The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-05T01:41:20Z Australian beef producer, Jack's Creek win World's Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge! 2017-07-05T01:41:20Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-win-world-s-best-fillet-steak-award-at-world-steak-challenge Jack’s Creek win World’s Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge 2017! Family-run Australian beef producer, Jack’s Creek has won the World's Best Fillet Steak producer accolade at the World Steak Challenge in London last night; the third time in a row that the producer has been the recipient of a top award at the competition. The competition was bigger and tougher than ever with 17 countries and over 100 entries from the world’s top beef producers. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Fillet. Jack’s Creek also won a Gold medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Striploin and a Silver Medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Rib Eye. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's Creek commented, “I am delighted with the outcome this year. We spent a considerable amount of time selecting our entries alongside our German distributor, Albers Food, who this year came to our farm in Tamworth, Australia to assist in the selection process for our Wagyu entries. With added categories, their input was very valuable!” “A third consecutive set of Gold and Silver medals, as well as the World’s Best Fillet Steak award confirms that we are producing a consistent, high quality product and I am very proud of the business we have created. As I always say, this is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” Chair of judges Marco Peerdeman said, “We focused on how the steaks taste, taking into account their tenderness. Those that got it right jumped out at you. The steaks were definitely high this year! It’s interesting for us with the different categories as different cuts have different qualities so we had to take that into account.” Rod Addy, editor of GlobalMeatNews, said: “The sheer range and quality of entries this year is a testament to the hard work put in by producers across the globe. This year’s Challenge has attracted a record number of entries, reflecting the pride producers take in their products and the eagerness to win an accolade, which will propel their business and their brand.” Jack’s Creek’s award-winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, BLACK Bar & Grill, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and BLACK Bar & Grill Executive Chef, Dany Karam said, “When I heard the prized sirloin from Jack’s Creek was named the World’s Best Steak, I knew I had to have it. We smoke it over our signature cherry wood ash before cooking it on the iron bark grill and serving it medium to bring out the tender flavour and succulent texture. Our customers absolutely love it.” www.jackscreek.com.au For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. Top 5 China Travel Tips from one of the World's Best Guides! 2017-05-30T06:29:18Z wendy-wu-tours-boasts-one-of-the-world-s-top-8-guides Starting May 2017, Wendy Wu Tours brings you the benefit of their 23 years' experience in travelling to Asia through a series of Top 5's for each country in their range. First up, the China specialists give you the inside scoop of this emerging dragon, for first time travellers, from one of their top National Escort Guides, George Pu. As one of our customers favourite guides, George has just been nominated as one of the top eight guides in the world in the Wanderlust World Guide Awards. If you've met George and would like to see him win the award, click here to vote for him (Tip: he's listed first on the list!). Off your grid. You know you know, but you don't really believe it. There's no Google in China. That means no Facebook, no Gmail, no directions, nada. So before you go, set up a new email account to keep in touch (read: brag) with your loved-ones.  While it's not impossibly difficult to get a local SIM card in China, you will need a local to come with you, as the process is not exactly easy (unless, of course, you're fluent in Mandarin). Get appy. In China, you'll find most businesses keep in touch with you using WeChat, and in fact this little app has become the countries' most downloaded method of keeping in touch, with a user base of over 700 million. That's 30 times the population of Australia. So download it before you go, and add in your home contacts, so you can be all set up to message on arrival. Limber up. It's not glamorous, but it's a cultural fact: many toilets in China are of the squat type. At your hotel and other westernised destinations, like shopping malls and some restaurants, you'll be able to relax your thighs, but once you head further out – think like a Kung Fu master and get squatting. Hot water Mecca. One of the beautiful little benefits of travelling to the country that created tea is the profusion of hot water taps, spouts and urns everywhere you look. On long-distance trains, in airports, in central train stations, people have brought along their thermos to create either hot tea or the ubiquitous instant noodles. Capitalising on the business opportunity, and conveniently for travellers, the instant noodle market sees pop'-up sellers offering travellers the choice of dozens of flavours, making meals always available. Slurp! Really. Big. This is not a bus-tour country: don't be mistaken, travelling through China takes a long time. Despite bullet trains (up to 300km/h), the size of the country is so enormous, that you'll count on internal flights to get around to see the trinity of Wall, Warriors and Pandas. Though the overnight trains are entirely palatable – many even with a dining cart – you can make the actual travelling part more of a pleasure by incorporating a short Yangtze river cruise into your itinerary. Endnote: Its not cheap (but sometimes it is).Throw out your memories of backpacking through Vietnam with a 20c Pho, China is a country on the move. If you're visiting a restaurant, Eastern or Western, or even staying in a hotel brand name you know, expect pricing at a similar level to Australia. On the flipside, street food abounds, and if your tastebuds are willing, you can pick up treats like BBQ oysters in Guillins Xicheng Night Market, cold noodle in Xian's Muslim Quarter, and – gulp – fried scorpion in Beijings Donghuamen Night Market. This intrepid traveller wandered into the Hutongs of Beijing, and gobbled up 20 (TWENTY!) prawn and chive dumplings for a huge AUD1. Fit for an Emperor. About Wendy Wu ToursIn 1994, Wendy Wu took her first group to China, and by 1998 Wendy Wu Tours was established and running 10 tours annually. Today, Wendy operates tours to 22 countries in Asia, and has offices in Sydney, London, New York, Auckland, Shanghai and Xian. The Asia experts, Wendy Wu Tours offers tour styles for all travellers, including Classic, Discovery and Deluxe Collections; as well as Tailor-Made, Private Tours & Special Groups. For more information and to book, visit www.wendywutours.com.au or call 1300 727 998. The best DreamTrips holidays to chase summertime fun this winter 2017-05-23T23:02:28Z the-best-dreamtrips-holidays-to-chase-summertime-fun-this-winter SYDNEY, May 24, 2017 – Over the Australian winter, family, couple and single travellers alike will be packing their swim suits and donning sun their hats for winter getaways with a difference on a range of Australian and international DreamTrips holidays, offered by of international travel membership company, WorldVentures.   