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The US & UK in-cabin travel ban on electronic devices – what we know so far

The US & UK in-cabin travel ban on electronic devices – what we know so far

The US and the UK have both moved to ban electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from cabins on flights from some Middle Eastern and North African countries.

The new security measures will mean that electronic items and devices larger than a mobile phone will be required to be carried in checked luggage only, not in the main cabin in hand luggage. This will apply to (but is not limited to), laptops, tablets, portable DVD players, cameras, e-readers and gaming devices larger than a smartphone.

The policy will come into effect on Friday 24 March 2017 and will impact flights travelling to the United States and the United Kingdom from the following list of countries.

The US policy has banned large electronic devices on flights from the following countries:

• Jordan
• Egypt
• Turkey
• Saudi Arabia
• Kuwait
• Qatar
• Morocco
• United Arab Emirates

The UK’s policy, is slight less restrictive and applies to flights from the following countries:

• Turkey
• Lebanon
• Jordan
• Egypt
• Tunisia
• Saudi Arabia

Qantas Airways has released the following statement on their website reporting that these changes will not impact Qantas passengers travelling on Qantas operated services.

“There are no impacts to Qantas customers travelling on Qantas operated services following the announcement of new travel requirements that will be implemented by the US and UK restricting the carriage of electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the cabin of inbound flights from some Middle Eastern airports. Customers travelling with codeshare and interline partners to the US or UK should check the requirements of the operating carrier.”

Fairfax Newspapers are also reporting that while the measures should not stop passengers on direct flights to and from Australia bringing laptops, e-readers and other devices on board, there could be flow-on effects to travellers to the US or the UK due to these new tighter security concerns.

Emirates, Etihad Airways, British Airways and Qatar Airways have advised us directly that the new policy will be in place on their flights from the affected list of countries into the US and UK.

The new regulations will affect passengers transiting through the listed countries on to destinations in the US or UK and they will need to check in all prohibited devices before departing Australia.

This summarises what we have been able to ascertain at this stage, but please be advised that details may be subject to change.

Autumn Newsletter 2017

AUTUMN 2017

Hello Travellers,

Well Summer is now officially over with school and work well and truly back to normal; how depressing! Although the sun still seems to be shining which is nice to see. I do hope you all enjoyed the summer holidays and are looking forward to more adventures this year.

It’s full steam ahead in the office with our busiest booking period being the first half of the year. Get in touch now if you are yet to book your escape from the Melbourne Winter. I would also encourage you to think about booking early for 2018 if you are interested in APT & Scenic River Cruises as they are still so popular and sell out well in advance.

I have been away myself recently to Singapore & Sri Lanka. It was a great trip and I have written a little about it on the blog page of our website.

I also attended our network conference in Adelaide in February. In case you dont know, we are a member of the My Travel Group which is owned by helloworld ltd. I must emphasize that this agreement still allows us to be fully independent but gives us the buying power of the larger company and access to most of the helloworld deals you see advertised. We really love being part of this independent group as it suits our business and clients perfectly.

Whilst in Adelaide we were lucky enough to meet Glen Cooper, CEO of Coopers Brewery (Beer!). As a third generation family run business who loves taking on “the big guys”, his ideals really resonated with all the agency owners in the room. He is a top guy and the company has a fascinating history. I liked his “Family Business Values” so much I have made it our Quote of the Quarter (well there are two so it’s Quotes of the Quarter this time!)

Also at our conference we had an update from The Intrepid Group which includes the well-loved brands of Peregrine, Geckos and, of course, Intrepid. Whilst we are already big supporters of these brands, it was nice to be reminded of the projects The Intrepid Group is involved in which really makes them stand out from the rest.

First of all, they offer a wide range of quality small group tours across the globe from off the beaten track budget travel to luxury tours. You can now also earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points on Intrepid Tours (there are a few conditions but they are not painful) and most importantly they have The Intrepid Foundation. I encourage you to look through their fabulous partnerships around the world to see the difference these projects make. With every booking you make, Intrepid make a contribution to their foundation to continue this important work.

