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Tourism

Daydream Island $50m redevelopment brought forward

Daydream Island Resort and Spa has announced that in the wake of substantial damage caused by recent Tropical Cyclone Debbie that the popular Whitsundays Resort would bring forward its planned refurbishment for 2018. The resort will now stay closed ahead of a continuing clean-up and the beginning of works later in 2017. Daydream Island Resort & Spa announced in January …

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RACV Resort Noosa named best hotel in Queensland

Sunshine Coast hotel, RACV Resort Noosa, has taken out the title for best hotel in Queensland, after winning HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence Awards 2017. The RACV Resort Noosa, located in picturesque Noosa Heads, was drawn from more than 27 finalists on HotelsCombined, a hotel price comparison platform, for outstanding customer satisfaction. “This award is a great achievement for the team …

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Sunshine Coast helps out Whitsundays in wake of Cyclone Debbie

“The show must go on,” declared the organisers of the Panalitix Accountants’ Conference, who were in the final planning stages for their annual conference when Cyclone Debbie smashed into the Whitsundays making it impossible for Hamilton Island to host the 400-delegate event later this month. Using hashtags such as #nevertoolate #stillgonnabeawesome #debbiedidhammo, the organisers informed delegates of the change of …

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TripAdvisor names Qantas as the best airline in Australia

TripAdvisor, announced the winners of its first annual Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines, recognising Qantas as the top airline in Australia and Emirates as the world favourite. The awards honour 50 airlines overall, including top lists for the World, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa; as well as 16 regional winners. The awards also highlight top airlines by …

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Upgraded accommodation: Kakadu promises memorable holiday experience in 2017

After one of the wettest wet seasons for years, Kakadu is looking in perfect condition for the forthcoming peak ‘dry’ season. Kakadu Tourism, the region’s largest hotel and tour operator – has announced a range of upgrades to make visits to Kakadu even more attractive in 2017. Upgraded accommodation Kakadu’s famous Crocodile Hotel (aka ‘The Croc’ or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile …

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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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Has storm activity hit bookings?

It’s been a rocky start to the year for Queensland and NSW especially, with a run of extreme weather conditions ranging from some of the hottest nights on record to constant rain, strong winds and even a cyclone called Debbie. accomnews heard from all-inclusive holiday provider, Club Med recently as they informed us they have seen a large spike in …

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How to use the world’s best (free) hotel photographers

Here’s how you can infuse your hotel marketing with a big dose of authenticity and stunning imagery with Instagram photos from your actual guests. Modern travellers no longer trust blatant advertising or anything that looks forced, contrived or fake coming from hotel brands. This is especially true for your hotel photography. Gone are the days with fake ‘guests’ smiling awkwardly …

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Queensland comes out on top in Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2017

Thirty-seven hotels in Australia have been revealed as the country’s ultimate hotel hotspots, according to the Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2017, where the hotel guests are the judges. If it was a State of Origin clash, Queensland would win fair and square with sixteen hotels across the sunshine state scooping a Loved by Guests gold award. New South Wales …

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When are the lowest booking rates?

According to TripAdvisor’s Best Time to Book report, revealing the least expensive times to book hotels this winter in popular destinations across the globe, it largely depends on the region or city Australians are looking to visit. For most destinations, the hotel rates change gradually over time, without dramatic increases or decreases in price. For example, the least expensive time …

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