Travellers at risk of contracting canecutters disease

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Canecutter’s disease is becoming a growing problem for travellers, according to research undertaken by the University of Queensland. Traditionally, the disease, which is known medically as leptospirosis, affects males working in the agricultural and livestock industries, as it is contracted from contact with the urine of host animals.  However, a team led by PhD researcher Dr Colleen Lau from the School of Population Health, have found that recreational exposure and international travel have emerged as increasingly important sources of infection over the past decade. “Many of the areas with a high incidence of leptospirosis are popular destinations for domestic and international travellers,” Dr Lau said. “With the increasing popularity of ecotourism and outdoor adventure activities, travellers are likely to become increasingly exposed through activities that involve contact with freshwater, soil and animals.” Leptospirosis causes influenza-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headache and jaundice but can lead to more serious illness including kidney failure, liver failure, lung haemorrhage, brain infections, and can occasionally be fatal. Called canecutter’s disease in Queensland due to the spread of the disease by canefield rats, the study, published in the journal Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, has opened up a new way of looking at the spread of the disease. As an under-diagnosed cause of fever in travellers, Dr Lau and her co-authors, Professor Phil Weinstein and Lee Smythe, urged doctors to change their perceptions of the population at risk of contracting canecutter’s disease. “Early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment will reduce the incidence of severe illness and deaths,” she said. Known high-risk areas for canecutter’s disease include tropical and subtropical regions such as Queensland, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, parts of South East Asia and the Caribbean. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

Aussies reminded to breathe in Alberta

first_imgTravel Alberta targets youthfully-spirited adventurers with its winter campaign in Alberta’s updated tourism brand. CNW Group-Travel Alberta Authentic experiences in breathtaking landscapes draw over 22 million visitors to Alberta each year. CNW Group-Travel Alberta Aiming to increase spending in the region by up to $1 billion by 2016, the Canadian province of Alberta released plans to target international tourists using a new marketing brand.Remember to Breathe unveiled late last month, was designed by the region’s leaders to promote the unique and authentic experiences and according to the Group’s chief executive Bruce Okabe, will help achieve the region’s tourist growth plans.“Alberta is blessed with so many real and memorable experiences in one of the most spectacular backdrops in the world and we are confident that we will raise awareness of Alberta with travellers around the world with the message ‘remember to breathe’ when you visit here,” Mr Okabe said.  Welcoming up to 22 million visitors per year, Minister of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation said the new approach was created after coordinating with the industry and aligns with a previous brand campaign launched two years ago.Travel Alberta managing director Royce Chwin added ‘Remember to Breathe’ was selected because of its “powerful” connection to what makes the region “so attractive to the travellers”.”Travel experiences in every community throughout the province reflect that sentiment which millions of visitors enjoy every year,” Mr Chwin explained.”The brand promise speaks to the emotional connection that surprises a first time visitor and the feelings that keep travellers coming back to their favourite places in Alberta. “We know that it is an extremely attractive message for youthfully-spirited travellers.” Using television, cinema commercials, print advertising and social media, the first phase of the new brand will commence early this month, followed by a second phase roll-out in Australia from February 2012. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Travel Alberta targets youthfully-spirited adventurers with its winter campaign in Alberta’s updated tourism brand.last_img read more

