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Australia’s Top Festivals!

Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and millions of tourists travel down under to make the most of the beautiful weather, excellent food and fantastic culture. One thing the Australians aren’t well known for however, are their music festivals, but actually they hold some of the best on the planet. Search for international flights on, and get the best deals on airfares to these top festivals!

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Over the years, the Homebake festival has become one of the most quintessential and hyped-up events in the music calendar, and it’s easy to see why. This festival likes to keep things Australian, and although it may not boast the world’s best line-up, Homebake certainly champions the feel-good atmosphere. Held each December in Sydney, the tickets are usually snapped up within minutes of release (just 10 minutes last year!), so if you’ve got a spare $90 or so, make sure you get down to Homebake.

V Festival

Dubbed the ‘people’s festival’, Sir Richard Branson made sure he carried on the success of the UK V Festival by taking it all the way around the world to Sydney, Australia. Now in its second year, the festival has seen some of the biggest names in music pass through, including The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Snow Patrol and Groove Armada. Not only have these artists given V Festival its own niche among the other huge festivals, but at $140 its one of the best values for money, too. Continue Reading

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Custom Family Travel on the Rise: Time to Reconnect and Explore Exotic Destinations with Asia Transpacific Journeys

Family and multi-generational travel has been named the biggest new travel trend in 2011 by industry expert Virtuoso. With their hectic schedules, families are now seeking cultural experiences in exotic locales where they can spend quality time together while expanding their horizons. Traveling to far-flung places in Asia and the Pacific with Asia Transpacific Journeys broadens everyone’s viewpoint and gives children perspective on their life by developing critical thinking skills and learning about other cultures.

Marilyn Downing Staff, Founder and President of the nation’s leading tour company for the Asia and Pacific region, believes that by visiting cultures so different from the American lifestyle children learn about other cultures and traditions early on, which helps them understand that the world is a much bigger place than they may have thought before.

“Our sensitive and seasoned Asia travel guides provide children with insights into the local cultures, religious traditions, exotic plants and animals,” says Downing Staff, herself a parent. “It shapes their attitude towards life.”

Here are their top picks for family trips that are both educational and fun in nature through hands-on learning: Continue Reading

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Tropical Sky Expands Down Under – Australian Sky Launches Today

Long-haul tour operator, Tropical Sky has added a new brand to its portfolio. Launching today, Australian Sky will offer competitively priced holidays from self-drive and escorted tours across the Australian states to beach breaks, city stays and special interest or activity-based holidays.

Heading up the venture is Chris Hawkins, who joins as a director for the dedicated Australasia team. He says, “This is the first Australian website to offer definitive guidance areas for both first time and repeat visitors, featuring a number of popular and lesser known tours and holidays.

australia tourism newsAustralian Sky aims to make the ordinary holiday, extraordinary, encouraging all visitors to venture beyond the well trodden routes, even if just for a few days.”

Hideaways and hidden gems are an integral part of the Australian Sky experience and, whilst mainstream hotels will be available, accommodation is mainly offered in some of Australia’s finest luxury resorts, small B&B’s, farmstays and heritage-listed buildings such as the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse in New South Wales. Continue Reading

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GotoBus Expands Online Travel Service to Include Australia Sightseeing Tours, the leading online ticketing company for intercity bus travel and bus tours, has recently expanded its services to include Australia sightseeing tours. The company now offers over 100 sightseeing tours and activities in nine cities: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

Throughout the company’s history, GotoBus has continually diversified its product lines to meet the needs of its growing customer base. Expanding into the Australian bus travel market is a natural addition to its current services in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China.

Each year, travelers flock “Down Under” to Australia’s Outback to discover the beautiful national landscapes, sparkling beaches, and vibrant cultures of its diverse people. GotoBus is pleased to offer its customers unique touristic experiences—like cuddling a koala, exploring the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, or experiencing close encounters with jumping crocodiles along the Adelaide River!

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Australia’s tourism industry at risk of losing billions

Billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are at stake should Australia not reform its ailing tourism industry, a new report revealed on Monday.

The government-sponsored Jackson Report came as Australia’s share of global tourism dropped 14 percent between 1995 and 2008, while also declining as a proportion of Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP) since peaking in 2001.

“If Australia does not make the necessary changes between now and 2030, we risk forgoing 3.6 million international visitors, 17.7 billion U.S. dollars (22 billion Australian dollars) of tourism’ s contribution to GDP, and as many as 100,000 tourism jobs,” former Qantas chairwoman Margaret Jackson said.

The report produced by the Long Term Tourism Strategy Steering Committee made 10 recommendations to enhance research, online capability, skills and investment. Continue Reading

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How could Swine Flu affect Australia’s travel and tourism industry – a view about the unquantifiable ”X” factors we are all facing

When SARS was in its infancy in 2003, Tim Harcourt Chief Economist at the Australian Trade Commission said, “Every year economic forecasters have to contend with an “X Factor”, and I am sure that it is fair to say that this year we are already not only dealing with two “X Factors” and let’s call the first the global economic crisis and the second, the “X+1 Factor” the dramatic increases in the cost of fuel.

