Well, that’s a wrap for my races week here in Melbourne and, whilst my feet are aching, I had an absolute ball.
Having not grown up here, it astounds me how the whole city gets involved. One look down Collins Street and it’s a sea of hats. Go to any country town and there’s a lunch in full flow on Cup Day and even if you don’t bet (I’m a $2.50 kinda girl) you still have fun. But what this week does for tourism, the hospitality industry, the ripple effect is just amazing.
Did you know the four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival injected $427.1 million into the economy last year and that number rises each and every year?
Yep, the ‘race that stops a nation’ and it’s stablemates (The Derby, The Oaks and Stakes Day) bring an economic benefit that is quite astounding.
Big events benefit so many. So much filters down through hospitality and accommodation sectors so those beautiful gee gee’s are an absolute goldmine for the travel and tourism sector, not to mention retail and fashion…
It was certainly a big week for hairdressers, make-up artists, milliners, seamstresses and all the myriad players who help us put our best foot forward at the annual fiesta of fashion and fillies.
Some of you may have seen some of my snaps on social media. For me, I work all week and I’ll admit it takes a village to get me to those Flemington gates.
I also had the opportunity to stay at one of my favourite city hotels, Hotel Lindrum. After filming a “Getaway” story here, soon after it opened in 1999, I’d often stay here when travelling on my own for work. It’s very intimate, totally 5-Star and whilst it’s in the middle of town, I’ve always felt very safe. We had a little chat to their wonderful Concierge; take a read of our ‘Ask The Concierge‘ for Hotel Lindrum’s in-house tips and advice on maximising your enjoyment of Melbourne.
Rightio then, time for me to put away the hat boxes and start packing for my last “Getaway” shoot for 2017. I’m off to the pyramids of Egypt, and Jordan, too. The latter being a first for me. Any tips? Please feel free to share. I promise to include you into as much as possible via this site and social media.
I’m always conscious that there are many locations that I go to, and that many may never have the opportunity (or sometimes courage) to venture to these places themselves. So, sharing is caring! Wish me luck and I hope you enjoy the journey along with me.
Also this week, sending back his report on his summer stay in Portugal’s capital on Journeys To Come was our Guest Traveller Simon Robinson. Simon used words like ‘vibrant, breath-taking and mesmerising’ to describe Lisbon and his story is definitely worth a read if you enjoy a place where locals eat late and party till even later.
Well, speaking of eating and partying, I’m now off to be The Queen Of Geelong with my sons as my Princes (they’re totally into it!) and to launch our region into Christmas. So, I’ll leave you to enjoy the fare on our travel plate this week. As always, be sure to also take a squizz at our social channels – Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – for more juicy morsels.
Thank you for sharing the journey with me x