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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Bendigo Launches 20th Annual Bloom Festival of Events

The City of Greater Bendigo’s annual program of Spring events - Bendigo Bloom - has returned to the thriving regional Victorian city - for its 20th anniversary - with an outstanding line up of wine, heritage, art, comedy, outdoor experiences and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy … with many of the experiences totally FREE!

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Ambassador Club Ignites Nha Trang's Entertainment Scene

Al fresco live entertainment enliven the sultry tropical evenings at Ambassador Club Ana Marina Nha Trang

Brand new venue entices revelers with world-class cuisine and performances

Vietnam's most vibrant coastal city, Nha Trang, has a fresh hub for nightlife in the shape of the recently opened Ambassador Club Ana Marina Nha Trang.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Intrepid Foundation launches #Morocco #earthquake appeal

Intrepid's Not-for-profit Foundation Will Match Donations Up to $100,000 AUD to Support Immediate Relief Efforts in Morocco Following the Devastating Earthquake

Intrepid Travel has launched an emergency appeal through its not-for-profit, the Intrepid Foundation, committing to double all donations up to AUD $100,000. All funds raised will go directly to grassroots organisations to provide emergency relief and support in Morocco following the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated parts of the country on September 8, 2023.

Friday, September 8, 2023

Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong opens in the heart of Victoria’s thriving regional centre

IHG Hotels & Resorts and Franzé Developments have today opened Geelong’s first major newbuild hotel in around 20 years – Holiday Inn & Suites Geelong. It marks a significant milestone for Victoria’s biggest regional city with the new addition of one of the most recognised and trusted hotel brands in the world.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Central Vietnam Rolls Out Red Carpet for Banner Occasions

AGIF conference and Asian Development Tour tournament bolster packed 2023 calendar

DANANG, Vietnam (August 23, 2023) – Central Vietnam is proving its mettle as a perfect stage for the big golf occasions as it continues to roll out the red carpet for a series of banner events and tournaments.

Monday, September 4, 2023

Accor unveils Peppers Gladstone

Accor, the largest hotel operator in Australia and New Zealand, together with Yaralla Sports Club are delighted to announce that construction has commenced on Peppers Gladstone - the region's first five-star hotel.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Mantra Melbourne Airport takes off

Pictured: Prototype of a Mantra Melbourne Airport new-look guestroom.

Mantra Melbourne Airport is delighted to announce that it will undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment, providing guests with superb facilities and a relaxing stay, with the new-look property set to be unveiled in 2024.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Explore Rockhampton Launch New Tourism Campaign 'Yeah the Girls'

The targeted campaign is aimed at increasing visitation amongst the 'girls' target market and highlights some of the best visitor experiences in our region focusing on the authentic country girls trip in the Beef Capital.

The campaign includes a brand-new promotional video featuring PHYLLi Designs founder and famous hat maker, Laura Hall and her team, who our Advance Rockhampton team collaborated with to curate this amazing campaign.

Rockhampton has so much on offer for an authentic country girls trip in the Beef Capital, with fresh mountain air, garden picnics, boujee high teas, boutique and designer shopping, a sunset river cruise, farm stays, epic sunsets, a cheeky meerkat encounter and a jam-packed event calendar.Visit for more information.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Plaza Premium Group celebrates Aerotel first anniversary at Sydney International Airport.

Travel has been making an astounding recovery as we see the pandemic in the rear view mirror. In Sydney Airport alone, a staggering 3.06 million passengers passed through in June 2023, marking an 89.9% rebound from pre-pandemic levels (June 2019). As more and more travellers pack up and board their flights, the airport hospitality industry must come together to ensure that travellers get the best and most convenient experiences as they rekindle their love of discovering new places.

Monday, July 10, 2023

DOMA’s Hotel Realm set to renew Canberra’s culinary scene

Canberra-based Hotel Realm has announced its new flagship restaurant Louis will open in June 2023 under the direction of the city’s most esteemed chef, two-hatted Ben Willis.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Vietjet increases flights on Australian routes from December 2023

Daily flights for Melbourne and Sydney, and increase to 3 flights for Brisbane

To meet increasing travel demand, Vietjet will increase the frequency of direct flights to and from Australia from 20 to 34 flights per week from December 2023. This includes daily return flights for the Ho Chi Minh City – Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City – Sydney routes, while the Ho Chi Minh City – Brisbane route will increase to 3 return flights per week.

