The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-02-24T02:25:09Z Why Holiday Homes Are The Best Choice For Family Holidays 2020-02-24T02:25:09Z why-holiday-homes-are-the-best-choice-for-family-holidays-1 The choice of accommodation for family holidays has never been greater: hotels, campsites, holiday homes… It can be tough to decide which might suit your needs the best.  However, renting the right holiday home in the perfect location is a hard combination to beat. More and more folks are switching their allegiance from the typical holiday accommodation of old to the pure pleasure of renting a luxury holiday home for those all-important days of family fun. Still not convinced? Let’s consider the following reasons why the delights of a private house really is the ultimate location for your hols, and none more so than when it’s family affair.  1. It’s yours… All yours: When you rent a house it really is a home away from home, without any privacy concerns from anyone else. It’s not that we’re knocking hotels, but when you’ve been woken up for the umpteenth time by late night revellers or fought yet again for some personal space to chill by the pool, the thought of your own private nirvana is one of the premier reasons holiday homes are so popular. Choose carefully and you’ll have some decent outside space as well – just perfect for the kids to let off steam. And when it comes down to those memory-making evenings watching the sun sink below the horizon, perhaps tipping a cold one as you do (it’s holiday time, after all), then do you really want the ambiance ruined by unwanted strangers on the next table? At a hotel or campsite bar then a busy scenario is practically a given - but in a holiday home it’s down to you to decide exactly who to spend quality time with. 2. You have space. So… Much… Space… At home the family’s used to having a certain amount of personal space. So when you go on holiday and cram into a small living space area, such as a hotel room or apartment, it’s no wonder tense situations often occur. When you rent a private home you get to enjoy a healthy amount of space per person – bedrooms for all, play area for the kids, family living space, entertainment zones, kitchen, garden, pool... 3. You have all your home comforts: Need to throw some clothes in the wash? Sorted - because you’ll have all the same washing facilities as you do at home. Can’t live without your regular breakfast of poached eggs? With a full kitchen you can carry on with your usual culinary regime, utilising yummy, fresh local produce. And let’s face it, after a full day exploring and having the time of your life, the chance to put your feet up on the sofa and delve into your fav holiday read (or watch whatever your guilty TV pleasure might be) is part of the whole R&R vibe you need when enjoying your much-deserved down time. 4. Don’t forget the furries: Sure, some hotels accept dogs. But let’s be honest, a small room isn’t really conducive to a great experience (for you or Fido). Choosing a private holiday home is far more preferable. And with many owners knowing how important it is for holiday-makers to bring their dog/s means there are now loads of places that’ve opened their doors to welcome the four-legged members of the family as well. 5. Your wallet will thank you: Staying in a holiday home gives you full control over your holiday budget. Spending at least some of your meals eating in, as opposed to splashing out on constant restaurant meals, is a big budget booster. Kids treats, which of course factor highly when on holiday, are far more palatable when you can stock up at the supermarket rather than pay inflated tourist prices from bars and cafes. And for anyone with food intolerances or allergies, the ability to prepare food at home is a massive plus point for all involved. 6. A chance to live the high life: Careful selection of your holiday home can see you living a life of luxury for the duration of your holiday. The best private homes offer wonderful amenities, meaning you get to choose from houses that boast attractions such as a swimming pool, personal movie theatre, tennis court, games room, sauna, or are located in out of this world locations, such as on the beach, in the tranquil bush, with acres of private gardens or stunning views of the surrounding area… Quite simply, the benefits of a holiday home for a family trip are tenfold. Private Properties has been welcoming guests to such homes of distinction in the stunning south west of Western Australia for over 25 years. With well over 100 homes to choose from, this family-run company knows a thing or two about what makes the perfect holiday getaway property. To find out more and discover the perfect accommodation for your next family trip, give their friendly team a call on 08 9750 5444 or visit their website at www.privateproperties.com.au. A new caravan management system has hit the market, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. 2020-02-19T11:04:18Z a-new-caravan-management-system-has-hit-the-market-and-it-s-like-nothing-you-ve-ever-seen-before FEBRUARY 18, 2020 THE MOST ADVANCED CARAVAN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AVAILABLE The Sabre Living system is an advanced monitor, control and automation system for caravans and motorhomes. It turns things on and off from a tablet or phone, but that’s where the similarities to other devices end. Like most caravan management systems, the Sabre system monitors your batteries and power usage, your water tanks, the temperature and air quality, your geographical location, van movement as well as its own built-in security camera. It also controls your lights, fans, slide-outs, heaters, water heaters and water pumps - just like most other systems. It is also run by Android or Apple devices, just like many systems. However it’s the other features that make Sabre different. Daniel Bissett, the engineer behind the technology says “Sabre is the result of looking at what should be in a caravan and starting from scratch. Most other systems are a slow evolution