World’s Best Celebrations

Melbourne foodies are invited to share the excitement of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards at the world’s first public countdown and screening of the prestigious event at Federation Square.

Taking place on Wednesday, 5 April, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards countdown and live screening is free and open to everyone. Bringing together several of the city’s well-known attributes, a picnic-themed Federation Square will play host to an evening of entertainment, featuring comedians from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (29 March – 23 April), live music curated by Music Victoria, and dinner options from some of the city’s best food trucks – all serving up Victorian produce.

Melbourne is only the third international city to host The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, following in the footsteps of London and New York. Brought to Australia by Tourism Australia in partnership with Visit Victoria, the week-long events program includes the main gala industry event, ticketed public events, and touring options around regional Victoria for the invited chefs and international food media.

“The world’s culinary elite will descend on Melbourne this April, and with them, an invaluable opportunity to share our stories through our talented chefs, our world-class restaurants, and our unique regional settings.

“With hundreds of foodie events around town and our free The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards live-streaming event at Federation Square – everyone is invited to join in the celebrations, “said Peter Bingeman, Chief Executive Officer, Visit Victoria.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (31 March – 9 April) has also aligned its dates for 2017 to coincide with this prestigious culinary event and is honouring The World’s 50 Best Restaurants chefs from past and present in a series of chef collaboration dinners and MasterClasses.

“We are thrilled to be in our 25th year and to have the festival coincide with this one-time-only opportunity. Our events continue to get better each year as we continue to attract the elite of the world’s culinary leaders, and with so many home-grown talents and restaurants to showcase – there is something for everyone,” said Natalie O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

To further celebrate this unique culmination of food festivities, Visit Victoria is working with White Night Creative Director, David Atkins, on a week-long program of light projections on Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. The surface of the building will become a canvas celebrating Victoria’s culinary credentials from the city to the country every evening from 31 March – 5 April.

“Melbourne is internationally recognised as Australia’s arts and culture capital. At Arts Centre Melbourne, we pride ourselves on providing visitors with both remarkable cultural and culinary experiences, so it is our pleasure to be a supporter of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards,” Claire Spencer, Arts Centre Melbourne, Chief Executive Officer.

The Federation Square event will begin with food trucks serving up dinner from 5.30pm. Comedians and musicians begin the entertainment at 7pm and the live streaming of the awards begin from 8.30pm.

More information:

http://www.visitvictoria.com/50bestlivesite

http://www.visitvictoria.com/worlds50bestrestaurants

Macao Ice World

Asia’s largest annual indoor frozen wonderland, Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars, is returning to The Venetian® Macao for a limited time only, with Sands Resorts Macao unveiling new accommodation packages including tickets to the ice sculpture exhibition. The Macao Ice World Package starts at HKD/MOP1,138* and can be booked from now until July 9, 2017.

Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Macao Ice World Package offers exciting accommodation choices to suit all budgets at four world-class hotels: The Venetian Macao; The Parisian Macao; Conrad® Macao, Cotai Central; and Holiday Inn® Macao Cotai Central.

The Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars, which will be held at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo between March 16 – July 9, 2017, includes a host of colourful new DreamWorks Animation characters from “Kung Fu Panda”, “Madagascar”, “Shrek”, “How To Train Your Dragon”, “The Croods” and “Trolls”, vibrantly brought to life with dazzling lights and stunning sound effects. New additions including themed games, character meet-and-greets and a movie zone make this year’s Ice World an unmissable experience.

It took around 40 highly skilled craftsmen from Harbin, China, including eight ice carvers, 28 ice builders, lighting designers and power technicians, to create the magnificent ice sculptures, using 2.5 million pounds of ice.

Guests can also dine at 150 award-winning local and international restaurants, indulge in retail therapy at more than 850 duty free stores and enjoy world-class entertainment during their stay at Sands Resorts Macao.

Sands Resorts Macao offers a wide variety of family-friendly offerings including the exciting new Planet J, Macao’s first ever live-action, role playing theme park. With eight exquisitely designed zones and more than 200 game installations across 100,000 square feet, Planet J provides an endless series of magical rescue missions for children of all ages. Challenging on both physical and mental levels, Planet J makes use of special lighting and other advanced theatrical effects to turn the adventure into a thrilling, multi-dimensional experience.

