NSW Government enters marketing agreement with Air China

first_imgAir China B747. Image by Dtom (Own work) via Wikimedia CommonsThe NSW Government has announced its first co-operative marketing agreement with Air China, aimed at generating additional visitor growth to Sydney and Regional NSW from the State’s number one international source market.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the marketing agreement will help deliver more opportunities to showcase the State and the NSW tourism industry to visitors from China.“We are delighted to be working with Air China, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, bringing even more Chinese visitors to our fantastic city and surrounding NSW regions,” Mr Ayres said.“In the year ended December 2015, NSW welcomed nearly 567,000 Chinese visitors, who for the second time, spent over $2 billion in NSW, at $2.3 billion.“This agreement demonstrates the NSW Government is focused on increasing visitation from China which is our number one inbound tourism market. We look forward to welcoming many more Chinese visitors to our State.”Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said the agreement will run in partnership with key Air China travel trade partners who will work with Destination NSW to develop and promote Sydney and Regional NSW itineraries and packages.“Destination NSW is focussed on expanding the China market and encouraging more Chinese visitors to fly directly to Sydney, and then on to discover the outstanding experiences Regional NSW has to offer,” Ms Chipchase said.“There are many wonderful regional destinations within a short drive or flight from Sydney for Chinese visitors to explore such as our world-class food and wine, golf courses, nature experiences, attractions and local festivals and events.”The agreement will include the promotion of travel offers to Sydney and Regional NSW through Air China’s ‘Phoenix Miles’ Frequent Flyer program which has over 36.38 million members, targeting the Silver/Gold and Platinum members. Destination NSWSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Spring turns New South Wales purple for Jacaranda Season

first_imgGrafton Jacaranda FestivalSpring turns New South Wales purple for Jacaranda SeasonNSW is bursting with Spring colour as wildflowers bloom and Sydney counts down to the start of its famous annual Jacaranda Season which sees the city bathed in a sea of purple blossoms.NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said, “Right now NSW is experiencing an abundance of colour, with wildflowers, orchards and gardens blooming. Visitors can see cherry trees blossoming in their thousands in Young, paddocks of golden canola in the Riverina, and stunning displays of tulips in the Southern Highlands.”“Each year more and more visitors travel to NSW for its famous Jacaranda Season that creates a natural spectacle when the trees bloom purple in late October to November. Grafton alone has 2,000 trees and the annual Grafton Jacaranda Festival is the longest running flower festival in Australia,” he said.Here are some tips of where to see NSW’s stunning jacarandas:Grafton: The historic town of Grafton located alongside the Clarence River on NSW’s North Coast, is home to the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, taking place from 28 October to 5 November 2017. Highlights include the coronation of a jacaranda queen, a street parade with themed floats, markets, live performances and fireworksNorth Shore: Pack a picnic and head to Kirribilli, Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Longueville and Wollstonecraft for a long, lazy lunch under the trees Eastern Suburbs: Head to Oxford Street, Glenmore Road and Five Ways in Paddington which always have a great selection to view. Nearby Woollahra and Double Bay also boast stunning lilac huesSydney City: Take a do-it-yourself jacaranda walking tour through the city starting at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, passing through Circular Quay and The Rocks. View the stunning trees set against the backdrop of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and historic cobblestone streets of The RocksInner Sydney:  An absolute must is a visit to the giant jacaranda tree at the University of Sydney.  This tree is one of Sydney’s most famous jacarandas and well worth a visit during the season. Neighbouring suburbs of Glebe, Camperdown and Erskineville are also worth exploring.Beyond famous jacarandas, NSW is filled with stunning displays of wild flowers, orchards and gardens in bloom. Here are just some ideas for a spring road trip in NSW:Oberon: Mayfield Garden is inspired by grand English country garden estates and is one of the world’s largest, privately-owned, cool-climate gardens. The café and produce store serves a delicious paddock to plate menu, with much of the produce from Mayfield’s own chicken shed, orchards and veggie patches. During the annual Spring Festival, 19-29 October, visitors get to see the normally private grounds, beyond section of Mayfield Garden which is open year round.Blue