Cyclists Put Students’ Minds Into Gear by Pedalling Half Way Around the World

INTREPID adventurers excite secondary school students with tales from their recently completed cycle from London to Hong Kong

HONG KONG, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Laurence Gribble and Nick Codrington pedalled into Hong Kong on Saturday, completing an impressive 17,000 kilometre expedition across Europe, the Middle East and China.

Lam Woo students welcome Gribble and Codrington to their school

Lam Woo students welcome Gribble and Codrington to their school

Having set off from Buckingham Palace in July, Gribble and Codrington, aged 23 and 24 respectively, endured nine months of snow-covered deserts, instant noodles and “the worst roads in the world” to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

On Wednesday, the British explorers took time out from a well-deserved rest to inspire students from SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School, Kwai Hing, where 900 students gathered in anticipation of their arrival.

The pair did not disappoint as they described tales of “face-offs with wolves in Tajikistan” and “breaking the world record for speed across the Taklimakan desert” as well as “the extraordinary hospitality of local people” and experiencing “the pinnacle of teamwork and friendship”.  

Alexander Keech, the school’s Chatteris Native-speaking English Tutor (CNET), has been helping students track Gribble and Codrington’s progress enroute to Hong Kong. He hoped hearing stories about this remarkable feat would inspire students to chase their own dreams and adventures.

Form 4 student Jack said: “They talked about the people they met on their journey, so in my future, if I want to plan an adventure on my own, I will plan it so I can meet different cultures, learn from others, and encounter people with other experiences.”

Lam Woo Principal, Chan Ka Yun, added: “Our students can learn from Laurence and Nick about their spirit and determination…about helping others and learning something new, and about going through a long, long journey to raise money.”

Chatteris Educational Foundation enjoyed collaborating with Lam Woo teachers and the Royal Geographical Society (Hong Kong) to organise the event with a shared commitment to broadening the horizons of Hong Kong students. Chatteris, a registered non-profit organisation with 25 years history, provides students with rich and varied English learning experiences by placing overseas English speaking university graduates in local schools.

Gribble and Codrington finished the talk by explaining that they chose Hong Kong as their final destination because “it is one of the most famous cities in the world, and we wanted to make that connection between London and Hong Kong.”

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Cachet Hotel Group And Drai’s Announce Formation Of Joint Venture Nightlife Company

– The new venture will target hotels and mixed-use developments with a focus on creating fully integrated nightlife and entertainment destinations.

HONG KONG, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) and Drai’s Enterprises (Drai’s) today announced the formation of a joint venture nightlife management company, to be named Drai’s Asia. The new venture will focus on the development and management of Drai’s nightclubs, supper clubs, bars, ultra lounges and beach clubs throughout Asia Pacific in destination cities and resorts.



“We are pleased to partner with creative geniuses, Victor Drai and Michael Gruber, who have a proven track record in creating nightlife destinations,” said Alexander Mirza, President and CEO of Cachet Hotel Group, “This new venture will serve Asia’s growing demand for nightlife. We look forward to debuting Drai’s within CHG hotels and in other properties.”

Victor Drai is the epitome of self-starting entrepreneurial success; from his humble beginnings to his stature as being a Las Vegas nightlife impresario. From business owner to movie producer to restaurant owner and more, today Drai is regarded by many as the “father of the Las Vegas’ nightlife scene.”  A nightlife mogul, Victor Drai is the creator and founder of Las Vegas’ mega clubs Tryst and XS at Wynn, and the visionary owner behind Drai’s Afterhours and Drai’s Beach Club·Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas. Prior to solidifying his firm foothold in the Las Vegas nightlife scene, Drai forayed into the entertainment industry where he hit cinematic gold as the sole producer of hits such as The Woman in Red, The Man with One Red Shoe, Folks, The Bride and the blockbuster Weekend at Bernie’s. 

The partnership with Cachet comes one year after Drai’s opened their flagship Las Vegas Drai’s Beach Club·Nightclub venue with Caesars Entertainment, and on the heels of Drai’s announcing their flagship ultra lounge set to open in the much anticipated Trump Hotel and Residences in Vancouver. 

“Victor and I are very excited about expanding into Asia Pacific with Cachet, an innovative lifestyle hotel group that is growing across the region,” said Michael Gruber, President of Drai’s Enterprises and CEO of Drai’s Asia, “Drai’s Asia will bring our award-winning brands and operation expertise to developers throughout China, Thailand and across Southeast Asia.”

The venture’s first two projects will debut in Chengdu at the Cachet Hotel in 2016 and in Bangkok at the much-anticipated Cachet Deluxe Hotel in 2017. The Chengdu and Bangkok venues will be Drai’s first locations outside North America.

