Air New Zealand opens reservations for its Auckland-Seoul service as it aims to ride the wave of strong South Korean arrivals

Air New Zealand opens reservations for its Auckland-Seoul service as it aims to ride the wave of strong South Korean arrivals

Blue Swan Daily – 17th April, 2019

Air New Zealand has opened reservations for its Auckland–Seoul route which will resume in Nov-2019. It will operate three weekly flights on the route from 23-Nov-2019, increasing to five times weekly during the peak holiday period from late December to mid-February. It has been over 20 years since it last served the route having suspended its previous link back in the first quarter of 1998.

The airline revealed its plans to return to Seoul in late Mar-2019, influenced by growing travel demand between South Korea and New Zealand, but has been awaiting slot confirmation and regulatory approval prior to opening reservations. It is offering one-way economy fares from NZD649 and from NZD1486 in premium economy and NZD2436 in the premium business cabin. Read more…

China Eastern Airlines and Qantas expand codeshare network

China Eastern Airlines and Qantas expand codeshare network

Blue Swan Daily – 17th April, 2019

China Eastern Airlines and Qantas expanded their codeshare partnership in summer 2019, effective 31-Mar-2019, covering additional domestic routes in Australia and China (Routes Online, 16-Apr-2019).

Additional routes operated by Qantas include from Brisbane to Adelaide, Auckland, Canberra, Christchurch, Mackay, Newcastle and Townsville, Melbourne-Perth, and from Sydney to Hobart, Queenstown and Sunshine Coast.

Additional routes operated by China Eastern includes from Shanghai Pudong to Ningbo, Tianjin and Urumqi.

Check in! – hotel highlights across South Pac

Check in! – hotel highlights across South Pac

Blue Swan Daily – 17th April, 2019.

Tourism Research Australia: Youth visitors account for 45% of visitor spend

Tourism Research Australia released (09-Apr-2019) its 2017/18 state of the industry youth visitation statistics. Key highlights include:

  • Youth markets aged 15 to 29 accounted for 45% of international spend;
    • 19% of youths travelled on a low cost carrier, compared to an 11% average of other age groups;
    • 4% of youths utilised hotel accommodation, compared to 18% of other age groups; Read more…

Westpac Confirms Support For Fijian Tourism Expo

Westpac Confirms Support For Fijian Tourism Expo

Fiji Sun – 17th April, 2019

Tourism Fiji is pleased to receive continued support from Westpac Banking Corporation for its annual Fijian Tourism Expo (FTE) 2019, held May 22-24 at Denarau.
The annual three-day expo is an opportunity for international buyers and travel trade media to meet and do business with tourism industry exhibitors from across Fiji.
Westpac Fiji’s chief executive Kip Hanna said: “We know the positive impact success in the global tourism market has had right across the Fijian economy; benefiting businesses large and small and supporting many families and communities. Read more..

New flights likely between Vanuatu and New Caledonia

New flights likely between Vanuatu and New Caledonia

Radio New Zealand – 15th April, 2019

Vanuatu and New Caledonia have signed a new air services agreement which will allow increased travel opportunities between the two countries.

The deal was signed by Vanuatu’s prime minister Charlot Salwai and New Caledonia’s president Philippe Germain in Port Vila on Friday.

Air Vanuatu’s chief executive Derek Nice said it would allow the airline to increase flights and the size of aircraft used. Read more..