first_imgQantas today reported an underlying profit before tax of $852 million and a statutory profit before tax of $715 million for the six months ended 31 December 2016.While the underlying result was down 7.5 per cent compared with the prior corresponding period, it was above the guidance range provided in October last year, with an upbeat chief executive Alan Joyce saying that the airline is “one of the best performing airline groups in the world.”Joyce said the result reflects a strong performance in a mixed global aviation market, with the national carrier’s integrated Group strategy and ongoing transformation enabling it to keep delivering value for shareholders while investing for customers.The fall in statutory profit compared with the first half of financial year 2016 largely reflects the inclusion in last year’s result of a $201 million gain from the sale of Qantas’ Sydney Airport terminal.All parts of the Qantas Group were profitable in the half. Combined domestic airline earnings across Qantas and Jetstar were $522 million, while Qantas Loyalty had a record result, giving the Group a strong, profitable core in an improving Australian economy. The Jetstar Group as a whole also had a record result.According to Joyce, the high levels of capacity growth affecting all major airlines impacted Qantas International’s profitability, but it achieved significantly higher margins than the industry average.“Our transformation program has built a strong, sustainable business that generates returns throughout the economic cycle,” Joyce said.“Qantas and Jetstar’s domestic operations produced an outstanding result and Qantas Loyalty continued to thrive. It’s a combination that keeps delivering and sets us apart from our competitors.”The airline also unveiled its new premium economy seat, which will debut on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from October. Wider and with more functional space overall, the new seat has a unique recline motion that provides a class-leading level of comfort. When the rear of the seat reclines, several sections shift to support the body as passengers move into a more relaxing position.“The Qantas Dreamliner will by flying some of the longest routes in the world, including non-stop from Perth to London, so we’ve focused on making each cabin the most comfortable in its class,” said Joyce.Image: The new Qantas premium economy seat, revealed this morning at the release of the airline’s results premium economy seatqantaslast_img read more

first_imgThe wholesale division of Helloworld Travel has reinstated a range of select FIT China product offers to be serviced by Insider Journeys, its specialist Asia wholesaler and tour operator.Aussie travellers’ burgeoning interest in China and, in particular, its cultural and off-the-beaten-track experiences, has prompted the move. Insider journeys plans to release its China brohure later in the year, however, in the meantime, product is loaded and available to agents to sell.“Most of our supplier relationships in China remain in place particularly due to Insider Journeys’ highly successful Small Group Journeys (SGJs), so we look forward to re-engaging with those suppliers and getting the product back in front of the market and, importantly, assisting the agents who have continued to ask us for an Insider Journeys style of FIT China product,” said Managing Director, Tony Mayell.“Our focus remains on SGJs which is the product that the Travel Indochina/Insider Journeys brands were built on, and which have now been more or less replicated by many others. However there is undoubtedly a market for select quality FIT options in China and throughout Asia and we do that better than anyone else for the demanding and discerning traveller.“Our agents have been asking for the product and we have listened to them. This range will complement the range of mainstream FIT products that our sister company Qantas Holidays so effectively promotes and sells. Between the two businesses we offer an unparalleled choice of product in China.” Insider Journeys will make further announcements as it looks to provide more innovation in its itineraries, and potentially offer new destinations similar to its pioneering Indochina itineraries first issued over twenty years ago.For more information and bookings, Insider Journeys’ Asia experts can be contacted on 1300 362 777 or visit insiderjourneys.com.au. ChinaHelloworld TravelInsider Journeyslast_img read more

first_imgHelloworld Travel and Qantas Holidays, proud supporters of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, entered two corporate teams in Sydney’s ‘Balmoral Burn’ annual fun run on Sunday 28 May, to help raise awareness and over $2 million for lifesaving medical equipment used in children’s hospital wards around the country.The support of the event builds on the long-standing partnership The AOT Group has had with the Foundation, that now continues under the Helloworld Travel brand.The “Burn” is aptly-named – anyone who knows the Balmoral Beach area will be well-acquainted with the precipitous streets, and participants take on the challenge of running up Awaba Street, one of the steepest streets in NSW!Qantas Holidays teammates at Sydney’s Balmoral Burn for the Humpty Dumpty FoundationHelloworld Travel Limited CEO and Managing Director Andrew Burnes, a longtime supporter of the foundation, said “it’s great for us to be part of this event again in 2017 and for the Helloworld Travel and Qantas Holidays staff and their families to be involved in supporting such a worthy cause”.Wallaby great and creator of the Balmoral Burn, Phil Kearns AM said “The support of Andrew Burnes and the team at Helloworld Travel is making a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of children in hospitals across Australia and we are very grateful of their involvement”. L-R: Colin Dunne – Team Helloworld Travel, Emma East – Team Qantas Holidays, Kealan Kelly – Team Helloworld Travel, Maryluz Escandor – Team Qantas Holidays, Benn Hartung – Team Helloworld Travel, Andrej Dopud – Team Qantas Holidays, Mark Brownlee – Team Helloworld Travel and Jim Milazzo – Team Qantas Holidays Helloworld TravelQantas Holidayslast_img read more

