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Grand day for industry will turn blue moon blood red

January 30, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Tomorrow will be a big day for the travel industry, with the launch of at least two new major tourism developments and, in the evening, a “Super Blue Blood Moon” –  a rare and spectacular type of full-moon total eclipse not seen for 150 years.

The travel industry didn’t arrange the evening’s sky show – at least, we don’t think so – but it should be impressive. Three lunar phenomena will coincide to produce a very large, red full moon of a type that hasn’t occurred since March 1866, just after the end of the American Civil War.

It will be the second full moon in January; it will also be the point when the moon is closest to Earth on its orbit; and it will be a day when the moon will be totally eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow. Australian Geographic has a good article about the Super Blue Blood Moon here.

For viewers in NSW, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania the eclipse starts at 10.48pm, with totality (full eclipse) beginning at 11.52pm and lasting one hour and 16 minutes. These events begin 30 minutes earlier in SA, an hour earlier in Queensland, 90 minutes earlier in NT and three hours earlier in WA.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Qantas and Luxury Escapes ( have chosen tomorrow to make a major announcement.

Total lunar eclipse

“Two of Australia’s biggest travel bands are flying to new heights,” says advance publicity for the Qantas/Luxury Escapes initiative. One of Sydney’s top venues, Sake Restaurant in Argyle Street, has been booked for Wednesday’s launch event, where the announcement will be proclaimed officially at 7pm. Stand by!

In North Sydney, Carnival Australia is officially opening its stylish new offices in the heart of Chatswood. Senior management from P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Cunard and Seabourn will host invited industry guests.

In Sydney’s west meanwhile, tomorrow will see the official opening of the William Inglis Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel. This boutique, five-star luxury hotel is set across eight levels, with 144 elegant guest rooms and a host of hospitality and leisure facilities.

The William Inglis Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel

The new hotel is part of the new AUD 140 million precinct developed by thoroughbred horse sales company William Inglis & Son Ltd, called Riverside Stables. AccorHotels is partnering this fifth-generation family-owned business. This latest MGallery by Sofitel hotel is located adjacent to the Warwick Farm racecourse in South West Sydney.

Written by Peter Needham

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