For over half of us living down-under, the 'winter blues' can affect mood and behaviour. 63% of Australians admit to 'feeling more down' during the cooler months and 45% say they are more 'irritated' during winter(1). Unsurprisingly, Queenslanders experience the winter blues the least, with only 38% admitting to a decline in mood(1).   Whether escaping the cold this winter involves a trip locally to one of Australia's more warmer climates, or heading overseas for some summertime fun, DreamTrips are specially curated to present travellers with packaged holidays that deliver on new life experiences, social engagement and fun. In addition, an in-destinations support person is available on every DreamTrip holiday to ensure holiday enjoyment is had by all.   "Thousands of Australian travellers will be chasing the summer sun on DreamTrips holidays this year," said Anthony Fitzgerald, General Manager, Asia Pacific, WorldVentures.   "Part of the appeal of DreamTrips holidays is the curated holiday experiences. All the tours, sights and special inclusions for every DreamTrip holiday are carefully researched to ensure they deliver enjoyment for every individual in the group, and also offer enough free time for travellers to explore on their own."   "The cooler weather makes getting motivated to do the leg-work for the best value holiday just that little bit harder. DreamTrips are the fuss-free option for Aussies to start enjoying a winter getaway sooner."  Australian DreamTripsWith winter temperatures in Queensland and Perth said to range from the early to mid-20 degrees Celsius, it's no wonder more Aussies are choosing staycations over winter to discover more of their own backyard. For Australian winter getaways, DreamTrips has you covered.Picturesque Perth & the Pinnacles2-5 June 20173 Nightshttps://www.dreamtrips.com/trips/1706au3400/perth-westernaustralia-australia Venture to Western Australia and explore The Pinnacles, one of the state's best kept secrets. Travel out of the city and up the coastline to scenic Nambung National Park and along the way, enjoy the scenery as you pass through Joondalup city and the countryside. At the Nambung National Park, walk the trail to the lookout and view the thousands of limestone, pillar-like structures known as The Pinnacles and learn more about this desert park, including native wildlife and plants at the interpretive Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre. The whole family will be entertained on the trip back to Perth with a stop in the town of Cervantes where you will take to the sand dunes — some of the largest in Western Australia — in a 4-wheel drive vehicle! The more adventurous can even try sandboarding down the dunes.Gold Coast Adventures20-25 June 20175 Nightshttps://www.dreamtrips.com/trips/1706au9816/goldcoast-queensland-australia Indulge in sun, surf and sand when you visit Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast on this Australian DreamTrip. Surfers Paradise is a haven for beach lovers from around the world, thanks to its sandy shorelines, invitingly warm waters and walkways dotted with eateries and nightclubs. Take an exhilarating jet-boat ride along the scenic Broadwater estuary and then head to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to wander through open animal enclosures, feed kangaroos and get up close to koalas. See the bird show that features an Australian pelican and colourful parrots, or tour the sanctuary on a miniature train. Also enjoy a full-day visit to Wet'n'Wild and Warner Bros. Movie World® which offers the world's 1st "Arkham Asylum"- a themed ride that gives you a thrilling 360-degree virtual reality experience.  Play and Relax on Whitehaven Beach25-29 June 20174 Nightshttps://www.dreamtrips.com/trips/1706au4779/hamiltonisland-queensland-australia Experience the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this DreamTrip to Hamilton Island, Australia. Board a luxury catamaran and cruise in air-conditioned comfort through the scenic Whitsunday Islands en route to Whitehaven Beach. At this world-famous destination, you can join in family-friendly beach activities, simply relax on the sand and go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Coral Sea. After finding your perfect spot on the beach, take in the magnificent scenery while enjoying a picnic lunch. For more breathtaking views, you can set out on a forested hike to the lookout at Tongue Point, just across Hill Inlet at Whitehaven’s northern end — marvel at the unbeatable panorama of the inlet and beach, and the peaks of surrounding islands. As part of this DreamTrip you will also receive two free days to explore Hamilton Island at your own pace and to take advantage of the hotel’s numerous complimentary water sports, including windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling and more.Overseas DreamTripsWith the price of flights more attractive than ever before, having an overseas holiday is well within reach this winter. DreamTrips has a range of getaways around the globe ideally suited for families, couples and singles.  Sail by Yacht in Eilat, Israel4 Nights27-30 July 2017https://www.dreamtrips.com/trips/1707il0215/eilat-southerndistrict-israel This DreamTrip is based in the resort city of Eilat, located on the southernmost tip of Israel at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba. The luxurious trip includes sailing yacht excursion on the sunlit Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, which offers unforgettable views of the beaches that boarder Jordan and Saudi Arabia. With Eilat averaging 360 sunny days per year, this is one of the most beautiful yet unknown coastal destinations the world has to offer.  Sunset Sail in Santorini, Greece5 Nights29 July – 3 Augusthttps://www.dreamtrips.com/trips/1707gr2591/santoriniisland-southaegean-greece Summer dreaming doesn’t get better than sailing through Santoini aboard a catamaran. With this DreamTrip, enjoy a dip in the Aegean Sea, then, channel your inner sommelier on a scenic and educational private excursion to 3 vineyards, where you will sample different varieties of classic Greek wine and learn how they’re created.  Cool Off with Water Park Fun in Thailand22-26 June 20174 Nightshttps://www.dreamtrips.com/trips/1706th3857/pattaya-thailand Escape to sunny Pattaya, Thailand, on a family-friendly DreamTrip filled with unforgettable memories. Celebrate your favourite animated characters at Cartoon Network™ Amazone Waterpark. An abundance of diverse activities will keep everyone in the family entertained. Thrill-seekers will love Omniverse Zone with Ben 10-inspired water slides. Kids of all ages can ride and slide at Cartoonival that features stars such as The Powerpuff Girls. If you need a break from the action, grab an inner tube and unwind on the lazy river or take in a live show where characters come to life in song and dance. Spend a morning at the recently renovated pool at your hotel, complete with a man-made beach, Jacuzzis, a kids’ play area and a swim-up bar. It’s the perfect opportunity to create lasting friendships with your fellow DreamTrippers with a variety of exciting recreational activities, including water polo and banana-boat racing.  