first_imgAzamaraBrochuresCelebrity Cruisescruise Azamara Club CruisesThe cruise line’s 2018/19 brochure showcases worldwide Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest voyages departing January 2018 to December 2019, with 116 itineraries and 23 brand new country-intensive voyages – which allow guests to completely immerse themselves in one country. The line also embarks on its maiden season in Alaska in 2019, beginning with a 10-night Alaska Intensive voyage onboard Azamara Quest departing Vancouver on 25 May 2019, with brochure fares starting from AUD$4,339 per person twin share for an Interior state room.Brochures are currently being distributed. Celebrity CruisesThe new Asia brochure features 27 Asia cruises sailing throughout the summer of 2017/18, as well as new dining and entertainment highlights on the recently revitalised Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Constellation, such as “A Taste of Film” – where tasting plates inspired by a culinary film are paired with scenes as they play on the Rooftop Terrace’s outdoor cinema screen. Guests can also sample the brand new Infinite Verandahs of Celebrity Edge – launching in December 2018 – on Celebrity Constellation. Exclusive to stateroom 7197, the Infinite Verandah turns guest quarters into a seamless space, from the room’s door all the way to the balcony’s edge.Highlights for the upcoming season include double overnights in Dubai, Beijing and Bangkok, calls to the captivating ports of Kobe in Japan, Goa in India and Muscat in Oman as well as a special Pingxi Lantern Festival Signature Event Sailing in Taipei, departing February 2018. Itineraries range from 10 to 15 nights, including a 14 night Southeast Asia Immersion cruise on Celebrity Millennium departing 10 December 2017, with fares starting from AU$2,029 per person, twin share for an Interior stateroom.Brochures are currently being distributed. last_img read more

first_imgThailand’s Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Tourism & Sports have launched the “Buy With Confidence” program, in collaboration with leading Thai jewellery retailers to issue certification of quality and standard of Thai gems and jewellery.The new initiative is aimed at providing reassurances to international consumers, when they purchase gems and jewellery in Thailand, that they can ‘buy with confidence’ and accreditation. Minister of Commerce, Sontirat Sontijirawong, says that the Thai gem and jewellery industry is one of the key industries in the country, ranking third in exports after automotive and computers, and generating 435 billion baht in exports. Foreign tourists are key buyers of gem and jewellery products, with approximately 35.38 million tourists visiting Thailand in 2017.The Ministry of Commerce has assigned The Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand, or GIT, to carry out the Buy With Confidence (BWC) program, according to government policy through the certification issued by GIT.“GIT’s facilities include a world-class gem and jewellery laboratory that is supervised by the Thai government,” said Commerce Minister, Sontirat Sontijirawong. “Staffed with highly experienced gemologists and equipped with the world’s most advanced instruments, GIT’s services are trustworthy and widely recognised in the worldwide industry. Consumers can be confident that every piece of jewellery certified by GIT is trustworthy and is qualified according to the accompanying Gem and Jewellery Certification document. The institute has selected gem, gold and jewellery shops and businesses that pass the qualifying standards to participate as members of the program. Currently nearly 140 companies have applied for membership to this program, with 68 passing the initial standard. In 2018, GIT aims to expand membership of the BWC program to 500 companies, targeting cities such as Bangkok, Chanthaburi and other key tourist destinations.”If any issue should arise between buyers and shops in the BWC program, buyers may make a complaint at hotline 1166 (Office of the Consumer Protection Board) 1155 (Tourist Police Bureau) or 1569 (Department of Internal Trade) which are partners of the institute. jewellerythailandlast_img read more