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Liquor board rejects complaints about Donald Trump’s character

Liquor board rejects complaints about Donald Trump’s character | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it

Trump International Hotel

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An effort by a group of D.C. residents to strip Trump International Hotel of its liquor license by arguing its owner — the president — is not of “good character” hit a roadblock Wednesday when the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board declined to review the case.

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WA tourism link to fashion festival

WA tourism link to fashion festival | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
The State Government hopes its investment in the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival will help lure tourists to WA.
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The Most Indulgent Events At Gourmet Escape 2018

The Most Indulgent Events At Gourmet Escape 2018 | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is back from November 16 to 18, with Nigella Lawson, Rick and Jack Stein, Tetsuya Wakuda, hosting lavish affairs.
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Held each November in Australia's South West in the stunning Margaret River region, this unique event engages visiting food and wine loving audiences from all over the world.
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New tourism boss believes building blocks are now in place to turn things around

New tourism boss believes building blocks are now in place to turn things around | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Perth has been dogged by the perception that it is an expensive, distant city — a reputation that has damaged its appeal to tourists.
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Tourism Australia chief John O’Sullivan believes the building blocks are now in place to turn things around and market “a new Perth” to the world. “We have seen a once-in-a-generation investment in tourism in WA — with the new stadium and some exceptional accommodation offerings,” he said. “As a result, the city is a very different place to what it was 10 years ago.
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Tourists to sweep into Broome as thrifty travellers nab cheap flights

Tourists to sweep into Broome as thrifty travellers nab cheap flights | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
About 2000 discounted airfares to Broome have been hoovered up in a wider effort to bring people north to the Kimberley region.
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Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods welcomed the scheme's success and said for too long unaffordable airfares had been a barrier to visiting WA’s north.

 

“The latest booking numbers clearly show that when intrastate airfares are made more affordable,
travellers will respond accordingly," he said.

 

Premier Mark McGowan said local tourism operators were also taking advantage of the flights, offering discounted accommodation, tours and experiences.

 

"We expect to see more discounting and special offers for visitors in the coming weeks and months," he said.

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Virgin announces Perth to Hobart direct flights

Virgin announces Perth to Hobart direct flights | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
The new direct service will save passengers at least an hour of travelling time.
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The Australian Hotels Association and Tourism Accommodation Australia also welcomed the announcement and said it would boost both WA’s and Tasmania’s hotel and hospitality industries. They said both States’ economies would benefit and leverage off each other’s advantages. “Tasmania currently enjoys strong visitation from China while WA continues to pursue and secure a number of critical new international direct flights, securing Perth’s place as the western gateway to Australia,” they said. AHA (WA) chief executive Bradley Woods said the new service would open up appealing new options for Australian and international travellers. “With direct flights between London and Perth now underway, this new route between Australia’s western gateway of Perth and the burgeoning tourism destination of Tasmania presents a new and enticing option for our international guests,” Mr Woods said. “Direct flights are a vital component of increased interstate visitation and today’s announcement will deliver this for both WA and Tasmania.” Tasmanian Hospitality Association chief executive Steve Old said Tasmania welcomed 51,800 visitors from WA and that number would increase significantly as a result of today’s announcement. “The real winners of today’s announcement are the many thousands of hotel and hospitality businesses in Tasmania and WA who support tens of thousands of jobs and make critical contributions to both economies,” Mr Old said.
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Top 5 Things You Need to Know Now in Hotel Digital Marketing

Top 5 Things You Need to Know Now in Hotel Digital Marketing | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it

Top 5 Things You Need to Know Now in Hotel Digital Marketing

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The top five things you need to know now in hotel digital marketing to stay informed.

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Value of backpacking is more than just having fun, researchers say - ABC News 

Value of backpacking is more than just having fun, researchers say - ABC News  | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Is taking time off to travel a self-indulgent waste of time and money, or is it a valuable investment in personal development?
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Sam Huang, a professor of tourism at Perth's Edith Cowan University, set out to research the effects of backpacking on individuals and to see whether the preconceptions actually hold true.

 

What he found was the idea that backpacking was just about dropping out of the workforce and taking it easy was far from true.

