Star Entertainment lobs bid to absorb Crown Resorts

Star Entertainment Group has proposed a merger with embattled Crown Resorts to create a $12bn gaming giant.Star, which owns casinos in Queensland and New South Wales, announced its offer to rival Crown on Monday.The conditional, non-binding, indicative proposal would create the largest gaming group in Australia.Star chairman John O’Neill said the…

NZ travel bubble reopens to Sydney after local cases, as restrictions are extended

New Zealand has reopened its borders to NSW, after a short pause triggered by the emergence of two local cases in Sydney.The bubble was put back in place from 11.59pm Sunday, with the first flights touching down on Monday morning.Direct flights were halted from 11.59pm on May 6, putting mother’s day plans in jeopardy, but New Zealand’s COVID-19…

WA on show as MasterChef comes to town

Camera IconMasterChef Australia judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris with Wildflower head chef Matt Satori.Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkSo much so that whenever the opportunity arises for the esteemed food critic turned MasterChef Australia judge to head west, he makes up a list of the local restaurants,…

Oktoberfest in the Gardens: Perth beer lovers to descend on Langley Park

Camera IconOtene Williams and Sarah-Marie Davies dress up for Oktoberfest at Langley Park on October 12. Credit: The West Australian, Megan Powell.Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link 50,000 beers. 10,000 bratwurst. 1000 pretzels. When it comes to Oktoberfest, Perth has quite the appetite.Beer buffs and lederhosen lovers are set…

New Zealand travel bubble pause with NSW to lift on Sunday

The travel bubble pause between Sydney and New Zealand will be lifted after NSW reported no new locally acquired cases on Saturday.New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, confirmed quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel will resume on Sunday at 11.59pm but warned the update was subject to there being no further issues with the Sydney…

Rex faces uphill battle from airlines with strong loyalty programs

Regional Express faces an uphill battle to steal customers from Qantas and Virgin after missing a key target and potentially underestimating the power of frequent flyer programs.The country carrier has delayed one of its major goals following its $150m capital injection to move into major metro travel routes.According to its prospectus, Rex should…

Qantas set to add a million seats to Adelaide due to surge in travel

Qantas will add an extra one million seats in and out of Adelaide as a result of the boom in domestic travel.The nation’s premier airline announced a raft of services to and from the South Australian capital and a new Adelaide-Gold Coast route.Five Embraer E190 aircraft will be added to the Qantas fleet at Adelaide Airport and assist on QantasLink…

International border closures costing Australia $8bn a month: research group

International border closures are forecast to cost the nation at least $17bn due to the botched vaccine rollout – but the damage bill could climb frighteningly higher.The cost to the economy incurred by Australia’s isolation from the rest of the world is a whopping $203m a day, according to new modelling by the McKell Institute.The federal government…

ACCC may stop Qantas’ Japan flights bid

Camera IconThe competition watchdog is opposing Qantas and Japan Airlines’ plans to coordinate flights. Credit: APShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkAustralia’s competition watchdog is opposing a Qantas plan to resume flights between Australia and Japan.Qantas and Japan Airlines have proposed coordinating flights between Sydney,…

Where to find our ‘perfect’ golden street

Every year as Sydney hurtles towards summer and the sweet scent of jasmine fills the city air, one suburban street in Kirribilli turns into an Instagrammer’s heaven with visitors on a mission to get the perfect social media snap.But as the chill currently sweeps the state of NSW and the leaves turn from green to gold, another street – some 90 minutes…

Films to challenge and delight

Camera IconLetter Reader, one of the many films screening online as part of the South African Film Festival 2021 Credit: SuppliedShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkAll ticket proceeds from this year’s South African Film Festival (May 12-24, saff.org.au) will go to supporting Education without Borders programs that assist young…

Qantas confirms global headquarters will remain in Sydney

Qantas has confirmed its global headquarters will remain in Sydney.The flying kangaroo announced it had completed a review of its property portfolio following a massive $2.7bn financial loss last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Speculation had been mounting that Qantas was potentially moving its head office to Queensland or a new location;…

ACCC denies Qantas and Japan Airlines deal to co-ordinate flights

Australia’s competition watchdog is set to try to block a deal struck between Qantas and Japan Airlines to co-ordinate flights.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is proposing to deny authorisation of the two airlines signing a five-year deal to co-ordinate flights, which the regulator says would ruin competition on travel routes between…

Scott Morrison weighs into fears Australia’s travel ban with India could have consequences

Scott Morrison has dismissed fears Australia’s controversial travel ban could damage the country’s key relationship with India.A threat to jail or fine returning Australian citizens, who have been in COVID-ravaged India in the past 14 days, has prompted widespread backlash.The federal opposition has also warned of unintended consequences, saying…

Jetstar launches ‘Return for Free’ sale

Travellers can snap up a return fare between Sydney and Melbourne for less than $60 after Jetstar relaunched its ‘Return for Free’ birthday sale.It’s the latest deal offered during a growing price war bubbling within the nation’s aviation industry.The low-budget arm of the Qantas group revealed its renowned sale would make a comeback as a…

Rex, Jetstar and Virgin reveal thousands took advantage of Monday’s sale price war

Thousands of Australians have taken advantage of bargain-basement fares as the price war between three of Australia’s airlines heats up.Regional Express (Rex), Virgin Australia and Jetstar all confirmed that bookings have surged on flights between Melbourne and Sydney after they announced massive drops in ticket prices on Monday.The price war on…

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