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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Ancient and modern history enriches travel to Korea #visitkorea



Korea has over 5,500 years of both ancient and modern history which visitors can see in the varying architecture, and encounter in unique experiences. With four distinct seasons, magnificent landscapes, and more, there is an abundance of adventures that will suit each and every one.

There are officially twelve UNESCO cultural heritage sites and one natural heritage site that can be explored. Ancient palaces that have stood over six centuries reside next to tall skyscrapers, and tombs of past kings lay in 18 locations. Escape from the modern world by participating in a temple stay. One can meditate alongside monks at 'Woljeongsa' Temple and lose themselves in the scents and smells of the natural forest at 'Bulguksa' Temple. If a lover of the arts there are numerous theatres in Korea that perform traditional dances, and performances from the age of kings.

Korean cuisine comprises itself of seasonal ingredients, traditional fermented foods and the ideal of healthy eating. Visitors to Korea can enjoy Michelin starred restaurants such as 'Seokparang' where guests can indulge in royal cuisine of the Joseon dynasty or 'Kwon Sook Soo' with modern interpretations of Korean food cooked with rare ingredients from all over the country. There are also Michelin star restaurants that serve Halal foods and for vegetarian's temple foods that are full of health benefits.

Wellness tourism has grown in popularity amongst many tourists and Korea does not disappoint with leading medical, and beauty facilities as well as spiritual retreats. For example, deep in the mountains of Gangwon-Do Province exists the 'Healience Seonmaeul' where guests can relax and learn more about the essentials for a healthy life, all whilst surrounded completely by nature. If wanting to stay in the city and indulge on top herbal, high-quality beauty products one can visit the 'Sulhwasoo' Flagship Store with state-of-the-art spa facilities and holistic therapies.

There are two types of unique and high-quality accommodation that guests can stay in when they visit. For something more historically and culturally inspired but does not sacrifice modern comforts there are beautiful 'hanoks' or traditional Korean houses. These homes are only found in Korea and can be centuries years old with beautifully crafted, restored wooden architecture. They also offer cultural programs, meals and other entertainment to those who stay there.

Several five-star hotels and resorts are sprinkled around the country where guests can surround themselves with beautiful décor, breathtaking views and stunning artworks.

A country of tradition, culture, modernity, and more, Korea is a destination that inspires the imagination and offers unforgettable experiences to all those who enter its gates.  

Website: www.visitkorea.org.au
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SeeKorea
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ktosydney

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Car rental or car leasing? What's best for your Europe self-drive holiday?


As holidaymakers plan to drive Europe this northern summer the most-commonly asked question is "What is best, Car Leasing or Car Rental?"

Car Leasing is available through manufacturers such as France's Peugeot and worth considering by non-European Union residents who are over 18 years of age, plan to stay in Europe no longer than 6 months, and would like a car for over 17 days (with leasing becoming most cost-effective after around 30 days.)

Car Rental is provided through companies such as Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Enterprise, with rentals available from as little as one day.

"The main driver of the purchase decision is price," says Chris Hamill, CEO of DriveAway Holidays, Australia's largest self-drive holiday business. "Car Leasing gives a brand new vehicle direct from the factory for collection at a large number of centres within France, and various other European cities as well – with low delivery fees at these other cities." Mr Hamill says. "The all-inclusive price has no hidden extras and includes insurance with no excess in the event of accident or theft, no extra fees for airport collection or return, no additional-drivers' surcharges, no additional taxes, and there is no limit to the number of kilometres you can drive.

"The only extra costs are fuel and tolls, and being brand new you receive the precise model you want with diesel models guaranteed if requested and being cheaper to run. The Lease vehicle can also be driven throughout all of Western Europe, and much of Eastern Europe as well at no extra charge"

"Car Rental on the other hand allows a lot more flexibility with a wider spread of collection and return locations throughout Europe, and cars can be rented for just one day or more," says Mr Hamill.  "Generally rental cars are 6-8 months old, a large variety of models and makes are available, and rentals can be arranged very quickly.

"However with Car Rental an insurance excess applies in the event of an accident, there are charges for additional drivers, and restrictions do apply to driving into Eastern European countries.

"There is no right or wrong" says Chris Hamill.  "The majority of our clients rent, as they tend to need the car for 10-12 days only. But as every holidaymaker has different requirements we recommend talking to travel agents or a self-drive specialist to discuss your best option."

