The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-30T22:04:01Z Pizzini Wine's new Care & Share packs are like sending a ‘hug from Nonna’. 2020-07-30T22:04:01Z pizzini-wine-s-new-care-amp-share-packs-are-like-sending-a-hug-from-nonna Generous hospitality has always been front and centre at Pizzini Wines, the King Valley winery in North East Victoria, owned and run by the Pizzini family who have farmed the land there for three generations. Before the COVID pandemic hit, that often started with a true Italian-style, warm welcome to cellar door that could sometimes feel like a hug from Nonna. During these crazy times a big hug from Nonna is exactly what many of us crave. So today, Pizzini have launched a series of carefully curated ‘Care & Share’ packs designed to encourage people all over Australia to send some warm Pizzini hospitality to those who might need a little boost. You might even need it yourself. Natalie Pizzini, third generation family member and Marketing Director of Pizzini Wines says that being kind and generous right now – both to others and to ourselves – is a powerful antidote to everything that’s going on. And it’s exactly this type of care that her grandparents famously modelled. “Nonna and Nonno’s kindness and generosity was legendary and still to this day we have people drop into cellar door to tell us stories of when their mum and dad worked on our farm in the 60s and 70s alongside our family. They were told the stories of how Rosetta and Roberto Pizzini helped them during tough times whilst they were working hard share farming to establish a new life in Australia” said Ms. Pizzini.  “We wanted to create an easy way for people to send some of this Pizzini hospitality to those who might really appreciate it right now,” continued Ms. Pizzini. “So, we gathered some of our favourite products from our cooking school and our cellars and packaged them together for the first time.” Pizzini’s range of Care & Share packs start from $68.00 which includes delivery anywhere in Australia, and you can have a personal message included so your recipient knows you are thinking of them. You might even want to treat yourself! To spread the Pizzini hospitality even further, Pizzini are also offering you the chance to tag a friend and use the hashtag #pizzinicareandshare which will automatically put them in the weekly draw for a special 'care and share' pack from the Pizzini family.    Reconciliation in Education and Art in Public Spaces is an important part of acknowledging Black Lives Matter 2020-07-30T07:42:29Z reconciliation-in-education-and-art-in-public-spaces-is-an-important-part-of-acknowledging-black-lives-matter At the launch of the 2020 Schools Reconciliation Challenge and exhibition of student artworks in the lobbies of International Towers, Barangaroo. A panel discussion with CoChair Reconciliation NSW, Professor Lindon Coombes, Lendlease’s Charles Prouse and Summer May Finlay, moderated by Jodie Taylor will emphasise the importance of reconciliation in education as part of every Australian child’s learning journey. “All Australian children deserve an education that is whole, inclusive and an accurate portrayal of our true shared history” says Professor Lindon Coombes “Reconciliation in education leads to respect and understanding of First Nations peoples and while it is now included in school curriculum we still see many students entering university with very little real knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s cultures, knowledge and contributions. This needs to change.”  The Schools Reconciliation Challenge has been offering schools ways to engage in this learning for the past 11 years and with the partnership of International Towers has the opportunity to demonstrate students’ understandings and connection to reconciliation. The exhibition continues the existing tradition of International Towers’ support of young Indigenous talent, and of the broader dialogue surrounding reconciliation. On August 4 at 9:00am on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day this online event will include a live-stream Smoking Ceremony with Uncle Jimmy Smith and students from Fort St Public School, Observatory Hill, followed by a dance performance by the Burrundi Theatre. Everyone can view the online Welcome To Country and hear from The Hon. Minister Harwin, and the reconciliation in education panel discussion that follows.  https://www.facebook.com/reconciliationNSW/ or https://www.facebook.com/IntlTowers/ The Exhibition of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge finalists is open to the public from August 4 – the end of NAIDOC week 15 November from 7.30am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday in the International Towers lobbies 2 & 3 at Barangaroo. Photo Opportunities – 9:00 am Tuesday 4th August Observatory Hill Smoking Ceremony, Dance performance and Caring for Country workshop with Uncle Jimmy Smith and Burrundi Theatre and Fort St Primary School students. Media Contacts: Reconciliation NSW Thea Butler – 0450 188 554  International Towers Malcolm Nixon 0411 445 486 internationaltowers.com  2020 is tough. Wine chicks are tougher. The 6th annual Australian Women in Wine Awards open next week. 2020-07-30T05:51:12Z 2020-is-tough-wine-chicks-are-tougher-the-australian-women-in-wine-awards-open-next-week In a year where few things are going ahead as planned, the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) proudly announces that it opens for entries on Tuesday 4th August.  