Family Fun in Hong Kong7-10 June 20173 Nightshttps://www.dreamtrips.com/trips/1706hk5225/hongkong-hongkong Enjoy time at Ocean Park, Hong Kong’s maritime-themed amusement park during this DreamTrip holiday. Enjoy unlimited rides all day and spend time at popular attractions such as the Rev Booster, the Hair Raiser at Thrill Mountain or the Sea Jelly Spectacular at Marine World. Young children will enjoy the slower-paced rides, playground and activities at Whiskers Harbour. The whole family will love Symbio, the park’s spectacular, nightly light-and-water show. Get the most out of your DreamTrip and visit Hong Kong’s highlights on your own during ample leisure time. ENDS  About WorldVentures WorldVentures is an award-winning international lifestyle and travel membership company based in Texas, United States. Founded in 2005, WorldVentures sells memberships with perks to a diverse set of lifestyle products such as unique customized vacations known as DreamTrips, value-added dining experiences and deals at exquisite hotels at members’ only prices. With over half a million members globally and still counting, WorldVentures has presence in over 29 markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In Asia Pacific, offices are established in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. For more information, visit www.worldventures.com.   About DreamTrips DreamTrips is a travel club community where Members experience customised travel opportunities and valuable deals at selected restaurants, hotels, excursions and entertainment venues in destinations all over the world. The DreamTrips membership appeals to the unique mindset of the traveller who experiences the world through the DreamTrips community, with the idea that “the best way to experience the world is together.” www.dreamtrips.com.   Sources: (1) http://www.viw.com.au/index.php/travel/3977-australian-winter-hibernation-habits-revealedFor more information, please contact: Maria Crema Closer Communications E: maria@closer.com.auRachael Blasina Closer Communications E: rachael@closer.com.au   Cairns Beats Global Destinations As Number One Choice for Aussie Travel Club Members 2017-02-28T02:42:04Z cairns-beats-renowned-international-hotspots-to-take-out-destination-of-choice-for-travellers-2 Sydney, February 28, 2017 – Queensland is the destination hotspot for members of international travel membership company, WorldVentures, with Cairns rated the top holiday destination for those holidaying through the organisation's popular travel club, DreamTrips. According to the latest results of WorldVentures Australian Membership Survey for 2016, Cairns trumps other Australian and international locations as the global holiday destination of choice for Australian travellers(1) and proves extremely popular among global travel club members.   The survey revealed that the sunshine state is attracting a majority of Australian DreamTrips travellers, with Hamilton Island and the Gold Coast also listed in the top five preferred holiday locations.   These three Australian destinations bumped popular international holiday hubs such as Bali into fourth position for desired DreamTrips by Australian members.   "This indicates the growing appeal of 'staycations' for Australian travellers as they look to explore home soil," said Anthony Fitzgerald, General Manager, Asia Pacific, WorldVentures.   “Cairns hits the spot for our adventurous DreamTrippers, with its white-sand beaches, rainforests and coral reefs, so it is no wonder it continues to be the number one destination for Australian DreamTrips members. As a company, WorldVentures hopes to further strengthen our relationships with Cairns tourist operations into the future to continue fulfilling dreams of those wishing to explore the tropical city of Cairns,” he added.   To cater for growing interest in DreamTrips holidays by Australian members, WorldVentures opened their first Australian office in Homebush, Sydney in late 2016.   “As our membership grows, we continue to see thriving interest in Cairns from both our local and global membership base,” said Mr Fitzgerald. "We have over 500,000 members worldwide and we are on track to deliver some 250 DreamTrips coming in to Australia this year alone. This will represent vacations for thousands of members right here in Australia. After all, there is no place like home!"    The Cairns DreamTrips curated holiday package is an attractive offering for travellers. The Cairns DreamTrips includes a full-day cruise to Michaelmas Cay through the Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling and ecological presentations conducted by Marine biologists. Accommodation is at the luxurious Hotel Pullman Cairns International, in its noteworthy location in the heart of the Cairns central business district which provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and other famous attractions. WorldVentures' success can be attributed to the team's ability to offer desirable itineraries that benefit the industry and its members alike.   Out of the global database of DreamTrips members travelling to Australian destinations, 25% were domestic travellers with the remaining 75% foreigners.   Last year saw 8.1 million international arrivals into Australia, spending $38.8 billion AUD, with each international traveller contributing an estimated $4,790 to the industry(1).   "With both international and domestic travellers flocking to Cairns, it is certainly still one of the most important hubs for Australia’s tourism industry, and WorldVentures through our DreamTrips holidays is pleased to be able to play a role in the tropical city’s continued success," Mr Fitzgerald commented.  About WorldVentures WorldVentures is an award-winning international lifestyle and travel membership company based in Texas, United States. Founded in 2005, WorldVentures sells memberships with perks to a diverse set of lifestyle products such as unique customized vacations known as DreamTrips, value-added dining experiences and deals at exquisite hotels at members’ only prices. With over half a million members globally and still counting, WorldVentures has presence in over 29 markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In Asia Pacific, offices are established in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. For more information, visit www.worldventures.com.   About DreamTrips DreamTrips is a travel club community where Members experience customised travel opportunities and valuable deals at selected restaurants, hotels, excursions and entertainment venues in destinations all over the world. The DreamTrips membership appeals to the unique mindset of the traveller who experiences the world through the DreamTrips community, with the idea that “the best way to experience the world is together.” www.dreamtrips.com.   