Wednesday, 18 January 2017

2017 NSW CARAVAN & CAMPING HOLIDAY GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

This year's guide to some of the best caravan and camping holidays in NSW is now available from the NSW Caravan & Camping Industry Association.

Caravan & Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW CEO, Lyndel Gray said, "The Caravan, Camping and Holiday Guide provides a whole range of accommodation options from campsites, family and pet friendly holiday parks, and luxury glamping and cabin options, so there is something for any budget or level of luxury."

"There is information on over 350 CCIA member holiday parks across NSW, and it features over 200 dealerships and suppliers selling all the latest products and equipment, plus details on where to get your RV serviced or repaired across NSW.

"Each year, more than 3.9 million caravan and camping trips are taken in NSW, and this free resource - available as a hard copy, online or as a downloadable app - is the best way to locate your perfect holiday park or product supplier," Ms Gray said.

Click here to see the digital version of the guide. For more information on caravan and camping in NSW, visit www.caravan-camping.com.au.

Monaco's Leading Helicopter Provider to Offer International Check-in in Monaco and a New range of Services

Monacair, service provider to S.A.S. Prince Albert II, Monaco based airline operating the regular scheduled Helicopter service between Nice International Airport and Monaco since January 2016 with a fleet of state-of-the-art helicopters now offers a new range of attractive, affordable services.

Monacair

Established in 1988 by Stefano Casiraghi, MONACAIR has accumulated a vast amount of unique experience in terms of V.I.P. transportation, serving customers who are in search of personalized and high-quality services. Monegasque Airline founded in 1988, based in Monaco. Since successfully winning the contract in January 2016, Monacair is the only company allowed to operate the regular scheduled service between Nice International Airport and Monaco. The company operates a fleet of state of the art helicopters with a history of safety and security excellence.

Scheduled Service between Nice International Airport and Monaco

Monacair operates the regular scheduled service between Nice International Airport and Monaco Heliport every day, all year long.
  • Flights operated every 30 minutes
  • Flight time is around 7 minutes
  • First departure from Nice at 8.45am and last departure at 8.15pm and First departure from Monaco at 8.30am and last departure at 8.00pm
  • 6 Seats per helicopter

Rates per passenger, all-inclusive Door-to-Door Service:

1 Way: 160 Euro/Round trip: 280 Euro Nb. Ground transfers to and from your accommodation in Monaco are included in the rates.

Avoid the crowds, Monacair commences International Check-in in Monaco:

In response to the needs of Monacair's clients and in partnership with Aviapartner international flight check-in for passengers departing Monaco on flights out of Nice International Airport is now possible with certain airlines. Monacair has secured agreements with Air France/KLM group, EasyJet. The check is currently only available for passengers with cabin baggage but the service is expected to expand over the next few years.

Monacair intends work towards extending this service to most of the airlines departing Nice International Airport. Ultimately, passengers will be able to pass through the security checkpoint at the Heliport of Monaco avoiding Nice Airports existing terminals completely. Upon arrival at Nice International Airport, passengers will be directed to the Monacair departure lounge.

New Services:

Monacair now offers a series of new services including affordable Scenic Flightsfrom 10 to 30 minutes, starting from as little as 60 Euro per person. Other services include Private Charter Services to destinations throughout the French Riviera and beyond and Private Packages to stunning locations such as Mont Blanc.

For more details about the available services, rates and reservations:

Monacair website: www.monacair.mc
Reservations Department: Tel : +377 97 97 39 00
Email: reservations@monacair.mc

Celebrate International Women's Day 2017

What role do men play in women's careers and are men an integral part of the solution when it comes to increasing the number of women in senior management positions?

The next Women in Tourism Leadership Lunch will be held on March 8 at The Plump Duck in World Square, Sydney, and will address these questions and more.

Come along and hear Hook Communications' Peter Hook and Baillie Lodges' Hayley Baillie discuss their experiences at the top end of the tourism industry.

