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Aqua Expeditions invites guests to meet and interact with children of the local communities as part of a very special experience on its Amazon and Mekong river cruise adventures in Peru and Vietnam.

On its Amazon cruises, Aqua Expeditions participates in an initiative called Pack For A Purpose supporting a range of local projects including Peru’s Community First Aid Centre servicing more than 14 communities along the Amazon with medical supplies and providing writing implements,

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Aqua Expeditions has introduced exciting new adventures for guests to mark the first anniversary in October 2015 of Aqua Mekong’s cruises along the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia.
The leader in luxury small ship cruising, Aqua Expeditions is continually researching new opportunities for guests traveling aboard the luxurious boutique Aqua Mekong cruiser to experience fresh and novel local adventures,

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has set its sights on continuing to grow its sizeable share of luxury travel business from the Australian market. Richard Hyde, Group Executive Director, SLH said Australia is a key target for SLH both as a source market and destination. “Australia is our 5th largest source market globally,

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has added 25 hotels to their highly curated collection of independent small hotels so far in 2015.

New, old and renovated; the list of new additions includes a variety of stunning hotels.

The following hotels are not only new to the SLH brand but also new to the world – as they will all shortly have opened their doors for the very first time.

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Luxury Thailand boutique resort, The Sarojin, Khao Lak has created a 6-night golf package in which guests will tee off in style at the 18-hole championship Katathong Golf Course, which opened in picturesque Phang Nga earlier this year.

Nestled in ‘The Valley of Dreams’, the newly-developed Katathong Golf Course is a short drive from The Sarojin and is surrounded by three stunning,

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Australian Idol has been became one of the great success stories on Australian television over many years, with millions making it the talk of the country especially leading up to and including the Grand Finals.
Now, the Indian Ocean paradise island country of Maldives will introduce a franchised version for Visit Maldives Year 2016 (VMY2016) as it presents ‘Maldives Idol’.

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Aqua Expeditions has completed the first stage of a major upgrade of its fleet of Peruvian cruise ships, Aqua Amazon and Aria Amazon.

This extensive refurbishment and renovation upgrade is being overseen by the vessels’ original designer, renowned Peruvian architect, Jordi Puig.

All public interior and exterior areas have been completed together with 40 per cent of the suites whilst the remainder of work is due for completion in December 2015.

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Rayavadee has announced a Bonus Night Offer for travel agents booking guest stays from Australia at the acclaimed resort in Krabi, Thailand throughout September 2015.

This offer is combinable with Rayavadee’s current Half Board Offer (THB1500 net per person instead of THB2200 net per person) and Honeymoon Offer.

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The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australia representative for Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).

The Sydney-based travel and tourism marketing and communication specialist will be responsible for sales, marketing and media activity for MMPRC, working closely with industry partners and media and developing strategic opportunities for driving Australian business to Maldives.

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Due to the great success of last year’s inaugural Taste Norfolk Island Food Festival, this special culinary event is happening again during Thanksgiving week from 23 – 27 November 2015, serving up a feast of stunning island locations, hearty food and fabulous wines.

The island boasts over 30 eateries,

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The Capital has unveiled its enhanced website which features an increasing focus on mobile responsive communications and a beautiful new selection of images depicting the unique Englishness of the hotel along with the staff playing a leading role in showing the personalities behind this  landmark London boutique hotel in Knightsbridge.

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Casa Angelina has exclusive offers for Australians visiting this stunning boutique setting on Italy’s Amalfi Coast during the European Autumn in 2015.

Casa Angelina overlooks expanses of the Mediterranean Sea from a cliff-edge perch in the quiet and picturesque Campania village of Praiano, which is only a 10-minute drive from Positano and 15 minutes from Amalfi.

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Finnair has won a prestigious International Yacht & Aviation Award for the design of its new Airbus A350 XWB cabin interiors in Economy and Business Class. Finnair’s A350 cabin, the creation of Helsinki-based dSign Vertti Kivi & Co, applies the design firm’s Space Alive concept to dynamically change the colours,

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The Sarojin is joining with Tourism Authority of Thailand in presenting a unique culinary journey featuring the magnificent food of celebrated Australian icon, Christine Manfield, fascinating tours into the local community and a memorable resort experience at this luxury boutique property.

The Sarojin is a long-standing popular travel destination for Australians,

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Finnair is strengthening ties with fellow oneworld alliance members Japan Airlines and Qantas, with new codeshares on the airlines’ respective services to Busan, South Korea and Perth, Australia.

Busan is a new addition to Finnair’s extended network, which Finnair passengers can now reach daily via Tokyo Narita on services operated by Japan Airlines.

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The Table Bay, located on Cape Town’s cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, has created a partnership with Reclaim Camissa, a local non-profit Trust, to offer guests a new authentic experience to discover the history of Cape Town and the surrounding area.

The Table Bay guests are invited to explore the origins of the waters that stretch between Robben Island and Table Mountain,

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The Unique Tourism Collection has been appointed Australian representative for Àni Villas, a collection of beautiful villas in exotic locations in Anguilla, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

The Sydney-based travel and tourism marketing and communication specialist will be responsible for all sales, marketing and media activity in Australia for Àni Villas working closely with industry partners and media in driving leisure,

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Norfolk Island has again been named as a Top 10 South Pacific Island in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards.

