Qantas has now revealed the final eight ‘Spirit of Australia’ names chosen to feature on the airline’s new fleet of Dreamliners.
- Great Barrier Reef
- Waltzing Matilda
- Great Southern Land
Qantas has now revealed the final eight ‘Spirit of Australia’ names chosen to feature on the airline’s new fleet of Dreamliners.
AccorHotels has announced the rebrand of Templers Mill Hotel in Orange, NSW to MERCURE ORANGE effective August 2017.
All guestrooms of the 77-room soon-to-be midscale Mercure hotel, owned by Orange Ex-Services Club and located within its precinct, are in the final stages of being refitted with new joinery, state-of-the art devices (with the ability to order breakfast via TV), high-speed WiFi, complimentary Foxtel, king size beds and monochromatic photography featuring the history of Orange.
The Club precinct, which features nine function rooms including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium, is also benefitting from the addition of THE GREENHOUSE OF ORANGE, a unique destination dining concept showcasing the best regional food and wine from the Central West. The relaxed family-friendly restaurant will offer guests a diverse range of sustainable dining options, with a complete field-to-fork sustainable farming philosophy.
Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath said, “Orange’s growing mining, agricultural and wine industries are set to benefit from the hotel’s newly upgraded accommodation facilities as well as the exciting addition of The Greenhouse of Orange dining concept.
“We enjoy partnering with Clubs who have strong local ties to the community as it adds to the overall guest experience. We look forward to helping drive tourism to this beautiful part of regional New South Wales and we are excited to be welcoming guests to Mercure Orange in August.”
Mercure Orange is located 250km west of Sydney or a 3.5 hour drive, near the centre of Orange on Byng Street.
IMAGE: Stylish new Deluxe King Guestroom @ the new Mercure Orange – opening August 2017
China Airlines has announced it will grow its Taipei-Brisbane and Brisbane-Auckland services to a daily schedule from December 2017. The airline currently flies four times weekly between Brisbane and Taiwan, including across to Auckland.
“The relationship between Queensland and Taiwan continues to strengthen with more and more people travelling between the two states for business and pleasure and we are pleased to be able to provide a direct daily connection from November,” said Ray Chang, China Airlines General Manager Brisbane Branch.
“The new schedule is perfect for travellers looking to fly conveniently up to Asia, over to Europe or across to North America.
“China Airlines also connects with 12 points in Japan, delivering travellers from Queensland right to the doorstep of the ski-fields in full service comfort with baggage and meals all included.
“Our evening departure from Brisbane to Taipei means travellers can relax overnight and make easy onwards connections the next morning.”
Julieanne Alroe Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director warmly welcomed the announcement saying the additional services would meet growing demand on the route.
“The Taiwanese visitor market to Brisbane has grown consistently in the last few years with passenger numbers jumping by more than 10,000 new traveller every year since 2013 to just under 100,000 (inbound and outbound) in 2016.
“China Air’s new seven days a week schedule with an evening departure from Taipei is also attractive to Australian business travellers looking for options to conduct their work in Asia and return home on a convenient overnight flight.
IMAGE: Lance Broad
Welcoming its first guests from 19 July 2017, Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport is offering an opening special of $159* per night in a Studio King room including 1GB of internet access daily, a welcome drink voucher on arrival and room upgrade (subject to availability).
The nine-level new build hotel, with 136 contemporary studio rooms, features a 24/7 atmosphere and service, express check-out, internet kiosk, and a relaxed dining and service culture.
Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport is located at 3 Ross Smith Avenue, just a short distance from Sydney Airport’s T2 and T3 domestic terminals.
For bookings or further information, visit mantra.com.au
IMAGE: Studio King @ Mantra Sydney Airport
Australians were asked to vote for the state-by-state destinations and attractions that would be immortalised in the all-new limited edition Monopoly Australia board – and the results are in … with the greatest number of votes going to NSW, followed by QLD, SA, ACT, VIC, WA, TAS and NT.
On the new board are:
The new Aussie board lets players choose from tokens including the classic meat pie or an all-Aussie Barbie and Community Chest and Chance Cards have been customised, offering players the chance to sell their State-of-Origin tickets or their lamingtons at the school fete.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Malaysian property developer S P Setia Berhad Group have announced Shangri-La as the official hotel operator for the planned landmark luxury development at 308 Exhibition Street in Melbourne’s CBD.
S P Setia Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid, and Shangri-La Asia Chief Executive Officer, Mr LIM Beng Chee, formally confirmed the arrangement yesterday in Melbourne. attended by international guests and media.
The Cox and Fender Katsalidis-designed two-tower development overlooking Melbourne’s World Heritage-listed Carlton Gardens is currently under consideration for planning approval and when completed in 2022 it is expected the Shangri-La Hotel, Melbourne will feature 500 guest rooms with three levels of amenities including a sky lobby, restaurants, spa, fitness centre, pool and a state of the art ballroom.
