WE KNOW: Conferencing on Hamilton Island

Sharon Levingston, Head of Events at The Events Authority recently returned from a hosted-visit with a number of events industry leaders to attend the opening of Hamilton Island’s new Beach Pavilion conference space.

The group was wined and dined on the lawns between the beach and the Beach Pavilion.

“It was a fabulous event under the stars on a balmy tropical Whitsunday evening, and a timely reminder of what a versatile destination the island is,” says Sharon.

“Recognising the importance of conference and incentive business to the island’s success, Hamilton has made significant investments in revamping its conference spaces. And with accommodation options to suit all styles of groups, Hamilton appeals to a broad base,” she added.

Sharon stayed at Reef View Hotel.

“The rooms are huge! They’re ideal for groups that need a twin share option and, with all rooms ocean facing, the views are fabulous. So fab, in fact, that the feathered locals often pop by to enjoy the views as well,” quips Sharon.

The island’s Conference Centre has been refurbished.

“Conference Centre is fresh, its colours are subtle, and there’s an on-site AV team that knows what can be done in this region,” says Sharon.

The island’s standout features according to Sharon?

  • Hamilton Island has matured and is a genuine stand-alone destination. With a choice of restaurants in all categories – and even now a huge IGA offering a selection of ready made meals, the island offers numerous options for longer stays.
  • Meeting space choices: Conference, beach-front, poolside, yacht club – a number of different venues that can keep any group surprised.
  • The accommodation selection: From Qualia, Yacht Club Villas, Beach Club, Reef View Hotel – the island can cater for any group.
  • The Whitsundays: Honestly, how lucky are we to have this destination right on our doorstep – the reef, Whitehaven Beach, Walking on the island, water activities – just WOW.

Hamilton Island Marina.

Fast Facts

  • Hamilton Island is home to 10 restaurants, 6 bars, 7 pools and over 20 specialty stores. Facilities include a chapel, IGA Supermarket, pharmacy, post office, bank, kids club, hairdresser and day spa.
  • There are 13 dedicated meeting rooms and over 10 unique function areas such as secluded sandy beaches and beachfront pavilions to provide a business event with a difference.

Come and check it out for yourself.

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BEDS IN ECONOMY? Air NZ’s Next Big Play

Air New Zealand has unveiled a ground-breaking, prototype lie-flat sleep product for economy class travellers.

The Economy Skynest is the result of three years of research and development by the airline at its Hangar 22 innovation centre in Auckland.

The airline has now filed patent and trademark applications for the Economy Skynest which provides six full length lie-flat sleep pods.

“We know it’s early days, but this is much more than a thought bubble from a customer suggestions box. Watch this very exciting space,” said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

So, how would it work?

“We see a future flying experience where an economy-class customer on long-haul flights would be able to book the Economy Skynest in addition to their Economy seat, get some quality rest and arrive at their destination ready to go,” said General Manager of Customer Experience, Nikki Goodman.

Fast Facts

  • Each Economy Skynest can accommodate six sleeping pods.
  • Overall length of each sleeping pod will be in excess of 200cm.
  • Width at the shoulder area will be in excess of 58cm.

It is envisaged that each pod will include a full-size pillow, sheets and blanket, ear plugs, privacy curtains and lighting designed for sleep. The airline continues to explore other Skynest features such as separate reading light, personal device USB outlet and ventilation outlet.

Air New Zealand will make a final decision on whether to operate the Economy Skynest next year after it has assessed the performance of its inaugural year of Auckland-New York operations.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA Companion Sale!

These brilliant Virgin Australia companion fares have just taken off, and we’d love you and a bestie or two to take advantage of the savings.

SALE ENDS on 07 March 2020!

Companion fares apply when two or more people book and travel together on the same itinerary.

The bar in Virgin Australia’s international The Business cabin.

Try these fares on for size!

PERTH TO AUCKLAND

  • Business Class from $989 one-way

SYDNEY TO NADI

  • Business Class from $1299 return

SYDNEY TO LOS ANGELES

  • Premium Economy from $2799 return
  • Business Class from $5499 return

SYDNEY TO TOKYO

  • Business Class from $3099 return
    Also applies to departures from Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

MELBOURNE TO NEW YORK

  • Premium Economy from $2999 return
  • Business Class from $5999 return

Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777 international Premium Class cabin.

Contact us for more fares to destination across Virgin Australia’s domestic and international networks.

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Don’t miss out! Ends 07 March 2020 unless sold out prior.