I am happy to announce that East Ivanhoe Travel will now match this donation for any new bookings made through us with the Intrepid Group so please let us book your tours with one of these fantastic companies.

That is about all that’s going on in our world this quarter. Below are our regular sections for your enjoyment and be sure to follow us on social media via the links below for up to date information, inspiration and a bit of fun.

We value your feedback so please let me know if there is anything you would like to see in our newsletters and social media.

Until next time we wish you safe and happy travels

Susie & The Team
#neverstoptravelling


DID YOU KNOW?

We are members of CLIA
CLIA stands for Cruise Lines International Association. They provide us with expert training and information for all things cruising!

We have commercial agreements with Expedia & Booking.com
That means we can book these companies for you with the same, or sometimes better, rates and the best thing is you don’t have to deal with any off shore call centers if you need help with your booking…. yay!

We are ATAS accredited
That means we have met strict financial and customer service criteria….. basically, we are great and you can trust us as reputable and responsible travel agency.,

TRAVELLING TIPS

#1 – Check out the Smart Traveller Website
#2 Book as many of your travel arrangements as you can with your Travel Agent!!!
#3 If are travelling a lot overseas and dont have access to airport lounges, check out Priority Pass

QUOTE(s) OF THE QUARTER

Family Business Values:

Be a custodian, if the intentions for the business are for it to remain family owned, then respect the work of past generations, show humility, and understand that despite your shareholding, you are a steward of something far bigger than you.

Change, but stay the same. Move with, and adopt to the ever-changing business environment to remain relevant, but hold onto the core values and beliefs that the family’s involvement has shaped.

The Cooper Family- Coopers Brewery, SA

Susie Sri Lanka & Singapore

SUSIE FEBRUARY 2017
SINGAPORE & SRI LANKA
POST HOLIDAY INTERVIEW

1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?
Singapore & Sri Lanka (Colombo, Kandy, Ahungalla & Gaulle)

2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?
My husband and nearly one year old son. My mother in law along with my brother in law and his wife.

3- WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?
We flew Emirates Business Class to and from Singapore and Sri Lankan Airlines Business Class to/from Colombo. Emirates is one of my favourites so their service and product is still up to scratch. Staff were very helpful with my baby also, cute kids packs and even a baby pack with a spare nappy, bib, wipes and a spoon.

Sri Lankan airlines staff were very friendly and again a handy baby pack for my son.
The aircraft on the way over had been refitted with a new business class seat. It was a slightly awkward seat but did lay flat so that is the more important thing. The way back was quite and old basic business seat but still comfortable.

4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?
Probably the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and seeing them bath while you have lunch! I believe the company is committed to the preservation of the Elephants in Sri Lanka and seemed to be responsible. I also enjoyed visiting one of the Turtle Hatcheries while we were on the South West Coast. Again these small companies are going in the right direction towards increasing turtle numbers. Even after they are safely released back into the ocean , 80% still die on the way out to sea.
I also loved out afternoon visit to Gaulle and walking and eating our way around the Fort Town.
The beaches were surprisingly clean and good for swimming and surfing.

5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?
The guy are immigration on the way IN to Sri Lanka and The DRIVING . I have done quite a bit of travelling and this is probably some of the worst ….. yikes!!!

6 – BEST THING YOU ATE?
Kotthu & Hoppers & Curries ……

7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?
I would like to visit other parts of Sri Lanka and again spend some time on the coast. I will be interested to see what happens to that western coast line as it becomes increasingly popular with tourists.

8 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY?
Only use reputable tour companies in Sri Lanka, mainly so you have an experienced driver who knows how to deal with that driving. They also provided an infant car seat which meant my little one had no idea of the sudden braking due to oncoming buses.
Use a travel agent to book all of your holiday plans, of course.

Christmas & New Year Trading

We will close the office for our annual break at 4pm on Thursday the 22nd December and will reopen on the 4th January 2017

The main email will be monitored travel@eastivanhoetravel.com.au and emergency contact details are recorded on our answering machine service

We wish you a safe and happy festive season!

Three’s not a crowd with Qatar!

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CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR TRADING

Please note our Christmas & New Year Trading.

