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HYATT HOTELS Wellness Partnership with Headspace

In a unique tie-up, Hyatt Hotels and Headspace—a leader in mindfulness and meditation with nearly 60 million users, have announced a global well-being collaboration that will bring mindfulness exercises, guided meditations and sleep content to millions of employees, corporate customers and guests.

Headspace was created with one mission in mind: to improve the health and happiness of the world. Reaching users in 190 countries, Headspace remains a leader in mindfulness and mental training.

“We know that travelling for business can take you out of your routine and is often stressful. If well-delivered, this initiative will be a very welcome service for our corporate clients staying at Hyatt branded hotels.”

Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

The collab is set to roll out at Hyatt-branded hotels around the world through 2020, and builds on Hyatt’s wellbeing strategy, which focuses on positively impacting how employees, corporate customers and guests ‘feel, fuel and function’ at work and in life.

The initiative will include a variety of mindfulness experiences including:

  • Corporate customers have emphasized the importance of integrating wellness into meetings, and this new collaboration will give planners the option to infuse Headspace content and experiences into meetings packages. Additionally, Headspace content will power Hyatt’s new meditation experience for meeting and conference attendees, which is expected to launch later this year.
  • Guests will receive complimentary access to Headspace via in-room content, including short meditations for those with busy schedules, soothing sounds for a restful night’s sleep, expert guidance and more.
  • World of Hyatt members can receive exclusive Headspace member offers and will have access to meditation and mindfulness content during their stay via the World of Hyatt app.
  • Employees will be offered access to a complimentary subscription to Headspace as a means of supporting them on their own mental health and well-being journeys.

“Well-being is a true realization of Hyatt’s purpose – we care for people so they can be their best,” said Mark Vondrasek, chief commercial officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“By teaming up with industry leaders like Headspace, we are better positioned to care for our guests and employees and help them prioritize their own well-being both during and in between stays at Hyatt hotels around the world,” Vondrasek added.

Starting with the 2017 acquisitions of the Miraval and Exhale brands that joined Hyatt’s portfolio of more than 220 spa and wellness locations, Hyatt continues to deliver on a holistic commitment to well-being by extending its wellness-centered offerings beyond traditional hotel experiences.

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MIDNIGHT HOTEL: Canberra’s latest chic digs

Canberra’s newest chic hotel is part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection—a curated global group of some 180 independent hotels that share a passion for originality and a philosophy of attention to detail.

Designed by acclaimed architects, Fender Katsalidis, Midnight Hotel is a mixed use precinct, located in Canberra’s creative and emerging inner-city suburb of Braddon.

Midnight Hotel offers 199 premium rooms in six categories from Midnight Classic to Midnight Clique, the Braddon Merchant restaurant, Midnight Bar, two fully equipped gyms, sauna, conference space and a 20-metre indoor lap pool.

“Midnight Hotel certainly looks likely to make a splash on Canberra’s boutique, high-end hotel scene. It’s offering promises to satisfy business and leisure travellers, as well as the meetings and conferences industry. We look forward to taking a look inside,” says Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

Rooms at Midnight Hotel feature

  • STAYCAST by Google Chromecast in-room entertainment
  • Walk-in rain shower
  • Complimentary mini bar, featuring locally sourced products
  • 4K HD Smart TV
  • Unlimited highspeed Wi-Fi
  • Espresso machine

MEETINGS

Conference and event facilities at Midnight Hotel are designed with project success in mind. Intimate, private boardrooms nest aside a smartly appointed business centre. Natural light fills the main conference room, complete with premium furnishings and state-of-the-art AV

Autograph Collection is a proud member of Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program.

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WE LOVE: Connected Partners

Our business is built on deep connections with our clients, staff and our supplier partners. Some of our deepest connections lie with our technology partners who, mostly behind the scenes, super-power our offering and our people.

We were thrilled recently to bring one of those technology partners—an Australian one, no less—out from behind the scenes and into the limelight at our annual conference in Brisbane. Tramada is our engine-room, an advanced platform that streamlines our operations, data management, document production and travel accounting.

