Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Teotihuacan Treasures at the de Young Museum

On view Sept. 30, 2017 through Feb. 11, 2018 at the de Young Museum is Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, the first significant exhibition on the ancient city on view in the United States in more than 20 years.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Teotihuacan is one of the world's most important archaeological locations and the most-visited within Mexico. Located 30 miles outside of modern-day Mexico City, Teotihuacan was the center of Mesoamerica and once covered close to eight square miles and had over 100,000 inhabitants at its peak in 400 CE.

Exhibit Information

Over 200 artifacts are featured in the exhibition, with many in the U.S. for the first time and others recently excavated. Objects on display include ritual and monumental items found in the three main pyramids at Teotihuacan: the Feathered Serpent, Sun, and Moon Pyramids. The ancient city's residential compounds will be represented through a presentation of stone and ceramic sculptures. A particular highlight is the de Young's collection of mural fragments, displayed alongside fragments from the same dwelling on loan from Mexico.

Teotihuacan is presented in collaboration with Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, as part of a longstanding partnership. In displaying a number of artifacts from various excavations and collections together, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about Teotihuacan and its importance to the region's history and culture.

General Information

Teotihuacan is on view Sept. 30, 2017, through Feb. 11, 2018, at the de Young, conveniently located in the heart of Golden Gate Park. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the de Young online. Tickets to this special exhibit include general admission access. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special pricing and tours. For more information, see Group Sales at the de Young.

Free admission days for Teotihuacan are held each Wednesday in October, and Saturdays Oct. 14 and Nov. 11, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition, the de Young is hosting free community programming on-site, including Mexican-inspired live music, art demos, and film presentations in conjunction with the exhibition. Please visit the de Young's exhibition page for more information on scheduling and to register for free exhibition tickets.

Australian bush history

West of Sydney in the Murray Riverina region stands Mungo Woolshed. Like so many of Australia’s greatest woolsheds, Mungo Woolshed which dates back to the late 1800s tells an interesting story of our pioneering past, and the people who lived and managed the landscape before the arrival of white settlers. 

The ancient terrain surrounding Mungo Woolshed is steeped in Aboriginal history and tradition, and originally served as the meeting place for many communities including the Muthi Muthi, Nyiampaar and Barkinji. It’s a stark and arid landscape but one rich in archaeological treasures, including some of the oldest human remains ever found, belonging to the ‘Mungo Man and Mungo Lady’, dating back over 40,000 years.

Mungo station was originally part of Gol Gol Station which was later divided and renamed Mungo Station. After the property was established many of the Aboriginal people in the area were displaced and moved from their land. They went to work on the station, as well as on the properties surrounding it as trackers, general hands and boundary riders, as well as domestic help. In return they received tobacco, sugar and blankets as well as western clothing.

These indigenous Australians soon faced more unasked-for change. Chinese workers who had relocated to Australia for the Gold Rush soon replaced these Aboriginal people. Many of the Aboriginal workers were gathered up and sent away to church missions, while the Chinese labourers went on to build the Mungo Woolshed and surrounding outbuildings in 1869.

The woolshed was built out of White Cypress trees. Local to the area, they repelled the dreaded termites that could chew through wood leaving ruined structures within months. This same timber was used throughout many properties in the area and across Australia. The woolshed walls were constructed from trimmed logs that were vertically stacked. Known as a drop-log construction it ensured that the building was cooler during warmer months, no doubt a trait appreciated by the 18 men that sheared about 50,000 sheep at its peak.

The name ‘Mungo’ has two possible origins, the Aboriginal word for Canoe in the area, ‘Mungoe’, or the patron saint of Glasgow, representing the Scottish ancestry of the original owner’s Ewan and Angus Cameron.

Today the area surrounding Mungo Woolshed is listed as a World Heritage Site and National Park. And while the woolshed still stands today as a demonstration of the quality of craftsmanship carried out by some of our early settlers, it is more importantly located within an extraordinary area. Part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area, a chain of ancient dried-up lakebeds and sand dunes remind of us of an age-less land and the people that once roamed it.

