The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-26T09:01:18Z TRAVEL INFLUENCER REWRITES INSTAGRAM CAPTIONS WITH THE TRUTH 2020-05-26T09:01:18Z travel-influencer-rewrites-instagram-captions-with-the-truth SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — May, 2020 — After nearly a decade of inspiring intrepid souls across the globe, World of Wanderlust — founded in 2012 by Australian travel influencer and self-proclaimed "gypsy," Brooke Saward — has embarked on a unique trip down memory lane. For years, Saward's otherworldly photographs have reflected a charmed life; now, the 28-year- old globetrotter is sharing what really happened behind the mesmerizing pictures, eager to share with her audience of 584k followers that Instagram is not a reflection of real life. The response? Tens of thousands of likes and comments per post."The experience of traveling encompasses so much more than just visiting new places. It's an opportunity for connection; for storytelling — with the people you meet along the way, and the people who are following along online," says Saward.The World of Wanderlust Instagram page currently showcases over 1,100 dazzling photos of some of the most beautiful, foreign, exotic, and ethereal places on Earth — from the cultural gem of Kyoto to the idyllic canals of Amsterdam, and beyond. To date, Saward has traveled to over 80 countries and has explored hundreds of breathtaking destinations, all while sharing her expert solo travel tips on her blog.Saward's latest project — unearthing her innermost thoughts, feelings, and impressions as a collection of autobiographical stories from each destination — is completely different from any existing World of Wanderlust content. Each narrative reads like an excerpt from a poignant novel beneath a slew of enchanting, corresponding photographs.In her refreshingly raw narratives, the female solo traveler recalls the vulnerability of heartbreak ("When I got home that night, I consulted my therapist. 'How long should you wait to start dating again?' I typed into Google"), the crushing weight of loneliness ("...a small and slow tear rolled down my face. What am I doing here? What am I trying to prove?"), and the exhilaration of wild nights of freedom ("...we'd break into basketball courts at midnight until we were both yelled at to leave"). The result is a captivating mini-series of reflections — a delectably scandalous version of Eat, Pray, Love for Saward's generation.You can find Brooke's travel narratives in the Instagram captions of her most recently-posted photos, which she began developing and posting on March 24, 2020. To learn more about World of Wanderlust, visit the official World of Wanderlust website, and be sure to follow the adventures on Instagram and Facebook! Travel Companies: Want to get in front of Thousands of Australian Travellers? 2020-05-25T01:13:59Z travel-companies-want-to-get-in-front-of-thousands-of-australian-travellers Racking your brain figuring out how to get in front of a fresh audience post Covid19?  This is for you. The Australian economy has taken a hit over the last few months with Covid19, and Australian national services company, PetCloud, want to support Australia's Tourism Industry and see thousands of operators get back on their feet with bookings. So whether you run a chain of hotels, an airline, a farm stay, a cruise ship, a glamping or wellness retreat - they want to hear from you.  PetCloud has thousands of frequent travelling Pet Owners who want to be enticed to travel domestically over the next few months.   Previous travel collaborations have landed on national breakfast tv, showcased at expos, national news sites, and have included Flights, Hotel Gift Cards, Luxury 5 Star Ocean View Rooms. Due to previous demand, expressions of interest from travel companies are open for the next 5 days only. __________________________________________________________________________ About PetCloud:  PetCloud is headed up by former travel industry executives and is Australia's most trusted national Pet Care Services Network part-owned by RSPCA Qld with over 100,000+ users.   PetCloud helps travel companies in the following ways:  1. Increase Booking Frequency PetCloud encourages EXISTING customers to book more frequently due to national availability of Pet Carers, increasing travel companies' annual revenue. 2. Access Fresh Segment of Customers PetCloud helps travel companies access NEW customers who previously experienced a barrier to travel, increasing companies' annual revenue + increase customer base. Australia’s Leading Experience Company, Hidden Door Experiences, Releases We Clue, a Game-Changing Race-Style App 2020-05-21T03:03:18Z australia-s-leading-experience-company-hidden-door-experiences-releases-we-clue-a-game-changing-race-style-app Sydney, Australia - Australia’s leading group experience company, Hidden Door Experiences, is pleased to announce the release of We Clue, a new app developed for people to play Amazing Race-style city adventures with their friends, families and work colleagues.   All Sydney races on We Clue will be free until the end of August to coincide with the easing of COVID restrictions.   Designed to help users explore their city and compete in a fun and friendly competition, We Clue users can create teams, choose from existing races or design their own race, solve clues as a team, and solve clues and puzzles while on the move.   As the COVID-19 restrictions start to lift, finding exciting and fun-filled activities for the whole family can be a challenge, thereby making We Clue an ideal way out to balancing fitness, fun and adventure.   The simplicity of We Clue make it the perfect weekend adventure for anyone looking to inject some fun, clue-solving and laughter into their weekend.   “We Clue is designed so you can download the app and either design your own race or play one of the races we’ve crafted.  As a gift to Sydney-siders, all races are free until the end of August so it’s the perfect way to explore the city with your family or friends as we ease out of COVID restrictions.”   “We’ve built over 40 ready-to-go races in Sydney with the rest of Australia and New Zealand to be online by Spring.” Says Will Gray, Founder of Hidden Door Experiences   He says further, “No matter what your definition of a game is, We Clue has got you covered. From quirky photo challenges to cracking complex codes like a guru, answering trivia questions as you comb the city immersed in speedy adventures around the city. All you need to do is choose a race, choose your team, and you’re racing!”    We Clue has a list of curated races to get started, and users can design their competition from the app’s pick ‘n’ mix of We Clue Challenges.     