The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-18T01:53:04Z Hostelworld reveals key 2020 travel destinations 2019-11-18T01:53:04Z hostelworld-reveals-key-2020-travel-destinations Bookings by Australians to the tear-drop island of the Philippines has increased by 109% in the last 12 monthsCultural hubs and picturesque islands dominate the list of destinationsAussies say European cities are still popular but it’s off the beaten track destinations that are on the riseHostelworld, the global hostel-focused online booking platform has unveiled its Top 20 destinations for 2020 for Australians, based on 2019 booking data. Leading the charge is the Philippines’ home of surfing, Siargao Island, with a significant Year on Year (YoY) growth of 109%. Coron, another Philippine island, is listed at number five, with neighbouring South East Asian destinations Phong Nha and Ninh Binh, in Vietnam, and Canggu and Gili Trawangan, in Indonesia also featuring on the list.Hostelworld’s Top 20 Destinations for 2020 based on analysis of Hostelworld’s Australian customer booking data between 2018 and 2019 are: Siargao Island, Philippines La Spezia, Italy Phong Nha, VietnamShkoder, Albania Coron, Philippines Catania, ItalyPalma de Mallorca, SpainTirana, AlbaniaEriceira, PortugalPalmero, ItalyNinh Binh, VietnamCanggu, IndonesiaJasper, CanadaTaromina, ItalyIbiza, SpainCorfu, GreeceVerona, ItalyTurin, ItalyGili Trawangan, IndonesiaBroome, AustraliaUnique experiences and destinations are paramount 33% of future travellers are expecting once in a lifetime experiences through travel, as revealed in Hostelworld’s recent Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report. Destinations like Shkoder, the most historic town in Albania (+47%), offer unique experiences such as; exploring Skadar Lake, the largest lake in the Balkans that forms a natural boundary between Albania and Montenegro, or visiting the infamous fortress of Grmozur – Montenegro’s own Alcatraz. Cities such as La Spezia, Italy (57%+) that offer traditional cultural and food experiences are also seeing a significant increase in bookings. With wine and olive oil making up the foundation of the local cuisine in La Spezia, it’s hardly difficult to understand why! Culture and off the beaten track travel are on the riseIt is widely recognised that there has been a significant increase in off the beaten track travel across the board in recent years, and hostel travellers are no different. In 2018, Sydney was featured in the top 19 destinations for 2019, however, this year Broome has knocked Sydney off the list with a 4% increase in bookings which is predicted to continue well into 2020. The Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report also revealed that Gen Z’s are looking to explore beyond the tradition routes with a 33% decline globally in tried and tested routes. Established travel destinations are still pushing the boundaries Whilst a substantial number of the 2020 destinations are unique, off the beaten track and full of culture, there are still Aussies who are looking to stick to what they know. Cities including Canggu, and Gili Trawangan, in Indonesia, and Ibiza in Spain continue to grow in popularity and have seen 10%, 4% and 8% YoY growth respectively. Hostels available to book via Hostelworld in top five destinations are listed below:Hiraya Surf Hostel, Siargao Island, Philippines5 Terre Backpackers City, La Spezia, ItalyCentral Backpackers Hostel, Phong Nha, Vietnam The North Hub, Shkoder, AlbaniaDayon Hostel, Coron, Philippines People looking to travel to any places outlined in this content should check the government website for alerts before travelling: https://smartraveller.gov.au/ Chelsie is shining with her custom-made ring from Larsen Jewellery! 2019-09-19T11:14:37Z chelsie-is-shining-with-her-custom-made-ring-from-larsen-jewellery-1 Larsen Jewellery is incredibly pleased to have been a part of The Bachelor Australia Series 7 as the Official Ring Partner, and to have been able to assist Matt Agnew in designing and creating this incredibly beautiful commitment ring that Matt has given to Chelsie. In preparation for the finale episode, Senior Larsen Jeweller, Kate Reid met with Matt for a one-on-one jewellery consultation. Together, Matt and the team at Larsen Jewellery designed the beautiful bespoke ring for his chosen Bachelorette, Chelsie. Matt was taken by the rarity of the colours and shapes of some truly unique gemstones, and his final selection was carefully considered and personal. “As a Senior Jeweller at Larsen Jewellery, I was fortunate enough to meet with Matt and discuss his ideas for a perfect gift for his chosen bachelorette. I showed him various gemstones and diamonds and we spoke about a number of different design options,” Kate notes of her appointment with Matt. “The custom-made ring is set with a striking 3.73ct rectangular cushion cut grey Spinel gemstone, accentuated by two dazzling shield cut diamonds. The unique ring was entirely handmade by one of our most talented Jewellers using Fairtrade™ 18ct rose gold,” Kate continues. Fairtrade certified gold is responsibly mined. This means that the miners have received a Fairtrade ‘Minimum Price and Premium’, which assists with social, environmental and economic development in their communities, and in turn creates better living and working conditions. Fairtrade gold helps miners and their communities to work their way out of poverty in South America and Africa. Co-Founder of Larsen Jewellery, Lars Larsen comments: “As always, we have really enjoyed the process of working with The Bachelor Australia team as the Official Ring Partner for Series 7. This is the third year in a row that we have partnered with The Bachelor Australia as the Official Ring Partner, and each year we are impressed by how engaged The Bachelors have been with the process. We are once