We will close the office at 4pm on Thursday the 22nd December and re open on the 4th January 2017.

Please use the following contact methods for bookings and assistance during this time.

Email, travel@eastivanhoetravel.com.au

Phone: Susie 0419 132 924 , Jannene 0417 328 391

Facebook messages will also be checked frequently

 

Robyn Mauritius 2016

Robyn Mauritius 

September 2016

 

1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?

The little island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean

 

2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?

I went for my sister’s wedding and so travelled with family for ten days.

 

3- WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?!

We flew with Virgin from Melbourne to Perth and then connected with Air Mauritius to Mauritius.

Virgin, as always, were great.   Their aircraft are very comfortable and with inflight entertainment on the way over it made for a quick trip (there was no inflight entertainment on the Sunday fight home).

Air Mauritius felt a little less spacious and even though I am quite short I felt there was not a lot of leg room.   The inflight entertainment was sufficient and the staff were lovely.   Meals on board were simple but airline food is never going to be     gourmet!   All up, they were comfortable and got us all safely to and from our destination.

 

4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?

Definitely the highlight was my sister’s wedding which was just gorgeous (congratulations again to Mr & Mrs!).

Other than that though the absolute highlight was definitely swimming with dolphins.   This is in open water and the dolphins come in each morning to feed before heading out to deeper water for the day.   Please note, these are wild dolphins and are not fed by the tourist companies.   We arrived at the site early morning and with snorkels at the ready we jumped overboard in groups of three only and followed our guide to the dolphins.   I could easily see the dolphins swimming all around me, to the sides and below and with the water being so clear it made for one of the most memorable holiday experiences ever!

 

5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?

The lowlight?   Well, I can’t really think of one to be honest!   It is a beautiful destination with some amazing beaches, welcoming locals, perfect weather, and a little bit of French flair thrown in for good measure!

 

6 – BEST THING YOU ATE?

They make a great curry there which does taste a little different to the flavours I am used to but was delicious.    I have to say the best thing I ate was tandoori chicken overlooking what would have to be one of the most amazing beaches I have    seen to date.   The water was crystal clear and the sand here was so fine it felt like silk.   The food was good, but the view was amazing!!

 

7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?

I stayed at a few different hotels during my stay to get a feel for different options here.   I enjoyed them all for different reasons (Sugar Beach for its location on a long stretch of uninterrupted beach and Aanari for value for money and central location) but Club Med Plantation d’Albion was probably my favourite.   It had the main pool and then the Calm Pool which is for over 16’s only and in a quieter location.   There are always so many activities at Club Med and an enormous buffet   included for all meals.   The deluxe rooms here too were enormous and had absolutely everything you could want.   As for the Island itself, I would like to go back again and perhaps do one of the easier walks through the Black River Gorges (some   of the family went and raved about this area) and I would also love to explore the Eastern side too.

 

8 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY?

Eat like a local; sometimes the strangest looking food can be a tasty surprise!

 

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Spring Newsletter 2016

Spring 2016

Hello Travellers,

Hoorah – its Spring!  Winter wasn’t so bad was it? Probably not for most of you that were travelling around the northern hemisphere, or our snow bunnies that hit the slopes!   We have included some photos from some of our lucky clients’ recent travels below. Thank you for sending them in, we love seeing your holiday snaps – keep them coming!

We hope you all enjoyed watching the Olympics in Rio and seeing some of the spectacular back drops of the outdoor events.   Now we are in the midst of the Paralympics and one of our very own clients, and a friend of mine, Madeleine Hogan is competing in the Javelin on the 13th September.  Keep a look out for her and GO MADDY!

I have just returned home from ten peaceful days in Fiji.   I stayed at the Radisson Denarau and the Intercontinental Natadola and have written a little bit about it here.    Sam enjoyed his first overseas holiday and seemed to like being whisked away by the friendly Fijian staff, including the airport security who thought he would like to watch the x-ray monitor while we all hauled through the scanner!

Next to head off is Robyn.   She is off to sunny Mauritius for her sister’s wedding later this month. We will report back in the summer newsletter about her trip; I think there are a few fun activities instore for the wedding party.

