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JOHN ROZENTALS thoroughly enjoys some fine dining on a luxurious Jurassic stage.

I’ve just finished a hearty breakfast — based on an omelette starring a filling including goat fetta, mixed mushrooms, sun-died tomato and pine nuts —at Lord Howe Island’s expensive and super-exclusive Capella Lodge (, and I’m watching the island’s two main landmarks, Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird, through my suite’s floor-length picture window, against the clearest of skies. … Continue Reading

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JOHN ROZENTALS reports on five ‘under the stars’ safari experiences with Sanctuary Retreats.
JOHN ROZENTALS revisits Griffith and thoroughly enjoys a new Italian taste adventure — one with a major fresh award hung in its restaurant.
JOHN ROZENTALS recalls a chilling visit to Tasmania’s wild West Coast and suggests you head there before Queenstown becomes more like Strahan.


Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay – Now Singapore’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2019

InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has been named Singapore’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2019 at the 26th annual World Travel Awards Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony held in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, on 12 October 2019, further cementing the Hotel’s position among the leading luxury lifestyle hotels worldwide. … Continue Reading

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QHA Awards 2019 Brisbane – 15 October 2019
InterContinental Wellington named Oceania’s Leading Conference Hotel 2019 at World Travel Awards
Pacific Resort Aitutaki Nui embraces Green Technology
Melbourne awarded the ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2019’ title for the sixth time

Agents Incentives

McLachlan Tours+SIA LAUNCH AGENT INCENTIVE – 4 Agents will Win A Famil! Highest GTV between 14 October-13 November 2019

Agents are invited to take advantage of peak Europe selling season to sell across Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours’ range of over 50 tours for 2020 across four continents; and McLachlan European Holidays’ 220+ tours across Europe, to win their seat on an incredible 10-day Europe famil taking place from 16 to 25 August 2020, flying Singapore Airlines. … Continue Reading

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Deepavali Weekend Break In Ho Chi Minh City

If you are looking for a last-minute getaway during the upcoming Deepavali weekend, be sure to put Ho Chi Minh City at the top of your list. … Continue Reading

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Singapore Airlines And Datapro Technologies Partner To Offer Complimentary Travel Wifi For Visitors To Singapore


BNE named Oceania’s Leading Airport at World Travel Awards

Brisbane Airport (BNE) received another feather in its cap when it was named Oceania’s Leading Airport in the 26th Annual World Travel Awards 2019, held in Vietnam recently. … Continue Reading

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Appointments / Movers & Shakers


Google awards “Best in Class” in the world for travel app “Reliable travel companion” at core of design

At the recent SPAN 2019 design conference held in New York, was awarded a Google Material Design Award for its application (app) design. … Continue Reading

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Technology to Drive Advances in Passenger Experience and Infrastructure

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments and industry to work together to make the best use of modern technology to put the passenger at the center of the journey and to achieve greater efficiency from infrastructure. … Continue Reading

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Sanpellegrino “Factory of The Future”

In line with celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, S. Pellegrino gives its personnel and the local community the “Factory of the Future”, an innovatively designed creation that promotes the territory and improves the quality of the produce. … Continue Reading

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Business News

ATPI Marine & Energy Awarded Contract by INPEX

ATPI Marine & Energy has been awarded a contract by INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd (INPEX), a leading global oil and gas exploration and production company, for the provision of logistics travel services. … Continue Reading

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Fundraiser Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club Oaks Day

The annual Oaks Day hosted by harbourside restaurant 360Q is winning trifecta regardless of which of the three year old fillies pass the post in first, second or third place at Flemington on ‘Ladies Day’ November 7 … Continue Reading

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AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference brings community engagement to the forefront

More than 120 participants will gather in Oslo for AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference, organized for the 16th year in a row. The program of this year’s event will contain a comprehensive range of topics including marine preparedness and search and rescue, as well as destination updates from Svalbard, Greenland, Canada, Russia, Iceland and Antarctica. … Continue Reading

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Melbourne to host world’s leading eye health professionals in 2021


The Cruise Industry Remains Committed to Both the Recovery of Grand Bahama and Abaco and Bringing More Guests to the Unaffected Majority of The Bahamas

While the world mourns the destruction of Abaco and Grand Bahama and seeks ways to help the destinations build back better, the cruise industry continues to prove its commitment.

