Closure of Tourism Centres in the East

With the rising popularity of online travel booking systems such as Airbnb and, it is believed that tourist information centres are closing in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges as a direct result. It is believed that the convenience of online booking systems has caused there to be no need for brick and mortar tourist information centres, especially in beaming travel destinations such as the Yarra Valley wineries.

Yarra Ranges Tourism will be closing the doors on its centres in Upper Ferntree Gully and Healesville in June, as a direct result of a decline in foot traffic due to the online tourism market boom.

The volunteer run Upper Ferntree Gully tourism centre on Burwood Highway and the Healesville centre located at the Old Courthouse are set to close as Yarra Ranges Tourist president; Simon O’Callaghan reveals a rapid decline in the number of visitors to the sites. It was said that less than 0.01 percent of the 6 million visitors that come to the respective locations annually visited the tourist centre.

Simon O’Callaghan commented on the situation stating that, “The tourist sector has actually changed substantially over the past five years, with a variety of online travel representatives such as Airbnb and now offered for individuals to prepare their journeys and book accommodation in the yarra valley from any location in the world.” The president also noted that only approximately 23,400 tourists visited the centres last year, which is down 33% from 2013. As well as this, in the same time frame call centres to the centres dropped by about 58%.

Not all hope is lost for the organisers of the visitor centres though. It is said that the Yarra Rangers Tourism Visitor websites now get more than 2.6 million yearly views, which has grown a massive 89% in the past year. “We are able to reach more than 2.3 million visitors every year through our social networks channels,” Mr O’Callaghan said.

The president revealed that the Tourism Centres cost about $180k to run every year, which will now be reallocated for investment in other areas such as live chat programs on their websites. The shift to an online service centre seems to be the most beneficial way to capture their audiences.

Mr O’Callaghan admitted that the tough decision wasn’t all on his shoulders, the tremendous volunteers that run the tourist centres were an active part in the decision making process, consisting of about 40 dedicated helpers between the Healesville and Upper Ferntree Gully centres. The volunteers are now working with the Eastern Volunteer Resource Centre to find new positions that they can fill in the community.

Both the Healesville and Upper Ferntree Gully building per rented by private and government companies and the owners will decide what will replace the tourist centres in those spaces.”We understand there is a local connection to that building, it was developed based upon the art deco period of the likes of Burnham Beeches, so it has a fond connection for many people, so we will speak to VicTrack about it having a place in the neighbourhood in the future,” Mr O’Callaghan stated. Knox Council had actually investigated putting a heritage overlay on the building.

Brooklyn’s Coolest New Hotels (Part 2)

Our ‘Part 1’ of Brooklyn’s Coolest New Hotels had everything to do with the exquisite McCarren Hotel & Swimming Pool, Hilton Brooklyn and Williamsburg Hotel. But here are another three that we love.

The William Vale

Placing itself completely brand-spanking new resort-inspired hotel, it makes a tribute to Williamsburg’s past. The monstrous 22-story, 183-room William Vale has engulfed their visitors and residents with various setups of art in the lobby and in the elevators, modern interior décor, and sweeping views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn through towering panes of glass. Oh, and “The Bachelor.” Not to mention a veranda for every room. They have avoided style trademarks like recovered wood and old-timey signs that yell “Brooklyn!” Up top, the hotel’s cocktail bar, Westlight, hosts both residents and visitors looking for breathtaking views and cocktails with names like the College Fund, made with three variations of tiki bitters, cream and root beer, and rum which are accompanied by kitchen prepared meals. On top of that, the hotel is a home of retail. Actor Dylan Sprouse of “The Suite Life with Zack & Cody”, now a master brewer, has revealed to be an occupant of this hotel. His mead-focused brewery, All-Wise Meadery, will produce pints and bottles this summer. No doubt celebrities of America’s sports teams would give up their basketball apparel and the famous Michael Jordon long basketball shorts trend for a night in this modern hotel.

Wythe Hotel

A previous cooperage that was integrated in 1901, the Wythe Hotel has retrofitted itself by its vintage-meets-modern style. It still has the building’s initial pine beams and factory windows but has incorporated of-the-moment accoutrements, consisting of framed modern-day art in the lobby and environmentally friendly toiletries by local supplier Goldie’s. The hotel’s 70 rooms bring the exact same commercial and yet pleasant ambiance, with beds made from recovered ceiling woods, radiant-heat concrete floor coverings, and, in the premium rooms, picture-perfect views of Manhattan. Contributing to the ‘retro-modern’ aspect is the hotel’s newest project, a live-streaming pop-up radio lounge in the lobby that hosts various conversations with authors, activists, designer, artists and other creative types. When it’s not a recording studio, the lobby operates as a sitting room-cum-library or retail store.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

A sage true blessing event began the opening of the luxurious 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in mid-February, as the very first visitors signed in to the enormous warehouse-like area in Dumbo, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. The 10-story nature-focused hotel makes a lot of references to the location’s manufacturing heritage, the sea, and the bridge itself all over the property. There are the slim metal rods at the entryway’s grand staircase, meant as an ode to the bridge; the elevator’s rough wood slabs very much resemble a shipping container; and a showcase of art such as the 6,000 pounds of rope-bound obsidian rocks in the lobby. In keeping with the 1 Hotels brand name’s environmentally friendly objective, the majority of the products used in the hotel’s interior design and architecture are either local or recovered, consisting of pine beams from the previous Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg. Standing next to the windows inside among the 194 rooms are marble, leather, wood, rope and live plant – the Brooklyn Bridge looks almost close enough to touch. Not to mention their restaurants’ cuisines, exquisite catering for functions and hotel menu, all of which would be sourced locally and of the highest quality from the best suppliers in the city.