The Macao Ice World Package rates are as follow and include the following exclusive advantages:

The Venetian Macao: Rates start from HKD/MOP 1,698*

The Parisian Macao: Rates start from HKD/MOP 1,498*

Conrad Macao, Cotai Central: Rates start from HKD/MOP 1,898*

Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central: Rates start from HKD/MOP 1,138*

Accommodation for two in a Royale Suite at The Venetian Macao / Deluxe Room at The Parisian Macao / Deluxe Room at Conrad Macao, Cotai Central / Superior Room at Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central
Breakfast or Lunch at designated restaurants
Choice of one-way Cotai Water Jet Cotai Class ferry tickets for two or MOP 200 Shopping and Dining Dollars
Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars tickets for two

Stay two nights and receive:

Breakfast or Lunch at designated restaurants or MOP 400 Dining Credits
Gondola Ride / Eiffel Tower entry / Aqua World entry / Qube or Qube 2 or Qube Kingdom Kid’s Play Zone entry / Planet J entry tickets for two
DreamWorks Plush Toy

Stay three nights and receive:

Complimentary upgrade
Breakfast or lunch at designated restaurants
Gondola Ride / Eiffel Tower entry / Aqua World entry / Qube or Qube 2 entry / Planet J entry tickets for two

Macao Ice World Package can be booked through Sands Resorts Macao website at www.SandsResortsMacao.com/ice-world-package or by calling reservation hotline: +853 2882 8835 (Macao / international call), 4001 208 879 (China toll free), 800 906 320 (Hong Kong toll free) or 000 800 050 8008 (India toll free).

Down under in style

Exclusive honeymoon experiences, adventure-packed family getaways and completely bespoke ventures.
Jacada Travel is taking travellers down under in style.

Skydive into your private luxury lodge, sleep in a four-poster bed under the stars in the outback, get a graffiti lesson in Melbourne’s laneways or go on a scenic flight with former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw as your pilot. There are few places on earth as diverse and action-packed as New Zealand and Australia and now Jacada Travel are sharing new and remarkable ways to experience these far-flung countries.

From private helicopter flights to Champagne picnics atop cloud-piercing summits, venturing into Middle Earth to exploring the oldest rock art on earth, swimming in secret springs and waterfalls to floating through underwater caves that are lit up by glow worms. Whatever experiences you’re after, New Zealand and Australia deliver.

This continent neither lacks in culture. Immerse in the world’s oldest living civilisation through the traditional dance and art of the Aboriginal communities in Australia. In New Zealand, be welcomed onto a Maori marae (greeting house) and sample the customary feast which is cooked in the geothermal ground.

Australasia is a year-round destination with inviting coastlines and a laid-back beach culture in summer and endless intrepid adventures in the winter. Here are just a few examples of Australasia trips with Jacada Travel.

 
Luxury New Zealand food and wine tour

New Zealand’s climate and diverse environment produces some of the most internationally acclaimed wines and fresh produce. Discover the artisan food culture here and get private access to some of the country’s best wineries – all travelling by helicopter.

An epic family adventure in New Zealand

From bubbling geysers to speeding down narrow rivers in a jetboat, swimming with dolphins to feeding baby animals on a working farm. New Zealand is one of the world’s best family holiday destinations and this adventure will delight every member of your family, old and young alike.


Wild Australia

Discover the real outback filled with endemic wildlife while staying in some of the most remote and spectacular wilderness lodges. Head from the outback to the Blue Mountains for hiking in this spectacular setting before flying to the remote Lord Howe Island where you can get up close to the fascinating and abundant marine life.

Sydney, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef

Tick off some of Australia’s best highlights away from the crowds on a bespoke tour of these iconic must-sees. Cruise Sydney harbour on a private boat, hike through the Red Centre to Uluru and finish your trip on a luxurious private island resort on the northernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef.

To browse through our itineraries and learn more, please visit: www.jacadatravel.com.

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2017 with Aurora Expeditions’ New Year Travel Deals!

Adventure travel specialists Aurora Expeditions are ringing in 2017 with an amazing range of New Year Travel Deals. From the spectacular landscapes of Antarctica and Greenland to the bustling wildlife of the Galápagos and pristine wilderness of Patagonia, deals include exclusive discounts, bonus add-ons and special package offers. You’ll have to be quick, these special travel deals won’t be around all year!

Last-minute Antarctic Savings
This is your final chance to join one of Aurora Expeditions’ small-ship Antarctic cruises this summer! Travellers can save up to 20% – that’s about US$4,960 per person – on remaining berths in February and March 2017. Contact Aurora Expeditions for available departures on 1300 061 490.

