The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-12T02:59:07Z Hostelworld unveils 'Evolution of the Hostel Traveller' Report 2019-06-12T02:59:07Z hostelworld-unveils-evolution-of-the-hostel-traveller-report New Hostelworld report busts backpacker stereotypes ‘Tried and tested routes’ are declining in popularity for Gen Z The top three destinations for future Aussie Gen Z travellers are Greece, Norway and Portugal Women are going on more extended backpacking trips than men The majority of hostel travellers are now employed young adults taking planned vacations, rather than students Over four in five (81%) recent travellers who went on extended trips chose to stay in hostels Australia, June 12th, 2019, 9am AEST – Hostelworld, the world’s leading hostel-focused online booking platform, has unveiled its ‘Evolution of the Hostel Traveller’ Report today. The global report breaks backpacker stereotypes and unpacks traveller behaviours across three generations, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. The report, which surveyed over 5,000[1] people from different generations – including Australia, the USA, UK, France, Germany, India and Brazil – has revealed a noticeable shift in the activity’s backpackers do when travelling across the globe and in hostels. Partying has taken a back seat, and in its place is volunteering, venturing to off-the-beaten-track destinations and long-term planning. Furthermore, Gen Z’ers are looking to explore beyond the traditional routes with a 33% decline in trips planned to ‘tried and tested’ destinations when compared to Gen X or Baby Boomers. Busting the backpacker behaviour According to the study, there has been an 85% increase in Aussies looking to engage in volunteering whilst travelling compared with 20 years ago. Supporting this, we know that whilst nightlife is still an important part of the backpacking experience, the report shows that it is dropping down the priority list. Future travellers expect once in a lifetime experiences (34%) and culture (49%) to be more memorable than nightlife (17%). However, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to socialise at all. Future hostel travellers want to meet new people from all over the world, with almost a fifth (19%) ranking social space as the most important consideration when choosing where to stay – an area where hostels excel. Booking habits have also seen a substantial shift. Aussie Gen Z’ers are booking their accommodation 3-6 months ahead, a huge increase of 231% from past travellers. Similarly, there has been an 83% decrease in on the day bookings. The report also showcases that there is a 57% increase in Gen Z travellers planning shorter trips during their university breaks, rather than taking a full year off after school. This is a trend that’s showing a particularly strong growth for Indian (208% increase), French (70% increase) and Australian students (35% increase). In addition to social space and free activities, future travellers want unique accommodation, not just your standard hotel décor but something a bit different. In fact, hostel décor is becoming an increasingly important factor to where millennial travellers choose to book (44% increase). Gary Morrison, CEO, at Hostelworld said, “Our Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report shows how much hostelling has changed in the 20 years that we’ve been operating as the world’s leading hostel-focused online booking platform. “This is only the beginning of what’s to come. Today we’re seeing a booming hostel industry, as global demand to explore the world and connect with new cultures continues to rise. Travellers are evolving, and so are the hostels where they’re staying, which is why I am excited to see what the next 20 years will bring.” Tried and tested routes are declining. Off the beaten track routes are the winners Latin America is the biggest emerging backpacker route for Millennial and Gen Z travellers. Whilst Europe captured the hearts of past jetsetters, Central America has created a newfound appetite for adventure, with a 61% increase in travellers heading there today. For Gen Z, South America is top of their list, as one in five (20%) 16-21-year olds surveyed intend to visit South America in the next three years. According to the report, the countries with the highest growth in desire to visit for Aussie Gen Z travellers (by % growth in comparison to Millennial travellers) are: Greece (41%) Norway (39%) Portugal (31%) Sweden (28%) Denmark (18%) / Canada (18%) Belgium (15%) / USA (15%) Ireland (11%) Spain (10%) Asia continues to reign supreme for Millennial travellers, with Eastern Asian countries taking the two top spots for the most growth as a travel destination for those recent travellers. The top three countries increasing in popularity for Millennials globally (by % growth) are: South Korea – 276% increase Japan – 151% increase Cuba – 135% increase The rise of female solo travel The secret is out…female wanderlusters are seeing and experiencing more of the world. The new report reveals three-quarters (75%) of women across the world have gone or plan to go backpacking, compared to only two-thirds (67%) of men. Where solo travel was once seen as brave and risky for female travellers, a shift in attitude has meant that it is now adventurous and exciting. A trend that can be seen through Hostelworld’s own booking data reflects this trend with bookings made by solo female travellers increasing by a huge 88% over the past four years. Aussie females are also more likely to want to engage in volunteering with 66% of females planning to engage in volunteering whilst backpacking compared to just 33% of Aussie men. The growth figures for the destination’s women globally plan on travelling to are also much higher than men. Top 5 future destinations for men: Cuba (25%) increase Colombia (20%) increase Australia (17%) increase Portugal (10%) increase Brazil (10%) increase Top 5 future destinations for women: Brazil (75%) increase Iceland (67%) increase Chile (67%) increase Fiji (67%) increase Norway (67%) increase This growth in desire for adventure-prone destinations is being driven by Aussie women for Brazil, a 179% increase compared with past travellers. The Tech Traveller With technology becoming more and more accessible every day, it is no wonder that travellers are looking to tech solutions to make their backpacking experiences more seamless. Hostelworld have seen a 54% increase in bookings via the mobile app in just two years. According to the latest figures in 2018, 40% of Hostelworld’s customers booking via the mobile app compared to just 26% in 2016. The Hostelworld app isn’t just designed to make booking hostels quick and easy on the go, the in-app features encourage backpackers to get social and easily connect with each other. The most recent update saw Hostel Chat added to its functions, designed to allow travellers to easily speak to other guests regardless of languages. Find the full ‘Evolution of the Hostel Traveller’ report here. -ends- Notes to editors You can read more about why women solo travel here. For more information, please contact Polkadot Communications hostelworld@polkadotcomms.com.au or call 02 9281 4190. Annabel Carroll, Account Manager Meagan Wenke, Account Executive About Hostelworld  Hostelworld, the largest hostel-focussed booking platform, inspires passionate travellers to see the world, meet new people and come back with extraordinary stories to tell. Hostelworld customers are not your average tourists; they crave unique experiences that Hostelworld facilitates with the best choice of hostels around the world. It’s the social nature of hostels that turbo-charges their global adventures and empowers them to Meet the World.    Hostelworld has more than 11.5 million reviews across 16,500 hostels in more than 179 countries, making the brand the leading online hub for social travel. The website and mobile app operates in 19 different languages.  The Hostelworld Group went public in November 2015, listing on the main London and Dublin stock exchanges. Headquartered in Dublin, Hostelworld has offices around the world in London, Shanghai, Sydney and Porto. About the research: Hostelworld worked with Censuswide to survey over 5,000 people aged 16 and over across the USA, UK, Australia, France, Germany, India and Brazil. Past = People aged 40+, who have been backpacking, i.e. a multi-destination trip for 3 weeks or more and stayed in hostels/backpacker’s shared room accommodation when they were between the ages of 18 and 25 Present = People aged 18-39, who went backpacking, i.e. a multi-destination trip for 3 weeks or more and stayed in hostels/backpacker’s shared room accommodation within the last 2 years Future = People aged 16-21, who are planning to go backpacking, i.e. a multi-destination trip for 3 weeks or more, and planning to stay in hostels/backpacker’s shared room accommodation, in the next 3 years Hostelworld Group booking data is from April 2019 reflecting the previous 12 months [1] Out of the 5,000 global sample, 1000 participants were from Australia Gold Coast Car Rentals Airport Family Holiday Vehicle Hire Recycle Charity Deals 2019-06-05T22:00:01Z gold-coast-car-rentals-airport-family-holiday-vehicle-hire-recycle-charity-deals Gold Coast Family Car Rentals is challenging other Queensland rental companies to join their Recycling for Charity program With its astounding natural beauty, fabulous climate and vibrant communities, the Gold Coast region attracts millions of visitors a year. And what’s not to love? Almost 60km of pristine beaches, world-heritage listed rainforests, navigable waterways and, best of all, almost 300 days of sunshine per year, make it a popular tourist destination and out-of-towners spend an average 3.2 days exploring the region’s many delights. Unfortunately, all this fun in the sun comes at a price, as Queensland uses close to 3 billion beverage containers a year. Although easy to recycle, it is the state’s second most littered item. This makes the Gold Coast a prime candidate for Containers for Change, as the refund initiative is aimed specifically at litter associated with drinks enjoyed outdoors and away from home (e.g. soft drinks, bottled water, beer, fruit juice and flavoured milk). RELATED ARTICLE: Travelling Tips From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland Introduced in Queensland in November 2018, it gives people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10 cent refund payment. It reduces the number of littered drink containers and increases the state’s recycling rate. The scheme also provides benefits to social enterprises, communities, and regional and remote areas by creating a new job, recycling and fundraising opportunities. Although more than 230 container refund points are in operation across the state, Darryl Essington-Wilson, owner of Gold Coast Family Car Rentals quickly realised this his company’s holiday customers aren't able to prioritise cashing in their holiday containers, losing a small but steady income stream that could be useful elsewhere. “We saw this an ideal opportunity to suggest to our customers that they bring their cans and bottles back to our depot when they return their rental vehicles prior to going home.” Each rental vehicle is supplied with a couple of reusable shopping bags, and customers are encouraged to bring “back their empties”. Darryl registered a charity assistance program Recycling for Charity with Queensland’s Containers for Change scheme, enabling his company to return eligible containers (aluminium, glass, plastic and cardboard) and have the proceeds deposited on behalf of six charities they chose to support. RELATED ARTICLE: Find the Best Cheap Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies for Under 21 drivers in the Gold Coast, Queensland The company has built a small recycling section at its depot where containers can be separated and stored until delivered to an exchange centre. It only raises a modest amount of cash, but it’s not about the money. Visitors to the beautiful Gold Coast seem to love the idea. It allows them to leave a tiny token