The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-19T02:11:49Z Royal Caribbean Launches New Adventures from Barbados 2021-01-19T02:11:49Z royal-caribbean-launches-new-adventures-from-barbados  Royal Caribbean International will for the first time call Barbados “home” next winter, offering travelers fresh ways to experience the southern Caribbean on Grandeur of the Seas. Three distinct 7- and 14-night itineraries will each feature a unique lineup of bucket-list destinations – including three new ports of call in the islands of Tobago, Trinidad and St. Vincent. Showcasing the natural beauty and cultures of the region, weeklong sailings will island hop to a different destination every day or offer late-night stays in the famed ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Grandeur’s longer escapes will tout an overnight stay in Aruba coupled with visits to Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, among others. “We are excited to grow our longstanding partnership with Barbados and introduce Bridgetown as Royal Caribbean’s newest home port. Sailing from the heart of the Windward Islands unlocks new memorable vacations to share with family and friends in breathtaking places, such as Grenada, St. Lucia, and now St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “The pink-sand beaches and unexpected adventures across Barbados also make it an ideal destination for our guests to experience even more of the Caribbean charm and culture before or after their cruise.”     “After the year the industry and region have had, this is a shining light to look forward to this coming winter season. We have wanted to see for some time more homeporting operations from Barbados, the incorporation of pre- and post-stay vacations which expose cruisers to the best Barbados has to offer and at a regional level, the development of new itineraries that elevates the cruise experience throughout the Caribbean,” said Senator the Hon. Lisa Cummins, Minister of Tourism and International Transport for Barbados. “So, we are extremely pleased to extend the welcome mat for Grandeur of the Seas to Barbados. We are looking forward to displaying our Bajan hospitality, wide range of accommodations, rich culture, diversity of experiences, world class cuisine, unique attractions, and especially want to share the warmth of the Barbadian people. These are the things that keep visitors coming back for more!”   Barbados is known for its rich history and celebrated for its kind and hospitable people – a defining Bajan trait passed on for almost 400 years and still strong today. Adventure-seekers looking to discover the Bajan island vibe will have diverse experiences to choose from across the country’s 11 parishes – a mix of coastal, rural and urban neighborhoods, some sophisticated and luxurious, others immersive and based in nature. Spanning 166 square miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the island affectionately known as “Little England” is chock-full of natural and cultural heritage to satisfy wanderlust of all types. Royal Caribbean’s new 2021-22 winter cruises from Bridgetown, Barbados open for sale today. The itineraries depart on Sundays and ports of call for each are: ·       7-night Southern Caribbean Island Hop: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting Scarborough, Tobago (new); Port of Spain, Trinidad (new); St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent (new); Roseau, Dominica; and Castries, St. Lucia ·       7-night Southern Caribbean Adventure: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting St. George’s, Grenada; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; and Port of Spain, Trinidad (new) ·       14-night Ultimate Caribbean: Departing Bridgetown, Barbados (new) and visiting St. George’s, Grenada; Kingstown, St. Vincent (new); Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba (overnight); Willemstad, Curacao; Port of Spain, Trinidad (new); Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Royal Caribbean’s inaugural season sailing from Barbados adds even more variety to the cruise line’s current 2021-22 winter season. New departure ports and destinations will bring a breadth of fresh experiences for travelers to make the most of their highly anticipated vacations. About Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel featuring the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveler. The cruise line continues to revolutionise holidays with itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 72 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island destination in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 16 consecutive years in the US Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.  Media can stay up to date by following @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter, @RCIaustraliaandnz on Facebook and visiting RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter.com. For additional information or to make reservations, holidaymakers can call their travel advisor; visit RoyalCaribbean.com.au; or call 1800 754 500.   StressFreeCarRental.com expands into Australian and New Zealand Car Rental Markets 2020-12-19T12:27:53Z stressfreecarrental-com-expands-into-australian-car-rental-market Customers in Australia and New Zealand can now take advantage of StressFreeCarRental.com’s price match guarantee on car hire deals at car hire locations throughout the country. StressFreeCarRental.com compares car hire deals at 100s of locations in Australia and New Zealand including all major airport and city locations.   Wherever they’re available, deals are also included that offer a low security deposit and can be collected using a debit card. ‘We’ve spent the last 12 months building partnerships with all of the leading car rental brands in Australia and New Zealand and we’re committed to making the car hire booking process as stress-free as possible. Our focus is on offering customers total transparency on all costs for their car rental, including all of the fees that are payable at the desk” said StressFreeCarRental.com CEO, John Charnock. Launched in 2019, the website initially focused on the UK market and is now expanding into other international markets, starting with Australia and New Zealand which will be closely followed by South Africa and the USA. ‘The Australasian car rental market is very competitive, but I believe that we can add real value for our customers and our car rental partners. We’ve already started to take bookings since the end of the various lockdowns and we’re looking forward to growing our business here in the years to come’ Mr Charnock added. Car hire can be booked on the website by paying a small deposit online which is refundable if the booking is cancelled within 48 hours of collecting the car. Refunds are processed within 24 hours of receiving a cancellation request.   