Wednesday, 10 August 2022


The Birdsville Races have issued a nationwide callout for volunteers to help stage the 140th anniversary edition of the iconic outback event, which is set to run next month on September 2 & 3.

Billed the ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback’, the Birdsville Races started as a humble bush meet in 1882 and have grown over more than a century to become a bucket list experience for intrepid travellers, racing enthusiasts, grey nomads and culture vultures alike.

The Races see the tiny township of Birdsville on the edge of Queensland’s Simpson Desert swell from a general population of around 115 to more than 6,000 visitors for a two-day, 13-race program, as well as a stacked line-up of film and live music, cocktail parties and Fred Brophy’s famous travelling boxing troupe.

Birdsville Races Vice President, Gary Brook, said this September’s Races would be particularly special given the 140-year celebrations, and give volunteers an opportunity to experience the carnival through a unique historical lens.

“This September, to celebrate 140 years since the Birdsville Races began, we will be welcoming many longtime friends – plus some of the carnival’s greatest jockeys, trainers, characters and racing families - back into town for a ripper celebration of old meets new. We will also be hosting some special presentations and events to commemorate the history of the Birdsville Races and how far we’ve come over 140 years. If there was ever a time to tick the Birdsville Races off your bucket list, it is this September!,” he said.

Brook noted that volunteering also provides an opportunity to give back to outback communities through helping support the Birdsville Races’ fundraising efforts for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

Each year, the Races hold a charity fun run to fundraise for the RFDS, as well as collecting donations throughout the race weekend. The Races also host the annual RFDS Birdsville Races Gala, giving punters a unique opportunity to dress up and experience outback hospitality and live entertainment in style whilst participating in an RFDS charity auction.

Operating for more than 90 years, the RFDS is a vital not-for-profit organisation that provides medical help to remote areas often cut off from medical services, as well as inter-hospital transfer services between metropolitan areas. Indeed, the RFDS has been supplying medical services to Birdsville for many decades – providing regular GP visits to the town, emergency services and operating a GP clinic during race weekend.

“The RFDS does so much to help not only Birdsville, but countless other outback communities – so it feels great to be able to show our thanks and collect donations throughout the Birdsviille Races. Speaking to volunteers, we know the fundraising element is something they find extremely rewarding – and that keeps many coming back each year to lend a hand,” added Gary Brook.

Volunteer registrations are live now at, with all volunteers required to be 18 years-of-age or over.

Volunteers can nominate to complete their shift with friends and family, and in line with a particular skill set or area of interest.

As a thank you, volunteers will receive a complimentary two-day racing pass, granting them access to all of the exhilarating action at Birdsville’s iconic dirt racetrack – from punting and partying to Fashions on the Field. Additionally, they’ll receive an exclusive souvenir volunteer polo shirt, a limited-edition souvenir medallion, a stubby holder and a cap.

Before and after shifts, volunteers will be able to participate in all the unique experiences the Races have to offer, as Birdsville transforms into a buzzing hive of activity with film, live music, cocktail parties and travelling boxing tents.

“Volunteering really does allow you to get up-close-and-personal with every facet of the Birdsville Races. You get to go behind-the-scenes and truly immerse yourself in the heritage and community behind the carnival, whilst also building some really amazing friendships and lasting memories. There is real sense of comradery among our volunteers, and many of them go on to forge long-term friendships and travel to other places with each other. Volunteering is an especially terrific way to build connections if you’re trekking out to the Races solo,” Gary Brook said.

Volunteers will also become free members of the ‘Birdsville Races Roadies,’ a special ‘club’ that gives members access to route guidance plus connections with other Roadies, recommended overnight stays with Roadie partners, camping options, special Roadies team car stickers and access to exclusive merchandise.

The Birdsville Races are proudly supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

The Races attract visitors to outback Queensland from the beginning of August, who set up camp early to enjoy the region’s yabby races, street parties and various other events that lead into the big Friday and Saturday race days. The Races also provide a much-needed social event for remote property holders and communities, as well as a vital economic boom for outback Queensland.

Many volunteers travel by car and bus from metropolitan towns and centres in Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, with some even chartering private jets to cut down on travel-time and catch a bird’s-eye view of Australia’s spectacular outback terrain in the process.