Doctor Who celebrates 50th anniversary at Vivid Sydney

first_imgIn addition to the special projection on Customs House, Doctor Who fans will also be able to take in special cinema screenings at nearby Dendy Opera Quays, featuring two thrilling episodes from Series Seven Part 1: Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan, which see the Doctor confront two of his most terrifying foes – the Daleks and the Weeping Angels – and say a heart-breaking farewell to his companions Amy and Rory Pond.  “This is a one-night only celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Dr Who, and sees Australian creative innovators, The Spinifex Group, working with the Doctor Who team to create projections that will deliver a show-stopping, unique birthday celebration for Dr Who’s legion of fans,” Mr Stoner said. Vivid Sydney is one of the signature events in the NSW Events Calendar developed by Destination NSW with the NSW Government as the major investor.  “Vivid Sydney is the perfect platform for this Anniversary celebration, which will see the Doctor projected 7m high onto one of the city’s most historic buildings. The Spinifex Group has done a tremendous job of creating a display which makes the most of Customs House’s amazing façade.” The Dr Who projections will be displayed at six intervals throughout the evening of Saturday June 1, featuring music from the TV show including I am the Doctor and the iconic theme tune. The first Doctor Who projection will be shown at 6.50pm, then 10 minutes to every hour until midnight. There will also be a competition encouraging fans to submit a picture of themselves dressed as their favourite Doctor Who character to win a fantastic prize pack of Doctor Who themed merchandise. Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, said: “Our goal is to ensure Vivid Sydney surprises every year, and the 2013 program will certainly delight festivalgoers of all ages. The Doctor Who projections will entertain audiences ranging from dedicated science-fiction fans through to every family who has ever enjoyed an episode together.” Mr Stoner said that on Saturday 1 June, the grand façade of Customs House at Circular Quay will showcase an amazing visual feast of 3D-mapped projections of Doctor Who as he travels through space and time, pursued by some of his greatest enemies.center_img Sharon Wilson, Head of Marketing, Global Brands, BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are delighted to partner with Destination NSW and Vivid Sydney to bring this unique night of Doctor Who entertainment to life in Sydney. ?? NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, today announced Vivid Sydney 2013 will feature a spectacular celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the legendary BBC television program, Doctor Who. The projections will be interspersed with Move Your Building, an interactive projection produced by French design company Danny Rose, which will be beamed upon Customs House over the 18 nights of Vivid Sydney. Vivid Sydney – developed, owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW – is an 18-day celebration of light, music and ideas. It is the biggest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere and will take place in Sydney from 24 May to 10 June. Fans unable to travel to Sydney for the 50th Anniversary celebrations will still be able to join in the festivities at simultaneous screenings at 46 Dendy and Event cinemas around Australia and New Zealand. Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Vanuatu tradeshow postponed

first_imgTok Tok delayed until November 2013. Vanuatu’s 2013 Tok Tok tradeshow has been postponed until November. Air Vanuatu continues to operate its regular schedule with a smaller chartered aircraft but due to its limited capacity will not be able to meet the demand for Tok Tok this month. “Air Vanuatu regrets that this decision will cause disruption to the travel plans of many of our industry partners but we look forward to welcoming you on board our aircraft when the event takes place later in the year,” Air Vanuatu manager Floyd Smith said. Vanuatu’s premier annual trade event has been delayed because Air Vanuatu’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft is currently undergoing planned maintenance in Singapore. The Vanuatu Tourism Office is contacting all attendees to advise of the postponement. The tradeshow, which was originally scheduled to run from 27-30 August, will now take place on 12-15 November 2013.last_img read more

Victorias top hotels recognised by TAA

first_imgVictoria’s top hotels recognised by TAAVictoria’s top accommodation hotels have been recognised at the 2015 Tourism Accommodation Australia (Victoria) Awards for Excellence, with the winners announced at a gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on ;last night (Thursday 21 May, 2015).The dinner was attended by 500 accommodation providers and hospitality industry leaders from Tourism Victoria, City of Melbourne, Melbourne Airport, Victorian Major Events Company, Grand Prix Corporation, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Destination Melbourne, Opera Australia, The Arts Centre Melbourne, Public Transport Victoria, Melbourne Star and Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.The Honourable John Eren, Minister for Tourism and Major Events presented the prestigious TAA (Vic) award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” and the “Hotel Industry Rising Star” award.The “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” award recognises a sustained contribution by an accommodation provider or industry leader who has made a significant contribution to Victoria’s tourism and accommodation industries.The 2015 awardee was Mr Chris Woodruff, Chief Executive Officer Melbourne Airport.  In his 8 years as CEO, he has lead the business through a period of remarkable growth and success which has been one of the foundation blocks of Victoria’s tourism success in recent years.The 2015 awardee was the “Hotel Industry Rising Star” award to the Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong – Duty Manager and Guest Service Agent, Brandon Brown.Other winners honoured were:Accommodation Category Award Winners: Deluxe Accommodation Hotel of the Year – Crown Towers, MelbourneApartment/Suite Accommodation of the Year – Mantra on Russell, MelbourneSuperior Accommodation Hotel of the Year – Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, MelbourneMid-Range Accommodation Hotel of the Year – ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria HotelBoutique Style Accommodation of the Year – Adelphi Hotel, MelbourneResort Style Accommodation of the Year – Wyndham Resort TorquayRegional Accommodation of the Year – Balgownie Estate Vineyard Retort and Spa, Yarra GlenSpecialty Category – Winners:Deluxe Restaurant of the Year – The Langham, Melbourne – MelbaHotel Restaurant (all day dining) of the Year – InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto – Alluvial RestaurantRegional Hotel Restaurant of the Year  – Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Hepburn Springs – The Argus Dining RoomBar of the Year – The Langham, Melbourne – ARIA Bar & LoungeIndividual Excellence – Winners:Administration Employee of the Year – The Langham Melbourne – Glen FergusonConcierge of the Year – Grand Hyatt Melbourne – Chris FitcherEngineer and Maintenance Employee of the Year  – Crowne Plaza Melbourne – Robin PowerFood & Beverage Services Employee of the Year – Stamford Plaza Melbourne – Ketan Seth and The Langham Melbourne – Martin FearnFront Office Services Employee of the Year – Crown Towers, Melbourne – Tom StewartHousekeeping Employee of the Year – PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine – Christian TapiaHotel Industry Rising Star  – Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong – Brandon BrownSales & Marketing Employee of the Year – Rydges Melbourne – Joseph AncoraProperty Performance – Winners:·        Best Environmental & Energy Efficiency Practice – Quality Hotel Downtowner on Lygon, Carlton·        Best Marketed Accommodation Provider  – Grand Hyatt Melbourne·        Outstanding Achievement in Training – Grand Hyatt Melbourne·        Outstanding Community Service & Achievement – Melbourne Marriott HotelDarryl Washington, General Manager of TAA (Vic) praised the finalists, award-winners and individuals who were honoured.  “Melbourne and Victoria accommodation providers offer a world class and diverse selection of properties that cater well for our visitors.  The industry constantly strives to raise the bar and again this year, the nominated properties, and in particular those that have been honoured at the 2015 TAA (Vic) Accommodation Awards for Excellence emphasise this point.  Congratulations to finalists and in particular all winning accommodation providers.”Source = Tourism Accommodation Australialast_img read more

