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The startup aiming to ‘turn air travel on its head’

The startup aiming to ‘turn air travel on its head’ | Tourism | Scoop.it

A new startup set to shake up the airline industry is “incredibly risky” and probably won’t survive against the big local carriers, an expert says.


Australian company Airly is new on the travel scene and offers unlimited flights on a small eight-seater plane between Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney for members who pay a monthly fee.


The trio of founders said the new service aimed to cut travel time by up to two hours per round trip and encourage business networking.

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Australia tourism sets sights on China's independent tourist

Australia tourism sets sights on China's independent tourist | Tourism | Scoop.it

Australia is planning a A$40 million global tourism campaign to help fill the economic hole left by the commodities downturn, targeting a growing group of Chinese holidaymakers who favour independent itineraries over traditional large group packages.


Government data released on Tuesday showed a record 1 million Chinese tourists flocked to Australia in the past 12 months, up from a mere 100,000 fifteen years ago. Beaten in absolute numbers only by New Zealand, China is the fastest growing group with a total spending of A$7.7 billion last year.


Australia's marketing campaign, to be launched later this month, will be geared towards a new breed of young and independent traveller from China drawn to Australia's natural beauty.

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Loyal visitors drive bumper tourism season

Loyal visitors drive bumper tourism season | Tourism | Scoop.it

THE Central Coasts billion-dollar tourism industry is having one of its busiest summer-holiday seasons in many years on the back of thousands of loyal visitors.


Many of the region’s ­hotels and caravan parks have reported 5-10 per cent growth in overall visitation, despite days of wet and cool weather over the Christmas/New Year period.


Central Coast Tourism chief executive Robyne ­Abernethy said the strong return visitation was driving the region’s bumper holiday season.

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Holidaymakers heading west

Holidaymakers heading west | Tourism | Scoop.it

Hopes that tourism will fill an economic void on Tasmanias West Coast left by the closure of mining operations could become reality.


Tourism operators in the region are reporting that the December 2015 to March 2016 quarter could be their highest yet in terms of visitor numbers.


Cradle Coast Association Regional Tourism manager Ian Waller said some operators were already reporting booking increases of up to 30 per cent on the previous year.


The Tasmanian Visitor Survey reported 176,355 visitors to the West Coast for the 12 months ending September 2015 — 11 per cent higher than the previous year.


Almost all visitors were holidaymakers.

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Tasmanian mining town pins hopes on tourism

Tasmanian mining town pins hopes on tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

Locals in Queenstown, Tasmania, hope tourism will revive their once prosperous community after the Mt Lyell copper mine closed down, decimating the local economy.


Anthony Coulson's voice leaps from the shadows.

"You get used to night shift pretty quick," he says, his words reverberating into the darkness.


The light from Mr Coulson's white headlamp splashes against the solid rock cavern as he swings around to explain the life of an underground mine worker.


"I enjoyed it, even the shift work," Mr Coulson told the ABC's Back Roads program.

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Eighty things to do in and around Sydney

Eighty things to do in and around Sydney | Tourism | Scoop.it

Planning a stay-cation these summer holidays? From snorkelling to cycling and fish and chips, we have you covered.

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Tourist hot spot more than penguins

Tourist hot spot more than penguins | Tourism | Scoop.it

The grand parade at Phillip Island has far more to do with people than its Little Penguins.


The daily march of the tourists starts at dawn and builds until long after the sun has begun its descent.


More visitors are heading here than ever before.


Bushfires along the Great Ocean Road have led to the summer spike and nobody’s complaining.


Such were the crowds this week even lonely fishermen at Cowes jetty lured an audience far bigger than anything they could ever reel in.

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Tourism: promoting world-class sites an economic journey worth taking

Tourism: promoting world-class sites an economic journey worth taking | Tourism | Scoop.it

The opening of the Three Capes Track is fantastic news for ­Tasmania and a great example of how we can encourage more tourists to explore natural Australia.


Having been raised on a dairy farm in Tasmania under the ­shadows of Cradle Mountain, I instinctively appreciate the beauty of rural and regional Australia. As Tourism Minister I understand that tourism provides a significant opportunity for bringing these areas to life and is an important source of employment.


Tourism is flourishing and it’s one of five key industries that will drive the economy following the cooling of the mining boom. Growth in tourism is projected to continue at 4.1 per cent over the next 10 years, well ahead of ­Australia’s overall economic growth rate. Tourism supports ­almost 1 million jobs and 90 per cent are filled by Australians.


While tourism is thriving, it’s not evenly spread. The eastern states are reaping most of the ­rewards while South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are treading water. It’s a similar story for rural and ­regional Australia, which is ­concerning.

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ACT tourism spots report record holiday crowds

ACT tourism spots report record holiday crowds | Tourism | Scoop.it
Canberra museums and galleries are seeing thousands of extra visitors come through the doors over the summer holidays.


