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November 26, 2020
In this issue
SA readies to welcome back groups from the east
Qld to open border with Vic, Virgin increases flights
“Aviation more receptive to MICE” American Airlines boss makes post-Covid prediction
Auckland secures Women in Police conference
Shane Hannam departs IBTM Events, Claude Blanc to manage portfolio
Qantas and Accor partner up to offer increased rewards


SA readies to welcome back groups from the east
 
The Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) has released a statement saying it is “pleased” that business events groups from the east will once again be able to visit the state.
 
ACB chief executive Damien Kitto commented: “We have been hosting large controlled and highly successful business events for some months now, such as those at the Adelaide Showgrounds and the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC), so it will be fantastic to see the eastern states able to re-join us."
 
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Qld to open border with Vic, Virgin increases flights
 
Queensland (Qld) premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said that the state will open its border to Victoria (Vic) on December 1, 2020, after the state recorded 28 days with no new coronavirus cases.
 
Premier Palaszczuk congratulated Vic’s premier Daniel Andrews, its chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton and all other Victorians on the achievement.
 
In response to the announcement, Virgin Australia has announced it will resume services between Melbourne and the Gold Coast and Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast from November 30, 2020, and Melbourne and Cairns from December 14, 2020. There will also be five flights a day between Melbourne and Brisbane by Christmas. The airline has also extended its COVID-19 booking flexibility initiative until March 31, 2021.
“Aviation more receptive to MICE” American Airlines boss makes post-Covid prediction
 
By Laura Bradley
 
Business class flights will have less booze. Airlines will be more receptive to MICE customers. The world may never return to 2019 levels of corporate travel.
 
These were some of the predictions made by Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific, American Airlines Shane Hodges yesterday afternoon during the Society of Incentives and Travel Executives’ (SITE) latest Motivate Series webinar, The Future of Air and Accommodation.
 
Mr Hodges, who was filling in for chief customer officer for American Airlines Alison Taylor, addressed the more than 200 global webinar participants and answered their burning questions about the future of corporate air travel. I have summarised his answers here. 
Auckland secures Women in Police conference
 
Auckland put its hands up to host the 2023 International Association of Women in Police (IAWP) Annual Conference, and IAWP said yes.
 
Taking place in Auckland for the first time, the five-day conference will attract more than 600 senior police, researchers and policy makers from around the world – all of which are dedicated to strengthening the profile and inclusion of women in the police.
 
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Shane Hannam departs IBTM Events, Claude Blanc to manage portfolio
 
Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced that Shane Hannam is stepping down from his position as portfolio director of IBTM Events after almost three years in the role. The IBTM Events portfolio will now be managed by Claude Blanc.
 
Claude has spent more than 25 years in the travel industry, with extensive experience in both the leisure and business events sectors. His new role will see him manage the new portfolio as part of his current role as portfolio director for World Travel Market.
 
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Qantas and Accor partner up to offer increased rewards
 
Qantas and Accor have announced a partnership that will see mutual members of their loyalty programs reap bigger rewards. Scheduled to launch mid-2021, it will be the first partnership of its kind between an airline and hospitality group in the Asia Pacific region.
 
The partnership will give eligible members of both programs the opportunity to boost their rewards by simultaneously earning both Qantas Points and ALL – Accor Live Limitless Reward Points on Accor hotel bookings and Qantas Points and ALL – Accor Live Limitless Reward Points on Qantas flight bookings.
 
Members will also enjoy more opportunities to redeem points as well as a suite of exclusive benefits for top-tier members. The partnership will apply for hotel stays across the Asia Pacific region and across Qantas’ domestic and international flights.
 
 
 
 
 
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