Saturday, 28 November 2009

Try Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting at Your next Corporate Event

Finding the right type of entertainment for your team building exercises, bucks days or corporate charters can be challenging.

An easy choice is laser clay pigeon shooting for rewarding fun and a great ice breaker for large groups. Both men and women can handle the authentic shotguns converted to fire harmless infrared beams. Cheer on your team and enjoy the fruits of victory!

Laser clay pigeon shooting is a perfect choice for seminars, corporate promotions, trade shows and displays where customer and client interaction is important. Engage your prospects or bond your sales department with this game of skill, accuracy and split-second decision-making.

The system uses the same type of clay pigeon launcher as used by professional shooters in the Olympic Games. The clays travel about ten or twenty metres and players shoot any time they decide. Some shooters can even hit a clay twice before it hits the ground scoring extra points.

Any flat area about the size of a tennis court is sufficient to set up laser clay pigeon shooting and you can have as many teams of four as you want. Hundreds of guests can play in a single day if required.

Another advantage is the ease of playing from a charter boat on Sydney Harbour or any waterway like Pittwater or the Hawkesbury River. The plastic clays are completely reusable and float for easy collection by our staff. There is no mess or cleaning up and professional staff takes care of everything. Just turn up and shoot.

Ask your conference organiser or charter boat agent about laser clay pigeon shooting.

New Melbourne Wining & Dining hotspots

New Melbourne Wining & Dining hotspots
92 Smith Street
(no phone)

Boire is a warm and welcoming bar that is a little French, a little quirky, a little modern. Catherine Chauchat, Bordeaux-trained winemaker and bar owner, imports all of the wine from small producers in her native France. The list also includes French beer and a small selection of boutique local labels.

Boire’s architecturally-designed interior promotes a casual-dining atmosphere. It is simple and minimalist, created to enhance the experience of rustic food and fine wine.  A vast blackboard covering an entire wall provides an eye-catching visual and expansive descriptions of the wine and food selections (the latter changing every second day). The bar serves a small selection of ‘peasant’ food such as pork pâté to local olives from the Grampians, as well as a compact list of mouth-watering meals, all designed to perfectly accompany your wine.

Boire’s approach to food and wine benchmarks itself as a perfect venue for a warm, wine-drinking sanctuary

New Melbourne Wining & Dining hotspots
Shannon Bennett opens
Café Vue at
401 St Kilda Road

Internationally acclaimed chef Shannon Bennett, of Vue de Monde, has opened a new venue on St Kilda Rd.

Café Vue at 401, which opened in September 2009, offers full table service with quick casual meals and a limited la carte dining available at lunch time and in the evenings. Everything served at Café Vue - including fresh bread, filled baguettes, speciality pies, viennoisseries, gateaux and handcrafted chocolates - is made in-house. The décor is a modern interpretation of the era of Marie Antoinette with luxurious textured finishes and wonderful colours.

Located on the ground level of Pan Urban’s luxury residential redevelopment, Café Vue at 401 provides a window onto St Kilda Road serving express take away meals including the signature Café Vue lunch boxes, Illy coffee and a range of sandwiches and pastries.

Bennett’s next venture, Café Vue at Heide Museum of Modern Art, is due to open in November 2009.
For bookings call Ph: (03) 9866 8055 or view the menu and photo gallery see

New Melbourne Wining & Dining hotspots
No 35 restaurant at Sofitel - new elegant dining with a view

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins has a new fine dining restaurant called No35, located 35 floors above the Paris end of Collins Street.

The restaurant, which opened in June, boasts rich dark timbers and a sophisticated palette of gold, red and pink tones enhanced by a collection of contemporary artworks and spectacular views of Melbourne and surrounds.

No35 serves modern cuisine, using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Overseeing the kitchen is UK chef Stuart McVeigh whose background includes working at several Michelin star restaurants in London as well as a stint at The Botanical (South Yarra).

The sommelier is Kyriacos Christodoulou (recently at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze in London) and the restaurant manager Chris McNally hails from Sydney’s Steel Bar & Grill.
For more information:

Avista Phuket makes a splashing debut

A new luxury resort joins Asia’s most desirable island paradise

Avista Resort and Spa, Kata Phuket, the newest property on the shores of southern Thailand’s world famous resort island, opened its doors in early November and is already leaving lasting impressions on its first group of guests. With bookings coming through from the very instant the hotel went online, tourists from all corners of globe have already been given a spectacular taste of this contemporary tropical resort.

While the world’s tourism industry might have taken a step back during this global recession, the crowded streets and fully-booked hotels of Phuket prove that Thailand’s largest island is doing just fine. As the calendar moves towards the end of 2009 and the busiest holiday season of the year, travelers will have a brand new accommodation option at this ground-breaking new property.

Avista Resort and Spa Phuket is the first of what will soon become Thailand’s most exciting and dynamic chain of luxury resorts, which prides itself on welcoming all visitors with the Land of Smile’s globally renowned warm hospitality.

Situated on a hillside, Avista Resort and Spa Phuket, as it name suggests, offers an unrivalled, panoramic view of the crystal clear emerald waters of the stunning Andaman Sea.

Designed purely with every need of the holidaymaker in mind, the 143-unit Avista Resort and Spa Phuket puts every emphasis on making visitors feel at home. The resort features creative elements and facilities to best accommodate the guests. Rooms feature innovative touch panels that allow you to have the entire room under your complete control from the comfort of your bed. In-room entertainment is unrivalled, with massive LCD flat screens featuring dozens of satellite channels from all over the planet as well as various outlets and USB sockets which allow guests to plug and play their own choice of programming. You can also easily stay connected with your friends and family back home with in-room high-speed broadband internet.

For that extra special occasion, the exclusive Kata and Karon suite rooms overlook the entire property and feature unimpeded views of the ocean. This is simply the ultimate answer in luxury for guests wanting to be spoiled, with a spacious living area as well as an indoor Jacuzzi right at the edge of your king-sized bed.

Most units have a clear view of the ocean as well as the hotel’s swimming pool, which is surrounded in a lush tropical setting and features a cool and refreshing waterfall. Situated at the centre of the property, the pool area doubles as a stage area for entertainment at sunset daily ranging from traditional Thai shows, Latin dances, and musical performances which will take place as the sun fades and the moon rises every single evening.

A visit to Thailand would be utterly incomplete without sampling some of the most delicious food in the world. En Vogue, Avista’s signature restaurant, offers guests a breath-taking gastronomic journey into both Thai and international cuisines with new spins on classic local and foreign dishes that will thrill every palette. The endless selection of new world wines from En Vogue’s very own wine lounge will also definitely excite the travelling connoisseur. For a cool relaxing end to a long day, the signature cocktails of the poolside bar are waiting to quench your thirst with happy hours every evening.

There’s no reason not to stay healthy during your relaxing vacation with the resort’s trademark Morrocan and Thai inspired spa located near the main pool featuring an extensive list of treatments to ease all your aches and pains. A glass-encased fitness centre also sits right on the edge of the pool with all the equipment necessary to ensure you keep fit and firm during your stay.

Business travelers will find everything they need at Avista as well, with two cutting edge conference rooms outfitted with modern equipment for presentations, as well as a cinema-style theatre hall.

The resort is just minutes away from the serene, powder-white sands of Kata, one of Phuket island’s more peaceful beaches, where guests can soak up the sun or go for a refreshing swim off this beautiful shore line. The friendly town of Kata is home to endearing locals, charming shops, and restaurants serving mouthwatering, freshly-caught seafood.

While Kata beach is the ideal locale for guests to relax and leave the worries of the chaotic world behind, there’s always a time for some fun and excitement. Though visitors can rest unimpeded and bask in the infinite tranquility of Avista Phuket, a drastic change of pace can be had with ease with just a short, ten-minute drive up the winding coast to the popular and vibrant Patong beach.

During this special introductory period, Avista Resort and Spa Phuket is offering a promotional rate until the 21 of December 2009.

For more information or reservations contact 662-714-3547, 6620714-3548 or visit the website at

Contact: Australia
Aviation & Tourism International
Tel: 02 80805622, Fax: 02 92416888, Email:

Friday, 27 November 2009

Break free with a long lunch in Noosa

Following the success of the inaugural Noosa's Longest Lunch last year, organisers are set to bring back the popular event on Friday 4 December promising an even bigger and better serve than last time.

More than 1000 people are expected to attend the gourmet extravaganza taking place down the length of Hastings Street.

Noosa's Longest Lunch will once again showcase the fine cuisine of Noosa's famous restaurants supported by street performers, fashion parades and entertainment in a feast for the senses not to be missed.

And if you're hungry for a good accommodation deal as well, BreakFree brings some great rates to the table to coincide with the big event.

These include BreakFree Ocean Breeze where two bedroom apartments start from $239* per night, BreakFree Noosa International where one bedroom apartments start from $169* per night, BreakFree French Quarter where one bedroom apartments start from $199* per night and BreakFree South Pacific where one bedroom apartments are available from $128* per night.

