Saturday, 24 February 2018

Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament

First held in 1994, the annual Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament is held at Port Stephens just outside peak holiday periods. This is a fishing tournament for small boat anglers of all ages and skill levels with a strong focus on family groups.

The Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament is primarily for people who have never previously entered a fishing tournament (around 50 per cent each year). The format remains deliberately aimed at family groups and the Junior contingent is always strong and keenly contested. It is very easy to enter and enjoy with many species and lucky draw prizes to be won and you do not need to be a fishing club member. 

Despite the high angler numbers over the three days, there are very few (under 200) fish weighed in each year, with many of these released back into Port Stephens after the Event. This means that the Tournament is always welcome in the area because of its minimal impact on local fish stocks.

Friday 23 March to Sunday 25 March 2018, Nelson Bay, NSW, Australia

For more information: www.tbft.net.au

Friday, 23 February 2018

Queensland's top tourist operators chase national acclaim

The Sarina Sugar Shed is chasing
gold at the Australian Tourism Awards
NEXT Hotel Brisbane, the Whitsunday’s Abell Point Marina, Tropical North Queensland’s Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Outback Pioneers are among 25 Queensland tourism experiences vying to be recognised as the best in the country.

Chair of the Australian Tourism Awards and QTIC Chief Executive, Daniel Gschwind said Queensland’s national finalists offered unforgettable experiences and world-class service.

“We are very proud of the Queensland finalists who are representing our state and take our hats off to the 225,000 hardworking families and staff employed in our industry who provide wonderful experiences to visitors every day.”

Mr Gschwind said it was fantastic to see regional products such as the Sarina Sugar Shed competing with the likes of Barossa Valley Cheese Company for the Excellence in Food Tourism Award cementing the Mackay regions reputation as an exciting tourism destination.

Queensland’s national gold winners from 2016 including Ocean Rafting, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo and Fun Over Fifty are all in the running for back to back gold awards at this years awards.

“The quality of finalists from across the country in race for gold is very high,” Mr Gschwind said.

“Queensland continues to produce outstanding events such as Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo and 2017 Queensland Tourism Awards Hall of Fame inductee, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers that are drawing thousands of visitors from interstate to outback and regional Queensland.”

Mr Gschwind said 2017 was a milestone year for Australia’s tourism industry with 7.9 million people visiting cities and regions throughout the country.

“Visitors spent a phenomenal $122.9 billion with $25 billion being spent in Queensland,” he said.

“Money being spent by international and domestic travellers supports a wide range of industries across the nation and in turn supports regional communities across the nation.”

The Australian Tourism Award winners will be announced Friday evening (February 23) in Perth.

Queensland nominations at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards:

The largest mountain water park in Vietnam just opened

The water park at Than Tai Mountain Hot Springs Park has officially opened and launched many new games in Da Nang. This is also the water park built on the hills with the largest scale in Vietnam.

The state-of-the-art water park will be located away from the Nui Than Tai Mountain Hot Springs.

Just recently opened, water park attracts youngsters with a very attractive experience with adventure trails made from Non Nuoc stone, a total length of 235 meters and lying on mountain terrain.

Besides, there is also a whirlpool: area of ​​1532m2, length 62m, width 42m wide, Swimming pool kids: including water games system located on the lake area of ​​1492m2.

And at the beginning of July, the strong slider slots, the Black Holes, the rocky slider from the mountain, will open up to visitors.

Ticket price 300,000 VND, you will experience more categories of water games, attractive and extremely interesting in the water park, hot mineral Mountain. +++++

Tinzon (H / N: instagram, fb Mountain Springs Hot Springs Park)

CARLOTTA Queen of the Cross - 2 extra shows added

Australian icon, political activist, and showbiz royalty: Carlotta has led an extraordinary life. 

Outrageously funny and brutally honest, the inspiration for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert takes you on another whirlwind ride with songs and stories from 50 years on and off the stage. Accompanied on piano by Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths, she sings the classics by Berlin, Rogers & Hart, Sondheim and her dear friend, Peter Allen.

Carlotta’s career began in the 60’s as an original member of the long-running Les Girls cabaret show – based in Kings Cross. From then her career has included various roles on television, as a featured performer in a soap opera and a panellist on Beauty & the Beast, and her own cabaret shows that have toured Australia and been acclaimed by the media.

“Carlotta is a wonderful raconteur and has never sung like this before. Sydney audiences are in for a real treat” – Michael Griffiths.

