Etihad Airways has put the State of Queensland within easier reach of more international visitors and will give Queenslanders more convenient access to its extensive global network following the launch today of daily non-stop flights between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi. The new non-stop flights are operated by Etihad Airways’ brand new three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which features the airline’s ground-breaking next generation First Suite, Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat.
Emirates has expanded the network of destinations served by its highly-popular A380 aircraft with the launch of the first A380 service into Perth, Australia. Perth is the fourth Australian city to welcome a regular Emirates Airbus A380 service, with the revolutionary double-decker aircraft set to transport up to 982 passengers in-bound and outbound daily between Perth and Emirates’ hub, Dubai.
Australia’s Great Beach Drive has been launched to provide over 200 kilometres of spectacular beach driving, capturing the dramatic coastline, scenery and wildlife along Queensland’s Sunshine and Fraser coasts. The touring route is steeped in culture and etched in Australian history. The full journey covers two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, a Wold Heritage-listed Marine Park and the largest sand island in the world.
A tribal Christmas in Papua New Guinea and rocking music-themed short breaks are among the highlights of P&O Cruises’ new five-ship program which offers Australian holidaymakers the largest range of cruise itineraries and destinations in the region. With 191 departures and 38 unique itineraries being offered across the cruise line’s five-ship fleet between October 2016 and July 2017, the program continues P&O Cruises’ evolution of modern Australian cruising.
Eighteen thousand people streamed through the doors of the Adelaide Convention Centre over four days to attend free and ticketed events marking the official opening of the centre’s new West Building. The program was designed to showcase the building’s versatility with events including public expos, business forums, concerts, art exhibitions, gala dinners and even a world record attempt.
Adelaide, South Australia will host Australia’s top trade event in December 2015. Called Dreamtime, the Tourism Australia MICE conference brings more than 100 of the world’s top level travel buyers, including agents, incentives houses and companies that book incentive programs and events, to Australia for a five-day experience. The first two days are spent touring the host city and meeting with local tourism and business event operators.
The 75th Hahnenkamm Races will be officially opened today in the Legendenpark, Kitzbühel, Austria. Young athletes from the 13 teams competing in the Juniors Race will be given a worthy welcome in the form of an official procession with all participating nations.
Australia welcomed 6.7 million visitors in the 12 month period ending August 2014, an increase of 8.2 per cent when compared to the same period the previous year. Of the total, 666,900 visitors arrived from the UK representing a 5.7 per cent increase on the previous 12 months.
At a forum focussed on the unprecedented rejuvenation of Sydney’s western harbour earlier, private and public sector representatives discussed how best to promote an emerging super precinct, within the heart of which sits International Convention Centre Sydney. Chief executive of ICC Sydney and AEG Ogden Group conventions director Geoff Donaghy said although the international convention centre was set within its own dynamic precinct of Darling Harbour, the destination was further bolstered by the growth of neighbouring finance, technology, media and student hubs.
Sunshine Coast Destination and Fraser Coast Opportunities continue to join forces and will expand their marketing push of Australia’s Nature Coast into the UK, a key international market for both regions. Just over 12 months old, the ANC initiative is designed to showcase the environmental assets of the neighbouring regions, in order to increase international appeal.
The Australia government has announced it is looking to recruit more than 190,000 migrants in the next 12 months. Paul Arthur, director, London-based migration specialists the Emigration Group said: “Australia’s economy is booming and they need the skilled workers from the UK and Europe to emigrate, to fill thousands of job vacancies.”
Investment in Australian tourism infrastructure demonstrates strong growth according to a new report from Tourism Research Australia (TRA). The TRA 2013 Tourism Investment Monitor, released today, confirms the Australian tourism investment pipeline is estimated at $44.1 billion in 2012, up 22 per cent on 2011.