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SON hero shotSonaisali Island Resort, Fiji is proud to announce the appointment of Alana Tilly as Sales & Marketing Manager. Alana joins the Sonaisali Management Team after working in similar roles in Australia.

Alana's previous role before moving to Fiji was as Business Development Manager for NobleDentist, a nation-wide dental plan in Australia. While working for NobleDentist Alana led the company to produce triple figure sales growth year on year and grew the number of participating businesses throughout Australia from 120 to 500. Alana brings to the team her extensive knowledge of business development and experience in a wide range of areas and in ecommerce and online marketing in particular.

Hamilton Island aerial 2Hamilton Island and qualia are fast becoming a foodie's paradise as the Island continues to expand its gourmet food offerings and bespoke epicure events.

Launching in August 2012 in time for the annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is new Asian-fusion restaurant Bamboo. Created by Sydney designers Hare & Klein, Bamboo will be located in the fully refurbished Beach House space, overlooking Catseye Beach with stunning views of the Whitsunday islands. Bamboo will boast a glassed-in show kitchen & dining area, outdoor poolside lounge bar, cocktail waiting lounge, bar, and balcony dining & lounge area.

Peppers Rundells Alpine LodgeMantra Group has announced further expansion to its network of boutique Peppers Retreats and Lodges in Australia with the addition of Rundells Alpine Lodge in Victoria's Mt Hotham ski fields. To be known as Peppers Rundells Alpine Lodge, it will be the first Peppers property to be located in an Australian ski region.

Guests who have enjoyed staying with Peppers in wine regions, coastal destinations and golf resorts, will now enjoy the Peppers experience in Australia's premier ski destination.

Thala Coconut OdysseyCoconut Dundee, aka Carl Johanson, coconut advocate of Thala Beach Lodge near Port Douglas was once listed as one of Australia's most eccentric tour guides. He is passionately campaigning against major corporations to spread word of the incredible health benefits of the humble coconut.

It's therefore unsurprising to learn that unlike other tours, the 'Coconut Odyssey' at Thala is the only one of its kind in Australia. This nutty crusader attests to numerous coconut related benefits, from preventing cancer to banishing cellulite.

In fact, Carl's testament is so convincing, he will likely have you stocking up on coconuts by the end of the tour.

Akyra Pool at nightWe can't believe it has come around so quickly, but today is akyra Chura Samui's first birthday!! Since the opening last year, akyra has done fantastically well, with guests loving the Thai-Japanese blend in style, the stunning restaurant Suikin which serves the most delicious sushi, and akyra's stunning location on the northern end of Chaweng beach.

Crown Yarra RiverFantastic news for Crown Melbourne, who's iconic riverwalk and spectacular fireball gas brigades feature in the newest phase of Tourism Australia's "There's Nothing Like Australia" global campaign and broadcast advertisement, which you can watch here.

Crown Melbourne is the sole Victorian destination showcased in the campaign's short film, featuring examples of Australia's diverse and distinctive experiences.

Tourism Australia's Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy, said, "The latest campaign highlights examples of Australia's very best tourism attractions that showcase why there is nothing quite like Australia."

ningaloo reefWe have exciting news for all you Western Australia fans out there, Australian Geographic voted the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef as the number one spot to snorkel in Australia!

Western Australia offers a wealth of activities for tourists, from the city sights of Perth, to tasting a tipple or two at the wineries in the Margaret River, and of course a whole host of sea activities - not least seeing some beautiful reefs and fish whilst snorkelling.

Ashley on JetryderWelcome to the June SLC newsletter! I'm fresh back from two recent trips – the first to India and Nepal with Creative Travel where my personal highlight had to be discovering the 'Garden of Dreams' a tranquil oasis in the middle of enchanting Kathmandu and to inspire you a little further on this grey wet afternoon we have included their latest 'tea garden' Darjeeling itinerary for you to read through. Next on my travels I visited Australia to see some of the Mantra Group properties and Hamilton Island. A favourite spot was Palm Cove – the beautiful golden beach lined with free BBQ stations is the perfect place to relax and unwind and Peppers Beach Club and Spa's lagoon pool is the ideal for a cool down after a trip to the Daintree. One of my Hamilton Island highlights was a Helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef and the amazing reef snorkelling with Fantasea Cruises – if you need a little distraction this afternoon then check out Hamilton Island's new video footage!

Ashley and the SLC team.

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