of their appreciation, rather than seeing money going back into government coffers. Any Queenslander can nominate Recycling for Charity to receive their 10c refund payments, but Darryl is challenging fellow Gold Coast car rental companies, in particular, to join his community fund program. “It isn’t often that car rental companies have an opportunity to make a positive contribution to both community service groups and to the environment,” he says. “We’re glad we’ve made this initiative – and want others to come on board.” Recycling for Charity supports: Variety - the Children’s Charity headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation Beyond Blue - Mental health support and advice for everyone in Australia Dementia Australia RSL DefenceCare - help for Australian veterans and their families in need Currumbin Wildlife Hospital – Treating and releasing sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife. All expenses in relation to Recycling for Charity are borne by Gold Coast Family Car Rentals and the program will fully and equally benefit its chosen charities. To contribute towards the initiative, use the registration ID: C10075766. For those planning to travel in and around Gold Coast city, and particularly between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta, and including the Gold Coast Airport, making sure to book online with Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Car Rental Companies Challenged To Recycle For Charity 2019-06-04T02:44:34Z car-rental-companies-challenged-to-recycle-for-charity MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 4 June 2019 ‘Car Rental Companies Challenged To Recycle For Charity’ Gold Coast Family Car Rentals is challenging other rental companies to join their Recycling for Charity program The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s major event areas year-round, thanks to almost perennial sunny weather and a bustling social calendar, so there’s always something to enjoy. Visitors to the area can look forward to an array of sterling events over the winter, and many of these are free. In the lineup over the next few months are the Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival, the Groundwater Country Music Festival on Broadbeach, the SWELL Sculpture Festival on Currumbin Beach, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival. This is one of Australia’s largest free music festivals, featuring Australian talent as well as international acts. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals have launched a double benefit drive to help holidaymakers do good for the environment and local charities at the same time while attending events on the Gold Coast. A new initiative will see them turn their customers’ recyclables into cash for charities, and they’re urging other companies to do the same. CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson says, “We love having an array of entertainment on our doorstep year-round, drawing visitors to enjoy all the attractions on the Gold Coast. Festivals like these can, however, generate a lot of litter and we would encourage event-goers to be conscientious around their recyclables. This is why we’re now including a few reusable shopping bags to go out with each rental. Our customers can fill these with their empty drinks containers and return them to us at the end of their trip. We’ll then exchange them for cash to support six different charities in our Community fund program.” All aluminium, glass, plastic and cardboard drink containers between 15.ml and 3L can be returned under the container deposit scheme launched in Queensland in November 2018. The government levies 10c per container to help fund the 'Containers for Change' scheme and have set up exchange centres that will refund the levy on eligible containers. “Containers that go straight to a recycling centre forfeit the 10c levy refund. We saw an opportunity to make each 10c count towards a worthy cause - collecting and exchanging our customers’ empty containers means we can send those funds somewhere they can do a lot of good,” says Darryl. One of the charities that will benefit from the program is Beyond Blue, an organisation committed to providing knowledge, skills and support to people across Australia to protect their mental health. Their research shows that three million Australians currently experience anxiety or depression. Beyond Blue are tackling stigma, prejudice and discrimination and breaking down barriers to enable people to speak up and reach out when in need. Their dedicated effort reaches people at home, work, school, university, online and in communities. “We’d like to see other companies join our drive to channel funds to worthy causes like Beyond Blue and others, via our Recycling for Charity program. The 'Containers for Change' scheme is a great start to increase recycling rates in Queensland, in a time where we’re seeing plastic pollution becoming a scourge on beaches everywhere. This is an eyesore that also has a hugely detrimental impact on marine life. And if we can use that drive to give back to organisations providing support to vulnerable citizens, I’d say that’s a win-win situation.” says Darryl. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals prioritise providing the very best levels of service and value to their customers. They guarantee the lowest price, vehicle cleanliness and reliability, and peace of mind and they offer free child seats with each rental. See Blog: A Helpful Way Of Giving Back For media enquiries, please contact: Alexandra Lenard | media@baxton.me | 07 3040 3018 WWW.FAMILYCARRENTALS.COM.AU Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Gold Coast Entrepreneur Issues Challenge To Queensland Car Rental Companies 2019-05-28T01:25:51Z gold-coast-entrepreneur-issues-challenge-to-queensland-car-rental-companies-2 MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 28 May 2019 ‘Gold Coast Entrepreneur Issues Challenge To Queensland Car Rental Companies’ Gold Coast Family Car Rentals’ Recycling for Charity initiative turns empty drinks containers into aid for local charities – and they want other Queensland rental companies to get involved. Gold Coast, May 2019. Taking a trip to the Gold Coast with the family this winter? Road trips are great fun, but they can be thirsty work. And after several stops for refreshments on the way, empty containers can pile up pretty quickly. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals is driving a new initiative to turn those empty cups, cans and cartons into cash for charity, and it’s a cinch to do. CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson elaborates, “Our vehicle preparation process now includes the addition of a couple of reusable shopping bags. These are often overlooked in holiday packing, and providing them means our customers don’t need to use plastic ones when they do their food and beverage shopping. Best of all though, when returning the car, customers can use the bags to return any empty drink containers eligible for a 10c refund. We’ll exchange them for cash in support of six different charities in our community fund program.” Darryl is extending the challenge to other Queensland car rental companies to do the same. There are approximately 3 billion containers used in Queensland every year and these are the second most littered items in the state, in spite of the fact that they can easily be recycled. Queensland launched its container refund scheme (CDS) on 1 November 2018, branded as Containers for Change to encourage recycling and reduce plastic pollution. Queensland currently has one of the lowest recycling rates in Australia at only 44%. Under this scheme, a 10c government levy per container is refunded on every container returned to an exchange centre. Aluminium, glass, plastic and cardboard drink containers between 15ml and 3L can be returned under the CDS. “Holidaymakers are not always going to have the time to find a local exchange centre, and will more likely discard them in a yellow top household bin or dumpster at their hotel. These containers will go directly to a recycling centre and the government keeps the original levy. But by bringing those containers back to us in the bags provided at the end of their trip, we can donate 10c to a worthy cause for every container returned,” says Darryl. The charities that will benefit from the initiative are: Variety - the Children’s Charity headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation Beyond Blue - Mental health support and advice for everyone in Australia Dementia Australia RSL DefenceCare - help for Australian veterans and their families in need Currumbin Wildlife Hospital – Treating and releasing sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals prides itself on value, service and integrity, and Darryl maintains that these values extend to the greater community and the natural environment. “We have some of the most superb beaches in the world and people come from all over to enjoy them. We all need to do our bit to combat environmental pollution, and keeping our environs free of unnecessary litter is something we need to take responsibility for. It’s a big part of giving back to the area that our businesses benefit from. If we can recycle and donate to worthy charities at the same time, that’s an opportunity to do good twice at the same time.” Gold Coast Family Car Rentals boast Gold Star status as having Australia’s most consumer-friendly rental terms and conditions. They also offer the Lowest Price Guaranteed. See Blog: A Helpful Way Of Giving Back For media enquiries, please contact: Alexandra Lenard | media@baxton.me | 07 3040 3018 WWW.FAMILYCARRENTALS.COM.AU Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. OZTENT MATES RATES CAMPAIGN 2019-05-27T23:48:25Z oztent-mates-rates-campaign At The OZTENT Group we love sharing the wonderful experience and spectacular beauty of the outdoors during winter. So, we’ve designed a new promotion to encourage more people to go bush through the fresher months. To run nationally from Monday 6 May to Sunday 30 June, through all reputable camping stores, the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign encourages people to stock up on the latest Oztent products and earn some money back for their investment. “While winter camping is very popular in other parts of the world, Aussies tend to like the warmer months, primarily because most products are not as comfortable, reliable and easy to use all year round, as ours”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. We also recognised that leading into the end of the financial year people appreciate a good deal; and by combining these two facts we could create something that rewarded our mates for getting out and enjoying the bush during winter.” Unlike most consumer promotions the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign is not about slashing prices. It is designed to add value by rewarding people for buying more high-quality products that encourage more adventure and better experiences. While people can spend as little as $250 and redeem their invoice for cold hard cash, if they are serious about camping, they can earn up to $400 back for an investment that would see them completely kitted out and comfortable for winter. For more details pop into your local outdoors/camping specialist or visit http://www.oztent.com.au. