Thursday, February 22, 2018


China – Good and Bad News


There was a sharp 24% climb in the number of Chinese visitors to Australia last year, when just under half a million tourists arrived from the Asian superpower. That number is expected to increase 20% this year, according to Tourism Australia.

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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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