Daily News Briefs

Tourism Council WA: State tourism industry has lost USD1.7bn since Apr-2020

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall reported (27-Oct-2020) the state’s tourism industry has lost AUD2.4 billion (USD1.7 billion) in revenue since the closure of its

Qantas to resume Sydney-Hobart service from 06-Nov-2020

Qantas announced (27-Oct-2020) plans to resume Sydney-Hobart service from 06-Nov-2020, operating 11 times weekly, following the easing of border restrictions between New South Wales and

Visitor arrivals to Fiji down 98.8% in Sep-2020

Fiji‘s Bureau of Statistics reported (19-Oct-2020) 1005 visitor arrivals to Fiji in Sep-2020, a decline of 98.8% year-on-year. There were only 183 air arrivals in

Solomon Airlines to maintain domestic network at reduced capacity

Solomon Airlines CEO Brett Gebers said the carrier will be “a much smaller airline for some time to come”, but intends to continue operating its

Holiday Inn Express opens at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport

Holiday Inn Express opened (27-Oct-2020) its first airport hotel in Australia at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport. The eight storey hotel has 247 rooms and is

Tourism NT to launch second round of Territory Tourism Voucher scheme

Tourism NT announced (27-Oct-2020) the second round of the Territory Tourism Voucher scheme will open on 02-Nov-2020. The first round of the scheme has generated

Qantas to launch Sydney-Launceston service from Dec-2020

Qantas announced (27-Oct-2020) it will launch Sydney-Launceston service commencing 04-Dec-2020, operating three times weekly with Boeing 717 equipment. The route announcement follows the easing of

ACCC: Virgin Australia & Alliance Airlines seek to cooperate on 40 domestic & 2 international routes

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reported (23-Oct-2020) Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines applied for authorisation to cooperate in relation to the provision of services

Business Council of Australia: ‘Crucial’ government airfreight assistance mechanism must continue

Business Council of Australia (BCA) reported (22-Oct-2020) high value exports from Australia, including agricultural products, remain constrained due to international travel restrictions. Air exports of

Visitor arrivals to Australia down 99.6% in Aug-2020

Tourism Australia reported (26-Oct-2020) visitor arrivals to Australia declined 99.6% year-on-year to 3030 in Aug-2020. Visitor arrivals to Australia declined 70.5% to 1.8 million in