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Friday, August 29, 2014

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island - First Luxury Lodge in the World's Last Paradise

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Capella Lodge has brought a new level of luxe to World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island with an ideal combination of ocean and mountain views, seclusion, fine cuisine and first name service that has redefined the island's resort experience.

Capella Lodge was the first property in the Baillie Lodges portfolio and has introduced guests worldwide to the Baillie Lodges' experience of luxury lodge accommodations in unique Australian destinations. Capella is now flanked by multi-award winning Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and iconic outback camp Longitude 131° at Uluru Kata Tjuta.

Capella Lodge is located at the southern end of Lord Howe Island above picturesque Lover's Bay and at the foot of the Island's iconic twin-mountains Gower and Lidgbird. Owned by James and Hayley Baillie, who together conceived Baillie Lodges in 1993, this nine-suite retreat combines personal service and premium facilities to deliver an exclusive Lord Howe Island experience.

With a shared interest in design, James and Hayley Baillie take a hands-on approach to ensuring a luxurious, Lord Howe feel to the guest suites as well as the teak-clad main Lodge which houses the Capella Restaurant, Makambo Bar, Kentia Lounge and expansive Gower's Terrace. Exclusive hand-printed soft furnishings by Mambo artist Bruce Goold and original local artworks complement Lord Howe's intriguing seafaring history and complete a relaxed yet sophisticated beach-house vibe.

Capella's nine luxurious suites include the single-level Capella Suites and family-sized Catalina Suite with expansive deck areas and outdoor lounging, as well as Lagoon Lofts with stunning views from the mezzanine bedroom. Premium suites include the Makambo Loft with plunge spa and views to the mountains, and the Lidgbird Pavilion with wrap-around verandahs, plunge-pool and 270-degree lagoon views. The Lidgbird Pavilion tariff includes a golf buggy for travel around the Island.

Contemporary-styled interiors are designed to capture the mood of a sophisticated beach house. Timber floors, white shutters and marine ply joinery, custom-furniture pieces, add a sense of the sea whilst Capella Spa amenities and signature bed linen ensure comfort at every level.

Dining at Capella is at once refined and locavore affair, with locally caught seafood, foraged coastal greens and house-made breads, ice-reams and pastas featuring on the menu. Capella has a reputation as Lord Howe Island's prime dining destination drawing rave reviews for its breakfasts, long and lazy lunches on the deck and daily changing dinner menus with selected wines.

The petite Capella Spa offers a signature menu of rejuvenating and relaxation treatments whilst the the Li'tya spa range reflects the island's endemic kentia palms and pristine marine environment.

Rates at Capella Lodge start from AU$700 per person twin share and include full gourmet breakfast, sunset drinks and canapés, 3-course dinner and selected wines with change of menu daily, most non-alcoholic beverages and mountain bikes.

Notes: Baillie Lodges is a collection of intimate luxury lodges in unique Australian destinations. Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island launched the portfolio and continues to capture guests in its magic. Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia's most extraordinary luxury lodge offering a premium nature-based escape. Longitude 131° is a gathering of luxury tented pavilions overlooking fabled icon Uluru, delivering a journey to Australia's spiritual heart. The Baillie Lodges properties are honoured as founding members of Luxury Lodges of Australia.

Mountain Lodges of Peru Launches a New Trek: The Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu

Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP), well respected for their high quality hiking and horseback riding tours complemented by guest lodging in world-class mountain lodges, has announced the addition of a new hiking program along the Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu and in the Urubamba Valley, “Sacred Valley of the Incas,” with exclusive accommodations in three new lodges.
The Lares Trail, a wonderful alternative to the more heavily traveled Inca Trail, is noted for its cultural attractions, including traditional weavers attired in colorful dress, roving herds of alpacas and llamas, and a panorama of waterfalls, snow peaks, and glacial lakes. The new mountain lodges, built in the towns of Lamay and Ollantaytambo and in the rural community of Huacahuasi, serve as deluxe “base camps” for
day hikes in the surrounding environs. Guests may join a fixed departure or exclusive group from Cuzco, complete with an expert guide who will be with the group for the entire journey to Machu Picchu.
An extensive network of trails throughout the region lead to traditional Andean highland communities unchanged for centuries, where guests can meet local weavers and farmers and get a glimpse of the distant past, and to spectacular Inca archaeological sites including Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, where the rebel Inca leader Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in battle. The lodge at Ollantaytambo is also an excellent gateway to visiting the spectacular site of Machu Picchu. More challenging trails bring guests to remote passes with views of Andean peaks, with the occasional condor soaring above. Two programs (7-day and 5-day) are designed to offer different hikes daily for a variety of experience and abilities.
Established in 2001, MLP began offering tourism services at destinations along the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu in 2008, and currently operates five deluxe mountain lodges primarily catering to travelers from the United States and Europe. MLP's lodges on the Lares Trail and in the Sacred Valley will be an extension of these same facilities, with architecture designed to blend into the existing landscape, reducing their visual impact to a minimum, and the use of local materials—stone, adobe, wood, and straw—that reflect the region's traditional construction. The lodges are also energy efficient, with high-performance solar and space water heaters.

300 Global Luxury Travel Agents Descend on Sydney This Weekend!

This weekend over 300 luxury travel specialists will descend on Sydney to explore the latest in luxury and experiential tourism at Luxperience.
The event brings together over 300 travel agents with over 250  tourism operators from around the globe for three days of serious networking.
Luxperience has been 12 months in planning and, now in its third year, has experienced significant growth with exhibitors from as far afield as Bhutan, Mauritius, Tahiti, Dubai, Peru, India and the UK as well as increases in the Asia Pacific regions.
New Zealand has the greatest share of exhibitors, and has doubled its presence to 26 per cent of the total, closely followed by Asia, which is on a par with Australia at 25 per cent of share.
Reflecting recent trends in the luxury tourism sector, there is also an increase in the number of adventure and experiential tour companies exhibiting, as more and more operators recognise that today's high-end traveller wants a richer experience while on holiday.
“Our experiential exhibitors offer bespoke travel designers a choice of unique experiences in some of the most divine locations around the world; from ski safaris in the Swiss Alps, to trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas in Bhutan through to unique water based activities in Queenstown,” says CEO Lindy Andrews.
Buyers will be kept busy over the three-day event, with pre-scheduled appointments and access to exclusive social networking events, access to the LuxConnect Private Community and to initiatives such as the Corporate Connect Event, and 'Thought Leaders Forum '.
Luxperience will be staged at Sydney's Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay from 31 August to 3 September 2014 and other venues around Sydney. As the only bespoke travel exchange in Australasia Pacific it has become an essential forum for exhibitors, buyers and international media with an interest in luxury and experiential travel.