Cover-More Travel Insurance launches new benefits for COVID-19 2020-12-14T23:49:13Z cover-more-travel-insurance-launches-new-benefits-for-covid-19 Sydney, Australia, (15 December 2020): Cover-More Travel Insurance, Australia’s leading travel insurance and assistance provider, today announced the launch of new travel insurance benefits for COVID-19 when Australians travel domestically, and to New Zealand. Cover-More’s new COVID-19 benefits will also offer previously-unavailable protection for overseas travel to other countries as official ‘travel bubbles’ are agreed and announced by the Australian Government. Cover-More CEO Asia-Pacific, Judith Crompton said: “While no one has been able to travel internationally, pandemic lockdowns in Australia have also ruined domestic travel plans. Australians have missed their loved ones and special events like weddings, births, anniversaries and birthdays due to COVID-19. So, we developed our new benefits with the sole purpose of providing our customers with the confidence to be able to plan and travel safely, knowing they are protecting the memories they are yet to make.” Cover-More’s new benefits for COVID-19 include cover: ·       if you or your travel companion are placed into quarantine and you cannot start your trip ·       if a relative or business partner in Australia or New Zealand contracts COVID-19 and their condition is life threatening so you need to cancel your trip ·       for essential workers who have their leave revoked due to COVID-19 and can no longer travel ·       if the person you were planning on staying with in Australia or New Zealand has to go into quarantine for COVID-19 and you need to find new accommodation ·       if your accommodation in Australia or New Zealand is cancelled for a deep-clean ·       for refunds if your holiday activities in Australia or New Zealand are cancelled due to COVID-19. Judith said: “Australian travellers will be able to plan their domestic holiday and our distribution partners will be able to plan their customers’ travel knowing they will have the protection of our COVID-19 ready benefits.” “Whether it’s a road-trip with family or friends, an interstate flight to meet your first grandchild, going to your niece’s wedding, or simply spending quality time with your loved ones, our new benefits will allow our customers to plan their travel and travel safely despite the COVID-19 pandemic.” Since March 2020, Cover-More has focused on the changing needs of travellers globally and is redesigning products so their customers can travel safely and with confidence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Cover-More’s new benefits are available via a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement (SPDS), appended to the existing PDS. The new cover is available via Cover-More’s industry partners as well as direct via covermore.com.au and by calling 1300 72 88 22. ENDS For further information, please contact: Angela Cross, Pilot PR +61 412 929 397 or angela@pilotpr.com.au About Cover-More GroupCover-More Group is a global specialist and integrated travel insurance, medical assistance and employee assistance provider. Cover-More has operations in more than 15 countries across five continents with leading market positions in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the USA where the group owns Travelex Insurance Services, and in Latin America with ownership of Universal Assistance. Cover-More Group was acquired by Zurich Insurance Group in 2017. Head office is in Sydney, Australia. After A Unique And Fabulous Tented Stay In Tasmania? 2020-11-25T04:24:10Z after-a-unique-and-fabulous-tented-stay-in-tasmania After A Unique And Fabulous Tented Stay In Tasmania? Experience Luxury Glamping at Truffle Lodge ‘We offer a unique experience under a million stars in an exceptionally stunning location,’ Laurelle and John Grimley, owners of Truffle Lodge Truffle Lodge, Tasmania’s luxury bush glamping destination is welcoming guests for a unique stay and a taste of fun outdoor experiences and adventures. Known for its idyllic riverfront location and for being akin to a 5* hotel under canvas, Truffle Lodge’s luxury safari-style en-suite tents cater for every creature comfort and are naturally socially distanced – all eight tents are located right on the Derwent River and are at least 15-20m apart.   Truffle Lodge guests can enjoy a range of eco-friendly outdoor activities within moments of stepping outside their tent. Options include exploring the lush surroundings, hiking to local vantage points to take in stunning bush vistas or cooling off with a refreshing dip in the River Derwent.   Guests can also discover one of the first truffieres planted in Australia, which, until a few years ago, was abandoned and covered in wild blackberry bushes. Now Truffle Lodge owners, Laurelle and John Grimley, are bringing it back to life.   Additional bookable experiences include luxury guided fly-fishing (tailored to the participants’ experience level) as well as platypus-spotting kayaking adventures, seaplane flights for vineyard lunches, helicopter drive combo to Maria Island. At the end of a busy – or not so busy – day, guests can enjoy a glass of local wine and count the stars from the privacy of their tent’s riverfront deck. They may even be lucky enough to witness the magical Southern Lights of the Aurora Australis. When it’s time to head indoors, guests can relax and unwind in luxurious safari tents that are as memorable as the bush around them. Each Truffle Lodge tent is double walled and triple roofed for maximum comfort and features a handmade wooden bath, rain shower, extra-large and deep double beds, a coffee machine, tea making facilities, a bar fridge, and many more thoughtful touches.  Laurelle and John say that this season their focus will be on helping guests relax and recharge in the beautiful crowd free natural environment of the Derwent Valley. ‘At Truffle Lodge we offer a quintessentially Australian luxe bush glamping experience where guests can reconnect with nature and each other. Days here are defined by the rhythm of the sun and the moon and guests fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the river outside.’   Breakfasts, drinks and two course evening meals are served in Truffle Lodge’s communal areas, which can include a long table in the orchard or dinner cooked in the fire pit. The set menu dinner each evening features hand-made dishes prepared using seasonal local produce wherever possible, accompanied with local wines, some of which are exclusive to Truffle Lodge. There is a resident echidna under the dining pod who ventures out to supervise regularly.  “While Truffle Lodge is luxurious in its detail, it’s also raw, simple and pared back, reflecting our belief in slow hospitality, where the quality of each experience is more important than the quantity. We encourage our guests to relax, unwind and take pleasure in the moment,” say Laurelle.  www.trufflelodge.com  www.facebook.com/trufflelodge/  Truffle Lodge Rates 2020 From $400 per night for 2 guests, including continental breakfast and 3-course dinner (alcohol and bar services additional) plus daily activities programme.  