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.

Gold Coast flight deals to celebrate AirAsia’s 10 years in Oz

Low cost airline AirAsia X will tomorrow celebrate 10 years of flying Aussies across the world when Flight D7206 from Kuala Lumpur lands at Gold Coast Airport.

The aircraft, carrying the company’s CEO Benyamin Ismail, will be greeted with a water canon salute just after 9am to mark a decade since the airline first introduced its low-cost, long-haul service between Malaysia and Australia.

To coincide with the occasion, AirAsia X is offering cheap flights on a number of routes from the Gold Coast including $120 to Auckland, $211 to Singapore, and $268 to Beijing and Shanghai. Click here to see them all.

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The search is on to find Australia’s first W Insider

Do you think outside the box, have a finger on the pulse and know your way around Brissy? Well, W Hotels wants you!

The luxury hotel brand are on the hunt to find Australia’s first ever W Insider ahead of the opening of their brand new hotel in Brisbane next year.

The W Insider will get to work closely with W Hotels to create content about what’s new in Brisbane to ensure W guests have access to the freshest design, fashion and music experiences in the city.

To be in the running, interested candidates need to create a unique application in a form that best captures their personality, style and presence – think video, prose, art or social media.

Shortlisted candidates will then be paired up with a professional camera crew for a day to film an Insider Guide to Brisbane video where they can show their take on what’s new and next in Brisbane through the lens of W Hotels’ key passion points of design, fashion, music and fuel (the brand’s take on wellness).

The W Insider will be announced at W Brisbane’s Talent Casting Day – the hotel’s unconventional take on a traditional recruitment day – on Monday, 11 December 2017, where their Insider Guide to Brisbane will be premiered in front of guests.

“W Brisbane is going to be a game-changer for the Australian hotel scene when it opens, and the W Insider will play an integral role to the success of the hotel,” said W Brisbane’s General Manager Haldon Philp.

“We need someone who embodies the passions, style and essence of the W brand and vibrancy of this city, and can channel their energy into creating extraordinary experiences our guests will never forget.”

Applications for the W Insider role are now open, but get in quick because they close on November 7.  For more information, or to apply, click here.