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TA & TEQ to deliver major marketing campaign for Tropical North Queensland

A multimillion-dollar campaign to help the Queensland tourism industry bounce back from Cyclone Debbie has been unveiled in Airlie Beach. The $5 million joint-state and federal campaign will beam images [...] read more...

Outbound agency Phoenix Travel invests in Australian tour operator Grandcity Travel

Chinese outbound travel agency Phoenix Travel announced that it has made a strategic investment in Grandcity Travel, an Australia-registered business with local bus fleets and Chinese-speaking tour guides. Grandcity’s head [...] read more...

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary (owned by Merlin Entertainments Group) to close its doors

The iconic tourist attraction, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary will officially close its doors at the end of Summer 2018 after 50 years of business. Merlin Entertainments Group, which owns the tourist [...] read more...

Sydney backpacker heaven Scubar is closing down!

It is with great sadness that we can confirm that after 20 years of providing backpackers and students with the means to get completely hammered and hooked up on Monday [...] read more...

Backpacker tax; 60 pickers short; apples unpicked; grower to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars

Tasmania’s namesake crop could be withering on the branch as a lack of labour hits growers in the region. The thought of apples falling to rot on the ground is one [...] read more...

WYSE Exchange Australia, conference notes re, Working Holiday Makers

Youth visitor statistics are a real mixed bag this time around with ‘youth‘ up 10%; ‘backpackers‘ up 2.4%; but ‘Working Holiday Makers‘ down 3.5%. But hang on now, how can [...] read more...

It was the best job in the world but also the busiest job in the world

In 2009, Ben Southall beat 34,684 candidates to become the official caretaker of Queensland’s Hamilton Island for six months. “It was the best job in the world but also the [...] read more...

LYTE BYTE: Meet ‘Cluck Norris’, the outback rooster who thinks he’s a kangaroo

Roadhouses in regional and rural Australia have long tried to set themselves apart from the rest. As a result, a traveller does not have to go far in the outback without [...] read more...

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