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Yesterday

Can Tassie deliver on a $10,000 weekend for two?

Heli transfers make a two-night, uber-luxury stay in the wildness of Freycinet Peninsula seem effortless. Whether it’s worth it is up to you.

  • Peter Kerr

This Month

Jucy to drive off with 310 campervans in $39m Apollo deal

Ten months after a proposed merger, campervan rental players Apollo Tourism and NZ’s Tourism Holdings are closer to the finish line.

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  • Simon Evans

Japan welcomes end to tourist drought

With their livelihoods decimated by border closures, tens of thousands of Japanese tourism workers from rickshaw drivers to owl cafe owners are celebrating the return of international travellers next month.

  • Michael Smith

Cowboys final sweetens a long weekend for Townsville tourism

From fighting for the wooden spoon to the top four teams, the North Queensland Cowboys’ run to the NRL quarter-finals will inject $7 million into the region’s economy.

  • Tess Bennett

Why the new Clooney and Roberts Bali film was shot in Queensland

Thanks to COVID-19, George Clooney and Julia Robert’s latest romantic comedy, ‘Ticket to Paradise’, was mostly filmed in the Whitsundays.

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  • Mark Ludlow
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Expensive airline tickets hold back leisure travel market

Australians have been itching to travel overseas but have been put off by expensive airline tickets, especially to Europe.

  • Mark Ludlow

August

10 long reads for the weekend

Private schools reap millions as parents buy into ‘wellbeing narrative’; from tight-arse teenager to the Rich List; and will Japan’s borders reopen in time for ski season?

Will Japan’s borders reopen in time for ski season?

Japan’s borders are still closed to independent tourists despite expectations restrictions would be eased by now. Australians who have booked ski trips this Christmas are nervous.

  • Michael Smith

At this luxe hotel, see Roman ruins and maybe a former Beatle

Cash to splash and a certain style have gone into creating what is surely Britain’s hottest-ticket accommodation.

  • Jane Knight

South-East Asia travel is booming – even without the Chinese

A tourism surge is helping to keep recession clouds away.

  • Emma Connors

Tourists return slowly, but China leaves a big gap

International tourist figures for May were 35 per cent of what they were in May 2019.

  • Fiona Carruthers and Joanna Mather

July

Mulpha builds and buys its way into hospitality recovery

Led by former Ardent Leisure chief Greg Shaw, Mulpha is just as happy operating hospitality assets as owning them.

  • Nick Lenaghan

Major capitals lead a recovery in hotel occupancies, room rates

Sydney and Melbourne have occupancy rates above 60pc in June, and one of the country’s largest operators, The Ascott, is enjoying occupancies above 80pc.

  • Larry Schlesinger

Atlassian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes snaffles Dunk Island

Mr Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie join a growing number of Sydney-based wealthy investors buying Queensland tropical islands amid a domestic tourism boom.

  • Larry Schlesinger

‘I’ve got a herd of shivering alpacas’

Anne Fuller’s homestay has “a herd of shivering alpacas” after weeks of rain. “I only answered the phone as we have so many people cancelling – that’s been the other deluge.”

  • Fiona Carruthers
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The snow is good but the runs are strangely quiet

Price rises and tough competition from American operators have hit crowds at NSW’s Thredbo ski resort.

  • Aaron Patrick

Cinemas, zoos and theme parks thrive on government vouchers

Cinemas, theme parks and zoos benefited the most from a surge of people in NSW looking to redeem their Dine & Discover vouchers in the final week, boosting the economy at a time when it was not needed.

  • Miranda Ward

June

Lie-flat plane seats are coming to economy class

Air New Zealand has had its SkyNest concept in development for the past five years. It has now announced it is ready for prime time.

  • Nikki Ekstein

Holiday park resurgence faces threat from higher fuel prices

Holiday park revenues were 20 per cent higher over the first five months of the year compared with 2019, but cost of living pressures could soon bite.

  • Larry Schlesinger

Fasten your seatbelts: chaos in Europe, US a warning to Aussie air travellers

Post-COVID-19 staff shortages and unrest are blighting airports and airlines on both sides of the Atlantic, turning many European and American air journeys into a wearying ordeal. Nor is Australia immune.

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  • Hans van Leeuwen and Matthew Cranston