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Staybridge Suites launches new and ‘hugely different’ brand campaign

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the launch of the newest Staybridge Suites brand campaign, Hugely Different. Through the brand’s most extensive use of video assets to date, the multi-channel advertising campaign aims to show guests that Staybridge Suites is a different kind of hotel for a different kind of traveller. Though digital videos and radio …

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Blues on Broadbeach 2017 a roaring success

A huge turnout of festival goers were treated to free world class live entertainment across 20 diverse stages over the past four days at Blues on Broadbeach 2017. The event showcased a unique brand of festival – offering access to a wide variety of quality restaurants, accommodation, and all the facilities of the Broadbeach CBD. Patrons enjoyed accommodation ranging from …

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Strong visitor numbers spur NSW accommodation boom

The state government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW has said growth in overnight visitation to NSW is stimulating an accommodation boom across the state. Destination NSW CEOSandra Chipchase said this week’s Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) was a great opportunity to showcase both new and refurbished hotels. “According to the International and National Visitor Surveys for the year ending …

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Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival brings travellers to the region

Throughout May and June, accommodation and tourism in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales comes alive thanks to the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. There’s no better time to take in the delights of Australia’s premium wine-growing region than through the Festival which showcases the epicurean pleasures of the iconic food and wine destination. It also offers …

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Australia’s cruise industry sails to record highs

The Australian cruise market has grown by 21 percent, with 1,281,159 Australians taking a cruise in 2016; and with many of these local cruises calling at the 34 regional ports and anchorages around the Australian coastline, local communities benefit from the injection of valuable tourist dollars . The growth of 222,378 passengers is the biggest increase on record, according to …

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Whales begin to gather at Head of Bight

The first southern right whales have arrived at Australia’s Head of Bight, marking the beginning of what is expected to be another bumper whale watching season. Two whales were seen in the shallow waters at the beginning of the week with a further sighting later in the week. The whale season typically runs from May to October at Head of Bight near …

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Sunshine Coast launches Luxe Trekking rainforest experiences

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is offering nature lovers the opportunity to combine guided walks in spectacular rainforest with award-winning deluxe accommodation, indulgent spa baths and fine local cuisine. Small-group guided walk specialists Tropical Treks and Montville’s Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat have launched a three day Luxe Trekking package that includes a full day guided walk in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, two nights’ accommodation in a rainforest pavilion, …

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Sailors set sights on Blue Resort

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort at Magnetic Island will welcome sailors from all over Australia for the 11th annual SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week from August 31 through to September 6. The resort, which overlooks the marina, has been the event headquarters since the race’s inception in 2006 and this year, due to popular demand, an extra day will be …

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Australia’s tourism industry takes blow in federal budget

Australia’s $100 billion tourism industry took a blow in the Federal Budget with an increase in the cost of visiting the country, and a cut to the funding. Tourism Australia was hit with a $14 million blow to its budget and the government underlined an extra $410 million in revenue over four years from a price hike for visa applications. …

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Business travel data reveals top countries travelling to Australia

A new report from the American Express Global Business Travel has found that six of the top 10 cities where residents travel to Australia for business (outside Asia Pacific region) are US-based. Australia’s strong business ties to the US, particularly San Francisco and New York, continue to remain a key travel driver. The weaker Australian dollar has also increased tourism …

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