Thursday, 30 April 2020

Anantara Implements New 'Stay With Peace of Mind' Programme Enhancing Health and Hygiene Measures for Returning Guests

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, currently with a portfolio of 41 hotels across Asia, the Middle East, Indian Ocean, Africa and Europe, has announced plans to implement sweeping new health and hygiene measures to reassure travellers of a renewed focus on guest wellbeing, wherever they choose to stay.

A Health & Safety committee, including senior leadership and industry experts, has been created to oversee the development and rollout of a new programme ‘Stay with Peace of Mind’ which will build on existing health and safety regimens to implement heightened sanitisation and hygiene measures. Every Anantara property will have a dedicated ‘Guest Guardian’ responsible for internal audits based on a series of rigid brand guidelines. The guidelines are fully compliant with several expert advisories including Ecolab and Diversey, global leaders in delivering excellence in cleaning and hygiene technology. All hotels will continue to fully adhere to health and safety measures as per local government guidelines and the World Health Organisation.

As part of the new initiatives, all hotels will implement enhanced levels of sanitation and use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants for the use against COVID-19 and other bacteria throughout all public areas, including lobbies, reception, fitness centres, pool areas and guest rooms. Enhanced hygiene measures will include the use of electrostatic spray technology, to achieve a higher level of coverage for the application of cleaners and sanitisers for surface disinfection, the availability of hand sanitisers as well as a range of specific extra measures such as disinfecting hotel key cards, to ensure guests’ health and safety throughout their stay. Building on Anantara’s existing holistic 360 approach, the guidelines will extend beyond guest areas into all back of house operations from supply chain deliveries to culinary preparation areas and housekeeping procedures.

Guests who book airport limousine transfers will be met by an Anantara airport representative and escorted to their private vehicle, which will be thoroughly sanitised after every trip. Complying with COVID-19 protection standards, guests’ luggage will be stowed in the limousine by the airport representative, while the driver will wear a face mask and will not handle luggage. Any pending guest details required to facilitate a smooth and speedy check-in will be collected during the transfer, so that upon arrival at the hotel, guests can complete check-in formalities without delay, before arriving at their room with minimal time spent in the lobby.

Fitness and holistic classes will be adapted for guests’ optimum wellbeing. Personal training sessions in the privacy of the gym, as well as wellness activities such as Yoga and Pilates, will be available for individuals, couples or small groups only, with safe distancing adhered to.

Dining outlets will operate to the highest health and safety standards. For a la carte breakfasts, restaurants will be set up in compliance with social distancing guidelines. After guests are settled at their table, every order of fresh and nutritious food will then be carefully prepared ‘a la minute’ and served at the table, with the culinary team happy to accommodate any special requests. Wellness cuisine will include immune booster programmes, with specialist Wellness Chefs preparing fortifying meals and juices to help guests naturally boost their immune system

For selected boutiques within or nearby the hotel, guests will be able to organise personal shopping times that can be booked in advance, allowing the privilege of a personalised experience, with either a very limited number or no other shoppers in the outlet at the same time. For guests wishing to visit selected nearby shops, limousine transfers can be arranged.

In addition and setting the trend for clean air spaces within the hospitality sector, Anantara is working with Siam Ocean Technology to introduce the latest in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system technology with increased efficiency and high performance air filtration. Leveraging the latest artificial intelligence and cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technology for the most optimised environmental controls, Siam Ocean Technology offers state-of-the-art air filtration and temperature controls that silently and seamlessly provide outstanding air quality. Starting with Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort in Thailand, the highly energy-efficient ventilation systems (HVAC) will be rolled out first in Anantara properties in Thailand, then in Asia and beyond, ensuring that guests breathe the healthiest quality air, along with the eco-assurance of exceptional benefits for the environment.

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WA’s holiday visitor numbers at all-time high before COVID-19 crisis

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Visitors to and within Western Australia reached record levels in 2019, according to the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) and National Visitor Survey (NVS).

The data, which was released by Tourism Research Australia today, revealed 24.2 million day trips were taken and 12 million overnight visitors came to, or travelled within, Western Australia in 2019. Together, these visitors spent $11 billion in the State, $5.2 billion (or 48 per cent) of which was spent in regional WA.

A total of 995,700 international visitors travelled to the State in 2019 - an increase of 3.3 per cent on the 2018 figures.

International holiday visitors, specifically, increased by 10.1 per cent, with 536,400 overseas travellers choosing WA as their holiday destination in 2019. These visitors spent $870 million – an increase of 13.7 per cent on 2018.

This is the highest ever number of international holiday visitors to WA and the strongest growth rate in international holiday visitors and spend of all states and territories.

The NVS figures showed equally positive results for the State. In the year ending December 2019, interstate holiday visitors and spend were the highest on record.

West Australians also took more overnight trips within the State during this period, increasing 11.2 per cent to 9.17 million intrastate overnight visitors.

While it is important to acknowledge these positive visitor numbers, Tourism WA is now focused on supporting the tourism industry through the current COVID-19 crisis.

Last week, the State Government announced a new Industry Support Team, facilitated by Tourism WA in collaboration with industry partners.

Launched on Monday, the new initiative comprises a dedicated team from Tourism WA, who are calling industry operators to offer support and guidance throughout this difficult time.

For more detailed information on the latest WA visitor statistics, visit our research page.

Hibiiya Okuroji will revitalise Tokyo’s Historic Brick Arch Viaduct in June 2020

Image © JR Eeast Urban Development Corporation
Somewhere between Yurakucho and Shimbashi Stations, you'll find an over-300m-long elevated railway track bridge that dates back to 1910. 

Historic and beautiful, this space will this late June transform into a sprawling commercial complex: Hibiya Okuroji will house about 50 shops, bars cafes and restaurants. 

Instead of demolishing the iconic brick structure, the new design will be incorporated into the old architecture, merging the old with the new in a way that only Tokyo can.


Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau and Tokyo

Top 2020 Travel Trends

Whether you are looking for action and adventure, or a place to relax and rejuvenate, we’ve got the top destinations to visit in 2020 and the travel trends to expect this year.

