Calls to cut working holiday makers sell regions short

By Ken Morrison* Australia is undergoing a period of transition and our economy must move with the times. While the mining investment boom is waning, the people boom from Asia is just beginning and Australia is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this opportunity, offering a range of services including tourism. Tourism directly employs more […]

Could Kurnell be second Sydney Airport site?

Opinion and Analysis By Simon Sharwood Debate over whether Sydney needs a new airport has run for thirty years and will probably run for another thirty. Along the way it has become a symbol for policy cowardice, the power of NIMBYism and Australia's sclerotic decision-making process. It's therefore time for a combination of callousness, vision […]

Wong boots out business class flights

By Julian Bajkowski Commonwealth public servants flying interstate on business will be forced to sit in economy on many short-haul domestic flights as Finance Minister Penny Wong seeks to squeeze a further $550 million through cutbacks and public service cost reductions. Senator Wong announced the crackdown on perceived travel perks as part of a wider […]

NSW platform project with a view

The New South Wales government has contracted a local Coffs Harbour construction company to build a viewing platform worth more than half a million dollars.   Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson said the project will provide many benefits to the local economy both during construction and afterwards as a major regional tourist attraction.   […]

Tourism Australia’s Oprah gamble pays off

Australian government agency, Tourism Australia, says there has been a spike in the number of tour enquiries to the country, since Oprah showed off her visit in January.   According to Tourism Australia, US tourism operators were reporting a big spike in the number of inquiries about holidays to Australia on the back of Oprah’s […]

Regional council stimulates local economy

The Council’s funds add up to more than $200,000 and were designed to stimulate local economy by funding projects that will create innovation in the region’s economic base, Mayor Val Schier said.   “This year Council took leadership in the diversification of the local economy by putting together a team dedicated solely to economic development,” […]

Bunbury voted WA’s best tourism town

By Staff Writer The West Australian town of Bunbury has been awarded as the state’s top town for 2009. WA Tourism Minister Liz Constable said the GWN Top Tourism Town Award recognised the town’s achievements in local tourism. “The judges faced a tough choice in deciding the Top Town Award this year but Bunbury’s great […]


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