About Cachet Hotel Group:

Cachet Hotel Group (CHG) is a Hong Kong-based hotel management company. CHG’s mission is to be the most innovative and socially responsible hospitality company in Asia. With numerous projects under development, CHG is focused on establishing properties in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and the United States. For more information, please go to

About Drai’s Enterprises – Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub/Drai’s Afterhours/Indigo Lounge:

Drai’s Enterprises owns and operates three exclusive Las Vegas nightlife venues in Las Vegas — Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub/Drai’s Afterhours/Indigo Lounge.  Drai’s nightlife venues are strategically located across from Caesars Palace and The Bellagio, at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo Blvd. on the rooftop and below ground of Caesars Entertainment’s 188 room and suite hotel The Cromwell and the classic Bally’s Hotel/Casino. With unrivaled views, Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub takes entertainment and nightlife to new heights. The Strip’s only rooftop Beach Club includes multiple pools shaded by 10 towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, two full-service bars and a gourmet kitchen. Drai’s Nightclub is a dazzling, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 4,000 square feet of the most state of the art high definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball – the only one of its kind, and the opportunity to detonate custom rooftop firework shows.  Additionally, the legendary Drai’s Afterhours is back in its original location for its 16th year and now brings late night/early morning entertainment to the Strip six nights a week.  Indigo Lounge, located at the iconic Bally’s Hotel/Casino, is a sexy, plush and beautifully designed lounge and bar on the casino floor at Bally’s Las Vegas. Once a main-stay of the Las Vegas experience, the casino lounge concept has all but disappeared, but with the arrival of Indigo Lounge, Victor Drai brought the classic, sophisticated Las Vegas icon back to the center of the Las Vegas Strip.

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28 Chinese: Exhibition explodes narrow perspectives of contemporary art in China

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — This June, visitors to the Asian Art Museum will get a snapshot of some of China’s most exciting artists from the country’s booming contemporary art scene. The museum’s special summer exhibition 28 Chinese offers glimpses of contemporary Chinese art through a group of 28 artists, ranging from those in the spotlight like Liu Wei, He Xiangyu, Huang Yong Ping and Xu Zhen to the internationally acclaimed Zhang Huan and Ai Weiwei. These artists have made a significant impact on the art world and expanded definitions of contemporary art in China. On view June 5 through Aug. 16 at the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition features 48 artworks, revealing powerful responses to China today, as well as perspectives and attitudes towards tradition.

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28 Chinese is the culmination of more than a decade’s worth of exploration and research by art collectors Don and Mera Rubell. Between 2001 and 2012, the Rubells conducted six research trips to China, where they visited 100 artists’ studios in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Xi’an. The Rubells acquired artworks from 28 artists in a multiplicity of mediums, from painting and installation to photography and new media. Organized by guest curator Allison Harding, the Asian Art Museum’s presentation will be the first exhibition on the West Coast for many of these artists.

While artworks in 28 Chinese are only a sample of all that Chinese contemporary art has to offer, they represent a few of the most notable Chinese artists working today, as identified by two preeminent art collectors. A highlight of the exhibition is Zhu Jinshi’s monumental installation, Boat, which is 12 meters long, made from 8,000 sheets of paper commonly used in Chinese calligraphy and painting. Visitors will notice row upon row of carefully stacked paper overlapping bamboo rods suspended from the ceiling with cotton thread. Another highlight is a large scale painting by Li Shurui from her Light series—works that reproduce the look and feel of light in different environments, from arctic landscapes to nightclubs. The exhibition also features Ai Weiwei’s Table with Two Legs (2008), Xu Zhen’s embroidered canvases, He Xiangyu’s installation Cola Project (2009–2010), Qiu Zhijie’s Tattoo-2, (2000) and a screening room featuring a wide range of new video works, including Huang Ran’s Blithe Tragedy (2011) and Fang Lu’s Lovers Are Artists (Part One) (2012).

Following the Asian Art Museum’s presentation of 28 Chinese, the exhibition will travel to the San Antonio Museum of Art (Sept. 5, 2015–Jan. 4, 2016). The exhibition premiered in Miami at the Rubell Family Collection on Dec. 4, 2013 and was on view through Aug. 1, 2014.

Over the past 15 years, the Asian Art Museum has made a concentrated effort to include contemporary art in its exhibition programs and acquisition pursuits. On Sept. 4 the museum will present First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian, an original exhibition showcasing contemporary art in the museum’s collection.

28 Chinese is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible with the generous support of China Art Foundation, Gorretti and Lawrence Lui, Silicon Valley Bank, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Lucy Sun and Warren Felson, and Nordstrom.