Hoto-making is well-worth the experience whatever the time of year

No visit to Kofu is complete without trying ‘hoto’ – the region’s most well-known local food. Hoto consists of flat udon noodles and vegetables, served in miso soup, making for a warming, highly nutritious meal (the vegetables used differ from place to place).

Close to the area’s famous Shosenkyo Gorge is Hoto Kaikan - a restaurant-facility in which customers can make their very own hoto, under the friendly guidance of their experienced staff, making it ideal for even the absolute beginner. 

With the area’s natural beauty offering something different with each season - (Cherry Blossom, Azalea & Japanese Wild Parsley in Spring, fresh green leaves in Summer, red leaves in Autumn and stunning snow scenes in Winter) – hoto-making is well-worth the experience whatever the time of year. 

Please note that advance reservations are required. For price information, please contact Hoto Kaikan directly.

Shosenkyo Gorge Hoto Kaikan
Address: Kofu-City, Ikari-cho 393
TEL: 055-287-2131
Open: year-round
(This article is reprinted from JAPAN TIMELINE)
http://www.japantimeline.jp/en/

Chasing Waves On The Great Barrier Reef

Australian Champion Kitesurfer and Sunshine Coast local, Ben Wilson, has released a new documentary-style video on YouTube following his first-ever kitesurfing adventure to Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. The footage showcases secret surf breaks that form on the reef on rare occasions and which are known only to locals.

Kitesurfing on the Great Barrier Reef was a long-time dream for Ben who is well-accustomed to reef-pass breaks, holding the world record for kitesurfing the largest wave ever captured on film, Cloudbreak at 35-foot in Fiji.

When wind, swell and tides aligned in April this year, Ben and photographers Stu Gibson and Tom Rawlins raced 500km north of Brisbane to chase the waves off the coast of Gladstone.

"The feeling of kitesurfing the Southern Great Barrier Reef for the first time was just incredible,” he said. “It's everything you imagine it to be – blue water, schools of fish, nobody around and all lined with colourful coral.”

Ben, who has fished the Southern Great Barrier Reef for years, had heard rumours of remote waves that break off the reef under certain conditions; their exact location remaining a tight-lipped local secret.

"It took me about fifteen trips over two years, and dozens of conversations with locals, to plan this kitesurf mission. The preparation that went into it was intense, with safety a major concern.

“The rest was completely up to Mother Nature.”

Ben's Great Barrier Reef adventure was more than just kiting and when the wind dropped, he found himself more aware of his surroundings at one of the world's most beautiful places.

“The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders in the world - a place that people from all corners of the planet come to see.

"We snorkelled with turtles, saw dolphins play in the water and caught fresh emperor and coral trout for dinner.

“I can honestly say that this was the best part of the trip. We came to kitesurf but we took away so much more.

"It is amazing to think that this is in our backyard. You sometimes forget just how beautiful Queensland is. You are so focused on the next overseas trips that you overlook the incredible places right on your doorstep.

“I feel very blessed having been able to kitesurf the Great Barrier Reef.”

Ben sees a lot of potential for Queensland's reef breaks and is patiently waiting for the swell, winds and tides to align to film part two of his Great Barrier Reef kitesurf series that will focus on the action and waves in their biggest and best form.

“This is just the beginning,” he said.

Click here to view the video. Credit: Ben Wilson.

NIYAMA PRIVATE ISLANDS INVITES YOU TO AN INDIAN OCEAN FESTIVE SEASON WITH A DIFFERENCE

Niyama Private Islands
A Winter Wonderland of snow-white sands melting into a turquoise lagoon and never-ending Sapphire Ocean. Neon and fireworks lighting up the starry sky in a Countdown to the Surreal. Escape the mundane and live out the festive season with family, friends and lovers on the most exclusive of stages. Christmas and New Year at Niyama Private Islands celebrates revelry for all ages. With twin islands to explore at Nature’s Playground, we invite you to let loose and indulge, dining in treetops, partying under the waves, seeking out romance or adrenaline-filled adventures, playing or chilling to each island’s unique rhythms.

