Tourism Boost Expected As Queensland Opens Borders To Victoria

This morning, Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queensland will open its borders to Victoria on December 1st.

This was consequent to Victoria passing the 28-day requirement of no community transmission as well as high testing rates with good results from sewage testing.

“Can I congratulate Daniel Andrews, their Chief Health Officer and all of Victorians because this is just such fantastic news,” Ms Palaszczuk stated. This means, starting December 1, Victorians can also come to Queensland and, transversely, Queenslanders are very welcome to Victoria.

This ease of restrictions is deemed to boost tourism on the Gold Coast and Cairns in particular. The said spots had the most loss of international visitors, thus, contributing to a devastating economic impact.

“A lot of the businesses still have not returned to those inner-city high-rise offices … so that shopping and even the restaurants haven’t been doing their normal trade,” she said.

Now that the borders have been opened, it is expected to see more and more people coming back to work and go back to their natural spending habits, hence, giving lifeline to the economic milieu.

A recent Queensland COVID-19 snapshot revealed 1,196 confirmed cases with 14 active to date, 6 deaths and 1,326,061 tests conducted.

Victorian Government’s $465 million tourism package includes $200 vouchers for tourists to regional Victoria


The Victorian Government will hand out $200 vouchers for visitors to regional Victoria in a bid to boost tourism in bushfire and COVID-affected towns.

Premier Daniel Andrews has promised $465 million in this year’s budget, to encourage more visitors to regional Victoria as part of the Victorian Tourism Recovery Package.

Victorians who have booked and spent at least $400 dollars on accommodation or tickets to attractions and tours can apply for a $200 voucher for spending money.

120,000 vouchers will be made available from December.

“There’ll be quite a simple process to make sure that you can validate that you had an experience and then you will receive the $200 from us,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the $465 million package was the ‘biggest regional tourism announcement in the history of our state’.(ABC Goulburn Murray: Mikaela Ortolan)

Voucher system still being worked out

Regional Victorians will also be eligible for vouchers for region to region travel but Tourism Minister Martin Pakula said the details of the voucher system were still being worked out.

“Whether it is upfront or by reimbursement is part of the design,” Mr Pakula said.

“I make the point that similar schemes are already in place in South Australia and Tasmania

Another $149 million has been allocated in the budget to building new tourism infrastructure in regional towns.

The bulk of the funding will go towards upgrades along the Great Ocean Road.

A new coastal walking trail with up to five new suspension bridges will be built along the Great Ocean Road, providing spectacular views from Fairhaven Skenes Creek.

Another $2 million is being set aside to build more campsites will also be built along the Surf Coast.

Tourism boost for bushfire towns

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Salmon Beach at Cape Conran with a new boardwalk replaced since the summer’s fires.(Supplied: Lisa Pompei)

In East Gippsland, $18.5 million will be spent on improving tourist infrastructure as part of a Gippsland Tourism Recovery Package.

Ten eco-pods will be built at Cape Conran Coastal Park costing $3.5 million to entice visitors to stop along the Melbourne to Sydney coastal route.

Cabins, camp grounds and boardwalks at the park were destroyed in the summer bushfires.

The proposed Metung Hot Springs and Nunduk Spa and Eco-Resort has been promised $2.5 million but it is not known if that will be enough to kick-start the project.

Australia’s largest mainland lighthouse at Point Hicks in a far south-eastern corner of the state will undergo a $3.85 million upgrade.

Visitor facilities at Mallacoota inlet will also be upgraded to allow for the development of a new Coastal Wilderness walk through the rugged Croajingolong National Park.

On Raymond Island, accessible only by ferry from Paynesville in East Gippsland, $350,000 will be spent on a koala trail.

Keeping predators off the Prom

One of the jewels of Victoria’s nature-based tourism sites, Wilsons Promontory will undergo a $23 million upgrade.

A $6 million predator-proof fence will be built at the Prom, stretching 10 kilometres from coast to coast to block access by foxes, cats, deer and rabbits.

