Australia, NZ & South Pacific

Australian States in Row Over Opening Borders for Domestic Tourism

Australian States in Row Over Opening Borders for Domestic Tourism

Colin Packham, Reuters

With the majority of state and territory border closures still in place, getting domestic tourism in Australia to pick up again remains difficult, let alone opening the national borders for international travel.

5 days ago

How Australia’s 3-Step Reopening Plan Could Be a Travel Recovery Model For Others

How Australia’s 3-Step Reopening Plan Could Be a Travel Recovery Model For Others

Daniel Hurst and Paul Karp, The Guardian

If Australia could successfully complete its phased reopening plan, it would pave a strong path to eventual recovery for international tourism — and a good model for other countries to replicate.

3 weeks ago

Who Will Come Last in Global Travel’s Staged Recovery?

Who Will Come Last in Global Travel’s Staged Recovery?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Everyone wants to know when global travel will recover, but that is perhaps the wrong question. With the rise of the "travel bubble," the prospect of recovery is looking a lot more uneven. Who gets to welcome visitors first?

3 weeks ago

Blackstone Picks Up $360 Million Stake in Australia’s Crown Resorts From Melco

Blackstone Picks Up $360 Million Stake in Australia’s Crown Resorts From Melco

Rashmi Ashok, Reuters

Gaming companies are hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but Melco seems to be suffering more than others — if its latest money-losing deal with Blackstone goes to shows.

4 weeks ago

Australian Travel Companies Warned to Honor Refund Policies After Consumer Backlash

Australian Travel Companies Warned to Honor Refund Policies After Consumer Backlash

Christopher Knaus, Guardian

Travel operators are no doubt suffering the impacts of Covid-19, but any abrupt changes to their refund policies and applying them retrospectively will certainly not win any loyalty from customers, even if these players survive the crisis.

1 month ago

New Zealand Contemplates Tourism Future as the Country Nears Goal of Eliminating Virus

New Zealand Contemplates Tourism Future as the Country Nears Goal of Eliminating Virus

Nick Perry, Associated Press

As a country with one of the world's highest chances of eliminating the virus, how New Zealand navigates its economy and tourism industry out of the pandemic will be closely watched by many. Will isolation travel packages lead the way forward?

1 month ago

Embattled Virgin Australia Faces Imminent Prospect of Voluntary Bankruptcy

Embattled Virgin Australia Faces Imminent Prospect of Voluntary Bankruptcy

Jamie Freed, Reuters

Will there be a last-minute lifeline for the embattled Virgin Australia? The clock is ticking away.

1 month ago

Fiji’s Colossal Tourism Sector Faces Catastrophic Impacts From Coronavirus

Fiji’s Colossal Tourism Sector Faces Catastrophic Impacts From Coronavirus

Sheldon Chanel, Guardian

Like other Pacific Island destinations that have been highly reliant on tourism — and typically just a few visitor source markets — it will be interesting to see how Fiji charts its course in the wake of global pandemic.

1 month ago

Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over Tourism-Reliant Pacific Islands as Powerful Cyclone Batters Region

Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over Tourism-Reliant Pacific Islands as Powerful Cyclone Batters Region

Yasmine Bjornum, Guardian

The coronavirus storm, if it makes landfall on these vulnerable Pacific island nations, could trigger a second wave of hardship for these tourism-oriented economies.

2 months ago

Australia to Close Borders as New Coronavirus Cases Mount

Australia to Close Borders as New Coronavirus Cases Mount

Katharine Murphy and Paul Karp, The Guardian

Australia's borders close Friday 9 p.m. local time. National carrier Qantas will end international flights and furlough two out of three of its workers despite a mammoth rescue package by the government. Who would've imagined this a month ago?

2 months ago

Travelers Race Home Amid Flurry of Worldwide Border Closures and Flight Warnings

Travelers Race Home Amid Flurry of Worldwide Border Closures and Flight Warnings

Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian

After this last-minute spike in border movements as people rush to return home, the world of travel will become a deafeningly silent place.

2 months ago

Flight Centre Shutters 100 Stores in Australia as Coronavirus Roils Travel Sector

Flight Centre Shutters 100 Stores in Australia as Coronavirus Roils Travel Sector

Ben Butler, The Guardian

Bushfires, drought and now coronavirus — can it get any worse for Australia tourism? Hopefully not, but signs are pointing to a darker picture ahead.

2 months ago