Travel Bulletin - - ISSUES & TRENDS -

THERE have been lots of changes to the way Nor­folk Is­land is gov­erned this year, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the spec­tac­u­lar des­ti­na­tion’s ap­peal. From 1 July the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment is ex­tend­ing Aus­tralian so­cial se­cu­rity, im­mi­gra­tion, tax­a­tion and gov­ern­ment ser­vices to Nor­folk, much to the con­ster­na­tion of some res­i­dents who fear the loss of their in­de­pen­dence. How­ever tourism re­mains a main­stay of the Nor­folk Is­land econ­omy, and Air New Zealand has joined with Nor­folk Is­land Tourism to sup­port a new pro­gram of “self-famils” for Aus­tralian travel agents.

Lo­cal op­er­a­tors will be of­fer­ing com­pli­men­tary ac­com­mo­da­tion and ex­pe­ri­ences, while Air NZ will pro­vide a $179 plus taxes in­dus­try fare and $319 plus taxes friend fare for re­turn flights ex Syd­ney through un­til 26 Au­gust 2016, and ex Bris­bane up to 23 Au­gust 2016. To par­tic­i­pate, ex­press in­ter­est be­fore 17 June by con­tact­ing Mar­ion Belus at The Unique Tourism Col­lec­tion for an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

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