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Providing there are no major changes associated with the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 from people from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, existing blanket 14-day quarantine requirements will be removed for travellers from both of these locations visiting Norfolk Island from 1 October.

There are currently no active cases in the ACT and the level of community transmission in NSW remains very low.

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Norfolk Island Tourism is hosting a Webinar, ‘Holiday Overseas without Leaving Home’ from 11.30am – 12.30pm (AEST) on Thursday 17 September.

With Norfolk Island borders now open to Queensland visitors and soon to open for New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory visitors, Webinar participants will hear more about how this popular island destination has prepared to welcome back visitors and why Norfolk Island is the perfect Australian holiday in the South Pacific.

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Acclaimed Australian event company, DIRECTIONS Conference & Incentive Management has been announced as the major winner at the prestigious 2020 C & IT (Conference & Incentive Travel) APAC Awards for its exceptional staging of the 2019 Grow and Go Incentive Program for NAFDA Foodservice.

After accepting the challenge of pitching against the incumbent,

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The Unique Sri Lanka Collection is hosting a special Webinar, Sri Lanka Connect with a live update from boutique member Sri Lankan hotels – KK Collection, Teardrop Hotels, Manor House Concepts, Why House and Water Garden.

Also joining will be DMC partner, The Fabulous Getaway.

Sri Lanka Connect is being held on Wednesday 30 September 2020 from 2.00pm – 3.00pm AEST / 4.00 – 5.00pm NZST.

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Now, more than ever, is a time to focus on you, your loved ones, important people in your life.

In this new COVID-world, people’s expectations have changed. Travellers are looking for safety, security, social distancing, space and privacy while focusing on their health and wellness.

Norfolk Island has remained COVID-free and offers visitors everything they need to relax the mind,

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The reopening of The Table Bay in Cape Town is now proposed for 1 November following the easing of South Africa’s lockdown restrictions on 18 August from Level 3 to Level 2.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Table Bay has put extensive health and safety protocols in place in order to ensure the safety of guests and staff when the hotel reopens.

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It has been all hands on deck for Executive Edge Travel Co-Founder and Head of Leisure, Yvonne Verstandig and her terrific team as they all lend support to acclaimed Australian family owned and operated fashion business, Fella Hamilton in producing much-needed reusable cloth face masks to combat the rigours of COVID-19.

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The Norfolk Island Emergency Team has reviewed the current travel restrictions alongside the Queensland Government declaring all of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory as hotspots from 1.00am on Saturday 8 August 2020.

The EMT and the Norfolk Island Regional Council permit screening process reference the hotspots listed on the Queensland Government website.

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Restrictions for people arriving on Norfolk Island from New South Wales have been extended until 7 August 2020.

The quarantine restriction has been removed for people coming from the Australian Capital Territory and people continue to be able to travel from Queensland.

It has been decided to extend the current requirement for people who have spent time in New South Wales in the preceding 14 days to quarantine on the island.

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Norfolk Island has pushed back opening its borders to NSW and ACT residents until 31 July 2020.

Norfolk Island Emergency Management met this week and reviewed the current restriction applying to people who have spent time in NSW or ACT in the preceding 14 days.

Based on a continuing,

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The Table Bay in Cape Town was a proud participant a special Cook-a-Thon, ‘Chefs With Compassion Mandela Day Initiative’ held last Saturday (18 July)

In 2020, the essence of Mandela Day, which is held each year in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July – take action,

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With the increase in COVID-19 cases in Victoria and uncertainty about the level of community transmission in NSW and ACT, the Emergency Management Team (EMT) has decided to exercise caution and postpone reopening Norfolk Island to visitors from NSW and ACT until Friday 24 July 2020. 

Visitors travelling from Victoria will not be permitted to travel to Norfolk Island until further notice. 

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel to Norfolk Island is restricted to domestic airline passengers who identify as low-risk travellers.

Every person intending to travel to Norfolk Island must now complete and obtain an online Entry Pass 24 to 72 hours prior to flight departure via this link.

