Norfolk Island - 'Holiday Overseas Without Leaving Home' Campaign

Norfolk Island Tourism has announced news of the Relaunch Campaign for Norfolk Island which is reopening its borders from 10 July 2020 and welcoming back visitors.

The Relaunch Campaign will run over July and August and messaging will encourage consumers to ‘Holiday Overseas Without Leaving Home’ showcasing Norfolk Island as a safe, secure, virus free domestic destination offering a diversity of adventure and relaxation, nature and outdoors, food and wine, historical, cultural and community experiences and a range of accommodation tailored for all age groups and budgets.

The Campaign will be carried out by Norfolk Island Tourism’s Australian Sales, Marketing and Public Relations representative, The Unique Tourism Collection.

Air New Zealand will continue to operate one return domestic flight per week to Norfolk Island from Sydney on Mondays and Brisbane on Saturdays from the respective International Airports and advise of any future increase in services from each destination.

Norfolk Island is soon to be open and is now ready for business!

Source: The Unique Tourism Collection


Australia's largest integrated resort, Ayers Rock Resort, Re-opens August 1, 2020

Further to the announcement from Chief Minister, Michael Gunner that he will open the Northern Territory borders on July 17, and the re-introduction of Jetstar flights direct from Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest integrated resort, Ayers Rock Resort (ARR) will re-open on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

 A new look resort will greet guests when they arrive.  During the recent closure, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has taken the opportunity to bring forward the completion of an extensive $50M refurbishment of Ayers Rock Resort and improvements to the airport infrastructure.  This encompasses extensive upgrades at the five-star Sails in the Desert including all guest rooms and suites, the lobby, pool and restaurant; completion of upgrades to The Lost Camel, and the replacement of toilet blocks and bathrooms in the popular Campground.  Upgrades to the airport infrastructure include new screening areas making it easier for guests to clear security and start their holidays.

“We are looking forward to welcoming guests back to the spiritual heart of our country and showcasing the work we have done at the resort in their absence” said Voyages CEO Grant Hunt. “This is the perfect time for Australians to get out and explore our amazing landscapes including the vast central desert, iconic Uluru and Kata-Tjuta as well as experiencing the important Indigenous cultural stories shared by the Traditional Owners of our land.”

During their stay, visitors can enjoy the 50,000 stems of Bruce Munro’s spectacular Field of Light installation, dine under the stars at Sounds of Silence or indulge in a four-course table d’hôte menu at the award-winning Tali Wiru. An extensive range of activities including helicopter rides, segway tours, camel rides and dot painting in and around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park also will be available.

Around the resort, guests can take part in free activities including bush tucker demonstrations, guided garden walks, didgeridoo workshops and traditional bush yarns.

Popular dining spots including Ilkari Restaurant, Walpa Bar, Geckos Café and Indigenous trainee-run Kulata Academy Café will be open with dine-in and takeaway alternatives.www.ayersrockresort.com.au/experiences

To celebrate the resort’s re-opening, Voyages will extend special offers for stays of 2, 3 and 4 or more nights with discounts of up to 50%.

Sails in the Desert Hotel, The Lost Camel Hotel, Emu Walk Apartments and the Ayers Rock Resort Campground will allow tourists to experience the Red Centre on a range of budgets. The vast landscape of Central Australia already lends itself to social distancing but for the additional safety of guests and staff, Ayers Rock Resort will be implementing strict hygiene measures such as:

  • Regular deep cleaning of rooms and public spaces using hospital grade cleaning materials;
  • Additional screening of guests arriving into the airport;
  • Isolation/quarantine areas on site which can be activated as needed;
  • Reduced tour group sizes and agreed health safety programs with all on-site transport and touring companies;
  • Comprehensive safety and hygiene training for all staff including mandatory infection control training for COVID-19;
  • Enhanced food preparation standards with mandatory PPE requirements for employees; 24/7 in-room dining available at some hotels.

Information on additional safety measures is available on the Ayers Rock Resort website. www.ayersrockresort.com.au/coronavirus-faqs

Source: Ayers Rock Resort


Our mountains have been waiting for us: Scenic World in The Blue Mountains reopens

Scenic World in the Blue Mountains is reopening for the July school holidays and welcoming visitors to once again explore its world heritage listed landscapes and ancient rainforest via its unique cablecars, train and elevated boardwalk.

After months of being indoors, a visit to Scenic World is the perfect excuse for families and friends to put down the devices and reconnect with each other and the great outdoors. Scenic World is an action packed adventure for the whole family. From enjoying the vastness of the Scenic Walkway, which allows you to explore the Jurassic rainforest, to the thrill of riding the world’s steepest railway ride on the Scenic Railway or hopping on the Scenic Cableway, the steepest and largest aerial cable car in the Southern Hemisphere and be amazed by the breathtaking views overlooking Katoomba Falls, the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley.

