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Palazzo Versace MICE Business Soars


Palazzo Versace Gold Coast continues to see a strong rise in meetings, incentives, conferences and events following the introduction of creative new meeting spaces; a talented MICE focused sales team; inspiring event accessories which can be added-on to event packages; and a popular business is back in black… gold… turquoise bookers incentive.

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AAAT and TXA Announce Alliance


AAA Tourism and Tourism Exchange Australia have announced a strategic partnership to increase the availability of live real-time Australian tourism product across their combined distribution networks.

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ILC Structures For New Era


A new senior management team has been established for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia drawing on years of international hospitality management experience.

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Holiday Hoarding a Disgrace – Ferguson


The amount of leave owed to Australian workers was “a disgrace” according to federal tourism minister Martin Ferguson. Speaking at the Australia-China Tourism Summit in Cairns, Mr Ferguson complained many young Australians were hoarding leave to take extended holidays overseas. Combined with the effect of the strong Australian dollar, this was harming the domestic tourism market.

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Multi-Language Feature


Leading online accommodation distributor, SiteMinder, has added multi-lingual functionality to its direct, commission- free booking engine product, ‘TheBookingButton’, to help its hotel clients reach new international markets.

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Tony Abbott Dumps Ciobo, Ferguson Is Back


In a baffling decision, opposition leader Tony Abbott dumped popular Gold Coast MP Steve Ciobo as shadow tourism spokesperson, replacing him with little-known Bob Baldwin from the seat of Patterson, north of Newcastle.

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Thai Company Bids for Oaks Group


The embattled Sunshine Coast company Oaks Hotels and Resorts has been thrown a lifeline by Bangkok-based Minor International Plc. Hospitality firm, Minor, which owns 50% of The Coffee Club, has a portfolio of 33 hotels in eight countries under the Anantara, Marriott, Four Seasons, St Regis, Elewana and Minor International brands.

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Fuel Costs Push Year’s Fifth Fare Hike


Qantas is raising its fuel surcharge – for the fifth time this year in response to skyrocketing fuel prices. The fuel surcharge on a round trip to the UK and Europe on Qantas will hit almost $600 per person from next week after another round of crippling increases.

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