Sustainable Travel
With ‘sustainability’ the buzzword of 2020, it’s no wonder that our holiday habits are reflecting this trend. In 2020 we can expect travellers to start steering away from choosing holiday destinations that require a flight, instead staying local and visiting cities, towns and regions that can be reached by car or train. There are plenty of great road trips to be enjoyed around Australia as well as day trips which are only a hop skip and jump away from the country’s capital cities. 

Travellers are also starting to opt for accommodation brands that are looking at being more mindful of their environmental impact. Whether its booking hotels which harness solar power or staying at accommodations which better manage their food waste – there are plenty of initiatives being taken by hotels around the country. Discover hotels in Australia doing sustainability right.

Micro-cations
Ideal for time-poor millennials who want to travel but are limited due to family responsibilities, work responsibilities or lack of annual leave. These ‘tiny trips’ are typically only a few days long but allow for more frequent opportunities to unwind and recharge throughout the year.

Australians are wanting to explore more destinations and become well-travelled, these Micro-cations allow for not only stress relief and a creative boost but also cultural expansion. These short yet experience-dense mini-vacations are also more annual leave-friendly, budget-friendly, and schedule-friendly.

Travelling with pets
It’s no surprise that Australians love their pets as their own family, and 2020 travel trends reflect this strong relationship. In 2020 we can expect travellers to hunt out, not only just animal-friendly accommodation but also pooch-friendly activities and eateries while they are on holiday.

Pet owners want their furry friends to be treated appropriately with hotel amenities throughout their trip, and Accor has a range of accommodation that welcomes pets, treating them as another guest.

Bleisure Travel
Thanks to advances in technology such as 5G, video conferencing and Slack, workers are now able to operate more remotely than ever. This has led to the creation of Bleisure Travel whereby workers blend their work and holiday leisure time. This can be done by extending a work trip or simply working remotely while you are on holiday. Ideal for frugal travellers and time-poor millennials looking to maximise their time abroad, Bleisure Travel is becoming more and more widely accepted by employers.

Culinary Trips
2020 will see travellers basing their next holiday on the culinary delights offered at the destination. Australians’ strong love of food will be driving their upcoming holiday plans with travellers choosing destinations that offer once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences. 

From snagging a coveted reservation at one of the world’s top-tier fine dining restaurants to getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems packed with locals – travellers are seeking out homegrown flavours, wherever in the world they may be. Sometimes a great dining experience can come in the most unexpected places, from side of the road street food vendors to coffee shops nestled down hidden laneways, and even great hotel restaurants scattered around the country.

Destinations Australians are visiting

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Gold Coast
A school holiday favourite, the theme parks that line the Gold Coast bring families back year after year. From Sea World and Dreamworld to Wet’n’Wild and Warner Bros. Movie World, plus so many more – there is plenty to keep you busy all holiday long.
Famed for its long sandy beaches offering great swimming and surfing opportunities and year-round sunshine and warm weather, the Gold Coast is also a popular choice for Aussies looking to escape the winter without enduring a long flight. Seeking an outdoor adventure? The Gold Coast’s hinterland is not to be missed – from Lamington National Park to Springbrook National Park there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had.
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Fiji
Nestled in the South Pacific, Fiji is another must-visit destination in 2020. With an unspoilt natural environment, Fiji emanates tranquillity. The friendly locals make visiting this network of islands a pleasure for travellers – along with crystal-clear beaches lined with palm trees, and a warm climate. 

A great destination for those wanting to hit the water, Fiji offers a range of outdoor activities. Explore the region’s lively coral reefs brimming with tropical fish, sail between the network of islands or even enjoy a round of golf at some of Fiji’s top courses. An excellent place to relax, unwind and rejuvenate through the year, your tropical holiday in Fiji awaits.
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Tasmania
While Tasmania may be Australia’s smallest state, it makes up for it in charm. Step off the Australian mainland and discover a world of uncharted beauty waiting to be discovered. Covered in state forests and natural parks bursting with native wildlife, Tasmania is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. 

The whole island can be covered in a weeklong action-packed road trip which takes you through Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay and Cradle mountain – stopping at the island’s favourite cities; Launceston and Hobart

Tasmania’s bourgeoning foodie scene is also not to be missed – with chefs at the forefront of the paddock to plate movement you are sure to experience homegrown flavours at their best. Tasmania’s art & culture scene is another drawcard to the island, with Mona a local and international favourite showcasing interesting & provocative exhibits.
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Perth
While Perth may be the most isolated capital city in the world, it is surrounded by natural beauty which stretches from the coastline to the outback. So why are so many Aussies making the trip to Western Australia’s capital city? Could it be because Perth’s beaches are unrivalled in beauty yet still uncrowded and crystal clean? Maybe it’s because Perth is the gateway to some of Western Australia’s most unique regions such as Margaret River? 

While some may think that Perth is only in the juvenile stage of its art and cultural scene, Perth Fringe Festival is third biggest in the world – only to be trumped by Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Adelaide Fringe Festival and a is a big summer drawcard for travellers.

Perth’s charm doesn’t end there – the city’s food and drink scene is also pretty incredible, with beach bars offering views over the ocean, cheap-eat vendors popping up throughout Northbridge & alternative eateries dotted around hippie Fremantle – there is something for every appetite.
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Sydney
The nation’s biggest and most-loved city unsurprisingly made the 2020 travel list. With its picture-perfect harbour, world-class beaches and calendar packed full of events such as Vivid, Sydney Mardi Gras and Sculptures by the Sea, it’s hard to find a reason not to visit Sydney. Loved by families looking for a city full of attractions to keep the kids (and the adults) happy, Sydney is the ideal playground for the school holidays. 

Couples looking to treat their partners (and themselves) flock to Sydney in search of luxurious accommodation and fine dining experiences – while backpackers head for coastal suburbs filled with cheap eats. No matter how you travel, Sydney is sure to welcome all.
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Trending destinations defined using Accor booked destination growth data.
Have you ticked these travel trends and destinations off your travel list yet? Wherever your 2020 travel plans take you, Accor can be there every step of the way, offering personalised experiences tailored to your needs. With Accor Live Limitless now offering hotel bookings and restaurant reservations at spectacular destinations as well as unforgettable experiences, we’ll make your 2020 travel best the best yet! Book your Accor accommodation now.

