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:https://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/4050/with_2017_citm_yunnan_stakes_its_future_to_tourism_industry

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.

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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 www.whitsundayclipperrace.com.au

#lovewhitsundays     #clipperrace     #thisisqueensland     #seeaustralia

Muang Thai Chiang Mai Marathon 2017

The 12th Muang Thai Chiang Mai Marathon 2017 will take place on Sunday, 24 December, 2017, featuring a marathon, half marathon, mini marathon, fun run and kids run.

The race route is flat, with no mountain climbs, and takes runners along city roads past ‘Lanna’ style buildings and temples, the city moat and other enchanting sights, with the iconic Doi Suthep mountain providing a dramatic backdrop.


A rainbow waterfall of red, yellow, green, blue, purple and silver fireworks will cascade from Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of this year’s New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebrations.

The dramatic technicolour display will confirm Sydney as the NYE capital of the world, and celebrate Australians saying ‘Yes’ to marriage equality.

The rainbow waterfall is a tribute to the Sydney 78ers, who marched for gay rights 40 years ago, and also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The two NYE fireworks displays, at 9pm and midnight, will be made up of more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects created from eight tonnes of fireworks, 30,000 shooting comets and 13,000 shells.

Find out more about the best fireworks viewing spots, parties, events and public transport on NYE.

Monday, 11 December 2017


The d’Arenberg Cube
The d’Arenberg Cube is set to open its doors to the public, with Premier Weatherill cutting the ceremonial ribbon on Saturday 9 December.

The five-storey building has the optical illusion of floating in a vineyard, unique folding origami doors, and each level has spectacular views overlooking the rolling hills of Willunga. Inside is the winery’s new cellar door, a restaurant, private function areas and numerous artworks and features throughout, detailed in the company’s new smartphone application, ‘The Alternate Realities Museum’. 

From Thursday 14 December the building is open to the public, the cellar door is operational seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm. 

A $10 entry fee includes a standard tasting experience, with the option to upgrade to one of several premium tasting flights. The restaurant is accepting bookings from Thursday 14 December. 

Open for lunch from Thursday to Sunday, the kitchen offers seasonally changing degustation menus, with an extensive wine list. 

Two levels of degustation dining are available, priced at $150 and $190, with different levels of wine matches for both, including a non-alcoholic pairing. 

The existing restaurant on the property and McLaren Vale institution, d’Arry’s Verandah, will continue to serve lunch daily, offering both a la carte dining and degustation options. 

For more information about the experiences offered or to make a restaurant reservation, visit darenberg.com.au, call +61 8 8329 4888, or email bookings@darenberg.com.au.

Summer Haus sale is back, saving you over 50% from now until the end of February

Summer time has officially started and what better way to escape the hustle and bustle than with the Gibraltar Hotel Bowral annual Summer Haus sale.

Choose either our Summer Haus package two-night stay in deluxe accommodation for just $428, or $597 for three nights. Let the Gibraltar Hotel Bowral welcome you with a cocktail at Harvey’s Bar as you decide what two for one Spa treatment you might enjoy during your stay. The Gibraltar Hotel Bowral day spa provides the perfect antidote and will help you relax and ease into the Silly season.

Enjoy Two for One tickets to some of the Gibraltar Hotel Bowral favourite local attractions such as the Donald Bradman Museum & International cricket hall of Fame or Illawarra Fly Tree Top Adventures. For families who book during school holidays, kids get to stay and eat free – so it’s a win win for all the family, so book today!

New Year's Eve
Still not finalised your plans to see in the New Year? Don’t worry, the Gibraltar Hotel Bowral provides the perfect one stop destination with our All that Glitters is Gold New Year’s Eve package. Avoid traffic and queues and start the New Year as you mean to go on, with a two-night luxury stay including a sumptuous 5-course New Year’s Eve Degustation Dinner. Dinner starts at 6pm and is followed by an after party at Harvey’s bar, that even Cinderella herself could not resist!

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral

Boronia Street & Centennial Rd
Bowral NSW 2576
P.02 4862 8600

The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s Elements Restaurant Receives Michelin Star

The management of The Okura Prestige Bangkok is pleased to announce that the hotel’s Elements restaurant has been awarded a Michelin Star in the inaugural Bangkok edition of the famous fine dining guidebook.

Under the stewardship of Executive Chef Antony Scholtmeyer, Elements has developed a reputation for serving finely prepared gourmet French cuisine with seasonal Japanese influences. The restaurant’s wide selection of à la carte dishes is refreshed regularly to take full advantage of the freshest available produce from Thailand and carefully selected international markets.

Commenting on the award, Mr Edward E. Snoeks, General Manager of The Okura Prestige Bangkok, said, “Receiving a Michelin star is a great honour for Chef Antony and his team. It is the culmination of a fantastic 12 months for Elements, which began with the restaurant placing in the top 5 of the country’s 10 best eateries in Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurant Guide 2017. Indeed, Elements is no stranger to the Michelin organisation and is a popular venue for chefs of international renown. Over the past four years, the restaurant has welcomed leading Michelin-starred chefs from some of Europe’s top restaurants. It is fantastic that we now have a star of our own! To be part of the first Michelin Guide Bangkok is an affirmation of the skill and commitment of Chef Antony and his team in delivering dishes of a consistently high quality.”