Please find hi-res imagery via the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zwy5wk9bwzozcji/AAD-5vbcY_Zwcf27bzRROHKPa?dl=0  For more information David Wolf Closer Communications +61 (0)411 111 787david@closer.com.au   (1) International Tourism Snapshot September 2016 Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T23:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Social customer intelligence provider Local Measure helps hotels and tourism brands build loyalty during guest visits 2017-01-23T23:30:00Z social-customer-intelligence-provider-local-measure-helps-hotels-and-tourism-brands-build-loyalty-during-guest-visits-1 Sydney and Los Angeles – January 24, 2017 – Tourism brands continue to wrestle with the challenge of guest loyalty and repeat visits amid third party disruption and increasingly fragmented customer relationships. Sydney-based Local Measure has raised AU$4.5 million in funding to continue to assist hotels and tourism businesses address this challenge, build loyalty and secure positive reviews while guests are still on their property.   The Company’s geo-location social intelligence product arms front-line staff with unique real-time information to help them surprise and delight guests, detect and help resolve guest problems and negative reviews before they impact a property’s reputation or performance, as well as providing data back to the brand to build loyalty among customers across the brand, and at multiple properties, in real-time.   Local Measure is in place in hotels, theme parks and tourism businesses in more than 380 cities worldwide, and expects to grow to more than 1,000 hotels in the U.S. alone this year. Current clients include AccorHotels, Hardrock, Qantas and Club Med. Local Measure has realised more than 150 per cent year on year growth in revenues from the hotel sector. The Company recently won the prestigious Emerging Innovator Award at the 2016 Phocuswright travel technology conference in Los Angeles. “Customer loyalty is seen as a ‘holy grail’ for hotels and tourism brands, yet to date the industry has generally been unable to capture the data and preferences, in real-time, that customers share during their journey, missing an incredible opportunity to drive loyalty,” said Jonathan Barouch, founder and CEO. “Our technology leverages the growth of social media to provide a new and powerful tool for hoteliers and tourism asset managers, who finally have a way to use social intelligence to positively impact guest experiences. Local Measure’s location-based technology is tailor-made for hotels and tourism brands, providing end-to-end product features to promote gathering accurate, real-time intelligence. It is fully automated, easy to integrate, and low cost – helping hotels connect and engage with guests and deliver a fully personalised guest experience at scale.”   “We are pleased to announce the completion of this capital raise and look forward to another year of substantial growth for Local Measure.” Participants in the AU$4.5M round included private investors, funds and private equity firms in the Asia Pacific region. Local Measure has raised AU$15M to date.   The Company’s Board of Advisors includes executives from SAP, Google and Salesforce. Alan Moss, a Local Measure Advisory Board member who is VP Sales & Operations, Google, said, “I’m delighted to be associated with Local Measure, whose social media intelligence platform is already the foundation of a fast growing, sustainable business. With tremendous growth potential in the U.S. and among hotel brands worldwide, the company will scale even more quickly in 2017, and I look forward to continued good news in the weeks ahead.”   Local Measure will be opening a sales and account management office in Dubai in January followed by an office in Los Angeles later this quarter, adding to existing local offices in Sydney, Singapore, London and Miami.   For more on the results the Company has generated for many of the world’s leading hotel brands, visit https://www.localmeasure.com/resources/case-studies/solution/accor-pacific.  About Local Measure Headquartered in Australia with offices in Europe, Asia and the United States, Local Measure is the leading customer intelligence platform in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Local Measure’s clients include many of the world’s largest tourism, leisure, hospitality and shopping centre brands. The company merges local content, social media and mobile technology, to provide customers with live access to operationalise customer data, rich content and analytics at a local level. For more information about Local Measure, visit our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.  Media contacts Corrie McLeod/Amy Rathbone Espresso Communicationslocalmeasure@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 ### Fez Travel Launches Fez World 2017 Brochure + Early Bird Special 2017-01-12T10:21:01Z fez-travel-launches-fez-world-2017-brochure-early-bird-special For 20 years, Fez Travel has delighted in bringing Turkey & Greece to life and is now proud to extend its destinations to the Balkans, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Israel, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Uzbekistan!!! Now Fez Travel is celebrating its 20th year of operation and is pleased to release its 2017 brochure. This brochure is filled with an exciting collection of tours for 2017 including guaranteed departure escorted group tours of these exciting new exotic destinations. These tours are designed to cover all of the ‘must-see’ sights, and the expert local guides will also show plenty of hidden treasures. The Balkans, the perfect place for curious travelers seeking an eclectic mix of culture, beauty and adventure in one. Prefer to see something more epic? Fez Travel tours are offering adventure through the spectacular, history-steeped landscapes of Jordan & Egypt. The escorted coach tours are designed to cater any budget.  Finally Fez Travel is celebrating the return of one to the world’s great civilizations to center stage, Iran.  Whether travelers join one of the group tours or design their own personal itinerary, Fez Travel can offer all ground handling services in the destination where it operates. Fez Travel’s guiding principle when designing its small group tour programs is to provide travelers with a genuine experience rather than just a holiday.  Fez Travel Managing Director Ekrem Usta explains:  “We want our guests to feel that they have had a genuine insight into the country when they visit, and we achieve this by carefully selecting the places we visit, the properties we stay in and expert guides who know the routes like the back of their hand and focus on showcasing culture just as much as we focus on showing the sights”. Early Booking Offers Fez Travel is offering special early booking incentives. “All Turkey, Greece and Balkans Tours, travelers booking and paying in full for any escorted group tour by 31 January 2017 will save 20%.  