Category: India

The Tourism News India page gives Australian Tourism and Hospitality operators and overview of the market of Indian tourists, particularly as it pertains to sport and VFR.


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

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

Mayor denies outback restaurant’s discrimination

Editorial

The mayor of Longreach has merely called ‘unfortunate’ a sign that discriminates against Muslim people. A photo of the sign, prohibiting people of the Islamic faith entering the restaurant, is being shared on social media. Continue reading

Restaurant Australia’s $40m labelled ‘misguided’

Editorial

Tourism Australia’s Restaurant Australia promotion, a $40m campaign designed to persuade international food critics and writers of the quality of Australian food, has been labelled ‘misguided’ by a top critic. Indian ‘Master Chef’ Sanjeev Kapoor said the campaign’s focus should be on signature dishes unique to Australia rather than any multiculturalism. Continue reading

First comes China, then India

Editorial

Two of the world’s largest populations – China and India – will be in free trade agreements with Australia by the end of 2015. The value of a FTA with China was never in doubt, but free trade with India, as the world’s largest democracy and the largest source of VFR tourists (visiting friends and relatives) to Australia, is shaping up to be just as significant to the tourism industry. Continue reading

Colombo Plan beats a path through Asia

Editorial

The Colombo Plan has been reinvigorated in 2014 by the Coalition government funding $100m over 5 years. Whilst the Colombo Plan has largely focused on education initiatives that first brought SE Asian students to Australia and now is sending Australian students the SE Asia, tourism industry operators have much to gain from understanding the SE asian tourist thoroughfare. Continue reading

Singaporean student murdered in Brisbane hotel

Editorial

‘Smile-filled’ and ‘very bubbly’ Singaporean student Meena Narayanan was murdered in Brisbane’s Travelodge Upper Mount Gravatt. Continue reading

Go with what you know, Qantas: economist

Editorial

Tony Webber, Chief economist at Qantas Group 2004-2011, has ten major ideas for Qantas surviving. One idea is to open up Australian travel. Webber says: ‘While underlying demand for air travel is growing quickly in Asia the competition is too aggressive. The airline should re-focus its energy on the domestic business and minimise the Asian distraction.’ Continue reading

Four arrested over bashing of Adelaide taxi driver

Editorial

PICTURE: Driver Manbir Singh, 24, lost the sight in his left eye after he was bashed by passengers at Adelaide’s Henley Beach. Continue reading

Nine takes the low road – NRL over Cricket

Editorial

The Nine Network has paid $425m for 5 years of NSW-focussed NRL FTA broadcast rights, leaving no money in the bank for the $500m cricket rights. There is speculation that NRL’s gaming-related advertising revenue is too lucrative for Channel 9 to pass up. Channel 10 are set to swoop on the cricket. Continue reading

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