The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-07T08:36:48Z Australian travel expert encourages operators to pivot and adapt amidst Covid-19 pandemic 2020-07-07T08:36:48Z australian-travel-expert-encourages-operators-to-pivot-and-adapt-amidst-covid-19-pandemic A leading Australian travel industry expert has encouraged operators to pivot and adapt in order to survive, and even thrive, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.Marten Labo Pudun, managing director of Blue Ocean Travel, believes in order to survive, travel operators must commit to following new hygiene and safety protocols including temperature checking and physical social distancing protocol, as well as a focus on promoting domestic travel to Australia’s most iconic destinations“The tourism industry is one of resilience, having faced, and recovered, from many unexpected curve balls in the past, including terrorism, tsunamis, and extreme climate change,” said Mr Labo Pudun.Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, most tourism operators have been dealt with both the drying up of sales as well as the necessity to refund existing bookings due to the cancellation of travel from immigration border restrictions.Blue Ocean Travel has taken care of 500 consumers during this challenging time, including 300 business clients amd 200 Malaysian students who were stuck in Australia during the lock-down.The travel agency looked after booking air tickets, hotel accommodation, airport transfers, amongst other arrangements.Mr Labo Pudun credits his agency's efficient consultation regarding travel insurance policies for speeding up the refund process to clients.“This has been a really effective approach in maintaining client loyalty and safeguarding the business in the long term,” said Mr Labo Pudun.Mr Labo Pudun said there are a number of procedures that all travel industry operators will need to follow in order to restore consumer confidence and safeguard the public from a Covid-19 second wave or other unexpected breakout.“Most flights will remove all magazines and newspapers by introducing new ancillary products to emerging customer demand such as one-off lounge passes and extra fees to keep adjacent seats free,” said Mr Labo Pudun.“Hotels will modify their service procedures by closing buffets, gyms, indoor swimming pools and increasing distance between tables in restaurants.“Most tourist attractions such as theme parks are committed to reducing crowding up to 30 to 50 percent of previous levels by introducing pre-registration schemes.“This will lead to visitors providing health QR code issued by the Government based on previous travel histories and potential exposure to the virus.”Moving forward, Mr Labo Pudun strongly believes that all major Australian travel agencies will need to focus more on promoting domestic travel to our most iconic destinations including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Forest, Gold Coast, Twelve Apostles, Uluru, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania, as the international travel industry will take longer to recover.“As Australia is enriched with a plethora of breathtakingly beautiful travel destinations, the domestic travel industry will recover more quickly than other countries lacking large domestic travel hot spots,” said Mr Labo Pudun. About Marten Labo PudunInherited with Lun Bawang indigenous Dayak tribes of Borneo, Marten Labo Pudun is a zealous proponent for the Australian-Malaysian community. He is the first Lun Bawang Malaysian. Marten migrated to Australia to obtain higher tertiary education and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce & MBA in 1994 from Charles Sturt University. He has been working resiliently in the Australian tourism industry for two decades.During his journey as a managing director of Blue Ocean Travel Pty Ltd, Marten has accomplished remarkable experience in recognising the challenges facing international students and visitors from multicultural and diverse backgrounds during their travels and studies in Australia.Marten has made a remarkable contribution and display of support toward all of Blue Ocean Travel’s thousands of clients, by not only proving to be a loyal service provider but also by showing his solidarity as a philanthropic Australian-Malaysian.- ends -For more information or interview requests, please contact: Joanne RahnDirectorzanthii communicationsPhone: 0402 148 334Email: joanne@zanthii.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Taiwan dubbed “the new Hawaii” as it becomes the hot new surfing destination 2020-07-06T23:20:40Z taiwan-dubbed-the-new-hawaii-as-it-becomes-the-hot-new-surfing-destination Taiwan has become one of the hot new surfing destinations in the world, with some surfing adventurers dubbing it “the new Hawaii”.   The water’s great temperature and the monstrous waves during the monsoon season ensure that for surfers it’s ‘always on’.  According to website magicseaweed.com US soldiers were the first to surf the beach on the north coast of Jin Shan in 1965, and local pioneers have continued their legacy.   The best spots are scattered along the east coast and the ideal surfing season is Winter, between October and March.  The typhoon season is the one that provides the largest waves, from June to September, however if there is a typhoon warning, surfing is not encouraged!   One small and unassuming fishing village in Taitung called Donghe is referred to as a surfing Mecca as it consistently picks up the best swell on the entire East Coast.  It is the most consistent throughout the year which is why, despite the lack of infrastructure, die hard surfers from across the world head here.   