of existing systems”. Sabre takes the technology like IOT (Internet-Of-Things), CI-BUS and Satellite communications to offer a device that has the brains to do it all, and to keep growing with the benefit of over-the-air software updates. “Sabre is built to grow“ Mr Bissett said. “It has IR control for TVs, air conditioners and sound systems that aren’t connected, two-way satellite for safety and messaging when out of phone range and physical switch connection which tell the system which position the switch is in.” continues Mr Bissett. The system also has a large safety and anti-theft component. A built-in security camera, air quality sensors, connection to smoke and gas alarms, internal movement sensors, GPS tracking and jolt detection all work together to create an anti-theft system. Mr Bissett says “if your van is stolen, Sabre will track its location in real-time, and turn on strobes, sirens and cameras - which can be tracked via a phone or through a website if the app isn’t installed.” he continues “If gas or smoke is detected, Sabre will not only notify you within the van, but can also send messages via the internet or satellite if the van is unattended”. Sabre can also automate some convenience processes such as turn on lights when it gets dark, or turning on the heater or air conditioner when the temperature changes. It can also turn on some soothing music and dim the lights when it's time for bed. Mr Bissett says “Sabre is not just a control and monitoring system, it’s a system that the van owner can configure to suit and serve them.” he continued “It can also let you know what kind of day is forecast for your next day of travelling, and show you what’s in the area”. A 20-page booklet is available by visiting sabreliving.com The Sabre system has been installed in a number of production vans in one of Australia’s largest manufacturers. It is available to both manufacturers as well as for retro-fitting. The company behind Sabre has been creating internet-based systems since 2002 for aviation, health-care and mining industries. Sabre Living Pty Ltd is an Australian company (ACN 621 440 426) and is based on Devonport, Tasmania with stock warehousing and distribution in Eastern Melbourne. For further media information contact: Jon Hatto Sabre Business Development Manager Email: jon@sabreliving.com Phone: 03 6423 2051 or 0418 137 680 COME SHARE THE LOVE IN EAST GIPPSLAND THIS VALENTINE’S DAY 2020-02-04T08:25:14Z come-share-the-love-in-east-gippsland-this-valentine-s-day Business operators across East Gippsland have been severely impacted by the fires that ravaged some parts of the region during what is normally their busiest time of the year.   Even coastal towns such as Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Metung, Lakes Entrance and Nicholson, which were untouched by fire, have been impacted as tourists deserted the area over the peak summer holiday period.   But business owners in these towns want Victorians to know the “coast is clear”, they are open for business, and the best way they can help the region rebuild is to come and visit, and what better excuse than Valentine’s Day.   Hayley Hardy from East Gippsland Marketing Inc. says with Valentine’s Day (February 14) falling on a Friday this year, it is the perfect opportunity to turn it into a long weekend, escape the hustle and bustle of the city with your loved one and share that love with business operators in the region who will welcome you with open arms.   “People have seen the images and they’ve watched on feeling helpless. But by booking accommodation, dinner, cruises and tours in East Gippsland over the Valentine’s Day weekend, you can help fire-affected communities recover economically and ensure that 100 per cent of your money is going directly to the businesses who need your help,” she said.   To further entice lovebirds to share the love with East Gippsland over the Valentine’s Day weekend, some of the region’s most popular restaurants, resorts, wineries and day spas are offering a range of offers and discounts to make that romantic getaway even more special.   Tamara Cook, owner of Captains Cove Resort in Paynesville, in the heart of the Gippsland Lakes, is among those offering special deals for Valentine’s Day visitors.   Anyone who books three nights at Captains Cove between February 10 and 17, 2020, will receive a complimentary $50 voucher at Sardine Eatery & Bar or Pier 70 on the Esplanade.   “We’re really excited to take part in this initiative and offer something special to our guests who make the effort to come and visit the region and share the love,” Ms Cook said.   “Everyone here has felt the impact of these fires either directly or indirectly,” she said. “And obviously some are hurting more than others.”   “But our cafes, restaurants, hotels and our tourist operators have all been affected by the fact that visitors have largely stayed away while the bushfires impacted the region over our peak tourism period,” she said.   “The one thing people can do is come back, come visit. Come and stay in East Gippsland and enjoy all the things we have to offer, from our amazing restaurants, cafes, wineries and local produce, to our picture-perfect lakes and beaches and an abundance of outdoor activities, from hiking and horse riding to boating and fishing,” she said.   “It’s actually a no-brainer,” says Sarah Carlisle, co-owner of Lakes Entrance-based outdoor adventure operator, Venture Out Australia.   “Couples get to enjoy a romantic getaway while at the same time knowing that the money, they are spending is going straight into the pockets of those who need it,” she said.   Other East Gippsland Valentine’s Day offers, include:   Bellevue on the Lakes at Lakes Entrance and the hugely popular Albert & Co cafe and restaurant have come together to offer a special Valentine’s night in the Boathouse spa suite, including champagne on arrival, an ‘East Gippsland produce-inspired love dinner for two’ at Albert and Co and a breakfast hamper to your room the following morning, all for $425.   