Travelers who book and pay in full for any escorted s group tour by 31 March 2017 receive a 15% discount. ” For more information on the early bird specials check Fez Travel’s hot deals. An electronic version of the brochure is available here. For more information on Fez Travel’s huge 2017 program, visit the Fez Travel home page or email: sales@feztravel.com to speak to a destination expert.  To order a copy of the 2017 brochure email:  brochure@feztravel.com 5 MUST DO bucket list destinations for your 2017 wanderlust list from Eclipse Travel 2016-12-12T23:21:43Z 5-must-do-bucket-list-destinations-for-your-2017-wanderlust-list-from-eclipse-travel-1 Anyone addicted to travel has a bucket list of places they want to visit throughout their lifetime, and each year the list only grows. Destination specialists Matt McMillan and Tim Farquhar from Eclipse Travel have rounded up five awe-inspiring trip ideas that are calling you now. So if they are not already on your radar, it’s time to put them on the list and start packing your bags!  Madagascar Imagine going from lush green rainforests to vast expanses of desert in just 300km, exploring a wild world full of remarkable native fauna and flora, and experiencing diverse cultures. These are all part of the allure of Madagascar, where African culture meets French colonial influence against a backdrop of unique red soil, lemurs and baobabs. Thanks to the increasingly popular connection flights from Bangkok, Mauritius and Johannesburg, Madagascar has never been more accessible.  Franz Josef Land, Russia The Russian archipelago is one of the most remote corners of the Arctic. With new routes combining Franz Josef Land with Svalbard, expedition cruises can now access its 191 ice-covered islands that offer the highest concentration of polar bears in the European arctic.  Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Peru If you think Cusco and the Sacred Valley only offer amazing treks, it’s time to think again. As a UNESCO World Heritage city located about 3,400m above sea level, Cusco sits high in the heart of the Andes, a stones throw from the Sacred Valley. Take an evening stroll when the lamplights illuminate the stunning Plaza de Armas, steal the night away with a romantic Peruvian dinner at a local restaurant in one of the city’s old colonial houses, before spoiling yourself with a fun-packed adventure at the brand new luxurious hotel, explora Valle Sagrado in the Sacred Valley.  South Africa Nowhere does diversity quite like South Africa. Home of the deserted Kalahari, the breathtaking Table Mountain and Cape Point, the Big Five in Kruger National Park’s savannah, the luxurious 5-star Blue Train and exquisite fine wines… South Africa is one of those rare destinations that has something for absolutely everyone. The best part? Our excellent exchange rates make South Africa a top-notch destination without breaking the bank.  Mexico The sites and landscapes are absolutely spectacular; the history and culture are rich and vibrant; the food is fresh and flavourful. What more can you ask for? Jump into the turquoise blue waters of the coastal resort town Los Cabos and rub shoulders with Hollywood’s celebrities, laze away at stunning beaches and treat yourself to a fresh fish dinner in Sayulita, explore Palenque’s atmospheric Mayan ruins in the heart of the jungle, or have an authentic taco party! From hidden gems to popular tourist attractions, Mexico never ceases to amaze.   With so many incredible places to visit in 2017, the only challenge will be deciding where to travel first.  -ENDS-   Eclipse Travel is an Australian and New Zealand owned company that specialises in travel to incredible, unique and sometimes remote destinations. For more information please visit www.eclipsetravel.com.au  For media enquiries, contact: Holysmoke! Agency Yvonne Kong, Laura Heslop or Amanda Fry P: +61 406 055 470 E: yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com WorldVentures drops anchor in Australia 2016-12-09T05:22:16Z worldventures-drops-anchor-in-australia-western-sydney-chosen-as-site-of-first-office-and-training-centre-in-response-to-unprecedented-local-growth-1 Sydney, December 9, 2016– International travel membership company, WorldVentures, will this weekend unveil its new Australian headquarters in Western Sydney, its first local office that will help service a business that has experienced record membership take-up in Australia over the past 12 months. The facility will significantly increase its presence in the market, create local jobs and enable WorldVentures to facilitate more local, tailored DreamTrips holidays for its members, as well as provide space for the company’s growing workforce and professional development requirements.   WorldVentures has been growing at a phenomenal rate around the world, with this office and training centre an important part of its Australian growth plans. Globally, the company now has more than 500,000 members in over 28 countries. It has grown 581 per cent over the last three years alone and generated revenues of more than US$560m in 2015.   In addition to managing its local membership growth, the new Australian office will be responsible for planning and expanding membership benefits, which include the anticipated 250 DreamTrips (curated group holiday experiences) planned all around Australia in 2017 alone for its global membership base, a 400 per cent increase from just two years ago.   Such trips bring in tourists from around the world, contributing to inbound tourism and delivering tourists to key Australian destinations including Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Alice Springs and Margaret River to name a few. WorldVentures already enjoys strong relationships with key premium hotels and other suppliers that will only continue to grow with an expanded local presence.   As part of the expansion WorldVentures plans to hire new employees in customer service, administration, marketing and tourism, with 20 new hires anticipated over the next 12 months. Australian based travel experts will create even more Australian DreamTrips packages including local tours, hotels and unique experiences that will be available to both Australian and International members.   “Australia is one of our fastest growing markets globally and is a strong areas of focus for WorldVentures. Our new local headquarters opening is an important next step as we continue this exciting phase of growth,” said Kyle Lowe, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and International Expansion, WorldVentures, who is in Sydney for the opening.   “We continue to disrupt the International travel industry, empower everyday people to make a positive change to their lives, and offer our members compelling and unique travel experiences with our DreamTrips, and we couldn’t be more delighted that Australian consumers have embraced this concept so warmly,” he added.   “A WorldVentures office in Australia will help us to increase the number of Australian DreamTrips members will be able to enjoy, as well as better provide our local Independent Representatives with the support, mentorship and development that they require to build their businesses,” said Anthony Fitzgerald, General Manager, Asia Pacific, WorldVentures.   “We have been recognised over the last 12 months with three World Travel Awards for excellence in the global travel and tourism industry, and believe our investment in this local infrastructure will enable us to continue to build on an already successful offering,” he added.   The offices are located at Suite 2.03, 102 Bennelong Parkway, Sydney Olympic Park.   *Media are invited to speak with WorldVentures executives Kyle Lowe, Anthony Fitzgerald and Jon McKillip (President, Global Sales, WorldVentures) as part of the official office unveiling on Sunday, December 11, from 12-1.30pm. Alternatives days and times for interviews are also available.  About WorldVentures WorldVentures is an award-winning international lifestyle and travel membership company based in Texas, United States. Founded in 2005, WorldVentures sells memberships with perks to a diverse set of lifestyle products such as unique customized vacations known as DreamTrips, value-added dining experiences and deals at exquisite hotels at members’ only prices. With nearly half a million members globally and still counting, WorldVentures has presence in over 28 markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In Asia Pacific, offices are established in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. For more information, visit www.worldventures.com.   About DreamTrips DreamTrips is a travel club community where Members experience customised travel opportunities and valuable deals at selected restaurants, hotels, excursions and entertainment venues in destinations all over the world. The DreamTrips membership appeals to the unique mindset of the traveller who experiences the world through the DreamTrips community, with the idea that “the best way to experience the world is together.” www.dreamtrips.com.  For more information David Wolf Closer Communicationsdavid@closer.com.au 0411 111 787 Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Dreaming of a White Christmas? 2016-11-30T22:00:00Z dreaming-of-a-white-christmas With less than a month left until Santa makes his way down the chimney, there is still time to plan the perfect Christmas getaway. Let expert travellers Matt McMillan and Tim Farquhar, Directors of Eclipse Travel, help you plan the ultimate festive escape for your family.  For a White Christmas For an authentic White Christmas experience, Matt McMillan suggests travellers look to Norway or Finland, “Like many European countries, most Norwegian towns and cities offer Christmas fairs and markets that will help create the perfect mood for the festival season.”   “Tromsø in Northern Norway is voted as one of the best places on earth to spend Christmas and it’s only 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle,” McMillan says, “What’s better than celebrating Christmas whilst seeing the spectacular Northern Lights with your loved ones? There are a lot of cruise ships known to offer Northern Lights travel during the festive season. You just need to plan ahead.”   McMillan continues to explain, “If you’re taking the little ones with you, a visit to Santa’s office in the Finnish city of Lapland is a moment they will always cherish. Alternatively, head to Helsinki for the ultimate Northern Christmas ambiance – the city is breathtakingly beautiful when draped in white snow and lit by Christmas lights.”  For an Island Escape Christmas The Galapagos Islands are a stunning paradise where you can rub shoulders with a world full of unique wildlife. Blue-footed Boobies, Marine Iguanas, Whale Sharks, Galapagos Sea Lions, Flamingos and the signature Galapagos Giant Tortoise are all part of the experience to these unique islands.   “From black volcanic rocks and vast white sand, to lush green highlands and jewel-blue waters, the Galapagos Islands are filled with natural wonders and wildlife,” says Farquhar, “The wet season generally occurs between December and May where you can expect picture-perfect sunny days and blue skies combined with showers. It’s great for those who are looking to spend a warm Christmas at an off-the-beaten-track destination.”  For a Tribal Christmas Nowhere does diversity quite like South Africa. Home of the deserted Kalahari, the iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park’s wildlife-packed savannah….the list goes on.   South Africa is one of those rare destinations that has something for absolutely everyone. You can spot a great variety of native floral and fauna including the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. Or discover the country in the most luxurious way by exploring the pristine white beaches at Cape Point, visiting Cape Winelands for a romantic wine tasting tour, or hopping onto the world’s most famous mobile 5-star hotel Blue Train to spoil yourself with an around-the-clock personal butler service. The choices are limitless.   “With our excellent exchange rates at the moment, a South African getaway has become very affordable. It’s a great excuse to treat yourself with another bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon!” McMillan suggests.  For a Latin Christmas Palm-fringed beaches, delicious spicy cuisine, colonial architecture and vivid blue skies, Mexico is the place to be for an exotic getaway during the silly season.   For a cultural fix, there are plenty of top-class museums and galleries for you to unfold the fascinating history of this beautiful country.   “You can also find vibrant pop culture from the underground dance clubs and street art in Mexico City, as well as interesting handicrafts made by indigenous people,” Farquhar recommends.   “And of course, you can’t skip the stunning beaches with their crystal clear water. If you are into sea creatures, don’t forget to book a diving or snorkeling tour for a chance to get up close and personal with coral walls, canyons, turtles, tangs, eels and even hammerhead sharks!”   Whatever your Christmas dreams are, experience a wanderlust-worthy festive season this summer.  -ENDS-   Eclipse Travel is an Australian and New Zealand owned company that specialises in travel to incredible, unique and sometimes remote destinations. For more information about unique Christmas destinations, visit http://eclipsetravel.com.au  For media enquiries, contact: Holysmoke! Agency Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry P: +61 406 055 470 E: yvonne@holysmokeagency.