It is the second successive year in which this popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians has featured in TripAdvisor’s listing.

The latest awards, announced in April,

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Today Finnair inaugurates a new era in travel between Europe and Asia – and opens a new chapter in its history – as tickets go on sale for its first long-haul destinations to be served with next-generation Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. Finnair is the European launch customer, and only the third worldwide,

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Norfolk Island was unveiled today as the location for the Australian television commercial (TVC) to launch Coca-Cola South Pacific’s newest product, COCA-COLA LIFE. This popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians is featured in the TVC based on Coca-Cola’s ‘Let Life Surprise You’ core creative.

Rolling out across TV,

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Luxury boutique resort, The Sarojin, Khao Lak has created an array of wonderful guest experiences in celebration of Songkran, Thailand’s ancient water festival which marks the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April each year. Guests staying at The Sarojin will be able to see the main event being celebrated over the course of the first day – offering a full day frenzy of religious blessings,

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Finnair is expanding services between Helsinki and Tartu and timing schedules for smooth connections throughout the airline’s extensive network.

Finnair will offer daily flights on this sector from 2 May 2015.The flight between Helsinki (HEL) and Tartu (TAY), which lasts 40 minutes, is operated on behalf of Finnair by Flybe Finland with ATR-72 aircraft.

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THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE INTRODUCES DETOXING WATER EXPERIENCE TO FIND AN INNER BALANCE

Zambia’s The Royal Livingstone, on the banks of the Zambezi River, a few metres from the Victoria Falls, has created bespoke ‘Water Retreat Experiences’ for health conscious luxury travellers looking for an alternative wellbeing break combined with lifelong memories.

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Norfolk Island is set to record its best result in five years for visitor arrivals in 2015 at this popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians and New Zealanders.

Arrivals are up 17% on 2014 for the first two months of the New Year following on from a solid performance for the July to December period which also recorded an increase on the previous year.

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Yellow Fever Vaccination No Longer Required To Travel Between Zambia and South Africa:

  • Zambia is now a Yellow Fever free zone
  • The South African Department of Health declares that it is no longer required to obtain a vaccination certificate

The South African Department of Health has officially lifted the requirement that yellow fever vaccinations are needed to travel between Zambia and South Africa.

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Having welcomed a new hotel to the brand in the very first week of the new year, SLH is not taking any breaks in 2015, which promises to be the best year yet. According to Paul Kerr, CEO for SLH “this is our 25 anniversary year and we hope to welcome many new hotels to the brand from across the globe,

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CURATED FORAGING EXPEDITION AND COOKING WORKSHOP FOR GUESTS OF THE TABLE BAY HOTEL, CAPE TOWN

Cape Town’s The Table Bay hotel is introducing a new guest experience to allow food connoisseurs to discover authentic South Africa experiences and explore Cape Town’s flora and fauna with the hotel’s Executive Chef – Jocelyn Myers-Adam. 

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Finnair had the best on-time performance in 2014 among European major carriers with 90.58 per cent of flights arriving on time, according to FlightStats, the airline industry data services company (see flightstats.com for more details). FlightStats also recognised Finnair’s oneworld alliance, which consists of 15 leading airlines from each global region and their affiliates,

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Casa Angelina has announced exclusive offers for Australians visiting this stunning setting on Italy’s Amalfi Coast during the European Spring and Autumn in 2015.

Casa Angelina overlooks expanses of the Mediterranean Sea from a cliff-edge perch in the quiet and picturesque Campania village of Praiano, which is only a 10-minute drive from Positano and 15 minutes from Amalfi.

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The Tin Sheds on Norfolk Island has been named Best Luxury Serviced Apartments for Australasia & Oceania at the World Luxury Hotel Awards for 2014.

The announcement came during a glittering ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, this month at which The Tin Sheds General Manager, Sharni-Marie Barney accepted the award and said “It is such a huge honour to be among the world’s very best”.

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Ultimate symbol of apartheid transformed into a dramatic sculpture inviting South Africans and visitors to Cape Town to share their hope for the future of the country

Cape Town 20 November 2014: Twenty years into a new democracy and almost a year since the passing of global icon Nelson Mandela,

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RAYAVADEE, KRABI INTRODUCES NEWLY-REFURBISHED ACCOMMODATION

Rayavadee, Krabi is pleased to announce the completion of the refurbishment of 55 newly renovated Deluxe Pavilions.

The renovation of the resort’s lead in room category includes new interiors offering a more spacious ground floor living plan as well a beautiful,

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The quintessentially English five-star boutique hotel, The Capital in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge is the ideal accommodation option for guests in need of some serious retail therapy in this vibrant city.

At an enviable one minute walk from Harrods, The Capital is the closest hotel to this world- famous department store and is just a stone’s throw away from Harvey Nichols and the designer outlets of Sloane Street.

