The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-10T01:23:36Z 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     Holiday Inn Resort Phuket announces Grand Re-Opening with Exclusive Offers after $4.6 Million Make-Over 2019-11-14T02:37:19Z holiday-inn-resort-phuket-announces-grand-re-opening-with-exclusive-offers-after-4-6-million-make-over Sydney, Australia, 14th November, 2019 - The Holiday Inn Resort Phuket today announced its grand re-opening after undergoing a USD$4.6 million renovation process in the last 7 months. An oasis of tranquility in bustling Patong, the refurbished resort successfully combines the established reputation of Thai hospitality with a calm, relaxed and luxurious ambience.   Having undergone a transformative make-over in its Busakorn Wing, the resort strives to provide guests with unrivalled high-end service, personal welcome facilities, premium-use swimming pools and a host of indulgent packages.   “Offering a fabulous resort within a resort experience, we are thrilled to unveil the newly renovated Busakorn Wing where tropical sophistication meets traditional Thai luxury. Offering a fresh guest experience for our new and returning guests, the beautifully appointed Studio Rooms and Villas meld heritage-inspired décor but with Modern Thai elegance,” said Bart Callens, General Manager of the Resort.    As Patong’s first international hotel, Holiday Inn Phuket Resort has been serving guests for over 30 years becoming one of the most well-known hotels in the region. Located centrally in Patong with direct access to prime dining, entertainment and shopping locations, the hotel is sheltered from the crowds and provides a restful ambience. As part of its re-launch, a total of 104 studio rooms, including 17 new poolside rooms, have been renovated. The new refurbishments also offer an adult-only villa area with pool access and pool view rooms, new facilities and exclusive indulgence packages. “The interior design draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of Thailand’s cotton traditional weaving styles and careful attention has been paid to the finishing touches to create a truly distinctive holiday experience for our guests. Rooms overlook tropical swimming pools framed by landscaped gardens to create a peaceful oasis right in the heart of Patong. The Busakorn Wing has its own entrance and reception, and two additional swimming pools for the exclusive use of Busakorn guests,” Callens added. Living up to Thailand's reputation as the Land of Smiles, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket aims to leave its guests with lasting smiles for the duration of their stay. The friendly and courteous staff is a reflection of the warm Thai hospitality and aligns with the highly-esteemed global reputation of The Holiday Inn Resorts as an attentive and customer-centric brand.     Guests can find a special re-opening offer here: https://phuket.holidayinnresorts.com/special-offers/busakorn-studio-re-opening-offer   About Holiday Inn Resort® Phuket Located in the heart of Patong, Phuket’s most famous beach, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket is an oasis within walking distance to key shopping such as Jungceylon Shopping Centre, vibrant restaurants and bars and the upbeat Soi Bangla nightlife. Just steps away from the beach, this beautiful tropical Resort features contemporary-styled rooms with four beautiful pools in a lush garden setting.  Holiday Inn Resort Phuket has since built a solid reputation for personalised and genuine Thai hospitality, delivering an exceptional resort experience to ensure a memorable and fun stay for guests of all ages, many of which have been loyal returning guests since its opening. About Holiday Inn® Started over 60 years ago and with nearly 1,200 hotels worldwide today, the Holiday Inn® brand is the most widely recognised lodging brand in the world. During that time, it was the first hotel brand to launch a computerised reservation system in 1965, one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984 and the first to take an online booking in 1995.   The ‘Kids Eat & Stay Free’ programme available at every Holiday Inn® property, and KidSuites® rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort® hotel, demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn® brand to serving family travellers, along with a comfortable atmosphere where everyone can sit back and relax. Viaggio Italia Travel releases 2021 tour schedule 2019-11-01T23:22:44Z viaggio-italia-travel-releases-2021-tour-schedule Viaggio Italia Travel has released its 2021 tour schedule. Tour dates, prices and itineraries are available on their website at https://www.viaggioitaliatravel.com.au or you can download the document directly from https://87bdd95c-307d-48e1-bdf6-4f88ba138934.filesusr.com/ugd/c5b63f_1b2650a6cd7f41c09694866901e1c0a4.pdf Melbourne City Welcomes New Art PARK 2019-10-22T00:28:04Z melbourne-city-welcomes-new-art-park-1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [PRESS RELEASE] Date: 7 Oct 2019  Community Art Space and Eatery PARK to Open in Chinatown  Known for reimagining unassuming spaces, the crew behind Cast of Falcons is finally launching the highly anticipated PARK. Part outdoor gallery, part communal garden, PARK - the collaborative brainchild of Cast of Falcons director, Maz Salt, and architects baracco + wright - hopes to be a creative respite amidst the hustle and bustle of Australia’s oldest Chinatown. Whilst adding to the vibrant diversity of Melbourne’s colourful CBD, the space will breathe