – the arrival of 'chef' Hemmann aboard a jet ski to personally cook a delicious breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs, juices and fresh-brewed coffee and tea after which guests return to the resort.

Available daily, the 'Ki na kalokalo' private island camping experience is priced from FJD4000* based on four persons. Pricing per additional person is FJD600*.

Pacific Harbour is renowned for its star-lit night skies, the calm waters of Beqa Lagoon forming a sky-to- horizon reflecting mirror earning the region its 'pathway to the stars' title.

*Conditions apply.

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AccorHotels new Mercure hotel for Orange, NSW

Templers Mill Hotel to rebrand as Mercure Orange

AccorHotels, Australia's largest hotel operator, has announced that Templers Mill Hotel will rebrand to Mercure Orange and join its growing network of regional New South Wales hotels in August 2017, following the completion of a 3-year expansion masterplan and a $9million dollar transformation.

Owned by the Orange Ex-Services Club, the two-storey, 77-room soon-to-be internationally-branded midscale Mercure hotel is located within the Club's precinct which features nine function rooms including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium.

All guestrooms are in the final stages of being refitted with new joinery, state-of-the art devices (with the ability to order breakfast via TV), high-speed WiFi, complimentary Foxtel, king size beds and monochromatic photography featuring the history of Orange.

Key to the Club's expansion plan is the exciting addition of The Greenhouse of Orange, a unique destination dining concept showcasing the best regional food and wine from the Central West, also set to open in August. As an integrated part of the Orange Ex-Services Club Precinct, this relaxed family-friendly restaurant will offer guests and locals a diverse range of sustainable dining options, with a complete field-to-fork sustainable farming philosophy.

Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath said, "We're delighted to bring the Mercure brand to Orange in partnership with Orange Ex-Services Club. Orange's growing mining, agricultural and wine industries are set to benefit from the hotel's newly upgraded accommodation facilities as well as the exciting addition of The Greenhouse of Orange dining concept.

"We enjoy partnering with Clubs who have strong local ties to the community as it adds to the overall guest experience. We look forward to helping drive tourism to this beautiful part of regional New South Wales and we are excited to be welcoming guests to Mercure Orange in August," concluded McGrath.

Chief Executive Officer, Orange Ex-Services Club, Cameron Provost, said "It's exciting to see our 3-year expansion plans for the Club and hotel precinct finally come to fruition. We are delighted to entrust AccorHotels with our refurbished hotel and know this partnership will ensure the success of this new venture.

"The Club has been a part of Orange for over 60 years and consists of over 15,000 club members who will no doubt enjoy the upgraded Mercure Orange's hotel facilities and the addition of The Greenhouse of Orange," concluded Provost.

Mercure Orange is located 250km west of Sydney or a 3.5 hour drive, near the centre of Orange on Byng Street.

Mercure Orange complements AccorHotels' existing ibis Styles Orange hotel and joins a network of more than 40 Mercure hotels across Australia and over 700 worldwide.|

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