Press Releases Archive

14 December 2015

Mobile app, Picpal lets users chat in picture collages for live shared experiences … Picpal is a free social media app available on both iOS and Android devices. Within the app, users take a picture, send a request to up to three friends and wait as the app effortlessly builds a sharable collage featuring the user and his/her friends …

Download here Mobile app, Picpal lets users chat in picture

10 December 2015

A real “Game Changer” for Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef tour experience … Down Under Cruise and Dive, one of Australia’s leading reef tour operators, announced it would be evolving to bring a brand new purpose built high speed catamaran (33m) to the Great Barrier Reef in late 2015. The ultimate in reef luxury, it’s slated to offer supreme comfort, style & features, with top of the line finishes and integrated diving amenities. Guests will enjoy oversized platforms, dive decks, saloon areas and sun lounges and the vessel has already been touted as a “game changer” for the industry …

Download here Game Changer for the Reef

10 December 2015

Raging Thunder sets rafting benchmark … Raging Thunder Adventures Director of Sales Peta Zietsch said Raftform was integrated with Raging Thunder’s reservations system to help overcome language barriers, add another layer of safety to rafting and improve customer service …”Raftform is the brain child of Raging Thunder’s Operations Manager Chris Fulton who has 30 years’ experience in the industry.” …

Download here Raftform from Raging Thunder 1215

08 December 2015

Taylor Swift Selfie Drives Record Instagram Fans for the Gold Coast … A selfie with a kangaroo taken by pop royalty, Taylor Swift during her recent trip to the Gold Coast has tipped the local tourism organisation’s Instagram following to over 100,000 …

Download here Taylor Swift Selfie Drives Record for GC

20 November 2015

Tourism industry calls for national rollout of working holiday visa extensions … The Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) is calling on the Federal Government to expand the Working Holiday Maker Visa extension in northern Australia to the rest of the country …

Download here TTFMediaReleaseWHV

11 November 2015

Space Hotel enters the “Hall of Fame” with their third consecutive win for best backpacker accommodation at the 2015 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards … Space Hotel has once again won the RACV Victorian Tourism Award (VTA) for best Backpacker Accommodation in Victoria. This incredible achievement adds to Space Hotel’s many accolades including five consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards, most recently in 2015. Space Hotel was also named one of the world’s top ‘Poshtels’ by Lonely Planet …

Download here Space Hotel wins Victorian Tourism Award

11 November 2015

Australia featured in new Brazilian TV show … The show, which premiered on Monday 9 November on Brazilian television network Globo Rede, was Brazil’s top trending topic on Twitter and features Australia in three episodes airing this week …

Download here Australia featured in new Brazilian TV Show

6 November 2015

Budget Increase for Tourism Fiji Applauded by Industry … South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) Chief Executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi said: „Fiji accounted for 41.6% of the total number of visitors into the Pacific region in the second quarter of this year, with over 192, 070 visitors in this quarter alone. This number is expected to rise significantly with the increase in marketing budget for Tourism Fiji.” …


28 October 2015

NSW is Wanderlust Generation’s Preferred Destination … Andrea Robinson, STA Travel’s Product Trading & Marketing Director, said: “The #60dayadventure will showcase NSW from a unique and fresh perspective. We have no doubt that Matt’s case of wanderlust will prove infectious and inspire many more young travellers to get out and about and explore NSW.” …

Download here NSW is Wanderlust Generation’s Preferred Destination

28 October 2015

Lonely Planet Declares Freo the Way to Go in 2016 … Australian Olympic gold medallist and co-owner of Fremantle dining venues, Bib & Tucker and May St Larder, Eamon Sullivan says Lonely Planet’s recognition of Fremantle is well-earned. „It’s easy to see why so many people love visiting Fremantle – it’s home to world class beaches, heritage architecture and a flourishing food scene attracting thousands of visitors each year,” Mr Sullivan said. …

