Australia, NZ & South Pacific

Australia May Also Ban Laptops in Aircraft Cabins

Australia May Also Ban Laptops in Aircraft Cabins

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

It looks like calls for the laptop ban are intensifying across the world. This is bad news for flyers and airlines alike.

2 weeks ago

New Zealand Has Reduced Its Outlook on Chinese Tourism

New Zealand Has Reduced Its Outlook on Chinese Tourism

Tracy Withers, Bloomberg

Tourism has quietly become New Zealand's top export. But uncertainty surrounding the desire and ability of Chinese travelers to visit has drastically reduced its outlook for the future.

2 weeks ago

New Zealand Sees Boom in Same-Sex Destination Weddings

New Zealand Sees Boom in Same-Sex Destination Weddings

Chris Bourke and Kimberley Painter, Bloomberg

While Down Under has rejected marriage for same-sex couples, equality exists three hours away in New Zealand, which claims rising numbers of international visitors choosing it as a wedding destination.

3 weeks ago

Australian Hoteliers Are Having a Hard Time Finding Space for a Record Number of Chinese Tourists

Australian Hoteliers Are Having a Hard Time Finding Space for a Record Number of Chinese Tourists

Dan Peltier, Skift

China is the largest jackpot that many destinations including Australia are aggressively targeting but they should also ensure they have enough hotel rooms to keep up with demand before they open the marketing campaign and flight floodgates.

4 weeks ago

More Chinese Tourists to Hawaii Are Having Their Visas Rejected

More Chinese Tourists to Hawaii Are Having Their Visas Rejected

Associated Press

The arbitrariness of both business and leisure travel into the U.S. is becoming a huge challenge for inbound tourism.

2 months ago

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

This study — which shows that surfers can be a bellwether for future visitor growth — could help destinations adequately prepare for more tourists before they are overwhelmed.

2 months ago

New Zealand Doesn’t Have Enough Hotel Rooms to Accommodate Crush of Tourists

New Zealand Doesn’t Have Enough Hotel Rooms to Accommodate Crush of Tourists

Tracy Withers and Matthew Brockett, Bloomberg

New Zealand needs to come to terms with its infrastructure problems in hospitality or it will be maxing out tourism opportunities. Although sometimes that can be a good thing if a destination gets overrun with visitors.

2 months ago

Hawaiian Airlines Is First U.S. Airliner to Help Monitor Climate Change

Hawaiian Airlines Is First U.S. Airliner to Help Monitor Climate Change

Associated Press

The sprawling Pacific has few weather observation posts. To fill the gap, scientists are fitting air and pollution monitors onto commercial aircraft. Kudos to Hawaiian for being the first U.S. airline (and the seventh airliner worldwide) to participate.

3 months ago

Destination-Defining Restaurants Are Adding Hotel Rooms to Attract Tourists

Destination-Defining Restaurants Are Adding Hotel Rooms to Attract Tourists

Adam Erace, Bloomberg

As the line between food and hospitality continues to blur, it's more important than ever that both restauranteurs and hoteliers understand how interconnected they are to each other within the travel industry.

6 months ago

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Continues to Decay at Record Rate

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Continues to Decay at Record Rate

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

One of Australia's most important tourism destinations is under severe threat from increased pollution and warmer waters. As the reef's area decreases, however, experts say tourists will continue to flock to the reef.

6 months ago

Hawaii’s Tourism Hopes Ride Along a Wave of Olympic Surfing

Hawaii’s Tourism Hopes Ride Along a Wave of Olympic Surfing

Associated Press, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Surf's up, indeed. Hawaii is often thought of as the literal and spiritual birthplace of surfing, so building a travel marketing campaign around the sport makes a lot of sense for the destination, especially as it rides a wave of record-breaking tourism numbers, too.

6 months ago

Australia Can’t Rely on Tired, Outdated Tourism Attractions to Lure Chinese Travelers

Australia Can’t Rely on Tired, Outdated Tourism Attractions to Lure Chinese Travelers

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

Australia needs to up its tourism infrastructure if it wants to grow in its appeal to the ever-growing and ever-valuable Chinese tourism market.

7 months ago