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South Australia’s Spots in Tourism Campaign

South Australia’s Spots in Tourism Campaign | Tourism | Scoop.it

South Australia’s beautiful beaches and waterways star in a new international advertising campaign by Tourism Australia narrated by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth.


The campaign, being launched in New York today, focuses on aquatic and coastal drawcards around the nation.

Top4's insight:

The new Australia tourism campaign video involved South Australia's beaches and also other aquatic tourism objects.

Australia is now targeting tourists for their aquatic and coastal destination as it's one of the greatest strengths of Australia tourism.

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City Exploration for Hong Kong Tourists

City Exploration for Hong Kong Tourists | Tourism | Scoop.it

Tourism Australia has teamed up with four celebrity anchors to uncover the food, shopping and cultural experiences in Australian capital cities, with the launch of “City Explorer”, a new online campaign designed specifically for Hong Kong travellers.

Top4's insight:

Australia has well-known cities which are popular for tourists around the world. But this time, Australia tourism offers a special programme which targets Hong Kong travelers to visit and explore the cities more.

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Fresh approach for Tourism Australia's new campaign

Fresh approach for Tourism Australia's new campaign | Tourism | Scoop.it

Virtual reality will be tourism Australia's weapon of choice as it seeks to immerse prospective visitors in Australia's coastal and aquatic experiences ina bid to take on rivals such as south Africa and Hawaii. 


Chief marketing officer Lisa Ronson told Travel Weekly that Tourism Australia is heavily investing in the technology to enhance the experiential nature of its newest campaign in order to convert interest into bookings.


With 70 to 80% of international visitors participating in some sort of aquatic and coastal experience during their Australian visit, the country’s aquatic and coastal attractions are among Australia’s key advantages.

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Where to celebrate Australia Day

Where to celebrate Australia Day | Tourism | Scoop.it

If you’re yet to be invited to a barbecue, backyard cricket game or beach trip this Australia Day don’t despair, there are plenty of other events happening all over Melbourne. So grab your best mates or the fam and make the most of the public holiday, even if it’s purely for bragging rights the next day at work. 

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Aboriginal culture to be focus of Australia Day celebrations

Aboriginal culture to be focus of Australia Day celebrations | Tourism | Scoop.it

Australia Day organisers pledge a greater focus on Indigenous events as part of this year's festivities.


The program for the day was launched on Wednesday in Sydney's Circular Quay to the backdrop of the Opera House, where pop stars like Jessica Mauboy and the Wiggles will sing.


A performance by the Mount Druitt Indigenous Choir and a smoking ceremony led by Aboriginal elder Uncle Max Eulo kicked off today's launch.


Creative Director John Foreman said such events would feature on the day.

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Australia Day plans packed with fun

Australia Day plans packed with fun | Tourism | Scoop.it

Locals will be spoiled for choice this Australia Day with a range of activities taking place across the district sure to provide fun for all ages.

Towns across the Lithgow area are creating entertainment and activities full of delight and enjoyment for the whole family this Australia Day.

Whether it’s slipping down the water slide at Wallerawang, rocketing along in the annual Billy Cart Race at Rydal or relaxing in Queen Elizabeth Park with local band, Rabebi, everyone will find an activity to enjoy.

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10 ways to celebrate Australia Day in Toowoomba region

10 ways to celebrate Australia Day in Toowoomba region | Tourism | Scoop.it

Show your national pride by joining Toowoomba's community celebrations planned for Australia Day on Tuesday next week.


Cr Anne Glasheen said the various council-sponsored events across the region offered a great family outing.


"Council is pleased to be involved with regional Australia Day ceremonies at Pittsworth, Oakey, Highfields, Crows Nest, Millmerran, Cambooya, Clifton, Goombungee, Yarraman and the Picnic Point function in Toowoomba," Cr Glasheen said.


"On Australia's national day it is fitting to celebrate the many and varied attributes and values of our national character.

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Travellers would rather bring their smartphone with them over a toothbrush or deodorant

Travellers would rather bring their smartphone with them over a toothbrush or deodorant | Tourism | Scoop.it

If we had space for only one thing on a trip, most of us would rather bring our smartphone than our toothbrushes, deodorant, or even our driver’s licenses.


According to a global study from travel site Expedia conducted by Northstar, 66% of travellers said they consider their smartphones the most essential travel item.


Meanwhile, 51% of travellers around the world said their toothbrush is the most essential, and only 23% said deodorant was an essential travel item.


The main reason we want to make sure to bring our smartphones while we travel is to stay connected to the internet, with 84% of travellers saying they want “information [they] may need while travelling.”