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact Isaac Viglione +61 2 8706-5100 | isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au. OZTENT MATES RATES CAMPAIGN 2019-05-27T23:48:22Z oztent-mates-rates-campaign-1 At The OZTENT Group we love sharing the wonderful experience and spectacular beauty of the outdoors during winter. So, we’ve designed a new promotion to encourage more people to go bush through the fresher months. To run nationally from Monday 6 May to Sunday 30 June, through all reputable camping stores, the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign encourages people to stock up on the latest Oztent products and earn some money back for their investment. “While winter camping is very popular in other parts of the world, Aussies tend to like the warmer months, primarily because most products are not as comfortable, reliable and easy to use all year round, as ours”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. We also recognised that leading into the end of the financial year people appreciate a good deal; and by combining these two facts we could create something that rewarded our mates for getting out and enjoying the bush during winter.” Unlike most consumer promotions the Oztent Mates Rate Campaign is not about slashing prices. It is designed to add value by rewarding people for buying more high-quality products that encourage more adventure and better experiences. While people can spend as little as $250 and redeem their invoice for cold hard cash, if they are serious about camping, they can earn up to $400 back for an investment that would see them completely kitted out and comfortable for winter. For more details pop into your local outdoors/camping specialist or visit http://www.oztent.com.au. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact Isaac Viglione +61 2 8706-5100 | isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au. Gold Coast Entrepreneur Issues Challenge To Queensland Car Rental Companies 2019-05-27T22:23:37Z gold-coast-entrepreneur-issues-challenge-to-queensland-car-rental-companies-1 MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 28 May 2019 ‘Gold Coast Entrepreneur Issues Challenge To Queensland Car Rental Companies’ Gold Coast Family Car Rentals’ Recycling for Charity initiative turns empty drinks containers into aid for local charities – and they want other Queensland rental companies to get involved. Gold Coast, May 2019. Taking a trip to the Gold Coast with the family this winter? Road trips are great fun, but they can be thirsty work. And after several stops for refreshments on the way, empty containers can pile up pretty quickly. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals is driving a new initiative to turn those empty cups, cans and cartons into cash for charity, and it’s a cinch to do. CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson elaborates, “Our vehicle preparation process now includes the addition of a couple of reusable shopping bags. These are often overlooked in holiday packing, and providing them means our customers don’t need to use plastic ones when they do their food and beverage shopping. Best of all though, when returning the car, customers can use the bags to return any empty drink containers eligible for a 10c refund. We’ll exchange them for cash in support of six different charities in our community fund program.” Darryl is extending the challenge to other Queensland car rental companies to do the same. There are approximately 3 billion containers used in Queensland every year and these are the second most littered items in the state, in spite of the fact that they can easily be recycled. Queensland launched its container refund scheme (CDS) on 1 November 2018, branded as Containers for Change to encourage recycling and reduce plastic pollution. Queensland currently has one of the lowest recycling rates in Australia at only 44%. Under this scheme, a 10c government levy per container is refunded on every container returned to an exchange centre. Aluminium, glass, plastic and cardboard drink containers between 15ml and 3L can be returned under the CDS. “Holidaymakers are not always going to have the time to find a local exchange centre, and will more likely discard them in a yellow top household bin or dumpster at their hotel. These containers will go directly to a recycling centre and the government keeps the original levy. But by bringing those containers back to us in the bags provided at the end of their trip, we can donate 10c to a worthy cause for every container returned,” says Darryl. The charities that will benefit from the initiative are: Variety - the Children’s Charity headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation Beyond Blue - Mental health support and advice for everyone in Australia Dementia Australia RSL DefenceCare - help for Australian veterans and their families in need Currumbin Wildlife Hospital – Treating and releasing sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife. Gold Coast Family Car Rentals prides itself on value, service and integrity, and Darryl maintains that these values extend to the greater community and the natural environment. “We have some of the most superb beaches in the world and people come from all over to enjoy them. We all need to do our bit to combat environmental pollution, and keeping our environs free of unnecessary litter is something we need to take responsibility for. It’s a big part of giving back to the area that our businesses benefit from. If we can recycle and donate to worthy charities at the same time, that’s an opportunity to do good twice at the same time.” Gold Coast Family Car Rentals boast Gold Star status as having Australia’s most consumer-friendly rental terms and conditions. They also offer the Lowest Price Guaranteed. See Blog: A Helpful Way Of Giving Back For media enquiries, please contact: Alexandra Lenard | media@baxton.me | 07 3040 3018 WWW.FAMILYCARRENTALS.COM.AU Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 ‘School pressure, family life, digital identity, increased expectations’: the reason Girl Guides exists today 2019-04-30T22:43:54Z school-pressure-family-life-digital-identity-increased-expectations-the-reason-girl-guides-exists-today Girl Guides NSW & ACT will focus on the role Guiding plays in supporting young girls navigate school pressures, family life, digital identity and raised expectations with the launch of a new campaign called A Place To Grow to coincide with May - Girl Guides Month. This vital piece of communication to young girls, their families and thousands of active and potential volunteers, will highlight the diverse experiences on offer and its relevance for the young girls of today. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner said that Girl Guides provides a place for young people to feel secure. “We come together over a variety of activities, build confidence and resilience which makes our young people better able to cope with their lives. “We encourage our girls to build life skills, and have the freedom to be adventurous, learn strong communication skills, laugh, and make life-long friendships,” said Commissioner Neill. Ella Ezergailis, aged 12, was inspired to join Girl Guides after hearing her mother’s stories of Guiding and wanted her share of adventure and fun. In 2018, Ella became the youngest Girl Guide to take part in ‘Girl Takeover Parliament’ event, in which she watched Question Time in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. Disgusted by the behaviour, Ella wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling him so. “I decided to write to the Prime Minister and ask him to change the culture in Parliament House. I told him he should visit my school to learn how to behave respectfully. “My letter was shared around the world on social media and was reported by news outlets. “Girl Guides has given me the confidence to do such a thing, however the result made me feel that a 12-year-old girl’s voice was important, and girls do have the power to change the world,” said Ella. Now in its 99th year, Girl Guides in NSW & ACT has 7,400 members across 540 Units. Comissioner Neill said recent research revealed that 90% of girls joined the organisation before the age of 11 and stayed because it provided the perfect antidote to the complex and pressured lives of young people. “Our research showed that young girls join for the things they need most at this stage of their lives: fun, meeting friends outside of school and developing new skills. “Parents said they wanted their daughters to join to help them build their confidence, meet new friends and have a community orientation to their life. “Our programs offer a connection to experiences and community that schools and busy families can’t. “We have large scale events and the traditional jamboree, but mostly girls choose their own activities to complete, from creative pursuits to sailing, coding to cooking, orientation to fundraising,” said Commissioner Neill. A Place To Grow will use the 540 Units of Girl Guides NSW & ACT, to promote the stories of resilience, confidence building and friendship it encourages, through social media, local press, local events such as school fetes and Girl Guides own Come and Try nights. Helen White, CEO said, the grass-roots approach is what Girl Guides excel at. “Over 1,000,000 Australians are or have been a Girl Guide. We work at the local level, in communities and across regions supporting and empowering the women of tomorrow. “There is a resurgence of interest in Girl Guides, as young people and their families look at ways to combat the pressures of busy and digital lives. We’re all about supporting someone to find their own path, to build resilience, and life skills to take them wherever they wish,” said Ms White. However, is Girl Guides still relevant for the girls of today? Ella says that it is. “Girl Guides is even more relevant to young people growing up with a digital life. “Girl Guides teaches you how to interact socially, be a responsible citizen, how to deal with emergency situations and gives you the courage to accept challenges. “I even went on camp for a week without my phone, and I survived.” More information: www.aplacetogrow.org.au New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T04:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 OZTENT LAUNCHES SUPER STRETCHER 2019-03-05T23:57:47Z oztent-launches-super-stretcher At The Oztent Group we live and love the outdoors, especially lying under a mass of stars soaking up the night sky, a sky that has inspired us to create the biggest and best stretcher yet to hit the market. Our new OZTENT RS1-S King Single Stretcher is the perfect option for big sleepers, and the only one on the market with a 200kg weight rating. At over one meter wide and two meters long, it is also one of the largest. In fact, it is so large and strong that campers can attachthe award-winning OZTENT RS-1 King Single Swag to it for a comfortable, covered and secure sleep 51cm off the ground. “At The Oztent Group, our love for the outdoors means that we are always striving to improve camping products – both ours and others – and stretchers are the low hanging fruit of the camping world.”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. “During our development we have found that too many stretchers promise the world but under perform, so we simply looked at all the issues we found in other products and solved them. We’re so happy with the design and quality that we’ve given it a five-year warranty.” The new OZTENT RS1-S King Single Stretcher is made of 3000D Polycotton canvas over a steel frame yet packs tight and weighs on 14kg. With anti-sway stabiliser bars, its size, design and durability make it the perfect platform for any brand of swag a camper may have. The OZTENT RS1-S King Single Stretcher retails for $229.95 and is available nationally this month. For more information on the new OZTENT RS1-S King Single Stretcher visit http://www.oztent.com.au or any reputable camping, outdoors or auto store. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact Isaac Viglione +61 [0]2 8706-5100 | isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke +61 [0]438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au Adrenaline Pumping Gold Coast Holiday Activities From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-03-05T23:02:19Z adrenaline-pumping-gold-coast-holiday-activities-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland With holiday time almost here, thousands of Australians will be streaming to the Gold Coast. Some may just want to chill on the beaches or stroll through stores, but an increasing number are set on letting adrenaline pump out the cobwebs after a year at the office desk, according to Darryl Essington-Wilson, CEO of Gold Coast Family Car Rentals. He sees the Gold Coast adrenaline and extreme activities, already very popular, becoming increasingly so during the Gold Coast’s current tourism industry boom, and the venues and areas where they take place may well be the most visited destinations for those driving his rental cars this holiday season. Choosing the Hard Way Visitors can enjoy their holidays the hard way, or the easy way, says Darryl. They can take in dramatic views of scenic islands and beaches from hot air balloons as the sun rises or sets, or take scenic flights in seaplanes or helicopters. They can also go the kayaking route, take exhilarating hikes and participate in many other outdoor activities. However, more visitors are tending to go for the challenge of high speeds, scary heights or super physical activity, whether it’s on or in the water, up in the sky, on solid ground or somewhere in-between. And, according to Darryl, the Gold Coast is making sure that the toughest challenge for visitors will be in choosing which of the many options available to enjoy first. Up, Up and Away Rather than settling for a seaplane or balloon, those chasing the adrenaline buzz may choose to accept the challenge of tandem sky-diving (the first minute of which consists of free-fall) from 14,000ft above Kirra Beach at Coolangatta; or see what it’s like free-falling the whole way in an indoor wind tunnel at Surfers Paradise. For those who want to hang around between sky and ground, Darryl suggests heading for the trees. The Canyon Flyer guided tour at Mt Tamborine sees brave travellers suspended on zip lines 60m high above the Cedar Creek Canyon, and zipping along at speeds of up to 70km/h. The Tree Top Challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary can occupy up to 3.5 hours of adrenaline pumping time for the adventurous ones in the family, whilst others spend their time enjoying the many animal encounters that the Sanctuary is famous for. Darryl says travellers can alsoget the feeling of being suspended in the air by going parasailing (tandem or alone) behind a powerful boat while surrounded by the views of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast Islands. Hitting the Water A high-speed Jet-Boat ride will certainly add a splash of excitement to the day. It starts at Surfers Paradise and speeds along the Gold Coast Broadwater, complete with 360-degree spins and other adrenaline-inducing tricks. There’s also the chance to fly about 10m off the water and at a speed of up to 45km/h while powered by a jetpack or enjoy the jet-propelled Flyboard experience both on and above the water. Don’t Forget the Kids The Gold Coast has plenty of activities for kids, says Darryl. Many of the theme parks that are becoming synonymous with Gold Coast tourism, like Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld, andWet‘n’Wild water world, and Game Over offer a selection of rides, thrills and activities both outdoors and indoors. Youngsters can also go whizzing around on wheels on dry ground; or walk, turn, run and slide across the water inside giant water balls at the Royal Pines Resort in Benowa, near Surfers Paradise. These adrenaline-pumping activities found at Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta and Mt Tamborine are all within easy reach of Gold Coast city in a rental car from Gold Coast Family Car Rentals, with travelling times of no more than 30 minutes. And booking one of Darryl’s cars is just as easy - To find one to travel in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, make sure to book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Cutting Gold Coast Holiday Costs From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-27T23:40:44Z cutting-gold-coast-holiday-costs-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland Visitors holidaying on the Gold Coast needn’t look at paying in gold nuggets. All it takes, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO Darryl Essington-Wilson, is a bit of careful budgeting for travellers to be able to enjoy a gold star trip on a silver or bronze budget. He says visitors should include in their planning a list of priorities aimed at a gold star experience that will fund memories for a long time, rather than result in red figures on the bank balance when they get home. And these priorities should be considered with regard to how they get to the Gold Coast; what they do, eat, and buy while there; and the rental car they use in order to do these things. In most instances, getting anywhere in Australia involves flying, because of the distances involved. Saving money on flights involves conscious planning in terms of when’s best to book, and when is best to fly, as well as keeping a sharp eye on any special deals, according to Darryl. Departure points, as well as flexibility about flying dates and days of the week, can also save a few dollars. And when they consider rental car options, they should be sure to take into account all the costs involved in hiring a car, including insurance excesses and fees for added extras like child seats, and not just consider the basic rental fee when budgeting on rental car costs. Location, Location, Location As most tourists are drawn to the Gold Coast by its beaches, the surf and those that ride it, Surfers Paradise is often the first choice for accommodation and attractions. However, Darryl points out that the Gold Coast has 52 km of pristine beaches within an easy drive of Surfers Paradise and the attractions there. These include Broadbeach (11minutes), Main Beach (12min), Burleigh Heads (17minutes), and Coolangatta (30mins), all of which offer cheaper accommodation and a better family holiday environment than Surfers Paradise, according to Darryl. All have beautiful beaches, and their own day and night entertainment. He adds that visitors should also remember that the length of stay can also make a difference. Short one or two-night stops may work out more expensive per night, while a free night or two may be included when the stay is longer. Putting Money Where the Mouth is While wonderful dinners and tasty lunches are readily