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TCMG Newsletter
Dear Trade Partners,

Plenty of news and updates from our destinations and products await you in this issue of our newsletter, of course only positive ones:

Lizard Island finally reopened for guests on 5th June, Kings Canyon Resort offers a new tour, Qantas has announced that the airline will be servicing the Perth – Singapore route again, the documentary film “Escape to PNG” was recognised with several awards, and so on…

All those of you attending this year’s ATE can of course meet our products and ourselves in person in Melbourne. By the way: This year, along with “Real Aussie & Kiwi Adventures”, TCMG has sent out invites for a “masquerade soirée” that promises to be a great party.

As always, we wish you an entertaining read and look forward to your feedback.

Your Team TCMG
Latest news
The whales have arrived in Augusta!

Another bumper whale watching season in the Margaret River Region is on the cards, with local tour boat operators Legend, Naturaliste, All Sea Charters and Whale Watch Western Australia having officially commenced whale watching tours from the new boat harbor in Flinders Bay, Augusta. Up to 35.000 Humpback and Southern Right Whales, and even the occasional rare Blue Whale, travel through the waters off Augusta’s Coast on their northern migration.

More information…
Park Finder App for National Parks in Western Australia

The ParkFinder WA mobile app that was recently launched allows users to search more than 150 Western Australian national parks by name, filter the search for activities and facilities they like and find parks closest to them. All the data is downloaded to the device, allowing access to park information when the phone is offline or out of mobile range. Parks can be saved to a favorites list or shared with friends on social media. The app is available for download from the iTunes app store. An Android version is coming soon.

Download app…
Qantas will relaunch Perth – Singapore flights from 26th June

Qantas has recently confirmed its return to the Perth-Singapore route, with five weekly return 737 flights effective from 26 June. QF International CEO Gareth Evans made the announcement while inspecting progress at the carrier’s new Perth domestic Business Lounge which is expected to open later this year. The airline will operate flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a noon departure from Perth and a return to the WA capital shortly before midnight.

Read more…
Lucky Bay Campground Redevelopment

The Lucky Bay campground in Cape Le Grand National Park, including access to the beach and coastal walk trails, will be closed from 2 June to 31 October 2015 for redevelopment. Camping capacity will double to 80 sites and a dedicated day-use area for park visitors will be built. The works include new showers and toilets, camp kitchens and new toilets for the day-use area. The camping areas will be progressively reopened following the completion of works. Parks and Wildlife aims to provide camping at Lucky Bay from 31 October 2015.

Read more…
New: Walk into Luxury

Walk into Luxury offers visitors to Australia’s world-renowned Margaret River Region a chance to enjoy the iconic Cape to Cape track in style with two new walks which encompass the stunning scenery of the South West.

The company is launching a small group four day walk in August 2015. The all-inclusive package includes gourmet Margaret River food and wine experiences, scenic walks and luxurious accommodation.

Walk into Luxury also offers a newly launched one day walk experience, exclusively available to guests staying at Cape Lodge and Injidup Spa Retreat. The walk includes a three hour walk on the Cape to Cape track, complimentary refreshments and a beach swim followed by a lunch at Wills Domain.
Berkeley River Lodge now operating daily flights

After a successful 2014 season and increasing demand, guest transfers to the Berkeley River Lodge in the Kimberley are now available daily. Flights will be bookable 7 days a week departing Kununurra & Darwin (subject to aircraft availability) which makes visiting the Berkeley River Lodge even easier.

Download the Berkeley River Lodge brochure...
“Escape to PNG” documentary is honored with awards around Europe

The magnificent documentary film “Escape to PNG” that was produced by Libor Spacek and Petra Dolezalova was rewarded with the Tourism Multimedia Award “Das Goldene Stadttor” (The Golden City Gate”) at this year’s tourism trade fare ITB in Berlin in the category Ecotourism in March.

Two weeks ago, the film was recognized with another award. At the Deauville Green Awards Festival in France “Escape to PNG” received the Silver Trophy in the category “Eco-Tourisme & Voyages Responsables”. We are sure there are more awards to come!

Watch the trailer here…
Accommodation for trekkers is being improved on Kokoda Track

Up to 5.000 trekkers from around the world visit Papua New Guinea each year to experience the beautiful yet rugged terrain of the Kokoda Track. Along the way, they sleep at haus-wins (traditional thatched roof huts), grassy campsites and locally built guest houses.

