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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Switzerland's Zermatt First Euro Destination on Ikon Pass

Switzerland has become the first European destination partner to join the Ikon Pass.

With access to snow in 41 destinations across five continents Ikon Pass holders now also have seven-day access to Zermatt and the Matterhorn ski paradise network, and five-day access on the Ikon Base Pass, with no blackout dates.

The Matterhorn occupies more than 3,500 acres of terrain across Switzerland and Italy and a connected lift service offers Ikon Pass holders access the ski paradise, an area encompassing Rothorn, Gornergrat and the Schwarzsee-Matterhorn glacier paradise within the Zermatt ski area, and the Cervinia-Valtournenche ski areas in Italy.

"The Matterhorn is a true icon known around the world, so we are thrilled to have Zermatt join the Ikon Pass community," said Erik Forsell, Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra Mountain Company.

"Ikon Pass strives to continually offer pass holders unique experiences in the mountains.  Now they can experience Zermatt's glacier skiing, traditional Swiss fondue, plus its infamous European après ski across two countries, on one pass."

Director of Marketing for Zermatt Bergbahnen AG Sandra Zenhäusern said, "Zermatt and Matterhorn ski paradise are pleased to be the first European destination on the Ikon Pass, and we look forward to offering our best Swiss quality and Italian lifestyle to Ikon Pass holders everywhere. We are excited to share our passion and devotion to skiing within the Ikon Pass community and its impressive destination partners across the globe."

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#WIN Discover Inspiring Experiences to Transform Your Life with Lonely Planet's #Travel Goals

A modern bucket list for responsible, healthy, feel-good travel, Lonely Planet's Travel Goals is published this month.

Lonely Planet recently surveyed more than 7,500 members of its dedicated community of travellers from around the world, with 92% of respondents saying they see travel as "an opportunity for positive change".  In addition, 68% of those surveyed said they now care more about sustainable travel than they used to, while 60% view travel as more of an opportunity for personal growth than they previously did.

For those travellers wanting to discover themselves (as much as the next big sight), Lonely Planet's Travel Goals has the potential to change lives.  From sleeping under the stars and witnessing natural phenomena to more ambitious challenges, such as helping communities and safe-guarding the environment, this is the essential companion to a life well-travelled – and well-lived.

"These travel goals are not about ticking off a list of far-away sights," Lonely Planet says. "They are about a life filled with variety and self-discovery. Each goal is enriching in some way, either because it's about forging stronger connections with the natural world, helping a community clear a coastline of plastic, or spending a week on silent retreat."

How did Lonely Planet go about compiling this list?  "We started out by asking our pool of travel writers about the travel experiences that had a life-changing effect for them – what would they recommend everyone try at least once in their lives? We then honed this list to 120 experiences that we felt would be the most personally rewarding. For each goal we explain why you should consider giving it a go and give at least three recommendations for where you can put the goal into action."

To celebrate the release of Travel Goals, Lonely Planet has teamed up with World Nomads to give visitors to the chance of winning an AUD $5,000 Travel Goals pack – to help inspire them to create positive, life-changing travel experiences.

The prize includes:

> 1 x World Nomads Explorer travel insurance plan – worth AUD $500
> 1 x travel voucher for flights and accommodation - worth AUD $4,465
> 1 x copy of Lonely Planet's Travel Goals book – worth AUD $34.99

To enter, tell us in 25 words or less what your ultimate travel goal is and why you want to achieve it.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Evergreen launches new brochure - Egypt, Jordan and Israel 2020/21

… with new Israel extensions…..

Evergreen has launched its 2020/21 Egypt and Jordan brochure with a new extension to Israel.

"With a very positive reaction to the launch of our Egypt and Jordan product last year, we have extended our program in 2020/21 with the introduction of an Israel extension," said Angus Crichton, Director Sales, Marketing and Product for Evergreen Cruises & Tours.

"We invite you to join us on a journey to Egypt, Jordan and Israel across four unique itineraries' to unveil these magical destinations which for many have only been a dream. Unforgettable experiences await you in these exotic lands as we bring to life the people, landscapes, history, cultures and culinary delights to ensure the trip of a lifetime".

Itineraries include:

· 10 Day Cairo & Ancient Egypt River Cruise starting from $4,275pp*

Discover Egypt and the bustling capital city Cairo where you can wander lively bazaars, try a traditional home-cooked meal and witness the grandeur of the Pyramids and The Great Sphinx of Giza.