Expect to be greeted with the same friendly faces, fresh Blue Mountains air and a newly adapted experience, that meet all NSW Government COVID Safe requirements. Capacity will be strictly limited at Scenic World, offering small group sessions with a set itinerary which means no queues or crowding – always a bonus with young ones in tow. As tickets are now limited, and to ensure a contactless transaction, all tickets must be booked in advance online.

‘As a third generation family business, there is no doubt 2020 has been the toughest in our 75 year history, following both our closure to stop the spread of Covid-19 and temporary closure caused by the devastating bushfires over summer. Our team can’t wait to welcome back guests to enjoy Scenic World and to support the region’s recovery. Our enhanced cleaning, increased hygiene measures and smaller groups will deliver a Covid Safe environment, allowing all guests peace of mind so they can focus on enjoying the great outdoors!’ said Managing Director Anthea Hammon.

Scenic World will reopen to the public on Friday, 26th June with online ticketing only and timed-ticket entry for all guests on:

9am – 5pm 7 days a week from June 26 – July 19
9am-5pm Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays outside school holidays
9am-5pm 7 days a week during school holidays.

Source: Scenic World


Win a night at Australia's Luxurious Langham, Sydney, with 20 guests

The Langham, Sydney has launched their biggest competition to date, which will grant one lucky winner the staycation of a lifetime in Australia’s best luxury boutique hotel. But they won’t be alone – they can invite a generous twenty of their nearest and dearest to join them for a luxurious, indulgent and celebratory family or friends get-away.

The competition, ‘WIN Australia’s Most Luxurious Staycation’ has been put together with the art of celebrating and connecting with your family and friends in mind. The prize will give the recipient the opportunity to celebrate the one thing that everyone has missed most so far in 2020 – the simple pleasure of being around loved ones. The Langham, Sydney recognises how challenging it’s been for people around the country. Grandparents have missed out on precious moments with their grandchildren, weddings have had to be postponed, birthdays are celebrated online and hugs and laughter in person have been lost. This competition will give the winner and their chosen ones the ultimate VIP staycation in one of the best cities in the world.

Lachlan Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing for The Langham, Sydney says the prize is the perfect gift for the winner to share with their friends and family, following a very challenging six months.

“There’s no denying that 2020 has thrown a curveball at the world’s population and everything that we hold dear. In Australia, we started the year with the devastating fires that made headlines globally and that was shortly followed by a global pandemic. It’s been a tough time for so many who have missed seeing their loved ones. We’ve also missed welcoming, not only our loyal guests, but those that were planning on coming to experience The Langham, Sydney for the first time. We wanted to offer the best prize and what better way than to give the opportunity of a great reunion for twenty friends and family for a staycation of a lifetime.”

The winner will receive a one-night stay at The Langham, Sydney’s most decadent suite – The Observatory Suite PLUS:

  • 10 additional luxury accommodation rooms for family or friends with champagne on arrival (maximum 2 guests per room)
  • Complimentary use of The Day Spa by Chuan, including our famous star-lit pool, gym, tennis courts and a 60-minute relaxation massage per guest.
  • A private à la carte dinner for all guests, hosted by Executive Chef, Stephen Lech.
  • VIP access to the Observatory Bar, including a complimentary customised cocktail list and free-flowing afternoon canapés.
  • Complimentary car parking for up to ten cars.
  • Complimentary mini-bar.
  • An à la carte breakfast for all guests.
  • A dedicated The Langham, Sydney Staycation Stylist to plan and create your ultimate 24-hour getaway.

To enter, there are two stages:

STAGE ONE:

Book one of the following three staycation packages at The Langham, Sydney. Every booking will equate to one qualified entry into the competition. Bookings can be made from Wednesday 1st July until Sunday 13th December.

From $568 AUD per night

THE JUBILATION PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • One nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe City King Bedroom
  • Complimentary upgrade to next available room category at time of booking.
  • In-room dining breakfast for two served on your outdoor terrace/dining table.
  • Access to Sydney’s most exclusive Swimming Pool and Day Spa Facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Complimentary valet car parking
  • 24-hour check-in / check-out

From $748 AUD per night

COUPLES RECONNECTION PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • One nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe City KingBedroom
  • Complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne on arrival
  • Breakfast in Bed (Room Service – Australian Breakfast for two) served on your outdoor terrace/dining table.
  • Dinner for two
  • Access to Sydney’s most exclusive Swimming Pool and Day Spa Facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Complimentary valet car parking
  • 24-hour check-in / check-out

From $998 AUD per night

THE REVIVAL REMEDY PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • One nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe City Side King Bedroom
  • 60-minutes Sensory Journey Treatment (Aromatherapy Massage) in the Day Spa by Chuan
  • $100.00 Observatory Bar Credit
  • Dinner for two
  • In-room dining breakfast for two served on your outdoor terrace/dining table.
  • Access to Sydney’s most exclusive Swimming Pool and Day Spa Facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Complimentary valet car parking
  • 24-hour check-in / check-out

STAGE TWO:

Upon check-out, every guest will be asked to submit their #LovingLangham story. This writing competition will consist of two questions, to be answered in 500 words or less.

