The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-14T22:02:38Z AIIA’s US trade delegation lays the groundwork for Australia’s next wave of digital tech 2019-11-14T22:02:38Z aiias-us-trade-delegation-lays-the-groundwork-for-australias-next-wave-of-digital-tech Sydney, Australia – 15 November 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, has completed a six-day trade delegation to the US to help organisations learn about how to best utilise and implement the latest developments in digital technology. The delegation included global businesses, senior executives of government agencies, venture capital organisations, SMEs and startups who travelled to the West Coast of the US from 3-8 November 2019 and visited San Francisco (Silicon Valley) and Seattle. The itinerary included visits to Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, DocuSign, IBM, ServiceNow, Adobe, Cisco, Google and Infosys. Ron Gauci, CEO of AIIA, said the trade delegation enabled members to better understand the opportunities and the role they can play in working with the Federal Government to deliver the digital services agenda. “Once again the US delegation has proven to be a valuable opportunity for AIIA members to network with some of the world’s best companies, and to learn about trends and the latest developments in their markets,” said Gauci. “There is currently a strong focus and investment in Artificial Intelligence, and the related issues around the ethics and transparency of its use are of great importance. All the major tech companies we visited also have a focus on the culture and skills required to harness and take advantage of the digital revolution. “As the Australian Government continues its digital transformation agenda across all portfolios, an understanding of cutting-edge technology developed by the private sector is critical. It is also vital that government and business work together and partner successfully for the benefit of taxpayers and citizens.” The AIIA Ministerial Delegation has enabled technology sector business leaders to engage with government and leading digital organisations including Microsoft, Adobe, KPMG, IBM, ServiceNow, Cisco, Infosys, Telstra, Datacom, CDC Data Centres, Veriluma, Itree, Sypaq, iCIMS, BGH Capital, MXA, Informpros, Talihealth, AUCloud and OK RDY. The delegates also attended the Australian Landing Pad showcasing innovative Australian technology startup companies. “By spending six days with a group of like-minded business people, sharing insights on best practices in digital transformation, I’m confident that Australian tech leaders have forged relationships that will lead to greater collaboration and improvement of our government digital services,” said Gauci. “We are delighted that the delegation has created opportunities for our members to grow their business through the relationships forged on the trip, and to learn about the innovations which should assist them in delivering future government outcomes.” For a video on the AIIA’s US trade delegation view here. To find out more about how to join the AIIA, please visit https://www.aiia.com.au/membership/aiia-membership-online-application # # # Additional information Sponsors and Hosts included: Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM, Cisco, Infosys, HERE Technologies, Google, DocuSign, ServiceNow and Adobe. About AIIA 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. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. For more information on AIIA Policy and Advocacy key areas please visit https://www.aiia.com.au/influence-And-leadership/policy-priorities Media Contact For more information please contact: Carmelle Pavan GM Marketing & Communications – AIIA M: 0402 099 349 Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT FIJI WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF 2019-11-14T04:10:28Z likuliku-lagoon-resort-fiji-welcomes-new-executive-chef LIKULIKU WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF  Australian Executive Chef, Ryan Ward, reimagines modern Fijian cuisine at Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Hyperlocal produce, exceptional service and commitment to the Fijian community are cornerstones of the Likuliku experience  Nov 2019: Ryan Ward has been appointed Executive Chef of the multi award-winning Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago - the luxury Fijian-owned resort with Fiji’s only authentic over-water bures and a part of the prestigious collection of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.  Prior to coming to Fiji two years ago, Ryan devoted five years as Chef de Cuisine for the then 2-hatted GOMA Restaurant at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. In the early stages of his career, he was drawn to the precision and rivalrous nature of London’s kitchens, including Mayfair’s ‘Sketch’, and spent time in boutique hotels on the Cornish coastline.  Born in Queensland, his formative years were heavily influenced by his grandmother, a sculptor and artist, and his grandfather who had a genuine love of nature and understanding of the land, raising cattle on his property in Queensland. His upbringing and his time at Sketch and GOMA have shaped Ryan’s simple yet beautiful expression of ingredients.  Ryan draws inspiration from his time living on Malolo Island where he began his Fiji affinity at Likuliku’s sister property – Malolo Island Resort.    Ryan re-shaped the culinary offering at Malolo Resort with an increased focus on local produce and flavours.   During this time, Ryan gained an appreciation and true understanding of local ingredients stretching from Malolo to the tip of the Yasawa Islands.     Moving next door to Likuliku is a dream for Ryan because with that comes a daily-changing menu, a flourishing garden and a supply of fresh honey from the Resort’s bees.  “For me, the key is to focus on the origin of the ingredient and take inspiration from the Fijian people, culture, customs and tradition to create a dish that has a sense of place.” Ryan says.   A keen fisherman, Ryan spends time out of the kitchen exploring and researching the local waters and surrounding islands with curiosity. His appreciation for the environment will be influential to Likuliku’s kitchen practices ensuring a strong focus on sustainability.  “I look forward to continue to embrace Fiji as home and especially, to work alongside Likuliku’s environmental team, using their local knowledge of ingredients to help shape our menus and create a world class dining experience for our guests.”  Ahura Resorts Group General Manager, Steve Anstey says, ‘We’re delighted to have Ryan as Executive Chef at Likuliku. His gastronomic expertise, passion for the local produce and culinary creativity will help us to continue to create and build on an extraordinary dining experience at Likuliku.’  Likuliku will launch new dishes in 2020 with a focus on ethically sourced ingredients, preserving the environmental well-being of the Mamanuca archipelago.   Further information on Likuliku Lagoon Resort including special offers: http://likulikulagoon.com ENDS   For further information/images please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au     Holiday Inn Resort Phuket announces Grand Re-Opening with Exclusive Offers after $4.6 Million Make-Over 2019-11-14T02:37:19Z holiday-inn-resort-phuket-announces-grand-re-opening-with-exclusive-offers-after-4-6-million-make-over Sydney, Australia, 14th November, 2019 - The Holiday Inn Resort Phuket today announced its grand re-opening after undergoing a USD$4.6 million renovation process in the last 7 months. An oasis of tranquility in bustling Patong, the refurbished resort successfully combines the established reputation of Thai hospitality with a calm, relaxed and luxurious ambience.   Having undergone a transformative make-over in its Busakorn Wing, the resort strives to provide guests with unrivalled high-end service, personal welcome facilities, premium-use swimming pools and a host of indulgent packages.   “Offering a fabulous resort within a resort experience, we are thrilled to unveil the newly renovated Busakorn Wing where tropical sophistication meets traditional Thai luxury. Offering a fresh guest experience for our new and returning guests, the beautifully appointed Studio Rooms and Villas meld heritage-inspired décor but with Modern Thai elegance,” said Bart Callens, General Manager of the Resort.    As Patong’s first international hotel, Holiday Inn Phuket Resort has been serving guests for over 30 years becoming one of the most well-known hotels in the region. Located centrally in Patong with direct access to prime dining, entertainment and shopping locations, the hotel is sheltered from the crowds and provides a restful ambience. As part of its re-launch, a total of 104 studio rooms, including 17 new poolside rooms, have been renovated. The new refurbishments also offer an adult-only villa area with pool access and pool view rooms, new facilities and exclusive indulgence packages. “The interior design draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of Thailand’s cotton traditional weaving styles and careful attention has been paid to the finishing touches to create a truly distinctive holiday experience for our guests. Rooms overlook tropical swimming pools framed by landscaped gardens to create a peaceful oasis right in the heart of Patong. The Busakorn Wing has its own entrance and reception, and two additional swimming pools for the exclusive use of Busakorn guests,” Callens added. Living up to Thailand's reputation as the Land of Smiles, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket aims to leave its guests with lasting smiles for the duration of their stay. The friendly and courteous staff is a reflection of the warm Thai hospitality and aligns with the highly-esteemed global reputation of The Holiday Inn Resorts as an attentive and customer-centric brand.     Guests can find a special re-opening offer here: https://phuket.holidayinnresorts.com/special-offers/busakorn-studio-re-opening-offer   About Holiday Inn Resort® Phuket Located in the heart of Patong, Phuket’s most famous beach, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket is an oasis within walking distance to key shopping such as Jungceylon Shopping Centre, vibrant restaurants and bars and the upbeat Soi Bangla nightlife. Just steps away from the beach, this beautiful tropical Resort features contemporary-styled rooms with four beautiful pools in a lush garden setting.  Holiday Inn Resort Phuket has since built a solid reputation for personalised and genuine Thai hospitality, delivering an exceptional resort experience to ensure a memorable and fun stay for guests of all ages, many of which have been loyal returning guests since its opening. About Holiday Inn® Started over 60 years ago and with nearly 1,200 hotels worldwide today, the Holiday Inn® brand is the most widely recognised lodging brand in the world. During that time, it was the first hotel brand to launch a computerised reservation system in 1965, one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984 and the first to take an online booking in 1995.   The ‘Kids Eat & Stay Free’ programme available at every Holiday Inn® property, and KidSuites® rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort® hotel, demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn® brand to serving family travellers, along with a comfortable atmosphere where everyone can sit back and relax. Introducing Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland – Plus A Great Booking Special 2019-11-12T20:00:37Z introducing-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland-plus-a-great-booking-special Boutique Lifestyle Photography are award-winning portrait photographers based in Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 2007, the team have formed and further developed their signature style of portraiture; timeless images of your loved ones that artistically tell your story. Since their inception, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to expand their professional photography services. From stunning family photography to beautiful maternity portraits and graduation photography, all photo shoot bookings are held in their upmarket Auckland studio location. More recently, a range of commercial photography services have been introduced including