Adam Scott's 2013 'Masters' Win Puts Australian Golf Tourism in Spotlight
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Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said that Scott's Masters win was not only an incredible personal achievement, but had the potential to help position Australia as one of the world's leading golf tourism destinations.
"As a 'Friend of Australia', Adam Scott has long been a passionate advocate for golf tourism to our country. Like the rest of Australia, we were delighted to see him hold his nerve so impressively in the play-off.
"With such great advocates as Adam Scott, and helped by our recent partnership with the Great Golf Courses of Australia, we're well positioned to take advantage of the lucrative global golf tourism market - internationally savvy golf enthusiasts seeking world class experiences. And with six of the world's top 100 golf course, Australia is primed to welcome them," said Mr McEvoy.
Boasting a rich golf heritage, Australia's collection of spectacular golf tracks include works by acclaimed golf architects Dr. Alister McKenzie, Tom Doak, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
The partnership with Great Golf Courses of Australia showcases and, for the first time, provides international access to Australia's greatest courses and private clubs, including the six courses featured by US Golf Magazine in its 'Top 100' courses of the world: Barnbougle Dunes, Barnbougle Lost Farm, Kingston Heath, New South Wales, Royal Melbourne and Royal Adelaide.
Tourism Australia's 'Friends of Australia' program is a network of influential people who advocate Australia and Australian tourism at home and overseas. Scott hopes his Masters victory will help inspire more international visitors to travel Down Under and build golf experiences into their holiday itinerary.
Scott lists his own favourite golf holidays in Australia as:
Melbourne. If you're able to organise it, play at Royal Melbourne & Kingston Heath golf courses, two of the best in the world. Classic designed courses with great tournament history and a treat to play. Do the trip in January and take in the Australian Open tennis at the same time! Have a great steak at Vlados in Richmond, and take in The Stokehouse at St Kilda Beach for a meal with a view.....
Sunshine Coast. A fantastic part of the world, great beaches, cafes and restaurants at Noosa, Eumundi market is around the corner and the Hinterland areas are a great drive and just beautiful. Golf at Hyatt Coolum, Twin waters and Peregian Springs, in the morning, surf in the afternoon, nice al fresco eatery for dinner....
Barnbougle, Tasmania. Two classic links golf courses not to be missed. They are as good as anything in the world. The new course at Lost Farm has great accommodation, spa and the like. Down the road to try some wonderful Tasmanian wines, perhaps some lovely vintage Kreglinger champagne?
Gold Coast. Golf courses everywhere, every imaginable style of accommodation, shopping centres, beaches and a casino. Pretty easy to find plenty to do after or before a round of golf. Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island are good courses to play, stay at the Hyatt Sanctuary Cove and enjoy the village and marina a short walk away. Hire a car to drive to the casino to lose the money you won on the golf course!
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QT PORT DOUGLAS OPENS LATEST spaQ OUTPOST
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QT PORT DOUGLAS OPENS LATEST spaQ OUTPOST
QT Port Douglas, the sister property to QT Sydney and QT Gold Coast situated in one of Australia’s hottest coastal towns, has opened the latest outpost of spaQ, the cutting-edge spa concept that has taken Sydney and the Gold Coast by storm.
The facilities at the new spaQ Port Douglas include five spacious treatment rooms, with one dedicated exclusively to couples; a reception and retail area; full-service male and female changing rooms; and a relaxation lounge. The menu features four different massages, a variety of facials and body treatments by USpa, an “Accessories” section with a creative range of 30-minute add-on treatments, organic sunless tanning and four ‘Signature’ packages - including “The Weekend Warrior” and “The Plush Princess.”
spaQ Port Douglas joins Gold Coast and Sydney in bringing the brand’s signature “Like your mind, your body isn’t static” philosophy to the chic, beachside resort. Rather than insisting on a pre-selection of treatments, spaQ encourages guests to reserve a block of time and not make a treatment selection until they’ve partnered with a knowledgeable therapist to determine the best treatments for their individual needs.
Like its siblings, spaQ Port Douglas cleverly uses design, color and quirky features to mirror the vibrant beach-chic personality of Port Douglas. Adding to the relaxation experience, spaQ Port Douglas will serve La Gaia teas, including an exclusive spaQ blend, served in quirky, mismatched cups. Snug sheepskin rugs adorn the relaxation lounge chairs and the team is decked out in bright yellow-and-red, bamboo-print uniforms.
“The look of the spa is definitely light-hearted and fun—so, it was very important to fill the space with a quality guest experience and to deliver that in a fresh way,” says Naomi Gregory, spaQ Development & Operations. “We played up the designer concept by including an ‘Accessories’ section on the menu and introduced a consultative and personalized approach with the ‘freshly picked’ spa experience.”For more information about the new spaQ Port Douglas, along with its sister properties in Sydney and the Gold Coast, please visit: https://www.spa-q.com.au/. For more about QT Hotels, visit: http://www.qthotels.com.au/.
