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Destination Wrap: WA’s European push, Taiwan celebrates Year of Mountain Tourism, NYC’s 2020 plans + MORE!

We are officially declaring 2020 the year of the wrap! Yes, we can do that and no, you shouldn’t Google it to check. Instead, get all the latest destination-based news right here.

Nedal snaps quokka selfie ahead of ATP Cup debut

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World number one ranked men’s tennis player Rafael Nadal and his Spanish teammates have kicked off 2020 in unique Western Australian style – taking quokka selfies at Rottnest Island.

Team Spain are in Perth to compete in the inaugural international men’s team’s event, the ATP Cup, which begins this Friday at RAC Arena.

New York City updates for 2019/2020

New York City invites visitors to discover New York City’s Winter Wonderland

NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization of New York City, invites locals and travellers to explore the vibrant and affordable winter scene to be found in the City’s five boroughs as the official start to the season quickly approaches.

The Met turns 150 years old!

To celebrate The Met’s 150th anniversary in 2020, visitors are invited to discover more than 250 works of art from the collection ‘Making the Met, 1870-2020’ which takes visitors on a journey through the Museum’s history.

Public Art Fund announces 2020 exhibitions

Public Art Fund announces five solo exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists working across photography, installation, and sculpture for its upcoming 2020 season. The season begins on January 29, with a series of newly-commissioned photographs by Farah Al Qasimi that capture both private and public spaces familiar to the artist, and reveal intimate and seemingly inconspicuous moments across New York City.

Vida Americana: Mexican muralist remake American art, 1925-1945 to debut at New York’s Whitney Museum in February 2020

Next February, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York debuts Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945, a major exhibition exploring the ways in which Mexico’s three leading muralists – Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Diego Rivera – transformed artmaking in the United States.

Jasper Johns – Fall 2020

Jasper Johns (b. 1930) is arguably the most influential living American artist. Over the past sixty-five years, he has produced a radical and varied body of work marked by constant reinvention. In an unprecedented collaboration, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney will stage a retrospective of Johns’s career simultaneously across the two museums, featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, many shown publicly for the first time.

Australia’s first surf park opens today

URBNSURF Melbourne, Australia’s first surf park, opened to the public on Monday, January 6th, with bookings for surf sessions, surf lessons and spectator passes available now.

Located just minutes from Melbourne Airport and a short drive from the CBD, URBNSURF Melbourne makes surfing easier, and more accessible, by providing safe, convenient and reliable breaks that create perfect waves, day and night. Offering surf session and surf lesson, URBNSURF’s experiences can be customised to suit all ages and abilities – from gentle, rolling whitewater waves for learners and beginners, through to steep, barrelling waves that will challenge even the most experienced surfers.

Taiwan celebrates its year of Mountain Tourism 

With 2020 being nominated as Taiwan’s Year of Mountain Tourism, the Taiwan Tourist Board in Australia is encouraging travellers to explore much of Taiwan by foot.  Even though over 50 per cent of Taiwan is mountainous and heavily forested, the national parks and forest recreation areas have excellent trails and it is possible to hike year-round on a well-developed trail network from sea level to 3,952m.

Western Australia on show in new European marketing campaign 

Western Australia’s South-West region has received a promo push aimed to showcase its road trip experiences to potential visitors in Germany and Switzerland.

The co-operative marketing campaign is a partnership between the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, and German tour operator FTI Touristik and aims to increase awareness of Western Australia and attract holiday visitors. Campaign activity will be promoted through FTI Touristik platforms such as shopfronts, training videos and in-store digital signage and will run until June 2020.

Digital, radio and cinema advertising will also form part of the promotional efforts, targeted at visitors including the 35 to 60-year age group, experienced holiday-makers and independent travellers.

The campaign builds on the momentum of the State being featured as FTI Touristik’s Highlight of the Year destination last year, with WA the featured destination across channels including catalogues, cinema ads, info screens, roadshows and agent training workshops.

In the year ending June 2019, 32,200 leisure visitors from Germany spent $71 million while 12,000 leisure visitors from Switzerland spent $32 million.

New Scottish visitor experience + Glenturret Burns Night Supper comes to Sydney

Source: Helen Pugh Photography

The Scottish Seabird Centre is opening its newly refurbished visitor experience in time for the launch of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters in 2020.

The Centre’s new mechanical exhibits, interactive games, virtual reality experience and storyboards have all been designed in partnership with the expert team from Glasgow Science Centre. The expanded themes focus on seabirds, marine habitats and wildlife, threats and scientific discovery. As part of the refurbishment, the Scottish Seabird Centre has also fully upgraded the popular Bass Rock interactive cameras within the Discovery Experience, showing live action straight from the world’s largest northern gannet colony.

Meanwhile, the enduring cultural legacy of Scots in Australia will come to life on 25th of January 2020, when a unique Glenturret Burns Night Supper will be held at the Sydney Opera House, as part of the year-long program of cultural and musical events planned for the Year of Scotland in Australia (YOSA 2020).

Heading straight to the airport from their headline appearance at the world-renowned Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, the multi-award-winning Scottish band Breabach will make the journey to Sydney to join what will be their only Australian appearance in 2020.


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