WHICH BRANDS DO AUSSIE WOMEN LOVE MOST?

IN HONOUR OF THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY THIS WEEK, YOUGOV BRANDINDEX HAS GIFTED US WITH A LIST OF THE BRANDS AUSSIE WOMEN HAVE THE BEST FEELINGS ABOUT.

Among the top 10, Qantas gets a look in, scoring third place in Women’s Impression Scores in Australia, beating the likes of Coles and Bunnings.

Given women hold the bulk of the spending power of any given household (sorry fellas), it makes sense the list is dominated by retail brands, with four of the top ten coming from this industry.

However, internet brands also come strong in Aussie women’s mind, with Google ranked first and YouTube ranked number seven.

The rankings are calculated by measuring Impression Scores on each brand among the female respondents for the twelve-month period through January 2017.

Impression scores for the brands are measured by asking, “Do you have a general positive or negative feeling about the brand?” and were filtered for female adults who are 18 or above.

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TIPS FOR VISITING NEWEST AUSSIE FAVOURITE

INDIA IS CURRENTLY ONE OF THE TOP 10 DESTINATIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN TOURISTS, WITH A 200 PER CENT INCREASE IN TRAVEL THERE OVER THE PAST DECADE, SO IT’S HANDY TO HAVE A BIT OF A ‘HOW-TO’ GUIDE TO KEEP TRAVELLERS SAFE AND SAVVY WHEN VISITING.

World2Cover has shared some destination homework to help avoid unwanted travel surprises and chances of being out of pocket.

Claudio Saita, Deputy CEO and Executive Director in Australia for Tokio Marine, underwriters for World2Cover travel insurance, said that while ‘Incredible India’ is a hot choice, renowned for its bright colours and rich culture, it is not without some unique challenges.

“Figures show India was the tenth most risky destination for Aussies in 2016 for serious injury, illness or hospitalisation incidents abroad, including some surprising issues,” she said.

“For example, while Traveller’s Diarrhoea affects up to 70 per cent of visitors, many are unaware that March is also Chickenpox season, which can severely affect unvaccinated adults and people with weakened immune systems.

“Having the right vaccines and insurance policies in place before you go to any country is crucial. Financially, an uninsured traveller might feel confident as the average overnight hospital stay in India is $27.

“However, while the bed may be affordable any medicines or surgical procedures will also need to be accounted for. India is also a land of contrasts, with the quality of medical care varying greatly between hospitals.”

Whether you’re visiting as part of a South-East Asia expedition or simply planning to experience these festivals, the team at World2Cover have provided these top ten tips to help visitors to India have the best time.

  • Monkey Business

Rabies is present in almost every country on earth, but most human cases occur in South Asia. Monkeys are the second most common animal bite risk to travellers in India next to dogs, so take care not to pet or engage with any wildlife or stray animals and seek medical attention immediately if bitten.

  • Avoid Burnout

One of the most common complaints of first time visitors is travel fatigue. India is vast, beautiful and addictive, so make sure you are realistic about how much you can fit into your trip.

Take the time to wisely plan and organise transport and your route of travel to ensure you don’t miss out on your must-dos.

  • Mosquitoes

Many of Australia’s top ten tourist destinations, including Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Fiji and India, are dengue endemic countries, and 10 per cent of recorded global malaria incidents also occur in South East Asia.

Both of these illnesses are transmitted through mozzie bites so be sure to wear long, loose fitting clothes and top up with DEET-heavy spray and plug-ins for your room.

  • Money Matters

At the moment, there is a nationwide cash shortage and withdrawals from ATMs are subject to a daily limit of 10,000 rupees ($200), although some ATMs run out within hours. Paying via bank or credit card wherever possible is advised, and ensure you take ample currency with you.

  • Language Barriers

With numerous languages spoken and a lack of literacy across the country, it is often difficult to ask for directions. Download and utilise apps such as Google translate which can give you oral translations in languages such as Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Kannada.

  • Temple Etiquette

Always take your shoes off before entering a place of worship and as tempting as it is to wear shorts in the hot weather, it’s crucial to keep your shoulders and lower part of your body covered when visiting a place of religious importance.