Some of the thrilling features on We Clue include:   – Selection of curated races to choose from – Create your custom race from scratch from our pick ‘n’ mix challenges – Races vary in difficulty and duration to suit all ages – Play as a solo team or against friends – Automatic live race scoring – Step-by-step and live GPS tracking to help your team navigate between challenges – Share your experience across your social media accounts – Get outdoors, have fun, be healthy and explore hidden areas of your city We Clue is available now on iOS in the app store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/we-clue/id1500706380 About The Company   Hidden Door Experiences provides group activities to over 20,000 people each year throughout Australia, Asia and the USA. Founded in 2008 with a few simple principles scribbled on the back of a beer coaster that remain the core purpose of the business today; create unforgettable moments to connect people with purpose.   Media DetailsCompany name: Hidden Door ExperiencesContact person: Will GrayEmail: will@hiddendoor.com.au    Phone: 1300 390 082Website: www.hiddendoor.com.au We Clue: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/we-clue/id1500706380 Taiwan leads with style launching some of the region’s hottest hotels and entertainment areas 2020-05-10T22:39:09Z taiwan-leads-with-style-launching-some-of-the-region-s-hottest-hotels-and-entertainment-areas Known for its people and food, Taiwan is also known for its serious approach to style and is continuing to launch some of the region’s hottest hotels, entertainment areas and city destinations.   The country has been the world’s most successful in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and this has not only made it one of the safest places to travel in future, but is sure to boost interest in the country’s retail and hotel sectors.   Among the many hotels that opened last year are the Kimpton Da An, and the Grand Cosmos Resort Ruisui-Hualien.   The Kimpton Da An is the small boutique hotel brand of the Intercontinental Hotels Group that primarily targets visitors coming for leisure rather than business purposes.  The hotel with its emphasis on personalised and individual service is the right fit for Kimpton’s expansion into Asia given Taiwan’s excellent culture of hospitality and friendliness that make the country special. It’s also one of the best countries to execute the service values and culture that the Kimpton brand delivers.   The Grand Cosmos Resort Ruisui, Hualien is the first hotel in Taiwan that offers accommodation choices of luxury villas, a hot spring water park, and an internationally renowned spa all in one complex.  The hotel pipes the hot spring from underground directly into guest rooms and the outdoor hot spring pools in the Water Park.     The unique castle design of the hotel is a collaboration among renowned designers, top-notch architectural teams, and the multi award-winning Taipei Basic Design Centre.  The lobby atrium has a 27-metre high ceiling, the tallest among hotels in Taiwan, where a luxurious Golden Ribbon chandelier commands the centre of attention.       The stream of new hotel openings shows no signs of slowing down in the near future. The Taipei Sky Tower due to be completed in 2020 in Taipei’s Xinyi District is scheduled to house two Hyatt brands, a Park Hyatt and Andaz. The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), have an additional six hotels in the pipeline. In addition, the L’Hotel de Chine Group (LDC) plans to expand its presence on the island with more properties.   RETREAT Magazine's Issue #18 has Launched 2020-05-04T02:44:34Z retreat-magazine-s-issue-18-has-launched Retreat Magazine has announced the launch of Issue #18, featuring cover girl and muse, Cara Santana, photographed by Filbert Kung. The actress, producer and our favourite “it-girl” goes heart-to-heart with Retreat on finding happiness in today’s world. Check out our interview with Cara and head to retreatmag.com for a behind the scenes look at her Beverly Hills cover shoot! Ahh, travel. In a time of uncertainty, you may have needed to postpone your vacation and are now dreaming of packing your bags to escape somewhere fabulous. Whether you’re daydreaming of a sunny getaway or looking for stylish destinations to touch down in, this issue of Retreat is your go-to for wanderlust inspiration. With so many delicious vacation trends, now is the perfect time to dream and plan ahead. In the age of wellness-is-the-new-luxury, we have the best spa destinations for a vacation with purpose that will relieve all the stress of today’s uncertainty. We also have the perfect insider guide to the season’s most exciting style and beauty trends all topped off with tips on how to faux your glow at home. We have also rounded up some of our favourite style-setters for all the inspiration you’ll need to get you through cabin fever. If you’re looking for more, we have created a YouTube channel highlighting the beauty, luxury and activities that you can experience at luxury hotels worldwide -- all from the comfort of your own home. Featuring stunning spas, architecture, world-class amenities and fine-dining, these virtual experiences offer an exceptional way to discover and sample new destinations daily. And if you haven’t yet picked up our coffee table book, POOLSIDE: The World's Most Extraordinary Hotel Pools, we have a Special Edition on sale now! Head to retreatshops.com or Amazon and get ready to dive into the world's most awe-inspiring spots to take a dip. View Issue #18's Coverage Here! Daily Mail Extra TV People Magazine Tourism Authority of Thailand Launches “Amazing Thailand Trivia Challenge” across the Oceania Region 2020-04-30T02:34:43Z tourism-authority-of-thailand-launches-amazing-thailand-trivia-challenge-across-the-oceania-region The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Sydney Office has launched a new marketing campaign, called “Amazing Thailand Trivia Challenge” across the Oceania region, to provide travel inspiration and get people dreaming about their next amazing Thailand holiday while in lockdown. One trivia winner in Australia and one in New Zealand will each win a Webjet travel voucher worth $2500.    The campaign aims to increasing brand awareness and keep Thailand top of mind among Australians and New Zealanders and will run from 30 April to 27 May 2020 AEST. There will be four challenges in four categories for entrants to complete including ‘Thailand in General’, ‘Thailicious’, ‘Attractions’ and ‘Stay Active & Healthy’. Everyone in the region is invited to join the trivia challenge for a chance to win. The campaign can be accessed via all social assets Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and AmazingThailand.com.au.   