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Coast voices for Tourism Australia

Coast voices for Tourism Australia | Tourism | Scoop.it

TOURISM industry veterans Bob East and Andrea Staines have been appointed to the board of Tourism Australia — the first Gold Coasters to serve on the board of the country’s peak industry body.

 

The appointments were announced by Federal Minister for Trade and Investment Steven Ciobo, who is responsible for tourism as part of his portfolio.

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Tourism set for boost

Tourism set for boost | Tourism | Scoop.it

Bendigo Regional Tourism will on Friday unveil its five-year development plan. The Bendigo Region Destination Management Plan provides an outline of the tourism strategy for the Bendigo region over the next five years, shows the current market trends and perceptions, identifies why people visit the region and lists the projects planned for the future and their priority.

 

Along with Bendigo Regional Tourism, the plan is partnered by the City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire, Loddon Shire, Central Goldfields Shire and Regional Development Victoria. City of Greater Bendigo manager of tourism Kathryn MacKenzie said the plan would help visitors have more experiences in surrounding regions, as well as in Bendigo.

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Tourism grows faster than the economy

Tourism grows faster than the economy | Tourism | Scoop.it
The tourism industry grew at a faster rate than the total economy last financial year.


The value of the industry increased to more than $43 billion between July 2014 and June 2015, bringing with it a bump in employment, according to new bureau of statistics data.
Tourism increased its value half a per cent faster than all industries combined, growing 2.8 per cent in the 12 months to June 2015.

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Tourism industry hit by higher passport costs and new airport fee

Tourism industry hit by higher passport costs and new airport fee | Tourism | Scoop.it

TOURISM will generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the Federal Government through a range of budget initiatives that have disappointed industry members.

 

Although there are some positives for the “supergrowth sector” such as tax cuts for small business operators, tourism officials lamented the lack of measures to foster growth.

 

In a series of blows for the industry:

 

— the cost of an Australian passport will jump $20 from January 1, 2017 to $274 raising $173 million over four years

— trial visa arrangements for certain countries including a user-pays fast track service will raise $1.5 million over four years

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Will tourism transform the way Australians remember the Vietnam War?

Will tourism transform the way Australians remember the Vietnam War? | Tourism | Scoop.it

In 1990, when the Hawke government flew 58 first world war veterans to Turkey for the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, Australia’s Anzac commemoration was transformed.

 

The subsequent emergence of the Gallipoli pilgrimage directly provided thousands of Australians with an alternative way of experiencing and understanding the Anzac legend. Indirectly, it altered the way Australians understand Gallipoli.

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New campaign to brand Western Australia

New campaign to brand Western Australia | Tourism | Scoop.it

NOW is the time to promote the value of tourism to the Western Australian economy — and tourism chiefs believe turning the state into a brand will help them achieve it.

 

They hope a new advocacy campaign featuring the experiences of tourism workers at some of the WA’s most iconic destinations will showcase a wealth of employment opportunity that exists in our own backyard.

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Tourism jobs boost in state budget

Tourism jobs boost in state budget | Tourism | Scoop.it

Boosting tourism jobs in Queensland will be a key feature of the next Queensland budget, Treasurer Curtis Pitt said at a Queensland Jobs Summit on Tuesday.

 

Tourism jobs would boost regional Queensland where unemployment remains steepest, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council said.

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Sunshine staters say tourism is our hottest ticket

Sunshine staters say tourism is our hottest ticket | Tourism | Scoop.it

QUEENSLANDERS believe tourism is the saviour for the state’s economy.

 

An exclusive Galaxy poll for The Sunday Mail has revealed almost three-quarters of Queenslanders think tourism offers greater potential for jobs growth than any other industry.

Tourism leaders agree and say the findings are a timely reminder of the need to unleash a new era of tourism infrastructure or risk missing opportunities.

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Tourism an industry worth celebrating

Tourism an industry worth celebrating | Tourism | Scoop.it

As hundreds of Targa Tasmania cars traverse our roads over the next week, it's as important as ever that from a tourism perspective, we continue to promote all that our magnificent state has to offer.

