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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

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

Australian wine dominated by drug money

Editorial

Casella Wines own major export brand Yellow Tail. Marcello Casella (centre) is part of a large crime syndicate that produces, distributes and sells meth and cannabis around Australia – if not the world. Casella Wines absorbed the beloved Peter Lehmann Wines in December 2014. Yes this is sort of old news, in that Marcello Casella was busted last year, but when small Australian vineyards are pushed out of domestic and export consumption by big brands run by crime families – it’s a tourism issue. Continue reading

Hotel development regulation compared around Aus

Editorial

A report into Hotel Developments in Australia breaks down the complexity of hotel development in Australia, comparing CBD and regional conditions. The report, commissioned by AusTrade, makes 9 recommendations as to how developments could be untied. Continue reading

Tiger leaves town – and so do the backpackers

Editorial

For months, tourism operators have noticed a decline in business due to one airline – Tiger – ceasing flights to Alice Springs. Now an Alice Springs mainstay, Toddy’s backpackers, is closing its doors, and taking history with it – and flight prices are back up at near-Qantas prices. The real concern though, it Adam Giles’ casual management of all policies, much less the complex lobbying work of keeping airlines coming to the state. Continue reading

How planning battles cost the public

Editorial

The Tourism News gets a lot of questions about council planning processes. In this example, Hobart City Council has paid over $500,000 for a fairly obtuse walkway that won’t go ahead. After spending $188k in planning application and consultancy fees and $363k in court costs fighting the Battery Head residents, Hobart City Council’s General Manager is absconding from the actual costs to council. Continue reading

Who draws the line on trademark IP?

Editorial

Alison Peck, of Chocolate @ N°5 cafe in the Adelaide Hills is accusing Chanel Inc. of bullying after they called her out on using branding similar to Chanel’s famous Chanel N°5 perfume. Unfortunately for Peck, Chanel are right in this case – but Pernod Ricard, who called a winemaker out for branding a wine Dadd in a cheeky homage to the famous Mumm champagne – would not have won a copyright infringement case against the Dadd producer. So where do you draw the line? 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

Dispute over regional funding escalates in NSW

Editorial

A regional tourism organisation in NSW has gone head to head with the state tourism body after the parties have disagreed on the viability of regional tourism funding. Will Creedon of Tourism Hunter says a dollar for dollar spending model isn’t good enough – whilst Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase says it is. Continue reading

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