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Argentine Polo Open


Royal Salute has expanded their World Polo Programme to become a sponsor of The 2012 Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo (Argentine Polo Open Championship), marking their commitment to the ‘Sport of Kings’ in polo today, and for the future. The Argentine Open is the world’s leading high-handicap tournament, which takes place in the picturesque borough of Palermo (Catedral del Polo) in Buenos Aires, between 17th November – 8th December.  Royal Salute will offer the discerning gentlemen a true luxurious experience paying homage to the patrons and players, the true kings of polo today.

This historic 40-goal event brings to life the ‘Kings’ of polo today by attracting the best players and patrons from around the globe, riding the very best horses and all wanting to win the prestigious title of ‘best polo team in the world’. Demonstrating unbelievable skill and sportsmanship from world class players, who will battle it out, in what is anticipated to be the most exciting final of the polo season.

Established as the oldest championship in the world and still remaining to draw an international crowd of over 20,000 people, Royal Salute is proud to be part of the 119th Argentine Polo Open Championship 2012.

Neil Macdonald, Global Brand Director for Royal Salute, commented: “As the world’s leading prestige Scotch whisky, we believe Royal Salute is the perfect partner for “the sport of kings” and through our new sponsorship of the Argentine Open we will bring this to life. The Royal Salute team is extremely excited to be a part of such a historic event in polo and look forward to becoming a permanent figure in the world of polo for the future.”

Royal Salute’s commitment to international polo is ever growing, with sponsorships of some of the world’s most prestigious polo events across America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Royal Salute World Polo programme continues, with the 119 Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo December.

Tee Off at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley  introduces the Stay and Play * package – perfect for social golfers and die-hard enthusiasts.

The Stay and Play* package gives guests a chance to flex their tee box-muscles during an escape to one of NSW’s most scenic regions, the picturesque Hunter Valley. The package is available from Sundays to Thursdays until December 31, 2012.

Prices start from AU$280 per night for two adults and include two rounds of golf with golf cart hire, as well as deluxe room accommodation and a full buffet breakfast at the hotel’s Redsalt Restaurant.

For guests looking to travel in larger groups, the Stay and Play* package also offers four adults luxury accommodation in a 2-bedroom villa plus four rounds of golf with golf cart hire, and a full buffet breakfast from AU$360 per night.

The 18-hole championship course stretches nearly 6,000 metres within the 4.5-star resort’s picturesque grounds, located a stones-throw from the Hunter Valley’s world-renowned vineyards and cellar doors.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley general manager David Bark said: “The course is very user-friendly and manages to strike the perfect balance between being challenging, yet achievable. It caters to all ability levels and is devoid of any tricks or architectural whims.”

The top-class course offers a variety of memberships. As a member you have the option of receiving a handicap which is monitored and maintained by Golflink Australia.

Golf-fanatics can look forward to tackling the redesigned 18th hole, which has been lengthened from an overly demanding par-4 to a risk-and-reward 454metre par-5.  Those who don’t mind having their golfing egos bruised can also attempt the 167metre fourth hole – where a water carry from tee to green means an accurate mid-or long-iron must be played for success!

Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club features an on-site ProShop which sells a wide range of equipment. The professional staff can help you with your golfing needs whether it is clothing you in the latest apparel or helping you choose the golf clubs you always wanted.  The ProShop is open every day from 7:00am- 6:00pm (April – September) and 6:30am- 7:00pm (October – March).

To book or for more information, visit or call 138 388.


Research released today by Virgin Australia shows that over the next few days, baggage carousels will be filled with up to 40 000 hats and over 55 000 lip glosses, which will be flown especially to Melbourne for The Cup and the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.
With most believing that the Spring Racing Carnival is more about the social occasion, champagne and fashion (74%) than the racing (22%), it‟s no wonder that getting their luggage there on time and intact is a top priority. Virgin Australia‟s research revealed that the baggage carousels may be filled with an estimated $40 million worth of luggage this racing season.
Virgin Australia Group Executive Corporate Communications, Danielle Keighery said the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival is a positive boost for the Australian economy and the tourism industry in general.

“The Victorian Spring Racing Carnival has developed a reputation as one of the most important events on the sporting calendar, attracting domestic and international visitors alike. Last year, the carnival generated $728 million2 for the Australian economy, with a similar contribution expected this year”.
“We are committed to supporting the Australian tourism industry and will be putting on 36 additional flights into and out of Melbourne over the key racing period3. Virgin Australia is well-prepared to transport Australia‟s latest fashion trends as 40 000 hats, 110 000 dresses and pairs of heels make their way through carousels across the country”, Ms Keighery said.