The ravaging impacts of drought, fire, flood and a global pandemic mean that, in 2020, stories of ‘success’ may not necessarily mean what they have in the past. Staying in business, creatively retaining staff, pivoting to find new markets, navigating times of uncertainty, utilising leadership skills, breaking new ground and holding your space. These are just some of the achievements the AWIWA wants to uncover through the awards in this most unprecedented of times. “We need stories of celebration and triumph this year more than ever,” says Jane Thomson, AWIWA founder and chair. “We’ve amended our criteria for each award to reflect the situation we’re all now living in. We think that 2020 could actually be the most powerful year yet for these awards as they reveal the stories of grit and determination by the women in our industry that may perhaps otherwise go untold.” The 2020 award categories are:  ·      Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Tonnellerie Saint Martin ·      Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia ·      Marketer of the Year – sponsored by denomination ·      Cellar Door Person of the Year – sponsored by Langton’s ·      Champion of Diversity and Equality – sponsored by Australian Grape & Wine ·      Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by Bacchus Academy ·      Woman of Inspiration - a judges’ choice award (no entry required) Entries close on 29 September, and the winners will be announced in a livestream broadcast on Tuesday 24th November. Once again, cities, towns and wine regions will be encouraged to host their own awards party whilst tuning in. The AWIWA pioneered this style of online wine awards ceremony when the awards launched in 2015, and again in 2016. It was not until 2017 (in London with Wine Australia) that there was a traditional, real-life awards ceremony. “We’re going back to where it all started,” continued Ms. Thomson. “This method of announcing the winners actually ensures more people can participate and be part of the excitement of the evening. It will also allow gatherings of people in small numbers - dependent on the COVID restrictions in each state at that time.” The awards are entirely funded by sponsorship. This year the AWIWA is thrilled to announce that the 2020 Platinum Partner is Portavin. While the 2020 Gold Partners are Hydra Consulting, Pernod-Ricard Winemakers, Langton’s and Wine Business Magazine.     *** ENDS ***   About the Australian Women in Wine Awards Started in 2015, and now in its sixth year, the Australian Women in Wine Awards are the world’s first and only awards platform for women in wine. The AWIWA works to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.   The awards are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and conducted with the assistance of an advisory board of industry leaders. This 2020 board includes Jeni Port, Corrina Wright, Toni Carlino, Sarah Collingwood, Alexia Roberts and Shirley Fraser. Media contact - Lara Jago 0416 355 070 laraj@fabulousladieswinesociety.com   Cracking local Australian flavours 2020-07-24T04:07:54Z cracking-local-australian-flavours Australian family owned and run business, Tucker’s Natural has been cracking on to launch their latest range into Coles supermarkets nationally, in response to changing consumer needs. The newly released Artisan Range consists of 5 varieties and was developed exclusively for Coles. There is an exciting taste sensation for everyone including Hummus, Rosemary Linseed & Rock Salt, Tomato & Basil, Five Seed and Lemon Myrtle & Pepper. They are all Vegetarian with Five Seed being Vegan. All varieties are non-GMO, yeast free and palm oil free and a source of fibre.   Healthy and gourmet snack foods are projected to account for a larger proportion of the Snack Food Manufacturing industry's revenue over the next five years.   Healthier snack foods are expected to make up a greater share of consumer snacking habits. and are more likely to take share off products that are viewed by consumers as “less healthy”, like conventional potato chips, according to IBIS World on Snack Food Manufacturing in Australia outlook   “The leading supermarket chains have recognized these changing consumer trends We worked with Coles to deliver a cracker range more in tune with current consumer needs”, said Managing Director Sam Tucker.   “Coles also recognised that consumers are looking for Australian owned and made products, that have provenance tracing, as well as brands that they can trust to consume safely and who take environmental responsibility seriously. Tucker’s Natural ticks all of these boxes,” said Sam.     As an example, Tucker’s Natural takes pride in using local ingredients, and sourced the Lemon Myrtle, used in the Lemon Myrtle and Pepper Artisan Cracker, from Tumbeela Native Bushfoods in the Adelaide Hills. It is a hand crushed product, from leaves grown in the orchards of Ewa and Warren Jones. It has an exquisite flavour unlike lemon, limes, or lemon grass. Tumbeela also has a fan in world class chef Jock Zonfrillo.   Tucker’s Natural Artisan Crackers have an RRP of $4.00   ABOUT TUCKER’S NATURAL “Tucker’s Natural vision is simple- Better, naturally!” said owner, Sam Tucker. “We produce all-natural snacks that complement our customers healthy lifestyles. Always delivering on exceptional taste and with the aim of contributing positively to our customer’s lives.   