DriveAway Holidays can also be contacted direct on 1300 723 972 or www.driveaway.com.au

Monday, July 9, 2018

Discover safari luxury in the Barossa


Getaways to Australia's most famous wine region are about to reach a new level of eco-luxe, with the launch of luxury glamping tents at Discovery Parks – Barossa.
Exterior of a new luxury Safari Tent at Discovery Parks – Barossa

Nestled within a private area of the park, the 12 eco-friendly safari tents are majestically set amongst native gums, with vineyard views as far as the eye can see.

With the tents sharing a private swimming pool with heated spa, and a premium BBQ and lounge area, they are the ultimate place to unwind and embrace lavish comfort, while being close to nature.

Each tent has been meticulously designed to be environmentally sustainable and features a private 3m deck, ensuite bathroom, kitchenette, and spacious bedroom configured with either a king-sized bed or two twins.

Bookings are now open ahead of the official launch in August, with the Safari Tents priced at $250 per tent, per night.

Being less than an hour and a half from Adelaide, Discovery Parks - Barossa is the closest glamping experience to the city; perfect for romantic weekends away and special events like birthday celebrations and hen's weekends.

Discovery Parks Chief Commercial Officer Darren Peisley said the Barossa glamping experience has been modelled on the success of Discovery's Byron Bay safari tents.

"Two years ago, we launched a glamping experience in Byron Bay. The experience quickly elevated the park to one of the hottest properties in the area, attracting visitors who are after unique luxury experiences while still being in touch with nature," said Darren.

"Increasingly, people are seeking holiday experiences that are more genuine than can be found from the confines of a hotel room. They are embracing ways to enjoy the environment sustainably - and there is no better part of the world to enjoy nature than in one of the world's best wine regions, with cellar doors at your doorstep!"

"We will soon be launching a similar experience on Rottnest Island in Western Australia, and look forward to welcoming guests from across Australia and the world to our safari tent experiences", said Darren.

The safari tents are an award-winning design by EcoStructures Australia and are made from the highest-grade canvas available. They are wind tolerant up to Category 5 cyclones and 100% waterproof, with superior features that are complemented by a modern eco-friendly design.

For more information on Discovery Parks, please visit: www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au

NYC Restaurant Week Reservations Open #VisitUSA #NYCRestaurantWeek



  • NYC & Company's Signature Dining Program Returns
  • July 23–August 17 Across All Five Boroughs
  • New USD$26 Two-Course Prix-Fixe Lunch Designed to boost Daytime Dining
NYC & Company, the City's official destination marketing organisation, today announced details for NYC Restaurant Week summer 2018, now in its 26th year, and opened reservations for booking on NYCgo.com. Also announced was a new prix-fixe lunch offer with a two-course (appetizer and entrée) menu priced at USD$26. Waiving the mandatory third dessert course from the previous lunch offer, diners will now save time, and demand for restaurant daytime dining is expected to rise. Full program details are:
  • Dine over 23 days between July 23 through August 17, 2018*
  • Enjoy the option of more than 380 participating restaurants
  • Receive two-course prix-fixe lunches for USD$26 and three-course prix-fixe dinners (with dessert) for USD$42**
  • Explore restaurants among 42 distinct neighbourhoods, across all five boroughs
  • Discover 33 individual cuisines
View a full list of participants, browse menus and book tables now at www.NYCgo.com/restaurantweek.

*Saturdays excluded; Sundays optional
**Beverages, gratuities and taxes not included; Prices in USD


"There is no better way to celebrate the diversity of New York City's unmatched culinary scene—the true dining capital of the world—than by experiencing a great meal (or two) among restaurants of 33 distinct cuisines participating in NYC Restaurant Week this summer," said Fred Dixon. "We look forward to welcoming visitors, meetings delegates, and residents to enjoy new dining experiences in neighborhoods across all five boroughs this season."

The summer 2018 season features 24 new restaurant participants: Baar Baar, Barano, Boucherie Park Avenue South, Cleo, DaDong, Empellón, Fish Cheeks, Gloria, Greenwich Steakhouse, Harvey, La Sirena, Lugo Cucina Italiana, Mifune New York, Naoki Takahashi, Nix, Quality Eats – Nomad, Royal 35 Steakhouse, Scampi NYC, Talde, The Musket Room, The Sea Fire Grill, The Whitby Bar & Restaurant, Trattoria Italienne, and Tudor City Steakhouse.

Diners seeking inspiration for where to dine this summer can turn to NYCgo.com for curated restaurant collections themed to unique dining experiences. Included among the eight collections, all available now, are: "NYC Classics," "Squad Goals" (group dining), "Swipe Right" (date-friendly establishments), and ideal for summer, "BYO SPF" (alfresco dining), among others. Over the course of NYC Restaurant Week, continue to browse NYCgo.com for additional editorial content set to debut over the first three weeks of the program, including neighborhood itineraries for dining near Grand Central, NoHo and SoHo.

