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ATAS heralds a new era

The Australian travel industry has entered a new era this week with the launch of AFTA’s Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS). The scheme replaces a swathe of regulations including licensing requirements [...] read more...

Illegal accommodation: Fire reveals illegal camp

A massive fire at a Sydney industrial complex overnight has uncovered what appears to be an illegal backpacker’s camp. Firefighters were called to a blaze on Burrows Rd at Alexandria, [...] read more...

Whale swim an Australian first

Sunreef Mooloolaba is launching an Australian first – the opportunity to swim with humpback whales, making Australia one of only four places in the world where it is legal to [...] read more...

Working holiday visa’s seedy underbelly

Each year, more than 100,000 foreign visitors, the majority of which are backpackers, come to Australia on working holiday visas. The Australian Government’s Working Holiday Visa (WHV) programs were created [...] read more...

Peregrine gets independent

PeregrineAdventures is moving in on the independent traveller market, announcing two new brand concepts that will debut in January next year. Independent Journeys and Independent Experiences are packages that will [...] read more...

June 25th, 2014 No Comments

Visitor spending may just hit 2020 target

Long-term visitor expenditure forecasts released last week by Tourism Research Australia show Australia will only marginally reach the lower end of its target range by its 2020 deadline. The forecast [...] read more...

June 25th, 2014 No Comments

BYOjet Debuts ‘Disruptive Technology’

Australian online agent BYOjet has debuted a new style of travel agency, with what the company’s managing director, Lenny Padowitz, says he believes is the future for the travel industry. [...] read more...

June 25th, 2014 No Comments

Tasmanian national parks open for development ideas

Developers are being invited to submit ideas for tourism ventures in Tasmania’s national parks. The Tasmanian Government is unlocking the parks to low-impact tourism development. The move was announced during [...] read more...

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