Questacon has seen 15,000 visitors through its doors over the Christmas and new year period.


"We normally get 11,000 visitors over this period and we really put this against Spiders, our new exhibition that came in in November," centre and tourism engagement manager Craig Whelan said.


He said the spike in visitors was also due to the low Australian dollar leading more people to holiday close to home.


The centre had 2,800 visitors each day on December 28, 29 and 30.

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3D replica dinosaur could boost tourism in west Queensland town

3D replica dinosaur could boost tourism in west Queensland town | Tourism | Scoop.it

A west Queensland town may add a dinosaur to its list of tourism attractions.


Maranoa Council mayor Robert Loughnan has been in discussions with Queensland Museum to find out if Roma, about 500 kilometres west of Brisbane, could become home to a 15-metre long, four-metre tall 3D Rhoetosaurus dinosaur replica.


It may seem a strange addition to the outback town, but the life-size herbivore replica, yet to be built, would pay tribute to the discovery of Rhoetosaurus fossils found 100 kilometres north of Roma in 1924.


It is the oldest dinosaur skeleton found in Australia. The herbivore lived during the mid-Jurassic period about 170 million years ago.

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Hotel and new ride for Movie World

Hotel and new ride for Movie World | Tourism | Scoop.it

A NEW rollercoaster is planned for Movie World, with the theme parks operators lodging development applications with the city council.


A nine-storey hotel and a “new attraction and lakeside precinct” are also planned for the Movie World site, according to three building applications lodged with the Gold Coast City Council by Village Roadshow.


The Gold Coast Bulletin understands the hotel is planned to be nine storeys and will be built on what is now a carpark fronting Oxenford’s Entertainment Rd.

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Questacon named Canberra's best tourist attraction

Questacon named Canberra's best tourist attraction | Tourism | Scoop.it

Canberra's top tourist attraction has been named in the 2015 Canberra Region Tourism Awards.


It makes science fun for more than one million people across Australia each year through its centre and outreach programs, and now Questacon has been named Canberra's top tourist attraction.


The national science and technology centre was one of a host of businesses and events across the capital honoured at the 2015 Canberra Region Tourism Awards on Thursday night.

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Our pick for Top 10 beaches in Australia

Our pick for Top 10 beaches in Australia | Tourism | Scoop.it

Tourism Australia has announced its latest campaign: a $40 million push to promote the country’s beautiful coastline to the world at large.


It may seem a ‘been there, done that’ approach to promoting the great southern land, but Tourism Australia claims there’s been a concerning decline in Google searches for “Australian Beaches” – signalling there’s work to be done.


So we’ve compiled our list of Australia’s top 10 beaches – for free.


  1. Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, TAS
  2. Bronte Beach, Sydney, NSW
  3. Johanna Beach, Great Ocean Road, VIC
  4. Cable Beach, Broome, WA
  5. Lucky Bay, Esperance, WA
  6. Myall Beach, Cape Tribulation, QLD
  7. Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, QLD
  8. Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW
  9. Squeaky Beach, Wilsons Prom, VIC
  10. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, QLD


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How Aussies want to travel now

How Aussies want to travel now | Tourism | Scoop.it

It's no longer enough to simply consult a travel agent before heading off on holidays.


Now Aussie holiday-makers are asking their travel director along for the trip, to ensure everything goes to plan.


Managing Director of travel company Trafalgar, Matthew Cameron-Smith, said the “Do It For Me” (DIFM) trend flew in the face of predictions online booking sites would be the death of the bricks and mortar travel agent.

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Australia, don’t ever change

Australia, don’t ever change | Tourism | Scoop.it

From some very confused — and muscly — kangaroos to curious wombats, nothing says ‘Straya quite like a scroll through Tourism Australia’s insanely popular Facebook and Instagram pages.


And now, Tourism Australia has pulled together its favourite and most popular 10 social media posts of 2015 for news.com.au with Jesse Desjardins, global social media and content manager, saying it was a fun but tough task.


“On average, we received around 1400 photos every day from our followers in 2015, providing us with stunning destination content to share daily with the world,” Mr Desjardins said.

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The stunning transformation of Australian tourism

The stunning transformation of Australian tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

The surge in Chinese tourist visitors to Australia is now well established. It is unprecedented in speed and scale and is driving a much-needed boom in the tourism sector. 


But set this against the flow of tourist visitors from other countries over the past two decades and the scale of the transformation of the tourist market is revealed. 

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Mutawintji tourism push continues

Mutawintji tourism push continues | Tourism | Scoop.it

Efforts to set up a cultural tourism program at Mutawintji National Park northeast of Broken Hill are on the way to completion, with training for guides set to start within weeks.


The Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council has been working to improve tourism within the park for more than a year, but was held up by a delay in the government appointing the National Park's board of management in 2014.


Land council CEO Deirdre Sammon said it's hoped tourism will improve employment of Indigenous people and cultural awareness.

