Australia

Aboriginal experiences

Monday, 17 September 2018 20:19

Aboriginal experiences have an increasing role to play in Australia’s luxury travel sector, delegates at Luxperience conference and exhibition in Sydney are hearing this week.

 

Kimberley, by land, sea and air

Friday, 14 September 2018 22:21

PONANT has released its Kimberley May to August 2020 series of 10- to 13-night voyages.

 

Discover across the ditch

Thursday, 13 September 2018 23:37

AAT Kings’ new 2019/2020 Australia brochure is out now.

 

Kiwis to SA on the up

Monday, 10 September 2018 23:06

Kiwi numbers to South Australia have hit a record with 43,000 visiting the state as at March 2018 year-end.

Potential to earn with activities

Monday, 10 September 2018 21:11

With Kiwis staying longer and spending more in South Australia, there are opportunities for agents to boost revenue with tour and activity bookings.

Opportunities for QLD cruisers

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 23:02

Providing one on one experiences and opportunities to meet real Queenslanders are among the priorities for Tourism and Events Queensland, delegates at the Cruise 360 – Cruise Destination Showcase heard late last week.

New hotel for ADL

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 01:01

Event Hospitality and Entertainment (EVENT) will open the new Atura Adelaide Airport next month.

QLD self drive launched

Monday, 20 August 2018 22:20

A self drive holiday programme being launched now to the New Zealand market gives agents a new way to sell a reef and outback holiday in Queensland.

Diversity celebrated at GTN conference on Gold Coast

Monday, 20 August 2018 20:42

Agent delegates and suppliers alike have lauded the second Global Travel Network Conference and say it lived up to its theme of Strength in Diversity.

GTN – who got the gongs?

Monday, 20 August 2018 20:23

GTN supplier awards were presented at the gala dinner during the GTN conference on the Gold Coast.

Tablelands tour

Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:39

Billy Tea Safaris has launched a Best of the Tablelands tour.

Bathurst with Sporting Tours

Monday, 13 August 2018 21:44

Sportings Tours has a Bathurst package for motorsport fans, for a weekend of Supercars action.

Uluru Astronomy Weekend soon

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:49

Clients can gain insight into the spectacular Australian outback sky at Ayers Rock Resort’s upcoming Uluru Astronomy Weekend on 14-16 September.

Surf school earns eco stamp

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:10

Lets Go Surfing has achieved Ecotourism Certification for its surf and stand up paddle (SUP) schools with Ecotourism Australia.

2019 Bledisloe Cup clash

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:21

The Bledisloe Cup will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth to an expected sell-out crowd on 10 August 2019.

Drinks credit on Sealink tour

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:31

Clients who book a two day Food, Wine & Natural Wonders of Kangaroo Island tour on selected August and September 2018 departures will receive a $50 voucher to spend at either Dudley Wines or Kangaroo Island Spirits.

IHG to manage Hayman Island

Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:41

IHG takes over management of Hayman Island in 2019, rebranding the Whitsundays resort as Hayman Island, by InterContinental.

Brisbane biking bonanza

Monday, 23 July 2018 21:50

Brisbane has secured a new world-class cycling festival commencing in 2019.

Walking the Murray

Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:57

A Walker’s World is promoting Murray River Magic – one of the Great Walks of Australia.

Trade boosts growth on Aussie rail trips

Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:23

Great Southern Rail’s The Ghan and Indian Pacific recorded more than 30% growth in Kiwi passenger numbers from July 2017 to June 2018 and GSR is giving trade partners much of the credit for the success.

Kiwis take to trolls on Gold Coast

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:16

Dreamworld on the Gold Coast reports an influx of New Zealand travellers these school holidays, as Kiwis are taking advantage of the great savings by booking through their local travel agents.

World Expeditions buys Blue Mountains operator

Monday, 16 July 2018 20:52

World Expeditions Travel Group has acquired a majority shareholding in the Blue Mountains Adventure Company, a well known operator of day adventure activities in the mountains.

Rail Plus incentives include Ghan famil

Monday, 16 July 2018 20:13

Rail Plus has launched the new booking season for Great Southern Rail with an incentive programme where agents can win prizes.

Ocean Rafting earns its wings

Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:47

Visitors to the Whitsundays have access to a new package, the ‘Fly and Raft’.

Festival rides into Brisbane

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:36

The new Brisbane Cycling Festival is designed to entice visitors from around Australia and overseas, giving cycling enthusiasts the chance to take part in events, from 26 March to 14 April 2019.

