Category: Australian Cultural Exports

The Tourism News Australian Cultural Exports page aims to qualify that which we know to be of limitless value to Australian tourism: the Aussie attitude. The broad term ‘cultural exports’ refers to the tourism industry’s intangible assets, including the arts, sport and indigenous culture.


Albany Premier Hotel burnt down by licensee

Editorial

Another tourism operator has burnt down his own hotel in an apparent insurance job, but with a twist – he tried to stage a robbery excuse too, complete with fake CCTV footage. Licensee Graeme Cooper is alleged to have done extensive damage by arson to the historic Albany Premier Hotel in WA. Four other people – accomplices – were charged before Cooper was. Continue reading

Backpacker tax could lead to major IR reform

Editorial

Instead of charging backpackers 32.5% tax, the federal government now propose charging them 17.5% from the first dollar overall – and hitting their arse on the way out with a $5 departure tax. Nick Xenophon has proposed that Australia’s unemployed may be better suited to pick fruit – and being that Xenophon’s crossbenchers and Pauline Hanson’s quintessentially regional constituents will benefit, the major parties are pricking up their ears. Continue reading

Regional airports need red tape cut for tourism

Editorial

Entrepreneur and aviator Dick Smith has said that regional airports will continue to suffer unless red tape is cut allowing private jets and helicopters to more easily access the regions. Continue reading

Grey nomads turning ruined town into attraction

Editorial

Photo: Stonemason Ron Johnson works a wall of an historic building in Farina, South Australia.
Ever fantasised about restoring a historic building? Well a bunch of grey nomads are spending a season of labour every year on restoring the outback town of Farina, South Australia. About halfway between Port Augusta SA and Birsdville QLD, the town has long been abandoned – but a meagre bakery income, two stonemasons, some elbow grease and a plan have gotten Farina to a stage where a museum of artefacts could open next year. Continue reading

Ciobo – a minister with tourism credentials

Editorial

The new Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism is someone who actually knows about the big business of tourism – he’s been the federal member for the Gold Coast since 2001 and is trained in economics – meaning the $190 fee asian tourists pay on entry could be on the chopping block. Continue reading

Indigenous help with northern bleaching observations

Editorial

Photo: Mangrove bleaching. One of Australia’s most sparsely populated areas, the Gulf of Carpentaria, has indigenous rangers observing significant coral and mangrove death from ‘coral bleaching. Indigenous rangers are now working with scientists from multiple universities to make observations of coral bleaching across an extraordinarily-sized area. Continue reading

$190 fee to tourists must go: Osmond

Editorial

“If you want less of something, you tax it more” – Tourism and Transport Forum chief Margy Osmond quotes Malcolm Turnbull when she says that high tourist visa costs and Australia’s $55 ‘holiday tax’ hinders tourism industry growth. Continue reading

Disney supports reef in huge promotion

Editorial

One of the world’s biggest brands, Disney, is getting behind the Great Barrier Reef cause in their marketing of Finding Dory. Finding Dory promises to surpass Finding Nemo in the Top 10-grossing animated films of all time – and Disney have created entire education and collectable lines supporting the film. Continue reading

Reef recovery hinges on ‘rogue’ tourism operators?

Editorial

Tourism operators dependent on the Great Barrier Reef have signed an open letter citing the economic importance of the reef to business in Queensland. Many petitions and protests have drawn big crowds in the past few years, but the tourism operators’ petition was timed uniquely for the 2016 Australian federal election – and with the retraction of Clive Palmer, Queensland swing seats are vital to the upcoming federal election. Continue reading

20,000 indigenous artefacts found in central Sydney

Editorial

20,000 indigenous artefacts – including spearheads and cutting tools – have been found in the construction site of Sydney’s light rail. Continue reading

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