available on the Gold Coast, Darryl mentions that this could see holidaymakers literally putting too much money where their mouths are. Sandwich bars, food from street markets, store-bought supplies for some meals, or having an Australian-style beach barbeque using the free BBQs at many of the beaches, might make both visitors and their bank balances more comfortable about enjoying a dinner on the town now and then. Holidaymakers can take home-packed picnic lunches on outings, including trips to Theme Parks. Money-saving Tips for Going Out and About The Gold Coast and its hinterland offer a wide range of experiences which cost nothing at all, like the views, the beaches, the rainforests, and the streams. In some cases, a blend of paid entry and free options balance out to a good value for money outing, according to Darryl. Currumbin, less than half an hour away from Surfers Paradise, offers visitors the chance to stroll on the beach at Currumbin, splash around in rock pools in the Currumbin Valley, enjoy markets, feed the birds at the Bird Sanctuary, and appreciate wildlife, or take to the treetops in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Much of this is free and admittance fees at the Wildlife Sanctuary are sometimes governed by deals or membership options which reduce that cost. Similarly, special passes are available online for access to theme park “worlds” like Dreamworld, Wet ‘n' Wild, Movieworld, Seaworld, and White Water World, all of which offer multiple activities like rides and slides. Some offer multiple park access, while others allow for return visits to one, grant early entry, or sanction queue skipping. Once inside, visitors may find other savings, like buying refillable drinks, or bring their own water. Visitors looking to hire a rental car on the Gold Coast with a value for money guarantee, pickup and drop-off at the airport, free child seats and concessionary rates on other holiday add-ons, can book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Syndicated by Baxton Media. Last Minute Planning Tips for a Gold Coast Holiday Trip From Cheap and Affordable Gold Coast Airport Car Hire Rentals Companies in Queensland 2019-02-27T09:33:07Z last-minute-planning-tips-for-a-gold-coast-holiday-trip-from-cheap-and-affordable-gold-coast-airport-car-hire-rentals-companies-in-queensland For thousands of holidaymakers, the countdown is on for the forthcoming school holidays and festive season. For many of them, the destination will be the Gold Coast, Australia’s favourite holiday destination, and their arrival is just around the corner. And whether they’ve got tickets and bookings in hand, or are still trying to organise a last-minute trip, it’s time for some heavy-duty last-minute planning, according to Gold Coast Family Car Rentals CEO, Darryl Essington-Wilson. While early planning for a trip to a city like Gold Coast, is certainly a wise move, Darryl believes not all doors are closed to those still wanting to make a visit this season. And the unclosed doors include those on the car rentals they will need in order to enjoy the scenic beauty and entertainment available on the Gold Coast. Flexibility and Perseverance However, he says access to the three basic requirements of any Gold Coast holiday - how to get to there, where to stay, and how to get around while there – is becoming more limited with each passing day. This might mean that last-minute holidaymakers need to show greater flexibility with regards to dates of arrival and departure, and perseverance when it comes to finding suitable flights and accommodation. Once these aspects have been researched, investigated and booked, both the early birds and late planners can get onto the fun side of things, like deciding what to do and see while staying on the Gold Coast, and finding the right rental car to hire, says Darryl. Last Minute Checklist But it doesn’t stop there - further planning is necessary to ensure a happy holiday, and no nasty shocks on returning home. Darryl’s advice on getting ready to travel starts with packing wisely by choosing clothing to suit the summer weather and planned activities, including suntan lotions, sunglasses and sufficient quantities of any prescribed medication, and being sure to take relevant documents, wallets, cell phones and cameras. However, he also recommends taking steps to ensure the security and safety of their home. To avoid possible electrical problems arising as a result of equipment failure, floods, or fire while they are away, Darryl recommends that, at the very least, holidaymakers turn off TVs, bedside lights, kettles and other appliances which won’t be used while they are away. These should be switched off at the wall socket, and removed from the socket where possible, as inline toggle switches, auto-offs and standbys on electrical goods can prove dangerous. If possible, fridges should be left free of perishable items, bins emptied and freezers cleared to prevent nasty (and smelly) homecomings should the power fail. Ensuring the Safety of the Home Even better, Darryl says, would be to turn off the trip switches at the distribution board for circuits that will not be used, like the hot water unit, stove, dishwasher and washing machine, as well as unnecessary lights. However, care must be taken to leave active those circuits powering security systems like the alarm and security lights, as well as the fridge and freezer, unless both are empty. Switching gas off at the cylinder, and water at the mains would also be a wise move in case of any leaks. Darryl, who moved to the Gold Coast and opened his family car rentals operation there 17 years ago, has handed rental car keys to many holidaymakers over the years. To take advantage of his best-value-guaranteed service in the Gold Coast area, and particularly from Coolangatta to Surfers Paradise, and including the Gold Coast Airport, make sure to book onlinewith Car Hire Gold Coast or Gold Coast Airport Car Rental, or call + 61 7 5508 3333. Pick up and drop off at the Gold Coast Airport can be arranged. Syndicated by Baxton Media.