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Booming tourism’s $4b target

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Far North tourism worth $3.7 billion a year and rising | Cairns Post

THE tropical north’s tourism sector is worth an estimated $3.7 billion and well on track to reach a target of $4.2 billion by 2020. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Alex de Waal said the target might have to be revised after the latest data release.

 

“We are undertaking a review once we get the results from the full financial year for the next five years,” he said. “The growth trend that has gradually been building over the past two years is intensifying. Our industry has become more resilient, is more efficient and is now becoming increasingly confident.

 

“This confidence will fuel investment and further growth, which will have a profound positive impact on our regional economy. “Over the past 12 months we have seen an additional 500,000 domestic visitors come to our destination. This represents an increase of 33.5 per cent against Queensland’s aggregate growth of 9 per cent.

 

 

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Top Packer executive among Crown employees detained in China

Top Packer executive among Crown employees detained in China | Tourism | Scoop.it

Chinese authorities have detained 18 employees of billionaire James Packer's Crown Resorts, including three top Australian executives, in a co-ordinated police operation targeting the gaming giant's marketing activities in China.

 

Most senior among those detained was Jason O'Connor, the company's executive general manager in charge of international VIP services. Mr O'Connor, who is among the casino company's top executives, heads up a program designed to lure "high roller" gamblers to Crown Casino in Melbourne.

 

Fairfax Media understands the arrests, which took place on Thursday night, also include Crown's local employees based across several major Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai.

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How migrant workers are critical to the future of Australia's agricultural industry

How migrant workers are critical to the future of Australia's agricultural industry | Tourism | Scoop.it

More than 900,000 immigrants on permanent and temporary visas enter Australia each year. Most live and work in Australian capital cities; immigrants are more urbanised than the average Australian today.

 

However, in the last decade or so, new visa pathways have opened up to attract new immigrant workers and their families to the Australian bush. Increased chances of selection attracts permanent skilled immigrants to accept employment in regional and rural towns.

 

At the same time, increasing numbers of temporary migrants on working holiday, student and skilled 457 visas are attracted to the bush. A new program for Pacific Seasonal Workers has also been introduced. Immigrant workers add substantially to productivity in the Agricultural industry, a new report reveals.

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Tourism and aviation lobby group slams treasurer’s $5 levy for airline travellers

Tourism and aviation lobby group slams treasurer’s $5 levy for airline travellers | Tourism | Scoop.it

THE nation’s peak tourism and aviation lobby group has accused the Federal Government of a blatant “cash grab” after it announced it would slog passengers an extra $5 every time they fly overseas.


Treasurer Scott Morrison said Australia’s Passenger Movement Charge — which is built-in to all airline tickets — would be raised from $55 to $60 from July 1.

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New Government Plan Could Stop Your Fave Acts From Touring Australia, Says Industry Body 

New Government Plan Could Stop Your Fave Acts From Touring Australia, Says Industry Body  | Tourism | Scoop.it

The Australian Government has made a decision which could legitimately strangle the future of international live music touring in Australia as we know it, according to industry body Live Performance Australia.

 

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has announced a plan which could Stop The Boats Tours once and for all by jacking up Visa fees by 600 per cent starting next month, and the Aussie music industry is straight-up shitting itself, because this pretty much guarantees some acts will opt out of touring down under rather than cop the financial blow.

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A planned departure tax hike could spoil Australia’s booming tourism industry 

A planned departure tax hike could spoil Australia’s booming tourism industry  | Tourism | Scoop.it

INTERNATIONAL visitors are pouring into Australia at more than double the rate residents are heading overseas in a further boost for the booming tourism industry. August overseas arrivals and departures data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed a 10 per cent jump in short-term visitors and a 4.7 per cent increase in short-term departures.

 

Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said Australia’s international appeal had “arguably never been stronger”. “Our inbound visitor numbers are now just a few thousand arrivals shy of eight million over 12-months,” said Mr O’Sullivan. “Through the sharp focus being placed upon food and wine and, now, aquatic and coastal experiences, Australia is really playing to its strengths and the results we are seeing are undoubtedly helping to drive visitor demand.”