  • Risky Rickshaws

Petty theft is common in crowded areas as well as on public transport and even rickshaws. Thieves on motorcycles commonly snatch shoulder bags and jewellery so limit the items you are bringing and keep your valuables securely stored and out of sight.

  • Hands & Feet

Hinduism beliefs involve a hierarchy of body parts. Feet are considered dirty, so always take your shoes off before stepping into someone’s house. The left hand is customarily used for cleaning oneself, so never pass on anything in your left hand or use it to eat food.

  • Deadly Driving

Road accidents are commonplace in India and the number of traffic deaths is high. Buses and trains are also often poorly maintained and pose fire risks, so consider booking a driver through your hotel or reputable agent where possible.

  • Take Cover

Make sure you’re not just covered for the festival period, but for the full duration of your trip which includes the days you leave and return to your home address. Also ensure you’re covered for any of additional activities you may wish to participate in, like motorcycle riding, during your holiday.

There are often exclusions or special conditions for activities with heightened risk so always read your policy to check the limits and terms and conditions.

 

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Oceania Cruises’ Sirena makes spectacular debut in Australian waters

Oceania Cruises’ Sirena makes spectacular debut in Australian waters March 8, 2017 Australia, Cruise News, Top Stories No comments Oceania Cruises’ Sirena makes Spectacular Debut in Australian waters Oceania Cruises is excited to announce its newest fleet addition, Sirena is in Australian waters for the first time following a successful inaugural season in the northern hemisphere after her launch last year.

The 684-passenger Sirena has undergone a US$50 million refurbishment and follows the award-winning design blueprint of her sister ships Regatta, Insignia and Nautica, with amenities such as four gourmet restaurants, six elegant lounges and bars, the renowned Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms.

Commenting on Sirena’s first-time visit to Australian waters, Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said, “We’re incredibly excited to showcase Sirena’s extensive refurbishment and phenomenal culinary offerings that are specially crafted to appeal to all palates, including local cruisers.” “Oceania Cruises is committed to expanding its presence and offerings in the Asia Pacific region, and Sirena’s debut down under is evidence of our parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ ongoing plans to continue adding regional itineraries aboard a range of premium vessels throughout Australia and New Zealand,” he added. Oceania Cruises’ reputation has been founded on its culinary excellence and commitment to serve guests The Finest Cuisine at Sea™.

Sirena characterises the brand’s epicurean heritage with delightful gourmet dining experiences, including new culinary concept Tuscan Steak, inspired by Oceania Cruises’ traditional steak house Polo Grill and its authentic Italian restaurant, Toscana, serving up sumptuous favourites from both icons; as well as Red Ginger, a contemporary Asian-inspired restaurant dishing up delights such as Miso Glazed Sea Bass and Lobster Pad Thai, previously only available aboard Oceania Cruises’ larger vessels, Marina and Riviera. In the Grand Dining Room, lunchtime guests will find Jacques Bistro, offering an exclusive menu featuring signature dishes from legendary chef Jacques Pépin, Oceania Cruises’ Executive Culinary Director.

A selection of specially crafted dishes will also appear on the menu each evening in The Grand Dining Room. Additional features of Sirena’s new look include re-designed palatial accommodation in the exclusive Owner’s and Vista Suites, as well as totally re-vamped public areas and new beds in every cabin, featuring the line’s signature mattresses, crisp cotton linen and delightfully snuggly duvets. Enhanced on board entertainment options include new productions such as the Rat-Pack inspired Tuxedo, and pop sensation Acoustic Sessions, as well as world-class comedic productions.

Sirena marks her presence in the Australian and New Zealand region through a series of regional itineraries including a 34-day Sydney-to-Sydney circumnavigation of Australia departing March 6th – with highlights including the Whitsundays, Papua New Guinea, Komodo, Bali, Broome, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania. Following her Sydney-to-Sydney sailing, Sirena will set out from Sydney to Auckland on a 14-day voyage from April 9th, calling at ports including Eden, Melbourne, Burnie in Tasmania, the fjords of Milford Sound, Akaroa, Nelson, Wellington, Napier and Rotorua. From Auckland,

Sirena will make her way to French Polynesia en route to the USA for her North American summer sailing season.

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