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Win a Free Holiday with Hertz Australia and Toyota

Hertz Australia is offering customers the chance to win one of five luxury holidays at a choice of three exclusive eco-friendly resorts, simply by renting a Toyota Prius hybrid sedan before the end of July 2008.

The five prizewinners will be able to choose between the tropical seclusion of Voyages Bedarra Island Resort, on the edge of North Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef; Voyages Longitude 131, with spectacular views of the magnificent and spiritual Uluru in Central Australia; and Voyages Wrotham Park Lodge, offering a luxury holiday experience deep in the Queensland outback.

“Hertz is Australia’s largest operator of Toyota Prius sedans, which can travel up to 1,000 kilometres on one tank of fuel,” said Wayne Burgoyne, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hertz Australia. “This special promotion offers the opportunity to travel much further, from green car to green holiday experience in a choice of three fine eco-holiday resorts.” Continue Reading

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Brisbane Marriott Hotel launches Discover Queensland as a Millionaire Promotion

The Brisbane Marriott Hotel has launched a “Discover Queensland as a Millionaire!” package, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore and experience magical Brisbane like a millionaire.

From shark-diving to soaring high above the clouds in a helicopter, Brisbane is full of endless energy and exciting things to do. Brisbane, a fresh and vibrant city, offers diverse entertainment and cultural activities to be enjoyed in the famous sunshine. And the Brisbane Marriott Hotel is a perfect home from which to experience the best of Brisbane, situated overlooking the iconic Brisbane River, nestled between the chic shopping and alfresco restaurants of the central business district and the vibrant hub of Fortitude Valley.

The “Discover Queensland as a Millionaire!” package is all-inclusive at a price of A$6,500 (US$6,055) and includes:

• Two evenings in the Brisbane Marriott Hotel’s exclusive Presidential Suite
• Chauffeured stretch limo during all activities
• Special welcome including a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries Continue Reading

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AirAsia X to bring Millions of Tourist Dollars to Western Australia

Tourism from Malaysia to Western Australia is expected to increase significantly thanks to new, direct flights with low-cost airline AirAsia X.

Tourism Minister Sheila McHale said a new deal between Tourism WA, AirAsia X and Westralia Airports Corporation could inject nearly $100 million into the Western Australian economy in the service’s first year.

“The introduction of direct flights between Kuala Lumpur to Perth should see visitor numbers and spending increase significantly as holiday-makers take advantage of low prices,” Ms McHale said.

“Malaysia is already one of WA’s top tourism markets, with nearly 40,000 visitors every year spending $157million.

“With AirAsia X having the broadest low-cost carrier route network in South East Asia and China, the airline is expected to bring an additional 40,000 international visitors to WA in the first year. Continue Reading

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Fly direct, Australian Minister warns South Australian tourists

The South Australian government says South Australian travellers could hurt the local tourism industry if they fail to choose direct flights overseas.

SA Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith says up to half of South Australia’s travellers are opting for connecting flights via the eastern states rather than flying direct to and from Adelaide and that is having negative effects on the state’s tourism industry.

“If South Australians are determined to support Sydney Airport they’ll actually be damaging our local tourism industry,” she said.

“So even if you have to fly overseas, support the airlines that support South Australia, book in and out of Adelaide directly and then we’ll get even more flights, we’ll make the flights we have viable and we’ll be able to attract more tourists.” Continue Reading

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Etihad Airways signs Memorandum of Understanding with Malaysia Airlines

Etihad Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysia Airlines. The proposed agreement paves the way for closer co-operation between the airlines on a range of joint initiatives which are likely to include a future code-share agreement as well as collaboration on frequent flyer programmes, ground handling, customer support, cargo and airport lounge access.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said, “Asia is one of our strongest markets and there is huge appetite amongst our customers to travel beyond the Malaysian capital. This partnership will hopefully give us an ideal opportunity to expand the number of Asian destinations we offer our customers and we anticipate that it will result in increased traffic and more revenue opportunities for both our airlines.

