The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-01-18T23:35:52Z NEW YEAR, NEW YOU - INSPIRING VILLAS LAUNCHES INCREDIBLE WELLNESS EXPERIENCE FOR LUXURY HOLIDAYS IN THAILAND 2019-01-18T23:35:52Z new-year-new-you-inspiring-villas-launches-incredible-wellness-experience-for-luxury-holidays-in-thailand   Inspiring Villas, Thailand’s largest luxury private villa specialists, offering over 200 properties across Koh Samui and Phuket complete with private butlers, have launched two tempting holiday experiences to ensure Australian travellers kick off the New Year on the right foot.    Whether you’re seeking an active retreat, to detox with key health outcomes, find the best surfing spots and private beachfront locations, or to immerse yourself in Thailand’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, Inspiring Villas has you covered. Their fully serviced private luxury villas feature memorable architectural design, private butlers and award-winning chefs on standby, along with a dedicated 5-star concierge service.   As the only luxury villa service in Thailand that can package all the activities and excursions into your stay, Inspiring Villas highly trained executive Concierge service, are fully TAT accredited by Tourism Authority of Thailand. Services include tailoring your choice of dream villa and stay exactly to your needs as well as reservation concierge, chauffeured transport, luxury yacht charters, unique private tours & activities, along with access to trusted local teachers of all things wellness - yoga, meditation, personal health consultations, nutritionists and more.   Wellness Retreat Offer*: Enjoy a complimentary 4 day private wellness program with any 7 night stay throughout the year, valued at $1000 AUD pp* consisting of:  ·        Daily in-villa yoga, from Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa hosted by experienced teachers ·        Daily mindful meditation classes for all guests  ·        A private chef preparing cold pressed juices of your choice to boost metabolism, cleanse the liver and rejuvenate skin, hair and nails ·        A 90 minute massage and herbal spa experience for each guest   If adventure wellness is your preference, choose their: Experiences Offer: ·        A $500 AUD gift credit with every 5 night villa stay, valid for 2019 bookings to use on your choice of activity.   Ideal for families, romantic couples seeking a private hideaway, or larger groups accommodating up to 50 guests celebrating a special occasion or event, there’s no better time to kick-off your New Year in a dream destination. Luxury villa prices start at $617 AUD per night. For more information or to book your complimentary wellness retreat, or experiences offer visit www.inspiringvillas.com  ENDS High Res Images HERE or available on request *Wellness Retreat Offer is subject to availability and exclusive of blackout dates 14-29 April, 1-15 July, 15-31 December 2019. Around The Bay Doggy Trek 2019-01-15T01:01:06Z around-the-bay-doggy-trek Award winning business Gourmet Pawprints has been bringing Victorians Pawfect Dog Friendly Experiences for over 5 years and the next unique tour has been launched. We all know how much Melbournians love to hear about great adventures where they can bring their dog, so here is the latest and greatest Dog Friendly Experience from Gourmet Pawprints team. Around The Bay Doggy Trek is a unique and exclusive experience taking in the very best Port Philip has to offer with your dog.  Bella the dog welcoming bus will chauffeur you and of course pooches get the window seat. Enjoy wandering coastal treks on both sides of the bay and travelling on board Searoad Ferries - with little paws taking in the view from the outdoor deck area!  There is a stop for morning tea in Geelong and an individual picnic basket lunch in Queenscliff, a town rich in maritime history and incredibly picturesque.  The easy grade walks include a 5km along the pristine waters from Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff. On the Sorrento side there a 3km trek poking around Millionaire views from the cliff tops before boarding Bella for the journey home. We think peeps and paws might be sleeping now. STICK OR SANDWICH? WHAT WILL YOUR ICE CREAM LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR... 2019-01-10T10:26:41Z stick-or-sandwich-what-will-your-ice-cream-look-like-this-year The company’s R&D Director Liz Jones is backing hand held products, in particular cookie sandwiches. Liz explains: “The Australian ice cream market has for the last few years seen a fairly even split between artisan ice cream, impulse buys and take-home tubs and cakes. The market is growing by a steady 2 to 3 per cent every year and in 2019 we reckon much of that growth will be down to hand held ice creams, especially those featuring premium ingredients such as alcohol- and fruit-based variants targeted primarily at adults.” Pecan Deluxe’s confidence in its projections follows the company’s participation in and sponsorship of this year’s International Ice Cream Consortium (IICC) Annual Conference which was hosted by Bulla in Melbourne. The event gathered together CEOs and senior operations & commercial executives of market leading companies, who took part in tastings and a prestigious award ceremony, as well as sharing best practice and examining the latest developments in manufacturing and marketing. Several of the largest home-based brands have recently launched successful premium ice cream sandwich lines and Pecan Deluxe expects this trend to continue. Despite the introduction of innovative flavours reflecting local and Asian influences – think matcha, magnolia, hibiscus, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon - the most popular flavour combinations produced by the ingredients specialist for the Australian market still revolve around more traditional inclusions such as chocolate brownies, caramel sauce, cookie dough & praline nuts. The more left-field ingredients may star on social media but the paying consumer knows what they really want, day by day. That said, the company acknowledges a strong move towards more guilt-free treats: consumers