For bookings or further information phone 132 007 or visit

About BreakFree:
BreakFree offers an extensive range of hotels, resorts and apartments at great rates in favourite holiday destinations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Featuring 3.5 to 4.5 star, self contained accommodation, BreakFree properties are located close to the best beaches, dining and holiday attractions. Representing quality and great value for money, BreakFree spans superb family destinations such as Tropical North Queensland, the Fraser Coast, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold and Tweed Coasts, New South Wales and New Zealand's South Island as well as prime city locations.

*Conditions, minimum stays and blockout periods apply. Subject to availability.


For the discerning traveller looking for that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience, Academy Travel, specialist in small group cultural tours, have included five new tours to Europe, Gulf States and Indochina in their 2010 programme launched today.

The 20-day Barcelona to Nimes tour is offered for the first time in 2010 and focuses on the vibrant medieval heritage of Spain and southern France with visits to UNESCO sites and extended stays in Barcelona, Girona and Narbonne and Paris in France.

Dr. Milton Osborne, a historian with over five decades of experience in the Mekong Basin, will lead the 14-day Royal Cities of IndoChina tour. This itinerary will cover visits to three UNESCO world-heritage sites including the famous Angkor Wat in northern Cambodia.

The Grand Tour of France, a 19-day tour departing on 30 September 2010, travels through some of France’s most beautiful and historic regions, taking in medieval towns, Roman ruins, vineyards and stays in historic chateaus.

Academy Travel is gradually expanding their range of tours to the Middle East with a new Oman and the Gulf States itinerary. This 18- day tour begins on the on the southern shores of the Persian Gulf, travelling along the coastline from Abu Dhabi through a number of small emirates. Included is Oman, whose many charms include the city of Muscat, an entrepôt of Arab, Portuguese and Turkish influences. The tour is led by Dr John Tidmarsh who has lectured and led tours to Turkey, Iran and the Gulf States.

Academy Travel director Robert Veel says the confidence of Australian travelers has returned and many people are eager to travel while the dollar is strong against international currencies.

“People that postponed travel last year due to the economic downturn are now booking long haul trips to Europe, the Middle East and also parts of Asia to capitalise on the strong Australian dollar,” Robert said.

“Tours offering good value and a more in-depth experience are proving most popular and we have ensured Academy Travel tours are led by academics or experts in their field of study and groups are a maximum of 20 people so personal attention is assured.”

Even before departure, Academy Travel makes learning about the destination easy with online resources including links to relevant websites, maps, historical summaries and suggested reading materials. All tours are led by academics who specialise in the particular theme of the tour and Academy Travel clients enjoy not only seeing extraordinary sites but also taking home a thorough understanding of their significance.

Academy Travel’s packages include airfares, accommodation, all breakfasts, several lunches and dinners, transport by private air-conditioned coach, all entrance fees and tips for local guides, as well as regular briefings and background reading materials from the expert guides.

Pricing for the new 2010 tours:
Tour Prices (land only)

Barcelona to Nimes $7,200 per person twin share.

Royal Cities of IndoChina $4,300 per person twin share.

Grand Tour of France $7,200 per person twin share.

Oman and the Gulf States $7,200 per person twin share.

To view the full itinerary or book a tour visit Academy Travel’s website at


Following up on the great success of 2009, Academy Travel will be presenting a series of stimulating lectures for travellers looking for that ‘unique’ experience in 2010 or just wanting to find out more about destinations offering culture, music, art and history throughout Europe, Asia and America.

The first lecture will kick off on January 28th with a subject dear to any traveller’s heart - photography. A digital photography lecture conducted by Robin Nichols, will teach travellers how to fully understand their cameras and take the best photographs wherever they travel. Cost of this lecture is $20 and starts at 9.30am. (*Info on Robin needed)

The following lectures will be conducted starting in January 2010:

* Thursday 28th January, 9.30am to 12.45

Making Digital Photography Work for you – by Robin Nichols

* Monday 8th March, 10.30am- to 12.45

Revolutionary Paris – by Dr Michael Adcock

* Thursday 25th March – 10.30am to 12.45

New York and Washington: Capitol and Capitol – by Stuart Barrie and Robert Veel

* Thursday 15th April – 10.30am to 12.45

Medieval or Just Middle Aged: a study in Culture and Religion – by Dr Carole Cusack

* Thursday 21st May – 10.30am to 12.45

Jewels of the Italian Renaissance – by Dr Kathleen Olive and Nicholas Gordon

* Thursday 17th June – 10.30am to 12.45

Oman: Transformation and Contrast – Dr John Tidmarsh

* Thursday 15th July – 10.30am to 12.45

The Mekong: Exploring the River Road – by Dr Milton Osborne

The lectures, held at Academy Travel’s office in the CBD, last approximately 2 hours with refreshments and time for questions and answers. Most talks cost $10 or a six lecture package from March to July, is $50. Lectures are open to anyone interested in a particular subject and bookings must be made in advance.

To view the tours associated to the lectures, background notes on the speakers and tour leaders and to book a place for any of the lectures, visit

Christmas Lunch on the Edge of Sydney Harbour

Breathtaking views and exquisite cuisine for a memorable Christmas lunch

Park Hyatt Sydney is once again hosting its signature Rooftop Seafood Barbecue lunch for families and friends wanting to be spoilt on Christmas Day.

Perched on the very edge of Sydney Harbour nestled between the world-famous icons of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Park Hyatt Sydney offers the perfect location in which to celebrate Christmas Day.

Rooftop Seafood Barbeque
Park Hyatt Sydney's Rooftop Terrace offers uninterrupted views from the city skyline to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. A magnificent seafood barbeque buffet starts at 12:00 noon on Christmas Day, featuring a selection of the freshest produce and finest seafood. Naturally, Christmas bon-bons are an integral part of the day as is a visit from Santa.

Christmas Day 12:00 noon to 3:00pm
Adults A$245 per persons including a glass of champagne on arrival, and a beverage package of beer, wine and soft drinks Children (12-17) A$150 per person Children (3-11) A$75 per person

Bookings are essential for last remaining tickets. Please call +61 2 9256 1661 or email

About Park Hyatt
Intimate and residential in style, Park Hyatt hotels promise elegant and gracious service on a personal scale, and are further distinguished by prime locations and exceptional interior design. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and its subsidiaries operate 24 Park Hyatt hotels, with an additional 10 properties under development. Current locations include: Baku, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Canberra, Chicago, Dubai, Goa, Hamburg, Istanbul, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Philadelphia, Saigon, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington DC and Zurich.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

City of Helsinki appointed World Design Capital 2012

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) announced today, that the appointment of World Design Capital™ (WDC) 2012 has been conferred to the City of Helsinki (Finland). Announced during the closing ceremony of the Icsid World Design Congress in Singapore, Helsinki will move on to be the third city to hold the biennial designation in 2012.

Appointed to cities based on their accomplishments and commitment to design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic development, the WDC designation is an ambitious project initiated and managed by Icsid to promote the impact of design on quality of life. Since its inception in 2004, the project has developed into a tangible venture and is being recognised internationally for its ability to showcase the merits of design-led initiatives within various municipalities.

Icsid President Prof. Carlos Hinrichsen stated "The WDC designation impresses upon cities, the importance of design as a primary developmental tool. As the world seeks to understand the changing fabric of urban environments, the initiative is uniquely positioned to reflect on the many equations that collectively impact the quality of urban life. From urban regeneration and planning policies, to product development and technology, these and other developmental initiatives have proven that design can be used for the betterment of the human condition."

For the City of Helsinki, design has for decades been a pivotal enabler to building an open city. The concept of 'Embedded Design' has tied design to innovation and has enabled desirable solutions that have addressed the needs of its inhabitants. Helsinki Design is also part of world design – it is created together with the international design community and the people of the world. Helsinki Design includes well-known global brands, such as Nokia, Kone and Marimekko, popular events, like the annual Helsinki Design Week, outstanding education and research institutions, such as the University of Art and Design Helsinki, and exemplary architects and designers such as Eliel Saarinen and Alvar Aalto.

The WDC 2012 Jury consisting of Prof. Carlos Hinrichsen, Icsid President (Chile); Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum (United Kingdom); Guto Indio da Costa, Architect (Brazil) and Se-hoon Oh, Mayor of the City of Seoul (South Korea) was facilitated by Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, Icsid Senator and WDC Founding Chair (Germany). A comprehensive SWOT analysis was implemented during the deliberations resulting in a unanimous final selection. A nuclear approach to Helsinki's design culture is perhaps the defining expression of Helsinki's inclusive vision for WDC 2012.

Mr. Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of the City of Helsinki stated, "The decision to designate Helsinki as WDC 2012 brings great responsibility and we accept this title with an open mind and with great enthusiasm. It is an important accomplishment for the metropolitan region, as well as for Finland and will be celebrated with the consortium of municipalities and partners that supported our bid."

"The WDC designation allows cities to demonstrate that design can be a catalyst for change. Helsinki is ready to be one of those cities and is eager to become a global role model in 2012."