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First Look: Uniworld Releases Renderings Of New Super Ship S.S. São Gabriel
New Expedition Leaders Announced for Crystal Endeavor’s Bold Adventures
Cruise Season Visitors are Helping to Save Endangered Tassie Wildlife
Royal Caribbean Announces Lelepa, Vanuatu Is Perfect For “Perfect Day”

Cruise Deals

Experience The Very Best Of Australia & Bali With Ecruising

Bali is brilliant at any time, but even better when it is experienced as part of ecruising’s 20-night Australia & Bali Escape cruise package. … Continue Reading

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Destination California

What’s New In Los Angeles

Cooler temperatures, hot hotels, trendsetting eateries and thought-provoking art exhibitions make fall the perfect time to visit Los Angeles. Four boutique hotels will open in Downtown L.A. before the end of the year, starting with The Hoxton, LA and Soho Warehouse. Michelin-starred Chef Melissa Perello will open her first restaurant outside of the Bay Area, M.Georgina, at ROW DTLA while popular museums like The Broad and The Getty Center host new exhibitions. … Continue Reading

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Destination Europe

Five Dutch companies to further boost Artificial Intelligence in the Netherlands

Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM, NS and Philips announce Kickstart AI, a combination of actions to fuel AI education, talent and innovation in the Netherlands. … Continue Reading

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Destination Feature

Michael Osborne Returns to Paradise

After travelling around the world for more than 45 years I am often asked, ‘Where is your favourite place, a place where you like to have a real holiday’. My answer has always been Lord Howe Island. … Continue Reading

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Destination Global

Cruise Season Visitors are Helping to Save Endangered Tassie Wildlife

Cruise season visitors to Tasmania’s Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on shore tours in search of authentic travel experiences are contributing to the sanctuary’s efforts to save endangered native wildlife. … Continue Reading

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Destination NSW Boss Calls Time

Destination North Asia

Electric Circus at The Shanghai Edition Celebrates the First Anniversary with International DJS

The Shanghai EDITION’s premier club and VIP lounge, Electric Circus, celebrates its first anniversary on 11th October with a series of shindigs, with Nick Monaco, co-founder of Unisex Records, leading the charge with a Golddust Disco-themed show. … Continue Reading

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Macao Wins The Hearts Of Sydney Families
China’s Hangzhou makes perfect “Golden Week” holiday destination with tourism, culture mix



Over a third of Hong Kong consumers ditching plastic in favor of eWallets, finds new FIS report

 eWallets are now the preferred way for Hong Kong consumers to pay for goods online, according to new insights on global retail payment trends from FIS (NYSE: WP), a global leader in financial technology. … Continue Reading

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Mastercard and Curb Make NYC Cab Rides Count Towards American Cancer Society Program

Food & Beverage

5 #Instaworthy afternoon teas to complete the holiday of your dreams

We all love a good holiday – this means eating lots of good food, taking aspirational photos, and having once-in-a-lifetime experiences. … Continue Reading

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7 Galaxy A90 5G Features That Will Change Your Life

Galaxy A90 5G offers all the essential features you need to interact and communicate instantaneously in the new era of mobile connectivity. … Continue Reading

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Golf Tourism

Suståne Sweeps into Pacific Islands

Suståne Natural Fertilizer, Inc has extended its reach to the Western Pacific Islands in the turf, ornamental and landscape industries. … Continue Reading

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Hard Work Rewarded as Suradit Savours Maiden Asian Tour Win

