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2007 Australian Artist of the Year & Tourism Tasmania Make Wedding Dream Come True for American Couple

June 16, 2008

FARGO, N.D., June 16 /PRNewswire/ — On Friday, June 13, Jessica Ihry strolled down the aisle in Fargo, North Dakota, to wed fiance Matthew Linback.

Off to the side of the altar, gently singing his hit song “The Guide” was none other than Tasmanian musician Cameron Tapp, 2007 Australian Artist of the Year and front man for the band, Borne.

The couple had fallen in love with this romantic tune after hearing it on iTunes download of the week (the song hit #13 on the US digital Billboard charts), and knew it was the perfect melody for their wedding day.

Ihry sent an email to Borne’s website requesting sheet music because her wedding chapel did not permit the use of recorded music. In the miraculous internet age, Tapp himself responded, indicating that there was no sheet music, but he’d be happy to perform himself for the cost of his transportation half-way around the world.

After a few days of thought, the couple decided to consolidate their student loans and forego their honeymoon, to fly Tapp in for their special day. This was Tapp’s first solo live performance in the United States; an industry showcase gig in Los Angeles at The Hotel Cafe is scheduled for June 18th at 8 pm.

“The Guide is a song for those who still believe in love, wherever they may be,” explained Cameron Tapp.

“I may be the only international artist to make their American debut in Fargo…but I can think of no better place and of no better venue!”

The heart-warming story sparked the interest of Tasmania’s Minister for Economic Development and Tourism, Paula Wriedt, who recognized this as an opportunity to introduce Americans to this magically romantic island at the edge of the world.

“Tasmania already has a reputation as the perfect destination for that ultimate romantic getaway,” said Ms. Wriedt. “We’re helping to complete their fairytale by offering the couple the ultimate romantic honeymoon — in Tasmania.”

The US is a key international market for Tourism Tasmania. In 2007, more than 18,000 Americans visited our State, staying an average of more than two weeks.

ABOUT BORNE

Borne has been quietly awaiting its turn on the world stage while working hard in its native Australia, paying its dues and taking its music to any audience that would come to see. Since forming in 2003, Borne’s on-stage electric presence has translated into today’s polished and professional foursome parting the difficult waters to recognition.

Their most recent release, “Loss of Signal,” garnered the group four Music Oz awards including Australian Artist of the Year and Best Singer/Songwriter. Their sound has been compared to that of America’s The Fray and Britain’s Coldplay. For more information, visit http://www.bornemusic.com/ .

For Audio/Video of Borne and “The Guide,” additional media info and/or interviews contact: Christian-Philippe Quilici, (612) 338-3900, christian@modernstorytellers.com

ABOUT TASMANIA

Tasmania lies 150-miles off the south-east coast of mainland Australia. About the size of West Virginia, the island boasts some of the most breathtaking wilderness and intriguing wildlife on earth. It is one of the world’s most exotic honeymoon destinations. For more information, visit www.discovertasmania.com .

For b-roll of Tasmania, or additional information contact: Malcolm Griffiths, (212) 444-7112, malcolm.griffiths@dc-intl.com

Tourism Tasmania

CONTACT: Christian-Philippe Quilici of Haberman and Associates, Inc.,+1-612-372-6458, christian@modernstorytellers.com, for Cameron Tapp; orMalcolm Griffiths of Development Counsellers Intl., +1-212-444-7112,malcolm.griffiths@dc-intl.com, for Tourism Tasmania

Web site: http://www.discovertasmania.com/http://www.bornemusic.com/




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