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Hainan Province, Hengda Health and Korean Yuanchen Signs Strategic Cooperation Agreement

BOAO, China, March 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In the evening on March 29, Hong Kong listed company New Media (HK.708) (to be changed into Hengda Health Industry Co., Ltd.) announced that it has signed a strategic investment cooperation framework agreement with the Management Committee of the pioneer district of the international medical tourism in Lecheng, Boao, Hainan Province; and Korean Yuanchen Medical Cosmetology Group on March 28 to establish an international medical cosmetology and anti-aging center at the above mentioned pioneer district. An original report from Sina Leju follows.

Three parties has completed the signing ceremony at the Boao Health Forum on March 28, including Lu Junhua, vice-governor of Hainan Province; Tan Zhaohui, executive vice president of Hengda Group and Board chairman of New Media (Hengda Health); and Piao Yuanchen, president of Korean Yuanchen Medical Cosmetology Group.

The “Internet + Health and medical treatment” is now perceived as the most attractive direction and the hottest topic at this Forum. The leading enterprises mainly include Ali Health, Hengda Health and so on. Ali Health, formed by Ali Group through the purchasing of CITIC 21 Century, has a current total market value of HKD 55.4 billion. Hengda Health is formed by Hengda Group through an acquisition of New Media that has just completed. The company has also completed the change in board of directors and is currently with a current total market value of HKD 5.8 billion. These two companies are the industrial leaders, both of which are listed in Hong Kong.

According to the agreement, New Media (Hengda Health) will cooperate with Korean Yuanchen to invest in the construction of the hospital with integration of medial plastic surgery, beauty and anti-aging health, creating a high-end international Beauty Surgery Hospital with advanced technology, professional teams and modern management and plans to use the information modes such as highly efficient and accurate big data, mobile internet, etc. to provide a one-stop service for health and medical tourists.

Korean Yuanchen is the earliest and largest medial beauty group in South Korea. Lexing District in Boao is the first pioneer district of the international medial tourism approved by the State Council and has won 9 national preferential policies such as accelerating the registration and approval process of medical apparatus and instruments, drugs import, etc. According to the authoritative report, it is estimated that the total scale of the health service industry will reach RMB 8,000 billion in China in 2020. Thus, the industrial prospect is bright.

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Commissioned Project: Introducing Attractions of Japanese Food and Food Culture

– Short Film “Shabu-Shabu Spirit” Will Premiere Globally and Begin Streaming Online on March 25 –

– Five Short Films under Theme of “WA – SHOKU” (Japanese Food) Will Also Begin Screening Online Free of Charge! –

TOKYO, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In December 2014, Wa-shoku – traditional Japanese cuisine and food culture – was recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Japan is home to diverse and abundant nature, and has nurtured its own original food culture. The tradition of the cuisine, very much rooted in the unique Japanese temperament, is understood as a “culture” that should be protected by Japan.

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On this occasion, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), one of the largest international short film festivals in Asia, has collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to launch “Project Introducing The Attractions Of Japanese Food And Food Culture,” designed to spread the attractions of Japanese food and Japanese food culture throughout Japan and the world.

Under the project, a Special Production Short Film titled “Shabu-Shabu Spirit” has been produced. This short film is screened online in full from March 25 (Wednesday) alongside an additional “WA – SHOKU (Japanese Food) Program,” which includes five short films carefully selected around the Japanese Food theme. Furthermore, “Shabu-Shabu Spirit” will be shown at Expo Milano 2015, due to open in Milan, Italy on May 1. Through such activities, we will further promote Japanese food and Japanese food culture.

Shabu-Shabu Spirit
Yuki Saito / Japan / 2015 / comedy / 10:32 minutes
A fiance, Keita, goes to meet the family, and the father, Shozo, begins his secret appraisal – a test to see whether this fiance is worthy or not of marrying his daughter. Trying to reduce the distance between them, the mother prepares a single nabe (cooking pot) for the shabu-shabu meal. As Shozo’s eyes glint brightly, Keita reaches towards the shabu-shabu.

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WA – SHOKU (Japanese Food) Program Lineup

Jordan Feldman / France / 2004 / Romance / 5:30 minutes
Francoise’s arrival in a Japanese restaurant at lunchtime causes a chain reaction.

Hatsuhiko Kaneda / Japan / 2012 / Drama / 11 minutes
An average day at a small izakaya doing steady business in the corner of a residential area is depicted in a matter-of-fact way. What thoughts run through the mind of the shop’s owner?

