Travel News
27-09-2009
Three Queensland theme parks, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World & Wet’n’Wild Water World, have extended their joint $99.95 discounted QLD VIP Pass, until June 30, 2010. The pass is aimed at locals and visitors from northern New South Wales (with postcodes 2450-2490). Warner Village Theme Parks director of sales, Annette Pearce said more than 100,000 passes had been sold so far. She ...
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27-09-2009
Peppers Anchorage in picturesque Port Stephens is offering family friendly holidays with its offer of free accommodation and meals for children between three and 12 years, October 5-16. The resort combines deluxe accommodation, action aplenty and value for money. The resort’s tranquil surrounds provide the perfect destination - indulge in a spa treatment, enjoy a gourmet beach picnic or sa...
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05-09-2009
A national delegation of around 300 Australian tourism industry leaders and government policy makers gathered on the Gold Coast to debate an agenda spanning climate change mitigation to cutting-edge technological applications revolutionising consumer purchasing. It also saw the unveiling of innovative ideas, and futuristic technology which grabbed the attention of media from around the globe, i...
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20-01-2009
Travel and tourism must double its efforts to become more responsible regardless of the economic situation, or face the outcome, World Travel Market chairman, Fiona Jeffrey has warned. "It would be catastrophic if we do not face up to perhaps one of the greatest challenges this industry has ever known", she said. She was speaking at the WTM World Responsible Tourism Day in London (UK) - the ...
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14-01-2009
Members of the Global Travel Writers team, having travelled the world to discover the best destinations, each pick their own favourite "Hot Spots" for 2009 including two exquisite Australian holidays. Fiona Harper falls in love with sea lions in the Abrolhos Islands of Western Australia and writes:“The sun rising over the sandy cay of Pelsaert Island in the Abrolhos Islands on the mid West Aust...
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27-10-2008
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is mounting an exhibition called “Half Light Portraits from Black Australia” from November 21, 2008 to February 22, 2009. It’s the first major survey of the work of Australia’s indigenous artists. Photography by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists has emerged over the past two decades as a definitive expression of contemporary indigenous life ...
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27-10-2008
Australian tourism operator, Discovery Holiday Parks, is expecting an increase in domestic tourist numbers following the economic squeeze on household budgets in future months. Discovery Holiday Parks, chief executive, Tim Dodds, predicted Australians would forgo overseas travel and discover their own backyard with the current global credit crunch and the low Australian Dollar. He claimed with b...
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27-10-2008
Greyhound has released a new travel pass where passengers pre pay for the number of kilometres they wish to travel. Greyhound chief executive officer, Robert Thomas said it offered flexibility and could be used used like a bank account. “People purchase the amount of kilometres they wish to spend which they can withdraw whenever and wherever they like around Australia. “The kilometres can be ...
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21-10-2008
The Southern Star is Melbourne’s newest multimillion dollar attraction, set to open in November just in time for visitors flocking to the southern capital over the Christmas holidays. Said to be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, the $100 million attraction is also the third largest such structure behind the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer. Standing 40-storeys high, with a ...
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07-07-2008
The Big4 Holiday Parks group has raised more than $50,000 for its charity partner – The Humour Foundation’s Clown Doctors, since last October. The partnership has launched a new fundraising effort – the Big4 Clown Doctor Dolls which retail at $15 each, with $3.40 (excluding GST) going to the charity from each sale. Big4 chief executive Terry Goodall said the charity was a very worthy cause...
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22-05-2008
Captain Cook Cruises is offering a 50 per cent discount on the second fare, when people buy twin share packages, on its Murray River Cruises between June 1 and August 31. The company operates three-, four- and seven night cruises on the paddle wheeler Murray Princess. According to this iconic Australian cruise company, there’s plenty of water on the mighty Murray, and there’s no better way ...
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14-05-2008
The Australian Tourism Export Council has slammed the Rudd Government’s newly released first Budget, claiming it has continued with the tradition of former governments of both political colours, by treating Australia’s travellers as cash-cows. ATEC managing director, Matt Hingerty said the new Budget would slug travellers $670 million over four years. ATEC is one of Australia’s top touris...
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06-05-2008
Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre Group presents some outstanding productions in May including “QED” by Peter Parnell and Arthur Miller’s celebrated “Death of a Salesman”. QED, featuring Henry Szeps and Ivy Mack, tells the story of scientist Richard Feynman who plays the bongos, performs in amateur dramatics, frequents topless bars and wins Nobel Prizes. During his career, Feynman assisted i...
