Cruising Growth Sets New Record. The CLIA report shows that the total number of Australians taking an ocean cruise worldwide swelled by almost 15 per cent in 2015 to reach a record 1,058,781 passengers, with a 42 per cent hike in domestic cruise passenger numbers contributing significantly to the result. The growth in cruising in Australian waters saw local passenger numbers rise by more than 80,000 to 269,915 – a result which means one in four Australian cruise passengers took a domestic ocean cruise last year. Meanwhile the number of Australians taking an ocean cruise in Asia jumped 71.5 per cent from 55,000 in 2014 to 95,000 in 2015. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s 2015 Australian Cruise Industry Source Market report reveals that Australia once again leads the global cruise industry in terms of market penetration, with the equivalent of 4.5 per cent of the Australian population taking a cruise last year.
The industry’s 14.6 per cent annual growth rate was the second highest recorded by an international cruise region last year, with only the emerging market of China reporting stronger growth (40.3 per cent). The annual report, which is now focused solely on ocean cruising in line with international CLIA reporting, shows that Australian ocean cruise passenger numbers have increased by an impressive annual average of 19.2 per cent since 2006.
The study also found that 135,000 more Australians took a cruise last year than in 2014 – one of the biggest increases on record in real terms. Commenting on the report’s findings, CLIA Australasia Chairman Steve Odell said Australians were responding to the increasing array of cruises on offer. “In 2015 we saw a range of new shorter coastal cruises sailing from Australian homeports and these have clearly captured the imagination of Australians, who see them as a new way to explore their nation,” Mr Odell said. “What’s more, many of these cruises are calling at regional ports around the coastline, creating a lot of chatter and enticing more Australians to try a holiday at sea, while also injecting valuable dollars into local economies.” Mr Odell said the expanding range of cruise options in Asia was also tempting Australians, with new itineraries available from China, Japan and Singapore in 2015. “Whether they are on a four-day cruise to a Queensland island or a 14-day voyage exploring the exotic ports of Asia, clearly more Australians are discovering that cruising is an easy, relaxing and great value way to holiday.” A copy of the report can be downloaded from www.cruising.org.au
Battlefield Tours pay homage to Darwin Bombing . Australia’s number one battlefield tour operator, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours (MMBT) has launched a new commemorative tour to mark the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin in February 2017. “For more than 20 years, MMBT founder and acclaimed Historian, journalist, TV presenter and battlefield guidebook author Mat McLachlan has been leading pilgrimages to major battlefield sites throughout the world, including the Western Front, Germany, Gallipoli, Vietnam, Singapore and beyond,” said Managing Director, Peter Smith. MMBT’s five-night 75th anniversary tour (16-21 February) will put visitors in the heart of the city for the emotional anniversary and commemorations, and visit key sites including Stokes Hill, Fort Hill Wharf, WWII airfields, Adelaide River War Cemetery and the Darwin Military Museum, as well as cruising Darwin’s iconic harbour. The tour is priced from $1497 per person, twin share. Visit: http://battlefields.com.au/darwin-75th-anniversary-2017/
Grand Hyatt Macau Best Restaurant Awards. As one of the most popular food and restaurant guide websites, OpenRice always makes every effort to recommend its readers the best food. Now, after a year of searching and a month of voting by its readers, the OpenRice Best Restaurant Awards 2016 winners have been announced. With the high quality food and excellent service, two restaurants in Grand Hyatt Macau – Beijing Kitchen and Lobby Lounge – won “Best Macau Restaurant 2016” for the first time.
Located on Lobby floor, Beijing Kitchen is one of the signature restaurants of Grand Hyatt Macau that specializes in authentic northern Chinese cuisine. Originally from Beijing, Chef Sun Yinming has over 20 years of culinary experience and has developed some remarkable dishes. One of his masterpieces is the traditional wood fired oven Peking Duck, with the ducks selected from premium farms in Beijing and roasted with date wood and painstakingly prepared. The duck meat is prized for its crisp, thin skin which leaves a superb taste in the mouth. The restaurant also features hand-pulled noodles and other Northern delicacies that create an ultimate dining experience for guests.
Buenos Aires Hotel Offer. World Journeys have great Stay/Pay deals on two top 5-star hotels in Buenos Aires valid for stays until 30 April 2017. The Brick hotel in the prestigious Recoleta district and The Sofitel Buenos Aires in the traditional arts district of Retiro applicable to all room categories. At both hotels the Stay 4/Pay 3 nights can be split over two stays, whereas the Stay 3/Pay 2 nights must be used consecutively. All offers are subject to availability. Contact World Journeys 1800 155 044 or email@example.com
Live Broadcast on Carnival. In what is believed to be one of the world’s biggest and boldest broadcasts at sea, Carnival Cruise Line is hosting fun-loving radio presenters Hamish and Andy and a “ship load” of their listeners onboard Carnival Spirit for an unprecedented five-day live show which will be heard across Australia via satellite from the heart of the South Pacific.
Dubbed “The People’s Cruise” with Hamish & Andy, the voyage will see about 110 listeners join the duo as they present their drive program across the Hit Network from the 2680-guest cruise ship as it sails from Sydney to Vanuatu next month.
While the pair are known for their adventurous broadcasts, the cruise will take them into uncharted waters. The live shows on Carnival Spirit will include one from Sydney Harbour, three days at sea and another anchored off Vanuatu’s uninhabited Mystery Island.
To take the show to sea has required rigorous testing of satellite capabilities over the region and takes advantage of a recent upgrade of Carnival’s onboard internet access to allow the live broadcast to go to air from remote destinations.
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