The Nicholson River Winery, in Nicholson is offering two glasses of 9-year-old sparkling wine with a cheese or antipasto platter for just $40 to anyone who visits between February 13 and February 15, 2020.   Sardine eatery and bar in Paynesville is currently taking bookings for its a la carte and tasting menu for Valentine's Day. The tasting menu offers 8-9 dishes to share between two people for $85 per person; and add an additional $50 per person, for the ‘wine match' option.   Lakes Entrance Helicopters and Albert and Co have partnered to offer a unique Valentine’s Day experience in East Gippsland at a surprise location on the Lakes. Fly high above the spectacular lake system, enjoy the birds-eye view of the islands and iconic Entrance and land at a surprise location to enjoy a sensational picnic basket provided by Albert and Co. ($375 for two people for 1 hour and 45 minutes)   Northern Ground in Bairnsdale is offering a complimentary glass of Lightfoots Sparkling Shiraz, or Glenmaggie Sparkling to anyone who comes in to enjoy its seasonal Gippsland produce menu on Valentine’s night.   Illuka Day Spa in Lakes Entrance is offering anyone who purchases a voucher for the day spa, an additional 50 per cent for free. Pay $100 and get a $150 voucher; pay $150 and get a $225 voucher.   Meanwhile, anyone who books a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway at The Esplanade Resort in Lakes Entrance will receive a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate platter upon arrival. Simply quote ‘vday’ when you book.   For more information about how you can share the love in East Gippsland, visit: https://www.visitgippsland.com.au/loveeastgippsland   Girl Guides calls for volunteers to support the next generation of Australian women 2020-01-30T23:45:57Z girl-guides-calls-for-volunteers-to-support-the-next-generation-of-australian-women-1 Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, one of the largest organisations in Australia dedicated to supporting girls and young women, are calling for more volunteers to play a vital role in the organisation by sharing their experiences and wisdom with the Girl Guide Community. After the success of the A Place To Grow campaign in May 2019, memberships significantly increased creating a need to recruit volunteers. State Commissioner, Sarah Neill said that volunteering is not only about helping others, studies have shown volunteering helps increase your health, happiness and sense of fulfilment. “From our own research – Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Insights Research 2018 – we know that our volunteers are making lifelong friends, gaining personal fulfilment, develop a sense of belonging and learn new skills,” Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, offer a range of flexible volunteering positions available to suit different schedules and needs. “When considering becoming a volunteer, we encourage people to choose a position that reflects one of their passions and/or experience; to add greater value to the team, the girls and gain personal satisfaction,” said Mrs Neill. NT Region Manager, Letitia Baldwin, who has been involved in Girl Guides for 16 years said, “We are constantly looking for volunteers with unique passions to share them with our community. It is incredibly important for volunteers to love what they are doing as this provides the greatest benefit to our girls.” District Manager, Tegan McAnulty, has been a member of the Guiding community for 22 years both as a Guide and a Leader. When asked why she has been a part of Guiding for so long, her answer is simple. “The biggest opportunity – at the heart of the Girl Guiding movement, is the girls we work with; it’s the greatest privilege,” said Ms McAnulty. Tegan has participated in the recruitment campaign with other Leaders sharing their experiences as a volunteer. View the recruitment video series here: www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer With all these amazing benefits and the start of a new year, why not become a volunteer? www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer -ends- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and support those in need by offering to help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls, women and volunteers A Place To Grow. For Media Enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | simone@zadroagency.com.au | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Girl Guides at Lark in the Park, Sydney, 2019. Image: Volunteers at Lord Mayor’s Picnic. Image: Recruitment Campaign Artwork. WA Freemasons tour Israel in Historic Event 2020-01-24T00:16:35Z wa-freemasons-tour-israel-in-historic-event MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   21/1/2020 WA Freemasons tour Israel in Historic Event On the 28th of January, for the first time in history a delegation of over 22 senior ranking Freemasons will be representing Western Australia at the installing of the ceremonial head of Freemasons in Israel. Occurring once every five years, the Installation is the most important Freemasonry event in the Israeli calendar and will be held north of Tel Aviv.  WA Freemasons will also take part in a rare ritual of the Mark Master Mason degree held in the Tzedakya Caves, Jerusalem the following day. This is a first for any Australian Freemason to be invited to undertake. Importantly this reflects the truly respectful relationship that has developed between these two countries through a common association in Freemasonry.  “This event is extremely significant to Freemasons, as our ceremonies are based around the construction of King Solomon’s temple also known as the First Temple, and was the Holy Temple in ancient Jerusalem before its destruction by Nebuchadnezzar” Western Australian Grand Master Peter Kirwan said. “We will be visiting the same places mentioned in centuries-old Masonic and Biblical scholarly tomes.” He said, “that in addition to the official ceremonies, we will be visiting a number of historical sites across Israel including the underground tunnels of Serona, Bahai Gardens, Crusader Fortress in Akko and Mt Zion” Peter also states that the group intends to use the opportunity to raise our Western Australian profile abroad and encourage people to travel here to enjoy our wonderful tourist sites and activities. ### Fly Stress-Free with Flyaway’s Auckland Airport Parking 2020-01-22T02:15:43Z fly-stress-free-with-flyaway-s-auckland-airport-parking Travelling is already stressful enough without the added concern of finding parking at Auckland Airport. For that reason, Flyaway encourages visitors to Auckland Airport – regardless of whether you are travelling domestically or internationally – to book with them before your journey. Their parking solution offers a convenient way to travel without the worry of a hefty bill or safety issue and even better – it’s located right by the airport for even more convenience. Flyaway offers valet, a free 24/7 shuttle to both terminals and the option to book online. With all payment information available upon booking, you know exactly what you are getting when you choose to go with them. Their aim is to avoid the exorbitant costs that often increase the closer you get to the airport, promising affordable and competitive rates at all times of the year. Flyaway is a trusted parking provider and has been used by travellers for many years. When you choose Flyaway you know you are getting a reliable and consistent service every time. All vehicles checked-in with Flyaway remain at Verissimo Drive at all times for safety and security – they do not drive any client vehicles offsite. Booking your Auckland Airport car parking is simple with Flyaway. Just visit their website here: https://flyaway.co.nz/, fill out their quick quote form where you will be provided with an estimate and click book. From there, your car parking for the duration of your trip will be sorted and you will have nothing to worry about. It is as easy as that.  Sustainability driving the subscription trend, predicted to increase by 70% in 2020 2020-01-14T22:16:23Z sustainability-driving-the-subscription-trend-predicted-to-increase-by-70-in-2020 With Australians living busier lifestyles than ever, the rise in subscription options is a warmly welcomed and long-loved concept across all areas from meals and household goods and beauty products. Convenience, variety, and affordability have traditionally been the three main reasons why everyone loves a good, trusty subscription. However, there is a new trend in subscriptions that you need to know about for 2020 – sustainability. Christina Kjaergaard, Commercial Manager at Pure Planet Club says, “In 2019, we saw an increase in subscribers by over 54% which is our largest increase yet. The end of this decade signified a noteworthy shift in attitudes towards sustainability, foreseen to be a key factor in the increase of our subscription club members. We predict a larger increase of up to 70% in 2020, with the exponential trend of Australians being more eco-conscious and actively choosing products and life actions based on sustainability – and the ability to reduce the environmental footprint as a result of their actions.” So, you’re passionate about making positive steps towards living a more sustainable lifestyle? Here are Christina’s top 5 benefits of a toilet paper subscription and why it’s the way to go in 2020: Yes, you can actually get eco-friendly, plastic-free toilet paper on subscription. Plastic pollution is causing irreversible damage to our planet at an alarming rate; go plastic-free today to protect the Earth’s future! All Pure Planet Club toilet tissue is 100% plastic-free, tree-free, septic-safe, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, BPA-free and biodegradable. You’re more likely to stay sustainable and be green all year round. You won’t need to stray and contemplate other options! If you order on a subscription basis, you don’t need to think about it. Out of sight, out of mind. You know your toilet paper will be on the way soon, the one you researched and chose because you want to be more sustainable in 2020. So, it’ll be easier to stick to it, stay green and stay passionate about saving the world! Convenience is king. Imagine that, you never need to carry a big bundle of toilet paper back to your home or car again after a trip to the shops! Or if you always opt for the small packs, surely you’re tired of going up to get another 6-pack every week. Another trip to the toilet paper aisle – no longer! You can have it all delivered to your door and made from renewable and recycled materials. Just like a king, you’ll get the royal throne service on a subscription. No more impulse buying or excessive shopping. Say goodbye to temptation! When you’re on a subscription, you won’t need to put yourself in the situation of standing in the supermarket aisle, considering whether you should just buy a big bundle of toilet paper (likely to be made from our precious trees and non-sustainable materials) while you’re there. There will be no need, making it easier to sticking to the most sustainable choice. Reduce the need for excess storage space. On a toilet paper subscription, you will receive a delivery at the right time, calculated based on usage and number of household members. Your regular delivery will arrive with perfect timing before your supply runs out. This means you don’t receive crazy amounts of toilet paper rolls and end up stumped on where to store all these rolls, without creating your own toilet paper roll castle. You have one job – your toilet paper choice could save the world. 