Images available on request. For further information/images/review stay bookings please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel: 0415 290023 Australian shopper behaviour has changed forever 2020-11-11T20:12:29Z australian-shopper-behaviour-has-changed-forever Sydney, November 2020 – With Australia in recession for the first time in nearly 30 years, Australians are more conscious of how they spend their money and what they receive in return. The changing expectations of Australian consumers and the key shopping behaviours that emerged throughout the pandemic been revealed in new independent research conducted by Opinium Research and commissioned by Adyen, the global payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies. The Adyen Agility Report details the findings of a survey of more than 25,000 respondents, including more than 2000 Australian adults, and provides a guide to help retail and hospitality businesses secure customer loyalty in an ever-changing market. Australians still love shopping in-store While COVID-19 has been a huge catalyst for change, it’s also solidified our preference for certain activities, including shopping in-store. Of all consumers surveyed, Australians have the strongest desire to shop in-store (72%) compared to 62% of Americans and 50% of Brits. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Australians are also looking forward to shopping in-store for pleasure again, well ahead of the global average of 55%. Michel van Aalten, Country Manager Australia and New Zealand at Adyen, said: “Australia’s love for shopping has grown dramatically during 2020. Last year, research undertaken by 451 Research showed 50% of Australians liked shopping in-store. To see that grow 22% in one year and outstrip our international counterparts is a really positive indicator for Australia’s bricks and mortar retailers.” But the shift online is real and here to stay The pandemic caused a mass migration to online channels, particularly as lockdowns swept across the country, and Adyen’s research suggests that consumers have been won over by the channel’s convenience. More than a quarter (27%) of Australians said they shopped more online during the pandemic than they did previously – although less than our global counterparts in the USA (36%) and UK (33%). A third (33%) of Australians will also shop online more often now than before. This skews by age, with 46% of 18-34 year olds planning to embrace this habit, compared to 38% of 35-54 year olds, and 17% of those aged 55 and older. The appeal of online shopping is far-reaching, with 28% of those who prefer to shop in-store acknowledging they will also shop online more. Experience is everything A key finding from the research is that Australians don’t tolerate bad experiences – 72% won’t return to a retailer if they’ve had a bad experience, either in-store or online. But they do also reward those who help them out, particularly when times are tough. The vast majority (78%) say they will continue to support the retailers they relied on during the pandemic. And given the love for physical stores, it's also significant that most prefer to shop with retailers located nearby because they want them to stay open (67%). Positive online shopping experiences are also growing. A quarter of Aussie consumers are now less likely to shop in-store because of their positive online experience during the pandemic. This is stronger among female respondents (28%) compared to males (22%) and among younger shoppers aged 18-34 (41%), compared to 35-54 year olds (29%) or those aged 55+ (10%). We now crave flexibility to shop when and where we want –70% of Australians said they’d like retailers to remain online, even as they reopen stores. Jurlique has witnessed this shift in behaviour first hand. “When the coronavirus lockdown forced stores to close, we searched for ways to continue offering our personalised services,” said Alexa Anastassi, Head of Digital Product at Jurlique. “We rolled out a live chat service, staffed with the beauty experts from our retail stores. The service became so popular that we expanded the hours and made it a permanent offering. It’s created a lot more connection between our customers and our brand. We’re seeing it convert into not only sales but loyalty and affinity with the brand.” “To see the level of positive feedback we’ve had from new and returning customers when we went the extra mile, particularly through what has been a really stressful time, really highlights the value in creating a personalised, and service-led experience online and blending those two worlds” she concluded. Online sales help buoy the economy but unified commerce is the new frontier Like Jurlique, the businesses that consistently performed the best throughout the coronavirus pandemic were those that combined their physical and digital worlds to create a fluid, channel-agnostic experience which prioritised the customer. This is “unified commerce” and Adyen’s data has revealed it to be a critical in driving success throughout the pandemic, helping businesses stabilise sales by offsetting lost in-store transactions with an increase in ecommerce. Adyen asked the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) to model the impact on the economy if more businesses adopted this approach. Using the United Nations’ UNCTAD index, and accounting for lockdown stringency, their economic analysis revealed that greater unified commerce preparedness is associated with improved retail performance. Cebr’s research found the proportion of Australian retail spending stemming from online channels stood at 9.7% in July, whereas it averaged just 6.6% in the six months prior to the pandemic. If this proportion was increased even slightly, on an ongoing basis, there could be a significant positive economic impact. In fact, Cebr’s modelling showed that increasing Australia’s unified commerce preparedness by five points could have improved national retail performance by 2.6% (or AU$7.3 billion) during the pandemic. However, if retailers want to capitalise on this newly-converted audience, they need to focus on delivering seamless and secure online experiences. “COVID-19 has shaken Australia’s retail sector to its core. Consumers have prioritised shopping closer to home with those businesses which provide a better experience, or that can be trusted to stock certain goods. Many retailers have impressed Aussies by adapting their operations and offering shoppers more flexibility across this period. Consumers want to see this agility continue and are looking for seamlessness between online and offline stores. Unified commerce will help retailers navigate this changing environment and excel in this next normal,” concluded Michel van Aalten. For more information and insights on the Agility Retail Report by Adyen, view the report here.   -ENDS- About Adyen Adyen (AMS: ADYEN) is the payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies, providing a modern end-to-end infrastructure connecting directly to Visa, Mastercard, and consumers' globally preferred payment methods. Adyen delivers frictionless payments across online, mobile, and in-store channels. With offices across the world, Adyen serves customers including Facebook, Uber, Spotify, Lorna Jane, the Cotton On Group, Freelancer.com, Kogan.com, Showpo and Rodd & Gunn. QR Codes simplified for Hospitality venues in Australia 2020-11-11T00:47:44Z qr-codes-simplified-for-hospitality-venues-in-australia Foodback launches single Covid-19, Menu and Feedback QR code for restaurant trade   One QR scan on arrival lets diners: ·      perform coronavirus check-in ·      read, and order from, the menu ·      rate their meal   11 November 2020     Restaurant customers can now make a Covid-19 check-in, read menus, order meals and give feedback all through one QR scan with their mobile phones, thanks to digital diner interaction provider Foodback.   Many countries currently require diners to register upon arrival at a restaurant or hotel for coronavirus tracing. The quickest way is for customers to scan a QR code on their mobile.   Restaurants and hotel are also increasingly using QR codes for a range of other customer interactions. But until now they have needed to provide one QR code for Covid-19 check-in and at least one more QR code for the other digital services. The brand new Foodback Portal combines all these interactions through a single QR scan that generates a landing page on the customer’s phone.   Foodback Portal is fully customisable. Restaurants can display menus directly or create a seamless link to any self-service ordering app or website they already use. Other useful links can also be connected, such as a description of the restaurant or links to taxi services.   When the meal finishes, the same landing page lets diners rate and comment on their experience, creating valuable direct feedback for the restaurant. In addition to normal questions about quality of food and service, Foodback now also includes optional questions about how well the restaurant followed Covid-19 hygiene measures.   https://www.foodback.com/   “Until now, restaurants have needed multiple QR codes to meet their Covid-19 obligations on top of their other mobile services for diners,” says Foodback CEO Martin Jørgensen. “A single QR portal makes the experience simpler, faster and more effective for customer and restaurant alike.”   Foodback Director of Sales for Australia, Matt Campbell, elaborates: “The launch of Foodback Portal is the latest step in our evolution beyond an insightful diner feedback tool to a full digital customer interaction and analytics service for restaurants.”   Foodback Portal is free to all Foodback subscribers.   Foodback (www.foodback.com) is a digital customer interaction and analytics service for restaurants and other dining establishments. A single QR code allows customers to access a range of optional functions on their mobile devices, including check-in, menu viewing and ordering, and providing instant feedback on meals and service. Powerful analytics help restaurants identify customer likes and dislikes and monitor their businesses to drive better performance. Foodback is headquartered in Norway and operates in 30 markets worldwide.   For more information, contact: Matt CampbellDirector, Sales +61 416 911686 | matt@foodback.com Tassie's leading talent @ designed:made - Hobart - Dec 4-6 2020 2020-11-02T02:41:39Z tassie-s-leading-talent-designed-made-hobart-dec-4-6-2020 designed:made - makers market The annual design market running over 3 days - DEC 4- 6 - in Hobart's historic Town Hall will feature some of Tasmania's best emerging and established designers. This design market is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of Tasmania's best market style events for high quality craft and design. Organised by designed:made inc. the design market includes a wide range of work including furniture, jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, prints and more, with nearly 40 designers and makers present. The stall holders are selected to ensure a mix of both established and emerging designers and makers, so there is always new and interesting work on display. “This makers market showcases what talent Tasmania has to offer with high quality designed objects made in a host of different mediums. The event brings together a unique range of product which often is hard to access, and meeting the maker directly, definitely adds to the experience”, stated Linda Fredheim one of the event organisers. "2020 has been a difficult year for many of Tasmania’s designers and makers. With galleries and markets closed, and general widespread uncertainty, artists and designers have struggled financially and creatively. Everyone has had to adapt. Lots of our designers took the opportunity to completely rethink their practice, and used the time to develop new processes and perfect new techniques.” The event launches with drinks and nibbles on Friday night at 5pm, which will provide a great opportunity to catch up with many of the exhibitors and other designers over a glass of wine and a bite to eat. designed made inc. is a not for profit organisation formed in Tasmania in 1995 by a group of established and emerging designers and designer-makers, with a mission to represent, develop and promote excellence in the professional practice of contemporary design. The Hobart City Council are supporting the event through their Resilient Hobart Grants program Date/Time Fri December 4th 5pm -8pm, Sat December5th 9am -4pm, Sun December6th 9am -4pm   For more info https://www.designedmade.com.au/makersmarket2020 Images Available upon request   A Selection Of Artist Statements Duncan Meerding I am a lighting and furniture Designer/Maker based in Tasmania, Australia. Much of my work is inspired by the natural environment. Concentration on overall form, rather than intense detailing, with an interest in how light performs through and around these forms and materials, is of interest to me. This light emanating from the periphery reflects the alternative sensory world in which I design, being legally blind with less than 5% vision. I try to avoid quick moving trends in my work, but instead focus on designing and making things to stand the test of time, both metaphorically and physically. This year I have had a number of larger commercial jobs go on hold or get cancelled but there have been benefits in terms of having more time to be able to create new work and showcase them at a recent open studio. There were 6 new designs on show and I was also able to work with a large amount of concentration on a local commission piece for the Hobart College foyer. I have also had local clients come forward and purchase works, partly due to wanting to support local and not being able to travel.   Hermie Cornelisse Early in March my work place required I stay at home until further notice. The four months at home has reignited my desire to build a business from pot making. A concentrated time in my studio has allowed me to experiment with form and materials. Over the last three years or so, I have been more engaged with this island environment and especially the geology. I use elements of the landscape to inform the work: dolerite sands from Kettering and Maria Island, kaolin from Blue Lake. the interest I have in Tasmanian geology is slowly absorbing and influencing my pottery.   