 

The hottest destinations for travelling Aussies were Brazil — which experienced a 300 per cent explosion in Australian arrivals thanks to the Rio Olympics — and long-time holiday favourite Indonesia where numbers were up 20 per cent on the same time last year. Of the 632,600 arrivals into Australia, 17 per cent travelled from New Zealand and almost 15 per cent from China. Japan’s new found love affair with the land down under also continued with a 22.8 per cent increase in Japanese arrivals — outnumbering those from the US and the UK.

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Booming tourism’s $4b target

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Far North tourism worth $3.7 billion a year and rising | Cairns Post

THE tropical north’s tourism sector is worth an estimated $3.7 billion and well on track to reach a target of $4.2 billion by 2020. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Alex de Waal said the target might have to be revised after the latest data release.

 

“We are undertaking a review once we get the results from the full financial year for the next five years,” he said. “The growth trend that has gradually been building over the past two years is intensifying. Our industry has become more resilient, is more efficient and is now becoming increasingly confident.

 

“This confidence will fuel investment and further growth, which will have a profound positive impact on our regional economy. “Over the past 12 months we have seen an additional 500,000 domestic visitors come to our destination. This represents an increase of 33.5 per cent against Queensland’s aggregate growth of 9 per cent.

 

 

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Grants for Female Factory, museum

Grants for Female Factory, museum | Tourism | Scoop.it

FEDERAL Tourism Minister Richard Colbeck said he was “looking forward to” Saturday’s election as he announced $85,000 of tourism grants for southern Tasmania this morning.

 

The Cascades Female Factory will receive $35,000 towards planning and design for a new interpretation centre, while Narryna Heritage Museum will be able to redevelop outbuildings to create an events space and serving kitchen with a $50,000 grant.

 

Senator Colbeck said the funds were already guaranteed as the announcement was not an election commitment. “This is work that can now get underway, we can continue the work on redeveloping the interpretative facility [at the Female Factory],” he said.

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Awards highlight Tasmanian architects' role in tourism success

Awards highlight Tasmanian architects' role in tourism success | Tourism | Scoop.it

Eco-tourism projects inspired by the Tasmanian landscape are among the winners in this year's state architecture awards.

 

Dale Campisi from the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Institute of Architects said local architects played a key role in the current wave of success being enjoyed in the tourism sector.

 

Several tourism developments took out top awards at a ceremony on Saturday, including the Devil's Corner winery near Bicheno, lodges on the Three Capes Track, and accommodation "pods" at historic Hatherley House in Launceston.

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Tourism deal a win for region

Tourism deal a win for region | Tourism | Scoop.it

Destination Wollongong will continue to drive the city’s booming tourism industry after entering into another five-year agreement with Wollongong City Council.

 

The Illawarra welcomed five million visitors in 2015, an increase of 17.5 percent on 2011, when the last agreement with Destination Wollongong was put in place.

 

Destination Wollongong Chair Tania Brown said the organisation had enjoyed long term strategic support from Wollongong City Council and the new agreement would allow it to consolidate its strategic plan for the region.

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Grampians tourism boost

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GRAMPIANS businesses experienced strong trade as tourists took advantage of nice weather at the Queen’s birthday long weekend. Grampians Tourism chief executive Will Flamsteed said operator reports pointed to a positive weekend.

 

“There was a lot of people out and about enjoying a different side to the Grampians,” he said. “The main street of Halls Gap was busy, with lots of people around. “We had a few great days with the weather too, which helped.”

 

Mr Flamsteed said waterfalls were a popular attraction. “All the waterfalls are flowing at the moment because of the rain,” he said. “People also took the opportunity to visit the cellar doors near Great Western and Hamilton and enjoy some good food and wine by the fire.

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Locals make for tourism mini boom

Locals make for tourism mini boom | Tourism | Scoop.it

Big increases in West Australians holidaying at home have resulted in a mini tourism boom.

 

For the first time, intrastate tourists spent more than $4 billion across WA in a single year.

 

New data shows total intrastate visitor numbers increased more than 800,000 in the year to March 31, with big percentage increases in the South West (23.1 per cent) and Pilbara/Kimberley (22.4 per cent).

