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.
23 years after its release, the Australian movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is still providing much-needed tourism income to the outback town. A less-expected benefit: a wider understanding and appreciation of gay culture among trainloads of older visitors. Continue reading
Silo art is becoming a huge attraction in outback towns. One artist has reported seeing 50 campers a day approach him as he finished his silo art over three weeks. One significant learning came from the Brim, Victoria experience though – tourists want details; names, histories, and stories are what complete the attraction. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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