Qantas pilots ballot for strike

first_imgQantas pilots could be walking off the job, as the group’s union said it is confident it will receive enough votes during the ballot for industrial action.The Australian and International Pilots Association vice-president Richard Woodward said earlier this week that up to 1700 pilots will vote over the next four weeks on a two-day stoppage, The Australian reported.”We surveyed our members long before we got to this point and we got overwhelming support to take the actions we’re taking,” he said.”We hope to see a reinforcement of that in the official ballot.” The union said that the cause for strike comes as talks have “stalled” over pilot job security and pay increase of up to 2.5 percent a year.Mr Woodward added that although industrial action could affect passenger travel, the reason behind the strike would be clear to travellers.”Our preference, of course, has always been to negotiate,” Mr Woodward added.”Everything we’ve put forward is negotiable, including our pay claim, to get the Qantas flight-Qantas pilot written into our contract. (Qantas chief executive) Alan (Joyce) is refusing to do that — saying absolutely never, etcetera — simply because he’s working to an agenda to offshore and outsource the airline into some other entity.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Island Hoppers Fiji leaps to new destinations

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Island Hoppers Fiji has released plans to expand its operations this year, adding three new destinations to its services and two new fixed wing aircraft to its fleet of helicopters.Commencing 30 July this year, the carrier said it will utilise its two brand new XSTOL 750 aero planes on daily services to Savusavu and Taveuni as well as a four times weekly service to Kadavu.Island Hoppers Fiji, Director of Operations Craig Keighley has cited increased demand in the region for additional services for the ever increasing tourism and resort industry.Serving Fijian travellers over the past 34 years, the carrier has assured that new services and new aircraft would continue to offer passengers the high standards Island Hoppers is known for.  The aircraft has high visibility passenger windows, allows for full international baggage allowance and the ability to take oversized cargo such as surfboards, fishing rods and dive gear.   The plane is also air-conditioned with leather seating, ensuring a first class cabin and service.As part of the airline’s service all passengers are greeted upon arrival at Nadi airport, whether domestic or international and are also delivered to Island Hopper Fiji’s private lounge for check-in and boarding before dispatch.Industry rate prices are expected to start at US$190 one way to Savusavu, US$215 one way to Taveuni and US$175 to Kadavu (all pricing inclusive of VAT)Bookings are now open. Sheryn AmblerSales and Marketing ManagerTel: 679 672 0410Mob: 679 www.islandhoppersfiji.comlast_img read more

Hahn Air connecting agencies to new network

first_imgHahn Air launches “Hahn Air City and Airport Ticketing Centres” a new network for travel agencies to join and obtain benefits from the airlines services.Travel agents that register through the airlines website will benefit from its new rewards, including a second ADM waiver “Your Rooster” per 365 days, access to the upcoming Booking Portal and virtual HR UATP Corporate Card as a form of payment.Additionally, travel agencies will receive up to date news and information, invitations to functions and event at its training centre in Germany and an official profile on the carrier’s website. Signing up to the Hahn Air Ticketing Centre is free, however registered travel agencies are required to update their current entry by filling in additional information. Any unregistered travel agency is required to register first to be eligible to benefit from the airlines services. All travel agencies that connect to the network by the end of 2011 will be automatically entered into monthly sweepstakes to win free credit for a virtual HR UATP corporate card up to EUR1, 000. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

Tiger eyes locals for Sydney base

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Building on its commitment to contribute to local jobs, Tiger Airways has announced the employment of 15 new NSW and Queensland based cabin crew.Selected as part of the 150 new jobs to be based at the airline’s upcoming Sydney base, the 15 new crew members undergo four weeks of training before receiving their certificate and wings to commence work with the airline.Tiger Airways chief executive Andrew David said the airline’s employment growth in Australia reiterates its “commitment to operational excellence”. “I congratulate our newest Sydney based recruits who epitomise the new era of responsible growth and opportunity for Tiger in Australia,” Mr David said. “Tiger Airways is committed to providing safe, affordable and reliable travel that is underpinned by friendly and professional service.”According to the airline, the new Sydney base is expected to be operational from July this year and will create up to 150 local jobs.Up to 60 cabin crew selected to be based in Sydney have already been selected. Image source: Dynamic Businesslast_img read more

ID Tours Australia calling all formerstaff

first_img“If anyone knows a former ID-er please do not hesitate to let them know that we would like them to come along to meet old colleagues and catch up with the exciting changes that are such a feature of the events and incentive industry today,” he added. ID Events Australia Bill Wright – starting out 40 years ago. Image: ID Events Australia “This year is ID’s 40th birthday, and we thought it would be wonderful to get as many past and present staff as possible together to relive old times and say thank you for helping us to get to where we are today,” he explained. Urging all past members to register their interest to attend, Mr Wright said the reunion will give the opportunity to thank “the wonderful people” that help build the business since it began in 1973.center_img As the company’s fortieth birthday approaches, ID Tours ( Events) Australia chairman Bill Wright is on a mission to track down nearly 700 past employees to help celebrate the milestone. The reunion will be on 14 July 2013 at Bar 100, Sydney and former members have been asked to submit their interest at: read more

