Travel agents ‘more relevant than ever’ – survey

Three-quarters of Australian travellers view travel agents as a “trusted source of travel and safety advice” – a major increase over the 57% figure recorded in 2012.

The findings, which derive from a survey conducted by travel insurer SureSave, also show that in 2017, “40% of Australians booked their last overseas leisure trip with a travel agent (either in-store, over the phone or via email)”.

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Celebrating a journey from the outback to outer space

Driving into the Outback town of Woomera, the feeling of emptiness is palpable.

The streets and homes are tidy and a handful of businesses – including a bowling alley – are open.
But it is largely deserted. With a population of 130, the remote town 500km north of Adelaide is only a shadow of its heyday when it was home to more than 6500 people.

 

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Qantas prepares for world’s longest nonstop flights

Qantas has confirmed it is preparing to operate the world’s longest nonstop commercial flights, direct from Sydney to London and from Sydney to New York. The flights could also operate from Melbourne.

The 20-hour Sydney to London nonstop journey will take passengers straight to the British capital in the latest Airbus or Boeing airliner, depending on which aircraft manufacturer can best fly the distance.

 

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Houston: shark in street, alligators, fire-ant islands

Floating islands of stinging fire ants, hundreds of alligators about to escape into floodwaters and a shark swimming down the street – all three have been reported in Houston flooding, and only one of the three is a hoax.

The hoax is – maybe you guessed it – the shark.
A realistic looking photo shows a shark swimming along a flooded Houston street in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, apparently photographed from the driver’s seat of a vehicle.

 

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