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Kangaroo tourism – dangerous and unregulated

Editorial

PHOTO: Experts say the kangaroos have lost their fear of people and have grown hungrier for the food being given to them.(Supplied: Shane Lewis)
International visitors are shuttled to the grounds of Morisset Hospital in NSW – but the kangaroos gathered there have become so violent and ravenous for relatively sugar-rich carrots fed to them by tourists that the roos are causing serious injury. State agencies have been called upon to regulate the area – but there is no evidence Continue reading

Airport fees keep airfares high: ACCC

Editorial

The ACCC has said consumers are continuing to endure high airline ticket prices because of monopoly airport fees being passed on by airlines. The Tourism News is calling for submissions from tourism operators on the effect high airfare prices have on Australian tourism. Continue reading

Flight Centre’s price beat: so good it’s illegal

Editorial

Flight Centre have been fined AUD$12.5m for trying to induce Singapore, Malaysia and Emirates airlines to increase their own fares so that Flight Centre could always ‘price beat’ them. Gluttons for punishment, Flight Centre didn’t take the lower, initial fine – they kept fighting in court for 6 years. The ACCC are regretful that the $12.5m fine is still generally a ‘cost of doing business’ for a company doing $2.6b in annual revenue. Continue reading

Budget 2017: What the tourism industry gets

Editorial

Picture: Treasurer Scott Morrison. The $20k asset write-off has been extended for another year, and real wage growth is on track. Tourism News readers are enouraged to contact their local federal member to ask that the planned inland rail between Melbourne and Brisbane be expanded to include passengers, not just freight. Read more of our Tourism Industry 2017 Federal Budget Breakdown here. Continue reading

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

Dreamworld owners avoid tax and culpability

Editorial

Photo: The scene at Dreamworld, Queensland, that left four people dead in October 2016. The park refused to provide evidence of any safety assurance systems to inspectors in 2012.
It’s a game of cops and robbers as profit-driven businesses dodge purportedly stringent safety standards and executive bonuses discourage safety reporting, writes Veronica Hope. Continue reading

Brain-eating virus causes lake closure; thanks AGL

Editorial

Photo and caption from Photo from Central Coast Fly Rodders’ Club. A major tourism lake in NSW’ famous Hunter Valley has been poisoned, resulting in the closure of the lake. Gas corporation AGL, who have a significant plant on the edge of NSW’ Lake Liddell, have closed the lake to swimmers after a brain-eating amoeba was found. Tourism operators on the shore of the lake are expected to just fend for themselves with no explanation or compensation offered for the poisoning. Continue reading

RSL sub-branches close whilst group sits on millions

Editorial

The Returned and Services Leagues Clubs (RSLs) of NSW are rolling in money, but precious little is being spent on veterans. Some NSW state sub-branches sit on millions of dollars in assets, especially property assets, because they don’t trust higher levels with their money, whilst the RSL nationally is legally a charity. Meanwhilst, multiple RSL Sub-branches close because they lack the legal expertise and funding to fight property battles. The iconic Five Islands RSL at Speers Point NSW – a treasured venue on the shores of NSW’ Lake Macquarie – sold in 2014 for just over $1m, a figure which barely buys a house on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Continue reading

Qantas Chairman’s Club: ‘priceless’ gift to MPs

Editorial

Australia’s democracy requires that all elected officials use a Gifts and Benefits Register, to ensure that business and individuals can’t buy favouritism. The ABC has revealed that Qantas has given parliamentarians ‘money-can’t-buy’ access to its Chairman’s Lounges, in which free everything, free upgrades and double hospitality service staffing are at the feet of the majority of Australia’s major-party MPs. Continue reading

Albany Premier Hotel burnt down by licensee

Editorial

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

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