Australia, NZ & South Pacific

Derision Greets Tourism Australia’s New ‘Philausophy’ Campaign

Derision Greets Tourism Australia’s New ‘Philausophy’ Campaign

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After a sad South Australia tourism campaign last month, Tourism Australia's new “philausophy” campaign is just too much to handle for the local media Down Under.

2 weeks ago

Australia Has Closed Uluru to Climbers — That’s a Good Thing for Tourism

Australia Has Closed Uluru to Climbers — That’s a Good Thing for Tourism

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

The closure of a sacred site in Australia's Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park — once a must-do tourist attraction known as Ayers Rock — is indicative of the way mass tourism can change for the better.

2 weeks ago

Australia’s China Travel Slump: A Blip or Something Bigger?

Australia’s China Travel Slump: A Blip or Something Bigger?

Martin Kelly, Skift

After years of phenomenal growth, Chinese inbound tourism has hit the wall in Australia. It’s a pivotal moment for an industry that has enjoyed a golden run over the past decade. The question now is what does the future hold for Australia’s international tourism industry? For now, the answer is far from clear.

2 months ago

Australia Looks to Diversify Beyond Chinese Travelers Under Its New Tourism Boss

Australia Looks to Diversify Beyond Chinese Travelers Under Its New Tourism Boss

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The head of Tourism Australia has the right training, for sure, as Australia seeks to increase foreign arrivals. She was overseeing its international offices, and knows only too well that there is more competition for the global wallet.

2 months ago

Australia’s Landmark Uluru Is a Case Study for Immersing Tourists in Local Culture

Australia’s Landmark Uluru Is a Case Study for Immersing Tourists in Local Culture

Martin Kelly, Skift

To be sure, there is a sudden surge of people, mostly domestic visitors, who want to climb Ayers Rock before October 26 when a ban is enforced. But there's more to the boom in the famous park in Australia's Northern Territory than just the rock.

3 months ago

Australia Advises a ‘High Degree of Caution’ for Travelers to Hong Kong

Australia Advises a ‘High Degree of Caution’ for Travelers to Hong Kong

Chris Bourke, Bloomberg

Hong Kong's protests show no signs of abating. Increasing travel warnings like Australia's will further the effect on the destination's tourism.

3 months ago

The Paradox of Taxing Travelers for Overtourism

The Paradox of Taxing Travelers for Overtourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Are destinations taxing visitors because they don't want them to show up? Actually, the conversation around tourism taxes shows that it's not really fewer visitors that destinations want — it's more resources and management tools to deal with them properly.

3 months ago

Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism

Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Tourism pledges are commonly thought of as a way to improve visitor behavior. But done right, they can also potentially help attract a desirable kind of traveler: one who cares about the environment as much as locals.

4 months ago

Australia’s Visa Bottleneck Jeopardizes Luring Cricket-Crazed Indians for World Cup Next Year

Australia’s Visa Bottleneck Jeopardizes Luring Cricket-Crazed Indians for World Cup Next Year

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Claims that Indian travel agents are discouraging clients from going to Australia may be overblown. But they do not detract from the key issue: Australia must streamline visa processing better, especially if it wants to attract Indians to the Cricket World Cup 2020.

4 months ago

Travel Advisors Promote Aboriginal Tourism in Australia

Travel Advisors Promote Aboriginal Tourism in Australia

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

For travel advisors looking for alternatives to overcrowded traditional destinations, Australia’s unique aboriginal experiences could fit right in. The country’s indigenous culture is now being strongly promoted through the efforts of Tourism Australia, state tourism promoters, and savvy local operators.

4 months ago

Why New Zealand Has Reason to Fear Drop in Chinese Tourists

Why New Zealand Has Reason to Fear Drop in Chinese Tourists

Tracy Withers and Matthew Brockett , Bloomberg

Tourism is New Zealand’s top foreign exchange earner, thanks to a surge in arrivals from China. So signs of China cold-shouldering New Zealand, such as the "postponement" of the launch of a joint tourism year 2019, are worrying.

9 months ago

Palau Campaign Stands Tough on Environment Despite Hit to Tourism

Palau Campaign Stands Tough on Environment Despite Hit to Tourism

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The hugely celebrated campaign, Palau Pledge, has not brought in more arrivals to Palau, which is also being hit by a China ban. Nobody should expect it to. Here’s why.

10 months ago