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Sunday, 01 May 2016


Tangalooma Island Resort uses comedy to bolster low season sales

tangaloomaThinking outside the box, and in a bid to bolster low season sales, Queensland’s Tangalooma Island Resort has announced it will be presenting the very first ‘Tangalooma Laughs Comedy Festival’ on Friday 13 May and Saturday 14 May.

30th anniversary of Crocodile Dundee to revitalise Kakadu tourism

dundee 1The 30th anniversary of the release of Crocodile Dundee is expected to provide a significant boost to tourism in Kakadu, where most of the film’s Australian scenes were shot.

Longer runway means more hotel guests in Tasmania

tasmniaThe Australian government's decision to approve the extension of Hobart Airport's runway will encourage more international visitors to visit Tasmania, triggering more hotel guestroom nights according to the Accommodation Association of Australia.

Simpler visa rules a boost for Australia's business events industry

Senator Richard Colbeck 002The announcement in Shanghai today of simpler visitor visa rules for Chinese citizens is a welcome move that will make Australia more attractive to this key market for business events, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux said today.

Upgrade to Manuka Oval great news for Canberra’s tourism, says AHA

Story 7Canberra's hoteliers believe the proposed re-development of Manuka Oval will provide a major boost for Canberra's tourism, accommodation and events sector.

Chris Hemsworth “Kicks off” the Hong Kong Sevens

chris hemsworthGet ready, Rugby Sevens fans! This year, global ambassador for Tourism Australia's latest campaign Chris Hemsworth made a surprise appearance at Hong Kong's Ocean Terminal.

Free high-speed wifi improved and expanded on Sunshine Coast

Mayor Mark Jamieson and Ashley Robinson test out the new wifi at AlexIt's not inconceivable that in between waves, surfers will be able to use their smartwatches to surf the net following the expansion of free high-speed wifi along the Sunshine Coast's beaches.

There has never been a more exciting time to cut cost of travelling to Australia, claims TTF

AN 85 wk2 aussie dollarA surging Aussie dollar should be a strong incentive for the Federal Government to take action to reduce the cost of travelling to Australia – the holiday tax (PMC), the backpacker tax and the
expensive visa fees – to maintain our growing visitor economy said the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF).

Overseas visitors break tourism records

AN 85 wk1 tourism recordsAustralian tourism exports are breaking records as international visitors are spending more and staying longer.

MasterCard and AccorHotels partnership offers exclusive privileges at more than 550 hotels in Asia Pacific

CaptureMasterCard and AccorHotels have announced their partnership, which will offer MasterCard cardholders exclusive privileges when they stay at selected AccorHotels properties in Asia Pacific.

Australian hotels embrace connectivity, with 96% of hotels offering ‘free’ wifi

An 84 wk4 aus hotel wifiAn industry wide survey of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and serviced apartments by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) has revealed that 96% of Australian hotels surveyed* offer some level of free wifi to guests.

Forecast for 2016: Sunshine Coast to enter ‘Ice Age’ this winter

An Ice Age is heading Bindi Irwins wayAustralia Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland during the 2016 June/July school holidays to celebrate the launch of 'Ice Age 5: Collision Course'.

The world is coming to the Sunshine Coast

Ironman event finishing line MooloolabaA new campaign promoting the Sunshine Coast as the major events capital of regional Australia was unveiled today by Visit Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council.

New Tourism Australia campaign to supercharge international tourism to Sunshine Coast

AN 83 wk5b Tourism Australia 3Visit Sunshine Coast believes that Tourism Australia's new campaign focusing on the country's aquatic and coastal attractions will provide even greater stimulus for the Sunshine Coast's international marketing efforts.

Record arrivals posted as Sunshine Coast approaches 50th anniversary

AN83 wk5 Sunshine CoastThe Sunshine Coast capped a stellar year with the announcement of a 19% increase in passenger numbers at Sunshine Coast Airport for December 2015.

Visit Sunshine Coast hires Rachel Meyer to tap into inbound growth markets

An83 wk5 visit SCVisit Sunshine Coast has appointed tourism sales and marketing professional Rachel Meyer as the group's international and domestic trade manager. She will start with the Regional Tourism Organisation in February, 2016.

‘Collaborative’ economy must be more about ‘contributing’ to the economy than ‘taking’, says TAA

colaborative economy1Tourism Accommodation Australia welcomed the NSW government's commitment to addressing the issues caused by the expansion of new so-called 'collaborative' economy, but called for urgent regulation of commercial short-term accommodation operators.