professional product photography as well as professional head shots. As part of their services, all portraits receive the team’s acclaimed professional portrait retouching. From scars to scratches, any imperfections or blemishes that you may have can be removed at your request. The team are also pleased to announce a fantastic $79 photo shoot sitting special. Included in this package is your in-studio photo shoot with your Auckland photographer, valid for our portrait services (excluding glamour), as well as a bonus $50 studio credit towards your chosen portraits. If you’ve been considering a professional photo shoot, then now is the perfect time. You are encouraged to contact the friendly team to discuss your requirements. In-studio consultations are available to discuss in advance your photo shoot aspirations and begin planning your session. Bookings are available Monday to Saturday by appointment. The Boutique Lifestyle Photography Philosophy As a family owned and operated business, the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography go to great lengths to ensure your satisfaction. From your initial contact with the team, throughout your photo shoot to the final delivery of your treasured images, you are sure to be impressed. Having worked with countless families and individuals over the years, we are proud to have worked closely with people from all walks of life. Irrespective of your requirements, we offer you an in-studio portrait service that is both relaxed and professional with amazing results. We also offer a great range of flexible gift voucher options, perfect for any occasion or milestone. In addition, we also encourage charities or fundraising groups to contact us regarding any upcoming events or promotions we can assist with. Please visit our website and contact us with any queries relating to your event and how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us with any booking enquiries or general questions and we will be happy to assist. Boutique Lifestyle Photography(09) 522 5123https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz One Aussie couple share their inspirational tale of how to do a sabbatical just right 2019-11-12T12:40:07Z one-aussie-couples-share-their-inspirational-tale-of-how-to-do-a-sabbatical-just-right Taking sabbatical leave is something many people dream of, but making it a reality can often feel a lot more complicated. However, one Aussie couple have found a new solution which is perfect for budget-conscious travellers, giving them the chance to travel the world and save money in the process.  Now, they’re ready to share their own travel success story with a wider audience – helping to inspire anyone approaching burnout to take a break, reset and refresh!  Stepping away from life as we know it comes with many great benefits, as two London-based Australians, Sarah Blinco and Cooper Dawson, know all too well. Battling anxiety and stress caused by their 21st-century lifestyles, the pair quit their jobs to travel and pet-sit.  Today’s estimates suggest that modern 30-somethings won’t retire until they reach their 70s, which seems a long time to live with discontent and a couple of short breaks per year. This is what prompted the pair, both in their 40s, to make a leap of faith. Determined to show others what’s possible, they sold everything and have now been on the road for more than six months.  “There’s lots of misconceptions about travel for extended periods of time,” says Sarah. “We wanted to show that it’s possible to take a career break at any age. I turned 40 and applied for sabbatical leave from my busy communications job in London. My job is held for me for a year, and I have the chance to reset, re-frame and do something amazing with my time. Cooper has done the same thing, taking time away from his teaching career.” The couple are eager to stress that any obstacles can be got around with some ingenuity and imagination. “We always wanted to travel beyond a week here or there, but we were stopped by the usual fears,” says Sarah. “What if the work world changed while we’re gone? Now we’re making it happen – and we’ve never been happier.”  Their plan has so far seen them embrace travel as an opportunity for growth, applying to house sits and quickly accumulating a long list of bookings. They’ve since taken care of more than 20 dogs, two horses and a cat – all while saving thousands per month in accommodation costs.  Some of the major benefits of taking a sabbatical include improved confidence, and the space to explore new ways of working, too. While travelling, Sarah and Cooper are experimenting with online businesses and freelancing. CN Traveller reported in early-2019 that by 2020, more than 50% of the UK and USA’s workforce would be freelance. It may sound like a staggering figure, but this represents larger societal changes which are prompting more and more people to adopt a new approach to both life and work.  Sarah and Cooper are happy to discuss how they planned their sabbatical, travel and house-sitting. They have plenty of advice to share and are available for interviews or to be used in case studies.  To find out more about their unique journey, head to their online home at travellivelearn.com or find them on YouTube at youtube.com/travellivelearn. 90’s Street Style Hair Accessories Emerge as Aussie Summer Fashion Trend 2019-11-12T04:11:06Z 90-s-street-style-hair-accessories-emerge-as-aussie-summer-fashion-trend The nostalgic 90’s hair clip was a shining performer during New York Fashion Week in February 2019, and the trend continues to gain momentum as we approach 2020.   Coveteur editor Hannah Baxter thrust the bobby pin back into the spotlight, wearing her crystal-encrusted “damn” clip during her Fashion Week appearance. Models were also spotted parting their hair deep to one side using three hairpins and using clips as more of a fashion statement than an accessory.   Influencer Micah Gianneli, who has more than 1 million Instagram followers, has welcomed the trend to Australia, wearing a Hannah Baxter inspired ‘Paris’ clip from the Colette by Colette Hayman range in one of her recent posts.   