Enjoy a surreal Christmas of tropical cocktails and traditional carols. Celebrate with a Winter Wonderland feast, candles and mistletoe. Light up the ocean with a live coral Christmas tree unveiling in the days leading up to Christmas at Subsix, the world’s first underwater playground
and lounge. Positioned six metres below the waterline, the tree illuminates each night.

The New Year countdown promises to be our most exciting yet, with a special performance of Cats the Musical, a twilight feast overlooking the ocean, contemporary dance and opera performances, and a moonlit party on the beach to bring in 2018.

Activities for little VIPs and their families abound at the Explorers Kids’ Club throughout the holiday season. Catering for children from 12 months to 12 years of age, split into four age groups, little members can enjoy Christmas baking, ornament making, tree decorating and snowman building, as well as our signature experiences of guided snorkelling expeditions, water fights and more.

Teens and adults are invited to join the Active programme, with island exploring, dolphin watching, a host of beach sports and authentic Maldivian cultural activities on offer, and a romantic movie night under the stars.

Radiance is all the island rage this festive season. Visit the sublime Drift Spa by Niyama for some holiday magic, with non-surgical facelifts from Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. David Alessi and transformational rejuvenation from health and longevity expert Paulo Fernandes.

Book your escape to paradise now, and celebrate in unrivalled style. For the full festive season programme, visit niyama.com or email reservations@niyama.com

Iconic car rally for Tropical North Queensland

Targa Great Barrier Reef
Tropical North Queensland will host a new major tourism event for the next three years with the launch of Targa Great Barrier Reef, a three-day car rally that will see the field of around 200 cars visit all key regions, including Port Douglas, Innisfail and the Atherton Tablelands.

The new event, to be based in Cairns from 31 August to 2 September next year, is modelled on the world’s largest tarmac rally, Targa Tasmania, which has been held annually on the Apple Isle since making its debut in 1992.

Targa Great Barrier Reef will be a round of the four event CAMS Australian Targa Championship, which also includes Targa North West, Targa Tasmania, and Targa High Country in Victoria.

The extension of the series into Queensland was made possible through a three-year funding deal by Tourism & Events Queensland and Cairns Regional Council with series organiser, Targa Australia.

The two hundred cars expected to take part in the 2018 event will represent a cavalcade of motoring history from pre-war classics right through to the latest exotic supercars.

The cars will tackle 15 stages across more than 200 competitive kilometres on a course that covers more than 800 kilometres across Tropical North Queensland.

The event will start and finish each day in Cairns, with a Super Street Stage on the Saturday night bringing the action right into the heart of the city. Cairns will also host Targafest, where the cars are on display for fans to see close up, while regional towns will host a lunch stop each day which will see various local charities supported.

Underlining the scale of the event is the fact that more than 500 local officials and various community groups will be involved in its successful running.

Targa Australia Director, Mark Perry, is excited with the expansion of the championship.

“The secret to the long-term success of Targa Tasmania is that it is a tourism destination event built around a passion for the motor vehicle,” Perry said.

“It attracts people and their cars from right around Australia, and overseas. It’s a format that sees the event travel to the fans, stopping at a number of towns along the way, meaning it’s not just one town or one city that is the winner and our `stadium’ covers thousands of square kilometres of iconic landscapes that will showcase the region to the world.

“Targa is renowned for showcasing and bringing awareness to many of Australia’s iconic and important World Heritage Areas through its TV Specials, broadcast around the world, and will continue to do so with Targa Great Barrier Reef in highlighting the beauty and importance of preserving the Tropical North Queensland region.”

