Redis­cov­er­ing our bac kya rd

Travel Bulletin - - AUSTRALIA -

AN IN­CREAS­ING num­ber of Aussies are opt­ing to leave their pass­port at home and ex­plore their sun­burnt coun­try. “We’re hav­ing a great year for Aus­tralian tours – we re­leased our brochure for 2017/18 in Sep and our book­ings year-on-year are up sig­nif­i­cantly,” Liz Crow­ley, Scenic Jour­ney De­signer for Aus­tralia told trav­el­bul­letin. “[Aus­tralians] still want the big over­seas ad­ven­ture but they don’t want to do that ev­ery year,” she said. South Aus­tralia has seen a spike in pop­u­lar­ity lately, as a fo­cus on food and wine en­tices trav­ellers to visit the likes of the Barossa Val­ley. “Ev­ery­one wants to see our icons, but for Aus­tralians who can see the Opera house ev­ery day, it’s the other things we have that they want to go and dis­cover,” Crow­ley ex­plained. The safety fac­tor also comes into play, Crow­ley said, not­ing over­seas events may play a part in trav­ellers de­lay­ing over­seas travel in fa­vor of do­mes­tic. prop­er­ties, Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s area vp Aus­tralia/nz & Pa­cific Sean Hunt con­firmed to trav­el­bul­letin. Un­able to spec­ify the lo­ca­tions, Syd­ney and Mel­bourne are clear favourites, with the ‘Rib­bon Ho­tel’ at the site of IMAX Dar­ling Har­bour al­ready ru­moured to be on the cards. The ‘W’ ho­tel brand isn’t new to Syd­ney, hav­ing adorned the finger wharf land­mark lo­ca­tion at Wool­loomooloo for a num­ber of years be­fore then re­brand­ing as Taj Blue Syd­ney and now Ovolo. Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s pres­i­dent and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Asia Pa­cific, Craig Smith is very bullish about growth for the group in this area. The ho­tel heavy­weight now has 24 prop­er­ties in its port­fo­lio in this re­gion and has deals in place for an ad­di­tional 18 prop­er­ties. Growth falls un­der Mar­riott’s ‘Pa­cific 50’ goal, tar­get­ing 50 ho­tels in Aus­tralia/nz/pa­cific by 2020. Other new de­vel­op­ments al­ready “com­ing out of the ground” in­clude Ritz Carl­ton in Mel­bourne, The Westin Bris­bane and the Four Points by Sher­a­ton Syd­ney, Cen­tral Park. The Mar­riott Fiji at Momi Bay, south of Nadi, is also slated to open by April 2017.

Bethany Wines, Barossa Val­ley, Nick Rains

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