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Karryon's Top 10 stories of the week: Catch up on our most-wanted: Jun 28

Missed this week's must-read travel industry news and views? We've got you. Karryon has you covered with our recap of the 10 most-read stories of the week.

Missed this week’s must-read travel industry news and views? We’ve got you. Karryon has you covered with our recap of the 10 most-read stories of the week.

#10. On the importance of turning left: Insights from MTA’s Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson, Head of Product, MTA

Mobile Travel Agents (MTA) Head of Product Neil Robertson discusses the importance for travel advisors to navigate the changing luxury travel market by taking advantage of training, staying informed about luxury products and understanding why consumers now define luxury by unique experiences.

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#9. Pursers Travel Group adds Harry Sargant as Area Leader 

Pursers Travel Group's Harry Sargent.

Family-owned retail and coach travel Pursers Travel Group welcomes Harry Sargant as its new Area Leader for the South Burnett region in Queensland, overseeing eight Helloworld stores. Sargant brings 18 years’ experience from Inside Japan.

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#8. Bali officials seek to raise tourist tax fivefold – here’s why 

Seminyak Beach, Bali.

Bali is considering a hefty hike in its tourist tax from $15 to $75. The aim is to improve infrastructure and attract more high-value tourists while curbing bad behaviour. But some experts worry it might discourage visitors altogether. The tax increase is still under review.

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#7. TFE Hotels announces 5 GM roles in ANZ market

Composite image of three corporate headshots of new additions at TFE Hotels.

TFE Hotels is promoting several General Managers and adding new GMs across Australia and New Zealand, including appointments in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland across its Adina, Vibe and Travelodge property network.

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#6. Aloha auto adventures through the Hawaiian Islands

Kauai, Hawaii @BUSA

Go on a road trip through the Hawaiian Islands, visiting six major islands and get among all the activities available such as hiking, snorkelling, surfing and visiting cultural centres. Check out Brand USA’s RoadTrips USA itinerary and enjoy the ride.

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#5. Check out Air New Zealand’s refreshed Seats to Suit fares

Air New Zealand flight attendant serving meal in economy cabin.

Air New Zealand is giving more choice on short-haul flights with its updated Seats to Suit fares. Choose between seat, theworks, or worksflexi fares. Theworks includes checked luggage, carry-on, meals and drinks, while worksflexi allows free changes or cancellations for an extra cost.

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#4. Advisors! Book & win a berth on NCL Legends 2024 Europe cruise

Multi-generational family in Navona, Rome on a NCL cruise holiday in Europe.

Travel agents can win a balcony stateroom and free gratuities on a nine-day NCL Mediterranean cruise famil departing from Barcelona by booking clients on a Norwegian Cruise Line departure by 30 June 2024 during the NCL Legends 2024 Famil incentive.

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#3. Katrina Barry named new CEO of Webjet B2C

Katrina Barry

Webjet B2C announced Katrina Barry as its new CEO effective immediately, bringing experience from Contiki Holidays and Trafalgar Tours, while Layton Shannos was promoted to CFO after more than 10 years with the OTA. The company is also undergoing a demerger.

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#2. Approved! Qantas & Jetstar plan up to 9 weekly flights to Vanuatu

Vanuatu (Qantas)

Qantas and Jetstar are taking off for Vanuatu! Qantas will fly daily from Brisbane to Port Vila starting September, while Jetstar joins the party in December with flights from Sydney. This follows the liquidation closure of Air Vanuatu.

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#1. Batik Air ends Perth-Auckland flights; plans for direct NZ-KL service

Batik Air 737-800

Batik Air has announced the cancellation of flights to and from Auckland (AKL) via Perth, effective 19 July 2024, due to operational requirements. However, the airline plans to reinstate operations to Auckland with direct flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in December 2024.

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And that’s another must-read recap of Karryon‘s Top 10 Stories of the week.