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John Rozentals checks out the week’s travel bargains.

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Accor is providing shelter in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

The company is working with government authorities and community organisations, making its accommodation and services available to those most in need.

Accor hotels are sheltering front-line health workers, the homeless and disadvantaged, vulnerable families, and returning residents who are required to go into quarantine for 14 days.

In Australia and New Zealand, Accor teams are delivering many acts of kindness — for example, Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters has prepared dozens of meals for medical professionals at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Visit all.accor.com

 Take a wild virtual tour of Australia.

While the global coronavirus pandemic has meant travel plans and holidays have had to come to a halt, keen travellers can still explore many different parts of Australia — all without leaving their homes.

Whether it’s a live stream of baby koalas, cooking experiences with Australia’s top chefs, music from some of the country’s most loved singers and bands, or 360-degree tours from some of Australia’s most iconic natural and cultural destinations, Australia’s top attractions and artists are rising to the challenge and keeping people entertained at home.

Once it’s safe to travel again, make sure you plan to see their work in real life, but until then, settle in and let your mind travel.

Dive into a 360-degree video of Australia

With Tourism Australia’s collection of 360-degree videos, you can feel what it’s like to be in Australia. Immerse yourself in some of Australia’s most beautiful aquatic and coastal experiences — all from the comfort of your couch.

Visit www.australia.com.

 Chile: one of the most important astronomical countries in the world.

Given the current restrictions facing Chile’s travel and arts industries, Chile Tourism has released a list of virtual tours across the nation’s tourism and cultural institutions.

From national museums and art galleries to virtual theatres and astronomy tours, people from around the world now have the ability to explore the monuments and culture of Chile without leaving the house.

As one of the most important astronomical countries in the world, Chile has released a variety of virtual tours of the nation’s observatories and planetariums.

Visit www.chile.travel.

Metro Hotel Perth: offering health workers a dedicated hotel wing.

In recognition of the important role of healthcare workers battling the frontline of this COVID-19 pandemic, Metro Hotel Perth is offering a dedicated hotel wing with discounted rates for the sole use of workers in the community health sector, as well as exclusive access to a dedicated lounge area, a dedicated kitchen facility and an in-hotel mini mart.

For community healthcare workers, Metro Hotel Perth is offering a seven-night stay in an Executive room from $350 (single) or $525 (twin-share), or a one-night stay from $65 (single) or $90 (twin-share).

All rooms provide opening windows, abundant natural light, wifi, work desk and smart TV.  The rooms also have individually controlled air conditioning units and Foxtel.

There is also 24-hour security onsite, free car parking, coin operated laundry facilities and an overnight wash-and-fold service ($18 per basket).

Located less than five kilometres from the Perth CBD and close to the airport, Metro Hotel Perth offers complimentary car parking for all hotel guests.

Visit www.metrohotels.com.au or phone (08) 9367 6122.

 

 Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo: live animal streams. Image: Rick Stevens.

Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo have gone virtual with the launch Taronga TV.

Tune in daily for a packed schedule of keepers talks and shows, 24/7 live animal streams, amusing animal antics and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at what the animals (and the keepers) actually get up to when the zoo is closed.

There will also be resources available for teachers and for parents who are home schooling and looking for fun and educational content for their children.

Visit tarongatv.com.

NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

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