Sharon Levingston (right) overseeing the action at The Travel Authority Group conference in Brisbane, May 2019.

And we also loved it when the Tramada team popped in to visit The Travel Authority Group bearing a prize they donated to our conference, a prize that was awarded to Sharon Levingston – Head of Events at the Events Authority.

Tramada’s Country Manager, Susan Enners, and Alan McCartney, Head of Sales & Account Management, generously presented Sharon with an iPad.

“I’m so chuffed”, said Sharon Levingston.

“We’ve had a massive few weeks with our exciting win at the National Travel Industry Awards, and now this. We will put the iPad to good use. It will be a brilliant tool for presentations and for showcasing event spaces to our clients”, added Sharon.

We thank the Tramada team for their ongoing support and partnership with The Travel Authority Group.

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HOTEL HIGHLIGHT: The Standard London

Housed in the former Camden Town Hall Annex in London’s thriving King’s Cross neighbourhood, the 1974 Brutalist building has been meticulously restored and sets the perfect stage for The Standard’s first hotel outside America.

The hotel has 266 rooms in 42 unique styles ranging from Cosy Core rooms to terraced suites with outdoor bathtubs overlooking St Pancras station.

“The Standard London has made quite an impression in the few weeks it has been open. It’s Shawn Hausman interiors look expectedly remarkable”, said Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

Shawn Hausman first made his name by overseeing the creative direction of Area, the most experimental, outlandish, art-plus-fashion, uptown-meets-downtown nightclub of 80s New York City. Since the early 90s, his eponymous design company has brought a uniquely idiosyncratic approach to the interiors of The Standard hotels in the US.

One striking feature of The Standard London’s exterior is its bright red external elevator.

“In one sense it’s like this lipstick, moving up the front of the building. The red is an acknowledgement of London buses and also a contrast to the concrete building. It was intended to not be a subtle thing, said Hausman.

All rooms feature huge TVs, Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth speakers, bathrobes, custom bath amenities, 24-hour gym access, mini bar, 24-hour room service, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Executive Chef Adam Rawson’s street facing bar, Double Standard, offers lunch, happy-hour and casual drinking and dining, while Rawson’s garden restaurant, Isla, serves a seasonally-driven, coastal inspired menu.

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WE KNOW The Travel Authority is the Best in the Business. Again.

We’re delighted to advise that The Travel Authority has been named Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) held in Sydney on 20 July.

“It’s a brilliant result and well-deserved recognition for our team”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“This is the third time we’ve won this award, and it indicates that we’re doing things right for our clients, our supplier partners and, importantly, our people”, added Peter.

The NTIAs are considered the travel industry’s benchmark for businesses and people delivering outstanding service, marketing excellence and business acumen in Australia’s travel industry.

Anjali Rao hosting the 2019 NTIA Awards.

Hosted by international award winning personality and TV journalist, Anjali Rao, the awards gala event took place at the Grand Ballroom of the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Some 1,300 travel industry guests attended from just about every sector of Australia’s travel industry.

Accepting the award on the night, Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group, said, “We’re just so proud of what we’ve created at The Travel Authority. Our team is brilliant, and we’re empowered by Peter Hosper’s leadership. To win this award again is testament to that.”

Not content with winning the Best Corporate Multi Location award, sister business—The Events Authority—was also named Best Business Events Travel Agency in a huge occasion for the Group.

Jennifer Waters, Events & Travel Manager at The Events Authority with Sharon Levingston accepting the National Travel Industry Award.

“It was a great night for the Travel Authority Group”, said Sarah Bush.

“Sharon Levingston and her Events Authority team have done a wonderful job. We’re absolutely delighted for them, and it was great to share some NTIA limelight with them in 2019”, she continued.

Lisa Byers, General Manager of The Travel Authority Corporate & Resource, attended the awards gala.