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A new visitor centre will be built at the northern entrance to Wilsons Promontory as part of a $23 million upgrade at the national park.(ABC News: Elise Kinsella)

“These improvements at some of our most iconic tourist destinations will bring more visitors to Gippsland and that means a stronger economy and more jobs,” Tourism Minister Martin Pakula said.

Funding has also been allocated to the Mallee Silo Art Trail, the Ballarat Centre for Photography, the Murray River Adventure Trail, and the Brambuk Cultural Centre at Halls Gap.

In the state’s north east, $4.3 million will be spent on growing the Prosecco Road winery district by establishing accommodation at Dal Zotto Wines.

Another $15 million will go towards upgrades to the hiking trail between Falls Creek and Mount Hotham.

The Victorian Government has also allocated $3.5 million to upgrade the 104-year-old Snowy River Rail bridge at Orbost.

The upgrade will make the bridge suitable for pedestrians and cyclists, linking it to the popular East Gippsland Rail Trail.



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Thais encouraged to travel more to help stimulate economy – Tourism, Travel


BANGKOK (NNT) – With more public holidays coming up in November and December, the government is encouraging people to travel to different parts of the country and use the government’s spending stimulus measures.

As of November 8th, the government’s We Travel Together campaign had 2,275,361 accommodation and 1,828,842 air ticket privileges for travelers.

40 percent discount

The campaign offers eligible applicants a 40-percent discount on rooms, limited to a maximum of 3,000 baht per room per night, with the subsidy capped at 10 rooms or 10 nights. They will also receive food and travel coupons worth up to 900 baht per day.

When tourists travel by air, the government will refund 40 percent of the ticket price. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is considering ways to offer more convenience to travelers, while encouraging more people to take part in this campaign.

2000 baht for medical personnel

The government’s Kamlang Jai campaign funds holiday travel for public health volunteers and medical personnel at Subdistrict Health Promotion hospitals. The subsidy is limited to 2,000 baht per tourist for a trip of two days and one night, and travel spending can also be used to claim tax deductions.

The cabinet has endorsed extra public holidays on November 19th and 20th, which are on Thursday and Friday, resulting in a four-day holiday. In December, another four-day holiday will be from the 10th to the 13th.

Thailand has been able to address the COVID-19 situation, thanks to the country’s effective disease-control measures. The government has launched many stimulus campaigns to revive the domestic economy, particularly in the heavily-hit tourism industry.



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ACT’s Economy and YMCA Canberra Suffering From Lack Of Student Visits

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In recent weeks, as the country has begun to ease from the mitigations of the pandemic, so are the domestic tourism and pupils’ pilgrimages to the capital. National Capital Education Tourism Project, Garry Watson, stated that things were picking up but there was still a long way to go.

As per record, Canberra is the go-to destination for school trips, to the point that it’s almost a rite of passage for students around Australia. However, the $130 million-a-year booster shot to the ACT’s economy has hugely dried up. This was due to border closures of the pandemic that kept tens of thousands of students expecting to visit this year at home.

Watson added, “In 2019 around 173,000 school children came to visit Canberra. This year, we will be lucky to get 20,000.”

That being said, about 100,000 students were already booked in to visit between periods of July to November – but most of them cancelled. Twenty of these schools might be present before Christmas, but they wouldn’t get their hopes up for the meantime.

Admittedly, accommodation businesses still have a long way until recovery to pick things up. For instance, YMCA Canberra has two venues often used to cater to visiting students, but as safety protocols were strictly implemented, it was forced to close one. The other venue, conversely, is operating at around 5 per cent capacity.

The executive manager, Adam Homer revealed: “It entirely wiped out our revenue and put us backwards quite significantly — we virtually had no revenue for the past six months.”

They informed that fixed costs are needed to be covered regardless of the number of people through, and they are not covered at the moment. This week, the YMCA welcomed students back for the first time since March. But business is not exactly booming.

“The groups are small and nowhere near close to the number or the size that we normally have. But it is a really good sign that we at least have the confidence back to at least see a few groups return,” added Mr Homer.

In addition, for interstate students who have been stuck at home, seeing some new sights makes for a very welcome change. A student names Redha Rikaby, from College in South Australia, said that he loved his visit to the capital. “It has been really interesting learning about how Canberra was created,” he said.