Etihad Airways' New A380 Services to Sydney Commence on 1 June 2015

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today confirmed its new Airbus A380 services to Sydney would start on 1 June 2015. 
The world's largest airliner will initially operate Etihad Airways' daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Sydney – EY454 (Abu Dhabi to Sydney) and EY455 (Sydney to Abu Dhabi) – replacing the Boeing 777-300 which the airline currently deploys on the route.
In turn, a Boeing 777-300 aircraft will operate the airline's second daily Abu Dhabi-Sydney services – EY450 and EY451.
These fleet changes will increase weekly capacity on the high-demand Sydney route by 1,320 making a total of 4,784 seats in each direction.
They will also see the introduction of Etihad Airways' much anticipated, all-new product and service offering in its first, business and economy cabins - including The Residence by Etihad™, the world's most luxurious living space in the air, available only on the airline's A380 aircraft.
Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said the new A380 services would offer travellers on the Sydney route an unrivalled level of luxury, comfort and service.
“The new living spaces on our A380s will raise inflight product and service standards to the highest level ever in commercial aviation and change forever travellers' expectations of air travel.
“Ours are not only the most advanced aircraft cabins in the industry, they meet all weight, range and cost targets at our desired seat count.”
Mr Hogan said the deployment of the A380 on the Sydney route from 1 June would provide Australian travellers, including guests of partner airline Virgin Australia, with the added convenience and comfort of a daily continuous A380 service to London.
“With seamless connections in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways' A380s will transform the ultra-long haul flying experience for guests in all cabins, ensuring they arrive at their destination – be that Sydney or London – in great shape.”
Reservations for the new A380 Abu Dhabi-Sydney services open today for travel from 1 June 2015. 
The Etihad Airways Airbus A380 is designed to carry 496 passengers in four living spaces, including two VIP guests in The Residence by Etihad™, nine guests in the First Apartments, 70 in Business Class Studios, and 415 in Economy Class.
The Residence is the world's first private three-room cabin on a commercial aircraft. Accommodating single or double occupancy, it features a living/dining room, separate double bedroom and ensuite bathroom with its own shower. Guests in The Residence will also enjoy the dedicated services and personal attention of a Butler.
Etihad Airways A380 will also feature the airline's revolutionary First Apartments, which are private suites with a separate reclining lounge seat and full-length bed, as well as a chilled mini-bar, personal vanity unit and wardrobe.
The A380 will also offer the airline's next-generation Business Studio which features direct aisle access in a dovetail (forward and aft) layout, together with a 22-inch wide seat and separate ottoman that together create a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.
The Economy Smart Seat is customised with a unique 'fixed wing' headrest, which offers greater comfort and relaxation to guests. Upholstered in camel leather sourced in the UAE, the headrest provides a firm surface for guests to rest their heads, as well as additional privacy between seats. There is a fleece blanket and pillow on every seat as well as a convenient entertainment and connectivity hub in the seatback in front with all services in easy reach.
Etihad Airways has 10 Airbus A380s on firm order, the first of which will be delivered in December 2014. The aircraft will initially operate services between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, starting with flights EY11 and EY12 from 27 December 2014, EY17 and EY18 from 1 March 2015, and EY19 and EY20 from 1 May 2015.
Etihad Airways' Airbus A380 schedule between London and Sydney, effective 1 June 2015 (First Sydney-London service on 2 June 2015)
Flight No. - Origin - Departs - Destination - Arrives - Frequency - Aircraft
EY12 - London - 09:15 - Abu Dhabi - 19:10 - Daily - A380
EY454 - Abu Dhabi - 21:50 - Sydney - 17:40 - Daily - A380
EY455 - Sydney - 21:50 - Abu Dhabi - 06:25 - Daily - A380
EY19 - Abu Dhabi - 08:35 - London - 13:05 - Daily - A380

Gwangju Biennale: Burning Down the House 2014 Runs in Gwangju, Korea 5 Sept - 9 Nov. 2014


Marking its tenth year in 2014 the Gwangju Biennale 2014 kicks off in Gwangju, Korea on 5th September and runs through to 9th November, 2014.

The 10th Gwangju Biennale will bring together 105 artists from more than 39 countries and will include 35 new commissions each selected for their relevance to the theme of the Biennale, 'Burning Down the House'. The five Halls of the Biennale will be treated as related but thematically differentiated exhibitions, each exploring a different aspect of the title of the Biennale.

The 10th Gwangju Biennale 'Burning Down the House' explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history. Evident in aesthetics, historical events and an increasingly rapid course of redundancy and renewal in commercial culture, the Biennale reflects on this process of, often violent events of destruction or self-destruction - burning the home one occupies- followed by the promise of the new and hope for change.

The exhibition is curated by Jessica Morgan, Artistic Director of the Gwangju Biennale and the Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Tate Modern in London.

Famous Australian sculptor Ken Unsworth is the only Australian to feature his artwork at the Gwangju Biennale this year. Unsworth, who made the spectacular artwork 'Suspended Stone Circle II' displayed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales last year is one of Australia's most prominent sculptors. His work 'Suspended Stone Circle II' was made of river stones which were hung in a grouping that hover just above the floor.

Internationally famous French electronic musician Joakim joins the international list of artists participating in the Biennale. He will contribute three cover versions of the Talking Heads song 'Burning Down the House' which served as inspiration for this year's Biennale.

Joakim's covers will be introduced at three main focal points of this year's milestone 10th edition. Visitors will hear the songs at the entrance and exit of the hosting Biennale Hall and on the third floor bridge that connects Galleries 2 and 3.

The Gwangju Biennale is open daily from 5th September to 9th November from 9-5.30pm. Adult single day admission to the Biennale is 14,000 Korean won (approx. A$14).

Adult exhibition pass costs 30,000 Korean won (approx A$30). Children & Seniors (over 65) day ticket costs 4,000 Korean won (approx A$4).

Full details about the Gwangju Biennale 2014 and information on all the artists exhibiting at the Gwangju Biennale 2014 can be seen at the official website:

For Australians interested in art and travel there is no better chance to visit Korea and explore the Gwangju Biennale 2014. During the same period one of Korea's largest festivals is held in Gwangju city as well - the Gwangju Kimchi Festival celebrates the iconic Korean fermented cabbage dish that is served at every meal in Korea. It will run this year in Gwangju city from the 4th to 8th October.

For more information on the Gwangju Kimchi Festival visit the website:

InterContinental Fiji Appoints New Executive Chef and Director of Dining and Entertainment

Denny & Nicolas on Natadola Bay
Copyright: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
Culinary veterans, Denny Akira Tanaka and Nicolas de Visch, were welcomed in traditional Fijian style to the InterContinental Fiji team. Denny's appointment to Director of Dining & Entertainment and Nicolas to Executive Chef, heralds an exciting new era in culinary experiences at the resort.

Chef Nicolas de Visch brings a fresh global perspective with 25 years kitchen experience throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia, with a Michelin star restaurant background, and having opened the 7 star luxury hotel Burj Al Arab at only 25.

Denny Tanaka, who studied in Cornell University in the United States of America, also joins the award-winning InterContinental Fiji with 15 years of invaluable experience in restaurant operations in Asia and the Middle East.

“Nicolas and I are excited to work with such a fabulous team that has already achieved so much and collaborating to elevate five star dining experiences in Fiji,” says Denny. “We're looking forward to working hands-on with the team to continue delivering authentic and enriching Fijian experiences to guests and showcase the talent this resort has.”

“My objective is to deliver not just exceptional but holistic dining experiences = from the moment our guests enter the restaurant till the moment they leave,” adds Denny.

When asked about their first impressions of Fiji, Nicolas responded, “Fiji is a place where its people have such beautiful and warm personalities; I feel so welcome and very much at home.”

