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Campus & Travel Industry News - October 2015

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School’s in!

It was all business for the Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA) class of 2015 when they recently gathered in Perth. From 28 September to 1 October, the ASBA 2015 Conference attracted delegates from around the country for a range of specialist sessions, workshops and exhibitions. Among the exhibitors were Business Development Managers, Jillian Nelson and Joanna Beale who were hosting the Campus Travel stand. ASBA represents associations of business administrators that are employed in non-government schools throughout Australia and New Zealand. As Australia’s leading school travel specialists, Campus Travel representatives were there to liaise with attendees from across the school sector. Our team was able to discuss what travel discounts are available to schools as part of the academic industry, duty of care requirements for schools, travel insurance issues, booking processes and anything at all related to academic travel.

Two new faces join the Queensland Campus Travel team

Campus Travel recently welcomed two new Client Development Managers Aaron Goodlet and Tom Smith to the fold. Aaron has more than 15 years experience in customer service, sales and training and most recently he was Global Account Manager (Corporate) for British Airways, where he led strategy implementation for a range of global accounts. At Campus Travel Aaron will provide dedicated account management for our clients based in Queensland, including UQ and QUT. Focused on helping clients gain new efficiencies and value from their travel, Aaron brings with him the right background for our business! He has worked in the travel industry in Australia and the UK, travelled extensively through Europe and is fluent in English and Italian.

A stopover you won’t want to leave

For Campus Travel’s Sonia Jennings, the chance to experience the Etihad Airways service to Abu Dhabi was an offer too good to refuse. The famil trip hosted by Etihad saw Sonia fly Business Class from Sydney to Abu Dhabi on an Airbus A380. Apart from being the largest passenger plane in the world, the Etihad A380 is the epitome of luxury and boasts the very latest in-flight technology. After landing in Abu Dhabi, Sonia was treated to an action packed itinerary that certainly had the ‘wow’ factor. A number of great day trips are on offer for those who want to get out of the city for a bit of adventure. Highlights included a 4WD tour of the desert sand dunes, camel riding and having dinner under the desert sky. Sonia then headed to Germany with Air Berlin and had time to explore this fascinating destination which is full of history, contemporary style and of course, great food. She stayed at the Adina hotel in Berlin and recommends the hotel for its great location close to all of the action. For Sonia the famil highlighted the exceptional Etihad service, while also proving Abu Dhabi to be a highly recommended a stopover. And if you can, go Business Class - it is an experience not to be missed!

Inspiring women

The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards 2015 were announced on 24 September, with the list making great reading. Campus Travel was thrilled to discover that of the top 100 women being recognised, 17 were valued clients. The 100 winners were spread across ten categories including board and management, social enterprise, business enterprise, public policy, innovation, diversity, young leader, global, local/regional and culture. The aim of the awards is to increase the visibility of women’s leadership in Australia, highlighting the important contribution women make in creating a bold and diverse future. The 17 Campus Travel clients represented were drawn from a range of the nation’s key universities, institutes and colleges with their roles being spread across academia, medical research, science, law and business. Campus Travel congratulates them all on their achievements and contributions – it truly is a privilege to work with and support such inspiring women who are at the top of their fields.

Qantas taking Australian art to the world

Not content with taking both Australian and international travellers all over the world, Qantas has just announced a major commitment to take contemporary Australian art to the world. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Qantas and Tate have announced an unprecedented International Joint Acquisition Program for Australian art from the late 1960s to the present time. The initiative, made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation, is designed to lift the profile of contemporary Australian art internationally. Over a five year period acquisitions will be made to add to the collections of both of the MCA and Tate – with the art being displayed at the two galleries. The first artworks acquired will be exhibited at the MCA in 2016, before heading to Tate. Qantas is one of the MCA’s long standing Major Partners and the airline said it was looking forward to celebrating Australian artists and their work on the world stage.