Download here Lonely Planet Declares Freo the Way to Go in 2016

20 October 2015

Gold Coast Skydive announces their new acquisition Gold Coast Adventure Flights … Gold Coast Skydive proudly announce their exciting new acquisition, Gold Coast Adventure Flights, which offers both aerobatic and adventure flights, against the backdrop of the regions world famous beaches and panoramic views of the Gold Coast skyline. …

Download here Gold Coast Adventure Flights

15 October 2015

Livn Group announce appointment of CEO … Sean Cummins joins Livn Group with a wealth of experience, having held senior roles in the region with Travelport, Amadeus, AOT Group and Hotel Club. Cummins was most recently the Head of Retail and Wholesale Sales Operations at Pinpoint Travel Group – a Mastercard company.

Download here Livn Group Announce Appointment of CEO

14 October 2015

New working holiday maker promotion in Japan … Tourism Australia is hoping to tempt young Japanese travellers Down Under for an extended stay with a new website launched yesterday, 13 October promoting the working holiday visa. The site features testimonial videos and a competition to win a four week English course with homestay and return flights to encourage applications. Tourism Australia has also partnered with one of Japan’s biggest broadcasters, TBS, to showcase a variety of working holiday experiences with a Japanese pop-idol group KAT-TUN.

Full story here New working holiday promotion in Japan

6 October 2015

NSW Promoted to Youth Travellers via MTV … Popular social media personalities Natasha Oakley and Tyson Mayr will share their NSW travel experiences online as part of a new web series with global entertainment brand MTV giving youth travellers inspiration to plan a trip to the State.  The web series being filmed this week, will be developed by the NSW Government’s tourism and …

Download here NSW Promoted to Youth Travellers via MTV

30 September 2015

Eden to deliver a whale of a time during biggest whale festival … Perched on the edge of the Tasman Sea on the beautifully unspoilt Sapphire Coast, Eden is set to celebrate its biggest whale festival yet, from October 30 – November 1. The stunning Two Fold Bay welcomes thousands of whales on their annual migration south each year. After calving in the warm waters off Australia’s east coast …

Download here Eden to deliver a whale of a time

25 September 2015

Leading players in the youth, student and educational travel industry celebrated at the Global Youth Travel Awards 2015 … The winners of the Global Youth Travel Awards 2015 – sponsored by Else Globe – were announced in Cape Town tonight during the concluding event of this year’s World Youth and Student Travel Conference – WYSTC 2015

Download here Global Youth Travel Awards 2015

22 September 2015

Australian lifestyle to inspire young French travellers … Tourism Australia has partnered with French lifestyle magazine Paulette and travel agency STA Travel on a competition to inspire young French travellers to journey Down Under. The competition in Paulette en Australie, is running throughout September showcasing Australia’s

Download here Australian lifestyle to inspire young French travellers

18 September 2015

Sealink to become largest marine tourism and transport company in Australia … SeaLink Managing Director, Mr. Jeff Ellison said, „This is a major opportunity for SeaLink to crystallise our growth strategy following our successful listing on the ASX in 2013. It also reinforces our position as the leading provider of marine ferry services in Australia ….”…

Download here Sealink Acquisition of Transit Systems Marine

3 September 2015

WYSE Travel Confederation and Destination NSW to co-host inaugural WYSE Exchange Australia Youth Travel Trade Event April 2016 … WYSE Travel Confederation Director General David Chapman says, „In 2013 Destination NSW was instrumental in attracting the World Youth & Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) to Sydney and we are delighted to once again be partnering to deliver an exclusive and targeted opportunity for Australian operators …”

Download here WYSE Exchange Australia

3 September 2015

Bumper ‘Backpacker Week’ in Sydney, April 2016 … The inaugural WYSE Exchange Australia event is scheduled to take place alongside the popular annual BOA Ball (taking place on 8 April 2016 at Taronga Zoo). The 3-day event program will include workshop appointments between 30 leading international buyers and 60 Australian suppliers of backpacker, youth, adventure and …

Download here BOA announces WYSE Exchange

3 September 2015

Tourism Australia and Visa form global partnership … „Visa’s Not a Tourist campaign is designed to engage those that are looking for authentic local experiences. We will be providing local knowledge to travellers to help them explore destinations beyond the regular tourist sites … said Chris Clark, Group Executive for Asia Pacific at Visa …

Download here Tourism Australia and Visa form global partnership

1 September 2015

ALL NEW: Aussie Guide & Map from THE WORD is out now … Our all new Aussie Guide & Map is designed to fit easily into pockets, day packs and hand bags. An informative 48p guide with a new map of Australia (centre pages) and Sydney CBD, Ferry & Train and Sydney Harbour Maps.

