The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-14T04:10:28Z LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT FIJI WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF 2019-11-14T04:10:28Z likuliku-lagoon-resort-fiji-welcomes-new-executive-chef LIKULIKU WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF  Australian Executive Chef, Ryan Ward, reimagines modern Fijian cuisine at Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Hyperlocal produce, exceptional service and commitment to the Fijian community are cornerstones of the Likuliku experience  Nov 2019: Ryan Ward has been appointed Executive Chef of the multi award-winning Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago - the luxury Fijian-owned resort with Fiji’s only authentic over-water bures and a part of the prestigious collection of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.  Prior to coming to Fiji two years ago, Ryan devoted five years as Chef de Cuisine for the then 2-hatted GOMA Restaurant at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. In the early stages of his career, he was drawn to the precision and rivalrous nature of London’s kitchens, including Mayfair’s ‘Sketch’, and spent time in boutique hotels on the Cornish coastline.  Born in Queensland, his formative years were heavily influenced by his grandmother, a sculptor and artist, and his grandfather who had a genuine love of nature and understanding of the land, raising cattle on his property in Queensland. His upbringing and his time at Sketch and GOMA have shaped Ryan’s simple yet beautiful expression of ingredients.  Ryan draws inspiration from his time living on Malolo Island where he began his Fiji affinity at Likuliku’s sister property – Malolo Island Resort.    Ryan re-shaped the culinary offering at Malolo Resort with an increased focus on local produce and flavours.   During this time, Ryan gained an appreciation and true understanding of local ingredients stretching from Malolo to the tip of the Yasawa Islands.     Moving next door to Likuliku is a dream for Ryan because with that comes a daily-changing menu, a flourishing garden and a supply of fresh honey from the Resort’s bees.  “For me, the key is to focus on the origin of the ingredient and take inspiration from the Fijian people, culture, customs and tradition to create a dish that has a sense of place.” Ryan says.   A keen fisherman, Ryan spends time out of the kitchen exploring and researching the local waters and surrounding islands with curiosity. His appreciation for the environment will be influential to Likuliku’s kitchen practices ensuring a strong focus on sustainability.  “I look forward to continue to embrace Fiji as home and especially, to work alongside Likuliku’s environmental team, using their local knowledge of ingredients to help shape our menus and create a world class dining experience for our guests.”  Ahura Resorts Group General Manager, Steve Anstey says, ‘We’re delighted to have Ryan as Executive Chef at Likuliku. His gastronomic expertise, passion for the local produce and culinary creativity will help us to continue to create and build on an extraordinary dining experience at Likuliku.’  Likuliku will launch new dishes in 2020 with a focus on ethically sourced ingredients, preserving the environmental well-being of the Mamanuca archipelago.   Further information on Likuliku Lagoon Resort including special offers: http://likulikulagoon.com ENDS   For further information/images please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au     Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Tasmania - Mid 20th Century Artists 2019-10-24T07:31:51Z australian-paintings-exhibition-at-lauder-and-howard-hobart-mid-20th-century-artists Australian Paintings Exhibition at Lauder and Howard, Hobart Mid 20th Century Artists Opens 9th Saturday November  2019 @ 2pm   Lauder and Howard, one of Australia’s leading fine art and antique dealers, is pleased to announce the Australian Painting exhibition from 9th November 2019 at their 185 Campbell Street, Hobart gallery.   Featuring paintings by Elaine Haxton, Judy Cassab (twice winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture), Jean Bellette, Ellis Rowan, Eileen Brooker, Roma Thompson, Roland Wakelin (including an interesting image of Hobart and Mount Wellington), Michael Kmit, John Santry, Adrian Feint among others.   www.lauderandhoward.com.au    For more information about the exhibition and any further images please contact Leslie Lauder on 0408 409 900 or enquiries@lauderandhoward.com.au   Six steps to a healthier working environment from Catherine Davidson, leading mediator, negotiation expert and workplace wellness educator. 2019-10-17T05:33:03Z six-steps-to-a-healthier-working-environment-from-catherine-davidson-leading-mediator-and-negotiation-expert-and-workplace-wellness-educator How can companies create a more dynamic, more productive and, more profitable work environment – and at the same time improve employees’ health, reduce absenteeism and cut legal claims. The answer, according to Catherine Davidson, Founder and Principal of Catherine Davidson Mediation Services (CDMS), is to focus on boosting workplace wellness – channeling conflict into a positive.   