Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tourism

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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Parrtjima: Festival in Light to encourage NT tourists in 2017

The Northern Territory Government will present the second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017, featuring an expanded program that celebrates the magnificent Aboriginal art of Central Australia. The spectacular free public event is the first authentic Indigenous light festival of its kind and showcases the oldest …

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Shocked industry responds to game-changing Star Ratings Australia closure

Official ratings no more: the scheme will completely cease to operate as of June 30 this year, in a startling indication of what the digital age means for Australia’s accom sector. Star Ratings Australia told accomnews: “There will no longer be a standardised or accredited accommodation rating system. This means properties will have the freedom to advertise any rating they …

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Industry responds to penalty rate reveal

In the days following Fair Work Commission’s decision signalling penalty rate reform, the accommodation industry has had a mixed response. The issue is one that seeks to balance the need for a healthy market with competitive hours and fair wages. Some concern for hospitality workers The FWC has officially backed a submission to reduce Sunday penalty rates for full-time and …

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Will direct flights from Melbourne land jobs, economic boost for Townsville?

The Palaszczuk government has attracted a major aviation coup for north Queensland, with new direct flights by Tigerair from Melbourne to Townsville set to boost the local economy. Premier Palaszczuk said the new flights – the first domestic service to be supported by the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF) – would inject millions of dollars into the economy. …

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Is your accom property near one of Australia’s best beaches?

Tripadvisor has listed the world’s best beaches according to its 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards, and Australia features heavily. Here are the top ten Travellers’ Choice beaches in Australia: “Aussies love the beach so for those planning their next sandy getaway, TripAdvisor has identified from millions of traveller reviews, the best beaches throughout the world as well as those right here …

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Australia’s first active lifestyle destination gets approved

Phases two and three are set to include a four-star, 225-room family hotel and much anticipated ‘Wave Reservoir’. Australia’s first active lifestyle project is coming closer to reality as the Sunshine Coast Council granted SANAD Capital, the company behind the project, development approval (DA) for phase 1 of the $400 million venture.   SANAD Capital announced the project after purchasing …

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How to use hotel digital marketing techniques to leverage the Chinese market

In the diverse sphere of international travel, hotel marketers cannot afford to use broad strokes to attract bookings. To maximise bookings and occupancy each region and the markets within the regions should be treated on its own terms. A crucial and most lucrative market for hotels in the Chinese. China has the biggest outbound tourism activity in the world with …

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