Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tourism

Small occupancy decrease for Melbourne

STR’s preliminary October 2016 data for Melbourne, Australia, indicates solid performance despite a decline in year-over-year comparisons. Based on daily data from October, Melbourne reported the following: increases in supply (+3.2%) and demand (+1.5%); a 1.7% decrease in occupancy to 87.3%; a 0.7% increase in average daily rate (ADR) to AUD206.45; and a 1.1% decrease in revenue per available room …

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Repercussions of Dreamworld tragedy: ride to permanently close

UPDATE: Ardent Leisure chief executive officer and managing director, Deborah Thomas made an announcement to 7 News Brisbane today that Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids ride will permanently close. She said: “Out of respect for the memories of Cindy Low, Roozbeh Araghi, Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, and their deeply affected families, the ride will be permanently decommissioned. The closure of …

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Does your age define your holiday?

Most people seem to travel to a destination that they think suits their age, and their travel is defined by their physical age, not their inner age, which according to a test done by Singapore airline Scoot, these could be decades apart. But what if you could run a test to see what your inner age was, would you change …

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The coral graveyard

More shocking news from the northern Great Barrier Reef where scientists say that on some reefs surveyed, 95 percent of the coral is dead. Scientists from James Cook University have confirmed that coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is much more severe than first thought. Six months after the extreme underwater heatwave of 2015/2016, researchers from the ARC Centre …

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Business travel in the age of the sharing economy

75% of organisations lack policies or procedures for using these services during international business travel, according to a new report. In response to the growing global use of sharing economy services, International SOS has found that as many as 75% of businesses do not have clear policies in place for staff using such services. Meanwhile, an organisation’s exposure is likely …

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Welcoming the World has put the Sunshine Coast on the events map

The Sunshine Coast’s “best ever year” for major events has wrapped up with the successful staging of Wanderlust. Sunshine Coast Council’s Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said that 2016 had been an unprecedented year for major events, with the region hosting 60 major and regional events. “It’s been an amazing year for the Coast in terms …

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Qantas launches services from Brisbane to Port Moresby

Qantas has started a daily service between Brisbane and Port Moresby, providing customers across Australia and the global network with improved connections to Papua New Guinea. The service operates daily, using a refreshed 174 seat B737- 800 aircraft featuring 12 business class seats, upgraded in-flight entertainment and improved seats with new covers. It replaces Qantas’ previous, turboprop-operated service between Cairns …

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3 world premieres, 4 Australian exclusives and an installation of 1.1 million balls

Exclusive to Sydney this Summer, the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve will be transformed into a surreal beach comprising 1.1 million translucent balls; the essence of Sydney will be distilled into a singular scent; and a team of contemporary dancers will perform an adrenaline-fuelled ‘soccer’ match as part of the eclectic line-up at Sydney Festival 2017. A strategic partnership between Destination …

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AAoA issues industry safety warning

The association is warning the safety of domestic and international visitors could be compromised by proposed changes to the regulation of short-term letting in NSW. Speaking on behalf of the industry following the release of the final report of the NSW Parliament inquiry into short-term holiday letting, the Accommodation Association of Australia said online platforms which facilitate residential premises being used …

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Is Queensland falling behind?

Queensland may dominate New South Wales on the football field, but where strata laws are concerned, our ‘rival state’ is out in front. From 30 November 2016, the New South Wales Strata Schemes Act 2015 will come into effect, which contains more than 90 amendments to how strata schemes are currently legislated. Some of these changes include by-laws prohibiting overcrowding, stricter …

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