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Avani Hotels Keeps the Beat Going with a Series of WFH Playlists

Avani Hotels (www.avanihotels.com) is encouraging the brand’s followers to turn the volume up on a compilation of WFH (Working From Home) music during the downtime. Available on Spotify, the playlists were curated by the Avani Team and aim to brighten up the ongoing lockdown with feel-good tunes.

WFH Playlist 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7u483wPu4LsfvomJFDQRg5?si=_QRnqk9YQXKBWf0CJ4QpYA

Work From Home playlist is an upbeat mix of Indie pop, chillout and house hits by Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato, Jax Jones, Becky Hill, Khalid, David Guetta, DNCE, The Chainsmokers and Maroon 5. With an ear finely tuned to the needs of mind and spirit, the Avani team have put their heads together to produce a playlist of immersive, reverberating tracks to set your mind to the task ahead. So, put the noise-cancelling headphones or turn your favourite speakers on and pump up the volume. Feel your spirits soar as you tap away on your laptop, feet tapping along.

Korean Golden Hits Playlist

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5QkXAPuN031oqn4xGdt52O?si=4ugho1uBTZ6U56uegb1MWQ

To celebrate Avani Hotels’ entry into South Korea in late 2019, the team at Avani Central Busan Hotel has put together a mix of tunes from K-Drama and K-Pop culture. A musical genre consisting of electronic, hip hop, pop, rock, and R&B music originating in South Kthaiorea, K-pop has taken the world by storm. Spice up your workout playlist with this fresh and cheerful compilation.

Mamacita - Ladies’ Night Special Playlist

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6pmFdMmamUOWnn6Kht3MPp

Coming to your home straight from the 26th floor of Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, this playlist was curated by SEEN Rooftop Restaurant & Bar’s music director – Scotty B. Inspired by the venue’s popular Mamacita Ladies’ Night, the resident DJ has whipped up a playlist catchy enough for an impromptu dance off after a day working from home.

From all of us at Avani Hotels & Resorts, we wish you to stay safe and healthy. Hope our playlists will help you to be more productive while keeping your spirits up.

Avani Hotels & Resorts

BLUES ON BROADBEACH FORGES AHEAD WITH PREMIERE EVENT - BANDWIDTH

Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach will be a virtual showcase capturing live music performances from some of your favourite Blues on Broadbeach 2020 artists – all from the comfort of their own homes. Self-isolating music fans around the world are invited to join the party.

Amid a calendar of cancelled and postponed gigs and festivals, Broadbeach Alliance was adamant that Blues on Broadbeach would not be taken away from fans and is happy to announce that Australia’s largest free music festival will now be a 90-minute music event premiering Live on Facebook on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 7pm AEST. Northern hemisphere-based fans can also join in on this experience with a special encore screening on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 7pm Los Angeles time PDT.

With a music career spanning five decades, TOMMY EMMANUEL (pictured above) plays at hundreds of sold-out shows around the world each year and impresses audiences with his emotional, authentic, and energetic performances. Not only is Tommy a national treasure, he was recently ranked THE greatest acoustic guitarist in the world today.

Auckland-based (via Canada) TAMI NEILSON (pictured above) is set to once again impress fans after blowing audiences away at last year’s Blues on Broadbeach. Described as a “fire-breathing belter” by Rolling Stone, new fans will be super impressed by Tami’s voice which comes straight from the golden age of soul, country and rockabilly music. Her incredible singing and songwriting have seen her win the ‘2014 APRA Silver Scroll Award’ as well as ‘Best Female Artist’ at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

"The best way to get rid of the blues is to sing the blues, so, I'm looking forward to joining you all online, with my brother Jay Neilson beaming in from Toronto to join me for a special set we've cooked up just for you!" said Tami Neilson.

Check out Tami's Bandwidth Promo Video

High energy festival favourite, THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP (pictured above), has performed at over 200 concerts and festivals around the world, including several shows at Blues on Broadbeach over the years. Lachy Doley is the most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player in the world, hailed by Glenn Hughes from Deep Purple as ‘the greatest living keyboard player in the world today’. Tune in to see Lachy Doley’s electrifying 2016 Blues on Broadbeach performance.

“These are crazy times… and to musicians and live music lovers these important restrictions have taken away a piece of our heart, culture and livelihood,” said Lachy Doley. “I’m thrilled that Blues on Broadbeach have decided to bring the festival into our homes.

“Alongside the incredible line-up from what was to be this year’s ‘Blues on Broadbeach’ festival, I’m stoked to have my 2016 Blues on Broadbeach concert aired as part of this great initiative.

“I love this festival and it’s incredible loyal audience that I get to catch up with whenever I’m there. This performance was one of the most career-changing events in my life and I hope you enjoy it as much this time around.”

Festival Director Mark Duckworth says Bandwidth provides a fascinating way for fans to connect with some of their favourite artists through an online platform.

“The idea that Blues on Broadbeach would not make its annual appearance on the Gold Coast in 2020 was a shock to us all,” said Duckworth. “As we informed the artists and fans, the idea that we could band together to do something virtual immediately followed.

“Bandwidth is an online meeting point for our festival tribe, a celebration of our event and a snapshot of musicians working from home around the globe. It’s a non-traditional concert experience that we can provide for our audience to enjoy. Turn on, tune in, drop out."


Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed today’s announcement.

“For years we’ve worked with organisers to build this event up to be one of Australia’s marquee music festivals. It would have been heartbreaking to have the event fall to the wayside in 2020,” Ms Jones said.

“As an industry, we’re facing incredible challenges at the moment.

“That’s why it’s great to see so many of our event organisers and tourism operators thinking outside the box to find new ways to get their message out and stay connected with people.

“Not only will Bandwidth appeal to the festival’s already strong following – it will open this event up to thousands more blues fans online.

“The potential for this event to grow the festival and bring more tourists to the Gold Coast in years to come is huge.”

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL JOINS MAJOR FILM FESTIVALS ACROSS THE WORLD AND YOUTUBE FOR WE ARE ONE: A GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sydney Film Festival has joined 20 major film festivals from around the world lead by Tribeca and including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Sundance and San Sebastian, together with YouTube, to present a free 10-day digital festival. The event will raise funds for the World Health Organization Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley said, “From May 29, SFF will be part of an unprecedented event: a global, digital and free film festival.

“The Festival is truly delighted to partner with these great festivals to celebrate our international community of storytellers and audiences.