Idris Jala, Malaysia Airlines’ managing director and chief executive, added, “The MoU with Etihad is timely as Malaysia is a favourite destination for visitors from the Middle East. With a steady increase in tourist arrivals over the years from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, we hope to tap on this MoU to increase further the passenger numbers from that region not only to Malaysia but to our destinations beyond.” Continue Reading

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Design Hotels opens Office in Perth; signs New Hotel in Brisbane

Design Hotels has opened a new office in Perth, Australia, its eighth global office, and welcomed its first Australian member: Limes Hotel in Brisbane.

“We feel that it is time to approach this continent,” said Iain Ainsworth, Executive Vice President of Design Hotels AG. “The opening of this additional office within the region demonstrates our clear development strategy and marks our commitment to building stronger relations within the marketplace, with new hotels, press and the travel trade.”

Malene Bertelsen recently joined Design Hotels AG and will head the Perth office as Director of Business Development Oceania. Bertelsen has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry ranging from design-led properties like The Metropolitan in London to traditional grand hotels. Continue Reading

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New Research Released on Australian Spa Industry

Intelligent Spas has released new research on the Australian spa industry that identifies spa a growth in spa numbers of 152% over the last five years.

The new Australia Spa Benchmark Report 2002-2010 features over 450 statistics including updated financial benchmarks covering revenue, visits and employment plus valuable benchmark ratios such as daily revenue per spa, revenue per visitor and revenue per square metre. Current industry trends observed by spa owners and managers and new profile benchmarks detailing infrastructure, business models and treatments are also included in the report. Many of the benchmarks are available by spa type.

Julie Garrow, Managing Director of Intelligent Spas said, “As the global economic situation changes, the need for businesses to focus on benchmarking and profitability has become essential. This timely release of high quality data from Intelligent Spas will allow businesses to fine-tune their operations for success in tougher economic times. This report combines the results of our latest survey with information collected during our previous three industry surveys to provide very reliable benchmarks and growth rates.” Continue Reading

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Win your Mum an all-expenses paid 9-day holiday (worth Sin$8,000) to Sydney

Following the heartwarming success of the “938LIVE I Love Mum We Love Sydney” campaign in 2006, Tourism New South Wales is once again partnering MediaCorp’s 938LIVE radio station to encourage listeners to nominate a special mother and say why she deserves a very special treat.

The winning mother, together with the nominator, will spend Mothers’ Day in Sydney together with 938LIVE’s Producer-Presenter, Stanley Leong and his mother Mary. The trip will begin on Thursday 8 May and end on Friday 16 May. They will indulge in a whole host of exciting activities including a sensational sailing experience along the world-famous Sydney Harbour, an exciting city tour on Harley Davidsons, visiting the Jenolan Caves at the Blue Mountains- recently named the world’s oldest open discovered cave, floating across the Jurassic rainforest in the Blue Mountains on the Scenic Skyway, with its world first Electro-Sceni Glass Floor and staying overnight at the Old Leura Dairy, a charming bed-and-breakfast accommodation.

The trip will be extra special for radio presenter Stanley Leong as his mother will be travelling with him during this trip. “I thought it’d be an excellent break from her work, plus the fact that I really missed having my own mom around for the Mother’s Day promo two years ago” said Stanley.

Dynasty Travel will also launch a Sydney Mothers’ Day Special package with departure from Singapore on May 9. Dynasty Travel customers will get to meet and interact with the Winners, Stanley and his mother in Sydney. Together, they will be enjoying hands-on animal interaction at the Australian Reptile Park, tucking in to home-made macadamia delights at the macadamia farm, and watch the fascinating pelican feeding at the Central Coast. Continue Reading

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Mantra Hotels Resorts and Apartments to open New Resort in Australia

Mantra Hotels Resorts and Apartments has expanded its presence in New South Wales’ key holiday destinations with the launch of a premium resort on the Wollongong beachfront.