Hook has spent the past 30 years working in businesses such as ABC radio, Accor Hotels, the Tourism Accommodation Association, Kakadu Tourism and Visit Sunshine Coast.

Baillie is the Co-Founder of Baillie Lodges and sits on the Tourism Australia Food and Wine advisory board. She also happens to be the daughter of legendary explorer and entrepreneur, Dick Smith.

A third speaker will be announced in the coming weeks.

Audience members have the opportunity to ask the panellists questions and also win a range of exciting lucky door prizes throughout the event.

Enjoy a casual shared contemporary Chinese meal, a welcome drink and a robust discussion while celebrating International Women's Day 2017 and the theme of 'Be Bold for Change'.

Event information:

  • Wednesday 8 March, 2017
  • 12pm for the Women in Tourism Leadership Lunch
  • Tickets are $85 including booking fee book here
  • Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Men are also encouraged to attend this event.

Highlights of Scotland's 2017 Year of History, Heritage, and Archaeology

VisitScotland has unveiled some of its highlights of its 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, offering visitors the chance to relive the country's fascinating past through a range of events and activities.

A Great Roman Bake-Off, large scale projections of Viking imagery, a live archaeological dig of St Kilda in Minecraft and a colourful international weaving festival, are just a few of the events lined up to make history in 2017. Highlights of the year include:

Edinburgh Georgian Shadows, Edinburgh

23 Feb – 26 March 2017
Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Edinburgh's New Town, Edinburgh Georgian Shadows will bring the past to life using the modern city through the innovative use of lighting. The event will reveal the story of the New Town, which will be explored across six of the town's most interesting and history-rich buildings, where the lives of the town's first inhabitants and characters will be explored through light projections.

Tradfest Edinburgh, Edinburgh

26 Apr – 7 May 2017
This annual showcase of traditional arts and culture in Scotland's capital spans across 12 days and nights, and offers a full and varied programme of events. Inspired by the traditions of May Day and Beltane, Tradfest is a celebration of music, storytelling, dance, drama, film, craft and art.

Mary Queen of Scots Festival, Kinross and Loch Leven

September 2017
Celebrating the rich cultural history and heritage of the Kinross area, most notably its famed connection to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, the Mary Queen of Scots Festival 2017 will commemorate Mary's life. The festival will take place over a weekend in September (exact dates TBC) with a programme that will include living history encampments, music, food and drink. Kinross is around an hour by road from Glasgow.

Scotland boats six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is New Lanark, a former 18th century cotton spinning mill village around an hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. It will use light and sound projections to recreate the mill as it was in the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Another, a group of Neolithic monuments on the island of Orkney, will light up thanks to glow-in-the-dark paint for a special event with interactive storytelling and music.

With a rich cultural heritage that focuses on the history of its clans, the year will also see events such as the Clan Maclean International Gathering 2017, Burnett Gathering, Clan Hay 'Tartan Ties' and Stewart Highland Games.

The year also provides the opportunity to promote and celebrate a much wider programme of events celebrating Scotland's history, heritage and archaeology. Partner events within the year include Celtic Connections (19 Jan – 5 Feb) – Britain's premier celebration of Celtic music – and a series of events celebrating poet Robert Burns.

The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 will begin on 1 January 2017 and end on 31 December 2017. For more information see the VisitScotland website.

Ginger Flower and Food Festival

The Ginger Factory's iconic Ginger Flower and Food Festival is back for its 21st year and promises to delight the senses with three spectacular days of food, flowers and entertainment for all.

From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January 2017 the park will burst alive with colour, showcasing the largest and most exquisite range of ornamental gingers and heliconias that thrive in our sub-tropical climate.

A must-do for foodies and garden lovers alike, the festival will be brimming with:
  • Local talent keen to share their best kept cooking and gardening secrets
  • Informative garden talks
  • Lifestyle and foodie workshops
  • Cooking demonstrations from renowned chefs across the three days
  • Live entertainment and fun activities for all ages
  • A stunning array of over 3000 plants that will be for sale.

