Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Tourism

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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AAoA says accom industry will benefit from infrastructure funding

The accommodation industry is set to benefit from the Federal Budget’s significant investment in infrastructure, according to the Accommodation Association of Australia. The association said Sydney and New South Wales, together with regional Queensland, are among the areas that stand to gain the most. Projects that were awarded funding include projects of investment in new infrastructure and upgrades of existing infrastructure, …

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Melbourne hotels: occupancy increase, RevPAR decline

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New research released by STR analysts has found that Melbourne’s hotel market reported negative performance results when it comes to RevPAR, but increases in occupancy, according to preliminary April 2017 data. Occupancy decreased 2.6% to 80.9%, ADR increased just 0.6% to 176.23 Australian dollars ($129.90) and RevPAR dropped 2% to AU$142.51 ($105.05). According to the research, April was the second …

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Tripadvisor reviews reach half a billion – and counting

TripAdvisor this week announced that it now has more than 500 million reviews and opinions on its website, and receives 290 pieces of user-generated content every minute of every day. And coming out on top of the list in Australia for number of reviews, is a hotel in Sydney. The Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney has received more than 7,500 traveller …

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Visit Sunshine Coast partners with Wotif for winter marketing

Visit Sunshine Coast has launched a new version of its popular destination marketing campaign, Come to Life, with major discounts on accommodation, attractions and tours to attract visitors to the region over the winter period. Targeting southern states, the Come to Life ‘2.0’ brand campaign includes television commercials, still photography, print and a major online campaign through Wotif. Bookings need to be …

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Study reveals the most Instagrammed locations around the world

Sydney Opera House has come in at number 41 and Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island has ranked at Number 39 in a new study on the Most Instagrammed Tourist Attractions in the world. The study, by TravelBird ranked 470 attractions in countries around the world based on the number of hashtags on the social media platform. With …

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Invictus expected to hit Sydney room occupancy

Room occupancy in Sydney can expect a hit next year when the 4th Annual Invictus Games comes to town from October 18-29, 2018. To help prepare you for the influx of patrons, here are some key facts about the games you might not have known. HRH Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry) is the Patron and Founder of the Invictus Games, …

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Qantas named ‘most attractive employer’ in Australia

Qantas has been awarded Australia’s top employer in the Randstad Awards and aviation taking out the most attractive sector for the fourth year in a row. Qantas beat the VIC Government and the ABC to second and third spots respectively, with aviation being named the top sector thanks to financial stability, reputation and travel opportunities. Australians rewarded Qantas for innovation with …

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Two Canberra hotels take home national property awards

In a boost for Canberra’s already thriving tourism industry, two hotels – Little National Hotel and the Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport – took home national awards at the 2017 Property Council of Australia/Rider LevettBucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney. Little National Hotel, owned and nominated by Doma Group, was presented with the KONE Award for Development Innovation, after last month winning …

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Vivid Sydney’s lights heat up hoteliers’ winter nights

Last-minute demands for Sydney hotels will likely spike in coming weeks, with the ‘high voltage’ of arrivals in town for Vivid Sydney Festival. Expedia group data has revealed nearly 80% of stays were booked during the festival or within one month of the opening night in 2016, boosting occupancy and higher room rates during the traditionally quieter months, and visitor …

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