Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Pier One Sydney Harbour offers guests a unique way to see the iconic sights of Sydney with the suite-est package available
Niue is full of surprises and possibly none less than its fantastic food scene, which draws on fresh local produce from the land and sea.
Niue's inaugural food festival kicks off this September and will run from 19-22 September. The festival will be a showcase of local cuisine, producers and also a coupe of very special guest chefs.
Taking part in the four-day event will be award winning author and chef, Robert Oliver who was recently filming in Niue and is renowned as a strong advocate for increasing the use of local Pacific foods in island cuisine. Also joining the lineup is top New Zealand chef, Michael Meredith, of Meredith's restaurant who has a strong affinity to the Pacific through his Samoan heritage. Completing the culinary trio is Tongan born, Auckland based chef, Alex Kaihea, owner of The Beach House at Bucklands Beach.
In addition to showcasing local cuisine and produce from the sea and land, the trio of chefs will be demonstrating and cooking alongside locals as well as producing an exclusive luncheon on the lawns of the New Zealand High Commission. The festival promises to be a feast of food and culture with a local village hosting a traditional Umu feast, alongside a Kai Makete 'tasting market' in the centre of Alofi and special ticketed events.
Recognising that this tiny Pacific nation's star is very much on the rise and that food and travel go hand in hand, one of New Zealand's favourite food personalities, Helen Jackson has together with Niue Island Tourism put together an escorted 'food lovers' tour to the Kai Niue festival.
Spaces are strictly limited with guests staying at the Matavai Resort and enjoying all of the festival highlights.
For more information contact Niue Tourism on 1300 136 483.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Fraser Coast Opportunities has announced that select charter operators will host immersive whale tours on a trial basis this season, allowing visitors to take the plunge into the humpbacks’ domain and share life-changing connections with the gentle giants of the deep.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, with 74 tropical islands set amongst the azure waters of the Coral Sea, and a reef shaped like a heart, the Whitsundays is Australia's premier romance destination. With idyllic warm weather and beautiful sunshine throughout the year, the Whitsundays is well-known for its uncrowded tropical beaches and the many experiences that create the ultimate romantic escape.
Tie the knot at one of the top ten beaches in the world as white as any wedding, under a swaying palm tree with the turquoise waters lapping the shore or in a picturesque island chapel set amongst a stunning panoramic background of the Coral Sea – there is a location to suit any style of wedding.
The Whitsundays hosts more than 1,500 weddings a year and our wedding and honeymoon experts have the necessary experience and expertise to make your special day a memorable event for everyone. Where to start planning? Find all the necessary inspiration, information and contacts onwww.tourismwhitsundays.com/weddings.
Accor and the Hotel Convención property have signed an agreement and plan to open the new establishment in 2016. It will be operated under a franchise contract under the Novotel brand. The hotel, which will be completely redesigned and refurbished, will be transformed into a preferred benchmark destination for international congresses.
On an island renowned for its great hotels, luxury accommodation, cutting edge service and uncompromising attention to detail, it's a joy to find retreats that combine all of the above and make you feel completely at home at the same time.
Set in the tranquil Cepaka village in the island's south-west, Villa Sungai is 10 minutes inland from the exclusive hotspot, Canggu, on the south western coast of Bali, just north of Seminyak and Legian.
From its immaculate, elegant interiors to the extraordinary service, this villa is the last word in spoiling and relaxation, taking the 5-star hotel experience to the next level.
"At Sungai we like to think of ourselves as a luxury private villa with a difference," says Pamela Hayes, the Australian mastermind behind Villa Sungai. "Unlike most resorts and villa complexes, at Sungai we have no reception desk, lobby or bellboys – we have designed it that way to give the impression to guests that they are staying in a private residence, who indicatively are met at the airport by the villa manager."
Pavilions perfumed with tuberoses, a standout 18m horizon pool spilling into the valley, palms and frangipanis, khaki and whitewash, and sleek and sexy white on white…. here time stands still.
Floating above a river, beneath a towering canopy of rainforest, Villa Sungai has everything you expect from the finest hotels, but with exclusivity. It is Bali's version of a luxury lodge - intimate and bespoke, tailored to the sophisticated and discerning experiential traveller looking for luxury Bali accommodation with access to local experiences.
The service begins the moment you step off the plane with the VIP airport butler service and the chauffeured transfers that whisk you to the villa where the chefs and staff are dedicated to you alone. "We aim to offer a guest experience that is intimate and discreet while providing the highest level of service, exceptional but not intrusive or invasive."