One of only 17 Bangkok restaurants to receive a Michelin star, Elements represents new generation lifestyle dining where East meets West with classic ease. The restaurant provides outstanding cuisine in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with the added attraction of an open kitchen. The open kitchen gives diners an ‘up close and personal’ feel for the skills and expertise of the chefs, creating culinary theatre at the very heart of the restaurant.

“Earning a Michelin star is a wonderful accolade for Elements and a testament to the hard work of our culinary team and front-of-house staff,” said Chef Antony. “We take pride in what we do and pleasure in satisfying our guests with an innovative dining experience. To receive a Michelin star makes the process of creating good food all the more rewarding.”

Elements is open for dinner from 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday - Saturday.

Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2687 9000 Fax: +66 (0) 2687 9001 


The attractions, events and unique accommodation in the Snowy Mountains will be promoted to more visitors across Australia this Summer thanks to a funding boost from the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Fund.

Tourism Snowy Mountains has secured $100,000 in NSW Government funding to help deliver a cooperative marketing campaign aimed at increasing overnight visitation outside of the peak holiday period.

The integrated marketing campaign will include digital and social media advertising as well as digital support from online accommodation website, HotelsCombined, placing the Snowy Mountains front and centre across the next five months.

Managed by Destination NSW, the Regional Tourism Fund provides investment into the regional visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis.

Find out more about the Regional Tourism Fund.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL! - Melbourne tickets on sale 13 December

BEAUTIFUL is a broadway sensation described by the Entertainment Weekly as 'A JOYOUS CELEBRATION' that is 'ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL' (Channel 7). Featuring hit songs including (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, You’ve Got a Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Locomotion, I Feel The Earth Move and many more!

It tells the inspirational true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from teenage songwriter to global superstar. She fought her way into the record business as a schoolgirl but it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice and went on to become one of the most successful solo artists in pop music history.

Beautiful opens at Her Majesty's Theatre in  Melbourne in February 2018. Tickets go on sale 13 December, and will make an ideal Christmas present for your family and friends.


Christmas Light Spectacular at the Hunter Valley Gardens
Get your Christmas spirit on with a visit to the Christmas Light Spectacular at the Hunter Valley Gardens, now in its 10th year.

This year, as well as the two million lights, the Gardens have added a ferris wheel, carousel and swing chair to the attractions.

With food stalls, roaming entertainment, carollers and nightly performances by a children’s music group, this is set to be a festive family favourite.

Santa takes a thrill-seeking ride on P&O Cruises flying fox

P&O Cruises received a surprisingly early visit from Father Christmas, who swapped his Christmas sleigh for a thrill-seeking ride down the 70m flying fox onboard Pacific Eden berthed at White Bay Terminal in Sydney on December 7, 2017.

Pacific Eden is one of five ships in the Australian home-ported fleet and will take 2000 guests away for Christmas this year with her four sister ships carrying a total of 8000 guests. More than 3000kg of turkey, 2000kg of ham, 1000kg of seafood, 500kg of chocolate and 10000 handmade mince pies will be served whilst the ships are on their festive cruise.

Warm welcome for China Southern

It was an exciting day for Queensland on Tuesday, as the first China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to Cairns landed at Cairns Airport.

The new route is expected to pump $90 million into Tropical North Queensland over the next three years, while more than 33,000 Chinese visitors are expected to arrive in the first year alone.

China is the fastest growing international market for Queensland and the new service was secured through the Advance Queensland Connecting with Asia fund, in partnership with Cairns Airport, Tourism Australia, Cairns Regional Council and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

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CeMAT AUSTRALIA explores Industry 4.0 and greater global competitiveness

Announcing its return to Melbourne in 2018, CeMAT, the world’s leading trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management, is set to explore Innovation and Industry 4.0; The Future of Intralogistics, Materials Handling and Supply Chain.

In its third year, CeMAT AUSTRALIA will focus on the fourth industrial revolution, sharing insights into how smart technology, efficient information management systems and data are enabling industry competitiveness through improved processes and timely decision making.

Across the CeMAT Exhibition and Knowledge Theatre, industry leaders will showcase how improved automation, machine-to-machine communications, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digitalisation is shaping the future of warehousing, manufacturing and intralogistics.

Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Hannover Fairs Australia - organisers of CeMAT AUSTRALIA - commented on the importance of embracing Industry 4.0 as a fast and flexible solution of automation and connectivity for Australian firms to maintain a global presence and competitive position.

“CeMAT AUSTRALIA will showcase first-hand how Industry 4.0 is revolutionising the manufacturing, materials handling and intralogistics industry and promises to be an unmissable event in 2018.

“The entrance of global retail giant, Amazon, to the Australian market will have a dramatic impact on manufacturing and supply chain management in our region, it is now more important than ever for manufacturers to keep their finger on the pulse of innovation and embrace technology to improve processes and productivity, and remain at the forefront of the industry.

“With live demonstrations and cutting-edge presentations, CeMAT AUSTRALIA offers visitors the chance to see with their own eyes how integration of warehousing and intralogistics technology will optimise production and reshape the industry,” said Stockbridge.