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Finnair will operate its flight from Helsinki to New York on 23 September with an Airbus A330 using environmentally sustainable biofuel, coinciding with the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on the same day. As a leader in the sustainable development of commercial aviation, the airline believes strongly in proactive measures to manage environmental performance.

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Aqua Expeditions, the leader in luxury small ship cruising, is reporting strong bookings from Australia and New Zealand for its new Aqua Mekong cruises, which commence 30 September 2014.

Aqua Mekong will be the cruise operator’s first vessel in Asia, taking guests on a journey on the Mekong River,

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As holidaying with a pet fast becomes one of the most talked about trends in the travel industry thanks to amended laws on taking pets abroad and a growing number of animal-friendly holiday packages, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) reveals the most popular, and strangest, requests for travelling furry companions.

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Finnair is announcing ten new scheduled routes for summer 2015 to popular summer destinations.

The new routes are announced in corporation with Suntours and other tour operators. Finnair and Suntours will work closely together to ensure the best combination of package holidays and seats only on every destination.

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Dalin Snidvongs Na Ayudhya has been appointed General Manager of luxury Thailand hotel and member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Rayavadee in Krabi.

A Bangkok-native, Dalin brings a wealth of hospitality experience to Rayavadee, most recently as the first Thai to hold the post of Director of Food and Beverage at The Sukhothai Bangkok.

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The Sarojin is offering a special blend of ancient physical and spiritual healing experiences to be shared by couples at the luxury Thai boutique resort’s Pathways Spa.

For centuries, Thai people and monks have used healing properties of local herbs, trees, flowers and fruits to purify and rejuvenate their bodies and minds.

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Sun City Resort in South Africa has been named the Best family hotel or resort in Africa in the Out & About with Kids 2014 Best of Family Travel Awards. 

About Sun City Resort:

Sun International’s popular Sun City Resort provides a completely unique holiday experience for all ages,

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The Royal Livingstone, a Sun International property, has been recognised as one of the Top Lodges and Resorts in Africa and the Middle East by readers of Travel + Leisure in the 2014 World’s Best Awards survey.

Says Joanne Selby, General Manager of Sun International Zambia: “We are delighted that the Royal Livingstone has been nominated By Travel + Leisure readers within this important category of best Lodge and Resort in Africa and the Middle East – it is a true testament to the elite experience we offer.

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The distinctive flavors of Thailand’s south return to Tamarind Village Chiang Mai this July and August 2014 with a special menu – ‘ Southern Flavours’ – featuring a selection of home-cooked southern recipes that highlight the very best the region has to offer.

Southern cooking is well known for its spiciness and its combination of local herbs and vegetables which results in delicious dishes that are simple,

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has added to its elite collection of properties with the appointment of nine prestigious hotels from around the world. From the impressive chalet-style Grossarler Hof in Austria, to the beachfront retreat Azul Ocean Club in Costa Rica or to the Victorian Manor Brockencote Hall Hotel in the UK,

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One of the premier events on the Norfolk Island sporting calendar, the annual Hardys Wines Pro-Am Golf Classic, is on again from 24 – 29 August 2014.

The tournament is open to professional and amateur golfers, many of whom travel each year from the Australian mainland, to compete for an attractive prize pool on a spectacular course that borders the crystal clear South Pacific Ocean and is the only course in the world to be nestled within an historic world heritage listed area.

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London’s luxury boutique hotel, The Capital, has introduced a Gourmet Dining Package featuring a special culinary experience at its Michelin-starred restaurant, Outlaw’s at The Capital.

Outlaw’s at The Capital reflects the style and aspirations of Executive Chef, Nathan Outlaw, one of Britain’s leading chefs and the holder of numerous prestigious awards.

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Roland Svensson has been appointed General Manager of luxury Thailand boutique resort, The Sarojin.

Swedish-born, Roland brings a wealth of hospitality experience to The Sarojin, having worked with top hotels and resorts in numerous international destinations, commencing with senior Food & Beverage appointments in Dubai, Macau, Bangkok, Penang,

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In Trip Advisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards, Norfolk Island has taken out outstanding accolades for its natural beauty, attractions and tourism operators. What fantastic news! Here are the islands rankings:

  • Norfolk Island has been ranked No.7 in the top 10 South Pacific Islands
  • Fletchers Mutiny Cyclorama has been ranked No.

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Conde Nast Traveller UK has recognized Regent Bali as one of the hottest new hotels in the annual 2014 Hot List.

A coveted distinction, The Hot List represents the editor’s top picks of the newest properties to open within the past year.

Congratulations Regent Bali!

Regent Bali: Conde Nest Traveller UK 2014 Hot List

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3 June 2014 saw the opening of The Finnair SkyWheel in Katajanokka harbour in central Helsinki, allowing visitors the opportunity to experience Helsinki from beyond the rooftops of the city.

The 40-metre observation wheel is equipped with 30 climate-controlled blue-and-white gondolas for year-round operation, including one special VIP cabin featuring a glass floor,

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The Country Music Festival at Norfolk Island showcases some of Australia and New Zealand’s best talent – with a Pacific twist. There are four main shows and the program allows for guests to take in the beauty of Norfolk Island during the day, enjoy lunch and entertainment at various venues around the island and the main shows at night.

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