Kimberley beach stay for $200pp!
For a perfect Aussie coastal experience, travellers who book on Aurora Expeditions’ 2017 Kimberley Coast voyages will have the chance to add a four-night deluxe stay at Broome’s award-winning Ramada Eco Beach & Spa for just $200 per person – normally valued at $599 per person! Offer ends 31 January 2017 and conditions apply.

Arctic ‘Fly & Cruise’ Packages
Book an exclusive 2017 ‘Fly & Cruise’ Arctic Package for a smooth, stress-free experience. Scotland, Norway and Spitsbergen packages are available and include your Aurora Expeditions cruise, return international airfares, pre- and post-cruise accommodation and transfers. Prices start from AU$10,800 per person for an 18-day ‘Arctic Circle’ package. Offer ends 31 January 2017. Conditions apply.

Back-to-back Savings
See more of the European Arctic for less in 2017. Book two Europe or Arctic voyages back to back and save 15% on each voyage – a saving of over $2,000 per person! Offer is valid on multiple departures to Scotland, Norway and Spitsbergen throughout June and July in 2017. Conditions apply.

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Galápagos ‘Fly & Cruise’ Package
Explore Darwin’s paradise on Aurora Expeditions’ Galápagos Odyssey voyage aboard the elegant, 40-passenger Isabela II. You’ll snorkel with sea lions, walk across lava fields and get up-close with an iconic giant tortoise. Book by 28 February 2017 and you can benefit from their special package featuring the 9-day cruise, international airfares and extra accommodation. Package departs 17 September 2017 and prices start from AU$12,200 per person.

20% off Patagonia & Antarctica
Travellers seeking the ultimate adventure in 2017 can combine a Patagonia Discovery Trek with an Antarctic small-ship voyage and save up to 20% on both departures – a saving of US$3,880 per person! Conditions apply.

For more information, visit auroraexpeditions.com.au or call 1300 061 490.

Aquarium Without Glass – Navy Pier Dive Site Reopens

Exmouth’s Navy Pier found on Western Australia’s Coral Coast is best described as an aquarium without glass. It will officially open for diving on the 15th November following restoration works. The Navy Pier has a reputation as one of the top 10 shore dives worldwide, primarily due to its vast range of marine life.

There are over 200 identified fish species under the Pier and as with any jetty dive, underwater navigation is easy. As the pier is still a working US naval base, and to protect the amazing diversity of fish life, all dives must be guided.

Exmouth company, Dive Ningaloo, has been awarded the sole operating license for the Navy Pier dive, granted for two years, with a one year extension. Co-owner Kristen Ross said “we are really excited about being able to dive this incredible site for the first time in over 18 months. Often described as being like an oasis in the ocean, restricted access and a ban on fishing has meant that jetty is teeming with marine life that gravitates to the structure for protection. The biodiversity for such a small area is incredible Ms. Ross said.”

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Extending out from the shore, the T-shaped pier is 300 metres wide and 110 metres long and includes two outlying “dolphins” (platforms for larger ships to tie up to), reaching a depth of 15 metres. The pier structure is covered in soft corals; divers could spend several days diving the site and not be bored.

Divers to the Navy Pier can find Wobbegong sharks, large potato cods; lion, angler, stone and scorpion fish; moray eels, octopus, large schools of trevally and huge rays dozing in the sand. The pier is regarded as one of the top 10 shore dives worldwide; quite an achievement. Divers will see more individual fish and species here than most people would see in a lifetime of diving. This dive site is a photographer’s dream with an abundance of sea life that is seemingly unafraid of divers.

Due to the area’s large tidal range resulting in strong currents, the Exmouth Navy Pier can only be dived at slack water which occurs for 30 minutes at the top and bottom of the tide. It is therefore critical that before booking the Navy Pier dive, tourists much have dived with in the last six (6) months. Night dives on the pier are equally amazing and are offered to advanced divers only.

To plan your next holiday to Ningaloo region, learn more about the best diving spots on the Coral Coast or to book your tour with Dive Ningaloo, visit www.australiascoralcoast.com

LOUIS VUITTON LAUNCHES “FASHION EYE”

SYNONYMOUS WITH THE ART OF TRAVEL SINCE 1854, LOUIS VUITTON ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF “FASHION EYE,” A NEW COLLECTION OF TRAVEL BOOKS TO BE UNVEILED
IN NOVEMBER 2016. EACH PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM EVOKES
A CITY, A REGION, OR A COUNTRY THROUGH THE EYE
OF A FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER. THIS SPECIAL COLLECTION GETS ITS START WITH FIVE TITLES: MIAMI BY GUY BOURDIN, PARIS BY JEANLOUP SIEFF, SHANGHAI BY WING SHYA, CALIFORNIA BY KOURTNEY ROY, AND INDIA BY HENRY CLARKE.

