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Caravanning and camping is the most popular form of holidaying in NSW, particularly with families, with 10 million visitor nights spent in the State’s caravan and camping parks last year, the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said today.
In welcoming the 2013 joint marketing campaign between the Camping and Caravanning Industry Association NSW and Destination NSW, to promote New South Wales’ 400 holiday park destinations, Mr Souris pointed out that last year; it contributed $1.5 billion to our economy. “This sector is of vital importance to local economies because, for every dollar spent staying at a caravan or camping site, $1.38 is spent at local stores”, said the Minister.
The Tourism Industry Council NSW is pleased to warmly welcome Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) as the newest member of the Council. The Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School is Australia’s leading provider of hospitality education providing fast-track hospitality degree courses that are highly respected within the global hotel and event industries.
The Australian Cruise Industry’s stellar growth trajectory has continued in 2012, growing 11% to reach its strongest ever figure of 694,062 passengers.
Figures released in the Australian Cruise Industry Report this morning have highlighted “the strength of the Australian dollar and Australians love affair with cruising”, the General Manager of the Tourism Industry Council NSW has said today.
“They show eight consecutive years of double digit growth in the Australian market and a doubling of passenger numbers since 2008”, said Mr Jefferies.
The Tourism Industry Council NSW invites you to our latest Meet the Minister at Macquarie Street event to be held on Tuesday May 21st in the Jubilee Room of NSW Parliament House from 6pm – 8pm.
We are grateful to have to obtained the New South Wales Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and the Minister Assisting the Premier on Infrastructure NSW, The Honorable Brad Hazzard MP as our guest speaker for this event. Planning and Infrastructure are critical components of the tourism and visitor economy sectors in New South Wales and the Council welcomes the opportunity to hear Brad’s views on those issues that are important to our members interests.
Our host is Mr David Elliott MP, the Member for Baulkham Hills. David was elected to Parliament in March 2011 and is an exceptionally strong advocate for the tourism and small business sectors. In addition to his parliamentary duties, David is an elected Director of the Castle Hill RSL Club and a former Deputy CEO of the Australian Hotels Association (NSW).
A lot has happened in 25 years and Sydney Monorail is celebrating 25 years of operation via a Life in Photos gallery that captures a then and now look at both the Monorail and Sydney’s changing streetscape.
Sydney Monorail will say its final farewell on the 30th of June 2013 and Metro Transport Sydney wants to include the public on their Monorail memories in the interactive section of the website. They are calling upon all past and present passengers to share their Monorail experience by sending through photos and become a part of Sydney’s transport history.
A new million dollar advertising campaign to showcase the NSW South Coast was launched earlier this week by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris.
The campaign highlights the region’s natural beauty and brings the region’s experiences to life, encouraging visitors to book a short break. “The new, million dollar Visit South Coast campaign, will inspire visitors to explore and rediscover NSW’s amazing South Coast. The campaign highlights the region’s beautiful beaches, abundance of wildlife, pristine bushland, crystal clear water and fresh air,” Minister Souris said.
On 22 April, 2013, BridgeClimb welcomed its 3 millionth climber to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Caitlin McWilliams, from Wellington, New Zealand, and her family climbed to the summit of the Bridge, 134 metres above sea level. 11 year old Caitlin is in Australia visiting her dad, who lives in Willoughby, during the school holidays. She climbed the Bridge with her father, Mark McWilliams, and her older brother, Samuel.
“I was really surprised when I found out. It’s pretty cool to think three million people have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge before me,” Caitlin said. “I’ve seen lots of people doing it, and I’ve always wanted to do it myself. I just loved the view from the top, and I thought the whole experience was pretty awesome.”
More than four decades of Government policy failure with an inability to make critical future capacity decisions in Sydney is “a win for the state of Victoria,” the General Manager of the Tourism Industry Council NSW, Mr Andrew Jefferies has said this morning.
“The continued delays in making critical decisions for the future of the New South Wales economy contrasts very poorly with the policy outcomes and lack of infrastructure constraints in Melbourne”.
“Melbourne Airport has recently seen its Southern precinct plan approved by the Federal Government, including the construction of a new domestic terminal as a part of the airport’s $10 Billion investment program. This program will eventually see a new cross runway constructed with significant upgrades to local roads and dedicated ground transport facilities. In addition, Melbourne’s second airport at Avalon has now received approval to operate international flights with Philippine low cost carrier Cebu Pacific expected to commence services later this year.”
Applications for the 2013 round of T-QUAL Grants – Tourism Quality Projects program are set to close on Friday, 3 May 2013.
T-QUAL Grants are an important Tourism 2020 initiative to help tourism businesses boost visitation, by ensuring their products and experiences remain fresh and of a high standard.
Grants between $15,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive) will be offered on a matched funding basis. As with previous rounds, the 2013 round will be highly contested and only the highest quality projects and applications will be competitive.
As cruise passenger visits to the Pacific Islands continue to grow, a special marine reserve pass is being introduced to protect environmental treasures at Jinek Bay at Lifou in the Loyalty Islands.
In line with its commitment to sustainable tourism in the Pacific Islands, Carnival Australia has funded a viewing platform and stairway at Jinek Bay which will give cruise passengers free access to view the coral formations and colourful sea life at the popular cruise destination.