Australian Skiers Fly to Aspen Snowmass On New Route

United Airlines have announced a new, non-stop service between Sydney and Houston, Texas. Not only will it be the only nonstop service between Australia and Houston, but is timed to connect perfectly with direct flights to Aspen Snowmass.

Inward flights will arrive in Aspen Pitkin County Airport at 1.52pm, in time for an afternoon ski. Departing flights leave at 3.10pm, allowing Aussies one last glorious morning of schuss before getting on the plane. The best part? Prices are from $1250 AUD for January 2018.

With new routes having recently been announced to Aspen Snowmass with Qantas through Los Angeles, and with Virgin last northern ski season, this is the third major airline announcement for the ski resort in four years. It’s a massive bonus for Australian skiers who are the resorts’ number one international market.

“We love Aussies, and they love our four mountains, authentic mining town atmosphere and incredible dining ”, says Jeff Hanle, Director of Public Relations, Aspen Skiing Company. “Australian skiers have been and continue to be our top internationals and more routes to get them here is extremely welcomed. Open up those skies and keep them coming.”

Alison Espley, managing director of Japan and Pacific Sales, says United Airlines is equally committed to the Australian market. “We are delighted to provide travellers from Sydney with unparalleled easy access to the U.S. and beyond through this new route launch. United carefully planned this route with the convenience and comfort of our customers in mind.”

These new flights only further cements Aspen Snowmass’s ties to Australia, which is now in it’s fourth year of holding an Australia Day (complete with vegemite and Tim Tams) and the Neil Perry (a resort Ambassador, along with Torah Bright) judged Food Competition with top chefs which have included interpretations of pavlovas, sausage rolls and lamingtons.

United Airlines will continue with direct flights via Los Angeles and San Francisco to Aspen Snowmass.

Source: Aspen Snowmass

Study reveals - Sydney in the Top 10 of the least stressful cities in the world

The 2017 Stressful City Index Study by online dry cleaning service Zipjet analysed causes of stress such as household debt, unemployment levels and poor mental health among other mitigating factors to determine the most and least stressful cities in the world.

Stuttgart, Germany is the least stressful city, ranking highly for green spaces, good mental health of citizens and family purchase power.

Baghdad, Iraq is revealed as the most stressful city, ranking low for public transport, unemployment rates, perception of security and gender equality.

Brussels, Belgium is the 2nd most stressful city in Europe due to high unemployment levels.

To select the cities in the ranking, Zipjet studied 500 locations based on data relating to the cities’ infrastructure, pollution levels, financial stability and the quality of life for its citizens.

Within these categories criteria such as household debt, perception of security, number of green spaces, unemployment levels, population density and racial & gender equality, were researched, along with additional factors which adversely affect mental health, such as number of sunshine hours.

Each factor was ranked out of 10 with a score of 1 indicating the least amount of stress and a score of 10 indicating the most. A final score was then calculated for each city to allow comparability.

“Mental health problems are on the rise worldwide, with stress being a trigger and contributing factor towards this increase. We hope that by pinpointing how the least stressful cities are managing this issue, those cities struggling with a stressed out population can overcome it.” stated Managing Director of ZipJet, Florian Faerber. “We’re happy to be a part of the wave of digitalization working to reduce stress all around the world.”

Source: Zipjet

Discover the Unique Culture and Adventures of Oman - Six Senses Zighy Bay launches captivating new video

Six Senses Zighy Bay has unveiled a stunning video to mark its ten-year anniversary. During the past decade, the award winning resort has been creating incredible out-of-the-ordinary experiences for guests who embrace the resort’s ethos and celebrate the unique attractions and dedicated service offered with Omani warmth.

Set between the dramatic Hajar Mountains and the azure waters of Zighy Bay, the resort enjoys a spectacular, isolated location in Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, nestled on a mile-long sandy beach. Activities embracing the natural wonders include paragliding, mountain biking, dhow cruising, snorkeling, diving and fishing, promising visitors unforgettable adventures.

Combining contemporary and traditional Omani architecture, the collection of one-bedroom villas, duplex two-bedroom villas, The Retreat and Beit Musandam – The Private Reserve each come with a private pool, 24-hour Guest Experience Makers (GEM) service and most are designed with an Arabian Summerhouse.

To celebrate the launch of this new video, the resort is offering an all-inclusive package featuring the resort’s premiere accommodation, Beit Musandam.

The welcoming four-bedrooms villa is the ideal spot for a group of friends or a family vacation to experience an Arabian palace of wonders.

