Tourism joy over lower dollar, but industry laments no new money in budget

5:51PM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 |  The Australian tourism industry is rebounding as more international visitors are making the voyage overseas and those figures are set to improve with the dollar now heading below parity.

Brisbane hotel shortage opens door for start-ups

3:21PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 |  Start-up opportunities in the hotel market appear to be blossoming in Brisbane, with a new report showing that the Queensland capital loses around 87,000 visitors and $136 million in expenditure a year due to a chronic lack of hotel rooms in the city.

Pasta-making video game a novel X-perience

10:11PM | Tuesday, 4 October 2011 |  Computer scientists in Bologna have developed a game that teaches players how to make tortellini using motion-sensing software and a webcam.

Seafood and fair trade chocolate on Easter menu: IBISWorld

4:41PM | Wednesday, 4 April 2012 |  Spending on seafood will be the highest growth area this Easter, according to IBISWorld, while domestic tourism operators and specialty chocolate retailers will also do well.

Electric car-sharing concept speeds up

12:35PM | Wednesday, 21 December 2011 |  Paris has launched an electric car-sharing program to cut air and noise pollution on the city’s medieval cobblestone streets and beyond.

Cycle itineraries set wheels in motion

12:50AM | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |  Melburnian Matt Hurst has written a book about cycling around the city, entitled The Casual Cyclist’s Guide, which celebrates the joys of riding a bike when you’re not clad in Lycra.

Quality tourism operators to receive T-QUAL tick of approval

12:17PM | Wednesday, 7 December 2011 |  Tourism operators will be able to highlight the quality of their products and services with a new Heart Foundation-style tick of approval, as part of a major push to boost the struggling sector.

Tourism sector braces for quiet summer

12:07PM | Friday, 2 December 2011 |  Retailers aren’t the only ones facing a quiet Christmas, with tourism operators also hurting, after a new report revealed more than 50% of consumers will skip the traditional summer holiday this year.

Dealing with a nosedive in client spending

11:12PM | Friday, 18 November 2011 |  Randall Deer knows all too well what it’s like to launch a business during a severe downturn. His second business, My Holiday Centre, was launched at the height of the GFC.

Darwin tourism just dandy

11:38PM | Monday, 7 November 2011 |  Lonely Planet has named Darwin as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit, suggesting the tourism industry could be set for a boost in the Northern Territory capital.