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WA Government chases direct flights from India, Japan and China to boost tourist numbers

WA Government chases direct flights from India, Japan and China to boost tourist numbers | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
The state will negotiate with the world’s biggest airlines to try to reinvigorate the ailing tourism sector.
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CEO of the Australian hotels Association W.A. Bradley Woods has welcomed the announcement that Andrew McEvoy would be engaged for a 12 month period to provide strategic and tactical advice on tourism W.A’s aviation and marketing strategies. “Andrew MacAvoy brings extensive tourism experience having been the CEO of South Australian tourism and tourism Australia during his career This is a critically important step in getting Tourism back on its trajectory for strong growth”
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What Hotel CEOs Are Saying About Amazon and Google's Growing Influence in Travel –

What Hotel CEOs Are Saying About Amazon and Google's Growing Influence in Travel – | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Skift spoke with various hotel executives in early June to ask them for their thoughts on tech giants such as Amazon and Google, and what they said might surprise you.

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Breaking News: Marriott confirms W Sydney project

Breaking News: Marriott confirms W Sydney project | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Marriott International has finally revealed today that W Hotels is set to make its return to Sydney at the new 'Ribbon' development in Darling Harbour.
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W Sydney will feature 593 guestrooms, suites and serviced apartments alongside the ‘wet deck’ the brand’s take on the hotel pool that will feature views of Darling Harbour.

A restaurant serving up local flavours as well as two bars, including the brand’s signature Living Room will round out the hotel’s cocktail and cuisine scene.

W Sydney will also be home to the W brand’s signature Away Spa , as well as a state-of-the-art ‘FIT’ gym, and 925 square meters of event space, including a grand ballroom.

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Getting the goods with Malt Shovel

Getting the goods with Malt Shovel | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Australian Hotelier chats to Maurice Bach, one of Malt Shovel’s Beer Ambassadors, about the business' partnership with on-premise venues.
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Australian Hotelier chats to Maurice Bach, one of Malt Shovel’s Beer Ambassadors, about the business’ partnership with on-premise venues.

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WA ripe for more tourists, if they can get here | Australia China Business Review

WA ripe for more tourists, if they can get here | Australia China Business Review | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Aviation access is the only thing holding WA back from becoming a mecca for Chinese tourists, according to one of the state’s biggest tour operators.
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Adam Barnard has been preparing for the China tourist boom for the better part of a decade. Mr Barnard, founder of Western Australia’s largest coach and bus tour operator, ADAMS, first travelled to China on business in 2008 and, since then, has been increasingly tuned into the growing opportunities emanating from the country’s ever-mobile middle class.” “I’ve been going there at least once a year since then,” Mr Barnard told Australia China Business Review.
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Travelling AFL fans bring windfall to Perth and WA

Travelling AFL fans bring windfall to Perth and WA | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Thousands of football fans travelling from interstate and within WA for the Eagles’ preliminary final with Hawthorn or Melbourne in two weeks will inject millions of dollars into WA’s economy.
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Australian Hotels Association of WA chief Bradley Woods said up to 5000 interstate fans of either Hawthorn or Melbourne, who will play for a spot in the preliminary final, were likely to travel to Perth for the game against West Coast. Mr Woods said that, given each visitor would typically stay a couple of nights in the city and spend money on food, beverages, “incidentals” and transport, the economic gain would multiply quickly.
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Court backs Raffles hotel in beer garden bust-up with neighbour over noise

Court backs Raffles hotel in beer garden bust-up with neighbour over noise | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
The Raffles hotel has won its beer garden bust-up with mining millionaire Derek Ammon, who had claimed that his “health and comfort” were being impacted by the loud music from the watering hole.
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Grand hotel restaurants are back in Perth

Grand hotel restaurants are back in Perth | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
High-profile hotels welcome plush dining rooms in prominent signature restaurants.
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The official launch of the QT Hotel on the old Cinema City site on Murray Street this weekend is the latest in a series of high-profile hotel openings in Perth, all of them boasting prominent signature restaurants. In the space of just 12 months these restaurants have reversed the decades-long decline of big hotel dining. Luxury hotel, The Westin, opened its flagship restaurant Garum earlier this year. Stylish boutique hotel, The Melbourne, launched its Chinese restaurant Grand Orient, bringing a new level of classy cooking to Cantonese cuisine
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Tourism WA Must Deliver More Visitors to WA & Perth. Tourism Research Australia Report Raises Concerns

Tourism WA Must Deliver More Visitors to WA & Perth. Tourism Research Australia Report Raises Concerns | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
HALF the hotel rooms in some parts of WA are empty and Perth is the worst State capital for hotel occupancy in the country, a new report warns.
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Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods said hotel operators were hurting but “there is anecdotal evidence that the industry has been through the worst of the downturn”.