In the duration of their stay, the students visited the Parliament House, the National Gallery, the War Memorial and Government House, where they met Governor-General David Hurley.

For YMCA, they were also delighted seeing the students getting all heated.

Sebel hotel to test rising demand for regional tourism


“We are seeing good visitor numbers, especially in those areas within easy driving distance of major centres,” Mr Johnson said.

One of the latest to open its doors after recent relaxation of restrictions for regional Victoria is the Sebel in Yarrawonga. It has had a $35 million upgrade.

After two false starts due to the lockdown, the multimillion-dollar development is said to be setting a new benchmark in accommodation, dining, conference and events facilities for the Murray River region.

Accor Pacific are managers under the Sebel banner, and Melbourne-based development company Lotus Living are behind the hotel development, situated within its Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle Resort.

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It will comprise 63 studios rooms and apartments, with a further 54 rooms expected in stage two of the development later in 2022-23. It will initially open two of its three food and beverage venues – Stock & Barrel bar and casual dining and Sunset Pool Bar.

Accor Pacific chief executive Simon McGrath said he was confident The Sebel Yarrawonga would deliver “exceptional accommodation and an outstanding service experience for our valued guests”.

“Trusted brands, like The Sebel, bring quality and credibility to the serviced apartments sector, which has been rapidly growing in popularity,” Mr McGrath said.

“We are expecting to see a boom in this area, particularly in the current climate, as serviced apartments limit unnecessary contact with other guests and offer a safe and secure way to travel.”

Newly appointed general manager Rebecca Russell said it has been a challenging year but the hotel is finally ready to greet locals and regional travellers and eventually guests from Melbourne and interstate.

In Sydney, the newly constructed Holiday Inn Express Sydney Airport has opened and has seen a rising number of trans-Tasman arrivals and domestic travellers.

The newly-opened Holiday Inn Express at Sydney Airport, Mascot, Sydney

The 247-room, eight-storey hotel is on the doorstep of Sydney’s domestic airport terminal and is only minutes away from the international terminal.

Ronald Barrott, chief executive of the site’s owner, the Pro-invest Group, said the group’s first airport hotel was well positioned for the return of international and domestic travel.

“With the trans-Tasman travel bubble established between Sydney and New Zealand, and international arrivals increasing, we expect demand for this type of accommodation to grow,” Mr Barrott said.

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Supercars, Adelaide 500 contract scrapped, South Australia Tourism Commission


The Adelaide 500 will no longer be run, with the South Australia Tourism Commission confirming on Thursday that the contract would not be extended.

The current contract was set to end next year but the race was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SATC chief Rodney Harrex said the event was simply no longer viable.

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Recession over for Australia, except in Victoria

The Reserve Bank of Australia has confirmed today that Australia is officially out of recession which has astonished most people! This news has caught many people by surprise as if your live in Victoria the future is not so bright, just now. Across Australia even though funds are flowing and the Federal Government has achieved what most saw as impossible, they have navigated us through to the best possible position at this time.

The growth in the economy has been increasingly online through e-commerce which has boomed and has had to be achieved whilst many covid restrictions have been in place. Perth in Western Australia, which is the most remote State Capital City on the globe has remained the beneficiary of their geographical location and the ease of stopping incoming potentially covid positive people before they even enter the State. This being said, like most of Australia it has not been so lucky in it’s tourism industry. The local tourism industry has seen reductions of around 94% to 97% which urgently needs our help to stay alive.

My Local Pages is designed to assist our Locals, Community and Businesses that serve our communities across Australia. In taking this one step further our part to assist the economy recover the it’s current position is happening on many levels but today, we would like to announce we will be supporting the tourism industry by offering Australian holiday giveaways to not only encourage Australians but to actually make it happen. We do this as My Local Pages is here to support locals and communities across Australia. We will also be announcing further incentives to assist Australian businesses with huge discounts on small business marketing packages, designed to get their businesses operational, establish sales, retain customers and even provide e-commerce options for online stores made easy. Australia still has a long way to go getting back to where we were and My Local Pages will be doing our part to assist.