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Australia’s Coolest Wine Region: Yarra Valley

Australia’s Coolest Wine Region: Yarra Valley | Tourism | Scoop.it

At the turn of the 20th century, Nellie Melba was one of the most famous women in the world—an opera legend with a name as recognizable as Adele’s and Beyoncé’s today (after all, Peach Melba and Melba toast were both created for her). Given the chance, wouldn’t you want to take a peek inside her private home?

You can do just that at Coombe, Melba’s former estate in Australia’s Yarra Valley.


Helen (Nellie) Porter Mitchell adopted Melba as her last name, a reference, in shortened form, to her hometown of Melbourne. (Photograph by Henry Walter Barnett, wiki) Helen (Nellie) Porter Mitchell adopted Melba as her stage name, a reference, in shortened form, to her hometown of Melbourne. (Photograph by Henry Walter Barnett, wiki).


About an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne, the Yarra features everything you might want in a wine region: farm-to-table meals, generously poured glasses, and gorgeous vistas that seem to go on without end.

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Meet The New Aussie Travel Company Dedicated To Music Festivals 

Meet The New Aussie Travel Company Dedicated To Music Festivals  | Tourism | Scoop.it

A new Australian startup wants to eliminate the guesswork from travelling to the world’s greatest music festivals by crafting custom travel packages that will take Aussie punters to events like Japan’s Fuji Rock and South Korea’s Ultra Festival.


Founded by avid traveller and music enthusiast Elizabett Akerlund, Milky Beats Travel is bringing the concept of the music festival holiday tour, something well-established in the UK, into the Australian market where it hasn’t yet been attempted.

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Where to See the Smallest Penguins on Earth

Where to See the Smallest Penguins on Earth | Tourism | Scoop.it

The Penguin Parade—where thousands of little penguins emerge from the ocean like clockwork at sunset to return to their burrows on Phillip Island, a mere 80-mile drive from Melbourne—is one of Australia’s star tourist attractions.

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Waterfalls Packed with Wow Factor

Waterfalls Packed with Wow Factor | Tourism | Scoop.it

Sydney in the school holidays usually means sun and surf but if you venture away from the beach in your quest to cool off you can find some magical waterfalls not far from home.


So swap the thongs for a pair of sneakers and trek into the bush to find the top waterfalls to swim under this summer.

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Victoria - Australia's Progressive Tourism Destination

Victoria - Australia's Progressive Tourism Destination | Tourism | Scoop.it

Shops, sports and the arts – that's how potential local tourists have viewed Victoria.


For NSW it's nightlife and energy that come to mind, for Tasmania it's nature, Queensland the beach, and the Northern Territory the outback.


The "perceptions of state attributes" survey, which questioned Australians about what they associate with different states, was commissioned as part of a 2012 plan to increase NSW tourism and has recently been used by the Victorian government as part of its tourism shake-up.

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Exciting Ways to Spend Australia Day

Exciting Ways to Spend Australia Day | Tourism | Scoop.it

There's many ways to enjoy Australia Day, but if you are looking for something unique to make some memories, consider some of these.

Top4's insight:

There are many attraction you can watch and competition you can join this Australia Day:

  • Hot Air Ballooning in Parramatta.
  • Crab Racing in Collaroy.
  • Prawn Peeling Competition in The Seabreeze Hotel in South West Rocks.
  • Jelly Fish Eating & Thong Throwing Competition in Maitland Park.
  • Tug and Yacht Ballet in Bradfield Park in Kirribilli, the Sydney Opera House or Dawes Point for the best viewing point.
  • Ferrython in Sydney Harbour.
  • Tall Ships Race in Sydney Harbour.
  • Goat Island Party in Goat Island.
  • Harness and Golden Yabby Races 
  • Havaianas Thong Challenge in Bondi.
  • Wake Up with the Wildlife in Featherdale’s Wildlife Park, Doonside.
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Cairns is popular Australia Day getaway

Cairns is popular Australia Day getaway | Tourism | Scoop.it

CAIRNS is one of the most popular Australia Day long weekend getaway destinations.


Travel booking website Wotif.com reveals Cairns in the top 10, ranked ninth after Surfers Paradise, Noosa and Broadbeach.


Wotif.com travel specialist Kim Stockham said the rankings were based on Wotif accommodation bookings by Aussie travellers.

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Good growth forecast in edutourism

Good growth forecast in edutourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

Townsville is becoming a hotspot for edutourism, with hundreds of overseas travellers visiting the region each year to take advantage of educational opportunities.


For the past four years, Townsville Enterprise has been putting together programs with educational incentives to lure international students.

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Australia Day 2016: Australia gears up to celebrate its anniversary

Australia Day 2016: Australia gears up to celebrate its anniversary | Tourism | Scoop.it

Australia is set to observe its annual Australia Day on Jan. 26 and the country is already decked up to celebrate its anniversary day.