again very excited to be able to showcase our work to both Matt and the shows’ viewers”. Creating exceptionally beautiful jewellery and using stunning, ethically sourced diamonds, coloured gemstones and metals, Larsen Jewellery represents the pinnacle in quality and design when it comes to beautiful fine jewellery. As one of the most respected jewellers in Australia, Larsen Jewellery specialises in custom made pieces of fine jewellery, which can be designed to meet the individual taste and requirements of each client. www.larsenjewellery.com.au @larsenjewellery #TheBachelorAU #larsenjewellery #officialringpartner For further information on the Official Ring Partnership, to visit one of the Larsen Jewellery stores or to co-ordinate an interview with a Larsen Jewellery representative contact: Annabel Carroll from Polkadot Communications // annabel@polkadotcomms.com.au // 0451 915 112 Polkadot Communications Launches into Pet Care 2019-09-08T23:11:04Z polkadot-communications-launches-into-pet-care Following a competitive pitch, Polkadot Communications has won the Australian account for pet care brand FRONTLINE®. The agency has been tasked with supporting the brand’s recent accolade, ‘Brand of the Year’ 2019-2020 in the Animalis Edition of the World Branding Awards and to drive awareness of its partnership with PetRescue. Anna MacIntosh, General Manager of Polkadot Communications, said, “We are delighted to work with FRONTLINE®, a brand with a 20-year heritage in the Australian market and who is trusted by Australian pet owners. “Our work will tap into the wonderful obsession Australians have with pets, and we will use purpose-driven communication to turn this obsession into ownership by promoting the incredible cause of PetRescue and animal adoption.” Polkadot Communications clients include; Hostelworld, The Empire State Building, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Palmer’s, Look Fantastic, P.volve, Fry Family Foods, The Fitness Show, Athena Home Loans, PagerDuty, Tasman Eco, Swirlit, and The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali, CreativeCubes.co, Larsen Jewellery, Matific, and pro-bono client Ronald McDonald House Charities. Hostelworld announces strategic investment in Tipi Pty Ltd 2019-08-22T03:25:54Z hostelworld-announces-strategic-investment-in-tipi-pty-ltd Hostelworld, the global hostel-focussed online booking platform, is pleased to announce a strategic USD $3 million investment (AUD $4.42 million as at today’s rate) in Australian start-up Tipi Pty Ltd, an innovative, hostel-focussed technology company. Tipi Pty Ltd provides technology solutions exclusively to the hostel market, enabling guests to check-in and download their keys prior to arrival. For hostel owners, this streamlines check-in, lowers staff overheads and creates a mobile community to engage more effectively with their guests. During their stay, guests can meet other people staying at the same time, see what’s on at the hostel and browse local experiences - increasing ancillary revenue and improving guest satisfaction scores. This minority share investment is in line with Hostelworld’s strategy to partner and invest in innovative technology businesses within the hostel market, which improve the Hostelworld experience for both hostel guests and hostel owners and differentiate Hostelworld from traditional OTAs (Online Travel Agency). As part of the investment, Hostelworld will support the business to achieve its ambitious growth plans and allow Hostelworld to provide smart technology solutions to its global hostel customer base. Tipi Pty Ltd customers will also have access to Hostelworld inventory, allowing them to make their next booking after check-out and move seamlessly between the two platforms, whether this is to engage directly with other guests, the hostel or book ancillary activities. The partnership will also mean that Tipi Pty Ltd will have a presence in London and Dublin. Jack Bowcott, CEO of Tipi Pty Ltd commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Hostelworld. They are the go-to platform for hostel travellers and have a key focus on investing in the best technology for the hostel market. We started Tipi Pty Ltd with the mission of making hostels smarter and guests happier. This investment brings us one step closer to achieving this objective, with the opportunity to bring our smart technology to a wider audience of hostels. We are extremely excited to partner with Hostelworld and work together to deliver on our ambitious global growth plans.” Commenting on the investment, Gary Morrison, CEO of Hostelworld said: “I’m pleased to announce our partnership with Tipi Pty Ltd, which will enable our hostel partners to provide a sophisticated and integrated digital check-in solution, which we believe is a compelling differentiator for our hosteller customers. The investment is in line with our strategy to invest in innovative technology businesses, to improve the experience for our hosteller customers and drive efficiencies and ancillary revenue for our hostel partners, positioning us as a market leader in the hostel sector.” About Hostelworld Group Hostelworld Group is a global hostel-focussed online booking platform, sparking social experiences for young and independent travellers. Our customers are not your average tourists; they crave unique experiences that we facilitate with the best choice of hostels around the world offered in 19 languages across the website and 13 languages on our app of our core brand Hostelworld. We have 20 years’ experience as the hostel Online Travel Agent (“OTA”) experts, and today we work with over 17,400 hostel properties globally, in addition to 20,000 other forms of budget accommodation. Our customers have access to an extensive database of more than 12 million customer reviews which allows them to choose the hostel that’s right for them. Since 