15% of the world’s deforestation is from the creation of toilet paper, yet trees are vital to combat Global Warming as they lower the air temperature from evaporating water in their leaves. Using Pure Planet Club toilet paper saves wiping out 27,000 trees per day as it is tree-free and made from 100% plant-based materials, bamboo and sugarcane waste. Pure Planet Club’s new Marine Collection toilet paper is available now online for RRP $48.00 per 36 pack carton, or $43.20 per carton on subscription. www.pureplanetclub.com.au For more information, product samples, hi-res imagery or to interview Christina Kjaergaard please contact: 360 PR – Rachel King – (02) 9571 4448 – rachel@360pr.com.au EXODUS TRAVELS COMMITS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE 2020-01-13T21:00:14Z exodus-travels-commits-to-fight-climate-change Global adventure travel company, Exodus Travels has today announced they are one of the founding signatories of the ‘Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency’ pledge, in an effort to fight climate change and significantly reduce the growing environmental footprint of the tourism industry.  In October 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a crucial report on global warming, noting a consistent increase in global temperatures that is anticipated to result in a devastating impact on people and the planet by 2050.  In response, a new network of organisations, companies and individuals working in the tourism industry have come together to declare a climate emergency, launched at www.tourismdeclares.com.  Exodus Travels is committed to becoming an advocate within the travel industry by collaborating with other sustainable travel companies - including Intrepid Travel and ResponsibleTravel.com - who have signed the pledge and will be collectively working towards reducing the environmental impact across the travel sector.  As a founding signatory, Exodus Travels recognises there is an urgent climate emergency and is committed to making a proactive change within the next 12 months to measure, reduce and mitigate their carbon footprint. They also commit to setting carbon reduction goals in line with the IPCC advice to gut global emissions to 55% below 2017 levels.  As a company, Exodus Travels already tirelessly works to minimise their carbon impact through a holistic and sustainable travel approach across all of  their trips. This is done through partnering with eco-friendly, locally owned and run accommodation providers such as the Esquinas Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica, visitation to local restaurants and food markets that source food locally rather than importing, and supporting the protection of carbon-capturing biodiversity such as in Finland through the Wild Oulanka Foundation. By signing the pledge, Exodus Travels is taking a powerful step forward to creating a sustainable tourism industry across the world.   Full details of the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency pledge are available at www.exodustravels.com/sustainable-travel/declaration.  ENDS For all media enquiries, please contact: Erin Sing | erin@moderncurrency.com.auAshlee Marsico | ashlee@moderncurrency.com.au About Exodus Travels Celebrating 45 years, leading adventure tour operator Exodus has a vast range of adventure and activity holidays across seven continents, offering places as diverse and as exhilarating as Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, the Ice Hotel and Antarctica. Whether it is solo travellers, couples, groups or families, Exodus offers an incredible choice of trips for all ages and activity levels. Exodus has hosted 250,000 + happy travellers on extraordinary adventures across the globe. Operating in 90+ countries with 500+ tours, Exodus insists on low impact tourism and contributing to local communities. Learn more at www.exodustravels.com. CITY TATTS LITRES FOR THE LAND FUNDRAISER 2019-12-10T01:23:36Z city-tatts-litres-for-the-land-fundraiser-2 # LITRES FOR THE LAND XMAS FUNDRAISER  # CITY TATTS HELP OUR COUNTRY COUSINS # COFFEE & PAVLOVA THIS THURSDAY DEC 12   City Tattersalls Club at 194 Pitt St Sydney is joining with Clubs NSW to raise funds to buy LITRES FOR THE LAND to help farmers fighting the drought through NSW and the rest of Australia.    Launching this Thursday 12th December there will be complimentary coffee from 6.30am to 10.30am in the City Tatts foyer, pavlova In Zest Kitchen for $10 and purchase a Young Henrys tinnie for $5 in Lime Bar to quench your thirst. All monies go to buy Litres  for the Land.    The campaign continues on Thursday night in the Lower Bar when the CTC Young Professionals Network will have their Xmas party and all bar takings from 7.30pm onwards will be donated to the cause as well.    The City Tatts fundraising campaign will run all the way to Christmas Day and continue throughout the Summer with ongoing activities.  DONATIONS CAN ALSO BE MADE AT ANY POINT OF SALE MACHINE IN THE CLUB.   TO INTERVIEW CITY TATTS CLUB CHAIRMAN PATRICK  CAMPION  email Shannon@marksonsparks.com or call Shannon on 0459 513 862.   Booking.com lists Australia’s Mitey-est Accommodation, a VEGEMITE Villa 2019-12-02T00:35:02Z booking-com-lists-australias-mitey-est-accommodation-a-vegemite-villa-1 Booking.com lists Australia’s Mitey-est Accommodation, a VEGEMITE Villa Are you VEGEMITE’s biggest fan? If so, thanks to Booking.com you can now spend the night in Australia’s Mitey-est accommodation – the VEGEMITE Villa – available exclusively on Booking.com for stays on the 6th and 7th December 2019   Australia, 2 December 2019 – VEGEMITE lovers have a chance like never before to spread their devotion for Australia’s iconic spread, by staying overnight in a VEGEMITE (Jar) Villa built by Booking.com. As the digital travel leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of unique places to stay and with a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, from the everyday to the unexpected, Booking.com has created a four-metre-high and two-metre-wide VEGEMITE Jar which is available exclusively on the site for guests to book for a tasteful weekend away! The VEGEMITE Villa will be situated in the homeland of VEGEMITE’s parent company, Bega Cheese, Brogo, NSW and will accommodate two guests at a time, for two nights. Lucky travellers will have the chance to vege out in the peaceful New South Wales countryside and live the Australian dream with this unique experience. The custom-built, self-contained Villa looks like a regular VEGEMITE jar from the outside and gets