The standard of this accommodation will be improving as part of a new initiative by the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) that is supported by the Kokoda Authority. A new category – “Trekker Accommodation” – will be piloted on the Kokoda Track and should be available for the start of the 2016 trekking season. The main requirements will include basic standards for accommodation, toilets, washing facilities and porters’ facilities, with recommendations based on the number of trekkers visiting each site.

Read more…
Spots on –Tufi Resort

The Fjords of Tufi Resort in Oro Province were rated in the Top 5 places to visit in Papua New Guinea when the TIME Magazine recently released a list of their Top 5 reasons to visit PNG.  Lonely Planet also recognised Tufi Resort: The village home stays the resort offers have been listed in Lonely Planet’s Top New Travel Experiences for 2015!

If you now are wondering why Tufi seems to be a “Must See Place”, read Clint Carol’s article about his recent stay there on his blog Greenbuddy...
Quicksilver Group offers free Wi-Fi

Quicksilver Group’s dive and snorkel adventure vessels Silversonic and Silverswift, and Pro Dive Cairns’ liveaboard fleet all provide free unlimited Wi-Fi – even when 50 km offshore! Green Island Resort guests also have free Wi-Fi from the comfort of their rooms as well as the Coral Cay guest lounge.

Read the latest news on Quicksilver products in their e-newsletter “Quickies”...
Kings Canyon Resort offers a new tour and credit resort!

Guests staying at Uluru can now enjoy the ultimate Red Centre experience with tours now departing three times each week to Kings Canyon. The tour includes coach transfers, a Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience, a guided Kings Canyon Rim Walk and one overnight in the Kings Canyon Resort. The tour is available from 375AUD per person (twin share).

By the way, guests staying at Kings Canyon Resort now get a special treat: 50AUD free fuel before leaving the resort or 50AUD resort credit that they can spend on activities that the resort offers such as “Dining under a desert moon”, a helicopter ride over Kings Canyon, drinks on a viewing platform, … The resort credit does not apply to the new tour.

Reopening of Lizard Island

After one year of rebuilding works and challenged once again by yet another cyclone just before the initially planned reopening in April, Lizard Island is happy to announce that the resorts first re-opening phase (soft opening) has started on 5th June 2015.

During this soft opening period, only Anchor Bay Suites and Garden Rooms will be available. Guests staying at the resort during this time will be offered 25% off the retail rates (for bookings until 31st August). A full complement of staff will be welcoming guests and ensuring they truly get to enjoy Lizard Island as the unique location that it is. Ongoing building works will be limited to daylight hours only to keep noise levels down. Workers will only be performing their works in specified non-guest areas.

A full opening of Lizard Island is anticipated for mid-August 2015. Please note that the final rebuild plans for the Sunset Point Villas, the Pavilion and The Villa are currently still being determined. We will keep you informed.
…Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines

Vanya is warm and friendly when welcoming visitors on her estate that she has turned into one of Australia’s premium boutique wineries. Cullen Wines is committed to biodynamic viticulture and has evolved into an iconic winery focused on quality, integrity and sustainability at all levels of the business, with Vanya at its head.

Most of her life, Vanya has been working on her parents’ farm who started the wine growing business on Wilyabrup Estate in 1966 when a trial acre of vines was planted by Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen. This soon proved a success and another 18 acres of vines were planted on the sheep and cattle farm in 1971, including their first Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc followed.

Vanya started winemaking in 1983 at her parents' estate where she was then appointed Chief Winemaker in 1989 and Managing Director in 1999. During that time she has been rigorously experimenting in the vineyard (especially with soil and trellis management) and in the winery all the while looking to give her wines greater complexity.

Over the past decade, Vanya has transformed her family firm from one of Margaret River’s best into one of the country’s premium boutique wineries. Cullen Wines while remaining family owned has since evolved making quality wine from a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Exemplary viticulture lies at the heart of her success but so, too, do care and thorough attention to detail in the winery.

Vanya Cullen, as the first Western Australian and the first women, was the winner of the 2000 Qantas/The Wine Magazine Winemaker of the year award. In 2008, she was awarded the UK Drinks Business Magazine “Woman of the Year 2008” and in 2011 the “Green Personality of the Year” for her commitment to the wine industry and for demonstrating that you can operate a successful business while looking after the environment.

