New Zealand travel deals: Waiheke’s best for less at Te Whau

Adventure from West to East

Adventure South NZ’s four-day Coast to Coast Bike Hike and Raft trip takes guests from west to east on a human-powered challenge. Dip your toes in the Tasman Sea to mark the start of your adventure, then cycle through lush native bush and along the shores of Lake Brunner. Hike the Southern Alps via Goat Pass on a 30km trek, then raft through the Waimakariri River Gorge. The journey finishes with a cycle along quiet rural roads to reach your final destination at New Brighton Pier where you can soak in the newly opened He Puna Taimoana Brighton Hot Pools. Prices start from $1895pp and include most meals, three nights’ twin-share motel accommodation and experienced guides. The trip is graded 6: moderate to challenging.
Contact: Adventure South NZ on 0800 00 11 66, [email protected] or go to

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Regional airline Rex using downturn to challenge Qantas, Virgin

By Jamie Freed

SYDNEY (Reuters) – As Virgin Australia shrinks to survive the pandemic, tiny Regional Express Holdings Ltd (Rex) <REX.AX> is picking up some of its larger rival’s planes and staff on the cheap – and attracting investors who see profit in the high-stakes plan.

A Boeing Co <BA.N> 737 leasing deal announced on Wednesday is the latest step in Rex’s gamble to take on Qantas Airways Ltd <QAN.AX> and Virgin starting with Sydney-Melbourne, the world’s fifth-busiest domestic route before the pandemic.

The move by Rex, until now an operator of ageing 30-36 seat turboprops, is a rare example of an airline expanding into new markets as the pandemic cripples air travel.

Shares in Rex and charter operator Alliance Aviation Services Ltd <AQZ.AX> have risen this year as investors look for counter-cyclical growth stories. Rex’s shares reached a one-year high on Thursday.

Graphic – Regional carriers Regional Express and

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COVID-19 travel industry layoffs start as Congress fails to act


Many U.S. airlines are overstaffed due to reduced flying schedules and low demand for air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Airlines, hotels and other travel-related businesses are trying desperately to urge Congress to act on a new relief plan in the wake of mass layoffs. 

The day the airline industry didn’t want to see coming arrived today, Oct. 1, when 32,000 American Airlines and United Airlines employees face furloughs after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package including more federal aid for airlines.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to try to work out a deal, to no avail. A House vote was postponed Wednesday on Democrats’ $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, which includes another $25 billion in support for airlines.

At the White House, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany blamed the layoffs on Pelosi Thursday

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Blibea Faux-Suede Biker Jacket Is So Cute for Fall

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Is this year flying by, or what? Some aspects have felt like forever and a half, but overall, it’s like we went from late winter to early fall in the blink of an eye. We had just become used to dressing for the hot weather, feeling pretty satisfied with our wardrobe, but now we suddenly can’t go anywhere without bringing a sweater or jacket with us!

But that’s okay. We may have been a little slow to get used to summer, but we can find comfort in the cold quickly if we know where to look. In this case, it’s actually on Amazon! You don’t need to trek to faraway lands or even the mall. You just need to click “add to cart” on a fall jacket that makes you excited for the

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Accreditation Partnership Seeks to Strengthen Medical Travel Services in India

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) Program for Medical Travel Services ( and the Quality & Accreditation Institute (QAI) (, have announced the formal launch of a joint accreditation program for hospitals and clinics in India serving medical travel patients. The goal of the partnership is to leverage each organization’s strengths to better serve healthcare providers in India seeking to enhance medical traveler patient experience and business performance.

GHA and QAI will work with clinically accredited hospitals in India as a prerequisite to offering Global Healthcare Accreditation for Medical Travel Services in the region. The accreditation may be from a recognized national or international accreditation body, such as QAI and JCI. The GHA accreditation survey will include a surveyor from each organization using the GHA standards. QAI will also serve as GHA’s local partner in India, conducting joint training, workshops

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CDC Extends Ban On Cruises From U.S. Ports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended a ban on cruises from U.S. ports. The new “no sail” order, issued late Wednesday, expires Oct. 31.

