SYDNEY - According to the fourth annual 2018 Global Travel Forecast released by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association,, travel prices are expected to rise sharply in the coming year, reaching nearly 4% increase in some sectors.
SYDNEY - Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club has linked with Velocity, the travel awards program of Virgin Australia, on points accumulation, award tickets redemption, and reciprocal elite benefits.
GUANGZHOU - China Southern Airlines is planning to fly three times weekly direct from Guangzhou to Cairns, beginning in December. The airline says the flights will operate year-round, providing direct access from China to Great Barrier Reef attractions. www.csair.com/au/en/ (ATI).
SINGAPORE- SIA has launched a new Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme for SMEs offering more mileage out of flights on company business. The new corporate travel programme is designed to reward both corporates and employees when they fly with SIA and SilkAir.
MELBOURNE – The Malaysian property developer, S P Setia Berhad Group, and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts have confirmed that Shangri-La will be the official hotel operator for a planned landmark luxury development in Melbourne’s CBD.
TOKYO – Following trials over recent months, Japan Airlines announced today that it will provide free internet access throughout domestic flights. Inflight video programs (sport, gourmet, music, animation) available free on Wi-Fi equipped flights can be streamed to passengers’ own Wi-Fi devices. www.jal.com (ATI).