The continued partnership with KNAPP, global intralogistics experts, as Silver Sponsors for the third year demonstrates the invaluable platform the show provides the intralogistics industry.

“We are thrilled to partner with KNAPP again in 2018. As a world-leading innovator in the intralogistics space, KNAPP will demonstrate state-of-the-art industrial robotics that are facilitating the ever-increasing demands for continuous high performance and quality processing across long periods of time,” concluded Stockbridge.

The CeMAT Exhibition will showcase over 100 international and local companies who are utilising innovative technologies such as robotics and IIoT to redefine warehouse processes, including Swisslog, Kuka Robotics, Daifuku BCS, Jiangsu, SEW-EURODRIVE, Dematic, Vanderlande and Harley Industrial.

CeMAT AUSTRALIA will bring together logistics, warehousing, supply chain, IT and finance leaders, from a wide variety of industries ranging from FMCG through to resources, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Tuesday, 24 July – Thursday, 26 July 2018.

For more information visit: www.cemat.com.au


The theme “Christmas in Siam” will be showcased through the decoration of the hotel with Siam or Thai style ornaments throughout the hotel. A series of culinary activities including Gala Dinners and Buffets start on Christmas Eve and will continue all the way through Boxing Day, traditionally known as a shopping holiday. All diners will receive discount vouchers for select Shopping malls on Boxing Day.

Christmas in Siam then moves into Glitzy New Years.A selection of artistic DJ’s will be spinning Italian tunes in Medinii, Latino at H20 - the pool and elevated Club music at Bangkok Heightz on the 39th Floor. As a matter of fact the party begins at the front ramp of the hotel (entrance) where guests will be welcomed with a “ramp up DJ”. To encourage early bookers, a literally counting down rate of THB 4321++will be offered.

New Year’s Day will feature a live transmission of the famous New Year’s Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Ricardo Muti. Brunchers can close the brunch with the concert and Diners can soak in the concert at a New Year ramp up rate of THB 1234++. The concert will be streamed live at 17:15 hrs.

You read that right. Kai Dao is throwing an all hip hop pool party and BBQ. The weather is wavy, and we figured we’d take advantage of the fact that we can swim in Bangkok in December. So on December 23rd, we’re throwing a daytime pool party at the 5-Star boutique and lifestyle hotel: The Continent Hotel - at the infinity pool ‘H2O’’. In the heart of Asok, 37 floors up with stunning rooftop views of Bangkok with a stacked swim-up bar, we have DJ ARIN & DJ MUDplaying nothing but hip hop/R&B (old school and new school), classic Atlanta Bass, Miami Bass, and summertime booty classics for you to party to. Sunset rap performances from Bangkok rising rapper Maiyarap, a live cypher from Bangkok based party emcees SuperFly BKK, and a live show from UNDAwith special guest emcees.

The Continent Hotel is a 3 minute walk from Terminal 21 (BTS Asok) in between Sukhumvit 21 and 23.

A Kai Dao afternoon pool party filled with hip hop/R&B music and live rap shows. Bring your swimsuit and enjoy the music video vibes. It’s a movie.

THB 400 + 1 Free Drink


Destination NSW has released a new Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan 2017-2020 to boost Aboriginal cultural tourism to the State.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said, “Since our initial Action Plan was released in 2013, the number of Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences in NSW has grown to more than 50, including 30 new products in rural and regional NSW. Export-ready Aboriginal tourism businesses have increased from five to 17, and the NSW Aboriginal Tourism Toolkit has boosted travel-packaging opportunities.”

“NSW has cemented its position as the most popular State for international visitors to experience Aboriginal tourism, with visitor participation growing by nearly 60 per cent in the last 12 months.”

The new Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan 2017-2020 maps out the growth strategies to ensure the sector continues to flourish, and will be implemented in partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Tourism Operators Council (NATOC), a newly formed tourism group.

NATOC Chief Executive Officer Dwayne Bannon-Harrison said, “Our founding members are Aboriginal-owned and operated cultural tourism businesses with a common goal of advocating for NSW Aboriginal tourism with Government and the tourism industry. It’s an exciting time to be involved in Aboriginal tourism. One of NATOC’s key activities will be peer-to-peer mentoring for newly established Aboriginal tourism businesses.”

To view the Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan 2017-2020 in full, visit Destination NSW.

Image: From L-R: Destination NSW Aboriginal Tourism Sector Specialist Shane Dredge; NATOC Member Mark Saddler; NATOC Member Peter Cooley; Minister Marshall; NATOC Chair Aunty Margret; Uncle Max ‘Dulumunmun’ Harrison, Yuin Elder; Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase; NATOC CEO Dwayne Bannon-Harrison; NATOC Member Andrew Smith; and NATOC Member Lindsey Adam.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Authentic Melbourne experiences immerse AIME buyers in the culture capital

Ten specially curated City Experiences will immerse Hosted Buyers in Melbourne’s renowned culinary and entertainment scene, and unique urban culture at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in February 2018.

