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From Hobbiton to North Melbourne: how film and TV drive tourism

New TV series The Kettering Incident might be a dark mystery about lost children, but it’s still likely to drive tourism to the Tasmanian town in which it is set.

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The traffic jam on top of the world: the Chinese boom busts into Tibet

A construction boom and Chinese tourism has transformed the road to Lhasa. The way to Shangri-La is now congested with Tibetan truckies, migrant labourers and 4WDs. Journalist Michael Woodhead reports from Kangding.

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Short-term stay? How tourism is propping up our export trade

Short-term overseas arrivals to Australian continued to pick up in September, giving cause for optimism on exports despite the dollar’s strength. Callam Pickering of Business Spectator reports.

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Fare game: Qantas bumps up fuel surcharge

Qantas blames the falling Australian dollar for bumping up fuel surcharges on its flights. But there’s a complex game of cat and mouse at play with the airlines chasing scarce tourist dollars.

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Tips and rumours

Victims’ calls being taped and monitored? … why tourism chief is quitting … help us name these journos from 1975 …

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Battle of the Qantas chiefs: tourism is just a sideshow

The public slanging match between Qantas chief Alan Joyce and ex-CEO Geoff Dixon is about the future direction of Qantas as the national carrier, not the tourism market.

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The report into the Fair Work Act is a classic government report

Never set up an inquiry unless you know the outcome beforehand. That’s the standard advice from public servants to ministers.

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The great industry moaner

Listen to the spokespeople for the tourism industry and you would think that the current high value of the Australian dollar was sending them all to rack and ruin.

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Letter from: Congo worth a visit, even if it’s on ‘don’t go’ list

Here’s a big resource-rich country, which was a basket case before it even became a country and has pretty much stayed that way. It seemed worth a visit even if it was on all the “don’t go” lists, writes Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet

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Last Bets: the campaign to lure more tourists to our tables

Forget Oprah — she was so 2010 — the big buzz word in tourism is now gamblers. The bigger the better. And the big high rollers are in Asia. James Packer and other Australia casino operators want a piece.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Tourism Australia, meet Ecotourism Australia

Tourism Australia is being left behind while globally sustainability is at the forefront of everyone else’s agenda. Why doesn’t Tourism Australia support Ecotourism Australia, the peak body for sustainable tourism? asks GAP Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip.

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Letter from Greece: life not travelling too well … unless you have olives, sheep and can fish

Tourism is the third biggest export earner for Greece, but this year has been, well almost, a catastrophe, writes Crikey reader Tony Barrell.

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Sustainable tourism: all it takes is a light globe apparently

Tourism leaders are meeting in Brisbane to discuss the future of eco-tourism. Exposing the rorts in promoting eco-friendly destinations would be a better start, writes Tom Neal Tacker.

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Travel Truths: ‘There’s nothing like Australia’ blast from the past

A stereotypical approach to enticing visitors to Australia by hauling in the usual suspects such as a roll call of hoary Aussie icons and a few cultural moments has run its race, writes Tom Neal Tacker.

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Information is Beautiful | FOOD & TRAVEL|

MAP: Tourist traps of the world

A clever use of Google maps, showing a colour coded world map with the top tourist hot spots. Hot tip: if you want to avoid the crowds, skip everywhere in Western Europe.

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Tourism Australia wants you — and your intellectual property rights

Australia’s latest tourism campaign is all about you. And the crowd-sourced photos you’re making freely available. What rights do you give up in return for helping promote Australia? Elizabeth Redman asks the experts.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | UNCATEGORIZED|

Farrelly: Garrett sold his soul for nothing

Peter Garrett was the heroic rock star, the environmental warrior. Now he launches the tourism master plan for the Kakadu National Park. When did Garrett become the hapless travelling salesman flogging Brand Australia? asks Elizabeth Farrelly.

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New York Times | FOOD & TRAVEL|

The NYT spends a weekend in Sydney

The New York Times’ take on how to kill 36 hours in the Harbour City: climb the bridge, eat at Rockpool, swim at Manly and stay at the Park Hyatt. Yawn.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Slumming it not always a bad thing

The latest travel issue for people to growl about is slum tourism: tourists heading into slums in Mumbai, a la Slumdog Millionaire. But, says Intrepid CEO Darrell Wade, people need to be educated on world poverty. Just don’t be a jerk.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Beggars: to give or not to give?

One of the most confronting things about travelling in a developing country like India is the poverty that gets up in your face asking for change. But should you support a begging culture? asks Scott Bridges.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

You’ve only visited how many countries?

The worst thing about travelling? Having to deal with the colossal morons that are other travellers and their one-upmanship, says Rafiq Copeland. You’ve drove through Kashmir on a motorbike? He got lost in the jungle in Borneo.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

When in Rome, don’t be a testa di cazzo

Why do some tourists go on holiday to foreign locations and then turn into total ars*holes when things are different than they are at home? Scott Bridges feels ashamed on behalf of The Rest Of The World.

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CNN | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Is it too soon for a beach holiday in Haiti?

Cruise company Royal Caribbean has come under some heavy scrutiny for continuing to take tourists to Haiti after last week’s earthquake. But could their tourist dollars be exactly what the impoverished nation needs in its darkest hour?

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Tunisia: Ben Ali, chairman of the (bill)board

In Tunisia, wedged between Algeria and Libya on Africa’s Mediterranean coast, President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s heavily Photoshopped image is everywhere, writes Grant Doyle.

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Global Post | ECONOMY|

Will US tourists to Cuba do more than smoke cigars?

A bill is being proposed to let US citizens to travel to Cuba. But would American tourists help bring democracy and much needed tourist dollars to Cuban citizens or would it be just the Cuban government that benefits?

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