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    Vote for APT at

    Thank you for your continued support!

    APT are thrilled to have been nominated for

    in the 2015 TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards.


    Vote for APT at

    Thank you for your continued support!

    APT are thrilled to have been nominated for

    in the 2015 TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards.

    Incorporating Tabs On Travel

    Thu 21 May 15 Issue 3078 Another Great Travel Today Wraparound

  • Thursday 21 May 2015 Issue 3078

    6 Pages This Issue News................................p1, p2, p4, p5 Cruising Today................................. p3 Globus .............................................. p6

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    Philippine Airlines has announced plans to launch flights to New Zea- land from 01 Dec, operating four flights a week ex Auckland to Ma- nila, via Cairns. The service will introduce 64,500 seats per year on the Manila route. The move will also make the carrier the only airline to offer a year-round direct service ex New Zealand to Cairns (as Air New Zealand currently operates a seasonal direct service). Auckland Airport general manager aeronautical commercial Norris Cart- er says in 2014 14,240 Kiwis travelled to the Philippines and he expects the new air capacity will raise awareness of the destination and drive more traf- fic. Kiwi travel to the Philippines has ‘been growing impressively’ at 11.6% a year over the past five years, he says.

    ... CNS Opportunity Carter says the Aussie stopover is good news for Kiwis wanting to travel to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, as it increases the frequency of flights. Tourism and Events Queensland New Zealand manager Sally Holyer agrees, saying the additional capacity into Cairns is welcomed. She says the region is popular with New Zealanders, with around 39000 Kiwis visiting each year. PR president and chief operating of- ficer Jaime Bautista says the carriers new route will stimulate passenger traffic along three travel streams – Manila and Cairns, Manila and Auck- land, as well as Cairns and Auckland. Plus, he says, the new service will be a ‘convenient link’ for the close to 40,000 Filipinos residing in New Zealand. The flights are subject to regulatory approval and fares will be released soon. See

    ... Fun In The Philippines The Philippine Department of Tour- ism has launched an ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ marketing campaign, hoping to attract more visitors to the destination this year. The initia- tive includes a website which covers its popular destinations, activities, and information such as how to get around, visa policies and more. See

    PR Announces MNL- AKL Service, Via CNS

    NZ Clip Barrels Along Air New Zealand’s latest inflight safe- ty video Surfing Safari has attracted almost four million online viewers in its first week, says the carrier. The clip has already clocked up close to three million views on YouTube, an additional 570,000 Facebook views, plus almost 200,000 on Chinese site Not surprisingly the carrier has called the response ‘ex- tremely positive’. If you haven’t seen it yet, CLICK HERE

    . . . Meanwhile At DL Delta Air Lines’ has joined the fray with a new safety video, featuring a mash-up of some of the Internet’s most-loved memes such as Keyboard Cat, Dramatic Chipmunk, Screaming Goat, Annoying Orange and more. DL’s says the memes and cameos taps into the zeitgeist as the latest way of capturing its customers’ attention for its most important safety presenta- tion. CLICK HERE

    China Forwards Up 60% Chinese forward flight bookings to New Zealand for Apr-Sep are up 60% on the same period in 2014,shows GfK Forward Keys data; while it says travel to Australia was flat during the same period. The company is attrib- uting the spike in demand for New Zealand in part to the reality show ‘Papa when shall we travel far’ which recently featured Aotearoa. Chinese travel to the Oceania region grew at 22.2% Apr 2014-Mar 2015, faster than other APAC regions, adds GfK.

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    More Kiosks For MIA Miami International Airport has con- tracted SITA to add 44 self-service passport control kiosks, bringing the number to 80, to help accelerate the customs and immigration process. MIA was one of the first US airports to automate the arrival process in 2013. The airport says this has reduced the wait time ‘as much as 40% for US citizens’ and can also be used by pas- sengers from Canada or any of the 38 visa waiver countries, including US lawful permanent residents. SITA’s APC kiosks are already in use in MIA’s North and South terminals, and the additional units will be installed in the North, South and Central terminals.

    Discover Asia Hilton Worldwide has launched a mid-year promotion ‘discover Asia with up to 30% less’. Through to 30 Jun guests can book and save up to 30% on room rates at par- ticipating properties in popular city and beach destinations in Singa- pore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The offer requires a minimum three days advance book- ing with full non-refundable pre- payment, for stays to 31 Oct. For more, see southeastasia

    UA’s LAX Upgrades United Airlines is investing USD573 million to refresh nearly all of its customer-facing space at Los Angeles Airport. The carrier held a ground- breaking ceremony last week, and unveiled its plans for a state of the art ticketing lobby, a ‘sleek’ new lounge and new-look gate areas.

    Boarding Call For BNE Tourism and Events Queensland has teamed up with Qantas with a pro- motion designed to make Brisbane stand out—and promote the city as a year-round destination. “It’s a sub-tropical destination with great beaches, islands and nature on the doorstep,” says TEQ’s Sally Holyer. There are three of the board bus stops around Auckland supported by a print and on-line campaign

    Outrigger Resorts’ is reminding Kiwi agents that its points-based incentive programme boasts ben- efits for both agents and clients— as agents can earn cash and gift certificates while their clients re- ceive gifts. The Outrigger Expert Agent pro