• Alan Joyce Lobbies For Social Distancing Exemption

    May 12, 2020

    QANTAS CEO, Alan Joyce, has argued today against a “middle seat free” policy which is rumoured to be a requirement of future social distancing restrictions on travel. Theoretically, the policy could cut flight capacity on airliners by more than a third. Most airlines currently have been enforcing some description of a “middle seat” policy voluntarily up until now. But with the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe exit plan on the horizon for all states and territories, many airlines are now making their own plans to return to business as usual for flight paths. “The social distancing rules are supposed to be 1.5… Read more »

  • Melbourne’s Undiscovered Event Venue

    May 8, 2020

    It’s been almost four years now since the Melbourne iteration of QT’s hotel chain opened. The hotel still looks fresh when placed against some of its competitors in the city and whilst the rooms and service a far beyond adequate for what is considered standard for Melbourne’s 5-star hospitality scene in the 21st century, where the QT stands out is it’s commitment to small to large-scale corporate events in the slightly more boutique market. I’ve been to three smaller conventions held at the QT Melbourne now (and one slightly larger event), and funnily enough, all three have managed to do… Read more »

  • Changi Airport’s SilverKris Lounge Renovation Slowed But On Track

    May 8, 2020

    During July of 2019, Singapore Airlines announced a $50 million make-over and modernisation project of their SilverKris lounges at Changi Airport in Singapore. While progress on the project has been slowed by COVID-19, Singapore Airlines have claimed that the renovation is on track for a Q3/Q4 2020 opening. Originally the lounge was slated for an opening before June 2020 and a spokesman for Singapore Airlines earlier released a statement claiming that the “project to renovate SilverKris Lounges at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 is ongoing.” Singapore Airlines also intends to renovate the adjacent and world-class First-Class lounge during the second… Read more »

  • Travel Predictions Post COVID-19

    May 8, 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and Australia’s active infection number continues to drop, many frequent travellers and industry commentators have turned their attention to the return of travel both domestically and internationally in the aftermath. Whilst there is some division over how travel will return and what the endgame will look like, there is one consensus that the majority of experts hold and that’s that in the short-term travel will not even remotely resemble what it did pre-2020. Here is why. Tourists Are Going To Travel Less Distance During 2019 the average Australian was prepared to travel up to 9… Read more »

  • Trans-Tasman Travel Looking Likely

    May 8, 2020

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic, travel between Australia and New Zealand was near second nature. Australians didn’t need a traditional Visa to travel to New Zealand and New Zealanders didn’t need a traditional Visa to travel to Australia. It was thanks to this special category visa that the two countries experienced near exclusive and European style travel bubble. But that connection between Australia and New Zealand is far more than just a visa category. It’s almost a mateship which has been given a label of unrestricted movement. Or at least it was. Then Coronavirus happened, and both Australia and New Zealand… Read more »

  • Frequent Flyer Status Credits Retained

    May 8, 2020

    With airlines, worldwide, reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic many of their customers are moving to attempt to protect their frequent flyer credits, which in many cases have been earned over a longer period. Airlines, however, have begun to extend expiration dates on these credits in an attempt to retain their customers. The QANTAS Frequent Flyer membership program and Virgin’s Velocity counterpart have both released statements extending the status credits expiration for customers on both programs by twelves months. Similarly, international airlines have made the same changes with American Airlines and Delta both extending their own frequent flyer program status by… Read more »

  • Exploring London

    Sep 2, 2019

    London has many different boroughs and neighbourhoods; each offering a unique experience of the city! Each time i visit London, I try to make sure I explore different areas and catch a few West End shows. Some of the most popular areas that we find worth a visit; Covent Garden: Covent Garden is one of the most popular areas of the city with some of the best theatres, fashion and beauty stores. Look out for Neal street which is a shoe lover’s wonderland. I loved visiting the stores of ladies UK fashion labels Hobbs and Karen Millen. My daughter loved… Read more »

  • Why more Australian businesses are going carbon neutral

    Sep 2, 2019

    Australians are famous for our vernacular, and we are proud of our Australianisms – “Does it pass the pub test?”, “Tall Poppy Syndrome” – while in sport, we are always supporting “the underdog”. Australians can also be proud of our local and state government entities, as well as businesses small and large who are rising to the challenge and gaining carbon neutral certification under the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). Since the inception of NCOS, over 50 organisations, 25 products and 6 buildings have been certified carbon neutral – meeting what I believe is among the highest standards for… Read more »

  • BUSINESS TRAVEL AND IDENTIFYING THE REAL COSTS

    Aug 19, 2017

    Over the years I have seen many travel policies, all varied and with one overall goal: to reduce travel costs for the business. To a senior management team, that would obviously be the expectation. But my questions is, what does a $50 saving on a flight really cost your business? An extra two hours waiting at an airport lounge means two hours away from family or friends. That is an indirect cost. Business travel should not be a line item on the budget that needs to be monitored. The core reason for flying your staff to these meetings, pitches or training is on the… Read more »