Articles tagged “australia”

Tourism Australia Targets High-Spending Consumers With New Premium Strategy

Tourism Australia Targets High-Spending Consumers With New Premium Strategy

Laura Powell, Skift

Everyone is talking about experiential travel these days. But Tourism Australia is upping the ante, using experiences to drive a premium strategy aimed at attracting more affluent visitors.

3 months ago

India’s Ola Enters Competitive Australian Ground Transport Market

India’s Ola Enters Competitive Australian Ground Transport Market

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

India’s Ola has started operations in two major Australian cities, following hot on the heels of Estonia’s Taxify. The newcomers are exploiting opportunities unlocked when Uber paved the way for increased competition in a market in the tight grip of taxi operators.

5 months ago

Qantas Considers Chicago as Part of Its Long-Haul Expansion

Qantas Considers Chicago as Part of Its Long-Haul Expansion

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Just after this story was written, Qantas rival Air New Zealand announced a new nonstop from Auckland to Chicago. Air New Zealand's main hub in Auckland is closer to Chicago than Qantas' Sydney base, so Air New Zealand has an advantage. But Qantas can probably make Brisbane-Chicago work.

5 months ago

Qantas’ New Australia to UK Flights Will Test Its Ultra-Long-Haul Strategy

Qantas’ New Australia to UK Flights Will Test Its Ultra-Long-Haul Strategy

Angus Whitley and Rebecca Keenan, Bloomberg

Qantas' new 17-hour direct route may help it grab more market share. The new route signals a broader trend among Asia-Pacific airlines tapping next-generation aircraft to power ultra-long-distance flights.

5 months ago

Chinese Tourists Helped Turn Tasmania Into Australia’s Fastest-Growing Destination

Chinese Tourists Helped Turn Tasmania Into Australia’s Fastest-Growing Destination

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

If spending by overseas tourists in Tasmania is spiking, maybe Tourism Australia's latest ad campaign will help it ride that wave of success.

5 months ago

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Qantas' new pilot academy may address the airline’s needs, but won’t solve an imbalance which has already seen regional Australian airlines cancel and reschedule services. Meanwhile, the government has bowed to pressure and will again grant temporary visas to pilots after scrapping them last year.

5 months ago

Australian Charter Operator Gets Opportunistic About Tourism Surge

Australian Charter Operator Gets Opportunistic About Tourism Surge

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Brisbane-based Alliance Airlines continues to see opportunities where others fear to fly. It has done extremely well in Australia’s mining boom, and now aims to grow its tourism activities to shield it from the ups and downs of the resources sector.

6 months ago

Australia Wants to Help Bankroll Trump’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Australia Wants to Help Bankroll Trump’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Brett Foley and Jason Scott, Bloomberg

Trump is determined to push much of the infrastructure funding responsibility off the federal government. Since when are roads, bridges, and airports no longer public assets?

6 months ago

Australia Is Benefitting From a Rise in Chinese and Indian Tourists

Australia Is Benefitting From a Rise in Chinese and Indian Tourists

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

The growth of Chinese outbound tourism often dominates discussion but India is having its own boom.

6 months ago

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia should have Wi-Fi available on all domestic flights by the end of 2018. While travelers want to stay connected, they probably won’t pay for Wi-Fi, but might choose flights on the basis of internet coverage, especially on longer routes.

6 months ago

8 Adventure Spots That Are Crowd-Free Alternatives to Overtourism

8 Adventure Spots That Are Crowd-Free Alternatives to Overtourism

Meera Dattani, Bloomberg

These eight adventure destinations from Africa to Australia to Antarctica will blow your mind with their untrammeled beauty.

6 months ago

Australians Are Cruising Like Locals — Close to Home

Australians Are Cruising Like Locals — Close to Home

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Australians have taken to cruising like ducks to water. With around 85 percent of bookings going through travel agents, this sector is providing a shot in the arm for travel retailers hit by falling margins in their bread-and-butter flights and hotels business.

6 months ago