Visiting Vomo, A Quiet Island Paradise

Time slows down when you set foot on this island. The water is translucent, that shade of blue that invites you to dive right in. The rooms are pure relaxation. And the food... let us tell you about the food.

Every year, APX takes 10 of its staff – the 'APX Ambassadors' as voted by their peers – to a tropical location for a few days of rest and relaxation.

This year the destination was Denarau, Fiji. And while lazing by the hotel pool with cocktails to hand was blissful enough, the highlight for all was visiting Vomo Island for a day – a quiet, luxury resort less than an hour's boat ride from Denarau.

Read about our Vomo experience

APX Well Represented at TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards

APX Travel Management will be attending the TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards this Friday with bells on!
APX was awarded the 2014 title for Best Brand Corporate (Multi Location) and is a finalist for this award again in 2015.

Two of our APX stars are also in the running for awards. Jackie Bell is a finalist for the Best Travel Agency Manager Corporate award and Amelia Glubb is a contender for Best Travel Consultant Corporate.

We will keep you posted via our APX Twitter feed on the night - wish us luck!

Upcoming Peak Travel Dates

Each month we bring you a list of peak travel dates, to ensure you can book business trips ahead and avoid missing out on flights, accommodation and rental cars. This list is not comprehensive, but covers a number of peak dates.

6-8 November – ITM 500 Auckland (V8 Supercars at Pukekohe)
21 & 22 November – Fleetwood Mac concert
12 December – Ed Sheeran concert
15 December – ACDC concert
17 January 2016 - UB40 concert
6-7 Feb - NRL Auckland Nines

24 September - 11 October – World of Wearable Art
15 November - Toast Martinborough
21 November – Elton John concert
12 December – ACDC concert
30 – 31 January 2016 – Wellington Sevens
18 - 21 February 2016 – Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Accommodation at capacity)

7-14 November - New Zealand Cup and Show Week

18 November – Fleetwood Mac concert (Accommodation at capacity)

26 September - Brisbane Riverfire - Brisbane
2 October - AFL Grand Final - Melbourne
3-5 October - NRL Rugby Grand Final - Sydney
30 Oct - 4 Nov - Spring Racing (Melbourne Cup) - Melbourne
5 December - V8 Supercars - Sydney

19 September - 1 November - Rugby World Cup

As always for travel bookings contact us on 0800 TRAVEL (872 835).

Celebrating New Zealand's Entrepreneurs

APX Travel Management is proud to support Kiwi entrepreneurs as a sponsor of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Recently the 2015 Category Winners were announced – and the calibre is certainly high. These five entrepreneurs will go on to compete for the 2015 New Zealand EY Entrepreneur of the Year title, which will be announced at the black tie gala dinner on 15 October, at the Langham Hotel.

Qantas Dreamliners To Fly From 2017

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is set to join the the Qantas International fleet from 2017. Qantas will acquire eight B787-9s to gradually replace five of its older Boeing 747s on Qantas International routes and open up a range of potential new city pairs.

Qantas will work with its team of internal experts and external designers to develop world leading cabin interiors for the new Dreamliner. This will add to the aircraft's unique features, including improved cabin pressure, larger windows and technology to reduce turbulence. 

Virgin Australia to increase flights to New Zealand

Virgin Australia has announced it will increase its flights to New Zealand from October, with extra services between Melbourne and Christchurch and between Brisbane and Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington and Christchurch.

The increased flights across the Tasman and on Pacific routes, planned in conjunction with its alliance partner Air New Zealand, will represent more than 52,000 additional seats during the 2016 financial year.

Government to Fund Next-Generation Smart Gates

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has announced that more than $6 million from the New Zealand Government's Future Investment Fund will help fund additional next-generation SmartGates in airports. These self-service machines process passengers using an e-Passport scanner and biometric information.

Nine new generation SmartGates will be installed this year, with 20 more to be installed within the next 24 months. The new SmartGates incorporate the passport scanner into the gate, eliminating the kiosk and ticket which is currently part of the process.

Qantas Implements Card Payment Fee

From 24 August Qantas has implemented a Card Payment Fee on all tickets issued in New Zealand, which is in line with a number of other carriers in New Zealand.

The following Card Payment Fees will apply for payment made with debit/credit/charge cards:

NZD$7.00 for Qantas Domestic bookings
NZD$7.00 for trans-Tasman bookings
NZD$30.00 for all other bookings containing an International flight

Please contact your APX Partnership Manager if you have any questions regarding these fees. Call us on 0800 TRAVEL (872 835).

Are You Aware Of Local Laws For Pain Relief?

Did you know that codeine is prohibited in the United Arab Emirates? It's worth familiarising yourself with local laws before travelling to an unfamiliar destination to ensure you travel without incident.

Read more about prohibited materials in the UAE

List of Restricted Medication in the UAE

Breeze Through The Airport With FLIO

A new app has hit the market for frequent global travellers - and it looks like a gem. FLIO instantly connects travellers to free WIFI networks in airports, helps locate handy airport services and resources, and offers useful discounts.