In Travel on Monday 1st Apr, 2019

Gotcha! Travel industry pranks Aussies with these April 1 announcements

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Here's our wrap up of some of the funniest April Fools' Day pranks. Source: Twitter - Virgin Australia

April Fools’ Day is here again, which means many people around the country have unknowingly fallen victim to some hilarious pranks by some of the biggest companies in the world – and travel brands were no exception.

From interstate food delivery to the world’s first airline catering exclusively to the needs of tall people, here’s our round up of some of the funniest April Fools’ Day pranks around.

Virgin Australia launches food delivery service

One of the first major travel brands to celebrate the pranking day was Virgin Australia. Taking to social media on Monday morning, the airline uploaded a very convincing ad seemingly announcing the launch of Virgin Australia Fly Foods – a world-first service that would deliver top quality restaurant meals to any metropolitan area across Australia.

Madame Tussauds Sydney adds to Australia’s collection of big things

Famous wax museum Madame Tussauds in Sydney also pranked punters and unveiled four potential additions to Australia’s collection of big things including fashion icon Megan Gale at Pitt Street Mall, gold-medal Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe at Bondi Icebergs, singer Kylie Minogue at Taylor Square and actor Ray Meagher at the Sydney Opera House.

Jetstar’s new island flight

Meanwhile, Jetstar announced it was launching direct flights to Tasmania’s next hot spot Laerton Island. But the catch is this place isn’t even real, in fact Laerton spelt backwards is ‘not real’.

“Just off the west coast of Tasmania, Laerton Island is a supercharged Tassie, in miniature,” a Twitter message read.

Contiki launches ContikiCam on all trips

Contiki’s prank involved the launch of their revolutionary new ContikiCam, which enables you to stay connected while you are abroad. ContikiCam is a discreet on-board camera that captures travellers’ every move and allow friends and family to follow on from the comfort of their home.

Travelodge Hotels launches bedshare

Meanwhile, budget-friendly hotel chain Travelodge claimed it had created a new room share option that offers guests a 50 per cent discount if they are willing to share half their room and amenities with another guest.

Wotif launches airline for tall people

Wotif claimed to launch Emu Airlines, the world’s first airline catering exclusively to tall people. The company was also offering budget-friendly Emuconomy seats and luxurious Daddy Long Legs double suites.

Have you been fooled today? What is your favourite April Fools’ prank?

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