Following the success of the City Experiences in 2017, Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has once again partnered with a selection of venues, accommodation providers and attractions across the business events sector to offer an exclusive selection of tours. The experiences will allow international and domestic event organisers to see first-hand why Melbourne was voted the World’s Most Liveable City for the seventh consecutive year by Economist Intelligence Unit.

Each tour will visit locations to go behind the scenes at Melbourne’s vibrant and distinct venues, and taste the delights of Australia’s food capital. With partners already secured for 2018, Hosted Buyers are set to experience the best of Australiana at Melbourne Zoo; be thrilled at Luna Park; and experience Melbourne’s distinct laneway culture with Hidden Secrets Tours.

Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Convention Bureau, commented on the value of partnerships and experiences on offer.

“We are thrilled to offer Hosted Buyers unique Melbourne experiences that showcase the depth and breadth of our city. Thanks to our partners who have been involved in the curation of these experiences we are able to illustrate just how diverse Melbourne’s business events offering is.

“Business events are the highest yielding sector of the visitor economy, delivering $11 billion to the Victorian economy annually. The ability to showcase a taste of Melbourne to a domestic and international audience is a unique and powerful offering to AIME,” said Ms Bolinger.

Hosted Buyers attending AIME 2018 will be able to experience industry-leading education programs, peer-to-peer networking sessions, appointments with event suppliers from across the globe, as well as complimentary travel and luxury accommodation.

AIME will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 20-21 February 2018.

Hemingway's Brewery Cairns to open mid-2018 - biggest brewery in NQ

Co-founders of Hemingway’s Cairns Tony Fyfe (left)
and Craig Parsell say cheers to the beginning of construction
in the heritage-listed Shed 2 of Cairns Cruise Liner terminal venue
CONSTRUCTION of Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns has commenced, with the city’s newest waterfront icon beginning to take shape at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal’s Shed 2 overlooking Trinity Outlet.

Located at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal’s heritage-listed site, the highly anticipated new venue will incorporate a state-of-the-art brewery with 10 times the capacity of Hemingway’s original venture at Port Douglas.

The multimillion dollar development at Cairns Wharf’s restored Shed 2 spans 1400sq m and will comprise a gastro brewpub and extensive events space in addition to the impressive brewery, which will house seven, 7000 litre fermentation tanks.

Innisfail contractor Mike O’Farrell is leading the build of the contemporary venue, to be operated under a 10-year lease agreement between Ports North and Hemingway’s Brewery founders Tony Fyfe and Craig Parsell.

The world-class venue’s exterior and interior design was jointly undertaken by Wolveridge and Total Project Group, and will feature breathtaking architecture reflecting the site’s historic status while integrating a cutting-edge Canadian-manufactured brewing system that will dramatically define the space with its working line-up of 6m high stainless-steel tanks.

Alongside the commercial grade brewery, which will also offer informative tours, Hemingway’s Cairns will include a 19m bar and full-service kitchen with capacity for casual and fine dining as well as functions of all sizes.

The venue’s restaurant will serve quality gastro pub-style food made from locally sourced ingredients, while a providore will showcase FNQ craft produce and a dedicated event space will cater for the MICE industry and weddings.

Mr Fyfe said the opening of Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns would provide an enticing tourism drawcard as the region’s economy experienced a renewed spike in both domestic and international visitation, while also catering to locals through its focus on investing in the community.

“Like Hemingway’s Brewery in Port Douglas, we are creating a special place that will be embraced by both locals and visitors who appreciate the character and authenticity of a brewery with its roots firmly planted in Far North Queensland,” Mr Fyfe said.

“Hemingway’s Brewery aims to build and operate the best gastro brew pubs in the country with a focus on brewing great craft beer, which is becoming increasingly popular as people discover the amazing taste of a beverage that is unfiltered, unpasteurised and preservative-free; made with just four key ingredients – yeast, hops, base malts and water.”

“When completed, our state-of-the-art brewery in Cairns will be like nothing ever seen before in the region, boasting an incredible capacity to brew a wide selection of high quality, fresh craft beers, produced in small batches for optimum purity and brewed by locals, for the locals.”

Mr Fyfe said additional core range beers were currently being developed exclusively for the Cairns opening.

Each of the Hemingway’s Brewery award-winning beers tells a story relating to the history of FNQ.

Hemingway’s top selling pilsner, The Prospector Pilsner, is a refreshing brew inspired by the thirst for adventure and tireless efforts of James Venture Mulligan – the first to find gold in the Palmer River.

A total of 56 craft beer and cider taps will be available at the new brewery, with a further 50 boutique packaged, craft beers also available.

Since launching in July last year, Hemingway’s Brewery in Port Douglas has become one of the town’s most popular venues, sought out by locals and visitors for its inherently authentic ambience and picturesque marina location.

Patrons enjoy a range of bespoke craft beers made on the premises along with a ‘paddock to plate’ inspired menu and ‘Upstairs’ event space.

Mr Fyfe said Hemingway’s winning combination of great beer and great food in a great location was underpinned by the company’s core values prioritising the local community.

The venue is expected to open mid 2018 and will create more than100 new jobs in the region.


Jess+Matt perform Sydney to Me in Mandarin in China
Australian pop sensations Jess+Matt have officially released their hit single, Sydney to Me in Mandarin in China through Sony Music Entertainment in a unique partnership with Destination NSW.