Just to the south of Donghe is Jinzun.  It is here that the biggest surfing event in Taiwan, the Taiwan Open of Surfing, takes place every November.  Jinzun itself used to be a small fishing community, but in recent years surfing has changed the vibe of the place.  While still developing, there are now more B&B’s, surf shops and cafes springing up, including an established surfing school.   It’s not just on the east coast where there are great waves to be found.  Jialehui in Kenting National Park is the place to head in the south of Taiwan.  The surf here is generally smaller and as a result is a good place for beginners and intermediates as well as more experienced surfers.  Its location is close to a river mouth creating long-lasting breaks which are ideal for those looking to practice manoeuvres.   Furlong Beach is better known for being a day-tripping destination from Taipei and the home of the famous sand-sculpting festival than for its surfing.  However, it offers a fantastic swell with big, long-lasting waves that are great for the more experienced surfers to practice their moves on.       The black sands of Waiao Beach in Yilan is quite close to Taipei, in fact only an hour and a half by car.  This is a destination that has gained popularity over the past few years and there are events now held on the once quiet beach.  However, if you decide to go in Winter you might find yourself with only a small handful of other resilient souls keen to brave any conditions just to surf.      Grandad Inspires Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom on 3-month road trip 2020-07-06T12:26:39Z grandad-inspires-aussies-to-bounce-back-to-freedom-on-3-month-road-trip A BUNDABERG grandad has come out of retirement after 11 years to inspire Aussies to Bounce Back to Freedom after Covid-19 with a road trip from Bundaberg to Darwin from July 13 to October 25, 2020. Author of 7 books, Hans Jakobi, 66, has gone from being suicidal and surviving multiple tragedies, including three serious bushfire threats to his home and an eight-year drought, to being a successful businessman and funding his own retirement at 55. Known as The Lifestyle Entrepreneur, he and his wife of 41 years, Colette, have travelled to more than 70 countries since then and now will hit the road on a Bounce Back To Freedom Tour. On the tour, he will interview and film Australians who have lost their jobs or businesses to find out what they are doing to recover from the crisis and what strategies they have worked out to prosper from the turmoil. “The way people have panicked in this crisis has had a deep impact on me and I feel compelled to spread a message of hope, opportunity and support to replace the narrative of fear,” Mr Jakobi said. He said the best and most secure way to prosper from this crisis was to start an online home-based business. “I want to inspire ordinary, everyday people, encourage them and give them hope to embrace this crisis as their opportunity to start their own online business and profit despite the crisis,” he said. “I’m sure there will be some people who will have benefited from the crisis because they’ve adapted to the opportunities created and will be loving it, while others will have a lot of stress and anxiety.” Mr Jakobi will hit the road with his latest book, Why You Need to Start Your Own Online Business Now! “My mantra is that you can build and run a business from anywhere in the world with just a laptop computer, a mobile phone and an internet connection,” he said. To walk his talk and also inspire his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, he and his wife will make the 12,000km return trip in a 2008 Sunland 24 foot caravan to Darwin and document his journey as he inspires locals, films their stories and builds a new online business from scratch. “People learn more from what they see than what you say so I want to inspire people. In the next 10 years, I will give it my best, keep traveling, support my children, mentor my grandchildren and others about business,” Mr Jakobi said. “I want to be around positive, aspirational people and then I will retire again.” For more details, visit www.BounceBacktoFreedom.com Presenting BARSIDE: The World's Most Iconic Hotel Cocktails coffee-table book 2020-06-29T07:14:01Z presenting-barside-the-world-s-most-iconic-hotel-cocktails-coffee-table-book Sip, Sip, Hooray! Cheers to these amazing hotel signature cocktails which have become destinations in their own right. Some are seasonal, some are whimsical, all are concocted to inspire.  “Wherever your travel plans take you, we can bet that there’s a delicious, Instagrammable cocktail waiting for you.,” says RETREAT Magazine Editor in Chief, Molly Martin. “We have launched our first hardcover cocktail recipe book in appreciation of hotels that are taking signature cocktails to a new level. With easy-to-follow recipes, now cocktail enthusiasts can enjoy their favourite drinks from their favourite hotels in the luxury of their homes.”  One of the most pleasurable ways to immerse yourself in your travels is to take in your surroundings while sipping on something delicious. In the meantime, make one of these authentic cocktails at home while you finalize your itinerary. These cocktails are sure to help inspire your next vacation. BARSIDE showcases beautiful photographs and features over 150 extraordinary cocktails from Paris to Phuket. Get ready to shake, stir and concoct the world's most iconic hotel cocktails.  