Thankyou partners with Quest Apartment Hotels

first_imgQuest CEO, Zed Sanjana with Thankyou co-founder and MD, Daniel FlynnOver one million bottles of Thankyou water will be distributed to Quest Apartment Hotel guests this year, launching the global consumer movement’s first accommodation partnership.Through the provision of bottled Thankyou water across all Australian properties, Quest Franchisees and guests will raise money for life changing projects in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.For the next 12 months, guests will receive a complimentary bottle of Thankyou water at the beginning of their stay, and be encouraged to purchase additional bottles to support developing nations gaining access to clean water, food, health and sanitation facilities.Discussing the partnership with staff at Quest AbbotsfordAnnouncing the partnership, Quest CEO Zed Sanjana said it was the first national initiative of this type for the business, and the company was determined to support a program that would inspire and educate guests – with the potential to make a real difference.“We know that most of our guests have a strong social conscience, and would like to partner with us in making a positive difference in the world,” he said.“The majority of guests purchase water when they stay at our properties, and so the Thankyou water partnership made sense to us as a way to make a significant impact, simply by swapping our existing bottled water supplier to Thankyou.”With 7,500 rooms across Quest’s Australian properties, the company has estimated it is likely to provide donations from the sale of around 1.8 million bottles of water, impacting more than 2,000 people in developing nations.Thankyou co-founder and MD, Daniel Flynn is excited by Quest’s decision to stock Thankyou products.“This a huge win for Thankyou and our goal to eradicate global poverty. We love what Quest is about and what’s exciting is that in the first year of stocking Thankyou water in their hotels, Quest will fund an estimated 2000 people with access to safe water. We can’t wait to see that number grow and grow as our partnership continues into the future,” said Mr Flynn. Quest Apartment Hotels Source = Quest Apartment Hotelslast_img read more