“We are thrilled to welcome two professionals of such caliber to our team,” says InterContinental Fiji General Manager, Erik Stuebe. “They bring with them a wealth of knowledge, and will be integral to implementing the exciting plans we have in pipeline for the next few years!”

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa overlooks the azure waters of NatadolaBeach – voted by CNN as one of the best beaches in the world, and Fiji's finest beach. Spread across 35 acres of tropical gardens, the resort offers all of the facilities and services expected of luxury international resort.

Click here for more news and updates on the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. For more information please also visit or contact the resort on 673 3455 /

About the Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide is a series of annual guide or reference books published by the French company Michelin for more than one hundred years. The term normally refers to the Michelin Red Guide, the oldest and best-known European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments.

Sydney's Exclusive Luxury Address Returns - InterContinental Sydney Double Bay


November 2014 sees the grand unveiling of this year's most anticipated new hotel, nestled within the prestigious and picturesque village suburb of Double Bay, Sydney. The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will provide guests with a unique offering providing local intimacy, and exclusive experiences within a secluded bayside retreat, only moments away from Sydney's CBD.

The hotel will revive a bygone era with the restoration of the iconic Ritz Carlton and reawaken a desire for glamour and subtle elegance, assured of personalised service and attention. A haven for world-class and unforgettable accommodation, entertainment, food and beverage and wellness offerings, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will become the city's greatest treasure for travellers and locals alike.

The hotel was acquired and is being developed by Royal Hotels Australia. Together with the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay and the retail mix on the ground floor, this redevelopment will see luxury redefined for the Sydney market.

“The restoration of this iconic building in Double Bay marks a pivotal stage in the growth of the portfolio of Royal Hotels Australia Pty Ltd. The enriching local experiences coupled with world-class service provided to world travelers by InterContinental Hotels Group meant it was the true aspirant to re-launch the property,” said Peter Wilding, Managing Director of Royal Hotels Australia.

The hotel will showcase 140 serene guestrooms and suites with beautifully reinstated original features including Italian white marble bathrooms and European fashioned balconies, complimented with a contemporary design twist. Stunning views abound over Double Bay village, the tranquil bay or the internal French provincial styled courtyard. For something truly memorable and definitive in privacy, there are 14 Executive Suites and the spectacular Royal Suite boasting floor to ceiling views of Double Bay.

"InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will be Sydney's newest luxury hotel, and is part of a wider plan to re-invigorate the exclusive and iconic Double Bay area. InterContinental is world-renowned as a luxury hotel brand, and customers can expect nothing but the best from this newly renovated hotel. It will be the only five star property outside the CBD,” Frederic Brohez, General Manager, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay said.

The regency architecture style of the hotel with dramatic inward facing spaces lends itself to a hidden oasis. On the rooftop of the hotel lies an infinity pool and lounge area complete with cabanas and water vistas. A secluded courtyard is also uniquely presented to the guests of the InterContinental Club Lounge with all the dedicated amenities seen through the worldwide VIP service including all day dining and refreshments and business centre assistances.

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay brings a fresh vibe to the suburb of Double Bay with its bar and restaurant. Ascending the grand marble staircase to the first floor, passing through the energetic lobby and the restoration of the original grand piano – guests and visitors to Double Bay are welcomed to a unique 'Gin' bar concept, set to be the hottest address in town.

Executive Chef Julien Pouteau will preside over the hotel's restaurant and food direction. The all-day dining restaurant, will herald a seasonally lead menu fusing the best of local and worldly produce prepared featuring a Robata Grill, famous InterContinental styled buffet breakfast featuring a made-to-order hot à la carte, chef's and private tables.

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay has a rich and glamorous history – renowned for high profile events and special occasions. The restoration sees the reinstatement of the iconic pillar-less 360 (banquet style) capacity Grand Ballroom, alongside the formation of seven flexible function rooms, making it the ideal location for any event from the wedding of the year to conference or incentive event. The hotel will also offer Sydney's only, fully separate Kosher kitchen.

The ground floor terrace will present a fusion of premium retail and lifestyle offerings for guests and the local community, with renowned contemporary 'Japanese Saké Restaurant & Bar' and a dedicated Pâtisserie. For total wellbeing and relaxation, a wellness centre and 24 hour gym with dedicated personal trainers will be a part of the hybrid and lively precinct.

The presence of signature InterContinental Hotel Group qualities are visible throughout the hotel, including cutting edge technology, WiFi, around the clock in-room dining and valet car parking. The dedicated concierge team are on hand to provide authentic local expertise with an insider's perspective to enjoy the best of what the community and city has to offer.

The hotel's location has a physical connection to Sydney and Australia's past, as well as some of the iconic characters who stayed at the former address including Princess Diana, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and Madonna. InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will be where new memories are formed and where history is made.

For more information, visit

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

33 Cross Street, Double Bay, Sydney 2028



Instagram: @InterconDoubleBay

Twitter: @InterconSydDB

About InterContinental Hotels Group:

InterContinental Hotels Group is one of the world's largest hotel companies with over 4,700 hotels globally and a further 1,000 in the pipeline. The Group has a portfolio of nine brands including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn.

InterContinental Hotels Group have 27 hotels (6,500 rooms) open across Australia including 10 Crowne Plaza hotels, and 12 Holiday Inn hotels. The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will be the fifth InterContinental Hotel for Australia.

IHG has 3 hotels in the development pipeline due to open in the next 3 years – this hotel and 2 Holiday Inn Express properties (Perth and Sydney), which will be the first of the brand in the country.

About Royal Hotels:

Royal Hotels Australia Pty. Ltd, whose portfolio in the Asia-pacific region includes a wide range of properties comprising of residential, industrial and commercial estates, manages the hotel's reformation and development.

Expedition Cruising : The Next Big Thing

Expedition Cruising : The Next Big Thing: Are you looking to get your feet wet on a true adventure? Expedition cruising is the next big thing! Captain's Choice have a great range of intrepid adventures across unchartered waters set to open your mind to new horizons. From luxury expeditions to exotic islands to knuckle whitening polar quests, Captain's Choice have an adventure planned for all interests...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Antarctic Flights - Experience Antarctica in One Day

Antarctica Flights announces five flights over the upcoming summer including the always popular New Year's Eve celebration flight from Sydney.

A pristine white landscape will greet travellers seeing the first daylight of 2015 on an entirely unique New Years Eve flight to Antarctica. The specially chartered Qantas 747 flight, the only one day Antarctica sightseeing flight in the world, will take in the icebergs, coastal cliffs, glaciers and spectacular mountain ranges for which Antarctica is renowned for.

Quality celebratory drinks plus dinner and a live on board jazz band add to the once in a lifetime excitement of the New Years Eve “Midnight Sun” flight.

Other Antarctica flights, departing from Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane are offered in January and February 2014.

According to Phil Asker, Founder & Director of Antarctica Flights, “The length of time sailing rough seas and the cost of a cruise to Antarctica means the closest most people will ever come to seeing the world's last great wilderness is via their TV screen.

Our one day sightseeing flights enable more people to fulfil what is often a lifelong dream, of seeing Antarctica.”