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Norfolk Island Tourism has announced news of the Relaunch Campaign for Norfolk Island which is reopening its borders from 10 July 2020 and welcoming back visitors – both new and regulars.

The Relaunch Campaign will run over July and August and messaging will encourage consumers to ‘Holiday Overseas Without Leaving Home’ showcasing Norfolk Island as a safe,

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The Table Bay in Cape Town has announced its Winter Rate is being extended from 7 April to 30 September 2021 inclusive.

The Winter Rate is priced from ZAR4195 double and ZAR3790 single per room per night in a Luxury Twin or Luxury King Room, including VAT and breakfast.

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The Table Bay in Cape Town is continuing with the acclaimed waterfront property’s A Year of Culinary Delight with a beautiful Beef Fillet dish featuring inspiring ingredients to create a stunning meal of tender meat and sumptuous fresh vegetables – absolutely perfect in the lead up to and including Father’s Day on Sunday 21 June.

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The Table Bay, Cape Town, which is currently closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, is looking forward to reopening its doors to the many return and new guests planning to visit.

This popular hotel for Australians and New Zealanders has just celebrated 23 years of operation having been officially opened at the end of May 1997 on the Victoria &

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The arrival of Norfolk Island Morepork Owl chicks continues to be uplifting news for everyone on the popular holiday destination for Australians.

Norfolk Island National Park rangers confirmed these were the first Norfolk Island Morepork Owl chicks in more than a decade have survived to become fledglings.

The discovery of new chicks late last year was a significant moment for one of the Australian Government’s priority threatened species.

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The Table Bay in Cape Town is proud to be working with local organisations dedicated to helping and supporting people who are very much in need including the homeless community and many who have been devastated by personal losses as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis.

The Table Bay is a long-standing supporter of numerous fund-raising efforts for charities and other causes with a specific focus on making a contribution within the sphere of education.

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Sri Lankan hotel group, KK Collection has announced acclaimed Noel Rodrigo Leopard Safaris has become the latest member of its prestigious tourism portfolio.

Leopard Safaris by KK Collection, which offers wonderful eco lodging and wildlife glamping experiences in Sri Lanka’s Yala and Wilpattu National Parks, joins luxury Galle boutique hotels,

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On Windstar Cruises’ flagship Wind Surf, which just emerged from a major renovation, guests are able to stay in the new Officer’s Suite.

The nautically appointed suite on the five-masted schooner (the largest sailing cruise ship in the world), is located directly behind the Bridge, in an area labelled ‘crew only’.

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The Unique Sri Lanka Collection has announced a romantic 15-day/14-night Honeymoon Heaven experience for couples staying in exquisite locations in a variety of Sri Lanka settings.

Couples will spend the first night of this memorable sojourn in a dreamy suite, just 15 minutes from the airport, continuing on to explore the amazing world heritage sites and wildlife reserves of the Cultural Triangle and enjoy the fascinating sights of Kandy.

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Water Garden – Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is offering guests staying a minimum two nights from 1 March to 15 July 2020 an additional third night complimentary.

Water Garden – Sigiriya invites guests to experience nature blended with lavish design and serene surroundings.

This beautiful hotel is within close range of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress,

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Acclaimed international health resort, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand is marking 25 years in operation with a series of special celebratory events, promotions, service enhancements and new product offerings throughout 2020.

Comprehensively renewed and re-energised after a five-year, top-to-toe refurbishment, the resort embraces the new decade with enlarged bedrooms,

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Pioneering wellness resort, Chiva-Som, recently hosted its first ‘Wellness Journey Fundraising Gala Dinner’ at the acclaimed property’s newly refurbished Taste of Siam restaurant.

The event was held to raise funds for Krailart Niwate, a mangrove preservation and environmental wellness project to protect Hua Hin’s last remaining mangrove forest.

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Every day, millions of South African children go to school barefoot, many of them walking long distances over rugged terrain to get there. 