“Sydney Film Festival looks forward to presenting Australian cinema in this global arena, and to bring joy and entertainment to audiences in need of relief.

“Over the past 67 years, SFF has been a platform for discovery, discussion, shared experiences and the exchange of ideas through film. In this challenging and uncertain climate, film is more vital than ever – bringing people together, online, to collectively explore the world and our times.

“Though we can’t be together in a cinema at the moment, we are excited to bring the Festival, and other international film festival selections, to homes around the world.”

We Are One: A Global Film Festival will run from May 29 to June 7 on YouTube.com/WeAreOne. Programming will be available for free, and will include films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and conversations.

Join SFF’s eNews for further updates: https://www.sff.org.au.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau backs virtual events

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau launches a “Virtual Meeting Space” project, providing support for MICE entrepreneurs by running business events online via a virtual platform.

In addition to the core project, TCEB will launch a programme, Covid-19 Free Meetings, to MICE venues to upgrade their safety and health standards. The two projects are in response to the spread of the Covid-19 and global lockdown, which put real-time events and activities to a halt.

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau president, Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya said the two projects were part of the government’s economic relief measures to support MICE entrepreneurs and the workforce.

Other elements include tax reduction, an extension of the tax filing period, higher tax deduction, reducing interest rate for debt, soft loan, the extension of electricity bill payment and wage compensation.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the postponement and cancellation of MICE events worldwide. Online or virtual platform has become an alternative for events that can ensure business survival,” the TCEB president explained.

“Thai entrepreneurs need to adapt themselves to such business platforms. In this respect, TCEB has designed two key projects. The first one “Virtual Meeting Space” (VMS) is to enable Thai MICE entrepreneurs to continue their business and to re-skill their workforce and the other, “Covid-19 Free Meetings”, to assist MICE venue operators in upgrading the safety standard of their facilities”.

For the “Virtual Meeting Space” or VMS project, TCEB will provide support for holding events on an online platform in three categories:

Webinar
TCEB will support in the preparation and management of this online platform. This includes production and preparation of a studio for LIVE, as well as, technical co-ordination and system monitoring during LIVE. The organizers can run their slide presentation during the meeting session, while interaction to share experiences, discussion with the speaker, Q&A and a poll or survey can be conducted. The session can cater up to 10,000 attendees at a time.

O2O (Offline to Online)
This platform caters to exhibitions. TCEB will support in the arrangement and management of an online platform for exhibitors, as well as, support for LIVE streaming from either a studio or the organizer’s venue. The support covers sequencing, production, controlling, system monitoring during LIVE streaming and preparation of technical co-ordination.

Exhibitors can showcase their activities, products and services as needed. The online payment system is also equipped to boost sales volume.

E-Learning Platform
It is an online learning centre for MICE entrepreneurs to re-skill or up-skill their workforce. There are six courses from May to October 2020 by Southeast Asia Centre or SEAC on YourNextU platform.

The subjects led by experts are:
1. Project Management;
2. Inter-personnel Skills;
3. Management;
4. Communication;
5. Entrepreneurship;
6. Digital. Learners will receive a certification from TCEB if they complete course requisites.

TCEB welcomes application from 250 MICE entrepreneurs and the VMS project will begin this May.

Contact MICE Intelligence and Innovation Department, TCEB, at Email: vms@tceb.or.th

For the second project, “Covid-19 FREE Meetings”, TCEB will provide a THB30,000 subsidy for MICE premise to formulate plans and prepare tools that fit the measures in the screening and prevention of Covid-19 stipulated by the Ministry of Public Health.

For example, it involves the installation of body temperature monitoring systems and the screening of body temperature before participation. The project aims to safety confidence in the venues.

To be eligible to gain support, the venue must be certified with Thailand MICE Venue Standard (TMVS) or hotel entrepreneurs must be a member of the Thai Hotel Association.

TCEB forecasts that the project will be able to support up to 216 MICE venues nationwide under the THB 6,480,000 budget.

Covid-19 FREE Meetings project will be running from April to June 2020.

Enquiry and registration for support can be made with MICE Capabilities Department, TCEB, at email: MICEstandards@gmail.com

“Apart from the two projects, TCEB has also set up a Covid-19 Information Centre to monitor and assess information, especially the impacts of the disease on the MICE industry.

Source: https://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2020/04/tceb-backs-virtual-events/

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FIRST LOOK UNDER CENTRAL STATION

Major construction work is well underway at Central Station to deliver Sydney Metro, including the new Central Walk, as progress continues on major infrastructure projects across NSW. 

As part of the biggest upgrade to Sydney’s busiest railway station in decades, two new underground metro platforms are being built as well as the landmark Central Walk underground concourse, which will make it easier for commuters to connect between light rail, suburban and inter-city trains, the new Sydney Metro and buses. 

Central Walk is expected to be open to customers in 2022 while Sydney Metro construction continues – with metro rail services extending from Chatswood through the city and beyond to Bankstown in 2024.

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Over 30% of China domestic air travel capacity returns in ‘beacon of hope’ for global recovery, says Cirium

  • China’s domestic capacity now only at -33% on April 22, 2020 compared to -71% at its peak drop on February 24, 2020.
  • Global capacity is projected to be down 30% to the end of April compared to 2019, on a cumulative basis.
  • Aircraft entering storage eases and signals hibernation phase of the market.

Domestic airline capacity in China is beginning to recover, with over 30% of its domestic capacity returning in the last two months, according to new analysis from Cirium.

Data from the travel and analytics company shows that domestic capacity has recovered from a peak year-on-year drop of 71% on February 24, 2020 to down just 33% on April 22, 2020.

As many countries in Asia have passed what is hoped to be the peak of the pandemic, Cirium’s data shows trends of increased air travel capacity for the region, with intra-Asia capacity improving by 10% between April 14 and April 22, 2020.

Global regions still under lockdown— including the US and Europe—are yet to show signs of recovery, however Cirium analysis indicates a plateau is starting to emerge in airline capacity worldwide as per April 22, 2020.

Rob Morris, Head of Consultancy at Cirium’s consultancy arm, Ascend by Cirium, said in a recent webinar, COVID-19 – the Impact on Aviation: “While cancellations remain high and the recovery in domestic flights has plateaued over the last month, the ‘green shoots’ of recovery in China’s domestic market are a beacon of hope for the aviation industry.

