Bronwen Largier

December 8, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

International visitation to New Zealand nets over $1 billion in three months

New Zealand’s international tourism spend is coming back, with international arrivals dropping NZ$1.03 billion in cash into the New Zealand economy in the September quarter, but it’s still well down on the more than $17 billion annual spend that was the norm pre-pandemic. Read more

Bronwen Largier

December 8, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Regional event space reopening on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula

The three dining offerings at Pt. Leo Estate on the Mornington Peninsula, less than 90 minutes from Melbourne’s city centre, are reopening this month after a fire forced a six-month shutdown. Read more

Graeme Kemlo

December 8, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Murray River tourism slump – it’s not the floodwater, it’s the cancellations

Tourism businesses in the Murray region of Victoria and New South Wales are warning that visitor cancellations following recent flooding could see them go under financially. Read more

Bronwen Largier

December 7, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

SkyCity Adelaide latest to face AUSTRAC penalty proceedings over money laundering risks with The Star Entertainment Group also in federal court

The turmoil in Australia’s casino industry continues, with SkyCity Adelaide the latest to face formal proceedings against it. Read more

Bronwen Largier

December 7, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Le Méridien Melbourne set to open in early 2023

The 235-key Le Méridien Melbourne will mark the return of Marriott International’s upscale brand to Australia when it opens in the first quarter of 2023. Read more

Graeme Kemlo

December 7, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Why major events matter to Melbourne

When Melbourne conceived the Victorian Major Events Company (VMEC) in 1991, it said everything about how serious the city is about the business of sport. This was not just a vehicle to harness the economic benefits of our obsession as spectators, it was a call to action for interstate and international visitors to understand what all the fuss was about. Read more

Joyce DiMascio

December 6, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

Part 2: MCB’s Julia Swanson says it’s time for industry to unite

Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Julie Swanson says it’s time for the sector to unite under one industry body that can best deliver on the needs of the industry with a focus on research and advocacy. Read more

Bronwen Largier

December 6, 2022 · Sydney, Australia

NSW and federal governments put $319 million towards easing the state’s skills shortage

The state and national governments have inked an agreement to fund 120,000 fee-free TAFE and vocational training places to help ease the skills shortage in NSW and the events supply chain is set to benefit. Read more