BARSIDE is now available on in bookstores, online retailers and retreatshops.com!   https://retreatshops.com/collections/coffee-table-books/products/barside-the-worlds-most-iconic-hotel-cocktails About the Book BARSIDE: The World's Most Iconic Hotel Cocktails   Presented by RETREAT Magazine 314 pages, 200+ colour photographs $65.00 hardcover Presented by Retreat Magazine Edited by Molly Martin, Editor in Chief  Cover Illustration by Kimberly Randall Available in bookstores, luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Helping Qantas and ABC Staff Impacted by Job Losses 2020-06-26T00:21:13Z helping-qantas-and-abc-staff-impacted-by-job-losses Sydney, 26 June 2020: As thousands of Qantas and ABC employees learned they would soon lose their jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, one resourceful former Qantas employee has taken direct action by offering all of these workers free access to Project Displaced, a volunteer run online community offering confidential job seeker support and mental health first aid, 7 days a week. Sydney-based Anthony Cohen worked for Qantas for more than 16 years, his partner is an orchestral musician, and both have had their work contracts put on hold or cancelled. The COVID-19 crisis hit them and their extended network very personally, and this inspired Anthony to take direct action. “We set up Project Displaced in March to help our community through this terrible and very sudden crisis,” explains Anthony. “After both my partner and I lost our jobs, I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing, so I came up with the idea of Project Displaced.” Since March, Project Displaced has helped hundreds of job seekers from all across Australia and from every industry.  “Although we started this to specifically help employees in the airline, arts, tourism and hospitality industries we were flooded with requests from people who’ve lost their jobs in all sorts of industries. We don’t say no – we want to help as many people as we can”. Project Displaced is run entirely by volunteers and is not connected to any Government support program. There are now more than twenty qualified Career Coaches, Recruiters, HR Managers, Mindset Coaches and qualified Mental Health specialists who all volunteer their time for free to help job seekers in need. All consultations are private and conducted virtually via Zoom, Skype or phone call. Job seekers can choose from a confidential discussion about their current situation, goals, challenges, and skills. There are specialist services to help them write a resume and cover letter, or how to navigate leveraging their networks. And importantly there is also qualified mindset and mental health first aid. “This week’s news about my former colleagues from Qantas brings back all of the emotion I felt when I started this initiative. The heartbreak in the Qantas staff community right now is palpable. But they are an amazing and resilient group of people and I know that those who are impacted by this devastating news offer an amazing set of skills, training and dedication that any new employer will reap rewards from”. Project Displaced’ services are available 7 days a week. They’re open from 7:30am to 10pm every week day, and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday”  The team of volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise to helping job seekers in need are incredible. They give of themselves for no other benefit than seeing the renewed sense of self-confidence and optimism that job seekers walk away feeling after the session. All volunteers are qualified and leaders in their professions, and come from all over Australia. Project Displaced continually receives 5 star reviews from the job seekers that use their services and Anthony is determined to keep the free service going as long as he can. “Right now what we need are good news stories. These are incredibly uncertain times and people are facing unprecedented challenges. Although this costs me money personally to run, it’s absolutely the right thing to do! I’ve been through redundancy twice in my career so far so I know what everyone is feeling - and I wish I had access to the services we’re offering at Project Displaced” said Anthony. Job seekers who have been stood down or are facing losing their jobs can book a free support session instantly. https://projectdisplaced.simplybook.me https://facebook.com/ProjectDisplaced info@projectdisplaced.com Support via GoFundMe:  gf.me/u/x7utt4   ENDS – For further information or to arrange an interview please contact: Australia Lights Up Red For World Sickle Cell Day 2020-06-18T01:39:56Z australia-lights-up-red-for-world-sickle-cell-day FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 18/06/2020 AUSTRALIA LIGHTS UP RED FOR WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY Melbourne, Australia: LANDMARKS across Australia are set to light up red for World Sickle Cell Day on 19 June to shine a light on the rare genetic blood condition unknown to many around the country   For the first time, structures including the Melbourne Star, Brisbane’s Story Bridge, Perth’s Trafalgar Bridge and Canberra’s Telstra Tower will light up red in solidarity for patients affected across Australia by sickle cell anaemia. More than 270,000 infants are born with sickle cell anaemia each year across the globe, and cases are increasing in Australia. Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia (TASCA), the nation’s peak patient advocacy body, has coordinated this event to raise awareness on the condition. TASCA is a not-for-profit organisation that has been serving Australians living with genetic haemoglobin disorders, and their families, since 1976. Sickle cell anaemia affects the body’s ability to produce healthy red blood cells that provide oxygen around the body. Sufferers battle frequent, painful blood clotting episodes caused by the sickle-shaped blood cells and require lifelong blood exchanges. Robbin Vissakodeti, TASCA’s Deputy Chair, whose wife and daughter both have a form of genetic blood disorders said, “For us, sickle cell affects our everyday lives. My wife had her spleen removed because of sickle cell complications and we have to take every precaution to prevent infections as her immune system is compromised. “When we started thinking about having kids, I knew the risks and we were prepared. World Sickle Cell Day this year is about getting people to have that conversation with their doctors, being informed about the risk and making the right decision when it comes to having children. “Hospital visits definitely take a toll on the family, but we are grateful that we live in a country with a supportive healthcare system. Treatment seems to be constantly improving and we are looking forward to what the future will bring.” ENDS For media enquires contact: Samuel Lam, Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia E: hpo@tasca.org.au, T: 03 7015 5637 Notes to editors: ·       For more information on TASCA, sickle cell anaemia and World Sickle Cell Day, visit www.tasca.org.au. ·       Full list of sites that will participate in the light up include: o   Melbourne Star (VIC) o   AAMI Park (VIC) o   Kingston Clock Tower (VIC) o   Story Bridge (QLD) o   Victoria Park (QLD) o   Trafalgar Bridge (WA) o   Council House (WA) o   Canberra Telstra Tower (ACT) o   Elizabeth Mall (TAS) o   Kennedy Lane (TAS) o   Railway Roundabout (TAS) o   Franklin Square (TAS) ·       Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Australia was established in 1976 and provides support and advocacy to those affected by genetic blood disorders. ·       Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited blood condition causing misshapen red blood cells called sickle cells. This leads to a reduction of useful red blood cells and anaemia. Sickle cells also result in painful and hospitalisable blood clots in many patients. ·       A simple blood test will show if couples are at risk of having a child with sickle cell anaemia. ·       Treatment for sickle cell anaemia includes medication and blood exchanges. ·      Sickle cell anaemia is most common in people of sub-Saharan African, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean background. However, migration has spread this condition globally.     Retreat Magazine Presents POOLSIDE: The Word's Most Extraordinary Hotel Pools 2020-06-17T06:41:32Z retreat-magazine-presents-poolside-the-word-s-most-extraordinary-hotel-pools RETREAT Magazine has launched its first coffee-table book, POOLSIDE: The World's Most Extraordinary Hotel Pools, a hardcover book showcasing the world’s most spectacular pools and idyllic escapes. From iconic infinity-edge pools to private plunge pools with a view, the 314-page coffee-table book features the world’s supremely extraordinary pools.  “Swimming pools are the heart of every luxury hotel experience,” says RETREAT Magazine Editor in Chief, Molly Martin. “We have launched our first hardcover book in appreciation of hotels that are taking pools to a new level.”POOLSIDE showcases beautiful photographs—more than 200 in total—and features over 150 extraordinary destinations. Where glamour and luxury go hand in hand, from Paris to Phuket and in every shape and size, get ready to dive into the world's most awe-inspiring spots to take a dip.  POOLSIDE is now available on Amazon, book retailers, and retreatshops.com!   About the Book POOLSIDE: The World's Most Extraordinary Hotel Pools Presented by RETREAT Magazine 314 pages, 200+ colour photographs $99.95 hardcover Foreword by Mike Dobson, StudioM1 Cover Photography by Lauren Schulz Edited by Molly Martin, Editor in Chief Retreat Magazine  Available in bookstores, luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Follow Retreat Magazine @retreatmagazine for more!    2020 Sunshine Coast Whale Watching Season now here 2020-06-16T01:58:05Z 2020-sunshine-coast-whale-watching-season-now-here The Humpback Whales are back and the 2020 Whale Watching Season on the Sunshine Coast has begun, presenting a special opportunity for locals and Queenslanders. Sunreef Mooloolaba’s Dan Hart said this year’s whale watching season started a little later than usual due to COVID-19 but that with restricted numbers on board it offers a special experience. “This year we started a couple of weeks later than usual, but we have our COVID SAFE plan in place which includes additional cleaning and hygiene measures as well as a restriction on the number of people on board,” Dan said. “While normally we would have up to 100 guests onboard each whale watching trip on Whale One, at this stage we are hosting just 20 guests for each trip. “This means there is plenty of extra room to move around the boat and see the whales from all Whale One’s vantage points.” Dan said this year’s season was expected to be better than ever with whale researchers predicting the number of humpback whale migrating up Australia’s east coast to continue to increase. “This year will see an expected 35,000 humpback whales migrate through Sunshine Coast waters, which could attract about 25,000 people to take a closer look and participate in a whale watching or swim with whales experience. “While final numbers of guests for the season will depend on the continuing easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we are always super excited