Others choose to take a more direct route, exploring and detouring via the Simpson Desert and Lake Eyre on their way home once the Races have finished.

Tickets to the September 2022 Birdsville Races are on-sale at Tickets start from $44.40. Tickets to the OBE Pavilion are now sold out and limited tickets remain to the RFDS Birdsville Races Gala, to be held on 1 September 2022.

Adventure awaits at Oze National Park!

Japan's largest alpine marshland - Ozegahara
Admire mountains, fields of flowers and a towering waterfall as you stroll along the boardwalk of Japan's largest alpine marshland - Ozegahara. 

Spot rare wildlife such as the Japanese serow (a goat-antelope) and the country's smallest dragonfly!

You can access the park from trailheads in Gunma and Fukushima prefectures. 

Summer and autumn (June through October) is the best time for hiking, as the area is covered in deep snow from winter to spring.
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New accommodation in the Japanese prefecture Shizuoka, Japan

The Japanese prefecture Shizuoka, which lies one hour from Tokyo by bullet train, is home to Mount Fuji. 

It is a natural environment of coastline, mountains and lakes including the Izu Peninsula, and was designated as a Global Geopark by UNESCO in 2018. 

Shizuoka will see new accommodation opening in 2022 including : 

The LOQUAT Villa SUGURO has opened in the Izu Peninsula in the mountains with views of the Suruga Bay. 

The luxury villa a renovated Kominka house (traditional Japanese-style house) dating back over 100 years. 

Gran Regalo Asagiri and Moss Jurigi 

Gran Regalo Asagiri and Moss Jurigi Camp Resort are glamping sites by Mount Fuji. 

Located in Fujinomiya City, Gran Regalo Asagiri is good for the Fujinomiya Trail, which leads to the summit summit. 

Moss Jurigi Camp Resort is in Susono City at the southern foot of Mount Fuji 

The Villa & Barrel Lounge 

The Villa & Barrel Lounge
The Villa & Barrel Lounge, in the small port town Mochimune in central Shizuoka, is a beer-themed hotel. 

Run by local brewery West Coast Brewing, it looks to create the feel of ‘staying at a brewery’. 

The new villa will have five guest rooms, each with beer taps serving up to ten litres of Villa Room Exclusive Brew, a craft beer brewed exclusively for guests. 

Other facilities include a communal taproom, with up to 16 different brews produced at the adjacent brewery, and a barrel lounge serving barrel-aged beers. Brewery tours will also be available to guests. 

Quang Nam: Tourism festival from indigenous resources

Visitors experience knitting cornfield hammocks at the festival
"Cu Lao Cham - the season of red cornflowers". Photo: QT
Establishing a series of festivals from indigenous resources will help diversify events for visitors as well as enhance visitors' interactions with local natural and cultural resources.

New features

In recent years, Quang Nam tourism has gradually appeared festive events to catch up with the trend of discovering and experiencing values ​​associated with indigenous resources. Starting with Thanh Ha Pottery Village Festival, Kim Bong Carpentry Village Festival, Tra Que Bridge Festival; and then the Cam Ha Landscape Festival (Hoi An) to the Tam Ky Sua Flower Season Festival and the latest is the Cu Lao Cham Field Cornflower Festival that has just taken place in Tan Hiep Island Commune (Hoi An City).

Within the framework of the National Tourism Year - Quang Nam, it is expected that in September, in Tien Phuoc district, there will be a mangosteen fruit festival with many special activities related to this "queen" fruit.

It can be beneficial to align a tourism festival with a specific dominant resource hosted in an area of ​​potential tourist attraction. It not only helps to increase the attraction of the destination, but also creates added value for local products, and opens the way to promote many unique products formed from indigenous resources.

According to Mr. Nguyen The Hung - Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Hoi An City, the cornflower festivals or the landscape festival have told many meaningful stories to visitors. For example, visitors are aware of the change in production methods or sustainable lifestyles of local residents by the fact that field corn plants can make hammocks, bags, cosmetics, or dams that can be used as medicinal herbs and water. pressed… This is very useful, especially for the educational and environmental protection tourist segments.

In the context that Quang Nam is promoting the development of green tourism, these events will create more features for the local tourism brand. The space to expand this type of festival is still wide open with unique indigenous resources such as ho ba troi; specialties of bon bon, mulberry (Tien Phuoc), Ngoc Linh ginseng (Nam Tra My)…

Festivals whether on a small or large scale are maintained and held annually, both increasing the frequency of tourism events and will also contribute to cultivating and preserving cultural values ​​and unique landscapes of Quang.

