Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Travellers seeking a lasting memory of their trip are advised against getting piercing and body art done overseas after a West Australian man contracted HIV after getting a tattoo in Bali. A warning was issued by the Health Department after the travellers tattoo revealed evidence suggesting it for the source of infection of HIV.Department of Health communicable disease control director Paul Armstrong pointed out that tattoo parlours overseas may not meet the same standards and regulations as required by tattooists here in Australia. “This case demonstrates the very real health risk in having this type of procedure done overseas. The equipment used in tattooing and body piercing, if contaminated with infected blood, can pose a risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C as well as bacterial infections,” Mr Armstrong said.Australians who have recently got a tattoo or a body piercing whilst overseas, and particularly Bali, that are concerned are advised to visit a doctor for a blood test.
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains has unveiled 12 newly constructed rooms and suites, including the Grand Luxury Suite, complete with vaulted ceilings, dining areas, a gas fireplace and a large master bedroom.In addition are four smaller suites, including the Two Bedroom Deluxe Suite – all with gas fireplaces, Nespresso machines and picturesque views, and seven Superior rooms – bringing the resorts total accommodation offering to 223 rooms.Architect Michael Munro from Hoskins Munro designed the new accommodation wing, while Debbie Schwartz, wife of hotel owner Dr Jerry Schwartz did the interior design.Bernie Boller, General Manager for Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery said, “we are thrilled with how the new rooms and suites have come together and we were honoured to have had His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama stay in the Grand Luxury Suite for the duration of his five-day Spiritual retreat at the resort and give it his seal of approval. After His Holiness confirmed he would be staying with us and holding his retreat in the grounds of our resort back in 2013, it was the catalyst for us to get the new build suites built and ready in time for his arrival.” Enhancing the resort’s leisure facilities further, a new 12 treatment room day spa is scheduled to be completed by early 2016, which will include an array of health programs, couples rooms and relaxation space among its features.