Australia’s leading fashion accessories outlet Colette by Colette Hayman has also noticed an increase in the demand for hair clips, bobby pins, and headbands.    “We have seen a huge increase in demand for street style hair accessories, with shoppers looking to join in on the trend. From stylish snap clips to cool exposed bobby pins, just clipping two slides to one side of your part can be the perfect way to complete this season’s look,” said Tash Pitzer, Head of Accessories   Colette by Colette Hayman’s newly launched hair accessory range has been the go-to destination for savvy shoppers looking to be a part of the trend. The most popular hair accessories in the Colette by Colette Hayman range include the Pink Gold-Tone Large Claw Clip, the Pink Animal Print Headband, and the Silver and Rose Gold Rhombus Hair Clips.   The new Spring/Summer range also features a variety of flower crowns and headbands - just in time for the Spring Racing season, Headbands and crowns are already flying off the shelves with racegoers looking to show off a unique, colourful vibe at racetracks around the country. Colette by Colette Hayman’s affordable range is also making it easy for anyone to join in on the hottest new fashion trend. “You don’t have to be a supermodel or world-class designer to look your best with stunning hair accessories. With pieces starting from just $3.99, everyone can become a trendsetter.”   -ENDS-   Colette by Colette Hayman’s new accessories range is available for sampling and review.  GIFTING - See our latest accessories online and email me a link to what you are interested in from - https://www.colettehayman.com.au Hi-res images are available and Interviews can be arranged upon request.   SCARVES https://www.instagram.com/p/B2-ntDSg8jL/ FLOWER CROWNS https://www.instagram.com/p/B2yVTDkAkAU/ HAIR SLIDES https://www.instagram.com/p/B2p5VZxgnDv/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B2lQeKwgXU-/ PEARL https://www.instagram.com/p/B2dhj3fgAsR/ SCRUNCHIES https://www.instagram.com/p/B3TeQ8hAIid/   Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/bycolettehayman/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/colettebycolettehayman   For media enquiries contact Juliet – ja@backgroundcc.com or 0414 966 005 Samson and Charlie champion female wellness with new bellabox Welcome to Wellness collaboration 2019-11-11T23:58:28Z samson-and-charlie-champion-female-wellness-with-new-bellabox-welcome-to-wellness-collaboration It’s official, boutique natural skincare brand Samson & Charlie are part of bellabox’s December health and wellness box: Welcome to Wellness. Samson & Charlie notoriously champion health and wellness through their values of cruelty-free, fair-trade and vegan products, aligning the brand perfectly with Bellabox’s own Welcome to Wellness mission. “We’re so thrilled to collaborate with such a great brand we really believe in,” said Samson & Charlie founder, Carole Staeck of the Welcome to Wellness partnership. “We believe in helping women enjoy looking after themselves, just like bellabox does.” While Samson & Charlie can’t reveal which product will be included in the Welcome to Wellness box, they’re eager to point to the importance of wellness before the holidays. “Christmas and summer holidays can be so hectic, we hope the Samson & Charlie product included in the Welcome to Wellness box enhances the wellbeing of all the subscribers,” said Staeck. Samson and Charlie are dedicated to wellness by encouraging customers to take time out and indulge their senses with their stimulating products. From delicate acne-clearing face oils with natural, tantalising fragrances to sumptuous-smelling exfoliating cleansers, living well is an essential element of the brand’s products. “Our products are designed to help busy people enjoy a moment of calm, while getting instant, effective results for their skin. We’re passionate about the wellness aspect of skincare,” said Staeck. Samson and Charlie has just celebrated their one year anniversary, accumulating huge growth of over 17k Instagram subscribers and DTC growth of 5,000 customers in just 12 months. Joining the Welcome to Wellness box is the ideal way to continue the brand’s growth, while also cementing the Melbourne-made brand as a leader in ethical skincare and ‘living well.’ The Welcome To Wellness subscription box is a seasonal offering of beauty and lifestyle products under the bellabox umbrella. Like Samson & Charlie’s own mission, the aim of Welcome to Wellness is to encourage women to fall in love with taking care of themselves in mind, body and spirit. Bellabox’s Welcome to Wellness Box including a product from Samson & Charlie will be sent to subscribers on December 16th, 2019. Over half of Australians are deficient in magnesium 2019-11-11T00:23:31Z over-half-of-australians-are-deficient-in-magnesium Over half of Australians are not meeting their magnesium requirements* due to poor diet and going about their day unaware, suffering symptoms that are not easily recognisable. Magnesium is essential to our body functions, so Australians need to ensure they’re getting enough to avoid health risks for present and future life. Thankfully, adding magnesium to your diet is easy thanks to ¼ cup of cashews, or even one 300ml bottle of a “better-for-you” drink! Everyone has probably heard of magnesium before, but what actually is it and why do we need it? One of Australia’s leading Dietitians and Nutritionists, Rebecca Gawthorne explains, “Magnesium is an essential mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzyme systems in our body. It is needed for protein synthesis, regulating hormones, nerve and muscle functioning, blood pressure control, blood sugar regulation, DNA synthesis and immune health.” The estimated average requirement (EAR) of magnesium for adults is 330-350mg/day for men and 255-265mg/day for women. Rebecca explains the importance of magnesium in energy production, “Magnesium also plays a vital role in both aerobic and anaerobic energy production! Our bodies require magnesium to synthesise adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is an energy carrying molecule that captures chemical energy from the breakdown of food molecules and then releases it to fuel the processes that occur in our body’s cells.” “Hence magnesium is essential for making us feel energetic! If you are constantly feeling, tired, fatigued and lacking energy, there is a possibility that you may be low in magnesium,” says Rebecca. If adults are not meeting the recommended dietary intake of magnesium, they may become deficient in magnesium. Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: Fatigue Muscle cramps and spasms Poor sleep Headaches and migraines Nausea Loss of appetite High blood pressure Heart arrhythmia Osteoporosis Depression Rebecca explains how magnesium is widely distributed in the food supply in both plant and animal foods, “Most green vegetables, legumes (lentils, peas, beans), nuts and seeds are rich in magnesium, as are some shellfish, spices and salmon. Many unrefined grains and cereals are also sources of magnesium, along with magnesium fortified foods, drinks and supplements like Level Lemonade; a low sugar soft-drink that is fortified with magnesium.” Rebecca’s top recommended sources of magnesium and their magnesium content: Cashews ~ 90mg per 1/4 cup Brazil nuts ~ 130mg per 1/4 cup Spinach ~ 150mg per 1 cup, cooked Oats ~ 60mg per 30g Legumes ~ 120mg per 1 cup, cooked Pumpkin seeds ~ 180mg per 1/4 cup Soy Milk ~ 61mg per cup Salmon ~ 53mg per 180g Tofu ~ 50mg per 100g Level Lemonade 160mg per 300ml bottle “If you’re unsure whether you are hitting your magnesium targets or are experiencing any of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, always consult your GP and Dietitian,” adds Rebecca. Level Lemonade, the new “better for you” soft-drink range taking lemonade to a new level, is now available nationally at Caltex and selected Ezy Marts in three flavours; Original Lemon, Lemon&Orange and Lemon&Pineapple. RRP $3.85 per 300ml bottle. www.level-lemonade.com @levellemonade #levellemonade *Health Direct, last reviewed December 2018: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/foods-high-in-magnesium JURA celebrates the renewal of its contract with Roger Federer 2019-11-11T00:09:50Z jura-celebrates-the-renewal-of-its-contract-with-roger-federer JURA, an innovation leader in the field of automatic speciality coffee machines, is thrilled to announce that the contract with Roger Federer will be extended for another five years. The collaboration between JURA and Roger Federer was first established in 2006 and since then there has been many milestones, including the fact Roger has started drinking a Flat White, the coffee specialty originating from Australia. George Liakatos, JURA Australia’s General Manager said, “It’s the perfect alignment as Roger Federer and JURA both represent the same values; Swiss quality, hard work, precision, reliability, elegance and the pursuit of perfection. Here in Australia, we are pleased to be working with the man himself an additional five years as our global brand ambassador. We’re also thrilled he loves our Australian favourite, the Flat White!” To mark the renewal of the contract, a new communications campaign with Roger Federer has been released with the same message that has been unchanged since 2013: speciality coffees – freshly ground, not capsuled. The campaign revolves around charming stories from Roger Federer’s everyday life. Recognised as a star around the world, he can now call anywhere on the planet his home. The one thing Roger needs wherever he goes, however, is his JURA coffee machine. If only he could always find freshly roasted coffee beans… Luckily, he can call on good friends and neighbours to help him out wherever he happens to be – from New York and Shanghai to the Swiss mountains. As connoisseurs of great coffee, they’re happy to help Roger Federer out. The short, entertaining adverts were given their world première at a glamorous event attended by Roger Federer and the JURA staff, which took place at the company’s headquarters in Niederbuchsiten, Solothurn, Switzerland. At the same event, Roger Federer ceremonially unveiled his ‘twin’, coming face to face with him for the first time. He was both fascinated and delighted to see his likeness. The first lifelike 3D figure of Roger Federer in the world is a new feature of the Roger Federer Walk of Fame. It is on display now at JURA World of Coffee in Switzerland, where it can be visited and marvelled at by members of the public. There’s even an opportunity to take a souvenir photo with ‘King Roger’. “It’s an honour to have such a respectable and talented man as Roger partnering with our brand. We have some very exciting plans ahead for the Australian market in 2020 and beyond. Stay tuned!” added George. Encompassing the expert knowledge and experience gained from 25 years in business, the latest range from JURA is available from selected electrical retailers, department stores and independent and specialty outlets. About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. au.jura.com dermaviduals: the importance of a daily dose of SPF 2019-11-10T23:44:04Z dermaviduals-the-importance-of-a-daily-dose-of-spf The Australian summer is synonymous with sun, surf, and sea, and it should always also be associated with SPF. With sunburn a marker of exposure to harmful levels of UV radiation, a history of sunburn is associated with increased melanoma risk*. This summer, protect your skin from the inside out with dermaviduals’ Suncream SPF 15, formulated with the same skin mimicking technology, Derma Membrane Structure (DMS) found throughout the dermaviduals range. Yes, SPF 15! Don’t underestimate the power of applying a skin loving and mimicking cream that contains renowned DMS – skin protection contributing to skin health – unbeatable! Simone Vescio, Managing Director of dermaviduals Australasia says, “Australians are becoming more educated in understanding the benefits and efficacy of applying a topical SPF cream on a daily basis. It’s not just about applying an SPF when you’re on holidays or spending the day at the beach. Incidental sun damage can occur on the drive to work, dropping the kids to school and even sitting at your desk. It’s time to get proactive and make applying an SPF 15 to your skin a part of your morning routine all year round. Now is the time to start this a great