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New WA tourism campaign prompts Twitter backlash

New WA tourism campaign prompts Twitter backlash | Tourism | Scoop.it

A new tourism campaign plan to enlist the public in promoting the state's attractions unveiled by WA Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett has sparked an immediate social media backlash.

 

The cash-strapped State Government is targeting tourism as a major economic growth area, and wants to leverage social media using the hashtag #JustAnotherDayinWA.

 

The Government wants to increase the value of tourism from $9 billion to $12 billion by 2020, and will spend $5.5 million directing people to a website promoting the state's attractions.

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Tourism needs reboot

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Four Indigo Council-operated visitor information centres costing $500,000 per year could be scaled back in favour of digital marketing with iPads.

 

A report released by the council on Wednesday showed visitor engagements with centres in Beechworth, Rutherglen and Chiltern fell by as much as 19.4 per cent, from 2012 to 2014.

 

The Beechworth facility cost an average of $214,970 per year to run. The report’s cost-saving options including moving from Ford Street to a higher-traffic location or co-locating with a cafe or Burke Museum.

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‘Land of Smiles’ becomes Land of Sorrows after King’s death 

‘Land of Smiles’ becomes Land of Sorrows after King’s death  | Tourism | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIAN visitors to Thailand have been warned against overt displays of happiness in coming weeks as the country mourns the death of beloved King Bhumibol. All festive events for 30-days have been cancelled including live music, stage performances and next week’s Full Moon Party planned for Koh Phangan.

 

Visitors were urged to be respectful of the year-long mourning period, and those familiar with the “Land of Smiles” said even laughing out loud on the subway would be frowned upon.

 

Supermarket and corner store shelves in Thailand were emptied of alcohol Wednesday night as residents feared a booze ban, and the military was placed on high alert. But local authorities advised that alcohol could still be sold, as long as entertainment and commercial precincts were “toned down”.

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Qantas announces it will reopen the lucrative Beijing route

Qantas announces it will reopen the lucrative Beijing route | Tourism | Scoop.it

Australia’s national carrier will send daily flights from Sydney to Beijing from January 25 next year as part of a push to capitalise of the growing Asian travel industry.

 

The service adds to existing routes to Shanghai and Hong Kong and will add three new codeshare routes between Sydney-Hangzhou, Sydney-Kunming and Brisbane-Shanghai as part of the partnership with China Eastern.

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12 New Australian Travel Experiences From The Last 12 Months 

12 New Australian Travel Experiences From The Last 12 Months  | Tourism | Scoop.it

If you think you've seen Australia, it's time to look again.

 

In the last year, Australia outdid itself with brand new beachfront resorts, world-class pop ups and space age caravan parks. For UN World Tourism Day, we've compiled 12 new Australian experiences that are sure to spark your wanderlust.

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Crocodile skin industry gets boost with new croc travel pods 

Crocodile skin industry gets boost with new croc travel pods  | Tourism | Scoop.it

Hundreds of metre-long saltwater crocodiles have made a 3,000 kilometre trip to central Queensland in specially designed pods in the back of a refrigerated truck.

 

A new transport system is helping in the transfer of crocodiles from the Northern Territory to Queensland, where harvesting eggs from the wild is still outlawed.

 

About 1,000 crocs are settling into their new home in central Queensland after a three-day journey from Darwin in the Northern Territory.

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City a winter tourism hotspot

City a winter tourism hotspot | Tourism | Scoop.it

TOWNSVILLE has emerged as the third most popular holiday destination for the winter school holidays, and the lack of vacancies across the city proves it.

 

New data from online booking agent Wotif.com shows Cairns, Surfers Paradise and Townsville are the top three winter getaways in Queensland, with visitors looking for a warm escape for the chilly temper­atures down south.

 

Wotif travel specialist Amanda Behre said visitors were embracing a tropical getaway on home turf.

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High demand for indigenous tourism — with great potential

High demand for indigenous tourism — with great potential | Tourism | Scoop.it

The recent focus on tourism, the Premier’s adoption of the portfolio, and completion of Elizabeth Quay, among other infrastructure, have created a palatable excitement for the future of this important sector. 

