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TAA slates Jetstar’s decision to partner with Airbnb

Australian accommodation sector representative body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), expressed disappointment that Jetstar had entered into a partnership agreement with the sharing economy accom provider, Airbnb. “Hotels, motels and serviced accommodation operators have been great supporters of Jetstar since it launched in Australia and we actively partner with them in providing holiday packages as well as accommodation for their crews, …

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Sydney edges Melbourne out for top spot in Australia

TripAdvisor ranked regions from Noosa to Airlie Beach to the Gold Coast to Exmouth… but Sydney won top billing in the 2017 Travellers’ Choice awards for destinations in Australia. In Australia, Melbourne was second while the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island took the number three spot. Queensland destinations of Gold Coast, Magnetic Island, Noosa, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach made up half of the …

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Mary Valley’s historic ‘Rattler’ to get back on the rails

The lush farmlands of the Mary Valley will once again resound to the rhythmic chug of steam trains following the Queensland government’s announcement of a major grant to help get the historic Mary Valley ‘Rattler’ back on the rails. The Rattler was thrown a lifeline when the Queensland Government announced the Mary Valley Rattler Project as a successful project for …

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Positive funding initiative for regional NSW, says AAoA

Dispersal of visitors to regions will be impacted by the NSW government’s new “Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund”, according to the Accommodation Association of Australia. However, AAoA said there are still shortcomings in regional tourism which, if addressed, have the potential to create higher levels of employment outside of metropolitan areas. “The NSW government’s regional tourism fund is …

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