Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 2017 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE Territory man who raised the issue of AirAsia incorrectly charging families leaving Australia is over the moon that those wrongly charged will be getting the $60 departure tax back. Air Asia has identified 9700 flyers who may have been incorrectly charged the $60. The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission said Territorians who flew from Darwin to Bali on AirAsia between December 2010 and September 2017, and travelled with a child under 12, were getting their $60 back. AirAsia is issuing at least $500,000 in refunds. All passengers leaving Australia are required to pay a Passenger Movement Charge of $60, however children under the age of 12 are exempt from the tax. The NT News was alerted to the issue of overcharging in late September by Stuart Park resident Thomas Sawyer, who came across the discrepancy when he was booking flights to Bali for a family holiday. Refund for NT tourists to Bali At the time Mr Sawyer said he tried to contact AirAsia, only to be told to send them the details of his tickets. This is amazing news its really good to hear, I am so pleased, Mr Sawyer told the NT News yesterday. Im particularly pleased because I spent 12 months trying to get people to fix this before I went to the NT News for help. I went to both local federal pollies Nigel Scullion and Luke Goslings offices and neither cared enough to do anything about it. I went to plenty of others as well with zilch outcome. I went to the NT News and AirAsia fixed the issue within hours of the story appearing. I like AirAsia and I just wanted the problem fixed. The ACCC is alerting affected travellers they could be entitled to a refund if they were incorrectly charged the $60 fee on their childrens tickets. It is understood AirAsia has also started notifying by email those passengers eligible for a refund of the incorrectly applied Passenger Movement Charge. GARY SHIPWAY Money Well Spent campaign to highlight Wet season treats for tourists HOLIDAYING in the Territory during the Wet season is a Summer Well Spent. Thats the message the Territory is sending out to the rest of Australia in the latest tourism campaign. The Summer Well Spent campaign, launched yesterday, also targets locals, encouraging them to invite their interstate friends and family to visit over the holiday season. The Department of Tourism and Culture is partnering with Virgin, Webjet, Territory Discoveries and Wotif to advertise a range of sale airfares, packages and accommodation offers across digital platforms. Webjet is offering deals already with a starting offer of $539 for flights to Darwin plus 4 nights accommodation. The Summer Well Spent campaign will run until the end of January. Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the campaign would help attract more visitors to the Territory. During the summer months the Northern Territory offers a range of great-value adventures, Ms Moss said. In the Top End, waterfalls are flowing and the fishing is fantastic. In Central Australia, the four-wheel driving and hot-air ballooning also offer exciting opportunities. The new campaign-dedicated web page northernterritory.com/ summerwellspent will highlight deals, videos, regional maps, itineraries and activities available right across the Northern Territory. Jonathan Uptin, who hosted the Weekend Today show for the first time yesterday, pictured with co-host Christine Ahern, Victoria Secret model Georgia Fowler and Jayne Azzopardi Picture: INSTAGRAM Jono making waves down south on Today DARWINS favourite TV news reader Jonathan Uptin has had the break of his career after sitting in as host of the Weekend Today show. The regional Nine News newsreader was on national telly yesterday morning and will be again today. His first time in the big seat, Uptin rubbed shoulders with Victoria Secret model Georgia Fowler. While some may baulk at having to get up at 4am, he said he was over the moon to be given such an opportunity. I didnt sleep a wink last night, he said. There were nerves, excitement and paranoia of sleeping through the alarms. Since moving to Brisbane Uptin has had the oppor tunity to read the news for Brisbane on several occasions. Its been really overwhelming Im just really stoked with how its going. I totally didnt expect it when they closed the Darwin studios. I thought my career would have been based in Brisbane doing the regional news. He said while filling in on the Weekend Today show he would be showing off the Territory with every chance he got. What I enjoyed was dropping a few Darwin comments, were so often looked over on the national stage, he said. Uptin was filling in for Tom Steinfort, who was away on assignment. You can catch Uptin on Nines Weekend Today show from 7am. 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