Virgin Australia‟s top tips for packing for the Spring Racing Carnival:

– Check the dimensions of your hat box. If it exceeds the carry-on allowance, check it-
in at least 30 minutes before your flight.

– Pack an extra pair of shoes. A day at the races carries the high risk of broken high
heels, mud and sore feet.

– Prepare for all weather conditions. With the unpredictability of the Spring season, you
never know when you might need a warm jacket or an umbrella.
Other findings from the survey included:

-For most women Melbourne Cup is an excuse to splash out on new clothes and
accessories with 80% of women willing to purchase a new dress for the race

-The average amount Australian women are prepared to spend on new items to look
their best at Melbourne Cup is $370 – and that‟s even before they have placed a bet

-Dirty shoes (48%), broken heels (42%) and fashion faux pas (23%) at the top of peoples
„stress list‟ when it comes to attending the races, explaining the sheer volume of luggage that travels to Melbourne

Volvo Ocean Race Alicante

Alicante, Spain – Thousands of people will flocked to the Volvo Ocean Race today as the Alicante Race Village opened for a three-week fiesta at the start port for the 2011-12 race.
Alicante’s Puerto de Salida flung open the doors to the public , welcoming the world to the first of the 10 host ports in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.
Festivities kicked off with a Rolling Stones tribute concert before the six teams competing in the world’s toughest crewed yacht race are presented. The night finished with a huge fireworks display lighting the skies over the Race Village just before 2200.

PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race

Like something from a Formula 1 grand prix, the Alicante Race Village is 40,000 square metres dedicated to entertainment with a programme brimming with concerts, shows, exhibitions, sailing clinics, rides, fireworks and restaurants.
It is also home to the Volvo Ocean Race Experience, an interactive attraction designed to suck landlubbers into the world of a Volvo Ocean Race sailor through its 3D cinema, simulator and winch grinding challenge. Artist collective Skeleton Sea will lead workshops as part of the Keep the Oceans Clean! Campaign, and look out around the Race Village for Wisdom, the mischievous albatross.

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

The centrepiece of the Race Village will be the six 70ft Volvo Open 70 yachts and the crews that will race them 39,000 nautical miles through the world’s toughest oceans.
Team Telefónica, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, Team Sanya, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Groupama sailing team and PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion are the teams taking part. For the first time ever the team zones will be open to the public allowing fans to watch master boat builders and design experts at work.
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad said: “One of our objectives has been to transform the Volvo Ocean Race into a festival. On the water it’s a race and on land it’s a festival. We’re not a football match where it lasts for 90 minutes and then you go home – the Volvo Ocean Race is something to come to, experience, be seen at and ultimately enjoy.”

PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race

The Alicante Race Village opened from Sunday to Thursday, and was to free to enter except for some ticketed concerts.
The Race Village will also provided the perfect place to watch the yachts race – on October 29 when they lock horns in close-quarter combat metres from the shore and again on November 5 when the teams start their 6,500 nautical mile sprint to Cape Town, South Africa.

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

“What other major sporting event can you have access to for free?” said the Volvo Ocean Race’s Director of Operations Heather Sherer.
“There are so many entertainment opportunities that bring the feeling of being at sea to the shore, from the 3D cinema that is state-of-the-art that will give you a new perspective of life on board to the bouncing castle for the little ones.
“For the first time ever we are offering the opportunity to get up close with a Volvo Open 70, with a limited number of the public to be given dock side access to the fleet.”
This weekend sees the start of the Academy Team Racing Clinic, offering youngsters from sailing clubs across the region to compete against each other in single-handed Optimist dinghies. Try Sailing, another important initiative to inspire new generations of sailors, also gets underway, offering children a chance to try the sport for the first time.

40 Day Countdown Until Aspen Snowmass Opening

Aspen Snowmass is counting down the days until the 2011/12 season opens, with a recent dusting turning peaks white in a tease of what’s to come.
“Just as Fall colours are at their peak, a dusting of perfect white snow atop the four mountains of Aspen-Snowmass makes a good thing look even better!” says International Public Relations Manager Lea Tucker.
From mid next week, it is 40 days until Aspen Mountain and Snowmass opens November 24, with Highlands and Buttermilk following suite on December 10.

This recent dusting comes on the heels of The Meeting, an annual Aspen event considered one of the biggest within the ski industry, bringing athletes, companies and sponsors together.
Over three days last week, new release movies were shown by Matchstick Productions, Teton Gravity Research, 1241 Productions and new lines exhibited by Burton, Smith, Oakley, Volcom, Analog, Bonfire, 686, Anon, Skullcandy, Special Blend, Dragon, Voleurz, Electric and more.
As pro rider and Aspen local Steele Spence says, “It brings everyone in, ski, board – both sides, films, all the athletes and it’s not just films but activities like open forums and meetings sessions. It really is my favourite event of the year. It’s unbelievable”.

