• Norway designed a new passport, and it’s making the rest of the world jealous

    Nov 19, 2020

    On a far more positive note, I thought I’d tout the horn of Europe’s Norway who has, in the past week, revealed a refreshed design for their ID and passport system. Norway’s passports moving forward will be some of the only ones on earth to feature multiple different colours (white, blue and red) and be professionally designed by a world-renowned graphics studio. Neue Design Studio (who are based in Oslo) won the contract after presenting a concept to the Norwegian Government featuring Norway’s sweeping landscapes. This has flowed through to the final design which features illustrations of the country’s landscape… Read more »

  • Hong Kong and Singapore agree on travel bubble, Australia may be next inline

    Nov 19, 2020

    There’s been chatter about travel bubbles between various nations since May this year. Most of it was bluster and speculation up until Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a travel bubble with New Zealand months back. Then the prospect of international travel in a post-COVID19 world became much more real. More recently and internationally Hong Kong and Singapore have agreed to their own travel bubble. The two city-based nations are re-establishing travel links as of November 22 and visitors from either nation will not require quarantine when visiting each other. But that isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Singapore talking… Read more »

  • Why the Wellness Travel trend will be a key asset to the corporate world’s COVID19 recovery

    Nov 19, 2020

    Wellness travel was recognised as the fastest-growing luxury travel trend in 2019 according to Knight Frank’s “The Wealth Report” which is conducted annually. And that looks to be a trend which continues in the final quarter of 2020 and will into 2021 research is finding. Travellers are looking more and more to relax in a carefree environment and to travel to a destination which is not just good for their physical wellbeing, but there is also a renewed interest in wellbeing travel that benefits mental wellbeing as well. This is reflected in the hospitality market with wilderness cabin operators, Unyoked,… Read more »

  • COVID19 vaccinations may be mandatory for international visitors to Australia from 2021

    Nov 19, 2020

    Pfizer (multi-national private pharmaceutical group), last Monday, revealed that their COVID19 vaccination in development has an effectiveness rate of well over 90%. This became a welcome surprise for many worldwide analysts and sceptics who were convinced that a COVID19 vaccine wouldn’t garner effectiveness of higher than 70%. None the less, the announcement was celebrated as a success with hundreds of millions of vaccine doses estimated to be ready to be made available to the public in America by April of 2021. Back in Australia though, the Federal Government’s new National Vaccine Policy may require visitors to Australia to show proof… Read more »

  • Victorians embrace newfound freedom in the regions. But what does the future bring for corporate travel?

    Nov 19, 2020

    It was apparent over the previous weekend that Melbournians were keen to reinvigorate the flailing Victorian regional economy. With beach towns very quickly becoming full to the brim as of Friday the 13th of November. It was also good to see that the majority of those visitors took the still current COVID19 restrictions seriously as well. But Victoria hasn’t totally recovered yet, there is one sector of tourism and travel that’s still yet to get a fast start back into recovery. Corporate travel was one of the last forms of travel to go at the start of the COVID19 pandemic… Read more »

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    Nov 19, 2020

    Just as it was looking like Australian borders were never going to open, states last week began making announcements about the easing of border restrictions with Victoria. Interstate travel is predicted to be far more fluid prior to the Christmas period with all states bar Western Australia making a verbal commitment on Friday’s national cabinet meeting to open state borders come December 25th. This change in heart comes has Victoria extends its lack of recorded COVID19 cases daily. As of Monday, the 16th, Victoria had gone 17 days without recording any cases of COVID19. An effort that is only surpassed… Read more »

  • Airbus And Their Future Of Travel

    Sep 29, 2020

    Not one to stand still for long, Airbus, has been making good use of their time in isolation during COVID19. Most recently, this week Airbus has released concepts of three aircraft which it claims to be both zero-emission and commercial. Airbus says these new aircraft could enter service as soon as 2035 with some of the concepts flying even earlier. Airbus believes the key to the large aircraft’s primary power source is hydrogen, a fuel source which has long been researched and developed by automotive manufacturers such as BMW and Audi. Hydrogen fuel has been proven to have zero waste… Read more »

  • Why Noosa’s Restaurants Are Finding Success Australia-wide

    Sep 29, 2020

    Noosa has been one of Australia’s premier hospitality destinations for decades prior to the COVID19 pandemic and will most likely continue to be decades after. The lazy beach town very much has two distinct sides to it. The beaches and cafes which travel at half pace to everywhere else and Hastings Street which could be mistaken for Miami’s luxury shopping or hospitality districts had it not been for the very distinctly Australian luxury brands which litter the street. Yes, Noosa is very much a tale of two holidays at times. But today the little tourist town finds itself comparatively empty… Read more »

  • QANTAS Is Selling Fully Stocked Boeing 747 Bar Carts

    Sep 29, 2020

    Looking through this week’s news in travel, I had to admit this story caught my eye and fast became my favourite feel-good story of the week. QANTAS is selling over a thousand bar carts from their now-defunct Boeing 747 fleet. Better still though they’re also selling the carts fully stocked. As in stocked from top to bottom with 80 mini bottles of wine and Champagne. QANTAS engineers were able to salvage the carts during the 747 fleet’s final journey to the Mojave Desert in California. The carts were also products of decades of international flying including up to 2,000 flights… Read more »

  • In A Cashless World Ghost Cards Are Becoming A Popular Corporate Tool

    Sep 29, 2020

    Ghost cards aren’t anything really all that new. The technology and general concept of the ghost card have actually been around for decades. In fact, the idea came from a consumer product which was aimed at stopping external theft. The idea that the physical credit card you use is more of a tool than a payment gateway. The technology allowed consumers to store multiple card numbers on one physical card and stopped physical fraud from occurring on those cards. The idea unfortunately never took with mobile manufacturers such as Apple and Google creating their own payment platforms using a mobile… Read more »