Sydney Airport has announced that a free 0 -15 minutes time band has been introduced at the International Terminal’s car park.
This is a significant change as previously vehicles which used the car park for less than 15 minutes paid the 0 - 30-minute rate of $7.
While the free 0 – 15 minutes time band has been introduced, there is:
* No change to arrangements for dropping passengers off on the Departures Roadway
* No change to the prohibition of pick-ups on the Departures Roadway or the Arrivals Court Road
* No change to the parking fees for other daily time bands at the International Terminal
* No change to the fees or arrangements that apply at the Domestic Multi-Storey Car Park
* No change to other ground transport fees for taxis and shuttle buses
“Along with the recent upgrades to the International Terminal, this is going to improve the experience for travellers at Sydney Airport,” said Rod Gilmour, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Planning and Human Resources at Sydney Airport.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sydney Airport has announced that a free 0 -15 minutes time band has been introduced at the International Terminal’s car park.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Today liquidators were appointed to another online company, Accommodation 1, operated by Flatworld Trading Pty Ltd, who sold holiday accommodation on the Gold Coast. Holidaymakers with holidays booked from May 19onwards have been left high and dry. The company accepted bookings through a website called www.ourholiday.com.au.
This follows the voluntary liquidation of another operator Tailly Pty Ltd being placed in voluntary liquidation two months ago, leaving more than 260 consumers out of pocket to the tune of approximately $300,000.
Mantra Group which operates as an official onsite accommodation manager and letting agent in many of the buildings where Flatworld sold rooms is extending a lifeline to guests who have been left in the lurch by offering a discount of up to 25% on their best available room rate at either the building they booked with Accommodation 1 or at others in their Gold Coast portfolio.
Mantra Group General Manager of Distribution Luke Jamieson says this is an unfortunate reminder to consumers to make sure they are booking through legitimate and official channels.
"Consumers using faceless website operators have no way of knowing the financial circumstances or capabilities of the company and are putting their hard-earned money and holiday experiences at risk by using them," he said.
"If you have any concerns over the legitimacy of the booking, you should contact the property directly to confirm details," Mr Jamieson.
About Mantra Group
Mantra Group is a leading Australian-based manager and marketer of hotels and resorts in Australia and New Zealand. The Group owns and operates three well-known and trusted brands – Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree.
With 15,000 rooms under management, Mantra Group is the second largest accommodation operator within Australia. The Group is positioned to offer accommodation ranging from self-contained apartments to luxurious resorts and retreats. The Group's properties are located in across major tourism destinations in Victoria, Tasmania, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, regional New South Wales, all Australian capital cities and throughout New Zealand.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
A French tourist who strip-danced on top of Uluru says she was paying tribute to indigenous culture.
Alizee Sery, 25, who was filmed performing the raunchy act on the World Heritage-listed rock in the Northern Territory, said it had been a life-long dream to visit the site.
"So, if I do it, I have to do it in a way I am going to remember," she told the Sunday Territorian.
"I do not mean in anyway to offend the Aboriginal culture.
"What I did is a tribute to their culture in a way.
"It's entertaining but also ... I did it as a tribute to the way it used to be, how they were living naked back in the days, so I am doing a return to the land."
In the video, which has made its way onto the internet, Ms Sery is seen stripping down nothing more than her underwear, boots and a cowboy hat.
The exotic dancer said "it was the perfect way to be up there".
"In totally harmony with the land and with myself," she said.
"It was a great feeling inside."
Aboriginal elders are outraged and are calling for her deportation, the ABC reported.
Uluru is a major tourist drawcard and while visitors are asked not to climb it, some 100,000 people take up the challenge each year.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board of management last year called for the climb to be closed out of respect for the indigenous owners and for safety reasons, along with concerns about visitors littering and using the rock as a toilet.
The boats were ferrying tourists to and from Pha-ngan island, site of "full moon" parties that attract thousands of young, mostly Western tourists each month.
Police Lt. Pongkajorn Sukrasang said the boats collided and overturned around midnight Saturday, throwing the passengers into the rough sea during a rainstorm just off the island.