even better when you step inside! Complete with VEGEMITE furnishings, including a bed which resembles VEGEMITE on toast, eye masks, slippers, socks and an alarm clock – of course, to ensure that guests make their check out on time. The Villa is also fully equipped with power points and USB ports, to keep guests connected as they enjoy all that country New South Wales has to offer. If you’re wondering what goes into building a Vegemite Villa, here it is: If we were to fill the entire Villa with Vegemite Jars, you would need more than 31,000 jars or equally more than two million pieces of toast If we then laid all of these out, it would be over 3km long. That’s the equivalent of three Sydney Harbour Bridges! It took three builders, two sculptors, one scenic artist and a printing team to build this incredible stay It weighs approximately 900kg, that’s approximately 20 Kangaroos! A seamstress has created a custom-made bed quilt and sheets which looks like Vegemite on toast Luke Wilson, Area Manager at Booking.com Australia, said “Inspired by Australia’s love for VEGEMITE, the VEGEMITE Villa is a quirky and quintessential Australian experience like no other. VEGEMITE is a taste all Australians know and love, now Booking.com is offering world travellers the opportunity to experience Australia’s favourite spread in the most unique manner with the VEGEMITE Villa. “At Booking.com, we’re proud to offer our customers unique and unforgettable places to stay all over the world, with more than 6.2 million alternative accommodation options which includes holiday homes, apartments and other unique stays available on Booking.com, there’s something for everyone to discover. We want to continuously delivery on this offer and as such, have created this once in a lifetime experience for our customers.” Book your stay at the VEGEMITE Villa: Priced at just $89.00 per night, The VEGEMITE Villa is exclusively available on Booking.com for two nights, the 6th and 7th December 2019. Located at 610 Warrigal Range Rd, Brogo NSW 2550, the VEGEMITE Villa will open bookings for its 6th and 7th December stay on 4th December November at 10:00AM AEST. For more information and your chance to book, visit: https://www.booking.com/hotel/au/vegemite-villa.en-gb.html -ENDS- CONTACT DETAILS:  For further information, contact the Booking.com Australia Press Office; bookingau@redhavas.com About Booking.com Founded in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch startup to one of the world’s leading digital travel companies. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com’s mission is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. By investing in the technology that helps take the friction out of travel, Booking.com seamlessly connects millions of travelers with memorable experiences, a range of transportation options and incredible places to stay -from homes to hotels and much more. As one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for both established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes, Booking.com enables properties all over the world to reach a global audience and grow their businesses. Booking.com is available in 43 languages and offers more than 28 million total reported accommodation listings, including more than 6.2 million listings alone of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay. No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, Booking.com makes it easy and backs it all up with 24/7 customer support. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, and for the latest news, data and insights, please visit our global media room.   SPARE WORKSPACE AND VENUEMOB ANNOUNCE MERGER 2019-11-26T01:12:08Z spare-workspace-and-venuemob-announce-merger FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   SPARE WORKSPACE AND VENUEMOB ANNOUNCE MERGER Australia’s leading online marketplaces are joining forces to become the No 1 platform to find and book meeting and event spaces in Australia SYDNEY, November 22, 2019 – Spare Workspace and Venuemob announced today the merger of their companies to create one of Australia’s largest platforms to discover and book event, meeting and training spaces around Australia. Helping over 5000 businesses, collectively Spare Workspace and Venuemob have handled over $300 million of enquiries since their inception. Founded in 2015 by Jake Dimarco, Spare Workspace helps businesses to easily book on-demand meeting and training spaces online by the hour or day. Venuemob has been connecting Australians with the perfect venues for their events in just a few clicks since 2012.  With over 6000 unique spaces to choose from, customers will find the perfect venue for events ranging from a small meeting to a large-scale corporate conference. Their merger will make them the No 1 online platform in Australia to find and book event and meeting space. “Spare Workspace’s growth over the past four years has been astounding,” says Spare Workspace CEO Jake Dimarco. “With our industry-leading booking platform, we’ve taken a difficult and time-consuming task and made it super simple. I couldn’t be more excited to join forces with Venuemob and offer our customers a wider range of venues to meet all their needs. Customers won’t need to look anywhere else. We will be Australia’s biggest one-stop shop for event, conference and meeting spaces.”  Both companies have raised capital from major Australian and global investors. By coming together under Spare Group, they will now have dedicated teams in both Sydney and Melbourne to better serve customers with personalised recommendations and support.  “We’re thrilled to join Spare Workspace to create an even stronger presence around the country,” says Venuemob Director Adrian Bunter. “This merger will only strengthen our success. Our shareholders are incredibly excited about Jake taking on the role of Group CEO. He’s proven to be a strong leader in the industry and will no doubt take both businesses to the next level.” The company will continue to operate both brands into 2020, with an exciting roadmap in place to integrate both businesses in the coming months.  “We will continue to innovate and transform how customers discover and book their events and meetings around Australia,” says Dimarco. “We expect our growth to be exponential across both businesses. Watch this space.” To find the perfect space for your next meeting, visit spareworkspace.com.au and for your next event, visit venuemob.com.au . [ENDS] For all media enquiries, please contact: Jake Dimarco +61 2 8417 1036 media@spareworkspace.com.au About Spare Workspace Spare Workspace is the No 1 platform to easily discover and book on-demand meeting and training spaces around Australia. Businesses can compare and book over 2000 spaces starting from $20 an hour within minutes.   About Venuemob Venuemob is the leading online platform to find and book the perfect event venue around Australia. With over 4000 spaces, Venuemob has the ideal location for your next event, whether it’s a corporate Christmas party or a product launch. Best of all, it’s completely free to use. ENDS Hotel Supplier Receives Sustainable Award 2019-11-20T02:03:48Z hotel-supplier-receives-sustainable-award For the team at Vendella International Australia, sustainability is a way of business that ensures we are caring for the needs and demands of tomorrow and beyond.  Supply chain processes and practices, ethical trade, social and environmental responsibility are now common place phrases across all sectors of trade. We have a number of initiatives in place as we work toward continued improvement.  In recognition of these initiatives our New Zealand team were awarded the Most Sustainable Business Project Award across all NZ businesses. Each finalist had to demonstrate sustainable and environmentally conscious behaviours across four key areas: Litter Prevention and Waste Minimisation, Community Beautification, Recycling Projects and Sustainable Tourism. Over the past 12 months alone, our premium micofibre has saved 2,151,621 plastic bottles (500ml) from ocean and landfills, saving a total of 550 cubic metres of landfill space. Vendella International Australia welcome the opportunity to supply our sustainable bedding and toweling to your next hotel fitout or refurbishment.  DineSmart - Dine Out Help Out 2019-11-18T04:23:14Z dinesmart-dine-out-help-out DineSmart is changing lives this Christmas   As we wrap up another year, many of us turn our minds to friends, family and to those who are less fortunate. DineSmart is back and, with a host of new restaurants taking part, it’s simple to lend a hand to people who are homeless this Christmas. Since 2003 DineSmart has applied the simple model of asking diners to chip in a small donation to their bill and granting those donations to combat homelessness in the local community. The collective power of restaurants and local diners working together, makes it such a success, having helped StreetSmart raise over $5.7million. Heading into its 17th year, there are more than 110 participating restaurants and the campaign runs from November 21st – December 31st with hopes to raise at least $250,000 for homelessness projects during the busy run into Christmas. But in those 17 years, homelessness in Australia has worsened. Between 2011 and 2016 (the most recent census), homelessness increased by 13 per cent. In New South Wales alone it increased by 37 per cent. CEO of StreetSmart, Adam Robinson, is asking diners to chip in whenever they can: “We’re not properly funding essential, often lifesaving, services. We’re not properly funding low cost housing. I think as a community we haven’t prioritised solving these issues. We seem to be sitting back and thinking it’s okay. That’s just not good enough for a country as wealthy as ours. We can and should be doing something, and we can all make a difference through leaving a small donation on our bill when we dine out. DineSmart has had a meaningful impact on thousands of people’s lives delivering essential services to those in crisis, as well as working to prevent the causes of homelessness.” DineSmart has also seed funded a number of innovative projects that are leading local responses to homelessness. Organisations such as Orange Sky Laundry, HOMIE, The Street Socceroos, FareShare, Wear for Success,, and Second Bite, all received early funding from DineSmart and have gone on to have lasting impact. To find all the restaurants involved check the google map  www.streetsmartaustralia.org/dinesmart “BMiles Foundation works with women who are impacted by mental ill health, many of whom have experienced trauma and or family and domestic violence, and these much-needed funds will enable women to access clinical support to assist them with their recovery. Please let your supporters know their funds raised by DineSmart are going directly to those in need and making a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable women in our society.” Kate Timmins, BMiles Foundation For more information about how to Dine Out and Help Someone Sleeping Out visit:  https://streetsmartaustralia.org/dinesmart/.  For further info / interviews  please contact Geoff on 0428 909 097 NSW and ACT Guiding Community merges with NT to create A Place To Grow Together 2019-11-18T03:48:23Z nsw-and-act-guiding-community-merges-with-nt-to-create-a-place-to-grow-together The NSW & ACT Girl Guides community will merge with Girl Guides NT to form Girl Guides NSW, ACT and NT from January 2020 creating a 7,800 strong member organisation. The merger offers a chance to expand learnings and foster collaboration between the state and territories. Girl Guides in NT will have access to greater resources and opportunities through this partnership, with all the administrative and operational benefits of a larger Association. More opportunities will be available to assist with the geographical challenges faced in the NT. The partnership will also allow Guides in the NT to participate in creative initiatives run by Girl Guides NSW & ACT such as GirlMade which supports girls to express themselves creatively. The NT community hope