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Thursday, 26 May 2016


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.

586,199 rooms in 2,528 projects under contract in the Asia/Pacific region

Dollarphotoclub 62990272STR’s April 2016 Pipeline Report shows 586,199 rooms in 2,528 projects under contract in the Asia Pacific region.

TAA welcomes government review of 'backpacker tax'

taa 1Australia's peak hotel industry body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), has welcomed the federal government's announcement today that there would be a six-month postponement of the introduction of the 'backpacker tax' to allow a 'whole of government' review into working holiday visas.

MICE trends 2016, what’s new?

trendsMeeting spend is rising globally, led by the Asia Pacific region with a 2.1% expected rise predicted for 2016, according to a telling new infographic.

Jetstar boosts Sunshine Coast services with new Adelaide flights

Jetstar flight at Sunshine Coast AirportSunshine Coast Airport is set to become the destination of choice for even more passengers with Jetstar to launch direct flights from Adelaide to the Sunshine Coast three times a week from September this year.

Flash Camp brings comfort camping to Kakadu

flashVisitors to Kakadu will be able to camp in comfort and style from July, with pop-up hotel operator, Flash Camp, setting up at Cooinda Camping Ground for the dry season.

Ramada Shoal Bay embraces Port Stephens marine park experience

ramadaWith the arrival of whale watching season, more than 18,000 whales are expected to make their way up the New South Wales coast.

Australia’s Nature Coast taps into UK’s adventure market with multi-faceted campaign

tourismAustralia’s Nature Coast is being showcased in the UK market through a multi-faceted digital marketing campaign featuring some of Britain’s best known wildlife personalities.

Visitors to benefit from seasonal worker pilot

accom associationDomestic and international visitors are set to benefit from increased levels of service as a result of the commencement of the Seasonal Worker Programme Northern Australia tourism pilot, according to Australia's accommodation industry.

Sydney prepares for soccer fan surge

soccerArsenal football fans have now begun planning their trip to Sydney and NSW, following the team’s match date announcement for their two-game tour in 2017. The Gunners will play Sydney FC on Thursday July 13, 2017, and the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday July 15, 2017.

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.