The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T04:04:53Z Erdigroup Appoints New PR Agency 2017-06-22T04:04:53Z erdigroup-appoints-new-pr-agency Founded by the late Eva and Dr Les Erdi OAM, The ErdiGroup collection consists of seven hotels in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. WordPlay Public Relations will focus on assisting ErdiGroup’s marketing team with increasing brand awareness for Hotel Urban Sydney and Hotel Urban Brisbane. The agency will also support ErdiGroup with executive and business profiling and highlighting the significant contributions of the foundation. Penny Smits, Founder and Principal Consultant of WordPlay Public Relations said “ErdiGroup was founded on the life lessons of hard work, love, ethics and self-belief. We are delighted to support the group with communicating the Erdis ongoing philanthropic vision and business legacy.” Visa Complications Plague Young Kiwis Planning Their Big OE 2017-06-21T04:24:06Z visa-complications-plague-young-kiwis-planning-their-big-oe The tit for tat spat over visas between New Zealand and South Africa means that many young Kiwis are finding it almost impossible to navigate the new regulations for travellers according to Vicki Kenny, founder of International Working Holidays, the specialist overseas employment agency.   She says: `The requirement that travellers from New Zealand now have to get a visa to visit South Africa has affected our volunteers but worse is the haphazard way the new regulations are being applied.   `Three of our volunteers have been declined visas - and not been given a specific reason as to why. One reapplied and got the visa. The process is outsourced by the South African government to VFS Global, but it is very difficult to find anyone to talk to about any problems. Our volunteer may have applied for a volunteer visa or they processed it as one - or she wrote the wrong day as her passport expiry date. We don’t know. The fact is they just decline under Section 11 of the Immigration Act and don’t give any further detail. - you can’t talk to anyone about it - VFS manage the visa applications - and they don’t know.    `We just had two girls declined last week. One has managed to change her flights to August in the hope she will get the visa the second time around. Again we don’t know why she was declined. Because they need a stupid number of documents to apply there is such a lot of possibility for error in the system. Her friend was also declined (they were both due to fly early June). She has taken a semester off uni to volunteer in Africa and worked two jobs all summer to afford the flights and cost of the trip - over $6000 and she had to cancel and not transfer. So she has lost everything.  She phoned us in tears last week.’    The difficulties with South Africa are mirrored by problems in Britain for New Zealanders wishing to work there. The British Government, is having some serious issues processing visas at the moment too.   Vicki Kenny explains: `We had a participant apply in May (11th) for a 7 day priority visa processing (which they offer at a fee of £120 extra) and she didn’t get her visa for 4 weeks. This meant she missed her US Visa appointment for her J1 Camp America visa. Again we get no explanation of delay and it appears to be affecting all types of UK visas. It used to be simple to get a UK visa, but these days if you make just one mistake the application will get sent back and you will have to reapply and pay another application fee. Since they don’t tell you what you have got wrong you might end up doing it all again and still have the application rejected. It’s a big risk if your flights are already booked and you get it wrong. A lot of kids choose bargain flights, which don’t allow refunds or date changes.’   Luckily we have access to the British High Commission Liaison Officers so those that use our visa service for the UK get the follow up and calls (at £1.99 per minute) included in the service.     Further information: http://www.iwh.co.nz Vicki Kenny, IWH: 027 670 9968 Peter Boyes, BPR: 0275 540 500     Exciting Developments to Escape Haven’s Fitness Programme 2017-06-19T21:24:27Z exciting-developments-to-escape-haven-s-fitness-programme Escape Haven’s Bali Fitness Retreat Packages are suitable for all levels, as they recognise that everybody is unique and are motivated and inspired in different ways with different abilities, which is why these new developments to their Fitness Programme have been developed to suit your level. Now, along with hiit, trx, circuit, beach boot camp, boxing Escape Haven also offer aqua bike, where they have made specially designed bikes that go in the pool. The water provides the resistance, and you stay cool whilst you work out – great for your heart rate and a wonderful new cardio workout!   You will be aware that you are in a safe environment at Escape Haven’s fitness retreat, one that not only lets you enjoy the benefits of a yoga retreat and fitness holiday, but also experience a health spa retreat at the same time! Remember, this is your fitness holiday – there is no pressure to join all the activity programs. You choose how much, or how little, you do throughout your retreat experience.   No one body is the same as another and we all come in gorgeous unique shapes and sizes, which is why Escape Haven’s professional group fitness lessons allow them to tailor your workout to your individual needs and ability. From those that are just dipping their toe in the water with fitness through to seasoned experts, Escape Haven has your needs covered. Transformative, custom-tailored experiences are Escape Haven’s specialty and they take great care to ensure their deluxe week-long rejuvenation holidays for women nourish all aspects of a women’s wellbeing. Women can choose from a range of inspirational wellness and detox packages covering, surf , yoga or fitness retreat programmes. So, for all you fitness lovers, or those of you wanting to reset your activity regime, and find some inspiration, take the time to visit the Escape Haven website at http://www.escapehaven.com and decide which package is right for you.     