“Watching Carlotta Queen of the Cross is attending an audience with a living legend” Stage Whispers

“She is still a force of nature . . . rude, crude and fabulous” – Sydney Morning Herald

“There is nothing faded about this glamorous star” – The Clothesline

Starring CARLOTTA
Musical Director Michael Griffiths
Two performances added - 4 shows sold out
Saturday 12 May at 4pm & Sunday 13 May at 7.30pm

Venue: Hayes Theatre Co.
19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point
Season: Thursday 10 May at 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Friday 11 May at 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Saturday 12 May at 4pm NEW SHOW ADDED & 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Sunday 13 May at 4pm SOLD OUT & 7.30pm NEW SHOW ADDED
Bookings: hayestheatre.com.au | (02) 8065 7337

Follow in the steps of Star Wars!

Sidi Bou Said

1st Day Tunis Airport / Sidi Bou Said / Hotel in Gammarth

  • Personalized welcome of guests at the airport, assistance through customs.
  • Departure to the hotel Dar Said or La Villa Bleu boutique hotel, welcome cocktail at check in.
  • Evening Visit Sidi Bou Said stroll through the narrow streets of Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque small town bordered by white-washed houses with blue shutters and doors. Check out the various art galleries and try some mint tea in one of the traditional street cafes while enjoying the superb view of the gulf of Tunisia. Then, spend some leisure time to indulge in shopping.
  • Welcome cocktail in Nejma Zahra The Mediterranean Music Centre is located in this Moorish Palace which used to be the belonging of the Baron d Erlanger.
  • Dinner in restaurant Dar Zarrouk in Sidi Bou Said The Dar Zarrouk is located in the heart of the village. Its charming white terrace offers a breathtaking view of the Tunis Gulf
  • Return to the hotel and overnight.

2nd Day Excursion Carthage Bardo museum Medina, then flight to Djerba Island

  • After breakfast, check-out and departure to explore Carthage UNESCO World Heritage Site, the capital of ancient Carthaginian Empire. Visit Byrsa Hill to see the ruins of Roman buildings and Carthage Museum. See the Tophet, where urns containing the ashes and milk teeth of 8th century BC children have been unearthed. Visit Antonine Baths, a huge Roman bath complex on the edge of the Mediterranean.
  • Take an opportunity to see the theatre and Punic Port.
  • Then visit of Bardo Museum closed on Mondays, one of the best archaeological museums in the Mediterranean, which is especially well-known for its beautiful collection of mosaics. The museum is located in an old palace that belongs to the Beys, rulers of Tunisia.
  • Enjoy lunch in restaurant Dar El Jeld in the Medina of Tunis, this restaurant is special and you know it from the moment you see the grand bee-yellow door, which leads to an elaborate 18th century mansion. The decor is a bit like a lavishly decorated jewellery box and the dining room is magnificent. The "alcove" tables are arranged around a "secluded" courtyard. The Tunisian dishes are delicious and the twanging tones of and "elderly" musician accompany your meal.
  • After, visit the Medina where we will see the old Tunisia which includes the Medina, the European quarter built at the beginning of the 20th century and the new modern suburbs. For more than 500 years, the Medina has been the historic heart of Tunis and UNESCO has classified it as a World Heritage Site due to its fascinating and exotic maze of streets. We will stop by the Zaitouna Mosque from outside, mosque of Sidi Mehrez and the mausoleum of the Husainides princes.
  • 4.30 pm Departure to ATC airport and flight at 6.15 pm to Djerba Island.
  • 7.30 pm Transfer to the hotel Hasdrubal Djerba or Radisson, welcome cocktail at check in.
  • Dinner in Haroun restaurant.

3rd Day Djerba-Tataouine-Chenini-Douiret-Matmata -Tamezret

  • After breakfast, departure in 4X4 vehicles for a panoramic visit of the island it is a beautiful place, in 2008, it has been announced by the American travel guide Trip Advisor, as the best tourist destination. In the same year, the New York Times also picked Tunisia as the 3rd best place in the world to visit.
  • After, proceed to Tataouine, also known as Luke Skywalker is fictional home Planet Tatooine in Star Wars. This district is famous for its fortified citadels called ksars, and their interlocking cells known as ghorfas. Thereafter, explore 2 Berber mountain villages, Douiret and Chenini, which are hillcrest villages containing fortified granaries once used by the local Berber tribes to protect their food supplies from Arab invaders.
  • Visit the mosque of the seven sleepers and lunch in restaurant Kinza A spacious cave with its serving as khazna troglodyte; A family-style kitchen fully equipped for art traditional cuisine. A ghorfa with a rich iconography of symbolic ksourienne with two terraces overlooking the citadel.
  • Continue to Matmata and explore its famous troglodytes hung on the side of the mountain, 600 meters above sea level, this village of just 2,000 inhabitants is renowned for its remarkable troglodyte dwellings that make it one of the most important places of Tunisian tourism. The underground houses were built to protect the Berbers from the intense heat in the summer. This type of construction already existed 3000 years ago.
  • Visit of the Sidi Driss hotel which served as a backdrop for Star Wars by George Lucas.
  • Continue to Amazigh village Tamezret which is a small millenary Berber village, located 15 km from the village of Matmata on the road to Douz, there, we find old dwellings, hidden caves, abandoned oil mills. an atmosphere just like the middle ages.
  • Installation in Dar Ayed Gite.
  • Typical Dinner with Folklore of the area and overnight.

