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Hawaii Says It Set New Tourism and Spending Records in 2015

Image f on GoHawaii’s Facebook page announcing the seasonal arrival of humpback whales. Hawaiian Tourism Hawaii’s tourism agency says a record 8.6 million people traveled to the islands last year.The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday that’s more than 4 percent…

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TAA: share economy operators need to play by the rules

Labor Party leader Bill ShortenTAA has made a number of submissions to State and Federal inquiries on the need to tighten regulations governing commercial operators using the share economy to let short-term accommodation without meeting the requirements imposed on legitimate…

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BESydney helps secure $400 million in business events

Business Events Sydney CEO Lyn Lewis-SmithAt its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held this week (Oct 22), BESydney reported outstanding results for Sydney and NSW between 1 January 2014 and 30 June 2015, despite challenging times with the convention centre redevelopment…

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TIA aims for $9 billion bump

The Domestic Tourism Working Group met again this week to further the development of a Domestic Travel Strategy.The aim of this work is to ensure New Zealand’s tourism industry retains a strong focus on domestic travel and to ensure opportunities…

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ICC Sydney’s IMEX push

The film invites viewers to experience the world class features, design and capacity of Australia’s first fully-integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment destination, while showcasing the new venue’s integration with its immediate environment and surrounding precincts in the heart of Australia’s…

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NZ to impose a travel tax on visitors

The New Zealand Government will impose a travel tax of $21.57 (incl. GST) per air passenger and $26.22 (incl. GST) per cruise passenger, with the money collected replacing the current Crown funding of border services provided by Customs and Ministry…

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Qatar Airways adds another Australian route

Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al BakerThis is in addition to the recent announcement that the airline will fly into Sydney from 1 March, 2016.Adelaide will be the first Australian port to receive Qatar Airways’ new A350 aircraft. Flying…

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NZ hospitality associations merge

“We are sorry to be saying goodbye to MANZ – which is a long established association representing an important and distinct sector of New Zealand accommodation. However, wealready have a close working relationship with HNZ and we expect that to…

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Airbnb in trouble over drip pricing

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has thrown the book at AirBnbThe ACCC found that Airbnb failed to adequately disclose a mandatory Service Fee and also a Cleaning Fee, where applied by an accommodation host, on Search Results pages…