 

However, a fundamental element of great potential remains yearning for its place. In 1885 Swan River colonist George Fletcher Moore published the first attempted translation of the Noongar language to English.

 

Selections from it were published byThe West Australian newspaper. Although his motivations were not purely altruistic, and his behaviour as an early citizen far from model, his work stands as a substantive record of Noongar indigenous spoken and behavioural culture in the mid 19th century.

 

 

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Tourism hotspots receive $10m funding boost

Tourism hotspots receive $10m funding boost | Tourism | Scoop.it

The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum at Winton has been held up as a good example of a tourist site that would benefit from a new $10 million state government funding program announced by Main Roads and Safety Minister Mark Bailey.

 

Speaking from Winton, Mr Bailey said that tourist hot-spots and culturally significant sites in western Queensland were set to benefit from the Transport and Tourism Connections program, aimed at improving access to significant tourist sites.

 

“The TTC program will allow the Palaszczuk government to work with local governments and the private sector to build and upgrade infrastructure to improve access to some of Queensland’s most significant tourism experiences,” Mr Bailey said.

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Tourism industry ups ante on Libs

Tourism industry ups ante on Libs | Tourism | Scoop.it

MALCOLM Turnbull’s most senior Tasmanian in Canberra has been called on to deliver more for the state.

 

Tasmania’s tourism industry has put the blowtorch to federal Tourism Minister Richard Colbeck, arguing the jury is still out on whether the senator has delivered enough for the sector, considering his high-profile position.

 

The Tasmanian senator was hand-picked by new Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull to take the tourism portfolio after the ousting of former PM Tony Abbott in September.

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Far North Queensland tourism booms but not leading to extra jobs yet

Far North Queensland tourism booms but not leading to extra jobs yet | Tourism | Scoop.it

The tourism boom isn’t creating more jobs in Far North Queensland. Manager of NQ Water Sports Ashley Saxton folds the parachute they use for para sailing in the inlet. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERS

 

FAR North Queenslands tourism boom is not translating into extra jobs. The local government election earlier this year followed by the federal poll are stifling business confidence while the tourism industry is giving existing staff extra hours and not hiring new employees.

 

Cairns Airport passenger numbers have soared and visitor growth from within Australia and inbound is the highest nationally, but it is not trickling through to extra jobs yet.

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Aussie tourists return to Coast

Aussie tourists return to Coast | Tourism | Scoop.it

THE Aussies are back in record numbers, with 1.1 million more day-trippers and 337,000 extra domestic overnight visitors to the Coast in the past year than in the previous 12 months.

 

While the figures released yesterday show numbers are up 11 per cent, domestic visitors are still spending less with shorter stays than the year before.

 

Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter said the National Visitor Survey, to be released today by Tourism Research Australia, was encouraging.

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Tourism in the spotlight

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The Mon Repos Turtle Centre will be an ever bigger attraction for Bundaberg's tourism industry.

 

The State Government have allocated $10 million for the centre to go towards infrastructure and research facilities. Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson says it's growing popularity shows its importance as an ecotourism site.

 

"The Mon Repos Turtle Centre is a vital part of the Bundaberg region and this redevelopment will provide a contemporary ecotourism experience that allows visitors to immerse themselves in marine turtle research and conservation." Not only will this upgrade bring more people to the Bundaberg region, boosting our local tourism economy, but its also expected to support up to 20 local construction jobs."

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State Budget boost for tourism

State Budget boost for tourism | Tourism | Scoop.it

TOURISM, health and education are set for a State Budget boost today but the southern Gold Coast’s M1 is likely to stay on the wishlist.

 

Tourism businesses and groups will be able to apply for dollar-for-dollar funding in the $33.5 million Connecting with Asia program, aimed at creating tourism jobs.

 

New classrooms will be built at local schools as part of a $66.7 million program, including $5.6 million at Southport Special School; $1.6 million at Tamborine Mountain State High and $490,000 at Burleigh’s Caningeraba State School.

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