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30-04-2008
Boating enthusiasts from across the globe are gearing up for the 19th Annual Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week to be held August 14-21. The event is expected to attract major international awareness for Queensland’s Airlie Beach and the tropical sailing available at the Whitsunday Islands. Meridien managing director and race organiser, Russell McCart said he was expecting a number of new...
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30-04-2008
The Art Gallery of New South Wales will mount an exhibition, June 5 to August 10, highlighting the considerable works of Harold Cazneaux, considered to be one of Australia’s greatest photographer’s of the early twentieth century. Cazneaux (1878 – 1953) was a pioneer whose style had an indelible impact on the development of photographic history in this country. As a regular participator in...
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30-04-2008
Accor’s Manly Pacific Hotel (managed by Novotel) is offering a $240 per night package to celebrate this year’s annual Manly Food and Wine Festival, May 31 to June 1. The deal, available until May 10, includes including overnight accommodation, cheese platter, bottle of wine on arrival and overnight parking. The hotel is a five-minute stroll along the Corso from all the action of the festiva...
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30-04-2008
Virgin Blue Airlines has increased the cost of fares on all its Australian domestic routes due to the hike in jet fuel prices. The carrier has also increased prices by $5 to $15 (depending on the route) on its Pacific Blue Trans Tasman and other short haul international flights. The one-way Australian domestic fares have been raised by $5 to $15 based on the route, while New Zealand domestic far...
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28-03-2008
What would you spend a $5000 windfall on? Sydney-based Research International’s study has found 47 per cent of Australians would spend the money on domestic travel. Travel far outweighed other choices such as paying off debts (38 per cent); overseas holiday (36 per cent); bank deposit (29 per cent) and shopping spree (19 per cent). The company’s Domestic Tourism Audit has researched Australi...
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25-03-2008
Sydney-based Student World has released its bumper new brochure for 2008, listing a choice of over 100 courses around Australia. The company offers a network of educational establishments and a range of courses reflecting the varying needs of its worldwide customer base. It has international offices in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Malaysia, Nepal, Peru and USA. Student World managing...
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18-03-2008
With health experts encouraging people to walk for over an hour a day, a great way to get moving is to take a guided walk through Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens Trust operates free guided walks daily or special walks on the third Thursday of each month for $11 per person. The Trust’s executive director, Tim Entwisle believed there was no better way of getting fit than ...
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18-03-2008
Langham Hotels International has signed up a frequent flyer agreement with Thai Airways’ holidays - Royal Orchid Plus. Frequent flyers members of the airline staying at any of the group’s international properties, including the Langham Melbourne, will get to earn up to 750 miles per stay. In addition, members can also redeem Award Stay certificates at Langham hotels via langhamhotels.com Lan...
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07-03-2008
A senior Australian tourism executive has called for a new “Brand Australia” in a bid to boost Australia’s flagging tourism industry in overseas markets. Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director, Matt Hingerty urged that a single brand be used by all of the nation’s export sectors, be they tourism, education, manufacturing or agriculture. While Australia’s tourism exp...
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06-03-2008
Hilton Cairn’s charismatic general manager, Guy Hutchinson, is departing Australia to head up the Hilton Shanghai. During his time in Cairns, Hutchison oversaw a major refurbishment program and the introduction of its successful online booking systems. Hutchison’s time in Cairns will be remembered as a dynamic period of change when the hotel regained its foothold in the five-star market; est...
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06-03-2008
The Hunter’s annual Italian Festival starts off at a central location in Broke where participants can collect their “passports” to discover the region’s finest wine, produce and cuisine. The event flags off on Saturday April 12, at Broke Fordwich Wine Region, Hunter Valley and entry is free. Organiser’s say it’s a celebration of the Italian spirit – a love of food, wine, family and...
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06-03-2008
Rafferty’s Resort at Cams Wharf, Lake Macquarie, NSW, will be up for sale by tender on Friday March 28 at 4pm. Details of the property include:• Award winning waterfront resort• Up to 120 villas / terraces currently in the letting pool• Substantial revenue stream and forward bookings• Superb leisure facilities and outstanding conferencing capabilities• Additional development potential...
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