1999 we’ve partnered with hostels worldwide, enabling them to manage and distribute their inventory to our highly engaged and valuable global customer base. For more information: www.hostelworldgroup.com About Tipi Pty Ltd Tipi is an award-winning travel startup on a mission to make hostels smarter and guests happier. We provide innovative technology solutions to hostels to enable their customers to check-in, download their key and meet other guests using app-based technology. Tipi automates a lot of the processes around check-in, which improves operational efficiency, creates a mobile platform to engage with guests and generates ancillary revenue streams for the hostel. We are a hostel-focused business dedicated to using technology to improve guest experience. Tipi Pty Ltd was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. For more information: www.tipi.travel Polkadot Communications Bolsters Beauty Roster 2019-08-13T22:51:54Z polkadot-communications-bolsters-beauty-roster-1 Polkadot Communications has won the Australian account Europe’s number one online premium beauty retailer, lookfantastic®. The addition of lookfantastic® boosts the agency’s growing global client portfolio. Polkadot Communications will support earned, social and owned media, as well as provide SEO and SEM services to elevate the brand across multiple channels and support its full year in the Australian market. Director of Polkadot Communications, Dionne Taylor, said, “With deep beauty and lifestyle credentials over our 13-year agency history, it’s our honour to work with such a well-known global brand. We have been in deep discussions with the lookfantastic® for some time now so it’s exciting to be able to activate our creative concepts.” Caroline McKenna, lookfantastic® Regional Manager AU/NZ Beauty says, “We are delighted to be working with Polkadot Communications. Their expertise in technical SEO linked to PR outreach won us over and we look forward to working closely with them on strategies to further build on lookfantastic® Australia’s brand awareness.” Polkadot Communications clients include; Hostelworld, The Empire State Building, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Palmer’s, P.volve, Fry Family Foods, The Fitness Show, Athena Home Loans, PagerDuty, Tasman Eco, Stack Panel, Swirlit, and The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali, CreativeCubes.co, Orange Theory Fitness, Larsen Jewellery, Venus Concept Matific and pro-bono client Ronald McDonald House Charities. Polkadot Communications Grows its Lifestyle Portfolio and Hires New Staff 2019-07-09T22:50:12Z polkadot-communications-grows-its-lifestyle-portfolio-and-hires-new-staff Polkadot Communications has added three new clients to its lifestyle stable including global fitness phenomenon and trainer of Victoria Secret’s models, P.volve, vegan-based food company the Fry Family and functional oral health drinks brand Swirlit. Across all three clients, Polkadot Communications will deliver a mix of content creation, community management, PR, event management and influencer engagement. Agency owner, Dionne Taylor said, “We’re always looking to work with clients who can differentiate themselves from their competitors in their industry, and those that have something to say. We’re thrilled to partner with these leading brands known on both a local and global scale.” General Manager of Polkadot Communications, Anna MacIntosh, said, “As the agency continues to have a stellar 2019, we are proud to continue growing a sector in what the agency is famous for, lifestyle communications.” Marketing Director for the Fry Family, Tammy Fry said, “We are very excited to be working with the motivated, professional and experienced team at Polkadot Communications. We have no doubt that the collaboration will have excellent results and add great value to media content on the subject of plant-based foods and lifestyle.” In addition to new client wins, the agency has also hired Sarah Young who joins the team with a strong mix of lifestyle experience and design and digital expertise. Polkadot Communications clients include; The Empire State Building, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Palmer’s, Hostelworld, The Fitness Show, Athena Home Loans, PagerDuty, BaseUp, Tasman Eco, Stack Panel and The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali. -ends- For more information: Clare Goodhew, Polkadot Communications clare@polkadotcomms.com.au / 9281 4190 Hostelworld unveils 'Evolution of the Hostel Traveller' Report 2019-06-12T01:59:07Z hostelworld-unveils-evolution-of-the-hostel-traveller-report New Hostelworld report busts backpacker stereotypes ‘Tried and tested routes’ are declining in popularity for Gen Z The top three destinations for future Aussie Gen Z travellers are Greece, Norway and Portugal Women are going on more extended backpacking trips than men The majority of hostel travellers are now employed young adults taking planned vacations, rather than students Over four in five (81%) recent travellers who went on extended trips chose to stay in hostels Australia, June 12th, 2019, 9am AEST – Hostelworld, the world’s leading hostel-focused online booking platform, has unveiled its ‘Evolution of the Hostel Traveller’ Report today. The global report breaks backpacker stereotypes and unpacks traveller behaviours across three generations, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. The report, which surveyed over 5,000[1] people from different generations – including Australia, the USA, UK, France, Germany, India and Brazil – has revealed a noticeable shift in the activity’s backpackers do when travelling across the globe and in hostels. Partying has taken a back seat, and in its place is volunteering, venturing to off-the-beaten-track destinations and long-term planning. Furthermore, Gen Z’ers are looking to explore beyond