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Industry news 13 March  

Crowne Plaza Hobart 

InterContinental Hotels Group is opening a new Crowne Plaza property in Hobart. Opening on 1 April, the 235-room Crowne Plaza Hobart is located in the city centre and features 235 guest rooms, a choice of dining venues, a rooftop bar and fitness centre as well as a range of meeting and event spaces catering for groups of up to 550 guests. 

Industry news 12 March  

Second Sydney Airport underway

Construction work on the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport in Badgerys Creek is now underway. Major earthworks mark the first construction phase of the project that is due for completion in 2026.

Industry news 9 March  

Swissotel rolls out sustainable menu

The Jpb Restaurant at Swissotel Sydney is offering a new dining menu. Available until the end of May 2020, the menu features produce harvested and sourced through the highest standards in sustainability. Among the new dishes is ceviche made from Healthy Oceans Programme-accredited barramundi and chicken confit sourced from Australia's leading producer of free-range poultry. The restaurant’s chefs have worked with some of Australia's leading sustainability-minded producers to showcase Australia’s breadth of sustainable produce. The sustainable dinner menu is available Tuesday to Saturday at Jpb restaurant. 

Fraser Suites Sydney revamp

All 201 serviced apartments at Fraser Suites Sydney are undergoing a soft revamp. The $4 million refurbishment will see all soft furnishings, artwork, curtains and carpets replaced and new in-room functions added. The refit of the property’s studio, one and two-bedroom suites, as well as its penthouse will be undertaken by the same interior design company that updated the Fraser Suites Perth. 

Industry news 6 March  

Airlines axe change fees

In light of the worsening COVID-19 situation, some airlines are updating their waiver policies. Travellers who book tickets with Emirates will temporarily be able to change travel dates or re-issue their ticket without change or re-issue fees, although difference in the airfares and applicable taxes will still be charged. The policy update applies to new tickets issued before 31 March, irrespective of date of travel. Air New Zealand is also offering passengers change flexibility on new international flights departing Australia until 31 March.

Korean Air axes Oz

Korean Air has suspended services from Seoul to Sydney and Brisbane until at least 25 April. The move follows the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country.

New Holiday Inn Borneo

InterContinental is opening a new property in Borneo. The 300-room Holiday Inn Balikpapan is set to open in the Indonesian port city in East Kalimantan in 2021.

Industry news 6 March  

Airlines axe change fees

In light of the worsening COVID-19 situation, some airlines are updating their waiver policies. Travellers who book tickets with Emirates will temporarily be able to change travel dates or re-issue their ticket without change or re-issue fees, although difference in the airfares and applicable taxes will still be charged. The policy update applies to new tickets issued before 31 March, irrespective of date of travel. Air New Zealand is also offering passengers change flexibility on new international flights departing Australia until 31 March.

Korean Air axes Oz

Korean Air has suspended services from Seoul to Sydney and Brisbane until at least 25 April. The move follows the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country.

New Holiday Inn Borneo

InterContinental is opening a new property in Borneo. The 300-room Holiday Inn Balikpapan is set to open in the Indonesian port city in East Kalimantan in 2021.

Industry news 5 March

New Quest Melbourne

Construction is set to begin on a new Quest Apartment Hotel in Melbourne’s northwest. The Watergardens Town Centre will offer 86 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, all with fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. The property, which is scheduled to open in mid-2021 will also feature car parking facilities and conference spaces. 

Industry news 4 March

SQ capacity cuts

Singapore Airlines has announced capacity cuts across its global network. The changes, resulting from reduced demand due to the COVID-19 crisis, will impact services to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney as well as international destinations such as London, Frankfurt, Paris and more. 

Qatar Italy cuts

Qatar Airways is temporarily reducing services to Italy. The carrier has reduced the frequency of flights to Milan and Rome as well as suspended services to Pisa and Venice. The move comes due to restrictions imposed following COVID-19 outbreaks in the country’s north. Temporary flight reductions are currently in place until 31 March but will be reviewed prior to this date, at which time they may be extended.

