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WORLD''S BEST AIRLINES
Qatar Airways has been named the world's best airline in
the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, while Qantas has
dropped to number eight in the top 10.
Around 200 airlines compete in the awards, voted on by
18.8 million airline passengers from 100 different nationali-
ties. The top 10, in descending order, are Qatar Airways,
Singapore Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways,
Thai Airways International, Etihad Airways, Air New Zealand,
Qantas Airways, Turkish Airlines and Emirates.
Qantas slipped to eighth from seventh in 2010, dropping
down a spot every year since 2008.
In the Australia-Pacific region, Air New Zealand took top
spot, followed by Qantas and Jetstar. In the best low-cost
airline in the region, Jetstar beat Virgin Australia and Tiger
Airways. Other award winners included Asiana Airlines for
world's best cabin staff, while AirAsia retained its title of best
low-cost airline. Cathay Pacific won for best first-class seat
and Air New Zealand for best premium economy seat.
According to the survey the best in-flight entertainment is
on Emirates and the best first-class food on Etihad.
PLUG FOR DARBY ST
The Tourism NSW July edition of its Sydney and NSW Uncov-
ered release talks about ''hidden treasure troves in regional
''Hidden down quiet laneways and arcades in country
towns all over NSW, amazing retro and vintage clothing,
homewares and unique pieces are waiting to be found,'' it
says. ''Here are some eclectic stores we've stumbled across
recently that are worth a visit.''
First up on their list: ''Darby St in Cooks Hill near Newcastle
is a great place to find one-of-a-kind pieces for the wardrobe
or home. Stores like Blackbird Corner, HoneyBee and Betty
Mim are brimming with handpicked homewares, fashion and
art items from a range of Australian designers.''
LIVE A VIRGIN LIFESTYLE
Holidaymakers can now rent British billionaire Richard Bran-
son's private Australian leisure haven, Makepeace Island,
located 20 minutes from Noosa in Queensland.
The Virgin tycoon bought the 9.2 hectare island in 2007
and has converted it into an ultra-luxurious Balinese-style
Branson and Brett Godfrey, the co-founder of Virgin Aus-
tralia, have used Makepeace as a base but now Branson has
announced the island will be available for rent.
The property features a main house with a giant bar, a four-
bedroom guest house, several two-bedroom villas, a boat
house and a lagoon pool with a lap lane, dive spots and a
15-person spa. It has it's own riverboat to transfer guests, a
tennis court, outdoor cinema, games room and offices. It can
accommodate 22 guests.
Makepeace is available for whole of island rental only. It
costs $7900 a night for between one and eight guests and
up to $14,990 a night for between 20 and 22 guests.
PAY TO PARK
If you hire a car on your travels, remember that parking
spaces can be expensive.
An annual survey of parking rates across the US found
that midtown and downtown Manhattan are the most ex-
pensive places in the country to park your car. The Colliers
International survey found the median monthly rate is $A507
in midtown and $A500 downtown. That's more than three
times the national average of just over $A145.
But New York City parkers can at least be glad they're not
in London, which boasts the most expensive monthly parking
rate in the world at $A1016. Other European cities also have
high rates, including $A827 in Zurich and $A674 in Rome. In
Asia, rates hit $A698 in Hong Kong and $A744 in Tokyo.
SKYDIVE THE CENTRAL COAST
Adventurers can take the plunge from 14,000 ft with Skydive
the Central Coast, which opened at the end of last month.
Skydive the Central Coast operates exclusively out of War-
nervale Airport and flights can provide stunning views over the
coast, including The Entrance and the Norah Head lighthouse,
plus views of Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.
WORLD'S LONGEST BRIDGE OPENS
The world's longest sea bridge, 42 km in length from the Chinese
port city of Qingdao to the island of Huangdao, opened to traffic in
The Jiaozhou Bridge was built at a cost of $1.4 billion and took
10,000 workers more than four years to complete.
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