“With airline fleets grounded around the world, the COVID-19 crisis represents an unprecedented collapse in demand for air travel. We need to see the current airline shutdown phase finally reach its end before we can assess how long the airline hibernation phase lasts – only then will we see the start-up of recovery and stabilization.”

“Even at this stage, growth will depend on a range of external factors, from the level of government support received by the industry to consumer confidence in the market post-lockdown.”
The COVID-19 crisis has seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of airline capacity scheduled globally. Analysis of Cirium’s schedule data indicates that global airline capacity is expected to drop by 75% by the end of April 2020, compared with the same period last year.

Given the global capacity plunge, Cirium data shows that around 16,800 passenger aircraft, including regional jets, parked around the world on April 22, 2020. This is the equivalent of almost two thirds of the entire global fleet – made up of around 26,300 passenger jets.

“Since the beginning of March alone, more than 12,000 passenger jets have been placed into storage globally. However, the pace of parking has slowed throughout April suggesting it is now stabilizing,” stated Morris.

The reverse trend has been observed in China, which accounted for 40% of the 1,000 passenger aircraft that returned to service over the same period, as restrictions on air travel are gradually lifted in the country.

For the remaining 9,600 aircraft in-service globally, a total of 4,076 single-aisle aircraft were tracked on April 17, 2020 compared with 13,929 on January 3, 2020. Twin-aisle jets similarly reduced from 3,993 to just 599 over the same period.

In Europe, 268 single-aisle aircraft were tracked on April 19, 2020 compared with 3,412 on January 3, 2020, with twin-aisle jets dropping from 895 to just 89 over the same period.

Across the Atlantic, a total of 1,340 single-aisle aircraft were tracked in North America on April 19, 2020, compared with 3,417 on January 3, 2020, as single-aisle jet usage continues to drop. Tracked twin-aisle aircraft have reduced from 468 to just 91 over the same period, but the reduction in widebody jets now appears to have stabilized.

The Asia-Pacific fleet witnessed a more sudden decline, with 424 single-aisle aircraft tracked on April 19, 2020 in contrast to 2,489 on January 3, 2020. Meanwhile, tracked twin-aisle jets decreased from 1,222 to 201 over this period.

Morris summarized “COVID-19 is creating a stress-scenario beyond anything we could ever have imagined in the industry. Airlines and the entire travel and tourism economy face an extremely challenging few months ahead, but with government and financial support, the sector will return to health.”

All data quoted is taken from the Cirium Core - the number one source of aviation data and analytics globally. For the full analysis by the Ascend by Cirium team, visit our online pack here and follow Cirium updates via LinkedIn , Twitter, and WeChat (WeChat ID: CiriumCN).

Keep dreaming of creative laneways & spectacular getaways

Melbourne's Street Art
The world needs us to stay in right now, so instead of boarding your next plane, join us as we continue dreaming about your next holiday.

Melbourne and its surrounds are fast becoming Australia's favourite city, embracing all things art and culture, conventional and alternative, trendy and historic. From the inner city of Melbourne where remarkable dining venues live and art is present throughout the streets; to the outer regions where nature, wildlife and rejuvenation can be found almost anywhere, it’s a thriving hybrid for all the senses. Join us as we explore Melbourne - Australia's cultural playground.

WHAT TO DO
Melbourne's Street Art
Melbourners are known for their love for all things unconventional, expressive and artistic. It's only in Melbourne where artists can paint their works of art on the walls in intricate laneways. And what's even more amazing, is that these amazing pieces of art are cherished by the community. Click here and take a self-guided tour of Melbourne's Street Art.

Peninsula Hot Springs
Treat yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating thermal bath at Peninsula Hot Springs. Immerse yourself in natural thermal mineral waters which flow from deep underground into the Spas pools. The water is infused with natural minerals and trace elements which detoxify the body. This is a detox we can get on board with.


Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove
Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove
Located at Cape Schanck on the spectacular Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia's finest pieces of golfing real estate. Enjoy 18 holes, followed by a three-course culinary feast of Victorian produce with expertly matched current release and vintage wines, all hosted and curated by the winemaker at Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove.


WHERE TO STAY
The Langham Hotel, Melbourne

A hidden sanctuary nestled in Southbank Promenade, The Langham is the perfect hotel to retire to after a day of exploring Melbourne. Wake up each morning and gaze out your window at views of the Yarra Valley and city skyline - offered in each of the 388 rooms, including the Kerrie Hess Residence Suite.
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Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley
Chateau Yering offers a refined escape in the Yarra Valley with close proximity to the region's most spectacular experiences. Each room is elegantly furnished with antique furniture, highlighting the property's vintage establishment. Sample world-famous wines and fresh produce at the property's fine-dining venue Eleonore's Restaurant, or venture out and uncover the wider Yarra Valley.


Lake House, Daylesford
Lake House, Daylesford
Lake House lies on the shores of beautiful Lake Daylesford surrounded by forest and native landscape. Native birds flock to this peaceful spot and you may even spot a wombat on longer walks through the forest. Each of the spacious rooms are perfectly decorated with country interiors, the perfect compliment to the property's natural surroundings | Book Now »

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Makino Botanical Garden

Honouring the remarkable achievements of botanist Tomitaro Makino, the Makino Botanical Garden sits across Chikurinji Temple, one of Shikoku’s 88 Temples.

Stroll the garden’s slopes and dells dotted with over 3,000 species of plants, and enjoy the ever-changing colours through the seasons. 

With gorgeous landscaping featuring ponds, boardwalks, and a glass conservatory, it is a serene place to enjoy the beauty of nature.

MAJOR FILM FESTIVALS ACROSS THE WORLD JOIN WITH YOUTUBE TO ANNOUNCE WE ARE ONE: A GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL STARTING May 29

Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube jointly announced today We Are One: A Global Film Festival, an unprecedented 10-day digital film festival exclusively on YouTube, bringing together an international community of storytellers to present festival programming for free to audiences around the world. 

Set to begin on May 29 on YouTube.com/WeAreOne, the festival will feature programming curated by the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM), Jerusalem Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and more, immersing audiences in stories from around the world and providing a voice for filmmakers on a global stage.

