Coronavirus

How to get home: These airlines continue to fly between the USA and Australia amidst the Coronavirus

October 23, 2020

**UPDATE* More flight options between USA and Australia have been confirmed, but those hoping to hop on board are being advised to book at least 8 weeks out to secure a seat. Demand is expexted to be high, and the situation is changing every day. The best approach is always to get in touch with […]

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How Niagara Falls, Canada has adapted to Tourism in the age of Coronavirus

October 15, 2020

If you live and work in a destination considered a “tourist attraction”, 2020 has unquestionably been a difficult year for your city. With international air travel grinding to a halt and even domestic travel either discouraged or blocked by ever changing border rules, tourism sectors have seen unthinkable downturn. Some have had to shut their […]

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Jetlag The Podcast: Finding flight hacks and error fares during a pandemic

July 24, 2020

In the final episode of the season for our podcast series Jetlag: An Industry Grounded, we talk to Immanuel Debeer from the website Flight Hacks to talk about what the Covid-19 pandemic has meant for the airline industry, and the future of frequent flyer programs. You may also be surprised to learn that it remains possible to find […]

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Jetlag The Podcast: What is it like flying to Australia during Covid-19 and experiencing hotel quarantine?

June 25, 2020

On this week’s episode of Jetlag, we talk to radio presenter Nic Shields who has just returned to Australia after a stint living in the U.A.E. He takes us through the experience of passing through the airport in Dubai, what the flight was like, what it was like landing in Australia and what happened when […]

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Jetlag The Podcast: 90% of Music Venues are at risk of closing in the U.S.A.

June 18, 2020

In the second episode of Jetlag’s second season, Andrew Smith and Larry Heath sit down with Kodi McKinney from Marauder, a boutique music marketing firm with a focus on developing emerging talent within North America. While he was at home in New York, we talked about how the Covid-19 Pandemic is affecting live music venues […]

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The Delta Riggs to frontline next installment of Boost Mobile’s live streaming initiative

April 29, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 quarantine, musicians have been left practically and financially uncertain, losing a substantial portion of their income having lost the ability to play live shows. Thankfully, new opportunities are popping up, and in a time where the touring industry has been effectively made redundant, the music industry has found a new way to […]

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The first live music conference in 2021 has officially been cancelled

April 25, 2020

We were lucky enough to attend our first Folk Alliance this year in New Orleans; held in late January, the event was held shortly after the first case of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the United States. But the thought that the event in the following year, which had been scheduled for February in Kansas […]

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LocalSpots

LocalSpots: new gift card app to support small businesses during lockdown

April 6, 2020

There has been much discussion about ways we can help support struggling small businesses across the hospitality and retail sectors in the face of COVID-19. Now that the government has, necessarily, shuttered all non-essential venues, cash flow has all but frozen for Australia’s favourite restaurants, cafes, florists, hairdressers and the like. How do we support […]

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Pick Up at Tottis

Totti’s is now doing takeaway, and yes that puffy woodfired bread is on the menu

March 30, 2020

Totti’s has become somewhat of a phenomenon for Merivale, swiftly rising to become a dining institution thanks largely to their famously charred woodfired flatbread. Now, Totti’s has joined the chorus of restaurants around the world cutting dine-in options to adapt to social distancing measures. The beloved Bondi local will be doing takeaway from The Bottle […]

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Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach has been closed due to covid-19 and selfishness

March 21, 2020

The NSW Government has made the decision to shut Bondi Beach for the time being. The rather blunt closure comes after a sweltering Friday during which the golden sands exceeded Australia’s recently introduced outdoor-gathering limit of 500, necessary to slow the spread of Covid-19. Photos of a packed-out Bondi Beach went viral yesterday, with beachgoers […]

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Etihad

Etihad is now allowing passengers to cancel flights for future credit

March 20, 2020

In response to the current situation with Covid-19, Etihad Airways has introduced “Etihad Credit” to give guests the freedom to delay their travel plans. It simply works by permitting a free cancellation and is offering the original value of their booking to be used as credit towards their next trip. As the situation continues to […]

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Chargrill Charlies

Chargrill Charlie’s is going “contactless” in response to Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

As local businesses start to adapt to the current situation with Covid, chicken chain Chargrill Charlie’s has joined in by implemented a new “contactless” ordering system. Ensuring they can still serve their local communities despite the need for social distancing, Chargrill Charlie’s has introduced a “Eat Contactless with Charlie’s” addition to their smartphone app. This […]

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NOMAD up the Road

Gift Cards: how to support Aussie restaurants during the Coronavirus pandemic

March 16, 2020

Covid-19, a novel coronavirus, has spread around the world and continues to cause unprecedented health, social and economic crises. Experts are pleading with people to take this seriously, while many separate on the two (equally stupid) extremes of naivety/complacency, and panic/fear-mongering. Social distancing is absolutely crucial to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but as a […]

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Hawaiian Airlines suspend flights

Hawaiian Airlines has suspended Australian and New Zealand flights

March 16, 2020

In response to the coronavirus and recent travel restrictions in Australia and New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines has today announced that it will temporarily suspend nonstop services between Honolulu and its Australian and New Zealand gateways. The suspension will come into effect later this month, temporarily halting flights extending to numerous services. The five-times-weekly between SYD […]

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Vivid Sydney

Statement released regarding Vivid Sydney’s cancellation in response to coronavirus

March 15, 2020

As most people now know, Vivid Sydney will not be on for this year. The event, which in 2019 attracted 2.4 million visitors, has been cancelled in response to the growing thread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19. The NSW Government has made this decision following recommendations by the Federal Government and health authorities to limit […]

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