the traditional routes with a 33% decline in trips planned to ‘tried and tested’ destinations when compared to Gen X or Baby Boomers. Busting the backpacker behaviour According to the study, there has been an 85% increase in Aussies looking to engage in volunteering whilst travelling compared with 20 years ago. Supporting this, we know that whilst nightlife is still an important part of the backpacking experience, the report shows that it is dropping down the priority list. Future travellers expect once in a lifetime experiences (34%) and culture (49%) to be more memorable than nightlife (17%). However, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to socialise at all. Future hostel travellers want to meet new people from all over the world, with almost a fifth (19%) ranking social space as the most important consideration when choosing where to stay – an area where hostels excel. Booking habits have also seen a substantial shift. Aussie Gen Z’ers are booking their accommodation 3-6 months ahead, a huge increase of 231% from past travellers. Similarly, there has been an 83% decrease in on the day bookings. The report also showcases that there is a 57% increase in Gen Z travellers planning shorter trips during their university breaks, rather than taking a full year off after school. This is a trend that’s showing a particularly strong growth for Indian (208% increase), French (70% increase) and Australian students (35% increase). In addition to social space and free activities, future travellers want unique accommodation, not just your standard hotel décor but something a bit different. In fact, hostel décor is becoming an increasingly important factor to where millennial travellers choose to book (44% increase). Gary Morrison, CEO, at Hostelworld said, “Our Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report shows how much hostelling has changed in the 20 years that we’ve been operating as the world’s leading hostel-focused online booking platform. “This is only the beginning of what’s to come. Today we’re seeing a booming hostel industry, as global demand to explore the world and connect with new cultures continues to rise. Travellers are evolving, and so are the hostels where they’re staying, which is why I am excited to see what the next 20 years will bring.” Tried and tested routes are declining. Off the beaten track routes are the winners Latin America is the biggest emerging backpacker route for Millennial and Gen Z travellers. Whilst Europe captured the hearts of past jetsetters, Central America has created a newfound appetite for adventure, with a 61% increase in travellers heading there today. For Gen Z, South America is top of their list, as one in five (20%) 16-21-year olds surveyed intend to visit South America in the next three years. According to the report, the countries with the highest growth in desire to visit for Aussie Gen Z travellers (by % growth in comparison to Millennial travellers) are: Greece (41%) Norway (39%) Portugal (31%) Sweden (28%) Denmark (18%) / Canada (18%) Belgium (15%) / USA (15%) Ireland (11%) Spain (10%) Asia continues to reign supreme for Millennial travellers, with Eastern Asian countries taking the two top spots for the most growth as a travel destination for those recent travellers. The top three countries increasing in popularity for Millennials globally (by % growth) are: South Korea – 276% increase Japan – 151% increase Cuba – 135% increase The rise of female solo travel The secret is out…female wanderlusters are seeing and experiencing more of the world. The new report reveals three-quarters (75%) of women across the world have gone or plan to go backpacking, compared to only two-thirds (67%) of men. Where solo travel was once seen as brave and risky for female travellers, a shift in attitude has meant that it is now adventurous and exciting. A trend that can be seen through Hostelworld’s own booking data reflects this trend with bookings made by solo female travellers increasing by a huge 88% over the past four years. Aussie females are also more likely to want to engage in volunteering with 66% of females planning to engage in volunteering whilst backpacking compared to just 33% of Aussie men. The growth figures for the destination’s women globally plan on travelling to are also much higher than men. Top 5 future destinations for men: Cuba (25%) increase Colombia (20%) increase Australia (17%) increase Portugal (10%) increase Brazil (10%) increase Top 5 future destinations for women: Brazil (75%) increase Iceland (67%) increase Chile (67%) increase Fiji (67%) increase Norway (67%) increase This growth in desire for adventure-prone destinations is being driven by Aussie women for Brazil, a 179% increase compared with past travellers. The Tech Traveller With technology becoming more and more accessible every day, it is no wonder that travellers are looking to tech solutions to make their backpacking experiences more seamless. Hostelworld have seen a 54% increase in bookings via the mobile app in just two years. According to the latest figures in 2018, 40% of Hostelworld’s customers booking via the mobile app compared to just 26% in 2016. The Hostelworld app isn’t just designed to make booking hostels quick and easy on the go, the in-app features encourage backpackers to get social and easily connect with each other. The most recent update saw Hostel Chat added to its functions, designed to allow travellers to easily speak to other guests regardless of languages. Find the full ‘Evolution of the Hostel Traveller’ report here. -ends- Notes to editors You can read more about why women solo travel here. For more information, please contact Polkadot Communications hostelworld@polkadotcomms.com.au or call 02 9281 4190. Annabel Carroll, Account Manager Meagan Wenke, Account Executive About Hostelworld  Hostelworld, the largest hostel-focussed booking platform, inspires passionate travellers to see the world, meet new people and come back with extraordinary stories to tell. Hostelworld customers are not your average tourists; they crave unique experiences that Hostelworld facilitates with the best choice of hostels around the world. It’s the social nature of hostels that turbo-charges their global adventures and empowers them to Meet the World.    