What 2018 brought us

What 2018 Brought Us

It’s that time when you might look in the rear vision mirror at the year that was. Which was the very topic that the national travel editor at Fairfax Traveller asked me to cover, in 10  bites. As well as overcrowding in Europe’s hot spots, tighter legislation for Airbnb in some cities and the launch of an even bigger cruise ship, the most notable was the first Qantas non-stop flights between Australia and the UK with a daily Perth-London service. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has his sights set on even bigger things – non-stop flights from east coast Australia to London and New York City, but he’ll need a longer-legged aircraft to achieve that. Also passengers prepared to face the 20-hour marathon – and cop the price. Non-stop flights always cost more than one-stop flights between the same two points.

And Some Things That Need Fixing

Another story was 10 things that need fixing in travel in 2019 and the one that stands out for me is the continuing lack of consumer protection for Australian travellers. Flight delays, insolvency protection if your tour operator goes belly up – Aussie travellers are naked compared with the level of consumer protection for travellers in the EU and North America.


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