March 31, 2015
Toby Smith & Nelson Chin

Toby Smith & Nelson Chin

From the beginning of October this year, Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that they are boosting capacity on the Sydney-Hong Kong route by moving a second of their four daily flights from an Airbus A330 aircraft to the larger Boeing 777-300ER. This increase will add an extra 8% capacity to the route, lifting growth on the airline’s Sydney-Hong Kong service to 18% for 2015, giving travellers greater choice.

This increase in capacity should make planning the journey easier for travellers, as they will have greater flexibility in choosing a flight departure time to suit their itinerary requirements. This should help avoid hours of waiting time at airports when making connecting flights. Taking some of the stresses away from travelling will mean a more pleasant experience, which is something all travellers desire, no matter whether they are business or leisure travellers.

Cathay Pacific will fly the B777 on the daily CX100 flight that currently departs Sydney at 1540 and arrives into Hong Kong at 2200; CX101 then departs Hong Kong at 2355 and arrives into Sydney at 1205 the next day. This follows the daily service of the first 777-300ER earlier this year on CX138/139 that arrives and departs Hong Kong in the morning.

DSC06039Nelson Chin, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Southwest Pacific said “The two 777-300ER flights cater to the increasing demand from our passengers wanting the best morning or night connections to our large network, which includes our newest destinations Manchester, Zurich, Boston, and Dusseldorf. It also serves those who simply wish to make the most of a whole day’s work in Hong Kong. Aside from adding 1,253 seats per week or 65,156 seats per year with more Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class seats, the 777-300ER also provides better payload which will help facilitate cargo uplift,” he added.

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific is one of the world’s leading airlines and currently operates 74 passenger flights a week between Hong Kong and Australia, with over 22 years of continuous services to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, and Perth. All flights provide excellent connections over the Hong Kong hub to the airlines worldwide network, including an extensive number of cities in China, served by Cathay Pacific’s sister airline Dragonair. Award winning levels of service are offered in Business, Premium Economy and Economy on all Australian flights.

Cathay Pacific is also a founding member of the oneworld global alliance, whose combined network serves almost 700 destinations worldwide. The airline celebrated 40 years of continuous non-stop service to Sydney last year, and will mark 45 years of service to Perth this year.

Cathay Pacific has also introduced a stylish new amenities kit for Business class passengers. The green rolled pouch bag containing Jurlique moisturising products, ear plugs, toothpaste, toothbrush, eye mask, socks and a cleaning cloth for glasses provides everything one needs while flying.

Pictured: Toby Smith, General Manager – Product, Cathay Pacific

Nelson Chin, General Manager Southwest Pacific

 Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond


March 31, 2015

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A new experience, revealing Tiwi Island life, awaits visitors to the Top End of Australia with new tours now available. Located 40 nautical miles across the Arafura Sea north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands are made up of Bathurst and Melville Islands plus five smaller islands totalling 800,000 hectares which includes a coastline of 1016 kilometres under freehold title by 2000 landowners. These new tours are giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in “the island of smiles”, famous for its traditional lifestyle, art and love of Australian football.

Visitors can stay in a coastal wilderness lodge, enjoy a traditional smoking ceremony, Tiwi Art, join a sunset turtle discovery tour and take a scenic flight to Melville Island to the remote Milikapiti township.

The three day Ultimate Tiwi Island tour is limited to just twelve guests per tour and is based at the remote Bathurst Island Lodge, which has recently undergone a $2m investment. An optional add-on is also available extending the tour by a day, taking in the wilderness of Melville Island and a remote adventure along the Goose Creek river system.

The tours are being launched in a partnership with Northern Territory Tourism nationally and internationally and will be offered through Australia’s tourism trade to assist market penetration and distribution.

IMG_0077The Ultimate Tiwi Islands tour includes SeaLink ferry or flights from Darwin, an art workshop with local artists, walking tour, accommodation, meals and non-alcoholic drinks, a wilderness adventure cruise, fishing options, turtle tour, a scenic flight to Melville Island and museum and art centre tours and is priced from $2,425 per person.