1)      Why are you #LovingLangham?

2)      Why should you win Australia’s Most Luxurious Staycation with twenty of your loved ones?

To book a staycation package and enter the competition, go to: www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/sydney/offers/room-offers/win-australias-most-luxurious-staycation/

The winner will be announced and contacted on Thursday 17th December 2020. Redemption of the prize is valid for 12 months and subject to the hotel’s availability. Some black-out dates will apply. *For full competition Terms & Conditions, please go to www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/sydney/offers/room-offers/win-australias-most-luxurious-staycation/

Source: The Langham


Thredbo launches australia's only alpine gondola

Thredbo Resort, operated by EVENT Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd, has announced the completion of several developments. This includes the launch of the Merritts Gondola, the only alpine gondola in Australia. In addition, EVENT has also invested in a new car park, improvements to Dream Run including snowmaking, an expanded grooming fleet, and has continued to introduce new sustainability measures all of which contribute to delivering an enhanced experience for visitors to Thredbo.

Thredbo is Australia’s premier alpine resort and has been voted Australia’s Best Ski Resort in the World Ski Awards for three consecutive years. The Gondola investment will further enhance this position, replacing the Merritts double chairlift and quadrupling capacity. The cabin-style lift is similar to those found in Europe and North America and represents the culmination of two years of planning and development, delivering a new crucial inter-mountain link.

Stuart Diver, General Manager of Thredbo Resort today said: “The investment being made in Thredbo is really exciting to see, and I have no doubt Thredbo customers will agree. The launch of the Gondola is a huge event for Thredbo and the entire community who have worked so hard to make this happen. It is a remarkable engineering achievement thanks to the tenacity and depth of knowledge and expertise at Doppelmayr, the world’s leading manufacturer of ski lifts. The completion of this phase of our development plan will enhance the customer experience and continue to ensure we remain Australia’s premier resort.”

“Snow lovers will be thrilled with easier access to the Cruiser area and the Friday Flat beginners’ area, and with the improvements we have made to the popular Dream Run, including a new automated snowmaking system.”

“We care deeply about our responsibility of operating in a unique natural environment, which is why being Australia’s first ski resort to be powered exclusively by clean, renewable energy was also an important milestone.”

Shaun Turner, General Manager of Doppelmayr Australia said, “Doppelmayr is proud to be delivering Merritts Gondola to Thredbo on time for the 2020 winter snow season. Merritts is the first eight-passenger gondola in the Australian snowfields and offers world leading European quality, safety and green technology.”

“Thredbo’s new gondola is driven by a massive slow turning motor which is super quiet and more efficient than a conventional gondola. We would like to commend Thredbo for demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and the environment with the uptake of this innovative technology.”

The winter stage is set with additional snowmaking, car park expansions and continued commitment from Thredbo Resort to power all its major resort operations with 100% renewable energy:

Snowmaking on ‘Dream Run’. This aptly named popular intermediate to advanced run will have its own automated snowmaking system. This will become a link run allowing better access to Friday Flat and the Mid-Station of the new Merritts Gondola.

Additional car parking at Friday Flat with 75 additional spaces available.

Pistenbully snow groomer. A brand new Pistenbully PB600 Polar Free Grooming Cat has been added to Thredbo’s extensive fleet of snow groomers. The Euro V compliant motor sees increased power over its predecessor, while significantly reducing particulate and nitrogen emission. It’s designed to cover large areas quickly and efficiently whilst delivering the best quality groomed runs for our guests.

SNOWsat snow depth technology. Thredbo has invested in new SNOWsat technology to more accurately measure snow depth across the resort. Developed by the snow groomer machine manufacturer Kassbohrer, the technology involves sensors being placed on the grooming machines that relay snow depth measurements via satellite to our server and provides a detailed snow depth map. The snow depth map will deliver efficiencies in both snow grooming and snow making to further enhance the skiing and snowboarding experience.

Renamed trail ‘Frank’s Face’. One of Thredbo’s iconic trails is being renamed after the incredible Frank Prihoda, Australia’s oldest Olympian and Thredbo local who turns 99 on 8 July 2020. The blue (intermediate) trail runs from the top of Karel’s T-bar from Australia’s highest lifted point of 2037 metres to Basin T-bar.

Environmental initiatives. Together with Red Energy and Snowy Hydro, Thredbo continues to lead the industry as Australia’s first snow resort to have all major resort operations powered by 100% renewable energy. New environmental initiatives for 2020 include sugarcane pulp food packaging (certified compostable and sustainable) and a closed loop organics recycling machine, doubling Thredbo’s food waste recycling capacity. In addition, Thredbo has undertaken an extensive rehabilitation native planting project and used repurposed materials in the construction of the new Friday Flat car park retaining walls.

The official Opening of the Merritts Gondola will take place in Thredbo on Saturday 20 June 2020 with key representatives from EVENT, Government tourism and industry organisations invited to the limited capacity event, in keeping with the current COVID-19 restrictions on gathering sizes.

Source: Thredbo