The CDC suspended cruises from U.S. ports in March after there were coronavirus outbreaks on a number of ships, with at least 41 deaths. In this extension, the federal agency says: “Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.” The CDC says the outbreaks have occurred, despite health and safety protocols adopted by the cruise lines. And the agency says the need for additional testing, isolation and contact tracing “significantly burdened public health authorities.”

Axios and The New York Times are reporting that CDC Director Robert Redfield wanted to extend the “no sail” order to next February, but was overruled by the White House.

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PreMarket Prep Stock Of The Day: Royal Caribbean

While many issues have distanced themselves from their March lows and several have gone on to make new all-time highs, others have lagged. One of those is Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL), which is the PreMarket Prep Stock Of The Day.

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Smooth Sailing In Early 2020: After ending 2019 at $119.28, Royal Caribbean rallied along with the broad market in January. In fact, it matched its all-time high from January 2018 ($135.65), when it peaked on Jan. 17 at $135.32.


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Interestingly, it shed more than $5 in the next session, falling to $129.68 following the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. On only one occasion did the issue trade above that price, on Jan. 23, when it reached $129.77.

Then Came COVID-19: The issue began to sink in late February and early March along with the S&P 500 index. However, it had a horrible

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Carnival’s Princess Cruises Takes Delivery Of Cruise Ship Amid CDC’s Extended No-Sail Order

Carnival’s (CCL) Princess Cruises took delivery of a new cruise ship on Thursday dubbed the Enchanted Princess.

The 145,000-ton ship was handed over in a ceremony at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The Enchanted Princess will carry 3,660 guests onboard, expanding the cruise line’s fleet of MedallionClass vessels, which includes sister ships – Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Majestic Princess, and Sky Princess

The arrival of the Enchanted Princess marks the 100th ship to be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. Princess Cruises also took delivery of the first cruise ship that Fincantieri built back in 1990 – the Crown Princess. The Enchanted Princess is also the first ship to be completed during the coronavirus pandemic, which has stalled sailings through Oct. 31 as part of a no-sail order that was extended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.

“We officially welcome Enchanted Princess into the Princess

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Photographs From the Last Quiet Places on Earth | Travel

It happened just before dawn. The murmur of bat wings fluttered above me, somewhere within earshot. I lay among the rocks and realized, not for the first time, that my camera was wildly insufficient. In the moonless, inky hours before the sunlight creeps back in from the east, there is very little to see. All I could do was listen to these sightless fliers feeding above me in the stillness.

Having spent my career working as a photographer in remote, hard-to-reach areas, it took me nearly two decades to fully realize that the least appreciated and often the hardest gems to document are not the vistas I chase with still cameras, but the auditory elements that surround them. It was that blanket of calm—layered with the notes of wind, wings and scampering claws—that remained with me long after my pixels were processed.

Markarfljot River, Iceland
Although Iceland draws more than two million visitors
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Marcus Hotels & Resorts Announces the Appointment of Andrew Flack as Chief Commercial Officer

MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced the appointment of Andrew Flack as its first ever chief commercial officer. Flack is a globally-experienced, results-oriented, proven leader with over 30 years of hospitality industry experience.

Flack most recently served as vice president marketing & eCommerce with Hilton Worldwide. In this role, he supported more than 5,000 managed and franchised properties, with oversight for 140 team members located throughout the Americas. Andrew’s previous roles with Hilton included vice president of product marketing & customer insights and vice president of global brand marketing. His international posts with Hilton included vice president sales & marketing Asia Pacific and regional director of sales, marketing & revenue management in Sydney, Australia.

“Andrew brings to Marcus Hotels & Resorts an extensive set of skills that will allow us to

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