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Commonwealth Games Glasgow

The 20th Commonwealth Games Glasgow are here… that wonderful gathering of athletes from countries that were once coloured pink on the world map. It’s the Olympics without pesky countries like China, Russia and USA stealing all those medals that we are just points of a second behind due to lack of ab... Continue reading

NZ International Film Festival

Christchurch is the host city for the 2014 NZ International Film Festival from August 7 to August 24. The Festival venues are Hoyts Northland and Hoyts Riccarton. Bookings are now open and tickets can be booked online at www.hoyts.co.nz. Discounts that require ID must be booked at the venue (10:00am... Continue reading

Cairns Ticks All the Boxes

When it comes to Tourism Expos, Cairns ticks all the boxes. For the first time, Cairns played host to ATE14, the 2014 Australian Tourism Exchange. In fact, this was the first time in the Exchange’s 35 year history that a regional centre has hosted the event. The event was attended by buyers an... Continue reading

Overture, Curtain, Lights!

When it comes to the ol’ Overture, Curtain, Lights! no Australian city does theatre better than Melbourne. Of course other cities have excellent theatres and productions but Melbourne seems to have more of it and more chance of drawing a crowd. The proof is in the figures – theatre injected over ... Continue reading

Wine List of the Year

Huge congratulations to Andrew Giblin and Bacchus Bar Restaurant Pool at Rydges South Bank for winning the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide ‘Wine List of the Year’. Head Sommelier, Andrew, was there to accept the award which was judged “for a wine list that not only fits with a restaurant’s food bu... Continue reading

Wellington has Things!

I am constantly knocked out by the quirky angles New Zealand tourism bodies take to sell their country and cities as holiday destinations. Wellington recently launched a campaign that is creative, left-field and totally on the money… Wellington has things! They enlisted the services of Scottish-A... Continue reading

Sting and Paul Simon Together

The Sting and Paul Simon Together tour will please many, many fans. While they are chronologically and musically about ten years apart there’s a lovely synergy in Sting and Paul Simon teaming up to front a band on the same stage where they will perform some songs individually and others as duets. ... Continue reading

Ian Anderson’s Down Under Tour

Here are the Australian and New Zealand concert dates for former Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson’s Down Under tour in December. Tickets have only been on sale for about 10 days and already some concerts have sold out. In April this year, Ian Anderson officially put Jethro Tull to rest, allocat... Continue reading

Kaylee Bell

A tip for the fellow workers with Kaylee Bell at Rydges Mt Panorama Bathurst – where possible, get her to sign everything – in triplicate! You see, that autograph is only going to become more and more in demand. It will be sad to see Kaylee say goodbye to her current job as Guest Service Agent, b... Continue reading

The Best City in Australia to Live

It’s probably no surprise to the local Canberrans who enjoy living in the national capital but Canberra has just been given a big thumbs up as the best city in Australia to live. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development) has unveiled a massive undertaking where they measured... Continue reading

Thumbs Up Air New Zealand

Thumbs up Air New Zealand for again raising the bar with in-flight safety videos. Traditionally, the hardest job for an in-flight crew is to get passengers to watch the in-flight safety video/instructions but Air NZ consistently produces riveting, funny, concise videos that have the cheeky Kiwi p... Continue reading

Recipe for the Reds

As part of our partnership with the St George Queensland Reds, players the Faingaa twins (Anthony and Saia) dropped in to Rydges South Bank for a huddle with our kitchen captain, Bachhus Head Chef, Mark Penna who was ready with a recipe for the reds… Mark welcomed the lads and outlined how th... Continue reading

A Few Brews Making News

A few brews making news at Rydges are the Nepean Indian Pale Ale at Rydges Campbelltown and the special ales, lagers and ciders at Rydges World Square. The Nepean India Pale Ale is a new in-house beer from Rydges Campbelltown's famous Infusion Brewery. It is available on tap and has been speciall... Continue reading

Sunrise in Queenstown NZ

Sunrise in Queenstown NZ can be spectacular, with the lake gaining colour as the sun’s rays play with the peaks in The Remarkables, but this week it was a different Sunrise putting smiles on the faces of local tourism operators. The Australian Seven Network breakfast program, Sunrise, packed up t... Continue reading

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