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World's best airlines 2013 (click on the links to read our Flight Test reviews)
1. Emirates (Flight test: business class)
2. Qatar Airways (Flight test: business class)
3. Singapore Airlines (Flight test: economy class)
4. ANA All Nippon Airways
5. Asiana Airlines
6. Cathay Pacific (Flight test: premium economy class)
7. Etihad Airways (Flight test: business class)
8. Garuda Indonesia (Flight test: business class)
9. Turkish Airlines
10. Qantas (Flight test: business class)
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The South Australian Government is hoping emerging interest in micro-brewing will boost tourism in the Riverland.
Wilkadene-Woolshed Brewery has received $18,000 in funding from the SA Government's Tourism Development Support Program for production support.
The brewery also received a grant of $50,000 from the State Government in 2009 to assist with the development of brewing facilities on the site.
The brewery was officially opened at the weekend by the Tourism Minister Leon Bignell who said the venue would provide something new for people visiting the region.
"We know people love coming to South Australia for its fine food and wine but we're seeing breweries pop up now," he said.
"That's not just a South Australian or an Australian trend, we're seeing that throughout North America where people are looking for smaller, high quality beers - it's just another way people can taste the region while they're here."
Brewery manager Sarah Dowdell says they have many plans.
"I think this is really just going to be the beginning for us now," she said.
"We've only just sort of scratched the surface in the last couple of years with what we can do and now that we're officially opened we'll start promoting the place a bit more and hope to have a few more things out here in the warmer months ... with live music and things like that on the weekend and yes, just the beginning."
In addition to China, the number of visitors from traditional incoming tourism markets, such as the US and Japan are also increasing. Tourist numbers from the US were up almost 6 per cent and Japanese visitors increased 4.2 per cent for the year. This, according to Zimmerman, is largely thanks to long-term investments in marketing and promotional campaigns, such as LA’s G’day USA event and US talkshow queen Oprah’s subsidised trip with her fans to Australia in 2010.
It is the year of the dragon for Chinese tourists coming to New Zealand with numbers up almost 40 per cent in the year to September.
But other markets are running out of puff, in the face of a high New Zealand dollar and a wobbly global economy.
For the first time, more tourists from China came to New Zealand in the past 12 months than from the United States and the numbers are expected to keep growing, with expanding air links and a growing Chinese middle class.
China is now New Zealand's third-largest tourism market, behind Australia in top spot, and Britain in second place.
Despite the boost from Chinese tourists, total visitor numbers in September alone fell a seasonally-adjusted 3.3 per cent from a strong result in August. There was a sharp drop in Japanese visitors, and a small dip in arrivals from the key Australian market.
Tourism Australia (TA) has collaborated with ICEHOUSE singer Iva Davies to create a new online video for the popular Aussie anthem, ‘Great Southern Land’, originally written in 1981.
The new clip has been uploaded to Tourism Australia’s Facebook page and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the inspirational tune, according to TA managing director Andrew McEvoy.
“This clip will be shared with online audiences over the world including with Tourism Australia’s 3.4 million Facebook fans – to reignite some of the passion and emotional connection that people feel towards Australia when they hear this song,” Mr McEvoy said.
This week saw an Olympic-ready Heathrow Airport in-fluxed with a record breaking number of travellers. Over 235,000 people passed through the arrivals gate, more than double the norm which, given the UK's recent weather more akin to a monsoon than a British July, is surprising.
The Games have undoubtedly sparked this increase of incoming tourists, but we look at what tourism boards across Britain have been doing to further encourage travellers to visit our fair, if a little damp, Isle, in an effort to ensure we see the projected £32 billion to be generated from their arrival.
The Drum also looks at what other countries have been doing over the past five years to drive tourism to their shores, including some campaigns aimed at those looking to avoid the Olympics before they've even begun.
Tourism Minister Gary Gray today launched a new online booking tool to improve the capability of Australian tourism businesses to service customers online.
The Australian Tourism Booking Widget is a Government initiative for all sectors of the tourism industry to help them capitalise on visits to their websites by providing an easily accessible booking and payment facility.
The Widget will provide tourism operators with a basic system providing a real time booking and payment solution through the operators' own websites and Facebook pages, as well as helpdesk services.
Mr Gray launched the Widget while attending the Cradle Coast Regional Tourism Forum with the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom.
"The challenge for the Australian tourism sector is converting potential visitor interest into a booking," Mr Gray said.
"This Widget aims to fix this by getting more of our tourism operators online for bookings and payments – and help them grow their businesses, particularly in regional areas where online facilities may be the only channel for operators to directly engage with their customers.
"The Australian Government provided $500,000 to the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse to fund the project. The initiative is part of the Tourism 2020 strategy to increase tourism expenditure from $70 billion to $140 billion by the end of the decade."
Globally more than 50 per cent of consumers use digital channels to research, plan and book holidays and this is expected to grow in the next decade. While 84 per cent of Australia's tourism operators are online, only a third of these have 'real-time' online booking and payment facilities.
"This is a first step in helping tourism operators transition to online services by providing a basic framework that is easy to install and use."
VIRGIN Australia has launched a new frequent flyer program that is sure to have tongues - and tails - wagging.
Members of the airline's Velocity scheme can earn 300 points every time their dog or cat flies on the Virgin Australia domestic network.
"Virgin Australia flies almost 30,000 pets each year around Australia, and a large proportion are owned by Velocity members, so we know how important their companions are to them," Mr Thompson said.
"We're delighted to make their flying experience even more rewarding by unleashing Australia's first frequent flyer program for pets, giving our members another truly unique way to earn points.
"The program builds on the unique family benefits currently available to our members, such as the ability to pool points and status credits with family members.
For 125 years the British and Irish Lions rugby team has travelled the globe playing against the world’s elite rugby teams. In 2013 the Lions will tour Australia to play our best teams and battle the Qantas Wallabies for the Tom Richards Trophy.
It is estimated that the 2013 tour will attract more fans than ever before. In 2001 more than 25,000 Lions fans travelled to Australia to witness the spectacle firsthand. Fans can book official supporter tours for the 2013 British and Irish Lions Tour at www.lionstour.com, with the option to choose from more than 80 itineraries or create a custom itinerary online.
Tourism Australia hopes international golf enthusiasts will be eyeing Australia for their next golf holiday after Adam Scott's US Masters win.
Chinese tourists, known for travelling in organized tours and snapping up luxury fashion abroad, spent $102 billion on foreign trips last year, outstripping deep-pocketed travelers from Germany and the United States.
Tourists from other fast-growing economies with swelling middle classes, like Russia and Brazil, also increased spending in 2012. In recession-hit Europe, however, French and Italian tourists reined in their holiday budgets.
Despite a still uncertain economy in the U.S. and abroad, many travellers worldwide are planning to spend more on their vacations this year than last year, with Chinese vacationers expected to be the biggest spenders of all.
Of travellers surveyed around the world, 70% plan to spend at least as much on vacation travel in 2012 as they did last year. In China, 58% plan to spend more.
Via Wendy Forbes
Tourism Australia and Virgin Australia have signed a strategic A$6 million marketing memorandum of understanding aimed at using the airline’s growing network of international alliances to boost visitation from ten of Australia’s key overseas markets. ...
Via Travel and Tour World
The latest phase of Tourism Australia's global marketing campaign, There's nothing like Australia, has been launched today in China - Australia's fastest growing and most valuable overseas tourism market.