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Emirates service reductions
Runway upgrade works at Dubai Airport will impact a range of Emirates services. From 16 April to 20 May next year, Emirates will reduce service frequency to more than 100 destinations worldwide, including its Australian gateways. Sydney services will drop from three to two daily, Brisbane and Perth flights will reduce from two to one daily while Adelaide will fall from a daily service to five times weekly. Major overseas destinations impacted include London Heathrow (down from 42 flights per week to 31) London Gatwick & Milan (from three to two daily) and Frankfurt (from 21 to 18 weekly).

AC Hotels by Marriott announces Melbourne debut
The 200-room AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank will open in 2020 as part of a 40-storey mixed-use development. Located in the up-and-coming Fisherman’s Bend neighbourhood, the property will feature a range of leisure facilities, including an outdoor, infinity-edge swimming pool spanning the width of the building, a 24-hour fitness centre and three food and beverage outlets. Meetings and events organisers will be able to take advantage of 150 square metres of space catering to groups of all sizes.

Sebel West Perth
AccorHotels has added a new Sebel property to it Australian portfolio. Located in West Perth, on the CBD fringe, The Sebel West Perth Aire Apartments features 64 studio apartment-style rooms complete with kitchenette, a swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, and outdoor dining area.

MCEC expansion unveiled
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has completed a $205 million expansion. The venue now offers an additional 20,000sqm of multi-purpose event space, including meeting rooms, banquet rooms and a new exhibition hall.

Mantra Albury now open
Located in the heart of the Riverina town's CBD, the Mantra Albury Hotel features 146 one- and two-bedroom studios and suites, a restaurant, bar and gym as well as conference and events facilities for up to 200 guests.

Changi lounge change for Qantas travellers
Qantas Club members flying through Singapore during July and August may need to use a different lounge. In anticipation of high demand for the Qantas Lounge in Changi T1 during these months, the carrier has made arrangements to redirect some travellers to the SATS Lounge located opposite the Qantas facility. Affected travellers will be notified prior to departure.

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