Health and Wellness

Away® Spa Received Not 1 But 2 Awards

W Bali – Seminyak’s AWAY® Spa has once again proven to be one of the best in Indonesia by getting the Best Destination Spa for industrial category and the Best Senior Spa Therapist for professional category awards at the Spa & Wellness Tourism Awards 2019. … Continue Reading

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Four Seasons and Sensei Partner to Launch All-New, All-Inclusive Wellness Retreat on The Secluded Island of Lanai
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village Introduces Two Must-Have Spa & Salon Treatments For Fall

Hotel Deals

4 Night Wonders of the Whitsunday Family Package:

The ideal package for a family that’s been daydreaming of the perfect getaway. Whether you live for adrenaline and excitement or you’re at the resort relaxing poolside, Daydream Island’s 4 Night Wonders of the Whitsunday Family Package will cover all the essentials of the island retreat you and your little ones have been searching for. … Continue Reading

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Sri panwa Early Bird Promotion
El Questro Flies 2020 Earlybird Deal in Time for Melbourne-Kununurra Flights

Hotel Developments

Second AC Hotels by Marriott property signed in Australia

Marriott International is pleased to announce the signing of AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne, Ringwood, a 200-room new build hotel that will be developed by Melbourne-based Sunstone Projects. … Continue Reading

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Hotel News

The First-Ever Cookie Suite Welcomes Guests at DoubleTree By Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort

The simple gesture of offering a warm DoubleTree Cookie to guests upon check-in has become synonymous with the warm welcome and CARE (Creating A Rewarding Experience) service culture of DoubleTree by Hilton. … Continue Reading

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Hotel Openings

Hotel Trends

Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index up 1.6% in September

The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index increased 1.6% in September to 4,634. Year to date through the first nine months of 2019, the index was up 13.9%. … Continue Reading

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STR: Preliminary September data for Abu Dhabi hotels
STR: Preliminary September data for London hotels
STR: Preliminary September data for Sydney hotels


Japanese cosmetic brand RMK turns to Tmall Global to tap lucrative APAC market, says GlobalData

Japanese cosmetics brand RMK has launched a new flagship store on Chinese e-commerce giant Tmall Global. The move is part of RMK’s larger focus to tap the lucrative Asia-Pacific (APAC) beauty market and create stable platform for beauty brands in China, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. … Continue Reading

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Luxury Hotels

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Completes River Wing Renovation

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will re-open its River Wing on 11 November 2019, concluding the most extensive restoration in the hotel’s 143-year history. … Continue Reading

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Tasmania-based Personal Travel Manager Recognised for Outstanding Customer Service

After nineteen years in the travel industry, the last seven of them with TravelManagers, personal travel manager (PTM) Melanie Whyte from Devonport, TAS, is thrilled to have been named as one of five finalists in the prestigious 2019 Avis Travel Agent Scholarship. … Continue Reading


CATL and VWCO Collaborate to Speed up Global Commercial Vehicle Electrification

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) (300750.SZ) and Volkswagen Caminhoes e Onibus (VWCO), one of the largest producers of trucks and buses in Latin America, have concluded a long-term strategic cooperation agreement. … Continue Reading

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OTA News

With an Average of 7 Guests Checking into a Home, Apartment or other Unique Place to Stay Every Second, Launches New Features to Highlight Professional Short-Term Rental Partners’ Unique Offering

At the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana,, the world’s leading digital travel platform, disclosed that on average, 7 guests per second are checking into a home, apartment or unique place to stay. … Continue Reading

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Railway Adventures Takes Inagural Capertee Valley Explorer Private Journey To Mudgee

Taking a privately charter heritage train to NSW wineries, museums and a secret mountain retreat has proved a huge success for Australia’s exclusive rail themed tour operator, Railway Adventures. … Continue Reading

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Responsible Tourism

Wyndham Destinations becomes first timeshare company to commit to ECPAT Code to end human trafficking

Wyndham Destinations the world’s largest vacation ownership and exchange company, today became the first timeshare company to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct with ECPAT-USA. … Continue Reading