Mountains: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah the garden will celebrate its 30th birthday party and will be transformed into ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ on the 11-12 November, with musicians, singers, dancers and poets, plus plant-based installations, floral art display, floating artworks and sculpture.Cowra: The Cowra Japanese Gardens showcases traditional elements of Japanese culture and beautiful cherry blossom displays throughout spring.Central Coast: Lovers of the delicate flannel flower, named for its soft wool-like texture, should head for the Flannel Flower walking track on the NSW Central Coast near Wagstaffe. This 3km walk connects Tallow and Lobster beaches along a track full of flannel flowers with their distinctive white petals. The track also meanders through an angophora forest, before depositing walkers at the Lobster Point lookout with commanding views along the coast.Riverina: The Canola Trail in the Riverina in Spring takes visitors through idyllic country towns and villages, bursting with life, great food and wine, and history, all while surrounded by the breathtaking, bright yellow pastures and hillsides of canola flowers. Just north of Wagga Wagga, the trail takes in the idyllic towns and shires of Junee, Temora and Coolamon. Highlights include the Temora Aviation Museum, Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory and Coolamon Cheese.Hunter: Werakata National Park is a great place to see exceptional Spring wildflowers, including purple happy wanderers, yellow hairpin banksia and red mountain devil. Also look out for ground orchids and thyme honey myrtle.Port Macquarie: At the coastal Kattang Nature Reserve there are magnificent wildflower displays including boronia, flannel flower, everlasting daisy and wedding bush.Snowy Mountains: Once the snow melts at the end of Winter, high-altitude Kosciuszko National Park comes to life with purple eyebrights, yellow billy buttons and everlasting daisies.Share your jacaranda and spring flower sightings with us on social media by using the hashtag #ILoveSydney or #NewSouthWales.For more information visit www.sydney.com and www.visitnsw.comSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

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first_imgagentsOceania Cruiseswebinar Oceania Cruises, has announced its first-ever Oceania Expert Webinar Series, starting July through to August 2018, for travel agents in Australia and New Zealand.“We are thrilled to be able to bring our new webinar series to our valued trade partners in AUNZ, with the series being packed full of useful information and tips that will see attendees become an expert on all things Oceania Cruises,” said Mr. Steve McLaughlin, Vice President of Sales for Oceania Cruises.“The webinar series is specifically designed to demonstrate to agents how to best showcase what sets Oceania Cruises apart to their clients – such as our unique style of casual, upper-premium cruising, intimate ships exploring destination-rich itineraries and The Finest Cuisine at Sea™,” adds Mr. McLaughlin.The first webinar in the series, on Thursday 5th July at 1:30PM AEST, is an overview of the brand entitled ‘Oceania 101’. This will be followed by a range of webinars including ‘2020 World Cruise’ hosted by NSW/ACT Business Development Manager for Oceania Cruises, Martine Nunes, ‘Close to Home’ hosted by Vice President of Sales for Oceania Cruises, Steve McLaughlin and ‘Online Booking Engine’ hosted by QLD Business Development Manager for Oceania Cruises, James Sitters, to name but a few.“We look forward to our valued trade partners joining us for our first Oceania Expert Webinar Series. This is one of several new initiatives we are implementing to demonstrate our commitment to supporting our partners and investing in resources specifically designed to help them sell our sector leading product to their cruise clients,” said Mr. McLaughlin.To register for the next webinar, taking place on Thursday 12 July at 1:30PM AEST CLICK HERE.The Oceania Cruises marketing portal contains assets that travel agents can utilise to promote what they learn from the webinar series to their clients. last_img read more

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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Cardinals have the 13th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft,and many think the team will be looking for offensive linehelp when they make their selection. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper is one of them.Kiper’slatest mock draft, version 1.0, has the Cardinalstaking Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin with their pick. At 6-foot-6 and 304 pounds, Martin could be a big help toa team that featured the worst pair of tackles in the NFL.He was a 2nd Team All-American this season, and could filla need if Levi Brown departs as a free agent. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img However, Martin is known for his run blocking more thanpass protection, so he may not be exactly what theCardinals want.Should the Cardinals take Martin — or any other offensivelineman in the first round — it will be the first timethey’ve spent an early pick on the line since taking theaforementioned Levi Brown in 2007. And we all know how that turned out. Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I think it’s long history,” Arians said. “It’s not about that any more. It’s about the game this week.”Perhaps sensing the headlines he was creating with his statements, Brown was also quick to heap praise on Palmer.“I like Carson Palmer personally,” Brown told Marvez. “I did when he was here. I regret it broke apart the way it did. I don’t want him to beat us any more than he wants us to beat him. I’m sure that will be in the back of his mind. But other than that, I wish him well.“I look at him play and I see the player that we had when he was here. When he’s on and playing the way he can play, he is a big-time winning quarterback.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter TEMPE, Ariz. — Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown stirred the pot ahead of Sunday’s game against Arizona and his former quarterback when he questioned Carson Palmer’s honesty. When given the chance to respond on Wednesday, Palmer poured little more than cold water into the stew.“I’m not going to get into a he said, she said situation with Mike Brown,” Palmer said. “We obviously disagreed and it ended in a very colorful, heated argument. We disagree with each other and that’s how it ended, but now is not the time or place to get into what he said.” “Right now, he’s in a very comfortable place with a lot of guys he trusts,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “When you’re that way as a quarterback you’re going to play pretty well.”Palmer acknowledged that facing the Bengals is not just another game after spending the first seven years of his career there, but when given another chance to tell his side of the story, Palmer repeated the same thing he’s said since arriving in Arizona — that he would do so at the appropriate time.When asked when that time might be, Palmer said: “Not in Week 11. Myself and this team are focused on Week 11. Not 2011.”Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he has positive memories of Palmer, who “left a lot to build on here.” Aside from some basic praise of Palmer’s play, however, Lewis didn’t want to talk much about Palmer when he spoke to Arizona media members on a conference call Wednesday.“Carson plays for the Cardinals now, alright?” he said. “We shouldn’t dwell on Carson. He’s a fine player. We drafted him No. 1 overall. Outstanding player here — and person.”The Bengals aren’t exactly suffering at the quarterback position in Palmer’s absence. Andy Dalton, 28, ranks ninth in the NFL in passing yards (2,423), ninth in TDs (18) and fourth in passer rating at (104.6). Dalton took over in the 2011 season while Palmer was holding out after a trade request in the offseason that led the Bengals to place him on the reserve/did not report list. “I had so many other things I was worried about. I was trying to learn so I wouldn’t say it was awkward,” said Dalton, who has cut down on the interceptions that plagued the first four years of his career. “It was just one of those things that you thought, in the back of your mind, ‘What if he eventually just shows up one day?’ and things would be different, but it all worked out.”Palmer has already played the Bengals since leaving Cincinnati. The Bengals beat the visiting Raiders, 34-10, on Nov. 25, 2012 when Palmer completed 19-of-34 passes for 146 yards, a TD and an interception for Oakland. Palmer was also eager to escape Oakland after two seasons, but his career has been revitalized since coming to Arizona and playing in Arians’ offense.“He just looks relaxed and comfortable and confident and those are some goals that every quarterback has,” Cardinals backup QB Drew Stanton said. “He has this perfect storm coming together. He’s mature enough to handle all of the pressure that comes his way, but he also has a comfort level you pray for because he’s seen everything there is to see.”Arians thinks the Bengals angle is being forced this week by media. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In an interview with FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez, Brown said he was disappointed with the way Palmer’s Bengals tenure ended. He said Palmer expressed doubts about the longevity of his career as he tried to force a trade out of Cincinnati in 2011.“We sat here in the office on a couple of occasions and argued about what the future should be for him and us,” Brown told Marvez. “Whether he really believed it or not, I rather doubt, but my argument then with him was, ‘You’re a top quarterback and you’ve got real productive years in front of you.’“He would say to me, ‘Oh no. I’m all beat up. I’ll be lucky to play another year or two,’ which I didn’t take to heart.”The Bengals eventually traded Palmer to Oakland in the middle of the 2011 season for first- and second-round draft picks. By now, it should be clear to everyone that Palmer had more than a year or two left in the tank.Through nine games, Palmer, 35, ranks fourth in the NFL in passing yards (2,749), second in touchdowns (23) and second in passer rating (108) as the Cardinals (7-2) take on the Bengals (8-1) Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. His name has even entered the MVP discussion. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix As our culture gets faster and our attention spans shorter, the hype video is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Gone, largely, are the 2- or 3-minute epics in favor of minute-or-less videos that can be produced daily.That’s not to say the quality has dropped, however. Quite the opposite. Creative video is the biggest growth area in college football right now. Because recruits take their smart phones with them everywhere they go, programs must be able to recruit them at all times.South Carolina recently hired Gamecock graduate Justin King away from AL.com to serve as associate AD for new and creative media, and his department’s latest offering is a masterpiece.Over a soundtrack of former South Carolina running back — and current Eagles running backs coach — Duce Staley, South Carolina puts together a video of its players running sprints that will have you ready to run through a wall. Show them. pic.twitter.com/XDIwOFc6ZZ— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) July 7, 2017last_img read more

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"But.strategies for the United States to fully enter the Syrian civil war would most likely draw the United States into an unwinnable quagmire and unsustainable nation-building project" THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN A US war planner from Central Command expressed confidence in the seven-month old wars course during a Feb 19 background Pentagon briefing "Our mission has not changed in terms of the degradation dismantle and eventual defeat of ISIL" he said "It remains true to form And it is generally unfolding as we had planned" But he stressed as the Pentagon has repeatedly that the fighting will likely continue well on into the future with no termination date yet penciled in "This is going to take time" he said "The degrade phase alone we knew would be a long period of time" Dempsey estimated Feb 19 that it would take up to three years for Iraq to regain its territorial integrity (he didnt offer a timetable for Syria) "But I think the issues will be generational20 30 yearsbecause there is an internal conflict within Islam and within the Arab world between moderates and radicals that just isnt going to end because they stop fighting" he added The US strategy is plain: halt ISISs advance by pounding it from the air until local ground forces with some US help are ready to attack and retake the land andmost criticallythe cities under its control The initial goal is to push ISIS out of Iraq and then go after them inside Syria The US and its allies have dropped more than 8200 bombs and missiles in close to 2500 air strikes on ISIS targets roughly split between Iraq and Syria The weapons range from 20-pound warheads atop Hellfire missiles fired from Predator and Reaper drones to 2000-pound GPS and laser-guided behemoths dropped from B-1 bombers and other warplanes The US and its allies attack ISIS targets wherever theyre found Pentagon officials say But there werent that many to begin with and many have been destroyed ISIS fighters hide amid civilians in towns which reduces the chances theyll be attacked "Militarily ISIL is in decline" the Central Command briefer said The constant bombardment has curbed ISISs plans to expand and its options "He’s in the land of `ors versus `ands now" The US-led air strikes and the Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces have penned in ISIS "This is an enemy that we still assess to be in a defensive posture" Rear Admiral John Kirby the Pentagon spokesman said Feb 13 While ISIS boasts of its expanding caliphate it only represents moves "into more ungoverned spaces in Syria" he added "The way you govern is you’ve got to have people to govern So the population areas are the most important areas that we’re focused on" A key challenge will be beefing up the now-disappeared Iraq-Syrian border to keep ISIS out of Iraq once it is pushed back into Syria Even now the Central Command briefer said "the safe havens that he has in Syria and his ability to migrate back and forth still gives him that micro-offensive capability" shown by the recent attack on the western Iraqi town of Baghdadi Through Feb 4 allied air strikes had damaged or destroyed 4817 ISIS targets ranging from tanks (62) to Humvees (257) to "fighting positions" (752) basically fancy foxholes The strikes also focused on decapitating ISISs command hitting 26 "leadership buildings" and 102 "HQ buildings" The list isnt the kind of "target-rich environment" the US Air Force likes There are few strategic targets listednearly two-thirds are troops foxholes and the vehicles used to get the troops to those foxholes "Those are things that ISIL no longer has" Kirby told reporters "They’re gone