This summer more than ten million overnight and day trip visitors are expected to visit Sydney to make the most of the warm weather, world famous beaches, globally recognised icons, first class dining scene and calendar of events. Over the six month period of October – March Sydney will receive 18 million visitors, with ten million of these expected to visit during summer.
Josef Burger, chief executive of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel, talks to Breaking Travel News during preparations for the 2016 World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony. Speaking from the famous starters hut at the top of the Hahnenkamm race course, he tells Breaking Travel News about the significance of the ski season to the destination, how the organisation continues to drive visitor numbers ever higher, and what his hopes are for the winter ahead.
Air China has announced direct service between Melbourne and Shenzhen, to begin on January 10th next year. The service CA767/768 will operate four times per week with evening departures on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Plans have been unveiled for a hotel with direct links to domestic and international check-in areas to be built at Adelaide Airport in South Australia. Event Hospitality & Entertainment has reached agreement with Adelaide Airport to develop and operate a seven-storey, 165-room hotel within the Adelaide Airport precinct.
Four people have been killed in an accident at the Dreamworld theme park in Australia. Two men and two women died in the Thunder River Rapids ride at the attraction, the largest theme-park in Australia.
Etihad Airways will add three weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Sydney to operate a double-daily schedule from February 6th, 2017. The morning departure from Abu Dhabi – EY450 – and the afternoon departure from Sydney – EY451 – will increase from four to seven flights per week This enhancement to the airline’s Sydney schedule comes with the move by strategic partner Virgin Australia to shift its Australia to Abu Dhabi operation from Sydney to Perth from June 9th, 2017.
Singapore Airlines has launched its new ‘Capital Express’ service, linking Singapore for the first time with the capital cities of both Australia and New Zealand. The inaugural flight, SQ291, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 23:00 last night and arrived at Canberra Airport at 08:15 local time this morning.
Meriton Serviced Apartments has opened the doors in Southport to their newest Queensland resort-style hotel today. At an impressive 55 levels high, Meriton Serviced Apartments on Como Crescent opened as Southport’s tallest building and the Gold Coast’s newest hotel. This iconic, modern building can be seen from kilometres away.
Emirates is to operate its daily non-stop services between Dubai and Auckland with an A380 aircraft, less than a year after operating the flights with a Boeing 777-200LR. Emirates’ flagship double-decker A380s will operate on the route, currently the world’s longest, from October 30th.
Passengers travelling to Melbourne, Australia will now have another direct flight option with Emirates announcing that flights EK408 and EK409 will begin operating as non-stop services from Dubai from October 30th, 2016. Operated by an Emirates B777-300ER aircraft, EK408 will depart Dubai at 03:00 and arrive in Melbourne at 23:20.
A transformed Jupiters Hotel & Casino will enhance the Gold Coast’s reputation as one of the world’s top tourist destinations when the global spotlight shines on the region in 2018, according to Echo Entertainment chairman, John O’Neill. At a ground-breaking ceremony for the new six-star 17-storey hotel tower to be built in front of the existing hotel, and completed in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, O’Neill said the development would make the Gold Coast and Queensland justifiably proud.
Hong Kong Airlines will launch its first thrice-weekly service to Australia next year, commencing on January 8th 2016. The new service is a triangular service starting from Hong Kong to Gold Coast, and continuing to Cairns en-route back to Hong Kong. Airbus A330 aircraft with 292 seats including 32 business class seats will be deployed on the route, operating on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.