Now though we are dealing with another potentially cataclysmic factor, let’s call it the “X+2 Factor” – the outbreak of Swine Flu in Mexico and its rampaging and potentially devastating progress throughout the world.

As Tim Harcourt also said in 2003, “How many more can there be?” “Sure, we can all do our trend forecasts, factor on tax changes and other once-off policy related factors, seasonally adjust here and there, nip and tuck and so on.”

“And just when we economists think we have a handle on everything – whoosh! – in comes “Factor X” and wipes out all our neat little certainties and sensible predictions.” Continue Reading

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Australian tourism industry optimistic in face of global recession

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) said on Friday that the economic crisis has led to a sharp spike in the number of backpackers heading to Australia shores.

“The backpacker market is absolutely booming, we’ve seen visa applications up by 20 percent out of Germany and Britain alone, and those figures are translating into business” ATEC managing director Matt Hingerty told reporters.

The number of tourists coming to Australia has been predicted to fall by at least 250,000, representing a loss of around 1 billion Aust dollars (0.71 billion U.S. dollars), but Hingerty said the industry is well-equipped to bounce back.

“The industry’s been through SARS, September 11, the collapse of Ansett, and the Bali Bombings, and we have learned and got better at recovery every time,” Hingerty said.

The government has launched an 8.5 million Aust dollars (6 million U.S. dollars) grant program to support tourism innovation. Continue Reading

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Is branding important for a travel business?

Why is branding important for a travel business?

Have you ever noticed how the public is hesitant to book with a tour operator, an accommodation provider or a carrier that they have not heard of before?

If the public has heard of a brand name then they are likely to trust the brand name and if travel or a tour is associated with the name, they will book the travel or tour.

In a true sense, the brand name brings the public to your door. It follows that legally, and accounting-wise, brand names are considered valuable – brand names represent part of the goodwill of the business. Their value is obvious when a travel business is sold – a well known brand name, coupled with client lists and a profitable business track record, will be what the purchaser is interested in paying for – the desks, computers, and other plant and equipment can be purchased cheaply anywhere! Continue Reading

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Harvey World Travel wins the title of ‘Australasia’s Leading Travel Agency’

Harvey World Travel took top honours at the World Travel Awards inaugural Australasian ceremony winning the title of Australasia’s Leading Travel Agency at Sydney’s Observatory Hotel on Tuesday night.

Australia’s most recognised retail brand, Harvey World Travel was peer-selected for the accolade from a first-rate field across Australasia, including Jetset, STA Travel and New Zealand’s Elixir.

General Manager of Harvey World Travel, Glenn Cusack, says the award is a prestigious recognition of the strength of the Harvey World Travel brand and team. Continue Reading

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Little Bali Hotel & Resort Company calls on Australian Government to change Indonesian Travel Advisory

The Little Bali Hotel & Resort Company is calling on the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade to rethink its current Indonesian travel advisory following the US government’s decision this week to downgrade its advice to American citizens travelling to the destination.

The LBHRC call for action follows the release of a State Department statement issued on Sunday, 25 May advising the US government’s decision to lift the warning, in place since November 2000, “due to objective improvements made by Indonesia in its current security situation”.

LBHRC founder Mike Parker-Brown said he was hopeful DFAT would quickly follow the US government lead in downgrading its current grade four ‘reconsider your need to travel’ advisory to a lower level.

“The US government has obviously recognised the investments the Indonesian government has made, financially, time wise and with manpower and technology, to make the destination much safer,” he said. Continue Reading

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More pressure on Australia to lift Bali travel

The pressure is mounting for Australia to follow the United States’ lead in revoking its advisory against travel to Bali, Indonesia.

Adding to those putting pressure on the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) is the Little Bali Hotel & Resort Company (LBHRC). The LBHRC call for action follows the release of a State Department statement issued on Sunday, 25 May advising the US government’s decision to lift the warning, in place since November 2000, “due to objective improvements made by Indonesia in its current security situation.”

LBHRC founder Mike Parker-Brown said he was hopeful DFAT would quickly follow the US government lead in downgrading its current grade four “reconsider your need to travel” advisory to a lower level.

“The US government has obviously recognized the investments the Indonesian government has made, financially, time wise and with manpower and technology, to make the destination much safer,” Parker-Brown said. Continue Reading

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Why Tourists Like To Spend Their Holidays In Australia

Australia is very popular with holiday makers going on a family holiday and staying in a holiday villa or self catering apartment. There are some great holiday homes to rent as holiday accommodation in Australia and many tourists like to stay in self catering accommodation.

Australia is the only place in the world that has a tag of both country and a continent. It is the smallest continent and the sixth largest country in whole world. It lies within the southern hemisphere and the official name of the country is the Commonwealth of Australia. This place is full of great tourist attractions. This is why Australia is also known as a tourist paradise.

You can start your journey of Australia from Sydney. When here, you can rent a superb luxury villa with swimming pool as your holiday accommodation. This place is famous for its traditional tourist activities. You can see its Opera House where you can have a feel of its rich tradition.

If you want to do some leisure activities then you can spend your whole week on the beach. To get more close to the history of the country, you can visit the place named The Rocks. This place is the historic neighborhood having cobble stones and colonial architecture. Continue Reading

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