Sample Page

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.

Aussies love short getaways

Of the almost 14 million Australians who took at least one holiday in the last year, shorter trips have proved most popular by far. More than 45% of Aussies were away for three or less nights on their most recent trip and just 4.1% of travellers were away for a month or more. There continues to be strong demand for overseas travel, with almost 80% of those under 50 surveyed having taken their last holiday abroad.

My Adventure rebrand

Flight Centre’s My Adventure Store operation has changed its name to ‘My Adventure Travel,’ with the move said to better reflect the brand’s positioning and growth strategy and provide a clearer picture of what they actually sell.

Helloworld signs deal with World Travellers Group

helloworld Limited (HLO) has signed a deal with the World Travellers Group which will see the group join the New Zealand helloworld retail network from October 2016.There are 36 World Travellers retail and mobile travel businesses in New Zealand.

Qantas considers direct flights to Europe

Qantas boss Alan Joyce has hinted at the potential launch of ultra long-haul services from the east and west coast of Australia to Europe using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, or other long-range aircraft being assessed by the Aussie airline. London, Rome and Paris are all being considered.

P&O looking to extend Cairns cruise season even further

P&O Cruises may look at basing itself even longer in Cairns if its inaugural 2016 season in the city is a success. P&O’s Pacific Eden is the first cruise ship to be based in Cairns until November 11, carrying an estimated 13,000 holidaymakers on nine cruises from the region, including to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Visit USA new secretariat
Twin Islands Group’s Clinton White and Karen Prideaux have been named as the new secretariat for the Visit USA Organisation from 30 September, 2016.

Virgin Australia launches Melbourne – Los Angeles and Perth – Abu Dhabi services 
Virgin Australia has announced the launch of five weekly non-stop flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles, using its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from 04 April, 2017. The carrier will also introduce three weekly direct A330-200 services from Perth to Abu Dhabi effective 09 June 2017, boosting frequencies on the route to ten per week in partnership with Etihad Airways.

The new flights will impact VA’s current daily Brisbane service to LA, which will move to six weekly.

Geckos targets under-29 market
Geckos Adventures has cut its maximum age limit from 39 to 29 from 2017 in response to feedback from customers who expressed they were looking for a “genuine youth product that enabled them to travel with like-minded people their own age”.

India new safari spot

Insider Journeys has identified India as an emerging luxury safari destination offering five star luxury and great game viewing.