The latest addition to Louis Vuitton Editions’ lineup, “Fashion Eye”, brings
a new dimension to travel books conceived by the luxury brand. After the City Guides with their refreshing and offbeat perspective on familiar and less familiar metropolises, and the Travel Books rekindling the idea
of the artist’s notebook, today it is the turn of travel photography to showcase the talents of photographers usually known for their work in the world of fashion.

Whether established or up-and-coming, contemporary stars or leading figures
of decades past, they all clothe their images of great cities, dream destinations. The Paris- based Canadian photographer Kourtney Roy is thus shipped off to California, only to come back with shots as flashy as they are delectable. Hong Kong native Wing Shya digs deep into his personal archives, juxtaposing photographs originally taken for his own private purposes with commissioned works,
to deliver a richly nuanced portrait of the Shanghai he loves so much. “Fashion Eye” also aims to draw attention to emblematic images from the collections of the previous century’s leading fashion photographers, rarely or never before seen in this way. A series of shots by the American photographer Henry Clarke, taken during several trips to India for American Vogue in the 1960s, are therefore

brought together for the first time, revealing an iconic sense of style, composition and staging. Similarly, the collection honors
the French photographer Guy Bourdin, who visited Miami in the late 1970s for Vogue and Charles Jourdan, bringing forth sophisticated and glamorous images of the Magic City. It is through the highly distinctive vision of the French photographer Jeanloup Sieff that the mysteries of Paris are explored, in forthright black-and-white images and

a hitherto unreleased set of color photographs. Title after title, a broad compendium

of perspectives emerges, one that shifts with the destinations, including urban panoramas and natural landscapes, scenes of local life, and more contemplative work, in both color and black and white.

Each “Fashion Eye” title features
a hundred or so large-format photographs, together with biographical information and an interview with the photographer
or a critical essay.

“Fashion Eye” establishes
an unprecedented dialogue between emerging talents, seasoned photographers, and fashion photography legends. It confronts contemporary creation with little-known archival treasures
to create a collection of invaluable reference works, as much in terms of its approach
as its aesthetics.

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 PHOTOGRAPHERS BIOGRAPHIES

GUY BOURDIN (1928–1991)

From 1970 until around 1985, Guy Bourdin reigned supreme as a master of bold, stylized images and a virtuoso in the dramatic use
of shapes and colors. At the height of his fame,
he photographed double-page spreads advertising the footwear creations of Charles Jourdan. Around this same time, alongside his chief rival Helmut Newton, he had begun shooting influential, and eyebrow-raising, fashion editorials for French Vogue. Bourdin’s legacy encompasses many of the now-familiar aesthetic and narrative conventions of fashion and luxury brand marketing, in particular the idea of relegating the product
to the background on occasion. Today, Bourdin
is still regarded as a leading figure in the history of fashion and advertising photography.

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HENRY CLARKE (1918–1996)

Henry Clarke reached his zenith
as a fashion photographer in the 1950s and ’60s when he worked for Vogue’s various international editions. Arriving in Los Angeles
in 1946, he began his career with American Vogue as a prop man in its studio, where he had the priceless opportunity to observe at close hand the methods used by a group of prominent photographers having emerged in the 1920s, including Cecil Beaton and Horst P. Horst. Clarke was extremely successful in combining the sculptural elegance of early twentieth-century fashion photography with the bold and exuberant visions embraced by international fashion in
the postwar years.

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JEANLOUP SIEFF (1933–2000)

His pen attuned to key literary influences, Jeanloup Sieff was a photographer and man
of letters who enjoyed jotting down episodes for his memoirs in little notebooks and loved to devise captions for his photos. Sieff’s first images coincided with his first amorous adventures,
in the mid-1950s. This was just before fashion swept the young photographer off his feet. Paris quickly became an open-air studio for his photo essays, pushing the boundaries of typical

fashion editorials, for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Nova, Glamour, and other publications. Despite his knack for producing powerful yet restrained black-and-white images and his keen eye for tonal contrasts, humor and sensuality are also key elements of Sieff’s work, making him not only an exceptional photographer, but an incomparable portrait artist as well.