Review Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa Phuket

first_imgDiamond Cliff Resort & Spa Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa [/su_gmap]Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson DiningDiamond Cliff boasts six distinct restaurants, giving guests plenty of dining options during their stay. I was able to try out the beach-side Diamond Hut Restaurant, which features a fresh, seafood menu complimented by a breathtaking view of the Patong coastline.Diamond Hut RestaurantHead down there for afternoon drinks and watch the sun set while devouring delicious Thai seafood. The Thai Orchid Restaurant was equally as satisfying, serving traditional Thai cuisine in a beautiful, Thai-style setting. If you’ve overdone it on the Thai food, you could try Korean food at Korean Hut, Italian at Franco Roma, Japanese at Kiko Japanese Restaurant or something more Western at Ocean View Coffee Shop.For a light and healthy snack, the resort also has its very own fruit shop, where guests can grab a basket and shop the shelves for fresh, Thai fruit.Facilities/ActivitiesThe resort offers a range of facilities and activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. During my stay, I tried my hand at Thai cooking in a class at Thai Orchid Restaurant. I was given my very own apron and chef’s hat before one of the resident chefs led me through a three-course menu. And the best part: I got to eat the finished product!While I was immersing myself in Thai culture, it was only fitting that I dressed up in Thai costume for a photoshoot. The photoshoot is another of the resort’s onsite activities, where guests can choose from a colourful assortment of traditional outfits and get dressed up to the nines for a personal photoshoot. It’s a fun experience by yourself, in a couple or as a family and the perfect memento of your stay at Diamond Cliff.As for facilities, the resort features two large swimming pools, a fully equipped gym and outdoor tennis court.ServiceAs you will find all over Thailand, the level of service and hospitality is first class and Diamond Cliff was no exception. Each time I entered the reception or passed a staff member on the grounds, I was warmly welcomed with a smile or offered assistance. The resort staff are also fluent in English, which is a bonus for those of us who can only manage a hello and thank you in Thai.As the resort is located on a cliff, walking to and from my room was a bit of a mission. But the staff were always ready with shuttle buses to help guests move quickly and safely around the resort. There was also a good security presence on site, especially at night, making me feel absolutely safe during my stay.Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa Newly refurbished roomsSpaThe Diamond Cliff Spa is truly a sanctuary. Lush greenery and tranquil ponds surround the private treatment rooms, some of which have their own Japanese-style onsen. I opted for a de-stressing aromatherapy massage, the perfect afternoon treat before my flight home that night.While the massage itself was absolute perfection, it was the hospitality and overall experience of the treatment that impressed me the most. The staff were gracious and welcoming, I was able to choose the oil that was used in the massage and I was served herbal tea before and after the treatment – tick, tick, tick.As well as traditional Thai massage, sports massage and reflexology, the Diamond Cliff Spa also offers cellulite treatments, after-sun treatments, facials, body wraps and body polishing. And all at reasonable prices – massages start at just 1,300 Thai Baht (around AU$50) and body treatments at 2,200 Thai Baht (around AU$80). Diamond Cliff Fruit Shop One Bedroom VillaReview: Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa, Phuket, ThailandPerched high among the hills of Patong, Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa is an authentic Thai resort that offers five star accommodation just minutes away from Patong City. While the resort exudes a romantic getaway vibe, I recently stopped in at Diamond Cliff for a solo stay to cap off a week-long trip to Thailand for TTM+ 2016.AccommodationOcean SuiteThe massive property, 18 acres to be exact, boasts 318 rooms, suites and villas, with accommodation types to suit almost every traveller. My Ocean Suite room, located in the Grand Wing, featured a stunning view of the Andaman Sea and the resort pool below. The 70 square-metre room felt incredibly spacious and I was super impressed by the size of the bathroom, which was complete with a separate toilet, shower, spa bath and plenty of storage.The style and décor of the room itself was a little worn and out-dated, however I had no cause for complaint considering a three-phase renovation of the entire resort is already underway. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the renovated rooms – take my word for it, they are deluxe. The new rooms are sleek, stylish and spacious, giving new life to the almost 30 year old hotel.Other room types include Super Deluxe, Junior Suite, Ocean Jacuzzi Suite, Romantic Suite, Grand Family Suite and Ladies Suite.But the real showstoppers within the resort are the luxurious Diamond Pool Villas. In one and two bedroom options, the villas are a massive 400 and 600 square-metres respectively and entirely self-contained, complete with an outdoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and full kitchen. You can even request to have your own personal cook, giving you absolutely no reason to leave your seaview haven at all. THAI – smooth as silkfly THAI to Phuket Tourism Authority of ThailandAmazing Thailand last_img read more