Get organized and open the festival

According to researcher Ton That Huong, Quang Nam's coastal region has an extremely rich and massive cultural heritage that exists underground, in the seabed, as well as community memories and indigenous knowledge of residents, including: there is a type of bait. Many coastal cultural heritages are being lost and scattered.

The practice of heritage is not routine. Less cultural heritage is passed on to the next generation, so there is a great need for festival spaces to contribute to conservation and stimulate tourism development. In fact, there have been a few tourism units in Hoi An that individually exploit the type of ho ba troi to put on tours to serve tourists and be highly appreciated by tourists.

In the mountainous area, Ngoc Linh Ginseng Festival with the theme "The Legend of Ngoc Linh" takes place in early August every year in Nam Tra My district, opening another way to awaken the potential of the treasure in the great mountains.

On average, each festival season earns about 10 billion VND. Revolving around the theme of ginseng, once the festival is raised, the promised land of Nam Tra My also owns many unique products and values ​​that are enough to attract visitors such as conquering Ngoc Linh peak, exploring the park. ancient vines, visit the billionaire ginseng village, experience the ginseng museum...

Mr. Vo Phung - Standing Vice Chairman of Quang Nam Tourism Association said that, in the goal of sustainable development of Quang Nam tourism, it is necessary for tourism products to rely on nature and culture for materials.

The treatment of indigenous values ​​from the perspective of creativity, contributing to finding and upgrading products and typical tourism festivals, thereby establishing a green growth foundation for Quang Nam tourism.
Quang Nam electronic newspaper - 

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Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh Steps up to Battle Cervical Cancer

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is stepping up to stem the scourge of cervical cancer in Cambodia by hosting a special fundraising event on August 12.

With proper screening, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. However, the disease continues to wreak devastation in Cambodia where it is the most prevalent cancer among women.

The country lacks organized cervical cancer screening programs and national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination policies. As a result, the disease causes over 1,000 deaths per year in Cambodia.

In tandem with AmCham Cambodia, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is doing its bit to improve the screening process through its 'Let’s Give Back!' charity evening, which will be held on Friday, August 12. “Corporate Social Responsibility and giving back to the country and community where we do best is now one of AmCham’s highest core values," said Mr. Travis Mitchell, AmCham Executive Director.

This year, AmCham has prioritized CSR more than ever. AmCham is the first chamber not just in Cambodia but the region to do so.

Proceeds from the event, which takes place in the hotel’s ballroom and will feature free-flow soft and alcoholic drinks, gourmet canapés and live music, will be donated to Cambodia’s Mercy Medical Center.

It will go toward cancer screenings and tests for garment factory workers. The drive is part of a wider goal to reach the estimated 500,000 women working in Cambodia’s garment industry through a mobile testing program that gets underway in November 2022.

The World Health Organization and the Cambodian Ministry of Health have designated cervical cancer as the number one priority for prevention, with a goal of eliminating cervical cancer deaths by 2030.

One cervical cancer test takes between five and 15 minutes and costs only US $1 per person. All proceeds from the event will go toward screening as many women as possible.

It is also possible to donate directly to Mercy Medical Center. US $150 will cover the costs of screening ten women. For more information, please visit

“No woman should die of cervical cancer,” says Herman Kemp, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh. “But the disease remains a huge problem in Cambodia, mainly due to a lack of knowledge.

“See and treat programs like the government cervical cancer task force program, in conjunction with public and private hospitals such as Uof P and MMCC, are preventing cancer and saving lives.”

Bangkok Airways announces resumption of flights to Siem Reap, Yangon, Da Nang

Bangkok-Siem Reap and Bangkok-Yangon routes to start on 1 August, 2022, and Bangkok-Da Nang route on 1 September, 2022.

Bangkok Airways has announced the resumption of its direct daily flights on the Bangkok-Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Bangkok-Yangon (Myanmar) routes from 1 August, 2022, and the Bangkok-Da Nang (Vietnam) route from 1 September, 2022.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, Bangkok Airways President, said “The soon-to-resume flights between Bangkok and Siem Reap, Yangon and Da Nang are anticipated to boost Thailand’s tourism as well as tourism in our neighbouring countries.”