Leading up to this moment, Helsinki shared a finalist spot for the WDC title with the City of Eindhoven (The Netherlands). "It was an honour for us to have shared the platform with such a reputable city of design," stated Pajunen. "We are naturally very open to collaborate with all design-led cities." A bond has been established between Helsinki and Eindhoven, as the two WDC 2012 finalists. This will lead to innovative partnerships between these prominent European design communities.

Helsinki is a vibrant community – a great place to work, live and explore. A modern landscape where talented individuals encompass every sphere of international and Finnish society, it is a hotbed for innovation and a positive environment for creative industries. The City of Helsinki will follow in the footsteps of Torino (Italy) and Seoul (South Korea) to develop an inviting programme for 2012.

Further information:, and

Muscat, Nizwa and Salalah - Oman, what a holiday!

Travellers seeking a holiday filled with rich history and culture, inspiring art and architecture, stunning surrounds and unique experiences, Oman is the place to be. Explore its magical capital, Muscat, with New Horizons Holidays and take the opportunity to treat yourself to amazing add-on packages for a great price.

New Horizons Holidays is offering travellers a three-night Muscat package priced from:

·        $882 per person, twin share staying at the Park Inn Muscat in a standard room

·        $939 per person, twin share staying at the Crowne Plaza Muscat in a standard city view room

·        $1032 per person, twin share staying at the InterContinental in a standard mountain view room

·        $1092 per person, twin share staying at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort Al Waha in a superior room

·        $1233 per person, twin share staying at The Cedi Muscat in a Seri superior room.

This package includes three nights accommodation, American style breakfast daily, as well as two fantastic city day tours – the Magical Muscat City Tour showcasing the unique blend of Muscat's ancient and modern character and the Coastal Escapade Tour which visits beautiful Fin Beach, Wadi Shaab, Tiwi and Qainat.

Add a little more excitement to your Oman adventure with a two night Oasis Town of Nizwa add-on priced from $718 per person, twin share. This offer includes two nights accommodation at the Golden Tulip, Nizwa staying in a standard room, American style breakfast daily and two day tours – the Dunes of Wahiba Tour which visits the worlds most fascinating desert formations at Wahiba Sands and Wadi Habi Khalid, and the Majestic Forts Tour which uncovers Oman's striking cultural landmarks.

Still looking for more? New Horizons Holidays is also offering a two night Monsoon City of Salalah add-on priced from $494 per person, twin share. This fantastic add-on includes two nights accommodation at the stunning Hilton Salalah Resort in a Mountain View room with American style breakfast daily and a Dhofar Delight Tour taking in Salalah's pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear seas, its historic landmarks and sites.

All prices are land only. This deal is available until 30 November, 2009 for travel between 10 January and 7 May 2010.

New Horizons Holidays has been offering great value holidays to a wonderful range of international destinations for more than 30 years. New Horizons Holidays specialises in securing a great range of hotels, cruises, tours, transfer services and great value airfares to ensure peace of mind when travelling.

For more information see for your nearest New Horizons Holidays preferred travel agent.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Wrap up Your Favourite Hotel

Let InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts make gift giving easy with the new Hotels Gift Card.

Whether it’s a romantic weekend away, dinner for two, a cocktail at the bar, indulgent spa treatment or snorkeling safari in Fiji, the Hotels Gift Card’s versatility makes it the perfect gift for every occasion and budget.

Ranging from as little as $50 right up to $500 the gift card can be redeemed at over 45 hotels across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Working just like a credit card, the Hotels Gift Card can be used to purchase any favourite hotel indulgence from accommodation to room service and in-room movies or as an add on to an existing holiday, wherever VISA is accepted in InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts.

The Hotels Gift Card can be purchased online, with delivery and a personal message included and will be delivered within seven days of purchase.

For more information or to order your Hotels Gift Card visit or drop in at any InterContinental, Crowne Plaza or Holiday Inn Hotel & Resort.

Scammers focus on cheap holiday accommodation offers

As plans are made for holidays, scammers are out there designing their next move to appropriate hard earned dollars.

"This time each year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission receives complaints from holiday makers who find that the cheap accommodation vouchers they have paid for either don't arrive, are fakes, or simply can't be used as promised," ACCC deputy chair, Peter Kell, said.

"Often the vouchers have been bought by credit card during an enticing but unsolicited call from a telemarketer or after receiving a fax offering accommodation at heavily discounted prices. These can include holidays at Phuket, Koh Samui or Bali or Australian locations.

"If the vouchers do arrive, consumers find that when they go to book their holidays, additional charges need to be paid in order to secure accommodation or the accommodation provider has no knowledge of the voucher or deal.

"In one example reported to the ACCC, a woman arrived at a motel having bought vouchers which she believed entitled her to discounted accommodation. The motel had never heard of the voucher provider.

"In another instance, a consumer was sold vouchers for accommodation but found they could be used only to buy food.

"The ACCC has also had instances of consumers having multiple, unauthorised debits from their credit card account.

"These scammers know how to push the right buttons," Mr Kell warned. "Holidays are considered a luxury item and consumers are looking for the best way to stretch their holiday dollar. Scammers are taking advantage of this.

"Be cautious of any unsolicited offer and avoid providing your credit card details over the phone. Obtaining refunds from unscrupulous traders is next to impossible."

Consumers can protect themselves when pre purchasing accommodation by:

* contacting the accommodation provider and confirming the availability of the accommodation;
* not providing credit card details and other personal information to unsolicited callers. Get details and say you will call them back after you have checked their offer. If they are genuine they will be happy to provide their contact details. If they don't, hang up!

Further information about current scams can be found on the ACCC's scamwatch website at

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

News and Deals from Mantra Resorts

Here is a summary of what's news and the hottest deals around Australia from Mantra Hotels, Resorts and Apartments.

What’s new at Mantra

PAR EXCELLENCE: Mantra Kooindah Waters Golf Resort & Spa has enhanced its position as one of Australia’s most sought after leisure escapes with the Central Coast property being ranked the seventh best play and stay facility nationally, and best in NSW, by the 2010 Golf Course Guide. Located just 90 minutes north of Sydney, Mantra Kooindah Waters offers an ideal location for a golfing getaway, family holiday or relaxing break. The resort also features Karinyas Restaurant & Bar, Endota day spa, indoor heated lap pool, outdoor swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, tennis facilities and a children’s playground. In June this year its championship 18 hole golf course was honoured by another respected sports publication Golf Australia. The 6,083m layout, which was designed by leading architect Ross Watson and tour star Craig Parry, finished 22nd in the publication’s list of Australia’s top 30 residential courses. Call 13 15 17 or visit

ALL THE PAMPERING UNDER THE SUN: Leading Surfers Paradise resort, Mantra Sun City, has taken relaxation to a higher orbit with the opening of a decadent new day spa. Holidaymakers can now splash out on the ultimate in Gold Coast indulgence with leading massage and beauty company Calmertherapies opening its doors at the property. Adding an extra dimension for guests looking to be pampered in paradise, the day spa offers a tempting range of body treatments and pamper packages to soothe the mind, body and soul. Located in the resort lobby, the day spa offers rejuvenating deep tissue, relaxation, pregnancy and hot stone massages plus a choice of cleansing facials. Full body scrubs, deluxe pedicures and manicures, Mother’s Rewards and Men’s Treats is just a small example of what is waiting to be enjoyed, all in a serene and soothing setting. Open for appointments seven days a week by phoning 55 846025 or extension #6025 for resort guests, the day spa has treatments starting from just $75. Offering an idyllic haven to rejuvenate in privacy and contemporary comfort, Mantra Sun City is the perfect choice for couples and families alike. For bookings or further information call 13 15 17 or visit

HANG WITH MANTRA FOR THE MASTERPIECES FROM PARIS: Holidaymakers can escape to the national capital, see Masterpieces from Paris and hang in stylish comfort with Mantra on this awesome art lover’s escape. Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond, hailed as one of the most exceptional art events to be held in Australia, can be seen in Canberra only at the National Gallery of Australia from 4 December 2009 to 5 April 2010. Visitors will encounter van Gogh’s Bedroom at Aries 1889, Gauguin’s Tahitian women 1891, Cezanne’s beloved Mount Saint-Victoire c 1890 and many other examples by Post Impressionist painters in this once in a lifetime event. As a proud sponsor of the National Gallery of Australia, Mantra on Northbourne has packages from just $199* per room per night including accommodation in a Hotel Room, buffet breakfast for two and two tickets to the Masterpieces from Paris Exhibition. Perfectly located in the CBD with shopping and nightlife at your doorstep, Mantra on Northbourne offers apartment style accommodation combined with the facilities of a 4 star hotel. For bookings or further information call 13 15 17 or visit

NEW GM FOR MANTRA ON PARK: Experienced hospitality professional Scott Horn has been appointed the general manager of Melbourne property Mantra on the Park, moving from Tropical North Queensland where he was general manager for Mantra Esplanade, Cairns. Prior to joining Mantra Group, Scott held senior operational roles in Cairns with Mirvac and Accor.

