Over 40 million international tourists choose their destination largely because of a film shot in that particular country. New Zealand has seen an unprecedented increase in the flow of fans and tourists to the country since filming wrapped on the The Hobbit Trilogy, with more tourists than ever before citing the popular films as, Read More

Officially opening October 1, 2004, The Henry Jones Art Hotel will be Australia’s first dedicated ‘Art Hotel’ and Hobart’s only boutique five-star accommodation choice. Throughout the hotel’s foyer, halls, rooms and public spaces, more than 250 original, contemporary artworks are displayed showcasing Tasmania’s emerging and leading artisans. Special, continuously changing permanent exhibits ensure a, Read More

Exploring the national parks of the Great Divide, arguably one of Australia’s most significant landforms, is only part of the allure of Nature-Bound Australia’s “The Great Divide” trip. These 14- or 19-day adventures also include fascinating forays into the culture, history and legends of the Land Down Under, leaving guests enthralled by both what, Read More

AUSTRALIA’S tourism industry has been urged to switch its emphasis to attracting travelers from emerging economic superpowers China and India if it wants to see sustainable growth. Tourism Australia chairman Tim Fischer, a former deputy prime minister and trade minister in Prime Minister John Howard’s government, told a Queensland Tourism Industry Council seminar yesterday, Read More

THE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW is one of those spectacular events that mean different things to different people. For some it’s the opportunity to look for that new boat, or perhaps a new engine(s) for the current boat, maybe some new fishing tackle or simply keeping up with what’s new on the recreational boating, Read More

Leisure’s 2004 the World’s Best Awards; the Great Barrier Reef and Lizard Island Take Top Honors The results are in! Australia’s top hotels, the Great Barrier Reef Islands, Sydney, and Tasmania have taken out honors in Travel + Leisure’s ninth annual World’s Best Awards.

Hilton International is investing more than AUS$250 million over a three year period to upgrade its portfolio of hotels in Australia’s key leisure and meetings destinations. The group will also work with developers to open a Hilton Worldwide Resort and Spa in the vineyard region of Western Australia by 2007.

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), the peak body of the tourism export industry, has welcomed the announcement of the inaugural Board of the new central tourism agency, Tourism Australia. The Board appointments are a positive step for the tourism industry that is now in full recovery mode following several years of turmoil in, Read More

In a move to strengthen Qatar’s presence in Australia, chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, general manager Finance and Administration Mr. Richard Forson and a delegation of senior management traveled to Canberra yesterday. According to Qatar Airways, Mr. Al Baker was invited by the Hon. Bruce, Read More

Australia has been experiencing positive growth for the eight consecutive month, figures released last week claim.  The final overseas arrivals and departures statistics released last week confirm the significant impact on the arrival of international tourists caused by SARS 12 months ago, the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) said.