habit.” The dermaviduals Suncream SPF 15 is formulated to protect the skin from UVA and UVB-radiation, and acts the first line of defence against the often-harsh Australian sun. It is a fast penetrating matte cream which is effective in protecting face and body, and contains DMS components and sun protection filters against UVA- and UVB-radiation. Confused about when to use an SPF 15, 30 or 50? Rebecca Miller, dermaviduals expert skin therapist and founder of the La Bella Medispa Group explains, “It’s not always about jumping in at the highest number you can find. Different levels of SPF have a purpose for different occasions. I suggest for daily protection, use an SPF 15 under your foundation as part of your morning skincare routine. For those summer days at the beach or by the pool opt for a higher SPF rating such as 30+ or even 50+.” Users of the dermaviduals Suncream SPF 15 should apply the cream before the skin is exposed to the sun and let it absorb into the skin. It is recommended to reapply the cream on the dry skin after sweating or after swimming. Also, reapply cream regularly throughout the day to maintain protection levels. dermaviduals Suncream SPF 15 is available now from dermaviduals clinics across Australia at an RRP of $55. About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 300 clinics across Australia and New Zealand. The range includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. * source: Cancer Council Australia www.dermaviduals.com.au @dermaviduals #dermaviduals Luxo Living Presents the most exciting Trivia Frenzy in Australia 2019-11-08T06:29:36Z luxo-living-presents-the-most-exciting-trivia-frenzy-in-australia This coming November 12, 2019, get ready for Luxo’s most surprising FRENZY PROMO! Luxo Living offers shoppers the chance to win $500 Luxo Cash Voucher, plus a $5 discount coupon for every correct answer in their trivia questions. The discount coupon can be used with a minimum purchase of $250 worth of furniture items. What’s great about this would be the opportunity to obtain discounts, only by answering easy questions. The game will start at 6:30PM AEDT (Sydney time) until 7:30PM AEDT. And theres more! From 7:30PM AEDT, a free cotton rich bedsheet set  will be given away every 2 minutes. The bed sheet includes a fitted sheet,  flat sheet and 2 pillowcase. The winners may choose any colour and size he/she wants. Luxo Living will post 10 questions on their website. The lucky contestant with the most correct answers will win the Grand Prize. In case of a tie, a draw will take place. Watch out for surprises and giveaways on their Luxo Frenzy event. Complete your shopping experience with low-priced items from all categories on the Luxo Living website and shop with discount coupon from different collections. Gather your friends and family and have fun while getting vouchers and other surprises on their website. Luxo Living value every customer, that's why they're so eager to make this year's Trivia Frenzy Promo even more unforgettable. So, make sure to list November 12 into your calendar. Luxo Living is dedicated to bringing every Australian household with the best online shopping experience. Famous for their various promotions all-year-round, the company aims to make furniture shopping a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. From delivery offers to discount coupons, Luxo Living never fails to surprise devoted customers and new furniture shoppers. Luxo Living's 11.11 Singles' Day Sale 2019-11-08T06:22:28Z luxo-living-s-11-11-singles-day-sale 11.11.2019! Achieve the ultimate comfort of your home by joining the best furniture shopping spree of the year as Luxo Living brings you the most enticing online deal today, full of discounts, surprises, and enjoyable online shopping experiences. Luxo Living’s 11.11 Singles’ Day Sale offers customers the opportunity to fill their homes with low-priced items from all categories in exciting deals from various collections. This day is all about getting the best discounts on different furniture items- from purchasing a classic leather sofa, or those trendy accent chairs or perhaps even the latest traditional sauna! This day is the most fabulous day to design your home as the holiday season is coming near! What's fantastic about all this would be the endless choices you have at your fingers. Browse for exclusive deals and get unique discounts and offers from different furniture items. Luxo Living guarantees that shoppers wouldn't have to wait a long time to reap exclusive benefits from various collections. Enjoy discount vouchers and free shipping offers. For furniture shoppers who have been waiting on the perfect time to splurge, get ready as Luxo's 11.11 sales event is near. This sale will happen on November 11, 2019, as this one-day sale will give you any furniture that suits your taste. Concentrating on the finest and quality items for sale, this concept also highlights the best possible rates for you and the furniture you want to have. So, make sure to list November 11 in your calendar. By providing a great selection of quality furniture that is comfortable, fashionable, durable, and affordable, Luxo has developed a strong market presence. Through the advent of online shopping, they promise to deliver and set up your purchase with their SAME DAY delivery option in Sydney. Luxo quality product lines come with fair daily pricing, offering much lower prices than most retailers in the Australian market. For any enquiries contact Luxo Living at 02 8999 1114 or try their Live Chat, and they will immediately get back with all the information anyone requires. Colin Abbott photos capture iconic Australia in new book ’Waiting Under Southern Skies’ 2019-11-06T05:11:44Z colin-abbott-photos-capture-iconic-australia-in-new-book-waiting-under-southern-skies Readings Bookstore Carlton is the latest retailer to feature the recently released book by Colin Abbott ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’.   'Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished photographs, from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.   