SMC awarded Sydneys greenest venue

first_imgSMC Conference & Function Centre (SMC) has won the hotly contested Sydney region in the NSW Business Chamber Business Awards 2015 for ‘Excellence in Sustainability’.The Business Awards, run by the NSW Business Chamber, recognise and celebrate business excellence across NSW.Located in the Sydney CBD, SMC took out the top honour amongst tough competition and will now go on to the final round of the awards at the NSW Gala, where the venue will be vying to be crowned the state winner.Scott Cooper, Director of Sales, SMC, was thrilled with the accolade, which applauds both the venue’s commitment to sustainability and the hard work of the forward-thinking team.SMC general manager Ken Taylor with the ‘Excellence in Sustainability’ Award“Sustainability is crucial to the operation of SMC, and this award win demonstrates that green-friendly policies are becoming a business essential,” said Mr Cooper.“It’s something that our clients expect in a venue, and delivering maximum service with minimal impact on the environment is something we work towards every day.”In addition to the business benefits of embracing an ethos that led to the win, Mr Cooper reflects on the advantages to SMC’s clients and team.“A sign of the seamless integration of our green policies is that often our clients don’t even notice the improvements – but when they do, they can feel great about their choice of venue,” said Mr Cooper.A unique venue with landmark status, SMC spans over 4,000 square metres with 16 function rooms and five lodge rooms across eight levels, and its architecture and heritage are of merit, being one of Sydney’s most architecturally significant buildings.From ordering only fresh, seasonal local produce for their catering and closely monitoring, auditing and donating excess, to converting all signage from printed collateral over to low energy, electronic posters, SMC strives every day to fulfill its promise to be one of Sydney’s greenest venues, while still delivering an exemplary customer experience.The Sydney Business Award state winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday 27 November 2015.Click here for more information on the awards.For more information on SMC and to view their green policy, a number of event case studies and more, please visit the website.Source = SMC Conference & Function Centrelast_img read more

Compass Hospitality appoints veteran hotelier Nigel Tovey

first_imgSource = Compass Hospitality Compass Hospitality appoints veteran hotelier Nigel ToveyCompass Hospitality appoints veteran hotelier Nigel Tovey to launch new brand AnandaInternational hotel group Compass Hospitality has appointed veteran hotelier Nigel Tovey as General Manager of Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa, a newly built luxury beachfront property and the group’s first Ananda branded five-star flagship resort scheduled to open in April this year.Mr Tovey, a highly respected hotelier renowned for his people skills and track record for successfully opening hotels, has over 35 years in the hotel business, with the past 25 years in Thailand working with a host of international chains and independent brands, said, “It is a very exciting hotel project and one that fits the market like a glove.” Mr Tovey added “There are three very clearly defined sections to the resort – starting with what will be Hua Hin’s largest hotel ballroom, an outstanding water-focused family resort area, and private luxury pool villas leading down to the beach.”Located two and a half hours from Bangkok, Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa is situated on a 30 rai (12 acres) site extending from the main Petchkasem Road to the beachfront itself. The high-end resort features 196 rooms, suites and exclusive villas, ranging in size from 33 square metres (sqm) to a 268 sqm two-bedroom beachfront lagoon pool villa with private concierge service.“Launching Ananda Hua Hin brings a new luxury brand to market, one that has the freedom to offer informality while ensuring the highest standards of a five-star resort experience. This is a tremendous opportunity and we are assembling a team which will deliver on every aspect of a luxurious but laid-back hospitality experience.”The resort is also set to unveil Hua Hin’s largest ballroom with 900-sqm of pillar-less flexible space catering to domestic and regional corporate events as well as social occasions, being specially suited to luxury weddings. Another resort attraction will be Blue Biscuit, a contemporary-styled club-come-restaurant featuring live Blues and Jazz from Thailand’s up and coming talents as well as visiting international artists.“Unique experiences are in many ways a new concept in luxury,” said Mr Tovey. “We will offer these both inside and outside the resort providing an opportunity to discover Hua Hin, its history, nature and beaches at your own speed.”Compass Hospitality, one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies, manages and operates a wide portfolio of 42 hospitality properties across all market segments. Brand identities include Compass Hotels, Citrus Hotels, Citin Hotels and Ananda Resorts and Spas. Compass’ portfolio includes hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin in Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Pulau Langkawi in Malaysia; and in Shrewsbury, Halifax, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Eastbourne, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Inverness, Leeds, in the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Postcard Perfection – Take a trip to ancient Greece

first_imgPostcard Perfection – Take a trip to ancient Greece Greece – the cradle of western civilisation; home to the souvlaki, Moussaka and of course, the Greek salad. A global superpower in ancient times and a global tourism destination in modern times. Consisting of thousands of small islands in the Aegean and Ionian seas, Greece has a perfect climate: mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers , producing some of the best resorts and nightlife in the world.A tried & true destination with something for everyone; contact your travel agent today and book, book, book !Mykonos – vibrant nightlife, sun and fun. A Mecca for tourists.roomsMXL has 144 Properties in MykonosAthens – The Greek Capital and one of the worlds oldest cities. Ancient ruins and points of significance abound.roomsXML has 200 Properties in AthensSantorini – a town clinging to steep volcanic formations, with beaches of pebbles. A popular destination with travellers of all ages.roomsXML has 403 Properties in Santorini roomsXML has over 96,000 properties worldwide . If you are unsure about which property to book, always check for the ‘Preferred’ logo next to the hotel; that means its been recommended by other Travel Agents.center_img roomsXML.comconnect today roomsXML.comdiscover more here Source = www.roomsxml.comlast_img read more