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Northern Rivers as a brand – is a united or an independent approach best?

Byron Bay may be recognised across the globe for its natural beauty and laid-back way of life, but it isn’t the only town in the Northern Rivers with spectacular beaches and a vibrant community. Earlier this year at the Destination Byron Tourism Symposium, we invited active members of the region’s visitor economy to discuss the Northern Rivers as a brand. Is a united or independent approach best? Can smaller, lesser-known towns and villages capitalise on the well-established Byron name? [...]

Managing the impact of the rapid increase of Short-Term Rentals in Western Australia

The Western Australian Economics and Industry Standing Committee recently released their findings after undertaking an inquiry into short-stay accommodation. The exercise aimed to ease the “groundswell of public agitation,” especially from those residing in the south-west of the state who have voiced their concerns about the emergence of online accommodation platforms. Read the full report here: LEVELLING THE PLAYING FIELD: Managing the impact of the rapid increase of Short-Term Rentals in Western Australia

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP): What is it and why is it important for your business?

You may have heard about the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). What is it, and why is it important for your business? Destination Byron recognises the rich heritage of Byron Shire, the cultural significance of the Traditional Aboriginal Custodians - the Bundjalung Arakwal people, who have lived in the coastal landscape around the Byron Bay area for at least 22,000 years. Not only is the protection and preservation of the cultural heritage and environment important, but further awareness is needed [...]

The Byron Shire Sustainable Visitation Strategy 2020 – 2030 Community Solutions Panel Briefing Book

The Byron Shire Sustainable Visitation Strategy 2020 – 2030 Community Solutions Panel Briefing Book has been released. Through community engagement via the Kitchen Table Book process, the Byron Shire Council aims to become a values-driven, environmentally, culturally and economically responsible sustainable tourist destination. View the briefing book here.

Iceland faces tourism slump

Iceland has long been the poster child for both the positive and negative impacts of tourism. A spike in visitor numbers helped the country recover from a financial crisis, and today, tourism accounts for almost half of Iceland’s economy. But, recently, life has changed for Icelanders. The tourism industry is in the midst of a slump – and the country now faces several intractable problems. Read more here.

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