Our brand is aligned with the changing demands of consumer snacking- all-natural, healthier, gourmet, functionality, premium, provenance, Australian owned and made, non-GMO, environmental responsibility, and food safe practices.   This is reflected in our brand packaging, with a personal message from me on the back of most of our packaging plus a picture of my beautiful family- Cindy, my very supportive partner and wife and our three boys, Zak, Axel and Jordan. Cindy and I believe in what we do, encouraged by what we want for our children which is a better and healthier world,” said Sam.   13 years ago, Sam Tucker with his wife Cindy, started the Tucker’s Natural Gourmet Cracker brand based on their personal philosophy of healthier quality eating. Sam is a qualified chef and a graduate of the ICHM (International College of Hotel Management) enabling him to develop a product that supported this philosophy. From the first range of Gourmet Crackers it has expanded to include Gluten Free Bites, Gourmet Bites, Fibre Packed Snack Crackers, Fruit Bites, Cheese & Cracker Snacks, Cracker & Dips Snacks and Fruit Pastes. Today it has added Artisan Crackers, Fruit and Seeded Crackers and the Australian Deli Lavosh ranges.   Based in Seaton, South Australia, this family owned business is a staunch supporter of other Australian businesses, sourcing where at all possible from local suppliers.   Any queries please contact Sam Tucker on 0417 736 522 or Diana Swanson on 0418 712 320 diana@tuckersnatural.com.au   www.tuckersnatural.com.au www.facebook.com/tuckersnatural/ www.instagram.com/tuckersnatural/     https://app.box.com/s/pfo0wzryzcwnbfh23qlax1e4hjwvrp6u  Image here END A One Size Fits All JobKeeper 2020-07-23T04:08:13Z a-one-size-fits-all-jobkeeper-1 Touring companies waiting for Australian borders to open face the reality of a bittersweet JobKeeper program extension. COVID chaos reigns among travellers booked on international tours, and the travel companies that book and create these packages.   Justine Waddington, Founder and Director of Encounter Travel, an award-winning specialist touring company for solo travellers is just one of the hundreds of Australian companies that relies on international touring for their revenue.  She believes there is a stark inequality with JobKeeper payments. There’s the same level of support for companies with a 30% or 40% downtown and those with a 100% downturn in sales.    "The magnitude of the chaos and financial hardship unleashed on our industry is unprecedented," said Ms Waddington, owner of the award-winning tour company.  “I have grave fears for the entire touring sector.  JobKeeper is geared for businesses that can move into recovery before the end of September, but while the border is closed we’ll be in the same place as we are now when we move to the decreased JobKeeper payments.” The company owner said,  “We are working as hard as ever (or even harder) and without the staffing and financial resources we need to wade through the processes of  ‘unbooking’  our customers’ touring plans.“ While other industries may have the option to hibernate, or pivot their business for some incremental sales in the short term, in the world of touring there’s no quick fix. “While we are creating and announcing new (and exciting) local tours, already some of these prospects have been short lived when the Victorian border closed and some travel bans were put in place on Greater Sydney. ” Ms Waddington said. The challenge faced by touring companies are the long lead time for their sales.  Travellers could be booking a tour as much as a year in advance or longer, which means that when we reach a recovery phase the international touring sector will be the last to return to making money. “ I don’t want to take away from the ongoing challenges of many industries but it’s time now that our touring industry takes some of the spotlight,” Ms Waddington said. The touring industry is robust and resilient and has weathered storms before but this one is like no other. Waddington said she’s committed to seeing this through to the other side.   “There always is a silver lining. For us, it is that by next year we’ll have a host of new tours that show off more of Australia, that maybe we’d never have created otherwise,” she said. About Encounter TravelEncounter Travel are an award-winning touring company for solo travellers. Since 2006 creating tours and cruise groups for Australian solo travellers to destinations across the globe.  -End- The Create Escape Announces New Headquarters and New Events in Brunswick Heads 2020-07-14T01:12:06Z the-create-escape-announces-new-headquarters-and-new-events-in-brunswick-heads As we are all zooming, glooming and regrooming, The Create Escape is excited to announce its new program of immersive workshops and retreats including cooking, writing and art adventures, all catering to the new normal.   As COVID cancelled The Create Escapes calendar of travel events for 2020 and beyond, Jennifer Richardson, founder and creative director of The Create Escape, has created a new advent of delicious, creative and soul filling events, to satisfy anyone’s appetite.   “Late last year, after 16 years of touring on international creative and cultural collaborations, it was time to find a local destination and space in Australia to host our events. I was already living and working remotely from the Northern Rivers but could not think of any better place to be than Brunswick Heads to call home. It’s creatively rich and diverse, it’s in the centre of a thriving food trail and it boasts exquisite natural beauty. What more could we ask for!” adds Richardson.    The plan was to start mini getaways and one day events around the end of 2020. Then COVID19 hit! “That has been hard, I should have been in Argentina in April and Italy running events right now, so early on in this pandemic crises, we were fully occupied with cancelling, postponing and rethinking our singing, writing and art holiday events. But there has not been one day that has gone by when I wasn’t grateful to be here, and well”     The pandemic gave the gift of time, time to rethink, time to be creative and the greatest gift of all has been time to reach out to locals to develop our ideas for collaborations and events right here in this beautiful area.”   Following are some of the live and online event’s kicking off this July and all done with people’s safety in mind;   ·      Cooking with Love and Laughter with Wanitha Tanasingham – 25th July ·      Come to your Senses, a writing retreat with Shelley Kenigsberg – 6-10 August ·      Singing in Cornwall from home – joining Matt & Giles via video tutorial and zoom ·      Singing in Italy from home – Joining Edoardo Materassi via video tutorial and zoom ·      Singing in Croatia from home – Listen and learn audio tutorial via Soundcloud ·      Italy Dreaming – A Stay at Home Writers and Artists Retreat. A New Way to Travel, Connect and Create. ·      Weaving Nature – with Zimmi Forest in Brunswick Heads, coming soon.   Join The Create Escape and enrich your souls and expand your minds with these talented teachers.   Register www.thecreateescape.com.au   Australian travel expert encourages operators to pivot and adapt amidst Covid-19 pandemic 2020-07-07T08:36:48Z australian-travel-expert-encourages-operators-to-pivot-and-adapt-amidst-covid-19-pandemic A leading Australian travel industry expert has encouraged operators to pivot and adapt in order to survive, and even thrive, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.Marten Labo Pudun, managing director of Blue Ocean Travel, believes in order to survive, travel operators must commit to following new hygiene and safety protocols including temperature checking and physical social distancing protocol, as well as a focus on promoting domestic travel to Australia’s most iconic destinations“The tourism industry is one of resilience, having faced, and recovered, from many unexpected curve balls in the past, including terrorism, tsunamis, and extreme climate change,” said Mr Labo Pudun.Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, most tourism operators have been dealt with both the drying up of sales as well as the necessity to refund existing bookings due to the cancellation of travel from immigration border restrictions.Blue Ocean Travel has taken care of 500 consumers during this challenging time, including 300 business clients amd 200 Malaysian students who were stuck in Australia during the lock-down.The travel agency looked after booking air tickets, hotel accommodation, airport transfers, amongst other arrangements.Mr Labo Pudun credits his agency's efficient consultation regarding travel insurance policies for speeding up the refund process to clients.“This has been a really effective approach in maintaining client loyalty and safeguarding the business in the long term,” said Mr Labo Pudun.Mr Labo Pudun said there are a number of procedures that all travel industry operators will need to follow in order to restore consumer confidence and safeguard the public from a Covid-19 second wave or other unexpected breakout.“Most flights will remove all magazines and newspapers by introducing new ancillary products to emerging customer demand such as one-off lounge passes and extra fees to keep adjacent seats free,” said Mr Labo Pudun.“Hotels will modify their service procedures by closing buffets, gyms, indoor swimming pools and increasing distance between tables in restaurants.“Most tourist attractions such as theme parks are committed to reducing crowding up to 30 to 50 percent of previous levels by introducing pre-registration schemes.“This will lead to visitors providing health QR code issued by the Government based on previous travel histories and potential exposure to the virus.”Moving forward, Mr Labo Pudun strongly believes that all major Australian travel agencies will need to focus more on promoting domestic travel to our most iconic destinations including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Forest, Gold Coast, Twelve Apostles, Uluru, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania, as the international travel industry will take longer to recover.“As Australia is enriched with a plethora of breathtakingly beautiful travel destinations, the domestic travel industry will recover more quickly than other countries lacking large domestic travel hot spots,” said Mr Labo Pudun. About Marten Labo PudunInherited with Lun Bawang indigenous Dayak tribes of Borneo, Marten Labo Pudun is a zealous proponent for the Australian-Malaysian community. He is the first Lun Bawang Malaysian. Marten migrated to Australia to obtain higher tertiary education and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce & MBA in 1994 from Charles Sturt University. He has been working resiliently in the Australian tourism industry for two decades.During his journey as a managing director of Blue Ocean Travel Pty Ltd, Marten has accomplished remarkable experience in recognising the challenges facing international students and visitors from multicultural and diverse backgrounds during their travels and studies in Australia.Marten has made a remarkable contribution and display of support toward all of Blue Ocean Travel’s thousands of clients, by not only proving to be a loyal service provider but also by showing his solidarity as a philanthropic Australian-Malaysian.