Category: China

The Tourism News China page gives tourism-connected Australians the tools to understand Australia’s largest and fastest-growing source of tourism revenue – China.


$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

Bad layout blocks retailers from 250k festival-goers

Editorial

Image: Canberra retailer Mal Briggs’ comic book shop is blocked by tents for the entirety of the National Multicultural Festival. The Canberra festival lines up stall holders in front of existing shops, turning a 250,000-strong event into a loss for the usual shop-owners. Festival organisers, instead of conceding a new layout would be appropriate, says business owners need to compromise. Jane Easthope, chief executive of Canberra CBD Ltd, suggested to the ABC that the festival is not for shop-owners – which is funny because the group’s marketing company says the event is funded ‘out of a levy of property owners’. Continue reading

Australia Zoo needs strategy: TTN

Editorial

PHOTO: Australia Zoo founder and “Crocodile Hunter”, Steve Irwin, poses with his family. World-class exhibits attractions aren’t easily borne – and they’re not easy to maintain either. Years of bad management are coming to a head at Australia Zoo, with reports of unnecessary rare animal deaths, illegal administration of drugs in the adjoining zoos, and reported complacency from manager Terri Irwin. Continue reading

Chinese 3,500ft glass walkway breaks underfoot

Editorial

There’s no doubt that China wants Australian service industries – and it seems they need a public liability education too. A glass-bottomed mountain footbridge attraction breaks underfoot (at 3,500 ft)… and the authorities blame a tourist’s metal thermos for cracking the glass. Continue reading

Tourism employment up by 90,000 jobs

Editorial

It appears the sun is coming out for the tourism industry in a big way, best indicated by a phenomenal growth in jobs – accommodation and food services were up by 50,000 jobs in FY15/16, and recreation and arts added 40,000. With the Aussie dollar on its way back, economists are starting to see just how valuable the tourism industry is. Picture: Quicksilver Group, Queensland. Continue reading

NAWP to open up souvenir industries, too

Editorial

The Cairns Post is reporting that the Northern Australian White Paper includes measures that would override current regulation on souvenir manufacture. Cairns tourism operators who have sold things like kangaroo-paw back scratchers say tourists can’t get enough of biological products. Continue reading

NAWP potential: ‘The World’s Island Holiday’

Editorial

The government’s Northern Australia white paper approaches tourism in the same old way – if we build it, they will come. But what if we took what we know about tourists’ expectations, and took the 21st century’s largest market of new travellers, the Chinese – and took the infrastructure potential… and made Australia everything the modern tourist could want? What if we made Australia the ‘World’s Island Holiday’? Continue reading

FTA with China opens up air traffic and services

Editorial

Australia has signed a free trade agreement with China, in a landmark deal that the Financial Review says will increase ‘recreational and other’ services to North Asia by 14.7% by time it is fully implemented. Air transport is expected to increase by 11.3%. Whilst much of that air transport figure will be for freight, the FTA will open up demand and increase competition on routes in many areas of Australia. Continue reading

Chinese food operator burns under the spotlight

Editorial

A Chinese caterer in Hobart responsible for catering a visit by the Chinese president has been caught underpaying a worker. Whilst the operator may be just unscrupulous, the case highlights the difficulty operators have in fairly tracking up to five award wages at a time, including penalty rates and variances state to state. Many hospitality operations keep their heads down and out of major media to avoid scrutiny – but secrecy, silence and shame are the opposite of what is required for a thriving hospitality and tourism industry. Continue reading

Public land leases are a “community responsibility”

Editorial

The Tourism News is not usually in the business of republishing reviews. One restaurant review in the Weekend Australian hit a nerve though in a scathing recount of his experience at a waterfront institution. The concept is frequently missed in Australian food criticism and in our tourism industry: that if a restauranteur “has been leasing (a) prime bit of public land for a long time… (that’s) a responsibility to the community. ” Continue reading

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