Download here Aussie Guide & Map Spring 2015

28 August 2015

‘Supersize selfies’ to inspire Japanese travellers … Japanese travellers will have an opportunity to get involved in a ‘supersized selfie’ to help them share their holiday experiences Down Under in a new promotion launched by Tourism Australia.”

Download here Media Release by Tourism Australia

18 August 2015

Strong Australian presence at 2015 World Youth and Student Travel Conference… David Chapman said, “Australia is ranked as the number one destination that WYSTC 2015 buyers are looking to expand into and this year’s list of buyers include some of the industry’s biggest players such as; Dnata, Expedia, Flight Centre, Kilroy and STA Travel …”

Download here WYSTC Strong Australian Contingent

18 August 2015

STA Travel launches new Backpacker stores … STA Travel has launched a brand new range of concept stores, called Backpacker by STA Travel,’ located in Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney.

Download here STA Travel – Backpacker launch

5 August 2015

Get Immersed With the Humpbacks at Hervey Bay … Hervey Bay’s workd famous whale watching experience has been super-sized again this season, with nature lovers able to take the plunge on immersive humpback encounters …

Download here Get Immersed With the Humpbacks at Hervey Bay

4 August 2015

AJ Hackett Celebrates 25 Years of Operation in Cairns With Guinness World Record Attempt … „It’s going to be a huge task, we need to complete 506 Bungy Jumps and we’ve calculated it to be approximately 38Bungy Jumps / hour. We really need Cairns community support to get on board – we’re going to need everyone’s help” said AJ Hackett Cairns General Manager, Luke Johnson …

Download here AJ Hackett Cairns World Record Attempt

29 July 2015

Tourism Noosa launches Noosa Eco Check – A new Tourism Initiative … The launch of Noosa Eco Check will also be officially launched this evening to over 200 tourism operators at the monthly Tourism Noosa networking night held at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas. CEO of Tourism Noosa, Mr Damien Massingham said Noosa Eco Check is an interactive online training program to assist …

Download here Media Release Noosa Eco Check

28 July 2015

DNSW Partner Opportunities and Support Resources …A free guide to support and help grow the NSW tourism and major events sector has been published today by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. …

Download here Media Release DNSW Partner Opportunities

23 July 2015

Au pair services in Australia have become even more attractive with a new 12 month visa ruling for au pairs … Au pairs will now be allowed to stay with a family in Australia for up to 12 months – the full term of their Working Holiday Maker visa. Previously au pairs could stay maximum 6 months with a family due to conditions on the visa. „Families will be ecstatic about the option for their au pairs to stay up to one …

Download here Au Pair 12 month extension

22 July 2015

Tourism Australia and Expedia join forces to promote Australian tourism … Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, said the new commercial agreement was a deliberate move to focus on strategic partnerships which increased travel bookings and drove yield. “Expedia is oen of the world’s leading travel companies with 20 years …

Download here TA and Expedia sign MOU to promote Australia

15 July 2015

TripAdvisor awards Northern Greenhouse Cairns their Hall of Fame Certificate …  It is with great pleasure that we announce that The Northern Greenhouse Backpackers is one of the first backpacker hostels to be inducted into the newly launched TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. The Northern Greenhouse became eligible for this award after receiving 5 years running …

Download here Northern Greenhouse Inducted into TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