 

Figures released last week only reinforce what many in the industry already know - and have been telling us for years - that Tasmania’s tourism industry truly is a shining beacon and an outstanding success.

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Australian dollar fall a huge boost to Victorian tourism

Australian dollar fall a huge boost to Victorian tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

CASHED-UP Chinese visitors might be scrambling to check out our sunsets, but locals are the real heroes of an emerging Victorian tourism boom.

 

Australians — long attracted by cheap flights to Bali and Phuket based on a strong Aussie currency — are rediscovering the joys of local day trips and breaks as the once-mighty dollar falls, new research says.

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TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice: Sydney is Australia’s No.1 travel destination

TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice: Sydney is Australia’s No.1 travel destination | Tourism | Scoop.it

SYDNEY is the nations No.1 travel destination, according to a leading holiday review website.

 

The 2016 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Destination awards bestowed the top honour on the Harbour City ahead of Gold Coast, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Port Douglas, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide and Noosa.

 

NSW Trade, Tourism and Major Events Minister Stuart Ayres yesterday said it was “fantastic news”.

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Best Hidden Travel Treasure of Australia

Best Hidden Travel Treasure of Australia | Tourism | Scoop.it

If Australia Day should remind us of anything, it's that we live in a pretty amazing country. And nowhere is this more apparent when it comes to travel destinations in our own backyard. Postcard perfect beaches, quaint country towns, idyllic lakeside locations and a tonne of red dirt, Australia is a sunburnt country with plenty on offer. 

Top4s insight:

A travel comparison site has come up with a list of Australia hidden places that you can visit this holiday season:

 

  1. White's Beach, NSW
  2. Nabowla, TAS
  3. Atherton Tablelands, QLD
  4. Karijini National Park, WA
  5. Cape Leveque, WA
  6. Grampians National Park, VIC
  7. Tamar Valley Wine Region, TAS


This might be hidden from the tourism industry, but now you get the chance to see the hidden treasure of Australia. 


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Highfields Manager Awarded for His Passion

Highfields Manager Awarded for His Passion | Tourism | Scoop.it

Highfields Pioneer Village manager Ray Ashford once turned to his wife and co-manager Patricia and said: "Do you think when we pass, anyone will know what we have done?"

This Australia Day Mr Ashford has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his contribution to tourism by managing the historic village.

Top4s insight:

Ray Ashford has been awarded for his hard work in preserving an Australian historic village. He managed the site and has made a lot of tourists to come by since 1970s.


He dedicated the award for his 97-year-old mother, his family and all the members and volunteers of the village.

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Federal Budget 2016: Tourism industry hit by higher passport costs and new airport fee

Federal Budget 2016: Tourism industry hit by higher passport costs and new airport fee | Tourism | Scoop.it

TOURISM will generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the Federal Government through a range of budget initiatives that have disappointed industry members.

 

Although there are some positives for the “supergrowth sector” such as tax cuts for small business operators, tourism officials lamented the lack of measures to foster growth.

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Inbound tourism powers ahead

Inbound tourism powers ahead | Tourism | Scoop.it

Powered by rocketing inbound holiday maker arrivals, the tourism industry is growing at three times the pace of the total economy, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today.

 

Tourism contributed $47.5 billion to the economy in 2014-15, accounting for 3 per cent of total gross domestic product.

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Tourism industry blasts retention of 'backpacker tax'

Tourism industry blasts retention of 'backpacker tax' | Tourism | Scoop.it

The tourism industry is pleased the federal budget has maintained funding for Tourism Australia, but is bitterly disappointed that the government failed to make changes to the "backpacker tax" introduced in last year's budget.


Tourism & Transport Forum chief executive Margy Osmond said her organisation would be working actively during the federal election campaign on efforts to scrap the backpacker tax, which kicks in on July 1.

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Tourism Australia coastal campaign boost

Tourism Australia coastal campaign boost | Tourism | Scoop.it

Launched on Australia Day in New York, intentions of US consumers to visit Australia since the launch have increased significantly, adding further momentum to a tourism market already growing at record levels.

 

Ms Ronson said that it was extremely pleasing to see its new creative assets performing so well in such a critical tourism market.

