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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Australians going abroad without travel insurance. Would you?

It's true. The latest Thomas Cook Money (TCM) Travel Report reveals 30 per cent of Australians traveling overseas do not have travel insurance.

In response, the newest player in the travel insurance and finance sector, Thomas Cook Money, has today announced it will offer a suite of user-friendly travel money services specially designed for Aussies on the go, including travel insurance, foreign exchange and a pre-paid travel card. Free global wifi* will soon be offered as part of the travel insurance packages, enabling internet connections for globe-trotting customers.

As part of Thomas Cook Money’s entry into Australia their first locally commissioned consumer research, the TCM Travel Report provides some interesting findings. While a high proportion of Australians travel frequently overseas each year, almost 30 per cent choose not to purchase travel insurance. And only 18 percent of respondents take out travel insurance when travelling domestically.

Overwhelmingly, consumers looked for low price (45 percent) and a low claim excess (35 percent) when choosing a travel insurance policy, while 37 percent looked for an easy application process.

Just as important in travel financial decisions are bank fees, with almost 95 percent of overseas travellers reporting international fees and exchange rates as an important consideration when deciding to use a debit card, credit card or to buy foreign currency. One in three travellers used a credit card overseas, with another one in three using local cash.

Managing Director of Thomas Cook Money Asia Pacific Mark Tarring will lead the Australian operation as a springboard to new markets in the Asia Pacific region.

Tarring said Thomas Cook Money was committed to helping its customers manage their holiday budgets year-round, making holiday planning easier and more sustainable with new, user-friendly digital technologies.

“Thomas Cook Money is leveraging the company’s extensive heritage in the global travel industry to deliver fairer, simpler and digitally-led products that look after holiday money for 365 days of the year, not just when you are on holidays. We’re not a bank. We’re a holiday company with a mission to help make holiday money easier to manage for everyone,” Tarring said.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sydney Film Festival


From Wednesday 6 June to Sunday 17 June 2018, the 65th Sydney Film Festival offers Sydneysiders another exciting season of cinema amidst a whirlwind of premieres, red-carpet openings, panel discussions, international guests and more. Each year the Festival’s programming team curates 12 days of cinema sourced from world-famous film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the Berlinale; as well as Australia’s finest local productions.

Sydney Film Festival also presents an Official Competition of 12 films that vie for the Sydney Film Prize, a highly respected honour that awards a $60,000 cash prize based on the decision of a jury of international and Australian filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Festival takes place across greater Sydney: at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Art Gallery of NSW, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, Casula Powerhouse, the Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall and SFF Outdoor Screen.

The Festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar and is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals. For more information visit Sydney Film Festival.

The 65th Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW and Destination NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia and the City of Sydney.

Hawai'i's Natural Beauty Shines from All Angles and Elevations

- Incredible land, sea and air adventures await on six distinct islands -

The diversified landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands offer an abundance of opportunities for inspiration and rejuvenation. From witnessing volcanic activity at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawai'i and soaking in views of Mount Wai'ale'ale while water tubing through the rainforests of Kaua'i, to viewing the sunrise at the 10,023-foot elevation summit of Haleakalā volcano on Maui and an adventure park experience on O'ahu's west side, a wide-range of exploration and excitement awaits.

Whether you prefer exploring the Islands in the company of clouds, beneath the ocean surface, or somewhere in between, here's a sampling of multiple ways to experience Hawai'i's natural beauty and diversity by land, sea and air.

What's New in Minneapolis


Leisure travel and tourism news from the Bold North

Minneapolis visitors and residents are fully embracing the springtime with seasonal fun, festivals and enjoying the City by Nature's unique neighborhoods. With this Meet Minneapolis leisure travel round-up, explore Northeast Minneapolis, and plan your festival season as everything new is about getting outdoors, eating or both.

What's New in Illinois in 2018

From The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism

Frank Lloyd Wright Trail – NEW
Introduced in May 2018, the new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Illinois is a self-guided architectural adventure featuring 13 Wright-designed buildings open to the public throughout Illinois.

Titanosaur Joins the Field Museum - SPRING 2018
As the Field Museum celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018, the biggest dinosaur ever discovered – the Titanosaur – makes its debut in late Spring. It would take about 14 Titanosaurs to climb up Willis Tower.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Glamping in Kakadu - Flash Camp to operate at Cooinda over dry season

Flash Camp @ Kakadu will operate at Cooinda from June through to September

Kakadu is predicting a rise in 'happy campers' following the announcement that Flash Camp will return for a third season at the Cooinda Camping Ground from 16 June to 16 September 2018.

Set in beautifully shady grounds, 'Flash Camp @ Kakadu' offers bespoke bell tent accommodation in the heart of Kakadu National Park, ideal for those seeking an effortless camping experience while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed wilderness.

Accommodation will include double and twin bell tents with spring-foam mattresses on pallet bases, quality bed linen, fresh towels, bamboo furniture, toiletries and Armadillo & Co rugs. Tents have power, lighting and a fan, though nights are usually mild throughout the "winter" season (18 – 20C).

Flash Camp tents can be configured especially for families, allowing two adjacent tents to be allocated for family groups and a communal Flash tent will be available for relaxing and enjoying complimentary tea and coffee.

Flash Camp guests have access to communal toilet and shower facilities, barbeques, as well as a restaurant, bar and pools at the adjoining Cooinda Lodge. A pop-up up Food Truck will operate throughout the peak season offering quality, inexpensive takeaway food such as Barra & Chips.

Cooinda is one of the most convenient bases for touring Kakadu, with Yellow Water Cruises and Spirit of Kakadu Adventure tours operating from Cooinda.  Warradjan Cultural Centre – a showcase for Kakadu's Indigenous culture and heritage – is just five minutes' drive from the campground, and major tourist sites like Nourlangie, Anbangbang, Twin Falls, Jim Jim and Gunlom all within an easy drive.

"Flash Camp is ideal for travellers who like the idea of camping but don't want to have to have to bring all the camping equipment with them, let alone put up the tent and then take it down," said Cooinda General Manager, Brett Skinner.

"It offers a harmonious balance of comfort and reconnection with nature, and is perfect for the season because there is rarely any rain and nights are mild. Last year Flash Camp proved very popular with families, couples and groups. We had people from all over the world opt for the Flash Camp over conventional accommodation once they saw how comfortable the tents were.

"It is really exciting to be able to offer a hassle-free, low-impact camping experience in the heart of one of Australia's most environmentally and culturally rich destinations."

Cooinda Camping Ground is located next to Yellow Water Billabong, thirty minutes from Jabiru and just over three hours' drive from Darwin.

'Flash Camp @ Kakadu' rates start at $140 per night. For more information and bookings, visit: or phone: (08) 8979 1500.

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Gympie Music Muster returns to Queensland's Sunshine Coast Hinterland


In its 37th year, the Gympie Music Muster presents a festival experience like no other. Across four massive days from the 23rd to 26th August, 2018, patrons will not only see some of Australia's most iconic blues and country stars perform live, but they will also have the opportunity to participate, collaborate with and learn from their favourite artists. With the introduction of educational workshops and more collaborative performances than ever before, the Muster has evolved into much more than just a music festival.

The Muster has been the scene of countless memories, friendships forming, musical mateships, and careers being launched; it is an institution on the Australian festival calendar and a legend among Queensland events. The Muster has something for everyone, from the tiniest tacker to the wisest veteran.

Headline performances on the Main Stage are always the centre of the party.

The Muster is steeped in tradition, however, this year heralds the entry of some brand new experiences to the program –

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