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Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - COVER STORY -

Hol­i­day-mak­ers to Bris­bane now have greater choice, says Leanne, who pre­dicts the mo­men­tum to con­tinue with more de­vel­op­ments in the pipe­line over the next five years. These in­clude a chic Art Se­ries Ho­tel, the Fan­tauzzo, set to open at the new Howard Smith Wharves in March. The en­ter­tain­ment and life­style precinct, dubbed HSW, is on 3ha of pre­vi­ously aban­doned land be­neath the Story Bridge and will have a brew­ery, restau­rants, and pic­nic spots.

THE MID­DLE EAST

bal­loon over Cappadocia’s unique land­scapes is a must.”

River cruise com­pany Uni­world has also ex­pe­ri­enced more in­ter­est in the Mid­dle East, with Uni­world’s Fiona Dal­ton re­port­ing a rise in book­ings of more than 300 per cent year on year.

THE RED CEN­TRE

ahead, Lonely Planet pre­dicts Aus­tralia’s Red Cen­tre to be one of the best re­gions to visit in 2019. The Red Cen­tre was ranked fourth in Lonely Planet’s pick of the world’s top 10 re­gions in its Best in Travel 2019 book. The NT in­clu­sion is largely due to Uluru fi­nally clos­ing to climbers from Oc­to­ber 26, al­most 150 years af­ter peo­ple first started scal­ing it.

Ac­cord­ing to the pub­lisher, the first three re­gions worth check­ing out next year are Pied­mont in Italy, the Catskills in New York state, and north­ern Peru. We­b­jet has also found the Red Cen­tre gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, with in­ter­est in Alice Springs up 55 per cent, thanks to more ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

“Ad­di­tional air­line ca­pac­ity in 2018 with more fre­quency by Vir­gin Aus­tralia and Qan­tas has cre­ated more op­tions to fly into and out of Alice Springs at a com­pet­i­tive price,” We­b­jet’s David Galt says.

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