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Tourism Research Australia releases tourism forecast for next decade

2 August, 2017

Tourism Research Australia released (02-Aug-2017) its annual tourism forecast for 2017. The forecast includes a decade long view on changes in: international inbound arrivals; the purpose of travel for inbound arrivals; visitor nights and expenditure; outbound travel by Australian residents and the main country they visit. Highlights of the report include:

  • Expenditure:
    • AUD151.4 billion (USD120.4 billion) overnight spend in 2026-27;
    • Up 50% on 2016–17, with an annual growth of 4.1%;
  • International visitors:
    • 15 million in 2026–27;
    • Up 75% on 2016–17, with an annual growth of 5.8%;
    • China: AUD26.2 billion (USD20.8 billion), up 168% on 2016–17;
    • New Zealand: AUD3.9 billion (USD3.1 billion), up 44% on 2016–17;
    • US: AUD6.3 billion (USD5.0 billion), up 77% on 2016–17;
  • Domestic spend:
    • AUD97.5 billion (USD77.6 billion) in 2026–27;
    • Up 21% on 2016–17, with an annual growth of 1.9%;
    • Domestic overnight: AUD75.5 billion (USD60.0 billion);
    • Day trip spend: AUD21.9 billion (USD17.4 billion);
  • Outbound trips:
    • 14.8 million in 2026–27;
    • Up 47% on 2016–17, with an annual growth 3.9%. [more - original PR]

Flight Centre Travel Group acquires Quebec based travel company Les Voyages du Vallon

2 August, 2017

Flight Centre Travel Group acquired (02-Aug-2017) Quebec based travel company Les Voyages du Vallon (LDV). Flight Centre Travel Group MD Graham Turner stated the acquisition would fast-track the company's growth in another key global location. The deal includes acquisition of 75% of LDV with a rolling put and call option in place for the remaining 25% to be exercised after 31-Jul-2019. [more - original PR]

Virgin Australia applies for renewed authority to codeshare with Delta on Australian services

31 July, 2017

Virgin Australia applied (31-Jul-2017) for renewed exemptions authorities from the US Department of Transportation to codeshare with Delta Air Lines on services within Australia, for a period of at least two years. The existing authorisation is set to expire on 11-Sep-2017. [more - original PR]

Tourism Queensland: Queensland partners with Flight Centre to market State around the world

26 July, 2017

Flight Centre Travel Group and Queensland Government announced (25-Jul-2017) a new agreement to market the state around the world. Queensland Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones stated: "The AUD6 million (USD4.8 million) deal would build on a previous agreement that delivered a 38% sales increase at travel expos in New Zealand and the UK. This new 2017-2020 partnership will focus on Tourism and Major Events Queensland’s key target markets including New Zealand, UK and Canada and will include a programme of marketing campaigns, consumer promotions, travel agent education and training, product growth and event support, especially around the Commonwealth Games". [more - original PR]

Qantas set to retire 747 'Gosford'

24 July, 2017

Sydney Airport, via its official Facebook page, released (24-Jul-2017) images of Qantas' Boeing 747 named 'Gosford' landing in Sydney for the final time. On 30-Jul-2017, the aircraft is set complete its final service Sydney-San Francisco before being retired in Mojave Air and Space Port, California.

Qantas confirms eligible frequent flyer members will now have access to Alaska Airlines lounges

20 July, 2017

Qantas, vis its official Twitter page, announced (20-Jul-2017) all eligible Qantas Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members will now have access to selected Alaska Airlines business class lounges as part of a reciprocal codeshare agreement. 

Tourism Tasmania identifies key markets to drive tourism via International Market Approach Report

19 July, 2017

Tourism Tasmania released (Jul-2017) its International Market Approach report which aims to grow annual visitor numbers to Tasmania to 1.5 million and generate visitor expenditure of AUD2.5 billion (USD2 billion) by 2020. The report identified Tasmania's highest priority markets, which include North America, Continental Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. [more - original PR]

Delta Private Jets appoints former Virgin Australia COO as president

19 July, 2017

Delta Air Lines subsidiary Delta Private Jets appointed (18-Jul-2017) Virgin Australia former COO Gary Hammes as president. Mr Hammes will be responsible for both financial and operational performance, growing the Delta Private Jets brand and the travel solution, as well as transforming the customer service platform. [more - original PR]

Tourism & Transport Forum: China to overtake New Zealand as Australia's largest source market

17 July, 2017

Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) reported (14-Jul-2017) Australian Overseas Arrival Data shows China is set to overtake New Zealand for the first time as Australia’s biggest source of international visitors "within months if current trends continue". TTF also stated that the "incredible" resurgence of travellers from the US to Australia "continues to be this year’s surprise success story". [more - original PR]

Fiji Airways: New lounge for business class at LAX

13 July, 2017

Fiji Airways announced (13-Jul-2017) its business class guests as Los Angeles International Airport will have access to the oneworld Lounge, located on Level 5 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Access to the lounge will be offered exclusively to Fiji Airways guests seated in business class and eligible Tabua Members. [more - original PR]

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