4th Day Tamezret-Douz-Tozeur-Ong Jemel-Tozeur

  • After breakfast, visit the Berber Museum which is full of culture, history and rich by the Amazigh traditions.
  • Then continue to Douz which is known as the door of the Sahara It is currently a destination for many tourists to visit the dunes of Grand Erg Oriental. The city is home to one of the most characteristic markets in the country where handicrafts are daily sold, but also donkeys and dromedaries once a week.
  • Departure to Tozeur, photo stop at Chott El Jerid mirage, depending on the season the sun is almost permanent in this region. The salt and the sun make this space a unique and wonderful place.
  • Arrival at Tozeur, visit the Medina, check in in boutique hotel Dar Habibi and lunch.
  • Departure to Ong Jemel resembling the head and neck of a dromedary, where erosion combined with water and wind has sculpted spectacular forms. One of the shooting locations of Star Wars and English Patient.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • After, departure by Horse carriage to Eden Palm Museum, welcome cocktail, Dinner and team building at the Eden palm a palm museum, palm grove where you can taste products with dates with the possibility of purchasing these products. Folklore evening and typical dinner in the heart of the oasis.
  • Return to the hotel.

5th Day Tozeur-Chebika-Tameghza-Mides-Gafsa-Kairouan-Hammamet

  • After breakfast, visit Chebika, Tameghza and Mides. These three mountain oases located on the Saharian limes are linking Tebessa to Gafsa It is in this region of mountain oases that are shot some scenes of the movie The English Patient. The old village of Mides is hung on the edge of a canyon where there are fossils and colourful minerals. The new village of Mides is at the heart of the neighbouring palm grove which provides dates, oranges and figs.
  • Lunch in Gafsa at Jugurtha Hotel.
  • Then continue to visit Kairouan The Capital of the Muslim Maghreb stands as one of the most important features of Islam mainly The Great Mosque, the Medina and other impressive monuments such as the Aghlabiden pools, The Sidi Sahbi Mausoleum its magnificent ceramics.
  • Departure to Hammamet, dinner and accommodation in hotel Badira or Hasdrubal 5*.

6th Day Tunis-Airport 70 km

  • After breakfast, check out and visit panoramic of Hammamet Yasmine, and the Spanish Fortress before your transfer to the airport.

For more information, requests and/or rates, please kindly contact Mrs. Moufida Ameur at tunisia@euromic.com

NOVOTEL DARLING SQUARE OPENS

The former Rockford Darling Harbour has undergone a total renovation and has reopened as Novotel Sydney Darling Square.

Each of the hotel’s 230 rooms has a new colour scheme and lighting inspired by the nearby Chinese Garden of Friendship, and Pier Street Kitchen is the new lobby bar and restaurant.

Darling Square is the emerging new inner city neighbourhood, adjacent to Darling Harbour, Chinatown and Paddy’s Markets, featuring apartments, offices, shops and restaurants.

To celebrate the relaunch, Novotel Sydney Darling Square is offering a special overnight rate of $199 per room in a standard king or twin room, including breakfast for two and a complimentary bottle of wine.

For more information about Novotel Sydney Darling Square, visit accorhotels.com.

Canada's best year ever with 20.8M arrivals!

Canada welcomed a record breaking 20.8 million tourists in 2017, the highest ever in Canadian history.

The preliminary data, released today by Statistics Canada, shows that Canada has surpassed the previous record set in 2002, by almost one million.

"Today's results are yet another reminder of what has been clear for a while now: Canada is back. And more and more, the world wants to come and visit. We are excited to share our vibrant cities, beautiful natural attractions, diverse cultures and proud history with record numbers of visitors,” said the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. “This is great news for our tourism sector, and the more than 1.8 million jobs that depend on it. We are only just getting started, too. Our government is investing in Canada's tourism sector and we have a comprehensive plan to increase tourism even further. As we celebrate the Canada-China Year of Tourism this year, I am certain that the record we set in 2017 is just the beginning of the amazing news for this vital sector."

