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July Travel Briefs and Hot Deals from Mantra Hotels, Resorts and Apartments

All deals featured below can be booked direct (as noted within the copy) or at any travel agent.

NEWS:

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

JOB OFFERS: An innovative new recruitment and training program by Mantra Group for Indigenous jobseekers in Cairns has been so successful that it will now be implemented across the broader Tropical North Queensland region. Already, eight Indigenous jobseekers from the program have been retained to work with Mantra Group in Cairns and Palm Cove. Mantra Group hopes to see further success for program participants across many more of its properties throughout Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Cairns. Each jobseeker participating in the program receives a Certificate II in Hospitality and work readiness training, followed by work experience and further training and coaching on Mantra Group properties.

GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

TOP CLASS: New faces in Mantra management are being welcomed throughout the Gold Coast this month beginning with Colin Stevenson joining Mantra Broadbeach on the Park as General Manager - replacing Peter White who has moved on to General Manager of Mantra Heritage, Mantra on the Inlet and Mantra in the Village in Port Douglas. Colin has been EAM/Resident Manager at Mantra Circle on Cavill for the past 18 months, and has enjoyed success in many areas of the operation. Colin will be supported by new Front Office Manager Matthew Knight, transferring from BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort, Coffs Harbour where he has been based since 2006 throughout Food and Beverage Operations, as Duty Manager and as Front Office Manager since 2010. Colin's role at Mantra Circle on Cavill will be filled by Kerry Gribble, from Mantra Sun City and prior to that, Mantra Legends Hotel. Mantra Phoenician at Broadbeach has also appointed Toni Hinton as their new Operations Manager. Toni was previously General Manager at BreakFree Neptune.

HOT DEALS:

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

WARM WELCOME: Let Tropical North Queensland's warmer weather entice you for a winter escape with special deals available at eight Mantra resorts and hotels all offering special packages including one night of free accommodation. Fly or drive north for the winter for the ideal combination of a stylish place to stay with an endless variety of spectacular sightseeing and enjoyable activities to indulge in, from the rainforest and hinterland to the pristine coast and world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Cairns deals start with a three night stay but only pay for two, from $140* per night in a Hotel Room at Mantra Esplanade. Palm Cove deals start with a three night stay but pay for only two from $160* per night in a Hotel Room with Spa at Mantra Amphora. Or trek to Port Douglas where deals start from a three night stay but pay for only two from $150* per night in a Hotel Room at Mantra on the Inlet. To discover all eight special deals, phone 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au

IT'S SHOWTIME: With the Mareeba Rodeo set for July 16 and 17 and the Mossman Show being held on July 24 and 25, it's a fantastic opportunity to visit the beautiful coastal region of Port Douglas nestled near the Daintree, especially with Mantra offering such great rates. The divine Mantra Aqueous on Port starts from $176* per night for a Spa Room, while the stylish Mantra PortSea is on sale from $242* per night plus one free night and breakfast included, staying in a One Bedroom Apartment. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au

ART SMART: Art lovers taking a trip to the Tanks Art Centre in Cairns will delight in an exhibition until July 12 of South Australian based artist, Robert Habel, who has been painting on location in and around Cairns sometimes as a public performance and sometimes alone with the landscape. Long-term collaborator and film-maker, Cole Larsen, accompanies Habel, creating short videos which are more than just a documentation of Habel's practice. Relax back at Mantra Esplanade on the Cairns waterfront in the heart of the CBD, with a One Bedroom Apartment from $180* per night. Valid until 31/08/2011. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au

FRASER COAST, QUEENSLAND

WHALE TALES: The majestic humpback whales will be the focus of celebrations next month for the annual Hervey Bay Whale Festival on August 6 and you're invited. The family-friendly free event includes the Illuminated Street Parade, McDonalds Kids Festival and the LIVE Whale Aid Concert and raises awareness of the plight of the humpback whale. While in town, it's the ideal time to see a whale first hand so take the plunge with Mantra Hervey Bay's Couples or Family Whale Watching Packages. These include accommodation and tickets for a half-day Whale Watching Cruise aboard the Quick Cat II with Hervey Bay Whale Watch. The Couples Package is from $209* in a Hotel Room including two adult tour tickets, and from $140* per extra night. The Family Package is from $328* for Two Bedrooms including two adult tickets and tickets for two children aged between 4 and 14 years, and from $242* per extra night. Valid for travel until 31/10/2011. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantraherveybay.com.au