Hostelworld has more than 11.5 million reviews across 16,500 hostels in more than 179 countries, making the brand the leading online hub for social travel. The website and mobile app operates in 19 different languages.  The Hostelworld Group went public in November 2015, listing on the main London and Dublin stock exchanges. Headquartered in Dublin, Hostelworld has offices around the world in London, Shanghai, Sydney and Porto. About the research: Hostelworld worked with Censuswide to survey over 5,000 people aged 16 and over across the USA, UK, Australia, France, Germany, India and Brazil. Past = People aged 40+, who have been backpacking, i.e. a multi-destination trip for 3 weeks or more and stayed in hostels/backpacker’s shared room accommodation when they were between the ages of 18 and 25 Present = People aged 18-39, who went backpacking, i.e. a multi-destination trip for 3 weeks or more and stayed in hostels/backpacker’s shared room accommodation within the last 2 years Future = People aged 16-21, who are planning to go backpacking, i.e. a multi-destination trip for 3 weeks or more, and planning to stay in hostels/backpacker’s shared room accommodation, in the next 3 years Hostelworld Group booking data is from April 2019 reflecting the previous 12 months [1] Out of the 5,000 global sample, 1000 participants were from Australia Polkadot Communications Wins Two Global Clients 2019-06-02T21:59:12Z polkadot-communications-wins-two-global-clients Polkadot Communications has won two global travel clients, one of the world’s most famous buildings, the Empire State Building in New York, and the world’s leading hostel-focused online booking platform, Hostelworld. Both clients bolster the agency’s existing strong travel portfolio. The wins, both competitive pitches, will see the agency deliver communication programs for both brands that cross innovation and marketing borders. Anna MacIntosh, General Manager of Polkadot Communications, said, “Both wins mark a huge milestone for the agency in building our global credentials and continued growth in 2019. We are incredibly excited to be chosen as agency of record for two global brand powerhouses.” Owner of Polkadot Communications, Dionne Taylor, said, “As the agency evolves, now in our 13th year, we’re so proud to work with globally recognised brands and further grow our experience in the travel sector. We especially respect the fact that both clients opted for a boutique agency rather than a global agency in their selection process.” Maryline Goldman, Global Head of PR & Communications, said, “We’re very excited to partner with Polkadot Communications to showcase the booming hostel industry. Australia is a key strategic market for us, and Aussies love to travel and connect with new cultures, so we’re very happy to have the right agency onboard for this journey.” Polkadot Communications clients include: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Palmer’s, The Fitness Show, Athena Home Loans, PagerDuty, BaseUp, Tasman Eco, Stack Panel, Freddy, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali. Australian PR agency Polkadot Communications and New Zealand Agency Botica Butler Raudon Partners expands global presence by joining the Public Relations Boutiques International™ Organisation 2018-11-08T23:45:12Z australian-pr-agency-polkadot-communications-and-new-zealand-agency-botica-butler-raudon-partners-expands-global-presence-by-joining-the-public-relations-boutiques-internationaltm-organisation-1 Sydney – 9th November 2018 - PR Boutiques International™ (PRBI), a worldwide collaborative network of boutique public relations firms, proudly announces the addition of six new member agencies to its esteemed network of visionaries, communicators, and bridge-builders with two of agencies from Australia and New Zealand. “We are adding new members at a quick pace as agencies seek out PRBI as a way to align themselves for the global economy and client needs,” noted PRBI President Amanda Foley, of member agency Kiterocket. “We now count 45 members across 19 countries, which is a powerful tool for business development, being able to tap category and geographic experts around the globe.” • Polkadot Communications (Sydney, Australia)—Built on a love for storytelling, founder Dionne Taylor took her experience as a journalist and established Polkadot Communications in 2006. Polkadot is a consumer lifestyle firm, offering PR, social media, marketing, event management, and digital related services. As part of their commitment to communication and engagement, Polkadot Communications is developing an app called Story Match, which will provide curated content to journalists using a “Tinder-style” approach, due for release in January 2019. Such distinguished clients include: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, Pizza Hut, The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas, Food Matters TV, Mobvoi, ZOZOSuit, Quandoo, Venus Concept, to name a few. • Botica Butler Raudon Partners (Auckland, New Zealand)—Botica Butler Raudon is a full-service corporate communications consultancy with a consumer and digital arm, Passion PR. Founded in 1987, it delivers sound strategy and compelling creative coupled with seamless execution by a highly experienced team. Specialty services include crisis and issues communications, tech and science PR, media training, stakeholder relations, litigation support, social media management and consumer PR. With