Uluru Astronomy Weekend soon

Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:49

Clients can gain insight into the spectacular Australian outback sky at Ayers Rock Resort’s upcoming Uluru Astronomy Weekend on 14-16 September.

Surf school earns eco stamp

Monday, 06 August 2018 22:10

Lets Go Surfing has achieved Ecotourism Certification for its surf and stand up paddle (SUP) schools with Ecotourism Australia.

2019 Bledisloe Cup clash

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:21

The Bledisloe Cup will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth to an expected sell-out crowd on 10 August 2019.

Drinks credit on Sealink tour

Monday, 30 July 2018 21:31

Clients who book a two day Food, Wine & Natural Wonders of Kangaroo Island tour on selected August and September 2018 departures will receive a $50 voucher to spend at either Dudley Wines or Kangaroo Island Spirits.

IHG to manage Hayman Island

Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:41

IHG takes over management of Hayman Island in 2019, rebranding the Whitsundays resort as Hayman Island, by InterContinental.

Brisbane biking bonanza

Monday, 23 July 2018 21:50

Brisbane has secured a new world-class cycling festival commencing in 2019.

Walking the Murray

Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:57

A Walker’s World is promoting Murray River Magic – one of the Great Walks of Australia.

Trade boosts growth on Aussie rail trips

Thursday, 19 July 2018 20:23

Great Southern Rail’s The Ghan and Indian Pacific recorded more than 30% growth in Kiwi passenger numbers from July 2017 to June 2018 and GSR is giving trade partners much of the credit for the success.

Kiwis take to trolls on Gold Coast

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:16

Dreamworld on the Gold Coast reports an influx of New Zealand travellers these school holidays, as Kiwis are taking advantage of the great savings by booking through their local travel agents.

World Expeditions buys Blue Mountains operator

Monday, 16 July 2018 20:52

World Expeditions Travel Group has acquired a majority shareholding in the Blue Mountains Adventure Company, a well known operator of day adventure activities in the mountains.

Rail Plus incentives include Ghan famil

Monday, 16 July 2018 20:13

Rail Plus has launched the new booking season for Great Southern Rail with an incentive programme where agents can win prizes.

Ocean Rafting earns its wings

Thursday, 12 July 2018 20:47

Visitors to the Whitsundays have access to a new package, the ‘Fly and Raft’.

Festival rides into Brisbane

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:36

The new Brisbane Cycling Festival is designed to entice visitors from around Australia and overseas, giving cycling enthusiasts the chance to take part in events, from 26 March to 14 April 2019.

Emporium Hotel's MICE offerings

Friday, 29 June 2018 01:11

Emporium Hotel South Bank is set to reveal its series of new event spaces, which will position the hotel as a meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) destination of choice.

FC team leaders take on SA

Monday, 25 June 2018 22:44

Flight Centre’s annual Team Leader Conference recently converged on Adelaide showcasing the region’s food and wine to 240 team leaders from around New Zealand.

‘Nanogirl’ at Convene Q

Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:38

Convene Queensland has announced that Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) will be the headline speaker at Convene Q (Convene Queensland) on Tuesday 24 July at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Whitsundays funding boost

Monday, 18 June 2018 23:58

Tourism in the Whitsunday Region has received a further boost with Whitsunday Regional Council boosting its investment in the tourism body to A$600,000.


Council handed down their 2018/19 budget on Monday and has increased its funding by $150,000 to support the regional tourism organisation’s marketing activities over the next financial year. Tourism Whitsundays general manager, Tash Wheeler, says the commitment from the Whitsunday Regional Council will help deliver increased marketing initiatives across the whole region.

Winter warmers in High Country

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 01:41

Victoria’s High Country is promoting various gastronomic tourism opportunities this winter. On and off-mountain, the region’s locally grown produce, wine, craft beer and spirits are on the menu at Chef’s Hatted restaurants like The Provenance in Beechworth and The Terrace at All Saints.


Clients can also visit the High Country’s gastropubs like The Empire in Beechworth; in bright funky eateries like Tomahawks or gin distillery door Reed & Co. Visitors can hit the High Country Brewery Trail to sample dark winter ales at a range of craft breweries like the new King River Brewing, or explore the region’s many inviting cellar doors offering internationally awarded fortifieds and other delicious drops to ward off the winter chill.

Transformed silos make new Launceston hotel

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:05

Launceston’s new Peppers Silo Hotel has opened. Originally erected in 1960, the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades until two years ago when construction began to transform the silo barrels into a contemporary hotel.