SUNSHINE COAST, QUEENSLAND

GET FESTIVE: The Pomona King of the Mountain Festival is being held on July 24 which will see more than 400 people compete for the title of King of the Mountain on Australia's most gruelling 4km mountain track. The Festival runs from 7am to 5pm and will contain live entertainment, food, face painting, so be sure to get settled with the ideal accommodation at Mooloolaba nearby to enhance your stay during the event. Mantra Sirocco is offering Two Bedrooms from $205* per night, or Three Bedrooms from $463* per night for a minimum two night stay. Mantra Zanzibar has deals on Two Bedrooms from $187* per night, or Three Bedrooms from $300* per night for a minimum stay of 2 nights. Mantra Mooloolaba Beach has One Bedroom accommodation from $158* and Two Bedrooms from $238*. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS: Splendour in the Grass is approaching with magical musical acts such as Coldplay, Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, The Living End, The Hives, Pulp and Regina Spektor. But with all the camp grounds sold out, Mantra can come to the rescue with accommodation still available at three great resorts located in Mooloolaba. Transport worries are also solved with shuttle buses available from the Sunshine Coast to Woodford for the festival, from July 29 to 31. Choose between Mantra Mooloolaba Beach for a One Bedroom Apartment from $158* per night, Mantra Zanzibar for a Three Bedroom Apartment from $300* per night (minimum two night stay) and Mantra Sirocco in Noosa for a Two Bedroom Apartment from $234* per night (minimum two night stay). Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND

CITY STYLE: Enjoy the buzz of the city with the convenience of the South Bank dining and entertainment on your doorstep at Mantra South Bank with a new Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Package from Friday to Monday night. This all inclusive package includes accommodation in a sophisticated One Bedroom Apartment from $369* per night, daily breakfast, valet parking for one vehicle, a $100 dinner food voucher for the popular Stone Restaurant on-site and the indulgence of a late check out. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au

GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

DIVINE DINING: Savour a stay at Mantra Phoenician in Broadbeach this month when July 15 to 25 is declared Broadbeach Restaurant Week 2011. Based on New York Restaurant Week, you will be able to dine at a variety of sensational eating spots and experience your choice of a $35 or a $55 three-course set menu for dinner or lunch depending on where you dine. With an on-site spa and central location near the beach and the shopping and dining precinct, Mantra Phoenician is a great choice with One Bedroom Apartments from $180* per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au. For information and menus of participating restaurants during Broadbeach Restaurant Week visit broadbeachgc.com/restaurant-week-listing.html

ALL THAT JAZZ: The Broadbeach Jazz Festival is set for August 19 to 21, featuring a host of Australia's finest jazz artists all performing for free on outdoor stages and at venues throughout the precinct. So jazz up your enjoyment of this great event with a break away in this cosmopolitan hub by the beach at either Mantra Sierra Grand, where you can stay four nights but pay for just three from $220* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment, or Mantra Broadbeach on the Park, offering a three night stay where you only need pay for two, from $196* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment. Valid for sale and travel until 31/08/11. Minimum night stays apply. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au

TWEED COAST, NEW SOUTH WALES

FOLLOW SUIT: Mantra on Salt Beach has devised the ideal conferencing offer to tempt corporate clients away to the serenity and appeal of Kingscliff's Salt Village and its untouched beaches. Book a conference over the days of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before December 31 and receive the following incentives for free. For every 10 rooms booked, receive the 11th accommodation room for free to a maximum of six rooms per group, as well as an audio-visual freebie of a tripod screen, and a delicious 30 minutes of canapés free with dinner booked with a Day Delegate Package. Call 02 6670 5004 or email info@conferencesandeventsatsalt.com.au

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES

HEAD TO HAIRSPRAY: Hairspray the Musical has hit Sydney at Star City's Lyric Theatre, so the acclaimed production's proud accommodation partner, Mantra, has styled some deals to make heads turn. See this big production with big heart and even bigger hairstyles thanks to Mantra's great range of value Stay & See® packages. A magic choice for musical lovers is Mantra 2 Bond Street, located in Sydney's vibrant city centre. Stay & See® packages start from $213.90* per person per night twin share including a ticket to the show. For those who have already have tickets for Hairspray the Musical and are looking for somewhere close and convenient to relax before and after the show, Mantra has a selection of sophisticated accommodation on offer in Sydney. For bookings phone 1300 658 103 or visit mantra.com.au/hairspray

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

LIGHTS, CAMERA, RELAX: Mantra on Hay Accommodation Perth is ideally located as a base for the Revelation Perth International Film Festival this month. Held July 14-24 at the Astor Theatre, this annual film festival features a prestigious and boutique screening program of new and premiere films drawn directly from the international festival scene, and often unseen in Australia. The festival embraces cutting-edge movies, live music and performances. Relax before and after the film festival at Mantra on Hay in a spacious Two Bedroom Apartment from $309* per night. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au

GET INTO TRUFFLE: Experience a unique opportunity to savour a truffle-themed gourmet weekend featuring leading Western Australian and Australian chefs at the Mundaring Truffle Festival on July 30-31. This fabulous experience offers food tastings, gourmet produce, markets, cooking demonstrations and the world's longest truffle table luncheon. Western Australia is one of the rare locations in the world where the black truffle grows, and the festival offers an opportunity to taste, buy, and learn about this culinary delicacy. Stay in the heart of Perth at Mantra on Murray from $149* in a Queen Studio and enjoy the festival by day and the heart of Perth's restaurant precinct by night. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Block-out dates and minimum stays may apply.