Emirates signs marketing accord with Tourism Australia
Emirates said on Wednesday it has signed a global marketing agreement with Tourism Australia wherein both parties will collectively spend up to A$14.3 million (Dh 53.63 million)over the next three years on a range of joint marketing activities.
The move follows close on the heels of Emirates signing a 10-year codeshare deal with the Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas.
The deal, which marks Emirates’ largest investment so far in a global tourism body, is aimed at using the carrier’s widespread network to further boost visitation from key markets in Europe and New Zealand, Emirates said in a statement, adding that it would focus on some of Australia’s leading inbound visitor markets such as the UK, Germany and New Zealand, in addition to France and Italy.
Lost Japanese tourist spends a month sleeping in Chinese train station
The Japan Daily Press
You will not find a better example of what true relations between Chinese and Japanese people are capable of than this: Teruhiko Matsumoto, a Japanese tourist in China, has spent almost a month sleeping in a train station in Fuzhou, Fujian Province. The 46 year old lost his wallet and passport, and couldn’t ask for help out fear that people would think he was a beggar, not to mention the anti-Japanese sentiment in the country right now, but kindhearted locals discovered his plight and provided him with food and clothing.
Matsumoto, visiting from Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, arrived in China around three months ago and spent time in Shanghai before visiting a friend in Fujian Province. The friend returned to Japan in early September, and when Matsumoto arrived at a Fuzhou long distance bus station, he realized his valuable documents were gone. Unable to speak either Chinese or English, the traveler says he took his luggage to a nearby train station to wait things out and sleep near some shrubbery. It didn’t take long for local residents to notice his situation, and upon learning his was from Japan, instead of berating him about the ongoing territorial dispute between the two countries, they brought him water and bread.
Southwest Airlines offering 40 percent off fares for winter flights
Time is running out to take advantage of bargain airfares. Southwest Airlines and AirTran have dropped round-trip airfares to less than $80 on their shortest routes but you have to book your flight by Thursday.
A number of other short routes are available for less than $100 round trip. Longer trips also are available for less than $130 round trip — but the sub-$100 fares are only found on short hops.
The sales cover winter travel through February, but holidays are exempt. The fares appear to be lowest on Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Airlines Shuffle Marketing Alliances
Wall Street Journal
Qatar Airways said Monday that it plans to join the Oneworld global marketing alliance, in a move that is likely to trigger further changes in the ties between other airlines and the way they transport passengers on intercontinental routes.
The airline becomes the first of the trio of fast-growing Middle East carriers to join one of the three global pacts—Oneworld, Star and SkyTeam—that have dominated industry strategy for a decade, funneling passengers between members with coordinated schedules and common access to airport lounges and frequent-flier programs.
Qatar Airways’ planned entry to the Oneworld grouping late next year or in early 2014 raises questions about the future membership of existing participants including AMR Corp.’s American Airlines, which is in talks about a potentially conflicting deal with Dubai-based Emirates Airline, the largest carrier in the Middle East.