to welcome the whales and to give guests the opportunity to get closer to them. “While all of us humans have been restricting our movements, no one told the whales, so their migration is on track with other years. “We are already seeing good numbers of whales including some calves and expect this to continue throughout the season.” Dan said whale watching tours would be aboard Whale One, which underwent a total refurbishment last year, while Swim with Whales tours would be onboard Sunreef’s fast boats, Wild One, and the brand-new purpose-built Tsunami, which Sunreef took delivery of in March. “Whale Watching season is an economic driver for the tourism sector, during what is traditionally a quieter period,” Dan said. “It’s even more important this year as the region begins its recovery following the COVID-19 shutdown.” “Whale Watching brings in visitors, who spend not just on whale watching but also on accommodation, hospitality and other attractions, which in turn creates employment so we are super proud to be playing our part,” Dan said. “Whale One has taken hundreds of thousands of people whale watching since she was first launched in 2007, and we are proud to have her as part of our fleet and to also have introduced Swimming with Humpback Whales to Australia.” Dan Hart said the whale watching season would run through until 1st November, with the Swim with Whales season to run from 4th July to 18th October. He said as part of Sunreef’s commitment to marine conservation, they will again be working closely with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast to find out more about the humpback whale species, with two spots on each Whale Watching and Swim with Whales boats reserved for their use. To find out more or book your Whale Watching or Swim with Whales experience, visit www.sunreef.com.au or call 07 5444 5656. Academy Services helping tourism and hospitality sector get back to business with specialised COVID-19 cleaning 2020-06-16T01:54:25Z academy-services-helping-tourism-and-hospitality-sector-get-back-to-business-with-specialised-covid-19-cleaning As restrictions on travel have been lifted in Queensland, one Sunshine Coast business is taking innovative measures to ensure the safety of customers and staff. Among measures taken by Sunreef Mooloolaba, the home of aquatic adventure, is a non-toxic and non-flammable infection-control solution that kills COVID19, along with other dangerous pathogens, in just 30 seconds. The product, Nanocyn, was recently approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as killing SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus), making it the fastest all-natural, non-toxic disinfectant of its type. It is delivered by 40-year-old cleaning company Academy Services. Sunreef Mooloolaba owner Dan Hart said tourism was a vital part of the Queensland’s economy and as part of that industry, they were doing everything possible to look after the health and safety of their guests. “We have implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 infection-control plan and have included Nanocyn, as part of our response, on our vessels and at the Dive Centre,” Dan said. “Its non-toxicity means a newly cleaned area can be occupied immediately after fogging. “Sunreef has adjusted operations and reduced the number of guests on its tours and is looking forward to relaunching all diving as well as its Whale Watching season on 13th June, a fortnight after the normal start of the normal whale watching season. “Whale One is ready to go for another great season and we can’t wait to greet guests and take them out to the whale highway where more than 35,000 whales are expected to migrate through Sunshine Coast waters during this year’s season.” The Dock Mooloolaba, a dynamic 350m2 restaurant also at Mooloolaba is another business that has incorporated Nanocyn as part of their COVID-19 response. The Dock Mooloolaba general manager Jaime Badia said while they had closed the restaurant, they launched takeaway and Heat & Eat packages to assist customers and were delighted to now be welcoming limited numbers of guests back to dine in. “We are going over and above all the guidelines as part of our COVID-19 response and the Nanocyn fogging is part of that,” Jaime said. Academy Services Chief Executive Officer James Pollock said products such as the TGA-approved Nanocyn give peace of mind that business is safely managing life after lockdown. “Our business is on the frontline of the COVID19 battle using TGA-approved Nanocyn, including some sites where COVID19 was present, or was suspected of being present,” Mr Pollock said. “The world has entered a new age in infection control, where next-level cleanliness is the norm and business must put cleaning and infection control to the forefront of their safety plans, working with trusted and experienced partners for the benefit of their staff and clients.” For more information visit www.academyservices.com.au. Hamptons style lovers can't get enough of this market tote bag 2020-06-15T14:24:30Z hamptons-style-lovers-can-t-get-enough-of-this-market-tote-bag GOLD COAST | Functional, affordable, and impossibly Hamptons-inspired, there are a lot of reasons why the "TAKE ME TO THE HAMPTONS" market tote bag has developed a cult following among Australia's Hamptons style lovers. An interior style trend that's been popular in recent year in Australia is the Hamptons look, a design style derived from homes on the upscale coastal area of Long Island, New York. A Hamptons styled interior is evocative of casual seaside living but with the panache of modern, upper class taste.  