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Terms & Conditions

ALL FARES: Offer valid until 07MAR20. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Virgin Australia terms and conditions and Helloworld Travel online Booking Terms and Conditions apply. Prices are per person in Australian dollars and are correct as at 24FEB20 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Prices displayed are valid when 2 or more passengers book and travel together on the same itinerary. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Prices displayed are ‘from’ pricing, includes all prepaid taxes and fees, except payment card fees which may be payable in addition, rates vary.

USA FARES: Passengers travelling on International Premium Economy or Business Class fares will be seated in Economy on Domestic connections within Australia where these services are not offered. Premium Economy Class fares are based on the following departure dates of 01MAR20-26MAR20, 17APR20-17JUN20, 15JUL20-18AUG20. Business Class fares are based on the following departure dates of 01MAR20-31AUG20. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

TOKYO FARES: Passengers travelling on International Premium Economy or Business Class fares will be seated in Economy on Domestic connections within Australia where these services are not offered. Business Class fares are based on the following departure dates of 19APR20-19JUN20, 20JUL20-14SEP20, 12OCT20-25NOV20 for travel from Brisbane; 11MAY20-19JUN20, 17AUG20-14SEP20, 12OCT20-25NOV20 for travel from Sydney, 11MAY20-19JUN20, 17AUG20-14SEP20, 20OCT20-25NOV20 for travel from Melbourne, 11MAY20-19JUN20, 17AUG20-09SEP20 for travel from Adelaide. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

FIJI FARES: Passengers travelling on International Premium Economy or Business Class fares will be seated in Economy on Domestic connections within Australia where these services are not offered. Business Class fares are based on the following departure dates of 05AUG20-06SEP20, 16OCT20-25NOV20 for travel from Sydney. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

NZ FARES: Fares are based on various travel periods – please contact your local Helloworld Travel agent for details. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

DOMESTIC FARES: Fares are based on various travel periods – please contact your local Helloworld Travel agent for details. Day of week surcharges, peak travel surcharges, blackout periods, advance purchase rules and flight restrictions may apply.

CATHAY PACIFIC SALE!

Our friends at Cathay Pacific have generously offered some brilliant special fares across the airline’s extensive network.

SALE ends 28 February

Cathay Pacific A350-1000 Business Class cabin.

Take a look at some sample fares below, and be sure to contact us for pricing to other destinations around the globe.

SYDNEY to PARIS

  • Economy Class from $1279 return
  • Premium Economy from $3215 return
  • Business Class from $6243 return

PERTH TO LONDON

  • Economy Class from $1279 return
  • Premium Economy from $3215 return
  • Business Class from $5905 return

PERTH TO NEW YORK

  • Economy Class from $1910 return
  • Premium Economy from $3430 return
  • Business Class from $8569 return

Premium Economy Class

All fares shown were correct at 18 February 2020, are subject to availability and change due to fluctuations in currencies and fees/levies charged.

Fares above are priced based on 10 March 2020 departures, and all require a transit through Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific’s Economy Class cabin on the Airbus A350-1000.

The airline is operating the brand new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft on some flights to-from Australia, which is exciting news for AvGeeks and regular flyers seeking a heightened in-flight experience.

Cathay’s A350 was recently featured on The Today Show. Click the pic below to watch the clip!

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NEW HOTELS: Vibe Hotel Melbourne

We’ve seen a number of fabulous hotels open in Australia during the last 12 months, and we’re really looking forward to this one.

Vibe Melbourne opens this April, and we have a fantastic opening special offer that will save you 20% off the hotel’s fully flexible rate.

The brand-new 24-storey glass fronted Vibe Melbourne rises from a two storey Heritage-listed building at the intersection of Flinders and Queen Streets in the heart of the CBD.

Melbourne’s famed lane way eateries are just a short walk away and the free CBD trams stop right out front, allowing you to sight-see until your heart’s content.

Lounge room in The Fletcher Suite.

The new hotel will have 206 hotel rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool and gym, ground floor lobby and restaurant, plus 200 square metres of excellent conference facilities.

The hotel offers:

  • 24-hour reception
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Gym
  • Ground floor restaurant
  • Conference Facilities
  • Room Service (Limited Hours)

Rooms

The hotel’s 206 rooms (including 23 suites) are available in 8 categories from the lead-in Urban Room to The Fletcher Suite.

Urban Room.

All rooms feature:

  • Work desk
  • In-room safe
  • Free WiFi at 1 Mbps for four devices per room
  • Mini bar and tea & coffee amenities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Bathroom with shower
  • 49 inch SMART TV
  • USB charging points

Dining

The hotel’s St Mark’s Road Co. restaurant is open Monday to Saturday with breakfast served between 6.30am-10.00am, then for all day dining between 11.30am-9.30pm.