European Legends Hail Central Vietnam's Potential as a Golf Hub

Sir Nick Faldo's bond with Central Vietnam has strengthened over the course of numerous visits

 Sir Nick Faldo and Luke Donald praise region for its on-and-off course attributes

Two giants of European golf — Sir Nick Faldo, and Luke Donald — have added their voices to the chorus of approval surrounding Central Vietnam's credentials as a golf destination.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

AirAsia's Superapp: Is this the app to end all apps?

These days there is an app for everything. Communication, travel, networking, education, e-commerce, news, finance and so much more. I’m waiting for the app that makes a cappuccino on your smartphone. But hey, maybe it’s out there and I’ve missed it.

One airline, Southeast Asia’s AirAsia, is certainly having a go at designing ‘the app to end all apps’ with their imperiously named Superapp.

Tiny Away opens six new tiny houses across Australia


Pirates Retreat, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania

Tiny Away, one of Australia's largest tiny home accommodation providers, has added six new houses across the country.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

AirAsia voted World’s Best Low-Cost Airline (again)

AirAsia has been voted the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2023 (Skytrax) for an unprecedented 14th consecutive time. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Experience the power of the elements this winter at Moama Lights

Echuca Moama's Horseshoe Lagoon will be transformed into a spectacular exhibition of light and sound from 30 June to 23 July as Moama Lights takes visitors on a powerful journey through the elements of air, fire, water and earth. 

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Thailand Product Update at Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2023

#thailand #ttm

Highlighting TAT's strategic marketing move, tailor-made travel experiences, and Thailand's tourism direction towards high value and sustainability.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Victoria’s Grampians region welcomes new tiny house escape

Tiny Away has launched its second 'Escape' site, Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge, a collective of 10 tiny houses at the foot of the Grampians National Park in Victoria. Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge offers a collective of unique tiny houses and amenities set in scenic bushland, making it a perfect choice for those looking to immerse themselves in nature.

"Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge will offer Melbournians a chance to escape from the city and uncover the magic of this beautiful natural region that lies so close to their doorstep," said Tiny Away co-founder Jeff Yeo.

More than just a tiny house getaway, the pet friendly site features communal areas including a quintessentially Australian rec room, outdoor firepit, and outdoor swimming pool in summer. With an endless selection of activities at your fingertips, this is the perfect base to experience the wonders of the Grampians region for families and couples alike.

"Whether you're a couple looking to break away from it all, or a family or group looking for a multi-site accommodation offering, Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge is an exciting innovation of the Australian resort concept and we're thrilled to be able to start to welcoming guests," Jeff added.

Renowned for rugged mountain ranges, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking views, the nearby Grampians National Park is one of Victoria's most popular destinations. Famous for its spectacular scenery, the 168,000-hectare park is also regarded for its ecological diversity and south-eastern Australia's highest concentration of Aboriginal rock art.

The sustainably built tiny houses allow guests to rest and enjoy comfortable accommodation with all the modern must-haves including split air conditioning, a kitchenette, cooking equipment, and a bathroom, hand basin, and shower (gas heated for hot showers). Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge also offers powered and unpowered sites for guests who choose to camp. Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge will welcome further tiny house additions, totalling 22 houses on site by the end of the year.

Tiny Away Escape @ Grampians Edge is now available for bookings.


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Rainforest World Music Festival 2023 #RWMF

The iconic Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is back, celebrating its return as a full physical event from 23rd to 25th June at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV).

Sunday, May 21, 2023

TravelBulletin weekly wrap 20 May 2023


By MYLES STEDMAN, travelBulletinAssociate Editor

THE news week ended on a high yesterday, with Qantas Airways to boost its international network, restoring capacity, adding more aircraft, and launching new routes.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit To Debut This Summer

Thailand's first INNSiDE hotel breaks new ground with design inspired by famous Bangkok landmarks

Thailand will soon open the doors of its first INNSiDE hotel, a design marvel that "challenges convention" with a sky-high transparent infinity pool, integrated co-working spaces and authentic Spanish tapas bar.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Mindful Himalaya trek with Nina Karnikowski and World Expeditions

Travel writer, author and sustainability expert, Nina Karnikowski, is bringing her mindful living skills to the Himalaya with World Expeditions in October this year.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Mat McLachlan announces 2024 Signature Battlefield Tour to the Western Front

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours has launched the Mat McLachlan 2024 Signature Tour to the Western Front. This 9-day tour departs Paris on 16 September 2024 and is the only tour being led by Mat next year, visit

Monday, May 1, 2023

TFE Hotels officially launches Pentridge precinct venues on 26th anniversary of prison closure

Today, on the 26th anniversary of the closure of HM Prison Pentridge, TFE Hotels has officially launched their 106-room Adina Hotel, Olivine wine bar, North & Common restaurant, Chapter Place events venue, and the experience-led urban retreat, The Interlude*, and celebrated the site's transformation into a billion-dollar dining and entertainment precinct.

Friday, April 28, 2023

A Little bit of Broke kicks off in just 1 week

Let us give you a taste of the Hunter Valley trail less travelled next weekend…

This time next week the spectacular Broke Fordwich Wine Region will be brimming with incredible wine, food, art, music and entertainment for one and all. The sun is set to shine, and the forecast is for big clear blue skies and warm days. We welcome you to A Little Bit of Broke.

INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit set to open in July

INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit, the first INNSiDE hotel in Thailand, is slated to open in July of this year.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Bonza launches flights from the Sunshine Coast to Coffs Harbour

Bonza launched its first-ever flight from the Sunshine Coast to Coffs Harbour and connected the home of two Aussie icons - the Big Pineapple and the Big Banana.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Australians return to Japan in higher numbers than pre-pandemic


Meguro River, Tokyo, Japan.

New data released by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) shows the number of Australians visiting Japan has exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time, despite overall visitor numbers to the country still being down. While total visitation to Japan from around the world remained 34% lower in March 2023 compared to March 2019, Australians have rebutted the global trend with visitation climbing 2.3% higher in March 2023 compared to March 2019 figures. 

Meliá Hotels International Goes Green Throughout Southeast Asia

As Spain's leading hotel group, Meliá Hotels International continues to expand its presence throughout Asia the company is making sure to bring the passion and flair Spain is known for - especially when it comes to protecting the environment.

Minister for Trade and Tourism congratulations Vietjet on inauguration of flights

During his first official visit to Vietnam to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia, Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Minister for Trade and Tourism and Special Minister of State, joined Australia's Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski and a delegation in congratulating Vietjet on the inauguration of direct routes connecting Vietnam and Australia.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Intrepid Travel new trekking trips in Peru and Pakistan

Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest B-Corp-certified travel company, has launched two new trekking trips in Peru and Pakistan. 

These brand-new trips exemplify Intrepid’s ongoing commitment to growing its sustainable, experience-rich travel style, as its product team continues to create new and more responsible ways to explore the world.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Lithgow lifestyle expo showcases nature, leisure

"Come for a weekend. Stay for a lifetime.’’
That’s the message from Lithgow District Chamber of Commerce to lure new residents and businesses beyond the Blue Mountains to the sprawling pasturelands of the Central West.

Sydneysiders can catch a glimpse into the town’s relaxed way of life at Lithgow Business and Lifestyle Expo at The Foundations Portland from May 6 to 7, where they can browse up to 100 stalls and chat with business owners and service providers.

Friday, April 7, 2023

Swissôtel Sydney unveils multi-million-dollar transformation

with grand lobby bar Arches and Euro-inspired rooftop pool. 

Following a multi-million-dollar transformation, the 5-star Swissôtel Sydney has unveiled its new lobby bar Arches on Market, and stunning Euro-inspired rooftop pool, both nestled high above the bustling cityscape in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, within the iconic heritage hotel.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

California Central Coast - Earth Day Festivities & Updates

Earth Day Festivities in Central Coast California: Discover the Latest Updates and Sustainable Specials

Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day in Carmel-by-the-Sea on April 22, presented by the City Chamber of Commerce, and Central Coast Community Energy. Discover local green programs, products, and incentives while participating in a tree-planting ceremony, volunteering, and enjoying activities with the Carmel Youth Center.

