NSW hospitality minister kicked out of the club

PHOTO: NSW new’ parliamentary cabinet, minus one hospitality minister. Veteran NSW Liberal George Souris has been dumped as Minister for Tourism Major Events Hospitality and Racing. Whilst it is unclear who will replace Souris in not only that role but Sydney resident Gladys Berejiklian is now Minister for the Hunter, a role that was also filled by Souris. Continue reading

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Suspicious death of popular tour employee, 26, in FNQ

PHOTOS: The site of Ms La Spina’s death, and right, Jo La Spina. A popular employee of a white-water rafting company in far north Queensland has been found dead in the townhouse were she was planning to spend that evening. Police are looking for a man and treating the death as suspicious. Continue reading


Royal following: a billion dollar industry

The fascination with royals can not be underestimated as a key tourism driver. ABC’s 7.30 looks at the real-time high-fashion sales of any Princess-wear, and the Australian-owned producer of the baby swaddles that sold out immediately when George was put in one. Kate-following can be identified as a billion-dollar fashion industry, but unfortunately Tourism Australia aren’t releasing internet traffic data to prove the royals’ tourism value. Continue reading


Easter Saturday outback pub riot

Pam Forster, owner/ operator of the Dangi pub in Urandangi QLD (pictured), has told how a group of 7 aboriginal people, on being turned away after crossing the NT/QLD border, wielded iron bars, destroyed cars and attempted to force entry to the outback pub. Ms Forster doesn’t blame the drunken assailants though, but the availability of alcohol and lack of police in remote communities. Continue reading


Rottnest Island bakery cries victim over food penalties

A Rottnest Island WA bakery operator is indignant over a $100k fine he received from WA’s Health Department. Owner/ operator Ivan Rutherford is blaming the prevalence of quokka populations in the area for part of his fine – but the quokka problem is literally just the half of it. Continue reading


Williams: A complex man steering our cultural icons

This profile from Fairfax’ Good Weekend magazine reveals many details of the multi-dimensional Kim Williams. Williams was cut as NewsCorp Australia’s CEO when he outbid Lachlan Murdoch (Channel Ten) for NRL broadcasting rights. WIlliams stands for what he believes in – most notably chamber music. He is a commissioner for the AFL, and recently stepped down early as Chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust over an all-important restaurant tender. Continue reading


Penalty mess: VIC opposition promises Easter rate

In an indication of a need for national standard holidays and penalty rates, the Victorian opposition is promising Easter Sunday will be made a Public Holiday, along with Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, if it is elected in November. Continue reading


More than racing afoot at Wentworth Park

One of Australia’s best known greyhound race tracks, Sydney’s Wentworth Park, has been targeted in an unsolicited development proposal. Whilst a Wentworth Park Sporting Complex Trust member has described the proposal as ‘ludicrous’, Brookfield Multiplex and Panthers Leagues Club aren’t laughing. Continue reading


Royal visit set to save the Blue Mountains economy

NSW’ Blue Mountains mayor has said: “The royal visit will also focus the world’s media on our beautiful tourist areas and showcase that we are open for business. With 500 jobs lost and a $100 million decline in our economy since the fires, this is a boost we really need.” Continue reading


Historic Palm Island open for business

The Townsville Enterprise group has let the first set of tourists onto Queensland’s Palm Island. Well-known for their significant struggles with law and order, Palm Island residents and community leaders are hoping tourism can pull them out of their ongoing social and economic problems. Continue reading

Tigerair adds 130k (night) seats Bris>Darwin annually

Tigerair are making the first Brisbane-Darwin return flights on 16th April 2014. Whilst the flights are welcomed, it’s questionable if the 130,000 seats can be filled when the flights departing Darwin leave at 1.15am. Continue reading

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