CLIA announces Masterclasses as part of Cruise360 2017-06-19T03:42:27Z clia-announces-masterclasses-as-part-of-cruise360 Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia to introduce masterclasses to its 2017 Cruise360 conference which will kick off on 25th August in Sydney.  The event will include a variety of masterclasses in addition to keynote addresses, networking opportunities and an interactive trade show. Joel Katz, MD CLIA Australasia, said: “Cruise360 focusses on giving travel agents practical advice and support to grow their cruise sales. The masterclasses, as well as the keynotes, will provide insights, tips and techniques for agents to enhance their cruise sales skills.” With full conference program expected to be released by the end of this month, the following speakers and classes are confirmed: Speakers ·         Jan Swartz, Group President Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia  ·         Larry Pimentel, President & CEO Azamara Club Cruises ·         Roberto Martinoli, CEO Silversea Cruises  ·         Chris Austin, Senior Vice President Global Sales and Marketing for Seabourn ·         Terry Thornton, Senior Vice President Commercial Port Operations and International for Carnival Cruise Line  Masterclasses  ·         River cruising: How to sell river cruise, match clients with the right product, and increase sales in this diverse and lucrative sector ·         Driving loyalty: Leverage your loyal clients and learn how to differentiate yourself / your agency ·         Selling up: Selling luxury and expedition ·         Plan a Cruise Month: Practical tips and tools to maximise sales during CLIA’s Plan a Cruise Month The event will also be combined with a ship inspection of P&O’s latest fleet addition the Pacific Explorer, on August 26th. Agents are advised that by attending Cruise360 they will accrue 30 points towards their accreditation.    Tickets are on sale now at www.cruising.org.au - CLIA Member Early bird rate $220 and CLIA Member Group of 10 Early bird rate $1,980.  New luxury precinct at Melbourne Airport taking traveller experience to the next level 2017-06-16T05:23:17Z new-luxury-precinct-at-melbourne-airport-taking-traveller-experience-to-the-next-level New luxury precinct taking traveller experience to the next level   Melbourne Airport is excited to announce a number of the world’s most fashionable and desirable luxury brands including Tiffany & Co, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Max Mara and Emporio Armani will open at Melbourne Airport’s luxury precinct in Terminal 2 (T2) later this year. The airport’s new high-end fashion destination is part of the airport’s continued effort to enhance the traveller experience.    Creating an airport that Melbourne can be proud of, the new luxury brands have been purposefully chosen and carefully curated to meet the evolving needs and expectations of the Airport’s passengers.   “The luxury precinct is really taking Melbourne Airport to the next level, with 11 of the world’s most prestigious brands set to enhance our international passenger experience,” said Andrew Gardiner, Chief of Retail at Melbourne Airport. “We’re absolutely thrilled to bring these brands to Melbourne Airport. Our domestic and international passengers have informed us of the stores they want to see, and we’re delivering on that with high end brands that we know our travellers love.”   The new high-end precinct will be located adjacent to the next generation duty free store and will also see brands including Australia’s leading official watch specialty store Watches of Switzerland, Swiss designer Bally, Michael Kors, HUGO BOSS and Furla, as well as upscale business and travel lifestyle brand Tumi.   All stores are scheduled to be open between end of July and end of November 2017.   Founded in 1837 in New York City, international luxury brand Tiffany & Co. are excited to open their store within the dedicated space.   “We are extremely excited to be opening at the Melbourne Airport and offering both local and international travellers the convenience of shopping at Tiffany & Co.,” said Glen Schlehuber, Vice President and Managing Director of Tiffany & Co. Australia & New Zealand. “Our prominent location in the new luxury precinct provides us with the ideal environment to showcase our jewellery collections such as our renowned Tiffany Diamonds and icon collections Tiffany T, Tiffany HardWear, watches, gifts and accessories.”   Melbourne is the fastest growing city in Australia attracting travellers from around the globe. With the increase in demand Melbourne Airport is determined to get the traveller experience right. Extensive customer research conducted by Think Global and Urbis to better understand international passengers profiles revealed a desire for quality brands when travelling, including authentic luxury goods with strong brand recognition.   The new international retail experience will create a lasting impression for every traveller, establishing it as another iconic shopping destination for Melbourne. The luxury retail offering will be set within a unique architectural space for an Airport, featuring a sculptured ceiling.   “Melbourne Airport has invested more than $50 million in the first phase of the retail transformation, enhancing the traveller journey,” said Andrew Gardiner, Chief of Retail at Melbourne Airport.“This is just the start of our upgrades in Terminal 2 and we look forward to transforming the space with the aim of becoming the chosen international gateway to Australia.”       -ENDS-  For further information, please contact: DEC PR for Melbourne Airport on +61 2 8014 5033 or at melair@decpr.com.au Epson Launches Revolutionary TM-T88VI Series POS Printers 2017-06-15T21:55:48Z epson-launches-revolutionary-tm-t88vi-series-pos-printers Epson Australia has significantly raised the bar in the POS industry with the introduction of its flagship TM-T88VI series, the latest addition to Epson’s growing family of intelligent POS printers. Offering a rich feature set for mobile POS and cloud services, the new TM-T88VI is ideal for merchants in high volume retail, hospitality, and financial institutions where advanced connectivity and speed of check out is critical. It maximises customers’ flexibility to deliver a high quality transaction experience. The company has also added the TM-T88VI-i printers, which extend connectivity to POS peripherals in mobile POS environments and improve storage capacity for local apps and web server support. The TM-T88VI is designed to work with both traditional PC-based POS systems and increasingly popular web and mobile setups. This makes it ideal for shop, bar and restaurant owners who want to develop new ways of interacting with customers, and also for those who just want to run a combined or traditional setup. As well as versatility, the TM-T88VI offers outstanding performance, with print speeds of up to 350 mm/s, and Epson’s proven reliability. A backward paper-feeding function helps save paper without affecting performance, reducing running costs and paper waste. Epson Australia general manager Craig Heckenberg said, “The TM-T88VI gives businesses the ability to add web and mobile POS services in stages, or run systems alone or in parallel if they choose. Many businesses, especially in the retail and restaurant sectors, are keen to leverage web and mobile POS solutions to improve efficiency and customer satisfaction, but they don’t want to commit to an entirely new system straight away. The TM-T88VI can be implemented with existing infrastructure.” Server Direct Print functionality allows the TM-T88VI to print direct from a web server. It also supports beacons, to help mobile devices identify the nearest printer, making it ideal for POS environments with multiple printer installations, while NFC support makes it easy to pair tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. The TM-T88VI has exactly the same footprint as the TM-T88V, allowing you to upgrade to a brand new system without having to rearrange your counter space, and is available in both black and white to suit any shop, bar or restaurant decor.  TM-T88VI Key Features • Multi-interface connectivity allows for the printer to be dynamically shared between legacy PC-POS terminals, tablet and mobile devices as well as the ability to print from cloud servers • Standard triple interfaces—TM T88VI includes built-in USB & Ethernet, along with the Connect-It module port to ensure maximum flexibility and future-proofing of the customer's business • Incorporates Epson's ePOS™ Print technology to support printing from web-based applications • Designed for the cloud—it incorporates built-in functionality to leverage leading POS applications or to perform remote firmware upgrades via Epson’s OMS. It also utilizes Server Direct printing for online ordering applications and printing from cloud servers. • Beacon support provides distributed proximity-based printing with Apple devices using Bluetooth Low Energy • NFC —Near Field Communication technology for easy pairing with mobile devices in distributed printing environments • Ultra fast transaction time —achieved with print speeds of up to 350 mm/sec plus a high-speed autocutter • Advanced paper saving functions—reduces paper usage by up to 49% • Improved reliability with print head life of 200 km and extended autocutter life of 3 million cuts • The TM-T88VI-i supports all of the TM-T88VI features as well as the added support of up to 4 USB POS peripherals, improved network security and more storage capacity for web applications  The TM-T88VI is available now from www.epson.com.au and selected Epson resellers and retailers.  Epson NZ launches revolutionary new POS printers 2017-06-13T21:47:54Z epson-nz-launches-revolutionary-new-pos-printers Epson NZ has significantly raised the bar in the POS industry with the introduction of its flagship TM-T88VI series, the latest addition to Epson’s growing family of intelligent POS printers. Offering a rich feature set for mobile POS and cloud services, the new TM-T88VI is ideal for merchants in high volume retail, hospitality, and financial institutions where advanced connectivity and speed of check out is critical. It maximises customers’ flexibility to deliver a high quality transaction experience. The company has also added the TM-T88VI-i printers, which extend connectivity to POS peripherals in mobile POS environments and improve storage capacity for local apps and web server support. The TM-T88VI is designed to work with both traditional PC-based POS systems and increasingly popular web and mobile setups. This makes it ideal for shop, bar and restaurant owners who want to develop new ways of interacting with customers, and also for those who just want to run a combined or traditional setup. As well as versatility, the TM-T88VI offers outstanding performance, with print speeds of up to 350 mm/s, and Epson’s proven reliability. A backward paper-feeding function helps save paper without affecting performance, reducing running costs and paper waste. Epson NZ general manager Simon Rogers said, “Many businesses, especially in the retail and restaurant sectors, are keen to explore how web and mobile POS solutions can improve efficiency and customer satisfaction, but don’t want to commit to an entirely new system straight away. The TM-T88VI supports co-existence, which allows users to add web and mobile POS services in stages, or run systems alone or in parallel if they choose.” Server Direct Print functionality allows the TM-T88VI to print direct from a web server. It also supports beacons, to help mobile devices identify the nearest printer, making it ideal for POS environments with multiple printer installations, while NFC support makes it easy to pair tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. The TM-T88VI has exactly the same footprint as the TM-T88V, allowing you to upgrade to a brand new system without having to rearrange your counter space, and is available in both black and white to suit any shop, bar or restaurant decor.  