- ends -For more information or interview requests, please contact: Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Taiwan dubbed “the new Hawaii” as it becomes the hot new surfing destination 2020-07-06T23:20:40Z taiwan-dubbed-the-new-hawaii-as-it-becomes-the-hot-new-surfing-destination Taiwan has become one of the hot new surfing destinations in the world, with some surfing adventurers dubbing it “the new Hawaii”.   The water’s great temperature and the monstrous waves during the monsoon season ensure that for surfers it’s ‘always on’.  According to website magicseaweed.com US soldiers were the first to surf the beach on the north coast of Jin Shan in 1965, and local pioneers have continued their legacy.   The best spots are scattered along the east coast and the ideal surfing season is Winter, between October and March.  The typhoon season is the one that provides the largest waves, from June to September, however if there is a typhoon warning, surfing is not encouraged!   One small and unassuming fishing village in Taitung called Donghe is referred to as a surfing Mecca as it consistently picks up the best swell on the entire East Coast.  It is the most consistent throughout the year which is why, despite the lack of infrastructure, die hard surfers from across the world head here.   Just to the south of Donghe is Jinzun.  It is here that the biggest surfing event in Taiwan, the Taiwan Open of Surfing, takes place every November.  Jinzun itself used to be a small fishing community, but in recent years surfing has changed the vibe of the place.  While still developing, there are now more B&B’s, surf shops and cafes springing up, including an established surfing school.   It’s not just on the east coast where there are great waves to be found.  Jialehui in Kenting National Park is the place to head in the south of Taiwan.  The surf here is generally smaller and as a result is a good place for beginners and intermediates as well as more experienced surfers.  Its location is close to a river mouth creating long-lasting breaks which are ideal for those looking to practice manoeuvres.   Furlong Beach is better known for being a day-tripping destination from Taipei and the home of the famous sand-sculpting festival than for its surfing.  However, it offers a fantastic swell with big, long-lasting waves that are great for the more experienced surfers to practice their moves on.       The black sands of Waiao Beach in Yilan is quite close to Taipei, in fact only an hour and a half by car.  This is a destination that has gained popularity over the past few years and there are events now held on the once quiet beach.  However, if you decide to go in Winter you might find yourself with only a small handful of other resilient souls keen to brave any conditions just to surf.      Grandad Inspires Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom on 3-month road trip 2020-07-06T12:26:39Z grandad-inspires-aussies-to-bounce-back-to-freedom-on-3-month-road-trip A BUNDABERG grandad has come out of retirement after 11 years to inspire Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom after Covid-19 with a road trip from Bundaberg to Darwin from July 13 to October 25, 2020. Author of 7 books, Hans Jakobi, 66, has gone from being suicidal and surviving multiple tragedies, including three serious bushfire threats to his home and an eight-year drought, to being a successful businessman and funding his own retirement at 55. Known as The Lifestyle Entrepreneur, he and his wife of 41 years, Colette, have travelled to more than 70 countries since then and now will hit the road on a Bounce Back To Freedom Tour. On the tour, he will interview and film Australians who have lost their jobs or businesses to find out what they are doing to recover from the crisis and what strategies they have worked out to prosper from the turmoil. “The way people have panicked in this crisis has had a deep impact on me and I feel compelled to spread a message of hope, opportunity and support to replace the narrative of fear,” Mr Jakobi said. He said the best and most secure way to prosper from this crisis was to start an online home-based business. “I want to inspire ordinary, everyday people, encourage them and give them hope to embrace this crisis as their opportunity to start their own online business and profit despite the crisis,” he said. “I’m sure there will be some people who will have benefited from the crisis because they’ve adapted to the opportunities created and will be loving it, while others will have a lot of stress and anxiety.” Mr Jakobi will hit the road with his latest book, Why You Need to Start Your Own Online Business Now! “My mantra is that you can build and run a business from anywhere in the world with just a laptop computer, a mobile phone and an internet connection,” he said. To walk his talk and also inspire