• Bensley creates 2400-room ‘Human Zoo’ wildlife resort

    IS THIS what the future of travel will look like? This fantastical rendering was conceived by famed Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, affectionately known as the ‘Willy Wonka’ of hotel design. Report from Asia correspondent, Ellen Boonstra. 

  • Sunshine Coast mates start a new cycle of innovation

    REDaffect cycling products were born less than a year ago on the Sunshine Coast and three innovators -- Philip Jensen, Peter Scragg and Cuen Bibb -- are enjoying the fruits on their own social rides, plus building a solid local following from enthusiasts. 

  • Journalist draws a whole new creative career in wall art

    FOR EDWINA CAMERON, a 20-year career in communications provided perfect training for a mid-career pivot into the online retail world, launching her business, I Heart Wall Art.

  • Flight Centre to Illuminate business travel recovery

    FLIGHT CENTRE Travel Group (FCTG) has opened registrations for Illuminate, its corporate travel event aimed at rejuvenating the industry, taking place online on October 21.

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Flight Centre Travel Group promises a 'stellar' speaker line-up for Illuminate business travel event

FLIGHT CENTRE Travel Group (FCTG) has opened registrations for Illuminate, its corporate travel event aimed at rejuvenating the industry, taking place online on October 21.

FCTG's business travel division has unveiled an A-list line-up of speakers, including Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Virgin Australia CEO and managing director Jayne Hrdlicka, who will share…

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