Qantas boosts Vancouver

Qantas plans to extend its seasonal Sydney-Vancouver route. The service will operate three-times weekly between 12 December and 27 February 2021, utilising B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Industry news 2 March

Qatar opens new lounge 

Qatar Airways has opened a new Premium Lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Located in Terminal 1, the new lounge features a bistro, brasserie and martini bar as well as seating for up to 85 guests. 

Industry news 28 February 

Airline loyalty link-up 

LATAM Airlines and Delta Air Lines will offer reciprocal frequent flyer benefits effective from April this year. The new loyalty program agreement will see LATAM Pass and Delta SkyMiles members able to earn and redeem miles with either carrier.

Industry news 27 February 

Adelaide unveils revamped precinct

Adelaide Airport has unveiled the first stage of its terminal upgrade. The airport’s domestic and international retail and dining precinct has been expanded and revamped. New retail offerings, including a Penfolds Wine Bar and Kitchen, Boost Juice, Lego Kaboom, Airport Pharmacy, Soul Origin and Precinct Adelaide Kitchen.

Industry news 26 February 

Mantra Chatswood revamped

The Mantra Chatswood Sydney has completed a major revamp. All public spaces and 155 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments have been updated. The property boasts an onsite restaurant, a gym and indoor lap pool, a spa, sauna and steam room as well as four flexible meeting/event spaces catering for groups of 10 to 160 guests. 

Sustainable construction for new TFE hotel

TFE Hotels is developing a new property in Melbourne with five-star green credentials. The 220-key Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Southbank will be Australia’s first cross-laminated timber (CLT) high-rise hotel and the tallest timber adaptive-reuse project in the country. This sustainable construction technology was used to add 10 storeys to an existing concrete building. Around 5,300 tonnes of CLT was used in the construction of the hotel, in turn offsetting around 4,200 tonnes of C02 from the atmosphere. In addition to 70 studio apartment-style hotel rooms, 140 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom apartments, the hotel will also feature a gym, indoor lap pool, two meeting spaces and a boardroom. The hotel, which is set to open later this year, is located less than 500 metres from the city centre and just 700 metres from the Melbourne Convention Centre. 

Peppers Silo sustainability initiative

Peppers Silo Hotel in Launceston is taking action to reduce its environmental footprint. Using Launceston City Council's Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) system, the hotel will turn around 24 tonnes of kitchen scraps each year into compost, which is then used on local parks and nature reserves instead of being destined for landfill. Adopting the FOGO system is just one of Peppers Silo Hotel's sustainability initiatives, with the hotel also strongly committed to local supply chains and service providers.

Industry news 21 February 

Virgin lounge closure 

Virgin Australia will close its Adelaide airport lounge on 26 February. The closure is part of a terminal expansion project that will see new VA lounge open in March. In the interim, eligible guests will be able access a temporary lounge, located near gates 15 and 16. 

Hilton plans mega resort for Las Vegas

Hilton Worldwide has plans to develop a multi-brand resort in Las Vegas. Incorporating its Conrad, Hilton and LXR brands, the, 3,500-room resort is set to open in 2021. Ideal for conference and event planners, the mega resort will also feature a 5,000-capacity theatre. 

Industry news 20 February 

Qantas slashes Asia flights 

Qantas is slashing the frequency on some of its Asia routes in response to falling demand due to the corona virus. Flights to Hong Kong from Sydney will drop from a double daily to single daily service, while from Brisbane and Melbourne services will shift from a daily operation to four and five-times weekly services respectively. The carrier has also cut capacity on its Melbourne-Singapore route by switching from an A380 to a B787 aircraft. Changes will remain in place until at least the end of May, while the ongoing impact of the virus is assessed. 