Complimentary perks include a round-trip transfer from Dubai International airport, speedboat or paragliding arrival experience, relaxing 60-minute Six Senses Signature massage, one-hour rejuvenating fitness or yoga session with a personal instructor, enjoying views of Musandam fjords with a private sunset dhow cruise, one time in-villa private barbecue dinner with a private chef and so much more.

In conjunction with the unveiling of this new video, the contemporary fine dining restaurant Sense on the Edge, which re-opens in September, will introduce a brand new Kitchen Table night where guests can take front-row seats at the kitchen table, perfect for personal attention from the resort’s dedicated chefs, as they serve up a feast to remember at almost 1,000 feet (300 metres) above sea level.

Those looking to simply unwind and relax can enjoy a refuge for mind and body at Six Senses Spa Zighy Bay which is committed to delivering integrated wellness experiences along with peace, tranquility, fitness and health.

Aaron McGrath, general manager at Six Senses Zighy Bay said, “”We are thrilled to mark the ten year anniversary of Six Senses Zighy Bay with this captivating new video featuring the beauty of Oman and its unique culture.

The timing of this new video aligns with the recognition of Six Senses by Travel + Leisure magazine as Best Hotel Brand in the World. The resort remains one-of-a-kind for not only Six Senses, but also for the hospitality sector in Oman and the wider Middle East region. We continuously redefine our resort with exceptional customer service, environmentally thoughtful projects and memorable dining alternatives.”

Source: Six Senses

U by Uniworld Launch at Bar Machiavelli

With a ‘taste of Europe’ themed evening and hosted at Bar Machiavelli in Rushcutters Bay Sydney, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection celebrated its official Australian launch of U by Uniworld – the revolutionary new brand offering luxe river cruising for the new generation.

A black carpet to represent the sleek black ships was rolled out as 130 guests were welcomed with a Night Owl lavender based cocktail and joined Managing Director, Fiona Dalton in anticipation for the exclusive event. Uniworld’s Global CEO, Ellen Bettridge, also made an appearance in a special video to welcome Australian travellers onboard The A and The B.

The launch also coincides with U by Uniworld’s special preview cruise in 6 weeks, where Petra Nemcova, philanthropist, founder of Happy Heart Fund and Victoria’s Secret Angel will act as The B’s Guardian Angel. To date, U by Uniworld has recently supported by donating $US50k to rebuilding a school in Nepal.

The ships are set to sail in April 14, 2018, Fiona stated, “What makes U by Uniworld so exciting is that we are the first cruise line in the world, and certainly the first in river cruising to design and offer cruises specifically for the 21 – 45 year old age group. Some have called it revolutionary, others a game-changer but whichever way you look at it, what we’re doing is new, innovative and offers a completely new take on experiential travel!”

A mix of trade partners, travel agents, lifestyle media and Australia’s best content creators plus media personalities such as Jordan and Zac Stenmark, Tim Robards, Melissa Hoyer, Lincoln Younes and Matt Doran, enjoyed the festivities and atmosphere as they were transported to Europe with a luxurious French dessert filled bar to represent The Seine Experience; an extravagant cheese table inspired by the Netherlands and Rolling on the Rhine; and Germany’s Finest with a pretzel station. The finishing touch was with a live illustrator personalising travel quotes for the party as guests enjoyed tunes by DJ Alice Quiddington.

Source: U by Uniworld

Qantas and Emirates to extend partnership

Qantas and Emirates will apply to extend their cornerstone partnership for another five years, making changes to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and each airline’s respective network strengths.

These changes will deliver additional benefits to the eight million passengers who have travelled more than 65 billion kilometres on the combined network since 2013, increasing customer choice as well as frequent flyer earn and redeem opportunities.

The adjustments announced today will also deliver financial upside to both airlines, with Qantas annualised net benefit estimated at more than $80 million from FY19 onwards.

Meeting in Sydney to finalise the extension, both airlines agreed the first five years of the partnership had lived up to the promise of serving their customers better, together. Changes to the joint network are designed to reinforce this for the next five years.

The key change will see the airlines better leveraging each other’s networks, by providing three options to Europe – via Dubai, Perth and Singapore.

Qantas will re-route its daily Sydney-London A380 service via Singapore rather than Dubai and upgrade its existing daily Melbourne-Singapore flight from an A330 to an A380.  As previously announced, Qantas’ existing Melbourne-Dubai-London service will be replaced with its Dreamliner service flying Melbourne-Perth-London.

Customer demand for flights between Australia and Dubai will remain well served by the 77 weekly services that Emirates operates from five cities – Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney – including seven daily A380 flights. Qantas passengers will still be able to fly on Emirates to Dubai, where they have access to over 60 onward connections on Emirates to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Source: Qantas