Curated and published by Gianni Frinzi of T & G Publishing, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is an intimate narrative of people and places captured in photos during a period of immense social change in Australia from the now almost mythical 1970’s to the present day.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in Sydney in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills by moving to Melbourne, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   The photographs in this book were all taken in the South Eastern part of Australia, from Sydney and southern NSW to Melbourne and Victoria. This region in Australia is where   some 50%+ of Australians reside.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and was part of a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc. for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   Colin Abbott attributes the capability of ‘seeing and not-seeing’ as integral to Photography as ‘being and not-being’ are to Zen. The ability to produce transformative images is always the goal whether shooting on the street or taking in a beautiful landscape.   Well known Australian photographer Andrew Chapman spoke at the official launch of 'Waiting Under Southern Skies' that was held at Magnet Galleries Melbourne.   A copy of ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ was later presented as a gift and memento to Norwegian Ambassador HE Mr. Paul Gelleik Larsen to acknowledge a quote in the book by Norwegian author Lars Mytting.  Media Enquiries:    Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au   About Colin Abbott   Colin Abbott was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1951. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria.   Colin Abbott attributes seeing and not-seeing as integral to photography as being and not-being are to Zen.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   His book, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished, images from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.  It is an intimate narrative of people and places during a period of immense social change in Australia.   First-ever Asia Edition of the Cvent Planner Sourcing Report Highlights Unique MICE Opportunities 2019-11-04T23:32:43Z first-ever-asia-edition-of-the-cvent-planner-sourcing-report-highlights-unique-mice-opportunities November 05, 2019 - Cvent, a market leader in events and hospitality technology, today released the first-ever Asia edition of the Cvent Planner Sourcing Report today, which outlines the results of a survey, conducted among more than 500 event planners in Asia, that explores how meeting planners source venues and what influences their decision-making. The survey offers MICE professionals in Asia the data and insights they need to win more business and ensures that their sales and marketing teams are focusing on the areas that make the most impact to help them drive more profitable business. “Asia continues to grow in popularity as a leading MICE destination, which is also reflected in the 2019 Cvent Top Meeting Destinations list,” said Chris McAndrews, vice president of marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud. “In response to growing sourcing volume and MICE activity in the region, we’re excited to offer hoteliers a deeper look at event planner preferences so they can attract more MICE business to their venues. The annual Cvent Planner Sourcing Report has become an important sales and marketing resource for our North American and European MICE customers and we’re proud to bring similarly compelling insights to the Asian market.” This year’s study shows that companies continue to invest in their meeting and event programme. More than 80 percent of respondents said that their budgets have increased for events, including corporate parties, galas, trade shows, conferences, seminars, and conventions. Interestingly, 84 percent said that budgets for non-revenue generating events such as trainings and milestone meetings have also increased – highlighting the important role live events plays in supporting both internal and external corporate goals. This increase in budgets indicates higher executive expectations and added pressure on event planners to deliver more compelling experiential events for their attendees. Additional findings from the study include: Event Professionals are planning more events than ever before – meaning additional MICE business opportunities for hoteliers and destinations. 94 percent of planners said that they manage 11 or more events each year, while 75 percent are organising more than 50. More than 80 percent of respondents said that their overall event attendance has increased. Increasing budgets means higher expectations and more internal influencers. With the increase in event spend, planners must work with others in their organisation, such as IT and finance managers, who also have influence over event budget decisions. Top four areas of expected budget increase include: ground transportation (92%), venue (88%), food & beverage (88%), and client entertainment (87%), pointing to a growing desire to create a strong event experience. Respondents identified additional budget stakeholders including information technology and finance departments. Venues need to be aware of how these stakeholders can influence final budget approval. Planners analyse a number of different factors when sourcing event venues or deciding to submit a request for proposal (RFP). Less than half of respondents (47%) cite venue cost as an influencing factor. Other factors including space layout, location, and brand reputation are increasingly important. Top features influencing booking decisions include: Ease of networking activities (44%), availability of preferred dates (35%), and unique atmosphere and existing relationship with the venue (both 33%). 49 percent of planners surveyed highlighted the venue’s brand and reputation as a key consideration for RFP submission. 50 percent said they were influenced by positive reviews of the venues they were sourcing. 