“What an epic weekend of celebration it was. The NTIA gala is an impressive event, and to share in the excitement and satisfaction of The Travel Authority’s twin wins was fabulous”, said Lisa .

“The NTIAs are more hotly contested each year, so winning is a big deal. Our Corporate & Resource teams in Western Australia are thrilled to be part of this award-winning family of businesses and to take the Travel Authority brand into the Resource sector”, added Lisa.

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WINNING BIG (Twice) at the National Travel Industry Awards

We are still buzzing after being named Best Business Events Travel Agency at the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) in Sydney on 20 July in the Grand Ballroom of the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

“It’s an incredible result for our small team”, said Sharon Levingston, Head of Events at The Events Authority.

“We were up against some really big, established operators—all terrific businesses. So, we’re thrilled to have come out on top. A lot of work goes into our awards submissions, and even more into running a great business. We’re exhausted but chuffed”, added Sharon.

The Events Authority is now a two-time winner of this prestigious award, having also won in 2017.

Jennifer Waters, Events & Travel Manager at The Events Authority with Sharon Levingston accepting the National Travel Industry Award.

Hosted by international award winning personality and TV journalist, Anjali Rao, the event played host to some 1,300 guests from just about every corner of the travel industry.

But the Travel Authority Group wasn’t content with winning just one category. The Travel Authority was named Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location for the third time.

The Travel Authority Group’s Sarah Bush accepting the NTIA for Best Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location.

“It was a great night for the Travel Authority Group”, said the Group’s Director, Sarah Bush.

“Sharon and her team have done a wonderful job. We’re absolutely delighted for them, and it was great to share some NTIA limelight with them in 2019”, she continued.

“The NTIA has industry wide representation and a strong history of recognising and celebrating businesses and personnel who demonstrate outstanding service, marketing excellence and business acumen within the travel industry. The event may be put on by AFTA but it is the industry who makes it a celebration to remember each and every year”, said Jayson Westbury, Chief Executive of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

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ELECTRONIC Travel Authority Introduction for Travel to New Zealand

Please note these changes to travel to-or-through New Zealand that come into effect on 01 October 2019.

From 01 October 2019, visitors who are currently eligible to travel to New Zealand without a visa will be required to hold a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).

UK Passport holders, for example, will need an ETA from 01 October.

CLICK THIS LINK for the full list of applicable visa-waiver countries and territories.

EXEMPTION: Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport are exempt.

Australian permanent residents (non-citizens), however, will need to apply for an NZeTA.

So, what does it all mean?

  • Visitors will need to receive approval from NZeTA at least 72 hours prior to check-in for a flight to New Zealand or connecting through New Zealand.
  • An NZeTA will be required even if the passenger is connecting through New Zealand to another country.
  • Visitors may also be required to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). However Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport are also exempt from this.

Please note the application process is not yet available. The Travel Authority Group will advise when this process goes live. In the interim any other queries should be directed via the New Zealand Immigration site.

“This is a big change for New Zealand”, said Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

Transiting New Zealand on or after 1 October 2019?

“If you’re from a visa waiver or transit visa waiver country, you’ll need an NZeTA, even if you’re not staying in New Zealand”, says Sarah.

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WE KNOW: Etihad Business Class

Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group, hit the skies again recently, flying long-haul from Sydney with Etihad Airways.

This trip enabled Sarah to experience a few things for the first time. Those being a first visit to The House lounge at Sydney Airport, and a first time flying during Ramadan.

Observed by Muslims, Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayer and reflection. Sarah wondered how flying during Ramadan might influence the service offered by a Middle-Eastern carrier.

Very little, it turns out.

“Save for a special Ramadan offering on the in-flight menu, you wouldn’t even know. Those not fasting enjoyed the full service of F&B on the ground and in the air”, reports Sarah.

Ramadan continues until 04 June, 2019.

On board, Sarah found the hardware comfortable and practical.

“Mine was a good, comfortable business class seat with decent size TV, a nice little amenity pack, and plenty of storage for books, glasses, laptop and shoes”, says Sarah.

And The House lounge?

