Travel Essentials Wrap

Our Travel Essentials event last Friday evening brought together 150 readers and experts at 13 travel themed booths at Myer Perth City store, writes STEPHEN SCOURFIELD

There were tips, tricks, information, friendly chat and, yes, there was shopping, too. There were short, sharp presentations on stage, and lots of discounts and prizes.

Lee Barron-Sullivan won a trip to two to Singapore. She and a companion will be flying economy return with Singapore Airlines, and staying for three nights at the heritage Goodwood Park Hotel.

Lee was clearly delighted, as was Karl Schubert, Singapore Airlines’ public relations manager South West Pacific. Karl had flown from Sydney on Friday afternoon to be with us, and flew home straight after the event.

In conversation on stage with Travel staff writer Michael Ferrante, he gave insights into the airline which has flown between Singapore and Perth for more than 50 years, introduced wide bodied, big windowed A350-900s on some if its four daily flights, and has an unrivalled commitment to staff training.

Also on stage, staff writers and editors Cy Clayton and Jade Jurewicz spoke with experts on skincare and suitcases, sunglasses and swimwear, shoes, technology and more.

Lancome’s national makeup director, Lara Srokowski stepped off a plane from New York to share makeup tricks (happy to be back in her home town).

She said that while she usually wears a lot of makeup, she doesn’t on planes. And she then produced a spritzer, which many enjoyed.

Peter from Samsonite recommends purchasing a suitcase protector (around $40) to prevent scratching in transit

For the environmentally-conscious, he also recommends taking a look at Samsonite’s new range of bags and suitcases made entirely from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Sean from Bose showed off the brand new Bose over-ear noise cancelling headphones and some very cool new Bose audio sunglasses.

Even though we hadn’t suggested it, every booth provided a prize — 13 in all — in addition to the main Singapore Airlines prize. Sunglass Hut gifted a classic pair of Bvlgari glasses. From Bose, there was a state of the art pair of noise cancelling headphones.

And there were lots of discounts and offers, from white sneakers to swimwear, which many of our guests lapped up.

The stage sessions threw up all sorts of tips, including grandparents buying gifts for grandchildren before they leave home, so that they don’t have to spend their holiday doing it (!)

We do all sorts of events, from bespoke dinners to Photowalks and information events, but this was a chance for readers to gain a few ideas, and get ready to see the world at a one-stop travel shop.

And it was the result of great work by our friends at Myer — particularly Kerry Davenport, Sanette Sam and Rob Wootton. Our thanks to them all — and everyone who came.

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