to share their unique experiences and perspectives with the NSW & ACT members, to further support the growth and empowerment of the next generation of Australian women. Letitia Baldwin, NT Regional Manager, Girl Guides NT, is looking forward to this new step in NT Guiding history, believing it will bring great benefit to the girls and Leaders. “I have a brilliant team of Leaders and we will work well with the NSW and ACT teams. It is important to have fresh ideas and the chance to network, especially for our adult members so they can share that with the girls. I want to make this community as big and beautiful as it can be. “I think the opportunities are going to be endless; NSW & ACT have an exciting range of things for girls to do and now we will be able to leverage this and get the girls involved in so many more activities. “It is great to know we’re not alone; we are a part of a large network. I am looking forward to NT standing proud and showing off what we can do,” said Ms Baldwin. Eboney Prentice, Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NT, has been a member of the Guiding community for 30 years; having had many unique experiences with Guiding including travelling the world, she is now sharing the Guiding experience with her daughter. “Guiding focuses on the community, it encourages girls to think about more than just themselves, to learn from others and give back to the world around them. The joining of our communities will support this Guiding mission and enhance the girls experience,” said Ms Prentice. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, travelled to NT earlier this year and met the Guiding community; she is thrilled to be partnering with them. “I am looking forward to working closely with Letitia and her team who have such a deep passion for Guiding. The girls as always are at the centre of what we do and we know this partnership will enhance their Guiding experience with increased support,” said Mrs Neill. -ENDS- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the Leaders and volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and help those in need offering help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls A Place To Grow. For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | simone@zadroagency.com.au | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Letitia Baldwin, NT Region manager, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Eboney Prentice, Unit Leader Darwin District, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT. Image: Girl Guides NT. Image: Girl Guides NSW & ACT. LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT FIJI WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF 2019-11-14T04:10:28Z likuliku-lagoon-resort-fiji-welcomes-new-executive-chef LIKULIKU WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF  Australian Executive Chef, Ryan Ward, reimagines modern Fijian cuisine at Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Hyperlocal produce, exceptional service and commitment to the Fijian community are cornerstones of the Likuliku experience  Nov 2019: Ryan Ward has been appointed Executive Chef of the multi award-winning Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago - the luxury Fijian-owned resort with Fiji’s only authentic over-water bures and a part of the prestigious collection of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.  Prior to coming to Fiji two years ago, Ryan devoted five years as Chef de Cuisine for the then 2-hatted GOMA Restaurant at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. In the early stages of his career, he was drawn to the precision and rivalrous nature of London’s kitchens, including Mayfair’s ‘Sketch’, and spent time in boutique hotels on the Cornish coastline.  Born in Queensland, his formative years were heavily influenced by his grandmother, a sculptor and artist, and his grandfather who had a genuine love of nature and understanding of the land, raising cattle on his property in Queensland. His upbringing and his time at Sketch and GOMA have shaped Ryan’s simple yet beautiful expression of ingredients.  Ryan draws inspiration from his time living on Malolo Island where he began his Fiji affinity at Likuliku’s sister property – Malolo Island Resort.    Ryan re-shaped the culinary offering at Malolo Resort with an increased focus on local produce and flavours.   During this time, Ryan gained an appreciation and true understanding of local ingredients stretching from Malolo to the tip of the Yasawa Islands.     Moving next door to Likuliku is a dream for Ryan because with that comes a daily-changing menu, a flourishing garden and a supply of fresh honey from the Resort’s bees.  “For me, the key is to focus on the origin of the ingredient and take inspiration from the Fijian people, culture, customs and tradition to create a dish that has a sense of place.” Ryan says.   A keen fisherman, Ryan spends time out of the kitchen exploring and researching the local waters and surrounding islands with curiosity. His appreciation for the environment will be influential to Likuliku’s kitchen practices ensuring a strong focus on sustainability.  “I look forward to continue to embrace Fiji as home and especially, to work alongside Likuliku’s environmental team, using their local knowledge of ingredients to help shape our menus and create a world class dining experience for our guests.”  Ahura Resorts Group General Manager, Steve Anstey says, ‘We’re delighted to have Ryan as Executive Chef at Likuliku. His gastronomic expertise, passion for the local produce and culinary creativity will help us to continue to create and build on an extraordinary dining experience at Likuliku.’  Likuliku will launch new dishes in 2020 with a focus on ethically sourced ingredients, preserving the environmental well-being of the Mamanuca archipelago.   Further information on Likuliku Lagoon Resort including special offers: http://likulikulagoon.com ENDS   For further information/images please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au