Wednesday, 13 December 2017

André Rieu - Extra Sydney Concert Announced

Due To Huge Demand
André Rieu Announces
Extra Sydney 2018 Concert - Thursday 22 November

Tickets On Sale Friday 15 December 2017 at 9am

Due to high ticket sales Dutch King of The Waltz André Rieu has announced he will perform an extra concert in Sydney on Thursday 22 November on his “Christmas with André” 2018 tour. Demand for André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra’s highly anticipated Christmas Tour in Australia has led to the artist putting on an extra performance at the ICC Theatre Sydney. This will be André Rieu’s first ever Christmas Tour to Australia.

André Rieu said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and love from our fans. Thank you so much! We are so happy and excited to return to Australia next year with romantic and magical Christmas concerts and delighted to announce a second concert in Sydney. I promise all of you that we will spend a night together you will never forget!”

The “Christmas with André Tour” will kick off in Melbourne on 17 November, come to Sydney on 21 & 22 November and end in Perth on 24 November. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for the additional concert are on sale from Friday 15 December at 9am via and


The 'Korea Grand Sale', an annual shopping and cultural tourism festival will be held this year in conjunction with the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The Korea Grand Sale period will run from 18 January until 28 February, 2018 overlapping the period of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games from 9-25 February.

The Chairman of the Visit Korea Committee (VKC), Mr. Park Sam-koo announced recently that the Korea Grand Sale will target tourists visiting Korea before and during the Games to increase winter tourism expenditure and ensure a great cultural experience for all.

The' Korea Grand' Sale 2018 will incorporate the concept of 'Special Winter Festival' focusing on the connection with the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as well as promotion of Korea's representative cultural tourism products.

During the event, the festival offers various experiences and entertainment with the themes of winter sports, night life in Korea, K-culture, K-food, etc. It will provide winter sports experiences at ski resorts, ice rinks and indoor snow parks and encourage a broad participation of small and mid-sized businesses to participate - Jjimjilbang (Korean spa and sauna), Noraebang (Korean karaoke), performance venues, clubs, bars, cafes and famous local restaurants will be actively encouraged to promote Korean culture to foreign visitors.

There will be many offers and discounts for tourists during the period including hotels - Agoda will offer 7% off hotels during the period and Lotte Hotel group will offer a voucher for Lotte Duty free Stores worth KRW40,000 (approx. A$45) to foreigners who book more than two nights on its website.

Visitors will be able to enjoy 20% off templestay programs, discounted theatre performances, restaurant deals and much more. Cosmetics stores will offer freebies, 30% discount at N Seoul Tower observatory as well as Lotte World Adventure Park. Some ski resorts outside of the 2018 Winter Olympic venues will offer big discounts on resort accommodation, ski and lift hire etc. to attract foreign skiers.

There are a myriad of discounts and offers available on the 'Korea Grand Sale' website, and discount coupons can be downloaded directly from the website :

The 'Tourist Service Center', run by VKC, will visit local festivals and tourist attractions mainly in the Winter Olympic Games locations in Gangwon Province on rotation and provide interpretation and other convenient services to assist foreign visitors.

VKC also plans to actively promote KOREA TOUR CARD, the foreigner-exclusive transportation and tourism card to offer convenient services to FIT(Foreign Independent Travelers) such as a maximum of 50% discount on the 'Hands Free Service' fees (luggage delivery service between hotels and airports and luggage storage service at major bases).

Secretary General Han Kyung-Ah of VKC said, "The event in 2018 is a good opportunity for foreigners not just to enjoy shopping but also to experience diverse aspects of Korea including sports, tourism and cultural experiences as the event period overlaps with that of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Korea Grand Sale has continued to grow so far, and we will develop it further into a representative shopping and cultural tourism festival not just in Korea but also in Asia by improving its quality to match its growth in size."

Whitsundays to benefit from new flights

The Whitsundays will be showcased to a potential 170,000 Chinese visitors over the next four years thanks to a partnership that has resulted in four new direct flights a week from Beijing to Brisbane.