love the premium experience but will compromise with a smaller serving – or with a sugar-free or vegan alternative. Vegan ice cream in particular appears to be undergoing double digit growth in Australia: it’s an area seeing lots of innovation with leading brands introducing new variants into emerging markets to meet demand. In the US consumers are leaning towards nostalgia for their ice cream fix – and we know how quickly US trends migrate to Australian shores. So it’s no surprise that stick ice creams, invented in Ohio in the 1920s, and sandwiches – the modern version of which premiered in New York at the end of the 2nd World War – are making a serious comeback. Liz concludes: “Premium ingredients may be driving growth in the ice cream market but so is clean label and traceability, used to reinforce consumer trust. In Australia the laws on dairy product labelling are quite strict and consumers have now got on board with traceability and provenance. We’re completely confident in our offering, that is premium and indulgent ingredients produced using traditional artisan production methods, backed with full product traceability. Whether you buy a stick or tub next year, if it contains Pecan Deluxe inclusions you know you’re getting a premium experience and you also know exactly where those ingredients come from.” Visit  Pecan Deluxe Candy for more information. 
Australia's Short-Stay Hotel Platform is Changing Traditional Booking Sites. 2019-01-08T05:28:36Z australia-s-short-stay-hotel-platform-is-changing-traditional-booking-sites Have you ever found yourself at the airport waiting to board your flight, only to find out that it has been delayed for SIX hours?!!   While sleeping in the airport terminal is out of the question and the idea of booking a hotel room at the full rate seems too much for a short amount of time.   Introducing Suite24- Australia’s Short-Stay Hotel Booking Platform.   The concept of Suite24 is that it enables you to book hotel rooms in hourly time blocks, without the price tag of an overnight stay.   Now you can stay in an airport hotel throughout the duration of your layover and come back to board the flight feeling refreshed and revived.   The market of hotel and tourism is experiencing a lack of flexible booking options and now the new custom-built platform enables hotels to manage their inventory hourly.   Not only used for businessmen and women, Suite24 works great for those that want a couple of hours in the daytime to use facilities in centrally located hotels in major capital cities.     Starsha Green of Suite24 conducted market research in the space and discovered 85% of the hotel rooms sit vacant between the times of 10am and 5pm every day.   “In perspective, there are around 300,000 hotel rooms in Australia and adding another 10,000 by 2020.    “With Suite24, hotels can turn those empty rooms into high revenue generating income streams as well as attract new demographics to those hotels through flexible and affordable options,” Starsha told guests at the 2018 Qantas Airlines AVRO Accelerator presentation in Sydney.     Suite24 is not only a solution for disruption or delayed flights, in fact it is a solution for any occasion such as stays while on road-trips, a place to get ready for a wedding and more.    “The opportunities are endless and Suite24 creates a customised experience for everyone through the digital concierge and on-demand booking system accessible through a smart phone.” Media enquires please contact VO Group - chanel.heeren@vogroup.com.au   Perri Projects appoints Ovolo for $50m South Melbourne Designer Hotel 2018-12-17T03:32:34Z perri-projects-appoints-ovolo-for-50m-south-melbourne-designer-hotel Australian developer, Perri Projects, has appointed international award-winning designer hotel owner operator, Ovolo, as hotel manager for its $50 million South Melbourne project, expected to open in 2020. Located at 183-199 Moray Street, the 100 room, Upper Upscale, six-storey designer hotel, will bring Ovolo’s signature ‘effortless living’ ethos to one of Melbourne’s most iconic inner-city suburbs. Ovolo’s appointment represents a significant milestone for the project, which has received planning approval, with construction anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2019. David Scalzo, Managing Director of Perri Projects, said Ovolo’s international track-record for delivering innovative, design-led destination hotel concepts that emphasise lifestyle aligned with Perri Projects’ vision for the site. “We are delighted to partner with Ovolo to realise our original vision for this site as a mixed-use lifestyle precinct featuring destination bars and restaurants, as well as leisure, event and function facilities,” he said. “Ovolo hotels are internationally renowned for their high-end, high-energy designs that blend form and function to ensure each hotel delivers a unique experience for guests and visitors. Ovolo is well established and revered, yet agile and bold enough to challenge convention and break the mould on new sites, ensuring that each design complements and enhances the location of their hotels.” With Ovolo owning and operating 10 hotels across Australia and Hong Kong, its appointment as hotel manager for Perri Project’s South Melbourne site represents the independent hospitality group’s first solely hotel management agreement. Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Ovolo CEO and Founder, said Ovolo in South Melbourne represented a new phase of growth for the company, made possible through a shared vision with Perri Projects. “The Hotel Management Agreement with Perri Projects represents a natural evolution for our business as we continually look to expand our offering in new markets,” he said. “While we each bring our respective expertise in property development and hospitality management to this project, this partnership was forged through our mutual affinity for delivering truly unique projects and a shared vision for the South Melbourne site,” he said. Dave Baswal, COO & CFO of Ovolo Australia, said he was confident Ovolo’s offering in South Melbourne would be well-received by the growing pool of higher-end established housing and major commercial office buildings. “Ovolo is a proud owner and operator of hotels and this HMA will be the start of a new chapter in order to take our disruptive lifestyle designer hotel collection to the next level in Australia and internationally,” Mr Baswal said. “Ovolo is committed to ensuring our guests can expect the unexpected from us and like all our sites, Ovolo in South Melbourne will stand alone from a design perspective, but the experience will be unmistakeably Ovolo.  “The underlying demographic of South Melbourne has been evolving steadily as creative industries in particular look to take advantage of the central location and raw industrial edge the suburb has to offer,” Baswal continued. “But while the suburb is on the rise with those in the know, local hospitality amenity has not kept pace with this change, and we believe Ovolo South Melbourne with its bars, restaurants and even a roof-top function and events space will be uniquely placed to provide a focal point for those local communities.” ENDS Crone expands Melbourne office with new appointment 2018-12-10T22:27:48Z crone-expands-melbourne-office-with-new-appointment Sydney – 11 December 2018: Multi-award-winning practice, Crone Architects announces a new addition to its leadership team with the appointment of Nick Williams to Principal – Design Melbourne. Greg Crone CEO and Chair said, “We are proud to welcome Nick to Crone and to our leadership team. His appointment brings significant experience to the Melbourne market to build on the success of our recent Melbourne projects, including the award-winning design of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation Headquarters, a nurses training facility.” Nick is leading the design process, from feasibility through town planning, design and delivery through to construction. His experience in complex mixed-use, commercial, retail and hospitality development is strategically strengthening Crone’s Melbourne team. Nick says, “Crone has an impressive body of work built upon a foundation of history and experience. I’m excited to have joined a practice that celebrates this heritage, while looking to the future championing innovation through creativity, sustainability and technology. I’m thrilled to be part of the Crone team and contribute to the built environment in Melbourne.” Crone is currently working on projects in Melbourne including the former Brash’s & Carnegie Buildings adaptive re-use project in Elizabeth Street, a new mixed-use development in the inner south-east with a number more in the pipeline. Nick brings nearly 20 years of experience to the practice having held senior positions at Rothelowman, and Artisan Architects. In his previous roles, including over half a decade at Hayball, Nick provided leadership to project teams where he cemented his expertise in residential, mixed-used and commercial projects. Crone continues to invest in its people to foster leadership through innovative thinking and design excellence. Ends For further information please contact: DEC PR on behalf of Crone Architects Rebecca Jagger or Duyen Nguyen crone@decpr.com.au 02 8014 5033 About Crone Crone is a multi-award-winning architecture and design practice with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. The company nurtures a collaborative ethos; uniting independent thinkers to generate better, more creative ideas. The firm is currently working across Australia and Southeast Asia. Perfectstroke Golf Training Centre Offers Intensive Golf Development Programs 2018-12-07T05:29:40Z perfectstroke-golf-training-centre-offers-intensive-golf-development-programs The Perfectstroke Golf Training Centre on the Gold Coast in Australia has recently announced that it is now offering intensive golf training packages for golfers who want to accelerate their golf playing abilities. The Perfectstroke Golf Studio in Molendinar has two full swing training bays and a dedicated putting studio with some of the best technologies currently available. Owned and operated by long time PGA member and former touring professional Mark Officer the centre has available the best launch monitors and simulator systems in Foresight GC Quad and Trackman as well as the worlds leading putting analysis technology the SAM Puttlab.  The putting studio is recognised as the best in  Australia and arguably one of the best in the world and is outfitted with a four camera video system using V1 software as well as an electrically controlled tilting putting platform. This enables analysis of not only straight putts but also breaking left to right and right to left putts.  Mark Officer stated "There is no question that the ability to be able to putt successfully on course relates to being able to deal with all lengths of putts as well different breaks. Fact is that less than 20% of putts on the course are going to be straight so players need to be able to read greens correctly and then aim and produce the same stroke mechanics consistently."  "At the Perfectstroke Putting Studio we can do a comprehensive analysis of a players putting stroke and set up, gain an understanding of their concepts and abilities and then make changes where necessary to improve outcomes." Officer said. The main full swing studio also has an electrically controlled hitting platform to simulate sloping lie shots and to improve swing plane and weight transfer. The use of these technologies and other feedback tools such as Blast Motion, BodiTrack, The Perfectstroke Putting Aid and laser training aids means that players can have their problems quickly identified and remedied. For information on access to the Perfectstroke Golf Training Centre for one on one lessons or the accelerated intensive packages go the website www.perfectstroke.golf or send an email to info@perfectstroke.golf Busted: 10 myths about African safaris that are just tall tales 2018-12-05T00:58:11Z busted-10-myths-about-african-safaris-that-are-just-tall-tales Busted: 10 myths about African safaris that are just tall tales December 2018: If you love the idea of an African safari, but aren’t sure if the stories you’ve heard are fact or