Their love song to Sydney provides Chinese travellers with a musical invitation to visit Australia’s famous Harbour City.

Sydney welcomed more than 713,000 Chinese visitors in the year ended June 2017, making China the number one visitor market to NSW.

The duo performed the new single, which will ensure NSW stays front of mind with Chinese consumers, in Guangzhou in front of Premier Berejiklian and senior Chinese Government officials and travel trade delegates before kicking off their promotional program.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase, who spearheaded the recording and release of the new single, said Sydney to Me in Mandarin is another first for NSW.

“We are the first State in Australia to sign a partnership with Sony Music and release a single in Mandarin that reflects the beauty and excitement of our gateway city and its surrounds,” Ms Chipchase said.

Jess Dunbar and Matt Price said, “Sydney is such an inspirational and vibrant city and we hope that Sydney to Me motivates Chinese travellers to fall in love with the city just like we did and encourages them to experience it for themselves.”

The activity tops out an incredible year for the pair, whose album Belmont Street, featuring the hit Sydney to Me track, debuted in February and soared to number 20 on the Australian charts.

Download Sydney to Me in Mandarin and watch Jess+Matt’s special Chinese music video here.

Friday, 8 December 2017


For Australians travelling to Korea for the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games as well as other times throughout the year there are some exciting new alcohol and brewing tours being offered by an Australian expatriate in Seoul, Julia Mellor and her partner Daniel McLaughlin through the 'The Sool Company'.

Julia has made a name for herself in Seoul as an expert of traditional Korean alcohol. Julia comes from Brisbane and has been an activist for the promotion of Korean traditional alcohol over the past five years. She has become known locally and internationally after she trained at a number of famous institutes in Korea including under Grand Master Park Rok Dam.

Her company 'The Sool Company' (sool meaning alcohol in Korean) is now offering various tours that can easily be booked online and are being enjoyed by many visitors travelling to Seoul.

Among the tours being offered are Makgeolli (traditional rice wine) brewing classes, a hands on experience where you can learn about brewing your own Makgeolli. The Insadong Taster takes you on a three hour traditional Korean alcohol tasting spree visiting three Makgeolli bars each with their own unique style. And you have Julia & Daniel's company to educate you about Korean alcohol, drinking customs and much more.

The Master Brewers tour offers a chance to taste some of the finest Korean alcohol available on the market. The brews that you will taste are unique, artisanal and superbly crafted.

Or you can experience the full spectrum of Korean traditional alcohol in one tasting and dining journey. Julia and Daniel will take you on a cultural and culinary exploration of makgeolli, takju, cheongju and soju paired with an exquisite array of local delicacies.

The Sool Company also provides public and private 'sool' consulting and event planning services to cater for groups or meetings and events. Participants can learn more not only about Korean traditional alcohol, but the culture, history and food of Korea.

To book a tour, learn more about 'sool' culture in Korea, bar reviews and more visit the official website for 'The Sool Company': www.thesoolcompany.com

Destination Canada and Chinese social media giant Sina Weibo to promote Canada to Chinese travellers

Destination Canada has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sina Weibo, one of the most popular social media sites in China.

This strategic decision will allow us to tap into the 80% of Chinese travellers who use the internet to plan their trips and raise the profile of Canadian tourism products among prospective Chinese travellers.

This strategic partnership framework will boost Canada’s exposure in China, the second largest contributor of tourism dollars to the Canadian economy. As part of this agreement, Sina Weibo will provide Destination Canada with access to its influencer resources and analytics to tailor our campaigns and access the growing number of millennial travellers. The agreement also establishes a Strategic Cooperation Committee to explore how Destination Canada and Sina Weibo can maximize exposure during the Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018.

As of September 2017, year-to-date arrivals from Chinese travellers have reached 557,178. Strong economic growth, a rapidly growing middle class, and increasing air access bode well for this market.

“This agreement is another important step in building closer ties between our two countries through tourism,” says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. As we get ready for the Canada-China Year of Tourism in 2018, we are working to promote more cultural exchanges, closer people-to-people ties, and more visitors to Canada, which will help to create good, middle class jobs in communities from coast to coast to coast.”

"To be heard in a market as large as China, we need an always-on, digitally-based marketing strategy,” says David F. Goldstein, Destination Canada’s President & CEO. “Sina Weibo is a powerful tool that allows us to reach our target consumer: hyper-connected Chinese traveller.”

Quick facts
  • Destination Canada launched its Sina Weibo account in 2010 and now has almost 1M fans. Since joining the platform, Destination Canada has enjoyed an extensive relationship with Sina Weibo and Sina.com, a leading Chinese portal site with over 500M viewers.
  • Sina Weibo is one of the most popular social media sites in China with over 376 million monthly users, and used by 30% of internet users worldwide.
  • In 2014, e-commerce giant Alibaba, which owns 31% of Sina Weibo, created Weibo Payment enabling users to shop online.
Chinese travellers can visit the Canada-China Year of Tourism website for more information.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Sunset20°N - A celebration of music food and culture at Barangaroo Reserve in February

  • Sunset20°North
  • A celebration of music, food and culture
  • Barangaroo Reserve at Towns Place
  • Twelve Spectacular Sunsets on Four Weekends from Friday, 2 February to Sunday, 25 February 2018

Over twelve spectacular sunsets this February, Sunset20°N [sunset twenty degrees north] celebrates music, food and culture in Sydney’s spectacular Barangaroo Reserve. Sunset20°N is Sydney’s newest location to enjoy live music, located in breathtaking Gadigal Country.

