Etihad butlers fly through Savoy training

An elite group of Etihad Airways cabin crew are set to become the aviation world’s first flying butlers, having completed a specially tailored three week training course in London. The handpicked team of 13 men and women – all based in the airline’s home of Abu Dhabi – demonstrated their outstanding hospitality skills during training […]

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Etihad & Alitalia unveil aircraft

Alitalia, Italy’s leading carrier, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have unveiled two aircraft in a unique Expo Milano 2015 livery to mark their co-sponsorship of the global event. Expo 2015 will be held in Milan from 1 May 2015 to 31 October 2015 with an estimated 20 million visitors […]

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Airbus – new VIP wide body cabin

Airbus has launched a new VIP cabin concept, initially for the A330-200, offering a faster and more affordable way to the greater capacity, capability and comfort of a widebody for both private and government customers. Called Summit, the concept features a VIP section at the front of the cabin, and airline-style seating at the rear. […]

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Commodore Hotel goes it alone

Commodore Hotel goes it alone Christchurch’s  Commodore Airport Hotel will begin trading independently from November 1, following the conclusion of an 18- year franchise association with Millennium Hotels. The Patterson and Ward families have owned and operated the Commodore for more than 42 years, with today’s day-to-day management being the responsibility of Tom’s three sons, […]

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Support for healthy ageing

Our ‘second act’ is all about enjoying the good things that we’ve worked hard for in our younger years. New Zealand, like many countries, has an ageing population. With medical advances, more people are living longer so it’s important for those approaching older age to adopt a variety of positive health and lifestyle habits to […]

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Book: Birds of New Guinea

Book: Birds of New Guinea Second Edition Pub date: November 5, 2014 Paperback & Hardcover Thane K. Pratt & Bruce M. Beehler / Illustrated by John C. Anderton & Szabolcs Kókay What makes New Guinea so special? The world’s largest tropical island, it boasts a spectacular avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, […]

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Priority Guest rewards

YOU’RE NOW NOT JUST A PRIORITY AT HOME BUT GLOBALLY WITH PRIORITY GUEST REWARDS! Australian and New Zealand complimentary hotel loyalty program Priority Guest Rewards (PGR), has made the world a more bountiful place thanks to a partnership with Global Hotel Alliance (GHA). Members will now enjoy benefits across more than 450 hotels, palaces and […]

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Singapore deepens tie with Australia

Singapore Airlines and Tourism Australia have announced plans to deepen their existing commercial partnership by signing a new, three-year strategic marketing deal worth a total of A$12 million (NZD $13 million). The agreement will see the two parties jointly fund a range of tourism campaigns and promotional activities in seven key inbound markets – Singapore, […]

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Qantas – new address for frequent flyer members

Qantas Frequent Flyer today officially launched its new online hub qantaspoints.com, featuring an Online Mall stocked with premium global brands, as it continues to expand what’s on offer to its diverse member base. Qantaspoints.com reflects the growth of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program in recent years – particularly its range of partners, its number of […]

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25 Free Things to do in Sydney

25 Free Things to do in Sydney Although Sydney has a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in the world to live, if you holiday there, it’s an entirely different matter. The bargain hunters at Cheapflights have scoured the city and found 25 activities and attractions that won’t cost a cent. Cheapflights Travel […]

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