The Australian state of Queensland has sold a 99-year lease on the Port of Brisbane to a consortium including the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. In addition the buyer, Q Port Holdings, will take responsibility for future upgrades of section three of the Port of Brisbane Motorway, at an estimated cost of $200 million.
The joint partnership between the Korean private sector and Australian company EarthCheck came to fruition after Coex – South Korea’s top convention and exhibition centre and the venue for the G20 Seoul Summit – had successfully benchmarked with EarthCheck.
Tourism New South Wales has launched a new advertising campaign designed to encourage holidaymakers to dig beneath the surface of state capital Sydney. Entitled ‘Sydnicity’, the campaign seeks to illustrate what the city has to offer, beyond the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
“There’s nothing like sharing a few drinks with friends overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour.”
The Australian hotel industry has rebounded strongly from the global financial crisis having recorded one of the highest percentages of occupancy globally and one of the largest percentage increases in revenue per available room (revPAR) for the year to May 2010, according to Deloitte.
Following the success of their “best job in the world” campaign, Australian tourism officials have launched a new initiative to lure bored Brits Down Under for the ultimate working holiday. Jobs on offer include beer tasting, tagging sharks and catching koalas.
Plans to build another 300 km rail link to serve the Pilbara iron ore mining region in Western Australia were approved by the state government on June 24.
Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has outlined plans to invest some $30 million in selling Australia as a tourism destination to Chinese travellers. The move is part of a $10 billion trade agreement between the two states and follows a visit by Chinese vice-president Xi Jinpeng to Australia over the weekend.
Tourism Australia has launched the new Oz Planner iPhone application, offering assistance to holidaymakers planning their trips down under. The app will offer a mobile alternative to the well-established planning tool Walkabout Planner, presenting detailed information on local tour providers, accommodation and car hire.
A cyclone off the Australian coast has seen tourists evacuated from the Great Barrier Reef. Holiday resorts on Heron Island and Lady Elliott Island have been emptied ahead of the storm, which is expected to make landfall over the weekend.
The latest set of visitor figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that, despite the global financial crisis, 564,000 Brits arrived in Australia in the eleven months to November 2009*.