Luxury resort Kokomo Island Fiji launches

Fiji’s newest and most exclusive private island resort, Kokomo Island Fiji, will officially open its shores on 31st March 2017. Designed to meet the needs of inter-generational travellers, this unique island sanctuary encompasses all the best elements of Fiji, complemented with exquisite service, endless activities and superb culinary delights. 

A hidden gem located on the edge of the celestial Kadavu Island Group, this unspoilt island paradise offers a myriad of experiences both on land and in the surrounding waters. Spread across 140 acres, the island is pocketed with lush rainforest and dotted with gardens that showcase the native flora and fauna. Lined with fine, white sand beaches, the shores are encircled by the The Great Astrolabe Reef, home to an abundance of exotic coral gardens and sea life, just waiting to be explored.

The island’s villas are designed for sustainability, luxury and privacy: there is the Owners’ Beachfront Residence, five Hilltop Luxury Residences offering some of the best views on the island, and 21 Exclusive Beachfront Villas, each with their own pool and private walled garden.

With the Great Astrolabe Reef, the fourth largest in the world, just metres from the shores of Kokomo Island, guests can discover the reef’s diversity of marine life whilst diving, snorkelling, fishing or kayaking, exploring one of the most beautiful oceanic environments in the world.

Kokomo Island officially launches on 31 March 2017, with villas available on a limited basis from January 2017. The all-inclusive daily rate includes meals and beverages, accommodation, a spa treatment and array of activities. Life on Kokomo Island focuses on ease, indulgence, and experience. For bookings or further information, please visit: www.kokomoislandfiji.com


Qantas unveil holiday-inspired' out of office initiative

Qantas has today launched Qantas Out Of Office, a new service that transforms the generic out of office auto email reply into a real-time photographic travel journal.

Qantas Out of Office connects an email address with Instagram and updates the auto reply message with holiday Instagram photos that are tagged with the hashtag #qantasoutofoffice.

To set it up, people need to go to qantasoutofoffice.com, connect their Instagram account and email address, enter dates they are out of the office, where they are travelling to, and a simple message.

Qantas Group Executive Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth said the airline hoped the new out of office travelogue would inspire more colleagues, friends and family to travel the world.

“The traditional out of office message can be both generic and impersonal in nature and from our research, sixty percent of employees say they appreciate receiving something more creative,” she said.

“We know that tips from friends and colleagues are the highest driver for people when choosing their next holiday destination, so we saw an opportunity to encourage travel through the millions of out of office emails being sent every day.

“Whether it’s a snap of a traveller relaxing under a palm tree in the Whitsundays or sampling dumplings in Hong Kong, the images will create travel envy and travel aspirations.”

The application features only the photos tagged with #qantasoutofoffice, so people can choose which photos make up their auto reply message. The service also works with private Instagram accounts.

Qantas Out of Office is available globally to anyone with Hotmail and Gmail, including other domains that use the Gmail inbox.

The auto reply message for people using email through the Outlook desktop application will feature a link that takes recipients to a webpage collection of their Instagrammed holiday photos.

To activate your Qantas Out of Office visit: qantasoutofoffice.com


QANTAS GROUP EMPLOYEES FLYPINK FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH

Qantas Group employees will FlyPink from 1 October, to show their support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

FlyPink is an initiative started by QantasLink Captain Susan McHaffie whose aunt was diagnosed and beat breast cancer. Joining the airline in 2013, Susan was inspired by the National Breast Cancer Foundation-branded pink QantasLink aircraft to find a way to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research that would encourage airlines around the world to join together for the cause.

The launch of FlyPink last year saw more than 3,000 Qantas Group pilots swap their normal gold epaulettes (shoulder stripes) for pink epaulettes. This year, they will be joined by Qantas and QantasLink cabin crew who will swap their silver wing badges for pink, customer service agents in our airports and lounges will wear pink ribbons and ground crew will wear pink caps.

QantasLink Captain Susan McHaffie said she was heartened to see more employees across the airline join forces to support FlyPink this year.

“With more of our team members involved this year, I have high hopes that together we can raise $100,000 for breast cancer research,” she said.

“My ultimate aim is to see other airlines around the world joining us in support of FlyPink. I hope this October I’ll walk past a pilot I don’t know in an international airport wearing pink epaulettes in support of breast cancer research.

“Qantas is really proud to show our support for a terrific initiative that was the brainchild of one of our own pilots, and most importantly help raise vital funds for breast cancer research,” he said.