Latest General Travel News

Accor offers more in Brisbane

If you are heading to Brisbane, Campus Travel can help you make more of your stay with some exclusive benefits at select Accor properties. Through our innovative SmartSTAY program, these great rewards are available at Novotel, Mercure and Ibis Brisbane when you book through your travel manager. The benefits include complimentary Wi-Fi Internet Access, a 10% discount on food and beverage, a complimentary room upgrade at Novotel and Mercure, and late check-out until 4pm at Ibis. A few conditions do apply – so for more information ask your travel manager.

Emirates rewards early birds

Planning on travelling to Europe? Book early and Emirates will reward you with a range benefits including Earlybird Fares to Europe from $1469 return. During your trip you can relax with over 2000 channels of in flight entertainment (that’s the best in the world) and free Wi Fi on some aircraft. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to Earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on Emirates Services and when you fly Business or First Class you’ll enjoy complimentary chauffeur pick up on most Emirates services. Emirates are always looking to innovate and enhance their services and from February 2016, will be introducing the longest non-stop flight in the world when they start flying from Dubai to Panama City (17hrs and 35 minutes).

Qantas entertainment app

Qantas passengers can now stream more than 400 hours of movies, TV shows and music to their own device through the new Qantas Entertainment app. Both Apple and Android versions of the app are now available for free download. Travellers connecting from one flight to the next can pause and resume a movie through the app.

SQ Premium Economy delayed

Singapore Airlines has had to delay the roll out of its Premium Economy cabin on its A380 fleet due to installation issues. The carrier has announced that the Premium Economy option will not be available on some already confirmed reservations. Routes impacted include selected services to Sydney (25 Oct – 5 Nov and 24 Dec – 2 Jan) as well as flights from Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo, New York via Frankfurt, London, Zurich, Paris, New Delhi, Mumbai, Tokyo and Shanghai. Affected dates vary depending on route. Passengers with Premium Economy tickets will be offered alterative arrangements.

Peppers’ Adelaide debut

Mantra Group has opened its first Peppers branded property in Adelaide. The 202-room Peppers Waymouth Hotel, formerly the Rendezvous Hotel, is centrally located and close to the Adelaide Convention Centre. It features two food and beverage outlets, an indoor lap pool, gym, spa, sauna and meetings and events spaces catering for up to 150 people.

Europcar adds bikes

Europcar has added bikes to its range of Australian transport options. The car hire company has teamed up with Livelo to make bikes available for clients keen to maintain their fitness while travelling and working. Cyclists will be able to access Colnago and Cannondale road bikes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with the bikes dropped off and picked up from the renter’s CBD hotel. Each bike comes with helmet, clipless pedals, bottles and a GPS device. In other news, Europcar has added the 7-seat Toyota Kluger to its Australian and New Zealand vehicle options. The car is aimed at the group travel market.

Etihad baggage changes

On 14 September, Etihad Airways’ new Fare Choices tariff structure came into effect. Baggage on most routes now operates on a piece system, with allowances based on Fare Choice chosen, route and Etihad Guest membership status. Economy Value and Economy Freedom fares on select routes permit two 23kg pieces, up from the previous one 30kg piece.

Virgin BNE upgrades

Virgin Australia has unveiled its upgraded facilities at Brisbane Airport’s domestic terminal. The new lounge is double its previous size and now features improved seating and dining options, transition from car to terminal. The carrier has also introduced a ‘Premium Entry’ experience at the airport, which offers kerb-to-lounge access for Business Class passengers and eligible Velocity frequent flyer members. The terminal itself has also undergone an overhaul with seven new aerobridges and expanded seating areas and new retail outlets will feature in the terminal from the end of 2015.

Wider Economy Class seats for BA

World Traveller (Economy Class) seats on future British Airways B787-8 aircraft will be half an inch wider following customer feedback on existing seating.

Shangri-La Tangshan

A new 5-star Shangri-La property has opened in China. The Shangri-La Tangshan Hotel features 301 rooms and 34 one- and two-bedroom serviced apartments as well as a club lounge, two restaurants, a bar, health club and swimming pool and meeting and event space for up to 520 people. Located in Phoenix New Town, the new financial and commercial district of the city, the hotel is approximately 30 minutes from Tangshan Sannvhe Airport.

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