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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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30 NT NEWS. Saturday, December 22, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 0 C O L O R : C M Y K SATURDAY EXTRA l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au 007 AGENT Looking for the best agent in Darwin? JOANNE JAMES is licensed to sell. 0433 672 814 PHONE TODAY FOR A FREE PROPERTY APPRAISAL! JO-ANNE JAMES - 007 IN REAL ESTATE 8982 2522 Calling for Expressions of Interest Health and Hospital Services Management Boards As part of the New Service Framework for Health and Hospital Services in the Northern Territory, expressions of interest are now sought for membership of the two Health and Hospital Services Management Boards. Interested people should attach a copy of their CV to their submission, and outline: :K\\RXZDQWWREHRQWKH+HDOWKDQG+RVSLWDO6HUYLFHV Management Board 7KHVNLOOVDQGH[SHULHQFH\RXZLOOEULQJWRWKH%RDUG For a copy of the Expression of Interest Form Visit: www.health.nt.gov.au/New_Service_Framework Email: NewServiceFramework.DoH@nt.gov.au Expressions of Interest submissions close at 5.00 pm on Friday 18 January 2013. www.nt.gov.au/health DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Solar Power Todays electricity customer is tomorrows electricity producer. Country Solar NT is a Northern Territory owned and operated installer of quality solar equipment from some of the worlds leading manufacturers. Our aim is to provide the latest in solar technology at affordable prices to the top end. For a no obligation, free quote head to our website www.countrysolarnt.com.au 0439 527 380 1 0 3 7 3 6 2 Last-minute plans Were delaying booking our holidays but thats not stopping us enjoying a longer break, writes national travel reporterAngela Saurine The Gold Coast remains the most popular destination for domestic travellers, and more Aussies are staying longer, thanks to new attractions Salamanca Place is among Hobarts many enticing destinations A USTRALIANS are booking their summer holidays later than usual this year but staying longer, travel experts say. While Queensland, particularly the Gold Coast, continues to be the No.1 destination for domestic breaks, Sydney and Melbourne are also popular and there is growing interest in Hobart. France and Italy have soared when it comes to international destinations as Australians take advantage of our strong dollar and the chance to experience a white Christmas. Wotif.com general manager Megan Magill said people booking holidays in Queensland were staying a day longer on average but the average booking lead time was four days shorter than last year. Queenslands sporadic weather in recent summers probably explains why some people held off to see what the weather would do, she said. Now we know the forecast generally is for great holiday weather, bookings are streaming in for the Sunshine State. She said the Gold Coast looked like ousting Melbourne as the most preferred New Years Eve destination this year, based on room nights booked. Melbourne has held the title for the past two years. MONA continues to be a major drawcard for tourists to Hobart, while the growing foodie scene and a swag of festivals and events over summer are helping to put the city on the map, Ms Magill said. Mantra Group chief executive Bob East said the Gold Coast was the most popular Australian destination this summer. Occupancy rates were up 5 per cent compared with the same time last year as families flocked to new attractions at Dreamworld and Movie World theme parks. Mr East said people were staying longer at their properties across Australia with average stays rising from up to four nights to up to six nights over summer. The most popular international destinations booked by Flight Centre this summer were London, Los Angeles, Auckland, Paris and Bangkok. Flight Centre executive global marketing manager Colin Bowman said Europe was in demand, especi ally France and Italy. When we look at ticket numbers compared to last year, both countries are up in excess of 20 per cent, he said. The US continues to grow in popularity thanks to good airfares and the strong dollar. Travel.com.au general manager Renee Welsh said Japan was also bouncing back after last years earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese ski fields offer some of the best powder in the world, which is one of the main reasons Australians are flocking back, she said. With corporate travellers out of town for much of December and January, Lastminute.com.au general manager Kirsty Labruniy said it was a great time for a city break. Cities provide some great hotel deals in summer, she said. On lastminute.com.au you can currently book a five-star Secret Hotel deal from $169 per night.