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Carnval Inspiration launches year-round cruises from Long Beach

The 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration has launched year-round short cruises from Long Beach, Calif. Carnival is offering a new choice on this popular itinerary which encompasses three-day cruises departing Fridays to Ensenada and four-day cruises departing Mondays to Ensenada and Catalina Island. Previously, this itinerary was operated by the Carnival Paradise, which has been redeployed to Tampa.

The 70,000-ton Inspiration underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment as part of the line’s “Evolutions of Fun” enhancement program and includes such innovations as a WaterWorks aqua park (with water slide, racing slides and a water spray area), a Serenity adults-only retreat and a tropical-themed resort-style main pool area. Carnival Inspiration also has a nine-hole miniature golf course, a 1,080-square-metre spa, a jogging track, and spacious facilities and supervised programming for children in three age groups.

Source:  Travel Press Weekly

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Golf Australia: Another reason to head downunder!

 

Australia is positioning itself as a major golf destination. Six of the country’s top courses have teamed with Tourism Australia for the marketing drive, and it is expected others will join in the future.

The courses currently include Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm in Tasmania, Kingston Heath and Royal Melbourne in Victoria, New South Wales Golf Course in Sydney and Royal Adelaide in South Australia.
Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said, “Golf is a hugely popular sport in Australia with around 1.2 million golfers playing on more than 1,650 different courses around Australia each year and, according to a 2010 Australian Golf Industry Council report, contributing around $3 billion to the country’s economy.
“We currently boast six of the world’s top 100 courses, as well as many others which are located in iconic and distinctly Australian settings, which offer up real tourism potential.
“We definitely see an opportunity here to build golf into the holiday experience, particularly by tapping into those overseas markets that love their golf, such as China, Korea and Japan.”
While Australia is well positioned to tap into tap the lucrative golf tourism market, Great Golf Courses of Australia director Liz Sattler said that to establish itself as one of the world’s leading golf destinations, Australia, “ must continue to drive the buzz that has been created around Australia in recent years and in particular off the back of the Presidents Cup.
“Successful marketing, promotion and distribution of Australian Golf product to the international market is vital if we are to gain a great share of the golf tourism market pie.
“Using our six top 100 ranked courses to front the exceptional array of golfing product that Australia has to offer, and combining the marketing and distribution offered by this partnership, we can establish Australia as one of the world’s truly great golfing destinations.”

 

Courtesy: Travel Industry Today