Australia
June Newsletter
June Newsletter
Posted on June 23, 2016 by APTC in Hotel Updates

The June Newsletter holds information and updates for you that span from the Southern to the Northern Tip of the red continent as well as info about arrangements for New Year’s Evening in Sydney

NEW PRODUCTS

Local Eyes Sydney (LOCS01)
Local Eyes offers scheduled Day Tours, Private Tours and Cruises to see Sydney through the eyes of a local. Their experiences include:
– A cruise on Sydney Harbour where guests can enjoy the best sites of Sydney and are provided with a magnificent lunch from local ingredients and accompanying wines.
– A spectacular walk around the harbour foreshores, where you can learn about the flora and fauna and indigenous culture, whilst taking in some amazing views and enjoying lunch from a local’s house.
– A visit to the Blue Mountains away from the mainstream tourist trails.
– Gourmet trips to The Hunter Valley
– Local and Indigenous Food experience from a locals home
– Northern Beaches sightseeing and walking tours

CHANGES

Four Points by Sheraton (FOUS01)
Hyatt has announced that the hotel will be rebranded to Hyatt Regency Sydney at midnight on November 30, 2016, marking the Hyatt Regency brand’s return to Sydney.

Baillie Lodges
Longitude 131° (LONA01)
Baillie Lodges announces the next exciting phase in the renewal of its acclaimed desert retreat at Uluru. Works will commence from April 1, 2017 and the lodge will close until July 31, 2017 inclusive. The plans include:
• A new premium suite, designed to offer the ultimate in desert luxury and offering dual views of the outback icons. It will be available in a one or two-bedroom configuration, making it ideal for families and friends as well as individuals and couples.
• A major redevelopment of the central Dune House to enhance its space and views while introducing a new contemporary style. Additions include a new entry and reception area cleverly tucked into the dune, a redesigned tented canopy and curvaceous open bar in the spirit of sister lodge, Southern Ocean Lodge.
• A signature spa facility and re-landscaped swimming pool, replete with poolside bar.
• A new dune-top bar and deck offering sweeping views of the surrounding desert landscape – perfect for sunset drinks or dinner under the stars.
Capella Lodge (CAPN01)
In 2017, a whole new level of luxury will be unveiled at Capella Lodge, the subtropical connection in the Baillie Lodges portfolio. Closing for four months between May 1 – August 31, 2017 inclusive, plans at the property include:
• Creation of a new two-bedroom suite suitable for two or up to five persons in style. A reincarnation of the Makambo Loft to feature extended outdoor living areas and a plunge pool with postcard views. The Lagoon Lofts will also be upgraded to include a timber hot tub privately nestled in the kentia palms.
• Redevelopment of the main lodge, including bar, lounge and restaurant upgrades, honouring the relaxed spirit of Lord Howe Island and capturing the breathtaking views of the soaring twin mountain peaks and turquoise lagoon.
• Remodelling of the Capella Spa to include a second level with mesmerising views from the treatment bed to the reef beyond.
Lizard Island(LIZQ01)
Please note that rates for air transfers to/from Lizard Island increased as of 15 June 16.
The new rate can be downloaded from our online tariff.

Kanga Coachlines (KANA03)
Please note that effective Monday 4th July 2016, Premier Stateliner (PREA02) have transferred their Charter Division to Kanga Coachlines.
Kanga Coachlines are a progressive and modern coach operator with over 30 years history specializing in high quality charter services and are one of the largest charter operators in South Australia. Their fleet of new coaches is part of an ongoing replacement program to ensure ongoing availability of current model vehicles.

Wildman Wilderness Lodge (WILN01)
We are excited to announce that the Wildman Wilderness Lodge has just had a makeover! Below is a detailed list of the new aspects of the Lodge;
New Website
The Brand new website is now live; with a nice lick of paint, a ton of brand new high resolution pictures and easier website navigation.
New Baby Croc and Python
Just recently they have welcomed three new additions; a new baby crocodile by the name of Dundee, and two new pythons, Monty and Mojo.
New Chef
They are also proud to introduce another member to the Wildman family, Head Chef Hayden MacDonald. His take on Australian outback cuisine is truly unique. His ‘Taste of Kakadu’ platter featuring buffalo sausages, crocodile kofte, kangaroo skewers, Kakadu plum jam and bush tomato relish is just a little piece of outback heaven.
Join the Animal Totem Walk
Also new to the property are the informational animal totems to accompany the off-road track. As guests catch a glimpse of a King Brown, Crocodile, Kangaroo, or countless other animals roaming around our lodge, they’ll be able to get a quick insight into each and every animal as the totems include pictures and information. Simply grab a FREE map at reception and you are on your way.
Fat Wheel Mountain Bikes
Speaking of our off-road track, for the big or little explorers they have just got in some new fat wheeled mountain bikes. Guests can enjoy a FREE ride on our bikes which are made to tackle the outback terrain or book a private guided tour.

INTERESTING TO NOTE

APTC –New Year’s Eve Packages
New Year’s Eve in Sydney is known as one of the world’s most spectacular shows, with the centrepiece being no doubt the Harbour, which will see the sky burst with bright, breathtaking and kaleidoscopic colour and movement during the fireworks displays. In order to truly experience the best of these celebrations, a night in one of Sydney’s top hotels is a must for all.

In order to accommodate those that are just enthralled with New Year’s Eve as we are at APTC, we have recently completed a range of Sydney based NYE packages.

To ensure that our clients do not miss out on such a unique experience, we have secured allotments in the following hotels; Langham Sydney, Amora Jamison, Four Seasons, Grace Hotel, Novotel Rockford, Sydney Boulevard.

Please contact APTC to receive additional information and to ultimately find a package that suits the individual needs and desires of your client. As space is filling up fast, we recommend booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

TOURISM NEWS

New Tourism Networks

The NSW Government this week announced it will invest $43 million over four years in a major overhaul in the way regional and rural areas attract visitors including the creation of six new Destination Networks throughout NSW.

These new networks will work closely with local government, tourism organisation and operators, as well as collaborate on campaigns with Destination NSW and a new Destination NSW regional division. By investing around $10 million a year in support of the new regional initiatives they aim to bolster efforts in attracting visitors to regional and rural NSW, with the goal to double overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

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