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.
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.
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. victoriashighcountry.com.au
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.’