SMARTRAVELLER Advisory Platform Makeover

Under a major makeover of its Smartraveller advisory platform, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has advised it’s launching a new website in November 2019, and that it will include a better system for getting travel advice updates and a new approach to registration.

In a significant shift, travellers will no longer be asked to register their travels before they leave, as the Smartraveller registration system will now be activated only when there is a crisis overseas.

Registration, which is currently part of the Smartraveller offering for all travellers, will only be activated when there’s an overseas crisis once the new arrangements are implemented.

Enhanced Subscription Service

DFAT’s improved system for receiving updates is to subscribe so that travel advisory notices land directly in your email inbox.

Travellers won’t be able to transition to the new service, they will need to subscribe using the new platform. On the plus side, you’ll now need just an email address to receive the latest travel advice updates.

You can choose to subscribe to one or more destinations and receive updates as they happen or through a single email at the end of the day.

Travellers can opt in to receive SMS ‘critical alerts’ for crises overseas—a service that complements the standard travel advice updates sent via email. According to DFAT, this is a better channel for urgent information.

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SINGAPORE SEPTEMBER SALE – 4 Nights from $595 per person!

Singapore is a perennial favourite destination, and it’s on sale now. Take a look at these brilliant special offers, and be sure to contact us for more details and to book.

FAMILY PACKAGES from $1,809 per family!* SAVE $1377 per family!
SALE ENDS 30 SEPTEMBER 2019!


ORCHARD RENDEZVOUS HOTEL – 4 Star
4 NIGHTS from $595* per person, twin share

INCLUDES

  • 4 NIGHTS accommodation in a Superior Room
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Includes 1 FREE night
  • National Orchid Gardens Ticket
  • Guaranteed late check-out until 3pm
  • 1 x Far More Singapore Picnic Mat
  • FREE Morning Singapore City Tour
  • Return private transfers from Changi airport to hotel

Conveniently located on Orchard Road, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is the ideal starting point for exploring Singapore’s iconic shopping street and is the place to stay to experience the best Singapore has to offer.

VALID FOR STAYS: 3-23 Apr, 1-31 May 20. Add an extra $24* per person for travel 9 Sep 19 – 29 Mar 20, blackout dates apply (Based on Fri night check-in^).


VILLAGE HOTEL SENTOSA – 4 Star
4 NIGHTS from $1,809 per family*

FAMILY PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • 4 NIGHTS in a Family Room
  • FREE Full breakfast daily
  • Includes 1 FREE night
  • FREE guaranteed upgrade to a Family Pool View Room
  • FREE SGD20 (approx AUD21) food and beverage vouchers to be used at
  • Mess Hall or Old Chang Kee
  • Choice of 1 attraction ticket for four at:
    Trickeye Museum, Cable Car Sentosa Line, Sentosa Merlion, Sentosa Island Bus Tour or Wings of Wing
  • Guaranteed late check-out until 6pm
  • 10% off food and beverage at Native Kitchen
  • Return private transfers from Changi airport to hotel

*Based on two adults and two children (3-12yrs) sharing

Village Hotel Sentosa is an immersive experience for everyone. The cosy coastal themed guest rooms allows you to unwind in comfort. Relax on the Pool Deck which is situated on elevated ground and boasts unique themed pool experiences and various outdoor spaces. The kids will love the Lazy River Pool and the Children’s Play Pool.

VALID FOR STAYS: 9 Sep – 30 Dec 19, 2 Jan – 31 Mar 20. Add on an extra $93* per family for travel 1 Apr – 30 Jun 20 (Based on Sun night check-in^).

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WE KNOW: Perth’s Newest Hotel – The Adnate

The newest hotel in the Art Series collection opens its doors in Perth from 01 October 2019, and Craig Webber from The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource was invited inside for a sneak-peek.

The Adnate will be the first Art Series hotel dedicated to street art and heralds the arrival of the Art Series brand in Western Australia.

Here’s what he had to say about this landmark hotel property.

“Even with just the one room available for inspection, it’s clear that The Adnate is going to make its mark on the Perth hotel scene. The lead-in room category is really roomy and, with floor-to-ceiling windows, the views of Perth’s CBD and Kings Park are stunning.”

The Adnate is named after renowned Australian street artist, Matt Adnate, and features a 25-storey ‘Mega Mural’ on its east-facing wall.

The imposing mural will be one of the world’s tallest and will bring a striking new artistic feature to Perth’s CBD.

The Adnate is named after renowned Australian street artist, Matt Adnate, and features a 25-storey ‘Mega Mural’ on its east-facing wall. The imposing mural will be one of the world’s tallest and will bring a striking new artistic feature to Perth’s CBD.

In addition to a vast array of Matt’s art, the hotel features:

  • 250 contemporary guest rooms
  • Fully equipped gymnasium
  • A centerpiece pool area
  • 24-hour reception
  • High-speed WiFi
  • Cafe
  • Complimentary art tours

A new state-first food and beverage destination will also be serving exciting cuisine and what the hotel hopes are the city’s best cocktails.

