Arrivals & Departures Take holiday envy to a new level

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The out-of-office auto message just got a whole lot more exciting.

Want to make your colleagues green with envy about your holiday adventures? Qantas’ new service transforms the generic out-of-office auto email into a real-time photographic travel journal by linking to your holiday snaps.

Qantas Out of Office connects an email address with Instagram and updates the auto-reply message with your Instagram photos that are tagged with the hashtag #qantasoutofoffice.

Whether it's travel envy or travel inspiration you want to provoke, your colleagues, friends and family will be able to see your adventures.

“The traditional out of office message can be both generic and impersonal in nature and from our research, 60 per cent of employees say they appreciate receiving something more creative,” says Olivia Wirth, Qantas group executive for brand, marketing and corporate affairs.

“We know that tips from friends and colleagues are the highest driver for people when choosing their next holiday destination, so we saw an opportunity to encourage travel through the millions of out of office emails being sent every day.”

To ensure no sneaky holiday pics or those without the perfect pose make it onto email, the application features only your photos and videos tagged with #qantasoutofoffice.

The Qantas Out of Office service is available globally to anyone with a Hotmail or Gmail account, including other domains that use the Gmail inbox.

The auto-reply message for people using email through the Outlook desktop application will feature a link that takes recipients to a webpage collection of Instagrammed holiday photos.

To set it up, go to qantasoutofoffice.com.

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