ETIHAD AIRWAYS LAUNCHES GLOBAL SALE WITH UP TO 50 PER CENT OFF 45 POPULAR DESTINATIONS

Etihad Airways has kicked off its annual global sales campaign with great value Business and Economy Class fares to popular destinations worldwide.

Until 4 September 2016, the airline is offering 50 per cent off airfares to 45 cities in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas for travel until June 2017.

Many destinations served by airlines in the Etihad Airways Partners group – airberlin, Alitalia, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI – are included in the sale. With a combined network of over 400 destinations across six continents, the partners airlines offer travellers even greater choice.

Members of the airline’s loyalty program, Etihad Guest, will earn miles on all sale fares.

Daniel Barranger, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Etihad Airways, said: “We have continued to expand our global network this year and add further aircraft to the fleet, ensuring we have a high quality product throughout our aircraft and available to the millions of guests who choose to fly with us each year. By including our partner airlines in our new offer, we are providing access to a larger list of destinations and a combined fleet of over 700 aircraft, ensuring we can meet every guest’s personal requirements.”

For the comfort and enjoyment of its guests, Etihad Airways continues to invest in innovative products and services inflight and on the ground. These include the Flying Nanny, to assist parents with young children; the Economy Smart Seat with its unique fixed wing headrest; and Food and Beverage Managers in Business Class to offer expert food and wine matching advice. On the ground, the airline has opened new Premium Lounges in Melbourne, New York and Los Angeles and a flagship First Class Lounge and Spa opened its doors in Abu Dhabi in May.

Sale fares are available from etihad.com or a participating travel agent. Terms and conditions apply.


Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort Completes $43 Million Renovation

Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: HOT), has announced the completion of an extensive AUD $43M renovation of one of Australia’s most iconic beachside resorts, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas.  Comprising of all guest rooms, suites and public areas, the all-encompassing refresh also features the Sheraton brand’s debut of  SPG KeylessTM in Asia Pacific, the industry’s first truly mobile and keyless entry system that allows Starwood Preferred Guest members to use their smartphone as a key to their rooms through the SPG® app. 

“The Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort renovation truly underscores the Sheraton brand’s new elevated and customised approach to design as part of Sheraton 2020, a 10-point plan designed to put Sheraton back in the global spotlight,” said Vincent Ong, Senior Director, Brand Management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “From the Tropical North Queensland inspired colour palette, to the local-inspired dining choices, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the destination from the second they step foot on property.”

Port Douglas is the gateway to Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest – two World Heritage Listed icons – and enjoys a year round average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. Located right on Four Mile Beach with direct beach access, the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas features a modern, crisp and stylish design, with all 294 of its reimagined guest rooms in the embodying coastal living and the relaxed paradise of Port Douglas. The fresh colour scheme of the rooms and suites incorporates a selection of natural tones to match the driftwood timber tiled floors, stone-topped mini bars and natural wooden furnishings, with splashes of coastal turquoise green to add subtle pops of colour.

Beyond the guest rooms, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas also features a reinvigorated lobby experience, with a revamped porte cochére and main entrance, featuring natural tones and pockets of tropical gardens. Travellers looking to waste no time to start their vacation will appreciate the new express VIP check-in and check-out hub, which provides a seamless arrival and departure process for guests, in addition to SPG Keyless.

The resort’s new design and facilities redefine poolside relaxation with the introduction of 26 cabanas in prime locations surrounding the two hectares of lagoon pools. The spacious and private daybeds offer VIP service, with bar staff delivering refreshing beverages and food, ranging from classic cocktails to bar snacks directly to the cabana. The resort is easily accessible via an hour’s scenic drive from Cairns International Airport.


QANTAS FREQUENT FLYERS TO EARN MORE AT WOOLWORTHS

Qantas Frequent Flyers will have more opportunities to grow their Qantas Points when they shop at Woolworths, as part of changes to the Woolworths Rewards program.

From 31 August 2016, Frequent Flyers can earn Woolworths Points for every dollar they spend in-store or online at Woolworths Supermarkets and BWS. They will also have the opportunity to take advantage of special offers to increase their earn rate.  And they will be able to earn Woolworths Points on fuel purchases at 530 Caltex Woolworths petrol sites across Australia.

CEO of Qantas Loyalty, Lesley Grant, said the improvements to the program would be well received by its 11 million members.

“Qantas is very pleased to continue its relationship with Woolworths and to give our shared customers more ways to be rewarded when they spend,” said Ms Grant.

“The ability to earn with every dollar spent, plus special offers to earn more, will really help Frequent Flyers grow their points balance, so their weekly shop helps them get closer to their next holiday. This is especially the case when you factor in all the other ways our members can earn Qantas Points, ranging from health insurance to flying.

“The opportunity to earn points when you buy petrol has been improved, with members now able to use a discount voucher and earn points in the same transaction, instead of having to choose one or the other.


ETIHAD AIRWAYS BRIDGES ABU DHABI WITH VENICE

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its services to Italy with a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport.

The new service will begin from 30 October 2016 and be served by an Airbus A319, offering 16 seats in Business and 90 in Economy. Together with Alitalia, its codeshare and equity partner, Etihad Airways will offer 35 weekly flights in and out of Italy, including double daily services to Rome and Milan.

Etihad Airways’ Venice flight will offer convenient travel times for guests travelling between the UAE and the Italian city. In addition, the new service will offer seamless connections through Abu Dhabi’s hub to Sydney and Melbourne, as well as key destinations in the GCC, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and North Asia.

Venice, renowned for its picturesque bridges and canals, is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, while Italy is the world’s 5th most visited country – with more than 50 million international arrivals in 2015, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Etihad Airways started flights to Milan in 2007 and Rome was added to the airline’s network in 2014, contributing to a strong trade relationship between the United Arab Emirates and Italy. Bilateral trade was valued at USD 6.14 billion in 2015 and the UAE Ministry of Economy has registered more than 90 Italian companies.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Launching our service to Venice further supports a very popular passenger route between Italy, our Abu Dhabi hub and onwards throughout Etihad Airways’ growing network, as far afield as Australia. Together with our codeshare and equity partner Alitalia, we are also strengthening the significant trade relationship between Italy and the UAE.”


Cathay Pacific x MR PORTER & NET-A-PORTER Announce Partnership

NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER announce their partnership with Cathay Pacific, becoming the first ever E-Commerce platforms available via Cathay Pacific’s new inflight Wi-Fi on the A350 aircraft. Both retailers will be accessible to shop and read 10,000 meters up in the air, delivering on their promise to be shoppable anytime, anywhere, while complimenting Cathay Pacific’s “Life Well Travelled” offer to its passengers.

Cathay Pacific’s latest A350 aircraft offers inflight Wi-Fi service, and NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER are the first in the YOOX NET-A-PORTER Group to launch the inflight online shopping service. For a period of seven months, passengers can enjoy complimentary access to shop on NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER aboard the A350 aircraft, allowing global jetsetters to do their last minute shopping even when they are travelling in the air. Exclusive shopping offers will be available on the aircraft throughout the partnership period.

Passengers who shop inflight can have their purchases delivered directly to their preferred addresses at their arrival destination. Both NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER offer “Same-Day Delivery” in London and Manhattan, and NET-A-PORTER offers same-day delivery in Hong Kong. Both retailers champion unparalleled customer service, offering express worldwide shipping to more than 170 countries., and more than 1,000 brands and 36,000 products across categories including Ready-to-Wear, Accessories, Jewellry, Fine watches, Beauty and Grooming, Sportswear, and Lifestyle.