new life into what had previously been a landmark car park for over 40 years - one of the many reasons why PARK’s concept has already been in the centre of widespread debate and media attention. With a mission to champion Melbourne’s art community, PARK will look to feature a lineup of art pieces, installations and performances, as well as being a space that encourages community gatherings, cultural appreciation and conversation. On top of cultivating an extensive exhibit covering film, music, visual, experiential and digital arts - patrons will be treated to food offerings from well-loved local food vendors available onsite. “PARK gave us an opportunity to think about what was on this site hundreds of years ago,” says baracco + wright director Louise Wright, “before it became a park for cars. This thinking is rarely afforded urban sites, and this notion of heritage is largely missing.” This thoughtful design concept is evident in PARK’s surroundings which features a variety of indigenous plants and trees, reflecting the space’s commitment to urban ecology and a nod to the land itself. If the portfolio of this group is anything to go by, PARK is set to become an icon and an unmissable addition to your summer ‘go-to’ list. Address: 132-138 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Spritzer doesn't need to be Aperol 2019-10-16T05:31:15Z spritzer-doesn-t-need-to-be-aperol If you love the taste of Orange Bitters, Prosecco and Soda Spritzers, then do try this Summers new sensation: Slider Spritzers, the smooth combination of Mandarin Bitters and Prosecco but hold the soda. Fill a large wine glass (180 ml) with ice, pour in 90 ml of the 8% Mandarin Slider and the add 90 ml of Prosecco Preparation Time: 3 min For best results, serve both the Mandarin Slider and Prosecco chilled. Garnish with slices of Mandarin or Orange or even both. So instead of 1 and 2 then 3, it's now just 1 then 2. SYDNEY FISH MARKET HOOKS DEC PR AS AGENCY OF RECORD 2019-10-10T06:05:34Z sydney-fish-market-hooks-dec-pr-as-agency-of-record p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {color: #0000ff} October 2019, Sydney, Australia – Australia’s home of seafood, Sydney Fish Market, has appointed independent agency DEC PR to manage its public relations, following a recent competitive tender process. Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere; a one-stop-shop for 3 million food lovers from Sydney and beyond. Having been the flagship commercial hub for the New South Wales fishing industry for more than 70 years, today more than 13,300 tonnes of seafood is traded through the wholesale market, annually. Stephanie Margrain, Marketing & Communications Manager at Sydney Fish Market says: “Our team was impressed with the professionalism as well as the strategic and creative thinking that DEC PR showed during the tender process.” “We are excited to partner with an independent agency with such strong capability spanning consumer and corporate communications – one that will be able to support and shape stories across our seasonal events, but also work closely with our internal team and our retailers, to drive earned media outcomes that champion the consumption of seafood and promote the world-class sustainability of the industry," added Margrain. Renowned for its 36-Hour Seafood Marathon held annually from 23 to 24 December, and Good Friday Trading at Easter, Sydney Fish Market is an iconic Sydney destination for locals and tourists alike, but also aims to educate consumers on the wide range and seasonality of quality, sustainable seafood available. Agata Kenna, Managing Director at DEC PR, says: “Food and tourism are categories that the DEC PR team is incredibly passionate about, so Sydney Fish Market combines two of our favourite pastimes. We have extensive experience building brands, safeguarding reputations and cultivating genuine engagement in this space, and are looking forward to collaborating on campaigns that attract Australians from near and far to this iconic destination.” DEC PR commences work immediately. -ENDS- For more information or any media enquiries, please contact: Sarah-Ann Taylor via sydneyfishmarket@decpr.com.au or +61 2 8014 5033 For more information please visit www.decpr.com.au. A Look At London Backpackers Modernized Youth Hostel 2019-10-09T07:37:04Z a-look-at-london-backpackers-modernized-youth-hostel This central London Backpackers hostel believes that guests should have to settle for anything but the best, so have given every room and dormitory a re-fit, bringing the décor, fixtures, and fittings bang up to date and creating a truly 21st Century hostel experience. One thing that hasn’t changed to the hostel is the high-quality experience they offer. Guests from all corners of the globe can enjoy not just modernized and very stylish accommodation but also fully fitted cooking, bathing and laundry facilities, a shared lounge and games room for socializing at the end of a day exploring London, free Wi-Fi, free linen and towels and access to a wealth of free literature to help them plan sightseeing during their stay. Throw in attentive and friendly staff are ready to help visitors organize things like a plane, rail and coach tickets, so they have the complete package. The Hostel is located just 20km from London Heathrow Airport, and that’s only a 90-minute journey on the London Underground. With a tube stop just around the corner and 24-hour buses running from a bus stop over the road, the hostel is the perfect base from which travelers can explore everything this fantastic city