TM-T88VI Key Features • Multi-interface connectivity allows for the printer to be dynamically shared between legacy PC-POS terminals, tablet and mobile devices as well as the ability to print from cloud servers • Standard triple interfaces—TM T88VI includes built-in USB & Ethernet, along with the Connect-It module port to ensure maximum flexibility and future-proofing of the customer's business • Incorporates Epson's ePOS™ Print technology to support printing from web-based applications • Designed for the cloud—it incorporates built-in functionality to leverage leading POS applications or to perform remote firmware upgrades via Epson’s OMS. It also utilizes Server Direct printing for online ordering applications and printing from cloud servers. • Beacon support provides distributed proximity-based printing with Apple devices using Bluetooth Low Energy • NFC —Near Field Communication technology for easy pairing with mobile devices in distributed printing environments • Ultra fast transaction time —achieved with print speeds of up to 350 mm/sec plus a high-speed autocutter • Advanced paper saving functions—reduces paper usage by up to 49% • Improved reliability with print head life of 200 km and extended autocutter life of 3 million cuts • The TM-T88VI-i supports all of the TM-T88VI features as well as the added support of up to 4 USB POS peripherals, improved network security and more storage capacity for web applications  The TM-T88VI is available now from www.epson.co.nz and selected Epson resellers and retailers. International Surrealism Now and the New World Order at PO.RO.S Museum 2017-06-13T21:17:29Z international-surrealism-now-and-the-new-world-order-at-po-ro-s-museum Coimbra, Portugal, 13/06/2017 - September 17th of 2017 will host a new edition of the International Surrealism Now at the Multimedia P.O.R.O.S. Museum, in the village of Condeixa-a-Nova, in Portugal.  The "International Surrealism Now" began in 2010 in Coimbra, when Santiago Ribeiro conceived a major exhibition organized by Bissaya Barreto Foundation. International Surrealism Now is a project by Santiago Ribeiro, Portuguese surrealist painter, who has been dedicated to promoting the Surrealism of the 21st century, through exhibitions held in various parts of the world: Berlin, Moscow, Dallas, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Warsaw, Nantes, Paris, Florence, Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Lisbon, Belgrade, Monte Negro, Romania, Japan and Brazil. Surrealism now is the union of visionary, surrealist, abstract, fantastic realism art movements. The exhibition is composed of works of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and digital art. Currently, participating in the International Surrealism Now 105 artists from 48 countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam. Artists: Achraf Baznani, Morocco / Agim Meta, Spain / Aissa Mammasse, Algeria / Alvaro Mejias, Venezuela /Ana Araújo, Portugal / Ana Neamu, Romania / Ana Pilar Morales, Spain / Anna Plavinskaya, Russian / US / Andrew Baines, Australia / Asier Guerrero Rico (Dio), Spain / Brigid Marlin, UK / Bien Banez, Philippines / Can Emed, Turkey / Cătălin Precup, Romania / Cristian Townsend, Australia / Conor Walton, Ireland / Cynthia Tom, China-USA / Dag Samsund, Denmark / Daila Lupo, Italy / Dan Neamu, Romania / Daniel Chirac, Romania / Daniel Hanequand, Canada / Daniele Gori, Italy / Delphine Cencig, France / Dean Fleming, USA / Domen Lo, Slovenia / Edgar Invoker, Russia / Efrat Cybulkiewicz, Venezuela / Egill Eibsen, Iceland / Erik Heyninck, Belgium / Ettore Aldo Del Vigo, Italy / Farhad Jafari, Iran / France Garrido, USA / Francisco Urbano, Portugal / Graça Bordalo Pinheiro, Portugal / Graszka Paulska, Poland / Gromyko Semper, Philippines / Gyuri Lohmuller, Romania / Hector Pineda, Mexico / Hector Toro, Colombia / Henrietta Kozica, Sweden / Hugues Gillet, France / Isabel Meyrelles, Portugal / Iwasaki Nagi, Japan / James Skelton, UK / Jay Garfinkle, USA / Jay Paul Vonkoffler, American-Argentine / Jimah St, Nigeria / João Duarte, Portugal / Joe MacGown, USA / Keith Wigdor, USA / Leo Wijnhoven, Netherlands / Leo Plaw, Germany / Liba WS, France / Lubomír Štícha, Republic Czech / Ludgero Rolo, Portugal / Lv Shang, China / Maciej Hoffman, Poland / Magi Calhoun, USA / Marnie Pitts, UK / Maria Aristova, Russia / Mario Devcic, Croatia / Martina Hoffman, Germany / Mathias Böhm, Germany / Mehriban Efendi, Azerbaijan / Naiker Roman, Cuba-Spain / Nazareno Stanislau, Brazil / Nikolina Petolas, Croatia / Nipon Jungkina, Thailand / Octavian Florescu, Canada / Oleg Korolev, Russia / Olesya Novik, Russia / Olga Caldas, France / Olga Spiegel, USA / Oshi Rabin, American-Israeli / Otto Rapp, Austria / Paula Rosa, Portugal / Paulo Cunha, Canada / Pedro Diaz Cartes, Chile / Penny Golledge, UK / Philippe Pelletier, France / Ruben Cukier, Argentine-Israeli / Rudolf Boelee, New Zealand / Sabina Nore, Austria / Saim Ghazi, Pakistan / Sampo Kaikkonen, Finland / Santiago Ribeiro, Portugal / Sergey Tyukanov, Russia / Shahla Rosa, USA / Shoji Tanaka, Japan / Shan Zhulan, China / Sio Shisio, Indonesia / Slavko Krunic, Serbia / Snežana