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WING SHYA (1964–)

At the crossroads of art, fashion and cinema, Wing Shya’s photographs are like fragments of history, hanging from a thread.
An aesthetic approach that is all about sensuality and style, echoing the equally subtle one brought to the screen by the Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, for whom Shya often served
as exclusive photographer, beginning with Happy Together in 1997. A bleak yet vibrant vision that would undergo further refinement with In the Mood for Love (2000), Eros (2004), and 2046 (2004), and that has often attracted the attention of leading magazines and brands: from Vogue to Louis Vuitton, from Lacoste to Numéro,
a list also including i-D, Visionnaire and Gap.
In Shanghai, where he lives part time, he gives free rein to his unique perspective, laden with
a lyricism as sophisticated as it is voluptuous.

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FASHION EYE PUBLICATION DETAILS

EDITED BY

— Sylvie Lécallier: Miami, Guy Bourdin India, Henry Clarke

— Patrick Remy: California, Kourtney Roy Paris, Jeanloup Sieff Shanghai, Wing Shya

SPECIFICITIES

  • —  Bilingual French/English editions, including biographical information,
    an interview with the photographer
    or a critical essay, and photo captions.
  • —  50 to 100 photographs for each title.
  • —  Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.0 in. (23.5 x 30.5 cm).
  • —  Silk-screen printed cloth binding.
  • —  Book text composed in Futura T, designed by Paul Renner
    in 1932, digitized and distributed by Linotype (Germany).
  • —  Printed in Italy.
  • —  Available in Louis Vuitton stores, at louisvuitton.com,
    and in selected bookstores.
  • —  Limited edition of 1,500 copies available as a set of all five titles
    in a Plexiglas case, sold exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores, €350.

    TITLES TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER 2016

PARIS JEANLOUP SIEFF

ISBN: 978-2-36983-084-9
112 pages
printed on Splendorlux (250 g/m2) and TerraPrint Gloss (90 g/m2)

CALIFORNIA KOURTNEY ROY

ISBN: 978-2-36983-085-6
96 pages
printed on Symbol Freelife Gloss Premium White (170 g/m2)

INDIA HENRY CLARKE

ISBN: 978-2-36983-086-3
96 pages
printed on Gardamatt Ultra (150 g/m2) and Cyclus Print (80 g/m2)

MIAMI GUY BOURDIN

ISBN: 978-2-36983-087-0
96 pages
printed on Splendorlux (250 g/m2)

SHANGHAI WING SHYA

ISBN: 978-2-36983-088-7
120 pages
printed on Selena Bianca (70 g/m2) Japanese binding

€50

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© Louis Vuitton Malletier

 

Belmond Partnership with Restaurateur Luke Mangan on board

Belmond is delighted to announce a partnership with leading Australian Chef and restaurateur, Luke Mangan. The first hosted journey takes place on 28th October 2016 from Singapore to Bangkok on board the Eastern & Oriental Express train in Asia.

image009In partnership with Eastern & Oriental Express’ Executive Chef, Yannis Martineau, Luke Mangan, and his team based in Singapore, will showcase his internationally regarded culinary skills as they serve up their signature clean and contemporary menus aboard Asia’s most luxurious train.

In Singapore, guests are invited to join Luke for a morning tour of the exotic food market before boarding the train for the three day, two night journey that will travel through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Once on board the train, Luke will meet with guests as well as hosting a book signing of his latest book ‘Salt Grill, Fine Dining for the whole family’. On day two of the journey, Luke takes up the challenge of serving the specially created menus from the train’s galley kitchens to guests in the elegant dining cars.

Eastern & Oriental Express travels on one of the most magical and memorable routes in the world; stepping aboard the elegant green and gold carriages is an invitation to take a break from fast paced lives, slow down and enjoy the journey. The train carries just 82 guests in all en-suite air-conditioned cabins with two dining cars, a lively bar car and outdoor observation car from which to enjoy the scenic landscapes of South East Asia.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Luke and his team aboard Eastern & Oriental Express – Luke shares our vision for creating exceptional experiences for our guests so it’s going to be a really exciting partnership. It takes a unique skill to prepare such excellent cuisine in a train’s small and moving galley kitchen.” Comments Nicolas Pillet, General Manager, Eastern & Oriental Express.

With 19 restaurants and key partnerships with cruise lines, an airline and now a train, Luke Mangan has firmly established himself as a leading figure on the international culinary scene. His passion for developing the hospitality skills of young chefs, waiters and restaurateurs led him to forming Australia’s largest hospitality programme the ‘Appetite for Excellence’.

“My team and I are absolutely thrilled to have partnered with Eastern & Oriental Express and are looking forward to now evolving our Salt Grill restaurant experience from being on shore and at sea, to on board one of Belmond’s luxury trains. We want to ensure our customers have access to the best food and beverage experiences around the world. To now be part of the Eastern & Oriental family is undoubtedly a very exciting period of our business and brand.”

