News and Insights

New Caledonia to host 2017 TropOut Festival

29 August, 2016 – The sequel to the most talked-about gay travel event of the year has finally been announced, with the next TropOut set to take place on the South Pacific island paradise of New Caledonia in May next year.

Fresh from the launch event in Phuket four months ago, the TropOut team has been scouring the world for the perfect destination for the festival’s second installment – and they found it in the French-speaking, palm-fringed coast of New Caledonia.

Travel Bites – September 2016

GTI’s monthly takeouts from the Australian and New Zealand travel industry

logo Flight Centre acquires stake in Ignite Travel Group

Flight Centre has acquired a 49% stake in the Ignite Travel Group, which operates the various MyHolidayCentre brands along with RewardsCorp and Holiday Exclusives with the aim of delivering new distribution opportunities to the company’s suppliers as well as offer new product options for Flight Centre customers.

LATAM Airlines debuts new menu and wine list for its Premium Business class showcasing Latin American produce

LATAM also introduces a new Latin American wine list following a selection process involving over 500 wines from the region

02 September, 2016 – LATAM Airlines (‘LATAM’), the official airline of the largest food fair in Latin America, Mistura 2016, today launched its new culinary offering and wine list for passengers travelling in Premium Business and Premium Economy classes on international routes.

Global wholesalers ‘discovered Vanuatu’, ‘made friends’ and ‘shared laughter’ at Vanuatu’s ‘Tok Tok 2016’

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Members of Vanuatu’s passionate tourism industry united in Port Vila last week for Tok Tok 2016, meeting with 59 wholesalers from around the world, including 22 Australian buyers, to both educate and inspire the very people who package Vanuatu holidays for international travellers.
The theme of Vanuatu’s 13th Tok Tok event, which took place on the 25 and 26 August at Iririki Island Resort & Spa, was focused on ‘making friends’ and ‘sharing laughter’ whilst ‘discovering Vanuatu’.

Starwood’s Annual Roadshow Wraps up for Another Year Following Four Successful Events

Sheraton® Mirage Port Douglas Resort has announced that it will embark on a $40 million game-changing renovation, resulting in a floor-to-ceiling revitalisation of the hotel’s 294 guest rooms. Commencing May 2015, the enhancement of the iconic property builds upon Starwood Hotel and Resort’s plans to enrich the Sheraton brand in recent years. Bringing a fresh look to the resort, the refurbishment is slated for completion early 2016.

Butterfield & Robinson Announces New Slate of European Adventures for 2017

Butterfield & Robinson — the world’s premier active travel company — has bolstered its roster of European adventures with five new trips to some of Europe’s most iconic regions.

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“B&R continues to revolutionise the definition of an unforgettable trip. We’re using our expertise and innovative spirit to expand our roster yet again,” says President and CEO Norman Howe. “We’ve developed some great local relationships in these regions, allowing our travellers to access the best food, wines and cultural insights, making each trip meaningful and authentic.”

The Multiple Faces of Digital Influencers


There is more demand on generating engaging content to pump through social media platforms than ever before. With almost 90%* of Australians said to own a smartphone with the average person spending 1.7 hours per day scrolling and tapping through endless updates, it’s no wonder brands have woken to the influence engaging content can have. Pushed through the powerhouse of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, brands now have a two-way direct line to connect with consumers – at their fingertips.

Health Coach and Model Rachael Finch continues the Westin Wellness Escape series at The Westin Denarau Resort & Spa Fiji

Following the success of her first escape at The Westin Melbourne earlier this year, Rachael will lead exercise and educational workshops

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The Westin Denarau Resort & Spa Fiji, part of Westin Hotels & Resorts is inspiring and empowering guests to find their balance and kick-start a healthier lifestyle by hosting a Westin Wellness Escape with Rachael Finch, taking place between 5-9 October, 2016.