In cold Winter rain and on hot Summer days, these children do not know the comfort of a pair of shoes as the chill bites their toes or roads and pathways singe their soles.

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A newly transformed resort destination will re-open as Botania Relais & Spa in Ischia, Italy in April 2020.

The former Garden & Villas Resort is currently undergoing major renovation and enhancements to the guest experience during the seasonal closure of the popular holiday location for Australians from October to April.

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Chiva-Som has appointed Renee Grandi as Naturopath and Nutritionist, bringing a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the latest in industry research and development to the resort’s team of health and wellness experts in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Australian-born Renee is passionate about helping others achieve their health goals,

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Uncover the best of Sri Lanka with The Unique Sri Lanka Collection’s new Pay 2, Stay 3 offer allowing guests to extend their stay with one complimentary night for any booking with a minimum stay of two nights at selected member properties.

From national parks to tea covered hillsides,

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Rayavadee, Krabi has completed its Pavilions’ renovation and is advising trade partners of new rooms inventory.

The Hydro Pool Pavilions (9 units) have been upgraded to Pool Pavilion (7 units) and to Family Villa (2 units).

The Spa Pavilions (3 units) have been renovated into Terrace Pavilions.

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Romantic dinners on a stunning beach under a blanket of stars are on the menu at The Library in Koh Samui for couples staying at this acclaimed Thailand property over the upcoming Festive period.

The setting for this beautiful dining experience is The Library’s signature restaurant, The Page fronting the white powdery sands of Chaweng Beach and proudly presenting an ever-evolving menu of Thai and international fusions complemented by magnificent Champagnes,

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A touch of tradition with a twist of the Cape and a dash of glamour; the Festive season is set to unfold in magical style at The Table Bay in Cape Town, South Africa.

Renowned for celebrating the season with exuberance, The Table Bay harnesses the spirit of Africa and the splendour of the Western Cape Summer to create exceptional holiday experiences.

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The legend of Oscar the Cape Fur Seal, his unlikely friendship with a lonely fisherman and how his golden statue came to take pride of place at the acclaimed South African Sun International property, The Table Bay, Cape Town has been beautifully told in a book, ‘Oscar! Cape Town’s Swimmiest Seal of Table Bay’,

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A special week-long event in March 2020 will commemorate the 230th anniversary of the wrecking of First Fleet flagship, HMS Sirius on Norfolk Island on 17 March 1790.

This will be a significant anniversary in Australia’s history with the week’s activities on Norfolk Island to provide a fascinating insight into the nation’s convict,

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Norfolk Island Tourism has appointed acclaimed comedian, Urzila Carlson as Tourism Ambassador for the popular short-haul holiday destination for Australians and New Zealanders.

Urzila joins respected Australian television journalist Ray Martin – Norfolk Island’s first Tourism Ambassador – in promoting the island as part of the ongoing and successful long-standing campaign,

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Chiva-Som International Health Resort has announced the launch of a new wellness destination in Qatar and its largest wellness destination, the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellness resort, and the world’s first center for Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM), slated to open in the second quarter of 2020. Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s leading developer,

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The dynamic and fast paced hospitality industry is as demanding as it is inspiring and exciting.

Only those with a passion for hospitality, people and service will thrive.

For women, it can be especially challenging to juggle a career in hospitality with family.

At Sun International’s The Table Bay in Cape Town,

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The legendary Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, has reopened its doors this week, marking the completion of the fourth and final stage of its renovation – the first major works since its launch over 24 years ago – and welcoming a brand new era of wellness.

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Jorika Smit has been counting stars since she got her first hotel job in 2008. Three star, four star and now five star, moving through the ranks from conference coordinator at a small hotel to Groups and Events Manager at Sun International’s five star hotel at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront,

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Benjamin Cross is creating a journey of flavours for Aqua Expeditions to complement Aqua Blu’s voyages as Consulting Chef ahead of 16 November 2019 inaugural sailing of this luxury expedition yacht in East Indonesia.