Petrović, Serbia / Sônia Menna Barreto , Brazil / Steve Smith, USA / Stuart Griggs, UK / Svetlana Kislyachenko, Ukraine / Tatomir Pitariu, USA / Ton Haring, Netherlands / Victor Lages, Portugal / Vu Huyen Thuong, Vietnam / Yamal Din, Morocco-Spain / Yuri Tsvetaev, Russia / Zoltan Ducsai, Hungary / Zoran Velimanovic, Serbia. More information can be found here: http://oneiricrealism.com/category/international-surrealism-now/ SOURCE: International Surrealism Now  EventsAIR by Centium Software Wins Prestigious 2017 Queensland iAward for Business Services Markets 2017-06-09T06:07:47Z eventsair-by-centium-software-wins-prestigious-2017-queensland-iaward-for-business-services-markets-2 Centium Software today announced that EventsAIR® was recognized by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) by winning the Queensland 2017 iAward for Business Services Markets. EventsAIR was also recognized as a Merit Recipient for Queensland Infrastructure & Platforms Innovations of the Year. The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. In receiving the award, Centium CEO Trevor Gardiner acknowledged the significant and positive contribution by the entire Centium team. “From the very beginning, we knew we wanted to make EventsAIR the most powerful solution for the meetings industry,” Mr. Gardiner said. “Our team has focused on providing extraordinary value to our clients and to include collection of apps and services that redefine what a meeting management platform is all about. I am very proud of what our team has created.” “Everyone here at Centium Software thanks the AIIA for this prestigious award,” Mr. Gardiner continued. “We are honored to receive the AIIA Queensland iAward for Business Services Markets for EventsAIR, and are thrilled to be recognized as a Merit Recipient for Queensland Innovation of the Year as well.” Using EventsAIR meeting organizers can create comprehensive registration and event management solutions for all aspects of their meetings and events. Powerful tools such as mobile apps, onsite check-in, attendance tracking, exhibitor lead management and much more are all included in the comprehensive EventsAIR platform. Built to seamlessly integrate with the powerful Microsoft Azure platform, in an industry first, EventsAIR offers large event organizers the ability to instantly scale up their environment during peak event demand time and maintain a real-time backup of essential services in case of Internet outages. About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honors both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognizes the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/ About Centium Software Centium Software develops innovative software systems for the meeting/events industry, landmark world events and the accommodation industry. For more than 25 years, the team has developed mission-critical management solutions that enhance productivity, lower labor costs and increase profitability. We derive our solutions from decades of hands-on experience working in diverse industries. We recruit talented professionals from the technology and hospitality industries, and have assembled a seasoned team with more than 350 years of combined experience. Centium has offices in US, UK, New Zealand and Australia. Centium Software has received recognition for their innovative efforts through multiple awards in recent years including the 2015 CODiE Award for Event Management Solution of the Year, the 2016 CV Magazine Best Event Management Software Company, National Winner of the iAwards in 2011, winner of Consensus Software Awards 2011 and 2014 as well as Winner of the Australian Business Awards Best Software Product in 2013. Mt Buller launches into new ski season with fresh base of technology from GuestCentrix 2017-06-09T04:56:35Z mt-buller-launches-into-new-ski-season-with-fresh-base-of-technology-from-guestcentrix This weekend sees the traditional Queens Birthday Long Weekend opening to the ski season where snow sports enthusiasts gear up to hit the slopes, bars, cafes and restaurants of Mt Buller. It’s an exciting weekend on the calendar for tens of thousands of visitors to Mt Buller who want to hit the snow and for many it will be the first time. It will also be the first time Mt Buller fully utilises a range of new accommodation and e-commerce technology that the Buller team has been diligently working on for the last ten months. Following a review of operations at the end of last season Buller selected local property management system provider CMS Hospitality to integrate its GuestCentrix platform with Inntopia, the leading e-commerce platform for resorts globally. Harry Wellborne, Buller Hospitality Manager said,  “We can’t wait to welcome our guests this weekend after the many months of hard work we have put in with the team from CMS Hospitality.  Our accommodation at Mt Buller ranges from full service hotels to individually owned apartments with Backpackers and staff housing thrown in so we needed a fully featured yet flexible system and GuestCentrix has provided that. A huge bonus for us was that they have proven distribution connections to systems like Siteminder and other online booking engines, and they were able to develop a new interface with Inntopia that has proved essential to our operations, which means we now have many options in how we get our rooms to our consumers and trade partners.” Duncan Waterman, Global Sales Director, CMS Hospitality said, “Congratulations to everyone at Mt Buller. We wish them the very best for the opening of the snow season. Buller Hospitality is typical of so many local clients we are working with who are looking for solid, down to earth working relationships.  This obviously applies to the relationship between us and the client but also in how CMS Hospitality partners very well with the many other tech vendors hotels need to ensure they can provide their guests a great experience.”    