Do you let your age define your holiday

first_imgDo you let your age define your holiday? Fly ScootDo you let your age define your holiday?Most people it seems, travel to a destination that they think suits their age, and their travel is defined by their physical age, not their inner age, which according to a test done by Scoot, Singapore’s, young-at-heart low cost airline, these could be decades apart.But what if you could run a test to see what your inner age was, would you change your travel plans? Would seniors swap the bingo halls for zip-lining?Scoot decided to run this test on some “older” folks from Queensland and asked them questions like “Would you visit a zoo at midnight? Would you freefall for fun?  Would you like to spice up your love life?” Their answers surprised Scoot, and some of their partners!In 2011, residents aged 65 years or over accounted for 14.4% of the Gold Coast population (71,363 people). By 2031, the number of senior residents (aged over 65 years) is expected to increase by almost 2.2 times – accounting for over 20.2% of the city’s population.So, four willing Queensland “silver nomads” were selected to go and live-up their inner age in Singapore, and did all the exciting things they said they wanted to do, including indoor parachuting, zip-lining, and eating new and different foods at the world famous hawker centres.Scoot has now launched a new campaign to help Gold Coast seniors discover their inner age and then scoot to Singapore for an inner age-appropriate adventure.Just head to their facebook page and try it out, and anyone could win an inner age discount for their next flight to Singapore… plus an inner age appropriate itinerary of Singaporean activities. Whether it’s ziplining across Sentosa, or talking selfies with Supertrees, or chowing down on chilli crab, Singapore’s chockful of awesome, affordable and achievable experiences for the young-at-heart.Jacqueline Loh, Head of Marketing and Ancillaries for Scoot said,  “According to statistics people are living longer. More than a third of your life could be spent in retirement.  Scoot is encouraging the not so well travelled, or travel-shy people, in particular the older generations to live their inner age and visit Singapore, as its well earned reputation for efficiency, safety, fun and myriad activities is all there for them to enjoy.”With affordable airfares from $169.00 ex Gold Coast on sale from now until 2359 Dec 11, 2016 for travel from 13th Jan 2017 – 02 June 17 it is time to act your real age.But if you are an active Senior in another state don’t despair, Scoot is offering lead in fares from Perth to Singapore (economy, per way, including taxes) from $139 and from Sydney and Melbourne from $199  (economy, per way, including taxes). Fly Scootbook hereAbout ScootScoot™, the low-cost, medium-to-long haul arm of the Singapore Airlines Group managed by Budget Aviation Holdings, has carried over seven million guests since taking to the skies in June 2012. The world’s first all 787 Dreamliner fleet operates between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong, Perth, Osaka, Kaohsiung, Hangzhou, Melbourne, Guangzhou, Jeddah, Chennai, Amritsar, Sapporo, Jaipur, and soon to Dalian and Athens. Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude™. Offering amenities including on-board Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and in-seat power as well as the ability to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, Scoot was voted 2015-16 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by and ranked in the Top 10 of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines in 2015 by Skytrax. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance. Book your tickets at or contact our Call Centre. Find out more on,, or Source = Fly Scootlast_img read more

MTA Members experience exclusive Mia Resort Vietnam study tour

first_imgMTA Members experience exclusive Mia Resort Vietnam study tourMTA Members experience exclusive Mia Resort Vietnam study tourFour MTA – Mobile Travel Agents Members have jumped at the opportunity to take part in an exclusive study tour of Vietnam to see for themselves just why the destination is attracting so many of their clients in 2017.The four Members – Fiona Snell, Jennifer McCullough, Jo Gonzalez and Dianne Russo  – visited Vietnam as guests of Mia Resorts Vietnam, staying at the company’s sister properties in Binh Thuan and Na Trang.These included the multi-award winning Mia Resort Mui Ne and Mia Resort Nha Trang.A busy program at both resorts included an in-depth opportunity to sample first-hand the many attractions both regions offer visitors.Experiences included a host of Mia Resort signature activities ranging from yoga and spa sessions to Vietnamese language lessons and going kitchen-side to learn how to cook the local cuisine.Pictured (from left to right) Fiona Snell, Jennifer McCullough, Jo Gonzalez and Dianne Russo.Source = Mike Parker-Brown – PR Consultant, MTA – Mobile Travel Agentslast_img read more

World Travel Tourism Council congratulates Mr Pololikashvili

first_imgWorld Travel & Tourism Council congratulates Mr PololikashviliGloria Guevara, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today congratulated HE Zurab Pololikashvili on his election to the role of Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).Speaking from Chengdu, China, at the UNWTO General Assembly, Ms Guevara said: “On behalf of WTTC and its Members I congratulate Mr Pololikashvili on his election to the role of Secretary General of UNWTO. It is a position of enormous importance to our sector and I look forward to working with him as he will take the organization to the next phase.The close collaboration between WTTC and UNWTO over the past eight years has resulted in a more unified and cohesive international Travel & Tourism sector, where understanding and cooperation between the public and private sectors has increased considerably. I look forward to continuing this path into the future, where together we highlight the importance of Travel & Tourism for the social and economic development of the world community.Ms Guevara added: “We are at a critical moment in the development of our sector, where ambitious growth targets need to satisfy not only economic but also environmental and social objectives. It is the responsibility of all stakeholders in the sector to work together to ensure that Travel & Tourism, which accounts for 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs, continues to be a force for good in our world.”Source = The World Travel & Tourism Councillast_img read more