has to offer. Sights such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and Hyde Park are all within quick and easy reach, and if they want to enjoy the nightlife of Soho or Covent Garden then they can do it knowing that they've got a comfortable bed waiting for them back at the hostel. Guests can take advantage of their direct booking option by visiting the website at https://www.ukhostels.com/au/, where it’s quick and easy to book the accommodation they need, from a single room for one to a dormitory for a group of travelers. As well as convenience, direct booking option offers guests the promise of the cheapest possible prices. To find out more about this modernization and everything else they offer, contact the hostel on +44 (0)20 8203 1319 or via email at info@ukhostels.com. If visitors want to take a look for themselves, they’re located at 8-10, Queens Parade, Queens Road, Hendon, London NW4 3NS, United Kingdom. PARADISE RESORT NAMED BEST FAMILY RESORT IN AUSTRALIA 2019-10-01T06:05:15Z paradise-resort-named-best-family-resort-in-australia The annual awards, which have been running for over 7 years, aim to uncover the absolute best family holiday experiences in Australia across several categories including best destination, best resort and best adventure. The award was announced on October 1st in the Spring issue of the Out and About with Kids Magazine and Paradise Resort was up against a number of worthy competitors including SeaWorld Resort and the Surfers Paradise Marriot Resort and Spa. Resort General Manager David Brook is thrilled that the Resort is continuing to provide valuable experiences for families. “Being voted the winner of ‘Best Family Resort in Australia’ is an extraordinary honour and I am grateful that our guests have voted for us,” said Mr Brook. “Winning this award only reaffirms exactly what is at the heart of what we do at Paradise Resort, and that’s providing memorable experiences for families.” Paradise Resort has its own water park, ice rink, kids club, rock climbing, laser tag and adventure park onsite and Mr Brook believes that these features are what differentiates them from their competitors. “I believe these facilities combined with our dedication to providing great family experiences, is what sets us apart from other holiday resorts,” said Mr Brook. “There’s a lot to be proud about this year and myself and my team are excited for another busy summer season here at Paradise Resort.” Paradise Resort is also nominated for the ‘Best Resort’ in the Holidays with Kids Reader’s Choice Awards, set to be announced October 4th. More About Paradise Resort Gold Coast Set on five acres close to beaches and attractions, Paradise Resort is renowned as the number one destination for families travelling to the Gold Coast. The Resort offers a range of accommodation options throughout its 360 guest rooms, with family comfort top of mind, including the popular themed King and Junior Bunkhouse rooms which feature an Xbox with free DVD and game hire. The entire central resort area features a giant lagoon pool, large heated spa and two enormous Zone for Kids (Z4K) waterpark attractions - one of the biggest Resort aqua play waterparks in the Southern Hemisphere. Both the 0-5 year and 5-12 year water park attractions sport a myriad of slides, water cannons and jets to entertain and engage the whole family, topped off with a giant bucket that fills with 600 litres of water before dumping it on the kids below in one enormous splash! And in what can only be described as the ultimate family holiday amenity, the Resort features the Zone for Kids Club – a fully supervised kids club offering separate play spaces ensuring age appropriate care and activities for kids aged 0-12. Unlike any other kids club in Australia, Z4K Club provides an engaging environment where children really want to spend time - with its 9 themed play spaces and experienced team, Z4K provides a host of activities including a subterranean play centre and maze, pedal cars, movie room, activities and more. The resort is also home to PLANET CHILL and is the only resort in the Southern Hemisphere that has a permanent ice-skating rink onsite. Many of the accommodation packages include a daily complimentary session for each child in the Zone 4 Kids Club, valued at up to $60 and meals can be pre-purchased for each session, allowing parents and older children time to escape the daily routine and indulge in some holiday sightseeing or precious down time. A memorable holiday is never complete without good food at economical prices and to help the holiday budget the Resort offers child meals from as little as $12 at The Bistro and Poolside Café and Bar. The incredible value offering that Paradise Resort manages to pack into each family holiday stay is the reason guests keep re-visiting time and again and with a range of affordable holiday packages and rooms to suit all budgets, the Resort really is the perfect choice for any family holiday in Australia's favourite playground. To find out more about this amazing family holiday Resort and its packages visit: www.paradiseresort.com.au Leading Disability Service Provider Northcott Launches Intranet Built on the Elcom Digital Workplace Platform 2019-09-30T00:43:23Z leading-disability-service-provider-northcott-launches-intranet-built-on-the-elcom-digital-workplace-platform Northcott, one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit disability service organisations, has launched their new intranet, built on the Elcom Digital Transformation Platform. The intranet, named Nula, supports a network of 2,500 staff providing services across 160 metropolitan and regional locations throughout NSW and the ACT. Nula equips staff with digital tools to provide empowering, personalised services to over 13,500 people with disability, their families and carers each year.  