· 15 Day Cairo to Amman & Ancient Egypt River Cruise starting from $6,695pp*

Embark on a truly memorable journey from Luxor to Aswan as you experience Egypt's most spectacular sites from the chic surrounds of one of the largest and most stylish river ships on the Nile. Mövenpick MS Hamees is a comfortable and contemporary ship, encompassing a range of facilities including a swimming pool, reading room and sun deck with space to socialise.

· NEW 16 Day Tel Aviv to Cairo & Ancient Egypt River Cruise starting from $9.445pp*

· NEW 21 Day Tel Aviv to Amman & Ancient Egypt River Cruise starting from $12,415pp*

Unforgettable experiences await in the exotic lands of Egypt, Jordan & Israel. A colourful, vibrant and passionate culture will capture your imagination. Spectacular desert landscapes, great feats of archaeological wonder and Mother Nature's sensational ability to create her own phenomenon. Israel offers breathtaking landscapes, the eerie stillness of the Dead Sea, the ancient walls and pathways of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and a complex and fascinating history.

Highlight of the 2020/21 Program:

· Cruise the Sea of Galilee with a local guide who will point out the many historical and spiritual sights during the cruise.

· Explore the city of Tel Aviv with a local guide, visiting the 4,000 year old Jaffa, the old world port dating back to Phoenician and Crusader times

· Evergreen's signature "You're Invited" program includes a visit to a local Cairo home where you will be welcomed for a cooking demonstration and dinner with a local Egyptian family

· Four night cruise from Luxor to Aswan on one of the largest and most stylish river ships on the Nile

· Hotel accommodation in handpicked high-end deluxe hotels and resorts

· Evergreen's exceptional value inclusions: daily excursions, many meals, intra-tour flights, airport transfers, port charges and taxes, plus all tips and gratuities

To mark the release of the new program Evergreen is offering a range of special limited time Earlybird offers. Available until 31 January 2020, the Earlybird offers* include:

· Flights included on Egypt and Jordan cruise and tour programs of 15 days or longer OR Save up to $1,800pp/$3,600 per couple

· Save $700 per person when you book and deposit on any tour of 14 days or less

· Early Payment Discounts with savings of up to an additional $800 per couple

For bookings, please contact your local Evergreen Expert travel agent, visit or call 1300 383 747.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Macao: UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

Macao’s highly acclaimed standing as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy goes far beyond the dinner table.

Home to one of the world’s earliest forms of fusion cuisine, this popular Asian centre has its sights firmly set on sustainability and avoiding food wastage, important ingredients to not only promoting its stance on a worldwide problem but also boosting its tourism appeal.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Adelaide to welcome its first micro-hotel

The micro-hotel trend that is sweeping big cities across the world is coming to Adelaide.

Leading developer Hines Property has received planning approval today to build the city’s first micro-hotel at 274 North Terrace on the corner of Frome Street, which will feature high quality yet small rooms designed for short-stay visitors and young tourists.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Havannah Vanuatu named one of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World


Tranquil and exclusively for adults, The Havannah Vanuatu, is excited to announce on the eve of its 10th Birthday, it has just been accepted as a member of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World: one of only four in Australia and the Pacific and one of only 61 in the world.

Global wildlife tourism generates five times more revenue than illegal wildlife trade annually

In 2018, wildlife tourism directly contributed $120.1bn to global GDP, versus the $23bn in revenue attributed to the illegal trade in wildlife, or 5.2 times more, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). This includes viewing and experiencing animals in their natural habitat, which accounts for 4.4% of all direct tourism GDP last year and directly provided 9.1 million jobs worldwide.

Released on World Elephant Day, the research shows that the total economic contribution of wildlife tourism totals $343.6bn – equivalent to the entire economy of Hong Kong.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Hyatt Regency announced for Adelaide

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with CES Pirie Hotel (SA) Pty Ltd., an entity wholly owned by Chip Eng Seng Corporation Limited*, to develop a new Hyatt Regency in Adelaide. The new 295-room hotel will mark the return of a Hyatt branded hotel to Adelaide, continuing Hyatt's expansion in Australia. With construction planned to commence in early 2020, Hyatt Regency Adelaide is expected to open in early 2023.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Raffles Singapore reopens

Singapore’s heritage treasure invites guests and visitors to experience a new era of unparalleled luxury

Raffles Singapore is delighted to officially announce its highly anticipated reopening, heralding an exciting new chapter in the iconic property's rich history and heritage. A flagship property within Accor, the world’s leading augmented hospitality group, Raffles Singapore is now welcoming guests and visitors, following the iconic hotel’s careful and sensitive three-phased restoration, which began in February 2017.

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