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March 9, 2021
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Tourism body calls for grants-based program to save inbound tour operators
Next for Melbourne… a new hotel
Te Pae Christchurch launches local pop-up
Queenstown hotel and venue update
Queensland to hand out 15,000 travel vouchers to rescue tourism industry


Tourism body calls for grants-based program to save inbound tour operators
 
The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) is calling on the federal government to provide a grants-based program to preserve the skills in Australia’s inbound tourism industry, which will ‘not survive’ if international borders remain shut.
 
In a press release distributed yesterday, ATEC said that Australia’s 100 inbound tour operators (ITO), who curate and deliver experiences for tourists, rely heavily on high spending international visitors. Without targeted financial support, the supply chain risks incurring structural damage, which will result in Australia losing its competitive edge.
 
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Next for Melbourne… a new hotel
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Melbourne’s newest CBD hotel quietly opened its doors last week with one floor of accommodation in the Paris end of town in the new fashion/influencer precinct at 80 Collins Street, although the hotel’s entrance is at 105 Little Collins Street.
 
Apart from the limited accommodation during the soft opening, the hotel has a club level serving breakfast plus a street-side coffee shop, Ingresso.
 
Next is part of the Next Story hotel group that includes Sage, Ink, Chifley and Country Comfort hotels, plus a resort in Luanng Prabang, Laos. In 2019, the group opened Kafnu Alexandria in an IT and industrial hub five minutes from Sydney airport, offering 16 guest rooms and a range of meeting and workspaces, announcing at the time that they had 40 operating and pipeline properties under development including properties in Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
 
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Te Pae Christchurch launches local pop-up
 
Launching this Wednesday is Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre’s new pop-up, a ‘Taste of Te Pae’. The initiative is aimed at showcasing the venue to prospective clients ahead of its proposed opening later this year.
 
The hub will be located next to the convention centre site in Oxford Terrace and include a food truck and activation areas. The latter will feature interactive displays, a virtual reality dome and information about the centre’s design, cultural narrative and the role of business events in the community.
 
The food truck will be manned by Te Pae Christchurch’s executive chef Desmond Davies and serve food from the centre’s canape and full-day menus.
 
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Queenstown hotel and venue update
 
TripAdvisor recently ranked Queenstown sixth in its emerging destinations for 2021 list, and the local hotel and venue providers are rising to the accolade by improving their offerings. Kinross, the cellar door, restaurant and vineyard accommodation located in Gibbston, has just brought Charlotte Laurentin on as a dedicated events coordinator. It has also extended its Willow Room venue and had two new spaces built to host events, The Garden Pergola and the Streamside Pergola.
 
Meanwhile, the 91-room La Quinta (LA) Queenstown by Wyndham has opened its doors. Offering views of the Remarkables mountain range, Kawarau River and Coronet Peak, the hotel boasts a range of guest rooms and self-contained apartments.
 
Millennium Hotel Queenstown is also closed while it undergoes a renovation. A date is yet to be revealed as to when it will re-open.
Queensland to hand out 15,000 travel vouchers to rescue tourism industry
 
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Sunday that 15,000 travel vouchers worth up to $200 each will be handed out to residents in an attempt to stimulate the state’s domestic tourism recovery.
 
The vouchers will be able to be used in Queensland’s far north – including the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and Cairns – until the end of June.
 
“We know that the people in the far north, especially the tourism industry, are doing it tough,” premier Palaszczuk said.
 
“We have decided that we want to make sure that people across Queensland get to enjoy tropical far north Queensland, but most importantly, let’s help people who need help the most.”
 
Residents will need to enter a ballot to obtain one of the vouchers.
 
 
 
 
 
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