backgrounds in performing arts, research, government and corporate affairs the team at Botica Butler Raudon offers clients a powerful, flexible and most importantly, effective communications service. Other global new members include CarusoPR (Chicago, USA), eVerythink PR Boutique (Madrid, Spain), Galvanise PR (India), LaunchIt Public Relations (San Diego, USA). About PR Boutiques International: PR Boutiques International™ (PRBI) is an international network of boutique public relations firms. The principals of member firms are experienced practitioners who have held senior positions in large PR agencies and/or corporations and now put service first by working directly with clients. PRBI members excel in a wide range of client needs in many industries. Members’ services include corporate public relations, consumer PR, health care PR, investor relations, crisis management, business‐to‐business PR, economic development PR, not‐for‐profit, academia, government, financial, technology, legal, multicultural and international PR. Member practitioners have won the highest levels of professional awards, with qualifications ranging from PhDs to former top journalists. They also represent memberships in the most noteworthy international public relations and business associations. For more information contact Clare Goodhew, Polkadot Communications, 02 9281 4190 or clare@polkadotcommunications.com.au Food Matters TV launches ground-breaking new docu-series 2018-11-05T23:47:02Z food-matters-tv-launches-ground-breaking-new-docu-series Food Matters TV launches ground-breaking new docu-series Transcendence - Live Life Beyond the Ordinary is a new docu-series by internationally-renowned filmmakers James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch that explores the current state of our physical, emotional and mental health in a captivating new way. Drawing on research and interviews by some of the world’s most recognised celebrities, doctors and thought leaders including Novak Djokovic, Jim Kwik, Mark Hyman, Libby Weaver, Bruce Lipton, Wim Hof, Gabrielle Bernstein, Joe Dispenza and Marie Forleo to name a few, this inspirational FMTV original series is set to challenge the way people view health and ultimately lead them to question how they can live a better life. Spanning over 5 fascinating episodes that individually tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time including overcoming stress, depression & anxiety, healing autoimmune conditions and chronic illness naturally, releasing fear & limiting beliefs and uncovering more purpose and fulfillment in life, Transcendence - Live Life Beyond The Ordinary, takes the viewer on a journey into the ‘self’ like no other docu-series before it. To arrange an interview/gain access to TRANSCENDENCE: Live Life Beyond the Ordinary please contact Clare Goodhew at Polkadot Communications. About the Filmmakers With millions of followers worldwide, James and Laurentine are passionate advocates for health and wellness, continuing to question the status quo with thought provoking films like Food Matters and Hungry for Change. Their films and many others can be watching via their video-on-demand streaming service FMTV, which was launched in 2014 and has grown to become one of the largest health & wellness online channels in the world. It was a family medical issue that encouraged the duo to start exploring the relationship between food and health, thrusting them onto the path of wellness. Seeing firsthand how their work healed James’ father, they went on to build a tribe of loyal followers and spread their message through online movies, recipe series, yoga & exercise classes, expert interviews & guided programs on FMTV. About FMTV Described by members as the ‘Netflix for health & wellness’, James and Laurentine founded FMTV.com in an effort to curate the world's best content on healing and mind-body transformation. The subscription-based platform offers its members hours of documentaries, recipes, guided programs, yoga and exercise and expert interviews to help deepen their spiritual practice, lose weight, overcome an illness and live a better life. The app is available on all app platforms including iPhone, iPad, apple TV, android, Roku, amazon fire and Chromecast. You can watch the trailer and join the free worldwide online premiere at https://www.fmtv.com/transcendence/partners/review ENDS Polkadot Communications Appoints New General Manager 2018-10-31T00:34:29Z polkadot-communications-appoints-new-general-manager Independent communications agency Polkadot Communications has appointed Anna MacIntosh as its new General Manager. Anna joins the agency with over two decades of experience leading agencies and teams across multiple sectors including FMCG, technology, retail, corporate and government. With a passion for collaboration and culture and a background in independent and global agencies, Anna will be focused on the agency’s client portfolio and integrated communications offering. Founder and director Dionne Taylor says, “Anna’s big agency background, combined with independent agency experience brings a fresh perspective to Polkadot Communications. As we move into our 13th year in business and continue to grow our team and service offering, Anna has joined the company at the right time as we focus on client growth and service diversity.” Prior to joining Polkadot Communications, Anna was Managing Partner at Zing and held roles at Creation, Edelman and Hill & Knowlton. Polkadot Communications is an independent communications agency based in Sydney with a core focus on earned and social engagement and activations. Brands Polkadot Communications work with include Pizza Hut, Cockatoo Island, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, The Mulia Bali, The Natural Vitamin Co, Renovating for Profit and Mobvoi. -ends- For more information, please call Clare