About CMS Hospitality  CMS Hospitality has been providing software solutions for more than 30 years.  Our GuestCentrix software solution is a proven multi-property hospitality system with clients ranging from small backpacker properties to 5 star resorts with over 2000 rooms, and accommodation groups of up to 100 properties. Following our mantra of “Profit, maximise and simplify” we have helped our clients to become more profitable through better information available to them, maximise their revenues by ensuring the best rates are sold on the right day, and simplify their business by offering a software solution which is easy to use easy to learn and easy to navigate, and overall is intuitive.  GuestCentrix can be found installed in more than 25 countries globally with installations in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and across Asia in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand and thru into Europe, the UK and North America. ARMADALE CELLARS MILESTONE: 2017-05-31T00:59:40Z armadale-cellars-milestone Media release     Wednesday, 17 May 2017,  Melbourne, Australia (for immediate release) Melbourne wine icon, Phil Hude first took over the reins at Armadale Cellars in 1997. Now in 2017, Armadale Cellars marks its anniversary with a 20th Birthday Tasting Festival (@armadalecellars #AC20thBdayFest), running from May to September 2017. The Festival will celebrate two decades at the Cellars, with museum wine tastings from Phil’s favourite boutique and premium producers. Since 1997, Phil and the Armadale Cellars crew have welcomed thousands of the wine-curious through the doors to ramble the sweeping and eclectic wine collection, join his famously unpretentious wine courses and taste new vintages with Australia’s most important winemakers. Armadale Cellars, located in Melbourne’s leafy inner east, is one of the city’s few remaining independent, owner-operated wine merchants. Over the years, Phil has weathered the challenges of numerous trends, big retail and economic fluxes but thrived by remaining committed to quality, boutique, artisan producers. Phil has been a longtime supporter of once-young-wineries now recognised as icons and heritage producers like Giaconda, Wild Duck Creek, Paradigm Hill, Ata Rangi, Katnook Estate, Moorilla, Best’s Wines, Shaw & Smith, Moorooduc, Mac Forbes, Tappanappa, Felton Road, Ocean Eight and Henschke. These are among the producers that have supported his loyalty with hard-to-find allocations, digging into the cellars to find some unobtainable wine to commemorate Armadale Cellars’ birthday! In celebration of this milestone, Phil and the team are very excited to launch the Armadale Cellars 20th Birthday Tasting Festival (running May-September), culminating in the 20th Birthday Party tasting on Saturday, 23 September. This invitation-only, grand tasting will include both current and impossible-to-find museum wines from these iconic wineries, menu by the inimitable Andrew Blake and some incredible door prizes. In fairness to Phil’s numerous loyal customers, entry to this final birthday event will be by Golden Ticket only, with 20 double passes given away to #AC20thBdayFest event guests during the festival. Phil Hude and the Armadale Cellars team can’t wait to celebrate with their friends and supporters from over the years and present some museum wines normally locked away, each vintage marking a year in the life of Armadale Cellars. Armadale Cellars 20th Birthday Tasting Festival Program, visit Events review the following list and follow #AC20thBdayFest for public event announcements in the coming weeks. For more information, images or to arrange an interview with Phil Hude, please contact Kimberley Pearce at Wine Brain: kp@winebrain.com.au, 0413 120 385. ARMADALE CELLARS | Address 813-817 High Street, Armadale 3143, Australia | Telephone +61 (0)3 9509 3055 | Email info@armadalecellars.com.au | Website armadalecellars.com.au | Instagram @armadalecellars | Facebook armadalecellars | Twitter @armadalecellars #AC20thBdayFest Ends---   About Phillip Hude As a young man, Phil Hude first caught the wine bug working in hotels, before progressing to wine retail in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. In 1992, he began a wine marketing course (ADWM) at the famed Roseworthy campus, the University of Adelaide, which he completed over four years. Notwithstanding his unassuming, Aussie turn of phrase and knockabout charm, Phil’s studies made him one of the most qualified wine merchants in the country. In 1997, Phil bought Armadale Cellars and had since stocked some of Australia’s and indeed the world’s most iconic wines. He has tutored thousands of wine-interested folks during his palate training, wine courses and Shiraz challenges. Phil has presented hundreds of tastings and winemaker’s dinners and lent his wine expertise to numerous corporate speaking engagements and television and radio interviews. Constantly clad in a wine apron and ever ‘under the pump’, but no matter his haste Phil will always have time to talk passionately about the latest boutique wine release, best local restaurants or his beloved Hawks.   #AC20thBdayFest Events* Ocean’s Eight – Thu 18 May Best’s Wines – Wed 24 May Giaconda on-premise release – late May Katnook Estate – Thu 15 Jun Moorilla – Thu 22 Jun Paradigm Hill – Mon 26 Jun Levin Wines - Tues 11 Jul Moorooduc Estate – Wed 12 Jul Standish & Head – Wed 26 Jul Levantine Hill – Thu 27 Jul Wild Duck Creek – Thu 3 Aug Mac Forbes – Tues 15 Aug Shaw+Smith – Thu 17 Aug Tappanappa – Tue 22 Aug Tolpuddle – Fri 1 Sep Felton Road – Tues 12 Sep Armadale Cellars 20th Birthday Party – Sat 23 Sep   *More events to be announced in the coming weeks on Events Kelray Heating supplies heating solution beneath Auckland Harbour Bridge 2017-05-30T09:11:51Z kelray-heating-supplies-heating-solution-beneath-auckland-harbour-bridge Kelray outdoor heating has been approached by AJ Hackett Bungee to supply outdoor heating products for their bungee jumping facility located underneath Auckland's Harbour Bridge.  