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Flexibility versus compliance – finding the right balance to meet the needs of the modern business traveller


In an increasingly fragmented travel marketplace, and amid the proliferation of technologies that offer more choice than ever, corporate travel buyers are increasingly walking a tightrope between flexibility and sensible travel policy, new research from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) shows.



  • New ‘Balancing Business Travel Tools & Policy for the Traveller Experience’ report from ACTE Global and American Express Global Business Travel highlights…

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Another 'Pay as you go' Airport Lounge Opens in Melbourne


Remember the good old days when you had to travel practically every other week to raise enough frequent flyers to get you inside a luxe airport lounge?


Oh you’re living in Melbourne and that’s still your reality? Why?!


Melbourne Airport now has a SECOND ‘pay as you go’ airport lounge, with Plaza Premium Group opening a luxurious space this month.


The Plaza Premium ‘independent airport lounge’ joins an existing Marhaba-branded space at the gateway, giving flyers a…

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The Best Hotel Club Lounges in Australia 2018

The perks of office come into play at hotel club lounges, those members-only sanctuaries reserved for the most loyal or cashed-up customers. Australia’s finest executive refuges often come with sensational views, all-day refreshments and food, a concierge on call and access to meeting spaces for discreet deal-making – and it’s all complimentary.


Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
Newly refreshed and reimagined as part of Sheraton on the Park’s hotel-wide $40 million refit, the Sheraton Club…

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Introducing a new, private luxury experience at LAX

Skip the crowds, maintain your privacy and enjoy a luxury pre-flight or arrival experience.

We’ve joined forces with The Private Suite to offer select United customers the ability to purchase access to a new private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), complete with private security screening, an exclusive lounge and much more.


If you’re departing LAX for Aspen, Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, London Heathrow, Melbourne, New York/Newark, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney or Tokyo…

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How to embrace sustainable tourism on your next holiday
Have you ever thought about the impact you're making when you jet around the world? We'd never tell you to stop travelling, but we would encourage you to think more about sustainable tourism! Never heard of it before? Come with us, we'll introduce you to this new way to travel!…

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Exploring the alluring fjords on a Norwegian cruise
With the midnight sun, magnificent fjords and quaint fishing towns, Norway during the summer is a sight to behold. In July/August 2017, Deborah Hilton stepped onto Crystal Cruises' North Cape Discovery to see the beautiful landscape for herself. Why should you check out Norway from a cruise?…

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Qantas Starts History-making Flight Direct To London

Qantas' first Perth to London flight took off on 24 March 2018, marking the start of the only direct air link between Australia and Europe - and the fastest way of traveling between the two continents.

The history-making QF9, carrying more than 200 passengers and 16 crew, pushed back just before 7pm last Saturday evening and landed in London at 5am on Sunday.

Operated by a Boeing 787-9, the flight reduces total travel time by eliminating stopovers and taking advantage of the most favourable…

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Finding tranquility in the South Island of New Zealand
Travel advisor Debbie Grace has found that trips to New Zealand can be full of adventure or relaxation regardless of how much time you have away.…

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Self-service Check-in at Sydney International Terminal

Earlier this month, Qantas moved to a new self-service experience for all International Economy customers at Sydney International Terminal (T1), with new check-in kiosks and auto bag drops.

Qantas is the first airline to benefit from Sydney Airport’s new technology, which allows passengers to check themselves in using kiosks and bag drops, similar to the experience at T3 Domestic terminal.

Customers using the self-service kiosks simply need to follow the on-screen prompts to scan their…

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7 Plane Etiquette Rules Every Savvy Traveller MUST Know

Long-Haul, Short-Haul, Mid-haul (whatever that is) or domestic – these are the seven basic #travelhacks to making sure everyone gets to their destination without a mental breakdown.

These tips may just preserve your sanity. You’re welcome.

#1 – Your bladder is OUR bladder

If you know you can’t hold it in – don’t book a Window seat. This is one of those moments in life where you can’t have your cake and eat it too – if you want this, book an aisle seat. Better yet, pay the extra and get an exit…

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FBI Turns 40

Balaclava International Travel – Chaskiel Family
“I'm still trying to process why in 1976 my family decided to open a shop in suburban Melbourne, start travel agency there and call it Balaclava International Travel.

Maybe they knew something I didn't know about my own destiny.

1977 saw me enter the fray. So, 41 years on what's changed?

Let's start with me… Older? Definitely! Wiser? Maybe! Better travelled? Definitely!

Perceived Icons in the travel industry have disappeared, Pan Am, Ansett, TWA,…

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Hottest New Hotel Openings in 2018

This year is off and racing with a plethora of hot new hotels slated to open across Australia in 2018. Sure there are plenty of new hotels of the chain variety set to open in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, but we have our eye for style on the boutique, unique and preferably independent.

Here are details of the most anticipated new hotel openings in 2018:

Read the Full Article at Alluxia


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