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Tourism group calls action

Tourism group calls action | Tourism | Scoop.it

HAVING broken away from the now defunct Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited, Tourism Whitsundays is planning to hit the ground running.

 

Officially formed on April 1, the group last week hosted an industry forum and market briefing at Lure.

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Tourism Australia to showcase Queensland's Gold Coast with GoPro camera shots

Tourism Australia to showcase Queensland's Gold Coast with GoPro camera shots | Tourism | Scoop.it

GoPro, Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland and Gold Coast Tourism sign a new partnership for an enormous content sharing initiative.

 

World famous international sporting stars includes Olympians, endurance and adventure athletes, skydivers, swimmers, surfers, snowboarders, wakeboarders, skateboarders, BMX riders, motorcyclists and rally drivers will compete at the 2016 GoPro Athlete Summit on the Gold Coast.

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Tourism Australia to launch China campaign amid wave of arrivals

Tourism Australia to launch China campaign amid wave of arrivals | Tourism | Scoop.it

Tourism Australia will launch its coastal and aquatic campaign in the Chinese market as part of Australia Week in China next week in an effort to further boost arrivals from Australia's most lucrative inbound market.

 

The $40 million campaign, first launched in New York in January, will feature similar content to that used in the US market, but more Asian talent and increased focus on passive aquatic and coastal experiences like whale-watching rather than active ones like scuba diving, in line with Tourism Australia's research.

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Queensland tourism: More visitors behind the wheel as fuel prices drop

Queensland tourism: More visitors behind the wheel as fuel prices drop | Tourism | Scoop.it

Tourism is back and every Australian state - except Western Australia, as well as the Northern Territory - shared in an 8 per cent revival in tourism in Australia in 2015, compared with 12 months ago.

 

Australia's tourism revival in 2015 has seen tourist nights in Australia increase by 11 per cent and total trip expenditure up by 18 per cent to $107.1 billion in 2015.

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Tasmanian councils call for help in struggle with tourist boom

Tasmanian councils call for help in struggle with tourist boom | Tourism | Scoop.it

Tasmanian councils are crying out for government support to boost infrastructure to cope with the state's tourism boom.

 

Some councils warned the state's world-class attractions were being serviced by second-class infrastructure.

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Leaders and business owners call for Tourism Australia HQ to relocate to Gold Coast

Leaders and business owners call for Tourism Australia HQ to relocate to Gold Coast | Tourism | Scoop.it

Small business owners and tourism leaders have called on the federal government to relocate the head office for tourism to the Gold Coast.

 

The head office for tourism, Tourism Australia, operates out of George Street in Sydney.

 

Tourism is worth more than $4 billion to the Gold Coast, with more than 902,000 international visitors to the city in 2015, a six per cent rise on 2014.

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Top Trending Tourist Destination in Australia

Top Trending Tourist Destination in Australia | Tourism | Scoop.it

The New South Wales regional city of Wagga Wagga features alongside ever-popular tourist destinations like Uluru and Hayman Island in a list of this years top trending Australian destinations for Aussie travellers.

Top4s insight:

Here are top 10 Australia destinations featured by Flight Centre: 

  1. Fremantle
  2. Hayman Island
  3. Ballina
  4. Devonport
  5. Uluru
  6. Bundaberg
  7. Wagga Wagga
  8. Port Macquarie
  9. Melbourne
  10. Albury


This could be the latest tourist info for Australia destinations, since people tend to visit the same popular objects all the time. By having this list, at least tourists will have more options when they have their tours in Australia.

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Traveling A Day in Canberra

Traveling A Day in Canberra | Tourism | Scoop.it

Far from being just a city of roundabouts, freezing weather and pollies, the nation’s capital now offers some game-changing hotels and a plethora of funky cafes — not to mention its obsession with bike riding.

Top4s insight:

Canberra offers a lot of attraction you may not know or probably too underrated comparing to other big cities in Australia.


The city may not be too popular in Australian tourism industry, but it definitely has the quality as one great destination to visit when you are in Australia. 


Canberra has this quirky tourism objects you can visit with your family and also some cafes and restaurants which offer you funky menus. It would be a great experience if you want to enjoy your vacation in a less crowded city with spectacular tourist destinations.

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