Traditional owner appointed Tjapukai GM

Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:59

A female traditional owner will be at the helm of one of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal tourism businesses following the appointment of Djabugay descendant Shirley Hollingsworth as Tjapukai general manager. Tjapukai board chair Michael Nemarich congratulated Ms Hollingsworth on becoming the first Djabugay person to be appointed to the Tropical North Queensland cultural park’s most senior role.

Convene Q calls corporate agents

Thursday, 17 May 2018 22:49

Corporate travel agents based in New Zealand and Australia (outside Brisbane) are able to apply now for hosted buyer status at Convene Queensland (Convene Q).

Queensland – Kiwi agents hear the latest

Monday, 07 May 2018 23:23

Agents who attended the Queensland on Tour event at Villa Maria Winery, Auckland late last week have come away with plenty of new ideas on how to sell the state. From brand new apartments in the form of The Ruby Collection at Surfer’s Paradise, to the Trolls Village opening at Dreamworld in June, refurbishments at Cairns Colonial Resort and sister property Palm Royale, and a splash of reptile colour at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures there was plenty to be updated on.

It's not just cricket

Monday, 23 April 2018 22:54

The presence of SCG Behind the Scenes Tours at the Australian Tourism Exchange for the rst time signals the eorts of a long established product to get more trade friendly.

Louise Richmond, marketing consultant – tours and museum, at SCG says the tours cover both the Sydney Cricket Ground and the adjacent Allianz Stadium.

2019 Bledisloe Cup clash

Thursday, 02 August 2018 23:21

The Bledisloe Cup will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth to an expected sell-out crowd on 10 August 2019.

New experience collectives: more to sell in Aussie

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 02:05

The growing demand for experiences by travellers has led Australia to consider two more Signature Experience collections for trade to sell, the country’s annual tourism showcase heard yesterday.

John O’Sullivan, head of Tourism Australia, says the country has noticed a trend towards shorter stay, but with more packed into them and an increased need for authenticity.

Melbourne scores Real Madrid

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 22:44

Visit Victoria has partnered with TEG and iEC Exhibitions! to secure the world premiere of the Real Madrid World of Football Exhibition for Melbourne.

This June, Melbourne will be the rst city in the world to experience the new touring football experience and exhibition Real Madrid.

Living like a local

Monday, 26 March 2018 21:17

This year’s Gold Coast Mega Famil saw a Kiwi travel trade group of 27 discovering local product and spots like the hinterland that they didn’t even know existed.

‘I was expecting surf culture, gym junkies, health drink shops and the beach. But it’s so much more than that. The hinterland is a huge aspect that isn’t really considered, especially when people are booking their trips, they

Gold Coast street food

Monday, 19 March 2018 22:13

Miami Marketta was part of a Gold Coast contingent visiting Auckland corporate agents last week.

Located in the Miami industrial estate, Miami Marketta is one block from the beach and eight minutes from Broadbeach.

Education on the water

Thursday, 01 March 2018 05:30

Sub Sea Explorer has started operating 60 minute educational tours at Rottnest Island.

Dreamworld's flying theatre

Monday, 19 February 2018 21:33

Dreamworld will be home to the Southern Hemisphere’s first flying theatre in a partnership between parent company Ardent Leisure and simulation company, Brogent Technologies Inc.

The Gold Coast theme park is set to launch an Australian-themed i-Ride flying theatre in late 2018.

Veriu branches out

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:51

Already established in Sydney, Veriu is expanding interstate with the acquisition of 13 hotels under the Punthill Apartment Hotel brand.

The hotels will join the group this month and continue to operate under the Punthill brand.

It's a vibe

Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:56

Vibe Hotel Gold Coast will unveil a multi-million dollar refurbishment in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

All of the hotel’s 199 spacious rooms have a contemporary new design that embraces the elements of the hotel’s surroundings.

Groundwater Country fest

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:42

Groundwater Country Festival, formerly known as Broadbeach Country Music Festival, has released its first line-up announcement for 2018.

Stay at Mandoon Estate

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:52

Located around 25 minutes from Perth city lies Mandoon Estate, one of Perth’s wineries in the Swan Valley that’s just launched its new accommodation offering.

The Colony is a 32-room-and-suite property, all with alfresco areas looking out to the Swan River on one side, and the historic Verdelho vines on the other.

Events galore in WA

Monday, 22 January 2018 22:47

Western Australia has released its jampacked events calendar for 2018.

Tourism Western Australia supports a range of events across the state through three key funding pools – Major Events Funding, the Regional Events Programme and the Regional Events Scheme.