ERSKINE BRANCHES OUT WITH NEW BOSS: Jeffrey Branch has been appointed general manager of Mantra Erskine Beach Resort, Lorne. Most recently Jeffrey has been managing his own Vanuatu property and has also worked with Mirvac as General Manager of Citigate Sebel The Entrance, Sea Temple Palm Cove and Sebel Vanuatu.

QUEEN HAS A NEW KING: Ian Herbst has taken the position of general manager of Brisbane property Mantra on Queen replacing Michael Harrison who has left to pursue other challenges. Ian brings strong corporate CBD hotel experience to the position having previously worked as a manager for Royal on the Park. Well respected within the Mantra Group, he also been general manager of Peppers Coral Coast, Airlie Beach, and Mantra Amphora, Cairns.

BRILL APPOINTMENT: Experienced resort manager David Brill has been appointed area manager of Mantra Group’s Mooloolaba region where he will be responsible for Mantra Mooloolaba, Mantra Sirocco, Mantra Zanzibar, BreakFree Alex Beach and BreakFree Seamark.

MANTRA BOLSTERS TNQ TEAM: Mantra bolsters its Tropical North Queensland team with the appointments of experienced hospitality professionals Gaye Coughlan to general manager of Mantra Esplanade, Cairns and Austin Robinson to general manager of Mantra PortSea, Port Douglas. Both bring outstanding backgrounds in property management to their respective positions with Gaye previously holding senior roles with Oaks Group and Club Crocodile while Austin has worked for Novotel and other leading 4-to-5 star hotels in both the leisure and corporate sectors.

Hot Deals

CHILL OUT AT CASUARINA THIS CHRISTMAS: Casuarina Lodge, in the lush Byron Bay hinterland, is the idyllic choice for a soothing Christmas escape. Holidaymakers can beat the heat in a cool rainforest setting and save this summer, with the Mantra-managed retreat offering sizzling deals through December and January. For example from Sundays through to Thursdays, guests can enjoy the comforts of an upmarket suite with ensuite and queen bed from $190* per unit per night including continental breakfast. On Friday and Saturday nights, the rate is $333* per unit per night with continental breakfast. Offering a just 18 Rainforest Suites, Casuarina Lodge is the ideal getaway to relax and be pampered with the promise of privacy and seclusion whilst still being able to enjoy the distinctive beach atmosphere and lifestyle of nearby Byron Bay. Call 13 15 17 or visit

MANTRA LAUNCHES MATES RATES FOR COAST LOCALS: Mantra is looking after its mates on the Sunshine Coast with a range of sizzling specials allowing locals to experience the best of what the rest of Australia comes to enjoy with a relaxing holiday at home. Put your feet up and let the resort experts take care of you on these money-saving breaks in your own backyard valid Sundays to Thursdays to 24 December 2009. In Mooloolaba locals only rates start from $127* per night for a one bedroom apartment at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach; $182* per night for a two bedroom apartment at Mantra Zanzibar and $206* per night for a two bedroom apartment at Mantra Sirocco. Call 13 15 17 and mention the Locals Mid Week campaign. Proof of residency will be required on check in.

BROAD SUMMER VALUE: Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Broadbeach marries the traditional beach holiday experience with a trendy, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Ride the waves by morning and the monorail by night to the glamour and excitement of the casino. High fashion shops, a selection of great restaurants, fine al-fresco dining, dazzling entertainment or lazy days doing nothing at all are all part of the Broadbeach experience. And summer brings hot value with Mantra offering three nights for the price of two at leading resorts Mantra Phoenician, where one bedroom apartments start from $187* per room per night and Mantra Bel Air where one bedroom apartments start from $165* per room per night. The stay three nights, pay two offer is valid for sale until December 18 and for travel to December 24, 2009. Call 1300 987 611 or visit

BIG CITY SAVINGS: Explore Melbourne in style, based at a premium Mantra property, on these money saving city specials from the leading hotel operator valid for sale and travel from December 1, 2009 to February 28, 2010. Mantra on Little Bourke has rooms from just $159* per room per night. Mantra on the Park and Mantra Southbank have rates from $169* per room per night. Guests can also enjoy the comforts of Mantra on Jolimont from a low $129* per room per night, Mantra on Russell from just $164* per room per night or Mantra on Exhibition from only $149* per room per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit

POCKET-FRIENDLY PORT: The seaside village of Port Douglas offers an oasis of relaxation in Queensland’s Tropical North where the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest are within easy reach. Secluded beaches, fine restaurants, boutique shopping and endless sight seeing opportunities, combined with a unique ambience, make Port Douglas the perfect place for a well-earned holiday. Now is the ideal time to pack your bags for Port, where resort operator Mantra is offering four nights for the price of three at beautiful Mantra Aqueous on Port. Guests booking four nights in hotel room with spa from $180* per room per night will only pay for three nights on this summer special valid for sale and travel to March 31, 2010. Just 200m from Four Mile Beach, Mantra Aqueous on Port features four lagoon pools, barbecue facilities and indulgent balcony Jacuzzis in every apartment. Call 1300 987 611 or visit

GET ALONG TO ETTALONG: Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, Mantra Ettalong Beach is the ideal destination to refresh the mind, body and soul on NSW’s scenic Central Coast. The premium beachfront resort is perfectly designed to enhance the calming nature of surrounding waters to provide the ultimate seaside escape. Summer is the ideal time to splash out on a well earned holiday to this fabulous property where rates start from a low $178* per room per night for a studio suite with hinterland view, valid for travel to December 23, 2009. Offering panoramic views of the surrounding coastline, the resort is just a short stroll from the centre of town and enjoys a host of great facilities including on site Jhalu Day Spa & Fitness Centre plus heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa overlooking beautiful Broken Bay. To book, visit

*Conditions, minimum stays and block out periods apply. Subject to change and availability.


Ibis King St Wharf, which opened just one year ago, is about to offer what many five-star hotels still do not – free WIFI access across the lobby and all rooms, for all guests at all times and without any hidden conditions. With room rates from as little as $139 per night and one of the best locations in Sydney, it is no surprise that the 91-room hotel has made it into the top ten business hotels in Sydney as listed on Tripadvisor, just behind The Observatory (as at 9th November 2009).

"Ibis hotels have a brand promise of being 'hotels the way you like them' and our guests have overwhelmingly told us that what they would like is free WI-FI access, so that is what we are going to deliver," said General Manager Benjamin Krieg. "Our little 3.5-star hotel is doing what some of the long-established five-stars still don't and giving our guests free WIFI throughout the hotel.

"While we have extremely high guest satisfaction rates at Ibis King Street Wharf, the one thing that came up again and again in guest feedback was the lack of WIFI access so I immediately set out to change this," he said. "It's all part of our promise to listen to what our customers want and provide it affordably."

As business travelers can attest, it can be frustrating when hotels offer free WIFI in lobbies only, or in rooms but only with a password or only for guests who belong to loyalty programs. Benjamin Krieg promises there are no hidden charges or conditions to his WIFI delivery – it's simple, clean and affordable just like the Ibis brand itself.

"Ibis King St Wharf is very much a hotel for today with its funky, modern design and affordability, so it was imperative we offered what today's traveler wants and needs – the ability to download files, connect with the world and check their emails simply from their room, without any hassle or extra costs."

Ibis King St Wharf is located in the heart of one of Sydney's most vibrant locations, just a short walk from the CBD, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World and all the attractions of Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

The Ibis brand is at the forefront of affordable accommodation, offering contemporary rooms in key locations at prices that have revolutionised economy hotels. Ibis guarantees friendly, helpful staff available 24/7; comfortable rooms; modern services; and amenities that make your stay more enjoyable – at the best possible price.

Ibis King St Wharf is part of a global network of more than 800 Ibis hotels in over 40 countries.

Free WIFI will be offered to all guests at Ibis King Street Wharf from 15 December 2009.

For bookings phone the Ibis King Street Wharf direct on 1300 116 771.

About ibis

ibis, the worldwide economy hotels brand of the Accor group, offers consistent quality accommodation and services in all its hotels, for the best local value: a well-designed and fully-equipped en-suite bedroom, major hotel services available 24/7 and a wide choice of on-site food and beverage options. The quality of the ibis standard has been recognised by the International Organization for Standardization certification ISO 9001 since 1997. ibis is also the world's first hotel chain to demonstrate its environmental commitment through securing the ISO 14001 certification, which has already been awarded to nearly one third of its hotels.

Established in 1974, ibis is the European leader and one of the first economy hotel chains in the world, with more than 90,000 rooms and 800 hotels in 40 countries, including 14 in Australia.

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New Zealand's Huka Lodge Announces New Michelin Star Chef

Michelin star Executive Chef comes to Huka Lodge

It is with great pleasure Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand announces the appointment of Michel Louws to the role of Executive Chef.

Dutch-born Michel comes with a reputation for superb cuisine, originality and a proven passion for creating an exceptional dining experience for those fortunate enough to enjoy his dishes.

