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Destination Wrap: Tourism Australia’s ‘Philausophy’ campaign update, PNG hosts media in Sydney + MORE!

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Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority hosts media In Sydney

Papua New Guinea artist Lesley Wengembo

Last week, the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority hosted media, influencers and TV personalities at a highlands themed event in Sydney.

The event was a showcase of Papua New Guinea’s “unique highlands culture” and the region’s “untouched offering for true travellers”, the PNG tourism body said.

Guests were treated to a mumu-style feast of roast pork and sweet potatoes, as well PNG-grown Kwila Coffee espresso martinis, and Queen Emma chocolate tarts.

Papua New Guinea artist Lesley Wengembo painted a portrait of two Huli Wigmen during the event, with Alesha Bradford of NOMADasaurus the winner of the painting, as well as return flights to Papua New Guinea courtesy of Air Niugini.

Tourism Australia releases new ‘Philausophy’ campaign video

Tourism Australia has released the first of a series of industry videos as part of its ‘Come live our Philausophy’ campaign.

The video, released under the tagline ‘Shoes are optional but saying g’day is compulsory out here’,  features Quicksilver Group marine biologist and Master Reef Guide, Samantha Gray, on the Great Barrier Reef.

NYC & Company announces New York City winter outing

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organisation, today announced the return of NYC Winter Outing, which will run from 21 January to 9 February 2020.

NYC Winter Outing combines NYC & Company’s three signature programs – NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week and NYC Must-See Week – creating ultimate value across the five boroughs.

During the three-week period, select Broadway shows, attractions, museums, tours and performing arts will offer two-for-one tickets and nearly 400 restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner.

Brooklyn, 16/2/17: ‘Brooklyn Bridge Park’ by Julienne Schaer

Dubai fitness challenge ends on a resounding high

Dubai has emphatically demonstrated its people’s commitment to an active lifestyle, as Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) officially drew curtains on its most successful and engaging edition this weekend.

The citywide fitness movement broke all records as 1,108,890 residents and visitors joined the DFC.

The 30-day festival of health for all got people of all ages and abilities saw people complete 30 minutes of physical activity daily for 30 days, transforming Dubai into the world’s first and only ‘City Gym’ with over 13,000 fitness and wellness activities and events, a spokesperson for the Dubai Fitness Challenge claimed.

The event was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, in 2017.

Thredbo announced as best Australian ski resort at the 2019 World Ski Awards

Thredbo has stamped its mark as Australia’s top alpine tourist destination by winning the prestigious accolade of the Best Australian Ski Resort at the World Ski Awards held in Kitzbühel, Austria over the weekend.

The accolade marks the third consecutive year that Thredbo has been named Australia’s Best Ski Resort at the global awards.

The World Ski Awards, voted on by professionals in the snow industry and skiers and snowboarders worldwide, is a global initiative that recognises, rewards and celebrates excellence in the snow industry.

It aims to drive up standards within snow tourism industry by rewarding the organisations that excel in their field.

Sydney laneways to light up for Lunar celebrations

The laneways of Chinatown will come to life for a dazzling night of stalls, concerts, street performances and free activities, as the City of Sydney marks the start of 2020 Sydney Lunar Festival.

Kicking off 16 days of celebrations to mark, for the first time Lunar Lanes will weave through the streets of Chinatown to Darling Harbour on Lunar New Year’s Day, linking historic Haymarket with the new harbourside precinct.

More than a million visitors are expected to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of Asia during the City of Sydney’s Sydney Lunar festival from 25 January to 9 February, the City of Sydney said in a press release.

The festival claims to be the biggest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside Asia, and welcomes tourists from around the world, as well as Sydney’s multicultural Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, and Malaysian communities.

Featured image (L to R): Marie Ozaltin (Air Niugini), Simon Pih (Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority), Vic Lynch (Kwila Coffee) and Melissa Garcia (Kwila Coffee)

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