Gold Coast residents this morning woke up to discover the world’s first beachfront hostel made entirely of sand. Hostelworld and Gold Coast Tourism commissioned world champion sand sculptor Dennis Massoud, or ‘Sandman’ as he is known, to create this impressive structure straight out of the very golden sand the area is famed for.
Emirates is set to introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney from March 25th, 2018, complementing its existing three daily A380 services and improving connections globally.
The Intrepid Group has announced a strategic partnership with Polar and Latin American specialist, Chimu Adventures. Intrepid has taken a 50 per cent stake in the Australian-owned company to meet a growing demand for sustainable travel experiences from increasingly adventurous travellers.
Qatar Airways has introduced its flagship Airbus A380 on the Melbourne route as the airline continues its growth story in Australia. Melbourne is the original home for Qatar Airways in Australia, with the airline adding services to Perth, Sydney and Adelaide in recent years.
Hospitality giant Wyndham Hotel Group is strengthening its presence in Western Australia with the announcement of its third Perth hotel, set to open in late 2018. It will be the first property in the city under the company’s upscale Wyndham brand.
Marriott International has announced the official opening of the design-led Aloft Perth Hotel, the first Aloft to open in Australia.
Emirates is introducing a third daily service to Brisbane, Australia from December 2017, complementing the existing two daily services. The direct service, to be operated on a B777-200LR aircraft with eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 216 in Economy Class, will increase capacity on the route by 3,724 seats a week, inbound and outbound between Brisbane and Emirates’ hub Dubai.
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands, part of Marriott International, has opened to guests, bringing stylish design and modern comfort at an affordable price to Australia’s most cultural and creative city.
The annual Routes Asia air service development forum was officially handed over to the Australian city of Brisbane earlier at a ceremony in Okinawa, Japan. Routes Asia brings together airlines, airports, tourism authorities and governments to plan new flights and increase existing services.
The revitalised Darling Harbour precinct, including International Convention Centre Sydney, has formally opened to the public at the Celebrate Darling Harbour event, designed to give Sydneysiders a taste of the vibrant new city hub. Visitors were invited to enjoy a parade of musical acts, including Grammy Award winner KIMBRA, and get a glimpse of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue.
Qantas is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate non-stop flights from London to Perth using the 787-9 Dreamliner. The 14,498-kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Europe to Australia when it begins in March 2018.
LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will operate a new, non-stop service between Santiago and Melbourne, Australia, from October 2017. The westbound Santiago-Melbourne leg – measuring more than 11,000 kilometres in distance with a flight time of approximately 15 hours – will become the longest non-stop flight in LATAM´s history.