Analysis for South Pacific

LCCs out to attract business travellers. Part 2: Looking behind the online fare

11 January, 2017

In Part 2 of Blue Swan Daily’s three part series on the increasing use of Low Cost Carriers by the business and corporate market, we look at we examine the commercial and practical feasibility of LCCs as an alternative to full service legacy carriers for corporate travellers and their travel managers.

Gulf carrier growth in Australia/NZ. Part 1: 2017 to be the largest ever capacity increase

11 January, 2017

As Qatar Airways prepares to launch direct services from Doha to Auckland, in competition with Emirates' existing Dubai – Auckland service, the Blue Swan Daily looks at the rise and rise of Gulf carriers in the Australia / NZ region.

LCCs out to attract business travellers. Part 1: How Qantas, Virgin and Air New Zealand have evolved

10 January, 2017

In a series of three articles, the Blue Swan Daily examines the increasing use of low cost carriers by corporate travellers and travel management companies. While they might be an attractive alternative, there are many details to consider, both by travellers and the LCCs.

Ministerial travel again under scrutiny

9 January, 2017

Ministerial travel entitlements have again come under public scrutiny: Health Minister Sussan Ley has faced calls to resign when it was revealed she had bought a property during a taxpayer-funded trip to the Gold Coast.

According to the Australian Financial Review, Minister Ley has repaid four travel expense claims for trips to the Gold Coast, including one when she bought an AUD795,000 apartment, and has submitted her travel for review by the Finance Department.

The Minister conceded that multiple trips did not meet ministerial standards and that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had told her they were inappropriate. Finance Department guidelines are both generous and lacking in detail - often combined with a lack of transparency.

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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.

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