UNTRAMMELED, WITH AIR QUALITY reported among the best in the world, an Eden-like island where being a locavore was always in style, Tasmania — Australia’s southern state, located across the Strait of Bass from the mainland — may be overtaking Iceland’s reputation as the world’s most unspoiled destination. Nature buffs love its inner landscapes, composed of wallaby-brimming bushland, mountain peaks, verdant valleys, vineyards, meadows and farmland. Add in inviting beaches, olive groves and orchards, and this one-time penal colony reigns as an athlete’s playground.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
NEW ZEALAND’S HUB FOR ARTS AND CULTURE is about to gain momentum as a mecca for MICE groups. As Auckland readies its upcoming New Zealand International Convention Centre, due to open in 2020, a slew of new hotel developments will introduce an additional 4,000 rooms over the next five years.