I still can’t convince Jannene to go on a holiday but the glimmer of Coolum Beach is calling the whole family in December.

A reminder that there is a public holiday on the 30th September for some football match and also Melbourne Cup on the 1st November.  Then it’s Summer and Christmas and another year over!  As we always say, if you are planning on travelling over the Summer please book as early as you can.   Australia really is the best place to be at this time of year!  Remember we do still book domestic holidays and our suppliers usually have great rates and packages for most major destinations.   If you find yourself booking some of those cheap Jetstar flights please let us know if we can help you with accommodation, insurance, transfers & sightseeing to complete your holiday plans.

Earlybird airfares for Europe will be coming soon and it really is a great time to book your airfares to secure a good price for the peak times of travel. If you would like be on our Earlybird list please just let your consultant know.   Also a lot of the European River Cruising is already open for bookings as far ahead as 2018 so now is the time to secure the best cabins.

You may have seen the recent fares with Scoot to Athens for some crazy prices. Whilst we love that there is another airline flying to Athens, we are always hesitant to recommend the budget carriers.   The main reason for this is because we don’t get support from these airlines making it very hard to help you in emergencies.    Also we find by the time you add on all the extras, essential things such as luggage, meals, entertainment etc, you are probably better off with a full service airline, especially if you jump on the earlybird fares!

Back in friendly old East Ivanhoe, it’s lovely to see some new businesses opening up. Check out the East Ivanhoe Village Facebook page for the latest information.  We wish all the new businesses great success in their new ventures and welcome them to the village.

You may have seen recent news reports about credit card surcharging.   Please know we follow all the guidelines and charge a flat 2% fee for all cards. This covers the cost of the merchant fees charged to us and associated costs with being a merchant.  We will always try our best to keep surcharging to a minimum and advise the best way to use your card wisely.   Please know we never make a profit from surcharging and we detest it just as much as you do!

I am continuing to work from home and come into the office when I can. As soon as childcare starts I will be back in the office on a more permanent basis and look forward to seeing all our lovely clients again!

I think that is about all that’s going on in our world this quarter, below are our regular sections for your enjoyment.

Be sure to follow us on social media via the links below for up to date information, inspiration and a bit of fun.

Until next time we wish you safe and happy travels

Susie & The Team
#neverstoptravelling

 

TRAVELLING TIPS

#1 – Check out the Smart Traveller Website 
http://smartraveller.gov.au/

#2 Learn how to say “no thank you”. Most travel advice columns will tell you to learn how to say “hello”,  “yes please”, “thank you” and “do you speak English?”. But in some countries you really want to be able to say “no thank you, please leave me alone”. Think about the crowded market places in Asia. Knowing how to say “no thank you” in their language is going to give you a lot more peace

#3 Keep an emergency stash of money. If you lose your wallet you will still need to eat. An empty Chapstick is a fantastic secret hiding spot.

 

QUOTE OF THE QUARTER

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

 

FUN FACTS

Did you know our very own Rochelle is a triplet?

Did you know Saudi Arabia has no rivers?

The Hawaiian alphabet only has 13 letter

When to Ski Japan

Ski Japan

Thanks to our trusted supplier, Ski Max for the info

THE BEST TIMES TO SKI JAPAN
For the powder chasers: February weather patterns are similar to January, meaning great conditions for fresh powder right through to the end of the month. February is less crowded as Australian school holidays are over so those fresh tracks you’re getting will last even longer!

For uncrowded slopes and bluebird days: March brings with it more fine weather and fewer people hitting the slopes. It’s a great time to head over if you prefer to ski or snowboard on piste or are still learning the ropes. In mid-late March accommodation and lift ticket discounts are common.

For families: If you’re limited by school holiday dates it can be tricky as Christmas – New Year is also an extremely popular time for local Japanese to ski or snowboard. There is a bit of a sweet spot in the third week of January (before Chinese NY) where you will find better accommodation availability and less people on the slopes.

Dates to avoid: Chinese New Year falls on 28 Jan – 3 Feb in 2017 meaning the slopes and accommodation will be full to the brim over these dates!