“Targa Tasmania attracts some beautiful cars from across the eras, and I’m sure many of those competitors will be drawn to this new event and others will enter now they have an event closer to home, along with also tapping into the lucrative Asian market due to the ease of travelling to Cairns.”

“Being part of a national championship will ensure all the top cars and factory teams are present, and they boast some incredible automotive pedigree and some absolutely awesome drivers.”

Queensland Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said she couldn’t wait to see Targa kick off in North Queensland. “With the backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef, this race will be an attractive proposition to Targa teams around the world,” she said.

“To have such an iconic sporting experience so close to one of Queensland’s most important natural assets will create a wonderful experience for teams and racegoers.

“Events like this deliver a valuable boost to the Tropical North Queensland economy – helping to attract visitors and support local jobs.

“I look forward to Targa becoming a permanent fixture on Queensland’s It’s Live! Event Calendar.”

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said Targa was an ideal fit for the region’s ever-growing sports event calendar.

“Targa Great Barrier Reef will not only be great for Cairns, but fantastic for our region,” Cr Manning said.

“Major events play an important role in promoting our destination, driving visitation, supporting jobs and fostering community pride.

“This is an iconic car race which will be set against an iconic backdrop – it is the perfect combination. We have a reputation of facilitating world-class events, and this will be no different.”

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Pip Close said Targa Great Barrier Reef would showcase Cairns, Port Douglas, the Atherton Tablelands and the Cassowary Coast to a new audience around the world.

“We are seeing increasing numbers of Asian competitors at events like Ironman Asia-Pacific and the Great Barrier Reef Marathon and this event will further appeal to these markets,” she said.

“With new flights from China in December added to our direct connections from Singapore and Japan we have the opportunity to further grow Tropical North Queensland as an international sports event destination.”

Hands-Free Travel: Takayama to Matsumoto - Drop your bags and go on an adventur

Takayama
Haven’t you ever felt it a heavy burden, travelling around carrying your big and heavy luggage such as suitcases and purchased items, and so on?

We have such a service in Japan.

Between Takayama and Matsumoto of SHORYUDO, we will carry out the service of delivering luggage on the same day from hotels to hotels until 15th November.

You will be free from the hardships of carrying your luggage by yourself, and you can enjoy Japan’s Mountain Resort Kamikochi etc.

Experience Hands-Free Travel and enjoy comfortable travel without a burden.

Much as we all love to travel, lugging around your luggage often takes away some of the glamour of the overall experience – something likely every traveller can relate to. Think of all the additional places you could go—and better enjoy—by being able to transfer your luggage between hotels!

This is the magic of Hands-Free Travel – a new service promising to deliver your luggage from hotel-to-hotel between Gifu's Takayama and Nagano's Matsumoto. The service operates between August 28th and November 15th 2017, which coincides with when Kamikochi—the mountain resort in Nagano—is open to visitors.

Transferring your luggage between hotels surely makes for a more comfortable, enjoyable traveling experience, so I decided to hit the Japanese Alps to experience the joys of hands-free travel, by experiencing the Takayama-Matsumoto route myself – minus the traditional luggage woes.

Day 1: Takayama

My first stop was Takayama – a beautifully preserved Edo Period traditional town in Gifu, to the west of the Japan Alps. The old streets here are a marvel to behold, and certainly easier to appreciate without luggage in tow! On arrival, I actually left my luggage at my hotel pre-check-in to go and freely wander the old streets.

Doing so opens up many opportunities: pop into the small sake breweries in the district, stroll around the quiet temples in the eastern Higashiyama area, snack on local delicacies (Hida beef sushi is an absolute highlight), or drop by the idyllic Takayama Jinya – a former government house from the Edo Period.

Day 2: Kamikochi + Hands-Free Travel

Kamikochi
After a day in Takayama, I decided to follow a popular route east to Matsumoto in Nagano. A series of buses provides convenient travel through the mountains, passing by Kamikochi right in the middle.