fiction, read on. Wendy Buckley, founder of Africa Safari Experts, has more than 40 years’ experience as a Travel Advisor and has worked as Camp Manager in a remote Zambian safari camp too. Here’s her round up of 10 common myths about safaris, along with the reality based on her own experience. The lions (or other animals) might jump in the truck with you ‘Animals born where safaris are common have, over many generations, become habituated to the presence of vehicles with people on board. Africa Safari Experts only recommends operators who employ highly skilled safari guides and staff who implement strict safety standards, so our clients can relax and enjoy their safari experience knowing they are in the safest of hands,’ says Wendy. You need a lot of medication and/or vaccinations to travel to Africa ‘There are places in Africa that are free of malaria so you can enjoy the amazing wildlife without the need for anti-malarial medication,’ says Wendy. ‘Vaccinations for typhoid and hepatitis A and B are generally advised, but we recommend contacting your medical practice for more information.’ Flights to Africa are really long You can fly non-stop from Perth to South Africa in just 11 hours, or from Sydney to South Africa in 14 hours. From there, your safari camp destination could be as close as a three-hour drive or one-hour flight away. There’s no Wi-Fi on safari ‘Wi-Fi is available at the majority of camps, lodges and hotels we work with,’ says Wendy. ‘Hiccups with technology do happen from time to time, but that can happen anywhere you might travel.’ African safaris are expensive Africa Safari Experts offers safaris ranging from lower budget to super luxe. ‘Our camps and lodges offer a fully inclusive nightly rate which is prepaid and helps clients manage their budgets effectively. Any extras such as tipping and excursions are discussed when we put together your holiday.’ Africa isn’t safe Africa is a vast continent and some areas are best avoided. However, in 2018 the Institute for Economics and Peace ranked Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Morocco, and Malawi as safer than the U.S. ‘Major national parks and tourist attractions are protected and managed by experienced tourism operators in co-operation with governments who are committed to the safety and enjoyment of every traveller,’ says Wendy. Safaris are not a good option for single (particularly female) travellers ‘Safaris can be perfect for single travellers. The combination of morning and afternoon safaris, all-inclusive meals in camp, and excursions to local schools and NGOs, gives guests plenty of shared experiences and lots to talk about with their fellow travellers. Our safari guides and lodge staff are friendly and welcoming and go out of their way to make sure everyone feels comfortable and gets the most from their holiday.’ Kids will be bored Children of all ages are fascinated by wildlife and there’s an African safari to suit every family. Africa Safari Experts offers walking safaris, family-friendly small group tours, accommodation at child-friendly lodges with pools, kids activity programs and meals, and more. ‘A safari provides a really rich learning experience for families, whether the children are very young, primary school age or in their teens. There’s nothing like experiencing the magical African bush and seeing leopards, giraffes, elephants, lions and the great migration of wildebeest. Kids can also visit rural villages and see how they are contributing directly to the protection of wildlife and local communities. Children love having adventures with their families and learn so much too,’ says Wendy. Safaris don’t cater for people with a disability ‘Many of the lodges we work with cater for travellers with a disability, providing access onto the safari vehicle, private guides and vehicles, accommodation and access to public areas. Simply contact us as early as you can in the planning process and we’ll help make your safari dream come true,’ she says. Safari camps are uncomfortable If you travel with Africa Safari Experts you’ll be staying in comfortable lodges or glamping (glamorous camping) in amazing locations overlooking rivers, bush, plains and watering holes, with the sounds of the African wildlife night and day. Facilities typically include private bathrooms, full size beds with duvets, power and Wi-Fi, and fans. For more information visit: www.africasafariexperts.com.au Africa Safari Experts is an independent affiliate of Main Beach Travel Australia a Virtuoso member United Networks (ASX:UNL) launches Insurtech solutions to Columbus Direct customers in the UK 2018-12-03T22:38:49Z united-networks-asx-unl-launches-insurtech-solutions-to-columbus-direct-customers-in-the-uk United Networks Limited is pleased to announce the signing of a new distribution agreement with Collinson for customers of their direct-to-consumer travel insurance brand, Columbus Direct. From today, Columbus customers in the UK will be eligible to receive unlimited global access to the United Networks 67+ million hotspots. Columbus Direct UK customers will receive complimentary unlimited global WiFi access through the United Networks App when they purchase an eligible Travel Insurance product.  Nicholas Ghattas CEO of United Networks said, “We are excited to be launching our United Networks engagements solutions in conjunction with Collinson in the UK. Collinson has been at the forefront of delivery innovation and increased engagement to the travel industry globally through its travel, loyalty and lifestyle products for over 30 years. We look forward to working with Collinson and their extensive network of partners.”  Greg Lawson, Head of Travel Insurance at Collinson, added, “This partnership with United Networks continues to demonstrate why Columbus offers our customers not only a quality travel insurance experience but also peace of mind and tools that help make every trip that little bit more enjoyable. We look forward to working with United in the coming months to develop what we can offer our Collinson partners, as well as evolve the Columbus proposition.” For Full terms and conditions of the Columbus Direct offer visit https://offer.columbusdirect.unitednetworks.net.au/ -ENDS Columbus Direct  Columbus Direct (https://www.columbusdirect.com/) is a leading travel insurance specialist, established in 1988. Columbus have a history of innovation in the industry, including being the first company to sell travel insurance direct to consumers in the UK and also the first to fully sell online. Columbus Direct travel insurance is available in 45 countries and have covered over 15 million travellers worldwide. 