Ms. Suladda Sarutilavan, Director of TAT Sydney Office said, “Being at home doesn’t mean people can’t be inspired to start planning their next escapes. We have initiated The Amazing Thailand Trivia Challenge to keep Australians and New Zealanders dreaming of their next Thailand holiday and hopefully the challenge will also contribute to their mental health during lockdown. Entrants can also invite and challenge their family and friends to beat their scores as this campaign is designed to play online.   In efforts to entertain people in lockdown, TAT Sydney Office has also partnered with renowned Australian Thai restaurant chain, Chat Thai, to run live-streaming Thai cooking classes on Facebook every Friday afternoon at 4 PM AEST. A further partnership has been established with Sydney-based PTJ Muay Thai Gym to provide live-streamed Muay Thai classes.    “There will be eight cooking classes in total, running weekly until 15th May 2020 and four Muay Thai classes. This is a great way to stay healthy and fit while staying at home.”   TAT marked its 60th anniversary this year, having been established in 1960, the first organisation in Thailand to be specifically responsible for the promotion of tourism in the kingdom. TAT will continue to promote Thailand as a preferred destination to the Australian and New Zealand markets.      About the Tourism Authority of Thailand The Tourism Authority of Thailand Sydney office has been in operation for over 20 years and is funded by the Government of Thailand. TAT Sydney operates as a marketing, public relations and administration branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, with the Head Office in Bangkok. The Sydney office is responsible for the regional area of Australia and New Zealand. The main objective of the Tourism Authority of Thailand is to promote the country of Thailand as a holiday destination.   For Media Enquiries Contact:  Tourism Authority of ThailandLevel 20, 56 Pitt Street,Sydney NSW 2000Email: info@thailand.net.au Quit your job - become a dive instructor 2020-04-22T03:51:36Z quit-your-job-become-a-dive-instructor During this time of self isolation doing your PADI IDC might seem a bit odd. Whilst social distancing is the main problem, you can start your PADI IDC with the eLearning component right now. The eLearning component is a pre-requisite for the Instructor Development course. We also offer videos and practice exams to get your scuba diver theory up to speed and where it should be before you begin your PADI IDC. You have plenty of time on your hands right now, so thinking about becoming a PADI PRO don't let this home self isolation stand in your way. There are plenty of reading and video tutorials available right now. The professional association of diving instructors offers PADI instructor development courses in almost every country in the world where there are scuba diving activities through their extensive network of scuba diving businesses. The dive shop you choose to do your PADI instructor development program through must have a PADI Course Director on staff. A PADI Course director is a PADI professional who has undertaken a myriad of diver training courses and has passed the Course Director Training Course conducted by PADI. Your course director is a professional member of the training staff and will guide and mentor you to become an Open Water Scuba Instructor. If it has been a while since you have completed your PADI Divemaster Course then refreshing on the diver theory is really important. Apart from the theory, dive skills are also essential. Checking out this link will show you how to conduct demonstrations style skills. When coming into the instructor development programs you must be able to perform all 24 PADI skills from the skill circuit. Whilst getting in the pool at the moment may be somewhat difficult by watching these videos and practicing dry runs you will be well prepared. When choosing a PADI dive school and especially a Course Director make sure that you "click" with them. Your course director will become a very big influence on your future career int he dive industry. For more information about this Course Director, Kai Steinbeck, a PADI 25 year veteran, search for #IDCwithKai Working in the dive industry is a dream come true for most. It is an incredibly rewarding experience and will allow you to live and work in places where most people can only dream of visiting for short holiday periods. For further information about the instructor development programs offered please visit https://www.diveinstructor.com.au Kai Steinbeck is a PADI Course director with over 25 years of experience, having diving experience in Central America as well as the Caribbean, Australia and South East Asia. Northside Rentals has special discounts on Car Rentals in Perth 2020-04-21T02:12:01Z northside-rentals-has-special-discounts-on-car-rentals-in-perth To support the essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Northside Rentals has special vehicle rental rates for FIFO & Healthcare Workers in Perth. Anyone with the on the above categories could access this lower rate at the pickup just by showing the ID card. Further, Northside Rentals has given 50% discount on Rideshare weekly rental rates for new and existing customers. Northside Rentals is one of largest Western Australian independent rental company providing both passenger and commercial vehicles with more than 20 years experience. The extensive fleet of rental vehicles include:   - Economic cars - 4WDs and SUVs - Luxury cars - People Movers (including mini and large buses) - Trucks - Utes - Vans Northside Rentals has convenient locations ( in Greenwood and in Welshpool) making it more accessible from either North or Southern suburbs. You can hire cars in Perth just for $20 a day when you book with Northside Rentals Tokar Estate Now Offering Meals At Home With Free Wine and Delivery 2020-04-20T02:40:27Z tokar-estate-now-offering-meals-at-home-with-free-wine-and-delivery Like many hospitality-based businesses, Yarra Valley based winery Tokar Estate has established an offering to help take the restaurant experience home though a new offering – Rita’s Pantry. Named after the matriarch of the Winery- Rita Tokar, celebrating European values of great food and generous portions, the menu has been curated by head Chef – Maria Kabal. Offering a premium experience that is prepared in house at the winery from scratch that you can plate within 20 minutes with minimal preparation. In its pilot phase, the initial offering will offer four complete meal options presented in convenient vacuum-packed serving sizes for one, two or for a family, and includes generous portions of proteins and flavoursome sides that simply need to be placed sous-vide in water to heat or boiled in the case of pasta. The menu will rotate fortnightly with new offerings.The offering is priced at $55 for single serves, $110 for double