Goodhew on 02 92814190 or clare@polkadotcomms.com.au Larsen Jewellery comes on board again as official ring partner for Bachelor Australia 2018-10-03T19:41:29Z larsen-jewellery-comes-on-board-again-as-official-ring-partner-for-bachelor-australia-1 Larsen Jewellery is incredibly pleased to have been a part of The Bachelor Australia Series 6 as the Official Ring Partner and to have been able to assist Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins in designing and creating this incredibly beautiful commitment ring. In preparation for the Finale episode, Senior Larsen Jeweller, Kate Reid met with Nick for a one-on-one jewellery consultation. Together, Nick, and the team at Larsen Jewellery designed the beautiful bespoke ring. Nick was excited to be a part of the design process and was an integral part of creating a ring that encompasses the spiritual journey they have been on. Kate Reid comments: “As a Senior Jeweller at Larsen Jewellery, I played a large role in the design and production of this beautiful ring for Nick. Myself and the team of Larsen Jewellery jewellers worked closely with Nick to design and custom make the perfect ring. Nick was extremely enthusiastic about the design process with our team, wanting the ring to encompass the emotional and spiritual journey that he has been through during the show. Nick is deeply spiritual and invested in the power of gemstones and people’s individual energy, so these were elements which he wanted to incorporate into the ring”. “The custom made 18ct rose and white gold ring is set with a stunning 6.75ct rectangular cushion cut Malaya garnet, accentuated by two trilliant cut diamonds. There are also fourteen round, brilliant cut diamonds which evenly border the trilliant diamonds.” comments Kate. Co-Founder of Larsen Jewellery, Lars Larsen comments: “We have really enjoyed the process of working with The Bachelor Australia team as the Official Ring Partner for Series 6. When we were contacted about the opportunity to work with The Bachelor Australia as the Official Ring Partner for the second series in a row, we jumped at the chance and were excited to be able to showcase our work to Nick and the shows’ viewers”. Creating exceptionally beautiful jewellery and using only the highest quality diamonds, coloured gemstones and metals, Larsen Jewellery represents the pinnacle in quality and design when it comes to beautiful fine jewellery. As one of the most respected jewellers in Australia, Larsen Jewellery specialises in custom made pieces of fine jewellery, which can be designed to meet the individual taste and requirement of each client. www.larsenjewellery.com.au @larsenjewellery #TheBachelorAU #larsenjewellery For further information on the Official Ring Partnership, to visit one of the Larsen Jewellery stores or to co-ordinate an interview with a Larsen Jewellery representative contact: Annabel Carroll from Polkadot Communications // annabel@polkadotcomms.com.au // 0451 915 112 Camp Australia Revamps its Nationwide Winter Holiday Clubs! 2018-05-29T00:43:00Z camp-australia-revamps-its-nationwide-winter-holiday-clubs Camp Australia Revamps its Nationwide Winter Holiday Clubs!  Camp Australia is Australia’s leading Holiday Care provider operating around the country. The company started looking after children in holidays over 30 years ago, running a leading sport camp, and has expanded its experiences to include all kinds of fun and educational activities designed to entertain and occupy kids throughout all holiday seasons.   This service has proven invaluable for thousands of working Australian families that know the workload does not stop when school does. There is a lack of options for parents around the country in CBD and regional centres alike. A common issue is that parents are not aware of the options they have available to them, and during holidays the costs can blow out as a full day of supervised care and activities for kids can be expensive.  “We do extensive surveys throughout the year and speak to thousands of parents to find out how we can support their growing needs of care. Most feedback we get is about the lack of options during the holiday period. Care from children moves from a few afternoons or mornings a week, to needing something to do for full days over holidays that can be two weeks or more” said Tom Dusseldorp Chief Marketing Officer of Camp Australia.   Camp Australia is a national care provider during school terms and gives thousands of parents’ access to industry leading care and educators to look after their kids before and after school, plus during the holidays. This service entitles parents to a Government rebate where care is subsidised so that they can manage the increasing costs of care while demands on work grow. Camp Australia is committed to caring for kids year-round and this includes holidays when the program and activities enter overdrive.   This year Camp Australia is pleased to announce the launch of its winter E-magination holiday program with a long list of exciting activities for kids and parents to choose from.  “We have some fantastic activities incorporated into this winter holiday program that have been ‘approved’ by our kids throughout the term. We like to test any activity we have planned with our kids and make sure they give the tick of approval. Ozobots were a big hit – a fun activity that teaches basic coding skills through an interactive robot that follows the path you lay out. We also have circuitry activities, candle making and clock making to bring out kid’s creativity and motor skills. Additionally, our holidays are always jam-packed with an array of sports and games to keep kids active and bond over team activities. We also have more excursions than ever and a huge variety of local activities that vary by state” said Tom Dusseldorp.  