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Strength of dollar remains top priority for Australian tourism

Strength of dollar remains top priority for Australian tourism

The strength of the Australian dollar remains the top concern of Australia’s tourism operators, the latest edition of the TTF-MasterCard Tourism Industry Sentiment Survey has found. With the dollar averaging US103.9 cents during the quarter – making it more expensive for international visitors coming to Australia and cheaper for Australians to travel internationally - it’s no surprise the exchange rate remains the tourism industry’s number one concern.

Red Tape an issue in Australian Tourism development

Red Tape an issue in Australian Tourism development

The Realities of Remaining Competitive: speakers at the PATA Hub City Forum Sydney on 12 February addressed the issue of congestion at Sydney airport and the need for a new secondary airport to ease constraints. It was pointed out by aviation expert Peter Harbison that this issue was first raised by the government in January 1969 and was considered ‘urgent’ back then. As he quite rightly pointed out, “If it was ‘urgent’ then, the situation 44 years on is now ‘critical’.”

Tourism Australia to boost high-end travel options with Luxperience

Tourism Australia to boost high-end travel options with Luxperience

Tourism Australia has entered a wide-ranging agreement with Luxperience, the annual flagship travel trade event for luxury and experiential travel in the Australasia region. Within the agreement, Australia’s national tourism body will become a key supporter of Luxperience 2013 and will use it to promote unique travel experiences to a global market of buyers from the Americas, Asia, Middle East and Europe.

International arrivals to Australia in 2012 up 4.6% to 6.1m

International arrivals to Australia in 2012 up 4.6% to 6.1m

7 February 2013 Press Release Tourism News

Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said that to achieve 6.1m international arrivals and annual growth of 4.6% was a very creditable performance, against the backdrop of a fiercely competitive global tourism marketplace, a persistently high dollar and economic stagnation in a number of Australia’s key traditional source markets.

Daydream Island Resort & Spa up for sale

Daydream Island Resort & Spa up for sale

23 November 2012 Hotel News

Daydream Island Resort & Spa is on the market, with a targeted marketing campaign underway to secure a buyer for the popular Whitsundays getaway. Vaughan Bullivant, who has owned the Queensland resort since 2000, said the time was right to look at the next phase of ownership for the property.

Singapore Airlines deepens ties to Australia

Singapore Airlines deepens ties to Australia

Singapore Airlines has signed agreements with six tourism organisations in Australia in line with its ongoing efforts to promote tourism to the country. The agreements are for a period of between two and four years, with the total investment for the current financial year amounting to more than A$5 million.