Davidson, a former commercial litigation lawyer who specialises in helping companies achieve higher levels of workplace wellness, presented at Australia’s giant festival of workplace health and wellness, the Workplace Wellness Festival 2019 and at the world’s largest conference on happiness and wellbeing, Happiness and its Causes 2019. She says that improving workplace wellness can deliver commercial advantage and is one of the keys to building a sustainable and profitable business.   Here are her top tips for creating a working environment that promotes positivity and productivity and helps bring out the best in people.   1. Conduct an organisational health check Before you introduce any kind of workplace wellness program it’s worth discovering your employees’ biggest concerns. Are they, for example, stressed by a difficult relationship with a manager or colleague? Do they have more work than they can complete within working hours? Are they worried about leaving work on time to meet other commitments? How confident are they to disagree with their boss? It’s important to understand what your employees are worried about so that you can help address their concerns.   ‘Once you understand the stressors staff are facing you’ll be in a better position to design a working environment where they are able to relax and do their best work,’ says Catherine.   2. Invest in your people Forward thinking companies, such as Google and Atlassian, are renowned for their employee benefits and wellness programs. Initiatives might include staff kitchens with healthy food and drinks and exercise and relaxation classes. Catherine’s approach is about providing people with a skill set and capacity to work through workplace conflict and issues not just providing ‘things’’. More companies are embracing this well received, proactive approach.     ‘Investing in employee wellbeing pays dividends – with fewer sick days, lower staff turnover and higher levels of employee engagement which in turn leads to greater productivity and therefore profitability,’ says Catherine.   3. Encourage people to be themselves at work People are most likely to be engaged and do their best at work when they feel accepted and valued. Employers that actively promote a culture of acceptance and inclusion can help reduce employees’ stress levels and keep them healthy and happy at work.   ‘Employers should allow people to bring their whole selves to work and encourage them to say what they think and take risks. Making mistakes and sharing them enables the entire team to learn from the experience and offers up psychological safety,’ says Catherine.   4. Embrace difference Embracing difference means understanding and appreciating that different people bring unique personality traits, skills and perspectives to the workplace, and that the mix is enriching.   ‘Meeting and working with people with whom we don’t perhaps have a lot in common can be the best way to learn to collaborate, innovate and thrive. Instead of fearing difference, we should look for what we can learn from it,’ says Catherine.   5. Understand that conflict can be constructive Any group or team of people is bound to disagree from time to time. Those disagreements can be the best way to improve on the status quo, generate new ideas and, ultimately, to foster growth. The key to extracting benefit from conflict is to develop effective communication and negotiation skills to help ensure people communicate and engage with each other – and work towards effective solutions.   ‘Conflict is normal, inevitable and potentially creative – yet most organisations see it as a problem and put in place people and systems to manage and deal with it. I advise people to explore and embrace the opportunities that exist in the space between difference and disagreement – there can be a huge amount of value there,’ says Catherine.   6. Create a company culture where disagreement is safe Employees need to know that disagreeing with colleagues and management sometimes is normal - and essential for a healthy working environment. Encourage people to develop communications skills that enable them to share new ideas and suggestions that might be perceived as critical in a positive and respectful manner.   ‘Talking about conflict management in the workplace is quite a narrow way of looking at things,’ says Catherine. ‘In fact, conflict resolution skills are essential life and well-being skills and something we should all nurture and develop.’   To find out more about Catherine Davidson and how she works with clients to enhance workplace wellness visit: http://www.cdms.com.au   ENDS   For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023 NEW Hobart Dining Hot Spot - Prospect House Open For Dinner - Richmond Tasmania 2019-09-24T00:43:45Z new-hobart-dining-hot-spot-prospect-house-open-for-dinner-richmond-tasmania NEW TASMANIAN GOURMET DINING VENUE OPEN 7 DAYS   Prospect House Private Hotel Restaurant in Richmond, SE Tasmania now welcomes locals and visitors for dinner   September 2019: Prospect House Restaurant, the fine dining restaurant at one of Tasmania’s oldest and most elegant country house hotels, now welcomes locals and visitors, alongside hotel guests, for dinner every night of the week.   