Following his formal training in The Netherlands Michel sought to combine new challenges and work experience with travel. This allowed Michel to experience first-hand the cuisines of many different cultures as well as providing opportunities to spend time in the kitchens of great restaurants back in The Netherlands. During holidays and leave Michel would be found hard at work at Librije (3 Michelin stars), Inter Scaldis (2 Michelin stars) and 1 Michelin star restaurants Le Cirque and Zusje.

In 2002 Michel was offered the role as Head Chef of a charming lakeside restaurant 't-Veerhuis, located in Wolphaartsdijk, Zeeland in The Netherlands. By 2007 the establishment rose to 1 Michelin star and was ranked highest runner up in Dutch Top 100 Restaurants. In the same year Michel was honoured by his peers as one of the most promising Top 10 Head Chefs of that year.

Michel leaves restaurant 't-Veerhuis after seven very successful years and comes to Huka Lodge looking for new challenges. He brings with him great experience at top international level and a well-deserved reputation for exquisite dishes displaying balance as well as imagination and superb flavour combinations.

Huka Lodge was recently awarded 19th place worldwide in a new Food & Wine Resort category by the prestigious Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report – so Michel is aware he has a reputation to maintain as well as enhance.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Treat Your Friends To Some Christmas Cheer at Cove Cafe

It’s the time of year when we all make time to catch up with our nearest and dearest family and friends, and it’s very important we choose somewhere special to celebrate the year that was.

From 1 – 24 December, Cove Cafe at Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove is serving up a full array of Christmas cheer for just $36 per person. Set within this luxurious five-star resort, this buffet style restaurant is the perfect place for you and your friends to relax and enjoy yourselves.

Indulge in all your favourite Christmas treats at the hot and cold cooking stations before making your way to the delectable dessert buffet.

Delicious dishes include Antipasto platters with Coppa Ham and Smoked Turkey with pickled onions, Cornichons, Kalamata Olives and Sundried Tomatoes; Pumpkin, spinach and mushroom frittata; Goulash style beef shanks with roasted trio capsicum; slow roasted Turkey breast with cranberry chutney and giblet gravy, and pan fried tarragon flavoured catch of the day.

Highlights adorning the dessert buffet over this period include traditional fruit cake, mince pies, Christmas pudding, and festive cookies.

So if you’re looking for that special pre-Christmas celebration, Cove Cafe is the spot.

You’ll need to book early to avoid disappointment and due to popular demand, bookings are essential by phoning 07 5501 9840.

For more information on Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, visit

Sunday, 22 November 2009


Accor has launched an exciting, innovative Novotel in a prime location near Paradise Street in Liverpool, England. Style-led, with a design to appeal to business and leisure travellers alike, Novotel Liverpool Centre is a showcase for the latest Novotel developments.

Opening rates start from GBP85 per night (around AUD $154 at current exchange rates), with special two-day getaway packages available from GBP160 (around AUD$190 for two nights), inclusive of breakfast.

The Novotel is the ideal base for Australians visiting Liverpool, with its convenient location on Hanover Street, a stone's throw away from the thriving Paradise Street district of Liverpool, one of the largest ever urban revitalization projects in Europe. The Paradise Street Project was unveiled in 2008 and a year later had attracted over 22 million shoppers to a remarkably diverse range of boutiques, restaurants, bars and other attractions. 

For those who want to re-trace the Beatles' evolution in the rough and tough Liverpool of the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Novotel is perfectly located for organized and self-guided walks, with the Cavern Club and many other famous Beatles' landmarks less than 15 minutes walk from the hotel.

On arrival at Novotel Liverpool Centre, guests will be able to enjoy a seamless experience with the exclusive new self check-in and check out service.  Styled by Belgian interior designer Patrick Dumont, each of the 209 Novation rooms is designed to a high specification - fresh, spacious, beautifully considered bedrooms, complete with modern soft furnishings, bath and separate shower.  All rooms feature Novotel's latest in-room entertainment system.  Novotel Liverpool Centre is offering an all-inclusive, 24-hour package at only £12.99, which includes unlimited blockbuster movies and music on demand, hard-wired, high-speed internet access and connection for MP3 players.

Novotel Liverpool Centre also launches Eureka – a novel, all-inclusive meeting room set to revolutionise the meeting environment and encourage the free flow of creativity. The Eureka room features unconventional and flexible ergonomic furnishings combined with state-of-the-art technology tools to inspire fresh thinking.  Eureka also lets you enjoy the choice of an à la carte and / or buffet menu within the meeting space, another instance of Novotel's commitment to offering the guest flexible choices.  The hotel features a dedicated conference floor with nine conference rooms offering the innovative *Meeting@Novotel package which provides a customised service, contemporary and innovative facilities and an assigned co-ordinator to ensure the success of every business event.

Novotel Liverpool Centre also features Novotel's unique dining option - Elements - a popular food concept, which gives guests the ultimate in choice.  Elements also includes the very successful TV Dining – where single diners can sit in their own specially designed "pods" and relax and watch TV whilst they dine in the restaurant.

There are currently over 400 Novotel Hotels globally, with 32 hotels in the UK, including Novotel Liverpool Centre.  Accor Hospitality is one of the world's leading global hotel groups with over 4,000 hotels in 90 countries and provides accommodation to suit all budgets from the low-cost Etap hotel to the contemporary three and four-star Novotel and the more luxurious five-star Sofitel.

Bookings – (Australia) 1300 65 65 65 or

Saturday, 21 November 2009


V Australia, Virgin Blue's premium long-haul airline, will take off from Brisbane International Airport at 10am on Sunday 22 November with a full load of Guests on its inaugural flight to Phuket.

Travellers will enjoy V Australia's Boeing 777-300 aircraft, which boasts a three class cabin including 33 fully lie-flat beds in International Business, 40 International Club seats in Premium Economy and 288 Economy seats, which offers Guests the only direct route between Brisbane and Phuket and a range of services to suit both business and leisure travellers.

To celebrate the new route, V Australia has announced a $399* one-way "Tuk Tuk Off To Phuket" launch fare on sale from now until midnight 23 November 2009, for travel on direct flights between Brisbane and Phuket from 22 November – 17 December 2009 and 15 January – 31 May 2010.

Lead-in fares start from $499* one-way on the net for International Economy, $999* for Premium Economy and $1999* for all the bells and whistles in V Australia's award-winning International Business Class Cabin.  All fares are fully inclusive of taxes and surcharges with the direct flights departing from Brisbane to Phuket every Friday and Sunday.

Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, "With our first flight full to overflowing it's obvious that Queenslanders have been waiting sometime for a direct service to Phuket and V Australia is pleased to be filling that gap.

"As an added bonus, whether travellers are seeking a budget or premium product or somewhere in between, V Australia has got it covered and best of all, no matter which cabin they are travelling in, the service will always be first class."

In celebration of the new services inaugural flight Guests on Sunday will enjoy a Thai spectacular when they check-in at Brisbane International Airport.  As well as being entertained by traditional Thai dancers, Guests will enjoy a complimentary Thai inspired banquet including; cocktails and a selection of finger food.

Virgin Blue Airlines Group's holiday program Blue Holidays also has some great packages including:

* 8 nights accommodation at Mercure Patong Phuket from $A1,586.00 per person^ including return V Australia flights from Brisbane, as well as welcome drinks on arrival and daily breakfasts.  Package is on sale until 30 Dec 2009 for travel 22 November 2009 to 31 March 2010.

* 8 nights accommodation at Indigo Pearl in a Kelly Quarters Room from $A2,215.00 per person^ including return V Australia flights from Brisbane, complimentary airport transfers, set three course romantic dinner for two on one night of stay in the Rivet Grill Restaurant, complimentary coach transfers between Phuket Town/Patong Beach and 20% off food and beverage outlets.  Package is on sale until 30 Dec 2009 for travel 22 November 2009 to 31 March 2010.

Brett Godfrey added, "Thailand is known as the "Land of Smiles" and we have every intention of giving travellers plenty of reasons to smile when it comes to being able to afford to holiday in one of Asia's most exotic hot spots."

While the launch schedule is designed to allow for a convenient week, long weekend or 10 day Phuket getaway, Virgin Blue will closely monitor demand for the new flights to determine future schedules and frequency increases based on support for the new services.  For further information on fares and schedules, visit

Friday, 20 November 2009

LA is White Hot for the Holidays

Los Angeles, California — Want to experience a white Christmas without committing to the cold? It’s absolutely possible in LA, the city where you can have your Christmas cake and eat it too this holiday season.

Play in real snow when you celebrate “Grinchmas” at Universal Studios Hollywood. Beginning in December, visitors can enjoy wintertime family activities in real snow, meet the Grinch and see Whoville come to life on the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood during Grinchmas. Areas of the Theme Park and the Studio Tour are transformed to bring to life the settings, the music and, most importantly, many of the wonderful characters created by the beloved Dr. Seuss. Just next door, CityWalk is decked out for the holidays, and the shops and restaurants are always tempting.