15 July 2015

Tigerair Australia Launches 48 Hour Network Wide ‘2-For-1’ Sale! … Head of Communications, Vanessa Regan, says Tigerair rewards those who plan ahead and book early with great value airfare deals. „Our fares are based on demand so put very simply, the earlier you buy, the cheaper you can fly. Today’s ‘2-for-1’ sale features fares from as low as $45* for two people … ”

Download here Tigerair Australia Launches 48 Hour Network Wide

8 July 2015

Tasmania Reinvents Island Escape: Named One of the World’s Best … Acting Chief Executive of Tourism Tasmania, Guy Taylor, said … „Over the past 12 months, Tasmania has received a host of global awards and accolades, and the latest Travel + Leisure announcement is yet another reason why more people should visit Australia’s premium island state” …

Download here Tasmania Reinvents Island Escape

25 June 2015

Tasmanian Backpacker Tour Operator Goes National … “With our award winning tours in Tasmania being well established, in 2013 we began working on branching out to other areas of the country,” Mr Price said. “In keeping with our philosophy of making more … ”

Download here Tasmanian Backpacker Tour Operator Goes National

24 June 2015

NSW Indigenous Tourism Champions … “NSW has the largest Aboriginal population in Australia and is home to some of the highest concentrations of Indigenous engraving sites and rock art in Australia, according to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase … ”

Download here NSW Indigenous Tourism Champions

23 June 2015

NSW remains the home of major events … “NSW is the number one destination for major events, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world each year to take in our world class calendar. The latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) figures confirm this position … ”

Download here NSW remains the home of major events

16 June 2015

City of Sydney to crack down on illegal and unsafe rentals … Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City’s new specialist team was focussed on disrupting share-accommodation providers operating a network of rental properties, which are illegally subdivided, unsafe and overcrowded.

Download here City crack down on illegal and unsafe rentals

12 June 2015

STAY WYSE booking sources report offers valuable insight into the source of bookings in the global youth travel accommodation industry … WYSE, has launched the first report in its 2015 Industry Flash Survey Series. Based on the results of a survey conducted in March – April 2015 among global youth travel accommodation (YTA) providers.

Download here STAY WYSE Booking Sources Report June

8 June 2015

Keynote address at WYSTC will be by Award Winning Journalist Toby Shapshak … David Chapman, Director General of WYSE Travel Confederation, said: „Toby is perfectly poised to open the youth travel industry’s most important annual event and the first ever WYSTC taking place in Africa.”

Download here WYSE Media Release 8 June

3 June 2015

Minister moves to bring labour hire inquiry to Mildura … “The inquiry will get to the bottom of allegations of the misuse and abuse of workers engaged by rogue labour hire
companies, including right here in Mildura.”

Download here Victorian Minister Moves To Bring Labour Hire Inquiry To Mildura

23 May 2015

Hostelworld Rebrand to target ‘spontaneous adventurers’ …”We’re experiencing a golden age for hostels; they’ve become more stylish, more comfortable and better equipped than alternatives, while still being affordable, centrally located and, crucially …” said Ottokar Rosenberger, CMO at Hostelworld.

Download here Hostelworld Rebrand

20 May 2015

Introducing HERO Ratings, a new feature  …”We believe that within our industry an independent rating scheme is long overdue. Hero Ratings is just a simple first step in a series of ongoing developments designed to better promote the quality … ” said Hero’s Head of Partnerships Dan Lucas.

Download here Introducing ‘Hero Ratings’

18 May 2015

Let the next Adventure Begin! Balintro …”With more and more people now realizing that Bali is an incredible destination with so many unique and unforgettable experiences it made sense for us to launch Baliintro next. We’re really excited about Balintro and … ” said Owner Michael Fotheringham.

