Australia, NZ & South Pacific

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.

9 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.

9 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.

10 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.

1 year 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 year 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.

1 year 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 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago