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Events industry ‘benefits from the weaker dollar’ but we still have a way to go to match Asian bids

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ICESAP on track to double membership, sees need to ‘improve professionalism’

Australia-based alternative association could focus on research, technology and trends

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TAA calls for web customers to bypass OTAs
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) is calling on travellers to by-pass Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and book direct with hotels following the decision by online agent Hooroo to increase commission rates by 30 per cent from 01 July 2015.
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Spain readies for ATC strike
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Spanish air traffic controllers (ATCs) are threatening industrial action and going out on strike over a four day period in June.
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Mayo in call for TCF reinstatement
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Barry Mayo of Australia-based TravelManagers is a strong advocate for travel agency licensing. Now he wants a review of the industry’s new ATAS scheme in the wake of the collapse of CTS Travel in Melbourne. CTS was ATAS accredited.
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Mobile use booms as customers opt for technology
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Airline passengers prefer to use technology when faced with travel tasks, according to a survey by  global IT provider SITA that investigated how self service makes passengers feel.
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Airbnb wins Fringe gig
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Airbnb has been named an Official Accommodation Partner at Scotland's iconic Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.
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TAA steps in to limit OTA sales cost hikes
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Australian accommodation operators face higher costs of sale through on line travel agents (OTAs) including Hooroo, Wotif, Expedia and Agoda, with some saying that because they depend on OTAs, their overall sales costs are up by as much as 30 per cent.
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Hawaiian fined
Thursday, May 28, 2015
US carrier Hawaiian Airlines has been fined US$160,000 by the US Department of Transportation (DoT) for two offences.
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Outage closes Belgian airspace
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Belgian airspace was closed Wednesday after an electrical failure in Brussels caused all inbound flights to be diverted for six hours.
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Qatar Air stirs the pot in Europe
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Already facing problems in the USA, where major airlines United, American and Delta have accused it and other Gulf carriers of using subsidies to offer cheap fares, Qatar Airways now has told Dutch authorities to forget about contracts in Doha, Qatar after it was denied landing slots at Netherlands airports.
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2014 Etihad profit up 52.1pc
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Etihad Airways has posted a 2014 net profit of US$73 million on total revenues of US$ 7.6 billion, up 52.1 per cent and 26.7 per cent respectively over the previous year.
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SIA celebrates Singapore’s Golden Jubilee
Thursday, May 28, 2015
SQSingapore Airlines (SIA) is celebrating the nation’s Golden Jubilee by painting two A380s in special livery with a Singapore flag-themed design on the fuselage.

The first aircraft with the commemorative livery will take to the skies in early June 2015 and the second in July.
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CheapOair offers by-the-seat pricing
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
CheapOair, an on line and bricks and mortar travel agency and travel IT firm Amadeus say the agency is the first on line distribution partner using Amadeus’ technology to enable users to book paid airline seats using seat map displays with prices.
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