Saturday, October 20, 2018

Tourism

Police warn guests about accommodation website scam

Friday afternoon, the Queensland police released an online warning for consumers accessing accom provider websites in the lead up to the festive season. “The new scam occurs when consumers submit email inquiries in relation to securing accommodation over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period,” read the warning. “Scammers ask the consumer to pay a deposit directly into a bank …

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Global hotel chains score well on LGBT equality index

Marriott and IHG, in particular, received high scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national US benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. IHG, for the third consecutive year, and Marriott, for the fourth consecutive year, were …

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Australian locals, great food, a comfy bed and wifi: how and where to have the happiest holiday

Now, global research commissioned by Booking.com, has revealed the magic ingredients to ensure holiday daydreams don’t become a holiday let-down. For many people, going on holiday is a highly anticipated moment, sometimes for months or even years, starting from research through to booking, looking at destination pictures and planning what to do during their stay. Regardless of how far in …

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10 million visitors expected to head to Sydney this summer

This Summer, more than 10 million overnight and day trip visitors are expected to visit Sydney to make the most of the warm weather, world famous beaches, globally recognised icons, first class dining scene and calendar of events. Over the six-month period of October – March Sydney will receive 18 million visitors, with 10 million of these expected to visit …

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Aussie holiday-goers warned: beware of ‘Christmas tax’

Gold Coast accommodation prices increase the most as holiday-makers could be paying up to 103% more to travel over the Christmas holiday season, according to a new analysis by comparison website finder.com.au. The site examined the top 10 international destinations for Australian travellers, as well as a domestic favourite, the Gold Coast, and took into account the cost of travel – including hotels, …

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‘Room boom’ set to change face of Australian hotel sector

A hotel building boom is set to change the face of Australia’s hotel industry, with some 120 hotel projects in the pipeline, which will grow the accommodation stock by 30% between 2016 and 2021. This year saw Australia pass the 100,000 room mark and it is forecast that over 4000 rooms will be added in 2017, and 5000 rooms in …

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Time for hotels to get innovative if they want guests to “stop clicking around”

The decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to enshrine rate parity between hotels and Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) has created a new impetus for the hotel sector to reclaim their guests through innovative marketing strategies. The agreement – which was signed off in early September – allows hotels to offer lower rates than they provide OTAs for …

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Fair Trading Contact Centre prepares for strata law reform

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe has reminded owners, tenants, strata and property managers that new strata laws will come into effect Wednesday, 30 November 2016. “We’re less than one week out from a significant update to the existing strata laws. These changes will improve strata living for over two million people who own, live or manage strata schemes across …

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Trending domestic destinations for Australian travellers

Booking.com dug into its internal data to find the trending destinations for 2017. What holiday scenario could beat having a beach paradise all to yourself, or a never-ending blanket of snow with not a soul in sight? Most of us ache for the chance to cross unchartered tourist territory. And as the new year dawns, our desire to discover and …

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QLD: Port Douglas and Airlie Beach among most charming beach towns in Australia

Port Douglas and Airlie Beach have both been voted among the most charming beach resorts in Australia in a survey conducted by Travelmag.com. The online travel magazine invited more than 50 travel writers, photographers and selected professionals to name the three resorts that they consider the most appealing. All of the votes were then counted to produce the final ten. …

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