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Industry News – February

Qantas revamps business loyalty program

Qantas has replaced its Qantas Aquire business rewards program with Qantas Business Rewards. Members of the program are likely to range from sole traders to people with several hundred employees. Businesses with an existing corporate deal with Qantas will not be eligible for the Qantas Business Rewards program.

 

Sichuan Airlines heading for New Zealand

Sichuan Airlines will begin three direct flights per week between Auckland and Chengdu in southwest China from June. The airline will use an A330-200 aircraft, with business and economy class configuration and operate initially on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

Four Points times two

Four Points by Sheraton has two new openings in New York. NY Downtown is the largest Four Points hotel in Manhattan and services the stock exchange area. Midtown West near Times Square & Empire State Building is perfectly located for both business & leisure. 

 

Hyatt goes local

The latest brand from our global partner, Hyatt Centric are lifestyle hotels located in prime locations. Featuring lobby lounges which provide guests with information about the most sought-after food, nightlife and activities the destination has to offer.  

 

W Melbourne

Marriott International has announced it will open a second W Hotel-branded property in Australia. The W Melbourne will be located in the heart of the CBD at 447 Collins Street as part of a mixed-use luxury development called Collins Arch. The 294-room property will feature a restaurant and bar, day spa, gym and indoor heated pool as well as more than 1200sqm of event and meeting space suitable for both large conferences and smaller meetings. It is scheduled to open in 2020 joining sister-property W Brisbane, which is due to open in 2018.

 

Qmiles joins forces with Le Club

Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club loyalty program has joined forces with AccorHotels to reward its members. Members can now convert Qmiles into Le Club AccorHotels points at a conversion rate of 4500 Qmiles to 1000 Le Club AccorHotels points. These can be used to secure free nights or discounted rates at AccorHotels properties around the globe. A reciprocal arrangement means that Le Club member with 2000 points or more can convert them into Qmiles.

 

Air New Zealand announce introduction of Oscar, a chatbot

Air New Zealand is dipping its toes into artificial intelligence, launching a customer service chatbot that helps passengers with common queries. The airline hopes Oscar, full name Bravo Oscar Tango, will become a "virtual travel assistant", helping passengers through every step of their journey.