Gay snub shuts wedding magazine

SYDNEY, 19 November 2018: A leading Australian bridal magazine has shut after being ditched by advertisers for refusing to feature same-sex couples, one year after the country changed its marriage laws. The Christian founders of "White", Luke and Carla Burrell,...

More shark attacks in Australia

SYDNEY, 19 November 2018: A swimmer died after a rare suspected stingray attack off an Australian beach, while another two people were mauled in separate shark encounters at the weekend. The 42-year-old's death came more than a decade after world-renowned...
SYDNEY, 7 November 2018: A man has died after being mauled by a shark in the third such attack in two months at Whitsunday islands, a popular tourist site on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, authorities said Tuesday. Rescue workers said...

Clash over reef tourism

SYDNEY, 28 September 2018: A row is raging over Australia's warming-damaged Great Barrier Reef, with firms worried that scientists' apocalyptic warnings are scaring visitors out of the water. Every year, more than 2 million snorkel-wielding tourists head to Australia's famed...

Sydney airport breaks ground

SYDNEY, 25 September 2018: Sydney-bound holidaymakers will soon have more options to reach Australia's largest city, which on Monday broke ground on a new USD3.6 billion airport. "Western Sydney Airport" is scheduled to open in 2026 as part of an...
AMSTERDAM, 6 November 2017: Asia Pacific travellers are likely to worry more about safety and security than their counterparts from other regions recent research by Carlson Wagonlit Travel concludes. Findings showed Asia Pacific 56% of travellers worry about their safety...

Accor bids for Mantra

SYDNEY, 10 October 2017: France's AccorHotels has made a AUD1.17 billion (USD910 million) bid for one of Australia's biggest hotel operators, the Mantra Group, the local company said Monday in a move that sent its share price soaring. Mantra, which...
SINGAPORE, 27 September 2017: Travel in Asia Pacific is not showing any signs of slowing down, with the region dominating visitor arrivals once again, according to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, released Tuesday. The proof is also in...

Rugby boosts NZ tourism

WELLINGTON, 22 September 2017: New Zealand's economy grew 0.8% in the April-June quarter partly due to a tourism boost from the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, official data showed Thursday. Statistics New Zealand said the quarterly figure, which was...
SYDNEY, 28 August 2017: Australia's Qantas unveiled plans for the world's longest non-stop commercial flight, last Friday, calling it the "last frontier of global aviation", as it posted healthy annual net profits on the back of a strong domestic...