26 November 2018  Collinson  Collinson is a global loyalty and benefits company. We craft customer experiences which enable some of the world’s best known brands to acquire, engage and retain the most demanding and choice-rich customers. Our unique expertise and insight into high earning, frequent travellers allows our clients to deliver the smarter experiences it takes to drive deeper customer devotion. We have 30 years’ experience working with the world’s leading payment networks, over 600 banks, 90 airlines and 20 hotel groups in over 170 countries to create loyalty, deliver smarter travel experiences, and protect and assist their customers in times of need. Clients include Accor Hotels, Air France KLM, American Express, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Diners Club, Intel, Mandarin Oriental, Mastercard, Visa and Vhi.  United Networks Limited  United Networks was established in 2009 by Nick and Anthony Ghattas. The company listed on the ASX in January 2017. United Networks is a B2B business. It derives the majority of revenue from “white labelling” its global Trust platform connectivity and Insuretech platform services for large B2C businesses such as insurers, airlines, banks and travel agents. United Networks Trust platform is a customer engagement ecosystem, which enables enterprise partners to connect and engage with their end users through a variety of Insuretech products and services. The Trust platform incorporates real time tracking, multiple connectivity and valued added products across an integrated messaging platform. The Trust platform Insuretech products and services include:  • Global SIM that connects to 190 Countries  • App Based WiFi access to 67 million locations  • App Based Global Alerts  • Duty of Care and SOS emergency platform  • Live real time messaging  FOR FURTHER Mr Nicholas Ghattas, CEO INFORMATION nghattas@unitednetworks.net.au PH: (02) 9003 9514 BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS 2018-12-03T08:06:18Z beca-targets-federal-mps-in-fresh-new-advocacy-campaign-for-business-events-1 Media release: 3 December 2018 BECA TARGETS FEDERAL MPS IN FRESH NEW ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FOR BUSINESS EVENTS BECA urges government to provide assurity for policy and funding via six key pillars Members of the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), launched a pre-election campaign at Parliament House in Canberra last week calling on Members of Parliament to unequivocally support policy and funding of the sector. A delegation of business events industry leaders met with 12 key MPs and their advisors, from all sides of politics, with a united message about the need for a strong policy for business events and additional funding through Tourism Australia. BECA has called on the Coalition, Labor and other parties to launch a policy for business events ahead of the May Federal election covering six key areas. Chairman of BECA, Matt Hingerty, said the mission to Canberra was a vital step in getting the business events sector’s power, scope and potential understood by our Parliamentarians and embedded in policy. “The industry delivered a strong and united message about the importance of the business events sector as a key driver of the Australian economy,” Mr. Hingerty said. “Our delegation was well received as we delivered clear evidence to substantiate the merits of backing business events in order to deliver real benefits to cities as well as regional Australia.” The BECA delegation comprising representatives of all its Member Associations advocated for government support to help reap the opportunities that the business events sector can offer Australia, including generating jobs for life, international trade and soft diplomacy, investment and both regional and national economic development. BECA called for a policy which would include the following six strategies: Extension of the successful Bid Fund Program (BFP), and partnership programs managed by Business Events Australia. BECA calls for increased BEA funding of $10M or $40M within four years. Funding for research; managed by the business events community and Tourism Research Australia in order to benchmark the industry, and quantify the sector’s size, impact and worth. A national infrastructure mapping study to identify the gaps and priorities for business events infrastructure in metro and regional areas. Support to work more closely with VET and higher education sector (namely TAFE) to design courses that match the industry’s needs now, and in the future. Temporary skilled labour visa reform to enable the industry to more easily respond to fluctuating demands with a more flexible temporary visa system. Growth Industries Business Events Team to link our outcomes with those associated with the Industry Growth Centre Initiatives. “While business events stimulate the visitor economy, their impact is more far-reaching than just tourism.” The business events sector stands on its own two feet as a major contributor to Australia’s GDP and provides significant commercial opportunities, jobs and contribution to our reputation as a progressive, innovative and successful nation with which to do business. BECA’s mission to Canberra was designed to carry a strong message that the business events sector must be supported in order to leverage the huge opportunities we can uniquely deliver for our economy and community. “Whilst Australia had a strong reputation hosting business events, our international competitiveness is being compromised by markets in Asia, and we need to act now to curb the impact,” said Mr. Hingerty. BECA visited the offices of the