“The House is a lovely space of tranquility. There’s loads of casual seating and a beautiful little restaurant with proper tables, cutlery and napkins, and a good snack menu served directly to you by very friendly and welcoming staff”, Sarah reports.

The House is a new lounge brand launched by the airline in collaboration with No1 Lounges to create a ‘stylish and contemporary airport lounge experience in keeping with Etihad’s design and guest experience philosophy.’

Sarah flew on an Etihad Boeing 777-300ER, and was seated in seat 10C.

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WE KNOW: Emirates Business Class

Director of The Travel Authority Group, Sarah Bush, recently returned from Dubai in business class aboard an Emirates A380.

Here are Sarah’s trip notes.

Flight EK412 DXB so SYD
Business Class
Seat 12B (aisle/window)

My journey started with the Emirates Chauffeur Drive service picking me up on time from my hotel for a seamless journey to Dubai International Airport.

I was checked in swiftly and made my way to Emirates’ First Class lounge—an open, airy space where my personal waitperson, Chris, found me a seat and took an order of a very healthy breakfast of kale and salad, and fresh prawns accompanied by a glass of Moët. Healthy and sparkling. The lounge is a wonderful, relaxing place to escape the madness of the airport’s buzzing public areas, and to prepare for the 14 hour journey home.

I chose seat 12B. Being a few rows back from the front of the business class cabin, helps with avoiding galley noise. It’s also far enough from the bar at the rear of the aircraft providing a good stretch of the legs and enough distance to reduce any bar sounds.

After my sumptuous breakfast in the lounge, I was handed a food and a drink menu and was content to select just two small plates option rather than the full 4 course meal.

Emirates’ renowned in-flight entertainment system, ICE, has more than 4,000 channels of entertainment. You can’t go wrong and there is something for all ages and tastes.

My gorgeous complementary Bulgari amenity bag came in very handy for re-hydration, socks, toothbrush and other generous goodies you don’t always find these days in business class on other carriers.

I did wander down to the bar for a stretch and a chat with the lovely cabin crew. It’s the perfect excuse to move around and enjoy a bit of human interaction after a few hours comfortably seated.

My seat was made up into a very comfy bed with a thick mattress that provided enough support for a great sleep.

I woke for a cup of tea and, next thing, we were preparing for landing. I loved watching the live footage of our landing from the cameras on board—there is nothing better and more welcoming than landing at Sydney Airport on a beautiful warm sunny day to really make you feel like you’re home.

My Emirates chauffeur was waiting for me in arrivals and whisked me home in next to no time.

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British Airways Premium Economy plus Business within Europe!

For a very limited time, our friends at British Airways have extended this brilliant offer to The Travel Authority Group.

Our fares include travel in World Traveller Plus Premium Economy between Sydney and London, and then travel on to your choice of British Airways’ European destinations in Club Europe Business Class.

Sale ends on 01 July 2019!

British Airways ‘World Traveller Plus’ premium economy.

Sample return fares from Sydney include:

  • Barcelona from $3805.00
  • Nice from $3826.00
  • Paris from $3834.00
  • Frankfurt from $3956.00
  • Prague from $3869.00
  • Rome from $3883.00

Prices shown include taxes and were correct at 18 April 2019, but are subject to availability and change. Departure date for each fare was 04 June 2019.

“This is a fabulous offer”, says Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

“BA’s World Traveller Plus cabin is really terrific, and combined with the comfort of the airline’s Club Europe Business Class, this is a fabulous way to tackle long-haul at a great price”, added Sarah.

British Airways ‘Club Europe’ business class.

Benefits include:

  • Galleries Club Lounge access in London when flying from London to Europe
  • Lounge Access at destination when flying to London (where lounges exist)
  • 2-by-2 config on European flights Window or aisle with seat separator
  • Delicious meals and drinks including alcohol included
  • Dedicated Check-in
  • Dedicated boarding
  • Fast Track airport transfer connecting to Europe

Galleries Club Lounge, London.

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