Natasa Milenovic During Covid restrictions, I developed a new body of work with the help of sculpting with polymer clay and plasticine. It has been a soothing and at slightly obsessive exercise where I easily spent hours shaping the forms of my inspirations from nature, particularly the forest floor and the intertidal zone at home with my kids. For the first time, I cast elements of these in silver and bronze which I then incorporate into my pieces. This year I also applied more heavily various types of patinas which makes the pieces colourful, but also references time, change and imperfection. As domestic violence increased during lockdown I made a limited edition of 20 SHIELDS, simple round discs patinated earrings, as a fundraiser for the Hobarts Women’s Shelter. More SHIELDS are being made due to DV not ending/ shield maiden demand for more.   Penny Ruthberg Whilst Covid 19 disrupted my ability to make art on a financial and personal level my compulsion to create work remains. My art practice explores human and pet relationships and it interested me to see that during the pandemic lockdown local dog shelters were briefly emptied for the first time. Now in the position to make art again, I have continued developing ceramic dog sculptures as a new body of work. Author Helen MacDonald encapsulates my creative intentions in her article 'What Animals Taught Me About Being Human' (New York Times, 2017). Helen writes 'We use animals as ideas to amplify and enlarge aspects of ourselves, turning them into simple, safe harbours for things we feel and often cannot express'.   Sonya Cook I started heading towards a more locally sourced way of making my products some time ago, but since March this year I've put my money where my mouth is and started producing my own leather by collecting roadkill wallabies -tanning the leather, feeding the dog and composting the rest of the carcass to be used later as fertilizer. Isolation pushed me towards a more sustainable practice of my craft. It has given me the chance to investigate new ways of working and allowed me to discover more about leather through the process of tanning.   Till Julien Till owns and runs a small textile design business, Till Designs, from her home studio in southern Tasmania, creating printed textiles for the home décor. From her printed fabrics she then creates a range of homewares, bags, and scarves. ‘My designs start out as an idea, inspired by the forms and patterns found in the natural environment. Initial sketches and paintings are then pared down to create the artwork ready for print. Through this process Iengage with the Tasmanian landscape where my textiles become a narrative and connection to place. I reference and transform pattern, shape, and forms found in the natural world into contemporary textiles, aiming to produce work with a sense of sustainability and beauty’. The fabric is hand screen printed both by herself in her studio and from outsourced digital printers and boutique hand silk screen printing house. Natural fibres are the base to all Till Design fabrics and have been carefully selected for their quality and durability including beautiful Belgium linen organic cotton, hemp and silk. "During the Covid time my capacity to sell my work was extremely affected. However I used the time to develop my ecommerce site to bring my business on line. I also enjoyed the time to catch up on printing and production in the studio and most of all having the time to draw in my journal for potential new work."   For further information: Contact Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au 0415 290023 Maglia Nera Cycling Tours announces technology partnership with Australian made ‘GoCycle App’ 2020-10-23T07:20:37Z maglia-nera-cycling-tours-announces-technology-partnership-with-australian-made-gocycle-app The GoCycle App was launched in January 2020, at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia. It captured the eye of Maglia Nera Tours Director, Yvette Fuser, who identified the App’s potential immediately. Joining forces, the two businesses have extended the app’s capabilities, to include a ‘Charities’ functionality, allowing the running of ‘Virtual’ events during the COVID-19 period and beyond. The result is a new era for Charity Cycling Events – this feature can now be used by any charity organisation, around the world,  to run cycling events whether they be live or virtual, in a public or private manner. The first major charity to use this feature will be Maglia Nera Tours’ own ‘Tasmania Circumnavigation’ 100% Charity Ride^, which runs from 7-29 November. Entrants will have the choice of  three (3) different distances around Tasmania, that they can ride ‘virtually’, from anywhere in the world. GOCYCLE - EASY TO USE & GIVING BACK Developer of the GoCycle app, Jodie Van Elst, explained that the app was easy to use, effortlessly linking with Strava & Garmin Connect, to import rides directly to subscribers’ profiles, when subscribed to the ‘Pro’ version. GoCycle app initiator Greg Goodman said the app has many features that will appeal to both hard-core cycling enthusiasts and weekend bike riders. “It’s got something for everyone, and we’re thrilled to have created an app that is encouraging new riders, both young and old to get involved’,” Mr Goodman said. “To help people stay active and mentally healthy during these challenging times, we’d like to give something back to the community.” The GoCycle App can be downloaded for FREE, using the ‘Lite’ version, where individuals can immediately manually record their rides and by default, begin tracking themselves riding around the Australian continent, some 18000+ kilometres.  Users can then upgrade to a paid ‘Pro version, which takes them to the next level, opening an array of features such as Challenges, Goals, linking with Friends, setting up Teams and Clubs, creating Events & connecting to Strava & Garmin Connect. It is also here that the ‘Charities’ functionality becomes available for any not-for-profit to use. MENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLBEING Maglia Nera Tours runs cycling tours around world for all levels of experience, age, and budgets. ‘Maglia Nera’ in Italian means ‘Black Jersey’, which was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d' Italia between 1946 and 1951, very much like the ‘Wooden Spoon’! The company’s motto is: "You don't need to come first to be a winner" and its official hashtag is #icamelast (I came last). The motto and hashtag aim convey one important message: The importance of activity and its positive effect on the physical and mental health of all human beings. Cycling is a low impact sport, allowing one to cover vast distances if desired and incredibly social Yvette Fuser believes this collaboration is best described as  “collision of similarities… A collision of cycling passion - A collision for the love of outdoors - A collision of compassion - A collision to helping others” Note: ^Once a