Bangkok Airways earlier resumed its Samui-Singapore service in August 2021, its Bangkok-Phnom Penh service in December 2021 and its Bangkok-Maldives service in July 2022.

The Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) – Siem Reap route will be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft. Flight PG905 will depart Bangkok at 10.30 Hrs. and arrive in Siem Reap at 11.45 Hrs, with Flight PG906 departing Siem Reap at 12.15 Hrs. and arriving in Bangkok at 13.55 Hrs.

The Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) – Yangon route will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft. Flight PG703 will leave Bangkok at 16.45 Hrs. and arrive in Yangon at 17.35 Hrs, with Flight PG704 leaving Yangon at 18.20 Hrs, and arriving in Bangkok at 20.20 Hrs.

The Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) – Da Nang route will also be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft. Flight PG947 will depart Bangkok at 10.55 Hrs. and arrive in Da Nang at 12.45 Hrs, with Flight PG948 departing Da Nang at 13.55 Hrs. and arriving in Bangkok at 15.25 Hrs.

For more information and reservations, please contact Bangkok Airways via: Call Centre Tel. 1771 (within Thailand) or +66 2-270-6699 (during 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs.); PG Live Chat; Email:; or visit the website

Tourism Authority of Thailand and Huawei sign MOU to promote smart tourism

The “Digital Transformation and Innovation Development for Smart Tourism” agreement highlights Thailand’s innovative tourism through 5G networks.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. today signed a “Digital Transformation and Innovation Development for Smart Tourism” memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting the Thai tourism industry through advanced technologies, including 5G, Cloud, AI and AR/VR to develop a smart digital tourism platform and a new tourism ecosystem.

Presided over by Mr. Napintorn Srisunpang, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports, the MOU was signed by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, and Mr. Abel Deng, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Also present at the signing ceremony were Mr. Jun Zhang, Vice President of Huawei Asia Pacific, and executives from the TAT, Huawei Technology (Thailand), and Huawei Asia Pacific.

Mr. Napintorn Srisunpang, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports, said that according to Thailand’s 20-year National Strategy (2018-2037), tourism will play a pivotal role for the country’s sustainable development. And as Thailand aims to elevate the tourism industry and increase competitive advantages in the market, it is important to bring in innovative technologies to drive tourism.

“I am pleased that Huawei will take this opportunity to help drive Thai tourism through 5G technology support by applying new applications, multimedia, and services that emerge from the future of high-speed networks to promote tourism marketing,” Mr. Napintorn said.

The “Digital Transformation and Innovation Development for Smart Tourism” MOU between TAT and Huawei will cover a one-year period from the signing date. The agreement will place emphasis on increasing the capabilities and elevating the tourism industry with innovative technologies and promoting strategic markets – both in the domestic and Chinese tourism markets.

The MOU is aimed at creating a digital alliance network that enables skill and expertise exchanges to help elevate technology and innovation for the tourism industry. The cooperation also supports technological developments; such as, 5G, Cloud, AI and AR/VR for tourism, which will drive digital transformation across the tourism industry.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said, “The MOU with Huawei is in line with the TAT Corporate Plan 2023-2027, which aims to strengthen TAT’s position as the strategic leader in driving Thailand towards experience-based and sustainable tourism. TAT aims to promote capabilities and innovative potential to drive the Thai tourism ecosystem to be able to support tourists in a sustainable way. We are developing the supply chain – or ‘shape supply – and are driving a ‘thrive for excellence’ strategy with the aim of making TAT a data-driven organisation.”

TAT and Huawei have made a joint effort to bring 5G innovative technologies to stimulate Thai tourism through live broadcasting by highlighting stunning viewpoints at Thailand’s tourist attractions in real time on HUAWEI’s 5G network via TAT’s online media channels, including the ‘Amazing Thailand’ YouTube channel and ‘Amazing Thailand’ application, as well as through various online channels of strategic partners.

TAT and Huawei are also preparing to implement the ‘Amazing THAILAND is just a phone call away’ project. TAT will create a ‘Video Ring back Tone’, a call-waiting video showcasing the beauty of Thai tourist attractions, culture, food, and traditions to promote Thai tourism internationally through Thai 5G users using Huawei’s 5G as well as Huawei’s partner networks. Users will be able to download videos and images free of charge.