“The full majesty of the landscape is seen from the aircraft and expert Antarctic expeditioners are on board to talk about the polar environment and life on the ground,”

For 20 years, Antarctica Flights has taken more than 31,000 travellers on over 110 flights across the Antarctic and, according to Mr Asker, the New Years Eve flight remains the most popular. “Flying over the Antarctic is such an amazing way to start the New Year. People who've done the trip previously have said that it really sets the tone for the year ahead. There is something special about being amongst the first in the world to see in the New Year in daylight.”

Antarctica flights take approximately four hours to reach the South Magnetic Pole, descending over spectacular sea ice and icebergs and crossing the Antarctic coast near the French research base at Dumont d'Urville.

From there the aircraft flies over magnificent glaciers and ice fields before continuing to Cape Hudson and Cape Washington and the astounding Trans Antarctic Range.

Up to 19 different routes are available to take advantage of the clearest weather conditions of the day, ensuring the best possible views of the Antarctic landscape.

Flight Schedule:

31 Dec 2014 – New Years Eve Sydney only

18 Jan 2015 – Brisbane

26 Jan 2015 – Perth

8 Feb 2015 – Adelaide

15 Feb 2015 – Melbourne


Prices begin at $1,199 for Economy Class Centre and range to $7,999 for Ice Class.

Refer to for further information or FreeCall 1800 633 449

Preferred Hotel Group Partners With Skyscanner

Michelle Woodley, Senior Vice President of
Distribution & Revenue Management
for Preferred Hotel Group

Preferred Hotel Group™, a global provider of sales, marketing, and distribution services to independent hotels, today unveiled the latest development in its aggressive distribution model by launching a new partnership with Skyscanner, a leading global travel search engine. The move is designed to drive greater consumer awareness of the Preferred Hotel Group brand, while increasing bookings and reducing the costs of customer acquisition for its 650 member hotels and resorts worldwide.

Travelers looking to enjoy the independent hotel experience can now use Skyscanner to search destinations, compare rates, and directly book stays at Preferred Hotel Group member properties. Skyscanner users will also benefit from streamlined access to exclusive offers and the lowest available rates whenever viewing a hotel or resort within the Preferred Hotel Group portfolio. Complementing the worldwide appeal of both companies' services, both Skyscanner and Preferred Hotel Group's booking engine support 30 different languages.

“Preferred Hotel Group is proud to partner with Skyscanner,” said Michelle Woodley, Senior Vice President of Distribution & Revenue Managementfor Preferred Hotel Group. “Metasearch engines are an important travel planning tool for today's consumers, and we designed this partnership to support our goals of continuously driving more bookings to our hotels and increasing traffic to our branded websites.”

“We are delighted to be adding Preferred Hotel Group to our offering,” saidFrank Skivington, Chief Commercial Officer, Skyscanner. “The 650 hotels and resorts that the brand represents globally provides our users even more choices to compare, to be able to uncover the perfect accommodation for their travels.”

About Preferred Hotel Group™
Preferred Hotel Group represents 650 of the finest hotels, resorts, and serviced residences in the world. Preferred Hotel Group's brands include Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Summit Hotels & Resorts™, Sterling Hotels™, Summit Serviced Residences™, Sterling Design, and Preferred Boutique™. Travelers gain valuable benefits through branded programs iPrefer™, Preferred Family, Preferred Pride, Preferred Golf™, and Preferred Residences™. For more information, visit and follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

About Skyscanner
Skyscanner is a leading global travel search provider offering an unbiased, comprehensive and free flight search service as well as instant online comparisons for hotels and car hire. Having launched in 2003, it is now helping 25 million unique visitors each month to find the best deals, through powerful technology we have built across our website and mobile app. With more than 500 employees spanning 35 nationalities across six global offices – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Singapore, Beijing, Miami, Barcelona, Skyscanner places great emphasis on its global coverage, with search available in over 30 languages. Skyscanner's highly-rated free mobile apps are available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Windows 8 devices and have been downloaded over 30 million times.

Luxperience Adds an Exclusive Corporate Connect Program This Year for Busy Corporate and MICE Trade Buyers

Anne Biging from Healing Hotels
In recognition of the fact that corporate event organisers and MICE trade buyers are extremely time-poor, Luxperience has introduced a condensed program just for them.

The Corporate Connect Program allows corporate executive assistants and personal assistants a period of time on the floor to meet with exhibitors at this exclusive, closed event.

The program commences with a hosted lunch on Wednesday where delegates will learn about the latest trends in luxury and experiential travel from keynote speakers including Emma Scott from premium lifestyle creative agency Tiny Hunter, Harris Meitanus from Apples and Pears entertainment agency and Anne Biging from Healing Hotels.

Speakers will discuss ways of creating truly unique company incentives and experience: the new luxury and understanding the luxury consumer; their needs, desires and the fears and frustrations.

Emma Scott will talk about the influence of the arts in the luxury experience and how to create bespoke experiences that open up the world of the type of creativity that evokes an emotional response.

In an era where the excesses of wealth can often be portrayed as tacky and gaudy, it may be time to look at luxury through a different lens. Anne Biging of Healing Hotels will talk about simplifying the complexities of modern life and creating time and space; the ultimate luxury.

In a world where speed rules and everyone is under pressure to go faster, where almost everyone complains about the hectic pace of their lives, Anne will share her insights on creating experiences that nurture the soul.

“This is a first for Luxperience. We have listened to our delegates needs and for the first time decided to add an exclusive event for our corporate buyers;” said Luxpereince CEO, Lindy Andrews.

“This closed event offers corporate buyers to meet with a large group of global exhibitors, most of whom do not visit Australia regularly, if ever.

“We're doing this to provide our exhibitors with even more exposure to key buyers at an intimate business exchange, and to provide our time-poor local corporate buyers a more intensive business opportunity.

“This opportunity is not made available to corporate buyers at any other tourism exchange or travel trade event. This is a first.”

For further information on participation at Luxperience 2014, please contact: or visit

Hunter Valley’s Chateau Élan at The Vintage joins Tourism Portfolio’s luxury collection

Award-winning luxury resort Chateau Élan at The Vintage is taking its MICE business to a new level by appointing Sydney-based Tourism Portfolio as its representative in the Australia market.

General Manager Joe Spagnolo says the five-star property in NSW's Hunter Valley region already enjoys strong support from meeting and conference clients.

"Many of our MICE guests return year after year, and their support is invaluable," says Spagnolo. "Working with Tourism Portfolio I'm confident we will now expand our presence ever further, as meeting and conference guests from across Australia experience our outstanding facilities and exceptional customer service."

Chateau Élan_BoardroomLocated just two hours’ drive from Sydney, Chateau Élan at The Vintage is set among the Hunter Valley's spectacular vineyards and offers state-of-the-art meetings facilities catering for up to 200 guests, along with 20 super-luxury spa suites and a series of private lifestyle villas.

The resort also incorporates a spa with 17 treatment rooms, and the award-winning 'Vintage' golf course, designed by the legendary Greg Norman.

Chateau Élan_Lake at sunsetChateau Élan at The Vintage was recently awarded the prestigious title of 'Conference Hotel of the Year' at the 2014 Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence - a category that included nominees representing some of the country's top luxury properties and iconic five-star CBD hotels.

Tourism Portfolio Managing Director Donna Kessler says Chateau Élan at The Vintage is an outstanding addition to the company’s collection of luxury Australian properties, which also includes Queensland’s Byron at Byron Resort and Spa and Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in NSW’s Blue Mountains.