Fully cooked for you
Yuka Imabayashi / Japan / 2011 / Animation / 3:44 minutes
A mother is making a traditional New Year’s vegetable dish for the family, and her child is watching. The ingredients are animals of peas, carrots, burdock root and konjak. Enjoy the dish!

Matthew Fisher / USA / 2014 / 10:34 minutes
Mono no aware – Japanese for ‘sadness for the transience of things.’ This story explores the environment of the teppanyaki restaurant through the eyes of an aging chef. A slice-of-life meditation on life’s fading joys, and its moments of rejuvenation.

A Sushi Love Story
Mike Blaney / USA / 2010 / Animation / 2 minutes
A young sushi is torn between love at home and adventure abroad.

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Committee for Short Shorts
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Zhouzhuang Celebrates the Year of the Sheep With 15-Day Carnival

ZHOUZHUANG, China, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — From February 19 to March 5, 2015, the town of Zhouzhuang in China celebrated Chinese New Year with a variety of activities and traditions.

Visitors embraced the Chinese-style Carnival of Venice in a water town that retains the distinctive and rich folk custom of Chinese New Year the way locals have been celebrating for hundreds of years.

An ancient town built on water, Zhouzhuang sits on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and Taihu Lake. The four streams crisscrossing one another through the town justify its “Venice of the East” title.

Being the most famous water town in China, it welcomes over three million tourists annually, including 300,000 from overseas. It’s also a popular getaway destination for Shanghai residents as it is less than two hours’ drive away.

The locals live a peaceful life by the canal that contrasts with the busy life in the cities, yet the Spring Festival here has a stronger festive atmosphere. On the first day of the Year of the Sheep, February 19, the traditional agricultural ritual da chun niu took place. Beating the gold-colored ox to mark the first day of the lunar New Year, visitors prayed for a good harvest and prosperity, and touched the ox for good luck.

February 23, the fifth day of the Spring Festival, is the birthday of Chinese God of Wealth, all the stores in town paying tribute with drums and fireworks throughout the day. Worshiped by most Chinese people, every family hangs up a picture of the god and wishes for luck and wealth.

The ritual hosted by the town had true Chinese New Year carnival spirit; at 9:58 in the morning, the town master, dressed in ancient costume, stepped onto the 100-meter “road of fortune” with an entourage holding tributes and a crowd cheering on either side. With the band beating drums and playing loud, festive folk music, he prayed for good luck at the temple and led the guests through the “gate of fortune.”

The waterway parade was another highlight where visitors learnt the story of Zhouzhuang’s very own God of Wealth, Shen Wansan, whose success has made him the richest businessman in the region since ancient times.

The holiday season ended with the Lantern Festival on March 5 featuring three events; the lantern show, the fireworks display and the lantern riddle party. Boats decorated with colorful lanterns travelled on the water when the riddle party connected the visitors with local residents.

Devoted to preserving the ancient life and lifestyle for visitors, Zhouzhuang celebrates the Chinese New Year with respect of its heritage and the carnival takes months of preparation. For visitors from overseas, it is a chance to get a glimpse of ancient Chinese history and culture while for the locals, the village also represents a nostalgic dream.

Zhouzhuang is close to Shanghai and has a similar culture, but keeps to an ancient way of living. The stone bridges, curved roofs and old waterways make up the town’s unique infrastructure and more than 60 percent of the architecture is well preserved from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

In April, the windmill season will return to the water town as part of the 20th China Zhouzhuang International Tourism Festival. Although a symbol of the Netherlands, the Chinese style is a little different, with exhibitions, performances and parties transforming the village into something from a fairytale for three months and giving visitors the chance to make colorful origami windmills that spin with just a gentle blow of the wind.

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cle de peau BEAUTE of Shiseido Presents “REVERBERATIPON-Pavilion of Light and Sound” Designed by Shigeru Ban on occasion of 56th Venice Biennale Vernissage

TOKYO, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Shiseido Group’s high prestige brand “cle de peau BEAUTE,” will exhibit “REVERBERATION-Pavilion of Light and Sound” designed by Shigeru Ban, one of the most renowned architects. The exhibition will be held from May 8 (Friday) to May 9 (Saturday) at the Palazzo Pisani Conservatory, one of the most refined historical buildings in Venice, Italy, coinciding with the Vernissage of the 56th Venice Biennale.

This project, by producing a pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban, is a collaboration to take on new creative challenges and is part of the cle de peau BEAUTE brand’s global strategy.

Shigeru Ban was inspired by the “Lights of Venice” theme of cle de peau BEAUTE’s 2015 Autumn/ Winter Collection, and has created a design that is dynamic and has a delicate and sensitive visual presentation. Inside the unique pavilion space created with approximately 90,000 makeup cases, visitors can experience the mysterious light and shadows of Venice with a musical performance.