Two Thai brothers were listed as missing but were reportedly sighted later on the island, Pongkajorn said. Thirteen of the injured remained hospitalized Sunday afternoon, he said.
The passengers included tourists from Britain, Australia, Singapore, Ireland, Norway and Malaysia, he said.
"They're lucky because all were wearing lifesaving vests. Most of the injuries were minor," the police officer said.
The monthly parties on the island, 670 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Bangkok, are rave-type gatherings fueled by drugs and alcohol and have become associated with crimes such as rape and theft because of their freewheeling atmosphere.
Police said the accident had little effect on the party. A number of apparently drunk foreigners were lying on the beach Sunday morning near where the boats had collided.
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Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
A survey into the patterns and levels of anxiety that travellers experience prior to flying has identified that one (1) in four (4) Australian travellers suffer from varying degrees of stress – bringing to light a new term coined to describe their experience as ‘pre-flight tension’, or ‘PFT’.
The research was conducted by Sydney Airport to obtain an insight into the mindset, concerns and behaviors of travellers.
In some surprise findings from the survey, it was revealed that the most common sufferers of PFT were those who travel more frequently, three to four (3-4) times a year, as opposed to occasional travellers. One in four people experienced anxiety on the day of their flight, one in five of those begin to feel anxious up to an entire week before flying. Both men and women suffer from PFT, the majority of which (36%) are 25 to 29 years old.
The survey revealed several quirky and humorous “symptoms” of PFT, including the newly coined “Obsessive Passport Disorder” (OPD) which is characterised by constantly checking for passports and other important travel documents. Others believed PFT contributed to lapses in concentration with some amusing outcomes.
Prior to leaving for the airport PFT causes around 38% of travellers to repack their bags up to three times prior to leaving for the airport. One woman reportedly ended up paying a $90 excess luggage charge yet admitted to not even wearing 90% of the clothing she had packed; while another couple who were travelling to attend a formal occasion forgot their formal clothing altogether.
However, wardrobe malfunctions were not restricted to packing with several respondents reporting more severe cases of PFT arriving at the airport in their pyjamas, slippers and even wearing no shoes at all.
On the day of the flight OPD (‘Obsessive Passport Disorder’) is one of the most common symptoms with 41% admitting to checking for their passport at least 2 or 3 times prior to flying.
Even more travellers, around 55%, begin checking and re-checking flight times constantly before departure. Ironically, however, many admitted to being so obsessed with the flight time, they actually turned up to the airport on the wrong day. In one of the more extreme cases, a woman who inadvertently arrived at the airport a day early, decided to sleep there overnight rather than risk being late the following day.
Sixty-one percent (61%) agreed that one of their greatest concerns was getting to the airport on time with many respondents reporting stressful experiences with taxis and other transport including being late, getting lost, having accidents, breaking down and even going to the wrong terminal.
For many the journey to the airport is a challenge with 48% thinking that they had forgotten to pack something and 26% worrying that they had forgotten something like leaving a window open, leaving on an iron or locking the family pet inside.
Several actually claimed they had become so stressed that they had actually forgotten to take their luggage and in more extreme cases, left family members and other travelling companions behind! One man confessed that it wasn’t until he was almost at the airport that he realised he had forgotten his wife.
Sydney Airport have recently completed a $500 million upgrade at the International Terminal which was officially launched last week, and is hoping that its new Departures precinct will provide a haven for travellers to de-stress ahead of their flight.
For those that have not had time to do all the travel essentials, offerings such as multi-currency cash machines will allow them to quickly organise cash for their journey, while those that have not had time to eat will be able to dine in style at one of the dozens of new cafés, bars and restaurants.
For those that find relaxation in retail therapy, Sydney Airport has also recently opened the doors of the biggest Tax and Duty Free store in the Southern Hemisphere as well as an array of other retail outlets ranging from high end fashion to the world’s first dedicated Wiggles and Lonely Planet stores and Australia’s first Victoria’s Secret store.