year, Maglia Nera Cycling Tours Staff and Volunteers join forces over two weeks to run the Tasmania Circumnavigation 100% Charity Ride. Staff & Volunteers donate their time and Maglia Nera Tours pays for their accommodation, transport, and meals. The result is Australia’s ONLY 100% CHARITY RIDE, where 100% of the monies raised goes DIRECT to the beneficiaries – there are NO administration deductions whatsoever. Take To The Skies After Covid Confinement 2020-10-19T06:20:59Z take-to-the-skies-after-covid-confinement A leading WA tourism operator has come up with a novel solution for people to ease their lockdown frustrations by announcing an innovative ‘take back 2020’ skydiving promotion. Skydive Geronimo’s special spring offer of a free Rottnest ferry ticket with a midweek tandem skydive gives adventure-seekers an opportunity to spread their wings after enduring months of pandemic restrictions. As Skydive Geronimo owner Glenn Stutt says, a day trip to Rottnest Island with amazing views of Perth and its stunning coastline during the flight to altitude, followed by an exhilarating skydive over pristine beaches and bays, is the perfect way to shake off the shackles of a challenging year. “We’ve experienced some unbelievable things this year, from toilet paper tantrums and sanitiser shortages to crazy curfews and travel bans, and our ‘take back 2020’ deal with a once-in-a-lifetime skydiving adventure is a chance to create some unforgettable memories of the good kind!,” he said. The special offer includes a free return ferry trip to Rottnest from Fremantle, a tandem skydive experience from either 14 000ft or 15 000ft with a trained instructor plus a free celebratory drink on the beach afterwards.  The offer is valid Mondays to Fridays until 30th November 2020 but in case of inclement weather, the booking can be rescheduled for another suitable date prior to 31st December 2020.  Skydive Geronimo has a number of different packages on offer, all with the same objective - to give guests a unique adrenalin-rush in one of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful locations.  The instructors are all fully qualified and highly experienced, each with over 4 000 skydives each, whilst Glenn Stutt has logged almost 19 000 skydives. Bookings for the ‘take back 2020’ experience can be made online at www.skydivegeronimo.com.au or by calling 1300 449 669 or 08 9417 8158.  Standard times for the free same day return adult ferry with Rottnest Express are 7.30am (from B-Shed Fremantle to Rottnest Island)) and 4.30pm (Rottnest to B-Shed) but customers can design their own itineraries.  Conditions apply.  “After months of Covid confinement, West Australians are being urged to ‘wander out yonder’ and discover the many extraordinary things that our great state has to offer,” continued Stutt.  “I’m willing to bet that a day trip to sensational Rottnest Island with an exhilarating skydive and beach landing will be hard to beat in terms of an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.“ Hospitality Pest Control 2020-10-15T06:48:40Z hospitality-pest-control Effective and timely pest prevention and control is crucial in pest management and eradication. Few issues and problems pose greater threats to a successful restaurant or hospitality outlet, then unwanted pests. Whether it is smaller pests or bigger rodent problems, pests in hospitality settings can be detrimental and could possibly result in heavy fines or foreclosure of the business. For example, one negative review or encounter with a pest on your premises could result in serious financial consequences and losses for everyone involved in the business, including employees and business owners.  Therefore, having an integrated and comprehensive pest management plan and strategy in your workplace can go a long way for the business. So how does one attain a pest free outlet or environment? Ali Ghafoor, A.M.G Pest Management CEO shares four top tips to help any business, have a pest free environment and avoid nasty pests, as well as food safety breaches. 1. Regular and comprehensive pest management: This means rather than ‘spot treating’ pest problems, having an integrated pest management approach and strategy. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an individually tailored and monitored approach for your business, aimed at identifying, preventing, managing, and controlling pest infestation all year round. This means regular inspections, monitoring and treatment. IPM can also help your business save money by reducing unnecessary demand of pesticides, callouts and aims to address pest problems before they start.  2. Housekepping and safe practices: Investing in extra cleaning hours and housekeeping is highly effective in ensuring a pest-free environment that addressing pest is everyone’s role and responsibility. One helpful step in introducing a cleaner environment is by rostering and dedicating cleaning functions and schedules. For example, hiring a junior staff member to carry out additional cleaning, such as under appliances, walls and general tidy up in addition to regular cleaning activities. This extra set of eyes can pick up things possibly missed by others.   3. Responding to pest problems promptly and effectively: At the very first sign of pest problems, address it. Invest in regular pest management and call in the experts. Sometimes simply avoiding the problem will not make it better and you could have much bigger problems at the end. Upscale pest management plans if required and until the infestation is under control. 4. Staff training and mentoring: Pest management is more than chemical treatments or pesticides. Sometimes training the workforce in key areas, such as: i) effects of pest problems on the business (financially and operationally), ii) individual roles and responsibilities around pest detection, reporting and control and iii) knowing the signs of pest infestation and control, can significantly help in addressing your pest problems. Pest management should be everyone’s responsibility and not just a pest control technicians’ when called to address active problems. In summary, ineffective pest management could be costly and detrimental for a business, its staff and business owner. Effective pest management should be imbedded into the business strategic plan and forecast. More importantly pest prevention, control and management requires a holistic and integrated team and organizational approach. For more information about effective and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy for your business visit our website: www.amgpest.com.au  Maglia Nera Tours partnership with Fortem Australia. 