Chateau Élan_summer house“The reason Chateau Élan at The Vintage is one of Australia’s most celebrated properties is simple – it delivers world-class products and services that consistently exceed clients’ expectations,” says Kessler. “We are excited to be working with such a unique property.”

Chateau Élan's Onsite Sales and Marketing Manager, Kim Waterhouse, says that during a 12-year career working as a buyer in the MICE industry she gained first-hand experience of Tourism Portfolio's customer-focused approach.

“Donna and her team are true professionals who share the same business ethic as Chateau Élan," says Waterhouse. "They are a perfect match and I know our clients are in the best hands”.

For further information please visit

Qatar Airways Named Official Sponsor Of French Heritage Automobile Classics Showcase In Domaine De Chantilly

Qatar Airways is set to be the main sponsor at next week’s French Classic automobile event at The Chantilly Arts and Elegance Richard Mille ‘Concours d’Elegance’ in the Domaine de Chantilly, France.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Domaine de Chantilly, this classic car gathering allows those interested in classic design and the art of travel to gather in a unique location – The Chantilly Castle – to celebrate the finest aspects of French living.


This highly anticipated gathering is set to take place in stunning landscaped gardens, surrounding two buildings: the Petit Château, and the Grand Château.

The site houses the famous Musée Condé, the first museum of classical paintings in France after Le Louvre. Known all around the world, the museum showcase more than 800 chefs-d’oeuvres and an exceptional collection of precious books in the Cabinet des Livres.

It is in this setting that an important number of classic cars will be gathered in the following categories:  Le Concours d’Etat, Le Concours d’Elegance and Le Grand Prix des Clubs.

Group Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, commented: “This event will bring together a dynamic combination of both the arts and elegance, attracting classic car enthusiasts from all over the globe.

“Qatar Airways is proud to sponsor this unique event and is sure those in attendance will benefit not only from the display of some of the most beautiful cars in the world, but memorable experiences, all set against the spectacular backdrop of Chantilly.”

VIP guests will also partake in an exclusive gala dinner, the ‘Grand Ecuries’, on Saturday 6th September at which guests will dine amongst a unique equestrian display by Sophie Bienaimé, Artistic Director of the Living Museum of the Horse, a museum dedicated to equine art and culture.

Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, flying daily from Paris Charles De Gaulle to Doha’s new Hamad International Airport, 21 times per week, and onwards to over 140 key business and leisure destinations around the world.

Top 10 Fun Family Activities in the Whitsundays

School holidays are just around the corner and it is time to slow down, reconnect with your loved ones and enjoy a fun family getaway in the Whitsundays!

Your kids will be wide-eyed with wonder - bright colours, fun places to stay and a huge range of things to do will keep your family busy and entertained while at the same time relaxed and happy.

Airlie Beach Markets
Here are our Top 10 fun family activities this school holidays:
1. Meet Pancake and Pikelet, the resident stingrays at Daydream Island's Living Reef and give their baby stingrays a pet!
2. Stroll over one of the region's farmers markets and indulge in fresh, local produce. Did you know that if you eat a tomato in winter, it most likely comes from Bowen in the Whitsundays?
3. Go croc spotting on the Proserpine River and learn more about the Goorganga wetlands with Whitsunday Crocodile Safari.
4. Swim, play or barbecue at the Airlie Beach lagoon. The green parklands, playground and refreshing pool are the ideal hangout during the day.
5. Enjoy breakfast with the koalas at WILD LIFE Hamilton Island Park Cafe. Bacon, eggs and hash browns taste much better when eaten up close and personal to these furry Aussie friends!
Airlie Beach Lagoon
6. Snorkel, swim and splash amidst thousands of colourful coral and fish at a day out on the Great Barrier Reef with Cruise Whitsundays.
7. Play beach games, mini tennis, feed the many fish or get the ultimate sweet fix at the famous Chocolate Room (yum!) at One&Only Hayman Island.
8. Slip down the water slide at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, hop on the giant jumping pillow or make new friends at the Kids Club. Make sure you check out the weekly activity guide when you plan your trip.
9. Feel the rush of Formula 1 go-cart action in Hamilton Island's Palm Valley. Take the wheel on the exhilarating outdoor track, reaching speeds of up to 45 kilometres per hour.
10. Spot a whale with playful whales a common sight around the Whitsunday Island from June to October.
If you're planning a holiday, visit for accommodation, tours and visitor information or contact our friendly staff at the Whitsunday Region Information Centre on (07) 4945 3967.

Timelapse photography of Emirates 50th A380

From wingtip to cockpit - 800 workers in 80 days

A behind the scenes glimpse into the making of Emirates’ 50th A380 aircraft

It takes 800 workers just 65 to 80 days to assemble, install, test, paint, furnish and deliver an Emirates Airbus A380, the iconic double-decker aircraft that has been creating headlines and delighting travellers since it first entered into service in 2008.

It takes 800 workers just 65 to 80 days to assemble, install, test, paint, furnish and deliver an Emirates Airbus A380, the iconic double-decker aircraft that has been creating headlines and delighting travellers since it first entered into service in 2008.

Click here to watch a time lapse video on the making of Emirates’ 50th A380 aircraft which was delivered last month.

Emirates operates the world’s largest fleet of A380 aircraft, with 50 of these graceful feats of modern engineering currently serving 29 global destinations. All of Emirates’ A380s have been furnished and delivered via the Airbus facility in Hamburg.

First, the aircraft fuselage is produced in Hamburg and then transported to Toulouse for the first stage of final assembly. The wing sections, produced in the UK, are also shipped from Airbus’s Hamburg facility to Toulouse. Parts like the fuselage and wings are transferred through a transportation network that includes three specially-commissioned ships to carry the sections from production sites throughout Europe. Over 10,000 bolts are used to connect the fuselage and over 4,000 for the wings.

The first part of final assembly, which takes place in Toulouse, yields an aircraft that is ready for its first ferry flight, sans its interior and paint.

After assembly, each of the five sections of the fuselage are tested by engineers, and then the aircraft is off to Hamburg for painting and cabin furnishing. It takes 30 people approximately 10 days to paint the A380, which has a surface area of 3,150 square meters - approximately the size of seven professional basketball courts. Over 500 kilograms of paint is needed just to give the aircraft its white colour.

Cabin furnishing, to install Emirates’ distinctive on-board facilities come in the final stages of the assembly process. It takes about 33 working days to furnish the 550 square metre cabin area on-board the Emirates A380. This includes all seats, galleys, crew rest areas, the unique shower-spa and private suites in First Class, the on-board lounge located at the back of the Business Class cabin, and the award-winning ice inflight entertainment system in all cabins.

Emirates received 13 of the giant double-decker aircraft in the last year. Over 28 million passengers have travelled on the Emirates A380 over the last six years of operations, and more travellers can look forward to the experience as Emirates adds more A380 destinations to its route network. New A380 destinations planned for this year include: Frankfurt on 1st September, Dallas on 1st October, San Francisco on 1st December and Houston on 3rd December.

Mountain Lodges of Peru Launches a New Trek: The Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu

Mountain Lodges of Peru (MLP), well respected for their high quality hiking and horseback riding tours complemented by guest lodging in world-class mountain lodges, has announced the addition of a new hiking program along the Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu and in the Urubamba Valley, “Sacred Valley of the Incas,” with exclusive accommodations in three new lodges.

