Virgin_Crew_1936v5On 3 April 2018, Virgin Australia today announced its Sydney-Hong Kong flights are now on sale, with the inaugural flight scheduled to depart as VA83 at 10am on 2 July 2018.

The airline will operate daily services between the two destinations, operated by its dual aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, featuring the award-winning Business Class product, ‘The Business’, which has been named the world’s best for two consecutive years.

To celebrate, Virgin Australia launched the #chopstickchallenge, encouraging people to conduct ordinary tasks using chopsticks. Virgin Australia is offering the most creative #chopstickchallenge post the chance to win return Business Class flights to Hong Kong, plus two nights’ accommodation and a dim sum masterclass at the iconic Peninsula Hotel.

Virgin Australia Airlines Group Executive Rob Sharp said: “We are thrilled our daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights are now on sale, offering a competitive price and our award-winning Business Class and cabin crew.

“Since Virgin Australia began flying to Hong Kong last year, airfares from Australia have dropped by up to 40 per cent, signalling the strong competition we have brought to this route.

“Hong Kong is a vibrant and exciting destination but is also a gateway into Asia and Europe. We look forward to offering onward connections with our partners Hong Kong Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

“Greater China is a key pillar of our strategy and the addition of Sydney services to our already popular Melbourne flights to Hong Kong strengthens our proposition immensely,” Mr Sharp said.

Virgin Australia has also announced an interline partnership with HK Express, allowing passengers to travel from Melbourne or Sydney to Hong Kong and connect through to destinations throughout Asia. These services will go on sale later this month.

Return Sydney-Hong Kong flights are available from $549 in Economy and $2679 in Business Class at

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SkyBus Updates its Gold Coast Services’ Ticket Pricing Models

SkyBus, operator of Australasia’s premier airport transfer service, has updated its Gold Coast service ticket pricing to a more simplified model for its Airport Shuttle and Theme Park Transfers. This latest move aims to provide tour and travel operators the ease in booking tickets for their clients who are visiting the Gold Coast. New pricing is effective of Wednesday April 12th 2018.

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The SkyBus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle is now even more convenient, with one price structure for all accommodation locations.

The SkyBus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle also comes with the highly popular ‘Kids Travel Free’ to benefit families travelling together.

SkyBus operates transfers between the Gold Coast Airport and accommodations located in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Miami, Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach, Currumbin, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra, Coolangatta, Tweed Heads and Main Beach. SkyBus will no longer service accommodations in the north of Main Beach. The consolidated service means improved frequency and reliability.

Save More with Theme Park Transfers Pass

The SkyBus Theme Park Transfer service now operates between all popular theme parks and over 260 accommodations located in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach and Main Beach.

The SkyBus Theme Park Transfer is the most convenient and direct way to get from your guests’ hotel to the Gold Coast’s most popular Theme Parks.

SkyBus operates multiple services daily to Sea World, Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and Paradise County.

The new ticket model includes savings up to 20% when purchasing multi-day passes.

Operating seven days a week, SkyBus introduced new purpose-built buses fitted with free Wi-Fi, luggage storage space, air conditioning, reliable running times, and online, mobile and kiosk ticketing options.

A two-time RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Gold prize winner, and the recipient of the 2017 and 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, SkyBus has a proven track record as a world class airport mass transit specialist thanks to its successful services throughout Melbourne, Victoria and Auckland, New skybus gcZealand and high customer satisfactions.

For more information about SkyBus Gold Coast services, including accommodation list, route, and ticket fares, visit

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How to hold an Association Event that delivers

Art sellingIt’s an exciting, albeit challenging time for association professionals. New technology and venue options have empowered conference organisers like never before. At the same time, a new generation of attendees are demanding more from events, including unique experiences, healthy meeting spaces and ground-breaking content.

As ever, association budgets remain tight, meaning organisers must be nimble and creative and deliver more with less in what is arguably their most important initiative. The Art of Excelling at Association Events is packed full of research and advice from leaders, to help association professionals to ensure that they are creating an event that will engage, educate and provide networking opportunities for members.

Download The Art of Excelling at Association Events here and discover insights that will help to put you and your association one step ahead in organising events that inspire, educate and entertain.

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