Meetings & Events

Vibe Melbourne offers meeting rooms from large to small, accommodating up to 110 delegates theatre style.

Meeting rooms feature natural daylight and built-in AV.
The hotel is in close proximity to the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

A range of dining options are available including working lunches at the hotel’s cafe and bar, St Marks Road Co., where you can also enjoy post conference drinks and cocktails.

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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Done Right

If you’re in the Events business—any part of it—you’ll know that meetings, events and incentives really can make an impact. Not just on your business bottom line, clients and staff, but also on the communities your event touches—and not always in a positive way.

“Any kind of enterprise needs social license to operate—effectively broad social approval from the local community and stakeholders to carry on your business at their ‘place’.”
Sharon Levingston, Head of Events at The Events Authority.

As such, social license is fluid, has to be earned and then maintained.

Community engagement through tree-planting in Myanmar. Credit: AsianTrails.

The global tourism industry is dealing with what happens, for example, when social license is withdrawn. Anti-visitor sentiment is festering in cities like Venice as over-tourism negatively impacts the lives of locals. Overstretched infrastructure, overcrowding from cruise ship day visitors, and short-term Airbnb rentals turning homes into guesthouses have put pressure on the city which has responded with turnstiles, day-tripper levies and other measures to regulate visitor access.

‘Tourists Go Home’ graffiti on a wall in Oviedo, northern Spain. Photo: EPA

An uneasy peace between the industry and locals is a fair indication that social license has been revoked or suspended. And once it’s gone, it’s hard to get back. If you’ve ever wondered what Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was all about or why it was important, well, there’s your lesson.

We know that the events we work on here and abroad have an impact on the communities they make contact with. So working with partners with great CSR ethics and local knowledge is important to us, particularly overseas. And so it should be for you when you’re planning your meetings, events and incentive programs.

A great example is our relationship with our supplier partner DMC in Asia, ‘Asian Trails’. Asian Trails operates in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, China, Indonesia and Malaysia, and has a considered, project and community-based approach to CSR that can be incorporated into team building programs.

Asian Trails’ projects are designed to spruce up cities, towns and villages, clean up the environment and build connections and understanding between people. For participants they provide a meaningful way to connect with communities and improve the local amenity. Depending on your program, you could be helping out at a Buffalo dairy in Laos, planting trees with local villagers in Myanmar, or transforming plastic into eco-bricks in Malaysia. It’s real, long-lasting and meaningful.

Making eco-bricks in Malaysia. Credit: AsianTrails.

We have partners like Asian Trails all over the world offering programs of a similar ilk and adding value through incredible, responsible, meaningful experiences in destination.

When you’re planning your incentive program, team building off-sites, meeting and conferences, ask about how your group might be able to interact with the locals and give back to the community that has granted you the social license to be there.

And do good.

Real good.

CATHAY PACIFIC Temporarily Closes Lounges

Cathay Pacific has temporarily closed three of its lounges at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), namely The Bridge, The Deck and The Pier First Class Lounge, from today (17 February 2020) until further notice.

This follows a coronavirus-related short-term capacity reduction of 30% across the combined networks of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon.

The Deck lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

Cathay Pacific and eligible passengers are advised to visit the airline’s other lounges at HKIA – The Wing First Class and Business Class Lounges, and The Pier Business Class Lounge.

The airline went on to describe implementation of health and safety protocols at it lounges at HKIA, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport, where buffet services have been replaced by individually-packed meal options supplemented by made-to-order hot food from the Noodle Bar.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES Adds 5th Daily Perth Flight

Singapore Airlines has announced the launch of a FIFTH daily flight to Perth from Monday, 1 June 2020.

The new service will be operated by the airline’s medium-haul Airbus A350-900 aircraft, offering flyers the choice of Business or Economy Class aboard one of the world’s most modern aircraft.

The new inbound flight SQ229 will depart Singapore at 12:20 and arrive in Perth at 17:25, before returning as SQ230 from Perth at 18:40 and arriving into Singapore at 00:10 the next morning. See below for details of all five departures from Perth, effective 01 June.

“We’re delighted to learn of Singapore Airline’s new Perth services,” said Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource in Fremantle, Western Australia.

“Having a fifth daily Singapore Airlines option from Perth is pretty astonishing. The service will improve connection times to a number of key destinations.”

Lisa Byers

Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr. Philip Goh, said the introduction of the fifth daily service to Perth reflected the Airline’s commitment to the West Australian market.