Qatar codeshare expansion

Qatar Airways is expanding its codeshare partnerships with British Airways and Malaysia Airlines. Effective from 10 February, the QR code will appear on British Airways flights between Doha and London Gatwick, as well as from London Heathrow to Dusseldorf and Hannover. It will also appear on four additional Malaysia airlines routes from Kuala Lumpur to Sibu and Alor Setar in Malaysia and the Indonesian cities of Medan and Surabaya.

Radisson boosts India 

Radisson Hotel Group has signed 17 new hotels in India. The predominantly new-build properties are spread across its Radisson, Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson brands. Set to open between now and 2025, the properties will be located across India with a focus on ‘smart cities,’ and growth hubs, including Jaipur, Greater Noida, Dehradun, Agra, Gurugram, Katra, Kashipur, Saputara, Surat, Jalandhar, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Mashobra.

Industry news 17 February 

Cathay lounge closures

Cathay Pacific has temporarily closed three of its Hong Kong lounges. The Bridge, The Deck and The Pier First Class Lounge will remain closed until further notice. However, The Wing First Class and Business Class Lounges, and The Pier Business Class Lounge will remain open as usual. The move follows temporary capacity reductions across the carrier’s network.

Industry news 13 February 

China Southern puts Adelaide on hold

China Southern has temporarily suspended direct flights between Adelaide and Guangzhou.  The three-times-weekly service is currently on hold until June as the carrier assesses the impact of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Industry news 14 February 

Air Canada makes Melbourne seasonal

Air Canada is switching its Melbourne-Vancouver route to a seasonal service. The carrier will suspend non-stop services between the city pair between 1 May and 29 November 2020. Any travellers with bookings between these dates will be reaccommodated of flights via Sydney or Brisbane.

Industry news 13 February 

China Southern puts Adelaide on hold

China Southern has temporarily suspended direct flights between Adelaide and Guangzhou.  The three-times-weekly service is currently on hold until June as the carrier assesses the impact of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Industry news 14 February 

Air Canada makes Melbourne seasonal

Air Canada is switching its Melbourne-Vancouver route to a seasonal service. The carrier will suspend non-stop services between the city pair between 1 May and 29 November 2020. Any travellers with bookings between these dates will be reaccommodated of flights via Sydney or Brisbane.

Industry news 13 February 

China Southern puts Adelaide on hold

China Southern has temporarily suspended direct flights between Adelaide and Guangzhou.  The three-times-weekly service is currently on hold until June as the carrier assesses the impact of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Industry news 12 February 

Qantas turns to Orange

QantasLink is launching a new regional NSW route. The carrier will commence 11 times weekly services from Sydney to Orange on 1 May. Flights will operate on a mix of Q300 and Q200 aircraft.

ibis Styles opens in West Java

Accor has opened a new property in Bekasi, West Java. The 185-room ibis Styles Bekasi Jatibening is located in the city’s Grand Icon complex and offers easy access to three major toll roads leading to Jakarta and the Bekasi industrial area. The property features an onsite restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and gym as well as a range of meeting and event spaces, including a grand ballroom with a capacity of up to 600 people.

Industry news 10 February 

Qantas BNE-SFO direct

Qantas’ lasted US service has taken flight. The carrier has commenced three-times weekly services between Brisbane with San Francisco on B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Departing on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, it is the first non-stop service between the two cities and boasts a flying time of less than 13 hours. Meanwhile, Brisbane is set to welcome another Qantas US service in April, when it starts flying to Chicago. 

Industry news 7 February 

SQ boosts Perth

Singapore Airlines plans to add a fifth daily flight to Perth. Commencing on 1 June, the new service will operate on an A350-900 aircraft, boosting capacity on the route by almost 24%. 

MU cuts Oz routes

Following the spread of the Coronavirus, China Eastern Airlines has temporarily suspended flights between Shanghai and Brisbane and is cutting back the frequency of its Shanghai-Sydney and Shanghai-Melbourne routes. The carrier has also cancelled a number of other flights check with your travel manager to ensure your flight has not been affected.