Sam Powers Launches Brand New Show 'BEYOND LIMITS" at the Hilton Cairns
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After a record breaking 1500 shows at the Reef Hotel Casino, International Illusionist Sam Powers is launching his brand new show: “BEYOND LIMITS - Illusion Spectacular” at the Hilton Cairns on Friday 8th March at 7:30pm. “BEYOND LIMITS” is a breathtaking new show of illusions, levitations and escapes. Cutting edge and contemporary, exciting and spine tingling, don't expect rabbits and top hats, expect to be mesmerised by Sam Powers as seen in 16 countries across the globe. The show will include Sam’s world exclusive “Sawing in Half” illusion which he performs with two clear glass boxes and a menacing petrol chainsaw.
“We are very excited to be part of the Hilton team and we have worked together to custom fit the showroom especially for this show. We have also partnered with the Parker Travel Collection to capture the domestic and inbound market includ- ing the growing Chinese sector. ‘Beyond Limits’ has been strategically designed to be more visual, more spectacular and more death defying, quite fitting for this market. This show is ‘in your face’; the audience is right up close to the magic and it is without a doubt the best production I have put together in my 20 years on the stage.” says Powers.
Hilton General Manager, John Lucas says, “Hilton Cairns is delighted to be the launch venue for the new Sam Powers show ‘BEYOND LIMITS’. Mondo Café Bar and Grill, on the waterfront, has packaged with the show to include a dinner option, which present a great pre or post dining option’.
Sam Powers will host the VIP Grand Opening Night with champagne on arrival for his guests at 7:00pm on Friday 8th March 2013. The show will commence at 7:30pm and run through to 8:45pm. Powers will be available for a media call at the conclusion of the show from 8:45pm. The VIP after party commences at 8:45pm at the “Six Degrees Bar” at the Hilton Hotel. Media are welcome.
Who is Sam Powers?
Genius, gorgeous and generous! Sam Power’s accomplishments within his ‘craft’ are undeniable and his inclusion as one of CLEO’s Bachelors of the Year (2006) is noteworthy – but it is also his philanthropic heart that we should not underestimate.
Check out his credentials - Five times Magician of the Year, twice nominated Entertainer of the Year in two different categories, appearances in 16 countries and television appearances with audiences to the tune of over ten million viewers. Most notably, Sam has raised an incredible $2 million for over 120 charities in his 15 year career.
Sam performed 1500 shows at the Reef Hotel Casino in its four year run. ‘XTREME ILLUSIONS’ was voted “Best Theatre Show 2009” by his peers.
Sam continues to raise money for charity during his extended season in Cairns and is currently the 2013 Ambassador for Red Cross QLD/Cairns.
Media inquiries contact: CONTACT Powerful Entertainment
Robyn MacFarlane email@example.com Office: (07) 4041 2414 www.sampowers.com.au
Hot Air Livestream Cairns Solar Eclipse
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On-board they have visitors from all over Australia, USA, Korea, Germany, China, the UK and Japan.
See the Eclipse live streamed at www.hotair.com.au
Charley Boorman to lead motorcycle tours in Australia
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Both tours are of 10 days in length; one ride will start in Sydney and travel via the Blue Mountains, Broken Hill, Flinders Ranges and the Great Ocean Road before culminating in Melbourne. The second ride will begin in Melbourne and cross to Tasmania before crossing back to Melbourne and riding the spectacular Victorian High Country and the Snowy Mountains.
“We are very excited to have Charley lead for both these rides” says Compass Expeditions co-founder Mick McDonald, “Both Charley and Billy are great personable guys that are good fun to be around and to have them leading some rides for us is very exciting, it will be a fantastic experience for all involved” continues Mick.
For more info on both rides please visit
For further info please contact 1300 887 327 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 1300 887 327 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (within Australia) or +61 3 5368 2113 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE +61 3 5368 2113 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (outside Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.compassexpeditions.com
About Charley Boorman
Actor, father, motorbike fanatic: Charley Boorman epitomises the modern day adventurer in pursuit of fresh challenges away from the success of his personal life.
Choosing two wheels as his preferred mode of transport, Charley harnessed the challenges of a 'round the world trip with friend and fellow actor, Ewan McGregor in 2004 and since then has conquered some of the world's harshest challenges on two wheels including desert extremes in the Lisbon-Dakar Rally. For news on his latest adventures, www.charleyboorman.com
Ride the Great Ocean Road
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On board a luxury, BMW motorbike, tour participants will discover one of Australia’s most spectacular road ways –the Great Ocean Road - famous for its rugged cliffs, limestone formations and the 12 Apostles. Other highlights of this three day ride include koala spotting at Kennett River, visiting the seaside resort village of Port Campbell, riding through the 400 million year old Grampians National Park, visiting Sovereign Hill in Ballarat and the charming town of Daylesford.