serves or $200 for family portions and includes:Pine Mushroom TagliatellePressed Lamb Shoulder, Broccolini, Almonds & ParsleyConfit Duck Leg with White Bean CassouletChermoula Chicken, Spiced Cauliflower and Freekeh Salad, Pine Nut and PomegranateIn addition to the prepared meals, the team have also curated a Pantry Essentials Box in a bid to support local suppliers and ease the pressure of shopping in centres. For $45 the box includes: 2L St David Dairy full cream milk (or an alternate premium plant-based milk for those lactose intolerant)½ Dozen Eggs (sourced from a farm in Devon Meadows)200gr. Tokar Estate Home Made Pasta1L Tokar Estate Chicken Stock (bones sourced from a producer in Bendigo)200gr Premium Beef Mince (sourced from Gippsland- first batch is Wagyu Beef)200ml Tokar Estate Napoli Sauce1 loaf of Tokar Estate Sourdough BreadAn option to build up the box for an additional $35 doubles the eggs to an offering of a dozen, the stock to 2L and the Napoli Sauce to 400ml, and increases Pasta and Mince to half a kilo – ideal for families.All packs come with free delivery, with the first 150 orders receiving a free bottle of Tokar Estate Wine. Daniel Tokar of Tokar Estate said the offering was there in an effort to continue opportunities for the team. “The lockdown has hit the hospitality industry hard. Because we employ so many locals, and their local families in our kitchen, cellar door and restaurant we wanted to find a way to ensure they have a job that complies with regulations and continues to offer them some security. Our team will be delivering, packing and preparing these products in line with the government regulations and food handling best practice – hopefully this can continue through the lockdown.” “We have significantly reduced the costs of the offerings, despite the process and ingredients being exactly the same as a dine-in experience so that this is an accessible option to all, this allows (we hope) for more orders and thus more work for our team. We have also changed some of our suppliers to be local wherever possible.” Tokar said. Orders will be taken online via the webstore at to https://tokarestate.com.au/, over the phone at 03 5964 9585 or via email bookings@tokarestate.com.au. Credit Card Payments only. Don't miss out on your share of government support in tough times. How to find info and get your application right. 2020-04-08T06:03:59Z don-t-miss-out-on-your-share-of-government-support-in-tough-times-how-to-find-info-and-get-your-application-write Key points: All information about the Federal Government's $190 billion coronavirus stimulus package collated by online grant database, GrantGuru. The information available is collated from 8000 data points and updated weekly.  An additional $51 billion is available to businesses and community groups through normal recurring grant funding. The fee for this low-cost service falls even lower through COVID 19 pandemic.  Businesses and community groups may be eligible for one or more of 4,126 grants collectively worth $51 billion, according to Adrian Spencer, CEO of online grant portal GrantGuru. This grant funding is over and above the $190 billion coronavirus stimulus package. GrantGuru is a one-stop shop for grants information from around Australia. The database pulls together 8,000 different points of data. These include all 14 Federal Government departments, which share information across 121 websites, as well as all state government and philanthropic sources.  It cost more than $1million to build and is updated every day by a dedicated team. “On any given week, 30 grants will open or renew, and 30 will close,” says CEO and founder of Grant Guru, Adrian Spencer.   To help businesses and groups struggling during the COVID19 pandemic, Grant Guru has dropped the price of a subscription by 20%. Normally $4.50 per week, it is now $3.60 per week with use of the code CVHELP20. Don’t miss out on your entitlements  Businesses and community groups miss out on valuable help every day because:  they are unaware of the grants available. they don’t understand how to create a winning application.  Only one in five grant applications is successful, Spencer says. To help businesses succeed in winning a grant, Spencer provides the following tips. Apply for the right type of grant There are two types of grants: Entitlement and Competitive. ENTITLEMENT GRANTS The Federal Government’s stimulus package is entitlement funding and is delivered through the tax and welfare systems. GrantGuru has collated all the information about the governments COVID 19 support from over 100 data points for subscribers. COMPETITIVE GRANTS For competitive grants, Spencer has pioneered a four-step approach to increase your chances of success as a grant applicant and provides 10 easy tips to write a winning grant application. Step 1: Think about grants in the right way Understanding why grants exist. They are a barometer of public policy. Step into the grant maker’s perspective and ask yourself, “What is the grant maker trying to achieve?”  If your project is aligned with that aim, you are off to a great start.  Step 2: Develop a grant strategy Perhaps your strategy is, “We don’t apply for grants.” Another might be, “We apply for everything we are eligible for.” Your strategy is about making sure you don’t miss out. Spencer says, “We don’t recommend people apply for every grant, but you must know what you are eligible for over the next 12 to 24 months and decide where to put your resources.” Step 3: Be good at grant writing See the tips below* for a sample of how to set your application apart. Good grant writing takes time and practice, so be patient.  Step 4: Do acquittal well Grant makers must know that their money is well spent. Remember to allow time and money to acquit your grant. Collect the data as you go or you may find you have to pay the money back, which can be a disaster.   10 easy tips to write a winning grant application Make sure you complete the up-to-date application form. An old version may not be accepted!  Give your project a snappy title to set a great first impression. Capture the imagination and inspire the assessor to read on. Organise your thoughts. You must be able to explain your project to a stranger in two minutes. Be especially clear about your “WHY”: the reasons that your project should be funded. Clearly argue the case for your project, with:  WHY the project aligns to the organisation giving you the grant?  WHY the project benefit?  WHY does the project require funding?  WHY is it a good idea?  Write your response in a Word document, first. Check spelling grammar. Always have your draft and final copy read by another person. Use familiar words rather than jargon. Never use acronyms. Use simple and consistent formatting. Assessors find it helpful to see headings, bullets points and diagrams.  