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Travel agents look to add service fees as airlines slash commissions

Some airlines, including Qantas, have slashed travel agent commissions to one per cent. Photo: iStock Our national carrier has just taken the hammer to travel agents. Starting July 1, 2022, Qantas has slashed the commission it pays agents on air tickets. Instead of 5 per cent, the rate is now one per cent. Qantas is not alone. Emirates, Air New Zealand, American Airlines and British Airways are all among the one percenters, while Qatar Airways, Delta and Lufthansa all pay 5 per cent.Qantas flagged the move well in advance, but travel agents are furious. Dean Long, CEO of the Australian Federation of…

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Korean fermentation sensation Chae gets green light to host tours and tastings in Cockatoo

Jung Eun Chae will welcome guests to her new home in Cockatoo for tours, tastings and more from September. Photo: Mark Fergus After nearly a year of bureaucratic headaches, Jung Eun Chae, owner of one of Melbourne's most ambitious restaurants, Chae, is about to fulfil her dream of welcoming guests to her property in Cockatoo for an immersive experience of Korean slow food.Chae and partner Yoora Yoon moved to the 2208-square-metre property near the Dandenong Ranges last October, but their restaurant plans were stalled by local council planning permits. The delays forced them to relocate the restaurant to Carlton pub the…

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