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News Briefs

Visitor arrivals to Cook Islands up 27% to 7731 in Feb-2017 Cook Islands Ministry of Finance & Economic Management reported (27-Mar-2017) visitor arrivals to Cook Islands

InterContinental Sydney plans AUD200 million renovation as demand in the Sydney accommodation market remains solid.

InterContinental Hotel Group and Mulpha Australia Ltd have recently announced (22-Feb-2017) a proposed major renovation of the InterContinental Sydney hotel which is expected to exceed

Forecasting growth at Badgerys Creek, the airport that everybody needs and (almost) nobody wants

Sydney’s second airport is notable for being probably the only topic on which there has been multi-party agreement for nearly five decades – that is,

Australia’s domestic on time performance and cancellations improve in Jan-2017

Australia’s BITRE reports domestic on time performance in Jan-2017 Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (21-Feb-2017) overall domestic on time performance in Jan-2017

Air New Zealand: Jan-2017 results show passenger traffic increase but drop in revenue

Air New Zealand pax up 4% to 1.2m with 83% load factor in Jan-2017 Traffic highlights for Jan-2017: Passenger numbers: 1.2 million, +3.9% year-on-year; ◦          Short-haul:

TTF urges removal of operating restrictions at Sydney Airport to allow for growth

Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) has stated (17-Feb-2017) that the “continued cap on aircraft movements at Sydney Airport is fast becoming a cap on international visitor arrivals at Australia’s

Virgin Australia Holdings revenue and profit falls in 1HFY2017, but international business improves

Virgin Australia Holdings today reported a decline in revenue of 1% for 1HFY2017. Financial highlights for the six months ended 31-Dec-2016: Revenue: AUD2634 million (USD1984 million),

Virgin Australia announces direct services to Hong Kong (and China) for 2017

Virgin Australia today announced plans to commence services to Hong Kong and mainland China by mid-2017. The services will operate under a proposed alliance agreement

International tourist arrivals increase 11% year on year with Asia leading that growth

Tourism Australia has reported 8.3 million international arrivals to Australia in 2016, an increase of 11% year-on-year. Managing Director John O’Sullivan reported that tourism arrivals from key markets

Healthy profit and traffic growth made 2016 a good year for Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport MD and CEO Kerrie Mather has stated (16-Feb-2017) she is very pleased with the airport’s 2016 results, which reflect strong performance from all businesses

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