Tourism

Wed 1 Jul 2020

Boost in bookings a reprieve for struggling tourism industry

premium_icon Boost in bookings a reprieve for struggling tourism industry

“Bookings and inquiries have indicated that tourism in Coffs will indeed be picking up.”

Sat 27 Jun 2020

Theme park loans ‘at point of signing’ before collapse

premium_icon Theme park loans ‘at point of signing’ before collapse

Tourism Minister has revealed loan negotiations between theme parks and the Federal Government were almost complete when the deal suddenly collapsed.

Fri 26 Jun 2020

Brits share horror sunburn selfies

Brits share horror sunburn selfies

After plenty of Brits eagerly flocked to parks and beaches to enjoy record temps, some were definitely left feeling the burn.

Overseas travel unlikely before vaccine

Overseas travel unlikely before vaccine

Outgoing CMO Brendan Murphy has dashed hopes for international holidays with some stark parting words before stepping down.

Huge crowds welcome Sea World’s return from shutdown

premium_icon Huge crowds welcome Sea World’s return from shutdown

About 2000 Sea World staff returned to work today to a round of applause as the Gold Coast theme park celebrated its reopening after three months.

Thu 25 Jun 2020

‘Cruel hoax’ pulled on troubled theme parks

premium_icon ‘Cruel hoax’ pulled on troubled theme parks

The Morrison Government is being accused of a “cruel hoax” on Gold Coast theme parks after an offer of multimillion-dollar emergency loans was “ripped away”.

Wed 24 Jun 2020

'Enough with the closed borders, Queensland must reopen'

premium_icon 'Enough with the closed borders, Queensland must reopen'

As Victoria’s COVID-19 cases increase, there is an impending sense of let-down that Queensland’s July 10 border reopening may not happen, writes Lucy Carne.

Coffs’ biggest tourist icon to re-open as restrictions ease

premium_icon Coffs’ biggest tourist icon to re-open as restrictions ease

Things are picking up in Coffs ahead of the school holidays.

Backpackers lift the lid on racist Aussies

Backpackers lift the lid on racist Aussies

We’re one of the most multicultural nations but Australia has a reputation for being racist - and backpackers say it’s worse than ever.

Theme park futures in doubt after major funding blow

premium_icon Theme park futures in doubt after major funding blow

Queensland’s ailing theme parks have been slapped with another blow just days ahead of Sea World’s planned reopening, plunging their futures into uncertainty, after a...

Tue 23 Jun 2020

Quarantining pair ‘went on cruise’ instead

Quarantining pair ‘went on cruise’ instead

Two people granted a coronavirus exemption in the Northern Territory to “collect a vehicle” went on a cruise in Kakadu National Park, police say.

Bali tourists slammed for ‘irresponsible’ pic

Bali tourists slammed for ‘irresponsible’ pic

A luxurious Bali yoga retreat has come under fire after more than a hundred people flouted coronavirus restrictions for a chanting ceremony.

’Bula bubble’ to let Aussies go to Fiji

’Bula bubble’ to let Aussies go to Fiji

The proposed plan would give Aussies the option to complete 14 days of quarantine in a Fijian hotel — which doesn’t sound too bad at all.

Sat 20 Jun 2020

Best way to help Aussies get back on their feet

premium_icon Best way to help Aussies get back on their feet

Unemployment rate is spiking and many businesses are going under — but there is something you can do to help haul them out of their COVID-19 downturn.

Thu 18 Jun 2020

Shocking cost of international flights

Shocking cost of international flights

Thousands of passengers are still flying into Australia – but if you’re planning to leave, the cost is high.

Northern Territory to reopen borders on July 17

Northern Territory to reopen borders on July 17

It's time to book a holiday to the Top End with the Northern Territory announcing it will welcome Aussies back from next month.

No border restrictions for nation’s favourite whale

premium_icon No border restrictions for nation’s favourite whale

As speculation grows over the whereabouts of Australia’s favourite whale, online bookies have weighed in. Here’s where they’re betting Migaloo will show up.

Fly North takes off: Coast to Cairns locked in

premium_icon Fly North takes off: Coast to Cairns locked in

EXCLUSIVE: Things are looking up, literally, after a devastating few months, with long-awaited northern flights locked in for the Sunshine Coast.

Mon 15 Jun 2020

Millions lost as Gold Coast ‘misses the boat’ on tourists

premium_icon Millions lost as Gold Coast ‘misses the boat’ on tourists

The Gold Coast has “missed the boat” for the July school holidays, costing the city millions of dollars in lost income.

Sat 13 Jun 2020

‘Give 10k tax incentive to boost travel’

premium_icon ‘Give 10k tax incentive to boost travel’

The boss of accommodation giant Wyndham is urging the Federal Government to unleash a wave of domestic tourism spending through a tax incentive program.

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