Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Graham Vercoe

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Have what it takes to own a B&B?

Queensland’s B&B and Farmstay Committee chairwoman Sue Panuccio, who has run Mt Cotton Guest House with her partner Trevor Penson for 11 years, said B&B owners must like meeting people and be comfortable with guests staying in their home...

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Councils struggling against the odds

Quasi-hotels should be banned under reforms to the regulation of short-term holiday letting in NSW, demands the Accommodation Association of Australia, as the NSW government considers changes to the model for regulation of tourism accommodation.

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How secure are the Gold Coast games?

ISIS is shifting its focus towards ‘soft’ targets involving high tourist areas in western countries, so we are seeing an increasing tempo of small bombings, crude vehicle crowd rammings and lethal personal attacks, often ‘inspired’ by rather than ‘orchestrated’ by IS.

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Time for serious action, not talk

The horror of the Grenfell Tower inferno in London on June 14 jarred the high-rise community in Australia, bringing back memories of the Lacrosse Building conflagration in Melbourne back in 2014.

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QTIC’s idea to rort visitors angers industry

Tourism is booming. Visitors are flocking into Australia from everywhere. Domestic visitor arrivals have never been this good. Isn’t it fantastic? Yes, let’s tax them. That’s the Australian way – it seems. Fortunately, at last, federal and state governments are not buying into it. New moves are under way to slug hotel guests with a bed tax in Queensland to …

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States forced to face up to the sharing economy

New South Wales’ 45th premier Gladys Berejiklian was just a day into her new job when she was confronted by strata residents and owners’ corporations demanding the power to ban short-term letting of apartments through sharing platforms… …(like Airbnb, Stayz, Couchsurfing, Flipkey, HomeAway, Luxury Retreats (about to be swallowed up by Airbnb) and newly Accor-acquired Travel Keys), arguing the practice …

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Clear pathway to improved fire warning systems

Despite tragedies like the Childers Palace Backpacker’s hostel fire disaster on June 23, 2000, in which 15 backpackers perished, there are still accommodation providers that put the safety of their guests in dire peril. In June 2015, Queensland’s fire chief Katarina Carroll won a Supreme Court injunction to permanently shut down a budget accommodation fire trap in the Lockyer Valley, …

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