Category: Harmonisation

The Tourism News Harmonisation page canvasses stories of cooperation between tourism operators, tourism organisations, tourism-connected industries and all levels of government that oversee these actions. This page seeks to highlight possible improvements in the Australian tourism product for the consumer.


Priscilla: Cash and acceptance for Broken Hill

Editorial

23 years after its release, the Australian movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is still providing much-needed tourism income to the outback town. A less-expected benefit: a wider understanding and appreciation of gay culture among trainloads of older visitors. Continue reading

Silo art a tourism boon for outback towns

Editorial

Silo art is becoming a huge attraction in outback towns. One artist has reported seeing 50 campers a day approach him as he finished his silo art over three weeks. One significant learning came from the Brim, Victoria experience though – tourists want details; names, histories, and stories are what complete the attraction. Continue reading

Hold your own Wikipedia publishing sessions

Editorial

An NT Library marketer has discovered a clever way to get the under-represented history of the Northern Territory online – she has started a Wikipedia Club. 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

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

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

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