Wish you were here
Taste of TCMG
Kytren Goats Cheese with Cullen Chardonnay block honey, organic hazelnuts, chia and sesame seed crisps, sautéed mushrooms and mizuna salad

Recipe by Cullen Wines Executive Chef David Hull

Ingredients (for 2):
116g goat’s cheese
¼ tbsp honey
83ml whipping cream
½ fresh shitake mushrooms
16g quinoa
8g chia seeds
1g sesame seeds
11g water
6g butter
1 shallot
fresh mizuna/salad leaves
6g hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

Whip the cream, goat’s cheese and honey together until light and fluffy, place into the fridge to set.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

For the crisps, blitz the quinoa, chia seeds and sesame seeds in a food processor, add 11g water to make a stiff dough (you can add more water if your dough is a little dry).

Place the dough between two sheets of baking paper and roll out until approximately 3mm thick. Cut out small circles using a cutter (2-3cm in diameter). Place onto a lined baking tray and bake for 5 minutes or until golden.
Finely dice the shallot and slice the mushrooms. In a hot pan melt the butter, add the diced shallot and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes, season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Toast the hazelnuts for 3 minutes at 180 degrees, remove from the oven and roughly chop, set aside.

To assemble:
Warm the mushrooms in a frying pan for 1 minute. Place them into a bowl along with the salad leaves and mix together, place onto a plate.

Quenelle (scoop) the goat’s cheese and place onto the top of the salad. Sprinkle over the hazelnuts.

Place the chia and sesame crisps on to the top of the salad and squeeze a little lemon juice over the salad.

On the road with TCMG
Meet TCMG and our clients at this year’s ATE in Melbourne

Rhett (TCMG), Andy (TWA), Craig (Quicksilver Group), John (Meridian Port Douglas & Cayman Villas) as well as Janelle Wilson & Don Foste (Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts) along with Damian Cody (National Opal Collection) and Adam and Andrew (Crikey Camper Hire) will be attending this year’s ATE in Melbourne from 22nd to 25th June.

After last year’s rather large pirate party, TCMG is inviting buyers once again this year in conjunction with Greg Zammit & Alice Terlikowski from “Real Aussie & Kiwi Adventures” to a big “Masquarade Soirée” on Tuesday, 23rd June in the Industry Bar & Lounge. Promises to be a great night. More...
“Winners are grinners” – especially when going on a fam trip around WA

From 30th May  to 10th June, a group of eight German and Swiss travel agents discovered Western Australia first hand. Led by Andy, the group was made up of prize winners from the TWA Roadshow run in Europe by TCMG last year, with participants coming from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.

With a visit of the island paradise of Rottnest Island, a Twighlight Didgeridoo Cave Tour with Josh from Koomal Dreaming and a walk on the scenic Cape to Cape Track, Australia’s South West showed the participants some of its trumps. The itinerary finished off with a true change of scene: a three day Cape Leveque Camping Tour with Kimberley Wild including a visit to Broome, Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek.
Aussie Specialists on adventure tour through Western Australia

Following this year’s Corroboree in Adelaide, 10 Aussie Specialist from Germany and Switzerland set off for an adventure tour through Western Australia. From 1st to 6th May, the program was packed with highlights such as a Segway Tour through Perth, a Dolphin Swim in Rockingham, a visit of Rottnest Island including encounters with the cute Quokkas, and a journey to the “centre of the earth”, deep into the red gorges of Karijini National Park.
Clients‘ activity and upcoming sales trips

Papua New Guinea
Five lucky product managers of dive operators in Germany and Switzerland will be discovering the underwater wonderlands of Papua New Guinea first hand in August. They will be travelling with Rhett to Walindi, Tufi Resort and Lissenung Island from 5th to 15th and will dive into real PNG adventure!

Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts
During the past two months, Christiane has been very busy with sales calls and product trainings for all Australian Delaware Resort, visiting wholesalers in France, Italy and Switzerland. She also provided product updates via Webinar sessions that encounter quite some success amongst wholesale partners and travel agencies. In the last time, AOT Italy, Chiariva, Best Tours (Milano, Naples, Roma), Racconti dal Mondo, Gastaldi Tours, FTI (Switzerland, Germany and Austria) as well as Explorer Fernreisen in Munich and a couple of Boomerang Reisen offices participated in Webinars with Christiane. In July and August she will continue to organise Webinars throughout Europe and will do Sales Calls around Munich.