American Express is proud once again to sponsor NYC Restaurant Week this summer. In 2017, over 9,700 more restaurant locations in the New York area started accepting American Express® Cards. So now, more places than ever welcome your Card.

Additional brand partners include booking partner OpenTable and culinary arts organization James Beard Foundation.

Diners can follow @nycgo and @nycrestaurantweek on Instagram and @nycgo on Facebook and Twitter for NYC Restaurant Week content. Furthermore, an Instagram photo contest will award four weekly winners (one each week of the program) with USD$300 in gift cards from participating restaurants by using the program hashtag #NYCRestaurantWeek.

Lastly, New Yorkers and visitors looking for additional value this summer and fall can seek out two additional NYC & Company signature programs. NYC Broadway WeekSM returns September 3—16 (tickets on sale August 15), and NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM returns September 24—October 7 (tickets on sale September 10), both offering 2-for-1 tickets to some of the best live shows in New York City. Visit nycgo.com/broadway-week and nycgo.com/off-broadway-week for more.

To view a full list of participants, make reservations, browse menus and more, visit www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

Friday, June 29, 2018

New South Wales road trippers encouraged to get off the beaten track

#visitnsw



A new $2 million NSW road trips campaign is now underway, designed to entice more travellers off the major highways and experience some of the State's inviting rural and regional towns.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall joined Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson in Tamworth today highlighting one of the iconic NSW inland drives, Fossickers Way.

"While the State continues to attract visitors in record numbers, we've upped the ante with the new marketing program which will provide an even bigger boost to rural and regional NSW economies," Mr Marshall said.

"For the first time, we've teamed up with global music service, Spotify, to provide listeners with personalised playlists matched to their own road trip itinerary.

"Along with an aggressive marketing campaign, we're designing an online interactive trip planner with curated itineraries and maps to allow more people to select a journey based on the kind of NSW experience they're looking for.

"Whether it's food and wine trails, coastal scenic routes or outback adventures, the road trip itineraries and maps can be accessed from any mobile device and shared amongst family and friends."

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the drive itineraries would enable smaller towns, such as Nundle, Manilla, Barraba and Werris Creek to get benefit from more tourist dollars in the town.

"More than 150 rural and regional towns will be promoted through this program, helping to boost local economies by inspiring people to visit, eat, play and stay in Australia's number one State," Mr Anderson said.

"Each NSW region has an incredible story to tell and I encourage Aussies and international visitors to discover more of Australia's most geographically diverse State by car," Mr Anderson concluded.

For more information on how to plan your NSW road trip, go to www.visitnsw.com/roadtrips


Monday, June 25, 2018

SeaLink's New Food, Wine & Kangaroo Island Self Drive Packages


Discover South Australia's most loved wine regions and one of Australia's unspoilt treasures – Kangaroo Island, with SeaLink's new self-drive holiday packages. As a bonus, packages also include a 30-day Entertainment Digital Membership, offering savings of up to 25% and fantastic 2-for-1 deals at many of South Australia's top restaurants, attractions and activities.

There are three six-day Self-Drive holiday packages to choose from including the South Australia Food and Wine Getaway, the Barossa and Kangaroo Island package and the Hahndorf, McLaren Vale and Kangaroo Island package.

Helping to save hundreds of dollars, all self-drive packages include the bonus Entertainment Digital Membership. The membership provides hundreds of discounts and 2-for-1 deals at many restaurants, cafes, art attractions and shopping destinations in Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Fleurieu Peninsula. The 30-day membership can be self-activated prior to travel so benefits can be utilised before, after and during holiday packages.


The South Australia Food and Wine Getaway combines coach touring and self-drive and explores the city of Adelaide, the Barossa region on a choice of two food and wine coach tours and Kangaroo Island to discover the Island's unique local wines and produce, pristine beaches, fascinating wildlife, amazing attractions and spectacular coastal scenery.

The six-day South Australia Food and Wine Getaway is priced from A$1189 per person, twin share and includes three nights' accommodation at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide, Barossa Food & Wine Experience day tour or Barossa & Hahndorf Highlights day tour, the three Day Food & Wine Lover's Package including: return SeaLink coach and ferry travel to Penneshaw, three days hire car with Budget Rent-A-Car Kangaroo Island, two nights' accommodation in a Seafront Room at Kangaroo Island Seafront, Penneshaw including fully cooked breakfast daily and a  bottle of Kangaroo Island wine on arrival, wine tasting and a savoury platter at Bay of Shoals Wines, a A$60 dinner voucher for Penny's Restaurant at the Penneshaw Hotel, Gourmet lunch at Dudley Wines including a bucket of prawns or create a platter (to the value of $25) and a gourmet pizza plus a glass of wine and a 30 Day Entertainment Holiday Digital Membership.


