Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tag Archives: Australia

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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Time to check your smoke alarms

In August 2016, the Queensland parliament passed new laws relating to smoke alarms. These laws will have an impact on community title schemes. The new laws specify that every Queensland residence will need to be fitted with photoelectric, interconnected smoke alarms in all bedrooms, as well as hallways. All lots in a community titles scheme built or significantly renovated will …

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How to kill a sale

I have often been involved in transactions where the seller gave the impression of making it difficult for the buyer to do perfectly reasonable investigations. In one recent matter, the buyer wanted 14 days to make a few reasonable checks on the business. The seller agreed, but would only allow a seven-day period for it all to happen. The buyer felt …

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Visit Sunshine Coast appoints new chair as tourism tops off record year

A new chair and new director have been appointed to the board of Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC), it was announced following the Annual General Meeting of the Queensland RTO. David Ryan had been elected as the new chair, replacing Grant Hunt, who stepped down following the completion of his three-year term. Mr Ryan is a Sunshine Coast resident who brings …

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Industry stars take out 2016 Tourism Awards

The achievements of the state’s tourism industry were celebrated during a special ceremony at Luna Park Sydney to mark the 2016 NSW Tourism Awards. Minister for trade, tourism and major events Stuart Ayres said the awards showcase the state’s finest tourism operators helping to drive unprecedented visitor numbers. “NSW’s continuing tourism success story is capturing international attention. Thanks to the …

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IHG signs Australia’s First Hotel Indigo in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley

InterContinental Hotels Group and Pointcorp, have signed a management agreement for a new build Hotel Indigo, to be located in Fortitude Valley. The 140-room hotel on 458 Brunswick Street is the first Hotel Indigo signing for Australia and New Zealand and is due to open in 2020. Hotel Indigo is IHG’s lifestyle boutique brand offering, from the building’s design to …

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ACCC takes action against Meriton over TripAdvisor review controversy

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Meriton Serviced Apartments. The ACCC has alleged that Meriton engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in connection with the posting of reviews of its properties on the TripAdvisor website. TripAdvisor offers a service called ‘Review Express’ where participating businesses provide TripAdvisor with email addresses of recent …

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An end to credit card charges?

Most of us have read something in the press recently about the crackdown by the RBA stopping retailers from passing on to consumers inflated credit card charges. The new rules started September 1, 2016. Not surprisingly, I have fielded many queries from resident managers telling me that their owners are demanding that they reduce, or simply not charge, the credit …

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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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