Hon. Mark Coulton MP, the Hon. Josh Wilson MP, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, the Hon. Trent Zimmerman MP, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Senator the Hon. Tim Storer, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Senator the Hon. Murray Watt, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP. BECA members who attended the government meetings with Matt Hingerty included: Joyce DiMascio, CEO of Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA); Robyn Johnson, CEO, Meetings & Events Australia (MEA); Barry Neame for Professional Conference Organisers of Australia (PCOA); Andrew Heibl, CEO, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB); and Karen Bolinger for International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). -ends- Notes to editors The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is the peak body for the business events sector and represents to government and relevant agencies, issues common to all segments of the industry. The members include: Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) Australian Convention Centres Group (ACCG) Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) - Australian Chapter Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Professional Conference Organisers Association Inc (PCOA) www.businesseventscouncil.org.au To receive a copy of the BECA pre-election submission document, please contact: Felicity Zadro felicity@zadroagency.com.au Images: Karen Bolinger, Joyce DiMascio, Senator the Hon. Pauline Hanson, Andrew Hiebl Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Trent Zimmerman MP, Andrew Hiebl Karen Bolinger, Andrew Hiebl, Robyn Johnson, Minister Simon Birmingham, Matt Hingerty, Joyce DiMascio, Barry Neame Barry Neame, Joyce DiMascio, Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Robyn Johnson, Andrew Hiebl For interviews or more information please contact: Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, Zadro | felicity@zadroagency.com.au | +61 2 9212 7867 Introducing Africa Safari Experts - From gorilla encounters in Uganda to community tours in Zambia 2018-11-26T02:00:36Z introducing-africa-safari-experts-from-gorilla-encounters-in-uganda-to-community-tours-in-zambia November 2018: Travel professional Wendy Buckley had been working in the industry for more than two decades when she first visited Kenya in 1997. It was the start of an enduring love affair with Africa and, in the 20 years since that first visit, she's travelled extensively throughout the continent to countries including Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Wendy was so drawn to the region that she moved to Zambia in 2016 and spent two years living and working as a safari manager in a camp at the gateway to South Luangwa National Park. Looking back on the experience she says it gave her firsthand experience of local culture, life in a remote African village and what it’s like to be a traveller on safari. She also developed new skills working on the frontline of the hospitality industry and hosting safari guests from all over the world. She returned to Australia early in 2018, passionate about sharing her love for and knowledge of Africa, and launched new travel brand, Africa Safari Experts. Wendy is a fully licensed Australian travel agent and Virtuoso member and is able to provide clients with personal destination and product expertise plus the many benefits of her extensive network of suppliers and local contacts. Africa Safari Experts offers a selection of tailor-made all-inclusive packages in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Egypt, Mauritius and Madagascar. They also create bespoke itineraries tailored to meet a client’s brief and budget. Guests can enjoy classic African safari experiences, remote wilderness adventures, walking safaris, photography tours, private group self-drive itineraries, community encounters, bespoke family itineraries, canoeing and trekking, tours of world-class wineries, activities for thrill seekers and more. The company is committed to ecotourism and contributes directly to the protection of endangered African wildlife and local communities through its conservation and community tours. Travelling with Africa Safari Experts enables travellers to experience and support local protection programs as well as the custodianship of the local people. Wendy says Africa Safari Experts aims to create experiences that exceed all expectations. ‘Whether your dream is to ride horseback through the Masai Mara, galloping after the zebra that cut across your path, stopping for sun downers under the shade of an acacia tree and falling sleep to the sounds of the African bush or to wake at midnight and make the final ascent to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to watch the sunrise, we can help make it happen. Our qualified and highly experienced guides and scouts can take clients walking amongst lions, elephants and leopards in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park or bring them face to face with a mountain gorilla in Uganda. Africa is brimful of unique wildlife, landscapes and cultural experiences and we help our clients find them. ‘We pride ourselves on our commitment to meeting and exceeding client expectations through our attention to detail, communication, honesty, networks, training and strong relationships with suppliers across Africa. We aim to deliver a world-class experience for every client.’ For more information, enquiries or bookings visit: www.africasafariexperts.com.au Wendy’s 2019 highlight trip picks are…… Kenya active great for families , mobile camping tailor made itinerary guided by Samburu guidesKarisia Walking safari Kenya - https://www.africasafariexperts.com.au/tour-item/kenya-4-night-karisia-walking-safari Zambia remote – true wilderness experienceRemote Luangwa Zambia https://www.africasafariexperts.com.au/tour-item/the-original-remote-luangwa-experience/ Zambia conservation community tour 7 night package Sustainable Safari & Conservation Zambia https://www.africasafariexperts.com.au/tour-item/conservation-and-community-tours-zambia/ Colours of South Africa (safari, winelands & Cape Town) South Africa safari https://www.africasafariexperts.com.au/tour-item/winelands-wildlife-south-africa/ ·       Wellness Retreat Cape Townhttps://www.africasafariexperts.com.au/tour-item/wellness-retreat-cape-town/   Wendy Buckley business profile: Starting in the Australian travel industry in 1975 my love of travel continues to harvest diverse and in-depth experiences and build valuable relationships across the globe. During these years I have worked in the travel and hospitality industries which includes the launch and success of Mosman Travel a highly successful retail travel agency in Sydney, Travel with Kidz specialising in family travel worldwide, a business mentoring program Power of the Positive and Safari Camp Manager.   After living in Sydney all my life I sold the Mosman agency in 2016 giving me the opportunity to follow my love of Africa and the hotel industry and moved to the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. As Camp Manager and Guest Relations Manager in a remote safari camp it provided an in depth experience of the hospitality industry where I hosted guests from all over the world, implemented systems and training processes across the business, worked in the reservations department, ran a mentoring program at the local Secondary School, lived amongst magical African wildlife and worked with the local NGO’s.  Now back in Australia in January 2018 I am committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of my clients through attention to detail, communication, honesty, relationships, training and strong relationship with suppliers across Africa.  IMAGES : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5uub8heol2e8lje/AABxw7q9p2Rq61WIyX_q-adWa?dl=0  PR Contact: Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au       0415290023   Two of Melbournes biggest NYE parties, Welcome 2019 at The Emerson 2018-11-25T23:53:03Z two-of-melbournes-biggest-nye-parties-welcome-2019-at-the-emerson The Emerson Welcome 2019 with two epic parties over 3 levels For Immediate Release. MELBOURNE, Thursday 15th  November 2018 The Emerson Rooftop Bar and Club is pleased to announce two huge parties in one venue to Welcome 2019. NYE Tiki Party  on the Rooftop After four sold out years in a row, The Emerson Rooftop will be transformed into a Hawaii Tiki Party  with fully Hawaii themed rooftop, grass skirts, Tiki Cocktails and maybe even some sneaky surfing lessons.  This year we welcome FeenixPawl direct from LA, Jono Haze and Jason Forte who will bring in the new year with a mix of house and party tunes. This is a premium event with some of Melbourne’s best views of fireworks across all of the city, an all inclusive package from 8pm-1pm with specially designed cocktails and Basic Spirits, House Beers, Sparkling, Wine and soft drinks.   Tickets are available from http://www.theemerson.com.au/NYE and http://bit.ly/EmersonNYE2019 Tickets for the Rooftop start at $200 and will sell out Tickets: http://bit.ly/EmersonNYE2019 Red White and Blue: Escape to Las Vegas NYE The Emerson Club presentsNYE 2018! NYE 2018! NYE 2018!R E D | W H I T E | B L U EESCAPE TO LAS VEGAS PARTY!!Dance into 2019 with our all star DJ line up  pumping out the very BEST of commercial TOP 40 Grooves, RnB, House & party tunes over 2 amazing levels! Drink specials 10 Espresso Martinis and Golden Gaytime Martinis from 8.30pm till the clock strikes midnight and $50 drink card for all guests. Roaming entertainers throughout the evening and fully themed room to blow your mind with your chance to win return airfares to America's party capital VIVA LAS VEGAS!! Ticket link: http://bit.ly/2PBVsOM The details: When:  Monday 31st December 2018 Doors for both events 8pmWhere: The Emerson, 145 Commercial Road, South Yarra, 3141.Further information: www.theemerson.com.au 03-9825-0900   About The Emerson Rooftop Bar and Club:An elegant yet casual space set against a city backdrop, The Emerson Rooftop is one of Melbourne’s most revered rooftop venues. Complete with a fully retractable roof and generous heating, The Emerson Rooftop Bar and Club is the ideal location for rooftop dining and partying all year round. #theemersonInstagram: @theemerson_au Facebook: The Emerson Eat Your Way Through the 12 Days of Christmas 2018-11-21T02:57:58Z eat-your-way-through-the-12-days-of-christmas It’s the must go to dining destination in Potts Point – Lot. One and it’s everything you could imagine and so much more. The Australian-fusion eatery Lot One sees food that is injected with fresh combinations of classic clean flavours. With Christmas just around the corner, Lot. One Potts Point has announced a special Twelve Days of Christmas degustation. The degustation will take place on the 9th of December as part of a partnership with Youth Off the Streets. This charity collaboration will see $5 from every ticket sold donated to the foundation to support those affected through the Christmas period. Youth Off The Streets helps young people to prepare for a brighter future. This means they assist in helping young people gain a high school education and have a job in hand. It also means helping them live free from drugs with skills to face the world, all in all, a charity very worthwhile supporting. The menu for the degustation is based off the twelve days of Christmas with each meal designed specifically around each of these days. As an added element, customers will be able to guess which meal is based of which of the twelve days of Christmas as part of a competition. Each course will be matched with a cocktail for added sophistication. Don’t miss out on this magical Christmas lunch. For tickets to this joy-filled event please see Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/eat-the-twelve-days-of-christmas-tickets-52696015200 For more information, please contact Cassandra- cass@millenniumcommunications.com.au VISIT SINGAPORE for Chinese New Year, 2019 2018-11-20T02:23:02Z visit-singapore-for-chinese-new-year-2019 Planning to visit Singapore? Then do so when it's Chinese New Year! To ring in the Year of the Pig, Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng Citizens Consultative Committee are holding spectacular festive celebrations in Singapore’s Chinatown. The 2019 theme is called: “Celebration of Abundance and Prosperity” (新春大吉福满城 欣欣向荣庆丰年) and promises a line-up of exciting performances and a plethora of festive delicacies.   