Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with Board of
Airport Commissioners and executives for Qantas Airways, announced
the opening of the new Qantas Airways Maintenance facility at Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX). This Qantas maintenance and
engineering facility will be the first overseas maintenance base at
The facility will function as a full-service maintenance and
engineering base for Qantas in the United States. With more than 80
service technician positions, it more than doubles the engineering
and maintenance workforce.
“Qantas LAX’s largest international airline has taken over this
hangar as a tangible sign of its commitment to the city of Los
Angeles and LAX,” said Villaraigosa.
Noting that Qantas will be the first airline to fly the Airbus
A-380 to the United States in 2007, Mayor Villaraigosa said LAX
will be ready to accommodate the new aircraft.
“Los Angeles recognizes the importance of this new service to
our international carriers,” he said, “and we are committed to
making sure that LAX is ready when Qantas brings the first A-380
here to Los Angeles.”
Ensemble Travel’s Expanded Hotel Program
Along with expanded amenities package and additional properties
especially in the luxury segment Ensemble Travel Group released a
132-page Ensemble Hotel & Resort Collection directory for 2006.
The program offers hundreds of complimentary perks, many of which
are only available when booking through an Ensemble Travel Group
Included in this year’s collection are customized encounters,
such as an interpretive nature walk and tree planted in guests’
names at the Kichwa Tembo in Kenya’s Masai Mara; resort credits,
such as a $200 spa experience at the Casa de Campo in the Dominican
Republic; and dining discounts, such as a full English breakfast
daily at the Milestone in London.
These amenities are in addition to the standard perks, which
include VIP service and preferred rates and, when available, room
upgrades, early check-in and late check out.
More than 300 hotels and resorts are participating in the 2006
collection program, including the Orient-Express Hotels and the
Boscolo Luxury Collection of Hotels. To participate in the program,
each hotel and resort must meet a specific set of criteria.
“Not only has the number of properties more than doubled since
its inception in 2002, the unique amenities and special perks
offered at these elegant hotels and resorts really make our members
stand out as experts in their clients’ eyes,” said Lois Shore, CTC,
senior vice president of marketing, sales and public relations for
Ensemble Travel Group.
Classic Honeymoon Contest
Classic Vacations recently launched a contest for travel agents
to plan the “ultimate” honeymoon itinerary, with a range of prizes
up for grabs, including a trip for two to Tahiti and American
Express Gift Checks from $250 to $1,000.
To enter, travel agents must submit an original itinerary by
March 31 for what they believe to be the perfect romantic vacation
for a honeymooning couple. The itinerary must be comprised of only
Classic Vacations travel components and include a selection of
tours and activities.
Classic Vacations introduced the event as part of its Classic
Romance promotion, which includes special offers at a collection of
hotels and resorts in Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and
Tahiti. In addition to discounted room rates or free nights, many
packages come with amenities for honeymooners.
Travel + Leisure Ties the Knot
Travel + Leisure magazine and The Knot, a media company
and wedding resource, recently announced a new joint venture.
Travel + Romance magazine and its companion Web site, debuting in
April, will showcase luxury honeymoons, destination weddings and
trips for two.
“The explosion of the destination wedding and growing trend
toward high-end honeymoons has created an exciting opportunity to
partner with Travel + Leisure on a luxury romantic travel
resource,” said David Liu, CEO of The Knot.
Travel + Romance magazine will have a cover price of
$3.99 and an initial distribution of 500,000 to select members from
The Knot and select Travel + Leisure subscribers, as well
as newsstands and bookstores nationwide. The first issue will be
the Spring/Summer 2006 edition, with plans for an annual