Independent and strong, Sunset20°N takes inspiration from the site’s namesake, Barangaroo, a strong woman and leader of the Cammeraygal people of Sydney. Experience a diverse line-up of mostly female artists from around Australia. In order of appearance, Sampa the Great, Wallace, GL, Caiti Baker, Pirra, Mama Kin Spender and the Inner West Voices, Tesse, Tigertown, Tia Gostelow, Thelma Plum, The Morrisons, Okenyo, Saskwatch and Emily Wurramara – and it’s all free!

Sunset20°N is designed by Yuwaalaraay artist and designer Lucy Simpson of Gaawaa Miyay, drawing inspiration from the setting of the sun and stories of place which lie embedded in this site. Families will love exploring the Grandmother Tree, a large-scale interactive artwork created by Lucy Simpson and Archrival, a not-for-profit architecture organisation. The Grandmother Tree is a meeting place for visitors to Sunset20°N, inspired by Cammeraygal story and the beautiful angophora (Sydney Red Gum), creating an unforgettable experience which plays with light, colour and movement, casting a dramatic filter across the harbour to views of iconic Sydney skyline.

Sunset20°N will offer delicious food and beverages, with each weekend showcasing a different female guest chef. Curated by Claire Van Vuuren (Bloodwood, Popla), the changing menus will be designed by Jane Strode (Fred’s, Sydney), Analiese Gregory (Franklin, Hobart) and Thi Le (Anchovy, Melbourne). The food will be local, seasonal and pay tribute to the history of the iconic headland, from delicious snacks and Pambula oysters shucked to order, through to meals perfect for a harbourside picnic.

For further information www.sunset20north.com

Barangaroo Delivery Authority acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, share and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.

New Zealand on a winner at PCOA Conference

Last week’s Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) conference proved to be a winner for delegates who visited the 100% Pure New Zealand hub.

Julie Burton of Southern Cross Conference and Event Management took away a case of New Zealand’s celebrated Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, as winner of the Kiwi prize draw.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager Sharon Auld said the popular CINZ MEETINGS smoothie bike helped power a surge in applications for the May 2018 event. “Applications will remain open until early April, and we are recommending everyone apply as soon as possible.

“Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme also attracted plenty of attention from organisers looking to bring events of over 200 delegates to New Zealand,” she said.

“Seventeen suppliers were available to answer delegates’ many questions about New Zealand for their clients’ conferences. We saw particular interest in Christchurch, and its progress in transforming from one of New Zealand’s oldest cities to the newest.

“Industry technology expert, Corbin Ball, sponsored by Tourism New Zealand, spoke about the three main technology disruptors to expect in our industry, creating plenty of conversation and debate,” she said.

Free family flicks at Darling Quarter this summer holiday!

Little Darlings Night Owls Kid’s Film Festival returns to nest at the Village Green Darling Quarter these summer holidays for 17 nights of free outdoor cinema.

From Friday 5 – Sunday 21 January 2018, expect balmy nights packed with the coolest family-friendly flicks, fantastic short films and live entertainment.

Arrive early and nab yourself a good spot for nightly entertainment curated by singing sensation Lah-Lah from 6pm, followed by kid-friendly short films at 6:30pm. Presented with Little Big Shots, Australia’s major children’s short film festival, the program features the best local and international shorts, including films from kid filmmakers.

The main event kicks off from 6:45pm, with a fun-filled program of FREE screenings. From the 2017 remakes of Beauty and the Beast and Pete’s Dragon, to 90’s throwback hit Home Alone, and crowd pleasers The Lego Batman Movie, Red Dog; True Blue, Despicable Me 3, The BFG, Moana,Sing, and plenty more, there’s something for every member of the family.

Bigger kids can catch blockbuster favourites from 8:30pm at After-Hours screenings, with Arrival, Star Trek Beyond, XXX: Return of Xander Cage,Ghost in the Shell, Lion, Zoolander, and plenty of superhero smash hits: Wonder Woman, Batman vs Superman, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

“The Night Owls Kids Film Festival is a fantastic opportunity to round up the kids for a night of family-friendly cinema, and even better, it’s totally cost-free. So come along, pack a picnic, and enjoy a great night out under the stars with your nearest and dearest,” said Marketing Manager for Darling Quarter Sam Vicars.

No picnic mat? No problems – there are plenty of mouth-watering dinner options at Darling Quarter, so take your pick from sushi (Umi Sushi & Udon), steak (Stacks Taverna and Bar), Thai (Nok Nok Thai Eating House), Churrasco (Braza Churrascaria), fish & chips (Taste), pizza (Vesta), or burgers (McDonalds) and wrap it all up with gelato (Gelatissimo) or chocolate treats (Guylian) for dessert.

