DESTINATION: Team-building in Hong Kong

A city that never sleeps, Hong Kong is bursting with an energy that never fails to exhilarate visitors – and when it comes to boosting team morale, the city’s buzz can really fuel the fire for engaging team-building activities. Here’s how corporate groups can tap into the spirit of Hong Kong and energy of its people. Cooking Classes Corporate groups can discover the art of Chinese culinary techniques through one of Hong Kong’s remarkable cooking schools. From the top-ranked hotels through to independent operators, there […]

Read more

EVENTS: Coober Pedy celebrates centenary

The opal capital of the world, Coober Pedy, is gearing up to celebrate 100 years of history and heritage. Celebrations to mark the centenary kicked off this month, with a line-up of special events running until May 2015. South Australian Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell, said visitors will be treated to genuine outback hospitality when they make the trek to the South Australian outback. “This event is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a unique destination where half the population lives in underground dugouts and […]

Read more

NEWS: Langham introduces new hotel brand

Langham Hospitality Group has announced a new upscale global hotel brand, Cordis Hotels and Resorts. A new generation of hotels devoted to wellbeing, the Cordis portfolio will be developed through a combination of new-build and conversion projects in key cities in Asia and North America, with the brand set to debut in Hong Kong in May 2015. Introducing the brand, Langham Hospitality Group chief executive officer Robert Warman said: “Building on the successes of Langham Hotels and Resorts, we saw the need to create a collection of international […]

Read more

NEWS: Funding boost for NSW events

The NSW Government has announced a 25 per cent increase in its tourism budget over the next four years to make Sydney the number one destination for major events. Just over $73 million will be spent on major events including $22 million to secure more events in western Sydney. Tourism Accommodation Australia acting CEO, Carol Giuseppi, said: “It has taken a long time for governments to understand the substantial impact that events, conferences and exhibitions can deliver to the economy.” “The impact of the recent Asian Football […]

Read more

NEWS: Adelaide’s bumper year of business events  

Figures released by the Adelaide Convention Bureau highlight a bumper year for business events as the state secured $211m worth of conventions and conferences in 2014. A total 191 events were held in the South Australian capital last year, creating 1790 jobs and injecting more than $4m weekly to the state’s visitor economy. Adelaide Convention Bureau CEO, Damien Kitto, said the success of 2014 is reflective of the bureau’s new marketing strategy. “The $211m economic benefit for Adelaide and South Australia over the year affords […]

Read more

NEWS: Brisbane’s major sporting win

English Premier League giants, Liverpool FC, have announced they will tour Australia in July, kicking off their campaign in Queensland against the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium. The club’s visit to Brisbane in July marks the first time Liverpool FC has toured Queensland in their 123-year history. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Liverpool FC fixture against Brisbane Roar again highlighted Brisbane’s ability to stage major sporting events. “Following world-class events such as the Brisbane International, AFC Asian Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures, […]

Read more

NEWS: Record visitors to Las Vegas

Las Vegas welcomed a record 41.1 million visitors in 2014, a figure that includes nearly 5.2 million convention and meeting delegates. The 2014 year-end statistics, released this week by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), point to continued recovery for Las Vegas tourism with increases in all of the key visitation indicators. The local meetings and convention industry reached a six-year high with nearly 5.2 million delegates attending a convention, trade show or meeting in 2014, reflecting a 1.2 percent increase over last year. […]

Read more

NEWS: NZ visitor arrivals hit new high in 2014

International visitor arrivals for December have rounded out an impressive year of growth for New Zealand. December saw more than 400,000 arrivals, marking the highest number of visitors ever recorded for any month, pushing total arrivals to over 2.8 million. The data, released today by Statistics New Zealand, reveals that total holiday arrivals for the year ending December are up 6.9 per cent, topping off a great year for the tourism industry. “It has been a stellar year of growth which we expect to see continue […]

Read more

NEWS: PARKROYAL Parramatta expands

Pan Pacific Hotels Group today announced plans for a multi-million dollar extension of PARKROYAL Parramatta in Sydney. Costing $25 million, the development will commence in March and make PARKROYAL Parramatta the largest hotel in Parramatta – boasting 286 guestrooms – by June 2016. The 15-month project will involve the construction of a new seven-storey tower with a club lounge, as well as 40 club rooms and 50 premium rooms that offer views of the Parramatta skyline and incorporate the use of the latest technology and […]

Read more

NEWS: Tjapukai appoints new CEO

Strengthening Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park’s reputation as a leader in Indigenous tourism and employment in Australia will be a priority for incoming chief executive officer Greg Erwin, set to take over the top job in March. Tjapukai Board chairman Bruce Glanville announced Mr Erwin would step into the role on March 02, so outgoing CEO, Geoff Olson, could oversee the final stages of the cultural park’s $12 million redevelopment. “Greg has a wealth of tourism experience having spent 20 years in the industry with the past […]

Read more

NEWS: $20m resort for Rottnest Island

The Western Australian Government has signed a landmark agreement with Karma Royal Group to develop a new Karma Resort on Rottnest Island. Karma Resorts took over the lease of the current Rottnest Lodge in 2011 and plans to invest a further $20 million to develop the new resort. With construction due to begin in April 2016, the proprty will feature short stay holiday accommodation, beach club, licensed bar and restaurant, pool and gym, spa, as well as conference facilities and meeting rooms. “I am extremely exhilarated that […]

Read more

NEWS: Crown’s new Melbourne hotel

Crown Resorts Limited today announced plans to develop a new five-star hotel and apartment complex in Melbourne. The proposed site, on Queensbridge Street, Southbank, is opposite the Crown Melbourne Integrated Resort and controlled by the Schiavello Group. Crown has agreed to an initial investment of $50 million to participate in the joint development of the project with Schiavello. It has been agreed that Crown will own and manage the hotel on completion, while the Schiavello Group will acquire an office and showroom area within the complex. The parties will share ownership […]

Read more

NEWS: Christchurch centre good for tourism

Tourism leaders have welcomed the recent announcement to develop Christchurch’s new convention centre, after international investment was confirmed this month. “We’re thrilled to have confirmation of the development and operation of Christchurch’s new convention centre, set to open in 2017,” Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism CEO, Tim Hunter, said. The Convention Centre Precinct (CCP) will be located on the block defined by Armagh Street, Oxford Terrace, Worcester Street and Colombo Street; and Gloucester Street will become part of the precinct itself. In this location, the CCP will connect […]

Read more

NEWS: Macau moving at incredible pace

Cranes, cranes and more cranes are everywhere in Macau, with the city undergoing an incredible amount of development right now. As construction continues on the 29.5km Hong Kong-Zuhai-Macau bridge, to open at the end of 2016, ground has been broken in a number of hot spots on the Cotai Strip, reclaimed land linking the islands of Taipa and Coloane and home to large entertainment precincts as the City of Dreams, Sands (The Venetian) and the Galaxy. Such is the building boom in Macau that the […]

Read more

NEWS: Aust Govt urged to loosen visa policies after disappointing year for tourism

Australia’s visa policies are inhibiting tourism potential and seeing it lose out on high-spending Asian visitors, according to a report released today by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The organisation’s 2014 Annual Economic Impact Report for Australia shows the economic contribution of Australia’s travel a tourism grew by just 1.7 per cent in 2013. WTTC president and CEO, David Scowsill said the Australian Federal Government needs to take action to ensure the sector is sustained in the long term. “The Australian Government can’t […]

Read more