Monday, April 3, 2023

Celebrate Australiana With Fair Dinkum Bendigo: A Taste Of Culture

In celebration of the recently launched
Australiana: Designing a Nation exhibition showcasing at the Bendigo Art Gallery until June 25, 2023, the prosperous Bendigo Region has developed an exciting three-month activation program - Fair Dinkum Bendigo: A Taste of Culture - full of fun events, experiences, tours, food creations and retail products for all to enjoy.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Grand Mercure debuts in Hanoi, Vietnam

An elegant Deluxe King Room at Grand Mercure Hanoi, overlooking the city



Accor celebrates the opening of Grand Mercure Hanoi, a new premium hotel in which local Indochinese style, Western neoclassical beauty and world-class amenities blend harmoniously to reveal Vietnam's rich cultural heritage to visitors, has opened its doors.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Intrepid Travel reopens China to tourism

Intrepid Travel will look to bring its first international tourists to mainland China since January 2020 by June this year. The move comes along with the Chinese government’s announcement today to begin allowing inbound travellers with visas to enter the country, effective March 15, 2023.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

TFE Hotels opens new South Australian address, the Vibe Hotel Adelaide

The launch of the 123-room, design-led Vibe hotel signifies the completion of the Flinders East precinct, more than twenty years in the making by its South Australian developers, GuavaLime and Loucas Zahos Architects.

Monday, February 27, 2023

IMM Australia Shows Travel Industry Rebound in Full Swing

The travel industry's continuing return to pre-2020 conditions was evident as more than 450 media, PRs and industry leaders attended TravMedia's eleventh annual International Media Marketplace (IMM) Australia at ICC Sydney. Attendees said they were excited about near-normal conditions, and the event saw a year's worth of editorial coverage, media visits and events planned in just one day.

Immerse Yourself in History on Your Next Vacation

Historic Stays offers a curated collection of heritage properties across Australia and New Zealand.

While many of Australia's early buildings derived their styles from English and European templates, as our country matured, so did our own architecture, leaving us with a rich heritage of magnificent and iconic structures.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures new luxe overnight experience

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures has launched a new luxe overnight experience aboard Jetwave Pearl, which is now open for bookings. The season launches on May 16.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Stellar chef lineup for 2023 Clare Valley SCA Gourmet Week

A stellar chef lineup has today been announced to launch the 2023 Clare Valley SCA Gourmet Week (Gourmet Week), and wine lovers and foodies alike are encouraged to register their interest to secure a spot in these exclusive and limited events on this May.

Inside TFE Hotels' Vibrant New Adelaide Address

TFE Hotels’ homegrown hospitality brand, Vibe Hotels, will complete its ‘lap of the Aussie map’, expanding its footprint to every state and territory when Vibe Hotel Adelaide debuts on March 1. Underpinned by a love for all things local, and embracing Australia’s enviable love of lifestyle and energy, Vibe Hotel Adelaide promises to deliver a ‘retreat in the city’ experience - oozing an elevated yet casual ambience for modern travellers.

Sydney International Airport new ‘Luxury Precinct’

Heinemann Australia unveils its stunning new luxury beauty, fashion and accessories store at Sydney Airport, completely rethinking the store design and world-leading assortment across fragrance, skincare, make-up and beauty, watches and jewellery, and introduces a wide array of fashion and accessories to join a line-up of luxury and premium brands available exclusively in airport retail in Australia.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Take a Wellness Wander through the Adelaide Hills

6 February 2023:  More than 50 wellness experiences and events in the Adelaide Hills have today been announced to launch the 2023 Wellness wander three-day weekend in April, building on the overwhelming success of the inaugural event last year.


In line with the growing appetite for wellness tourism experiences across the globe, this year's event will champion even more local wellness practitioners and operators who are abundant in the region, with events that traverse the Adelaide Hills from Stirling, to Hahndorf, Mount Barker to Lobethal, Crafers to Paracombe and the greater surrounds.


With even more diversity on offer this year, wellness seekers can expect brand new events to join last year's favourites, all of which fall under one or more of the five event wellness pillars; Provenance, Relax & Unwind, Nature, Learn & Create and Stay - providing more ways to fill your wellness cup!


The Hon Zoe Bettison, Minister for Tourism said that the Adelaide Hills is one of Australia's wellness hotspots and that this event will contribute to supporting the thriving and resilient local tourism community.


"An estimated 2500 people participated last year, generating more than $750,000 in economic value for our tourism industry. The event model heroes the local wellness experts in the Hills – operators who are authentically operating in this space, to offer a truly diverse program to connect, no matter where you are on your wellness journey," she said.


Martin Radcliffe, Chair of Adelaide Hills Tourism Board said that one of the many highlights this year was the increase in overnight retreat experiences; improved accessibility to events where possible; and an expanded program that welcomes new event operators and more than 25 new events.


"Passionate operators have collaborated and are throwing open their doors, farm gates and studios to provide unique wellness experiences across the region, giving wellness seekers plenty to choose from to help them escape, unwind, relax and refresh.