WHEN: Friday 5 - Sunday 21 January, 2018.
WHERE: Village Green (North), Darling Quarter, 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000
COST: FREE Public Event
TIME: Festivities kick off each night from 6:00pm

THE LOWDOWN: 6:00 – 6:30pm: Kids Live Entertainment
6:30 – 6:45pm: short films by Little Big Shots
6:45pm: Family feature
8:30pm: After-Hours feature*

PARKING: $12 after 5pm Monday – Thursday
$18 after 5pm Fridays
$14 all day Saturday and Sunday
Book a Bay online for $10 with the Promo Code NIGHTOWL

DIRECTIONS: www.darlingquarter.com/nightowls
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/DarlingQuarter
TWITTER: @darlingquarter
INSTAGRAM: @darlingquarter
TAGS: #darlingquarter #nightowlsfilmfestival #welovenightowls

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Nine of Australia’s brightest stars to perform one of musical theatre’s biggest roles in Funny Girl the Musical in Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The bright lights of Broadway will shine on the Sydney Opera House next July as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents the hit Broadway musical Funny Girl in Concert.

With the film celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018, this special concert production will be directed by three-time Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel (director of the Sydney Theatre Award-winning Violet and SSO's Porgy and Bess) and will feature nine of Australia’s favourite leading ladies who each night will share the role of Fanny Brice on stage.

The star-studded Fanny Brice line-up includes: -
  • Michala Banas – McLeod’s Daughters, Winners & Losers, Upper Middle Bogan and 2010 winner of the Helpmann Award for Best Lead Female in a Musical for Avenue Q
  • Casey Donovan – The Sapphires, We Will Rock You, Flowerchildren – The Mamas & the Papas Story
  • Virginia Gay – Calamity Jane, Vivid White, Winner and Losers, All Saints
  • Verity Hunt-Ballard – Winner of the 2011 Helpmann and Green Room Award for her role in Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins and 2014 Helpmann Award winner for Sweet Charity
  • Dami Im – ARIA #1 and platinum selling artist, 2013 winner of X Factor, Australian representative at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Zahra Newman – Best New Talent 2017 AACTA Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone, As You Like It
  • Caroline O’Connor – Anastasia the Musical on Broadway, Anything Goes, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and Green Room Award winner for her role in The Production Company’s Funny Girl (2016)
  • Queenie van de Zandt – King Kong the Musical, Smoke & Mirrors, The Boy from Oz
  • Megan Washington – Two-time ARIA Award winner and multi-platinum album selling artist

The show will also star Trevor Ashley (Hairspray, Les Misérables), Nancye Hayes (Sweet Charity, My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music) as Mrs Brice andDon Hany (Ali’s Wedding, Offspring, East West 101) as Nick Arnstein.

Funny Girl, which starred Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in both the original stage and film versions, features beloved songs such as People, I’m the Greatest Star, Don’t Rain on My Parade and The Music That Makes Me Dance.

A triumphant story of starry success and a bittersweet story of love, Jule Styne and Bob Merrill’s Funny Girl is a musical theatre classic celebrating the exuberant and elegant flavour of Broadway in the 1910s and 20s and the comic genius of Fanny Brice.

Further cast details to be announced.

Director Mitchell Butel
Musical Director Vanessa Scammell
Choreography Amy Campbell
Lighting Design Max Wilkie

Booking information:

Tickets on sale: 9am Friday 8 December 2017
Dates: Thursday 12 July 2018 at 8pm
Friday 13 July 2018 at 8pm
Saturday 14 July 2018 at 2pm
Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Prices: Tickets from $79
Bookings: sydneysymphony.com or SSO Box Office (02) 8215 4600
sydneyoperahouse.com (02) 9250 7777 or ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

Airports celebrate Christmas

Christmas can even be enjoyed by people flying from one city to another.

Airports in many cities around the world make a special effort to add some Christmas cheer with elaborate decorations.

These are at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Website: https://www.airport-ohare.com/


Hong Kong Pulse Light Show – Winter Edition
During the festive season, Hong Kong’s skyline shines with more glamour than usual as buildings get dressed up for the special occasion. The holiday season will be unforgettable, so shop, eat, drink and be merry with this sample list of exciting things to see and see.

Hong Kong Pulse Light Show – Winter Edition

Enjoy an exhilarating multimedia light show with spectacular lighting effects, 3D projection mapping, music and sound effects.

Date: 1–28 December 2017
Time: 8:20pm/8:40pm/9:00pm/9:20pm/9:40pm nightly (about eight minutes per session)
Location: Open Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Take in the festive lights

Take in the festive lights
Shopping centres, hotels, plazas and more light up the city with extravagant displays and holiday cheer.

Date: 1–31 December 2017
Places to see the lights:
• Statue Square Christmas Tree – Des Voeux Rd Central, Central
• Harbour City – 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
• Pacific Place – 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
• Times Square – 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Theme Park Magic

Theme Park Magic
Hong Kong’s popular theme parks are a magical place to be during the festive season, definitely worth the trip to explore for yourself.