Prices start from US$2,820 / £1,861 per person for the 3 day/2 night journey based on two people sharing a Pullman cabin and including all table d’hote meals. www.belmond.com

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Spoilt for Choice as Australia Sails into a Cruisey Summer

Australia will welcome an unprecedented number of cruise ships this summer, with more than 40 vessels sailing in local waters – including eight ships making their maiden visits Down Under.

Among the flotilla will be the largest ship to visit Australia – Royal Caribbean’s 167,000-tonne Ovation of the Seas – as well as the youngest and most luxurious ship ever to cruise here, the boutique Seabourn Encore, which will arrive in Australia just two weeks after it is officially named in Singapore.

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Detailing the upcoming peak cruise season, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia Commercial Director Brett Jardine said a record 41 ships from CLIA member cruise lines would be based in Australia or visiting local waters between October 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017, compared to 38 ships over the same period last year.

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Between them, the ships will make almost 900 calls to ports around Australia over that period – up 10 per cent on last year’s port calls numbers.

With more than half the ships (23) offering return cruises from our shores, Australians will be able to take advantage of almost 400 roundtrip itineraries from local ports, a 20 per cent rise on last summer’s offerings.

Mr Jardine said the record season reflected the continuing surge in Australian cruise passenger numbers as well as the nation’s growing popularity as an international cruise destination. Australia is the fourth largest source market for cruise passengers in the world with official CLIA figures showing more than one million Australians took a cruise in 2015 – a 14.6 per cent increase on the previous year. Australian cruise passenger numbers have grown by almost 20 per cent annually over the past decade

“Anyone wanting evidence of the continuing rapid growth of the cruise industry in Australia just needs to look at the horizon this summer – there is going to be a constant procession of ships visiting our ports, carrying hundreds of thousands of Australians and international tourists on great value and relaxing holidays,” Mr Jardine said.

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Five cruise lines will be making their first ever calls to a range of ports from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Burnie in Tasmania, while across the fleets, individual ships will be making close to 70 maiden calls to coastal towns and cities.

“It’s going to be an exciting summer for communities around Australia as they welcome these wonderful ships and share in the $3.6 billion in economic benefits that flow from cruise tourism in Australia annually,” Mr Jardine said.

The start of the cruise season on October 1 coincides with the beginning of the local cruise industry’s first ever Cruise Month promotion, which will see cruise lines offering great deals through cruise specialist travel agents. Highlights of the peak summer period include:

  • The first international ship call for the summer season when Celebrity Solstice returns to Sydney on October 8
  • The first maiden ship call for the summer season when Holland America Line’s Maasdam debuts in Sydney on October 20
  • The inaugural Australian season of the largest Princess ship to sail from Australia this summer, the 3082-guest Emerald Princess, making her first Australian call in Fremantle on November 8, followed by Melbourne on November 13 and Sydney on November 15
  • The inaugural visit of the largest ship to visit Australia, Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, arriving in Fremantle on December 6 to make the first of six maiden calls following her launch earlier this year
  • The Australian debut of the ultra-luxury Seabourn Encore arriving in Darwin on January 22 and sailing down the Australian coast to reach Sydney on February 2 and Melbourne on February 4. In all she will make nine maiden Australian calls
  • The first Australian visit of the luxury Azamara Journey, arriving in Darwin on February 8, the first of 12 maiden calls
  • The debut of the 92,000-tonne Norwegian Star which will make seven maiden Australian calls commencing with Darwin on January 29
  • The maiden Australian visit of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Europa 2 which will debut Down Under with her call to Hobart on December 26, making 13 inaugural calls around the country
  • The inaugural visit of Oceania Cruises’ Sirena which will arrive in Sydney on March 6, 2017 and make eight maiden calls to local ports
  • A Royal Rendezvous of Cunard’s remastered flagship Queen Mary 2 and her younger sister Queen Elizabeth in Sydney on February 25
  • Queen Mary 2’s first ever visit to Tasmania with calls to Port Arthur on February 27 and Hobart on February 28
  • Royal Caribbean’s first call to Wollongong with a visit by Radiance of the Seas on October 30
  • The first ever round trip cruise to South America from Australia – an 84-night cruise by Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess departing Sydney on January 11, 2017.

