News in Brief: Thursday August 29

News in Brief: Thursday August 29
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Virgin Australia has seen satisfaction levels among its business travellers rise to 86% in the twelve months to July , up from 77% two years earlier.

Meanwhile, Qantas satisfaction levels slipped over the same period, down from 88% in July 2011 to 82%. However the figure represents an improvement of the lows of 76% experienced just after the grounding of its places in late 2011.

 

Australians planning to be overseas on the September 7 election day have been reminded to cast an early vote with special voting centres set up at the domestic and international airports.

Alternatively, they can cast a vote in person at one of the 102 Australian diplomatic missions around the world that offer voting services. For more information, click here.

 

The signing of a management deal between Toga Hotels and the former Quality Hotel Hobart Airport takes the hotel firm's Tasmanian portfolio to two properties.

From October 1, the 78-room property will become the Travelodge Hotel Hobart Airport.

 

Rail Plus has unveiled its 2014 Great Train Journeys program featuring a range of new additions such as the Royal Rajasthan on WheelsPullman Rail Journeys and the new Orcaella product from Orient Express.

The rail specialist has also introduced Australian rail journeys, the three-day Ghan and the four-day Indian Pacific, to the program.

 

Emirates has confirmed the launch of non-stop services to Taipei, its 16th destination in the Far East, from February 10.

It will initially fly six times weekly Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport and will be operated by a three class Boeing 777-300ER.

 

South American eco-tourism firm, Explora, is offering a free night's stay for bookings of four night programs at its Atacama, Patagonia and Easter Island properties to mark its 20th year of operation.

The offer is valid for travel between April 14 and October 14. 

 

Under a new deal, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has extended its exclusive partnership with Cirque du Soleil to become the official hospitality and accommodations supplier for its Asia Pacific Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour shows.

 

Australians can vote for the Tigerair destinations they want to see go on sale next week by participating in an online voting poll on the low cost carrier’s Facebook page.

The top five destinations will be available to book on Wednesday September 4 in the ‘People’s Choice’ airfare sale.

Voting is now live and will close at midnight on Sunday September 1.

 

Jeff Blaszkowski has joined the team at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort as business development manager – golf, sporting and leisure.

 

Car rental firm Hertz has signed an exclusive partnership with the Relais & Chateaux collection of luxury hotels and restaurants.

Under the three-year agreement, customers of both companies will have access to exclusive offers and preferential rates.

 

Air Canada is seeking to lure Australian skiers to Canadian slopes with the offer of airfare deals from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Vancouver from $1798 including taxes when booked by September 3.

The airline is also offering deals from Sydney to Seattle, San Francisco, Boston and New York from $1509 when booked by the same date.

 

Made Easy Tours has released a new brochure featuring itineraries to Gallipoli, Belgium, France and Vietnam to mark 20 years of battlefield tours.

Email the Travel Weekly team at traveldesk@travelweekly.com.au

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