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Campus & Travel Industry News - December 2015

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University rugby in the spotlight

When it comes to the academic sector, Campus Travel proactively supports our up and coming athletes. General Manager of Campus Travel USA Cameron McLeod recently represented Campus Travel USA and Australia when he attended The University of Queensland's Rugby Benefit Dinner in New York. An impressive US$45,000 was raised for the UQ Rugby Club through ticket sales and sponsorships on the night. These funds will be used to support UQ's student athletes and the ongoing operations of the UQ Rugby Club, as well as contributing to the scholarship awarded with the Mark Loane Medal.

ACU embarks on Ugandan study tour

At Campus Travel is it always rewarding and interesting to arrange group travel to a destination which is a bit out of the ordinary. So it was wonderful to collaborate with ACU to organise for a group of 20 students and three university leaders who were travelling to Uganda. The students from the university’s School of Public Health are embarking on a study tour in conjunction with Makerere University which is located in the country’s capital, Kampala.

The group, from ACU in Sydney and Melbourne, departed on 27 November and will spend 17 days in Uganda. Before the group left Campus Travel arranged for them to have a cultural orientation session, hosted by our partner - medical and travel security assistance company - International SOS. In addition, the Campus Travel team prepared an in-depth overview document with essential information about the destination – including attractions and tours, currency and language information, shopping and markets, and personal safety tips.

Beautiful clients, beautiful campuses

There is nothing more inspiring than working in stunning surroundings, just ask the lucky students and academics at The University of Sydney and The University of Queensland. Both of these local universities have been recognised as having one of the top 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses in the world! Which makes them always a pleasure for us to visit.

Getting familiar in Auckland

A group of lucky Campus clients and team members recently had the opportunity to get to know Auckland – and each other – a little better when they travelled together across the Tasman. The purpose of the trip was to see Auckland of course, but also to experience the unique service provided by our partner, Emirates. The group travelled in style surrounded by the luxury of the A380 business class cabin, while also soaking up the atmosphere of the Brisbane and Auckland business class lounges. Thank you to Maggie and the Queensland Emirates team for being wonderful hosts and for making this trip possible.

Victoria University goes live with Concur

On Monday 9 November the online booking tool (OBT), Concur, was rolled out at Victoria University. This new travel management technology is designed to expedite travel approval processes, streamline travel booking and save significant time. The OBT will also give the university’s travel bookers the ability to quickly and easily compare airfares, hotels and car hire rates on the one screen. Prior to the launch the team enjoyed the first of several planned training days, supported by their Campus Travel representatives and Joshua Rodgers from Concur.

Newsletter winners are grinners

At Campus Travel we always enjoy giving something back through the regular reader competitions in our Campus Confidential newsletter. Two very happy recent prize winners included our August winner - Jennifer Heward from International Studies at Macquarie University who won a $250 British Airways voucher. While the winner of the Australian Catholic University newsletter competition was Administration Manager, Gina Jeffery who won a $250 Qantas voucher.

Latest General Travel News

New Virgin Terminal opens at Perth Airport

Travellers flying with Virgin Australia to and from Perth domestic terminal have recently welcomed a new airport experience. The purpose built new Perth airport terminal incorporates a new fast-track check-in system with 28 kiosks and bag-drop channels. The contemporary design also includes two new lounges. One lounge, compete with Espresso and Wine Bar, is open to business class travellers plus Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers. Meanwhile, 'The Club' lounge is for VIPs and invitation-only guests. A new check-in service combines cutting–edge technology and personal service, and gives travellers the option of choosing their preferred check-in experience. This new system will also be rolled out in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in the future.

In-flight internet for SQ

Working onboard when flying Singapore Airlines is about to become much more productive with the carrier rolling out passenger connectivity services across its fleet. The connectivity services will include wi-fi and mobile phone text and data. Installation of the high-speed internet access service will begin in the second half of 2016. SQ’s B777-300ER fleet will be the first to be equipped with the system, followed by its A380-800s and new A350-900s.

Emirates boosts Istanbul

Emirates will soon offer a new daily service between Dubai and Istanbul’s secondary Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The new route will operate on an A330-200 aircraft from 15 December 2015. It will join existing double daily B777-300ER services to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

SQ/Lufthansa joint venture

Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa have announced a new joint venture agreement. The carriers plan to codeshare on routes across Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific, including Australia and key routes between Singapore and Europe. The move will see schedules coordinated to provide travellers with more convenient connections, joint fare promotions and corporate programs aligned to strengthen the proposition to corporate customers. The airlines also aim to enhance frequent flyer program ties. The agreement includes SilkAir, Swiss and Austrian Airlines services. Singapore Airlines passengers will benefit from 20 new codeshare routes within Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland via transfer hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.

South Australia to welcome Sheraton Adelaide

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is planning to debut its Sheraton brand in Adelaide. The 160-room Sheraton Adelaide in set to open in mid-2019 as part of a 16-storey mixed-use development on O’Connell Street. The property will feature a choice of dining venues, a fitness centre and swimming pool as well as a range of meeting and event spaces.

SQ adds Dusseldorf route

Singapore Airlines plans to add a new German route to its Europe network. The three times weekly non-stop service between Singapore and Dusseldorf will commence in June 2016, operating on an A350-900 aircraft.

Second Singapore Sofitel

A second Sofitel property has opened in Singapore. The 215-room Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa features two restaurants, a bar, the world’s largest So SPA, a fitness centre, swimming pool and more than 1300sqm of meeting and event space catering for up to 280 people.

Sebel Wellington

AccorHotels is planning to expand its Sebel brand in New Zealand. The Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt will be a new 60-room apartment hotel in the New Zealand capital, with construction due to commence in January 2016. The property aims to provide accommodation for conferences, exhibitions or events held at a new events centre to be built next to the Lower Hutt Town Hall.

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