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Could you be the Coast’s next tourism boss?

Could you be the Coast’s next tourism boss? | Tourism | Scoop.it

COULD you have what it takes to be the Sunshine Coast's next tourism boss? Visit Sunshine Coast has launched a national recruitment campaign for a new CEO, following the resignation of Simon Ambrose.

 

The successful applicant will be responsible for the strategic and tactical operations of Visit Sunshine Coast, including governance, sustainability, setting and meeting the strategic direction set by the board in collaboration with the management team. The CEO will also engage and consolidate strong working relationships with VSC members, local and state government and all related industry and community stakeholders

 

Answering to a board made up of experienced industry and local professionals, the CEO's role is a highly visible and influential role that will be instrumental in driving the Sunshine Coast's most significant economic sector.

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Boosting tourism on agenda for operators

Boosting tourism on agenda for operators | Tourism | Scoop.it

TOURISM strategies were the topic on the table at the Whitsunday-hosted Tourism and Events Queensland Conversations with Industry on Tuesday.

 

More than 65 tourism operators came together at Peppers Resort to gain industry insights.

 

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner said the forum was a chance for tourism industries to gain an understanding of what TEQ's strategies were going forward.

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Refreshing take on Australian tourism

Refreshing take on Australian tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

IT DOESN’T make Australia seem like a particularly appealing place to visit — except for the fact we clearly have a bloody good sense of humour.


A new “honest advert” that offers some brutal truths about Australia to overseas visitors has already clocked close to 20,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded on Saturday.

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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to reopen some Mondays

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to reopen some Mondays | Tourism | Scoop.it

The Tasmanian Government says it has listened to the concerns of the public in deciding to re-open the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on some Mondays.

 

The state-owned museum's operating hours were reduced in 2014 in response to financial problems and amid revelations it had overspent its budget by $5 million in five years.TMAG had saved $100,000 through the Monday closures, but the move attracted criticism from the tourism industry and the state Opposition.

 

But the Government has confirmed it will open seven days during what it referred to as the "peak tourism period" from Boxing Day until the end of March, as well as when public holidays fall on a Monday.

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Australia in prime position for luxury tourism growth

Australia in prime position for luxury tourism growth | Tourism | Scoop.it

Australia is in prime position to capitalise on the luxury travel boom that is forecast to sweep Asia in the next 10 years, with high-growth expected to come from China and India.


According to a new Amadeus report Asia Pacific’s luxury travel market will see faster overall growth than Europe’s from 2011 – 2025. Out of the 25 countries explored in this report, India has the highest rate of projected growth with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.8 per cent, closely followed by China with a CAGR of 12.2 per cent.

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10 tips about traveling overseas for first timers

10 tips about traveling overseas for first timers | Tourism | Scoop.it

Friends and strangers have kindly shared their tips about overseas travel ahead of my first overseas adventure. Can you add anymore?

 

FIVE weeks and counting.

 

That's how long I have now until I depart on my first ever overseas holiday.

 

And thanks to friends and random strangers I've met in the past few months, I've been given a few tips. But I'm sure there are many more that I don't know about.

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Next hotspot for hang glider tourism

Next hotspot for hang glider tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

BURDEKIN residents might see a few more people sailing from Mt Inkerman with the site set to be the next hotspot for gliders in the North.

 

Burdekin Shire Council chief executive officer Matthew Magin and community development manager Tony Vaccaro have met with hang gliders to discuss the prospect of turning the upcoming Mt Inkerman redevelopment into a hang gliding hotspot.

 

Appearing before the council this week Mr Magin said it was a niche tourism opportunity that paragliders were keen to see developed.

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State’s tourism growth can continue with strategic thinking

State’s tourism growth can continue with strategic thinking | Tourism | Scoop.it

MOST Tasmanians are aware our tourism industry has undergone significant growth in the past few years.

 

There are many reasons for this. Mona has highlighted the cultural side of Tasmanian life and attracted the interest of visitors for whom Tasmania was not formerly a priority. Their realisation that we are a place with significant natural beauty as well as a rich and unique cultural and social character has resulted in Tasmania becoming a must-see destination.

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Australia's biggest tourism event about to begin

Australia's biggest tourism event about to begin | Tourism | Scoop.it

The Gold Coast will play host to one of the most important tourism events in the country this week when travel agents from all over the world converge on the glitter strip.

