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Is tourism taking over the world?

The number of travellers visiting international destination has grown exponentially since the mid-20th century, with numbers now totalling 1.4 billion. Europe has taken the biggest share, but the Asia-Pacific region is hot on its heels. What’s driving international tourist arrivals? Several factors are driving this increase in international tourist arrivals: Disposable income growth around the world People are living longer People are having fewer children, giving them more time and resources The world has generally become peaceful, meaning areas that [...]

Letter from the President: August 2019

How compatible is Byron Bay with the emerging ‘everything now’ society? Do you remember how your childhood summer holidays seemed to go on ‘forever’? They’ve become a fond reference point for many as to how much slower time used to feel. In business circles at least, there seems to be an overwhelming sense that time is speeding up. Instinct puts it down to heavy use of digital technology. Alternative explanations point to a rising Schumann Resonance (the pulse of [...]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dates of significance

Below is a collection of significant dates and celebrations that acknowledge the histories, cultures, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 26 January: Survival Day On Survival (Australia) Day, the National Australia Day Council (NADC) recognises the unique status of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and commit to the reconciliation journey. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities gather and reflect on history and culture. 13 February: National Apology Anniversary This day marks the anniversary of [...]

Top 10 travel trends

Top travel trends that will influence local operators over the coming decade The way we travel is always evolving, and new technologies are transforming the way we behave and engage as visitors. Destination Byron President David Jones and Development Director at North Beach Resort Jeremy Holmes shared their top travel trend predictions at the 2019 Tourism Symposium. Here’s a quick recap of their presentation. David Jones (left) and Jeremy Holmes present at the 2019 Tourism Symposium 10. The [...]

STR’s free Hotel Survey Program: benchmarking for local hoteliers

STR collects performance data from properties participating in their free Hotel Survey Program, including data on their rooms available, rooms sold, and room revenue. They aggregate this data, allowing them to report on market performance as a whole and more specialised groups. In Australia, STR draws data from more than 1,600 properties. Worldwide, their network of participating accommodation providers is over 61,000. STR is also responsible for the Australian Accommodation Monitor (AAM) program, which has replaced the Survey of Tourist [...]

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