Travel Advice

New security measures for flights to / from the UK & USA

The United Kingdom & USA introduced heightened security screening for passengers from some countries in mid July. If you have a flight to the UK or USA, you should allow extra time for extended screenings and luggage checks at your airport of departure, and make sure electronic devices can be powered on. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard aircraft. This could result in your device being confiscated or you being denied boarding.

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Important Information regarding changes to the travel industry from 1st July 2014.

ARE YOU AWARE??

Did you know that Tuesday 1st July, saw the start of a deregulated travel industry here in Australia?  Do you know what this means for the travelling public?  

Part of the role of TravelManagers Australia is to keep clients up-to-date about all things associated with travel and as your “go to travel experts”, we thought we should let you know about this major change.  

From 1987 until the 30th of June 2014, the travel industry in Australia has required travel agents to obtain licences in order to operate legally and to be a member of the Travel Compensation Fund in order to provide consumer protection against the insolvency of Australian-based travel agents.  In short, there was a level of protection for travel consumers in the event of an Australian travel agent going “belly up”.  

As of Tuesday 1st July, the requirement for licencing has been abolished and the Travel Compensation Fund has been dissolved.  You should be aware that this has opened the door for all kinds of travel businesses to be started up by all kinds of people (and not necessarily ones with industry experience and expertise, let alone sufficient capital investment and a client trust account operated separately to a travel agents general operational account to provide protection for your money).  

TravelManagers Australia is part of a trans-Tasman travel agency company responsible for travel sales in excess of $1.2 billion per annum and operates a central fully funded client trust account – separate to the company’s general operational accounts. Further to this, TravelManagers is accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to directly issue tickets on behalf of all major airlines. In granting such accreditation IATA requires financial oversight of TravelManagers and applies a strict due diligence process prior to granting such accreditation and reviews this accreditation and financial standing annually.

TravelManagers parent company, House of Travel has been operating since 1987 and employs over 1,350 people across Australia and New Zealand.  TravelManagers is a service focused network of over 430 Personal Travel Managers around Australia throughout every state and territory and every one of them is an experienced travel professional with a wealth of knowledge and skills to tailor your travel arrangements to your specific needs.

While a “voluntary accreditation scheme”, ATAS, has been created to provide a code of practice for the industry, consumer protection is being left to individual travel businesses to make their own arrangements for and is not mandatory. In the case of TravelManagers all payments we receive are credited to this aforesaid client trust account on receipt enabling the company to promptly remit payment to various operators on your behalf.

Please note these changes and choose who you make your travel arrangements with carefully. Find a personal travel manager here


Australian Government – Passport Service

The Australian Government's passport service

https://www.passports.gov.au/Web/index.aspx





Australian Government - Travel advisory

The Australian Government portal provides destination specific travel advisories for people travelling overseas. Security issues are highlighted and graded.

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/


Australian Government - Quarantine Guide

A Quarantine Guide – What can I bring back into Australia?

http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/travel/entering-australia/cant-take


Australian Government – Australian Embassies

A complete list of all Australian Embassies, High Commission’s and Consulates Worldwide

http://www.dfat.gov.au/embassies.html


The Travel Doctor

The goal of The Travel Doctor-TMVC is to promote safe & healthy travel. It guarantees the most up-to-date international health advice & medical services to those intending to travel

http://www.tmvc.com.au/

                                      


Budget Calculator

Get a guide to the actual cost of 'living' in a foreign country to help you avoid running out of money while abroad

http://www.cashpassport.com/1/en/au1/multi-currency/Budget-Calculator/

                 

Wikitravel

A complete, up-to-date, and reliable worldwide travel guide, with upwards of 20,000 destination guides and travel articles

http://wikitravel.org/en/Main_Page

                                          

Worldwide Weather

Weather for thousands of international cities, 5 day forecasts, and monthly trends

http://www.worldweather.org/

                                             

Foreign Exchange

Foreign exchange rates from the Reserve Bank of Australia

http://www.rba.gov.au/statistics/tables/index.html#exchange_rates


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