Category: Food

The Tourism News Food page publishes a wide range of stories that affect he supply of food to tourists, the reputation marketing of Australian food products, and the effect that this reputation has on subsets of the Australian tourism industry.


Penalty rate cuts for Arts+Rec, not F&B

Editorial

Tourism groups have largely welcomed the Productivity Commission’s 23rd Feb 2017 cut to Sunday penalty rates, but restaurant and cafe operators have been left at square one – there is no cut to penalty rates in restaurants and cafes, or in clubs. More details – and an explainer – here. Continue reading

Veganism is getting the crowds in

Editorial

Veganism is often considered a hippy pursuit. But the results are in – visitors, especially city people visiting regional towns – love options, and Castlemaine in Victoria is attracting crowds based on its animal-friendly practises. Nikki Medwell, pictured above, is able to run an animal shelter on the funds raised by her vegan B&B. Continue reading

Shine taken out of Crown Lands in collapse

Editorial

Ratchet straps were all that was holding an overwater restaurant in place on NSW’ Lake Macquarie, despite the venue being inspected by NSW Department of Crown Lands being done in early December 2015, and the department noting urgent repair requirements. The leaseholder from Crown Lands had been withholding rent to the department to compensate for money his company had been forced to spend on pier repairs. 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

Canberra bans age-inappropriate ads from buses

Editorial

The ACT has banned gambling, alcohol and junk food ads from certain buses in the territory, buses that are particularly used by school children. The move is a precedent for other advertisements displayed on school-heavy bus routes being banned across the country. Continue reading

Penalty rate change coming from the top

Editorial

After years of umming and ahhing on penalty rates, the Federal government have put the issue of penalty rates back on the table. Whilst unions are of course against any retraction of rates, the Productivity Commission pooh-poohed evidence presented by the Australian Hotels Association as lacking substance. Continue reading

Has the mafia stitched up your industry?

Editorial

If something has smelled funny in your industry for a whilst, you’re not alone. A Fairfax Media and Four Corners investigation has revealed just how far the Italian mafia’s reach goes in Australia with tourism and hospitality businesses at the fore. The famous Sydney Fish Markets are stitched up, drugs are being run from northern NSW to The Melbourne Fruit & Vegetable Market and to markets at Belconnen in Canberra, a major winery is owned by a mafia boss and – somewhat less surprisingly – nightclubs and casinos are involved. 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

Explosion clears North Queensland cafe

Editorial

It’s a miracle no-one died when a car left the road, hit a gas heater and caused an explosion at the Serves You Right Cafe in Ravenshoe, North Queensland. Many diners had just finished a fire safety course and were dining with their trainers when a witness saw a car rev up on the opposite side of the road then plough into the popular cafe. 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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