Australia, NZ & South Pacific

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.

3 days 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

5 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.

7 months ago

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.

8 months 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.

9 months 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.

9 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.

9 months 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.

10 months 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.

10 months 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.

11 months ago