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15 of the world’s newest 5-star hotels

The 2019 award recipients of Forbes 61st annual Travel Guide recognized the world’s finest properties and rewarding gracious, intuitive service.  210 hotels across the globa achieved the coveted Five-Star Award.  It included 21 new Five-Star hotels, 49 new Four-Star hotels and 62 new hotels in the Recommended category.   Other first-time recipients include six Five-Star restaurants, eight Five-Star spas and 21 Four-Star spas.

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80 Arty Things To Do across Eight Cultural Trails in Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven Tourism has launched eight arts & cultural trails throughout the stunning coastal region, with each unique trail highlighting the charm of the South Coast.

“We are so lucky to have such a vibrant arts and culture scene in the Shoalhaven, with many talented makers as well as great places to see and engage with art. Art is an important part of any city and it reflects the diversity, creativity and history of this wonderful place we live in.”  said Shoalhaven Mayor, Amanda Findley.  Presented in a new 32-page Art and Culture Guide, the eight trails showcase a diverse range of the top 80 fun things to do across the region in the following categories:
Shoalhaven Art and Culture Guide

  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Public Art
  • Heritage
  • Craft & Artisan
  • Music & Performing Arts
  • Events & Festivals
  • Workshops & Talks

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A taste of Grange at 40,000 feet: High Altitude Wine Tasting

Qantas_150626_43182In what may be a first in aviation, luxury tour operator Constellation Journeys will host a premium Penfold’s wine tasting at cruising altitude of 40,000 feet, on board the company’s privately chartered Qantas Boeing 747.

Guests travelling in Business Prestige and Business Class on Constellation Journey’s
2019 Around the World journey will have time to sample a range of Australia’s finest wines including among others, Yattarna Chardonnay, St Henri Shiraz and the legendary Penfolds Grange.

 The tasting, including wines selected by Qantas Sommeliers together with specially prepared tasting notes, will be conducted with expert guidance from Qantas’ highly trained inflight hospitality team.

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The Best of Perth: Essentials for a short getaway

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It’s interesting that ‘Swan River’ is one of the most searched-for keywords which could indicate that people planning to visit Perth don’t really understand the city’s geography.  The huge number of online searches for ‘Swan River’ may also indicate that people get confused between the Swan River and the Swan Valley.
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9 Ways the Airbnb Hands Free can help you garner better reviews, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney

Do you have a home that you make available as an Airbnb?   If so, you probably know of at least a few other homeowners in your area who also have Airbnbs.   You understand that most people who are looking for an Airbnb are paying close attention to the reviews of former guests.   Hiring an Airbnb manager in Melbourne can be the first step toward earning more positive reviews for your accommodations.   Discover nine ways that hiring this type of manager can help you move toward the five-star rating your Airbnb deserves.

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The Love Boat: Australia’s beloved floating hotel in Mildura

Luxurious houseboat, River Dream Boatel, recently named one of the Best Floating Accommodations in the World by the UK Telegraph has announced a new concept in houseboating.  Designed for singles and couples, the concept encapsulates an all inclusive fully escorted luxury gourmet escape in the intimacy of a small group for singles and couples.

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