agentsfamilHong Kong Specialist Club A group of Australian agents joined their counterparts from 14 other countries at the first Hong Kong Specialist Club (HKSC) Incentive Famil in Hong Kong at the end of October.Hosted by Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and tourism partners, 38 agents from Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, UK and US spent four days sampling the delights of Hong Kong, including a 360 Lantau Sunset Tour; a traditional Cantonese dim sum lunch in Old Town Central; and at the Wine & Dine Festival, with a dazzling backdrop of Victoria Harbour. The group also attended a networking session which provided tourism partners with the opportunity to update the specialists on any developments and news, and build important relationships for future product development. Agents from Canada, Japan and USA experiencing the Peak Tram“Everything went like clockwork,” said Travelcall travel advisor Josie Hanney. “The whole trip was fantastic and the highlight for me was the cable car trip to Lantau Island, although I also loved the trip up to the Peak and the Wine and Dine festival. I now also have a much better understanding of the metro system and think that the Airport Express and checking your bags in at Kowloon Station is just such a wonderful idea.” To keep up to date with all the latest developments in Hong Kong, register as a trade partner on partnernet.hktb.com/au.
airlinesairportsJFKNew Yorkqantas From 3 April 2018 Qantas will relocate to Terminal 8 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), sharing the terminal with partner American Airlines. At check-in, Qantas customers will have their own dedicated area with increased counter space and, in the main terminal, will enjoy an extensive range of cafes, restaurants and retail shops. Eligible customers will also have access to American’s lounges within the terminal, including two Admirals Club lounges and the newly renovated Flagship Lounge, which opened in 2017.The Flagship Lounge allows eligible customers to relax, work or refresh before their flight with quiet rooms, individual work pods and showers. Customers can also enjoy a range of food options including a hot and cold buffet, premium wine and champagne or a drink from American’s “make your own cocktail” station.Customers are eligible for lounge access if they are booked for travel in Business class, or have Qantas Platinum One, Platinum or Gold Frequent Flyer status (or oneworld equivalent). Qantas Club members are also eligible for entry into the Admirals Club lounges.