Brooklyn’s Coolest New Hotels (Part 1)

Brooklyn is known for its stereotypical hipster riding a vintage bike persona. But while they surely still exist at the Brooklyn Navy Lawn’s Mast Brothers chocolate factory, New York City district’s artisanal bars and trendy restaurants have been accompanied by a new generation of hotels. Dealing with tourists from overseas, around the United States or simply over the river in Manhattan, these high-design enclaves put visitors right in the middle of the easygoing, artistic Brooklyn ambiance.

In fact, Brooklyn has been so embedded its traditional culture that producers of “The Bachelor” chose the luxe William Vale hotel in the neighborhood of Williamsburg for their famous rose ceremony. It’s a far cry from the city’s history, but the past can still be seen in the traditional landscape designs and the original buildings; in the recovered wood and bricks; and subtle style touches that remind the public of the district’s centuries-old trade and manufacturing history. Out of these new generation of hotels, we have chosen six that we consider to be our preferred new hotels. All six serve classy cocktails and provide exhilarating city views that are better than any postcard. Here are three of them.

McCarren Hotel & Swimming Pool

The initial gangster of the nouveau Brooklyn hotel scene, the relatively small 5-year-old McCarren Hotel & Swimming Pool has changed with the times and already gained praise from the community. The 64-room hotel includes a playroom, foam mats and Disney or Pixar motion pictures for the kids, endless beverages for the grownups and a menu for Babies Who Brunch on Sundays (a clear winner for parents who cannot help but relish in a deliciously famous ‘New York brunch on a Sunday’). The upscaled midcentury style in the lobby is clearly displayed in the design of the rooms, all equipped with Eames-style shell rocking chairs, furry toss pillows and Frette linens on the beds. (Coffee-loving tourists adore the Nespresso devices in every suite.) Renowned for their beautifully-design pool, this feature of the hotel is accompanied by a vibrant, splashy mural by street artist LovebErto. The hotel’s swimming pool landscaping is almost perfect for Instagram.

Hilton Brooklyn

Opening last November in the heavily renovated Boerum Hill, The Hilton Brooklyn building takes its heritage of being a rope factory in the 1800s very seriously: The carpets in the corridors include a huge rope theme, the rooms have customized charcoal-sketch toile wallpaper that portray scenes of shipbuilding, and the print of the navy-blue-and-white carpet in the rooms discreetly resemble a pattern of interlocking ropes. Classic maps of Brooklyn dot the corridors and are included in the metalwork in the lobby of the 196-room “boutique-style” hotel. Those visiting for business who are accustomed to Hilton’s benefits will be more than happy to see an exclusive executive lounge, Peter Thomas Roth toiletries, bowls of complimentary fruit in the lobby, and chances to earn more benefits and member points.

The Williamsburg Hotel

A Jenga-like building has kept its own heritage by retaining the recovered bricks and laminated timber frames of the building. The Williamsburg Hotel is in the middle of a rolling opening but two of five floorings of rooms are available for reservations. The hotel’s signature fragrance (something alike to fresh laundry) is subtle but pleasantly noticeable, created by Brooklyn-based business Apotheke, which likewise makes the hotel’s toiletries. The rooms have a fragile balance between a luxurious and homey feeling, with velour sofas, gold components in the restrooms, gilded dark-wood closets, quilted leather headboards and intense knit blankets at the foot of the beds. Ultimately, egg-shaped chairs will hang from the rooms’ terraces, perfect for taking in Manhattan views, or the best selfie. The hotel rolls out the red carpet for family pets, supplying each fluffball with a trophy-shaped chew toy, stainless-steel food and water meals and a cushioned bed.

The comments we have about each hotel is endless, but we have even more to say. Read about the other three hotels out of our preferred six in ‘Part 2’ of Brooklyn’s Coolest New Hotels.

Mumbai Overlook

Mumbai is the ideal city for many people to fulfill dreams. People throughout the country move to try their luck. Because of this reason people desire to go once and have their opportunity to show their talent and fulfill their desire in the cosmopolitan and mixed populations of the city. In this city you will find people of all caste, culture and religion. The living standard of the people is mixture of the different parts of the country and western influence and their western culture.
Mumbai has lot of things to see. Once this small island was covered by palm trees and areas was belonging to the native koli fisher-folk. In the 17th century the Portuguese visited and spotted the island with numerous forts, which nowadays also makes the city a great look and business to handle from the all ports throughout the world. In 1661, Mumbai was at last surrender to Charles II of England and ultimately turned into one the largest ports in the British Empire.

The local language of this business capital city of Mumbai is Marathi, though Hindi is common language and thoroughly used and understands by all.

• Colaba Area

Colaba is Located in South-Bombay, most preferred location for the visitors. It has number of budget and luxury hotels Mumbai are available to welcome all type of tourists.
• Mumbai Fort

The exaggerated mingle of Victorian gothic buildings in the Fort area of Mumbai, gives the European cultures of the city.
• Marine Drive

Marine drive built in 1920 around the shoreline of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point to Malabar Hill. It’s one of Mumbai’s most famous romantic spot and sunset sight is amazing.
• Chowpatty Beach

Chowpatty and Mumbai beach is the most famous beach in the Mumbai where local people enjoy to evening and feel relaxed from all the days works. In the evening it turns into a magical ambiance as locals as different sellers like balloon sellers, magicians, fortune tellers, nut vendors, ferris wheels and shooting galleries gathers to have a most enjoyable environment to create for the locals.
• Malabar Hill

The grand bungalows that sprinkled the hillside in the 18th century have now been changed by the big apartment blocks and Hotels in Mumbai.
• Kalbadevi

if you are in Mumbai then you must make a day tour to Kalbadevi bazaars located north of Crawford Market other tour to Mumbai will have incomplete journey.