Core to the DNA of film festivals is the belief that artists and creators have the power to bring people together and create meaningful connections during a time when the world needs it most. Through We Are One: A Global Film Festival, audiences will not only get a peek into different cultures through a new lens, they’ll be able to support local communities by directly donating to organizations helping the relief efforts for those affected by COVID-19. The festival will benefit the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as local relief partners in each region.

"We often talk about film's uniquely powerful role in inspiring and uniting people across borders and differences to help heal the world. All of the world needs healing right now,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “We Are One: A Global Film Festival unites curators, artists and storytellers to entertain and provide relief to audiences worldwide. 

In working with our extraordinary festival partners and YouTube we hope that everyone gets a taste of what makes each festival so unique and appreciates the art and power of film."

"One of the most unique and inspiring aspects of the world staying home is our ability to come together and experience an event as one, and We Are One: A Global Film Festival is just that," said Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube. "Along with Tribeca Enterprises and our incredible partners, we are bringing fans the opportunity to experience the curated programming each of these festivals provides as part of our ten-day long event. It's an event that's never been done before and we're proud to be the home for this fantastic content that is free to fans around the world."

“We are proud to join with our partner festivals to spotlight truly extraordinary films and talent, allowing audiences to experience both the nuances of storytelling from around the world and the artistic personalities of each festival,” said Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Film Festival, and Thierry Frémaux, Cannes Film Festival General Delegate.

About Tribeca Enterprises
Tribeca Enterprises is a multi-platform storytelling company, established in 2003 by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. Tribeca provides artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their work and broadens consumer access to experience storytelling, independent film, and media. The company operates a network of entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival; the Tribeca TV Festival; and its branded entertainment production arm, Tribeca Studios.

About YouTube
Launched in May 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch, and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is a Google company.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival will run from May 29 to June 7 on YouTube.com/WeAreOne. Programming will be available for free, and will include films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and conversations. Join SFF’s eNews for further updates: https://www.sff.org.au.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE SRI LANKA – April update

Sri Lanka’s 24/7 lockdown lifts (most updated):

21 districts from today the 20th and the other 4 districts from 27th with night time and weekend curfews in place thereafter.

As per the most updated programme, the ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam will remain in force until 5.00am on Monday, April 27th.

In all other districts, curfew has been lifted since 5.00 am today the 20th and will be effective from 8.00pm to 5.00am till Friday, the April 24th.

The curfew in these areas will be re-imposed at 8.00pm on Friday, the 24th April and continue over the weekend until 5.00am on Monday, April 27th.

Travelling to and from the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam is completely prohibited for every citizen.

The authorities have identified 21 police divisions within the 4 high risk districts and the curfew will not be lifted in those police divisions until further notice.

Schools, universities, tuition classes and other education institutes and cinemas will remain closed until further notice.

Special seating plans are being implemented when using public transportation. All international airports in Sri Lanka will continue to be closed for inbound international commercial passenger flights until further notice.

Movements between districts will not be allowed except for essential services. Schools, universities, tuition classes, other education institutes and cinemas will remain closed until further notice. Once the curfew is relaxed, state entities including Departments, Corporations and Banks will operate as usual.

Let the world be free from COVID 19 sooner than we think !

Let the world be free from COVID 19 sooner than we think !

Stay safe, stay strong !

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATES IN THAI TOURISM SECTOR CLIMBS

Coronavirus forces more business closures, prompting mass
layoffs and furloughs throughout Thailand; a store owner
closing a restaurant in Thailand during quarantine pictured.

Photo: TTG Asia
The coronavirus has brought about unprecedented economic disruption, prompting an acceleration of workplace closures and mass layoffs and furloughs across industries, including the tourism and hospitality sector which is bearing the brunt of the virus outbreak.

On April 8, Thailand’s Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) released its evaluation of the millions of jobs that are at risk in the wake of the pandemic.

JSCCIB, which comprises Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC), Board of Trade of Thailand (BOT), Federation of Thai Industries and Thai Bankers’ Association (TBA), believes the unfolding pandemic is having greater adverse effects on the economy than the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, as most businesses affected back then were large to medium-sized enterprises, and financial corporations with loans denominated in foreign currencies.

“The Covid-19 crisis has affected all types of businesses – from small to mid-sized and some large (enterprises) – and led to a higher number of people losing their jobs, particularly from labour-intensive and grassroots enterprises, such as service providers of all sizes and tourism businesses,” Supant Mongkolsuthree, JSCCIB chairman, told Bangkok Biz News.

Pridi Daochai, TBA chairman, on Tuesday noted that the economic damage from the coronavirus so far is pegged at an estimated 1.3 trillion baht (US$40 billion), or 7.7 per cent of the GDP, 1.1 trillion of which was attributed to the tourism sector, reported Post Today. The economic contraction is set to steepen if the pandemic isn’t contained by mid-year.

“Bigger (corporations) with many hotels and good credit ratings will be fine for up to 18 months or longer if necessary… (but) many smaller individual hotels without financial support have already decided to shut down completely, and many will go on sale,” commented Gavin Vongkusolkit, who sits on the board of The Erawan Group.

The JSCCIB projects that more than seven million people, out of approximately 38 million in the formal workforce, are at risk of losing their jobs by end-June. Of those, 978,000 come from the three million formally and informally employed in the hotel industry.

Tourism-related businesses such as restaurants, entertainment venues, spas, massage parlours and retailers are expected to furlough an additional 4.75 million employees. Some 95 per cent of those who are being rendered jobless have a monthly income of less than 20,000 baht.

Read the full article at TTG Asia: https://www.ttgasia.com/2020/04/17/unemployment-rates-in-thai-tourism-sector-climbs/

#Thailand, #Tourism, #unemploymentrate

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How to Host a Virtual Creative Brainstorm

As many across the events industry begin to find a rhythm of working from home, there are tasks and processes that have had to adapt significantly in order to be done well.

Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype and Zoom have become ‘the new office’ for many – helping us stay connected, share information and conduct meetings with internal colleagues and industry peers.

When it comes to creativity however, which thrives off ideas and discussion, running a virtual brainstorm can certainly present challenges.

Melbourne & Olympic Parks General Manager of Premier Events & Experiences Lara Burnes has been busy putting together a procedure for hosting virtual creative brainstorms for the iconic precinct's newest venue CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, which opens late next year.

