Tuesday, 1 August 2017

US Inbound International Travel on the Rise Despite Fears of 'Trump Effect'



Concerns Not Yet Felt


Despite concerns for dropping rates, international travel to the United States has increased 5.2 percent yearly. What's more, in May business travel growth "rallied" during the month, according to the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index. The growth came in spite of feared policy effects, including the ongoing fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban.

"There is widespread talk of daunting challenges to the U.S. travel market—perception of the country abroad is mentioned most, but the strong dollar and slowing global economy are factors, as well—yet the resilience of our sector continues to astound," USTA president and CEO Roger Dow said.

It is projected that overall, travel to the United States for the period from June through November will grow another 1.8 percent this year, although the growth rate in forward-looking domestic bookings is decidedly slower than this time last year.



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Friday, 28 July 2017

Corporate Sale Fares to Europe with Finnair


Enjoy Finnair's Nordic Business Class Experience


Fly return to Europe via Helsinki or Asia and enjoy Business Class and combo sale fares! 
Travel Business Class to Europe from $5,500 including taxes or combo from just $3,900. 
For clients travelling to and from regional airports, you also have the option for an additional $100 on economy class tickets or an additional $200 on a business class ticket with Qantas, from: Bundaberg, Ballina, Charleville, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Rockhamption, Townsville and more. 

Travel period between 01 October 2017 and 30 June 2018. Sale ends 09 August 2017. 

Contact Depth Travel to find out more or to secure your booking now. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

How to Protect Company Information When Employees Travel Abroad


5 Tips
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration's ban of certain carry-on electronic devices on inbound flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports puts two concerns top of mind: national security and the risk of fire from lithium batteries in airplane holds. What’s not being discussed, however, is how this will affect corporate security. The restrictions on what is allowed for inspection and seizure under the ban have become nearly impossible to track, putting corporate security at risk for many businesses.

These are our 5 Tips to protect enterprise assets and information for frequent international travelers:
  1. Restrict transportation of anything remotely sensitive on a laptop, mobile phone or portable media device. Any information that, if public, would compromise corporate security should not be contained on travelers’ devices.
  2. Provide travelers with vanilla devices that can connect to sensitive information only via secure tunnels and strong authentication. Organizations should have several extra laptops on hand specifically for business travelers. They should be wiped completely clean so there is nothing to be compromised if they are lost or breached.
  3. Use remote desktop and other virtualisation technologies. These tools can provide an at-work-like experience for travelers without costing the business too much.
    For the 'serious about security' types, these last two tips are for you...
  4. Encrypt all devices and communications paths from top to bottom. Encrypting conceals information by turning it into a code so, if compromised, it would be meaningless to anyone who gains access to it. Of course, information can be decrypted once travelers have arrived at their destination and upon returning home.
  5. Lastly, consider a separate authentication protocol and/or procedure. A clean way to control data loss is to have the end user call to set up access after entering a new country. This access can be revoked when the employees are in transit and reestablished when they have reached their destination and returned to the office.
Regardless of what happens with the device travel ban, companies would be wise to put in place the policies and technology necessary to protect their information when employees are traveling abroad. Some of these are pretty basic security procedures already in place in many organisations. But information is an organisation’s greatest asset and the laptop ban rules are uncertain, so additional precautions should be considered to protect the company.

Contact Depth Travel to find out more

Monday, 24 July 2017

SriLankan Airlines Now Flying Non-Stop to Colombo

Inaugural Special Fare Sales Period Extended


Starting from 30 October 2017, SriLankan Airlines will be the only international airline to fly non-stop from Melbourne to Colombo daily. The current inaugural special fare has been extended for sales until 21 Aug 2017.

Fly Business Class from Melbourne to Colombo from  $3,258 + taxes.

Launched in 1979, Sri Lanka’s National Carrier is an award winning airline with a solid reputation for service, comfort, safety, reliability, and punctuality.

The airline’s hub is at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, providing convenient connections to its global route network of 100 destinations in 47 countries. It provides only Business or Economy Class seating, however on its long haul routes, its Business Class cabin offers seats that convert into fully or lie flat beds.  



Contact Depth Travel for more information or to book your seat now!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Laptop Ban Being Reviewed by DHS Officials

Egypt Air, Saudia Arabian Airlines & Royal Air Maroc
Eagerly Anticipate Lifted Laptop Ban


The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that it will be reviewing the laptop ban still in place for three Middle Eastern airlines.

According to Reuters, DHS spokesman David Lapan said the agency will review security measures at airports in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Egypt to determine if they are eligible to have the ban on larger electronic devices lifted.

Officials from both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Royal Air Maroc said they believe the electronics ban will be lifted on July 19. EgyptAir also announced that it believes it could be exempt from laptop ban as soon as Wednesday.

DHS agents said security procedures must be approved before the ban can be lifted.



The laptop ban was imposed in March to combat the possibility that terrorists could smuggle explosives via larger electronic devices. On June 28, the DHS unveiled new security measures for all foreign flights arriving in the United States, and several airports have already made the necessary changes.

Over the last two weeks, the DHS lifted the travel ban on six of the airlines originally on the list, including Royal Jordanian Airways, Kuwait Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines.

For more information regarding the laptop ban please contact Depth Travel. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Naughty Passengers

Man Attempts to Open Door Midflight
At Depth Travel, we have heard our fair share of unruly passenger tales. This week however, we have added a new to our list of memorable moments.

A man traveling on an Air Asia flight in India Monday had to be restrained by crew members and other passengers after he attempted to open the door of the plane midflight.


A 32-year-old man was on Air Asia Flight from Delhi to Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi when he reportedly attempted to open one of the emergency doors.

Members of the flight crew and other passengers were forced to restrain Ahmed and eventually handed him over to the police in Ranchi after the plane landed safely.

Several passengers and attendants were injured in the scuffle.

Airlines serving India have faced similar issues in the past as well. In April, a passenger was tied to his seat while traveling between Delhi and Dubai after he became violent. Unruly passengers are not just confined to Asia, either, as a reportedly drunk passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight in June had to be tackled by crew members and secured to a seat with zip ties after he locked himself in the bathroom and refused to leave.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

A New 'First' for Delayed Flight Excuses


A Penny for Good Luck


Working at Depth Travel, we have heard all the excuses you can imagine from airlines whose flights are delayed - 'operational issues', 'bad weather', 'plane is delayed at their last departure'. However, this is a first for us and we feel pretty sure you've never heard of anything like this either.

China Southern's Flight 380 to Guanzhou was delayed at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport on Tuesday by coins that had been thrown at the engine.

It seems that an 80-year-old woman wanted to make sure that the flight would be a safe one.

So, in a Buddhist tradition of which I'd been hitherto unaware, she wandered onto the tarmac and tossed the coins with uncertain accuracy. It seems that only one coin managed to get into the engine. Eight more failed to hit their target.

How, though, did anyone find out? After all, a recent United flight almost took off with fuel pouring out its left wing.

It seems that an alert passenger noticed her ceremonial pitching and reported her.

150 passengers had to be led off the plane, while airline workers tried to extract the coin from the engine and retrieve the others.

I tell this story only to offer a little succor to those who suffer flight delays all over the world.

Sometimes, there's really nothing the airline can do. Sometimes, it really is something you could never, ever have imagined.