Whitsundays Wows At Aussie Tourism Exchange

Saturday, May 05, 2018


Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event showcased the Whitsundays at the five-day Australian Tourism Exchange.

The biggest Whitsundays contingent to ever join travelled to Adelaide for the ATE from April 15-19 in Adelaide.

Tourism Whitsundays general manager Tash Wheeler said the annual ATE was a very cost-effective way to meet face-to-face with more than 700 international wholesale and retail buyers.

The Whitsunday operators showcasing in 2018 included Daydream Island, Hamilton Island, Cruise Whitsundays, Explore Group, Explore Whitsundays, Coral Sea Resort, Mirage Whitsundays, Whitsunday Sailing Adventures, GSL Aviation, the Airlie Beach Hotel, Air Whitsunday Seaplanes, At Hotel Group and Lady Enid Sailing.

This year will mark the third ATE that GSL Aviation has attended.

GSL’s Trent Brown said the event was always very worthwhile.

“It’s great to be a part of the Whitsundays team – we’re all working together and promoting the region and our individual products, we’ve had great feedback from the buyers about the region, who are hungry for information,” he said.

“It’s all about writing contracts for the following 12 months, maintaining relationships and keeping the faith up with the opportunity to build new products,” Ms Wheeler said.

“Explore Group is a new product that has gone straight into having their own stall.

“It would be amazing if ATE came to the Whitsundays, she said. “We can only hope for that.

“When it’s held in Queensland we really benefit.”

Source: Whitsunday Times.

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CCIQ calls for more clarity around new GST distribution

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has welcomed the announcement of the Federal Government’s proposed GST arrangement that no state will be worse off but calls on the government to reveal where the extra money will come from.

Following a Productivity Commission report last month which suggested a cumulative cut to Queensland’s GST funding by as much as $11.7 billion by 2026/27, the announcement by Treasurer Scott Morrison provides some temporary relief until the full picture is revealed.

CCIQ Head of Media and Industry, Dan Petrie said that the GST is a policy area that is critically important to all states and reassessing the current formula is a logical first step.

“While a positive step, we must bear in mind that the new GST distribution formula is not tax reform and should not be the end game.

“For years, we’ve been advocating for broader structural reform of the federal tax system, which would leave room for State and Territory governments to remove inefficient taxes such as payroll tax and stamp duties.

“The GST as a consumption tax is not a sacred cow,” Mr Petrie said.

CCIQ remains vigilant on reminding governments at both state and federal levels that it is largely the business sector that collects the tax which pays for the schools, hospitals and government functions the states administer on behalf of the tax payer.

“We are eagerly awaiting the finer details of the new carve up, specifically as to where the extra money will come from.

“If the Federal Government is proposing the money come from its surplus for example, we would obviously take issue with this.

Thursday 5 July, 2018 | By: Daniel Petrie


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