SAA rationalises route network

South African Airlines has undergone a major shake-up of its route network. The key Perth-Johannesburg route remains operational but effective from 29 February, the carrier will cease regional services to Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Entebbe (Uganda), Luanda (Angola) and Ndola (Zambia). Also cut are domestic services to Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, while further afield Munich, Sao Paolo, Guangzhou and Hong Kong have also been axed. 

Industry news 7 February 

SQ boosts Perth

Singapore Airlines plans to add a fifth daily flight to Perth. Commencing on 1 June, the new service will operate on an A350-900 aircraft, boosting capacity on the route by almost 24%. 

MU cuts Oz routes

Following the spread of the Coronavirus, China Eastern Airlines has temporarily suspended flights between Shanghai and Brisbane and is cutting back the frequency of its Shanghai-Sydney and Shanghai-Melbourne routes. The carrier has also cancelled a number of other flights check with your travel manager to ensure your flight has not been affected.

SAA rationalises route network

South African Airlines has undergone a major shake-up of its route network. The key Perth-Johannesburg route remains operational but effective from 29 February, the carrier will cease regional services to Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Entebbe (Uganda), Luanda (Angola) and Ndola (Zambia). Also cut are domestic services to Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, while further afield Munich, Sao Paolo, Guangzhou and Hong Kong have also been axed. 

Industry news 6 February  

Virgin axes Hong Kong

Virgin Australia will no longer operate services between Australia and Hong Kong. The carrier’s Melbourne-Hong Kong flights will cease effective from 11 February and the Sydney-Hong Kong route from 2 March. Travellers with bookings on or after these dates will be contacted by Virgin to offer alternative arrangements. The airline cited ongoing civil unrest, and growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak as impacting the viability of the routes.

LATAM out of oneworld 

LATAM will leave the oneworld airline alliance effective from 1 May this year. However, the move will see oneworld perks for travel with the carrier cease from the end of April. It is thought that the airline may join the SkyTeam alliance, which includes Delta Air Lines who recently purchased a 20% stake in LATAM, but no announcement has yet been made.

Industry news 5 February   

Hilton expands

Hilton Worldwide has ambitious expansion plans that will see 120 properties added to its portfolio in 2020. New additions will see The Emerald House Lisbon, Navy Pier Chicago and The Fellows House Cambridge join the Curio Collection by Hilton brand, while the Atocha Hotel Madrid and Le Belgrand Hotel Paris Champs Elysees will join its Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand over the coming year.

Industry news 4 February   

Indigo Brussels opens 

InterContinental Hotel Group has opened a new property in the Belgian capital. The 284-room Hotel Indigo Brussels – City has a ‘green’ focus’ with botanic-inspired patterns and self- sustaining PikaPlant Jars. The property features a choice of dining venues, including an eco-conscious restaurant serving healthy, organic meals. Business travellers will also appreciate the fitness centre and a choice of meeting rooms catering for groups of up to 60 people.

Industry news 31 January 

Qantas BP link-up launches

Qantas Business Rewards 'points for petrol' partnership with BP is rolling on 1 February. It will see BP Plus fuel card holders earn between 0.5 and 1 Qantas Point per litre of fuel (depending on type) or eligible in-store purchases. Qantas Business Rewards members who sign up to BP Plus between 28 January and 30 April 2020 can earn 50,000 Qantas Points when they spend $150 per month on fuel over five consecutive months, with an additional 50,000 Qantas Points for filling up with over 20,000 litres of fuel within the first 6 months. However, these points will be awarded to the BP Plus account holder not the individual driver. Earning rates may differ for the Qantas Frequent Flyer/BP partnership, which will launch at the same time as the BP Rewards loyalty program and Qantas Points Club. Customers will be able to choose between earning BP Points or Qantas Points.