“As a global carrier, we will support our crew both on the ground and in the air to take the FlyPink initiative from Australia to the world, and are challenging other airlines to join us.”

Every day in 2016, 44 Australian women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer and eight women die from the disease, leaving countless families devastated. The only way to solve this is to improve how breast cancer is managed and treated through targeted and robust research. Funding breast cancer research means that all Australians with the disease will live longer and better lives, ultimately preventing deaths So far, NBCF funded research has helped develop better therapies, greater understanding of possible ways to stop the spread of breast cancer to other areas, and improved quality of life for patients and their families.

Qantas Group pilots who will wear pink epaulettes include Qantas, QantasLink, Jetstar, JetConnect, Cobham, Network Aviation and Express Freighters Australia.

Qantas employees will use the month of October to raise money through a number of other activities including National Breast Cancer Foundation collection tins in employee areas and FlyPink themed breakfasts around the country.

Customers and Qantas employees can support FlyPink by donating to www.flypink.net #WeFlyPink #showyoursupport


Hollywood Heavyweights Get Behind Australia's Favourite Film Festival

Internationally acclaimed actor Chris Hemsworth and two of his renowned Thor co-stars have thrown their weight behind the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF).

Idris Elba (Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Pacific Rim, The Jungle Book) and Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Midnight in Paris, Thor, Avengers), join Hemsworth in endorsing the festival in the upbeat video, which he posted on Facebook and across other social media. His video has since gone viral and within 24 hours Hemworth’s Instagram post had out-performed his others to-date.

“It’s our 10th festival and we understand how important it is to evolve as an event, so as well as a goldmine of wonderful films, we are exploring the new immersive story-telling realms of virtual and augmented reality.

“Our region is home to a curious and creative community and we feel we’ve got the perfect bedrock to bring this, and other new technology into our annual event.”

BBFF’s partnership consultant Kelly Morton said the video was a huge endorsement for the festival. 

“These three actors are massively respected and having their support means a great deal to us. It tells us we are going in the right direction and confirms the respect BBFF commands.

“Their encouragement and backing are a reflection of the interest the industry is taking in the Byron Bay International Film Festival, and of the excitement being generated around BBFF16″.

For more information on the festival, go to www.bbff.com.au


Neil Perry & Aspen Snowmass Cook Up The Ultimate Ski Trip

Combining the best of both worlds – gourmet fare and skiing, Aspen Snowmass and resort Ambassador, Neil Perry have created the luxury ski trip of a lifetime to the tune of $40,000. Until September 30, Rockpool Group diners will be in for the chance to be transported via Qantas Business Class to the slopes of Aspen Snowmass in Colorado.

Dine at Eleven Bridge (Sydney), Rockpool Bar & Grill (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth), Spice Temple (Sydney, Melbourne), or Rosetta (Melbourne) and fill out the competition form presented in the bill fold. The winner will receive two Qantas Business Class tickets to LA, connecting flights to Aspen, seven nights at the ski-in ski-out Viceroy Snowmass and two six-day lift passes at all four Aspen Snowmass mountains (Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk).

Hungry for more? To ensure you enjoy all that ski terrain on offer, add six days of premium equipment rental for two people (including free overnight storage and mountain transfer service) and three days of group lessons. Certainly enough to whet a snow lovers’ appetite during a meal.

Neil Perry has long standing ties with Aspen Snowmass. Now a resort Ambassador and judge of the slope-side annual Australia Day Food Competition, the Perrys vacation in Aspen annually, and even chose Aspen Snowmass as their honeymoon destination. Regular skiers, they are as familiar with the town as any permanent resident, and Neil is keen to share the love of the resort with his guests. 

“I’m so excited about being able to offer our diners a fantastic trip to one of the world’s best ski resorts”, he said.
“Aspen is one of my most favourite places in the world, and I’m sure that the winners will feel the same as I do after their amazing trip”. 
Aspen Snowmass is thrilled to be included in the activities of the Rockpool Group. 

“With Australia being our top international market, Aspen Snowmass is extremely lucky to have Neil Perry as our Ambassador”, said Casey Leach, Sales Manager of Aspen Snowmass. “Not only is Neil a huge fan of Aspen, but we are a gigantic fan of his fabulous restaurants and talent in the kitchen! It is great fun to have Neil be a part of the Australian-Aspen tradition and help us kick off Aspen Snowmass’ Australia Day celebrations each January!”

 

The winner will be drawn on October 14, 2016.