78 percent of planners said they would expect a cost savings of at least 6 percent before considering a switch to their second-choice venue – demonstrating that planners are willing to invest more if they believe a venue can provide a memorable event experience. Communication, transparency, and attention to detail throughout the RFP process can make a venue stand out. By providing proactive solutions, offering a digital presence that caters to the event planners’ needs, and delivering a quick, thorough response to RFPs, hoteliers can win more group business. Nearly half (46%) of planners cite communication problems as the reason for choosing to not submit an RFP to a venue. 23 percent want better attention to detail in RFP responses. 38 percent said that trustworthiness in a venue’s RFP responses is a primary area of improvement. To download the Asia Edition of Cvent’s 2019 Planner Sourcing Report, click here. About Cvent, Inc. Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider with more than 4,300 employees, 27,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners and marketers for online event registration, venue selection, event management and marketing, onsite solutions, and attendee engagement. Cvent’s suite of products automate and simplify the planning process to maximize the impact of events. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business. Hotels use the Cvent Hospitality Cloud’s digital marketing tools and software solutions to win business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage millions of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. About Cvent Hospitality Cloud The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive profitable group and corporate travel business. Event planners and corporate travel managers source more than $16 billion dollars in business through Cvent’s online platforms each year, and the Cvent Hospitality Cloud offers clients direct access to these buyers. Using Cvent digital marketing tools and software solutions, hoteliers attract valuable leads to grow their business, maximize the value of that business, and strengthen direct customer relationships. By connecting hotels with buyers and providing technology for winning and servicing customers, Cvent Hospitality Cloud helps hoteliers grow and own their group and corporate travel business. For more information regarding the Cvent Hospitality Cloud, visit https://www.cvent.com/sg/hospitality-cloud/. Media Contact: Debbie Bradley, Group Account Director, Zadro | debbie@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 420 761 189 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager, Zadro | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 Encore builds a new ‘Big Thing of Queensland’ for leading industry awards 2019-11-04T22:58:29Z encore-builds-a-new-big-thing-of-queensland-for-leading-industry-awards We have The Big Pineapple in Nambour, The Big Macadamia Nut on the Sunshine Coast and The Big Bull in Rockhampton, but nothing prepared the 1,300 guests of the Queensland Hotel Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner for ‘The Big LED Screen’ designed and delivered by Encore. The creative idea behind the event design, The Big Things of Queensland was literally taken to new heights by the Encore team for the pinnacle event in the Queensland hospitality industry, hosted at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 14 October. The 2.4-meter-high circular screen was 7.5 meters in diameter and incorporated 2.5 tonnes of LED. The LED structure was the centrepiece of the event, which also playfully brought to life interactive retro-inspired theming throughout the room such as a ball-pit with a selfie camera, and a functioning ice cream van serving sweet treats. Kelly-Anne Mott, Events and Partnerships Officer, Queensland Hotel Association said the theme was inspired by the uniqueness of Queensland and having fun. “This is the pinnacle event on our calendar and with the best in the business attending, we wanted them to have a fun time, provide optimal chance for networking and celebrate our industry in style. “The brief was to bring to life our fun and quirky theme and the Encore team exceeded all our aspirations with designing their own ‘very big thing’. “The engagement we got from the ball-pit, interactive bar and ice cream van was excellent. These three important design elements were carefully curated to encourage maximum engagement – and they did. “We had people dressed up in black tie gowns lining up to jump in the ball-pit and have fun. The activities were perfect for creating interactive elements. “Creating a space for our people to truly celebrate and unwind was a triumph,” said Ms Mott. Daniel Hazard, General Manager, SEQ Encore, said this event brought out the best in the team from our set builders who designed and built the ball-pit, to our creative vision, lighting and rigging teams who really pushed the limit in event production. “We rigged the giant LED screen from the ceiling of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and created a circular stage below to complement – it was central to the overall design and a focal point of the event. “Combined with the retro styling elements, interactive dancers and the entertainment, this was an event that will be talked about for years to come. “We know the importance of ensuring guests have their expectations exceeded year after year, and this was no exception,” said Mr Hazard. -ends- Notes to Editor: Encore has over 30 years event production experience and offer an extensive range of products and services for the event industry. They partner with some of the best hotels in the companies in which they operate: Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Encore provide technical, styling, design and digital services to hundreds of events each year. Encore: The business of events and the art of engagement. More information: www.encore-anzpac.com For media enquiries please contact: Oakley Grioli, Account Coordinator, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | oakley@zadroagency.com.au Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro P: +61 2 9212 7867 | M: +61 404 009 384 | felicity@zadroagency.com.au Images (high res. available upon request): Image: Stage in the round. Image: Circular LED screen Image: Wide shot function room Image: Retro-inspired space with ice-cream truck Image: Ball-pit