Mr. Abel Deng, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said “Digital technologies are reshaping the world, and digital transformation has entered a golden age. Looking into the future, Huawei is committed to leveraging advanced technologies to heighten TAT’s position as the strategic leader driving Thailand towards being a world-class tourism destination.”

Also, as part of the cooperation, TAT will host a field trip for young contestants from Huawei’s largest ever regional onsite Seeds for the Future event, to be held on 20 August, 2022, at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (Wat Phra Kaeo, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkalaram (Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha). TAT aims to deliver a new tourism experience that is more meaningful and memorable during this year’s regional event.

Launched in Thailand in 2008, the Seeds for the Future programme has up until 2021 been implemented in 150 countries reaching 12,000 students from over 500 universities. This year, the programme will gather 114 top students from 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific for a nine-day digital camp in Thailand from 19-27 August.
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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Konnichiwa Mina-san

Cooling down at a hot summer day
in the woods of the
Kumanoimasu Shrine

So peaceful this silence 
net find - unknown

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The 2,222 islands of The Baltic country Estonia

Muhu and Saaremaa Islands
The Baltic country has 2,222 islands for visitors looking to enjoy the best of sea, scenery and ancient traditions. 

Regular ferries operate between the mainland and the larger islands, as well as connecting the islands, with flights from Tallinn to Saaremaa and Hiiumaa taking under 45 minutes. 

Saaremaa Island 

Estonia’s largest island is known as a wellness destination, with the main town, Kuressaare one of the world’s most spa-dense destinations. 

Recognised on the 2020 Sustainable Top 100 Destinations list, the island is often visited for its geographic diversity and its natural beauty spots. 

Hiiumaa Island 

Hiiumaa is a year-round destination with a rural feel. 

A third of the size of Saaremaa, it has a far more secluded feel, with the coastline popular with surfers, sailors, and swimmers. 

Muhu Island

Located in the West Estonian archipelago of the Baltic Sea, Muhu is just a short ferry ride away from the mainland town of Virtsu and is connected by an ice road during the winter months. 

With a local population of under 2,000 people, this peaceful island is ideal for those looking for a tranquil retreat. 

Kihnu Island 

Kihnu, is an ancient island of seafarers and fishermen. 

Throughout centuries, the men of Kihnu have spent much of their time at sea, leaving the women as the keepers and carriers of the island’s heritage. 

It has a close-knit community of around 700 inhabitants and is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

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Ho Chi Minh City was selected to host the World Travel Awards in Asia and Oceania in 2022

The homepage of the World Travel Awards (World Travel Awards) has announced Ho Chi Minh City as the venue for the 2022 Asia and Oceania Regional Awards Ceremony. This event will officially take place on September 7, before the opening of the Ho Chi Minh City International Tourism Fair (ITE HCMC 2022) scheduled to take place from September 8-10, 2022.

Director General of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Trung Khanh on behalf of Vietnam's tourism industry received the Asia's Leading Destination Award 2019 awarded by World Travel Awards in Phu Quoc

World Travel Awards is the world's leading prestigious award in the field of tourism, likened to the Oscars of world tourism. Established in 1993, this award aims to recognize, reward and honor top performers in all areas of the global tourism industry.

According to the World Travel Awards, Ho Chi Minh City is a dynamic metropolis that attracts tourists thanks to its blend of the past and the modern. Coming to Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can wander the alleys or busy markets, or explore the commercial centers located in skyscrapers or visit peaceful temples.

In November 2021, Ho Chi Minh City was honored to receive the award of Best MICE Travel Destination in Asia 2021 voted by World Travel Awards.

From 2017 to now, Vietnam has been honored to receive many prestigious awards of the World Travel Awards such as World's Leading Heritage Destination, World's Best Golf Destination, Asia's Leading Destination, Cultural Destination, and the World's Best Golf Destination. Asia's leading culinary destination, Asia's leading culinary destination... Vietnam National Administration of Tourism was twice honored as Asia's leading national tourism management agency in 2017 and 2021.

This is the second time Vietnam is honored to be selected to host the World Travel Awards. Previously, Phu Quoc pearl island was the location of the Asia and Oceania Regional Awards 2019.
*Tourist Information Center

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