Checking out of my hotel at Takayama Ouen, I requested to send my luggage hands-free to my destination hotel in Matsumoto. It was surprisingly quick and simple – providing my name, contact details and connecting hotel information, before paying the ¥3,000 fee (per item). Hands-Free Travel does the rest and lets you focus on having a good time. The staff apply several tags to your luggage (just like airport check-in) and provide you a delivery receipt to use later at your destination hotel.

It was a great feeling to be able to drop off my main luggage – providing a nice physical advantage not to mention a psychological boost ("Now I can go here and here and...").

Wishing to make the most of the day, I headed straight to Takayama Bus Center. They provide a convenient Alps Crossing Route Ticket (アルプス横断ルートきっぷ) for just 5,000 yen (or 2,500 yen for children) – which covers all buses between Takayama and Matsumoto and is valid for up to 4 days. This includes:
  • Bus from Takayama to Hirayu Onsen
  • Bus from Hirayu Onsen to Kamikochi
  • Bus from Kamikochi to Matsumoto*
*Some services end at Shinshimashima – but the route ticket includes a connecting train ticket to Matsumoto if required.

I changed buses at Hirayu Onsen town. Whilst there are plenty of buses throughout the day, I planned a 1 hour stopover to see the area and try the local hot spring at Hirayu-no-Mori. It simply wouldn't have been possible to do this with luggage in tow - simply loading/unloading from the bus eats up precious time! After a therapeutic yet quick soak in the sulphur baths surrounded by the valley's forest scenery, I dashed back to the bus stop for my onward service to Kamikochi.

Thirty minutes later, I arrived at Kamikochi – a magical destination in the heart of the Northern Alps. The entire area offers pristine, untouched nature and is one of Japan's top scenic spots. It is most well-known for the view of the Kappa Bridge spanning the clear, blue waters of the Azusa River, against a mountainous backdrop.

Stepping off the bus, I immediately started hiking towards the central area at Kappa Bridge (Pro tip: if you want to guarantee your spot on a return bus, grab a numbered ticket (seiriken) at the bus terminal upon presenting your ticket as soon as your arrive in Kamikochi).

With minimal luggage and being hands-free, I was able to plan a long, leisurely circular walking route along the Azusa River from the Kappa Bridge area down to the Hotaka Bridge. This left plenty of time for trying local snacks, taking plenty of riverside rest stops and photographing the nature.

Kamikochi is one of those places where not having to worry about your luggage really augments the experience and enhances your escape from reality. The environment here is beautiful and often you won't have to worry about crowds of tourists either. There are plenty of scenic spots to discover along the main walking routes – with many more to be found for those for venture further afield.

I could have stayed for longer but eventually made my way towards the Kamikochi Bus Terminal for my onward bus (the last direct bus to Matsumoto is at 16:45, though several later services can take you to Shinshimashima allowing you to take an onward train.)

After arriving in Matsumoto, I took a short walk to my hotel at Buena Vista Matsumoto and was greeted by the welcoming staff. They had my luggage ready and waiting for me which was easy to collect when checking-in – complete with souvenir tag serving as a reminder of the day.

My luggage was in perfect condition and transferred to my room by the friendly staff. It was remarkably great to see this Hands-Free Travel service working so well, with my luggage arriving at the hotel well ahead of me and the hotel staff at both ends comfortably handling my request.

Using this service didn't just transform the overall travel experience, it transformed the way I travel too – making me more adventurous, more curious and more focused on the experience, ultimately less concerned by things like timings, coin lockers and other common tourist worries.

The benefits of using the Hands-Free Travel service are clear: spend more time sightseeing, more time souvenir shopping, and more time having a thoroughly good time! Such was the positive experience of going 'hands-free', I would definitely continue to use this service whenever doing a similar trip in Japan from now on.

Day 3: Matsumoto

Matsumoto
Having reached Matsumoto City, I was determined to see a little of the city before heading home towards Tokyo – luckily at this point I could leave my luggage at Hotel Buena Vista Matsumoto to hold for me until later in the day.