The three-suite flagship Sungai and the two-suite 'Owner's Villa' Sungai Gold next door can be booked individually, or groups can take over both for the ultimate glamorous house party in one of the most distinguished luxury Bali villas.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Newcastle, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley Launch New 'Altogether Perfect' Campaign in the Nation’s Capital
Switzerland Tourism has announced that Evelyn Lafone, Director of Australia and New Zealand, will be leaving her post in Sydney on 25 July 2014 to head up the Switzerland Tourism office in Canada and oversee the tour operations of America's Mid West from mid August.
In May 2010, Evelyn left her position as Director for UK and Ireland to set up the ANZ office in Sydney. Having established Switzerland Tourism's presence in the region over the last four years, Switzerland has enjoyed a healthy and consistent 11% increase of visitors from Australia and 8% from New Zealand each year.
Replacing her position in Sydney is Mark Wettstein, who will officially commence his role as Director for Australia and New Zealand in late October. Mark brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in travel having come from the airlines industry.
Executive Vice President of Switzerland Tourism, Urs Eberhard, says, "Evelyn has laid a very solid foundation and implemented a series of successful strategies to educate the Australian and New Zealand markets encouraging travellers to visit Switzerland.
"Now, Mark has the task and challenge of continuing that engagement with the trade and consumer markets and further improve our market share of Australian and New Zealand travellers," he says. "His experience and fresh eyes will no doubt be of great value to the team here and we look forward to his plans for the region."
Mark will begin work in the Sydney office in late November. Prior to this new role, Mark was Manager of Airlines Affairs for Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe at Zurich airport and prior to that, he was Account Manager of Business Sales in Switzerland for Lufthansa Switzerland.
Evelyn Lafone will take up her new position heading up Switzerland Tourism Canada, also overseeing tour operations in America's Mid West from August 2014.
Mark Wettstein will be replacing Evelyn Lafone as Director Australia and New Zealand from end of October 2014.
Captions (l-r): Images by Jon Rendell - Café Les Deux Magots, January 1978; Eiffel Tower Paris, January 1987; Le dejeuner sur l'herbe, Musee d'Orsay, Paris January 1978 (Iconic Paris, photographs by Jon Rendell - Sofitel 50th anniversary)
French hotel brand Sofitel Luxury Hotels is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, a special milestone that marks a half-century since the brand launched its first hotel in Strasbourg to now offer more than 120 luxury addresses in 40 different countries worldwide.
To celebrate the occasion, Sofitel's hotels across Australia has commissioned Donald Williams of Global Arts Projects to curate an exhibition of compelling and evocative images of Paris (in homage to the brand's elegant French origins and art-de-vivre) by San Francisco based, Melbourne born photographer, Jon Rendell.
Titled Iconic Paris, Photographs by John Rendell, the free public exhibition has commenced a national tour for display in Sofitel's hotel lobby galleries over the next six months.
Launching at the Sofitel Brisbane Central this month where it will stay until 24 August, Iconic Paris By Jon Rendell will then travel to the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth from 1 September to 5 October, the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach from 8 October until 9 November, and conclude after a summer season at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins where it will be on public display from 9 December until 30 January 2015.
Most of the Paris photographs in this exhibition were taken by Rendell in January 1978 and ten years later in January, 1987 just after the opening of the Musée d'Orsay. The exhibition features beautiful black and white photography which as the artist explains; "I began with black and white and limited finances meant that a jump to colour was unattainable in the 70s and 80s, but nowadays with colour everywhere, all the time, I believe that black and white photography, more than ever, has something new for us to observe".
While not clichéd, Rendell's subjects are the familiar iconic images of Paris that we have all grown to admire. They follow in the tradition of other photographers of that city including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Brassaï, and Eugène Atget.
Over the course of its 50 years, Sofitel has continuously strived to be the symbol of French elegance in luxury hospitality. Sofitel's anniversary year offers a nod to both its history and traditions, while simultaneously looking ahead to the future, with more than 30 hotel openings planned around the world through the second half of 2014 and 2015.
"Fifty years is a major milestone by any measure. We are looking forward to marking this event throughout the year with our loyal guests and our more than 25,000 Sofitel ambassadors, or employees, around the world," said Rick Harvey Lam, Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing and Communications for Sofitel Worldwide. "With a special focus on Sofitel's design, gastronomy and culture themes, 2014 is the most magnifique year of our history yet."
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