Whip around or wipe out at LA’s newest ice skating rink. The new skating rink at The Nokia Plaza is the first of its kind at L.A. LIVE and will be open for winter fun through the end of December. Beginning 18 December, the hours will be 11 a.m. to midnight every day. Check for information on skate rentals and discounts.

Join in reindeer games. From Thanksgiving weekend through the New Year, reindeer will be playing at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens at this year’s Reindeer Romp. A flurry of festivities and holiday entertainment will accompany this popular annual event and children can make their own reindeer antlers and join the herd. On weekends, meet Santa and friends for a photo opportunity. During the winter months, the zoo’s botanical gardens are as green and lush as they are in summer; it’s a beautiful time to explore!

Young ladies can act like the locals at American Girl Place at the Grove in Los Angeles. Besides being dolled up for the holidays, this iconic shopping, dining and salon destination for girls offers “Holiday Wishes”, a special holiday themed dinner celebration that includes a unique dinner menu with delicious treats and exciting gift bags. Dates: 6, 11 and 18 December. $52 USD per person. Reservations required.

Experience “ooh” and “ahh” worthy holiday decorations 4 – 30 December, at the 14th Annual Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Holiday Light Festival. This magnificent display of lights along a mile long segment of Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park has become a holiday tradition that attracts more than half million visitors each year. Wear comfortable shoes and see the sparkle on foot during the event’s eco-friendly pedestrian only days 4 – 17 December. The traditional mix of driving, walking and shuttles will run 18 – 30 December. Round-trip shuttle buses will be available 5-10 p.m. those nights at the L.A. Zoo. Walkers on those nights will enjoy the walking path. Both options are accessible from the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot.

On 12 December, visit Marina del Rey for the annual Holiday Boat Parade. The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas in Paradise” and features Zac Sunderland, the youngest person to sail around the world solo, as the Grand Marshall. Creative locals captivate audiences with decorated boats circling the main channel on calm marina waters. Prizes will be awarded and fireworks kick off the event at 5:55 p.m. The parade goes until 8 p.m. and one of the best viewing points is Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.

This December, the Skirball Cultural Center is celebrating Hanukkah with a Latin flair. As part of the Skirball's ongoing initiative to commemorate Jewish life in Latin America, the annual Hanukkah family festival, 6 December at 11 a.m., invites families of all backgrounds to enjoy Latin Jewish music, art-making and storytelling, as well as tasty variations on holiday food. In addition, the Lights of Hanukkah Family Tour will take place 11 to 16 December. Focusing on the stunning display of Hanukkah lamps in the Skirball's core exhibition, “Visions and Values,” this gallery talk recounts the history and significance of Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday celebrating religious freedom.

For 12 days and nights Santa’s Wonderland is located in Downtown Burbank, which is filled with holiday events, music and treats! It all begins at 6 p.m. 1 December with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall with City Council, Santa & Mrs. Claus, special guests and a surprise emcee. After the Tree Lighting, it’s off to Santa’s Downtown Wonderland, 6:30-8:30pm along San Fernando Boulevard from Orange Grove to Magnolia. Bring your camera for a visit with Santa on the AMC Walkway and celebrate the holidays with children’s characters, face painting, holiday activities, free gifts and more.

A cold snap hit Big Bear Mountain in October, opening the slopes and kicking off the winter fun early this year. Big Bear Mountain Resorts have unmatched snowmaking systems providing quality snow for thousands of skiers and snowboarders in Southern California each season. Big Bear already started snowmaking at Snow Summit with Bear Mountain, Chair 5 and Central Park Run already accessible for downhill fun!

For more information about visiting LA go to for more details.

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Stay, Park and Play in Style at Sydney's Sheraton on the Park

Sheraton on the Park is celebrating the festive season with a special accommodation package and a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch or dinner in the hotel's award winning Botanica Brasserie (Winner of "Café/Brasserie of the Year", AHA (NSW) Awards for Excellence 2008).

Slip away and escape into the heart of the City. From only $259* per night, enjoy an accommodation package with your loved ones and discover all that Sydney has to offer. Stay, Park and Play with overnight accommodation in a City View Room, breakfast for two in Botanica Brasserie, and complimentary self parking. Parking at Sheraton is easy and convenient and is located at 138 Castlereagh Street.

Perfectly situated in the centre of Sydney's retail and entertainment district, Sheraton on the Park will keep you connected with the city's favourite destinations. Located adjacent to Hyde Park, Sheraton on the Park is a short stroll to the city's galleries, theatres, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and the historic Rocks area. Additional attractions including Darling Harbour, Convention Centre, The Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World are accessible via the scenic Monorail.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Toll Free Reservations on 1800 073 535 or email Gift Vouchers for accommodation can also be purchased by contacting the Reservations team as above.

Traditions are Better when Shared at the award winning Botanica Brasserie. Botanica is perfectly suited for large groups, parties and family gatherings. Throughout the festive season we will be offering our award winning seafood buffet with a selection of Christmas treats.  Open from 12.30pm, Botanica Brasserie will feature a delicious Seafood Lunch Buffet including fresh Australian Whole Tiger Prawns, Sydney Rock Oysters, Blue Swimmer Crabs, Balmain Bugs and Tasmanian Smoked Salmon. All of chef's traditional favourites will be available including a delicious Sushi selection, traditional Christmas carvery and not to mention a divine Dessert buffet. Prices from $75* per person for lunch and $85.00* per person for dinner.

For more information or to make a booking please contact Botanica Reservations on 02 9286 6650 or email Cannot be used with any other promotional offers including Starwood Privilege. Not valid on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve. Please enquire for special event pricing.

Sheraton on the Park
- Featuring 557 luxury rooms and suites, Sheraton on the Park is the only five star hotel on Hyde Park and is renowned for being the benchmark of classic hotels in Sydney. The property features The Sheraton Club on Level 21, complimentary internet access in the Link@Sheraton, a Health Club with stunning rooftop pool and a variety of food and beverage outlets offering guests extensive dining options. The hotel stands in one of the city's most desirable locations in the heart of Sydney's business and premium shopping district. The Hotel has been awarded 'Best Luxury Accommodation' at the 2007 NSW Tourism Awards and Australasia and Australia's 'Leading Conference Hotel' in the World Travel Awards 2009.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 982 properties in more than 100 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM.  Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Dazzling Summer Vivacity deals

Sydney residents and visitors will have the opportunity to experience Sydney at its very best this summer with the new ‘Viva Sydney Card’ promotion offering two-for-one deals at more than 70 venues and events across the city.

Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay said the ‘Viva Sydney Card’ is just the ticket for families and friends looking to stretch their dollar further this summer.

“The Viva Sydney Card is just one of a number of initiatives being introduced to support this summer’s Vivacity – When wonderful Sydney comes out to play campaign,” Ms McKay said.

“It offers a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and family this summer and to treat them to lunch or a night at the theatre, or surprise them with a free pass to a day spa or a harbour cruise.”

Ms McKay said the Vivacity campaign will run nationwide, from November 2009 to January 2010, featuring television, print, digital and outdoor advertising.

“Visitors to Sydney in summer will have plenty of reasons to celebrate the unique energy and excitement of Australia’s global city with some fabulous events, including Sydney New Year’s Eve and the Sydney Festival,” Ms McKay said.

“The card offers ‘two for one’ deals for cardholders to take a guest for free to more than 70 participating restaurants, hotels, attractions, events and spas from 14 November to 31 March 2010.”

Ms McKay said the Vivacity campaign follows the success of October’s Crave Sydney, which saw Sydney enjoy a month of food, fun and outdoor living events including the Sydney International Food Festival, and the globally showcased ‘Breakfast on the Bridge’ event.

The centrepiece of Vivacity, Sydney Festival First Night on 9 January 2010 is expected to build on the success of the 2009 Festival where more than 240,000 people turned out for the first night celebrations alone.

Sydney received more than 25.4 million domestic and international visitors in the year ending June 2009 spending more than 71.2 million nights and injecting $11.2 billion into the economy.

Residents and visitors to Sydney this summer will be able to download their Viva Sydney Cards free of charge at

Friday, 13 November 2009



Richard Branson’s new Australian airline is gearing up for launch with special sale fares for Thailand travellers. Isn’t it “a-BHAT” time you went to Australia?

Friday 13 November 2009: V Australia, Virgin Blue Airlines Group’s boutique three class long haul airline has officially opened its doors for business in Thailand, with flights from THB 8,400 one way in International Economy Class and THB 34,999 one-way in International Business Class.

It comes hot on the heels of the launch this weekend of sister airline Pacific Blue’s brand new weekly flights from Phuket to Perth, which take off Saturday.

V Australia fares go on sale at 9am today via V Australia’s Thailand General Sales Agency “LTU Asia” for V Australia’s launch route of Phuket – Brisbane, with flights commencing 29 November 2010. Direct flights from Phuket to Melbourne will also go on sale, with the second route launching from 4 December 2009.

V Australia unveiled plans to commence services between Thailand and Australia in August this year, together with a pledge to bring fresh competition, super sale fares and a high quality, friendly service style to the people of Thailand.

