Category: Transport

The Tourism News Transport page feeds news on tourism-connected transport industries. Many tourism operators rely on transport to deliver their product or service, and all tourists use transport of some description.


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

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

No Plan B for bus driver with broken arm

Editorial

A heroic Greyhound bus driver avoided a more serious accident after a cow drove through his coach’s windscreen. Isolated, the man drove with a broken arm to seek medical help, the NT News reports. Continue reading

Regional airports need red tape cut for tourism

Editorial

Entrepreneur and aviator Dick Smith has said that regional airports will continue to suffer unless red tape is cut allowing private jets and helicopters to more easily access the regions. Continue reading

Ciobo – a minister with tourism credentials

Editorial

The new Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism is someone who actually knows about the big business of tourism – he’s been the federal member for the Gold Coast since 2001 and is trained in economics – meaning the $190 fee asian tourists pay on entry could be on the chopping block. Continue reading

Reef recovery hinges on ‘rogue’ tourism operators?

Editorial

Tourism operators dependent on the Great Barrier Reef have signed an open letter citing the economic importance of the reef to business in Queensland. Many petitions and protests have drawn big crowds in the past few years, but the tourism operators’ petition was timed uniquely for the 2016 Australian federal election – and with the retraction of Clive Palmer, Queensland swing seats are vital to the upcoming federal election. Continue reading

20,000 indigenous artefacts found in central Sydney

Editorial

20,000 indigenous artefacts – including spearheads and cutting tools – have been found in the construction site of Sydney’s light rail. Continue reading

Regional cabs run their own meter

Editorial

Whilst the cab industry fights for its right to $300k licenses down south, cabbies in Katherine, NT are running their own show in the important tourism town. In a recent spot check of cabs by police, nine out of 12 cabs were issued with infringement notices for serious offences such as over-charging. In a town that can use all the transport help it can get, this is a PR disaster for Katherine tourism. Continue reading

Small mining town pins hopes on tourism

Editorial

Government has long known that after the mining boom comes the dining boom. As our resources sector drops, services (like dining, arts and attractions) are flourishing. After their town’s 120 year-old mine closed, the optimistic locals of Queenstown Tasmania have embraced the practicality of tourism over mining as their main source of income. With a heritage railway going strong, a Railway Hotel revival and some passionate locals, the townspeople are confident their heritage product will soon be an attraction on par with Port Arthur and Cradle Mountain. Continue reading

Journey of 790km begins with State funding steps

Editorial

A joint NT and WA government initiative looks like it may see the notorious Tanimi Track paved, in a move north-west Australian tourism operators know would open up Australia’s north west to Australia’s south east. In the picture above, the Tanami Track represents only the area from Alice Springs to Halls Creek. Continue reading

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