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Australia, NZ & South Pacific

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.

4 days 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.

1 week 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.

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Australia Can’t Rely on Tired, Outdated Tourism Attractions to Lure Chinese Travelers

Australia Can’t Rely on Tired, Outdated Tourism Attractions to Lure Chinese Travelers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

1 month ago

Sydney Positions Conferences As Catalysts for Economic Development

Sydney Positions Conferences As Catalysts for Economic Development

Greg Oates, Skift

Governments, convention bureaus, and universities like those in Australia are collaborating more strategically to diversify the economy and drive economic development by targeting specific international conferences aligned with national interests.

2 months ago

Guam Wants to Be Asia-Pacific’s Next Meetings and Incentive Travel Hub

Guam Wants to Be Asia-Pacific’s Next Meetings and Incentive Travel Hub

Greg Oates, Skift

Guam presents an interesting option for Asia-Pacific conferences because it's a tropical island with mature tourism infrastructure and decent airlift, but there's a lot of work to do to show American meeting planners and attendees that the long flight is worth it. It's easy to say you want to be Hawaii, and another to actually be it.

2 months ago

Hawaii Tourism Hits a New Record in August at 780,000 Visitors

Hawaii Tourism Hits a New Record in August at 780,000 Visitors

Associated Press

Hawaii is highly successful at finding new visitors when economic conditions keep some others away.

2 months ago

Feds Move to Protect Stressed Out Dolphins From Tourists in Hawaii

Feds Move to Protect Stressed Out Dolphins From Tourists in Hawaii

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

We're not eager to see companies go out of business, but this is part of a broader move that rethinks the relationship between tourists and animals, some in captivity and some in the wild.

4 months ago

The Best Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers in 2016

The Best Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers in 2016

Elin McCoy, Bloomberg

Cheers to this oenophile travel wish list.

5 months ago

James Cameron Is New Zealand’s Latest Tourism Ambassador

James Cameron Is New Zealand’s Latest Tourism Ambassador

Sarah Enelow, Skift

James Cameron is the latest A-list celebrity to be hired for a major tourism campaign, and this one actually seems like a decent fit.

5 months ago

Is Swimming With Humpback Whales Sketchy or Sustainable Tourism?

Is Swimming With Humpback Whales Sketchy or Sustainable Tourism?

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Swimming with humpback whales as a tourism pursuit is spreading to Ningaloo Reef in western Australia. We're all for experiential travel -- and this takes it to new heights, or depths, depending on your perspective.

5 months ago

Australia Will Spend $739 Million to Help Protect Great Barrier Reef

Australia Will Spend $739 Million to Help Protect Great Barrier Reef

Victoria Batchelor, Bloomberg

It's unfortunate that the Great Barrier Reef is essentially a chess piece in an election campaign, rather than Australia helping to preserve it simply because it's the right thing to do.

6 months ago