Head Chef Kurstin Berriman has created a sophisticated, contemporary dinner menu celebrating the very best of Tasmanian produce. She’ s delighted that locals and visitors, as well as hotel guests, can now enjoy her food:   ‘The menu at Prospect House Restaurant features simple, tasty, fresh dishes made with top quality local produce and is designed to be enjoyed with family and friends.’   Berriman, who has worked in the hospitality industry in Tasmania and the UK for over 20 years and has owned and operated award-winning restaurants including Restaurant Synergy in Launceston, is proud to bring her creativity and passion for Tasmanian produce to Prospect House Restaurant.   ‘I’m excited about creating new dishes from seasonal produce, incorporating modern and traditional techniques, while respecting the foundations of classical French cooking,’ she says.     Prospect House Private Hotel has its own orchard and gardens where mulberries, quince, walnuts, herbs, root vegetables and more are grown. Berriman regularly picks, pickles and preserves for the months ahead. There’s also an apiary, where a thriving bee community produces honey for the restaurant kitchen.   More local produce, ranging from trout and lamb to olives and cheeses, is sourced from nearby Coal River Valley. Berriman’s relationships with smaller producers and family-owned farms mean she has access to exceptional quality, limited supply ingredients. Local farmers often drop their own produce at the kitchen back door.   Prospect House Restaurant ‘s seasonal three-course dinner menu ($85 including side dishes and amuse-bouches) includes entrées such as Tarkine free-range pork belly served with Savoy cabbage and pickled quince, and main courses such as Strelleyfield free-range duck breast served with mushroom and chestnut ravioli and black truffle consommé.   Diners can enjoy fine Tasmanian wines, including a selection of cool climate Coal River Valley wines, from an extensive wine list that also includes other Australian and international drops. The drinks list features world-class Tasmanian whiskies and craft gins too. Before and after dinner drinks can be served in several cosy fireside lounge spaces or outside in the  gardens in summer.   Prospect House Restaurant is perfect for special occasion dining and can accommodate groups of up to 12 (subject to hotel occupancy). Diners can also eat outside in warmer months, casually by a courtyard fire or at a special table overlooking the pond and oak trees (on request).   Dinner guests may also book a room for the night (subject to availability).   COMING SOON:  Cooking classes with Kurstin Berriman – hotel guests will be able to join  cooking classes on Fridays (Bread and Butter Making) and Saturdays (Pickling and Preserving).   For more information visit: https://prospecthouseprivatehotel.com.au/   ENDS Please reach out if you want images as we have great shots! Be social: https://www.facebook.com/prospecthouseprivatehotel Insta: prospecthouseprivatehotel   For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023 Family villas a new haven for guests at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa - Tanna Vanuatu 2019-06-19T03:42:11Z family-villas-a-new-haven-for-guests-at-white-grass-ocean-resort-amp-spa-tanna-vanuatu Family villas a new haven for guests at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa   ‘A sanctuary of luxurious accommodation, first class service and idyllic surrounds to unwind in following a day hiking up a volcano or diving the Blue Cave.’   June 2019:  Grass Ocean Resort & Spa on Tanna Island, Vanuatu has recently introduced three new family villas to its range of guest accommodation. The two bedroom, two ensuite, plantation-style villas also include a kitchenette, dining area, lounge and large verandahs. Designed with every creature comfort for a family of up to four, the new villas feature furniture crafted from local hardwood, designer soft furnishings, ceiling fans, ceramic tile floors, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi and more.   White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa is home to the only PADI certified diving operation, Volcano Island Divers, on Tanna Island.  Local dive spots are renowned for their coral and lava formations, abundant marine life (including Caverns turtles, whales  and dugong) and exceptional water quality.    Tanna Island is one of the southernmost islands of the Vanuatu archipelago and is blessed with some of the South Pacific’s most beautiful beaches.  White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa has direct access to reef edge and inner reef pool snorkelling. Resort facilities also include a swimming pool, pitch ‘n putt golf course, petanque (bocce) field, bicycles, guest library, and the Nabisa Day Spa. Housed in an open bure with uninterrupted coastal views, the Nabisa Day Spa offers a range of indulgent treatments, including its signature Volcanic Hot Stone Massage, using natural products such as the local organic coconut oil.   Food at White Grass is fresh, seasonal and sustainable. The restaurant serves seafood, including lobster, wahu, yellow fin tuna, poulet, marlin and mahi mahi, pulled from the ocean in front of the resort. Fresh Locally farmed prawns and Vanuatu beef are flown in several times each week. Local markets and growers supply organic vegetables, fruit and nuts grown in the island’s rich volcanic soil. Whitegrass chefs are local Ni-Vanuatu people who are passionate about the local produce and use their skills and expertise to create memorable meals every day.   