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Australian tourism achieves another record year

Figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show all of Australia’s top 15 key international markets posted growth in 2016, with nine markets recording double digit increases.

Winners of G'Day USA Competition Announced

Last month, Tourism Australia and Qantas invited the Australian tourism industry to submit their best social posts from 2016 for the opportunity to win return trips for two, to see their content featured on the big screen at the G’Day LA Gala dinner, on 28 January 2017 in Los Angeles. The winners are revealed.

G'Day USA Social Competition

Tourism Australia and Qantas are inviting the Australian tourism industry to submit their best social posts from 2016. Three of the top submissions will win a return trip for two to see their content featured on the big screen at the G’Day LA Gala dinner on 28 January 2017 in Los Angeles.

Visitor arrivals Down Under continue to grow

Australia welcomed 694,300 international visitors in October, up 11 per cent on the same month the previous year, taking the total number for the year ending October 2016 to a record 8.14 million.

Australia and China agree open aviation market

Australia and China have settled arrangements for a landmark open aviation market that removes all capacity restrictions with immediate effect between China and Australia for each country’s airlines.

Korean pop stars 2PM tour Down Under for TV variety show

2PM Wild Beat, a Korean reality variety show featuring popular K-pop stars 2PM, filmed 10 episodes Down Under earlier this month which are expected to be watched by millions on Korean television as well as online across Asia when they go to air early in 2017.

Countdown is on to the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Sunday 20 November marked the 500 day countdown to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Queensland’s Gold Coast (GC2018), celebrated with the unveiling of the Queen’s Baton and the announcement of the international route for the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Partners lining up to get behind Australia's new youth campaign

Australia’s push to encourage more young international travellers Down Under and take advantage of the country’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program is gathering momentum, with industry and travel partners lining up to get involved in Tourism Australia’s new $10m global youth campaign.

Singapore Airlines official European airline partner for Corroborree West 2017

Tourism Australia announced a partnership with Singapore Airlines this week at World Travel Market, confirming the carrier will be the official European airline partner for Corroboree West, a six day training and mega familiarisation event for qualified Aussie Specialists which will take place on the Gold Coast in October 2017.

Tourism Australia and Ctrip launch Australia Pavilion in China

Tourism Australia has teamed up with China’s largest online travel agency, Ctrip, to launch a new portal,, where Chinese travellers can access comprehensive destination information, get expert travel advice and book Australian experiences.

Phillipa Harrison to lead Tourism Australia's International network

Tourism Australia has confirmed the appointment of Phillipa Harrison as its new Executive General Manager of International, where she will oversee a network of international offices spanning 12 countries and manage airline relationships and distribution channels.

Australia wants you!

Australia issues a rally cry to young Brits to live the Aussie lifestyle on a Working Holiday.

World’s largest aviation conference coming Down Under in 2019

More than 3,000 aviation decision makers from around the world will gather in South Australia in 2019 for the world’s largest aviation trade event, the 25th annual World Routes Development Forum, providing a unique opportunity to showcase Australia to route planners.

Australia issues a rally cry to youth travellers

Tourism Australia’s latest global campaign targeting the youth market was kicked off yesterday in Australia’s biggest market for working holiday maker travel, the UK, by the Hon Steven Ciobo, Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

Australia on the menu for global gastronomes

Australia will once again be the focus of attention for international foodies next April when the 2017 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is revealed in Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building.

Adventurous Australian travel experiences on show

Tourism Australia was a sponsor of the Adventure Travel Trade Association's Adventure Travel World Summit in Alaska last week, a gathering of 850 adventure tour operators, buyers, agents and media from around the world.

Gold Coast to host Aussie Specialists at Corroboree West 2017

Over 300 frontline travel sellers from the USA, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Germany, France and Italy will travel to Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast in October 2017 for Corroboree West, a six-day specialised training event for qualified Aussie Specialists.

Enrich Hearts Australia campaign launches in Malaysia

Tourism Australia has teamed up with Malaysia Airlines’ loyalty programme on a two week campaign offering Enrich Miles redemption discounts of up to 60 per cent to all of the carrier's Australian destinations.

International visitation continues to soar

Australia welcomed 716,000 international visitor arrivals during July, an increase of 14.1 per cent, and the seventh consecutive month of double-digit growth in international visitor arrivals this year.

Itineraries to showcase premium experiences

Great Golf Courses of Australia, Great Walks of Australia, Luxury Lodges of Australia and Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia have collaborated to develop a suite of 13 itineraries that bring together some of Australia’s most aspirational holiday experiences.

Corrobboree Asia underway in WA

Tourism Australia’s inaugural Corroboree Asia event is underway in Perth this week with 300 Aussie Specialist travel agents from across Asia meeting with over 180 delegates from 114 quality Australian tourism businesses.