Clippers arrive in Whitsundays

Thursday, 18 January 2018 05:21

The first of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet arrived in the Whitsundays on Tuesday.

Skippered by 24-year-old Brit Nikki Henderson, Visit Seattle crossed the finish line off the coast of Airlie Beach at 15:05:36 local time, completing the 1,600 nautical mile sprint from Hobart to the Whitsundays in 11 days.

TNQ's tourism renaissance

Monday, 18 December 2017 20:46

In 2018, Tropical North Queensland is reinventing itself with new offerings and a revamp of some current experiences.

There will be innovative new Great Barrier Reef products, tours to connect with Aboriginal culture, adrenalin-packed sporting events and also a waterfront brewery.

Visitors can learn to dive on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef at the Quicksilver Port Douglas Dive Centre that opens in July 2018.

QLD shows growth

Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:42

Giving New Zealanders more reasons to return to Queensland has paid off for the state, with the destination recording good growth despite competition from all quarters.

International director New Zealand for Tourism and Events Queensland, Sally Holyer, says the total visitors to the state from New Zealand have risen by 4.5% but holiday visitors have shown a 7.1% increase.

She describes Brisbane as a ‘star player’, with a 25% increase.

Whitsundays' Carnival

Monday, 11 December 2017 20:48

The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival has announced entertainment for two of the signature events, Busby Marou and Troy Kemp Band.
The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival (January 13-29, 2018) is two weeks celebrating the arrival of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet.

The Whitsundays will be the last stop of the Australian leg of the race and all eyes will be on the region as the Clipper crews, their families and friends take a well-earned break at the halfway point of their adventure.

Mandela in Melbourne

Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:36

An exhibition on the life of Nelson Mandela is heading to Melbourne in September 2018.

Produced in collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa, this new touring exhibit will commemorate the 100th anniversary year of Mandela’s birth and be housed at Melbourne Museum.

See a Sawfish

Monday, 04 December 2017 22:51

Cairns Aquarium has introduced two critically endangered Sawfish to its 300,000 litre River Monsters exhibit.
The male and female freshwater Sawfish arrived at Cairns Aquarium several weeks ago and while in quarantine the Sawfish were closely monitored and trained to target feed.  

Whitsundays on show

Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:13

The fourth annual Whitsundays Tourism Exchange (WTE) wrapped up last week, and according to operators and agents it was a success.

Held at the Palm House, around 36 Whitsunday tourism operators had the opportunity to present to more than 20 Australian product managers from major tourism wholesalers, inbound tour operators and online travel agents.

Out of the Ordinary NSW

Monday, 27 November 2017 20:22

Out of the Ordinary Outback has expanded with the purchase of its seventh accommodation property – The Tourist Lodge in Broken Hill.
The 40-room property is the third accommodation business in Broken Hill for Out of the Ordinary Outback, which bought The Argent Motel in March this year.
Aiming for a March 2018 opening, a five-month programme to refurbish and refresh The Tourist Lodge is in line with its other six properties across far western NSW.

It’s getting hot in Cairns: More to sell in tropics

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 01:24

New developments are coming on fast in the tropical Australian destination of Cairns, with the city undergoing a raft of new refurbishments, extensions and new builds.
Speaking at Sell TNQ (Tropical North Queensland) this week, Eleanor Wilkie, TNQ business development executive, says it’s an exciting time for tourism and events in Cairns.
‘We’ve got Hemingway’s Brewery developing a second venue, three brand new hotels are being built by the CrystalBrook Collection, we have the redevelopment of the performing arts centre, the aquarium, and the extension at the convention centre is a major win for the city too.

GC Food and Wine Fest is back

Monday, 13 November 2017 20:10

Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival is back for 2018, running between 31 May and 3 June.
More than 15,000 food and wine lovers are expected to gather at over 30 events across the Gold Coast for the celebration.
The festival brings together the best local chefs, street food, restaurants, precincts, wineries, breweries and distilleries across a weekend at the start of winter, there are degustations, picnics, workshops, demonstrations and signature food events.

Western Australians push drive options to Kiwi agents

Monday, 13 November 2017 19:28

The New Zealand trade is being urged to promote self-drive and fly-drive options to their clients as a way to explore the massive state of Western Australia.
A delegation of five WA regional tourist offices is travelling around New Zealand and a key message is the new off the beaten track product that will appeal to Kiwis – especially those on a repeat visit.
One of the major driving options being promoted here for the first time is the Great South West Edge, a suggested 11-day itinerary that runs through Australia’s South West and Australia’s Golden Outback.

