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Chinese tourism investment boom in Australia reaches ‘cruising altitude’

Chinese investors in the Australian hotel property sector have been prolific over the past three years, and based on recent activity, JLL Hotels & Hospitality’s Peter Harper believes they’re likely to continue to play an increasingly important role in Australia’s tourism real estate industry.

Boost for tourism investment in Victoria

Dollarphotoclub 73718699Confidence to invest in hotels, motels and other tourism accommodation businesses in Victoria is set to be restored following a significant legislative change, according to the Accommodation Association of Australia.

TAA welcomes NSW budget funding of ‘engine room’ projects

nsw budgetTourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), has welcomed the NSW government’s commitment to tourism, with its continued strong funding of tourism promotion, along with major investment in the ‘engine room’ of the industry – labour and infrastructure development.

AccorHotels attributes extended Vivid Sydney 2016 program to phenomenal growth

vivid sydneyThe lights may have gone out on Vivid Sydney for another year, but AccorHotels are still revelling in the festival’s success, reporting a 34% increase in rooms sold, compared to last year’s event.

Sunshine Coast celebrates ‘magic millions’ in latest National Visitor Survey

Mooloolaba Ocean SwimThe Sunshine Coast attracted three million domestic visitors in the year to March 2016, the highest figure for the region since March 2008, according to the latest National Visitor Survey (NVS) figures released today by Tourism Research Australia.

Visit Sunshine Coast launches recruitment drive for new CEO

Glasshouse Mountains Sunshine CoastVisit Sunshine Coast (VSC) has launched a national recruitment campaign for a new CEO. The position has become available following the resignation of Simon Ambrose, who was CEO from 2013 – 2016.

Sunshine Coast takes advantage of southern wintry chill to launch new Vacation Migration campaign

CaptureVisit Sunshine Coast (VSC) and Tourism Events Queensland (TEQ) have used the onset of the southern winter to launch a new campaign calling for residents of southern states to take a ‘Vacation Migration’ to the ‘Sunny Coast’.

Improvements given green light for Evans Head Holiday Park & Community Reserve

tourismCommunities in Evans Head are the big winners with a $12 million upgrade approved for North Coast Holiday Parks (NCHP) Evans Head and more than $650,000 to be invested in the public community reserve.

G'day Brisbane; Air Canada launches the only non-stop flights from Vancouver

B787 landingThese new flights between Vancouver and Brisbane ramp up to daily service on June 17, 2016.

Gold Coast continues to shine for international visitors

Dollarphotoclub 22942699 copy 3The Gold Coast’s booming tourism industry welcomed news that international visitor expenditure in the city was up by 15.4% in the twelve months to March 2016, rounding off a hugely successful period for the city, with growth expected to continue.

Australian airlines amongst the world’s most efficient and resilient, says study

Sunshine CoastAustralia’s major airlines are amongst the most efficient in the world and well position to manage fluctuations in the market and volatile oil prices, according to researchers at the University of Sydney Business School’s internationally respected Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).

Americans dance their way to the Sunshine Coast

Bindi and Derek Dancing with the StarsA 40.8% increase in American tourists, a 95% increase in visitor nights by Germans, and continued growth in the New Zealand market saw the Sunshine Coast record a 7.1% increase in international visitor nights to 2.9 million visitor nights in the year ending March 2016.

Winter is coming… and so are our whales

Adult Breach E002cWhale watching season is here – and that means whales are again being sighted off our coasts. So where are the best places to view these gentle giants?

Sunshine Coast wins bid to stage Australian Event Awards

Novotel Twin Waters Resort fireworksFollowing a number of highly competitive bids from capital cities and regional centres all around Australia, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has been successful in winning the right to host the Australian Event Awards from 2016-2018.

Expedia group data confirms dramatic uplift in Chinese travellers to Australia

mobileSignificant surge in mobile demand from Chinese travellers

Jet Airways to increase capacity on flights between Australia and India

jet airSingapore by deploying its state-of-the-art Airbus A330-200 aircraft, effective June 1, 2016.

Sunshine Coast Airport expansion project given green light for take-off

Sunshine CoastThe Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project is another step closer towards delivery, with the Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham today releasing the State Coordinator General’s report accepting the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.