Lara shares top tips, guidelines and ‘dos and don'ts’ on how to generate and optimise creativity in teams, through remote collaboration.

The role of the organiser
In order to run a successful creative brainstorm, the team must assign an organiser. This person will own the session’s admin; calendar notes, invitations, event summary, project name and video link – and lead the creative brainstorm and discussion.

Outside of the admin tasks, they’ll be responsible for setting up the brief and objectives to share with the team ahead of the call, so everyone can prepare notes and ideas.

A great way to drive the conversation is to share three questions with the group ahead of the session. Some examples, using CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, could be:

● “What can we do to showcase a Melbourne experience to international delegates?”

● “Because we can’t bring our clients to the venue right now, how can we bring the venue to our clients?”

● “As our venue embodies the surrounding native Australian landscape, what native local produce could we introduce to enhance our premium menu offering?”

It’s also important to allow a variety of team members to play the role of ‘organiser’ – this brings creative diversity and individual leadership development.

Ways to enhance your creative brainstorm session
Whether your team is working off Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype or Zoom, make sure you’re up to date with the latest features and tools available to get the most out of your team’s session.

A new one that’s recently launched, that my team absolutely loves, is Microsoft Whiteboard. We’re able to easily share our screen and brainstorm as if we were all physically next to each other, jotting down and scribbling ideas. The best part about it – once you’re done, you can save the screen and share across any device. If you don’t have a whiteboard feature available, the organiser can share their screen on the video app with the pre-prepared briefing document as the landing page.

Another feature available across most video conference platforms is screen recording. This will allow you to play back any proposed ideas and discussion points to ensure nothing has been missed, as well as share to anyone who might not have been able to attend.

Time to brainstorm
To get the most from your session, keep brainstorms for each question limited to three or four minutes, max. This avoids the team getting bogged down on one item, and keeps the discussion flowing.

Here’s how it works in practice:

● The organiser reads out loud the first question, ours is “What can we do to showcase a Melbourne experience to international delegates?”

○ Note, it’s also a great idea to put the question on the shared screen in bold, too. This gives your team something to refer back to during the brainstorm.

● The organiser then sets a four-minute timer and each of the participants silently writes down their ideas, starting each sentence with “What if we…”

● When the four minutes are up, the organiser invites each participant to read out their ideas – allowing all people in the team to share turn-by-turn..

○ Note, make comments as you go – before you forget the best ideas and need post-session time to refresh. Alternatively, if you are using Microsoft Whiteboard, these notes will be saved automatically on the collaboration whiteboard.

● Once all parties have read out their suggestions, it’s on to question two (and three)!

● Allow time at the end of each question for an open forum discussion on some of the team’s ideas. A useful tip is to read back all the answers and have the group vote on the best (if applicable).

● It's important that the organiser follows up with a written overview from the brainstorming session and key actions that arose. This will keep the group accountable and engaged for the next session.

This method keeps brainstorms under 30 minutes and helps assign clear actions and objectives to the meeting, ensuring that you get the most out of your team.

Whether you’re looking to take your events from physical locations to online, or wanting to stimulate creative outputs among any team or project, these three steps will hopefully be an effective guide to ensure you can still hold a creative brainstorming session and make the most of this time.

Keep up to date with news, and follow the development of Melbourne & Olympic Park’s newest venue CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park on LinkedIn.

Attributed to Lara Burnes, General Manager of Premier Events & Experiences at Melbourne & Olympic Parks.

My team joins me to send you a brief update about the Covid-19 crisis in Vietnam.

We are all in this together and the latest news in our country may inspire you and give you some hope!

Vietnam does not record any new case of Covid-19 for a few days now, and most of the infected people are being treated, their numbers diminishing everyday. No casualty to be declared and both Vietnamese and foreign citizens are treated with the same good care and respect.

The Vietnamese government has put in place a 'social distanciation' program during the past few weeks, and we are now happy to announce that it worked, life will slowly return to normal within our borders.

We wanted to share this good news as the virus can be fought with patience and compliance to some confinement time to protect yourself and others.

All the best for your country, do keep us updated on your situation, and we truly hope to see you soon at a travel show, or why not your next holiday to Vietnam?

Stay safe, stay informed, and more importantly stay at home.

Kind regards,
Linh Tuan Nguyen
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ENJOY THE BEST OF AUSTRALIAN ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE

Tourism Australia has collated some of Australia’s best films, books, music and podcasts for people around the world to enjoy in the comfort of their lounge rooms. 

As a creative society, many unique Aussie perspectives have made their way into some exceptional movies, music, books and podcasts including The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (whose spiritual home is the iconic National Heritage City of Broken Hill) and stunning performances by Sydney Symphony Orchestra. 

Full of unforgettable stories, fascinating characters and, of course, a healthy dose of humour, Aussie entertainment is the perfect way to celebrate the essence of Australia at home right now.

Destination NSW

UNWTO/GTERC Asia Tourism Trends – 2019 Edition

The UNWTO/GTERC Asia Tourism Trends – 2019 Edition, the sixth annual report in the series, highlights in its first chapter the rapidly growing tourism sector in Asia and the Pacific. 

The 2nd chapter examines the potential of the Chinese outbound tourism market, the world’s largest in both numbers and expenditure, to South America, with particular emphasis on Argentina and Brazil.

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9 Awesome Cocktails To Enjoy In This Isolation With Your Partners

We all know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been bothering many countries across the globe, and most of them are under lockdown. So while we are in self-isolation or quarantine to take preventive measures against the virus, why not spend some quality time with our partner doing the things that we love without having to step outside. If you miss hitting the club with your partner and ordering a bottle of Stella Rosa, you can always make up for it at home. Here is the list of nine excellent cocktails you can enjoy with your partner that are easy to make in this isolation.

1. Democrat
The first cocktail mentioned in this list is one of the refreshing cocktails you can easily make at your home and savour it with your partner watching the sunset from your balcony. If you both enjoy drinking bourbon, then this might become your go-to drink while you hit the bar after the lockdown. Grab a cocktail shaker and throw in crushed ice, bourbon (2 oz), freshly squeezed lemon juice (¾ oz), honey syrup (½ oz), peach liqueur (½ oz) and stir (not shake) thoroughly. Strain the drink into a classy glass and use a lemon slice to garnish.