The company was chosen as the contractor for this assignment as, AJ Hackett Bungee needed an outdoor heating solution that could handle the challenging weather conditions present beneath the Harbour Bridge.  As the sole NZ producer of outdoor heaters that use 316 marine grade steel, Kelray was the lone supplier whose heaters would be able to tolerate the strong, heavily-salted westerly winds present beneath the bridge.  Co-director of Kelray, Kelvin Davis explains how their range of heaters was the best option for the often harsh environment.   “The job posed some obvious hurdles that would have proved rather challenging for many radiant heater suppliers in to get past.” Because of a number of regulations surrounding the Harbour Bridge, Kelray’s installation team were prevented from drilling into the bridge to install their infrared heaters. Kelray were able to get around this issue by designing custom made struts that safely support each heater. “Most of the outdoor heating product found in NZ are manufactured overseas. So custom design alterations are very expensive and really not worthwhile when orders are small.” “Our capacity to remain flexible - make changes to our heaters to fit specific circumstances, and produce an economical heating solution made us the perfect candidate for this job”. Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour School Holiday Program - July 2017 2017-05-30T06:29:37Z cockatoo-island-sydney-harbour-school-holiday-program-july-2017 Not only is Cockatoo Island one of the best tourist destinations in Sydney, it also has a great program of activities on offer for the kids during the July School holidays.   The UNESCO World-Heritage listed island provides a wealth of history to engage and excite children of all ages.  These five school holiday activities are sure to keep the kids busy:  Haunted History Night Tours 6pm & 6.30 pm - 5, 7, 8, 12 & 14 July Cost: Adults $25, Children $15 A special spooky night tour of Cockatoo Island’s hidden histories and mysteries.  This 90-minute nocturnal exploration is the perfect way to discover the history of Cockatoo Island from its early colonial beginnings as a prison, to a reformatory for orphans and wayward children, to a working shipyard. Crooked Characters of Cockatoo Island 2pm & 4pm - 1, 5, 8, & 15 July Cost: Free Crooked Characters of Cockatoo Island and other Colonial Escapades is an hour-long family friendly journey into the hilarious and fascinating underbelly of Australia’s colonial and recent history. The two guides will take you on an entertaining romp through the Australian Penal System that thrived on Cockatoo Island.   Convict History Guided Tours 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm, 1, 6, 8, 13 & 15 July Cost: Adults $10, children free Learn about the fascinating history of Cockatoo Island which was a convict prison between 1839 and 1869.  At its peak it was home to 550 men who built their barracks, forged their own prison bars and constructed the Fitzroy Dock.  Camping On Cockatoo Available every night Cost: Visit our website for rates With the tent, mattresses and camping chairs already set up for you, this option is perfect if you crave a camping adventure without the hard work. Tents are ideal for up to two adults and two small children.  Vacation Care  3 - 15 July Cost: $12 per child. (Price does not include ferry travel)  Bring your Vacation Care group to Cockatoo Island, Sydney’s largest and most fascinating urban island.  A short ferry trip from Circular Quay turns a journey into an adventure.  Cockatoo Island is just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay.  Lunch options are available.   For more information, visit www.cockatooisland.gov.au. MEDIA ENQUIRIES: tracey@impressionsmc.com.au tel 0415290023 Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour is open to the public daily, offering major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation, tours and business tenancy. It is one of the ten magnificent sites managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, a self-funding agency created by the Australian Government to be responsible for the vision planning and management of former defence and Commonwealth sites around Sydney Harbour. The other public spaces and parklands managed by the Harbour Trust are North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay in Mosman, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse, the Platypus site in Neutral Bay, Marine Biological Station in Watsons Bay and Snapper Island in Sydney Harbour. www.cockatooisland.gov.au     Top 5 China Travel Tips from one of the World's Best Guides! 2017-05-30T06:29:18Z wendy-wu-tours-boasts-one-of-the-world-s-top-8-guides Starting May 2017, Wendy Wu Tours brings you the benefit of their 23 years' experience in travelling to Asia through a series of Top 5's for each country in their range. First up, the China specialists give you the inside scoop of this emerging dragon, for first time travellers, from one of their top National Escort Guides, George Pu. As one of our customers favourite guides, George has just been nominated as one of the top eight guides in the world in the Wanderlust World Guide Awards. If you've met George and would like to see him win the award, click here to vote for him (Tip: he's listed first on the list!). Off your grid. You know you know, but you don't really believe it. There's no Google in China. That means no Facebook, no Gmail, no directions, nada. So before you go, set up a new email account to keep in touch (read: brag) with your loved-ones.  