The Lares Trail, a wonderful alternative to the more heavily traveled Inca Trail, is noted for its cultural attractions, including traditional weavers attired in colorful dress, roving herds of alpacas and llamas, and a panorama of waterfalls, snow peaks, and glacial lakes. The new mountain lodges, built in the towns of Lamay and Ollantaytambo and in the rural community of Huacahuasi, serve as deluxe “base camps” for day hikes in the surrounding environs. Guests may join a fixed departure or exclusive group from Cuzco, complete with an expert guide who will be with the group for the entire journey to Machu Picchu.

An extensive network of trails throughout the region lead to traditional Andean highland communities unchanged for centuries, where guests can meet local weavers and farmers and get a glimpse of the distant past, and to spectacular Inca archaeological sites including Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, where the rebel Inca leader Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in battle. The lodge at Ollantaytambo is also an excellent gateway to visiting the spectacular site of Machu Picchu. More challenging trails bring guests to remote passes with views of Andean peaks, with the occasional condor soaring above. Two programs (7-day and 5-day) are designed to offer different hikes daily for a variety of experience and abilities.

Established in 2001, MLP began offering tourism services at destinations along the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu in 2008, and currently operates five deluxe mountain lodges primarily catering to travelers from the United States and Europe. MLP's lodges on the Lares Trail and in the Sacred Valley will be an extension of these same facilities, with architecture designed to blend into the existing landscape, reducing their visual impact to a minimum, and the use of local materials—stone, adobe, wood, and straw—that reflect the region's traditional construction. The lodges are also energy efficient, with high-performance solar and space water heaters.

For more information click here
To make a booking please contact your local travel agent or tour operator.

Live Your Harley-Davidson Dream with EagleRider Australia

On the road.
Get Out on the Highway and Live Your Harley-Davidson Dream.

EagleRider Australia, launched in December 2013, is proud to announce their first series of guided tours for both resident and visiting riders.

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience gained in the USA with the original EagleRider Harley-Davidson rental concept, the new Australian operation is following the well-rehearsed format of multi-day guided tours for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Three tours are offered, one from each of the EagleRider locations: Sydney, Brisbane and Mackay.

The first Sydney tour departs from EagleRider Sydney at Burwood on December 10 and cruises for 1069kms over 7 days and 6 nights into the glorious NSW countryside as far as Dunedoo, Dubbo and Parkes. Daily activities include museum, winery and national park visits with accommodation, fuel, guide and support vehicle. From $2591 pp

Brisbane kicks off on November 21 with a taste of coastal and the captivating Queensland inland. Touring as far as Yeppoon, Emerald and Roma for 10 days and 2300kms. Highlights include stops at Agnes Water, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. From $3832 pp

Mackay departure is scheduled for October 19, taking the coastal route to Port Douglas and back via Mareeba and the Atherton Tablelands for a relaxing 1250kms. This 'Reef to Rainforest Tour' indulges all the delights of the Great Barrier Reef with opportunities for snorkelling as well as forest hikes. From $4351 pp

All tours include hire of a late model Harley-Davidson motorcycle with unlimited kilometres, fuel, hotel accommodation, welcome dinner, park and attraction entry as well as helmets.

Tours currently run approximately once per month until April 2015 in Sydney and Brisbane and year-round from Mackay.

For further details and bookings, call toll-free 1800 213 643

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About EagleRider

Eagle Rider AUS is an independently-owned franchise of the US-based EagleRider Motorcycle Rental network. Founded in 1992, EagleRider pioneered the Harley-Davidson motorcycle rental concept and the guided motorcycle tour business. Today, EagleRider are the world's largest motorcycle tourism company specialising in rentals of motorcycles, ATVs, dirt bikes and scooters with branches across the USA and in more than 12 countries.

One&Only Cape Town to support South African wildlife

As part of a bid to avert a looming tragedy in lion populations all over the world, the One&Only Cape Town – in conjunction with the Forever Wild Lion programme of the Wilderness Foundation – has revealed plans to host a charity auction dinner.

The event, scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 18th, follows a similar event in 2013 at the luxury resort in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

That event netted the Foundation’s rhino protection campaign nearly R300 000.

According to the organisers of the event, lions guard our temples, adorn our flags, decorate our coins and capture our hearts.

On almost every continent, and in thousands of cultures, the lion can be found demonstrating man’s fascination with this magnificent beast.

However, the Endangered Wildlife Trust and other conservation sources believe that almost 70 per cent of lions in South Africa are bred to be hunted.

At the same time, the illegal trade in lion products has escalated to the extent that lions – like rhinoceroses – are becoming worth more money dead than alive.

The auction will take place in the resort’s ballroom with South Africa’s Reuben Riffel presenting a three-course menu.

Wines will be sponsored by Kleine Zalze of Stellenbosch and auctioneer Ariella Kuper will encourage guests to bid for items including a work by renowned British royal portrait painter Richard Stone, and a bespoke Nobu cocktail party for 20 people at the successful contributor’s home and a luxury weekend escape to the new Oldenburg Homestead in the Banghoek Valley.

Tickets to the event are limited and are priced at R750 per person.

All proceeds will be donated to the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Lion Programme.

To book for the One&Only Cape Town’s black tie event, email or phone 021 431 4511/5888.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Inspire EX VIPs Going Places with the Australian National Maritime Museum

unnamed (12)The Australian National Maritime Museum (the museum) was thrilled to welcome 40 VIP Hosted Buyers to be the first to experience the newly opened Going Places: Technology of Transport (Going Places) exhibition as part of the Inspire EX Hosted Buyer Program 2014.

The museum kicked off the VIPs’ tour of the museum with an exclusive interactive experience of the Going Places: Technology of Transport exhibition that opened to the public that weekend (16 August 2014 – February 2015). The buyers were immersed in the maritime experiences at the museum with the help of expert curators, who took them on tours of the Endeavour replica and the submarine HMAS Onslow. They were also treated to a sumptuous three-course lunch, prepared and served by the museum’s newly announced catering partner, Laissez-faire against the backdrop of Sydney’s stunning harbour.  

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Colin Ennor, Event Director of Orange Productions expressed his excitement on discovering what the museum has to offer for events, “It was such a pleasure to be taken around the museum and uncover everything they have to offer for events. I was aware of their harbour side position; their extensive event venue collection but not the extent to which we are able to incorporate exhibitions into events – this is a truly unique event option,” Mr Ennor said.

“To be the first to see, touch and feel the Going Places exhibition was very special and to get to taste for ourselves just what was possible with the cuisine prepared in-house at the museum, offered a total experience of the venue. I am already looking at potential bespoke events in my unnamed (14)calendar to take advantage of this largely undiscovered venue,” Mr Ennor added.

In relaying the museum team’s enthusiasm at the opportunity to host the VIPs, Deanna Varga, Acting Assistant Director said, “The museum team were thrilled to showcase to this very important group of hosted buyers what’s really possible at the museum, rain, hail or shine. Our team prides itself on creating unique event experiences and working with our clients to host truly memorable events.”