To celebrate, V Australia is offering special fares in each of its three cabins, as follows:

To Brisbane and Melbourne - International Economy Class one-way - THB 8,400*

To Brisbane and Melbourne - International Premium Economy Class one-way - THB 18,999*

To Brisbane and Melbourne - International Business Class - one-way - THB 34,999*

The fares are on sale from now until 13 December 2009 and flights are for travel between 29 November - 13 December 2009, 19 January - 31 March 2010, 20 April - 22 June 2010 and 20 July - 16 September 2010.

Domestic connections are also available from Brisbane and Melbourne to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and numerous other Australian cities and towns, as well as across to New Zealand. The award winning Virgin Blue Airlines Group operates frequent services to 28 Australian destinations and 13 international destinations in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Virgin Blue Airlines Group Chief Executive, Mr Brett Godfrey, said, “We are delighted to add Thailand to our growing network and we look forward to bringing new travel and business development opportunities, both for the tourism operators in the region as well as the many expats who travel home to Australia frequently.”

V Australia will be the only airline to operate direct flights from Phuket to Brisbane. It will initially operate services twice weekly, with a view to increasing the number of services subject to demand. It will also be the only airline to operate a weekly flight direct from Phuket to Melbourne, taking it to three weekly flights between Phuket and Australia.

V Australia’s three class cabin includes International Business Class which offers convertible fully lie flat beds, a sit down in-flight bar, award winning in-flight entertainment system “RED” and Row 5, V Australia’s special privacy “suite”.

Recently, V Australia’s in-flight entertainment system and Business Class product were voted best in their categories in two separate consumer driven awards surveys.

The airline operates brand new 777-300ER aircraft which feature 33 seats in Business Class, 40 International Club Seats in Premium Economy and 288 International Economy seats. All cabins offer the award winning personal seat back entertainment system featuring the latest on-demand in-flight entertainment including new release movies, TV, music, seat to seat “chat” and competition connectivity.

V Australia also offers two in-flight bars, mood lighting including twilight and sunset, bathrooms with piped music (including a ladies only bathroom) and some unique Australiana touches.

The V Australia flights will also compliment the Pacific Blue flights which are set to launch this Saturday with two weekly flights to Perth and connections to the East Coast to allow travellers flexibility and choice in terms of additional schedule choice.

For further information please see

Sydney Harbour & Island Hopping

Experience the world's most beautiful harbour and visit all its sights with Captain Cook Cruises Harbour Express, where passengers can hop from one Sydney Harbour famous attraction to another with an all day 'hop on hop off' pass.

The Harbour Express features live commentary and visits Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watson's Bay, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Luna Park and Darling Harbour. With an all day pass, passengers can hop on and off and discover what each destination has to offer.

The Harbour Express departs every 45 minutes from Jetty 6, Circular Quay and Pier 26, Darling Harbour.

Prices are adults $35, concession $32, child (5-14 years) $19 and family (2 adults and 2 children) $75. An additional National Park fee of $7 applies to Fort Denison and Shark Island.

For further information and bookings, please contact Captain Cook Cruises toll free from Australia on 1800 804 843; Int +61-2-9206 1100, Email: or visit

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Cruise Tokyo skies in Zeppelin airship

Nippon Airship Corporation (NAC) is offering air cruises over Tokyo and neighbouring cities in its Zeppelin NT airship between November 21, 2009 and January 4, 2010, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the famous LZ127 Graf Zeppelin's world voyage via Tokyo.

NAC has created a line-up of cruises above the eastern Japan cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and Saitama, in its Zeppelin NT (new technology) which is one of only three operational Zeppelin airships in the world.

The Tokyo Cruise gives passengers the opportunity to view the city's iconic landmarks including Roppongi Hills, Ginza, National Diet Building, Asakusa and Tsukiji Fish Market from an altitude of about 500 metres.

Special flights including Christmas night cruises (December 18-25), and a New Year's Day morning cruise, are also available in Tokyo.
The Yokohama Cruise journeys through the sky above the city of Yokohama which this year is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a port city. Cruise highlights include views of the Yokohama Bay Bridge and Landmark Tower.

The longest cruise, Kamakura Cruise, flies above the historical seaside town of Kamakura, south of Tokyo, which was Japan's capital for more than a century from 1192.

For those wanting a just small taste of the airship experience, the Saitama Cruise which takes in the countryside and modern cities of Tokyo's neighbouring prefecture, is recommended.

Cruises are scheduled on selected days and nights (night cruises in Tokyo and Yokohama only), during the abovementioned November – January period.

Cruise prices (per person)
* Tokyo Cruise (1.5 hours): from 126,000 yen ($1508)
* Yokohama Cruise (2 hours): from 168,000 yen ($2010)
* Kamakura Cruise (2.75 hours): 188,000 yen ($2249)
* Saitama Cruise (30 minutes): 50,000 yen ($598)

Cruise prices based on exchange rate of 83.28 yen at November 9.

All cruises depart from and return to Honda Airport in Okegawa City, Saitama Prefecture.

About Zeppelin NT

Australia is on Sale...and its Going Cheap

Australian Holiday makers now have access to the best holiday bargains across the country, including free accommodation nights and holiday deals at 2007 prices with the Australia on Sale campaign kicking off this week until December 12.

Spanning across three AOT Holidays brands, Travelpoint Holidays, Sunlover Holidays and NSW Holidays Australia on Sale consists of 157 accommodation and 28 touring deals all of which are valid for travel until 31 March 2010.*

AOT Holidays General Manager of Trade Sales and Marketing Hugh Houston says that the campaign has the largest range of Australian holiday bargains which he’s seen in a long time.

“We’ve been selective in putting together the Australia on Sale deals, only the sharpest have made the cut resulting in 45% off deals and our free night offers mean that in some cases we are offering seven night deals at the same price as five night deals from 2007,” Mr Houston said.**

All accommodation deals in the Australia on Sale campaign include bonus free nights, with ‘stay 7 pay 5’ and ‘stay 5 pay 3’ and ‘stay 3 pay 2’ accommodation deals on offer.

Mr Houston added that the deals in the campaign were selected with the modern holidaymaker’s desires in mind.

“Recent travel trends, gauged from sales across our brands throughout the year, indicate that Australians are looking for discounted short breaks with our free night packages among the top performers in 2009.

“During Australia on Sale travellers will be able to snap up bargains such as three nights in Margaret River from $159 per person twin share, three nights in Melbourne CBD for $115 per person twin share and ‘buy one get one free’ touring offers,” Mr Houston said.

Australia on Sale isrunning in partnership with all of Australia’s major retail chains; Flight Centre, Harvey World Travel, Travelscene American Express, Escape Travel, Travellers Choice and Jetset Travelworld and also Virgin Blue and Avis.

To view the entire Australia on Sale range visit

A sample of Australia On Sale deals

Melbourne CBD – Cosmopolitan Hotel Melbourne
Stay three nights for the price of two in a Cosmo Twin Room at the 4.5 star Cosmopolitan Hotel Melbourne. Priced at $115 per person twin share, a saving of $58 per person. Valid for travel until 31MAR2010. Block out dates and high season rates apply

The Whitsundays - Long Island Resort
Stay five nights in a Garden View room including two free nights, buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and one child stays, plays and eats for FREE. Priced at $509 per person twin share, a saving of $341 per person. Valid for travel until 31MAR2010. Excluding 14 Nov, 21 Nov, 25 December- 6 Jan2010

Broome Western Australia – Oaks Broome
Stay seven nights at the four and a half star Oaks Broome including two free nights and a late checkout. Priced at $425 per person twin share, a saving of $170 per person. Valid for travel until 31MAR2010.

*Conditions apply. Block out periods may apply
** Comparison is to the Swell Resort Burleigh Beach which 2009 Australia on Sale deal has seven nights in a one bedroom apartment priced at $349 per person twin share, the 2007 Australia on Sale deal was five nights in a one bedroom apartment priced at $330 per person twin share.

Sheraton on the Park named Australasia's Leading Conference Hotel in the 2009 World Travel Awards

Sheraton on the Park has been named "Australasia's Leading Conference Hotel" at the 2009 World Travel Awards, held in London on Saturday 7th November. The hotel was delighted to win the title for the third year in a row, having had success in the 2007 & 2008 Awards in the same category. Earlier this year, the hotel has also taken out the title of 'Function Venue of the Year at the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence 2009.

Sheraton on the Park has once again proven to be the hotel of choice for conference and event planners both here in Australia and Internationally.  The award recognises the hotel's commitment to providing a superior product with the flawless delivery of every function through the hard work and dedication that each of our associates bring to an event. The World Travel Awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements to be found in all sectors of the global travel industry; with the official voting process formulated by 167,000 registered travel agents and professionals worldwide.