Industry news 30 January 

Adelaide Airport expansion

Adelaide Airport’s expansion work continues, with the first section of its expanded terminal opening on 26 February. The staged development will see the terminal refurbished and expanded with the project scheduled for completion by the end of 2021. Once complete, travellers will benefit from 80% increase in the size of its domestic and international retail and dining precincts as well as enlarged emigration and immigration processing areas and an additional baggage belt.

Accor sheds plastic 

Hotel Group Accor has announced plans to rid its properties of single use plastics. As many as 94% of Accor's hotels have already eliminated the use of plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers, with remaining properties doing so by the end of March. However, the hotel group has committed to axing individual plastic toiletry amenities and cups by the end of 2020, with all remaining single-use plastic items in guestrooms, meeting areas, restaurants and all leisure activities areas (e.g. spas, fitness centres) to be phased out by 2022.

La Quinta Istanbul 

Wyndham Hotels’ La Quinta has made its European debut. Located close to business areas and the Istanbul Expo Centre, the 404-room La Quinta by Wyndham Istanbul Gunesli features a choice of dining venues, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre as well as more than 1500sqm of meeting and event space, including a ballroom, catering for gatherings of up to 650 guests.

Industry news 29 January 

Emirates adds Penang

Emirates plans to launch flights from Dubai to Penang via Singapore. The new daily service will commence on 9 April, operating on B777-300ER aircraft.

New St Regis for Egypt

Marriott International has plans to debut its St. Regis brand in the New Administrative Capital of Egypt, just outside of Cairo. The move will see the 434-room Almasa Royal Palace rebranded as the St. Regis Almasa in Spring 2020. The property features no less than 20 food and beverage outlets, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym and spa and is located adjacent to a 42,000-square-foot convention centre, which hosts official government conventions and events.

Industry news 28 January 

Totting up points just got easier

The Qantas Frequent Flyer website has updated its points calculator. Members can now use the calculator to estimate how many points and/or status credits they can earn on current scheduled services operated by Qantas and select airline partner. 

Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina opens

Opening in time for Expo 2020, the 273-room Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina is located on the banks of Dubai Marina and in close proximity to key business hubs including Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jebel Ali, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City. The property features a choice of six dining venues, including an all-day dining restaurant and grab-and-go options, lobby and pool bars, an exclusive club lounge, a 24-hour gym, and nearly 5,000sqm of meeting and event space, including a main ballroom.

New Qatar Airways lounge opens in Singapore 

While still in its 'soft opening' phase, the new Qatar Airways Premium lounge officially opens its doors on 14 February. Located on the upper ‘lounge level’ of Terminal 1, above gate C1, the lounge will open from 8am until 11am, and 5.30pm until 2am. Inside, guests will find comfortable seating, à la carte dining as well as a self-serve buffet, a bar serving Champagne and cocktails, a number of shower suites and a business centre. Eligible guests include first and business class passengers flying with Qatar or oneworld partner airlines but exclude top-tier frequent flyers travelling in economy or premium economy. It should be noted that Qatar Airways also enforces a strict ‘smart dress code’ at its lounges, so be prepared to be turned away if you’re wearing shorts or thongs.

Industry news 24 January 

Qantas ditches arrivals lounge access

Qantas will no longer offer an arrivals lounge to first and business class guests travelling through London Heathrow’s Terminal 3. Those wishing to avail themselves of an arrivals lounge can pay to access Plaza Premium’s arrivals lounge, which can be found after passing through immigration.

Virgin Economy Light 

Virgin Australia is launching a new fare type. Economy Light offers guests greater flexibility and value but features more restrictive conditions than a standard economy class ticket. Economy Light fares are non-upgradable, non-changeable, non-combinable, non-refundable. Seat choice is only allowed within the check-in window, check-in luggage is restricted to one piece (up to 23kg) and travellers earn only 0.25 Velocity Points per mile, however in-flight services such as food, drinks and entertainment are still included. The new fare will be available on all Virgin Australia-operated long-haul services departing Australia from 23 April. 