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River Cruising

A Culinary Journey on Board Scenic Eclipse

As Executive Chef on board Scenic Eclipse, Tom Goetter has set himself the challenge to reinvent dining on the high seas, and that means ensuring his guests can enjoy an ever-changing selection of flavours throughout their cruise. … Continue Reading

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American Cruise Lines Launches 3rd Modern Riverboat in U.S.A


Rugby World Cup changing perception of Japanese culture

The Rugby World Cup is helping change the “common stereotype” of Japan around the world, according to Japan Tourism officials. … Continue Reading

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Statistics & Trends

Asia-Pacific’s Physical Activity Market Now $240 Billion – to Reach $373.5 Billion by 2023

The Global Wellness Institute™ (GWI), a nonprofit research and educational resource for the world wellness industry, today released a major research study: Move to Be Well: The Global Economy of Physical Activity. … Continue Reading

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Australian tourism industry has 3 words – regional visitor dispersal


Mobile data and pay-TV services to drive overall telecom service revenue growth in Japan through 2023, says GlobalData

The total telecom and pay-TV services revenue in Japan is set to grow at a moderate compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.3% between 2018 and 2023, mainly supported by the rising adoption of mobile data, fixed broadband and pay-TV services, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. … Continue Reading

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Tour Operator

Celebrate Christmas across the globe with Scenic

From Europe to Canada, to a white Christmas of another kind in Antarctica on board Scenic Eclipse, an exotic Christmas traversing the waterways of South East Asia, or exploring the wonders of Egypt, Scenic has the holiday season well and truly covered. … Continue Reading

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50 Degrees North responds to Bentours collapse by launching a new travel brand, NORD Journeys

Tourist Boards

Tahiti Tourisme Representation Agency for Australia and New Zealand Service Agreement Termination with RTE Travel Marketing

Tahiti Tourisme wishesto inform you that RTE Travel Marketing, represented by Robert Thompson
and based in Sydney Australia, has notified Tahiti Tourisme Head Office of the termination of its Service Agreement for both markets, Australia and New Zealand. … Continue Reading

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Trade Events

ITB China lands pioneering partnership with Meituan

Riding on the success of three years, ITB China, the largest B2B exclusive travel trade show in China, is pleased to announce its milestone partnership with China’s leading e-commerce platform for lifestyle services Meituan. … Continue Reading

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Mid-East travel and tourism industry to increase spending on IoT technology by 22% by 2022, says Arabian Travel Market report

Travel Deals

Brand new motorbike tour through southern India including visit to the home of the iconic Royal Enfield motorbikbe – Save US$500

Adventure seekers and motorbike enthusiasts can see the origins of the iconic Royal Enfield motorbike before taking the company’s 500cc Bullets on a brand new 14-day ride through south India to the golden beaches of Goa on Nomadic Knights’ ‘Bullets to Beaches,’ tour in 2020. … Continue Reading

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Travel Feature

JOHN ROZENTALS throws his timetable out the window and lights a candle as he joins a Sydney-Melbourne vintage train jaunt.

Paul Kelly, arguably the finest Australian singer-songwriter, once recorded the memorable line: “Ah, you know and I know that love never runs on time”. … Continue Reading

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Travel Goods

The DELSEY holiday gift guide features something for every traveler

DELSEY, the iconic French luggage brand with over 70 years of innovation, timeless quality and audacious design, has just revealed their holiday gift guide. With four collections that embrace the smart luggage features and design DELSEY is internationally recognized for, this gift guide includes something for every traveler! … Continue Reading

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Whats On

Event Cinemas Unveils New Experience For Kids Featuring In-Cinema Playground

Event Cinemas has unveiled its latest concept, Event Junior, an immersive experience specially designed for kids. The first Event Junior opens today at Event Macquarie and Event Shellharbour, before being rolled out in key locations across Australia. … Continue Reading

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Parkes Elvis Festival Officially One of Australia’s Greatest Grey Nomad Experiences

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