Business travel news: February 2022



Australia opens international borders

Australia opens to international business travelers and tourists on February 21, after nearly two years of border closures. Travelers must have received two doses of a COVID vaccine to gain entry. To read the border opening announcement, click here, or visit CTM’s COVID hub for the latest travel advice and updates to help make your trip as smooth as possible.

New Zealand border reopening plan announced

Jacinda Arden has announced New Zealand’s plan to ease COVID-related border restrictions. The first stage of the five-stage reopening plan will begin at 11:59 p.m. on February 27. Under this stage, fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens and Australian visa holders will be allowed to enter New Zealand, but they will be required to self-vaccinate. – isolate for 10 days. The next stages of the plan will roll out over the next few months, with the final stage scheduled for October 2022. This final stage will allow visitors from anywhere in the world to enter New Zealand. Read more.

Emirates A380 returns to Melbourne

After two years, Melbourne saw the return of Emirates’ superjumbo, the A380. Sydney was the first to see the return of the luxurious A380 in December and Brisbane is expected to follow in July 2022.

Virgin reactivates Velocity refunds on Singapore Airlines

Starting Monday, February 7, Virgin Australia frequent flyers can once again use their Velocity Points to book flights on Singapore Airlines to more than 30 countries. Exchange capacity will be rolled out in stages starting with economy class only, with Velocity exchanges on premium economy, business and first class bookings expected to follow shortly thereafter.

Qantas Airbus A380 takes to the skies again

On January 11, Qantas’ A380 took to the skies for the first time since the pandemic began. The jet will initially serve the Sydney-Los Angeles route three times a week. More A380s are expected to take to the skies as further restrictions ease. Qantas plans to have six A380s in its Sydney hangars by the end of the year.

Air New Zealand resumes flights to the Cook Islands

Air New Zealand has resumed daily flights between Auckland and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands following the resumption of a travel bubble between the two countries. The first flight took place on January 14. The restarting of travel between the two nations is great news for Kiwis and the Cook Islands economy. Read more.

Queensland welcomes quarantine-free international travel

Fully vaccinated international travelers can now enter Queensland without needing to self-quarantine. This includes working holidaymakers and students traveling from all eligible international locations with relevant visas, as well as Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members. The change is expected to have a positive impact on the state’s tourism industry, with international travelers contributing $6.1 billion to the state’s visitor economy before COVID-19. Read more.

Queensland’s inner borders open for good

As of Saturday January 15, Queensland’s interstate borders are open to all. Travelers can now enter Queensland without applying for a border pass, testing negative for COVID or being subject to quarantine. Checkpoint infrastructure has been removed and police will no longer staff road border posts. Read more.

Qantas waves the cost of Frequent Flyer membership

Qantas has made membership to its Qantas Frequent Flyer rewards program free when booking online. The normal cost to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is $99.50, which will be waved as part of this special promotion to attract new members. Read more.

Etihad launches sustainability program for business travel

Etihad has launched a sustainability program to help companies reduce the environmental impact of business travel. The sustainability program is called “Corporate Conscious Choices”, it allows companies to earn Corporate Conscious points, add green surcharges to travel tickets and invest in sustainable aviation fuel. The goal of the program is to take sustainable action and encourage other companies to do the same when it comes to business travel. Read more.


QT Hotels & Resorts Announces Opening of QT Newcastle for April 2022

QT Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the first look of the highly anticipated QT Newcastle. The first regional hotel in the design hotel collection will open in April 2022. Enriching the respected history of Newcastle’s East End, QT Newcastle is located in the 113-year-old heritage-listed David Jones Building, on Hunter Mall. With 104 rooms and suites, public spaces and private reception areas, the hotel will also feature a yet-to-be-revealed signature dining concept and a rooftop bar with stunning views from every vantage point. Read more.

Accor’s new Australian openings in 2022

Accor is set to open two new hotels in Sydney’s CBD, including the Porter House Hotel on Castlereagh Street and the Morris Hotel on Pitt Street. The Porter Hotel will comprise a combined hotel and residential apartments that will intertwine with the heritage-listed 1870s Porter House, from which the hotel takes its name and design inspiration. On-site amenities include a lobby, pool and fitness center, two restaurants, a fourth-floor bar with a traveling art gallery, private meeting and dining rooms, and a business center. Accor will open the Morris Hotel following the refurbishment of Sydney CBD’s historic West End Hotel built in 1929 at 412 Pitt Street. The hotel will feature 82 rooms, an impressive rooftop bar and a ground floor restaurant and bar on Pitt Street.

Accor welcomes a new hotel in Wellington

Accor’s new hotel, The Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt, offers 60 fully-equipped studios and one-bedroom apartments. The accommodation offers stylish and welcoming interiors, making it an excellent stay for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel is a short drive from Wellington International Airport and includes a restaurant and bar to appease all guests. Read more.

Travelodge opens new hotel in Hurstville

TFE Hotels’ Travelodge recently opened a new 124-room hotel in Hurstville, in Sydney’s south-west. The hotel has a rooftop bar and restaurant, a large corporate reception area and ground floor catering. The hotel features a new design direction with the interior designed by leading studio Chada using smart functional design, high ceilings, great attention to detail and natural light in every room. Read more.

Hyatt Centric opens in Melbourne

Hyatt recently opened its fourth hotel in Melbourne, Hyatt Centric. The hotel is centrally located on Downie Street and Flinders Lane in the CBD and stands 25 stories tall. The hotel offers stunning views and contemporary architecture, making it a pleasant stay whether traveling for business or pleasure. Read more.

The information on this page comes from third-party sources. While efforts are made to verify the accuracy of this information, CTM recommends that travelers seek independent advice and/or information from their CTM Travel Consultant, CTM Travel Tools or directly from their chosen travel suppliers. regarding the status of services, times and booking conditions as information may change regularly.


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