Avani to open in Kenya  

Avani is opening its first property in East Africa later this year. The Avani Nairobi Suites will be located in the Westlands area of the Kenyan capital, offering 120 suites, a restaurant and rooftop bar as well as an indoor pool and gym. 

Industry news 23 January 

Rydges Sydney Airport revamp

The Rydges Sydney Airport hotel has completed a revamp of its public spaces. The properties lobby and bar have been updated and a new signature restaurant added. The new décor features sustainably sourced Tasmanian oak, earth-toned rendered walls and Australian-sourced marble as well as floor to ceiling windows offering natural light.

Wuhan quarantined

All flights and trains to and from the Chinese city of Wuhan have been suspended. The move aims to contain the spread of a deadly coronavirus outbreak. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s latest Smartraveller advice recommends not travelling to Hubei Province and that those that do should avoid high-risk areas such as farms and markets and follow the advice of local authorities as to whether wearing a mask in public is mandatory. They also suggest that anyone who has travelled to Wuhan recently and develops symptoms of respiratory illness contact their doctor.

JAL adds first class to Japan 

Japan Airlines is switching aircraft on its Sydney-Tokyo Haneda route. A B777-300ER aircraft will replace the current B787-9 operating the route from 2 September with the move adding the only first class offering on direct flights between Australia and Japan. The four-class cabin configuration will also feature the carrier’s Sky Suite in business class as well as premium economy and economy seating options. Elsewhere, the airline’s current Sydney-Tokyo Narita service will move to Tokyo Haneda from 29 March.

GPU Green expands

Ride-share company Get Picked Up has is expanding its sustainable GPU Green service. The company has plans to grow its fleet of Tesla Model 3s from 5 to 100 over the course of this year. The cars provide a zero-emission service to clients seeking to reduce their carbon footprint or meet green procurement objectives. GPU Green offers mostly corporate and airport transfers and is available in Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane. 

New Pullman Rotorua 

Accor has opened a new hotel in Rotorua. The 130-room Pullman Rotorua features a restaurant, bar, and gym as well as an executive lounge and a choice of meeting and event spaces catering for groups of up to 120 guests. 

Industry news 22 January 

Emirates fare hike

Emirates is preparing to hike fares from Australia to Dubai and on all long-haul routes. Year-round economy class return fares will rise by $30, while business class year-round return fares will increase by $120. One-way year-round fares will increase by $15 and $60 respectively. Changes come into effect from 29 January, with some exceptions applying to selected London fares. First class airfares and fares from Australia to Asia and New Zealand remain unchanged. 

voco makes Auckland debut 

InterContinental Hotels Group has plans to debut its voco brand in Auckland. The 200-room voco Auckland City Centre and 294-room Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre will be part of a dual-branded property. The two hotels will have separate branding and guest entrances but will share facilities including an all-day dining restaurant and bar, a gym. The property is set to open in 2021.

Avani Dubai launch

Avani Hotels & Resorts has opened a new property in Dubai. The 360-key Avani Ibn Battuta is located adjacent to the Dubai Metro and offers easy access to the Dubai Marina and Dubai Expo 2020 site. The hotel features a choice of dining venues, a swimming pool, gym and meeting space.

Industry news 21 January 

Virgin/ANA link-up

Virgin Australia has signed a codeshare deal with All Nippon Airways (ANA). The move, which follows news of their soon-to-launch Brisbane-Tokyo Haneda service, will initially see ANA codeshare on six domestic Virgin Australia routes (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Cairns, Canberra and the Gold Coast) from 30 January. Later in the year, the two carriers will expand their domestic codeshare in Australia, launch an international codeshare between Japan and Australia and a domestic codeshare within Japan as well as reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.

Crowne Dubai open

The Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, is now open. The 273-room hotel features a choice of dining venues, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a gym as well as a 460sqm of meeting and event spaces, including a ballroom.

