May Newsletter
Posted on May 23, 2016 by digerati in Tourism News
May Newsletter

Flying High and Diving Low is among the new products that you will find in our May Newsletter, which also contains hotel and tour updates and more interesting news from the Australian Tourism Industry.


Par-Avion Helicopter Tours (PARH01)
Par Avion Helicopter Tours offers local flights with various services available, including; charter flights, hotel transfers, touring, and sightseeing. For those who want to experience the best of Southern Tasmania, the packages mentioned below are a must.
• Bruny Island Hopper
• Fly, Wine, Dine
• East Coast Marine Farm and Wine Tour
• East Coast Picnic or Oyster Shed
• Whiskey Heaven
Please note that these can also be found in our proct tariff.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium – New Penguin Exhibit
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is set to become home to the world’s first-of-its kind penguin exhibit this summer, with the immersive experience allowing visitors to get up close and personal to a spectacular colony of King and Gentoo Penguins during a sensory and educational sub-Antarctic journey like never before.
Opening in November, Penguin Island Expedition is inspired by Macquarie Island – an Australian owned island that lies in the southwest Pacific Ocean – and will create an explorer out of each and every guest as they travel in a raft through a rugged, sub-Antarctic environment at a cool but comfortable six degrees Celsius.
Explorers will be surrounded by penguins and experience a flurry of snow, whistling winds and the stunning southern lights, before arriving at the Macquarie Island Explorer Hut. Here they can observe these inspiring creatures on land and under water and learn more about life on the remote island.
The state of the art exhibit represents a $9 million investment, making it SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s largest creature investment since opening 28 years ago. It will also be the first time colonies of sub-Antarctic penguins call Sydney home, underpinned by a dedicated breeding and conservation-focused education program. Visitors will learn out about SEA LIFE Sydney Australia’s penguin breeding program, its work to protect the island from plastic pollution and what they can do to help conserve Macquarie Island.

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney – Refurbishment
On June 1st, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour will start it’s official debut of its AUD$250 million redevelopment which includes the launch of a new stylish porte-cochere, a spectacular hotel lobby, a selection of world-class beverage and dining venues, a dedicated coach bay, a new waterside meeting space, as well as an indoor thoroughfare providing easy, direct access to Darling Harbour and its many attractions. The iconic hotel will also see the addition of 222 new guest rooms to the current inventory, a new rooftop bar, and an executive lounge offering panoramic views of Darling Harbour. Upon opening, the iconic Sydney hotel is poised to become Australia’s leading convention address, offering 3,700 square metres of meeting space combined with the largest guest room inventory in the city.

The Louise (LOUB01)
The Louise has made the decision to close for the month of July rather than operate partly during the week for the entire winter. After feedback from travel trade, they feel this is less confusing. Please be advised during the winter closure 26th June 2016 – 28th July 2016

Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street (previously Tune Melbourne (TUNM01))
Accor is pleased to announce that Accor Hotels will take over management of Tune Melbourne effective 1st May 2016. Please note that for 16/17 existing rate contracts will be honoured.

Novotel Darwin Atrium (NOVD01)
Novotel Darwin Atrium has updated its name with immediate effect to Novotel Darwin CBD

Lizard Island (LIZQ01)
The Villa now has an increased maximum capacity of 5 guests (previously 4)
Bedding Configuration: King Bed & King Zipper and a rollaway bed can be added to the living area

Spicers Peak Lodge (SPIQ02)
Now also includes unique local experiences and touring in their all-inclusive rates. Rates remain the same.

Best Western Halls Creek Motel (BESH01)
Please note that Best Western Halls Creek Motel does not belong to BW anymore. We recommend booking Kimberley Hotel Halls Creek (KIMH01) instead.

Accor is pleased to advise you of the below year round Value Add Bonus Offer valid at Mercure Brisbane (MERB01), Ibis Brisbane (IBIB01) and Novotel Brisbane (NOVB01)

Book before 15th September and receive complimentary breakfast for 2
Rates: Room only contracted rates
Room types: All contracted room types
Travel dates: 01 April 2016 – 31st March 2017
Booking code: Western16


Ovolo Woolloomooloo:

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Property has exceeded all expectations and in little over a year jumped from being ranked #47 to going as high as #4 on TripAdvisor. With 179 hotels officially listed in Sydney on the site, and in one of the most competitive markets in the world, this is a clear indication of the Ovolo’s outstanding nature. The staff inductions, well-designed spaces, great flexibility in check-in/check-out times and not to mention the well-known Freebies, have all contributed to this incredible progress.


Great Southern Railway (GRES01) – Overland
The Overland train will continue to operate beyond June 2016 following the Victorian Government’s announcement today to provide a $10.3 million funding commitment to the service over the next three years.

2016 El Questro Season Opening Update
El Questro is now open for the 2016 season and has done a lot of work since the 2015 season. A summary is saved under following link:’s/2016 El Questro Season Opening Update.pdf

Hamilton Island
As of this month more scheduled flights are arriving and departing from Hamilton Island Airport and Cruise Whitsundays has adjusted their connections timetable accordingly which makes access to the Whitsundays even easier.


Seascape Lodge on Emu Bay: Fire

On the 22nd of April, Seascape Lodge on Emu Bay was engulfed & destroyed by fire. It comes as a devastating blow to all, especially to both Paul & Mandy who have lost everything but are stoic that they will rebuild. In time they are positive they will be able to provide once again the personalised & luxurious experience that guests have been treated to over the years.

For all Seascape Lodge accommodation bookings that have been confirmed for the next few months, they will be in touch to offer clients alternative accommodation. We appreciate your support and understanding as we work through this trialling time.

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