Ask us about our great opening special rates at The Adnate from just $179 per night for stays between 01 October 2019 and 30 March 2020.

But hurry! This is a limited time offer only.

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WE KNOW: Mandarin Oriental Singapore

The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper, recently returned from travels that took him through Singapore and into the legendary Mandarin Oriental Singapore hotel.

“Mandarin Oriental Singapore is an old favourite of mine. I just love, love, love this hotel. It really has stood the test of time,” said Peter.

“The hotel’s staff are amazing. Nothing is ever too much trouble. There’s also a great pool and spa. I’m always sad to leave this wonderful hotel,” he added.

Peter stayed in a Club Marina Bay Room. These high-floor rooms feature:

  • Panoramic views
  • The Oriental Club Lounge access
  • Seating and desk areas
  • Marble bathrooms with bath and walk-in shower
  • High speed WiFi

The Oriental Club

Located on the 19th floor, the luxurious Oriental Lounge is a peaceful retreat with panoramic views of the Singapore skyline.

Club benefits include:

  • Champagne breakfast and afternoon tea daily, along with all-day wines, beers and soft beverages
  • Evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • Complimentary pressing of two garments per day
  • Complimentary high speed internet access
  • Use of meeting room with teleconferencing facilities for up to two hours per day
  • Private check-in and check-out at the Oriental Club Lounge
  • Guaranteed late check-out at 4pm

“The Oriental Club is stylish, fabulous and classy with an amazing food and beverage offering—the nicest hotel club in Asia, in my opinion,” says Peter.

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES WiFi & Wellness Enhancements

Singapore Airlines has announced a range of in-flight enhancements designed to improve passenger experience.

Passengers travelling in Suites, First Class and Business Class, as well as PPS Club members can now enjoy unlimited and 100MB complimentary WiFi respectively on flights operated by the airline’s Airbus A350, A380, Boeing 777-300ER and B787-10 aircraft

To activate the appropriate access, passengers simply need to enter their last name and seat number via the ‘Complimentary Access’ prompt section on the on-board entertainment portal.

The airline has also collaborated with Singapore-based wellness brand COMO Shambhala, and launched a range of wellness dishes on selected flights.

The wellness dishes are aimed at enhancing passenger well-being by alleviating travel-induced stresses such as fatigue, and promoting good digestion and circulation for a more comfortable journey.

First Class and Business Class customers will be able to enjoy the wellness in-flight menu on selected flights departing Singapore to Hong Kong, Frankfurt, London, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The dishes will also be available for pre-ordering via ‘Book the Cook’ for First Class, Business Class and Premium Economy Class customers on all routes departing Singapore.

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MY LOUNGE opens at Brisbane International Airport

Virgin Australia has opened the doors to its latest international lounge at Brisbane International Airport.

The airline is collaborating with award-winning British lounge specialist, No1 Lounges, on its international lounges in Australia to create a unique experience for guests.

The brand new My Lounge is the home of Virgin Australia at Brisbane’s International Airport.

Designed in the style of a loft apartment, My Lounge provides social lounging spaces within a relaxed, contemporary environment, with a games room and seating for more than 100 guests. The lounge offers locally sourced hot and cold dishes from an all-day grazing menu, barista coffee and a bar with DIY cocktails including Virgin Australia’s signature aperitif – the ‘flamingo’.

The opening of My Lounge expands Virgin Australia’s existing international lounge network and follows the successful launch of The House in Sydney and Melbourne International Airports in 2018.

Complimentary and guaranteed access to the lounge will be available to all eligible Virgin Australia Business Class guests, and Platinum and Gold members of the Velocity Frequent Flyer Program, as well as Virgin Australia Lounge Members travelling to New Zealand.

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QANTAS Double Points!

It’s a busy time of year for 2020 Europe specials.

Airlines are trying to lock in as many bums-on-seats as they can right now for 2020, and they’re offering early-bird airfare sales and other incentives to get you on-board like this one from Qantas.

Earn double Qantas Points on eligible flights to more than 50 European destinations.

All you have to do is:

  • Register by 11:59pm (AEST) 1 October 2019
  • Book an eligible Qantas or Emirates operated flight by 11.59pm (AEST) 1 October 2019 for travel between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020.
  • Include your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number in your booking.

Eligible flights include:

  • Qantas operated flights with a QF flight number between Australia and London
  • Emirates operated flights with a QF flight number between Australia and Europe

You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points and Status Credits.

We have a great range of 2020 Europe early-bird airfares that are on sale for a short time only.
Be sure to ask us for details!

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QANTAS CARRY-ON: International Premium Classes Allowance Update

Further to Qantas’ domestic carry-on update in March 2019 which saw a 7kg limit increased to 10kgs, there’s more good news for those who travel towards the pointy end on international Qantas services.

The airline has also increased its international carry-on baggage allowances in First, Business and Premium Economy.

On all international flights in First, Business and Premium Economy, passengers are permitted two pieces of luggage weighing up to 14kgs in total. No one item, however, can weigh more than 10kgs.

According to Qantas, those carry-on items can be…

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