Once in a lifetime adventures are a wonderful way to work up an appetite. For example, the resort’s Blue Cave experience begins with a 20-minute coastal journey. Once at the Blue Cave, visitors are invited to duck dive through an opening where the cliff meets the sea and emerge into a magical cave, illuminated only by a shaft of light from a hole in the cave ceiling.      Guests can also experience the world’s most accessible active volcano. After a 1.5 hour 4WD journey through dense jungle, mountain villages and ash plains to the base of the volcano, guests walk up the face of Mount Yasur to the volcano rim while witnessing its frequent eruptions.     Euan Marsh, owner of White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa, says: ‘White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa provides our guests with rare access to Tanna Island’s unique village culture and raw, once in a life time, adventure experiences.  Our resort has been designed in response to this, and provides a sanctuary of luxurious accommodation, first class service and idyllic surrounds to unwind in following a day hiking up a volcano or diving the blue cave.’       White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa is located just 2km from Tanna Airport, which is a short flight from Port Vila. Resort staff welcome every guest at the airport before whisking them away to their holiday island home.   Accommodation (including tropical breakfast) in the new family villas starts from around $400 AUD per night (42000VUV per night for a villa)   For more information visit: https://www.whitegrasstanna.com/     ENDS   Image Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mucgua6mrh9i7a4/AABgIpFQIPXvvWeO_hxqHVdha?dl=0     For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023   Bridgestone Mining Solutions Announce The Inaugural National Tyre Fitting Training Program 2019-05-13T00:04:19Z ridgestone-mining-solutions-announce-the-inaugural-national-tyre-fitting-training-program Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (BMSA) are pleased to announce the inaugural National Tyre Fitting Training Program based at the recently opened Hunter Valley Mining Solutions Centre. BMSA continues to be a leading service provider in the tyre industry and this training program provides the opportunity to educate individuals who are pursuing a career in the OTR tyre industry at an entry level. The comprehensive package being offered will provide the skills required to work at the highest industry standard and will be achieved through our experienced trainers sharing their knowledge and skills to assist in tyre fitter development to the safest level. The first intense 6 week program commenced on the 6th May 2019 with a second program to be run later in the year and 3 to 4 programs expected to be run in 2020. The program participants will be new to the tyre fitting industry and therefore require additional time and resources to learn the fundamentals of tyre fitting, extensive knowledge of BMSA products and services along with industry best practices from experienced tyre fitters.  BMSA is a Registered Training Organisation which provides National Accredited Training. The formal qualifications obtained are industry recognised and demonstrate BMSA’s commitment to the national standard when training. Modules in the National Tyre Fitting Program include: ·       Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and Environment ·       “Bridgestone Essence” and “Our Way to Serve” ·       9 core Training Units - Certificate II Surface Extractions ·       Rim and Wheel training ·       Truck and Bus tyres ·       Forklift accreditation ·       Use of power and hand held tools Additionally, BMSA offers training services to our customers improving their knowledge of Tyre Management to maximise tyre life and a reduction in their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). From 2020 there will be an increase in the courses run by BMSA to further invest and upskill our workforce through Procedural and Systems Training and Leadership and Technical Training courses.Steve Niho Chief Executive Officer Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia   For further media information please contact: johnportelli@bsem.com.au NEW TASMANIAN LUXE STAY OPTION 2019-04-30T04:16:59Z new-tasmanian-luxe-stay-option Premium boutique country escape defines new level of hospitality and service in Richmond, SE Tasmania   Prospect House Private Hotel, one of Tasmania’s oldest and most elegant country house hotels, is now welcoming guests after new owners, John and Libby Pooley, invested more than $5m in refurbishing and upgrading the historic property they bought in 2017.   Built with convict labour in 1830 for James Kestell Buscombe, Prospect House is a fine example of a Georgian style country house. Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman describes it as an ‘iconic heritage asset.’   When the Pooleys bought Prospect House it had been used as a private home for more than five years and hadn’t undergone a significant renovation since the 1970s. It needed major remodelling and refurbishment to meet their vision for the property. John and Libby then incorporated an eclectic mix of furnishings and antiques from their private collection to give every space its own character.   ‘We’ve always loved restoring and renovating period properties. Prospect House was an ambitious project, but we’re delighted with what we’ve been able to achieve and are looking forward to sharing it with guests,’ says John.   Prospect House now has 12 guest suites, will accommodate up to 24 guests and, with a minimum staff to guest ratio of around 1:2, aims to attract guests looking for a luxurious experience with exceptional hospitality and service in a unique heritage location.   The restaurant at Prospect House celebrates the farmers and producers of Tasmania’s South East. Head Chef Kurstin Berriman’s menu focuses on seasonal and sustainable local produce, much of it sourced from nearby Coal River Valley. For example, the three-course dinner menu ($85) includes entrees such as Eel Escabeche or Westhaven Goats Cheese Pannacotta, main courses such as Rare Seared Wallaby Fillet or Crispy Skinned Line Caught Salmon, desserts such as Lemon Verbena Scented Mascarpone Tartlet or a Pyengana Cheddar cheese plate. Guests can enjoy fine Tasmanian wines, including a selection of cool climate Coal River Valley wines, and dine in the restaurant or under the stars.   Situated within an easy stroll, bike ride or short drive from the historic village of Richmond, Prospect House guests have plenty to occupy and entertain them. Signature activities include cycling, tennis, golf and bird watching. Prospect House also has its own apiary, where a thriving bee community produces honey for the restaurant kitchen.   Prospect House is an ideal base for visitors wanting to explore the Coal River Valley wine region, the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site or Greater Hobart.   Accommodation at Prospect House starts from $350 per night including breakfast.   For more information visit: https://prospecthouseprivatehotel.com.au/   ENDS   Image Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9lnlmytdgaxqcaj/AAAW3489gS0vc6aZ7L9_OFapa?dl=0   Be social: https://www.facebook.com/prospecthouseprivatehotel Insta: prospecthouseprivatehotel   For further information please contact: Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au Tel 0415 290023   TURON GATES NSW LAUNCHES NEW GLAMPING STYLE BUSH RETREAT EVENT SPACE 2019-03-26T00:37:12Z turon-gates-nsw-launches-new-glamping-style-bush-retreat-event-space March 2019: Leading NSW eco-bush retreat, Turon Gates, now has The Pavilion – a large 150 square metre glamping tent that accommodates up to 100 seated or 120 standing guests. Just 3 hours’ drive from Sydney, in an idyllic bush location with an expansive deck overlooking the trout stream that runs through Turon Gates’ 6000-acre property, it is a unique venue for offsite corporate meetings, leadership workshops and wellness/yoga/artistic retreats.   The Pavilion has a cool neutral-toned teak and canvas interior, wood floors and is fully insulated with window coverings that roll up to make the most of the views and Blue Mountains breeze. With gas heating for the cooler months, it can be booked all year round.   At night, the magical lighting creates a glow over the surrounding bushland - just perfect for a party, buffet or luxurious sit-down dinner. Get the party going with a local band or DJ, or for a more relaxed vibe, gather around a campfire under a million stars.   Small event groups can stay in the six luxurious riverside glamping tents (each with its own king-sized bed and lounge area, contemporary bathroom, kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and Danish wood burner stove) or larger groups in cosy log cabins, which sleep up to eight and are particularly good value with prices starting from just $89 per head per night for share accommodation and include use of the event space for groups. There is total flexibility with sleep over numbers, from intimate to expansive. Up to 36 guests can be accommodated in private sleeping arrangements with shared or private bathroom and 93 beds are available total if guests are happy to share a room. There is also plenty of space to make a lot or a little noise. Turon Gates sleeps a total of 123 guests for weddings & party groups. Turon Gates is self-catering and a wide range of local caterers are available to prepare a feast of your choice and budget.   The Turon Team are full of great ideas of how to create a magical and memorable occasion and have an exquisite back drop to work with.   A beautiful place in the in the wild for grown-ups.   Kirsten Lunoe says the unique venue will appeal to innovators and creatives as well as corporates wanting a complete team rejuvenation and team building experience.   “Getting out into the bush is a fantastic way to clear your mind, recharge and encourage creative thinking. We hope that start-ups and corporates, as well as those looking for a peaceful space to host a wellness, yoga or artistic retreat, will love our new glamping Pavilion. It’s a great place for people to gather, connect and share ideas, and our range of accommodation and activities including bush trail walking and horse riding. We can now offer larger groups the opportunity to get together for a true time out experience that’s within easy reach of Sydney. Corporates will enjoy the advantages of educational and experience activities on offer including nutrition, meditation, fitness, yoga and pilates sessions as well as bush tucker and bush survival.   