Analysis for South Pacific

Technology advancements top the list of what passengers want in 2017

6 January, 2017

As we move into another year of travel, IATA’s 2016 Global Passenger Survey reveals that passengers are, more than ever, looking towards technology to make their travel experience as smooth as possible.

IATA, the International Air Transport Association, which represents the majority of the world’s airlines, has again conducted its annual Global Passenger Survey, the results comprising the responses of nearly 7,000 passengers from more than 145 countries.

2017 set to become the 'Chinese Year of the Tourist'

5 January, 2017

According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. But with promises of grand concerts promoting China’s finest musicians and food festivals showcasing the nation’s culinary diversity, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTAA) recently launched its ‘China – Australia Year of Tourism 2017’ campaign - making 2017 not just the Year of the Rooster but also unofficially the 'Chinese Year of the Tourist'.

The 'China - Australia Year of Tourism 2017' initiative comes off the back of a landmark free trade agreement entered into between the two nations (and trading partners) back in Dec-2015 with CNTAA stating that the aim of this new initiative is to encourage tourism as well as boosting political, economic, cultural and other bilateral relations so as to “make useful contributions for the sustainable development of China- Australia comprehensive strategic partnership”.

‘Higher’ tech hotels – what travellers can expect next

4 January, 2017

Hotel technology is evolving at an electric speed. Whereas 10 years ago a flat screen TV and perhaps in-room (non wireless) internet were considered the epitome of high tech, by 2017 technology has arguably shifted from being just another feature of the room to becoming the primary focus. Hotel brands are now competing to provide their guests with an experience that is both impressive with an element of ‘wow’ but that is also user friendly – something which substantively enhances their customer’s enjoyment and use of the room while also enhancing and maintaining that guests’ cyber security.

Outlook 2017. Amid continued global uncertainty, what lies ahead for aviation in the region. China may be the key (Part 5 of 5)

4 January, 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, in a series of five Q&A reports, the Blue Swan Daily, in conjunction with its parent CAPA – Centre for Aviation, reviews the past year for aviation in the Australia Pacific region and what lies ahead for 2017.

In an uncertain world, from the disruption of Brexit to the likely confrontationalist attitudes of a Trump administration, and instability in many parts of the world, from Russia to the Middle East to Asia, Australia and New Zealand's aviation sectors are mostly in rude health, with liberal policy settings and globally high service levels. Yet each of the main airlines in Australia and New Zealand still relies heavily on its domestic markets.

Outlook 2017. Amid continued global uncertainty, what lies ahead for aviation in the region. China may be the key (Part 4 of 5)

3 January, 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, in a series of five Q&A reports, the Blue Swan Daily, in conjunction with its parent CAPA – Centre for Aviation, reviews the past year for aviation in the Australia Pacific region and what lies ahead for 2017.

In an uncertain world, from the disruption of Brexit to the likely confrontationalist attitudes of a Trump administration, and instability in many parts of the world, from Russia to the Middle East to Asia, Australia and New Zealand’s aviation sectors are mostly in rude health, with liberal policy settings and globally high service levels. Yet each of the main airlines in Australia and New Zealand still relies heavily on its domestic markets.

Spending big on travel at the Post-Christmas Sales. Demand, supply and opportunity

3 January, 2017

Christmas is traditionally a time for giving. And Boxing day is traditionally a time for nursing that hangover or food coma from the day before. But food and wine aside, the days from Boxing Day onward also signal the commencement of the retail sector's own messiah - the post-Christmas sales.

Outlook 2017. Amid continued global uncertainty, what lies ahead for aviation in the region. China may be the key (Part 3 of 5)

30 December, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, in a series of five Q&A reports, the Blue Swan Daily, in conjunction with its parent CAPA – Centre for Aviation, reviews the past year for aviation in the Australia Pacific region and what lies ahead for 2017.

In an uncertain world, from the disruption of Brexit to the likely confrontationalist attitudes of a Trump administration, and instability in many parts of the world, from Russia to the Middle East to Asia, Australia and New Zealand's aviation sectors are mostly in rude health, with liberal policy settings and globally high service levels. Yet each of the main airlines in Australia and New Zealand still relies heavily on its domestic markets.

Outlook 2017. Amid continued global uncertainty, what lies ahead for aviation in the region. China may be the key (Part 2 of 5)

29 December, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, in a series of five Q&A reports, the Blue Swan Daily, in conjunction with its parent CAPA – Centre for Aviation, reviews the past year for aviation in the Australia Pacific region and what lies ahead for 2017.

In an uncertain world, from the disruption of Brexit to the likely confrontationalist attitudes of a Trump administration, and instability in many parts of the world, from Russia to the Middle East to Asia, Australia and New Zealand's aviation sectors are mostly in rude health, with liberal policy settings and globally high service levels. Yet each of the main airlines in Australia and New Zealand still relies heavily on its domestic markets.

The 787. Besides the hype, what it means for Qantas’ customers

29 December, 2016

The first Qantas 787 long haul service is currently just under 12 months away. The Dreamliner operated QF 95 from Melbourne to Los Angeles is set to launch on 15-Dec-2017, going head to head with United Airlines’ own 787 Dreamliner service and Virgin Australia’s return to this route.

Dreaming of a [delayed or cancelled] white Christmas in Europe? How passengers are protected (Part 1)

28 December, 2016

As heavy fog, snow and the occasional stray reindeer lead to what will be the almost inevitable havoc at Europe’s airports this Christmas period, the Blue Swan Daily looks at the European regulation providing protection to passengers travelling to and from the EU - as well as the airline industries’ push to ensure the right balance is maintained.

Delays, cancellations and denied boarding are an unavoidable part of air travel, particularly during the busy winter festive season. For those travelling to Europe, EU Regulation 261/2004 (the “Regulation”) sets out a series of entitlements available to eligible passengers in the event of such delays.

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