Tourism Whitsundays is part of a consortium with Brisbane Airport, the Queensland Government, Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Gold Coast Tourism and Brisbane Marketing, who have collectively worked to secure the Air China flights.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones welcomed the flights as the first flight touched down in Brisbane yesterday (Monday, December 11) at 3.10pm, saying securing flights from one of the most populated cities in the world was a huge win for Queensland.

“This direct route will provide a major boost to our tourism industry and support jobs,” she said.

“The flight, operating four times a week, will open up new opportunities to tap into Queensland’s largest international market by giving travellers more choice to pick Brisbane as their primary gateway to Australia.

“Easy access to other world-class tourist attractions in places like the Gold Coast and the Whitsundays is undoubtedly another selling point.”

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner said joining the consortium had been part of the organisation’s strategy to capitalise on the growing premium Chinese holiday market.

“The arrival today of the first direct flight from Beijing to Brisbane begins a new chapter of connectivity for the Whitsundays,” he said.

“The Whitsundays is the only Great Barrier Reef destination being offered within the consortium that has brought these flights to Brisbane.

“The Whitsundays will offer these visitors the iconic natural attractions of Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach, as part of packages that will complement these new flights, and will ensure they have a premium Great Barrier Reef holiday when travelling to Queensland.

“We will be working closely with our travel partners on creating amazing holiday options for these Chinese visitors, and there’s an opportunity for TW to work with industry operators who want to get into the Chinese market. The consortium, and the resources within it, will allow the development of Chinese-ready product into the future.”

On Wednesday (December 13), a delegation of key Air China executives and top Chinese travel company executives will fly from Brisbane to the Whitsundays for a two-day famil in the region, hosted by Tourism Whitsundays.

The executives will be taken to all the iconic attractions, including the reef and Whitehaven Beach, and shown a range of the ‘best of the best’ experiences so they can see firsthand what the region offers.

A range of Whitsunday tourism operators will be involved in the famil including Whitsunday Limousines, Mirage Whitsundays, Fish D’Vine, Cruise Whitsundays, Hamilton Island Air and Hamilton Island.

Bordeaux at your fingertips!

Since July 2017, Paris is at only two hours from Bordeaux with the famous TGV high-speed train compared to three and a half hour ride before. A new reason to discover this part of France!

Bordeaux is renowned worldwide as a place where to drink amazing wines or visit some of the most prestigious wine cellar's chateaux.

But not only!

This destination offers so much more such as: the ocean coast with its thermal city Arcachon and its Bay, the diversity of its landscapes from the wild North of Medoc to the sandy South of Les Landes surrounded by pine trees and resin smell, or the newly refurbished medieval city of Bordeaux.

For a few years, the destination has been very prolific in new gastronomic restaurants, five star hotels and creative and qualitative services.

If you are looking for a fun and dynamic activity, why not head for a ski session on pine thorns on top of a sand dune? 

Then continue your program by visiting an oyster farm and enjoying a tasting with a glass of white wine. In the afternoon, go for a tour on the Arcachon Bay on a traditional boat improved with an electric engine. 

End your day with a dinner facing the sunset, your feet in the sand, in one of the trendiest restaurant of the area.

Looking for an exclusive private dinner venue?

Why not privatizing an island nearby the Medoc area? You will be welcomed by the only inhabitant of this little islet, be invited to visit the lighthouse and be led to the dining room where the chef will cook in front of you most of the locally cropped produces. The chef will be delighted to talk about his job and the quality of the cooked produces.

Bordeaux is also a destination where you can meet the locals.

They will be more than pleased to share their passions and traditions. 

In Bordeaux city center, the new Cité du Vin, opened in 2016, offers a different point of view about wines across the world. Not only Bordeaux wines are displayed, but wines of all cultures and civilizations. This brand new building, although dedicated to wine only, also has the asset to be located in the new Bacalan area, enhancing this neighborhood, just after the docks rehabilitation a few years ago.