Come and share in the celebration of all that is local to the Sunshine Coast. The 2017 Ginger Food and Flower Festival is an event the whole family will enjoy. Don't miss it!

ITE HCMC 2017 - Your Gateway to tourism in Asia

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The 13th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City - ITE HCMC 2017 will be held at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 7 to 9 September 2017.

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Australian Open Serves Up Record Demand for Melbourne's Most Cherished Grand Hotel, the Hotel Windsor

The Hotel Windsor expects the last half of January to be amongst its busiest ever, as Melbourne welcomes the Australian Open Tennis Championships 2017. Held from Monday, 16 January until Sunday, 29 January 2017, the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific brings the World's best tennis players to Melbourne.

The Hotel Windsor is experiencing high demand as always, and reports it was already holding 80 per cent average for the first week of the tournament back in December, with guests visiting from all over Australia and around the world.

Tennis Australia's independent economic study (undertaken by Repucom and Centre of Policy Studies) following the 2016 championships highlighted that visitors stayed an average 5.11 nights in Melbourne's hotel rooms, spending an average of $181 per day, providing a huge boost to the Victorian economy.

With the new grounds now extending to Birrarung Marr, The Hotel Windsor is in a prime CBD location and within short walking distance to action and entertainment on and off the court.

David Perry, The Hotel Windsor CEO, reflected: “2015 saw a record breaking 720,363 fans visit Melbourne to attend the championships, and we're expecting even larger numbers this year. It is an incredible time to be in the city and experience the atmosphere.”

Mr Perry continued, “We are seeing an ever-increasing demand from China ever since Li Na made a name for herself in Melbourne and the recent introduction of Xiamen Air and Beijing Capital Airlines non-stop flights to Melbourne, on top of the five existing Chinese carriers.”

The Hotel Windsor is Australia's most cherished grand hotel, and the hotel choice for many visiting the city for sporting events, located in close proximity to Melbourne's sports hub. The hotel is advising tennis enthusiasts to book quickly to secure accommodation for the final days of this year's tournament, with only a few rooms and suites left during the Australian Open.

Survey: Ha Noi among top affordable Asian destinations

Ha Noi, known for its cheap food and accommodation options, is much more affordable than many other Asian destinations, according to a MasterCard survey.

Statistics show that each foreign visitor to the city spends an average 110 USD per day, while a local tourist spends around 55 USD. The numbers are much lower than for other leading tourist cities in the region.

According to a MasterCard survey last year tourists spent 258 USD per day in Seoul, 255 USD in Singapore and 262 USD in Beijing.

In Bali tourists often spend around 125 USD, according to the Indonesian central bank.

In July the 2016 TripIndex report by TripAdvisor named Ha Noi the least expensive among 20 favourite cities surveyed for the third year in a row. It beat Bangkok and Mumbai.

But the data could vary based on the source.

Northside Produce Market Tour

Join Tawnya Bahr on a Northside Produce Market Tour to go behind-the-scenes to meet growers and celebrate fresh Summer produce. Take an hour on a Saturday morning to find out the stories behind the producers who bring the market to life every fortnight, get recipe ideas, enjoy tastings and stock up on fresh locally grown ingredients. Bring your market basket.

This event is FREE to attend but spaces are limited so please register online at https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/courses/39/CLS107657/markets/behind-the-scenes-produce-market-tour to secure your spot.

7:30am To 8:30am 21 Jan 2017
North Sydney, NSW, Australia
Straight To The Source
tbahr@straighttothesource.com.au
0416 269 142

Olympic Games Creativity in Scotland

The Olympic Games are a great excuse to be creative. 

This piece of creativity was seen at Lauder in Scottish Borders during the 2016 Rio Olympics.