FEATURED JANUARY NEWS

2017 has started as expected. Lots of travel stories have captured our attention this month and below are the ones we feel you will be most interested in.

Posted On January 30, 2017 Posted By Isabella Medalle

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AIR CANADA AND CATHAY PACIFIC EXPAND THEIR CODESHARE AGREEMENT

Air Canada and Cathay Pacific have expanded their codeshare agreement which means that Cathay Pacific flights to Toronto and Vancouver will now link with flights to other cities such as Montreal, Quebec and Victoria with Air Canada. In return, Air Canada flights to Hong Kong will connect with flights to cities such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila with Cathay Pacific.

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JAPAN’S WI-FI PROJECT

Japan have announced that in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, they will be installing 30,000 Wi-Fi hotspots for visitors to the country. The hotspots will provide free public Wi-Fi at important locations around the country such as museums and national parks.

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HOBART TO BECOME HOME OF FIRST HYATT CENTRIC PROPERTY IN AUSTRALIA

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts have announced that Hobart with become the home of the first Australian Hyatt Centric Property. The property will include 221 rooms, a bar, a restaurant and meeting spaces. Building is set to begin in the middle of 2017 for an early 2019 opening.

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CATHAY PACIFIC LOUNGES IN SINGAPORE AND HONG KONG

Cathay Pacific have announced that they will be unveiling new and revamped lounges at Singapore's Changi Airport and Hong Kong International Airport in the second half of 2017. The Singapore lounge will be located in Changi's new Terminal 4 while in Hong Kong, the revamped lounge will be located at Gate 16.

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LANGHAM HOTEL TO OPEN IN ADELAIDE

Langham have announced that they will be opening a new 140 room luxury hotel in Adelaide - it's third in Australia - in mid-2019. Located at Glenelg North, the property will also include a penthouse on the top floor and 15 suites.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA AND AIR CANADA EXPAND CODESHARE PACT

Virgin Australia and Air Canada have revealed their codeshare pact will begin this year with the implementation of Virgin Australia's airline code on Air Canada's flights from Los Angeles to key Canadian cities. In return, Air Canada will put their code on Virgin flights from Brisbane and Sydney to a range of cities such in Australia and New Zealand. The codeshare pact will offer frequent flyers more opportunities to earn and redeem points with both airlines.

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SYDNEY OPENS NEW EXECUTIVE CLUB: LOUNGE 32

The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has opened Lounge 32, a new executive club it describes as 'a home-away-from-home'. The facilities and amentities of this lounge include: self-serve fridges, an open bar, an open-plan kitchen, a selection of healthy dishes, Wi-Fi, private check in and out and concierge service. Lounge 32 is open to hotel guests staying in Club Rooms and Club Suites.

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VIETNAM AIRLINES SYDNEY - HANOI ROUTE TO LAUNCH MARCH 2017

Vietnam airlines will commence new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner direct flights between Sydney and Hanoi on the 28th of March 2017. VN787 from Hanoi to Sydney will depart at 11:55pm Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The return flight (commencing March 29) VN786 will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.15pm.

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ETIHAD'S NEW RULES FOR BAGGAGE TRANSFERS ON CONNECTING FLIGHTS

Etihad Airways have announced that travellers who have booked their connecting flights under two different bookings will no longer have their baggage checked all the way through to their end destination. This will mean that travellers will have to collect their baggage at their first destination and re-check it before boarding their next flight. The new rules apply to all bookings made from February 1 2017.

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NEW QATAR LOUNGE AT PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT

Qatar's new lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport has now opened its doors to the airline's Business and First Class passengers. Situated in Terminal 1, the modern lounge can cater to more than 200 travellers. Facilities and amentities at this new lounge include: a bar, coffee made by baristas, a restaurant with dishes from around the world, business centre, rain showers in their shower suites, a prayer room and plenty of natural lighting.

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