Bordeaux and its surroundings are now a breathtaking destination, offering a wide range of high-quality services, where culture and traditions are kept unspoilt.

Enjoy a 2 days/1 night break in Bordeaux during your stay in Paris with this fast train access from the French capital. You will see France from the inside and discover the most hidden treasures of our beautiful country.

For further information, please contact Pascal Roulland at

Remarkable reef repairs

The Great Barrier Reef may be able to heal itself better than previously thought, after 112 'recovery reefs' were found dotted across our remarkable wonder. 

A team of scientists researched the reef as a whole to make this discovery and printed their findings in The Conversation.

Find out more

Indulge in the Latest Luxury at Swissôtel The Stamford

Be the first to experience the newly renovated guestrooms of Swissôtel The Stamford inspired by iconic Swiss vernacular, synonymous with impeccable quality and technical innovation.

Ideal for both business and leisure, these brand new rooms feature a 55” LED TV, free WiFi, spacious work area, dynamic lighting system with night lights, universal wall plug and multiple USB ports to enhance your stay. You can also enjoy a splash of contemporary comfort with our Nespresso machine as well as a welcoming bathroom fashioned by luxurious amenities, beauty light vanity counter and standing rain shower.

Located right in the heart of Singapore’s shopping, dining and entertainment districts, with the City Hall Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train station and other major transportation nodes at its doorstep, Swissôtel The Stamford is your ideal gateway to explore the lion city.

  • 15% off Daily Rate in Premier Room or Premier Harbour View Room
  • Complimentary breakfast for two
  • 25% off Food & Beverage for selected outlets



Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach is now a National Surfing Reserve (NSR) after being recognised as one of Australia’s top surfing destinations.

NSW Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said the recognition secured Bondi’s reputation as one of the State’s most valuable Crown assets.

“I’m very pleased that this world-class surf beach has gained the recognition it deserves,” Mr Toole said.

“Bondi is the most visited beach in Australia, and is now the 10th site in NSW to be dedicated as a NSR.

“Since 2006, when Maroubra was named Australia’s first NSR, beaches right along the NSW coast have been recognised for their intrinsic environmental, sporting and cultural value to this country.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring all our Crown land reserves, including our wonderful beaches, are managed for the benefit of the community now and into the future.”

Find out more about National Surf Reserves.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


“Kunming hosts any number of economically fueled expositions each year — ranging from automobiles, cosplay and agriculture to trade. One annual event is notable for its markedly increased and increasing importance, so much so that today its influence and prestige is on the cusp of rivaling the hyper-enormous China-South Asia Expo. That happening is the China International Travel Mart (CITM), which just recently wound down on November 19.

Any expo is a good place to suss out what trends a given industry is creating or following and, here in Yunnan, they are often fairly accurate indicators of which way the governmental winds are blowing. South of the Clouds, the tourism sector is ascendant, perhaps more so than ever before, bolstered by renewed national and provincial support.”

“It appears the aim at the end of 2017 is to repurpose, rebrand and reinvest in Yunnan’s tourism industry to the point where it becomes the driving force in terms of sustainable economic progress. To that end, this year’s CITM was the largest expo of its kind yet held in the Spring City.

The three-day event began November 17, with an opening ceremony dubbed “Shangri-la Night”. It attracted close to 700 dignitaries and travel insiders from around the globe and was co-hosted by GoKunming’s own Yereth Jansen. The evening was filled with speeches, the unveiling of promotional videos and an ethnic minority fashion show.

The choice of Shangri-la as a theme grows out of a three-province strategy to promote travel opportunities in the Tibetan areas of Yunnan, Sichuan and, of course, Tibet. The goal is not only to attract domestic tourists, but also those from other countries. The region those three provinces have deemed “Shangri-la” encompasses northwest Yunnan, huge swathes of western Sichuan and eastern Tibet.

In Yunnan especially, the tourism industry is being pushed as a way to raise rural — and often minority — populations out of poverty, as president Xi Jinping has declared the entire country will be “free of extreme poverty by 2020”. His stated goal is expected to pull more than 70 million people out of destitution.