Turon Gates is also available as a location for film, video and photographic shoots.   Wi-Fi is available at the Pavilion tent and around the glamping site. Groups seeking more of an unplugged experience will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Turon Gates log cabins.   For more information about group stays at Turon Gates including availability, accommodation options and prices: https://www.turongates.com/functions-weddings-locationservices   For further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – +61 415 290023 tracey@impressionsmc.com.au   TURON GATES PITCHES SIX NEW RIVERSIDE GLAMPING TENTS 2019-03-12T23:38:13Z turon-gates-pitches-six-new-riverside-glamping-tents Leading NSW bush retreat Turon Gates has added six new riverside, self-catering glamping tents to its 6000-acre Blue Mountains property.   The spacious new 50 sqm tents feature sophisticated neutral-toned teak and canvas interiors and combine rustic quality and functionality to stunning effect. It’s a beautiful place in the wild for grownups.   Adventure in style.   Furnishings include a sumptuous four-poster bed plus daybed and lounge area, elegant contemporary bathroom (with a tempting bath for two), kitchenette with Nespresso coffee machine and a Danish wood burner stove for cosy nights.   Turn on or turn off at Turon   A welcome gift of local wine and honey, complimentary toiletries, and an in-tent selection of magazines, books and board games, create an instantly chillaxed vibe.   All Turon’s glamping tents have a large outdoor deck with comfy day loungers and overlook the clear trout stream running through the property. The tents are fully insulated and have window coverings that unroll for extra breeze and views - the perfect recipe for a romantic night under the Turon stars.   Kirsten Lunoe of Turon Gates says, “We are excited to bring couples’ glamping to the Blue Mountains and believe it will appeal to those looking for a unique experience within easy reach of Sydney.   “Our new glamping tents offer urban escapees a unique outdoor experience in an authentic bush setting. A scenic road trip of about three hours from Sydney immerses you in the great outdoors, where you’ll be sharing the ‘hood with kangaroos, wombats, platypus and echidnas.   “Our guests love that they can choose to go bush horse riding or have an in-tent massage. Bush walks, canoeing or just chilling out are also popular at Turon. If guests then want to venture out and explore local happenings, Katoomba, Mudgee, Bathurst and Lithgow are within easy reach, but the magic of Turon tends to stop the urge to venture elsewhere,” adds Kirsten.   The new offering at Turon Gates includes The Pavilion, a unique event glamping tent accommodating up to 100 seated or 150 standing guests for special gatherings, corporate & wellness retreats.   In keeping with its commitment to all things sustainable, Turon Gates is solar powered. If you’d rather not do a digital detox, Wi-Fi is available around the glamping site to keep you connected and able to share your Turon experience.   For more information about Turon Gates including accommodation options, prices and availability visit: https://www.turongates.com/   A few facts… Glamping prices are from $231 per night. Dogs are welcome in the cabins at Turon but sadly not in these flash tents! The tents are self-catering. [End] Image link: https://turongates-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/p/marketing/EqA-KlIEVkxJjfeXAraSos8Ba7cA4-jN2R1cfA4oQC1GSA?e=cZpb9h   For further information or to book a review stay – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – +61 415 290023 tracey@impressionsmc.com.au     Corinna Wilderness Experience -TASMANIA - Accommodation Stay Deal 2019-02-20T04:50:52Z corinna-wilderness-experience-tasmania-accommodation-stay-deal Corinna Wilderness Experience Stay Deal Available for 3 night bookings between: 1st May 2019 - 1st September 2019 Inclusions: Stay in a Queen Eco Retreat cabin Hearty breakfast packs daily (to be enjoyed in your room at leisure)  Dinner Pack - first night only (hearty chef pre prepared delicious meal) Bottle of Corinna Wine (Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Noir) to celebrate an awesome day in the wilds of Tasmania.   Cost Single: $650.00 / Saving: $157.00 Cost Double: $700.00 / Saving: $198.00   Promo Code: WINTERWARMER2019   Corinna is an eco-conscious retreat and gateway to an exceptional wilderness located at the Southern end of the Tarkine, the largest temperate rainforest in Australia. The dramatic Tarkine landscape is home to unique flora and fauna including rare species such as quolls, healthy Tasmanian Devils, Wedge-tailed eagles and giant freshwater lobsters. A stay here is a truly uplifting and authentic experience, rich in history, nature and personal anecdote. Book online at www.corrina.com.au or preferably speak with our friendly staff on (03) 6446 1170. FOR PR enquiries/images please contact Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au or 0415 290023   Malolo Island Resort Fijij Wins Best Quality Accommodation Award Once Again 2019-02-19T06:13:51Z malolo-island-resort-fijij-wins-best-quality-accommodation-award-once-again News Release February 2019: Ahura Resorts is delighted to announce that its Malolo Island Resort was awarded the Best Quality Accommodation 2018 award at the annual ANZ Fiji Tourism Excellence in Tourism Awards on February 16th. Already multi award-winning and 100% Fijian-owned, Malolo Island Resort is an idyllic Fiji island paradise where guests escape the stress of modern living and relax amongst golden sandy beaches, abundant coral reefs, swaying coconut palms and azure seas. This is the 6th time Malolo has won this prestigious award since 2010.  The Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards are judged by local and international business and tourism professionals. More than 500 people from the Fiji travel industry, including major hotels, airlines, tour operators and tourism service providers, were present at this year’s Awards event. Ahura Group General Manager Steve Anstey said, ”We are once again honoured that Malolo has won this award again.    This is a significant continued achievement that demonstrates the consistency, passion and hard work of the whole Malolo team – both on the island and in our mainland and international offices, and who are all dedicated to giving guests an exceptional resort experience.   “Malolo, with its friendly service, quality cuisine and the happiest of kids clubs, is a unique destination, but it’s the people at Malolo who truly make the difference. I’d like to thank everyone for helping create a starring product that is adored by so many. “I’d also like to thank our guests, 25% of whom come back year after year to relax, recharge and experience the magic of Malolo” said Anstey. Ahura Fijian owner and Managing Director, Tony Whitton, adds:  “Receiving this award is especially auspicious as we celebrate our 20th anniversary later this year.   We would once again like to thank the Fijian and greater travel and tourism industry, our loyal guests, and our amazing team who continue to work towards creating “magical Malolo memories” to last a lifetime. We are a Fijian family business and through hard work and having a remarkable team we are very happy to see Malolo continue to shine.” Further information on Malolo Island Resort including special offers: http://maloloisland.com/ Image link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p2qrxml0cqahtwc/AABqDpM8i-z2VyHOKKfjgtXva?dl=0 Ahura was an ancient god of creations who symbolised life, kindness, equality, care of the environment, charity, loyalty and faithfulness to settlement, tribe and county. The omnipresent sun was an enduring symbol of radiance, purity and life sustenance.  Today, Ahura Resorts embodies these same values.  As a 100% Fijian-owned company, with over 30 years experience in tourism and hospitality throughout the Pacific, Ahura is dedicated to providing quality holiday and lifestyle experiences while preserving cultural values and the surrounding environment.  Ahura is the management company operating one of Fiji’s most popular and well-known resorts - Malolo Island Fiji, and the luxury escape for couples which features Fiji’s first and only authentic over-water bures - Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Experience the Warm Heart of Fiji with Ahura Resorts.  www.ahuraresorts.comFor further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – +61 415 290023 tracey@impressionsmc.com.au   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 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   Introducing Greens Beach Solarhome Tasmania 2018-10-24T04:56:57Z introducing-greens-beach-solarhome-tasmania October 2018 - Idyllically situated in bushland overlooking a nature reserve and just a few minutes’ walk to a sheltered swimming beach, Greens Beach Solar home is a one-of-a-kind homestay that will appeal to nature lovers, environmentalists and architecture buffs – as well as anyone looking for luxurious accommodation amidst the peace and pristine beauty of Tasmania’s north shore. At first glance the two-bedroom property is a contemporary, architect-designed home. Yet its understated good looks are eclipsed by its serious sustainability credentials – the house has all the comforts, amenities and appliances of a modern home, but is completely self-sufficient for power, waste, and water, ‘Greens Beach Solar home is quite possibly the world's first modern all-electric, completely emission free, totally off-grid house,’ explains architect and homeowner David Macfarlane.  ‘It's a luxuriously-appointed, state-of-the-art solar-powered house which is naturally comfortable all year round – fresh and cool throughout summer, but warm and cosy in winter - without a wood fire, gas heater (or cooker), or backup generator.’ Guests at Greens Beach Solar home can enjoy verdant vistas from the generous veranda at the rear of the property. Evenings bring curious wallabies to graze on the front lawn under Tasmania’s clear night sky. Inside the Solar home, there's a large master bedroom with a king-size bed and French doors opening onto the veranda. The fully equipped kitchen includes an induction glass cook top, convection/microwave oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, DeLonghi coffee machine, stainless steel cookware, and more.  