 

But he said it hinged on Tourism WA driving more visitors to WA.

 

“It’s all about actual people getting on planes, booking hotel rooms and eating and drinking in our State’s hospitality industry,” Mr Woods said.

 

He said “very loose regulation” of Airbnb private-home and apartment rentals was also hurting hotel operators, but the upside of the hotel crisis was “that West Australians and travellers alike are in a fantastic position to take advantage of sensational hotel deals across Perth and regional WA”.

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WA tourism: Plans for seafood, wine trail to lure visitors west

WA tourism: Plans for seafood, wine trail to lure visitors west | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
PLANS to use WA’s seafood as a tourism drawcard have moved a step closer to reality, with the WA Fishing Industry Council starting to develop its seafood and wine trail concept.
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The trail would involve a platform to encourage hospitality businesses to provide country of origin labelling on their menus, helping consumers make informed choices that supported WA’s seafood industry. The next phase of the project is to develop a scoping paper, which would include developing the logistics to get the trail up and running.
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Top five millennial drinking trends

Top five millennial drinking trends | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Success in hospitality relies on keeping in tune with the latest trends and millennials are calling the tune for those in the drinks industry.
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Research shows the popular idea of millennials as cash-poor, self-obsessed youths is not the true story.
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Understanding the opportunity for Australia in Accessible Tourism | TravAbility

Understanding the opportunity for Australia in Accessible Tourism | TravAbility | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it

Tourism Research Australia, in partnership with Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy branch of the Victorian Government, and Tourism and Events Queensland, commissioned a study into accessible tourism in Victoria, Queensland and Australia. 

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In the first piece of new research into the Australian domestic Accessible Tourism market in nearly 10 years, MyTravelResearch were commissioned to do both a qualitative and qualitative study with the aim of determining the current value of the market, the latent demand and the key barriers preventing travel for people with a disability.

 

The research has placed a total value of the domestic market at $8 billion, when added to the estimated inbound market for accessible tourism of $2.8 billion (not part of the research) the contribution of Accessible Tourism to the Australian Visitor Economy is $10.8 billion. That is greater than the $9.1 billion spend by Chinese tourists inbound to Australia.

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Qantas changes aircraft on Perth routes

Qantas changes aircraft on Perth routes | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
The airline is going through one of the biggest pilot training programs in its history.
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Qantas is bringing 747s back on to Perth transcontinental flights and A330s on to Singapore flights to accommodate pilot training requirements.

 

The adjustments include a mix of frequency and aircraft changes, so the impact on overall capacity is minimal for Perth passengers.

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Viceroy Hotels Is Using Smartwatches to Be More Hospitable –

Viceroy Hotels Is Using Smartwatches to Be More Hospitable – | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
When guests check into the Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills in California, they shouldn't be surprised to find members of the hotel staff, from

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Get a round in: non‑drinkers die earlier | News | The Times

Get a round in: non‑drinkers die earlier | News | The Times | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Light drinkers are less likely to die early than teetotallers, even taking alcohol’s cancer-causing properties into account, researchers have found.
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People who never touched a drop were 7 per cent more likely to die prematurely or develop cancer than those who drank up to three glasses of wine or bottles of beer a week.
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The bizarre story of Australia's floating hotel and its 14,000km round journey to North Korea - Science News

The bizarre story of Australia's floating hotel and its 14,000km round journey to North Korea - Science News | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it
Queensland was once home to the world's first floating hotel — and over the past 30 years it's been on a wild ride.
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Australia was once home to the world's first floating hotel, and over the past 30 years it's been on a wild ride, from Singapore to the Great Barrier Reef — and eventually to North Korea.

 

From early 1988, you could book a room in this five-star hotel as it gently drifted over John Brewer Reef, about 70km off the coast of Townsville.

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Changing opinions: adding craft beer to your taps

Changing opinions: adding craft beer to your taps | Australian Hotels Hospitality & Tourism | Scoop.it

Various strategies and tips from publicans to broaden your tap list.

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Craft beer is an exciting category, full of variety in taste, aroma and texture, but while the sector is growing faster than any others, it still holds a relatively small percentage of overall sales nationally.

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