While it's not impossibly difficult to get a local SIM card in China, you will need a local to come with you, as the process is not exactly easy (unless, of course, you're fluent in Mandarin). Get appy. In China, you'll find most businesses keep in touch with you using WeChat, and in fact this little app has become the countries' most downloaded method of keeping in touch, with a user base of over 700 million. That's 30 times the population of Australia. So download it before you go, and add in your home contacts, so you can be all set up to message on arrival. Limber up. It's not glamorous, but it's a cultural fact: many toilets in China are of the squat type. At your hotel and other westernised destinations, like shopping malls and some restaurants, you'll be able to relax your thighs, but once you head further out – think like a Kung Fu master and get squatting. Hot water Mecca. One of the beautiful little benefits of travelling to the country that created tea is the profusion of hot water taps, spouts and urns everywhere you look. On long-distance trains, in airports, in central train stations, people have brought along their thermos to create either hot tea or the ubiquitous instant noodles. Capitalising on the business opportunity, and conveniently for travellers, the instant noodle market sees pop'-up sellers offering travellers the choice of dozens of flavours, making meals always available. Slurp! Really. Big. This is not a bus-tour country: don't be mistaken, travelling through China takes a long time. Despite bullet trains (up to 300km/h), the size of the country is so enormous, that you'll count on internal flights to get around to see the trinity of Wall, Warriors and Pandas. Though the overnight trains are entirely palatable – many even with a dining cart – you can make the actual travelling part more of a pleasure by incorporating a short Yangtze river cruise into your itinerary. Endnote: Its not cheap (but sometimes it is).Throw out your memories of backpacking through Vietnam with a 20c Pho, China is a country on the move. If you're visiting a restaurant, Eastern or Western, or even staying in a hotel brand name you know, expect pricing at a similar level to Australia. On the flipside, street food abounds, and if your tastebuds are willing, you can pick up treats like BBQ oysters in Guillins Xicheng Night Market, cold noodle in Xian's Muslim Quarter, and – gulp – fried scorpion in Beijings Donghuamen Night Market. This intrepid traveller wandered into the Hutongs of Beijing, and gobbled up 20 (TWENTY!) prawn and chive dumplings for a huge AUD1. Fit for an Emperor. About Wendy Wu ToursIn 1994, Wendy Wu took her first group to China, and by 1998 Wendy Wu Tours was established and running 10 tours annually. Today, Wendy operates tours to 22 countries in Asia, and has offices in Sydney, London, New York, Auckland, Shanghai and Xian. The Asia experts, Wendy Wu Tours offers tour styles for all travellers, including Classic, Discovery and Deluxe Collections; as well as Tailor-Made, Private Tours & Special Groups. For more information and to book, visit www.wendywutours.com.au or call 1300 727 998. Escape to Bali Escape Haven This Winter 2017-05-30T01:09:22Z escape-to-bali-escape-haven-this-winter Rather than settle down and see out the winter, how about thinking of a surfing holiday in Bali? Escape Haven have a fantastic Revive Surf Package which is perfect for women who are feeling a little tired or rundown, and need something to look forward to during the winter months. If you like the sound of a relaxing, tropical retreat holiday, Escape Haven have a week long package for women which has been created with your health and wellbeing in mind, as a women’s retreat. There’s plenty to do at Escape Haven’s health retreats in Bali, where you can take in the sights of Canggu or Seminyak, and spend the days learning to surf, in yoga or spa sessions or just lazing by the poolside. Bliss! You will leave their Bali yoga retreat feeling relaxed, energised and focused on your body’s health and wellbeing. Escape Haven’s Revive Surf Package includes five surf sessions with their expert surfing instructors (with the option of Stand Up Paddleboarding), yoga and massages, daily spa treatments, delicious spa cuisine, and adventures and relaxation experiences around Bali. All of this to be enjoyed in their luxury accommodation. Revive is Escape Haven’s wonderful surf package, and rather than take you to the same spot daily they have a roaming surf school that take you to the best spots to progress your surfing from beginner to riding those waves! A week is all it takes to learn to surf with them and they will provide you with photos to prove it! They have a coaching to student ratio of 1:3 and their head coach Luca is the most experienced guide on the island and works exclusively with Escape Haven. They have coined the experience ‘luxury surfing’ as they provide cool towels and fresh coconuts amongst other treats as you leave the water. The weather is balmy and the water is warm like a bath, the wind is typically offshore, which is the perfect conditions for your surf holiday. Choose from a range of inspirational wellness and detox packages covering, surf , yoga or fitness retreat programmes. The choice is yours, and their expert team will personalise and guide you through your chosen experience. As the Escape Haven team say, “Luxury cannot exist without a dedicated team and exceptional service. At Escape Haven, staff are like a family, ready to do everything possible to make your stay at our Bali Retreats exceptional. We do this by anticipating your needs, understanding what you desire and going over and beyond to make it happen.” Enjoy a full week of indulgent luxury with Escape Haven’s Revive Surf Package, by going to http://www.escapehaven.com .