FCM Travel Solutions' latest roundup of travel industry news for July.
Air New Zealand awarded New Zealand’s number one corporate reputation
Air New Zealand has topped Colmar Brunton’s Corporate Reputation Index for the fourth consecutive year.
Air New Zealand ranked top for their Premium Economy Class
Air New Zealand ranked 1st in the “Best Premium Economy” category at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018.
Jetstar reaches another milestone
Jetstar reaches another milestone as they celebrate nine years of domestic flying in New Zealand. Since launching their first domestic routes between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown in June 2009, Jetstar has flown more than 16 million domestic travellers around the country and now flies to 9 domestic ports.
Singapore Airlines - World’s Best Airline 2018
Singapore Airlines was awarded the “World’s Best Airline” title for 2018 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the fourth time. They also took out "Best First Class" and "Best Airline in Asia", along with numerous other awards.
Emirates adds premium economy
Emirates plans to introduce a premium economy seating option on its A380 aircraft, starting in 2020.
Virgin Australia announces Auckland to Newcastle route
Virgin Australia has just announced their new direct flights between Auckland and Newcastle. This will run from late November through to mid-February and is the first time in 16 years that travellers will be able to travel direct.
Emirates new Auckland-Bali-Dubai flight provides the only year-round non-stop daily service between Auckland and Bali, giving passengers an opportunity to visit and/or stopover in one of the most popular islands in Indonesia.
New Sudima Hotel set to open in Auckland CBD
A new Sudima Hotel is set to open in the summer of 2019/2020 in Auckland’s CBD. With 180-200 new rooms and a pending final design of a rooftop bar, separate restaurant and bar and a low tolerance to plastic. All single-use plastic items will be banned from this hotel.
Art Series Hotel - World’s latest checkouts
Stay for longer at Art Series Hotels with the return of the world’s latest checkouts. Now part of Mantra Hotels, Art Series Hotels is encouraging guests to overstay their booking, depending on when the next guest checks in. From 16 July until 19 September 2018, Art Series Hotels will offer guests the chance to check out late for free, as long as no one else has booked their room.
Wellington Airport $15 million upgrade begins
Wellington Airport is undergoing a $15 million upgrade of its main terminal building, for the first time in 20 years. The aim is for visitors to have expansive views across the terminal to see the aircrafts and the coast. “The upgrade will transform the airport’s main terminal to a light, open space where travellers can intuitively find their way to and from their flights", says Wellington Airport’s chief commercial officer, Matt Clarke.
Auckland Airport Hotel undergoes multi-million dollar transformation
Auckland Airport’s Holiday Inn hotel has had a complete multi-million dollar refurbishment of its public spaces, giving it a new contemporary look.
New W Hotel bought to Sydney in 2019
Marriott International plans to bring its W Hotels brand back to Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The uniquely designed hotel will feature 593 guestrooms and serviced apartments, a restaurant and two bars, a swimming pool, spa and gym as well as 925sqm of conference and event space, including a grand ballroom. It will join sister hotels W Brisbane (now open) and W Melbourne (opening in 2020).
DoubleTree Wellington opens
A new DoubleTree Hilton hotel has recently opened in Lambton Quay, Wellington. This hotel has 106 rooms with a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and boardroom.
DoubleTree Auckland to open in 2020
The DoubleTree Hilton is set to open a new hotel in 2020, in Auckland’s southern suburb, Karaka. This $30 million hotel will have 120 rooms, restaurant, bar, gym, pool and two meeting rooms, designed for conferences.
IHG plans to open Hotel Indigo in Auckland City
IHG is planning to open a boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo in Auckland. Set to open in 2021, Hotel Indigo will be 41 storeys high with 225 hotel rooms.
Industry shift towards sustainability
Air New Zealand has been recognised for their corporate social responsibility
Air New Zealand’s sustainability efforts have been recognised for the second consecutive year in the 2018 Annual Review of the State of CSR (corporate social responsibility) in Australia and New Zealand, taking out a New Zealand CSR Top 5 Award.
Hilton eliminate plastic straws globally
By the end of this year, the Hilton will eliminate plastic straws across its hotels globally. In New Zealand, Australia and Fiji they have already started this initiative and are now offering biodegradable paper straws on demand. They will also remove all plastic bottles in conference rooms and event spaces.
Air New Zealand serves up the ‘Impossible Burger’
Air New Zealand recently introduced the 'Impossible' - a plant-based burger made from soy that cooks, smells and tastes like beef. This burger will be added to the Business Premier menu on flights NZ1 and NZ5 between Los Angeles and Auckland as a temporary addition until late October.
AccorHotels begin plastic straw ban
Starting July, AccorHotels has announced a ban on plastic straws in North and Central America. Many AccorHotels have already implemented the “straw upon request only” policy.
Marriott Hotels aim to reduce plastic
The Marriott is replacing all small amenity bottles with recyclable dispensers containing Paul Mitchell Tea Tree products, at five select-service brands in North America with the intention to expand and reduce plastic.
Air New Zealand’s ‘FlyNeutral’ programme
Air New Zealand has extended their carbon offset programme ‘FlyNeutral’. Under the FlyNeutral programme, Corporate and Government customers can request a carbon emissions report from their dedicated account manager, which sets out the emissions generated from their Air New Zealand travel.