Images and materials from this event are available at the following site:

-Message from Shigeru Ban

When enveloping together a space using the minimum materials and power, a tensile structure is ideal. To cut out a space surrounded by the narrow historical facade of Palazzo Pisani, l have used acrylic sheets for the exterior of the pavilion, and allowed them to hang in a natural suspension, creating a parabola.

The first time l saw the makeup palette of cle de peau BEAUTE, the dark blue colors looked to me like a tile that reflects and absorbs light. So l’ve taken this palette and stuck them on both sides of the acrylic sheets, spaced in 9mm gaps, just like tiles. They reflect light, and make darkness in the interior and through the spaces between them, a wavering light which is characteristic of Venice, flows into the structure reflected from surface of the water functioned as a fixed weight.

When l stood in the courtyard of the Palazzo Pisani Conservatory, l heard sounds from out of nowhere. These sounds were not music per se, but rather a component of the unique environment of this space.

This is a space filled with mysterious light and shadows, and harmonious sounds. This is not makeup applied to a historical facade, but rather a method for drawing out the charm of the existing context.

-Exhibition Information

Title: “REVERBERATION-Pavilion of Light and Sound” Designed by Shigeru Ban
Time: May 8-9, 2015
* A press preview is planned for May 7 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Venue: Palazzo Pisani Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello
San Marco 2810, Venezia, Italy
Pavilion Design: Shigeru Ban (Architect)
Organizer: Shiseido Co., Ltd. “cle de peau BEAUTE”

Yumi Oshimori
cle de peau BEAUTE PR
Shiseido Co.,LTD

Grazia Zuccarini
Communication & Public Relations
Shiseido Cosmetici Italia S.p.A.

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Tourism Operators On A Mission To Promote NSW In China

SYDNEY, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Tourism operators from across NSW will travel to China this week to sell the State as a destination of choice to key Chinese travel partners.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said more than 30 NSW tourism operators will take part in the mission, which runs from 22-28 March in Wuhan and Guangzhou, two cities identified as target markets in NSW’s China Tourism Strategy 2012-2020.

“This initiative helps us take advantage of the growing demand from China, with NSW operators showcasing experiences on offer in our State to key Chinese trade partners, increasing their knowledge and awareness of our destinations and products,” Ms. Chipchase said.

“It will also assist NSW suppliers to build and strengthen their relationships with Chinese product managers, and provide opportunities to contract with wholesalers.

China is our State’s top inbound visitor market. In the year ending September, more than 443,000 Chinese visitors stayed 12.1 million nights in NSW, spending more than $1.5 billion, so it’s important we continue to work with the Chinese travel trade industry to further increase the number of Chinese visitors to NSW and ensure NSW remains the most popular destination,” she said.

Destination NSW has invited participating operators to extend their stay in China to take part in a roadshow being run as part of a campaign with China Travel International Guangdong.

“Operators attending the mission have been invited to take part in the Guilin leg of this roadshow, which will visit six key cities within South China to promote Sydney and NSW itineraries and further develop emerging markets,” Ms. Chipchase said.

“This is another great opportunity to show why NSW is Australia’s number one destination, highlighting some of the great tours, activities, accommodation options and spectacular locations that make us a perfect destination for Chinese travellers,” she said.

The NSW tourism operators participating in the Greater China Mission have received support from the NSW Government’s International Business Development Program, delivered by Destination NSW. The mission has been organised by Destination NSW in conjunction with Tourism and Events Queensland.

Participating NSW tourism operators include:

  • AAT Kings
  • Australian Cruise Group
  • Balloon Aloft
  • BridgeClimb Sydney
  • Captain Cook Cruises
  • Choice Hotels Australasia
  • Discover Jervis Bay – Dolphin Watch
  • Destination Tweed
  • Fantasea Adventure Cruising
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Four Seasons Sydney
  • Grand Pacific Drive
  • Hunter Valley Resort
  • Instyle Chauffeured Limousines
  • JJ Travel Service and Benz Luxury Coach & Tour
  • Lets Go Surfing
  • Merlin Entertainments Group
  • Moonshadow Cruises & Port Stephens 4WD Tours
  • Mowbray Park Farm Holidays
  • Nicks Restaurant & Bar Group
  • Oaks Hotels & Resorts
  • Shangri-la Hotel, Sydney
  • Starwood Australia Hotels
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Seaplanes
  • Tamboi Queen Cruises
  • TFE Hotels
  • The Grace Hotel
  • The Legendary Pacific Coast
  • The Star
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Trippas White Group
  • YHA Australia