The theme for this season is E-magination, inspired by technology and all the imaginative things that can be explored within this sphere. Although it is technology themed, there will still be a variety of choice for activities to suit all tastes. Camp Australia offers holiday camps across the following states for the winter holidays:  QLD 2nd July – 13 July NSW 7th – 22nd July VIC 30th June – 15th July WA 30th June – 15th July NT 30th June – 23rd July SA 7th July – 22nd July  Book here to secure a spot in a location that suits: www.campaustralia.com.au/emagination   *According to a survey conducted by Camp Australia conducted earlier this year  X Ends X  https://www.campaustralia.com.auFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/CampAustralia/   For further information, to coordinate a visit to a Camp Australia or an interview with someone from the Camp Australia Team, please contact either Katy at Polkadot Communications – Katy@polkadotcomms.com.au or Tiffany at Polkadot Communications – Tiffany@polkadotcomms.com.au // (02) 9281 4190   MULIA RAPTURE PROUDLY PRESENTS, FERGIE 2018-05-01T04:15:24Z mulia-rapture-proudly-presents-fergie NEWS RELEASE #GetRaptured with Mulia Bali (BALI) - Mulia Bali is calling all effervescent party enthusiasts to get ready for the upcoming RAPTURE - Mulia Summer Party, by its tropical pool and white-sand beach, on 1st September, 2018. This event is eventually will be held every year as Mulia Bali signature and expected to set the bar of daytime lifestyle party on the island. Renowned for years of experience with out of this world events for its numerous VIP clients as well as hotel guests, Mulia Bali presents RAPTURE with a whole new sophisticated entertainment; from world-renowned singers to acclaimed international DJs, enlivened with extravagant dancers and Mulia's ever-exceptional decor and adornment. Hail or shine, this vivacious party will be started by 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm, then guests are welcome to enjoy the night at resort's ZJ's Bar & Lounge. Stay at one of the best beachfront hotels in the world, avoid the hassle and enjoy RAPTURE - Mulia Summer Party to the fullest. Special package inclusive of 3 to 7 nights stay and passes to the party is available at 3 official hotels; The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas. The event is strictly for guests aged 18 and above. For more information and bookings, please visit www.muliarapture.com, follow social media @muliarapture or call (62 361) 301 7777. -end- About The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali Style sets the tone of the three ultra-luxurious properties set along 30 hectares of sprawling landscape, on the dramatic coastline of Nusa Dua creating The Mulia and Mulia Resort & Villas (www.themulia.com). Epitomizing extravagance and opulence, combined with genuine hospitality, the breathtaking resorts are redefining sophistication. The Mulia - This ultra high end Brand from Mulia is a 111 all suite property with individualized Butler Service, a meticulous attention to detail and unsurpassed sense of style and space. Mulia Resort - offers 526 incredibly spectacular rooms, suites, lagoon suites, dining opportunities and wonderful amenities. Mulia Villas - The exquisite 108 villa accommodations are the largest of their kind on the island. Ranging from one and two-bedroom villas, all the way to the six-bedroom Mulia Mansion. Over the span of five years, The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua Bali has been recognized in many prestigious awards, after Condé Nast Traveler USA placed Mulia Bali as the number one beach resort in the world in 2014, in addition to the latest The Best Spas in the World by Readers' Choice Awards in 2015, the Editors of Condé Nast have also recognized The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua as – Favorite Hotels in the World and Favorite Beach Resorts in the World in Condé Nast Traveler USA – Gold List (2016), one of the World’s most beautiful beachfront hotels by CNN (2016) and many more. Polkadot Communications lands skincare brand Palmer’s to boost health and beauty portfolio 2018-02-07T04:03:29Z polkadot-communications-lands-skincare-brand-palmers-to-boost-health-and-beauty-portfolio Leading boutique agency, Polkadot Communications, is delighted to announce they will be working with leading natural beauty brand, Palmer’s, to help raise awareness of their extensive product range as well as securing opportunities for brand ambassador, Georgia Love. Emma Clark, Digital, Content, Community & Communications Executive at Palmer’s commented: “The team at Polkadot Communications is a perfect fit for us in terms of their enthusiasm, creativity and knowledge of the Palmer’s brand and we look forward to working together on a number of consumer campaigns.” Dionne Taylor, Founder and Director says: “We’re thrilled to become part of the Palmer’s family, especially being the first new agency they have worked with in over a decade. Winning the Palmer’s contract is testament to the quality work and campaigns we have implemented for many leading brands in the beauty sector and we look forward to growing with the brand together.” In addition to Palmer’s, the Sydney-based agency has welcomed a raft of health, beauty and wellness clients to its portfolio including Healthyroo, Care for Family, Dietlicious, Fontanella and New You Fitness. Polkadot Communications represents some of Australia’s best-known brands and clients across a range of industries including beauty, health and wellness, lifestyle, food and beverage, fashion, kids, travel, education, events and tech disruptors. The complete list of clients can be found on the Polkadot Communications website www.polkadotcommunications.com.au For further information please contact Dionne Taylor T: 02 9281 4190 / 0411 230 301 E: dionne@polkadotcomms.com.au W: www.polkadotcommunications.com.au