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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. Read the full story

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New strategy launched to tackle climate change, protect Great Barrier Reef

A new strategy was launched on Monday to tackle climate change and protect Australia’s 4.1 billion U.S. dollar Great Barrier Reef tourism industry.

The plan was revealed at the Tourism Futures Conference on the Gold Coast.

It has been compiled by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Tourism Industry Council and Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chairman Russell Reichelt said climate change is the single biggest threat facing the reef.

“One of the key features is that it was developed by industry, but with the marine park authority as a combined effort,” he said.

The plan covered raising awareness among operators and tourists, reducing the carbon footprint of tourism operators and improving their energy efficiency.

The strategy also included monitoring and reporting changes, improving the resilience of the reef itself, and integrating climate change with business operations and planning.

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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. Read the full story

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