Matsumoto City is best known for the home to one of the best examples of one of Japan's original castles – with all wooden interior and external stonework having been carefully preserved over time. The black exterior gave rise to the nickname, the 'Crow Castle', while it proudly ranks among Japan's top castles, alongside Himeji and Kumamoto.

Popular in the cherry blossom season, the view from the Uzuhashi bridge (as above) creates a striking impression of this masterpiece. Other highlights across Matsumoto City include the traditional area of Nakamachi, with its rows of preserved white kura-style Japanese storehouses, as well as Nawate Street, a charming riverside street which is overrun by images and statues of frogs!

Participating Hotels
  • Takayama
  • Best Western Hotel Takayama
  • Country Hotel Takayama
  • Hida Hotel Plaza
  • Ryokan Seiryu
  • Ryokan Asunaro
  • Takayama Green Hotel
  • Takayama Ouan
  • Matsumoto
  • Ace Inn Matsumoto
  • Hotel Buena Vista
  • Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel
  • Premier Hotel Cabin Matsumoto
  • Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu
  • Tobira Onsen Myojinkan

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

TOP ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURANTS FOR GROUP DINING

The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
Gathering a group for dinner is never an easy task, but these north Orange County restaurants make it easier than ever to relax with a drink in hand after an afternoon of meetings. Myriad options give planners the flexibility to reserve large tables or book private dining rooms for customizable experiences, all within 5 miles of the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon

The high-end saloon and dance hall features an entire floor dedicated to private dining for groups of all sizes. Six different spaces can accommodate groups from 14 to 264, with amenities such as en-suite bars and kitchens and full AV systems with drop-down screens. theranch.com /// 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92805

Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

Menus for group events at this brewery-restaurant across from Angel Stadium are diverse, ranging from choose-your-own packages to buffet-style indulgence. Best of all are the customizable beverage packages, including a taster flight option with four 4-ounce brews that can be paired with menu choices. karlstrauss.com // 2390 E. Orangewood Ave., Ste. 100, Anaheim, CA 92806


The Fifth Anaheim

The Fifth Anaheim

The city’s only rooftop lounge and restaurant offer nightly views of Disneyland Resort’s dazzling fireworks display—a perfect backdrop for a group event that incorporates seasonal craft cocktails and entrees from a globally influenced menu. thefifthoc.com // 1650 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

Bring a big group for a “Big Easy” ambience in the heart of Downtown Disney. Seven event spaces offer reception-style seating for up to 200 guests, plus extras like live jazz, balcony views and a selection of savory New Orleans Creole cuisine. rbjazzkitchen.com // 1590 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802

The Matador Cantina

A completely private banquet space welcomes up to 82 seated guests with a full private bar, separate entrance, AV hookups and industrial-cool ambience.For smaller groups indulging a meal before a night out in downtown Fullerton, The Matador also offers prix-fixe packages with no room booking fees for parties of up to 30 in the lounge or heated patio. thematador.com // 111 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92832

Catal
Catal
An elegant evening out with the team starts in a private room on the second floor of Catal, overlooking Downtown Disney. Customize the menu of classics like steak and seafood for up to 35 guests and enjoy while faint strains of live music drift up from the plaza below. patinagroup.com // 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802

House of Blues Anaheim
Private dinners for up to 70 seated guests can be booked in the restaurant’s ultra-exclusive Foundation Room, a swanky VIP lounge typically open to members only. houseofblues.com/anaheim // 400 W. Disney Way, Ste. 337, Anaheim, CA 92802

FiRE + iCE Anaheim
Gather a group for an interactive, all-you-can-eat experience. Parties of up to 10 can reserve a table in the main dining room, but the expansive patio and fire pit can also be booked for larger functions. fire-ice.com // 400 Disney Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

The Catch

Its location next door to Angels Stadium makes The Catch an ideal spot to grab a bite before a game. Larger groups can book a room with a private bar and AV equipment or request the seafood-and-steak restaurant’s sizeable patio overlooking Katella Avenue. catchanaheim.com // 2100 E. Katella Ave. #104, Anaheim, CA 92806