2020-10-14T07:33:03Z maglia-nera-tours-partnership-with-fortem-australia Maglia Nera Tours Pty Ltd is proud and excited to officially announce its partnership with Fortem Australia. The two organisations have come together to leverage the benefits of group cycling programs to assist first responder personnel, and their families to build healthy social connections and promote protective factors for good mental health. Leveraging off the new group cycling programs, the partnership aims to also facilitate cycling-related fundraiser events to provide much-needed funding for future Fortem Australia operations. Combining all of this, Maglia Nera Tours and Fortem hope to support the recovery of the tourism sector in Australia with financially supported cycling tour programs. Maglia Nera Tours runs cycling tours around world for all levels of experience, age, and budgets. ‘Maglia Nera’ in Italian means ‘Black Jersey’, which was awarded to the final rider in the Giro d' Italia between 1946 and 1951, very much like the ‘Wooden Spoon’! The company’s motto is: "You don't need to come first to be a winner" and its official hashtag is #icamelast (I came last). The motto and hashtag aim convey one important message: The importance of activity and its positive effect on the physical and mental health of all human beings. Cycling is a low impact sport, allowing one to cover vast distances if desired and incredibly social Yvette Fuser, Director often reminds us that “people’s hearts open up out when on two wheels, more often than one can imagine” Fortem Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the mental fitness and wellbeing of first responder families. Every day, more than 300,000 first responders keep our communities safe. They are backed up by their families: partners, children, and parents. All of them hold vital and challenging roles. Fortem helps them to be well, and stay well, through mental fitness and wellbeing activities and support services. Fortem Co-Founder and Managing Director, John Bale says “Not only are cycling programs a great way to stay fit while promoting feelings of calm and wellbeing, they’re a great way to build wider support networks for both first responders and their families.” 2020 has been a challenging year for all Australians. First Responder’s have had an increased level of responsibility and stress, first with Australia’s 2019-20 bush fire disaster, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. WINTON’S WAY OUT WEST FESTIVAL FULL ARTIST LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT 2020-10-14T06:39:57Z winton-s-way-out-west-festival-full-artist-lineup-announcement Get ready for one of Queensland’s most anticipated music festivals.  After a 12-month pause, the iconic Winton’s Way Out West Festival will return bigger than ever in April 2021 with a star-studded all-Aussie line-up, bringing more than 100 Australian artists and musicians together for six incredible days and nights of entertainment across seven venues in one of the world’s most unique outback locations.  Winton in Central West Queensland has shaped the nation with a love of country music and the beautiful Aussie Outback. Next April, the birthplace of QANTAS and Waltzing Matilda will come alive once again to host a myriad of entertainment that celebrates its roots in classic Australiana. Way Out West will be held during the Easter school holidays (Tuesday 6th – Sunday 11th April, 2021), kicking off on Waltzing Matilda Day and continuing into the weekend with a roaring curated program of entertainment to complement the stunning sunsets and iconic Aussie scenery that has brought Winton to the world stage of iconic destinations. The weekend main stage headline performances feature some of Australia’s biggest names in music.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and have a look at the awesome line-up… Lee Kernaghan, Sheppard, Daryl Braithwaite, Busby Marou, The Wolfe Brothers, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, Sara Storer, Casey Barnes, The Bushwackers, Anne Kirkpatrick, Pete Cullen & The Hurt, Linc Phelps Music, Pete Denahy, Joy McKean, The Hillbilly Goats, Jeff Brown, Greg Storer, DEAN PERRETT MUSIC, Gretta Ziller, Megan Cooper, Small Town Romance, Tracy Coster, Keith Jamieson, Raechel Whitchurch, VIC KENA MUSIC, SaltbushSix, Allan Cameron, Andy Toombs, Bush Balladeers and Cake & Cordial Sessions. See the full program here! “Winton’s Way Out West Fest has quickly become a must on the annual calendar for travellers and lovers of great music.” Says Winton Shire Mayor Gavin Baskett. “A road trip to the outback for the WWOWF in 2021 is the perfect way to help kick start our region’s tourist season and economy. Of course, we will be following the guidance provided by governments to ensure the safety of all patrons with regard to Covid-19. However, as we have not had any recorded cases to date, the Queensland Outback will be a very popular destination as restrictions are progressively lifted. So get in early, secure your tickets and start planning for an outback adventure in Winton.” Visitors are also encouraged to take time to experience this very special part of outback Australia, take in the breathtaking surroundings and enjoy the friendly atmosphere as the whole town celebrates its unique history. Winton is one of the world’s most unique locations, bringing travellers from near and far to take part in world-renowned birdwatching, embark on self-drive outback adventures, and fossick for opals in Queensland’s Opal Capital.  Check out things to do in Winton. Also known as the Dinosaur Capital of Australia, Winton is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. Learn the story of the Outback region at the award-winning Waltzing Matilda Centre, assemble a band to play the musical fence, or simply sit back and enjoy the music. Along with an extended festival program, the schedule of events family-friendly entertainment will include a series of uniquely curated offerings held in the historic Winton Shire Hall and the wonderfully rustic Royal Open-Air Theatre, including: ·         The Salute to Waltzing Matilda, a special concert held on the annual day the Shire of Winton celebrates the history and impact of Banjo Patterson’s “Waltzing Matilda”, which was first performed at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel in 1895. ·         The finest gathering of Australian musical story-tellers at the Aussie Bush Balladeers Show, inspired by the works of classical Aussie poets such as Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson, featuring iconic songs such as ‘When the Rain Tumbles down in July’, ‘Lights on the Hill’, and ‘By a Fire of Gidgee Coal’. ·         The screening of a new-release documentary ‘SLIM & I’ which will be accompanied by a special performance by Small Town Romance which features three generations of Slim and Joy’s family, followed by a live Q&A with celebrated songwriter Joy McKean; the daughter of Slim & Joy, Anne Kirkpatrick, and Anne’s son and daughter-in-law, James Arneman and Flora Smith. “I’m really excited to be performing at Winton’s Way Out West Fest in 2021. Outback Queensland and in particular Winton, and Boulia, hold some very special memories for me of childhood days spent travelling and touring there with the Slim Dusty Show.” Anne Kirkpatrick reminisces, “I remember performing many times in the grand old Shire Hall at Winton, so it will be fantastic to be back there again and joined by my Mum Joy, son James and his wife, Flora. After being locked down for so long, it will be a real reason to celebrate live music again in the outback. I for one can’t wait for April." Tickets are on sale now with lots of hotel and camping options available as well as an exclusive VIP option. Grab your tickets here. See the VIP option. Check out the announcement video. Artist Info.  