2. Death Flip
Here is a cocktail that surely will change your perception of drinking certain spirits. Created by a bartender in Australia, this drink has gained its popularity among the local Australians both because of its name and the various ingredients that perfectly combine and offer an astonishing taste. Add Blanco tequila (1 oz), Yellow Chartreuse (½ oz), Jägermeister (½ oz), a dash of simple syrup, a whole egg, nutmeg accompanied by some ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Once done, strain into a Delmonico glass and you can use freshly grated nutmeg for garnishing.

3. Del Rio
Del Rio is one of those drinks that perfectly combines and offers diverse tastes and flavours from is ingredients. For instance, the strong flavour of the tequila and the bitter taste of the Angostura bitters hits you different when you sip it. Del Rio is also one of the simplest cocktails to make at home. Throw in some ice cubes into the cocktail shaker and add Tequila (1 ½ oz), St. German Elderflower Liqueur (¾ oz), three dashes of Angostura Bitters (Orange), Manzanilla Sherry (¾ oz) and stir well. Once done, serve in a coupe glass.

4. Sidecar
Here is a cocktail named after a motorcycle attachment with French ingredients that make it a classy and one of its kind. The drink is almost boozy with a perfectly dry finish when you sip it. A pro tip to making this cocktail is twisting the coupe glass on a plate of sugar in a way that it attaches well to the rim. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes, 2 oz of Cognac, ¾ oz of Cointreau (orange liqueur), and ¾ oz of lemon juice and shake well. Once chilled, strain into the coupe glass and use orange-peel for garnishing.

5. Stir Crazy

Here is a cocktail that packs strong characteristics of Blanco and adds a dry flavour from the vermouth. You can make chamomile syrup at home and add it along with the other ingredients to get a more refined taste and flavour. Grab a mixing glass and add some ice cubes, 1 oz of Blanco, 0.5 oz of Bombay Dry Gin, 1 oz of dry vermouth, and finally 0.25 oz of chamomile syrup and stir well. Once chill, strain the drink into a coupe glass eliminating the ice cubes and use lemon peel for garnishing.

6. Division Bell
Division Bell is one of the mezcal treats that supremely pack the essence of citrus, the sweet and bitter tastes of the tart. It is both refreshing and boozy at the same time and one of the simplest cocktails to make at home. First created by a bartender in New York, the Division Bell is an exemplary drink for the night. Add 1 oz of any mezcal, 0.5 oz of Maraschino liqueur, 0.75 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 0.75 oz of Aperol into a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake well. Once done, strain into a coupe glass and serve.

7. Highlander
If you are craving a rusty drink with a well balanced sweet and bitter taste, then highlander is something you should try. Throw some ice cubes in a mixing glass, add 2 oz of Scotch, on or two dashes of Angostura bitters and ½ oz of Bénédictine and stir well (not shake). Strain the drink into a coupe glass and savour the refreshing cocktail.

8. Bourbon Renewal
Bourbon Renewal is one of the classic cocktails because of the fact that it is a perfect whiskey sour with a blend of sweet tastes derived from the simple syrup and cassis, the key ingredients that go in making it along with bourbon. Add 2 oz of bourbon, ½ oz of cassis, 1 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice, and ½ of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker along with ice. Serve the drink with some more ice cubes in an old fashioned glass and savour the classic Bourbon Renewal with your partner.

9. Expat

Here is another cocktail with a strong base of bourbon accompanied by Angostura Bitters offering sour and strong minty flavourings. The lemon juice and sweet syrup combine the sweet and tangy tastes making the cocktail absolutely refreshing. You need to add 2 oz of bourbon, ¾ oz of simple syrup, 1 oz of lemon juice and two dashes of Angostura bitters and shake them well with ice cubes in a metal cocktail shaker. Strain and serve in a coupe glass and use fresh mint leaves for garnishing the drink.

So those were the nine outstanding cocktails that you can enjoy with your partner during isolation. All the cocktails are easy to make, and most of the ingredients used are easily accessible.


*Harold Camaya, Digital Marketing Specialist
harold.camaya@chocowinery.com

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH SAILFISH GETS GOING!

It’s full steam ahead at Sailfish Boats with the team utilizing this trying time to develop even better mousetraps – well tough seafaring canyon running boats anyhow!

The Ballina based manufacturing facility has been hard at work developing a fresh new model of their popular 3200 Platinum armour plated aluminium catamaran that was originally set for release at the now cancelled Sanctuary Cove and Sydney Boat Shows.

This new design has all the elements to become the ultimate rig for extended cruising and sports fishing with all the creature comforts for a small family live aboard, but with an alter ego as a true offshore adventurer.

Nothing beats the aquatic magic carpet ride of a catamaran, nor the spaciousness and stability. When it’s time to put the pedal to the metal the Sailfish 3200 Platinum will get you to the hot spot quickly and comfortably, but even more importantly has the trusted seaworthiness to get you, your friends and loved ones home safely.

With gutsy performance and enormous fuel efficiencies from twin 300HP Yamaha 4-strokes fed by twin 500 litre fuel tanks and advanced twin hull design the 3200 Platinum catamaran has enormous range capabilities for intrepid adventures and long distance exploration, or perhaps just less annoying fuel stops at the marina.

The comfort levels are through the roof with exceptional ergonomics, finesse finishes and an array of options and accessories to suit every taste the Sailfish 3200 Platinum may well be your next nautical freedom machine!

Some of the major features include 3.50m beam, 200l fresh water, air conditioning, genset, hot/cold water, TV, shore power, step down toilet / shower unit with separate double berth, solar charging, Seadek flooring, galley with 2 burner stove, microwave & upright refrigerator, convertible dinette and an Alfresco style opening rear cabin window with outdoor BBQ servery unit. The cabin is fully lockable for security and the enormous open deck has all the features of a modern sportsfishing assault weapon yet an inviting character for cruising comfort.

There’s another old saying that, “When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping!” for a new Sailfish 3200 Platinum catamaran of course!

This boat will be available for delivery in June and Sailfish are inviting Expressions of Interest for individual inspections. Contact Webbe Marine 02 95217944 for more information. Web: sailfish.com.au

See also: sailfish.com.au/boat/3200-platinum-sports/