APX is Proud to Support Camp Quality

APX Travel Management is proud to announce a new partnership with Camp Quality, an organisation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children living with cancer.

Having recently joined forces with this inspirational charity, our staff nationwide are gearing up to get involved through volunteering and fundraising. APX will be providing all employees with a day of volunteer leave each year, and with our 150-strong team we look forward to making a difference to Kiwi kids living with cancer and their families.

We will be sharing our journey on Facebook – follow APX to discover our latest efforts and fundraising initiatives.

Discover How Your Travel Programme Stacks Up

Travel is one of the largest controllable business expenses. So we've explored our data for the 12 months ended 31 March 2016 to discover the key trends across business travel activity and spend. Download our free ebook to discover where Kiwi business travellers are going, how they're booking travel and how their spend patterns are changing.

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Changes to Regional Services

Earlier this month Air New Zealand announced plans to suspend its Whanganui-Auckland and Blenheim-Christchurch services from 31 July, citing low passenger numbers resulting in a loss of profit.

Since this announcement, Air Chathams has confirmed it will be stepping in to seamlessly continue the Whanganui-Auckland route, and Sounds Air has announced it will fly from Blenheim to Christchurch twice daily during the working week from 1 August. Sounds Air is currently available in APX's online booking tool, AeTM.

In other regional news, Kiwi Regional Airlines has been purchased by Air Chathams, which will absorb the company's aircraft and employees into its operations from August.

Air New Zealand Defers Direct Flight to Manila

Air New Zealand has announced it will defer the launch of its planned direct service to Manila.

The delay is due to administrative issues affecting the airline's ability to make the route available for sale. The route was due to launch in December 2016, and is now deferred until further notice.

Hong Kong Airport Introduces Construction Fee

Airport Authority Hong Kong has announced the airport will begin collecting an 'Airport Construction Fee' on air tickets issues on or after 1 August 2016.

Airlines will collect the fee from departing passengers at Hong Kong International Airport.

The fee for short-haul passengers flying in economy class is HK$90, while the fee for short-haul passengers in first/business class is HK$160. For long-haul passengers, the fee for economy and first/business class tickets is HK$160 and HK$180 respectively. The fee for short-haul transit passengers in economy class is HK$70.

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Grand Millennium Hotel to Open in Auckland

New Zealand's First Grand Millennium Hotel is set to open in Auckland on 7 September.

The Grand Millennium, located centrally on Mayoral Drive and currently operating as Rendezvous Grand Hotel, will join the already established Millennium, Copthorne and Kingsgate portfolio in New Zealand.

The hotel will be the largest in New Zealand with a total of 452 guestrooms and 1619 square metres of conference space – comprising an 830 square metre ballroom and various meeting venues. It also has two restaurants, a lounge bar, swimming pool, gym and covered car parks.

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Museum Art Hotel Refurbishment

The Museum Art Hotel in Wellington is embarking on an extensive refurbishment programme over the coming months.

The hotel has advised that Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar will be closed from Thursday 7 July until Monday 25 July 2016 for a refurbishment. 

For in-house hotel guests, a light breakfast will be served daily from the Tamburini room, located on the ground level of the Hotel. An extended in-room dining menu with a selection of bar snacks and platter options will also be available.