The tours will run for an exclusive and limited season from 24 June to 11 September 2015.

Operated by SeaLink, in partnership with the traditional owners of the Tiwi Islands, through Tiwi Island Adventures, these tours offer a truly unforgettable experience. SeaLink is committed to growing new tourism markets in the Northern Territory and this new tour will benefit the Tiwi Island people through a unique business agreement.

SeaLink NT General Manager, Paul Victory said “Until now, Bathurst Island Lodge had only opened its doors to fishing enthusiasts. These tours provide a glimpse into life on the Tiwi Islands and provide a rare opportunity to experience Island life in the Northern Territory”. SeaLink has established a Tourism and Transport Committee on the Island to help build the Tiwi Island’s tourism potential and is working with the Northern Territory Government to develop a floating pontoon system and tourism arrival precinct into the Tiwi Islands. “SeaLink is a natural tourism partner for the Tiwi Islands after recently signing a new ferry service Agreement with the Northern Territory Government to operate three return ferry services to the Tiwi Islands per week aboard our Tiwi Mantawi (Tiwi friend) vessel”, Mr Victory said.

For those with limited time, a day trip out of Darwin to the Tiwi Designs Centre is also available each Thursday and Friday and will operate from 1 April to 11 December.

Sandra Tiltman


March 31, 2015

Andy Warhol's Jewish Geniuses_Jewish Museum of Australia (c) Vicki Jones Photography

A special exhibition from the Jewish Museum of Vienna, “Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses”, is currently on display at The Jewish Museum of Australia – Gandel Centre of Judaica in Melbourne at 26 Alma Road, St. Kilda. Featured in the exhibition are ten screen printed portraits of famous Jewish personalities of the 20th century and it is the first time that this body of work is being exhibited in Australia.

From a list of almost 100 names, Warhol chose ten personalities, who reveal the depth and breadth of Jewish contribution to 20th century cultural life. The exhibition explores Warhol’s creation of the celebrity image and his selection process behind his Jewish geniuses.

Curated by the Jewish Museum of Vienna, the exhibition features portraits of psychologist Sigmund Freud, Vienna’s most famous Jewish personality, Viennese-born philosopher Martin Buber, writer Franz Kafka, physicist Albert Einstein, composer George Gershwin, The Marx Brothers actors, writer Gertrude Stein, judge Louis Brandeis, actress Sarah Bernhardt and Golda Meir, first female Prime Minister of Israel.

Original works have been borrowed from international lenders from New York, Israel and Vienna and thanks to the National Gallery of Victoria and other private lenders, the Jewish Museum of Australia has been able to include some of Warhol’s rarely before seen artworks, which gives an Australian flavour to the exhibition.

On display until 26 May 2015, “Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses” also includes photographs of Andy Warhol, a copy of the list of 100 names, as well as a short documentary film.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Jewish Museum of Australia in co-operation with The Shalom Institute in Sydney is hosting a special educational Study Tour of Jewish Vienna from 1 to 9 June 2015. Led by Dr Paul Forgasz, Director of Jewish Studies at the Monash University in Melbourne, the program highlights the contribution of the Jewish community to Vienna’s past and present.

This tour coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse Boulevard, the world’s most beautiful boulevard around Vienna’s city centre featuring imperial palaces, museums, public buildings and splendid private residences.

Few European cities have a history as closely connected with Jewish history as Vienna. Participants of this study tour will experience the dark days of Jewish Vienna as well as the revival of the small but vibrant Jewish community. During the past three decades, the city has stepped up efforts to face up to the history of Jews in Vienna, including both positive and negative aspects, and to re-examine Vienna’s Jewish heritage. In addition to the Jewish institutions that have sprung up over the last few years, with the support of the City of Vienna, a number of museums and memorials evoke the city’s Jewish heritage, including the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna, the Judenplatz Museum, the Sigmund Freud Museum, the Arnold Schoenberg Center, the Memorial against War and Fascism on Albertinaplatz and the Shoah Memorial on Judenplatz.

Sandra Tiltman