Where appropriate, include photos, maps and diagrams. Sometimes a question seems to appear twice. The assessors won’t want the same information twice, so check the guidelines or call your program contact for help. Don’t leave anything blank. Write N/A if a question doesn’t apply to you. Don’t overwrite. If the application has a word limit – stick to it! Some assessors will eliminate you on this breach alone. Source: GrantGuru For immediate comment and further information: Adrian Spencer: CEO and Founder, GRANTGURU and GRANTREADY Mobile: 0400 113 914 Email adrian.spencer@grantready.com.au Kath Walters, Media Liaison Mobile: 0425 040 040 Email: kath@kathwalters.com.au You can still travel to the Holy Lands this Easter 2020-04-07T22:10:24Z you-can-still-travel-to-the-holy-lands-this-easter As people everywhere are adjusting to a world less travelled, a suburban Sydney travel agency, best known for its personal care and service, is preparing to take the world right into the living rooms of its customers.  Liberty Tours is keeping travel dreams alive through a series of webinars, in the style of old fashioned “slide shows” – on a platform that adheres to social distancing and self-isolation protocols! “We are aware that this is a time of turmoil for many people, with many sufferings greatly from a loss of tourism-related activities,” said Steve Cairns, Managing Director of Liberty Tours. “While no-one knows when we will be dusting off our passports and packing to travel again, we are determined to support our clients, and trust that our online live guided travelogues will lift our spirits, and the spirits of others.   It will help us focus on the places we might like to go next.” “Just because we cannot travel today, it does not mean we cannot plan together online,” said Steve. Steve has faith that the travel industry will bounce back, so over the next few months, Liberty Tours is presenting a series of live “Travelogue to…”  - basically web-enabled guided slide shows.  Each week, travel industry guests will join Steve in a community driven initiative to help others connect through the joy of travel. “At this time of year we are usually have many travellers undertaking annual pilgrimages,” said Steve, who is preparing a number of virtual journeys of faith, helping people connect with some of the world’s most sacred cities. “People contact us about journeys to places steeped in religious significance for many reasons.  For many it is to fulfil their lifelong dreams. Some are keen to make real world cultural connections to the art and music that features so prominently in their lives.For those of stronger faith, it will allow them to bring their daily bible readings to life  - we can take then to the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.   Perhaps you are one of the many travellers who stand in awe underneath the majestic stained glass windows of the world’s grand churches and temples – or perhaps you are simply a film buff, making sense of the storylines and themes referenced in films such as the “East of Eden”, “Life of Brian” or “The DaVinci Code”. And no discussion about religious influence would be complete with mentioning the many icons, tapestries, illustrated manuscripts and even decorative carpets that are of interest to believers and collectors alike – and provide travellers with souvenirs. So with Candlelight Processions in Nazareth paused, the old city of Jerusalem closed to the public, and the traditional Palm Sunday procession on the Mount of Olives cancelled,  Steve has invited area expert Natalie Brown (Collette) to help him present the first of Liberty Tours  guided cyber-journeys. “Travelogue to The Holy Lands” is the first in a  number of faith inspired journey that will be presented live over the next month.   Where: The Holy Lands How: online live Time: 3pm EST When: Easter Saturday 11 April 2020 Cost: Free Register: www.libertytours.com.au/travel-dreams Future “Travelogue to…” topics will showcase Fatima in Spain, Lourdes the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Plus sacred sites and shines of religious significance across France, Italy and even Ireland! Recommended for: • Anyone who has ever wanted to travel to the Holy Land • Anyone who has wondered what a Pilgrimage is • Anyone interested in the real-life places mentioned in the Bible • Anyone interested in overseas travel • Anyone who has previously undertaken a Pilgrimage (we will have a live Q&A!) • Anyone interested in religious themed art and collectables  ****** About the Presenter:  Steve Cairns, Liberty Tours Member: Australian Federation of Travel Agents Steven Cairns is a dream-maker who has spent 30 years travelling and working around the world. He excels at helping clients find clarity in what they really want, and then brings those dreams into reality. His own passions are cultures and people. As he travels, he delves into the psyche of societies, seeking their true essence. He has spoken to groups, led seminars and workshops throughout his career. In 2019 was invited as a guest speaker at the inaugural Buddhist International Travel Mart in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. At that event, he explored the merits and implications of pilgrimage. That passion carries through to his position as Managing Director of Liberty Tours, where he continues to manage a team working with clients to uncover and express their passions and fulfill their travel desires. Ecovia Executes Gameplan To Protect Locals From COVID-19 2020-03-31T18:42:15Z ecovia-executes-gameplan-to-protect-locals-from-covid-19 COVID-19 has caught many on the backfoot, but it’s a scenario Ecovia prepared for long in advance. Now they’re here to protect residents and businesses in Australia when they’re needed most.  Market leaders in commercial cleaning with an array of government and corporate contracts, this Sunshine Coast firm routinely risk-assess dozens of potential scenarios, infectious outbreaks being one of them. Now that reality is upon us, for Ecovia it’s a case of carrying out their gameplan to keep locals safe. And they’re packing some serious firepower in the fight against coronavirus.  Serving SE Queensland, Ecovia offers a range of disinfection services for homes, offices and commercial sites that wipe out viral pathogens on impact. And they can achieve this without using toxic chemicals. Powerful Disinfection Services For residents or businesses worried about infection, Ecovia sanitizes key areas in homes and work areas using licensed, professional-grade disinfectant made from non-toxic, plant-based substances.  To help businesses and government departments protect staff, Ecovia’s fogging service completely eliminates pathogens from environments. It has the potential to save lives and stop infection spreading, helping key businesses stay open and avoid potential liability.  