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PLEASE TAKE NOTE of Travel Restrictions & Advisory News due to COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus.  #StayHome

Now's The Time to Take a Virtual Trip Around NSW - Explore Sydney and NSW without leaving home

Being able to dream about what to do and where to go is now more important than ever - and you can now take a virtual trip to Sydney and regions of NSW without leaving home.

Destination NSW's consumer travel website, VisitNSW.com, has a new suite of still and video Zoom-ready assets available for consumers to download to make their conferencing calls a little more fun.

The Zoom background collection was curated to inspire wanderlust in the dreaming phase of the travel planning cycle, with NSW backgrounds curated around three key themes - native animals, sunrise and sunset, and spectacular scenery.

The NSW destinations and experiences include stargazing in the Southern Hemisphere's first Dark Sky Park in the Warrumbungles, sea life frolicking underwater along the NSW Coast from Tweed Heads to Narooma, aerial shots of regional NSW including Stockton Beach and Broken Hill, breakfast with Coffs Harbour kangaroos, and a timelapse of the world-famous Sydney Harbour.

Travel might be postponed, but dreaming about travelling is definitely encouraged via our Zoom-ready assets,” said Stephen Mahoney, Acting CEO, Destination NSW.

“Our stunning NSW Zoom backgrounds have been created to keep NSW's unique experiences and destinations top of mind, and to provide inspiration for future holidays makers as they dream about travelling while staying connected and entertained through Zoom calls in the current stay-at-home period,” said Mahoney.

With a number of virtual wonderlands and three themes to choose from, join the revolution and take your pick of one of the following Zoom backgrounds to immerse yourself in NSW like never before.

For more information go to www.visitnsw.com/love-nsw/zoom

Wanted to Take Us Home? Now You Can. - Ovolo's Bars and Kitchens Launch New Unique to-Go Options Across Sydney & Canberra

When life gives Ovolo lemons, they make lemons, margaritas and pour tequila. With Australia's hospitality scene halting dine-in trade in wake of these challenging times, we're all spending a lot of our time at home. Ovolo Hotels is bringing its bars and kitchens to homes across Australia with new to-go concepts from its famed Alibi Bar & Kitchen, Australia's first 100 per cent plant-based hotel and sustainably focused Monster Kitchen and Bar in Canberra – welcome ALT CTRL EAT by Alibi and DELI by Monster.

Taking the food philosophies of these iconic & unique venues, Ovolo are excited to launch refreshed takeaway concepts to dine in at home. ALT CTRL EAT by Alibi, in Sydney, 100% plant powered takeaways focusing on 'Dirty Greens' which includes a comprehensive menu of plant-based burgers and bites alongside some clean dishes for those looking to keep things fresh. A traditional and plant-based deli and grocery awaits at DELI by Monster in Canberra, a select menu of the Monster favourites with market fresh produce to take home as ready-made meals or home assembly.

In addition to a fresh range of offerings across all these eateries and delis consisting of delicious meals, there's a curated bar to match. Each venue offers their unique spirited twist on classic cocktails, and the cellar doors are wide open to experience ever-changing wine lists by the bottle.

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IHG to Open First Regent Hotel Since Brand Acquisition

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, had announced the signing of a management agreement with Shanghai 21st Century Hotel Co., Ltd. for its iconic property located in Lujiazui, Shanghai, China. From 16 May 2020, the hotel will be officially branded as Regent Shanghai Pudong and ready to welcome guests with a truly unique and luxury experience, which the legendary brand is famous for. All existing reservations will be automatically forwarded and honoured by Regent Shanghai Pudong. Guests will be able to experience the understated luxury and intuitive service brought by Regent seamlessly. Under the deal, IHG will also take over the management of its luxury apartments, which sit above the hotel in the same tower.

Expanding its luxury footprint, IHG announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts in March 2018 and brought the much-loved brand into the top end of its portfolio. Since then IHG has worked quickly to combine its expertise in luxury with Regent's deep heritage and revered legacy, relaunching the brand by evolving it to appeal to the modern luxury traveller. Set amidst the magnificent skyline of the Lujiazui financial district, Regent Shanghai Pudong will be the first Regent hotel opened globally after the acquisition. Meanwhile, renovation is already underway to rebrand the iconic InterContinental Hong Kong into a Regent hotel in 2021, bringing the hotel back to its roots as it first opened its doors as a Regent in 1980. In addition, the brand is also expecting new openings in Phu Quoc, Vietnam later this year, Bali, Indonesia in 2021, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as Chengdu, China in 2023.


During this season, there were Live Streams: Penguin Feed and Quokka Cuddles!

There was live-streaming at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in March this year, as keepers invite you on an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience! The live-streaming was at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.

  • Join the Penguin Keepers on the ice with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium's adorable Gentoo and King Penguin colony. Watch them waddle, hop, slip and slide around their Sydney home and witness their fishy lunchtime feast! Hosted by Keeper Amy, find out more about the sub-Antarctic penguins who call SEA LIFE Sydney their home, their quirky personalities and find out how and why Keepers keep track of who eats what fish!
  • We head next door to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo for a Quokka of a good-time! Meet our cutest and cuddliest local celebrity, Davey the Quokka and his Keepers Shania and Caroline in Kangaroo Walkabout. Learn all about his new target and station training program, which allows keepers to guide Davey to follow them to a certain spot to assist husbandry, health checks and weigh-ins easier for him. Then it's time for Q&A and Davey's favourite – belly scratches!

To ensure you don't miss out, be sure to follow SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Facebook! 



Bring Queensland Into Your Home: Travel Virtually Today to Plan Tomorrow's Getaway

Amid the global COVID-19 crisis, travellers around the world are staying home, staying safe and eagerly waiting for life to return to normal. And while traditional travel may be out of the question for now, Queensland is inviting travellers to explore virtually today to help plan their next unforgettable holiday.

Supporting this notion, Sarah Mathews, Group Head of Destination Marketing APAC from Tripadvisor, confirmed that, “People's desire to travel is resilient, and our search data is showing positive signs of interest in domestic travel.”

“Travel starts with trip planning, and during this time, we encourage users to start planning their next trip now.

“It is all about keeping the hope of travelling again alive and being inspired through planning, knowing that when all of this has passed, that trip will be ready and waiting.”

To inspire their next holiday, travellers are invited to a sensory journey of Queensland that will bring the Sunshine State into their home through sight, sound, smell and taste.

Everyone knows the Tim Tam is a world-famous Australian snack but taking a bite of the new Sunshine Coast Strawberries and Cream flavoured Tim Tam, will transport you to a warm and sunny summer's day in Queensland in an instant. 

Left wanting to experience more of Queensland and start planning a Sunshine State escape? Check out the Queensland Uncovered blog for more inspiring content and virtual holiday ideas to keep the holiday dream alive.

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