The spacious bathroom has a full-size bath that can be filled with piping hot Tasmanian rainwater from the tank on the property. The passive ventilation system circulates a constant supply of fresh air.  In-house entertainment options include a flat screen TV/DVD player, a library of more than 200 DVDs, over 100 books, and fast, free wireless Internet.   The house is just a few minutes’ walk to Greens Beach, a quiet and sheltered swimming spot. There’s also a nine-hole golf course, public tennis courts and access to a coastal trail through Narawntapu National Park.  The area is known for its native wildlife and kangaroos are sometimes seen hopping down the main street! Greens Beach is also the perfect base from which to explore the northeast region of Tasmania. Local attractions, apart from the beach and walking trails, include the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Platypus House and many world class wineries. The spectacular scenery and walks of Cradle Mountain National Park, Barnbougle Golf Course, and the Low Head penguin viewing are all within a couple of hours’ scenic drive. Every booking at Greens Beach Solar home includes early check-in (any time after 11am) and late check-out (until 4pm). Bookings for stays of 7 nights or more attract a 10% discount plus a complimentary bottle of wine from the Tamar Valley, Tasmania's premier wine growing region.  For more information and bookings visit: www.greensbeachsolarhome.com.au Learn more about Solar home’s innovative design at: www.thesolarhomeproject.com     Image link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ykcnk3x21qxknbk/AAAuiFx5BvmFVIrCjb0KbeZ8a?dl=0   For further information/interviews/famil review stay enquiries please contact Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au 0415 290023   New Addition To The Hobart Arts & Antique Scene 2018-10-24T04:53:59Z new-addition-to-the-hobart-arts-amp-antique-scene October 2018: Lauder & Howard Antiques and Fine Art has opened its doors in Hobart’s Campbell Street. After nearly four decades of dealing in rare antiques and fine art in Western Australia, Leslie Lauder and Mark Howard have brought their business and love of all things beautiful to Tasmania. Lauder & Howard is dedicated to finding the unusual, the beautiful and the rare. From celery vases to sand paintings, from Deco bookends to Gillows furniture, the new shop-cum-gallery houses an eclectic mix of fine antiques of diverse provenance dating as far back as the 17th Century with the occasional antiquity. Clients can discover antique pieces from England, Scotland and Ireland, from the Georgian and Regency periods to the Art Deco era. Current stock includes a George III-style satinwood glazed cabinet with sterling silver handles and mouldings, attributed to British maker Waring & Gillow and dated London 1902, and a rare 1825 Irish brass mounted secretaire bookcase from Cork.  There are pieces from France and Continental Europe, plus a large collection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics, also bronze figures, carved marble and antique glass. Australian history is well represented too, – with a selection of colonial furniture.  Art includes British and European works from the 17th Century to the mid 20th Century, plus early to mid 20th Century Australian paintings, with an emphasis on those by female artists.  Ottoman Empire is Lauder & Howard’s brand within a brand, with a focus on Turkish and Persian rugs, cushions and textiles, many antique and hand-made. There are also large antique terracotta pots, copper vessels, iron grilles and distinctive marble pieces.  Leslie and Mark are now fully established in Hobart and are here to stay!  ‘We fell in love with Hobart over 20 years ago and are still just as passionate about this wonderful city.  We believe it has the potential to become a major, if not the major, cultural hub in Australia. Some of Australia’s leading antique dealers are established here and we see the island becoming the go-to centre for lovers of antiques. We’re delighted to be here too, sharing our love for beautiful and unusual things that show the maker’s skill and commitment to creating.  We are as passionate now about the antiques business as when we started and look forward to being part of the local antiques community.’  The collection also includes some Tasmanian paintings, colonial furniture, a rare plate depicting Hobart Town from Staffordshire from the 1820’s.  WHAT”S ON Lauder & Howard Antiques and Fine Art will host an exhibition of works from Italy by Andrea J. Smith, an award winning Australian artist straddling the traditional and the contemporary in still life and portraits, from 6th December 2018 – 20th January 2019.  OPEN Wednesdays – Saturdays 10am – 5pm, and Sundays 1pm -5pm   www.lauderandhoward.com.au  Image 1 An exceptional, ebony & brass inlaid Regency period tea caddy c1820, attributed to Louis Le Gaigneur of London; the finest example of its type we have seen. Image 2 Set of eight well carved William IVth period mahogany dining chairs c1830 Image 3 French Art Deco period cameo glass vase signed by Daum Freres of Nancy c1930     For further information/images/interviews/visits please contact Tracey@impressionsmc.com.au or 0415 290023