Whitsundays celebrates

Thursday, 09 November 2017 21:53

The Whitsundays is celebrating after being named Australia’s top destination in an Experience Oz poll for the fourth year.
The destination scored over 7,000 votes in the Top 10 Destinations to Experience in 2017 poll.

Win for North QLD operator

Monday, 06 November 2017 22:02

North Queensland tourism operators Simon and Gaye Terry have won two of the categories at the recent 2017 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards held in Cloncurry.

Continuing on from their success in these categories in 2016, the couple from Forsayth, south-west of Cairns, won the Hosted Accommodation Award for Cobbold Village, part of the Cobbold Gorge tourism operation and Best Outback Queensland Pub for their redeveloped Goldfields Hotel in Forsayth.

Sports travel on track

Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:17

The perennial Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 wrapped up for 2017 last week, and travelling to the event with Williment Sports Travel was the ultimate for motorsport fans. Williment Sports Travel package, the Orange 4 Night Tour, was hosted from start to finish with 24/7 assistance and included airfares, accommodation, daily breakfast, coach transfers from the airport and daily track transfers. Official Grandstand, 10 event tickets and paddock passes were also supplied.


Celebrate with Outback QLD

Monday, 09 October 2017 23:46

The Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium and awards are being held from 2-4 November, 2017 in Cloncurry.
There are 250 tourism industry representatives expected to attend the festivities, with Cloncurry Shire Council having spent the past six months preparing for it all.

New Aussie brochures released

Friday, 06 October 2017 02:40

APT has released its new Outback Wilderness Adventures 2018 brochure, featuring a range of new itineraries paired with Superdeals for all journeys.
Tours range from the new eight-day Uncover Maralinga & the Eyre Peninsula 4WD Remote Journey starting at $5,695pp, twin share, to the 14-day Essence of The Outback Remote Journey, Cairns return trip, from $8,795pp, twin share.
Book before 15 December 2017 to take advantage of a range of offers. Superdeals are strictly limited and will sell out. 

Big Western Australia prizes at roadshow

Friday, 06 October 2017 02:29

Agents who attend one of the Western Australia Roadshow events in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington or Christchurch will go in the draw to win a WA travel prize including accommodation, sightseeing and tours in all five regions of WA.

There are three Western Australia travel prizes to be won at every event - 12 WA travel prizes in total.

An example is the Experience Extraordinary Western Australia Travel prize to Perth - two nights Sorrento Beach Resort, two nights Sorrento Beach Resort, Little Ferry Company tour of Perth and Elizabeth Quay, Rotorvation helicopter experience, Two Feet and a Heartbeat Walking tour.

The Australia’s Golden Outback is offersing two nights Best Western Hospitality Inn Kalgoorlie, with Kalgoorlie Tours and Charters Super Pit Tour

Australia’s Coral Coast prize will giveaway nights at RAC Monkey Mia, while Australia’s North West offers two nights at Seashells Broome and a visit to Willie Creek Pearls

The Australia’s South West prize includes a caves and lighthouse pass in Margaret River, and two nights at Abbey Beach Resort Busselton.

Details of the roadshow are:

Auckland:        5.30-7.30pm    Mon 13 Nov, Rydges Hotel

Hamilton:        5.30-7.30pm    Tues 14 Nov, Novotel Tainui

Wellington:     5.30-7.30pm    Wed 15 Nov, James Cook Hotel

Christchurch:  12.00-1.30pm   Thurs 16 Nov, The George

Register here


A mammoth event

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 03:24

The Australian Museum in Sydney is bringing mammoths to life this November in Mammoths - Giants of the Ice Age.

Presented in partnership with Destination NSW, 17 November 2017 will see the exhibition feature Lyuba, (pronounced Lee-OO-bah) – a 40,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth, discovered in 2007 by a Siberian herder and his two sons.

Long haul competition doesn’t phase Destination NSW boss

Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:17

Competition from long-haul destinations, driven by cheap airfares, has not dented New Zealand travellers’ enthusiasm for Sydney and its surrounds and is unlikely to, says Sandra Chipchase, chief executive officer of Destination New South Wales (DNSW).

Chipchase points to upgraded air services between Auckland and Sydney, and the fact that trans-Tasman has its own good value fare offerings as part of the reason behind her confidence.

But she also has hard figures to back her claims.

‘New Zealand numbers are still increasing. At the end of June 2017, we had 423,881 visitors from across the Tasman and the average length of stay was 4.1 nights. That is up 3% on the year before.’