Event and Tourism Images. Facebook | Instagram | Website | Youtube For more information, please contact SueMacMedia: Sue McAullay / M: 0418 172 602 / E: sue@suemacmedia.com.au Event organized by Winton Shire Council and Chandler Shaw Events  Aperitivo Hour arrives in Australia just in time for Summer 2020-10-14T00:08:25Z aperitivo-hour-arrives-in-australia-just-in-time-for-summer Italians and travellers know that, in Italy, the transition from day to evening is marked by Aperitivo Hour - when everyone stops to have a spritz and a plate of delicious bite-sized morsels. Pizzini Wines, the Australian leaders in the production of Italian wine varietals, are making Aperitivo Hour accessible to everyone this summer with the launch of their new spritzed wines in a can. Available in three varieties - Prosecco, Rosé Spritz and Pinot Grigio Spritz – these lightly sparkling wines are conveniently sized in 250ml aluminium cans, so everyone can now enjoy their favourite aperitivo! Made from 100% King Valley fruit the wines have nothing else added except the bubbles, meaning they can be enjoyed on their own or form the base of any spritz-style cocktail. Natalie Pizzini, Marketing Manager of Pizzini Wines and third generation family member, says that Aperitivo Hour has always been an important part of life for the Pizzini family here in Australia, just as it is for their Italian relatives. “It provides a special time each day to stop, relax and reflect,” says Natalie. “And having a spritz is an integral part of the aperitivo experience. With our new spritz cans, you don’t have to open a whole bottle to be able to enjoy the quintessential Italian Aperitivo Hour. Now everyone can awaken their inner Italian this summer!” The cans are available to purchase in single varietal four-packs (RRP$22.00) or a carton of 24 (RRP$120.00), and are sold nationally through First Choice, Liquorland and Vintage Cellars, as well as direct from www.Pizzini.com.au. A Sampler Pack Carton is also available from Pizzini and includes eight cans of each variety. ***ENDS***  ABOUT PIZZINI WINES: For over 30 years Pizzini Wines have been growers and makers of Italian wine varieties in Victoria’s King Valley. With a focus on inspiring connection through wine, food and friendship, Pizzini believe that the joy of connecting with people over amazing food and wine is the Italian way and the antidote we all need for modern life. ABOUT THE NEW PIZZINI SPRITZ CANS: Containing only high-quality wine that is lightly sparkling, these new spritz cans provide a brand-new offering to Australian wine lovers. These are the same wines found in Pizzini’s bottled range, but with a soft sparkle so they can be enjoyed as your favourite aperitivo spritz. They’re also perfect for picnics, camping and our Australian summer lifestyle. Available in three types: Prosecco – the famous Pizzini prosecco you already love, now in a lightly sparkling style Rosé Spritz – a spritzed-up, dry-style rose made from Sangiovese and Nebbiolo  Pinot Grigio Spritz – classic pear, apple and lime flavours with a soft sparkle High resolution imagery to accompany this release is available here. Interview opportunities with Natalie Pizzini (Marketing Manager) and Joel Pizzini (Winemaker) are available upon request. Ultimate Getaway Competition launched for Travel-Deprived Aussies 2020-10-06T19:52:30Z ultimate-getaway-competition-launched-for-travel-deprived-aussies It's no secret that months of Covid19 travel restrictions have built up anticipation to travel.   “The upside to the current international travel restrictions is that we are seeing a big shift towards domestic travel experiences. Australians are taking the opportunity to go local and discover much more of the stunning beaches, State Parks, and waterways in our own country.” PetCloud’s CEO, Deb Morrison, said.  To celebrate travel restrictions easing in parts of Australia, and some wider opening of the borders, the luxurious Rhapsody Resort, are giving away a 2 Night Stay in a 2 bedroom Ocean View apartment for up to 4 people.  If that wasn’t enough, travel destination photography website TravelShoot are gifting the lucky winner $200 to have an onsite photographer come to capture your holiday memories. PLUS Aussie travel experience company, Travello, are giving away $200 in credits to book an amazing experience activity. For those who have pets and need to book them to stay with a Pet Sitter for their own holiday, Australia’s most trusted Pet Care website, PetCloud, will provide the lucky winner with $200 in pet sitting with a carer in a loving home. For Parents who want a date night to head out to dinner, Kiddo App, is giving away $200 in babysitting credits!   How to enter Head to the Competition page and subscribe. Refer friends for extra entries. GIG UP IS SET TO MAKE THE BRISBANE MUSIC SCENE LIVE AGAIN 2020-10-05T23:38:52Z gig-up-is-set-to-make-the-brisbane-music-scene-live-again BRISBANE, QLD- On October 9th, GIG UP will be releasing a ground-breaking social network that connects fans with all gigs, events, artists, and venues.  This advancement will help Australia’s live music scene recover to the magic it once was and restore connections among artists and fans.   GIG UP was conceptualized in 2017 when founder Hugh Campbell, moved to Brisbane and couldn’t find a live and up to date source of local gigs and events.   GIG UP is a free up-to-date list of all venue gigs and events; for fans to discover new music and local gigs. Instead of surfing through dozens of different websites to find gigs, it gives fans a single source containing all events.  The engaging platform allows fans to plan your own personal gig calendar, follow venues & artists, and buy tickets to local gigs.    GIG UP aims to keep the live music industry alive in Australia by allowing venues and artists to promote all of their gigs and events directly to a targeted audience.  In addition to the networking aspect, GIG UP is designed to give insight on venues events by fans interaction.   120 venues and over 1000 gigs ready to be listed at launch. GIG UP is quickly taking over the live event hub for they are the largest gig and event guide in Queensland.  In addition to the enthusiastic support from venues and artists, GIG UP was featured on the StartUp Daily segment on AUSBIZ TV as a market disrupter.    Headliner bands to up and comer will be using this platform to manage their gig promotion and ticket sales all in one spot. There are Freemium offers to venues which include: promoted content, featured content, distributed promotional materials, featured gigup.tv promotions, and detailed fan analytic data.   GIG UP is set to MAKE MUSIC LIVE AGAIN.   For more information contact: Hugh Campbell, Founder hello@gigup.com.au +61 435 210 212   # # #