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com International airfares will remain cheap well into 2017 2016-11-28T05:35:24Z international-airfares-will-remain-cheap-well-into-2017 International airfares are pretty cheap at the moment, no question about that, and they look set to remain that way well into 2017. The stronger Australian dollar matched with lower fuel prices should keep the already low international airfares at their historic lows and Australians are taking advantage of that. With over 7.5 million Australian residents departing on overseas holidays last year, there is no questions we travel. Where are we going? We will continue to flock to the North and South America next year, taking advantage of the continuing cheap airfares, and an improved exchange rate. Of course different airlines focus on different regions and Air New Zealand is making a concerted push to carry more Aussies to Houston, Buenos Aires, San Francisco and Vancouver with only one stop at Auckland on the way. The flying Kiwi faces stiff competition from Qantas and Virgin Australia, as well as the US airlines of American, Delta and United and LATAM into South America who are also packing us up and shipping us out. Japan is another very strong destination which will to continue to, following a 40 per cent leap in bookings this year. Europe remains on the radar as we all love a bit of Paris, Munich, Geneva, Rome and Barcelona thrown into our personal photo albums, with Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways giving Aussie travellers the option to go direct into Spain or Italy, or virtually any other country rather than enter Europe through London. But . . . and there’s always a But; while it’s never been cheaper to take off overseas, the airlines still need to make money to stay aloft. They are increasingly looking at ways to expand profit margins and are unbundling their offerings – stripping them down. What does that mean for the poor unsuspecting really excited traveller who is booking online? Put simply, it means things like checked luggage, food and seat selection attract separate fees in addition to the flight fare. Ouch! How do you work all of that out when you’re doing your holiday planning, trawling through the different online travel booking sites comparing cheap flights and hotels and all the myriad of travel packages? That’s like comparing apples and oranges for price and taste. You can’t. These days the traveller is getting swamped with the overload of destination information on the internet, and being time poor they are moving back to booking with travel agents for good reason. Packaged holidays are good if you want to land in a destination and follow the flock around to the same places with the same crowds. But there is more to a destination than that, there is more to experience: the real cultures and sights of the heart of the destination. We are all doing our research online but it’s taking days, if not weeks, and can be very frustrating jumping from booking site, to review site, to destination guide, and back again a hundred times over, not to mention that a couple of positive travel reviews doesn’t necessarily match the needs of the traveller. Confusion also reigns with continually changing flight prices and package offerings. So what’s the solution for the poor confused world traveller, who still wants the best deal, and to save money, and to make sure they see everything, more than a packaged tour is pig-penning them into? Use a Travel Agent. Yes they are still around and yes they are more professional, efficient and competitive than ever these days. All of the confusing big online travel agent platforms, the big online booking sites, have had a major reform and benefit on the behind-the-desk travel agent. What has been a big traveller misconception of recent years is that the travel agent is not an affordable travel booking option. That couldn’t be further than the truth. The very experienced Travel Agent has all of the industry booking tools at their fingertips so they can find the best routes and prices in an instance, saving money on flights, hotels, and giving the traveller a far better experience than any package holiday will provide. They do all the work for you and build your travel itinerary for you.  What’s even more valuable is they are there to support the traveller should anything go wrong while they are away, no matter how small it may be. That’s peace of mind.Now, travellers are able to match what they know - going online for travel – with the good old fashioned service of the behind the desk travel agent. There is a new free service travel platform called Going.Expert which connects travellers with "been-there" travel agents. Travellers are flocking to this new easy-to-use database of real-live travel agents who have actually been to the destinations the traveller is going to. Going Expert doesn’t sell travel and doesn't compare prices; they simply match the travellers destination with any of the thousands of real-live travel agents on Going Expert directly and instantly, connecting them so they can tap into their expertise, pricing advantage and destinational local knowledge.For travellers to take advantage of the continuing cheap flights during 2017 get the absolute best out of their trip, experiences they won’t get from a standard packaged holiday, while saving a lot of time and money, they need to jump on www.Going.Expert and search for a travel agent who has “been-there” - a travel agent with real local knowledge. It's simple to use, and Free. CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES BUSINESS BOOMS WITH NEW ‘BOOMERANG’ ROUTES 2016-11-22T23:30:18Z china-eastern-airlines-business-booms-with-new-boomerang-routes China Eastern Airlines (CEA) business is booming with major new flight announcements heralding their commitment to the Australian market. The announcements coincide with the airlines 60th anniversary and 20 successful years of non-stop flights between Australia and China. CEA will serve six mainland China cities from Sydney; Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing, Kunming, Nanjing and Wuhan by the end of January 2017, operating 58 flights weekly between the two countries. The rapid growth will see the introduction of new Boeing 777-300ER’s added to the Australian market. Another Australian first, CEA will launch direct services from Sydney to Kunming and Hangzhou in November 2016. The Melbourne to Shanghai service will increase to double daily flights from November 2016 to February 2017. December 2016 will see the introduction of Brisbane to Shanghai flights, four times weekly, with an increase to daily flights between January and February 2017. The Sydney to Shanghai service will increase to double daily flights from mid-December to February 2017. Sydney to Beijing services (codeshare with Qantas) will commence in January 2017*, along with the launch of a new Sydney to Wuhan route the same month. “The new CEA routes reflect surging demand with a 23% growth in Chinese visitors to Australia in 2016. It brings an additional 3,003 seats a week between Australia and China, contributing significantly to local visitor expenditure. China is Australia’s largest source for tourists and China Eastern Airlines is geared up to service this demand”, said Kathy Zhang, China Eastern Airlines General Manager – Oceania. Our investment in new routes demonstrates CEA’s commitment to extending Australia’s tourism footprint to important secondary cities in mainland China. It deepens global business opportunities, as reflected by the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), provides greater connectivity for passengers and directly connects two of the world’s most respectful cultures, acting as a gateway for Australia to the globe,” said Ms Zhang. The new Boeing 