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Record Spirit of Tasmania bookings boost tourism

Record Spirit of Tasmania bookings boost tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

A record number of passengers have forward-booked a seat on the Spirit of Tasmania in a boon for the state's tourism and hospitality operators.


Passengers have bought 304,000 tickets for travel on the two ships, which is 40,000 more than the same time last year — or a 15 per cent increase.


Acting Tourism Minister Jeremy Rockliff said it was a sign the State Government's plan to increase passengers was working.

"We have invested $31.5 million refurbishing the passenger areas," he said.


"We have increased day sailings and also significantly lowered the average fare prices."


"It is clear that what we are doing is capturing the curiosity of travellers and having a great flow-on effect, especially on tourism and hospitality."


Bookings for day sailings have increased 50 per cent on last year, and 80 per cent on 2014.


This year, there will be 121 day sailings — up from 82 last year.

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10 Most Instagrammed Places in Australia

10 Most Instagrammed Places in Australia | Tourism | Scoop.it

There are over 200 million people on Instagram posting an average 70 million photos each day.


For newcomers to a city, Instagram acts as a barometer of the best and most popular places to visit. From iconic tourist attractions to stunning landscapes and hidden bars, more and more snap-happy travellers are looking to Instagram for a dose of #travel #inspo.

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Interactive reef map launches ahead of Tourism Australia documentary

Interactive reef map launches ahead of Tourism Australia documentary | Tourism | Scoop.it

An interactive online map of the Great Barrier Reef, featuring broadcaster David Attenborough, has been launched, ahead of the local release of his new documentary created in partnership with Tourism Australia.


The tourism body announced in March of last year that it had partnered with Atlantic Productions to bring Attenborough to the reef for the documentary, nearly 60 years after his first visit. It aims to spur interest and increased visitors to the area.

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Local identity takes on tourism top role

Local identity takes on tourism top role | Tourism | Scoop.it

Trevor Rees has been appointed chairperson of Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) to lead the organisation into the new year.


The vote to elect Mr Rees in place of former chairperson Jim Elder was taken at a directors' meeting on Tuesday, December 22, attended by fellow directors David Stielow and David Nebauer but not attended by Jim Elder or Mayor Jennifer Whitney.


At the meeting it was also resolved to reorganise the internal staff structure of WMDL, with the appointment of Mr Nebauer as executive director.


The directors present said this revised structure was designed to enable WMDL's tourism and economic development staff to work more autonomously, ending the previous arrangement where the tourism general manager reported to the economic development general manager.

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Unspoilt beauty lure tourists

Unspoilt beauty lure tourists | Tourism | Scoop.it

Holidaymakers are set to be enticed to experience the beaches and national parks the South Coast has on offer with a new tourism campaign for 2016.


The NSW Government has allocated $340,000 to the region for the “Unspoilt” marketing campaign designed to increase overnight visitation during quieter periods.


The funding is managed by Destination NSW and provides investment into the regional visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis with local tourism organisations.



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SA desert garden a tourist drawcard

SA desert garden a tourist drawcard | Tourism | Scoop.it

A trip to a botanic garden often conjures up images of blooming roses, neat hedges and lush leafy flora specimens. But on the outskirts of the most arid major town in the driest state on the driest continent on earth, the harsh realities of the landscape are everywhere.


Sitting at the top of Spencer Gulf, the SA town of Port Augusta is known as the gateway to the outback in central Australia ­- and for its scorching summer heat.


Remote Australia might seem barren and lifeless at first glance but the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden is proof the continent’s heart is home to thousands of highly evolved plants specially adapted to thrive in an environment of extreme temperatures and devastating droughts.

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TALKING TOURISM: Coastal migration booms

TALKING TOURISM: Coastal migration booms | Tourism | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIAN Bureau of Statistics figures show regional and coastal migration continues to boom.


The populations of coastal areas such as the Sunshine Coast are experiencing some of the fastest growth yet. The trend is so great some commentators have labelled it "the seachange phenomenon".


Why wouldn't you visit or even relocate to the Sunshine Coast? We live and work in one of the most enviable coastal locations in Australia. We not only boast more than 100 kilometres of world-class beaches but also rivers, canals and lakes that make up our rich water life.

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Australia named best destination in the world

Australia named best destination in the world | Tourism | Scoop.it

WE all knew it, but now the rest of the world does too. Australia has beaten every country on the planet to be named destination of the year for 2016 by Conde Nast Traveler.


Favoured for its easygoing attitude, exceptional food and outdoor lifestyle, the prestigious magazine says Australia has made leaps and bounds in its offerings.


“At this moment, on all fronts, Australia is simply — as the kids say — crushing it. Ozzies meet the world with an enviable blend of edge and ease, an aesthetic rigor free of pretense, and an embrace of the outdoors paired with urbane sophistication. Australia’s food culture is as inventive and influential as any today, and the country’s style quotient is on a similar trajectory,” says a release by the publication.

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