The second tower will include some 300 luxury residential apartments as well as office space. A sky bridge will connect the two towers, and retail space will occupy the lower levels of the development.
Sydney revealed a dreary, grey sky-blanketed Opera House and harbour vista yesterday, with torrential rain, at the celebration to mark 500 days to go until the opening ceremony of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, officially launched by HRH Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation.
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sport event for wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women, both active duty and veteran. The Games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. “Invictus” is Latin for unconquered, and it embodies the fighting spirit of our service personnel.
Australia’s Governor-General and Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ambassador, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) and Lady Cosgrove, hosted Prince Harry, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Chair of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, Lt Gen Peter Leahy (Ret’d) at the formal launch at Admiralty House.
The Governor-General also welcomed members of the Australian Squad training for selection in the team to compete at this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto.
In a speech given at the launch event Prince Harry said: “Sydney will soon be the custodian of the Invictus spirit and the focus for hundreds of men and women using the Invictus Games to motivate their recovery from physical and mental injuries.
“I know that people across the country – from Perth to Sydney, from Darwin to Adelaide – will embrace the Invictus Games and show their support for competitors from their local towns and right across the country. I have no doubt that the Sydney public will make these games their own.
“The Invictus Games are coming to Australia – game on down under!”
The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in September 2014 and attracted more than 400 competitors from 13 nations. The second Invictus Games was held in Orlando, Florida in May 2016. Toronto, Canada will host the third Invictus Games from 23-30 September 2017.
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The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has welcomed Miss Fang-Xun Ong, Senior Manager, and Ms Joelle Vella, Marketing Representative, to the expanding Oceania team this month.
Sydney-based Fang-Xun succeeds Cheryl Wen who will return to Singapore to oversee the marketing efforts of the Board’s Cultural Precincts division, after three years in the STB Sydney office.
Melbourne-based Vella has 17 years travel industry experience and will be responsible for all trade-related activity in Victoria, driving awareness of Singapore as a leisure and MICE destination within the state – Australia’s second-largest source market into Singapore.
Fang-Xun will manage STB’s marketing portfolio across the region, with her focus in Sydney on the planning and implementation of integrated marketing campaigns across Australia and New Zealand, and working closely with STB’s Singapore and Australian-based supporting agencies for PR and media. She joins the team from STB’s international marketing department in Singapore, where she spent six years developing and implementing marketing initiatives across key global markets.
Sharon Lam, Area Director Oceania said, “We’re thrilled to welcome both Fang and Jo to the Oceania team and in particular, to have a dedicated person on-site to reach out to the Victorian market.
“We’re confident that their extensive combined industry experience will result in increased trade engagement in Victoria, enabling more Aussies to discover the endless possibilities Singapore can present for both leisure and MICE travellers.”
A record number of whales is projected to pass by Queensland’s Moreton Island this year, home to Tangalooma Island Resort and The Tangalooma Jet, Australia’s largest whale watching vessel.
Tangalooma can boast Queensland’s largest and longest-running whale watching tours – its 30th season in 2017 – offering the closest whale watching experience from Brisbane, and a whale sighting guarantee!
In the 2016 season, the Resort’s whale watching scoreboard recorded 1133 whale sightings, 731 adults, 291 juveniles and 111 calves. The 2017 season began on 1 June and whales can be ‘watched’ until 15 October 2017!
Stephen Mahoney has been appointed to the role of General Manager-Regional for Destination NSW, effective the first week of July 2017. He was most recently head of Corporate Communications Australia and Asia for Etihad Airways.
“The reputation of Destination NSW for innovation in destination marketing, its peerless track record of success and joining an exceptional team were what attracted me to the role. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of Destination NSW,” said Mahoney of his new position.
Announcing the appointment, Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase cited Mahoney’s extensive experience in travel trade, tourism marketing, communications & events, and aviation.
“Stephen has an impressive background in destination and brand marketing, sponsorship, tourism and media partnership development and stakeholder engagement programs and has held a number of senior, relevant roles with companies such as Qantas Airways, Japan Airlines and Etihad Airways and worked in senior roles with the Australian Tourist Commission in Australia, Japan and the USA,” she said.
The NSW ski resort of Thredbo is offering a great deal for the June Long Weekend – Ski or Board 3 Days on Opening Weekend for the Price of 2.
Head to Thredbo for the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend – June 10-12 – and join in the festivities at the launch of the 2017 season – with a huge line-up of events and activities to celebrate the start of Thredbo’s 60th season.
Enjoy the first ski and board runs of the season and experience Free Snow Play and Free Live Music in the bargain!
