Hot chips and nuts aplenty at Gold Coast Airport

PASSENGERS drank 15,000kg of coffee, chewed through 81,000 packets of gum and munched on 2.2 tonnes of macadamia nuts while waiting for their flight at Gold Coast Airport last year.

The city’s airport revealed the staggering statistics as it prepares for the arrival of thousands of Commonwealth Games athletes, officials and spectators in the weeks ahead.

Coffee, nuts, hot chips, chewing gum and ham and cheese croissants were among the most popular food items sold to travellers passing through the Gold Coast Airport last year.

Gold Coast Airport retailers sold 81,000 packets of chewing gum, 325,000 litres of bottled water and
used 15,000 kilograms of coffee beans to fuel the airport’s 6.5 million-plus passengers in 2017.

Travellers also purchased 2.2 tonnes of macadamia nuts and 95,000 kilograms of hot chips, while the
airport’s duty free store sold 360 bottles of spirits every day.

The ham and cheese croissant and the humble ham and cheese toastie were the most popular food
items sold.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said 2017 was a year of big numbers for the
airport and this year would be even bigger.

“We had a record number of passengers last year but it takes more than jet fuel to keep them moving,”
she said.

“Our retailers are coming off the back of our busiest month and day on record in January and are now
preparing themselves for the thousands of Commonwealth Games athletes, officials and spectators who
are a matter of weeks away from arriving here.

“I’m sure they’ll appreciate a ham and cheese croissant as much as the rest of us during those busy two
weeks.

“But if the athletes are looking for something a little leaner, we have plenty of healthy options too.”

Gold Coast Airport set a record for the 2017 calendar year when 6,542,604 passengers arrived or departed the airport – 120,602 more than in 2016.

Qantas’ brilliant new safety video shows ‘Aussies being Aussies’

Qantas has released its latest inflight safety video featuring everyday Australians sharing the true Aussie spirit in beautiful destinations around the world.

Playing cricket on a rooftop in Tokyo, riding in the front seat of a taxi in New York, indulging in a “Tim Tam Slam” in Johannesburg and barracking for the Wallabies in the heart of All Blacks territory in Auckland are just some of the true-blue moments that feature in the clip.

Set to a modern take of I Still Call Australia Home, the video starts with a young woman saying farewell to her family at Melbourne Airport and ends with an off-duty Qantas pilot at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia.

All throughout the clip, Aussies are providing safety instructions for passengers travelling on Qantas aircraft.

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CEO Alison Webster said the airline’s safety video was a creative way to share the spirit of Australia with customers.

“The primary purpose of these videos is to communicate an important safety message, and we know from our previous efforts that beautiful locations with a touch of humour is a great way to get people’s attention each time they fly,” Ms Webster said.

“This video lets us show off some of the amazing places you can travel on our network, and acts as a quick induction on Australian culture for visitors overseas about to fly here on a Qantas aircraft.”

The new video will begin screening across Qantas domestic and international flights from April.

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines returns to Qld skies with Brisbane-Kuala Lumpur flights

MALAYSIA Airlines has announced that they will be flying between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane four times a week, giving travellers another way to come and experience the sunshine state!

It comes after the airline axed their services in Brisbane just over two years ago.

Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said a consortium led by Tourism and Events Queensland and including Tourism Australia and Brisbane Airport Corporation secured the flights, which are forecast to bring more than 60,000 additional tourists to Queensland each year.

“These flights will open a gateway for thousands of travellers to come to Queensland and experience the Great Barrier Reef, our world-heritage listed rainforests, our iconic beaches and the Outback,” Ms Jones said.

Federal Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo also welcomed the additional route.

“It’s great to see this service has been reinstated, as a key aviation priority for us for some time,” Minister Ciobo said.

“Malaysia is one of our key international tourism markets, and Malaysian travellers spent $137 million more in Australia in the year to September, totalling $1.4 billion, an increase of 11 per cent.

Brisbane Airport Corporation Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said Malaysia Airlines’ return is great news for the whole of Queensland.

“Via Kuala Lumpur passengers will have access to Malaysia Airlines’ extensive network including India, South East Asia and the UK.

“All in all, it is another significant step for the city and state in positioning Brisbane as a major Asia Pacific centre and the future gateway to Australia.”

Tickets for the new route are already on sale, with Malaysia Airlines expected to begin flying between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane in April this year.

AVANI Broadbeach

Gold Coast hotel helping guests enjoy the city like a local

Visitors staying at a brand new hotel in Broadbeach will be able to explore the city like a local thanks to a clever guide run through Facebook messenger.

Avani Broadbeach has introduced technology called AvaniMe Keys To The City that connects hotel guests to locals through their key cards.

Guests scan their key card using the Facebook messenger app, and instantly they are able to ask questions to a local about what to get up to in the Broadbeach area.

From the best place to enjoy a cocktail, through to shopping hotspots, guests can receive insider suggestions anywhere and anytime during their stay.

General Marketing Manager Avani Hotels & Resorts Kira Klein said, “Hotel keys are mostly used to keep you in your room, but at Avani we believe guests should be out and about, exploring what is beyond our four walls.”

“We’re thrilled to have brought Avani Hotels & Resorts and AvaniMe to Broadbeach, where we’ll continue to partner with local experts to share the passion and knowledge they have for the place they call home.”

Model Laura Dundovic has also compiled some of her insider tips into an AvaniMe Keys To The City video guide on the hotel’s website.

“It’s been so much fun showing off all the hidden gems I love. Broadbeach has so much to offer and sometimes it’s just knowing the right places to go that really makes your trip amazing,” she said.

For more information on Avani Broadbeach and the AvaniMe Keys To The City, visit: minorhotels.com/en/avani/broadbeach

 

Virgin Australia Kid's Sleeping

Kids set to sleep in comfort on Virgin Australia flights

Children will be able to stretch out in style on Virgin Australia flights, with the company announcing they’ll allow kid’s sleeping devices on board.

The airline initially rejected the idea, but after three months of safety tests, Virgin flights will now allow the Plane Pal, Fly Tot and Jet Kids Bed Box.

Sleeping aids like bed boxes, leg hammocks and inflatable cushions aren’t allowed on Qantas, Jetstar and Air New Zealand flights due to safety concerns.

Virgin Australia General Manager of Inflight Experience, Tash Tobias, said they want to make flying as easy as possible for parents.

“We know that travelling with kids can be a stressful experience and we want to make it as smooth as possible for the families that fly with us,” she said.