The Pint House

The Pint House

Groups of 20 to 60 people can book a private room at this American gastropub, which serves up speciality beer cocktails and shareable plates like heart attack fries. thepinthouse.com // 1547 W. Katella Ave. #102, Orange, CA 92867


Grasslands Meat Market

Enjoy platters of sizzling steak, brisket and barbecue shrimp in a rustic, barn-like dining room that can be separated into two rooms for private parties of varying size. Order from the regular menu or work with the chef to create a customized culinary experience such as a prix fixe buffet with a selection of flavorful meats. grasslandsusa.com // 400 W. Disney Parkway #199, Anaheim, CA 92802

WORLD FOOD DAY: Research reveals Aussies love of #foodporn costing travellers up to $200K

It’s no secret Aussies love food, so much so there’s now an entire day dedicated to it - World Food Day. To mark World Food Day, Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI) is urging travellers to put their safety before their foodie escapades, with research revealing #foodporn is costing travellers up to $200K

New research reveals the common culinary catastrophes abroad, and how their experimental eating overseas is leaving them with more than a dodgy tummy.

With the rising trend of Aussie’s jetting overseas for new foodie experiences, it’s no surprise some are putting themselves in hot water for their love of food.

Chris White, CEO of Southern Cross Travel Insurance, says:

“Holidays are a whirlwind of new people, places, experiences and food. As the research shows, Australia is a nation of foodies, with food and dining experiences becoming an increasingly popular part of many Aussies travel itineraries.

“However, with the promise of a tasty time, some travellers can get caught up in the experience and not look after their health, which can quickly turn into an expensive medical bill if they do not have the right insurance”

Key statistics

  • Aussies are willing to give anything a try on holiday
  • Food is a deal breaker for Aussies with 7% saying it’s critical to their holiday
  • 85% consider it an important factor when planning a holiday, with 37% selecting a destination purely for the food
  • 1 in 10 under 30’s consider food experiences a critical factor when choosing a holiday destination
  • 14% of Aussie millennials say they have had or would try grasshoppers while on holiday, compared to only a handful (3%) of over 65’s

Foodie holidays are having a moment

  • Underwater feasts, back alley dining, dining in the dark and treetop restaurants are just some of the foodie experiences Aussie travellers are embarking on overseas

Hospitalisation, restaurant scams and terrible customer service are just some of the foodie fails highlighted by the research

  • 1 in 10 Aussies have been hospitalised as a result of a bad food or drink experience
  • A staggering 27% Aussies said food and/or drink was the culprit for a bad overseas experience

Oxford Suites open in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California

Visitors to Sonoma County now have the option of staying in one of 163 spacious non-smoking suites at the new Oxford Suites Sonoma County — Rohnert Park. 

Extended stay and pet-friendly rooms are available at the five-story hotel, which also offers an on-site restaurant and lounge, a fitness center, electric vehicle chargers, and an outdoor cabana, pool, hot tub, sauna, and steam room. Complimentary amenities include a full hot breakfast buffet, evening reception, and high-speed Wi-Fi.

There are five unique indoor and outdoor meeting spaces totaling nearly 7,000 square feet. Event facilities accommodate up to 250 people, and A/V equipment is available. There’s also on-site catering, and a free shuttle to and from the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport.

With the addition of the Rohnert Park location, Oxford Suites now boasts 17 hotels throughout California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Following the corporate value of preserving the environment, the new Rohnert Park hotel uses LED lighting, a saline-based swimming pool and spa (maintained with natural materials), bulk amenities, high-efficiency appliances, tankless water coolers, automatic light sensors throughout the hotel, and an on-demand sanitizing system.

Oxford Suites Sonoma County – Rohnert Park
67 Golf Course Drive W.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
707-584-0333
www.oxfordsuitessonoma.com