 

The Tourism Australia Australian Tourism Exchange brings tourism operators from all over the country to one place to meet with the world's leading travel buyers in what is being described as speed dating for tourism.

 

Tourism Australia boss John O'Sullivan said the event was a huge opportunity for the industry at large as well as local operators. "What it provides is the opportunity for Australian product to talk directly to the people who make the purchasing decisions overseas," he said.

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The good, bad and ugly of Budget for our tourism

The good, bad and ugly of Budget for our tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

THE 2016-17 budget announcement earlier this week was a mixed bag for tourism on the Sunshine Coast.

 

It was disappointing not to receive more funding for the Bruce Hwy and there was nothing for the rail line between Beerburrum to Nambour.

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Tourism waits for boost

Tourism waits for boost | Tourism | Scoop.it

A LOWER Australian dollar and falling interest rates have provided a boost to some areas of the domestic tourism industry, but it could take longer for Sunraysia operators to feel the impact.

 

From a high of US77.1c before last week’s announcement the Reserve Bank would lower interest rates, the Australian dollar was trading at less than US73c yesterday.

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Australia’s most exotic island

Australia’s most exotic island | Tourism | Scoop.it

FAR from the typical tourist haunts of Queensland is an island with a strong indigenous culture, an island frozen in time yet in the throes of a real-estate boom.

 

A place where children run free yet address visitors as “madam” or “sir”, of undulating green hills and soft, sandy beaches surrounded by tropical waters full of dugong and turtles.

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New entertainment centre proposal revealed

New entertainment centre proposal revealed | Tourism | Scoop.it

A new entertainment precinct called "Brisbane Live" has been proposed above the Roma Street rail yards that will include a new 17,000 seat arena, cinema, restaurants and a public space. 

 

When the rumour mill began spinning with the idea of a new entertainment centre for Brisbane the Parmalat site at South Brisbane was believed to be a front runner.

 

Though it was considered for the development AEG Ogden CEO Harvey Lister told Brisbane Live the preferred site was always Roma Street. "Our preferred site always was Roma Street but the challenge of that is it's a much bigger project and so we really had to view it as if it was Southbank after the World Expo when most things are being knocked down and they're starting from scratch."

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Labor leaves door open on regional tourism

Labor leaves door open on regional tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

It seems unusual to say this about a federal party which has just committed $44 million to enticing tourism projects in Tasmania, but Labor might well have missed a major opportunity.

 

It might well have also left the door open for the Turnbull Government to sweep through and trump Labor in the sector where a large proportion of regional and statewide election funding hopes rest.

 

That is because Labor’s $15 million commitment to a joint federal-state-private upgrade of Cradle Mountain visitor infrastructure was half of what backers of the proposal were asking.

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Coast’s double-digit tourism growth

Coast’s double-digit tourism growth | Tourism | Scoop.it

DOUBLE-digit growth from the ballooning Asian tourism market has poured more than $1.2 billion into the Gold Coast economy. Visitors from Taiwan are leading the charge, with 77 per cent growth.

 

Visitor spend on the Coast was up by 15.4 per cent in the year to March, with new Tourism Australia data revealing each international tourist was worth $5000 to the industry. The impressive double-digit boom also clocked 19 per cent growth from the US, a 40 per cent increase from Hong Kong, and an increase from the Japanese market of 15 per cent.

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Tourism Investment: More than a Numbers Game

Tourism Investment: More than a Numbers Game | Tourism | Scoop.it

Attention is turning once again to the potential of rising inbound tourism numbers to create development opportunities in Australia.

 

As apartment projects begin to dry up, developers looking for ‘the next big thing’ might be lured too easily into tourism without first understanding how to follow the real money and the importance of separating fact from fiction.

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WA tourism industry eyes biggest market

WA tourism industry eyes biggest market | Tourism | Scoop.it

WA is missing out on China’s lucrative tourism dollar due to weak destination marketing and a lack of self-promotion, according to Chinese travel professionals.

 

Awareness of the state’s landscapes and experiences was “relatively low” among Chinese travellers, Chinese travel agents who attended Tourism WA’s Ni Haoconference in Fremantle said. There were 43,000 Chinese visitors to WA last year – just a fraction of the almost one million Chinese tourists who came to Australia.