They’re destroyed They can’t use them anymore And this is an enemy that has a limited ability to reconstitute strength at least material strength" But the notion of ISIS is a hierarchical organization misses a key point Even as it is under daily attack it has evolved into "a decentralized diffused aspirational social movement that follows few orders and few chains of command" Dafna Rand who served on Obamas National Security Council staff told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Feb 12 Syria remains the big issue just as Pakistan remained a key drag on the US effort in Afghanistan because it offered sanctuary to Taliban militants fighting US troops just across the border "What we’ve learned from Vietnam forward is you cannot defeat an insurgent group if it has a refuge in a neighboring country" James Jeffrey who served as the US ambassador to Iraq from 2010 to 2012 told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Feb 12 "You have to do something about Syria and you can’t do anything about Syria without having a better policy towards Assad" Training sites for the Syrian rebels are being established in Jordan Qatar Saudi Arabia and Turkey Iraqi Sunnis also are being trained in Anbar province "It may not be as fast as some would like but the inclusion of the Sunni tribes the inclusion of the Sunnis writ large is an absolute critical component to this all working" the Central Command briefer said Feb 19 "And the leadership in Iraq is moving in the right direction to accommodate that" Military force cant defeat ISIS by itself "US military action must be tied to a civil-military strategy that offers the best possible hope of producing a stable and friendly nation as its ultimate outcome" Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies wrote Feb 13 "No amount of tactical victories in the field and no amount of US military force that merely defeats the immediate enemy threat will create that stability" THE NARCISSISTIC VIEW OF WAR Americans are skeptical of another military mission in Iraq following the years and US lives expended in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11 But one of the Armys pre-eminent thinkers urges his countrymen not to take the wrong lessons from those campaigns "The lesson is not that these kinds of missions are impossible" Army Lieut General HR McMaster told Time Feb 19 "One of the key lessons is we made it just about as hard on ourselves as we could have by not acknowledging the need to consolidate gains in either Afghanistan or Iraq" McMaster an incumbent member of the Time 100 says inadequate pre-war planning doomed the effort to preserve the "fragile victory" that the US had achieved in Iraq He expresses concern that despite the videos Americans arent paying enough attention to the foe "I wish we could get the American people more interested in who were fighting" he says with a touch of exasperation "When you hear statements like `Americans are weary of the effort and so forth sometimes we don’t spend enough time talking about the nature of our enemies" The Germans hid their death camps during World War II But thats not the case with ISIS who uses video to recruit and instill fear in prospective enemies "ISILs brutality is so apparent now because theyre promoting themselves" McMaster says "Its not our reporting that got the American people to say `Damn its really worth fighting these guysits their own propaganda" Part of the problem McMaster says is that the US public views war through too narrow a lens "We don’t even focus on our enemies; we talk in terms that sometimes could be criticized as narcissistic" he says "We define these conflicts in relation to us rather than pay due attention to the nature of our enemies whats at stake and why its worth the effort" RETAKING MOSUL The first real test for the US and its allies will be the fight to retake Mosul which ISIS seized from the Iraq army last June The Pentagon is "still shooting for" an April-May launch of the battle to retake the countrys second-largest city But thats optimistic and "we have not closed the door on continuing to slide that to the right"into the futurethe Central Command official said Feb 19 Iraqi forces have conducted 20 smaller ground offensives in recent months and most of them have been "very successful" the Central Command official said Small numbers of US troopsdozens to hundredscould actually accompany Iraqi forces on that mission to call in air strikes gather intelligence and advise the Iraqi forces That decision assuming a late-spring offensive is only weeks away "I would not rule out using American ground troops to take territory if that’s necessary to defeat ISIS" Jeffrey said But he would rule out a "long-term American presence on the ground as we saw in Iraq in Afghanistan in Vietnam It does not work" Obama "is clearly very nervous about the use of military force particularly ground forces without a lot of allies without a lot of legal backing without the support of you and everybody else" Jeffrey said at that Feb 12 hearing ". 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