Wednesday, 24 January 2018

American Airlines to offer daily flights from Dallas to Jackson

Snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Slated to start in the USA's Spring 2018, a new daily year-round direct flight from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Texas to Jackson, Wyoming will make it more convenient than ever before for Australian and Kiwis - one of Wyoming’s major international markets - to travel to the Cowboy State.

James Scoon, Director of Global Sales and Services for Wyoming Office of Tourism says “Australia has long been one of the top inbound international markets for Wyoming. 

With this new year-round direct flight offering from Dallas to Jackson, it makes Wyoming more accessible for Australian tour operators to visit”.

Australia is also the biggest international market for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

In other news for Jackson Hole watch the first ever mountain bike descent down Corbet’s Couloir.

March 15-18: Rendezvous Festival, Jackson Hole
May 19-20: ElkFest, Jackson Hole
May 25-28: Jackson Hole Old West Days, Jackson Hole
Summer from July 2: Grand Teton Music Festival, Jackson Hole

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Ha Noi expands international cooperation to develop tourism

Ha Noi has signed several cooperation programmes with international partners to promote the capital city’s images abroad.

The cooperation programme with the American Cable News Network (CNN) in 2017-2018 with a total cost of 2 million USD is an example, which aims to build Ha Noi’s tourism brand across the globe and invite foreign investors to develop tourism products in the city.

Director of the municipal Department of Tourism Tran Duc Hai said the city has also stepped up collaboration with international organisations to expand markets, focusing on key and new ones such as the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Southeast Asian and Northeast Asian countries, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Ha Noi’s tourism sector is an active member of the Council for Promotion of Tourism in Asia (CPAT) and the Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asian-Pacific Cities (TPO), he added.

In recent years, Ha Noi has worked with diplomatic representative agencies along with global organisations in the city and Vietnamese embassies while cooperating with airlines and foreign travel companies to develop the tourism market, he noted.

With its advantages, Ha Noi has become one of the most attractive destinations in the region.

Ha Noi made the top 10 on the world’s fastest growing travel destinations list with a 16.4 percent annual growth rate in 2009-2016, according to the MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017.

In 2017, Ha Noi welcomed a record number of 4.95 million international tourists for the first time, up 23 percent against the previous year and surpassing the yearly target by 15 percent.

Strong growth was reported in the Northeast Asian market, including China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, along with European, Southeast Asian, North American and Australian markets.

The capital expected to serve 5.5 million foreign holidaymakers in 2018.
Source: VNA

Tuesday, 23 January 2018


Celebrate Australia Day the right way at Moonlight Cinema (presented by NAB), with a special advance screening of the hilarious new comedy,THE BBQ, starring Magda Szubanski and Shane Jacobson.

Round up your mates, pack a sanga sandwhich, bring your Eskies and VB’s for a hilarious Australia Day outing with the unapologetically Aussie movie, THE BBQ. After a barbecue goes wrong, Dazza (Jacobson) seeks out the mentorship of a tyrannical, Scottish chef (Szubanski), ominously named ‘The Butcher’ and enters an international barbecue competition.

On gorgeous green lawns in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, Moonlight Cinema brings a relaxed festival atmosphere to film-watching.

Being a BYO event*, Moonlight Cinema is a low-cost, easy night out for everyone. If you’re too busy to BYO, don’t stress, Moonlight can provide you with everything you need – hot food, drinks, snacks and bean-bed rentals. For the luxury experience, Moonlight’s Gold Grass reserved bean-beds are in a premium viewing location and include a waiter service – perfect for spoiling yourself or someone special.

*BYO Alcohol prohibited at Moonlight Cinema Brisbane

WHAT: The BBQ screening at Moonlight Cinema
WHEN: Friday, 26 January 2018
  • Adelaide - Botanic Park 
  • Melbourne - Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens 
  • Brisbane - New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse 
  • Sydney - Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park 


Jamaica, the Land of Film

If Jamaica were an actor she would have appeared in more than one hundred and forty-one films. 

The list of movies where the name Jamaica plays a prominent part is probably closer to two hundred. 

This book chronicles over one hundred years of international film making in Jamaica from 1910, and provides many previously unpublished details of locations, actors and directors. 

As such, Jamaica, the Land of Film provides a comprehensive history which will be of great interest to all cinema aficionados and fans of Caribbean history.


Phil Hall Radio Show


Peter Polack is a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School and the University of the West Indies, where he was co-founder of the Amnesty International campus group. He has previously served as a rapporteur of the International Bar Association and was Co-Founder and first Treasurer of the Caymanian Bar Association. He has practised criminal law in the Cayman Islands for over 30 years. His book The Last Hot Battle of the Cold War: South Africa vs. Cuba in the Angolan Civil War was published in 2013, and he was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Warfare (2013). His article “Syria: The Evolution Revolution” was published in the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center magazine in June 2014. His work as an artist, entitled The Confinement Assemblage, inspired by his experience with youthful offenders, is on permanent display at Northward Prison in the Cayman Islands. Polack has also worked as a part-time reporter for Reuters News Agency in the Cayman Islands since 2014, reporting mostly on the Cuban migrant crisis in the Caribbean.


Roaring 20s Festival
The world-famous Hydro Majestic Hotel will go back in time next month for the Roaring 20s Festival.

On 24 and 25 February, guests will arrive in gangster and flapper costumes to take part in a series of 1920s themed events.

The weekend begins with the Charleston Challenge for Charity, which will work up an appetite for the Majestic Long Lunch, later in the day.

At the Gangster Casino Charity Night, visitors can play blackjack, poker, roulette and the money wheel run by casino-trained croupiers.