 

According to recent research by TripAdvisor, Perth was the ninth most searched destination in Australia by Chinese users. Perth even trailed behind Airlie Beach, Hobart and Adelaide.

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Why are travel agents still so popular?

Why are travel agents still so popular? | Tourism | Scoop.it

Is there still a place for the local travel agent? While other industries hit by technological change are in steep decline, the travel booking business is doing remarkably well, with more travel agents than McDonald's restaurants in Australia.

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Five Steps To Profiting From International Tourism In Australian Property

Five Steps To Profiting From International Tourism In Australian Property | Tourism | Scoop.it

Australian tourism marketing has a remarkable yet striking feature: it focuses significantly on things that tourists can do for free (with the exception of the cost of actually getting there). Walk on the beach at Surfers Paradise, Gaze in wonder at the Daintree rainforest, Selfies with the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the background.

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Australia in prime position for luxury tourism growth

Australia in prime position for luxury tourism growth | Tourism | Scoop.it

Australia is in prime position to capitalise on the luxury travel boom that is forecast to sweep Asia in the next 10 years, with high-growth expected to come from China and India.


According to a new Amadeus report Asia Pacific’s luxury travel market will see faster overall growth than Europe’s from 2011 – 2025. Out of the 25 countries explored in this report, India has the highest rate of projected growth with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.8 per cent, closely followed by China with a CAGR of 12.2 per cent.

 

Australia is already experiencing strong tourism growth coming from China and India.  In 2015 China represented the biggest region for tourism revenue - $8.3 billion (up 45 per cent from 2014) and visitor growth (up 22 per cent from 2014). India followed closely behind with 19 per cent growth in visitors and 38 per cent growth in total expenditure.

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Big dry opens road for Cape tourists

Big dry opens road for Cape tourists | Tourism | Scoop.it

THE number of adventurous motorists making the formerly treacherous journey to Cape York is booming, with an extra 1000 vehicles passing Archer River each year.

 

This year is tipped to be better than most, with a severe lack of rainfall over summer encouraging tourists to make the trip earlier than usual.

 

It’s been so dry, the Archer River Roadhouse, located 487km north west of Cairns, recorded just 420mm of its average 1300mm of wet season rain.

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Wi-Fi cost big turn off for tourists

Wi-Fi cost big turn off for tourists | Tourism | Scoop.it

SLOW, patchy Wi-Fi is damaging the Gold Coast’s visitor reputation, particularly for its biggest and most lucrative market of Chinese tourists.

 

Chinese visitor numbers are soaring but the cumbersome Wi-Fi is leaving a bad impression.

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Fishing plan the reel deal for tourism

Fishing plan the reel deal for tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

INTERNATIONAL tourists are no longer being invited to “throw a shrimp on the barbie” in Australia. Now they’re being told to come and catch their own.

 

The runaway success of the NT’s “Million Dollar Fish” campaign during the past wet season has hooked the Australian tourism industry. Fishing is now considered the next big thing for marketing Australia, with research showing it to be an area of “untapped tourism potential”.

 

Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said in the last year 315,000 international visitors tried their hand at fishing, representing 5 per cent of all ­tourists.

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Gold Coast in tourism’s sweet spot

Gold Coast in tourism’s sweet spot | Tourism | Scoop.it

THE Gold Coast is poised to benefit from national tourism marketing campaigns focused on fishing and coastal areas.

 

Fishing has been identified as the next big thing for marketing Australia, with research showing it to be an area of “untapped tourism potential”.

 

It comes as Tourism Australia continues to roll out a current campaign highlighting the country’s aquatic and coastal attractions which is heavily features the Gold Coast as a seaside shopping and dining mecca.

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Tourist attraction just down the road

IT’S funny the things that are right on your doorstep and you don’t even know about them. Thursdays are my day with the girls, and I’m trying to find things for us to do each week (so if you have a hidden gem you think we should explore, please let me know!).

 

Last week we jumped in the car, my parents, daughter niece and nephew in tow, and headed to a natural lagoon someone had told me about at Labrador. Before we left I looked it up online, and for those of you wanting to check it out it’s at the Ian Dipple Park.

 

Anyway, online it said there was pelican feeding at 1-1.30pm every day. I thought it would be a few pelicans being chucked a couple of chips (do they even eat chips?). How wrong I was. We got there early, had a lovely walk and bike ride along the water and some lunch in a nearby coffee shop.

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