Emporium Hotel's MICE offerings

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:11

Emporium Hotel South Bank is set to reveal its series of new event spaces, which will position the hotel as a meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destination of choice.

FC team leaders take on SA

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:44

Flight Centre’s annual Team Leader Conference recently converged on Adelaide showcasing the region’s food and wine to 240 team leaders from around New Zealand.

‘Nanogirl’ at Convene Q

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:38

Convene Queensland has announced that Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) will be the headline speaker at Convene Q (Convene Queensland) on Tuesday 24 July at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Whitsundays funding boost

Monday, 18 June 2018 23:58

Tourism in the Whitsunday Region has received a further boost with Whitsunday Regional Council boosting its investment in the tourism body to A$600,000.

 

Council handed down their 2018/19 budget on Monday and has increased its funding by $150,000 to support the regional tourism organisation’s marketing activities over the next financial year. Tourism Whitsundays general manager, Tash Wheeler, says the commitment from the Whitsunday Regional Council will help deliver increased marketing initiatives across the whole region.

Winter warmers in High Country

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 01:41

Victoria’s High Country is promoting various gastronomic tourism opportunities this winter. On and off-mountain, the region’s locally grown produce, wine, craft beer and spirits are on the menu at Chef’s Hatted restaurants like The Provenance in Beechworth and The Terrace at All Saints.

 

Clients can also visit the High Country’s gastropubs like The Empire in Beechworth; in bright funky eateries like Tomahawks or gin distillery door Reed & Co. Visitors can hit the High Country Brewery Trail to sample dark winter ales at a range of craft breweries like the new King River Brewing, or explore the region’s many inviting cellar doors offering internationally awarded fortifieds and other delicious drops to ward off the winter chill. victoriashighcountry.com.au

Transformed silos make new Launceston hotel

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:05

Launceston’s new Peppers Silo Hotel has opened. Originally erected in 1960, the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades until two years ago when construction began to transform the silo barrels into a contemporary hotel.

Traditional owner appointed Tjapukai GM

Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:59

A female traditional owner will be at the helm of one of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal tourism businesses following the appointment of Djabugay descendant Shirley Hollingsworth as Tjapukai general manager. Tjapukai board chair Michael Nemarich congratulated Ms Hollingsworth on becoming the first Djabugay person to be appointed to the Tropical North Queensland cultural park’s most senior role.

Convene Q calls corporate agents

Thursday, 17 May 2018 22:49

Corporate travel agents based in New Zealand and Australia (outside Brisbane) are able to apply now for hosted buyer status at Convene Queensland (Convene Q).

Queensland – Kiwi agents hear the latest

Monday, 07 May 2018 23:23

Agents who attended the Queensland on Tour event at Villa Maria Winery, Auckland late last week have come away with plenty of new ideas on how to sell the state. From brand new apartments in the form of The Ruby Collection at Surfer’s Paradise, to the Trolls Village opening at Dreamworld in June, refurbishments at Cairns Colonial Resort and sister property Palm Royale, and a splash of reptile colour at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures there was plenty to be updated on.

It's not just cricket

Monday, 23 April 2018 22:54

The presence of SCG Behind the Scenes Tours at the Australian Tourism Exchange for the rst time signals the eorts of a long established product to get more trade friendly.

Louise Richmond, marketing consultant – tours and museum, at SCG says the tours cover both the Sydney Cricket Ground and the adjacent Allianz Stadium.

2019 Bledisloe Cup clash

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:21

The Bledisloe Cup will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth to an expected sell-out crowd on 10 August 2019.

New experience collectives: more to sell in Aussie

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 02:05

The growing demand for experiences by travellers has led Australia to consider two more Signature Experience collections for trade to sell, the country’s annual tourism showcase heard yesterday.

John O’Sullivan, head of Tourism Australia, says the country has noticed a trend towards shorter stay, but with more packed into them and an increased need for authenticity.

Melbourne scores Real Madrid

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 22:44

Visit Victoria has partnered with TEG and iEC Exhibitions! to secure the world premiere of the Real Madrid World of Football Exhibition for Melbourne.

This June, Melbourne will be the rst city in the world to experience the new touring football experience and exhibition Real Madrid.

Living like a local

Monday, 26 March 2018 21:17

This year’s Gold Coast Mega Famil saw a Kiwi travel trade group of 27 discovering local product and spots like the hinterland that they didn’t even know existed.