his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, he and his wife will make the 12,000km return trip in a 2008 Sunland 24 foot caravan to Darwin and document his journey as he inspires locals, films their stories and builds a new online business from scratch. “People learn more from what they see than what you say so I want to inspire people. In the next 10 years, I will give it my best, keep traveling, support my children, mentor my grandchildren and others about business,” Mr Jakobi said. “I want to be around positive, aspirational people and then I will retire again.” For more details, visit www.BounceBacktoFreedom.com Presenting BARSIDE: The World's Most Iconic Hotel Cocktails coffee-table book 2020-06-29T07:14:01Z presenting-barside-the-world-s-most-iconic-hotel-cocktails-coffee-table-book Sip, Sip, Hooray! Cheers to these amazing hotel signature cocktails which have become destinations in their own right. Some are seasonal, some are whimsical, all are concocted to inspire.  “Wherever your travel plans take you, we can bet that there’s a delicious, Instagrammable cocktail waiting for you.,” says RETREAT Magazine Editor in Chief, Molly Martin. “We have launched our first hardcover cocktail recipe book in appreciation of hotels that are taking signature cocktails to a new level. With easy-to-follow recipes, now cocktail enthusiasts can enjoy their favourite drinks from their favourite hotels in the luxury of their homes.”  One of the most pleasurable ways to immerse yourself in your travels is to take in your surroundings while sipping on something delicious. In the meantime, make one of these authentic cocktails at home while you finalize your itinerary. These cocktails are sure to help inspire your next vacation. BARSIDE showcases beautiful photographs and features over 150 extraordinary cocktails from Paris to Phuket. Get ready to shake, stir and concoct the world's most iconic hotel cocktails.  BARSIDE is now available on in bookstores, online retailers and retreatshops.com!   https://retreatshops.com/collections/coffee-table-books/products/barside-the-worlds-most-iconic-hotel-cocktails About the Book BARSIDE: The World's Most Iconic Hotel Cocktails   Presented by RETREAT Magazine 314 pages, 200+ colour photographs $65.00 hardcover Presented by Retreat Magazine Edited by Molly Martin, Editor in Chief  Cover Illustration by Kimberly Randall Available in bookstores, luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Helping Qantas and ABC Staff Impacted by Job Losses 2020-06-26T00:21:13Z helping-qantas-and-abc-staff-impacted-by-job-losses Sydney, 26 June 2020: As thousands of Qantas and ABC employees learned they would soon lose their jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, one resourceful former Qantas employee has taken direct action by offering all of these workers free access to Project Displaced, a volunteer run online community offering confidential job seeker support and mental health first aid, 7 days a week. Sydney-based Anthony Cohen worked for Qantas for more than 16 years, his partner is an orchestral musician, and both have had their work contracts put on hold or cancelled. The COVID-19 crisis hit them and their extended network very personally, and this inspired Anthony to take direct action. “We set up Project Displaced in March to help our community through this terrible and very sudden crisis,” explains Anthony. “After both my partner and I lost our jobs, I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing, so I came up with the idea of Project Displaced.” Since March, Project Displaced has helped hundreds of job seekers from all across Australia and from every industry.  “Although we started this to specifically help employees in the airline, arts, tourism and hospitality industries we were flooded with requests from people who’ve lost their jobs in all sorts of industries. We don’t say no – we want to help as many people as we can”. Project Displaced is run entirely by volunteers and is not connected to any Government support program. There are now more than twenty qualified Career Coaches, Recruiters, HR Managers, Mindset Coaches and qualified Mental Health specialists who all volunteer their time for free to help job seekers in need. All consultations are private and conducted virtually via Zoom, Skype or phone call. Job seekers can choose from a confidential discussion about their current situation, goals, challenges, and skills. There are specialist services to help them write a resume and cover letter, or how to navigate leveraging their networks. And importantly there is also qualified mindset and mental health first aid. “This week’s news about my former colleagues from Qantas brings back all of the emotion I felt when I started this initiative. The heartbreak in the Qantas staff community right now is palpable. But they are an amazing and resilient group of people and I know that those who are impacted by this devastating news offer an amazing set of skills, training and dedication that any new employer will reap rewards from”. Project Displaced’ services are available 7 days a week. They’re open from 7:30am to 10pm every week day, and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday”  The team of volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise to helping job seekers in need are incredible. They give of themselves for no other benefit than seeing the renewed sense of self-confidence and