“Singapore Airlines has been operating to Perth since 1967 and has continued to invest, enhance, and grow our services to the city.”

Philip Goh

The A350-900 medium-haul aircraft is equipped with Singapore Airlines’ medium-haul Business Class and Economy Class cabin products, with 40 seats in Business Class and 263 seats in Economy Class.

The Business Class cabin boasts a 1-2-1 seat arrangement, providing every customer with direct aisle access, while the Economy Class cabin is arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.

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QANTAS International Companion Sale!

SALE ENDS ON 17 FEBRUARY 2020!

Qantas has just released a fantastic ‘Global Companion Sale’ to destinations right around its international network.

Whether you take off with friends, family or just that someone special, don’t miss out on great savings when travelling together in Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class and First Class.

London, Singapore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Honolulu, Bangkok, Johannesburg and many more are on sale!

Where in the world will you go?

Departure dates vary, seats are limited and they will sell out fast! So contact us today to secure seats to your favourite destination.

SALE END 11.59pm (AEDT) 17 February 2020, SHARP!

 


LONDON (HEATHROW)

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $1,329  Economy Class return
  • From $3,299  Premium Economy return
  • From $6,859  Business Class return
  • From $11,099 First Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,459  Economy Class return
  • From $3,299  Premium Economy return
  • From $6,889  Business Class return
  • From $11,499 First Class return

SINGAPORE

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $679     Economy Class return
  • From $2,899 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $499     Economy Class return
  • From $2,489 Business Class return

SAN FRANCISCO

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $929    Economy Class return
  • From $2,799 Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,499 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,029   Economy Class return
  • From $2,849   Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,899   Business Class return
  • From $16,158  First Class return

LOS ANGELES

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $875       Economy Class return
  • From $2,799   Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,499   Business Class return
  • From $10,999 First Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $995      Economy Class return
  • From $2,849  Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,899  Business Class return
  • From $15,115  First Class return

NEW YORK (JFK)

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $1,229    Economy Class return
  • From $2,899   Premium Economy Class return
  • From $5,999   Business Class return
  • From $15,680 First Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,329    Economy Class return
  • From $3,049   Premium Economy Class return
  • From $6,399   Business Class return
  • From $16,123  First Class return

SANTIAGO

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $999    Economy Class return
  • From $1,999 Premium Economy Class return
  • From $3,799 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,299 Economy Class return
  • From $2,449 Premium Economy Class return
  • From $4,299 Business Class return

HONOLULU

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $799     Economy Class return
  • From $3,982 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,099 Economy Class return
  • From $4,825 Business Class return

BANGKOK

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $699     Economy Class return
  • From $3,499 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $599     Economy Class return
  • From $2,599 Business Class return

JOHANNESBURG

Ex SYDNEY

  • From $1,199  Economy Class return
  • From $2,199  Premium Economy Class return
  • From $4,099 Business Class return

Ex PERTH

  • From $1,399  Economy Class return
  • From $2,499 Premium Economy Class return
  • From $4,599  Business Class return

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General Terms & Conditions
Specific, available departure dates may vary but fares apply generally to departures as shown. Black-out dates may apply. Please contact us for details and to check availability on your preferred date of travel. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Fares are quoted per person and are applicable only when booking two or more passengers are travelling together on the same itinerary. Fares shown include taxes, are subject to availability and change without notice. Offer valid until 17FEB20. Prices are in Australian dollars and are correct as at 11FEB20 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability, destinations and travel dates.

BRITISH AIRWAYS Round-the-World Specials

We’re thrilled to have received a suite of brilliant fares from our friends at British Airways that connect Australia with the USA and London all on a single ticket.

It’s a fab, super simple round-the-world option using the networks of British Airways, Qantas and American Airlines.

Take a look at these sample itineraries, and be sure to contact us to discuss your specific travel plans.

FIRST CLASS from $13,275!

  • Sydney > London > Los Angeles > Sydney
    Includes complimentary limousine transfers in Sydney!

BUSINESS CLASS from $8,825!

  • Sydney > London > Los Angeles > Sydney

PREMIUM ECONOMY from $4,589!

  • Sydney > Los Angeles > Own Arrangements > New York > London > Sydney

ECONOMY from $2,375!

  • Sydney > London > New York > Own Arrangements > Los Angeles > Sydney

Fares are also available from Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Hobart and the Gold Coast.

Fun Facts

  • When routing via Asia to London, stopovers are permitted in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Beijing.
  • When routing via the USA, stopovers are permitted in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Dallas.

Fares shown are correct at 07 February 2020, are on sale until 31 December 2020, but are subject to availability and change due to currency fluctuations and other factors.

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