“This is fantastic news for Canada,” said Ben Cowan-Dewar, Chairperson of Destination Canada’s Board of Directors. “Working with industry partners across the country has given us a competitive edge and positioned Canada as top of mind for travellers from all over the world.”

Since the previous peak year in 2002, the composition of tourists to Canada has changed significantly. Overnight arrivals to Canada from countries other than the United States reached an all-time high of over 31% in 2017, up from 19% in 2002. Overseas tourists typically stay in Canada longer and also spend more, benefiting tourism businesses across Canada, and the Canadian economy.

This record breaking year is due to a number of contributing factors, including Destination Canada’s innovative marketing campaigns in key international markets. The Government of Canada has implemented visa changes for priority markets by introducing the eTA and opening seven new visa application centres in China, Canada’s third largest source market. New flight routes and increased service to Canadian airports have flight capacity soaring by 7% over 2016 to the highest level ever. It’s now easier than ever before for tourists to explore Canada.

Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon

The 24th annual Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon is on again. 

The event will be staged from the Queens Wharf area on Newcastle Harbour, one of the most picturesque courses in Australia. 

Offering Olympic/Standard, Sprint and Corporate/Enticer distance triathlons, the event has a course to suit all levels of fitness, from novice to elite. 

They look forward to seeing you in Newcastle.

Strict race limits apply! Enter soon so you don't miss out.

SUNDAY 06 MARCH TO SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2018, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

For more information: www.hevents.com.au

Thursday, 22 February 2018

That’s a wrap on AIME 2018

The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) 2018, Melbourne, Australia concludes its 26th show

The buyers and sellers of the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) have concluded two jam-packed days of networking and business meetings which included 25 new exhibitors to the show floor.

On the evening of day one, the popular Networking Hour saw the Northern Territory Convention Bureau host delegates on their stand with uniquely themed Territorian-styled beverages and canapes, such as lemon myrtle-infused feta with green ants and crocodile kabana.

Long-time exhibitor Shahnaz Bakhshay, Director of Sales, TFE Hotels, said that AIME had delivered a lot of great quality buyers this year – helping them secure sound leads.

“AIME 2018 has delivered on quality buyers for us; we have had some great appointments with buyers who have significant budgets. We’ve been able to showcase all the latest developments with our properties. If only half of these leads come off, we’ll be having a terrific year,” said Ms Bakhshay.

Whilst AIME has enjoyed 26 years, it still attracts a number of new buyers and sellers every time, with 2018 seeing an increase in the number of ‘first-timer exhibitors’ on the show floor.

For the first time, QuizzaMe Australia, showcased their interactive trivia product - that has no pens or paper in sight (just wireless buzzes) on their stand.

“As a first-time exhibitor we are very happy with the level of interest and have made lots of new connections. It’s been a chance to talk about our product in the events space. It’s been really easy, running demo games and bringing some fun to AIME.

“We’ve met some great people, who are our perfect target market and we are very excited about all the potential new business. We're already looking forward to next year,” said Quiz Master Paul.

Highlights from day two included:
  • Tourism New Zealand, held their annual VIP breakfast on the 100% Pure New Zealand stand with approximately 120 attendees. They revealed insights from their in-depth report: Art of Excellence at Association Events
  • Rentertainment wowed delegates with their VR Pit Stop Challenge, a custom-built virtual reality experience specifically built for the Formula 1. The game puts two people head-to-head testing speed and accuracy 
  • Cvent’s Express Challenge invited delegates to create an event, launch a website and print a badge in record time. The quickest time recorded at AIME was 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The current global record is 6 minutes and 9 seconds
  • During last night’s Networking Hour, the AIME community acknowledged Jo-Anne Kelleway, Founder of Info Salons, as this year’s 2018 Industry Person of the Year, for her significant contributions and innovations to the events industry

This is the last AIME managed by Reed Travel Exhibitions for show owners Melbourne Convention Bureau.

Travelodge to Build Huge Hotel in Vietnam

Travelodge’s first property in Vietnam will be a huhe 2,497 room hotel debuting under its new upper midscale brand, Skye by Travelodge.

Skye by Travelodge Arena Nha Trang is set to open in 2020.

It will be the largest property in the company’s hotel management portfolio, according to Wigley Burt, chairman of Travelodge Asia.