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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/219e0/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Shadow Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo has said that the Rudd Labor Government should encourage Australians to holiday at home.Recent figures reveal that an increasing number of Aussies are choosing to travel overseas instead of spending their much-needed holiday dollars at home. Official statistics show the number of Australians holidaying overseas increased by 20 per cent in November compared with November 2008.“Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson has presided over a complete turnaround in domestic tourism numbers, despite all his noises about boosting domestic tourism,” Mr Ciobo said.“International visitors in November 2008 exceeded departures by 39,800, so we’ve basically seen a negative turnaround of 75,200 visitors (for November) in just one year.“These figures are part of a general trend, are of great concern and are evidence Minister Ferguson continues to fail the industry.“Already we have seen around 30,000 jobs axed in the tourism sector on the watch of Minister Ferguson who is clearly too busy with his other portfolios to focus on tourism. “This industry cannot afford to lose any more jobs,” Mr Ciobo said.Mr Ciobo said the tourism figures were also proof the Rudd cash splash had not buoyed domestic tourism as the Labor Government had boasted. “Australians have clearly taken their $900 Rudd sugar-hits and spent them in the beach bars of Bali and the markets of Hanoi – that is money that could and should be flowing into the tills of Australian tourism operators,” Mr Ciobo said.Mr Ciobo said, “If the Rudd Government wants Australia to be a net importer of tourism, not an exporter, it must capitalise on the increased flight capacity and promote Australia to lure more visitors here.”last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOpening in Melbourne in June 2018, United Places Botanic Gardens is situated in the centre of South Yarra, opposite the lush parklands of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Derived from the idea of combining a hotel and home, guests in any of the 12 suites will encounter a spacious room with premium amenities and personalised butler service.United Places has collaborated with a number of Australian creatives to bring together their vision of a hotel as home. As architects and interior designers, Carr Design Group has imbued sophistication with a balance between masculine and feminine. Projects of Imagination has finessed the brand’s holistic experience at every touch point. Award-winning chef, Scott Pickett, will curate in-room breakfast accompaniments daily from the downstairs restaurant, Matilda, where guests will also have priority seating.Darren Rubenstein, owner of United Places says, “We wanted to create a home for guests, where they could revel in the luxury of Melbourne’s best design, food and location in the privacy of their own suite.”“The element that sets a great hotel apart from one that is ‘just fine’ is the level of guest care,” says GM Marcus Pelham. “From the moment a United Places guest arrives, their every need is anticipated. Whether they require theatre tickets, a table at a special restaurant or certain provisions in their kitchen, our staff are on call to ensure it happens.”The striking design of the property greets guests on arrival through an elegant gate, where a butler will welcome them. An asymmetrical conical void over the foyer is home to a specially commissioned piece by artist Laura Woodward. It plays on the elements of water, light and movement and interacts with the monochromatic surfaces of the hallways. The furnishings and artist commissions within the hotel soften the building’s brutal form and minimal palette of grey and bronze.Spanning three floors, there are nine one-bedroom suites and three two-bedroom suites that have large sunken bathtubs overlooking the city’s skyline. All rooms boast luxe, textural embellishments – velvet drapes, richly coloured hardwood floors, bathroom pods clad in charcoal-tinted one-way mirror – teamed with the homely comforts of a well-equipped kitchen and recessed terrace.Rates start at AU$650 per night and include daily breakfast by executive chef Scott Pickett of Matilda, in-room mini-bar and Wi-Fi.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more