Business Travel News New Zealand – December

Airline & Airport News.


New rules for U.S. travellers

Travellers to the U.S. are recommended to apply for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) at least 72 hours prior to departure. While an approved ESTA does not guarantee entry, it is a prerequisite to travel to the United States by air or sea carrier. Real-time approvals will no longer be available and arriving at the airport without a previously approved ESTA will likely result in being denied boarding. For more information, click the link here to find out more.


Air New Zealand and California sign MoU

Air New Zealand and California’s peak tourism board, Visit California, have signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding promoting travel to the US state. The airline currently operates over 500,000 seats into the west coast, with twice daily direct services from Auckland to Los Angeles, a daily service between London and Los Angeles and a daily Auckland-San Francisco service. Air New Zealand and Visit California will partner on joint marketing initiatives – including its “Dream Bigger, Fly Better” digital campaign – and showcase California’s attractions over the next two years.


Air New Zealand to offer more seats on Auckland-Gold Coast service

Air New Zealand will offer more seats on its Auckland-Gold Coast service thanks to the introduction of its brand new A321neo (new engine option) aircraft. From February 2019, the airline will provide 214 seats five days a week for holidaymakers and business travellers across the Tasman.


Singapore Airlines launches new menu

First Class passengers on Singapore Airlines will be treated to a new four-course menu from January 2019.  Developed in collaboration with Australian chef/restaurateur Matt Moran, new dishes include lobster with asparagus & tomato, grilled beef with chimichurri sauce and coconut panna cotta. Business Class guests can also enjoy dishes by American chef Alfred Portale including braised pork ribs in noodle soup and opera cake with coffee ice cream for dessert. The service will be available from January until March 2019.


Seasonal Christchurch – Singapore service announced

Air New Zealand has announced plans for a five times weekly Christchurch-Singapore service, operating from 1 December 2019 until 22 February 2020. The service will be operated on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft in line with the airline’s joint venture with Singapore Airlines.



Hotel News.

Accor wins at luxury hotel awards

AccorHotels has taken home several awards at the prestigious 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards in Bali last month. Queenstown’s Hotel St Moritz was presented with the best Luxury Adventure Destination award while the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth was recognised as a Luxury Historical Hotel. Properties in French Polynesia, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach and Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island were awarded Luxury Beach Resort and Luxury Honeymoon Hotel respectively.