optimism that job seekers walk away feeling after the session. All volunteers are qualified and leaders in their professions, and come from all over Australia. Project Displaced continually receives 5 star reviews from the job seekers that use their services and Anthony is determined to keep the free service going as long as he can. “Right now what we need are good news stories. These are incredibly uncertain times and people are facing unprecedented challenges. Although this costs me money personally to run, it’s absolutely the right thing to do! I’ve been through redundancy twice in my career so far so I know what everyone is feeling - and I wish I had access to the services we’re offering at Project Displaced” said Anthony. Job seekers who have been stood down or are facing losing their jobs can book a free support session instantly. https://projectdisplaced.simplybook.me https://facebook.com/ProjectDisplaced info@projectdisplaced.com Support via GoFundMe:  gf.me/u/x7utt4   ENDS – For further information or to arrange an interview please contact: Retreat Magazine Presents POOLSIDE: The Word's Most Extraordinary Hotel Pools 2020-06-17T06:41:32Z retreat-magazine-presents-poolside-the-word-s-most-extraordinary-hotel-pools RETREAT Magazine has launched its first coffee-table book, POOLSIDE: The World's Most Extraordinary Hotel Pools, a hardcover book showcasing the world’s most spectacular pools and idyllic escapes. From iconic infinity-edge pools to private plunge pools with a view, the 314-page coffee-table book features the world’s supremely extraordinary pools.  “Swimming pools are the heart of every luxury hotel experience,” says RETREAT Magazine Editor in Chief, Molly Martin. “We have launched our first hardcover book in appreciation of hotels that are taking pools to a new level.”POOLSIDE showcases beautiful photographs—more than 200 in total—and features over 150 extraordinary destinations. Where glamour and luxury go hand in hand, from Paris to Phuket and in every shape and size, get ready to dive into the world's most awe-inspiring spots to take a dip.  POOLSIDE is now available on Amazon, book retailers, and retreatshops.com!   About the Book POOLSIDE: The World's Most Extraordinary Hotel Pools Presented by RETREAT Magazine 314 pages, 200+ colour photographs $99.95 hardcover Foreword by Mike Dobson, StudioM1 Cover Photography by Lauren Schulz Edited by Molly Martin, Editor in Chief Retreat Magazine  Available in bookstores, luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Follow Retreat Magazine @retreatmagazine for more!    2020 Sunshine Coast Whale Watching Season now here 2020-06-16T01:58:05Z 2020-sunshine-coast-whale-watching-season-now-here The Humpback Whales are back and the 2020 Whale Watching Season on the Sunshine Coast has begun, presenting a special opportunity for locals and Queenslanders. Sunreef Mooloolaba’s Dan Hart said this year’s whale watching season started a little later than usual due to COVID-19 but that with restricted numbers on board it offers a special experience. “This year we started a couple of weeks later than usual, but we have our COVID SAFE plan in place which includes additional cleaning and hygiene measures as well as a restriction on the number of people on board,” Dan said. “While normally we would have up to 100 guests onboard each whale watching trip on Whale One, at this stage we are hosting just 20 guests for each trip. “This means there is plenty of extra room to move around the boat and see the whales from all Whale One’s vantage points.” Dan said this year’s season was expected to be better than ever with whale researchers predicting the number of humpback whale migrating up Australia’s east coast to continue to increase. “This year will see an expected 35,000 humpback whales migrate through Sunshine Coast waters, which could attract about 25,000 people to take a closer look and participate in a whale watching or swim with whales experience. “While final numbers of guests for the season will depend on the continuing easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we are always super excited to welcome the whales and to give guests the opportunity to get closer to them. “While all of us humans have been restricting our movements, no one told the whales, so their migration is on track with other years. “We are already seeing good numbers of whales including some calves and expect this to continue throughout the season.” Dan said whale watching tours would be aboard Whale One, which underwent a total refurbishment last year, while Swim with Whales tours would be onboard Sunreef’s fast boats, Wild One, and the brand-new purpose-built Tsunami, which Sunreef took delivery of in March. “Whale Watching season is an economic driver for the tourism sector, during what is traditionally a quieter period,” Dan said. “It’s even more important this year as the region begins its recovery following the COVID-19 shutdown.” “Whale Watching brings in visitors, who spend not just on whale watching but also on accommodation, hospitality and other attractions, which in turn creates employment so we are super proud to be playing our part,” Dan said. “Whale One has taken hundreds of thousands of people whale watching since she was first launched in 2007, and we are proud to have her as part of our fleet and to also have introduced Swimming with Humpback Whales to Australia.” Dan Hart said the whale watching season would run