• Disneyland Christmas Celebration
Date: 16 November 2017 – 1 January 2018
Highlights –
Join Mickey and Friends at their Christmastime Ball
Evening Magical Twilight Snowfall
Festive Stay at the Hotels
Meet Santa Goofy

• Ocean Park Christmas Sensation
Date: Mid-December to early January
Highlights –
World-class live Christmas-themed entertainment
Santa feeding the fish at the Grand Aquarium
Christmas Menus, snacks, cakes
70-foot Christmas tree at Waterfront Plaza

Hong Kong Philharmonic Christmas Special

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra presents a special family Christmas special, playing a selection of classic Christmas carols and more.

Saturday 23 December 8:00pm
Sunday 24 December 3:00pm

For more details click here.

HK’s First White Finnish Christmas Market

Inspired by one of the oldest Christmas markets in Finland, the St. Thomas Christmas Market, this market is for everyone. Including Finnish Santa, Finnish cultural performances and stalls selling lots of good food, arts & crafts.

Date: 9-10 and 16-17 December 2017 (Sat & Sun)
time: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Stanley Plaza Amphitheatre & Public Open Space

Ice Fun for All

If you’re looking for something fun and festive, take your pick of Hong Kong’s indoor ice rinks.
Ice Palace, 1/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing (9:30am – 10:00pm daily)
Mega Ice, MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, (opening hours vary)
The Rink, G/F, Elements, No. 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (hours vary)
Glacier, Shop UG-21, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Ave, Kowloon Tong (10:30am – 9:30pm daily)

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Bowral Family Carols is a great night for the family, dress up your kiddos as angels or wisemen, bring a picnic blanket and food and enjoy the entertainment as we celebrate Christmas.

Featuring Colin Buchanan

5:30 pm Picnic and Food
6:30 pm Nativity Parade
8:45 pm Fireworks

When: Thursday 7th December 2017
Where: Bradman Oval/Glebe Park

Need more information?
0499 197 522

Website: http://bowralfamilycarols.info/


  • Tickets On Sale NOW and Selling FAST for the State Theatre’s Longest-Running Live Musical

The State Theatre’s longest-running live musical – Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music – returns for a historic 17th year next February 17 with two special shows set to bring the magic of the world’s all-time most successful musical to life.

Tickets are on sale for the beloved interactive event, which year-on-year sees hundreds of film fanatics and families of all ages dress to the nines and join voices in a rousing homage to the iconic 1965 Julie Andrews classic.

Over a matinee (1.00pm) and evening (7.30pm) show, the State theatre’s quintessential European-style backdrop will transport Sydney audiences into Fräulein Maria’s grandeur world of songbird abbeys, Do-Re-Mes and Austrian Alps.

Presented up on the big screen in all of its technicolour glory with song sub-titles to accompany each unforgettable song, Sing-A-Long–A Sound of Music offers up an immersive bucket-list spectacle for stage-destined musical belters, avid fans and secret shower singers alike.

In celebration of the show’s landmark 17th birthday, event organisers are encouraging audience members to go above and beyond with their outfit-choices for the all-important costume parade!

A special host will lead the pre-screening vocal warm up, guide audience members through the show’s interactive fun packs and accompanying actions and – with a little help from the audience – crown the coveted best costume winner.

Attendees are applauded for their elaborate and imaginative outfits – everything from gaggles of nuns and brown paper packages tied up with string, to girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, goats and goat herders and even the Alps themselves

VENUE: State Theatre, Sydney
DATES: Saturday 17 February 2018 at 1pm & 7.30pm
BOOKINGS: www.ticketmaster.com.au
WEBSITE: www.singalonga.net
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/singalonga.australasia

Monday, 4 December 2017

Flights to Hong Kong on sale

Cathay Pacific has launched an exciting promotion on fares from all Australian ports to Hong Kong from just AUD$606 return.

The sale period is from today until Sunday 10 December, to help Aussies kick start their New Year holiday preparations with travel between 15 January – 7 December 2018.

This promotion offers Aussies looking to live a life well travelled the opportunity to discover the latest culinerary delights, from the night noodle markets to quaint lane way bars and incredible shopping hot spots.

On all flights passengers can experience Cathay Pacific’s award winning Economy Class, which is designed to make the travel journey a comfortable and seamless experience.

Please view the below table for more information about departures and pricing. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sale Fare From* PP
Sale Period
Travel Period
Economy Class
From 30 November to 10 December 2017
From 15 January to 7 December 2018
Hong Kong
$749 return
Hong Kong
$734 return
Hong Kong
$767 return
Hong Kong
$606 return
Hong Kong
$713 return
Hong Kong
$763 return

*The above fares are quoted in Economy Class and includes all taxes and surcharges correct as of 10 November 2017. For full terms and conditions and to book visit:


About Cathay Pacific:
Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific Airways is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading airlines, offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to serve over 170 destinations worldwide. Out of Australia the airline has over 70 flights a week to Hong Kong from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns. All flights provide excellent connections over the Hong Kong hub to the airlines worldwide network, including an extensive number of cities in China, served by Cathay Dragon. All Australian flights offer three classes of travel – Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class - providing excellent, award-winning levels of service to both the business and leisure traveller. Cathay Pacific is a founding member of the oneworld global alliance, whose combined network serves almost 700 destinations worldwide. Visit www.cathaypacific.com.au.