CLIA Member Cruise Lines’ Ships Sailing in Australian Waters October 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017

Azamara Cruises – Azamara Journey P&O Cruises Australia – Pacific Pearl
Carnival Cruise Line – Carnival Legend P&O Cruises World Cruising – Arcadia
Carnival Cruise Line – Carnival Spirit P&O Cruises World Cruising – Aurora
Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity Solstice Ponant – L’Austral
Costa Cruises – Costa Luminosa Princess Cruises – Dawn Princess
Crystal – Crystal Symphony Princess Cruises – Emerald Princess
Cunard – Queen Elizabeth Princess Cruises – Golden Princess
Cunard – Queen Mary 2 Princess Cruises – Pacific Princess
Cunard – Queen Victoria Princess Cruises – Sea Princess
Fred Olsen Cruise – Black Watch Princess Cruises – Sun Princess
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – Europa Regent Seven Seas – Seven Seas Voyager
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – Europa 2 Regent Seven Seas – Seven Seas Navigator
Holland America Line – Maasdam Royal Caribbean – Ovation of the Seas
Holland America Line – Noordam Royal Caribbean – Voyager of the Seas
NCL – Norwegian Star Royal Caribbean – Legend of the Seas
Oceania Cruises – Insignia Royal Caribbean – Radiance of the Seas
Oceania Cruises – Sirena Royal Caribbean – Explorer of the Seas
P&O Cruises Australia – Pacific Aria Seabourn – Seabourn Encore
P&O Cruises Australia – Pacific Dawn Silversea – Silver Whisper
P&O Cruises Australia – Pacific Eden Silversea – Silver Discoverer
P&O Cruises Australia – Pacific Jewel

Tahitian Atoll Casts Off for New Chapter of Sustainable Tourism

Fly-fishing is set to cast off at a remote atoll in the South Pacific, opening up an idyllic new fishing spot for Australian anglers while creating sustainable tourism opportunities for the small island community of Anaa.

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Anaa (pron Arna) is an isolated atoll located 350 kilometres east of Tahiti in French Polynesia’s Tuamotu archipelago, accessible by a weekly flight from Papeete and home to a community of fewer than 500 residents, mostly elders.

While Anaa looks like paradise, with crystal-clear waters, a turquoise lagoon and palm-fringed beaches, its geography and isolation mean there are limited education and employment opportunities, prompting the island’s youth to leave their home. When children turn 11, many move to the main island of Tahiti to attend high school and either stay there or head overseas to pursue further education or employment.

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Only 6.5km by 29.5km in size, the island is looking to build its economy by developing its fly-fishing industry – a natural choice given its fringing reef, expansive sand flats, coral bommies and lagoon are home to a huge variety of species including Bonefish, Bluefin Trevally, Giant Trevally, Triggerfish, Red Bass and Napoleon Wrasse.

After developing sustainable fishing practices at eco resort The Brando on neighbouring atoll Tetiaroa, the Australian and British branches of Fly Odyssey saw similar opportunities for a community-led fishing business model on Anaa.

James Laverty from Fly Odyssey Australia said Anaa would provide a special fly-fishing experience for Australian anglers with great seasonal fishing in an idyllic setting.

“There aren’t many places left in the world that are unique from a fishing perspective and Anaa is one of them. It’s a very exclusive product and will be perfect for Australians looking for something different. For one week, the fishermen will practically have the island, and the fish, all to themselves,” James said.

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Tahitian Hinano Bagnis, who developed the project with Fly Odyssey, said fly-fishing provided a great opportunity for small isolated islands in French Polynesia to diversify their economy, which presently relied heavily on copra culture and small scale fisheries.

“In addition to the direct employment created by increased tourism activities, the community can develop alternative sustainable livelihoods in related support industries. If the inhabitants are provided with a new source of income, it also offers an incentive for their kids to stay and even return to their home island. Eco- tourism also leads to conservation of the fisheries and the environment that sustains them,” Hinano said.

Tahiti Tourisme Director Australia Robert Thompson said fly-fishing was an exciting new tourism drawcard for the destination.

“The islands of Tahiti are perfect for fishing, and saltwater fly-fishing is a growing niche within the sport. We’re very excited about the potential of this market and think Australian anglers will be hooked on our beautiful atolls, like Anaa, at first sight,” Mr Thompson said.

The Fly Odyssey team has visited Anaa several times in recent years to consult with the community and provide training and James said locals were excited and enthusiastic about the new chapter.

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As part of the initiative, a fisheries scientist has called the island home for the past 18 months, working with locals to assess the fishery so that sustainable management recommendations can be put forward to the community in the future.