Welcoming its first guests from August 2008, Mantra City Beach Wollongong will offer 168 stylish rooms, signature restaurant, bar, café and first class conferencing facilities for up to 350 delegates.

The addition of Mantra City Beach boosts Mantra’s portfolio to over 50 premium hotels, resorts and apartments conveniently located in the heart of all major CBD, metropolitan and regional centres as well as Australia’s most desirable visitor destinations.

Mantra Executive General Manager Tomas Johnsson said the property would rank as one of the most outstanding holiday experiences on the New South Wales coast. Continue Reading

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Visiting Australia

mackay australiaAustralia’s biggest attraction is its beautiful landscape. Cities of Australia showcases different form of art and they offer good food. The Australian cuisine is a mixture of different cuisine of the world, as part of the immigrants coupled in Australia. This way the Italian restaurants cohabit with those Chinese, the Hindu come closer to the Irishmen, the Thai are very close to the Lebaneses. The restoration level is high and therefore interesting ethnic-gastronomic experiences can be had.

The Australian meat is also of high quality-tendered and more pleasant than in Italy- where you may eat big beefsteaks, accompanied by potatoes enriched with butter or creams or sour creams. If its your first time to visit Australia , its not difficult to find Hotels in Australia. There are plenty of beautiful villas to choose from and you can also book online to get discounts on Gold Coast Hotels.

If you want to enjoy white sand beaches, you should visit Noosa. Noosa is situated on the Sunshine Coast on the east coast of Australia. Noosa Hotels are easy to find, you can also avail of discounts if you book early.

North Queensland in Australia is a tropical paradise that offers pristine beaches. Cairns attractions rank as some of the most original and exciting destinations in Australia. Golden sunny beaches flanked by pristine rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef make Cairns a region that literally has it all. Cairns Esplanade, once a huge grassy park, now features a world-class facility incorporating an outdoor amphitheatre, a large sandy swimming lagoon, grassy picnic areas, walking tracks, free public barbeques, children’s playground, shops and restaurants, Cairns Hotels an environmental interpretation centre and a Great Barrier Reef Cruise departure terminal.

The most important thing to remember should you decide to go “off Road” (off a sealed road) in the Outback is to seek local advice on your intended route as well as ensuring someone locally knows of your travel plans. If your vehicle does break down in a remote area stay with it do not attempt to walk. Generally people who stay with their vehicles are located quickly and easily.

Please note, that some rental suppliers do have conditions that limit the operation of their vehicles in the outback. Should you plan to go off road we suggest that you discuss your intended route with the rental company beforehand.

It is a legal requirement that any gates opened to allow your vehicle to pass through are closed afterwards.

Any travel across designated Aboriginal Land will require permission from the owners beforehand. As the permit process varies from state to state (and can take up to six weeks to obtain). It is best to contact the national parks’ controlling body in each state prior to your journey.

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Air Asia X eyes more Aussie destinations

air asia airlinesGOLD COAST: Air Asia X plans to add at least one more Australian destination, and possibly several more, to its current flights to the Gold Coast.

The low-cost long haul carrier is in discussions with several potential airports that it could fly to from Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia X CEO Azran Osman Rani said yesterday.

These include Newcastle airport near Sydney, Avalon near Melbourne, and Melbourne-Tullamarine airport, he said.

“We prefer Avalon, but the airport will require upgrades,” he told reporters after Air Asia X’s inaugural flight to the Gold Coast on Friday. Continue Reading

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Canberra Celebrates Floriade Festival

This coming September 15 to October 14, Canberra will celebrate Florian’s with an extraordinary theme showcasing a blossoming flower ornaments in a long display of great Australian traditions jam-packed with exciting and lively activities.

This spectacular spring event exhibits a striking setting to a month-long festival themed as: “Australian icons, myths and legends”. Floriade is overflowing with music, artistic displays, cultural celebrations, entertainment and recreational activities. Continue Reading

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