For more information on PFT, and some advice on how to ease it, visit easepft.com.au.
NB: The survey was conducted for Sydney Airport by OMD Insights with a sample of 300 men and women aged between 18 and 59 in NSW using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, Accor is encouraging the industry to lead the trend back to Thailand, with a 'cash back' offer available both to customers and to industry on their already low trade rates. This enables guests to spend their "cash back" credits on services within the hotel such as in the restaurants or bars or on treatments in the spa. Rates are already at historically low levels, so this 'cash back' offer is a further incentive to show confidence in Thailand at a time when the country needs support. The longer you stay, the more 'cash back' you receive at a great range of resort and city hotels right across the country.
"Accor is coordinating this campaign to help give tourism a helping hand," says Oswald Pichler – Accor's Vice President of Operations for Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. "As the country regains stability, tourists will be looking to take advantage of deals for travel to locations such as Bangkok, Phuket, Samui, Chiang Mai and beyond. With hotels and resorts in all key city and leisure locations, the Accor network when combined with these 'cash back' incentives provides a very strong proposition."
Available until September 30, 2010, guests staying at participating Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, all seasons or ibis hotels throughout Thailand will receive:
• THB500 at any Pullman, MGallery and Novotel per room per night to spend in the hotel
• THB250 at any Grand Mercure and Mercure per room per night to spend in the hotel
• THB150 at any ibis and all seasons per room per night to spend in the hotel
Participating hotel list:
Pullman Bangkok King Power
Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid
Pullman Pattaya Aisawan
VIE Hotel Bangkok
Grand Mercure Bangkok Asoke Residence
Grand Mercure Park Avenue
Grand Mercure Fortune Bangkok
Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square
Novotel Bangkok Bangna
Novotel Phuket Beach Resort Panwa
Novotel Chumphon Beach Resort & Golf
Novotel Phuket Resort
Novotel Rayong Rim Pae
Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Mercure Chiang Mai
Mercure Patong Phuket
Mercure Samui Buri Resort
Mercure Samui Fenix Resort
Château de Bangkok Managed by Accor
All seasons Bangkok Siam
All seasons Bangkok Huamark
All seasons Gold Orchid Bangkok
All seasons Naiharn Phuket
All seasons Pattaya
All seasons Sathorn Bangkok
Ibis Bangkok Nana
Ibis Bophut Samui
Ibis Patong Phuket
Ibis Phuket Kata
Ibis Sathorn Bangkok
Bangkok Hotel Lotus Sukhumvit
Grand Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok
Le Fenix Sukhumvit
V Villas Hua Hin
For reservations go to www.accorhotels.com and book your
Friday, June 11, 2010
Strategic Airlines will tomorrow become Australia's newest international air carrier, with the first flight for the Company's new service from Perth to Bali.
More than 150 Perth passengers will board the Airbus A320 for the maiden flight to Bali tomorrow morning, marking the Airline's first foray into the international commercial market.
The Perth-Bali service, which will be running three times a week, will provide additional choice for air travel to one of the most popular destinations for Perth holiday makers.
Strategic Airlines’ Head of Commercial Damien Vasta said the new flights between Perth and Bali now offer travellers the option of a full-service product from a wholly Australian owned and operated carrier - a combination that has not been available until now.
“We’re incredibly proud to be able to offer this option to travellers and we remain firmly focussed on returning a high level of service to the skies, Mr Vasta said.
“We are providing a new choice, with an affordable, full service flight to Perth’s favourite holiday destination. The new service has already been well received by travellers with many of our initial flights being fully booked.”
Strategic is an Australian owned and operated full-service airline, with its head office located in Brisbane. For the past nine years it has operated and grown as a charter airline, but has recently expanded its domestic commercial route network. This included the launch of its commercial service from Perth to Derby, catering for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) customers in the resources sector. Strategic will also commence direct flights from both Brisbane and Melbourne to Port Hedland in August this year, providing the Pilbara with greater access to the east coast of Australia.
For further information or for ticket sales please visit www.flystrategic.com.