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.

By Kent E St. John It’s wild and wonderful, and covers endless time and territory. It is an Australia that will satisfy any nomad’s travel desires. The Northern Territory is Australia’s cryptogram. . . wet, dry, old and modern. The slogan, “you haven’t been down under till you’ve been outback” is spot on mate! In, Read More

Australia stepped up its fight against sex tourism on Tuesday by pledging new funds to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states to help return trafficked women and children to their homes, the government said on Tuesday.

Australia needed to work harder to alert tourists to its virtues because “we’re the last stop on the bus route,” the federal Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Joe Hockey, said at yesterday’s launch of the nation’s biggest ever push for visitors.

Located off the southern coast of mainland Australia awaits the island of Tasmania, boasting dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains and some of the world’s most incredible produce and wines. There is something magical about this natural wonderland in fall (April-June).

When a young and entrepreneurial Melbournian named Dr Richard Bassed bought Pungalina Station in 1999, the property in the Territory’s remote gulf country had been abandoned for almost 15 years. There were virtually no tracks on the half-a-million acre property, stock roamed wild and the owners had deserted the homestead long ago, after the, Read More