“The team have had the pleasure of organising VIP dinners on the HMAS Vampire; Corporate Family Days and more formal conferences with a touch of maritime incorporating our many exhibitions – a number of which are interactive. We’re also very lucky we have the support of our catering partner Laissez-faire to bring our clients’ event ideas to life,” Ms Varga added.

The museum team were also present at Inspire EX for the duration of the tradeshow, meeting with the very many qualified buyers and interested event organisers that attended across the two days.

For a new addition to event experiences, the Going Places: Technology of Transportexhibition, developed by SciTech in Perth WA, is on now until February 2015. Going Places is proudly supported by the Transport for New South Wales and Australian Marine Safety Authority. Coming soon is the museum’s new interactive exhibition Voyage to the Deepwhich will commence in December 2014 and run through until April 2015.

29 Year Old Wombat Virgin Helps TA Reach 6 Million Fans

A 29 year old wombat virgin has helped Tourism Australia's Facebook page reach six million fans, making it the most followed tourism body on Facebook globally.
Yesterday morning, Tourism Australia's social media team posted a birthday greeting and photo of 'Patrick the Wombat' from Ballarat Wildlife Park on its popular Facebook page.

Within just 24 hours, Patrick - believed to be the largest and oldest living common wombat in the world - received 258k 'likes', helping Tourism Australia's social media page reach six million Facebook fans.
Tourism Australia's head of social media, Jesse Desjardins, said the giant 38kg wombat had helped provide the 'big push' they needed to hit six million fans.
“Australia's native animals are a massively popular feature of our Facebook page so it's very fitting that one of our most popular has helped us achieve this latest social media milestone. Patrick may not have found his life partner just yet but he has won the hearts of millions of our fans from around the world.”
The post generated 30k shares and 8k comments, including several from people who have met Patrick over the years.
In one comment, Amy Robinson wrote: “OMG!!! I met him approx. 25 years ago! Happy Birthday sweet little man. You are the reason I have loved wombats for all these years. Big kisses to you!!!!”.
Ballarat Wildlife Park's Social Media Manager Lauren Rix said, “We always knew that Patrick was a very special wombat, but the huge social media response that he has received this week is incredible”.
“Since Tourism Australia posted about Patrick yesterday, his Facebook page has grown by over 4.5k new followers and he has attracted the attention of television news media. It's safe to say that his birthday this year will be extended into a week of celebrations here at Ballarat Wildlife Park.”
Patrick was hand raised by the owner of the Ballarat Wildlife Park after being orphaned as a tiny baby. The team tried releasing Patrick back into the wild a couple of times, however he couldn't defend himself against other wombats which is why he become a special member of the Ballarat Wildlife Team.
In his younger days, Patrick was very much front of house, greeting the park's visitors in the car park in his wheelbarrow, but he's now given up his working duties and enjoying his retirement and carrots from well-wishers.
Tourism Australia receives over 1,000 photos per day from fans and tourism operators like Ballarat Wildlife Park. This collaboration has helped Tourism Australia maintain its leadership position as the most followed tourism body on Facebook, Instagram and Google+.

Preferred Hotel Group Welcomes Discovery Primea in Makati City, Manila, Philippines.

Discovery Primea Exterior Night View
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Preferred Hotel Group™ welcomes Discovery Primea into membership of its Summit Hotels & Resorts brand. The partnership represents the company's expansion into the capital city of Manila, and its commitment to strategically develop its brands within the emerging economies of the Asia Pacific region.

“The Philippines has been one of the fastest growing Asian economies in the last 2 years, and is poised to be the fifth largest economy in Asia by 2050,” said Mr. Anthony Ross, Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa for Preferred Hotel Group “With so much potential, as well as a young and dynamic population to fuel strong growth in the capital and other major cities, we look forward to forging more alliances with like-minded independent hotel partners, and serving as an advocate to enhance the profile of independent hotel experiences in the country.”

Discovery Primea is a 68-story hotel and residences tower, and is currently one of the tallest buildings in the Central Business District. Located at the epicentre of Manila's business district on Ayala Avenue, one of the Philippines' prime real estate markets, the hotel is within walking distance to many multi-national companies, as well as the city's premier shopping district, art galleries, museums, and a multitude of dining options.

Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, Discovery Primea is home to 141 rooms and suites, which are situated on the first 17 floors of the tower. Alongside amenities like the fitness centre, beauty salon, swimming pool and a medical clinic, the Terazi Spa at the hotel features an authentic Turkish Bath in addition to a full service spa menu. Hotel guests will also be spoilt for choice with exciting dining options that include Tapenade, an all-day dining Mediterranean restaurant; The Gilarmi Lounge, a lobby lounge that serves Filipino-inspired bar fare and international draught beers; Flame, a fine dining restaurant serving contemporary continental cuisine; Edge, a garden lounge that serves craft cocktails with stunning views of the city skyline; and 1824, a Scotch & Cigar Bar.

All guests of Discovery Primea are eligible to enroll in the iPrefer guest loyalty program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to members upon every stay at more than 500 participating Preferred Hotel Group locations worldwide.

Discovery Primea is expected to open in October this year.

About Preferred Hotel Group™
Preferred Hotel Group represents 650 of the finest hotels, resorts, and serviced residences in the world. Preferred Hotel Group's brands include Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Summit Hotels & Resorts™, Sterling Hotels™, Summit Serviced Residences™, Sterling Design, and Preferred Boutique™. Travelers gain valuable benefits through branded programs iPrefer™; Preferred Family, Preferred Pride, Preferred Golf™, and Preferred Residences™. For more information, visit and follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Complete Travel Marketing sales and marketing representative for Zeavola Resort, Phi Phi

Tourism representation company Complete Travel Marketing has announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Zeavola Resort, Phi Phi.

The contract taking effect on 1 September 2014 will make Complete Travel Marketing the official sales, marketing and PR representative for Zeavola Resort in Australia and New Zealand.

Florian Hallermann, General Manager of the resort said 'we believe we have appointed the right people to represent our product in the Australian and New Zealand market. We look forward to establishing new and strengthening existing relationships in this market with the help of the CTM team.'

Jonathan Milburn, Director and co-founder of Complete Travel Marketing, added 'With Phuket already one of the top holiday destinations for Australians and Kiwis, we want to help educate the market even further to what some of the other outlying islands offer including of course Phi Phi Island. We are thrilled at the opportunity to sell a very unique resort in a truly special location in the Zeavola Resort. Having recently visited the resort I can say it truly is barefoot luxury with nothing to compare at this idyllic location'

Zeavola Resort is Koh Phi Phi's leading luxury eco-resort. Located at Laem Ton on Koh Phi Phi Don's pristine northern tip it offers the perfect barefoot luxury lifestyle to its guests with a luxurious yet casual vibe around the resort.

Florian Hallerman describes the resort as being the place to come to 'find the old you' due to its simplicity.

Zeavola is built around a sustainability ethos, with features such as a water reserve system which includes four deep wells and a reverse osmosis plant to completely minimise unnecessary water consumption at the resort.

Zeavola Resort is easily accessible by speed boat from Krabi and Phuket.

All 53 suites/villas of the resort are spacious and feature a rustic yet exclusive interior design.

The resort is also a popular diving destination. The recently launched 'Coral Freedom', a reef generation initiative, is another proof of the resort's commitment to ecologically responsible tourism as well as the resort's 'Birdwalk' through which Zeavola tries to increase more awareness of the island's 'indigenous' population.

