Tourism Australia announced a partnership with Singapore Airlines this week at World Travel Market, confirming the carrier will be the official European airline partner for Corroboree West, a six day training and mega familiarisation event for qualified Aussie Specialists which will take place on the Gold Coast in October 2017. Over 300 frontline travel sellers from the USA, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Germany, France and Italy will have the opportunity to attend Corroboree West, with the European agents flying down to Australia in comfort and style with award winning Singapore Airlines.
Tourism Australia has launched its latest campaign, which is focused on highlighting the country’s world-class aquatic and coastal experiences, in a bid to lure more international visitors to Australia. The new creative, the latest instalment in Tourism Australia’s global ‘There’s Nothing like Australia’ campaign, was officially unveiled at an event in New York on Australia Day eve attended by Australia’s minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop.
Tourism Australia and the Expedia group have signed a multi-million dollar three-year marketing partnership aimed at developing campaigns and content to increase international travel to Australia. The three year memorandum of understanding represents the first formal agreement which Tourism Australia has entered into with a global online travel agency.
Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have deepened their strategic marketing partnership with a significant increase in joint funding for the promotion of tourism to Australia in overseas markets. Under the new arrangements, Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways will quadruple their spend in the 2014/15 season for what will become their strongest ever push to promote Australia to international leisure and business travellers.
The latest set of figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that arrivals from the UK were up 6.8% in 2013 compared to 2012. Tourism Australia (TA) has pledged to build on this success in 2014 with a focus on promoting the destination as an achievable holiday in as little as two weeks.
Tourism Australia has announced the appointment of John O’Sullivan as its new managing director, following the departure of Andrew McEvoy to take up a new position at Fairfax. O’Sullivan joins Tourism Australia from Fox Sports where he is currently employed as chief operating officer.
Tourism Australia is attributing the 4.5 per cent increase in the overall number of visitors arriving from the UK for the year ending November 2013 to a range of factors including the British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia and the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series. Global campaigns such as ‘The Best Jobs in the World’ to promote Australia to travellers aged 18-30 have also increased visitation.
Tourism Australia has announced the appointment of Denise von Wald to the role of Regional General Manager United Kingdom (UK) & Northern Europe.
Today, the 18 finalists for Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ – three for each of the six dream jobs – were announced, including five applicants in the U.S., who will travel Down Under next month to undergo the final stage of the global competition.
For the first time, Tourism Australia, Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways have partnered on a national advertising campaign inviting British holidaymakers to travel on the Etihad Skypass. The £870,000 campaign, which runs UK-wide throughout May, uses Tourism Australia’s ‘There’s nothing like Australia’ global creative and includes multi-channel TV and online advertising, directing consumers to find out more on the official website.