Industry news 17 January 

Accor Live Limitless partnerships

Accor’s new lifestyle loyalty programme, ALL - Accor Live Limitless, provides members with access to money-can’t-buy experiences across sport, music, food and entertainment, both within and beyond the group’s hotels. As an Official Partner of the Australian Open, Accor will offer loyalty members opportunities for behind-the-scenes tours, photo opportunities with the trophy, and the chance to meet leading players. Adding further value, Accor has also announced a new strategic partnership between its loyalty programme and South East Asia's leading super app, Grab. The deal gives members access to rewards and benefits including the ability to transfer points across programmes. GrabRewards members can use their points to access “money can't buy” experiences through Accor's 39 brands, while ALL members will soon be able to redeem their points for GrabRewards partner benefits.

Mercure for Sunshine Coast

The Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Waters has been rebranded as the Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters. The 81-suite property features a restaurant, bar and a range of meeting venues catering for groups of up to 130 guests.

Industry news 16 January 

Hyatt focuses on corporate wellness

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has teamed up with meditation and mindfulness app Headspace to launch a global wellbeing collaboration. The program, which is set to launch in Hyatt hotels around the world “in the coming months”, aims to offer mindfulness exercises, guided meditations and sleep content to Hyatt corporate customers in the form of Headspace meeting packages, as well as free-to-access in-room content. 

China Southern boosts Melbourne

China Southern is boosting capacity on its Melbourne-Guangzhou route. The carrier has switched from an A330 to an A380 operation until 14 February to meet increased demand. The A380 offers first, business and economy class seating options.

Shanghai-Perth route on trial

China Eastern Airlines’ is trialling a new Perth-Shanghai route. The direct service will operate three times weekly until 17 February on A330 aircraft. If it proves successful, the seasonal trial will move to a year-round operation.

Industry news 15 January 

Virgin adds Kununurra 

Virgin Australia plans to launch a three times weekly Melbourne-Kununurra service later this year. Operating from 15 May to 23 August, the service will utilise Alliance Airlines Fokker 70 aircraft.

Industry news 10 January 

Cathay aircraft switch

Cathay Pacific plans to switch aircraft on its Hong Kong-Sydney route. Effective from 29 March, the carrier will operate replace its existing A330 and B777 services with an A350-900XWB aircraft.

Qatar frequency boosts

Qatar Airways is upping the frequency of select European routes. The carrier will increase its Doha-London Gatwick services to 18 per week during April, June and October (up from 14), while flights between Doha and Dublin will rise from 11 to 14 times weekly from July to October. Elsewhere, the carrier will boost services from Doha to Lisbon from seven to 13 flights per week from June.

Industry news 9 January 

Virgin trims Tamworth

Virgin Australia plans to trim its Sydney-Tamworth services. The carrier will reduce the frequency of services on the route from 14 times weekly down to six times weekly. 

Emirates adds vegan

Emirates is offering an additional plant-based option on its first and business class menus during January. The menu addition will feature on flights from Dubai to select countries (including Australia).

SQ ups Kolkata

Singapore Airlines is boosting its Kolkata services. Effective from 29 March, the carrier will offer five times weekly services on the route, up from four. The move comes as Singapore Airlines’ subsidiary SilkAir is set to axe its three times weekly Kolkata service.

Industry news 7 January 

Hobart expansion delays

Expansion work at Hobart Airport has been hit by delays that are likely to push back the launch of international flights from the state. Initially flagged for late 2020, a revised estimate is for international flights to commence in 2021, with services to Asia, New Zealand and the US all being sought.

Industry news 6 January 

China Southern out of SkyTeam

China Southern Airlines is no longer part of the SkyTeam Alliance. However, codeshare deals with select SkyTeam member airlines remain in place, notably Air France, Delta, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines. A new frequent flyer scheme is under development and the carrier has also negotiated new bilateral codeshare deals with American Airlines, Emirates, Finnair, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways and Qantas.