Quicksilver Group
After attending ITB in March in 2015 where Craig met with a number of key trade partners, sales visits and product training continued within Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt and surroundings) and Italy (Trieste and Milano). At this year’s ATE he will be present on the Ocean Spirit stand, but will also be presenting Green Island Resort. In July and August he will be returning to Germany and France for more meetings and trainings.

Meridian Port Douglas & Cayman Villas
Christiane visited wholesale partners in France, Italy and Switzerland for product trainings and sales calls for Meridian Port Douglas and Cayman Villas. She also offered Webinar presentations for approximately 15 wholesale partners and travel agencies in order to provide the travel industry in Italy, Switzerland and Germany with the latest updates from Meridian Port Douglas and Cayman Villas. In July and August she will continue to organise Webinars throughout Europe and will do Sales Calls around Munich.

Western Australia
Rhett attended the Tourism WA market updates and budget presentations held in Perth from 13th to 17th April. One on one meetings were also held with members of the industry on Friday 17th where WA products interested in the German speaking markets could discuss their potential with Rhett.

If you wish to be informed about the latest news from Western Australia and/or to receive product training in house, please contact Andreas Schunck (contact information below).
Participate in our webinars

If you are interested in listening to the latest updates on the Delaware Resorts in Australia (Lizard Island, Heron Island, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro) or if you wish to hear about Meridian Port Douglas and Cayman Villas Port Douglas, please request a webinar with Christiane (contact information below).

In a 40 minute presentation that you can follow on your computer, Christiane will provide you and your reservations team with the latest news. Currently Christiane has availabilities for July, August and September.

How it works? You agree on a date and an exact time. Once you have received the webinar invitation from Christiane by email, you just have to follow the instructions. Every employee of your company can dial in to the webinar with a local number in your home country and follow the presentation individually.
TCMG comes to your office

Would you like to do an agent training or receive an update on our destinations Western Australia and Papua New Guinea or the products of Delaware North Australia Parks & Resorts, Quicksilver Group, Le Meridian Port Douglas, Cayman Villas, The National Opal Collection or Crikey Camper Hire? Please contact Rhett, Christiane, Andy, Craig or Chris to organise a Webinar or a personal meeting in your office (contact information below).
What the press is saying
Colourful – Norbert Eisele-Hein attended Goroka Show in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. An opulent festival where thousands of warriors gather for a “sing sing”. Ärztliches Journal, 3-2015. Read the article...  

Where the wild fellows dance – Lottemi Doormann met plenty of „wild fellows“ at the Goroka Show that happens each year in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Amongst them: the Asaro Mudmen. Die WELT, April 2015. Read the article…

Let’s go to the outback – Bernhard Mogge experienced the endless expanse and remoteness of Western Australia’s Kimberley Region. About walks in the gorges of the Bungle Bungle Ranges and his stay at Home Valley, a working cattle station. genießen & reisen, spring 2015. Read the article…

On a path through the bush – Florian Sanktjohanser discovered Australia’s South West by bike. He rode 1.000 kilometers on the Munda Biddi Trail from Perth to Albany. Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 2015. Read the article…

A big night out in Perth – Food author Stevan Paul experienced the best culinary sides of Perth and Margaret River. In his blog NutriCulinary he describes his impressions of Perth’s booming dining scene. NutriCulinary, May 2015. Read the article…
Who to contact
Strategic advise for all clients

Rhett Lego


Tel.: +49 (0)89 219 096 513
Mobile: +49 (0)173 5929 165
Western Australia

Andreas Schunck
Marketing Manager Continental Europe


Tel.: +49 (0)89 219 096 516
Mobile: +49 (0)174 2119 916
Delaware North Australia Parks and Resorts -- The National Opal Collection -- Meridian Port Douglas -- Cayman Villas

Christiane Empter Zanotti
Business Development Manager


Tel.: +49 (0)89 219 096 511
Mobile: +49 (0)173 5918 709
Quicksilver Group

Craig Smith
Account Director


Tel.: +39 0541 753272
Mobile: +39 334 1593689
Meridian Port Douglas -- Cayman Villas

Chris Crampton
UK / Ireland Sales Manager


Mobile: +44 (0)7845 912919
Fax: +44 (0)1273 495 553
Western Australia & Papua New Guinea

Cornelia Eisenreich
PR Manager


Tel.: +49 (0)89 219 096 512
Mobil: +49 (0)172 7223 050
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