Destinations

Destination Wrap: DFAT’s Brexit advice, Inca Trail closure, Visit USA Expo announcements + MORE!

Check out all the latest news from destinations and their respective marketing organisations below…

The UK officially leaves the European Union

After 47 years, the UK has left the European Union three years after the Brexit referendum. The milestone was marked by Brexiteers partying in London’s parliament square alongside anti-Brexit protests.

Smart Traveller has advised there will be no changes to Australians living, working or travelling to the UK during a transitional period ending 31 December 2020.

The UK and the EU are providing updated guidance on the implications for issues such as travel, residency, education and employment.  You can check for the latest information through the websites of the UK Government and the European Commission.

Inca Trail temporarily closed

iStock/Susie Hedberg

The Inca Trail was closed last week following mud and rock slides caused by heavy rainfall. Three people working with a travel agency were trapped near the Pacayamayo Alto camp area, with one worker dying and the other two sustaining injuries.

Visit USA announce Richard Reid as MC across Perth, Adelaide & Gold Coast Expos, and a taster of the Texas Music Takeover

Visit USA has announced a host of updates ahead of the Visit USA Expos kicking off across the nation this month. The sold-out expos are shaping up to be the best yet, with a host of great entertainment, exceptional sponsors and exhibitors, and of course great venues, food and prizes!

Richard Reid will be returning to host the expos in Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast, while Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane attendees will get a sneak peek of the upcoming Texas Music Takeover taking place in Sydney in April plus, peruse the full list of exhibitors and presentations on the Visit USA Facebook page and each expo’s Facebook Event page.

What’s new and upcoming in Sri Lanka Tourism for 2020

Product managers creating holidays in Sri Lanka believe 2020 will be a positive year due to better road infrastructure, the increasing popularity of ecotourism products, new and flexible accommodation offerings and heightened security.

In the last few weeks, customer queries have increased. Optimism in the Sri Lankan travel trade is returning.

Infrastructure has been improved with the opening of Jaffna airport. Batticaloa and Ratmalana airports have been enhanced. A new road linking Colombo airport highway and the highway to the south has slashed travel time to Galle to just over two hours.

Perth to host rugby world champions and second Bledisloe Cup

The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is injecting $2.85 million to support the local tourism industry in the wake of the devastating east coast bushfires and potential impacts on travel plans following the coronavirus outbreak.

The funding is planned to focus on attracting interstate visitors to Western Australia in the coming months through co-operative marketing deals and partnerships with airlines, travel agents, hotels and other trade partners.

Tourism WA will collaborate with the State’s Regional Tourism Organisations to encourage locals to holiday at home. The agency will also work with the Perth Convention Bureau to attract last-minute business events and conferences to Perth.

Taking a road trip to discover the State will also be highlighted, which will include working with automobile clubs to entice members to take a caravanning or camping trip in WA.

Las Vegas paints the town purple in celebration of campaign launch

Las Vegas launched a new campaign with special events and activations across the destination to light the town purple.

The campaign was launched on Sunday, Jan. 26 with a 60-second ad debuting the destination’s new slogan “What Happens Here, Only Happens Here,” which aired during the 62nd GRAMMY™ Awards. The ad continues to reinforce the legendary brand’s status as the paramount purveyor of adult freedom.

To kick off the celebration, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) hosted a press conference at Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas where Governor Steve Sisolak proclaimed Jan. 30, 2020 as Only Vegas Day.

Following the proclamation ceremony, selfie-worthy Instagram pop-ups were unveiled at some of the city’s most iconic locations including Fremont Street Experience, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Fountains of Bellagio, The LINQ Promenade, McCarran International Airport – Terminal 1, Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and Wynn Las Vegas. Later that evening, resort marquees up and down the Las Vegas Strip displayed #OnlyVegas messaging, while the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, The High Roller at The LINQ Promenade and the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign glowed purple in reflection of the new campaign.

Regional tourism in Victoria looking for support

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) is urging all Victorians to support regional tourism operators as they face a ‘double whammy’ hit to their businesses following the announcement of a two-month ban on Chinese tour groups visiting Australia and huge cancellation rates following the devastating bushfires.

Colorado – what’s in store for 2020?

Colorado has already seen a stellar line-up in 2020 – from epic snow conditions to celebrity holidaymakers who are taking to the state’s mountain towns – which in the past month have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Mariah Carey, Sofia Richie, Orlando Bloom, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson and Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow and family, and famed Aussie producer Flume playing an exclusive NYE gig in Aspen.

With a range of experiences and accommodation to suit all travellers, from the elite to the backpacker, Colorado takes pride in enabling adventure accessible to all, as well as offering a noteworthy calendar of festivals and events, go here for more of Colorado’s highlights coming up in 2020.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Aussie states and territories restrict NZ arrivals after Auckland declared a Commonwealth hotspot

by Huntley Mitchell

The trans-Tasman travel plans of Kiwis have once again been thrown into disarray thanks to a concerning COVID cluster in Auckland.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA’s interim survey results reveal “distressing” statistics, says Rudd

AFTA has released interim results of its ‘Travelsectorkeeper’ survey, and they make for some pretty grim reading, according to CEO Darren Rudd.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

American Airlines confirms pilot saw UFO, says to contact the FBI

by Ali Coulton

We don’t know about you, but we see this as proof enough to start constructing tinfoil hats and heading for the hills.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Here’s how Scotland is embracing the ‘new normal’

While international travel may be at a standstill, Scottish tourism businesses have kept busy adapting services for their guests and local communities.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Abercrombie & Kent unveils remote Flinders Island adventure

The luxury travel connoisseur is bringing remote and unusual parts of Australia into the spotlight with the launch of this new active adventure off the Tasmanian coast.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

“There’s a fair bit of work to still go there”: ScoMo plays down hype around ‘vaccine passports’

by Ali Coulton

When the PM talks about international travel, the whole of Australia listens. However, in this instance, you’re going to have to switch on your eyes rather than your ears.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre posts $234m loss, but grows its share in “large and important” Aussie leisure market

by Huntley Mitchell

If you ignore that big negative number in the headline, it’s all very positive news here from FCTG.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas suffers $1bn half-yearly loss, pushes back international flight plans

by Huntley Mitchell

The flying kangaroo won’t be hopping overseas as soon as originally hoped, after posting a “stark, but not surprising” loss.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Brisvegas tapped as preferred host for 2032 Olympic Games

Crack a tinnie of XXXX Gold, because it looks like the Olympics might be coming to Queensland 32 years after Sydney’s hosting efforts.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line extends US pause, as Canadian port closures spark Seabourn, Princess and HAL cancellations

Canada’s obnoxiously handsome PM, Justin Trudeau, has chucked a spanner in the works for cruise fanatics over on that side of the globe.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Intrepid co-founder backs the Pinterest of travel apps

The social media platform claims to be the first to let users share travel-specific content to create real-world itineraries.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Why your clients will be drawn to Japan’s heartland once international travel restarts

by Sponsored by Gifu Prefecture Tourism Federation

With your clients no doubt itching to get back overseas, here’s a destination that’s a realistic chance of reopening to Aussies before many others.

Share

CommentComments