The Road Ahead : December 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2012/JAN 2013 28 STAY A LITTLE BIT LONGER Gold Coast Tourism has launched a million-dollar campaign to encourage visitors to stay for longer than a day. Don't Cut Fun Short was developed in response to statistics that show more than seven million south- east Queenslanders will opt for a day trip rather than an extended holiday to the popular tourist destination. To counteract this trend, Gold Coast Tourism has created a purpose-built website, YourCoast.com, which offers deals on accommodation, dining and activities at more than 200 local businesses across the glitter strip. YourCoast.com MORETON ON SAIL TRAIL P&O CRUISES TO VISIT P&O Cruises will be the first cruise line to visit Queensland's Moreton Island with the superliner Pacific Jewel making it a regular port of call from March next year. P&O Cruises has scheduled six cruises to Moreton Bay in 2013, each including a one-day visit to the island as part of a four-night P&O Sea Break from Sydney. Queensland's cruise industry is one of the biggest in Australia, contributing more than $166 million to the state's economy. pocruises.com.au FOUR OUT OF FIVE AIN'T BAD HONOURS FOR EMPORIUM HOTEL Brisbane's Emporium Hotel has been named Australia's Best Boutique Hotel at the Hospitality Management Awards held recently in Sydney. Considered to be the hotel industry's night of nights, the annual awards recognise excellence in Australia's hospitality and hotel industry. It is the fourth time the Emporium has won the award since opening its doors five years ago. Other Queensland winners were Qualia on Hamilton Island and Hilton Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. hmawards.com.au WIN A BOSISTO'S TRAVEL PACK When camping, it helps to travel light by packing products that have multiple uses, such as eucalyptus oil, which can be used as a cleaner, disinfectant, deodoriser and natural antiseptic. The Road Ahead has four Bosisto's Travel Packs to give away, each valued at $60 and containing Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil, Bosisto's Eucalyptus Spray and a Wild Country five watt lantern. To enter, visit roadahead.com.au/ win/bosistos. VIRTUAL DIVING NOW A REALITY It is now possible to take a dive on the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet. Google has launched the world's first underwater Street View for Google Maps, enabling anyone with an internet connection to take a virtual dive on selected sites on the Great Barrier Reef. Using data and imagery collected from a series of research expeditions, the database not only enables people to experience a virtual dive, but allows scientists worldwide to monitor the health of coral reef systems and their response to climate change. Underwater tours can be taken at Heron Island (http://goo.gl/ maps/3mPy0), Lady Elliot Island (http://goo.gl/kDcLN) and Wilson Island (http:// goo.gl/maps/sluiY). TRAVEL QUEENSLAND TRAVEL NEWS MAIN IMAGE: VIEW OF SURFERS PARADISE, FROM BURLEIGH HEADS. COURTESY TOURISM QUEENSLAND.