“With an average distance of 220 kilometres covered each day, the total journey of 722 kilometres covers a variety of terrain, landscapes and many iconic attractions to offer tour goers a thrilling and exhilarating way of seeing Victoria. I urge both experienced riders and keen beginners to consider this tour as an introduction to the joys of motorbike touring that just happens to showcase one of our most special parts of Australia,” said Mick McDonald, managing director of Compass Expeditions.
Inclusive of motorcycle rental (choice of BMW motorbikes available), fuel, tolls, accommodation in Port Campbell and Halls Gap, meals, tour leader and support driver, entry to attractions and all pre-departure material and route maps, the tour starts at $2220 per person. Co riders (pillion) are at an additional cost of $1710 per person.
To book, contact 1300887327 or email: email@example.com For more information, visit the website: www.compassexpeditions.com
Highly-anticipated QT Sydney Open its Doors Today
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QT Sydney is a highly curated fusion of cutting-edge art, bold interior design and historical architecture that melds two of the city’s most majestic historical buildings, Gowings and The State Theatre, offering a new way to experience a design-led hotel. The hotel is built on the city’s fabric, embracing Sydney’s cool set in its showcase of electronic art forms and exuberant design.
The eccentricity of the hotel is off-set by the historical features of the building, resulting in a distinctive space that celebrates an eclectic mix of unique artefacts, bespoke furniture and a daring use of colour and art. All with different quirks and nuances the hotel brings alive an exciting sense of intrigue to 200 guest rooms.
With new drinking and dining establishments QT Sydney becomes a destination not only for residents but visitors as well. On the ground level, Parlour Lane Roasters connects the hotel entrance to bustling Market Street and transforms into an aperitvo wine bar in the late afternoon. Gowings Bar & Grill on level 1 brings an innovative but unpretentious dining experience to the city and above that is Gilt Lounge, a cocktail bar catering to Sydney’s late-night party scene.
The flipside to QT’s energetic bar and dining scene is SpaQ, a sanctuary for relaxation offering a host of spa treatments and packages. The spa’s contemporary concept incorporates a retro-style barber shop which offers a traditional cut-throat shave.
Retaining original timber floors, the rooms in the Gowings Building are bright and airy with eccentric touches and embellishments. The adjacent State Theatre rooms boast exclusively designed carpets and rugs which offer a lush embracing feel, brought together with kooky cool, lights lamps and room accessories.
QT Hotels and Resorts is the concept of AHL, one of Australia’s premier entertainment, hospitality, tourism and leisure companies. Other properties currently in the portfolio for QT Hotels and Resorts include the Gold Coast and Port Douglas resorts with other hotels flagged to open in the next 2 years.
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Parker Collection expands in China
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“In expanding our China presence that currently includes Parker Collection’s Guangzhou based design studio and sales office, we have appointed Harry Wu as the Shanghai office sales manager.
Harry will be working closely with our head office sales team in Australia as well as Anthony Teng who is the general manager of Greater China – based in Guangzhou.
“Harry’s past experience with Seawalker and the travel industry is well suited to help us grow new retail campaigns in China whilst having a regular presence in Shanghai - Eastern China and Beijing - Northern China,” he said.
According to Mr Parker his team is very focussed on developing an independent, deluxe style of travel collection that directly targets the retail market via multiple wholesalers.
Parker Travel Collection’s Shanghai office is now up and running after being officially opened last week. “We believe our timing has been perfect following the recent spate of announcements highlighting Australia’s increasing aviation services from China. We now have to work hard and make sure that these flights sell well and the flights continue and are sustainable,” said Todd Parker
Flight service opens gateway to new business opportunities
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This event, entitled, Toowoomba Meets Sydney was organised to put Toowoomba’s key business leaders in touch with potential business partners and investors from NSW. It also served to highlight Skytrans new flight by providing a daily return service to those attending from the Darling Downs.
The program comprised presentations by Toowoomba’s Mayor, Paul Antonio, Skytrans Managing Director, Simon Wild and Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise’s Shane Charles as well as Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Destination NSW. All 40 guests then enjoyed lunch with a harbour view at The Waterfront, Circular Quay west.
Skytrans Managing Director, Simon Wild said the event was truly worthwhile and served to open doors to new business possibilities that are now a reality with the airline’s new direct service.
Skytrans is a Queensland owned company with 20 years of operating history and a fleet of Dash-8 aircraft flying to 24 ports around Queensland and now New South Wales on scheduled and charter services. All flights feature full in-flight service, movies, and quality catering.
From left, Paul Antonio, Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council, John McVeigh, Member of Toowoomba South and Skytrans Managing Director, Simon Wild.