Retailing for just $27.90, the black and jute market tote bag exclusively designed by Hamptons Home has since sold close to a 1000 pieces since its launch. The Gold Coast-based small business owner, Junie Lin said, "I never thought a market tote bag will be a hit, it totally caught me by surprise. We are now constantly sold out [of the market tote bag}" The lightweight rugged jute bag is perfect to carry your groceries and everyday essentials, but can also be used as a beach bag thanks to its PVC waterproof lining. The plastic bag ban in Australian supermarkets also helped to push sales further, Junie added, with many shoppers wanted a stylish alternative to the commonly seen reusable bags. Instagram influencers around Australia are now using this bag as part of their styling, to decorate their kitchen, hallways and laundries.  Leading home decor Sunshine Coast-based influencer, Susanna Tolo, says the bag is one she couldn't live without. "I use my tote bag everytime when I go to the shops, but I also use it to style my kitchen because it is just so pretty.", the 250K-follower instagrammer said. The bag is currently sold online on a pre-order basis, exclusively at Hamptons Home. This Gold Coast-based online destination also sells a wide range of home accessories ranging from lighting to artwork and also recently launched its sister brand, Mirage Haven of luxury cushions. So, if you’ll excuse us, we need to buy one of these bags, or maybe five, now. Product link: https://hamptonshome.com.au/collections/beach-bag/products/take-me-to-the-hamptons-market-tote-bag Price: $27.90 Website link: www.hamptonshome.com.au Instagram: www.instagram.com/hamptonshomeau ATAC makes it easy for members to sell Australia 2020-06-11T08:00:00Z atac-makes-it-easy-for-members-to-sell-australia ATAC (Australian Travel Agents Co-operative) has responded very quickly to the swing in the market to domestic tourism, by ensuring that their members are well-positioned to reinvigorate their businesses. This is being achieved through the inclusion of easily accessible Australian Tourism Board content on their customised technology platform, ATAC 360. A key benefit provided to members is the selection of over 50 ready-to-use social posts which includes approved images (with mandatory photo credits) from Australian tourism boards, as well as recommended wording. Members can select their preferences in ATAC 360 and upload the posts to their agency’s social media pages in under 5 minutes. ATAC General Manager, Michelle Emerton advised that, “It makes perfect sense to use our technology to make it as easy as possible for members to sell Australia. Besides social media content, the respective image and video libraries, training and links to the tourism boards trade and consumer websites are also available.” This information will give all members nationally the ability to grow different revenue streams, as well as boost productivity with hours of time saved when looking for relevant up-to-date content for domestic marketing campaigns and advice to clients. “In light of the current situation, we are very pleased that we were able to pivot and offer this solution to our members within a very short turnaround time. All content is live and ready for members to use immediately,” added Michelle. In conjunction with this initiative, ATAC are also working closely with their preferred suppliers to make different and exciting domestic holidays available to their members. www.travelagentsco-op.com.au How recruitment will change post COVID-19 2020-06-10T02:45:45Z how-recruitment-will-change-post-covid-19 During 2019 many businesses were trying to work out how to improve their recruitment processes to attract the best candidates.  The marketplace was becoming increasingly competitive as unemployment in many countries was relatively low. There was a focus on improving the information provided to candidates, broadening the advertising through more job sites, as well as shortening the recruitment process to capture those potential candidates quickly. Post COVID-19 has seen the severest and quickest change to the job market for decades.  Many businesses have been directly and indirectly affected by massive losses in customers and the resulting flow-on effects.  Businesses have closed, laid off staff and sent many employees on leave.  Slowly we are seeing companies coming back to life.  But not all will survive.  Many new businesses will come alive, and many companies have or will pivot to adapt to the new world post-COVID-19. The way businesses seek, find, court and interact with potential new employees must also change.   For now, the days of lining up multiple face-to-face meetings with different interest groups, or catching up for coffees to assess cultural fit are in the past.  We won't have the luxury of personal interactions, group interviews, or recruitment processes that may require many stages.  Now more than ever, we have to find innovative and creative ways of capturing more information without the opportunity to meet in person. The more information and the better 'feel' we can get for our potential successful recruit before we narrow down the field, the better.  So right now, post COVID-19, and with the need to be transparent and inclusive coming to the fore around the globe there are new and innovative ways that candidates can provide employers with a clear insight into who they are.  Images, videos and elevator pitches can do this.  Resupix has created an app that helps provide a professional and innovative way to communicate this information in a non-threatening way for both the candidate and the employer.    