Cruises and Business Travel Could Save Australia’s Tourism

As the Australian tourism industry, highly dependent on backpacking season and travelers with a fixed budget, struggles with the strong Australian dollar, there might be a solution to save it. The Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive John Lee believes the booming cruising market, along with business travel and major events organized in Australia can save and then boost Australian tourism. But in order for this solution to work, the Australian government needs to improve the country’s infrastructure.

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While Australia is an extremely popular cruise destination, leading in Cruise Critic’s top destinations by boat for 2011, several industry experts showed concerned that many of the newer and significantly larger cruise ships cannot fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey sees a different solution for the Australian tourism industry:

“Australia is in a great position to attract events because our buying power is so much stronger than it was a year ago. Go out and grab those shows – bring them to Australia.People will travel for events,” he stated.

Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes seems to agree with him, claiming the Sunshine State should follow Melbourne’s example and try to attract events such as the Gold Coast Marathon and Noosa Food and Wine Festival, both big attractions for tourists.


Australian city hotels have a pretty high occupancy rate at the moment, of nearly 82%, most of it generated by business travelers.

The Australian dollar has recently reached the highest value since 1983, but it is not the only cause for the struggle the tourism industry is in. Floods and cyclones have taken their toll on the country this year. Moreover, high taxes, poor regulations and low skills, which convinced several potential investors to choose other locations to build new hotels.

2 Comment to “Cruises and Business Travel Could Save Australia’s Tourism”

  1. Jayjay says:

    Ooooh man, we want you, we love you,…….


    Visit Australia we will share the experience with all tourists?! We look after you! Your well fare is going to be looked after by millions of CCTV Cameras, hidden Speed Cameras, Hidden Parking cameras, red light Cameras, Taxi Cameras, hidden Cameras in rental vehicles, hidden cams here and hidden cams there !!!!
    We are the safest country in the world. But take a look your self at film footage.
    If you are missing former Eastern Europe and heavy handed police tactics, then come to Australia.
    Or listen to F1 Driver Mark Webber and his opinion about his own Country
    So you say, You will not drive a car in Australia and then You will be safe!! Right?
    Maybe you are right!?
    Come to Melbourne
    Are you safe in Sydney?
    Well, maybe you are safe in Albany then? …..ay, what do you think? or in Cairns

    Sure the Police will help you. Ay mate?
    Come to Queensland to get bashed by police then but that is only a black man you said?????? OK, so you are white? You are of course better! Or maybe not! The Cops are the son’s and daughters of former criminals / convicts and are trained to be vicious dogs that can’t leave you alone and you never know when they will bite you.
    But our “fair dinkum Australians” are even better. Take a look at those comments on Indien students, who dared to protest after some racially motivated bashings of Indien Students

    Do Not complain, Because they will tell you to leave; – they will tell you that you are Unwanted in Australia; – they will ridicule you; – they will make you look like a DICK. And if that doesn’t work they will create an Anglo Royal Commission, which will establish you as a comrade of Bin Laden or Moammar Ghaddafy to keep you from reoffending. Keep you ill informed, make you believe that you are doing yourself a favor dobbing in your best mate and calling him an Anti – Christ just because he doesn’t believe in the Bullshit that has been imposed on ALL of us 23 million Australians.
    Including YOU!!!
    Blatant, utter Bullshit is Justification to STEAL YOUR MONEY!
    What?? You don’t believe me? I told you; “You are welcome”!!!!!!!!!

  2. JayJay, thank you for sharing the videos and information. I have never been to Australia, and while the points you make are valid, I wonder how this compares with other countries.

    I have heard and read many accounts of trips to Australia that were just great and nothing like this occurring.

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