Australia Day has a great significance in the history of the country as it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales. Australians celebrate the diverse culture of the nation on this day by holding family gatherings, picnics and barbecues.

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Bella Vista Farm has fantastic crop of fun-filled family events

Bella Vista Farm has fantastic crop of fun-filled family events | Tourism | Scoop.it

Step back in time this Australia Day with a trip to Bella Vista Farm.


The farm will be reimagined as the working Colonial homestead it once was on January 26, complete with roving convicts, Australiana and historical displays, and Devonshire teas.


Tobruk Sheep Station will stage blacksmithing displays, sheep shearing, whip cracking and working dog demonstrations.


The day’s events are part of the Australia Day @ The Farm celebration, and have been organised by Tobruk Sheep Station, Friends of the Bella Vista Farm, The Hills District Historical Society and the Hills Shire Council.

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Eyes on the pies for Australia Day race day

Eyes on the pies for Australia Day race day | Tourism | Scoop.it

How many pies can you eat?


That’s the question on the lips of the Darwin Turf Club ahead of their Pie Eating Competition on Australia Day.


The feeding frenzy is just one part of the NT News Australia Day Race Day celebrations at the track, which includes other competitions. Parap local Patrick Power said he’s keen to try out the competition.

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$4m tourism boom is just ace for the Border

$4m tourism boom is just ace for the Border | Tourism | Scoop.it

SPORT has kicked a $4 million tourism goal for the Albury-Wodonga economy in the past week.


About 2000 people have descended on the region for the Margaret Court Cup and Victorian Grasscourt Tennis Championships as well as the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup.


It has driven a tourism boom on both sides of the Border with motels, restaurants and retail outlets feeling the full benefit.


About 1300 players have taken part in the events and the number of visitors contributing to the $4 million spend grows to about 2000 when their families and friends are included.

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No car, no worries: meet the family travelling Australia for free

No car, no worries: meet the family travelling Australia for free | Tourism | Scoop.it

How to see Australia on a very, very small budget.


Green ants, fruit fly maggots and mangrove snails. Sound appetising? These were just a few of the delicacies one frugal family of foragers from Daylesford feasted on during their 14-month, 6000-kilometre bicycle adventure to the Top End.


What began as a carbon-conscious mission to gather research for a book about free foods in Australia turned into another book: The Art of Free Travel.


With Patrick Jones, his 10-year-old son, Zephyr and Jack Russell, Zero, on one (tandem) bike and Meg Ulman and their 14-month-old son Woody on another, the family "guerrilla camped' and bartered their way to Cape York and back, starting on November 15, 2013.

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Canberra Tourism's most liked Instagram posts of 2015

Canberra Tourism's most liked Instagram posts of 2015 | Tourism | Scoop.it

Night photography captured Canberra's attention in 2015, with nine out of 10 of the most "liked" images from the ACT government's tourism Instagram account shot between sunset and sunrise.


The @VisitCanberra account collects and promotes images by Instagrammers around the city, "encouraging people to holiday in the national capital and, in turn, build a community of social media savvy advocates for the city".


Sunsets, sunrises, storms and Lake Burley Griffin all proved popular subjects in 2015. Black Mountain and the Telstra Tower were the real stars however, featuring in four of the account's top 10 most liked photographs.

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One-stop destination for Southern Downs' tourism

One-stop destination for Southern Downs' tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

A sixmonth project to turn Destination Southern Downs into a one-stop-shop for tourism in the Southern Downs region has been hailed a "complete success" by implementation project manager Tracy Dobie.


Started on July 1 last year, the program sought to turn DSD into a single local tourism organisation, responsible for all destination marketing.


Mrs Dobie said the shift would allow DSD to take a more concentrated approach to strategic marketing.

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Top Ten Secret Sydney Beaches

Top Ten Secret Sydney Beaches | Tourism | Scoop.it

Bondi and Manly may be the ones Sydney is most famous for, but the harbour city is blessed with dozens of beautiful beaches along its coastline and beyond.


Whether through isolation, inaccessibility or just plain luck, many have managed to stay off the radar. Sure, locals and a those in the know may be aware of them, but for the rest of us, these crowd-free patches of sand are waiting to be discovered.

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Tourism Industry Optimism Despite Spirit Woes

Tourism Industry Optimism Despite Spirit Woes | Tourism | Scoop.it

A TOURISM industry leader is optimistic the State can continue to work through the peak season despite one of the Spirit of Tasmania ferries being off the run indefinitely.


Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania CEO Luke Martin is optimistic that TT Line will be able to accommodate inconvenienced passengers on additional day sailings and is calling for tourist operators to be compassionate about changing arrangements.

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