through until 1st November, with the Swim with Whales season to run from 4th July to 18th October. He said as part of Sunreef’s commitment to marine conservation, they will again be working closely with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast to find out more about the humpback whale species, with two spots on each Whale Watching and Swim with Whales boats reserved for their use. To find out more or book your Whale Watching or Swim with Whales experience, visit www.sunreef.com.au or call 07 5444 5656. Academy Services helping tourism and hospitality sector get back to business with specialised COVID-19 cleaning 2020-06-16T01:54:25Z academy-services-helping-tourism-and-hospitality-sector-get-back-to-business-with-specialised-covid-19-cleaning As restrictions on travel have been lifted in Queensland, one Sunshine Coast business is taking innovative measures to ensure the safety of customers and staff. Among measures taken by Sunreef Mooloolaba, the home of aquatic adventure, is a non-toxic and non-flammable infection-control solution that kills COVID19, along with other dangerous pathogens, in just 30 seconds. The product, Nanocyn, was recently approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as killing SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus), making it the fastest all-natural, non-toxic disinfectant of its type. It is delivered by 40-year-old cleaning company Academy Services. Sunreef Mooloolaba owner Dan Hart said tourism was a vital part of the Queensland’s economy and as part of that industry, they were doing everything possible to look after the health and safety of their guests. “We have implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 infection-control plan and have included Nanocyn, as part of our response, on our vessels and at the Dive Centre,” Dan said. “Its non-toxicity means a newly cleaned area can be occupied immediately after fogging. “Sunreef has adjusted operations and reduced the number of guests on its tours and is looking forward to relaunching all diving as well as its Whale Watching season on 13th June, a fortnight after the normal start of the normal whale watching season. “Whale One is ready to go for another great season and we can’t wait to greet guests and take them out to the whale highway where more than 35,000 whales are expected to migrate through Sunshine Coast waters during this year’s season.” The Dock Mooloolaba, a dynamic 350m2 restaurant also at Mooloolaba is another business that has incorporated Nanocyn as part of their COVID-19 response. The Dock Mooloolaba general manager Jaime Badia said while they had closed the restaurant, they launched takeaway and Heat & Eat packages to assist customers and were delighted to now be welcoming limited numbers of guests back to dine in. “We are going over and above all the guidelines as part of our COVID-19 response and the Nanocyn fogging is part of that,” Jaime said. Academy Services Chief Executive Officer James Pollock said products such as the TGA-approved Nanocyn give peace of mind that business is safely managing life after lockdown. “Our business is on the frontline of the COVID19 battle using TGA-approved Nanocyn, including some sites where COVID19 was present, or was suspected of being present,” Mr Pollock said. “The world has entered a new age in infection control, where next-level cleanliness is the norm and business must put cleaning and infection control to the forefront of their safety plans, working with trusted and experienced partners for the benefit of their staff and clients.” For more information visit www.academyservices.com.au. ATAC makes it easy for members to sell Australia 2020-06-11T08:00:00Z atac-makes-it-easy-for-members-to-sell-australia ATAC (Australian Travel Agents Co-operative) has responded very quickly to the swing in the market to domestic tourism, by ensuring that their members are well-positioned to reinvigorate their businesses. This is being achieved through the inclusion of easily accessible Australian Tourism Board content on their customised technology platform, ATAC 360. A key benefit provided to members is the selection of over 50 ready-to-use social posts which includes approved images (with mandatory photo credits) from Australian tourism boards, as well as recommended wording. Members can select their preferences in ATAC 360 and upload the posts to their agency’s social media pages in under 5 minutes. ATAC General Manager, Michelle Emerton advised that, “It makes perfect sense to use our technology to make it as easy as possible for members to sell Australia. Besides social media content, the respective image and video libraries, training and links to the tourism boards trade and consumer websites are also available.” This information will give all members nationally the ability to grow different revenue streams, as well as boost productivity with hours of time saved when looking for relevant up-to-date content for domestic marketing campaigns and advice to clients. “In light of the current situation, we are very pleased that we were able to pivot and offer this solution to our members within a very short turnaround time. All content is live and ready for members to use immediately,” added Michelle. In conjunction with this initiative, ATAC are also working closely with their preferred suppliers to make different and exciting domestic holidays available to their members. www.travelagentsco-op.com.au