In total, this year’s CITM generated 4.6 billion yuan (US$695 million) in memoranda of understanding. These tentative business agreements, while not legally binding, involve investment from nearly every Chinese province and dozens of other countries, with the vast majority of the money earmarked to create poverty alleviation efforts centered around Yunnan’s tourism industry.

For years, Yunnan has subsisted on what government cadres are fond of calling “pillar industries”. Typically these included agriculture, mining and hydropower, but more recently the province added several others. Tourism is not the only prime mover on this updated list, but it is currently receiving the most obvious public attention. The high-tech, logistics and bio-tech sectors will also be relied upon for sustained economic growth, according to government economic blueprints.”

Read full article at GoKunming:

One million reasons to celebrate

Tourism and Events Queensland reached a major milestone recently, hitting one million pieces of content shared with the #thisisqueensland hashtag on Instagram. 

That's one million photos and videos from locals, industry and most importantly, visitors to Queensland that have tagged their favourite places and experiences across the state. 

This is a great indicator of our advocacy strategy to see people share their own personal and authentic Queensland stories to social networks, which helps promote Queensland as a travel destination.

See the images

Busby Marou and Troy Kemp set to headline the Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival!

The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival is gathering momentum with the announcement of a stellar line-up of entertainment for two of the signature events, Busby Marou and Troy Kemp Band.

The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival (January 13-29, 2018) will be two-weeks of exciting events to celebrate the arrival of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet.

The Whitsundays will be the last stop of the Australian leg of the race and all eyes will be on the region as the Clipper crews, their families and friends take a well-earned break at the halfway point of their epic adventure.

The Bendigo Bank Clipper Race Welcome Party will take place on the Airlie Beach Foreshore on Friday, January 19, this is a free event with everyone invited to come along and give the Clipper crews a warm Whitsundays welcome.

Australian duo Busby Marou, who won the "Blues & Roots Work of the Year" category at the 2012 APRA Music Awards, will be performing at the Bendigo Bank Clipper Race Welcome Party.

Originally from Rockhampton (Queensland), the duo are characterised by their melodic guitar riffs and meaningful lyrics - as exemplified in their #1 hit single ‘Days of Gold’.

The Australia Day long weekend will be marked with a Rodeo by the Reef, in Bowen, on Saturday, January 27, featuring the singing skills of Golden Guitar winner Troy Kemp.

Troy’s debut solo album Against The Grain is a hard-hitting country-rock album that really defines Kemp and his sound with the first two video singles off the album both hitting the #1 Spot on the Country Music Charts and both getting to #1 on the Australian Top 40 Country Radio Charts.

The rodeo will be set in between the beautiful azure sea and the iconic Grandview Hotel and is set to be a night of fun and excitement. The program featuring the inaugural BBQ by the Reef competition where entrants set out to smoke meats to take the grand prize along with amusements for the family, market stalls, live entertainment, mechanical bull and finishing with the rodeo.

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner said the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival was shaping up to be one of the biggest events the Whitsundays had even seen.

“It will be a two-week extravaganza of events right around the Whitsundays,” he said.

“With a rodeo, a Long Lunch on Whitehaven Beach, a Progressive Cruise Lunch and a Clipper Race Day, there really is something for everyone.

“Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our funding partners – the Australian Government, Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland’sIts’s Live! In Queensland events calendar, Whitsunday Regional Council, Tourism Whitsundays and Abell Point Marina.

“Thanks also to our event sponsors - Bendigo Bank, Fish D’Vine, Whitsunday Foodservice and the Boating Industry Association - and also our carnival supporters, Angel Signs, Paradise Outdoor, News Corp, Graphic House, Cruise Whitsundays, Grant Broadcasters and Lion Pty Ltd.

“Tickets are already selling fast for the paid events, so treat yourself or a loved one to a Christmas present with a difference, and get amongst it at the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival!”

More information and tickets can be found at

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