After disinfection, Ecovia provides certification for businesses to display, assuring staff and customers they’ve taken necessary precautions. They can also train staff on safety procedures and setup up a maintenance program to follow between regular disinfection visits. Ecovia has also rolled out new measures in the fight against coronavirus, introducing a consultation service for commercial property disinfection. Following a site inspection, they’ll devise a tailor-made COVID-19 disinfection program containing work instructions, material safety sheets, safe work method statements (SWMS), risk analysis, site entry procedures and screening, site disinfection time/day notices, as well as all equipment and cleaning products. Trusted, Robust Protection Ecovia’s founders Rowland and Rieko McKindlay know the risks COVID-19 poses, which is why Rowland urges locals to follow the guidance of trusted professionals: “Ecovia’s priority has always been to keep our local community healthy here in the Sunny Coast. Whether it’s businesses or residents, the people we’re protecting are all of our families, friends, colleagues and neighbours. We’ve scaled up our services to meet demand, and are well-equipped to deal with every scenario. It’s why governments and corporations continue to put their trust in us, and why residents can feel just as assured in our capabilities. We’re here to keep you safe.” Due to the speed at which the situation is changing on the ground, Rieko McKindlay also stresses the importance of the community taking the necessary steps without delay: “Businesses and residents are understandably concerned, and that’s why we urge them to be proactive in getting the needed protection to assuage their fears. We’re mobilised and ready to help, a phone call is all that’s needed for us to take action and safeguard staff, customers and local families.” As COVID-19 continues to spread, ensuring homes and businesses remain safe environments is paramount. Ecovia recommends that any company or individual with concerns contact them immediately for a free consultation on how to get the protection they need.  Notes To Editors: For media enquiries, please call Rowland McKindlay on 1300 326 842 or email  admin@ecovia.com.au About Ecovia  Ecovia is a Queensland based cleaning firm that specialises in environmentally sustainable chemical-free cleaning. It provides professional disinfection services to government agencies, businesses, holiday homes and residential clients across the Sunshine Coast. With ISO compliant procedures and a commitment to safety and transparency, Ecovia fosters long-term relationships with its clients while proudly protecting the local community environment. www.ecovia.com.au CREAM Collection to Support Hospo Industry with new #GOURMETTOYOU 2020-03-27T06:07:39Z cream-collection-to-support-hospo-industry-with-new-gourmettoyou Pam Burnett, founder of sustainable hospitality apparel company, CREAM Collection, is launching a new online hub to help support restaurants to promote their altered service offerings. #GourmetToYou has been designed to help spread the word for restaurants that have had to radically change their business due to the COVID-19 crisis, yet continue to want to provide exquisite food to customers throughout this difficult time. Pam Burnett comments: “The hospitality industry has never experienced anything quite like this before, and this situation is going to unfortunately continue for some time. We are all in this together, and we will pioneer through this together as well.” “All my clients and customers are chefs or restaurant owners, and many have become close friends. My heart is breaking for all those who have been affected, both personally and professionally, and for those people who are now housebound until some semblance of normality can be restored.“ It is for these reasons that Pam and her team at CREAM have been determined to find a way to help the hospitality industry continue to thrive. Gourmet To You is an online hub, using Facebook and Instagram, that is showcasing all restaurants around the country who are offering takeaway or home delivery options, allowing those who appreciate fine food to continue to enjoy it from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Pam continued: “Gourmet To You was created for the love of our chefs, restaurants and the finest and most delicious of food. So, while we wait until restaurants can open their doors once again, we are here to help.” For all restaurants offering alternative services, please visit Gourmet To You on Instagram and/or Facebook @gourmettoyouau and send a message so they can let everyone know about it. Alternatively, email pam@creamcollection.com.au. For more information, please contact: Emma Kirkaldy @ CRE8IVE on T: 0406 025 771 or emma.kirkaldy@c8.com.au New Zealand to shut down recreational car hire 2020-03-27T03:42:46Z new-zealand-to-shut-down-recreational-car-hire The COVID-19 alert will move to Level 4 from 2359 hours on Wednesday 25 March. Being at alert level 4 includes severe restrictions on travel. The primary aim of these restrictions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand by reducing contact between people to the bare minimum and stopping all but essential travel which is described below. This document provides information about essential transport services during Level 4 of the COVID-19 response. For the purpose of this guidance, essential services in the transport sector cover:  anything identified in the COVID-19 website  any transport service involved in the carriage of essential goods or essential workers  permitted essential private travel; includes access to groceries, health care and facilitating shared custody The exemption for entities and workers carrying out essential services in the transport sector only applies for the purpose of undertaking essential work. At all other times, i.e. when the workers or the services the entity carries out are not required, then these workers must avoid all-non essential travel and follow the guidance on the Ministry of Health website for alert level 4. Please note that:  This guidance is subject to change as the response to COVID-19 evolves.  