The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

ONEof the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions in the NSWBlue Moun­tains, the Scenic Rail­way, which is the steep­est track of its kind in the world, is to be re­de­vel­oped at a cost of $30 mil­lion by owner Scenic World (scenic­world.com.au) and is sched­uled to re­launch in De­cem­ber; the fam­ily-owned rail­way has been a vis­i­tor draw­card since 1945 and Scenic World also op­er­ates Aus­tralia’s high­est sky­way, fea­tur­ing ca­ble cars that of­fer wrap­around views of the Three Sis­ters, Ka­toomba Falls, Mount Soli­tary and the Jami­son Val­ley Elvis fans, lis­ten up — a three-night King Trib­ute Cruise (mu­s­ic­cruises.com.au) de­parts Sydney on Novem­ber 11 aboard the Rhap­sody of the Seas liner, which will be based in Aus­tralia dur­ing the summer sea­son; the voy­age fea­tures 15 in­ter­na­tional Elvis Pres­ley trib­ute artists and, of course, plenty of Blue Suede Shoes danc­ing and other Elvis-themed fun Un­til Oc­to­ber 31, La­guna Phuket (la­gu­na­phuket.com) in south­ern Thai­land, a hol­i­day en­clave of seven re­sorts, is hav­ing a Summer Fam­ily Fun Festival; at Banyan Tree Phuket and the freshly re­fur­bished Angsana La­guna Phuket, guests who book three nights pay for two, while a sixnight stay is billed as four nights, eight for four and there are fur­ther re­duc­tions for book­ings up to 14 paid nights; break­fast is in­cluded and there are ‘‘kids dine free’’ of­fers and com­pli­men­tary fam­ily-fo­cused ac­tiv­i­ties Ac­cor (ac­corho­tels.com) plans to re­open two of its four Christchurch ho­tels, which were closed af­ter the earth­quake in Fe­bru­ary 2011; Ho­tel Ibis Christchurch should be ready by Septem­ber while Novo­tel Christchurch has a planned re­launch date of April next year. ‘‘When we re­open the Ibis and Novo­tel they will be ef­fec­tively new ho­tels,’’ says re­gional man­ager Zayne Boon; Ac­cor’s two All Sea­sons ho­tels in Christchurch re­main closed.

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