"Today we launch with more than 50 events, with further experiences expected to be announced over the coming weeks," he said.


The event program is diverse, from more well-known wellness experiences like; walking, wildlife, yoga, pilates, spas and mindfulness through to newer experiences like reiki, forest bathing and sound healing – there is a wellness experience for everyone, from solos, friends and couples, through to the whole family.


Some new events on offer include one of the hills most celebrated cellar doors, Barristers Block where you can learn clay techniques with ceramic artist Maddie Deere. Enjoy a glass of Barristers Block's own bubbles and a seasonal grazing board while creating your own pottery masterpiece.  Nourish, pamper, heal, learn and connect at the must attend event, Sensory Journey the Ukaria Cultural Centre.  Hosted by Well Traveller, you will immerse yourself in wellness, with inspiring speakers, delicious and sustainable food, the magic of sound, holistic pampering and connection.  Barry Du Bois, from Network Ten's The Living Room and from Well Traveller TV, will join you for an intimate conversation to support your own health and wellbeing.  Indulge in an afternoon tea by Kane Pollard, Executive Chef and Founder of Topiary, one of Adelaide Hills award-winning dining experiences. Adelaide Hills' skincare icon, Jurlique, will help you feel pampered with a lounge for hand massages and product sampling, with each guest receiving a wellness gift from Well Traveller and Jurlique.


Want more from Jurlique, book the Jurlique Farm Tour with Aloe Vera Immersion Experience and connect with nature and learn about biodynamic farming principles amongst other Jurlique insights with the 90 minute behind the scenes tour of their Farm.   Mount Lofty e-Wheels and Wildlife by Bike About travels along the empowering 'Pioneer Women's Trail', under the pristine canopy of century old trees in Cleland Conservation Park to the summit of Mount Lofty and Mount Osmond or enjoy Aleenta Barre Pilates, Brunch and Mimosas at Lot100.  Indulge in a two hour spa treatment at Pamper Me at Longview Day Spa, followed by a picnic and receive a basket of goodies to bring home, or try your hand at Mandela art at the Journey to the Centre | Meditate, Meander, Mandala at Pirralilla Estate.


Many great events are returning to the program including; Easy Cheesy Home Cheese Making Class with Udder Delights and Sanctuary Serenity at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary.  Reconnect with nature at Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens with their Mindfulness class or Nature Journaling Workshop for an intimate and mindful workshop to engage the senses and soothe the soul or learn the restorative well-being practice of nature journaling.  Perhaps wellness to you means adventure and action with the whole family along with a digital detox. Challenge yourself at Family Digital Detox by Woodhouse Activity Centre where unlimited access to all their recreational activities will have you crawling, climbing and splashing around over 30 obstacles.


Katherine Droga, Founder of Wellness wander, the Wellness Tourism Summit and Well Traveller, Executive Producer of Well Traveller TV and Chair of the GWI Wellness Tourism Initiative said that the flow on effects of the pandemic has seen a significant increase in people prioritising their own mental, physical and social wellbeing. 


"This goes far beyond simply forming a new exercise or health regime and instead is becoming a key driver for travel itself with huge growth in wellness travel predicted over the next three years globally – in fact spending by wellness travellers is expected to grow 20.5% every year through to 2025," she said.


Research released from the Global Wellness Institute's Wellness Tourism Initiative found that as the pandemic eased, 56% of respondents intended to increase their focus on their own wellbeing, with 42% intending to travel more for wellness. Pre-COVID, wellness travel in this country was valued at $14 billion USD and was growing at twice the rate of regular travel, showing how valued this market is by consumers.


Droga went on to say that the Adelaide Hills ticks all the boxes when it comes to what's important for wellness experiences.


"Wellness wander harnesses what the hills has on offer, allowing wellness seekers to not only connect direct with a local operator, but experience; fresh, healthy and locally grown produce, pristine nature and wildlife, refreshing spas and springs, refined sustainability practices, award winning accommodation and venues and local cultural connection in a unique and effortless way.  It really is the perfect way to enhance, kickstart or increase your mental, physical and/or social wellbeing journey," she said.


The South Australian Tourism Commission and Adelaide Hills Tourism, along with Jurlique and The Advertiser are the proud partners of Wellness wander which runs from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April 2023.  To purchase tickets and to view the full event program visit  Events will sell out, so get in quick.  ENDS.




        #visitadelaidehills #adelaidehills #wellnesswander #wellnesswanderweekend #southaustralia

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