Born in Australia and based in Bali since 2008, Chef Cross boasts a well-travelled culinary background having begun his career working with Australian culinary talents Neil Perry (Rockpool) and Janni Kyritsis (MG Garage) and later co-founding the award-winning Urbane restaurant in Queensland.

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Beyond Ordinary Tours — Now Offering More Than 2,500 Tour Choices in 330 Ports on Sailings through 2021

Windstar’s “Destination Event” showcases immersive guest experiences on shore, and gives cruisers up to $US1,000 shipboard credit (SBC) to discover destinations differently,

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Norfolk Island is now a Gold Level Dark Sky Town recognised for its “excellent dark sky – suitable for deep sky observing and astrophotography”.

This follows Norfolk Island Tourism’s successful application to the Australian Dark Sky Register (ADSR) in which this popular holiday destination for Australians and New Zealanders joins a select group of locations that provide great views of the night sky which are accessible to everyone.

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While the City of Cape Town’s dams are more than 80 per cent full, The Table Bay has reaffirmed its commitment to saving water.

During the severe drought in 2017 and 2018, The Table Bay implemented a series of water savings interventions and water wise behaviours which saw the hotel retain similar water consumption during peak occupancy periods to that of its lowest occupancy periods.

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Norfolk Island will once again observe Australian Daylight-Saving Time when it is introduced on Sunday 6 October 2019 and continues through to Sunday 5 April 2020

The island first clocked on for Daylight Saving Time in 2017 following a call-out to the island community in which a majority 85% supported its introduction to enable more opportunities for residents and the many visitors to enjoy the wonderful array of activities and adventures available into the evening hours over the Summer and Autumn period.

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The Table Bay, Cape Town has been ranked in the Top 10 Best City Hotels in Africa in the recently announced Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

Staged annually by Travel + Leisure magazine, the World’s Best Awards surveys readers on their travel experiences around the globe. Readers rank hotels and resorts on their facilities,

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Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions has announced a last-minute ‘Escape to Nature’ offer for guests on Aria Amazon’s 3-Night Discovery, 4-Night Explorer and 7-Night Expedition Cruises until the end of 2019. The special benefits give travellers to Peru an incentive to cruise the Amazon before or after a visit to the famed Machu Picchu.

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Rayavadee in Thailand has announced Stay Pay bonus nights for guests in Deluxe Pavilion accommodation and a Special Early Bird Offer of 20% savings on rates across all room categories at this popular Krabi holiday resort for Australians.

Both options for travel agents are valid for new bookings made up to 30 September 2019 for guest stays from 1 November 2019 to 30 April 2020 (excluding 20 December 2019 – 10 January 2020,

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The Table Bay is offering a Full Day Winter Conference Package on new bookings of conferences and meetings for a minimum 20 delegates at this magnificent property in Cape Town through to 30 September 2019.

The Full Day Winter Conference Package is available from 8.00am to 5.00pm each day and priced at ZAR650 per person including:
• Arrival,

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The Table Bay in Cape Town, South Africa is offering a saving of 10% on guests stays of a minimum four nights at this beautiful harbourfront hotel until the end of the year.

This popular holiday hot spot for Australians and New Zealanders presents wonderful guest experiences in and around the perfectly situated location including:

  • Settling into the gently bustling surroundings that the operational harbour and splendid views of Cape Town’s Table Mountain offer
  • Indulging in any and every treatment desired at The Table Bay’s Camelot Spa
  • Stepping out of The Table Bay and into retail paradise,

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Discover Portugal, Spain & Morocco Holidays presents three specially tailored touring adventures for your clients as they explore and become immersed in fun and fascinating experiences in Portugal’s Porto, Spain’s Seville and Morocco’s Marrakech. There are plenty of tasty bites and amazing sights to discover in Porto. A fascinating tour of the Jewish Quarter and fabulous cruise of the Guadalquivir River awaits in Seville.

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