Australia, NZ & South Pacific

WebBeds on Shopping Spree for Bedbanks: Should Hotelbeds Be Worried?

WebBeds on Shopping Spree for Bedbanks: Should Hotelbeds Be Worried?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The acquisition of Destinations of the World seals WebBeds as the second largest B2B bedbank player, but incumbent Hotelbeds need not worry – for a very long time.

3 days ago

How I Plan to Cover the World’s Most Exciting Travel Region as Skift’s New Asia Editor

How I Plan to Cover the World’s Most Exciting Travel Region as Skift’s New Asia Editor

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Our first Asia Editor, Raini Hamdi, starts with us today and shares how she intends to cover the vast, fast, diverse, and dynamic region of Asia. Apart from remembering to breathe deeply, she'll be focusing on the stories that count.

1 week ago

New Zealand Launches Campaign Asking Tourists for Respect

New Zealand Launches Campaign Asking Tourists for Respect

Nick Perry, Associated Press

New Zealand is just the latest destination begging visitors to behave. Welcome to the unpleasant side effect of mass tourism.

2 weeks ago

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How New Zealand’s Unique Approach to Hospitality Drives Group and Incentive Travel

How New Zealand’s Unique Approach to Hospitality Drives Group and Incentive Travel

Tourism New Zealand + Skift

Hospitality is ingrained into New Zealand’s culture, creating a destination committed to wowing group and incentive trip planners.

2 months ago

Australia Still Split on How to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Australia Still Split on How to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Spenser Mestel, Bloomberg

Australia's unwillingness to accept what is happening to the Great Barrier Reef is tied up with its tourism industry. Officials are worried that highlighting the problem will scare off visitors. But burying your head in the sand isn't a coherent long-term strategy.

1 month ago

Tourist Towns Look to Tech for Shark Attack Solutions

Tourist Towns Look to Tech for Shark Attack Solutions

Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

We welcome new technologies that promise to make it safer to swim in the ocean. But destinations need to clamp down on activity organizers that bait sharks, too.

1 month ago

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Shows Signs of Recovery After Die-Off

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Shows Signs of Recovery After Die-Off

Colin Bertram, Bloomberg

The world's most famous attractions must already weigh the risks of overtourism, but the effects of climate change may be even harder to combat.

2 months ago

Battle for Air Supremacy on Key Australian Route Heats Up

Battle for Air Supremacy on Key Australian Route Heats Up

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

As the Air New Zealand-Virgin Australia alliance on services across the Tasman Sea comes to an end, Virgin will not take the snub from its Kiwi counterpart lying down. It is already flagging improved services and better frequent flyer rewards and trying to block rival Qantas from working with its former ally.

3 months ago

Tourism Australia Bets Big on Old Movie Franchise and Croc Dundee Delivers

Tourism Australia Bets Big on Old Movie Franchise and Croc Dundee Delivers

Allan Leibowitz

Tourism Australia’s Super Bowl 2018 advertising campaign has been hailed as a marketing triumph. Now, it’s closely watching the booking to make sure it did the right thing by putting all its eggs in one basket.

6 months ago

New Zealand Lowers Forecast for Spending by Chinese Tourists

New Zealand Lowers Forecast for Spending by Chinese Tourists

Tracy Withers, Bloomberg

New Zealand has known about this slowdown for a while. Chinese tourists may not be every destination's cure-all and marketers may have to reexamine their target markets.

6 months ago

Tourism Australia Deploys Influencers to Overcome Long Flight Stereotype

Tourism Australia Deploys Influencers to Overcome Long Flight Stereotype

Dan Peltier, Skift

There's no way around it – Australia is one of the longest flights someone from the United States or Europe can take. But it's not necessarily the grueling journey many travelers fear, and Tourism Australia is telling them why the flight is worth it.

8 months ago

India’s Ola Enters Competitive Australian Ground Transport Market

India’s Ola Enters Competitive Australian Ground Transport Market

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

India’s Ola has started operations in two major Australian cities, following hot on the heels of Estonia’s Taxify. The newcomers are exploiting opportunities unlocked when Uber paved the way for increased competition in a market in the tight grip of taxi operators.

8 months ago