On Saturday 10 June the region’s biggest fireworks display will light up Kosciuszko from 6pm, while the king of carving Kenji Ogawa, tunes up his chisel and fires up the chainsaw to create an icy village sculpture that becomes the centrepiece of the popular G.H. Mumm Village Long Lunch on Sunday.
IMAGE: Thredbo CREDIT NSW National Parks
The Pacific region – Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa – is the first to launch the new Club Marriott special membership program involving 25 hotels, including Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, The Westin Melbourne and Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa.
The launch of the new Club Marriott, combining Club Marriott, Eat Drink & More and Star Privilege, goes beyond food & beverage, with the hotel group hoping to build an even stronger loyalty base that recognises guests with exclusive events, experiences and a sense of community.
“With the new portfolio of brands under Marriott International, loyalty is the key driving force that will allow us to cut through the competition,” said Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Marriott International, Asia Pacific. “Club Marriott gives us the platform to drive loyalty that extends even beyond a stay, via rewarding and recognising the ‘local member’ through exclusive benefits and memorable experiences across a vast variety of brands.”
Members can enjoy 20% off food & beverage and best available room rates at all participating hotels in Asia Pacific. Even when members are not travelling, they may continue to benefit from room privileges such as complementary stays, upgrades and spa, fitness and wellness vouchers. Members will also be personally recognised on special occasions, from catering discounts for those important dates and invitations to exclusive member events. Club members’ children will also be treated to parties and surprises.
Following the launch in the Pacific, the new combined Club Marriott program will roll out in the rest of the Asia Pacific regions starting in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Guam, Indonesia, India, Japan and Korea throughout June, July and August. The Philippines will launch the program in November and Thailand by December this year.
“With over 200,000 members today and growing, the new Club Marriott combined program has evolved as the preferred Hotel Dining Loyalty Program,” adds Ralph Frehner, Vice President, Food & Beverage, Marriott International, Asia Pacific. “By offering locally relevant benefits to members, we aim to continue having a sharp focus on positioning our hotels as the favourite destinations where locals go to meet, eat and drink.”
Valid until June 17 2017, Pier One Sydney Harbour is offering a VIVID 2017 package that includes uninterrupted views over Sydney Harbour!
Priced from $459/night, the package is available until 17 June 2017.
T & Cs apply
Top Image: Pier One Sydney Harbour/Angie Silvy
The NSW ski resort of Thredbo proclaims ‘winter has arrived!’ with the first solid snowfall on Sunday night blanketing the entire mountain in a fresh 20cm layer of snow, and dropping 5cm in the village.
Thredbo launched its 4 Day Flexi Pass Sale yesterday, offering savings of over $150 and the flexibility to ski or board on your choice of the best four days in the season – for $349 Adults and $209 under 18s or 65 and over. The sale ends at midnight AEST Friday 2 June 2017. Valid for use from 10 June 2017 to 2 October 2017.
Every new visitor to Sydney fancies a trip on Sydney Harbour – even ‘jaded’ Sydneysiders will find any excuse to get out on the city’s glorious blue expanse.
Fantasea Cruising operates a fleet of vessels on Sydney Harbour with cruise experiences ranging from sightseeing and charters to whale watching and build-your-own-cruise. And in response to agent requests for unique and exclusive experiences on the harbour, the company has recently introduced ‘Picnic on the Harbour with Yellow Water Cruises’.
“[These] experiences …offer flexibility and the opportunity to not only see Sydney Harbour, but to walk on the beaches and go to places away from other tourists,” says Fantasea Cruising CEO Anthony Hayes
“Working in partnership with Bel & Brio, a funky deli at Barangaroo, the catering options are of a high quality, with a bottle of bubbles included, or red or white wine options if preferred. Our fantastic water taxis seat up to 16 or 24 people and our experienced skippers will whisk visitors across to Clark Island in the middle of the harbour for a picnic on the lovely green grass. They’ll then return to pick them up 2 hours later, or whenever they prefer. This is a fabulous way to experience Sydney like a local, not just see it out the window.”
Fantasea has also introduced a new on-the-water bar!
“Sydney Harbour has been crying out for an exciting new bar like Joy Bar. Designed with the coolest lounges, chairs and a funky wine bar ambiance, JOY Bar is the newest addition to Sydney’s nightlife scene. Available for charter, Joy Bar is going to be in high demand,” Hayes added.
“Within the most common zone on Sydney Harbour – Zone 1 – all trips will incur a $40 booking fee plus just $10 per person thereafter. This makes travelling across the harbour more affordable than ever as for two people travelling within Zone 1, it’s just $60! Not to mention if you’re heading to one of the scores of harbourside restaurants, you’ll impress your dinner date and arrive energised for a great night out”.
… and Fantasea experiences are fully commissionable.