Laura Bradley

January 15, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Australian Spirit Soars raises $20,000 for bushfire relief

Australian Spirit Soars – a silent auction facilitated by Élysée Collective and World Resorts of Distinction (WRD) to assist with bushfire relief –  raised $20,000 in its first 24 hours. Presently, 15 luxury travel packages – with more anticipated to come on board – have been contributed to the auction by some of the world’s most esteemed resorts, hotels and lodges including Aman, Soneva, Raes on Wategos, Nihi Sumba, Bawah Reserve and Vakkaru Maldives. The auction will continue through to January 27.


Opinion

What a great idea. You can buy a holiday AND feel good about it.


Laura Bradley

January 15, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Exodus Travels commits to fighting climate change

Global adventure travel company Exodus Travels has announced that it is one of the founding signatories of the ‘Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency’ pledge, in an effort to fight climate change and significantly reduce the growing environmental footprint of the tourism industry. Within the next 12 months, the company will take measures to mitigate its carbon footprint. It already does a lot in this space, including partnering with eco-friendly accommodation providers and visiting local restaurants that source local food.


Opinion

Hopefully other tourism providers follow suit.


Laura Bradley

January 14, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Marriott International supports bushfire relief

Marriott International has rallied its associates and hotels in Australia, announcing a series of initiatives to gather donations and offer accommodation for volunteers amidst the ongoing bushfire crisis affecting the country. Some of the initiatives include the donation of room nights to volunteers from fire services; new options for guests to donate cash upon checkout; and fundraising events at individual hotels.


Opinion

Organisations are getting creative with their support!


Laura Bradley

January 14, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Noosa’s tourism operators come together for bushfire appeal

Noosa’s tourism operators have come together and given generously to support the Team Noosa Bushfire Appeal. This was done by providing holiday packages to NSW Rural Fire Service, Victorian Country Fire Authority, South Australian Country Fire Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said “Noosa is a much loved holiday destination for our Southern friends and as a community we want to demonstrate our collective community support.”


Opinion

Nice to see that they’re offering support to all of the affected states, not just NSW.


Laura Bradley

January 14, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Accor to manage Star Convention Centre in Thailand

Accor has signed an agreement to manage the 571-room Star Convention Centre in Thailand. The Star Convention Hotel will be rebranded to Novotel Rayong Star Convention Centre later this year. Located in the city centre of Rayong province, the hotel will undergo a major renovation of its public areas, dining outlets and 235 guestrooms in the first phase followed by another 336 guest-rooms in the second phase over the next two years.


Opinion

A hotel convention centre… everything in the one place. Convenient!


Laura Bradley

January 13, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Saffire Freycinet pledges $50,000 to restore Kangaroo Island habitat

Luxury hotel Saffire Freycinet has committed to donating $500 from each of the next 100 bookings to restore the habitat on Kangaroo Island. As an island community that also thrives on natural wilderness, biodiversity and tourism, the funds will be channelled directly to Nature Foundation SA’s new fundraising appeal, the Wildlife Recovery Fund, which focusses on habitat recovery in Kangaroo Island’s national parks and other fire-affected areas.


Opinion

Why not treat yourself to a luxurious Tasmanian getaway? You can feel good about doing it, too.


Laura Bradley

January 13, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Dubai to host ground-breaking education summit

Over three days in March, a global education summit will take place in Dubai. RewirEd will be held during Expo 2020, and will aim to reshape the conversation on education, push the boundaries of current thinking and explore new approaches to global challenges. The summit will bring together more than 3000 participants and be supported by the government, global education stakeholders, strategic partners and the private sector.


Opinion

Hopefully there’s a push to eliminate homework.


Laura Bradley

January 13, 2020 · Sydney, Australia

Industry supports bushfire affected communities

Many suppliers from the business events industry have offered support to communities affected by the ongoing Australian bushfire crisis. Fullerton Hotels and Resorts, for instance, has donated $60,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and St Vincent De Paul Society. Merivale’s CEO Justin Hemmes has donated $500,000, and, for the month of January, Spicers Retreats is donating 10 per cent of all bookings made to Rural Aid.


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Of course, there are many more organisations selflessly lending their support. To let us know what you’ve done to help, email digital1@btp.net.au