With 17 flexible function rooms, meeting planners are spoilt for choice at Sheraton on the Park. The pillarless Grand Ballroom, complete with natural light, seats up to 900 guests and boasts integrated high definition audio visual equipment. The executive style 'Meetings On 5' houses luxurious boardrooms, an outdoor Terrace, innovative catering and Meeting Concierge services. The Castlereagh Room offers private access and is innovatively designed with a sleek finish, BOSE sound system and built in audio visual systems including two high definition projectors. Our newest addition to the portfolio, the Times on the Park room offers sweeping views over Hyde Park, fantastic natural light and is perfect for intimate meetings, events and weddings.

"We are delighted to win such a prestigious award," said Mr. Sean Hunt, Managing Director of Sheraton on the Park and Regional Vice President of Starwood Pacific Hotels. "This award cements Sheraton on the Park's reputation as the hotel of choice for business and leisure travelers in Sydney, and is  testament to our commitment to customer satisfaction and the professionalism of our staff at every function."

Sheraton on the Park - Featuring 557 luxury rooms and suites, Sheraton on the Park is the only five star hotel on Hyde Park and is renowned for being the benchmark of classic hotels in Sydney. The property features the Sheraton Club on Level 21, complimentary internet access in the Link@Sheraton, a Health Club with stunning rooftop pool and a variety of food and beverage outlets offering guests extensive dining options. The hotel stands in one of the city's most desirable locations in the heart of Sydney's business and premium shopping district. The Hotel was recently awarded 'Function Venue of the Year' in the 2009, 2008 & 2006 AHA (NSW) Awards for Excellence and 'Best Luxury Accommodation' at the 2007 NSW Tourism Awards and Australasia.

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Walk Parramatta - Launch of new wayfinding system

Parramatta City is the first city in Australia to develop and install a groundbreaking pedestrian wayfinding system – Walk Parramatta – to help tourists, residents and commuters better navigate the central business district, tourist hotspots and cultural and heritage sites.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta City Council, Cr Paul Garrard launched this new wayfinding system this morning. Please find attached an image.

Caption: Parramatta City's Lord Mayor Councillor Paul Garrard introducing the new world-class wayfinding system – Walk Parramatta - to visitors who alighted from the RiverCat.


Friday, 6 November 2009

V Australia launches Fiji

V Australia confirms Fiji flights

The International Air Services Commission has formally granted V Australia its requested capacity between Australia and Fiji, with the carrier announcing an 18 Dec debut of its new services, as exclusively revealed in Travel Daily on 26 Oct.

The carrier's request to transfer 360 seats of capacity from Pacific Blue has also been approved, meaning V Australia will operate daily services.

The three class product includes food and beverage service and complimentary in-flight entertainment in all cabins, and launch fares lead in at $199 one way in economy, $469 one way in International Premium Economy and $649 in International Business class.

Virgin Blue ceo Brett Godfrey said "We're very pleased to be increasing our capacity and introducing V Australia to and from one of Australia's best loved international destinations".

He said the flights would utilise one of VA's existing 777-300ER aircraft, in lieu of the plane sitting idle on the tarmac at Sydney Airport between trans-Pacific flights, with the move also giving Pacific Blue the opportunity to redirect its aircraft to other new and existing routes.

The service will launch daily but reduce to six days per week from 01 Feb, departing Sydney 8.10am and arriving in Nadi 1.20pm, with the return flights leaving Fiji at 2.55pm and arriving in Sydney at 6.20pm.

Godfrey said the services would also provide convenient connections for passengers from the US coming to Australia and then onwards to Fiji.

More details in today's Travel Daily.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Tiger to fly Melbourne-Brisbane

Tiger Airways just announced its newest route, with the debut of flights between Melbourne (Tullamarine) and Brisbane early next year.

Fares are now on sale from $88 for the services which will operate up to three times a day from 28 Mar 2010.

The move follows the announcement earlier this week that Tiger would be operating double daily services on the Sydney-Gold Coast route, as well as additional flights from Melbourne to Hobart, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

More details in tomorrow's Travel Daily.

Kakadu and Uluru Voted Australia’s Top Travel Destinations

The Northern Territory's spectacular landscapes in Kakadu and Uluru have been voted Australia's top two travel destinations by National Geographic Traveler in the United States.

The sixth annual 'Places Rated' Destination Stewardship survey in conjunction with National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations ranked Kakadu in the top ten destinations in the world.

Kakadu National Park lies in the Top End of Australia offering travellers tropical waterholes, wetlands and world-renowned escarpments packed with rare species of plants and animals, that are depicted through ancient rock art, etched out by the traditional owners over 50,000 years.

The monumental site of Uluru was ranked 32nd in the world, most renowned for its incredible red desert setting, surrounded by canyons, ranges and the famous outback town of Alice Springs.

Queensland's Great Barrier Reef ranked sixty-nine and NSW's Byron Bay ninety-nine, with a total of 133 celebrated destinations from around the world and ranked according to how they have weathered the pressures of mass tourism and other threats.

Kakadu and Uluru were the only destinations in Australia to score in the top 50 with judges noting Kakadu's wonderful wildlife and unspoiled beauty, and Uluru's excellent care and sustainability programs.

With a score of 78, they praised Kakadu as "an outstanding example of the fundamental importance of long-standing traditional learning in Parks management." They also highlighted on a global scale, Uluru is "a good model for arid-zone and indigenous-tourism development."

Tourism NT Chief Executive Maree Tetlow said this is a huge accolade for the Northern Territory and for both Kakadu and Uluru.

"Australia's Northern Territory tourism industry relies heavily on its natural and cultural environments, so to receive these accolades from the highly respected National Geographic organisation is testimony to our tourism operators and our Parks management," Ms Tetlow said.

"We have been working with our industry to help them understand environmental issues such as climate change by making them relevant to tourism.

"Through our 'Going Green' program we've provided practical step by step information to help tourism businesses in the Northern Territory develop more sustainable operating practices," she said.

The National Geographic panel consisted of 437 well travelled experts in a variety of fields including historic preservation, site management, geography, sustainable tourism, ecology, indigenous cultures, travel writing and photography, and archaeology.

To view the survey and rankings visit National Geographic Traveler.

National Geographic Adventure's Global Travel Editor, Costas Christ, will be visiting Alice Springs next week to undertake his role as the key note speaker in the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference from 9-11 November.


Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort has been named as North Queensland's most deluxe accommodation.

The award, announced at the Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards, recognizes excellence in the hospitality industry.

More than 500 operators vied for honours in various categories at the event which were established 11 years ago.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland CEO Rob Giason described Cairns as one of the giants of Australia's tourism industry. 'Winning an award here is a huge achievement by any standard,' he said.

'With the prediction that the worst of the global financial crisis is over and that the recovery is beginning, the 2009 TNQ Tourism Awards were an evening of optimism in Cairns,' Mr Giason said.

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort general manager, Greg Erwin said the award acknowledged the unstinting enthusiasm and energy of his staff in what had been a difficult year.

'We recently emerged from a major refurbishment which totally changed the look and feel of the property, and I can't thank my staff enough for their enormous dedication and hard work during this time', he said.

Image:  Left to right back row - Angelo Serafin, Greg Buzacott, Tracy Norman, Thomas Schleehahn, Kerry Kilmartin, Philip Byrne

Left to right front row - Prue Ingersole, Briohny Mutimer, Greg Erwin, Kristina Goodman, Philip Newland

Revive After Christmas in the Cook Islands

Looking for escape – come, enjoy and revive from the Christmas and New Year rush in the perfect location of Pacific Resort Rarotonga in untouched Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

Located on Rarotonga's best beach, Pacific Resort Rarotonga is a 4 star resort designed for couples, families or friends. Stunning lagoon front location, this lush tropical garden resort is the perfect place to relax, getaway and have fun in the South Pacific sun.

Dining in the Cook Islands is a highlight and Pacific Resort's Sandals restaurant is immersed in tropical green vegetation within the resort and offers a delicious menu of fresh Pacific cuisine. Feel the sand between your toes when you dine in this romantic spot on Muri beach overlooking the lagoon. The Barefoot Bar is famous for its cocktails, handsome waiters and fun beach side service offering true genuine Cook Islands hospitality.

Rarotonga is filled with great things to do or you can just take the slow lane and de-stress. Drive around the island in only 40mins with no traffic lights, two pedestrian crossings and a speed limit of 25 miles per hour.

Hire a convertible or scooter and discover historical sites, villages, interesting art galleries, black pearl outlets and great fresh produce markets. The growing coffee culture offers many outdoor cafes and there are over 60 restaurants offering a range of different cuisine styles.

Pacific Resort Rarotonga is a perfect place for those who need to revive and simply kick back, relax and have fun with the family, friends or that special someone!

Coral Seas Package including Air New Zealand economy return flights with 5 nights in a Garden Studio including breakfast daily and complimentary return airport transfers with a BONUS NZ$50.00 per room per day food and beverage credit with Coral Seas start from $1,649.00* Ex Sydney, $1,645.00 Ex Brisbane and $1,695.00 Ex Melbourne

Bookings from: 01 November – 31 March 10:
Travel: till 31 March 10.
See your local travel agent or call Coral Seas Travel on 1800 641 803

* Conditions apply

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