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Hotel development regulation compared around Aus

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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

Everyone but industry wins in high-roller deals

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MONA’s David Walsh, famed for making money of pokies but then using his powers for good to create arguably Australia’s best art facility, applied for a gambling licence then withdrew it. No big deal, right? Except that just the review of the licence cost the taxpayers of Tasmania $125,000, somehow pocketed by Sydney auditing firm Deloitte. Walsh demonstrates a thorough understanding of the effects of gambling on society, and MONA’s contribution to the Tasmanian/Australian art scene is unquestionable – but the government doesn’t appear accountable for the peripheral costs incurred. Continue reading

Tourism now governed by retailer and forester

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The foxes are now officially in charge of the hen house, with a Tasmanian forester appointed the federal Minister for Tourism and the former head of a retail industry group now the chief executive of the Tourism and Transport Forum. Forestry and major retail like Westfield are the two biggest natural enemies of tourism. Continue reading

The Über Argument that just won’t quit

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Shadow Assistant Treasurer (at 27 Jan 2015) Andrew Leigh is arguing that Australia can tax unregulated AirBnB and Uber users – the City of Portland has come to an agreement with AirBnB to report users. What Leigh neglected to mention is that Australian prices are inflated by the current regulation – regulation that is vehemently defended in state political ranks by taxi and hotel lobbies. Portlandians pay $100 to get their taxi on the road – an Australian licence is $300,000. That is not a typo. Continue reading

“CHAFTA”: The basics of free trade with China

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The services industry, which includes hospitality and tourism, has been named the biggest winner in the historic Free Trade Agreement signed between China and Australia on 17th November 2014. PHOTO: Chinese President Xi XingPing seals the deal with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott; Trade Minister (and effective minister for international tourism) Andrew Robb is to the right. Continue reading

Brisbane’s time to shine internationally

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The G20, hosted in 2014 by Brisbane, is second only to the Olympics in international media coverage. In an ABC interview on 10th November 2014, Steve Austin asks the Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive officer Daniel Gschwind how the tourism industry will know if tourism authorities have maximised the marketing potential of the event. Continue reading

Deloitte names tourism a top growth sector

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Deloitte Access Economics has identified tourism as one of its ‘Fantastic Five’ growth sectors. This comes shortly after the ABS data revealing that 75% of Australian internet users have bought products online, with the most popular types of purchases being travel, accommodation, and tickets. Continue reading

Channel 9, SCG drop the ball on baseball opportunity

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Photo: American sport broadcaster ESPN was keen to promote the Australian game. AUSTRALIA has forlornly hosted a gestured ‘season opener’ of the American Major League Baseball a week before American TV’s big baseball ‘Opening Day/ Opening Night’ schedule. Players had to walk a ‘half-mile’ after their bus broke down, and the SCG did not take the huge media opportunity to distribute photos of Adam Goodes throwing the first pitch. Continue reading

Heysen Trail advocate Richard Trembath

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Richard Trembath is the President of the Friends of The Heysen Trail, a not-for-profit association that works in the interests of South Australia’s 1200- km long Heysen Trail. In this podcast, Richard Trembath talks about the need for small tourism operators to identify where they want themselves to be positioned – in their personal lives and in the tourism industry. Some of the research papers Richard has been involved in are also available here. Continue reading

Will water win over Sydney’s west?

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The owners of Wet n’ Wild Sydney – Village Roadshow Theme Parks – are much more experienced than the motley crew that brought Wonderland to its knees. But Western Sydney is not the Gold Coast, so how will Wet & Wild turn Western Sydney into a must-see destination? Continue reading

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