The Barossa and Kangaroo Island self-drive package visits the iconic Barossa wine region for two nights, before heading to explore Australia's third largest Island, Kangaroo Island.

The six-day Barossa and Kangaroo Island package is priced from A$765.50 per person twin share and includes six-day hire car from Adelaide Airport or CBD, return SeaLink ferry for two adults and a standard size vehicle, two night's accommodation at Lyndoch Hills, Barossa, two nights' accommodation at Kangaroo Island Seafront, Penneshaw, one-night accommodation at Sage Hotel Adelaide and a 30-Day Entertainment Holiday Digital Membership.

The six-day Hahndorf, McLaren Vale and Kangaroo Island self-drive package discovers the sights of Adelaide, the picturesque Adelaide Hills, the historic German town of Hahndorf, beautiful McLaren Vale wine region and Kangaroo Island.

The six-day Hahndorf, McLaren Vale and Kangaroo Island package is priced from A$757.50 per person twin share and includes six-day hire car from Adelaide Airport or CBD, return SeaLink ferry for two adults and a standard size vehicle, one nights accommodation at Sage Hotel Adelaide, one nights accommodation at The Manna of Hahndorf, two night's accommodation at Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, one nights accommodation at McLaren Vale Motel and Apartments and a 30 Day Entertainment Holiday Digital Membership

For further information and bookings visit:www.sealink.com.au

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wanaka’s Treble Cone ski area fired up for opening this weekend


#treblecone

Snowguns are firing, temperatures dropping and excitement's building for Treble Cone ski area's official opening this Saturday (June 23).

Treble Cone's opening five days earlier than scheduled thanks to healthy pre-season snowfalls. And right on cue the mountain's snowguns have been firing this week just as meteorologists are predicting "significant" natural snowfalls early next week.

For TC's loyal fanbase the news couldn't be better.

The lucky riders of the first five chairs on the Home Basin Express will be rewarded for their chilly early morning 'camp out' with coveted 'First on the Chair' T-shirts and a $30 lunch voucher each, so they can sample items from the delicious new mountain menu.

Opening day will be celebrated in style with free Amisfield bubbles in the plaza, and season pass holders can fuel up for a big day on the slopes with tasty (and free) egg and bacon rolls between 8.30am to 10am, or while stocks last.

The ski area is reporting plenty of snow across the mountain, with 75cm at the top of the Saddle Basin Quad, 70cm at the top of the Home Basin Express and 25cm at the base.

All lifts will be open and operating from Saturday morning, including the Saddle Basin lift accessing some of the mountain's most extensive terrain for intermediate and expert skiers and boarders.

Treble Cone General Manager Toby Arnott says the hard work behind the scenes to open early will be worth it over the weekend.

"The warm welcome to Treble Cone starts at the bottom of our ski area access road this year with a new coffee cart serving up coffee, pastries and wraps for breakfast on the go," he says.

"That bottom car park also features a new Airstream caravan with a staff member on board to help guests buy passes, lessons or rental gear before they even reach the base building.

"We're operating a free new Treble Cone Shuttle service from the car park so guests can park up, grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy the view without worrying about snow on the road or the hassle of fitting chains, a great door-to-door service."

In addition, a Wanaka/Treble Cone Express will depart Wanaka daily at 7.30am and 9.30am, picking up at key hotels and the Treble Cone town office with return trips leaving at 2pm and 4pm.

It's a complimentary service for those who have bought a lift pass or lessons but must be booked through guests' hotel concierge or online daily at treblecone.com

"Conditions are currently fantastic on the mountain and we can't wait to welcome our first guests," says Toby.

"We have the highest elevation of any ski area in the region and if the forecasts are right we're looking to receive a serious amount of snow early next week which should ensure outstanding conditions leading into July.

"People want to ride and our team's been working around the clock to deliver an experience that will be well worth the wait!"

All mountain facilities will be operating from Saturday onwards including rentals, lessons and a full F&B service.

In anticipation of opening, it's recommended that season pass holders visit the town office to collect their pass early. With staff training being finalized on the mountain, the office is open from 3pm to 6pm on Thursday and 1pm to 6pm on Friday.

Normal winter office hours are 7am until 6pm. Day or multi-day passes can be bought online.

Picture captions (please credit Jackson Lana):

1/ Untracked – Treble Cone's Saddle Basin is ready and waiting for opening on Saturday June 23


W: www.treblecone.com

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