Public transport used to transport people working in essential services (as defined by Covid-19 advisories) includes domestic aircraft, ferries, buses and trains;  The entities and workers listed in this guidance must practice physical distancing and good hygiene even when undertaking essential work (see 2 26 MARCH 2020 AT 1800 HOURS covid19.govt.nz) – additional guidance will be prepared for some parts of the sector, such as public transport for both operators and passengers;  Essential workers may be asked, while travelling, to show who they work for. We encourage essential workers to carry some form of identification to show who they are, who they work for, and their role e.g. a letter from their employer or work ID;  An entity that is part of the supply chain and listed in this document, is considered an essential service. Start from first principles When considering whether or not something is essential, please use good judgement and remember that the aim of the Level 4 alert is to keep people physically at home and separated from other people. This is the best way to fight COVID-19 and ultimately save lives in New Zealand. When using this guidance, consider:  Does my work support the essentials of life such as emergency or medical services?  Am I supplying or moving food, medicine, fuel or other supplies essential to maintain life?  Is my work crucial to keeping essential services running? If so, can I perform this work on an on-demand or as-required basis?  Stretching the definition of “essential for life” undermines the purpose of COVID-19 alert level 4 and puts more lives at risk.  If you have non-essential goods blocking movement of essential goods, then you should move your non-essential goods to storage elsewhere, but only move them once and only to get them out of the way of essential goods. 3 26 MARCH 2020 AT 1800 HOURS Aviation Personnel who work in air services, airlines and airports, when undertaking an essential service e.g.  Security, border staff and air traffic control  Freight and baggage handlers  Air crew Any other key personnel needed to keep the airport and airlines, and the movement of people and air freight, operational. In relation to other services at airports, vending machines, or dairy-like services providing pre-packaged food, sealed drinks (no alcohol) and essential items like medicine are permitted at an airport. No café or other retail can open. Air travel is only permitted for essential workers relating to response function for COVID-19 and emergency and essential services. In relation to all other passengers: Transit passengers  New Zealand’s borders will be closed to international transit passengers from 0200 hours Thursday 26 March 2020 (NZDT); except for agreed exemptions Domestic passengers  Passengers who arrived on international flights after 0200 hours Thursday 26 March 2020 (NZDT) will not be able to connect to a domestic flight during the first 14 days after arrival. Self-isolation and transport required for all arriving passengers  For all flights arriving in New Zealand after 0200 hours Thursday 26 March 2020, passengers will be required to have an appropriate selfisolation plan in their city of arrival for the first 14 day period, including transport to their accommodation.  Appropriate transport is a private car parked at the airport, being picked up by someone else who will live in the same self-isolation location. The self-isolation location must be within 5 hour drive of the airport. 4 26 MARCH 2020 AT 1800 HOURS  If passengers do not have appropriate transport to their place of isolation in their arrival port, officials may provide transport if that is possible within the local area. If that transport is not possible, they will be placed in local accommodation which has been approved for isolation for 14 days.  For those passengers who do not have an appropriate plan for isolation, accommodation and transport to that approved accommodation will be arranged by the Government for the 14 day period.  After the 14 day isolation period people can move on to their final destination by domestic air travel, public transport, ferries or private vehicle. Pilot examination and competency Flight examination and competency assessment only for checking pilots holding commercial and air transport pilot licenses necessary for the provision of essential aviation services. Recreation flying Recreational flying is not permitted. 5 26 MARCH 2020 AT 1800 HOURS Maritime All personnel involved in the movement of freight by ship, internationally and domestically, when undertaking an essential service e.g.  Security, border staff and maritime officers  Ship pilots  Engineers  Stevedores  Port agents  Appropriate port and portside staff (including port logistics). Any maritime staff performing the operation of ferry services and water taxis, for essential workers, and essential trips for others only e.g. for access to food and healthcare. This includes the operation of ferries (e.g. the Cook Strait ferries) to move freight and essential workers. All other passengers are able to use ferry services to return home before 2359 hours on Friday 27 March 2020, or at a time determined by the National Controller. Port operations The use of essential workers to move essential goods and provide essential services is paramount and must be prioritised above all other goods and services at the Port. Only in the following circumstances can non-essential goods at a port be transported: 1. if essential workers are already located at the port for the purpose of dealing with essential goods; and 2. if the movement of non-essential goods at the Port does not impact on: 2.1 the movement of essential goods or 2.2 the delivery of essential services at the Port; or 3. if the movement of non-essential goods are required to create space for essential goods and the movement of essential goods within the port and across the supply chain. 6 26 MARCH 2020 AT 1800 HOURS With respect to 3. above:  additional workers that are required to enter the Port, to assist with the movement of non-essential goods to create space for essential goods, become essential workers for the purpose of moving those goods; and  those goods should only be moved once to a place of storage to get them out of the way of essential goods. Shore leave for international maritime workers Shore leave is only permitted where:  the vessel/crew have been away from their last Port of call for more than 14 days  there has been no suggestion of COVID-19  they have a place to go to self-isolate, and  they will travel direct to that place of self-isolation and comply with the Ministry of Health requirements for alert level 4. Search and Rescue Any entity which has arrangements with Maritime New Zealand (including RCCNZ) or the New Zealand Police, to support search and rescue activity is an essential service. This includes (but is not exclusive to): Coastguard, LandSAR, Amateur Radio Emergency Communications, Surf Life Saving NZ, Rescue/Emergency helicopters, and Department of Conservation Rescue Teams. Land Transport Private travel (personal vehicles)  People can drive personal vehicles for essential trips only e.g. to access groceries or healthcare.  Couples with shared custody of children can move between the two homes - if they are in the same community.  