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Travel Bites – September 2017

GTI’s monthly takeouts from the Australia/New Zealand market

GTI-LOGO.pngTECH IS “NOT THE DEATH OF THE TRAVEL AGENT”: AMADEUS REPORT

Factoring in new technology, the report, ‘Embracing airline digital transformation: a spotlight on what travellers value’, explores how the role of the travel agent has shifted in response to new developments, becoming better equipped to support customers, rather than being the end of the industry. According to Amadeus research, people are still more likely to seek professional advice if they are planning longer term tours.

The Luxury Collection announces first hotel in Tasmania

The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), has announced the signing of a Luxury Collection Hotel in Hobart, scheduled to open in 2018 following a full scale renovation. Owned by Trawalla Group Parliament Square Hotel Operator Pty Ltd., this property will be the first hotel in Tasmania for The Luxury Collection. The hotel will reside in repurposed heritage buildings in Parliament Square, a new design-led, urban development that is set to revitalise the neighbourhood, uniting the city’s unique past with its contemporary culture.

The Chapman’s Challenge returns for its second year at Pangkor Laut Resort

The Chapman’s Challenge 2017 – a unique biathlon experience at Pangkor Laut Resort returns for its second year, with its race day on 13th May 2017; exactly 72 years after Colonel Spencer Chapman escaped. The Chapman’s Challenge, crafted to commemorate the British commando’s adventure on the island, is an annual race comprising of a 6.2km run around the private island’s roadways and through the two million year-old rainforest, including a 1km swim out at the award-winning Emerald Bay before concluding at Chapman’s Bar.

YTL Hotels expands portfolio in the UK

30 September, 2016: YTL Hotels is delighted to announce the expansion of its luxury portfolio with the recent acquisition of three properties in Edinburgh, Berkshire and London, strengthening the company’s presence within the United Kingdom. The company’s current portfolio in the United Kingdom encompasses The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the sole hotel to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection in Bath and offering the only natural thermal spa within a hotel in the United Kingdom, and Muse Bray Cottages, an exclusive collection of three bespoke private residences in Berkshire. Its expanded stable of iconic properties in the United Kingdom is set to offer more unique experiences for discerning travellers.