Other events over the weekend include sightseeing tours of art deco landmarks of Katoomba and Leura in a 1929 Cadillac LaSalle, themed high teas in the Wintergarden Restaurant and history tours of the world-famous hotel.

The Roaring 20s Festival is on in the Blue Mountains from 2 to 27 February 2018.

For the full program of events, visit the official festival website and go to for more ideas on things to see and do in the region.

Da Lat cherry blossom festival to return this month

A cherry blossom festival will return to Tuyen Lam Lake in Da Lat city of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong from January 26-28.

A ceremony will be held at Sacom Resort on the peninsula of the Tuyen Lam Lake at 8:30 am on January 27 to kick off the festival and to announce the recognition of Tuyen Lam National Resort and Da Lat city as ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City.

A variety of event will take place not only at the Tuyen Lam National Resort but across the city during the three-day festival, including art performances, musical fountain shows, a golf tournament, a Gong music night and an exhibition of classic cars.

The festival aims to promote a local cherry-like apricot – Mai Anh Dao – known as the city’s floral emblem. The flower blooms in pink in the first months of the year to welcome the spring. The trees mostly grow in Da Lat city and forests in Lac Duong district.

“I have never seen cherry blossom as beautiful as this year. The flowers started to bloom at the beginning of January and in such a cool weather, they will last until early February,” said Nguyen Xuan Thanh, Director of the Tuyen Lam National Resort and head of the festival organising board.

Da Lat won the ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City at the ASEAN Environmental Award in Brunei in July last year.

Source: VNA

Fraser Island attracts global attention

A video of Fraser Island has attracted more than 930,000 views since mid-December on a Facebook page dedicated to places that instantly inspire people to say "bring me".

Watch the video

Two- Nation Vacation: American and Canadian Rockies Loop Tour

Glacier National Park
The Rockies is the longest Mountain range in North America and stretches from New Mexico to the north of British Columbia.

Travellers can expect an abundance of adventure in some of the most diverse and beautiful regions of the U.S.A and Canada with numerous national parks, forests, hot springs, wildlife, authentic western history and cultural experiences on offer. 

The Canadian Rockies and American Rockies Two Nation Vacation Loop Tour incorporates historic and iconic sights on a 7-day itinerary through northwest Montana, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

Read up on the top 10 reasons to visit The Rockies.

February 8-11: Big Sky Big Grass Festival, Big Sky Resort
July 27-August 4: Montana State Fair, Great Falls
August 2-5: Magic City Blues Festival, Billings
August 15-20: 2018 Crow Fair Celebration Powwow and Rodeo, Crow Agency

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Australians Invited to be Part of History on Queen Elizabeth

Australian travellers have the opportunity to be part of Queen Elizabeth’s history-making season Down Under next year, with cruises ranging from two to 18 nights on offer.

Cunard says there is still some availability on Queen Elizabeth during her record two-month deployment in local waters next year, giving Australians a wonderful opportunity to experience the timeless elegance of the luxury cruise line’s youngest ship across a selection of itineraries.

Carrying 2080 guests, the 90,900-tonne Queen Elizabeth will be based in Sydney and Melbourne between February and April 2019 – the longest deployment Down Under for any of Cunard’s current fleet of Queens.

Fares start from $649* per person twin share in a private balcony stateroom for a two-night voyage from Melbourne to Sydney, departing March 30, 2019.

Travellers with more time on their hands can enjoy an 18-night round trip cruise from Melbourne exploring New Zealand and Tasmania, with fares for a private balcony stateroom priced from $5099* per person twin share. Departing Melbourne on March 12, 2019, Queen Elizabeth will visit historic Hobart and Port Arthur before sailing across the Tasman for calls to Picton, Dunedin and Akaroa as well as an overnight stay in Wellington and scenic cruising through Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland.

Other cruises on offer include: · A three-night one way cruise from Sydney to Melbourne, departing March 9, 2019 and priced from $999 per person twin share in a private balcony stateroom
  • A 16-night one way trip cruise from Brisbane to Yokohama, Japan, departing April 3, 2019 and priced from $4549* per person twin share in a private balcony stateroom
  • A six-night round trip cruise from Melbourne to Tasmania, departing March 12, 2019 and priced from $1649* per person twin share in a private balcony stateroom.

The second largest Cunarder to sail the world’s oceans, Queen Elizabeth’s features include more than 10 restaurants and cafes, a Games Deck featuring paddle tennis, croquet and bowls, a two-storey library, a ballroom and a three-deck Royal Court Theatre seating 800 guests and offering private boxes.

For more information and bookings, contact your travel consultant, call Cunard on 132494 or visit

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Mark Philippoussis and Goran Ivanišević Warm Up for the Australian Open Tennis Legends Tournament on P&O Cruises’ Pacific Eden

Mark Philippoussis and Goran Ivanišević warm up for this weekend's Australian Open Tennis Legends Tournament on P&O Cruises’ Pacific Eden which is carrying over 1200 guests who sailed from Sydney to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the year.

It is nearly 20 years to the day since the duo last played each other at the Wimbledon Quarter Finals in 1998 and 15 years since Philippoussis lost the US Open Final to five-time Australian Open Champion, current title holder and this year’s tournament favourite, Roger Federer.

Philippoussis and Ivanišević are part of a legendary line-up of tennis greats starring on P&O’s Australian Open Cruises which will bring more than 3500 guests from Sydney to Melbourne for the sporting event of the summer.

The five-night cruises offer a packed onboard program that provides tennis fans with access to some of the world’s best players and tickets to all the action of the first Grand Slam of the year.