Business Travel News Australia – February


CTM partners with Qantas on a new initiative for customers

CTM is delighted to partner with Qantas on a new initiative that will further enhance the travel experience for customers. The carrier announced the launch of the Qantas Channel on 5 February 2019, which provides users with a wider range of fares and new content that is not available via traditional indirect booking systems. To find out about how CTM is participating globally click here: http://bit.ly/2BnzPg9


Virgin Australia carry on allowance increased for business class travellers

Business Class travellers flying on domestic and short-haul Virgin Australia services can now carry up to two 7kg items in addition to a personal item. Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers are also eligible for the cabin baggage upgrade.


New Pacific connections with Qantas

From 31 March 2019, Qantas will begin direct flights from Sydney to the Fijian capital, Nadi, four times weekly. The airline will continue to codeshare on Fiji Airways flight to Nadi, with added benefits for Qantas passengers now that Fiji Airways is a member of the Oneworld Connect scheme. Qantas will also increase its Sydney-Noumea frequency from three to four times weekly and Brisbane-Noumea to twice weekly, operating on a Boeing 787-800.


Virign VelocityLimited time only! Premium upgrade to Gold for Velocity members

Until 28 February 2019, Virgin Australia accelerate clients can receive additional Velocity Pilot Gold Membership^ when booking an eligible return Freedom fare across all Virgin Australia flights. This three-month upgrade offers the opportunity to experience several Gold membership products including priority check-in, boarding and baggage at selected airports and premium valet and access to the Virgin Australia Lounge in Brisbane and Sydney (carry-on baggage only). Limited to the first 500 clients. T&Cs Apply.

ChauffeurUpdates to Qantas chauffeur drive service

Qantas has announced that it plans to implement changes to their current complimentary chauffeur drive service due to low utilisation in select markets and regions. The service will no longer be available from 1 March 2019 in New Zealand and Singapore. On its London flights, it is also reducing the free mileage allowance for Business Class and First Class chauffeur drive service. Travellers currently have an allowance of 70 miles (112km) complimentary distance from London Heathrow Airport, it will be reduced to 50 miles (80km) as of 1 March 2019. Qantas will continue to offer its chauffeur drive service for business class and first-class travellers who book their trip with frequent flyer points.


va LUGGAGEEmirates is reducing economy checked baggage allowance

For passengers travelling on any Emirates route outside the Americas or Africa, the checked baggage allowance changes are: 15kg checked baggage allowance instead of 20kg on “Special” fares and 25kg instead of 30 on “Saver” fares. However, more than one bag can make up the total allowance.


United Airline Polaris Lounge LAXUnited Airlines opens Polaris lounge at LAX

United Airlines has officially opened Polaris lounge to business class and Star Alliance first and business class passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). On offer is a variety of locally-inspired Californian dishes including LA fish and chips, street taco trio, churros and the famous Polaris burger.



Cathay Pacific considers A350-1000 for Melbourne, PerthCathay Pacific considers A350-1000 for Melbourne or Perth

Cathay Pacific could begin flying its flagship A350-1000 to Melbourne or Perth from mid-2019. The new aircraft boasts the latest business class and premium economy seating, as well as inflight WiFi – ideal for routes such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.


Long-haul flyers want virtual reality, onboard cafesLong-haul flyers want virtual reality, onboard cafes

Research from Qantas shows that customers would like to see health and wellbeing features such as stationary exercise bikes and virtual reality relaxation on long-haul flights in the future. The study, part of its Project Sunrise, was conducted late 2018 in collaboration with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre among both volunteers and arriving customers on the airline’s 17-hour London to Perth service. Other frequent suggestions made included noise-cancelling headsets, inflight café and onboard stretching and zone-out spaces, all to make their journey smoother. Qantas plans to use this information in the design of its next-generation cabins and airport lounges.


Emirates cuts flights from Sydney, Perth

Emirates will be reducing their Perth flights (EK424/EK425) back to a single daily service from 31 March 2019. The only remaining flight will be the Airbus A380 service EK420/EK421. The Sydney-Bangkok-Dubai stopover service (EK418/EK419) will also be dropped as of June 1, 2019, which will see Emirates’ Sydney-Dubai route reduced to three non-stop flights per day.



Cathay Pacific lounge QFCathay opens San Francisco lounge to Qantas members

Cathay Pacific’s lounge at San Francisco International Airport is now officially open to Qantas Business Class flyers. The deal between both partner airlines follows the launch of Qantas’ Melbourne-San Francisco route in late2018.




baggage BNE airportBrisbane Airport security trial keeps laptop and liquids in your bag

Thanks to new technology, Brisbane Airport is trialling a new computed tomography (CT) cabin baggage scanner.  As the scanner takes X-ray images from multiple angles, so that security staff can more thoroughly examine the contents, some travellers are now being instructed to leave everything inside their luggage to be scanned.


virgin Paul ScurrahVirgin Australia appoints a new chief executive

Paul Scurrah has been appointed the new Chief Executive and Managing Director of Virgin Australia after an eight-month search. He will replace John Borghetti on 25 March 2019, who is stepping down after eight years.



Malaysia Airlines to upgrade aircraft to Perth

Malaysia Airlines will replace its Boeing 737-800 with a wide-body A330-200 on seven of 12 weekly Kuala Lumpur-Perth services from 31 March 2019. The upgraded aircraft offers travellers on this route more business class seating and an economy class with extra legroom.


