When yet another successful Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) comes to a close at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) tomorrow, all eyes will shift to Adelaide as the city prepares to host the 2010 event.
The Victorian government has announced a new $5 million marketing campaign to attract more interstate and international visitors to the state.
The outlook for Emirates in the third and fourth quarters of 2009 is positive despite the economic slowdown, according to the airline’s vice president for Australasia, Stephen Pearse.
In an exclusive video feed for SpiceNews, the head of a China-based event company reports on the intertwining of our countries’ economies with a focus on events.
Tourism Australia has launched a new campaign that encouraging Australians to spend their combined 123 million days of accrued leave on domestic holidays.
Following the recent launch of V Australia between Australia and the United States, Los Angeles hotels continue to target Aussie travellers as more seats become available on the trans-Pacific route.
V Australia’s first flight took off for Los Angeles from Sydney at 3:00pm on Friday (Feb 27) and to celebrate the milestone, Virgin Blue Group held a stellar launch party for 800 people on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island the night before.
With airfares to the US now costing less than $1000 per-person return, the country’s west coast is challenging Asia as the most affordable medium-haul conference and incentive destination out of Australia.
The president of two prominent west coast USA hotels is predicting a strong 2009 showing from the Australian market, despite the global economic downturn.
Hawaii continues to be a popular conference destination for Australian companies, despite the economic downturn and a weaker Australian dollar.
While the trans-Pacific focus has been on V Australia’s launch flights this week, United Airlines has been making its own waves, with the introduction of new first, business and economy class cabins on its Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
Virgin Blue had a significant presence at AIME in 2009 and is pushing further into the mice market than ever before.
Accor Hospitality is not showing any signs of letting its rivals catch it in the MICE sector and has announced a new incentive for group bookings at Novotel hotels and a special offer at Sofitel.
While Hilton’s Surfers Paradise project may be in voluntary administration, the chain’s vice president for Australasia, Ashley Spencer, has exclusively told Spice News he can “absolutely guarantee the project will happen”.
With Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights set to commence March 30, Etihad Airways had its largest ever presence at AIME last week as the airline continues to chase the group and incentive market.
The Australian events sector will remain strong despite the economic downturn, Reed Exhibitions group exhibition director, Paul Kennedy, said yesterday (Feb 17) at the opening press conference for AIME at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
The $140 million Hilton Melbourne South Wharf hotel is on schedule for an April 2009 opening, with the final touches currently being added to the new 5-star property.
Virgin Blue’s new international airline V Australia is set to add Sydney-Johannesburg and Melbourne-Los Angeles flights during 2009, following delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
See the 2008 AIME press conference in full.
Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson was in Sydney in late March to announce that Virgin Blue’s offshoot, V Australia, would operate daily direct Sydney-Los Angeles flights as its inaugural trans-Pacific route and a premium product offering when it takes