Essential workers can also use their personal vehicle to get to and from their place of work. 7 26 MARCH 2020 AT 1800 HOURS Buses and trains Workers involved in the operation of public transport services – buses and trains e.g.  Operators  Drivers  Enforcement officers Small passenger services (taxis and ride-share) Workers involved in the operation of small passenger transport services e.g.  Small passenger service operator  Driver  Total Mobility Scheme providers. Some restrictions will exist in the use of small passenger services on the Ministry of Transport website shortly. Rental services Essential workers are permitted to use rental vehicles. Any rental vehicle service operator that provides rental vehicle services under contract to businesses providing essential services can continue to provide those services. Recreational rental vehicle hire is not permitted. The key rental service personnel needed to maintain the leasing, collection, relocation and cleaning of rental vehicles used in essential service provision (e.g. to get to self isolation). Car-share Any car share operator that provides car share services under contract to businesses providing essential services – for example District Health Boards or Regional and Local Councils - can continue to provide that car share service. They must provide appropriate cleaning of vehicles. Where long-term membership exists, customers may continue to utilise the vehicle where they are the only person or people from the same isolation group using that vehicle. 8 26 MARCH 2020 AT 1800 HOURS It is not acceptable for car share vehicles to be provided under any other circumstances e.g. on a per hour basis. Delivery of freight by land Workers and operators involved in the delivery of essential goods (as defined in essential services list on the COVID-19 website) by road and rail freight e.g.  Road and Rail Freight Operators and Receivers  Drivers, including: large trucks and trains, grocery distribution (eg supermarkets and My Food Bag)  Logistics firms and their contractors  Courier services and postal operators. Maintenance services – all modes Workers involved in the provision of essential maintenance and safety services where the services are limited to:  maintaining other essential services and their vehicles (e.g. repairing emergency vehicles, aircraft and ships/boats, and parts replacement for these craft moving essential freight); or  essential recovery and/or repair of private vehicles, where needed to keep a private vehicle operating for essential purposes e.g. to get groceries and healthcare. Ideally, these services would be provided on demand. The types of capability deemed essential are:  Maintenance and engineering staff  Vehicle recovery and assistance services  Vehicle repairers, inspectors, certifiers, mechanics and vehicle part providers. Warrant of Fitness (WoF) and Certification of Fitness (CoF) Specific information on WoF and CoF for vehicles will be included shortly. Maintaining the transport network Contractors and subcontractors related to the agencies identified below, that are necessary to address immediate and short-term risks to safety on the transport network e.g. 9 26 MARCH 2020 AT 1800 HOURS  Traffic controllers  Emergency works staff  Cleaning staff critical for safe operations Any works, including capital works that are not required for the safe and efficient operation of the transport network must be stood down until the end of the Level 4 Alert period. Key transport agency staff Essential transport staff from the following agencies:  Ministry of Transport  New Zealand Transport Agency  Civil Aviation Authority (including Aviation Security Service)  Maritime New Zealand (including the Rescue Coordination Centre and Maritime Radio)  Airways NZ  MetService  KiwiRail, including Interislander  Local and regional authorities This only applies for staff members of these agencies, which need to be exempt from Alert Level 4 movement controls, in order to: support the response to COVID-19, support the response to any other emergency, perform national security functions, perform a required statutory or regulatory function, or perform any other critical function (identified by their Chief Executive). Cheap Parramatta Car Hire Help Keep The Gold Coast Beaches Safe & Open 2020-03-26T01:14:39Z help-keep-the-gold-coast-beaches-safe-amp-open HELP KEEP GOLD COAST BEACHES SAFE OPEN!   25 Gold Coast beaches Covered. OLD COAST, QLD, March 26th 2020 -   Our beaches are a valuable asset we can use for safe short exercise under social distancing policy Bondi Beach was a wake up call for everyone. If the Gold Coast beaches and surf become overcrowded and unsafe for the public, Tom Tate has said he will close them.  Being informed is key to making decisions.   SwellBuddy is a “”crowd sourced ”voice activated service that was designed for surfers to be able to report current surf conditions. But you report anything you like including   THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE USING THE BEACH & SURF RIGHT NOW.   Anyone can make a report. You just add your name and select the beach.    We currently have 25 Gold Coast Beaches listed and can add more on request.    IMPORTANTLY each report is time stamped - so users know how fresh and accurate the report is. New reports overwrite old reports. You can then access the report via Google Assistant - this works on EVERY MOBILE DEVICE - Apple & Android.   If the report says it's too crowded then don’t go   I don’t make any money or charge for this app so...PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH EVERYONE AND ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO USES AND LOVES OUR BEACHES.   Together we can make a difference, like all crowd sourced services it relies on people sharing information. We are all in this together.   Stay safe out there.   Pete - SwellBuddy Founder.   To Make A Report Or Find Out more visit  www.swellbuddy.com  -more-  Notes To Editor:   PROGRAM PRODUCTIONS helps businesses to utilise new voice-activated technologies to enhance customer experiences, increase revenues and optimise operations. Cross Platform voice controlled applications are developed for Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa. The Buddy Range of free voice-activated services includes Access Buddy, to help disabled people plan trips to concerts and events.  Carbon Buddy is developed to help attendees understand how to offset C02 emissions released on journeys to festivals. Program Productions is based in Varsity Lakes, Gold Coast. GOOGLE ASSISTANT is a free voice assistant available on over one billion android devices. It is built into phones, speakers, smart screens, TVs, cars, wearables and more. For more information visit https://assistant.google.com/ HELPFUL LINKS How to get Google Assistant On An iPhone