In a case of ‘build it and they will come’, one resident has constructed four thatched beach huts in anticipation of the island’s visitors. The villas can house groups of up to eight fishermen with flow on accommodation available in locals’ homes, providing a truly authentic French Polynesian experience.

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Fly Odyssey is offering limited opportunities for fly-fishing in Anaa in 2016 and 2017 as part of their ongoing fisheries research program. Seven-day packages start from $3930* per person including twin share accommodation in a beach bungalow at Anaa Pension Lodge, full board including cooked breakfast, packed lunches and banquet dinner nightly, complimentary use of kayaks and bicycles, six days’ guided fly-fishing, conservation fee, cultural experiences on Anaa, return airport transfers and one additional night’s accommodation in Tahiti.

*subject to availability, conditions apply. Price excludes international flights to Tahiti, domestic flights to Anaa, fly gear and tackle, and gratuities

For more information and to book visit www.flyodyssey.com.au

For more information on Tahiti visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com.au

Five of the best hikes…

Five of the best hikes around Australia’s capital

Australia’s capital, Canberra, is a city within a nature park and there’s no better way to explore it than on foot. Canberra’s scenic hikes will soon be just an eight hour flight away, with Singapore Airlines’ set to commence direct services between Singapore and Canberra on 20 September.

With more than half of the Australian Capital Territory either nature reserve, national park or state forest, we’ve put together five must-do walks for all fitness levels.

  • Canberra Centenary Trail
  • What:For the hardcore walker, this 145-kilometre loop passes many natural and man-made cultural icons of the capital. You don’t have to do it all in one go, of course – it’s divided into sections so you can tackle it bit by bit, averaging 20 kilometres a day over a week.
  • Why:Aside from bragging rights, this is the ultimate way to see Canberra, and in a way that few will. Combining urban and rural sights, it’s a walk for people of moderate ability that showcases the best of the Territory. You can also do the trail by bike.
  • Highlights:There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife, so keep an eye out for kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and wedge-tailed eagles. If you see a platypus, you’re among the lucky ones, as they’re shy and nocturnal.
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  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • What:There are lots of different walks of various grades. The nature reserve is organised so you can hop into the car to get from one area to the next and then do a short walk. The rangers at the Visitor Centre can help you work out what to do and see.
  • Why:You’re guaranteed to see kangaroos and you have a really good chance of seeing an emu.
  • Highlights:There’s a breeding program for the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby, so you have a good chance of spotting them in their enclosure. Koalas also inhabit the nature reserve. For the best chance of seeing wombats or platypuses, visit first thing in the morning. The kids will love the Nature Discovery Playground and you’ll love the idyllic picnic spots and fresh open air.
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  • Namadgi National Park
  • What:Expansive Namadgi National Park is abundant with wildlife, scenic views and great bushwalks. Managed in cooperation with local Ngambri leaders, the park is a wonderful place to explore the region’s Indigenous heritage.
  • Why:There are 160km of walking trails in total and plenty of ancient Indigenous art sites to discover, whether you’re hiking alone or with a ranger (ask at Namadgi Visitor Centre).
  • Highlights:Combining natural wonders with human history, you’ll feel a connection with your surroundings. If you want to stay overnight, camp sites are available.
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  • Mt Ainslie
  • What:One of the most popular walks among locals, the bush track behind the Australian War Memorial goes to the top of Mt Ainslie. It’s about 2km each way, there are plenty of steps and it’s steep in parts, so check your fitness level.
  • Why:The views from the top, looking across to Old Parliament House and Parliament House, are well worth the effort. If you’re unable to walk up, you can ride your bike or cheat by driving up Mt Ainslie Drive. You’ll see plenty of kangaroos and rosella parrots.
  • Highlights: The lookout at the summit is perfect for capturing sweeping shots of Canberra.
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  • National Aboretum Canberra
  • What: Think of the Arboretum as a living museum of trees. Spread over 250 hectares are 94 forests of rare, endangered and significant trees only 6km from the city centre. There are many trails for you to walk or ride a bike through and a popular playground for kids.
  • Why: Spectacular views across Lake Burley Griffin and an informative Village Centre where you can learn about the forests and seed banking project. You can also see living artworks in the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection.
  • Highlights: After a walk among the trees, relax at the Sprout Cafe and The Conservatory Restaurant which offers contemporary Australian cuisine using fresh, locally grown produce.
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  • Canberra is an eight-hour flight away from Singapore. From September 20, Singapore Airlines will commence direct flights between Canberra and Singapore four times a week. Contact your travel agent for more details or visit www.singaporeair.com. For more information about Canberra.com.au