Download here Balintro Info

15 May 2015

Queenstown businesses win major Chinese business award … „Dart River Jet has undergone significant change in the last three years after developing experiences specifically for the Chinese market, according to Chief Executive Quinton Hall …

Download here Ngai Tahu’s Dart River Jet

13 May 2015

Tjapukai re-launches after $13 million ‘reinvention’ … „We’ve re-imagined the entire Tjapukai experience, engaging the most up to date technology to tell the stories of Indigenous Australia in even more entertaining and compelling ways than before,” says Tjapukai CEO, Greg Erwin …

Download here Tjapukai relaunches after reinvention

13 May 2015

Registration opens for WYSTC in Cape Town … WYSE Travel Confederation’s Director General, David Chapman, said: „We are looking forward to bringing the youth, student and educational travel industry together in Cape Town for our first event on the African continent …

Linked here WYSTC

12 May 2015

Fremantle Prison YHA now open … Fremantle Prison YHA in Western Australia is now open, providing unique accommodation in a World Heritage-listed nineteenth century jail. YHA has converted the property into a 200-bed place to stay – guests can even sleep in origin …

Download here FremantlePrisonYHA

12 May 2015

Website Travel Hosts Another Successful Summit … Narelle Clyde, the Queensland BDM for Website Travel, said: „We appreciate the time, effort & high energy the operators put into The Summit. Thank you to everyone involved for another successful event – the feedback …

Download here Website Travel Summit News

1 May 2015

Strengthening integrity in Working Holiday visa programme … Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the changes address a concern that some employers are exploiting the second Working Holiday visa initiative by …

Download here Strengthening Integrity

29 April 2015

BridgeClimb launches a new experience – BridgeClimb Sampler … BridgeClimb Founder and Chairman, Paul Cave, said “BridgClimb has turned the Sydney Harbour Bridge from a postcard into a global bucket list experience. The new BridgeClimb Sampler is a shorter and economical taste of the …

Download here BridgeClimb Sampler

29 April 2015

YHA Railway Square wins National Tourism Award … „This award is a great tribute to the way the property has managed to have incredibly high standards, great business results, and offers backpackers a terrific place to stay in Sydney … said Railway Square YHA Manager, Dean Grasselli,

Download here National tourism award win

29 April 2015

Gold Coast to host Australian Tourism Exchange in 2016 … Tourism Australia’s Managing Director John O’Sullivan said it was great to see Australia’s premier trade event for attracting international tourism business returning to one of Australia’s key regional tourism …

Download here ATE16 Gold Coast

29 April 2015

More reasons to travel with Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours … Kangaroo  Island  Adventure  Tours – one of Adelaide’s highest ranking tours on Trip Advisor – has dropped its  price for its popular two-day trip to Kangaroo Island to just $399 for travel from 1st May to the end of August…

Download here KIAT Winter 2015

28 April 2015

National YHA Manager’s Conference in Melbourne 6-7 May 2015 … The Conference theme is ‘Backpacker (R)evolution, reflecting the ever-changing tourism industry. Topics to be covered include global tourism trends, major events, branding and social media …

Download here YHA Ltd Managers Conference 2015

23 April 2015

United Backpackers Port Douglas opens and takes its first guests. … “The team have done an incredible job over the past 4 months with the renovations and seeing it now compared to what it was in December when we closed it down I am totally blown away and really excited about what lies ahead!” said United Backpackers General Manager Anna Heaton.  …

Download here United Port Douglas Opens April 2015

23 April 2015

Australia’s Nature Coast Launches the ‘Great Beach Drive’ … David Spear, General Manager of Fraser Coast Opportunities, said that the combination of easy accessibility and the rich diversity of the destination made the Great Beach Drive one of the most exciting international and domestic products released in Australia this year.  …

Download here Great Beach Drive April 15

21 April 2015

Website Travel announce 3 exciting API’s. Matt McCourt, Founding Director and CEO said „Website Travel has on ongoing committment to being our industry platform.  We now have 2 teams of developers, one in NZ and one in Australia, totalling 16 full time staff.  …

Download here Webite Travel – 3 new API’s

9 April 2015

World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation has partnered with Emirates Airline to offer hosted flights for its WYSTC 2015 hosted buyer programme participants.

Download here WYSTC hosted buyer programme

1 April 2015 (no April Fools joke)

YHA offer Free WiFi 

Download details here