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Page 40 • MICEBTN - March-April 2019 Good feedback for Fire on the water VISITORS to the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre www.sharkbayvisit.com.au have been overwhelmingly positive in their feed- back on the centre’s Fire on the Water feature. This blend of undersea adventuring and Australian military history allows visitors an insight to the maritime archaeology of the WA coast , most of it not as readily accessible as Monkey Mia and the other natural attractions of the Shark Bay/Denham area. Fire on the Water is a 3D film and exhibit telling the story of the November 1941 battle between HMAS Sydney II and HSK-8 Kormoran some 200km off Shark Bay. This encounter saw all 645 aboard the Australian light cruiser perish while 318 of the German ship’s 399 com- plement were rescued and subsequently sent to prison- er of war camps. Named for the rapid shell- ing and destruction of the battle, Fire on the Water pre- sents spectacular deep-sea three dimensional imagery from 2015 expeditions to the wreck sites. These sites were pinpointed only in the past 11 years. The expeditions were undertaken under official auspices by the WA Mu- seum and Curtin University. The public have no access to the wrecks, which are protected by the His- toric Shipwrecks Act 1976, with monetary and imprisonment penalties. In March 2011 both wrecks were placed on the National Heritage List. Fire on the Water was funded primarily by the Department of the Envi- ronment and Energy with extra financial support and project management provided by the Shire of Shark Bay. In-kind support was given by the WA Museum. 360 Travel promises thousands of dollars in savings TRAVEL and events agency 360 Travel has launched what it says is the first-ever ‘commission and af- filiate free’ model to the Australian travel industry. The new business charges a set fee agreed up front which means the company is able to offer cus- tomers full transparency on the full range of services and offers availa- ble to them. The agency is led by directors Benjamin Gregory and Michael Ha. Speaking about the launch of the new business, Gregory said: “Hav- ing worked with the old commis- sion and affiliation structures for years, Michael and I were both tired of the astronom- ical commis- sions floating around as well as the limited range of flight, hotel and car options being presented to corporates. we wanted to design a completely new agency model, built on transparen- cy and trust. “In 360 Travel we believe we have created a game changer which will ultimately benefit all corporate travel programs and save thou- sands of dollars over the year.” Benjamin Gregor y Please note DUE to an office move, this issue of MICEBTN has had some features and sections held over. Things will be back to normal for the next edition.