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Month: June 2018

NTIA People’s Choice

THE Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has named the state finalists for the 2018 People’s Choice: Retail Travel Agency of the Year category in its National Travel Industry Awards. New Farm Travel is the finalist for Qld; Chris Watson Travel for NSW; Weston Cruise & Travel for ACT; Destination HQ Beaumaris for Vic; Home Travel Company for Tas; Kingscote Travel for SA/NT and Bicton Travel for WA. A total of 10,519 consumers voted for their favourite accredited retail agency this year, a 32% increase on last year. The winner will be announced at the NTIA Gala Dinner on...

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Oz enjoys local travel

TOURISM Research Australia has released its latest National Visitor Survey on domestic travel by Australians, which shows almost all states and territories experienced visitor growth between Mar 2017-Mar 2018. According to the report, domestic overnight travel was up on previous years, showing growth of 7% that was also underpinned by a visitor spend increase of 5%. The strongest performers in domestic travel were NSW and Tasmania, which both enjoyed visitor growth of 10%, the highest in the country. The ACT also proved to be a popular spot, with the territory welcoming around 2.7 million visitors and growth of almost...

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Airlines overtaken on TV

AUSTRALIA’S airlines have been overtaken as the biggest travel presence on television, with online aggregators now wielding larger budgets for small-screen advertising. Figures from media and data company Nielsen (TD yesterday) show major websites like Trivago, TripAdvisor and Hotels Combined favour television as their main promotional channel, spending millions of dollars more than the major carriers. Trivago is now the top television advertising spender in the Australian travel sector, having secured airtime worth $19.3 million over the past year. It was followed by TripAdvisor ($10.7m) and Hotels Combined ($10.5m), with Flight Centre in fourth place ($8.9m) and the biggest...

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Getting lost in Shangri-La

SHANGRI-LA Hotels and Resorts invited customers to get “Lost in Shangri-La” at its recent Annual Showcase from 04 to 08 Jun. With the support of airlines, DMCs and NTOs, a total of 21 properties from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Fiji and Australia were on show at the event, which included updates on the hotels and their destinations, as well as information on inspiring journeys and unforgettable experiences designed to capture the customer’s imagination. Showcases in Sydney and Melbourne attracted great attendance from the leisure, MICE and corporate sectors, who had the opportunity to immerse themselves...

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Hello MasterChef

HELLOWORLD Travel is celebrating MasterChef’s recent visit to SA in conjunction with the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC). Helloworld is the call-to-action partner for the Network Ten initiative – see our cover page. Source: Travel...

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