Naomi Watts Jetsets into Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Naomi Watts was the guest of honor at an invitation-only dinner during Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 held on Friday 26 August. Watts was announced as Audi’s newest ambassador by Audi Australia’s managing director, Uwe Hagen. The setting for the Audi-hosted dinner was the stunning Long Pavilion at qualia Resort on Hamilton Island. An 8-course menu was created by Vue de monde’s Shannon Bennett. Guests included fellow Audi Ambassadors, Collette Dinnigan, Shannon Bennett and Catriona Rowntree; Suze de Marchi, Gail Elliott and Joe Coffey, Deke and Eve Miskin, Kylie Speer, Kelly Landry and Anthony Bell, and Uwe Hagen, managing director of Audi.

The guest of honor arrived at the event dressed by friend and fellow Audi Ambassador, Collette Dinnigan, wearing a stunning design from Dinnigan’s just-unveiled Resort 2011-12 collection. Speaking at the dinner, managing director of Audi, Uwe Hagen said the company was delighted to welcome someone of Naomi Watts’ stature to join Audi’s brand ambassador program. “Naomi fits perfectly with the Audi brand. She’s talented, down to earth and sophisticated and has worked hard to achieve her career success. Her reputation for being a true professional precedes her and the Audi team greatly appreciates her love of our cars!” Mr Hagen said. “We’re very pleased that Naomi has joined us for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 – the largest and most prestigious event on our sponsorship calendar.”

Watts becomes the German luxury carmaker’s newest brand Ambassador, joining a selected list of successful Australians including Bennett, Dinnigan, Ian Thorpe, Sandra Sully, George Gregan, Matthew Burke, Catriona Rowntree and Matt Moran to name a few. Audi’s Ambassador program was established in 1998, linking the premium carmaker with successful Australians who shared Audi’s core values of sportiness, progressiveness and sophistication.


Veuve Clicquot returns to Thredbo this August for Clicquot in the Snow 2011, celebrating two of life’s great pleasures, Veuve Clicquot and après ski. Undoubtedly, the highlight of this year’s winter celebration will be the inaugural Clicquot Tube-a-Thon, a celebrity event with a Clicquot twist. In the afternoon of Friday August 5, a brave crew of celebrities and participants will cut a swathe down the mountain into Friday Flat on their limited-edition Veuve Clicquot snow tubes. For the less adventurous, there is the opportunity to toast a great day of tubing with a chilled flute of Veuve Clicquot at another of this year’s exciting additions, the pop-up Clicquot Snow Bar on Friday Flat.
The Clicquot Tube-a-Thon made a global debut in Vail in January with Aussie actress Abbie Cornish as its host. In Thredbo, guests can cheer on celebrities including Luke Jacobz, Rachael Finch, Michael Miziner, Jodi Meares, Luke Ricketson and Daimon Downey as they battle it out on the mountain, tongues firmly in their cheeks, on their Veuve Clicquot snow tubes.
Clicquot in the Snow is the highlight of the snow calendar, a week-long winter festival of fabulous Veuve Clicquot activities and experiences unfolds in and around Thredbo. The village literally turns “Clicquot yellow”, with bars and clubs decked out in their Clicquot décor and each day, there is brunch on the mountain, fabulous après ski sessions and an action-packed programme of Clicquot –inspired events to participate in.

Clicquot in the Snow kicks off each day with delicious Clicquot On Piste Brunch Sessions on the mountain at the legendary Kareela Hűtte. And after the day’s skiing, you can come off the mountain and spend the afternoon sipping on Veuve Clicquot at the Clicquot Après-Ski Sessions at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. For those with a culinary bent, there are delicious Clicquot Degustation Dinners and the Clicquot In The Snow Picnic, a gourmet picnic hosted by The Denman Hotel & Spa on Saturday, set amidst the breathtaking Alpine scenery at Dead Horse Gap. The week will conclude with the Clicquot Classic Ski Race, a downhill race for enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders with plenty of off-piste action for the Clicquot enthusiasts as well.
Clicquot in the Snow began in Aspen in 2007 and has grown in popularity, with the best bars, clubs and restaurants joining in this fabulous celebration of winter. For the second year, Veuve Clicquot will partner with Thredbo Alpine Hotel and The Denman Hotel & Spa to ensure that the event is the highlight of the ski season with seven fun-packed, luxurious days. To purchase tickets to any of the Clicquot in the Snow 2011 experiences please visit
To register for the Clicquot Tube-a-Thon, please contact The Denman Hotel and Spa on +61 2 6457 6222 or on

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