News in Brief: Thursday December 12

News in Brief: Thursday December 12
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The Melbourne Convention Bureau has extended its Melbourne Values You program for event planners until the end of 2014.

It includes a range of offers from MCB along with its strategic partners and members, and aims to make the planning process “seamless and cost-effective”.

Chief executive Karen Bolinger revealed at business events showcase Dreamtime earlier this week that the decision to roll the program over into the new year was the result of the program being “exceptionally well-received” in market.

Meanwhile, she confirmed that Taiwan’s Shin Kong Life Insurance Group has selected Melbourne as the location of its four-day incentive reward program to take place in April 2014 which is expected to inject $4.5 million into the state economy.


Sunshine Coast tourism has welcomed Air NZ's decision to extend its seasonal flights from Auckland to the Sunshine Coast, saying it will provide a boost for leisure, business and conference travel.

The carrier announced on Monday that it will operate the services between June and October for another three years.

"Tourism is one of the four pillars of the Queesland economy and increasing aviation access is key to helping the industry reach the goal of growing overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30b by 2020," state minister for tourism Jann Stuckey said.


Abercrombie & Kent has launched a 13-day private jet adventure into remote Western Australia and the Northern Territory for no more than 30 guests.

The new release follows the launch of the luxury operator’s first three Private Jet journeys which included an Africa itinerary and an around the world trip, all of which sold out within months.

“Interest in a similar offering in Australia then emerged and so we are now introducing the first in a series of unique Australian journeys by private jet,” managing director Sujata Raman said. “This sort of itinerary has never been offered before – the aircraft is a cut above anything else available and will access places which larger planes cannot.” 

The tour, operated by a Fokker F70LR aircraft, departs on August 26 and is priced at $28,000 per person twin share with a single supplement of $4,000.


Accor has signed an agreement with a Burmese developer to develop three newly-built hotels in Myanmar – Pullman Yangon Myat Min, The Sebel Yangon Myat Min and Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min.

The announcement brings Accor's Myanmar development pipeline to six projects over the next three years.

"Accor is proud to announce the signing of three hotels with our new partner, Myat Min Co., Ltd., making this one of the largest hospitality partnerships in Myanmar," Accor senior vice president for Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia. Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines, Patrick Basset, said.

"Southeast Asia has long been a strategic market for Accor, and as Myanmar's tourism industry develops, we see significant growth potential in this country as well."


The 37-room Amoy boutique hotel is the latest property to be opened by Far East Hospitality in Singapore.

It is is located in FarEast Square, a heritage conservation project in the heart of the city centre, and is accessible via the city’s first street museum, Fuk Tak Chi. 

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