777-300ER will feature on the Shanghai services from Melbourne and Sydney in 2016, offering a three-class configuration with a total seating capacity of 316 seats. The aircraft is outfitted with 6 first class open suites, 52 flatbed business class seats and 258 standard economy seats. All seats across each class on flights Australia to China are equipped with personal TV, Wi-Fi and AC power ports. The CEA flagship lounge in Shanghai Pudong International airport offers first and business class guests exclusive access, along with complimentary Wi-Fi, traditional gourmet Shanghai cuisine and shower rooms. In Sydney, first and business class travellers will have access to the SkyTeam Alliance lounge, whilst in Melbourne and Brisbane, travellers will use the Qantas lounge. CEA continues to consolidate its reputation as a global connector for business savvy travellers. The airline offers world-class service, the latest technology and amenities on-board the Boeing 777-300ER and visa-free transit valid for 144 hours for Australian passport holders who hold an onward ticket, transiting in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. In addition, corporate business and first class guests can enjoy complimentary airport limousine pick-up services in Shanghai and Australia. The joint co-operation agreement with Qantas and alliance with SkyTeam members streamline CEA’s position as a truly global airline. “These extra services highlight the fact that tourists from China are voting with their feet, coming to NSW in huge numbers to experience the best of what our state has to offer,” said Andrew Constance, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. “Chinese passengers represent our fastest growing and largest inbound visitor market, and we’re determined to ensure continued growth well into the future” said Mr Constance. Ends oa.ceair.com For further information please see attached Company Factsheet and Biography of Kathy Zhang. For images or to arrange an interview please contact: Megan Staal or Laura Speirs M: 0431 747 228 M: 0439 881 148 *Codeshare with QF, subject to the relevant government and regulatory approvals About China Eastern Airlines China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, headquarter located in Shanghai is one of the three state-owned airlines in mainland China. China Eastern serves nearly 94 million travellers annually and ranks among the world’s top 5 airlines in terms of passenger transportation volume by the end of 2015. As an official member of SkyTeam Alliance, China Eastern has extended its flight network from Shanghai to 1052 cities in 177 countries via close cooperation with SkyTeam member airlines. SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines, access to an extensive global network with more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers over 490 lounges worldwide. Boomers go Skiing this Summer 2016-11-22T04:13:31Z boomers-go-ski-ing-this-summer Australians are living longer and plan to retire later in life, prompting a rise in S.K.I (Spend the Kids Inheritance) holidays that deliver on new life experiences, value for money and connection with others.   WorldVentures, which markets the travel membership club 'DreamTrips', has experienced a growth in membership in recent years, with more than 500,000 members across 29 countries taking up the club lifestyle to experience life fulfilment through travel.   SKIing is an acronym that has emerged to describe the trend of older travellers 'Spending the Kids Inheritance'. Baby boomers are voting with their feet and passports by deciding it’s time to enjoy the money that they worked so hard to save over a lifetime of toil.   Anthony Fitzgerald from WorldVentures, says that baby boomers are turning to travel clubs to live life and travel.   “We are seeing more and more retirees travelling, not only to see the world but also to enjoy the social experience that comes along with travel clubs.”   "It is clear that many baby boomers have adopted the SKI outlook on life and are taking action to complete their bucket lists in retirement. DreamTrips offer S.K.I travellers the chance to enjoy a social experience but also have the perfect balance of alone time."   53 per cent of WorldVentures' Australian members travel with their spouse and over 70 per cent, feel that DreamTrips offer a distinctive vacation that enriched their lifestyle, allows them to gain knowledge and create beautiful memories.   "The options are endless and by joining a travel club SKI travellers are more likely to take the holidays they've worked to enjoy."   "The DreamTrips for SKI travellers to tick off their bucket list definitely include a trip to Myanmar’s Treasures, sailing the Caribbean, walking with lions in Zimbabwe, staying in an Ice Hotel, or relaxing and healing in the Dead Sea," Mr Fitzgerald suggests.   An Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey last year revealed that Australians intend to retire later than ever, with 23 per cent of the persons aged 45 years and over intending to retire at the age of 70 years or over compared with only eight per cent in 2004-05.   The OECD Better Life Index also reports that life expectancy at birth in Australia stands at 82 years, only 12 years after the majorities intended retirement.   Judy Anderson, of the Mornington Peninsula (Mt Martha), says that travel has become a priority in her life and that travel companies are increasingly catering for matured aged travellers.   "I didn't travel much in my younger days as people do now, so I'm trying to catch up on all the places I want to visit and I want to live life to the fullest."   "Travelling with a group is important to me. And travelling outside of school holidays means that I can get better deals and also travel with others with similar life goals."   For the children of baby boomers, especially the Gen X and Y children who are struggling to establish a foothold in the property market or pay the kids’ school fees, the life of a SKIer is causing some consternation.   But for many like Dylan, whose mother was living alone for five years, the benefits of their parents choosing to SKI to lead happy and fulfilling lives can also be recognised.   "My mother just wanted more company than what our busy working schedules allowed. Travelling was a passion of hers, if she had the opportunity to join a travel club and meet new people she would have been over the moon,” Dylan explains.   ENDS  About WorldVentures WorldVentures is an award-winning international travel membership company based in Texas, United States. The company sells memberships with perks to a diverse set of lifestyle products such as unique customised vacations known as DreamTrips, value-added dining experiences and deals at exquisite hotels at members’ only prices. With over half a million members globally and still counting, WorldVentures has presence in 29 markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.worldventures.comMedia Contacts David Wolf Director Closer Communicationsdavid@closer.com.au 0411 111 787   OR   Rachael Blasina Account Coordinator Closer Communicationsrachael@closer.com.au 0428 073 703