The year of the Pig   A vibrant and innovative Piglet-themed light-up, conceptualised and designed by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), will adorn the main streets of Chinatown. The street light-up along South Bridge Road will see rows of lanterns forming a giant “春” (Spring) and the auspicious Carp, a beautiful sight from an aerial view.  The famous festive street bazaar, nightly stage shows and the exciting lion dance competition will be some of the highlights. Do not miss The Chinese New Year Countdown Party as we usher in the Lunar New Year.     The Official Light-up and Opening Ceremony will kick-start the Chinatown Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations on 19 January 2019, followed by continuous days of street light-up along Chinatown until the 6 March 2019. Against a dynamic and hi-tech stage backdrop, visitors can expect spectacular live performances with awe-inspiring visual effects comprising skits, songs, and dance, acrobatic and martial arts performances put up by performing troupes from Singapore and China.     With a wide variety of street stalls operating from 18 January to 4 February 2019 at the upcoming 2019’s Festive Street Bazaar, visitors can browse through a huge array of traditional Chinese New Year goodies from mouth-watering delicacies like sweets, traditional cookies, waxed duck and preserved fruit, to decorative items like potted plants, fresh flowers and even festive clothing.     Those hunting for high-spirited entertainment can catch the Chinatown Nightly Stage Shows at Kreta Ayer Square, a popular gathering point for local Chinese communities and also home to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Rhythmic drumming and clashing of cymbals will lead visitors to the Lion Dance Competition on 26 January 2019 that will wow the crowd with heart-stopping displays of skilful stunts and intricate manoeuvres. The competition is a rare chance to witness the most renowned and prolific troupes from Singapore and around Asia Pacific pit themselves against one another to vie for the grand title of ‘King of the Lions’.     Other key highlights of this year’s festival include:  Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party, with appearances by local celebrities, culminating in a rousing display of fireworks  Chinatown Walking Trail, a free expedition covering Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street, and New Bridge Road  Chingay @ Chinatown, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia will make an appearance on the 15th day of Chinese New Year  For past festival photos, please download here Please contact Michelle Hubbard @ Affluence PR for more information  Calling all travellers! Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa Launches New Asian-European Fusion Menu at Shutters Restaurant 2018-11-20T02:08:24Z calling-all-travellers-amara-sanctuary-resort-sentosa-launches-new-asian-european-fusion-menu-at-shutters-restaurant Visiting Singapore? Be sure to check into the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, a resort hotel combining modern comforts and colonial charm set amidst lush tropical greenery. Not only is it the perfect place to unwind - it's the best place to dine! The resort's Executive Chef, Jeffrey Tan has launched a new menu featuring tantalising dishes with delectable fusion flavours at its signature restaurant, Shutters.    Combining freshly imported ingredients with his creative interpretation of European dishes with East-meets-West culinary techniques, the home-grown has designed a tantalising menu showcasing what he does best – from mouthwatering appetisers to grilled treasures of the sea. “We are seeing more Japanese and Chinese guests at Shutters, and we want to create European dishes with Asian touches that will showcase our rich Asian roots. We want our diners to be able to enjoy new dishes that are not too unfamiliar, yet excite their palate with a new combination of flavours,” said Tan.     For starters, look out for the Grilled Baby Octopus Salad (SGD 18++),  braised in local spices and lightly grilled for a smoky char, the octopus comes with a frisée salad.     A must-try for seafood lovers is the Baked Bonito Cod (SGD 38++). The succulent codfish is complemented beautifully with Japanese dashi broth, bonito, sous-vide baby vegetables, sautéed pea shoots, and shiitake mushrooms.      The Iberico Char Siew Pork Rice (SGD 24++) is another notable mention – it is one of Chef Tan’s signature creations, due to its spell-binding taste. Spanish pork, famous for fats which have a unique texture and flavour, is seasoned with a special in-house char siew sauce and served with fragrant chicken rice and condiments.    The kids’ menu (SGD 12++) is also redesigned with popular fare and named to woo the young ones; Finding Nemo, Scooby-Do, Ma Mee and Wild West Cowboy. Inspired by the super kawaii (cute) Japanese food plating, the kids' meals at Shutters are served in supercar bento boxes to deliver a fun dining experience.     About Shutters  Shutters is a chic all-day dining restaurant at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa. It features an open-concept kitchen which allows diners to witness the chefs at their craft. Experience the outdoor terrace which offers breath-taking views of the lush greenery – perfect for an intimate dining experience under the stars. Lucky diners will get a pleasant surprise as the friendly resident peacocks wander in the gardens.  The restaurant is an ideal venue for occasions such as family gatherings, high tea as well as intimate wedding receptions.  Shutters opens from Mondays to Sundays from 7am to 10.30pm.  For enquiries, information and reservation, please contact Shutters at +65 6825 3866 or email shutters.asrs@amarasanctuary.com.  For the latest promotional updates, visit Amara Sanctuary Resort, Sentosa's site and follow their Facebook page.