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Tourism New South Wales has launched new international web sites in English, German, French and Italian at www.seesydney.com. In addition the Sydney and New South Wales destination guide has just been launched. The guide replaces the Big Book of NSW and is designed for both trade and consumer use. Contact us: UK / EUROPE info@tnsw.australia.com THE AMERICAS tourismnswla@earthlink.net Or call your local Aussie Helpline www.seesydney.com Australian Eco Adventures has set up a new division specialising in premium, luxury charters tailored for clients wishing to experience the best that Australia can offer in first-class fashion. Called the Diamond Series, the charter service uses top-of-the-range vehicles, including new Landcruiser 4WDs. Itineraries are kept flexible and can include day tours, exclusive Sydney Harbour cruises, and seaplane and luxury helicopter trips. www.ozeco.com.au Air Adventure Australia, which provides up-market air safari itineraries, is now offering an exciting Lord Howe Island package, which includes glass-bottomed boat cruising, snorkelling on the world’s most southerly coral reef and rainforest trekking (suitable for all levels of fitness) on Little Island. www.airadventure.com.au Sea Sydney Cruises is now offering the opportunity to “cruise like a local”. Cruise Sydney Harbour for five hours, experiencing the Sydney way of life aboard Calypso, a 52 foot luxury motor yacht. With guaranteed daily departures (minimum of two people, maximum ten) guests can tailor their itinerary – more time swimming or kayaking or more time to relax and soak up the ambience. Enjoy a gourmet barbecue whilst anchored in a quiet harbour cove. www.seasydneycruises.com.au e great new products uth Wales, much of which was on parade at the recent w packages that are ideal for international visitors. Sea Sydney Cruises J u l y 2 0 0 7 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m 17

Now providing access to an extensive range of more than 120 resorts, retreats, hotels and apartments throughout Australia, as well as others in New Zealand, the Stella Hospitality Group now offers everything from budget breaks to luxury accommodation with some 15,000 rooms under management. The brands are among the most recognised in Australia, including Peppers Retreats, Resorts and Hotels; Saville Hotel Group and Breakfree Hotels, Resorts and Apartments – all bookable with one point of reference through Stella’s central reservation system. Stella Hospitality Group recently announced the consolidation of its city centre properties under the Saville Hotel Group. Under this banner, Pacifi c International Hotels, which is now also in the Stella family, are being rebranded to Saville properties, greatly increasing the brand’s presence in key cities around Australia. The Saville expansion Included in the Saville expansion is the recently converted Saville Pandanas in the Northern Territory capital, Darwin – once part of the Outrigger line-up. The 26-level Saville Pandanas is the second tallest building in Australia’s youngest and fastest growing city, and is located within walking distance of the city’s main restaurants and entertainment. Saville has also stepped up its profi le in Western Australia with the launch of a waterfront apartment complex in the bustling regional city of Geraldton – a hive of activity during the fi shing season from mid-November till the end of June, when a multimillion dollar fi shing fl eet brings in its regular catch of mouthwatering rock lobster. Next year, Western Australia will see another Saville open in Bunbury, within easy reach of Perth and famed for its beaches, local dolphins and rural beauty. Another major development over the past few months has been the integration of S8 apartment resorts into Stella’s growing portfolio. This followed the friendly merger of MFS, Stella’s parent company, with S8 nine months ago. The S8 properties included in the deal have now been converted to Stella brands, the majority now known as Breakfree properties, and another coming under the newer Mantra brand. Mantra properties are located in popular leisure destinations and the brand also includes former Outrigger favourites such Accommodation Focus: The Stella Group A formidable line-up of winning brands The past few months have seen many changes on the Australian accommodation scene, one of the biggest being the emergence of the Stella Hospitality Group as a major player with its take over of several popular hotel brands. Q1 Resort w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m J u l y 2 0 0 7