Friday, August 17, 2018

Tourism

Return of the Great Aussie drive-holiday fuels decade-long record

The Sunshine Coast has achieved its best domestic visitor figures for over a decade, growing arrivals by 7.8% for the year to the end of June 2016, according to Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey, released this week. The total of 3.1 million visitors for 2015-16 is the highest figure since March 2005, with holiday visitors growing at an even …

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Tourism growth looking good but backpackers dry up, report indicates

The latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) figures released this week have highlighted a continuing strong performance by the Australian tourism industry, with 10 percent growth in visitor arrivals to 7.2 million and record expenditure of $38 billion (+14 percent) in the 2015-16 year, compared to the year before. The only sector to have gone backwards is the backpacker sector, which …

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New research highlights pet peeves of travellers

It doesn’t matter what the age, gender or region of the world—travellers say their biggest pet peeve when flying is the person sitting right behind them kicking their seat. This is one of the many findings of a new international survey on the global travel experience. The new study indicates that today’s travellers are highly sensitized to the need for careful …

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Sunshine Coast chuffed with 26.7% international visitor expenditure rise

International visitors to Sunshine Coast are not only staying longer, but spending considerably more, according to the latest International Visitor Survey (IVS). Figures show expenditure of $245.3 million for the year-to-the-end-of-June 2016, a rise of 26.7% compared to the year before. The record result was revealed this week in IVS figures produced by Tourism Research Australia. Key figures include (figures …

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You talking to me? Robert De Niro to oversee new hotel

London’s Westminster City Council has been talking to long-time Hollywood legend and budding hospitality impresario Robert De Niro, who welcomed the approval of his plans for a new luxury hotel in  Covent Garden. De Niro will be the joint owner of The Wellington Hotel, with initial planning approval rubber stamped for the creation of his impressive new 83-room luxury boutique …

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Here comes the sun: South Australians ready for take-off

The Sunshine Coast has started a major promotional campaign in South Australia in advance of the start of Jetstar’s direct service flights between Adelaide and Sunshine Coast Airport on 30 September. The campaign includes promotions in cinemas, shopping centres, petrol stations and local media, and should be well received after Adelaide residents experienced one of the wettest and coolest winters …

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Strong growth in international packages as visitors travel down under

Strong international demand for package bookings to Australia has been reported in the latest data from Expedia. The group’s data for the first half of 2016 highlights a 50% increase in international demand for Australian packages, compared with the same period in 2015. Interestingly, data from the same period also showed package guests stayed an average of nearly four days, …

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Olympic Games off to a flying start but will it promote tourism?

The much anticipated opening ceremony for Rio’s Olympic Games went off without a significant hitch, despite many prior concerns and warnings. Never before have we seen such negative media hype for a games, so much so that it fostered a growing sense of anxiety and anticipation. The organisers must have let out a collective sigh of relief as the torch …

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A record-breaking year for Sunshine Coast Airport

Sunshine Coast Airport has finished an incredible year of achievements on a high, once again breaking passenger number records and topping national growth charts. The 12 months from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 saw 964,362 passengers use Sunshine Coast Airport – a 13% increase year on year and the highest recorded passenger numbers for a 12-month period. The …

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