November Corporate News
As of late, we are all on high alert for threats to our data, emails, logins and privacy as hackers up their game on getting what is most important to us. While we guard these details with our life in our day to day lives, you shouldn’t let your guard down when you travel for business. It’s essential that you take extra measures to ensure no personal information or company data is vulnerable to hackers while on the move.
What could be vulnerable to the tech-savvy business traveller? Smart watches, mobiles and notebooks/laptops/tablets are all at risk to data breaches and such hacks are on the rise daily. Is your technology & data safe?
Latest Corporate News November
Double Qantas Points
For a limited time, you’ll earn double Qantas Points on eligible Qantas and Emirates operated flights with a Qantas (QF) flight number worldwide*. So wherever you want to go, now is the time to book. How to earn HERE
Virgin Moves at LAX
Virgin Australia’s check-in location at Los Angeles International Airport has moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 as part of the gateway’s current upgrade. Flights continue to depart from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal, which is linked to Terminal 3 via a walkway, with a three minute walk. Source: Travel Daily
Qantas Trials Facial Recognition
Qantas is participating in a new trial at Brisbane Airport in partnership with SITA which eliminates the need to provide a passport and boarding pass at the lounge or boarding gate. The facial recognition technology allows travellers to upload their passport to their mobile phone, enabling them to check in before arriving at the airport and speed up their departure experience. The trial is limited to passengers who volunteer to take part and are travelling on flights ex Brisbane to Singapore, Tokyo Narita and Hong Kong, with Android phones. Participants download the new Qantas Facial Recognition App from the Google Play Store, and then use it to store their passport details and photo. The data is securely stored, and as passengers pass through the airport cameras match the passport information to their face, eliminating the need to show their boarding pass. Customers without bags will be able to proceed directly to immigration, without having to visit check-in desks or kiosks. Source: Travel Daily
Westin Lands in Brisbane
The Westin brand has made its debut in Queensland with the official opening of The Westin Brisbane. The property features 260 guest rooms and 39 suites with floor to ceiling windows, along with Australia’s first Heavenly Spa by Westin, which offers five treatment rooms. It has 930m2 of meeting and event space, three dining venues, a WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio & RunWESTIN program, complete with the hotel’s Run Concierge. Westin currently has hotels in Melbourne and Perth, with upcoming debuts set for Darwin, Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast. Source: Travel Daily
Finnair Premium Economy
Finnair has announced the launch of a new Premium Economy product, which will roll out from late 2020. Senior Vice President of Customer Experience, Piia Karhu, said the offering would debut on AY’s A350 and A330 fleet, with detailed design under way for the dedicated cabin which would provide increased space and comfort along with an enhanced service offering. The full long-haul deployment of Finnair’s new Premium Economy offering is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Targeting both leisure and corporate customers, further details of the new product will be unveiled at a later stage. Source: Travel Daily
Singapore’s Long Bar Reopens
Singapore’s iconic Long Bar, part of the Raffles hotel and home to the Singapore Sling cocktail, has reopened following a significant restoration which took place from Feb to Sep this year. The restoration is part of a three-phased project that saw the entire hotel closed to undergo extensive redevelopment, the first since 1989. Source: Travel Daily
New Zealand Departure Cards
New Zealand has this week followed Australia’s move to remove the need for travellers to complete departure cards. The New Zealand Government made the decision to scrap the cards to make travel a more seamless experience. Source: Travel Daily
Melbourne Pop Up Beer Garden
Melbourne Airport has teamed up with Stomping Ground Brewing Company once again to open the facility’s pop-up beer garden called “Terminal 3¹/₂”. The family friendly venue offers a range of locally brewed beer on tap, with food and coffee also available to travellers. The venue is located in between terminals 3 and 4, and is open seven days a week. Source: Travel Daily
Austria is set to welcome Emirates’ new “game changer” First class product, which will be introduced on Boeing 777-300ER flights between Dubai and Vienna from 01 December. The new private suites offer up to 3.7m2 of personal space, and also boast the industry’s first virtual windows for suites located in the middle aisle that project real time images from outside the aircraft. Source: Travel Daily
Qantas has expanded its discounted fare program for residents in regional areas after a 12-month trial in selected cities. The scheme allows residents to access discounts of 20-30% for return travel between their local airport and the nearest capital city or major centre. Three airports have been added to the scheme – Longreach, Blackall and Barcaldine, for travel to Brisbane. They join nine other points in Queensland and WA that are already in the program. Qantas has also tripled the number of annual trips a resident can make under the scheme. Source: Travel Daily
Singapore Airlines Direct to Seattle
Singapore Airlines will add a fifth US city to its network next year when it launches direct services to Seattle aboard its Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Flights will operate four times weekly from October. Source: Travel Daily.
New Qantas Melbourne Lounge
Qantas has opened its newly upgraded domestic lounges at Melbourne Airport, providing additional guest seating and new dining options in completely redesigned spaces. The multi-million dollar revamp provides space for nearly 900 customers – an increase of 40% in the Business Lounge and 10% in the Qantas Club. New features include an Asian spice bar in the Business Lounge, an addition inspired by the success of special offerings in Perth (gourmet pizzas) and Brisbane (Mexican cantina). The lounges have been designed by Woods Bagot, with natural timbers and a colour palette of turquoise and grey inspired by Victoria’s Great Ocean Road Source: Travel Daily
Emirates Expansion + New Booking App
Emirates has expanded the network of destinations operated by its flagship A380 aircraft with the launch of new scheduled A380 services to Hamburg and Osaka recently. The operations increase capacity by 22% on the route to Hamburg and 38% on the Osaka flight, enabling more passengers to fly with Emirates to the destinations.
Skywards has launched an on-demand ground transportation booking app called Emirates Skywards Cabforce in partnership with CarTrawle. The mobile app offers its loyalty members a transportation service in 27 countries and 117 cities across the world. Members can also earn Skywards Miles on every ride booked through the Emirates Skywards Cabforce app.
Source: Travel Daily
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