Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Get Up & Go has gone to new owner

After 11 years with Mahlab Media, Get Up & Go, Australia’s premier travel magazine for the mature traveller has been bought by award-winning BT Publishing.
Sydney-based BT Publishing is a specialist in the multimedia field.
Group Publisher/Managing Director, Helen Batt-Rawden (pictured) said there was a great opportunity to take Get Up and Go to new heights.
“BT Publishing was the first in the meetings & events industry in Australia to develop a multimedia offering with our flagship micenet AUSTRALIA Magazine, combining the strength of a traditional magazine with the power and immediacy of online publishing.
“We plan to develop Get Up & Go’s existing and widely-read travel blog ( in tandem with the magazine to give our growing market more opportunities to interact with us.
Ms Batt-Rawden said the increasingly adventurous mature traveller market still relied heavily on word-of-mouth to make their travel decisions.
“We have Get Up & Go’s editor and Australian Society of Travel Writers’ ‘Best Travel Editor of the Year’ 2010, Bev Malzard coming across too, so we’ll maintain Bev’s crucial and close relationship with our readers.
“She’s a very hands-on editor and blogger, so for readers it’s really like getting travel tips from a friend.”
Get Up & Go magazine is a glossy, quarterly travel magazine featuring stories (international and domestic features, cruise news, and travel news) from Australia’s top travel writers and is supported by premium advertisers. Bev Malzard will take up her position with BT Publishing within the next week.
“I’m thrilled with the magazine going to a lovely home,” she says. “I have built up Get Up & Go over more than four marvellous years working with Mahlab Media, and now it’s time to move along and take the magazine to a new dimension.”

Bev Malzard
Editor Get Up & Go
Travel writer/editor/journalist
President Australian Society of Travel Writers

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Love is in the air . . .

We start seeing Christmas trees in September and Easter eggs in January - so we may as well start the Valentine's Day preparations. Here is some news for a resort I had he pleasure of staying in late last year and if I could find a Valentine to whisk me bthere - I'd go in a shot. Oh, well.
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali has replaced the twelve days of Christmas with twelve ways to say “I Love You” this coming Valentine’s Day.
From a three night accommodation package that includes a six-course Valentine’s Day dinner, a Balinese massage and more*, to a horse-and-carriage ride through tropical gardens; signature romantic dining options that range from a Valentine’s menu at Dava restaurant, to a cliff-edge Moonlight Romance Dinner, to a private villa dinner served by a personal butler; or, the ultimate romantic experience for one couple only, a 6-course champagne dinner set on AYANA’s private jetty and accompanied by a private Gamelan music performance. An “Eat Pray Love” inspired 3-course lunch, sunset cocktails perched above the ocean at the Rock Bar or a special couples spa package called Blissful Love are also on the list.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Torquay is tops!

Spending a few days in Victoria's sunshine coast - we are at the start of the Great Ocean Road and the breeze is a little chilly. Hardy souls my friends (Victorians), who have been hitting the surf early morning while I stay warm and cosy and make coffee for their refreshed return. Had a road trip to Bells Beach and then on to Lorne with a stop for lunch at Aireys Inlet at 'a la grecque' (excellent calamari) then a walk round Torquay town.
Loving the smell of ozone and the sun is out today - yippee.
I arived here via a flight on Tiger from Sydney to Avalon Airport near Geelong - good connections indeed.