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Regional Victoria, including old gold rush towns such as Beechworth, is open for business.

Why 75pc of city slickers need more than a weekend escape to refresh

Melburnians want more time to explore the bush and coast, but will employers come to the party by offering the flexibility to combine annual leave with ‘work from anywhere’ days?

  • Fiona Carruthers
An omicron outbreak on the Coral Princess is the first major Covid outbreak on a ship since cruising recommenced.

Cruise sector hit by first big COVID-19 outbreak since restarting

About 100 staff and passengers have been infected on the Coral Princess during its passage from Port Douglas to Brisbane.

  • Tom Burton

‘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
Jamie Pherous of Corporate Travel.

How Jamie Pherous came to lend $13m to law firm Shine

A board-level introduction for a private loan shows how potential conflicts of interest can be open to many interpretations.

  • Liam Walsh
70 per cent of Australians are keen to travel.

Science-backed cleaning protocols boost confidence in hotels

Australians love to travel, and our international travel is likely to increase immensely over the next 12 months.

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June

Sydney Airport will deploy an extra 60 customer service staff to manage queues and bring passengers in order of flight priority to deal with the peak.

‘There will be queues’: Airport warning for July holidays

Sydney Airport expects the coming travel rush to be even busier than the chaotic scenes of April.

  • Lucas Baird

Tourism comes back to life with a bang

Tourism was hit hard by the pandemic. In the first 10 months of 2020, Australia lost approximately $35.44 billion. This year, there has been a big turnaround.

  • Therese Raft
Booking international trips via a travel agent is money well spent.

How my travel agent got me home

My second international trip in eight months confirms it was good advice to leave the logistics to someone else – especially when things go wrong.

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  • Debra Cleveland
Experience Co chief John O’Sullivan said the new Labor government should upgrade funding for Tourism Australia to help it compete for international tourists and backpackers.

Staff shortages temper tourism’s post-virus recovery

Businesses are clamouring for extra staff and say labour shortages are the main inhibitor to their recovery, as international travellers slowly trickle in.

  • Lucas Baird
Airfares from Australia are 20 per cent higher than before the pandemic.

The five reasons airfares are so expensive right now

The “revenge travel” phenomenon is one reason it costs much more to fly than before the pandemic, but there are four more explanations for the high prices.

  • Anurag Kotoky
Joel Gordon has spent the last six months getting the three Crystalbrook hotels in Cairns back up to full capacity.

‘You have to pay above the award to find people’: travel boom dilemma

Tourism and hospitality owners in tropical north Queensland say they are unable to capitalise on the domestic travel boom due to a shortage of workers.

  • Tess Bennett
Mount Buller has received strong snowfall this week and will open early to skiers and snowboarders this weekend.

Lack of backpackers stretches ski operators in early season opening

Victoria’s Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Mount Buller will be open to skiers and boarders on Saturday, a week earlier than planned, along with Perisher in NSW.

  • Gus McCubbing and Michael Read
Peter Fogarty, who owns some of Australia’s biggest wine brands including Evans & Tate, says there’s been a “paradigm shift” in consumers’ spending since COVID-19.

Rottnest resort developer upbeat amid ‘paradigm shift’ in spending

Peter Fogarty says he can deliver a $40 million resort on Perth’s Rottnest Island on budget and that a ‘paradigm shift’ in what consumers will pay bodes well.

  • Michael Bennet

May

Airbnb has faced difficulties doing business in China.

Airbnb gives up on China in shift to outbound travel

The San Francisco-based company will stop offering rental homes and experiences in the country which is continuing its aggressive COVID-zero approach.

  • Michael Tobin