China Eastern Airlines to upgrade Sydney serviceChina Eastern upgrade

China Eastern Airlines will operate an A350-900 aircraft on its Shanghai Pudong-Sydney service from 31 March 2019, replacing A330-200.



Tramada recognised by AFTA

Tramada has been recognised by the Australia Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) as an Allied Member. The new status acknowledges Tramada’s long-time support of AFTA and its highly successful National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) program. ­




coogee adinaAdina Apartment Hotel Coogee Beach, Sydney, unveils a new look

After receiving a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, TFE’s Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee has unveiled a stunning new look. Taking inspiration from the iconic surrounds and relaxed lifestyle of Sydney’s Eastern beaches, the hotel offers 86 newly renovated spacious studios, one and two-bedroom apartments featuring free WiFi, fully equipped kitchen, and laundry facilities.


Shadow Play by Peppers MelbourneShadow Play by Peppers, Melbourne, opening April 2019

Located one kilometre from Melbourne’s central business district, Shadow Play by Peppers is an elegant retreat in the heart of Melbourne. Featuring a heated pool, restaurant and bar, valet parking and 24-hour reception.


Art Series Hotel Group's The JohnsonThe Johnson announced as Brisbane Comedy Festival partner

Art Series Hotel Group’s The Johnson, in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse, play host to the best of Australia’s local and international comedic talents as the official accommodation partner for the 10th annual Brisbane Comedy Festival, from 22 February to 24 March 2019. During the event, guests and talents will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the namesake artist, Michael Johnson’s digital archival fine art editions and original works. The property’s location also offers easy access to Brisbane’s thriving cultural scene and enjoy a truly quintessential local experience.


‘Hotel to Hands’ Program with Soap AidOaks named as ANZ hotel champion

The Oaks Hotels and Resorts group has been recognised for its ‘Hotel to Hands’ Program with Soap Aid in social corporate responsibility. The initiative aims to collect and recycle 26 tonnes of potentially wasted hotel soaps per year. These are in turn provided to hundreds of children in disadvantaged communities as a basic hygiene product, reducing the environmental impact of otherwise discarded products. In 2017, over 550 kilograms of hotel soap was turned into over 5,000 new bars.


Hayman Island by InterContinentalHayman Island announces an opening date

Hayman Island by InterContinental® will welcome its first guests to the Great Barrier Reef from 1 July 2019. The five star, 166-room resort promises to be a secluded paradise in the Whitsundays, accessible only by seaplane, helicopter or yacht.


Vibe Sydney completesVibe Hotel Sydney unveils new refurbishment refurbishment

The new look Vibe Hotel Sydney has unveiled a stunning transformation that is expected to change the way guests experience hotels. In addition to its 198 spacious guest rooms, the four-star hotel also boasts two conferencing spaces, rooftop swimming pool, and an exciting new bar and restaurant, Storehouse Sydney Central. The Vibe Hotel Sydney is located on Goulburn Street in the CBD making it a go-to destination for business and leisure travellers alike.


Voco signs for first property in Southeast AsiaVoco signs for first property in Southeast Asia

IHG has announced that Bangkok will become the first location for the voco brand in Southeast Asia. Due to open in 2021, the voco Bangkok Sukhumvit will feature 300 guest rooms, two restaurants, a fitness centre and swimming pool as well as meeting facilities capable of hosting up to 400 guests.


Mantra South Bank and World Science Festival Brisbane partner upMantra South Bank and World Science Festival Brisbane partner up

Mantra South Bank has signed a three-year agreement with the World Science Festival as its official accommodation partner. The five-day event, to be held from 20 – 24 March 2019 is part of Curiocity Brisbane and will be based from the South Bank Cultural Precinct, where the hotel is located, to the Brisbane Powerhouse at New Farm. Ticket holders are entitled to a 10 % discount at Mantra Hotels properties in Brisbane by using the promo code WSFB at www.mantrahotels.com.


Best Western opens OrangeBest Western opens Orange

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has opened its latest acquisition, the 50-room Best Western Plus Ambassador in the central-western NSW town of Orange. The four-star property was formerly known as the Quality Inn Orange and joins other BW group hotels in Dubbo and Bathurst. Guest facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, meeting and conference rooms all located near a number of local attractions including three 18-hole golf courses and hiking trails.


AccorHotels official major partner of Canberra’s Night Noodle MarketsAccorHotels official major partner of Canberra’s Night Noodle Markets

As a part of Good Food Month, AccorHotels has joined Canberra’s Night Noodle Markets as the festival’s official major accommodation partner. The alfresco dining event will draw in thousands of noodle-lovers to Canberra. AccorHotels will be amongst the food line-up with their candy-land inspired sweets stall, where all funds raised will be donated to the Accor Community Fund, which supports Garvan Research Foundation, Kokoda Youth Foundation, Lifeline and AIME.

Those travelling to experience the best of Canberra’s Night Noodle Markets, as part of Good Food Month, can stay at a host of local AccorHotels including Novotel Canberra, Mercure Canberra, ibis Styles Canberra, ibis Styles Tall Trees, ibis Styles Eaglehawk and ibis Budget from just $107* per night.

To book, visit www.accorhotels.com/canberra




M&OP unveils new spacesM&OP unveils new spaces

Melbourne & Olympic Parks has unveiled a series of refurbished dining and bar facilities across its precinct. The upgrade also features new three-level ‘pod-style’ guest entrance with a function centre and media centre opening February 2022. Discounted accommodation can be booked at www.mantrahotels.com.