Using images and captions to create a profile to present skills, interests, goals, and achievements is a powerful way to separate candidates.  It can work in conjunction with a resume for those who still require the traditional modes of information transfer.  But let's face it, resumes can be impersonal, robotic, manufactured and exaggerated.  Images and videos are authentic.   The new world of sharing who you are to snare the new job in the post-COVID-19 world is here in RESUPIX.  Try it out free. Download app from Apple IOS - https://apps.apple.com/au/app/resupix/id1505716754 Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.resupix.resupixapp BYO pillow the way to go for post-COVID travel 2020-06-09T05:07:19Z byo-pillow-the-way-to-go-for-post-covid-travel Travel as we know it is about to change dramatically for the foreseeable future. Luggage will also take on a new look with COVID-19 health and safety gear receiving the same focus as tourists’ favourite holiday apparel.   The use of communal pillows will become particularly problematic. These are known to harbour allergens, dead skin, hair and residual saliva. Tests that monitor the length of time that the COVID-19 virus remains active on textiles are ongoing. So, while deep cleaning of rooms may take place, the quickest and easiest-to-control solution will be to BYO pillow.   Diane Tipper from SleepKeeper knows that customers will be keen to take their own pillow for health and safety reasons. “Over the past few years many customers have purchased my pillow bags because they like to travel with their own pillow for comfort or due to health or chiropractic advice. This will definitely change in the future.”    “We can see that international airlines like Thai Airways have announced that they will no longer be handing out blankets and pillows. While international travel may be some time away, many people I know are planning holidays on home soil that will involve overnight accommodation. That’s where travelling with your own pillow will make a real difference to warding off potential infection.”   Get your pillow prepared and be ready to enjoy some long-awaited leisure trips in hygienic safety and comfort. Holiday options will begin again for New South Wales residents from 1 June when regional travel will be allowed across the state. There is also a significant push to ease state border closures and an Australia/New Zealand travel bubble has been the subject of much discussion.   SleepKeeper is an Australian designed product that reduces the size of any pillow by one third. It is lightweight, water-resistant and durable.  Priced at $29 plus free postage within Australia, Sleepkeeper is a low-cost, hygienic investment, providing comfort and peace of mind for travellers.   You can’t take your bed, but you can take your pillow! Melbourne-based commercial broker recognised as industry top performer 2020-06-05T03:51:24Z melbourne-based-commercial-broker-recognised-as-industry-top-performer St Leonards, NSW (5 June 2020) – Perry Finance’s Cameron Perry has been included in the annual Mortgage Professional Australia Top 10 Commercial Brokers list, sponsored by La Trobe Financial. Regarded as the industry benchmark for excellent performance, this prestigious list spotlights the highest-performing brokers in Australia and highlights the contributions they have made to the industry and within their own communities. “After last year’s Top 10 Commercial Brokers report, in which many brokers talked of longer turnaround times and tightening credit appetite, 2019 seemed to turn itself around. The last few months have obviously changed things yet again, and brokers are facing new challenges as they cope with shifting appetites and an uncertain economy,” says Mortgage Professional Australia editor Rebecca Pike. “The commercial finance space has been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic: many businesses across Australia have been forced to close their doors to customers, and while some are able to continue serving in a reduced capacity, there are those that are struggling to keep up with overheads and supply costs, and many have decided to close up completely.” “Commercial finance brokers have an incredible role to play here, as more businesses will undoubtedly seek financial help. MPA’s Top 10 Commercial Brokers talk about some of the ways in which they have seen businesses affected, and how they are preparing their own businesses to deal with these changes.” As the director of Perry Finance, Perry gears up for multiple challenges ahead and his main focus is supporting clients who are facing hardship. Rising two places from last year and increasing his loan value by 15%, Perry says he has been very fortunate to have great support around him. Over the past 12 months he has invested time and resources into structuring his business and building his team. Alongside Perry Finance, which handles residential and commercial mortgages, Perry launched a new brand called Melbourne Finance and Equity Group for private lending and development funding, which he says helped him clarify his o­ffering in the market. The current environment presents many challenges for brokers. To prepare his business for the coming months, he says he has consolidated the lenders on his panel that are still open for business and are formulating products for the likely scenarios ahead, such as existing loans rolling over and projects being delayed. “We are also focused on servicing our existing client base and making sure any of our clients that are facing hardship are well looked after,” he says. Read the full report in issue 20.05 of Mortgage Professional Australia, out now or find out more about Perry HERE.   -ENDS-   Mortgage Professional Australia (MPA) is the leading business magazine for the mortgage and finance industry. Launched in 2001, MPA continues to be the key resource mortgage and finance professionals turn to for in-depth industry issues, market trends, business analysis and intelligence. MPA is also very well known for its annual surveys and special reports such as Brokers on Banks and the MPA Top 100 that recognise key individuals and businesses and provide a unique snapshot of an industry that is continually evolving. MPA is published by independent media company Key Media. In conjunction with the print and online publications, Key Media also produces several mortgage and finance industry events including the Australian Mortgage Awards. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. $1 Million Pledge on World Environment Day 2020 2020-06-04T22:25:00Z 1-million-pledge-on-world-environment-day-2020 Tasmanian Walking Company (TWC) is excited to announce the official launch of its philanthropic initiative that will cultivate real change in support of Australian conservation projects. The initiative, called Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation, will focus on innovative programs that restore balance to threatened ecosystems while protecting vulnerable native animals and promoting sustainable use of wilderness areas.  Born from a heritage of charitable roots Tasmanian Walking Company raised $112000 for the Australian Bushfire relief and recovery earlier this year. The Foundation will provide a guarantee of raising $1 million over the next five years. Brett Godfrey, Co-owner said, "On World Environment Day this year we are celebrating our ongoing commitment to nature and inspiring positive change by launching the Tasmanian Walking Company Foundation. Today marks an important milestone in centralising our philanthropic efforts in our pursuit to raise a deeper awareness of environmental stewardship’. Gary Smith, Chairman, Great Walks of Australia said, “Amid the challenges of COVID-19, it is fantastic to see Tasmanian Walking Company showing leadership in the tourism industry at a time where we need to lift spirits and give people something genuine to embrace. The new Foundation has embarked on an exciting strategy and I look forward to seeing the positive contribution it makes to the environmental conservation of our magnificent national assets”. The Foundation will provide a platform for walkers to give back to the wilderness areas they visit and in turn, help conserve the natural and cultural heritage for generations to come. Walkers will be able to add a charitable contribution to their booking and an employee donation matching scheme will be established.  TWC will cover all administration costs with 100% of the money raised donated. In 2021 the Foundation will launch its ‘Heart of Nature’ Charity Walk with the simultaneous departure of four fundraising walks accompanied by a virtual reality social media awareness campaign. The first-of-its-kind four-day event will be offered free of charge to participants who, in exchange, will be required to fundraise a minimum of $5000. The all-inclusive guided walks involved in the campaign will be Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Three Capes Lodge Walk, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk and Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk.  Fundraising efforts will be spent on boots-on-the-ground projects that advocate for the conservation of public land to sustain healthy forests, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities. Campaigns will focus on revegetation projects and the expansion of protected areas such as the Tarkine where less than 5% is national park areas despite being the world’s second-largest cool temperature rainforest.   Heath Garratt, General Manager said, “Operating walks in such precious locations comes with the responsibility of preserving the natural wilderness and cultural diversity of these wild spaces. Under the Foundation we have a great capacity to extend the reach of fundraising, drive new initiatives and build on existing partnerships such as Wildcare. It’s a big step in our bid to actively support conservation projects and inspire people to advocate for issues they care most about”. Sharon Smith, CEO, Wildcare Tasmania added, “Wildcare and Tas Walking Company have worked alongside each other for many years, particularly in the Bay of Fires region with the very successful larapuna community weekend clean-ups.  Tas Walking Company are always on the front foot to care for Tasmania’s environment and to support not for profit charities.  I am excited to see what new conservation initiatives they will progress under the new Foundation!” Further information is available on the Foundation’s new website: Visit www.TWCFoundation.com.au.  Click this link for a photo of Guide Sanja on the Overland Track About Tasmanian Walking Company In 1985 Tasmanian Walking Company was offered the special privilege of developing a multi-day walking experience along the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. The company (inclusive of Tasmanian Walking Company and Australian Walking Company) now has six multi-day guided walks in wilderness areas across Australia.  TWC operates four of the twelve Great Walks of Australia and is a recognised leader in environmental travel practices winning numerous national tourism awards. TWC is an inductee in the hall of fame at the Qantas National Tourism Awards as Australia’s best eco-tourism operator.