Other facilities of the resort include the Zeavola spa, two innovative restaurants and an activity centre - Zann Zanook – offering tours of Phi Phi's highlights.

About Zeavola

Zeavola is Koh Phi Phi's leading and most loved luxury diving eco-resort. Located at Laem Ton on Koh Phi Phi Don's stunning and pristine northern tip and less than an hour by luxury speedboat from Phuket, Zeavola offers guests a step back into simplicity, a journey of unforgettable discovery and deeply engaging luxury diving experiences. Zeavola's Dive Centre is a certified Green Fin Resort by the Phuket Marine Biological Center as well as a PADI Green Leaf dive centre and PADI Five Star Diving resort Zeavola is strongly committed to live and work together with nature in a sustainable manner to protect the biodiversity of our island while always looking for new and unique ways to connect our guests to Phi Phi on a deep level while offering luxury as natural as it is authentic.



YTL Hotels INSPIRED Package at Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Support of Save Wild Tigers and Inspire Cause

The Crystal Tigress, handmade sculpture by Lauren Baker using over 50,000 Swarovski Crystals
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YTL Hotels is pleased to announce its full support of INSPIRE, a stunning and unique collection of tiger-inspired events, in collaboration with a global charity initiative Save Wild Tigers, from August to October this year, including the fabulous Majestic Tiger Reception and Gala Dinner taking place on 3 October, 2014 at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

As part of this exciting schedule of events, The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is proud to offer THE INSPIRED STAY package. Presenting a truly unique experience for two, the package includes an exclusive suite and spa experience at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, VIP tickets to The Majestic Tiger Reception and Gala Dinner, and the onward journey from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok on-board the Eastern & Oriental Tiger Express for two nights, including a stay at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok. This opulent once-in-lifetime experience is priced at AUD$10,219 (RM26,000++)*.

Organised by Save Wild Tigers, INSPIRE is a collection of once-in-a-lifetime events including an exclusive train journey on board the Eastern and Oriental Tiger Express from Singapore to Bangkok, starting with the launch of the spectacular Crystal Tigress Tour in Singapore. Created by the highly accomplished London artist Lauren Baker, the Crystal Tigress is a handmade sculpture using over 50,000 Swarovski crystals and will be showcased in the exclusive luxury mall Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur from 11 to 30 September, 2014. The stunning creation will then make its way to The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur to be auctioned for Save Wild Tigers at The Majestic Tiger Reception and Gala Dinner on 3 October, 2014. Prior to its highly anticipated arrival in Kuala Lumpur, the Crystal Tigress will be displayed at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore from 19 August to 9 September, 2014.

The black-tie Majestic Tiger Reception and Gala Dinner is set to be a sensational combination of elegance and inspiration with guests including royalty, international celebrities and ambassadors. Arriving on the Eastern & Oriental Tiger Express train journey from Singapore, guests will include world famous TV fashion personality Gok Wan from the UK, Professor Dato' (Dr) Jimmy Choo, OBE and UK actress Jaime Winstone. The train will arrive in Kuala Lumpur early evening on 3 October 2014, where all passengers will join the Majestic Tiger Reception and Gala Dinner. Profits from this unique train journey will also be donated exclusively to Save Wild Tigers.

The Royal Patron for the evening will be Her Royal Highness the Sultanah of Pahang. A fashion show, created by the esteemed Malaysian designer Dato' Tom Abang Saufi, will support a series of exquisite pieces of entertainment which will run throughout the evening with Professor Dato' (Dr) Jimmy Choo, OBE as Fashion Patron. A host of tiger-inspired art pieces and photography created by local and international artists and sculptors will also be auctioned off – of which all proceeds will go directly to Save Wild Tigers for Malaysian targeted tiger conservation programs in conjunction with Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia.

Save Wild Tigers founder Simon Clinton is very pleased to be bringing his global campaign to the home of the wild tiger in Malaysia.

“Having grown up in Malaysia, I'm only too aware of the decline in wild tiger numbers both here and in the other 12 tiger range countries. In 1900, there were 100,000 wild tigers roaming the world, today there are just 3,000. Raising awareness of their plight by working international companies such as YTL is an ideal platform for us and we are grateful for their support. Time is running out – we need to save the wild tiger before it is too late,” said Mr Clinton.

Ralph Dixon, director of environmental investments at YTL Corporation and CEO of YTL-SV Carbon said, “Since 2006, the YTL Group has been looking at threats to ecosystems and wildlife species both on land and in the sea through continuous collaboration with NGOs including Reef Check Malaysia, TreeS and RARE Conservation. Some of these have been specifically to monitor the biodiversity and in particular the Malayan Tiger.

“We have supported Save Wild Tigers for three consecutive years in their fund raising events and awareness initiatives, culminating as their main partner this year. The focus of YTL's sustainability strategy remains both the balance of stakeholder interests and Making a Good Future Happen. At the core of these partnerships are conservation, mitigation and adaptation,” said Mr Dixon.


• A one-night stay in a Governor Suite at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur on 2 October, 2014

• 60-minute spa treatment for two persons at The Majestic Spa

• In-room butler served Continental Breakfast

• VIP tickets to INSPIRE - The Majestic Tiger Reception and Gala Dinner on 3 October, 2014

• Two-night onward journey from Kuala Lumpur to Thailand on the Eastern & Oriental Tiger Express

• Stopover at Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang for a private tiger-themed art exhibition on 4 October, 2014

• Tiger Jungle Habitat Tour

• One-night stay in Mandarin Oriental Bangkok on 5 October, 2014

For more information and to make a reservation, please call +60 3 2785 8000 or visit For more information on Save Wild Tigers, please visit

*AUD$1 = MYR 2.95

About The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur opened its doors in December 2012 and includes the meticulously restored iconic Hotel Majestic building. Built in 1932, the original hotel became one of the great landmarks of Kuala Lumpur in its time. Located minutes away from KL Sentral, the Hotel features 300 luxurious rooms and suites. The Majestic Wing houses the Suites with Butler Service, The Colonial Café, The Bar and The Tea Lounge while a new 15-storey Tower Wing houses the Deluxe Rooms and Suites, Contango Restaurant, 16 meeting rooms, a pillar less ballroom seating 1,200 people, a gymnasium and a swimming pool. Other facilities include The Majestic Spa and The Smoke House. The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is Kuala Lumpur's only member of The Leading Hotels of The World's family of iconic and legendary hotels. For more information and reservations, visit

About YTL Hotels

YTL Hotels owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-winning resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, France and the UK, including Pangkor Laut Resort, voted the world's best resort in 2003 by Condé Nast Traveller UK. The group also co-owns the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. In 2012, the company added Gaya Island Resort - a luxury resort on the exotic tropical island of Borneo, and The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur - the second heritage jewel in the group's Classic Hotels collection to the fold. In February 2014, the group revealed its fully refreshed Vistana Hotels. In July 2014, the group announced KASARA, its new brand of luxury accommodations offering bespoke, one-of-a-kind experiences in exotic locations. With each new experience that it presents, the company strives to embrace and highlight the natural essence of culture, character and tradition of its surroundings. YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of YTL Corporation Berhad. Visit for more information.

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