Daintree business wins Premiers sustainability award

first_imgFom left: Andrew Powell MP, Minister for Environment& Heritage Protection, Alan Curtis Daintree DiscoveryCentre, Jann Stuckey MP, Minister for Tourism, MajorEvents, Small Business and the CommonwealthGames. Source = Daintree Discovery Centre The Daintree Discovery Centre has been recognized in winning the Small Business category at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards held in Brisbane last Friday the 14th June 2013.The award was presented to the Discovery Centre’s Alan Curtis by Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Minister Jann Stuckey.‘The Centre has demonstrated it is a high achiever and a leader in adopting sustainability practices that reduce its environmental impact and strengthen its commercial viability’ said Ms Stuckey. ‘It sets high standards and receives $2,500 to support sustainable initiatives and everyone involved in the Centre is to be commended for their efforts’. In accepting the award, an elated Alan Curtis thanked the team at the Discovery Centre and owners / directors Ron and Pam Birkett who are currently abroad.‘We’re thrilled to be recognized in this way. Everything we do at the Discovery Centre reinforces the need to preserve the Daintree Rainforest. We have elevated walkways designed to protect the fragile root systems, Interpretive displays that foster environmental sustainability and we models best practice in water conservation, waste management, recycling and eco-friendly design’. He also added ‘We are a carbon neutral business since establishing our Carbon Offset / Bio-sequestration project in 2007, and we sponsor Carbon Flux research by James Cook University. The Centre is also one of 10 environmental research Supersites that form the Australian Supersite Network collecting scientific data across various ecosystems’. The multi award winning Discovery Centre is a world-class interpretive facility nestled in the heart of the Daintree rainforest, just 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River and boasts a spectacular Aerial Walkway leading to a 23m high Canopy Tower.The tower provides viewing of the very top of the rainforest canopy, while the walkway allows unprecedented access to the mid level rainforest.  For international visitors, Self-guided Audio Tours are available in 8 languages.An accredited Wet Tropics visitor Information Centre, the Daintree Discovery Centre is open daily from 8.30am to 5pm and also carries Advanced Eco-Tourism and TQUAL Accreditation and is a Climate Action Business.last_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter Emirates has unveiled

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEmirates has unveiled refreshed interiors for its Boeing 777 aircraft, including its highly anticipated new first class private suites.With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ new suites take privacy to the next level. Offering up to 3.7 square metres of personal space each, these fully enclosed private suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration.From first class through to business and economy class cabins, all along the walkways, in the washrooms and galleys, the latest Emirates 777 aircraft boasts a multi-million-dollar upgrade that includes newly designed seats and upgraded inflight entertainment systems.Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “The inflight experience is the heart of our brand and service proposition. The new 777 interiors that we are unveiling today is part of Emirates’ ongoing investment to continually raise the bar and exceed our customers’ expectations. Aside from our new fully enclosed private suites, business class features our latest fully flat leather seats with personal mini-bars, economy class seats have adjustable full leather headrests, and the inflight entertainment system has been upgraded for all cabin classes. Throughout the aircraft, our customers will see modern and airy cabins, with painstaking attention to detail evident in design touches such as the textured wall and ceiling panels, lighting features, and more.”On the airline’s new first class product, Sir Tim said:  “Emirates pioneered the first class private suite concept back in 2003, and today it’s the industry benchmark when it comes to first class travel. Over the years we have continually improved on our private suites, adding thoughtful refinements and features. We are very excited about our new fully enclosed suite which is a real game-changer in terms of privacy, comfort, and thoughtful luxury. This is the first time an Emirates product has been so influenced by another luxury brand, but it is a natural fit as both Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have the same unwavering commitment to fine detail, uncompromising quality, and a drive to push the boundaries.”Emirates’ latest first class product gives a nod to the design philosophy of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The collaboration inspired several design details, including the soft leather seating, high-tech control panels, and mood lighting.Extending that trademark in-flight experience to exclusive on-ground services, Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have extended their partnership to provide a fleet of the S-Class cars as part of its complimentary Chauffeur-drive service. Emirates first class passengers arriving or departing in the UAE will enjoy a seamless journey from aircraft to home, and vice versa, in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class car.The latest Emirates 777 aircraft with these new features will enter commercial service on 1 December 2017, making its debut on flights to Geneva and Brussels.Changing the game in first class: key product featuresThe new Emirates 777 First Class cabin interior uses a colour palette of soft greys, cream and champagne, conveying a contemporary, open and airy feel.Created in collaboration with Boeing, Rockwell Collins interior systems, Panasonic, Jacques Pierre Jean Design studio and Seattle-based design firm Teague, each fully enclosed private suite has a floor-to-ceiling sliding door, and combines smart technologies and design to deliver function and comfort. The leather seat reclines into a fully flat bed and can be placed in a “zero-gravity” position inspired by NASA technology, giving a feeling of weightlessness.To ensure all first class customers have a view, Emirates is introducing the industry’s first virtual windows for suites located in the middle aisle. These virtual windows project the view from outside the aircraft using real-time camera technology. In the other suites, binoculars are available for customers who want to explore the sky outside their windows.Passengers can easily communicate with the cabin crew, or request for room service using the video call function. The suites also come with a service window where customers can be served drinks and canapés undisturbed.Emirates has retained and updated the most popular features of its private suites, such as the personal mini-bar for drinks and snacks within each suite, and wireless controls to adjust seating positions, as well as to navigate Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice.Customers can view over 2500 channels of on-demand entertainment on a 81-centimetre Full HD LCD TV screen, or project content from their own devices. The viewing experience includes Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones, created exclusively for Emirates by Bowers & Wilkins, to ensure the sound was optimised for the First Class Cabin environment.Each suite is fitted with an inspiration kit, which features a Byredo skincare collection found only on Emirates, Hydra Active moisturising pyjamas, and Bulgari amenity kits.There is ample storage within the suite including an overhead compartment, and a full-length cupboard for hanging clothes. First class clients can also enjoy the dine-on-demand service.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more