In November 2017, Northcott was selected by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to manage more than 100 specialist disability accommodation services. This opportunity enabled Northcott to extend their positive impact to people with disability and their families throughout the community. It also, however, highlighted the inability of the previous intranet, NIGEL, to effectively support frontline staff members working at these services. Staff couldn’t find critical information on the intranet or access NIGEL unless they were on domain, affecting the efficiency of care and support they could provide customers. This triggered the business directive for a new intranet that could be accessed from anywhere at any time.  Northcott engaged Vikki Hsieh from BeyondIT Consulting to assist with the intranet project. Vikki conducted extensive interviews with staff across the organisation, explaining, “Staff spent a considerable amount of time searching for both information and the right person to contact. Managers and the Northcott Customer Service Team were spending valuable time supporting staff because information they need is not readily available or out-of-date. Northcott is all about people. The quicker staff can get their work done, the better support they can provide to customers.”  Northcott went through a rigorous vendor assessment process. Each shortlisted vendor was ranked with an internal score card by a large team, including IT and the project sponsor, to provide an objective assessment across all the vendors. From this, Elcom emerged as the clear vendor of choice. Josh Anstey, Customer Solutions Director at Elcom explains, “We enjoyed working with the Northcott team through the delivery and launch of the Intranet. We look forward to working closely with Northcott for years to come. There are enormous opportunities to build a supportive and accessible digital workplace on Elcom to help their staff access much needed resources and efficiently support their customers.”  The new intranet, Nula, delivers an intuitive information architecture (IA) for staff. It is accessible from anywhere at any time, supporting their head office, as well as their mobile workforce. Nula currently attracts over 15,000 sessions, 12,000 unique pageviews and 800 document downloads every week.   A key tool on Nula is the Supported Independent Living (SIL) form and workflow which enables Northcott to efficiently manage the quoting process to request funds from the NDIA for SIL customers. This workflow has numerous paths and touch points of approval through it, before being sent to the NDIA. Administrators can easily monitor all forms submitted and see where each form is in the workflow, providing governance that the right people are approving it at different points along the way. For instance, touchpoints could include the assigned contact who is responsible for overseeing the process, house lead, financial reviewer, senior manager and the claiming and compliance team.     Madeleine Donkin, Communication Manager at Northcott, explains, “Enterprise search, people search, service locator, online forms and workflows, intuitive IA, team workspaces, these are intranet tools that solve real problems within the organisation. The new intranet does a great job at supporting our large and geographically diverse workforce. This in turn helps our staff optimise and maximise support and services for every customer, while furthering our purpose to build an inclusive society where people can live the life they choose. We wanted something out-of-the-box that could be set up fairly quickly and we're really pleased with the progress so far. We look forward to adding more social tools, richer content and integrations to take it to more of a collaborative hub.”  Read the Northcott Intranet case study ( www.elcom.com.au/northcott ) for more information.  About Northcott  Northcott is one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit disability service organisations, providing services from 160 metropolitan and regional locations throughout NSW and the ACT. Northcott have more than 85 years of experience and expertise in the disability service industry. A registered NDIS provider, we employ over 2000 staff and provide empowering, personalised services to over 14,500 people with disability, their families and carers each year. For more information, visit the Northcott website ( northcott.com.au ).  About Elcom  Elcom has a long history of collaborating with not-for-profits and healthcare organisations to deliver compelling intranet, portal, website and training solutions that meet their evolving digital needs. The Elcom Digital Transformation platform empowers non-technical users to easily manage content and web experiences. Elcom is the technology partner of choice for a number of organisations including The Fred Hollows Foundation, Heart Foundation, Heartkids, WWF Australia, Cabrini, IRT Group, St Vincent’s Health and more. These organisations benefit from improved operational efficiency, as well as increased donor, customer and community engagement, connection and awareness. For more information on how Elcom works with organisations to achieve their digital objectives, visit the Elcom website ( www.elcom.com.au/showcase ).