‘I was expecting surf culture, gym junkies, health drink shops and the beach. But it’s so much more than that. The hinterland is a huge aspect that isn’t really considered, especially when people are booking their trips, they

Gold Coast street food

Monday, 19 March 2018 22:13

Miami Marketta was part of a Gold Coast contingent visiting Auckland corporate agents last week.

Located in the Miami industrial estate, Miami Marketta is one block from the beach and eight minutes from Broadbeach.

Education on the water

Thursday, 01 March 2018 05:30

Sub Sea Explorer has started operating 60 minute educational tours at Rottnest Island.

Dreamworld's flying theatre

Monday, 19 February 2018 21:33

Dreamworld will be home to the Southern Hemisphere’s first flying theatre in a partnership between parent company Ardent Leisure and simulation company, Brogent Technologies Inc.

The Gold Coast theme park is set to launch an Australian-themed i-Ride flying theatre in late 2018.

Veriu branches out

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:51

Already established in Sydney, Veriu is expanding interstate with the acquisition of 13 hotels under the Punthill Apartment Hotel brand.

The hotels will join the group this month and continue to operate under the Punthill brand.

It's a vibe

Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:56

Vibe Hotel Gold Coast will unveil a multi-million dollar refurbishment in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

All of the hotel’s 199 spacious rooms have a contemporary new design that embraces the elements of the hotel’s surroundings.

Groundwater Country fest

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:42

Groundwater Country Festival, formerly known as Broadbeach Country Music Festival, has released its first line-up announcement for 2018.

Stay at Mandoon Estate

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:52

Located around 25 minutes from Perth city lies Mandoon Estate, one of Perth’s wineries in the Swan Valley that’s just launched its new accommodation offering.

The Colony is a 32-room-and-suite property, all with alfresco areas looking out to the Swan River on one side, and the historic Verdelho vines on the other.

Events galore in WA

Monday, 22 January 2018 22:47

Western Australia has released its jampacked events calendar for 2018.

Tourism Western Australia supports a range of events across the state through three key funding pools – Major Events Funding, the Regional Events Programme and the Regional Events Scheme.

Clippers arrive in Whitsundays

Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:21

The first of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet arrived in the Whitsundays on Tuesday.

Skippered by 24-year-old Brit Nikki Henderson, Visit Seattle crossed the finish line off the coast of Airlie Beach at 15:05:36 local time, completing the 1,600 nautical mile sprint from Hobart to the Whitsundays in 11 days.

TNQ's tourism renaissance

Monday, 18 December 2017 20:46

In 2018, Tropical North Queensland is reinventing itself with new offerings and a revamp of some current experiences.

There will be innovative new Great Barrier Reef products, tours to connect with Aboriginal culture, adrenalin-packed sporting events and also a waterfront brewery.

Visitors can learn to dive on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef at the Quicksilver Port Douglas Dive Centre that opens in July 2018.

QLD shows growth

Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:42

Giving New Zealanders more reasons to return to Queensland has paid off for the state, with the destination recording good growth despite competition from all quarters.

International director New Zealand for Tourism and Events Queensland, Sally Holyer, says the total visitors to the state from New Zealand have risen by 4.5% but holiday visitors have shown a 7.1% increase.

She describes Brisbane as a ‘star player’, with a 25% increase.

Whitsundays' Carnival

Monday, 11 December 2017 20:48

The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival has announced entertainment for two of the signature events, Busby Marou and Troy Kemp Band.
The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival (January 13-29, 2018) is two weeks celebrating the arrival of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet.

The Whitsundays will be the last stop of the Australian leg of the race and all eyes will be on the region as the Clipper crews, their families and friends take a well-earned break at the halfway point of their adventure.

Mandela in Melbourne

Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:36

An exhibition on the life of Nelson Mandela is heading to Melbourne in September 2018.

Produced in collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa, this new touring exhibit will commemorate the 100th anniversary year of Mandela’s birth and be housed at Melbourne Museum.

See a Sawfish

Monday, 04 December 2017 22:51

Cairns Aquarium has introduced two critically endangered Sawfish to its 300,000 litre River Monsters exhibit.
The male and female freshwater Sawfish arrived at Cairns Aquarium several weeks ago and while in quarantine the Sawfish were closely monitored and trained to target feed.  

Whitsundays on show

Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:13

The fourth annual Whitsundays Tourism Exchange (WTE) wrapped up last week, and according to operators and agents it was a success.

Held at the Palm House, around 36 Whitsunday tourism operators had the opportunity to present to more than 20 Australian product managers from major tourism wholesalers, inbound tour operators and online travel agents.

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