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  • Thursday 19 May 2016 Issue 3311

    I n c o r p o r a t i n g Ta b s o n Tr a v e l

    8 Pages This Issue

    News................................p1, p2, p5, p6 Cruising Today................................. p3 News from ATE ................................ p4 Business Travel Today ..................p7-8

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    Brazil Scam Warning Kiwi travellers are being warned about rental scams in Brazil, includ- ing Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, as fake advertisements are appearing on commonly-used accommodation sites, says the Ministry of Foreign Af- fairs and Trade. Agents with clients looking for a rental property in Brazil, particu- larly in the build-up to the Olympics, should advise them to do appropri- ate checks to make sure it’s genuine before handing over any money or personal information, says MFAT. This includes searching for their name and email address. If the rental rates seem too good to be true or the person claims to be an English speaker but there are spell- ing and grammatical errors, these are good signs, says MFAT. Travel- lers should avoid handing over any money via money transfer without viewing the property or meeting the rental property owner.

    HoT Boss Gives Back House of Travel agents have been out in force collecting for Hospice Aware- ness Week. Those on the collection duty included House of Travel chief executive Mark O’Donnell (pictured) who took to the streets in Auckland today for the charity—which last year provided care and support for more than 18,000 people and their families.Hospice supports one in every three people who die in New Zealand each year—and that care is offered for free. CLICK HERE for more details

    EgyptAir Plane Missing A Cairo-bound Eg yptAir plane carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew ex Paris, has disappeared, says the air- line. Flight MS804 was at 37,000 ft and disappeared 80 miles before entering Egyptian airspace. The flight time is normally three hours and 45 minutes, yet the plane departed around six hours ago, say reports. Search and res- cue teams are now being assembled.

    Hong Kong Airlines (HX) says it is set to grow outbound Kiwi travel with some ‘very competitive’ fares and product when it launches daily A330 flights between Auckland and Hong Kong in Nov. Auckland is HX’s second long-haul service and assistant director com- mercial Michael Burke says it’s a des- tination that has been on the carrier’s radar for two to three years. Inbound travel from China is fuelling the high demand on the AKL-HKG route, but Burke says HX is confident it will be able to work with the trade to grow the outbound market from New Zealand to Hong Kong and beyond to the 30 destinations in its Asia network.

    “We’re very excited about the Auck- land services we’re offering a qual- ity product with very competitive pricing,” says Burke. The aircraft is configured with 24 regional business class seats (160 degree recline) and 259 economy seats in a 2-4-2 configu- ration. Burke says its economy offer- ing is a ‘good product’ and adds that HX’s initial business class product ‘makes sense’ for this market. How- ever, he did hint at plans of moving to an A350 aircraft on the route ‘in the next 18-months or so’. The HX services will feature full on board IFE, and a mix of Western and Hong Kong catering across both classes. “We are undoubtedly an Asian airline,” adds Burke. HX is talking to key Kiwi trade part- ners and Burke says the carrier is keen to get Kiwi agents on board to experience the product first hand.

    . . . J Class Appeal Industry sources say going head to head with Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand is a bold move, but have welcomed more competition on the route. Business class seems where there may be the most opportu- nity—with HX’s filed business class levels said to be priced ‘considerably less’ than what’s currently available on the route. HX launch fares ex AKL to HKG are from $1124 economy, or from $2204 in business class.

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    Salisbury Moves On After 25 years with The Travel C o r p o r a t i o n brands (15 years with Contiki and most-recently 10 y e a r s w i t h I n - sight Vacations), I n s i g h t ’s N e w Zealand manager Dave Salisbury (pictured) leaves 10 Jun to join Abecco, the family business.

    SQ CHC Upgrades Singapore Airlines has released a new upgrade offer from economy to busi- ness class, priced from $999 per per- son, one-way between Christchurch and Singapore. The deal is valid for clients travelling on Singapore Air- lines beyond Singapore. The offer is permitted in one direc- tion only and is valid for new and ex- isiting bookings, for sales 18 May-31 Jul and travel 01 Jun-31 Jul. For more details, see for details.

    Infinity Sports and Events, a Flight Centre business, is now offering selected commissionable packages to the wider travel industry— starting with deals for the Fast 5 Netball World Series in Melbourne later this year. The events division has been op- erating for 10 months after the company identified a gap in the m a r k e t a n d m a n a g e r Me r e -

    dy th Morgan says its sales to date have exceeded expectations. Given Flight Centre’s growth-focused business model, Morgan says the chain is now looking to ‘dip its toes in the water’ in terms of selling selected event packages to non-Flight Centre agents. Calling the move a win:win for the company and agents, Morgan says the division is looking to build a mutually-beneficial relationship with agents outside of the Flight Centre group. The Fast 5 land deals are billed as the most competitively priced packages to the Fast 5 Netball competition (29- 30 Oct) as well as having the exclu- sive inclusion of a behind the scenes tour. Morgan stresses that Infinity Sports and Events is strictly a whole- saler, and is only interested in whole-

    Flighties Events On Sale To Trade saling the product via agents—who will earn a 10% commission. If sales to the wider trade are suc- cessful for the Fast 5 packages, Mor- gan says the company will look to make more of its packages available to all agents.

    . . . Fast 5 Deals Basic Bib land packages are from $549pp share twin and include a silver match pass with access to all 18 matches, the closing ceremony and medal presentation, an official behind the scenes tour and an event supporter’s pack. The Sure Shot deal is from $995pp share twin and in- cludes the aforementioned as well as three nights’ accommodation. Add- ons (such as a ball delivery and coin toss experience) and ticket upgrades are also available.

    USA Megafam Kicks Off Agents are heading off on the Brand USA and Air New Zealand Taste USA megafam today, with six states on the menu for 60 agents from across new Zealand and Australia. For updates from the trip keep an eye on Travel Today and Pictured at Auckland Airport is Brand USA’S Wayne Mitcham and Air NZ’s Dani Schildenfeld, Thomas Gentz, Paige Haeata, Gracia Locke and John Stewart.

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