Issue: Jul - Aug 2017
Sandip Hor

The highlight for this period unquestionably has been the Round Table Conference on Oppor-tunities and Challenges for Bilateral Travel. Organised by us in partnership with Australia India Business Council (AIBC) and supported by our corporate sponsor Accor Hotels, it was held on 9th August at the Pullman Quay Grand, Sydney Harbour [..]
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Indian Visitor Arrival to Australia
There were 605,100 visitor arrivals to Australia during June, an increase of 8.9 per cent relative to the same period of the previous year. This brings to 8.5 million visitor arrivals for year ending June 2017, an increase of 8.9 per cent relative to the previous year. This represents an extra 695,000 visitors on the previous year. [..]
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Tourism Australia celebrates 15th landmark edition of India Travel Mission (ITM) 2017
This year the annual trade event achieved record participation from the Australian and Indian travel industry. Tourism Australia hosted the 15th edition of the India Travel Mission (ITM), in Pune from 16 to 19 August 2017, with a record 200 delegates - providing a perfect platform for growing the tourism opportunity for Australia in India. [..]
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Tourism Australia celebrates 50 years of marketing Australia to attract international business and leisure travelers
Reaching its 50 year milestone this year, Tourism Australia along with Tourism and Events Queensland announces tourism program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The anniversary is timely too with the announcement in Mumbai recently of the tourism pro-gram for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, [..]
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Special the 50th Anniversary packages for Indian travelers
To celebrate Tourism Australia’s 50 year milestone a number of key distribution partners in India have developed special the 50th Anniversary packages, offering significant value-adds to Indian travellers looking to experience Australia. These include: [..]
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Commonwealth Games 2018
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), which will span across 11 day period from 4th April 2018 with athletes from 70 nations and territories, will be the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade and the biggest sporting spectacular the Gold Coast has ever seen. As the first regional Australian city to ever host a Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast will celebrate [..]
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Online Visitor visa applications for Indian nationals
The Australian High Commission and Australian Department of Immigration and Border Pro-tection introduced online visitor visa applications for Australia online from 1 July 2017. This is a major step for increasing visitor numbers from India. Eligible Indian nationals can now apply online [..]
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Luxperience 2017
LUXPERIENCE, which is the Southern Hemisphere's only luxury business event that con-nects the innovative experiential tourism authorities in the premium travel market, will be held in Sydney from 17-20 September at the Dolton House, Australian Technology Park.It’s an ex-clusive, invitation only event, which attracts the highest quality buyers and sellers to this time-less experience [..]
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International growth boosts Sydney
Rising international passenger numbers and a thriving retail sector have helped deliver strong half-year results for Sydney Airport, which this morning revealed earnings of $577.6m in the six months to 30 Jun.Its earnings before interest, tax depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were up 7.7% on the same period last year, on passenger growth of 3.6% [..]
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Sydney voted number one city by Travel + Leisure
Sydney’s iconic landmarks, stunning beaches and vibrant food and wine scene have continued to resonate with travellers with the city once again voted the number one city in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific at the 22nd annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase welcomed the accolade and said the US represents an important visitor market for NSW. [..]
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Tourism workforce shortfall in Australia
Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan recently said the sector is well on track to achieving several of its Tourism 2020 goals - but is falling short when it comes to issues around industry staffing, training and development. Speaking at a business lunch convened by the Australia- Israel Chamber of Commerce, O’Sullivan confirmed overnight visitor expenditure is currently tracking towards $127b-$135b annually [..]
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Road Trip of a Lifetime
Tourism Australia and BuzzFeed Australia are on the hunt for the next generation of visual storytellers from around the world to join the first ever BuzzFeed Mateship program, a once-in-lifetime fellowship and travel program that will see the Mates work, travel and capture content across Australia. Eight young travellers and aspiring
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New-build Novotel and ibis hotel tower for Melbourne CBD
In an Australian first, AccorHotels has announced its first vertical dual hotel integration to be launched in Melbourne CBD in late 2018 in conjunction with Singapore-based owners, Well Smart Group.Spanning 36 levels and 483 rooms, the dual hotel project – Novotel and ibis Melbourne Little Lonsdale Street – is the first development where two brands will share public spaces including reception lobby, food and beverage [..]
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Dwarka in Gujerat India gets its first Mercure
Mercure made its debut in the holy city of Dwarka with the opening of Mercure Dwarka. Re-nowned as one of the prominent Char Dham and one of the seven most ancient religious cities in India. Strategically located in the Devbhumi Dwarka district of Gujarat, the hotel is a short drive from the Dwarkadhish temple, popularly known as Jagat Mandir. The hotel is conve-niently located at a five [..]
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According to a PTI report, India has registered a growth of over 15% in foreign tourist arrivals from January to July this year, with many opting for e-visa facility, the tourism ministry said in a statement. The highest number of tourists arrived from Bangladesh (20.12%), followed by the US (16.26%), the UK (10.88%) and France (3.01%). [..]
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Redefining the Taj Experiences: Tajness
Taj has unveiled Tajness—the group’s brand and operations philosophy for the future. For more than a century Taj has welcomed guests with a signature warmth, a practice of perfection, a culture of generosity and a clear sense of true Indian hospitality. Tajness seeks its inspiration from the nobility of this Indian heritage [..]
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Kerala’s new tourism policy to focus on adventure
Sensing the immense and innumerable possibilities of promoting Kerala as a destination for ‘Adventure and Activity based Tourism’, the State Tourism Department is focusing on devel-oping new projects to utilise the same, said Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran. Inau-gurating a one day workshop organised by the department to give shape to its tourism policy [..]
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Reported by Travel Daily Media in India, aviation sector in India will need to purchase 2,100 new jet aircraft valued at US$290 billion over the next 20 years. According to Boeing’s latest Current Market Outlook for India, which was announced during a briefing in Delhi, the demand will be driven by single-aisle aircraft such as the Boeing 737 MAX or Airbus A320neo, [..]
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AITTC New Member Profiles
• Destination Marketing Services represented by Marissa Fernandez delivers professional services to Australian and New Zealand business event, incentive planners and leisure agents through our global network of over 35 destination management companies, operating in more than 60 countries including INDIA. [..]
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Brent Anderson is Tourism Australia’s Regional General Manager, South & South East Asia including India. His team is responsible for the marketing of Australia in a diverse set of source markets throughout the region, focused upon deriving economic benefits for Australia from inbound tourism. Brent has over 20 years’ [..]
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