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wa press trip websiteFour journalists from the UK spent a week exploring Western Australia’s South West region earlier this month. The primary focus for the group was to experience the new Bremer Canyon killer whale expeditions on offer with Naturaliste Charters. The expeditions journey to a recently discovered underwater canyon, 60kms off the coast of Bremer Bay, where up to 100 killer whales and other fascinating marine life and birdlife can be spotted on a daily basis.

noosa websiteSurfing legends, old guys, gals, tandem surfers and even dogs made Noosa beach their home for the 24th Noosa Festival of Surfing on 7th -14th March. It’s referred to as “8 days of pure stoke”, “a party on the beach” and “a celebration of the spirit of surfing”, and these sum up pretty well why the Noosa Festival of Surfing holds such a special spot in the hearts of surfers.

WA websiteThere's no better way to get a feel for Western Australia than by seeing it through the eyes of the people who have already been. To do just that, Tourism Western Australia launched its very own Instagram account @westernaustralia this month.

aleenta phang nga websiteLeading luxury boutique resort Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort & Spa has added the final touches to its extensive remodeling as it readies to reveal 34 exclusive garden pool villas.

aleenta hua hin websiteAleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi Resort & Spa is Thailand's original boutique beachfront resort and the pioneering property in AHMS The Collection's barefoot luxury offerings at secret beach locations in Thailand.

daydream newsletterIconic Queensland tropical island destination Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays will (subject to Government approval) be sold to China Capital Investment Group for an undisclosed sum. It is currently intended that the sale will take place in mid-March 2015.

 

Clare in OmanHello and welcome to our February Newsletter.

This month I was lucky enough to escape the cold, wintery weather of London and travelled out to Oman with our newest DMC client at SLC, Arabica Orient Tours. Oman is somewhere that has been on my radar for a while, and with the increasing amount of press the destination is receiving thanks to it being extremely safe, having an enviable climate, and the opening of some fabulous new luxury hotels, it's fast shooting up the 'must-visit' list for many travellers.

My journey began by heading south of Muscat along the stunning coastline, stopping in at small villages and lush 'wadis' (meaning 'riverbeds') to admire the scenery. Once we reached the town of Sur, famous for its Dhow boat building industry, there was chance to witness the incredible craftsmanship that goes into these beautiful pieces of Oman's culture and history.

A stunning drive into the sunset took us out to the desert of Wahiba Sands and a night staying in little stone clad huts, enjoying a BBQ dinner under a blanket of stars. Rising early in the desert mist, we travelled further inland and up in the mountains to Jabel Shams – the highest point in Oman – and to the viewpoint of the Grand Canyon. The temperature dropped but the sun still shone, making for incredible views through the canyon and back down towards Nizwa, where we returned that evening.

The restored fort and souk in Nizwa are a real highlight of any trip to Oman, and an opportunity to witness some of the incredible history of the country. Visit on a Friday and you'll experience the famous cattle market with its buzzing atmosphere whilst the locals trade their animals.

From Nizwa it's a stunning yet steep drive up to Jabel Akhdar, which lies almost 2000m above sea level. Small traditional villages hug the hillsides, and plateaus turn green with vegetation as plants and crops grow in the spring. Large hotels are starting to relish the opportunity to build in this area (until 2005 the whole region was under military control), with the arrival of Alila Jabel Akhdar last year and construction of a new Anantara property well underway. When you explore this area it's no surprise to see why there's so much interest – the sunsets are some of the best in the world, and the views of the dramatic Hajar mountains breath-taking.

Nizwa, Jabel Akhdar and Jabel Shams are easily reached by driving just a couple of hours on a fast highway from Muscat – a perfect trio of places to add on to any first time trip to Oman. Back in bustling Muscat, the friendly locals, long stretches of beach and beautiful old buildings make sure that whilst there are a handful of gorgeous 5-star hotels here, it's a world away from neighbouring Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Muttrah, or 'Old Muscat' stretches along the seafront and is home to the famous fishmarket, the bustling chaos of Muttrah Souq, and a mile or so along the road is Al Alam Palace; the official Palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, flanked by museums and 16th century Portuguese forts – all easily explored on foot in the cooler months. The new Opera House and Grand Mosque are in the northern part of the city, and also must-see sights.

I travelled to Oman with few expectations and was blown away by this incredible country. From the stunning mountain views to the intricate decoration of the Grand Mosque, and the unfailing hospitality from the local Omani people, this is a destination that really needs to be seen to be believed.

Arabica Orient Tours specialise in getting people off the beach, and right into the heart of Omani culture – their guides are all local, their knowledge abundant and they know the expectations of European guests can be high. Whether your clients travel to Oman for a luxury beach break with a shot of culture, or want a desert adventure to remember, their flexibility and professionalism ensures everyone's needs are always met, and this was what completed my wonderful experience of Oman. I can't wait to go back, and having found a new love for the country, can't wait to help you all sell it to your clients!

Clare

SLC logo name changeHello and welcome to our January Newsletter.

I hope 2015 got off to a good start for you and will bring happiness and success to you, wherever you may be.

This year marks an exciting new start for us here in Wimbledon as we have changed our company name from The Sandra Leach Company to SLC Representation!

We feel this change showcases how far our business has developed and grown from a "one man band" back in 2002 when Sandra founded the company to a team of 12 since September last year. Our new name better reflects the close-knit, supportive culture of our team of enthusiastic individuals, all bringing different expertise and knowledge to the job.

Building on our success of 2014 we hope to continue to flourish in the world of travel trade representation. We had positive starts with Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa and Keemala last year and are sure to be adding to our portfolio again soon.

Since Christmas the team has been busy working on their new annual plans for our clients and will continue planning for the year ahead over the next few weeks. I will soon be putting together our new training schedule to make sure the industry has all the latest facts and figures on our fantastic clients. If you haven't had training from our team before but would like us to visit you in 2015, please do get in touch.
And if you are a passionate traveller like the 12 of us... well then we hope to welcome you to one of our many beautiful properties and destinations around the world sometime this year!

For now, I wish you all the very best for the year ahead. Keep travelling!

Jackie

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