Friday, August 30, 2013
- Accommodation for two in a lake-view room with floor-to-ceiling windows, private balcony and a schist stone fireplace
- Two half-hour massages (per stay) at the award-winning eforea spa: at Hilton, with 20 percent discounts on additional treatments
- Full buffet breakfast at Wakatipu Grill, a finalist in Cuisine magazine's 2012 "New Zealand Restaurant of the Year Awards"
Thursday, August 29, 2013
"We have a long journey ahead lasting three years in which we will share experiences, with a common starting point and goals. Barça and Qatar Airways are united by many ideals, such as a passion to be better each day, the conviction that the human factor makes a difference and the integration of different cultures, but I would emphasize the desire we have to connect with people. And this desire leads us to want to be every day closer to our fans."
by Roderick EIme (travelling with Bill Peach Journeys)
Guests on Bill Peach Journeys Classic Australia Aircruise woke to the news that the company's namesake had passed away overnight.
Against a glorious Cable Beach sunset, the group recalled the great man who inspired millions of Australians to get out and see their country with his ground-breaking series of television programs including the iconic 'Peach's Australia'.
Tour director, Lesley Neil, an employee of the company for the last three years shared her memories of working with Bill when she was a young school-leaver in the mid-60s.
"I was working as a young PA at the BBC representative office in Elizabeth Street where Bill worked as the television rep," recalls Lesley, "He was such a kind and gentle man, even a little shy, with a distinctive lock of auburn hair. He had such a lovely manner and very easy to talk to. He was just a natural for the job."
Bill Peach Journeys was established by Bill in 1983 and began with a F27 Fokker Friendship flying guests around Australia. The company that still bears his name now takes people to iconic places all around the world.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
- Recommendations from family and friends who have visited or who live in Australia play a very influential role in destination choice;
- Indian travellers want a holiday that offers comfort, happiness, relaxation and adventure;
- Pre-packaged holidays are preferred for long haul travel as they provide convenience, a range of options, value for money and safety;
- Online travel information is their primary source when 'dreaming' or considering a holiday destination as well as in the holiday planning phase;
- Most Indian travellers continue to use travel agents to plan and book a holiday to Australia.
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|Bill Peach's Australia, a ground-breaking TV travel show,|
introduced Australians to their own backyard. (The Australian)
It is with great sadness that Bill Peach – journalist& travel doyen - died today aged 78. After a short illness he passed away in the early morning surrounded by family.
Following his eight years as the presenter of the ABC's ground breaking current affairs programme "This Day Tonight", Bill began his "Peach's Australia" documentary series. He made 27 programmes in 2 years, filming in every part of Australia. Bill probably added another 5 times around the world while making his other programmes "Holidays with Bill Peach", "Peach's Australian Cities", "Peach's Gold" and "The Explorers". But in 1984 he exchanged the ABC's battered 4 wheel drive vehicles for a more salubrious mode of transport - the F27 Fokker Friendship plane.
For thirty years Bill hosted travellers on trips in Australia and around the world. He was also a great writer publishing ten books on Australian history, as well as many magazine stories and newspaper columns. He received many awards including a special Logie for Outstanding Personal Contribution to Australian Television and was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the Australian media and tourism.
Bill was an amazing man, whose passion for travelling in Australia never swayed, whose zest for life was incredible. He will be greatly missed by all those who have worked and travelled with him.
Bill’s family and the team at Bill Peach Journeys would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and kindness.