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NZ dollar down, visitor numbers up – Connected?

The New Zealand dollar reached a four-year low on increased thinking that the Reserve Bank would cut interest rates, the bank governor Graeme Wheeler said that inflation will stay low [...] read more...

BOA Ball set to thrill!

BOA Ball 2015 set to thrill! The BOA Ball 2015 will certainly be an evening to remember this year with 180 guests boarding HMS BOA for a swanky casino themed [...] read more...

Inquest hear Jillaroo death was “accidental”

A British backpacker who was working as a jillaroo in northern Queensland died after losing control of her quad bike, an inquest has found. Jessica Hughes, 21, had been “living [...] read more...

Tax in the air: Sharing Economy needs to be regulated

Airbnb and other ‘tax dodgers’ need to be regulated – as do their online users – is the latest claim by shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh who opposes the unregulated [...] read more...

Tasmanian accused of paying backpackers $1.35/hr

A Tasmanian has been accused by The Fair Work Ombudsman of paying backpackers as little as $1.35 an hour for working in his hardware store and cafe in Queenstown, Tasmania. [...] read more...

Boost in visitation from China

Australia’s tourism industry can expect a boost in visitation from China, following the signing of a landmark new air services agreement between the two nations. Under the deal, Australian and [...] read more...

Illegal buses undercutting tourism

Tour bus companies in Tasmania are urging the public to be vigilant about illegal operators who are undermining legitimate tour companies and putting unsuspecting passengers at risk. Bus drivers have [...] read more...

Airbnb gets to first Base with hostels

As predicted, the lure of Airbnb’s low commission rates and huge traffic volumes has attracted some of Australia’s smaller independent hostels into listing with them – but it doesn’t stop there, one [...] read more...

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