Holiday-makers to Brisbane now have greater choice, says Leanne, who predicts the momentum to continue with more developments in the pipeline over the next five years. These include a chic Art Series Hotel, the Fantauzzo, set to open at the new Howard Smith Wharves in March. The entertainment and lifestyle precinct, dubbed HSW, is on 3ha of previously abandoned land beneath the Story Bridge and will have a brewery, restaurants, and picnic spots.
THE MIDDLE EAST
balloon over Cappadocia’s unique landscapes is a must.”
River cruise company Uniworld has also experienced more interest in the Middle East, with Uniworld’s Fiona Dalton reporting a rise in bookings of more than 300 per cent year on year.
THE RED CENTRE
ahead, Lonely Planet predicts Australia’s Red Centre to be one of the best regions to visit in 2019. The Red Centre was ranked fourth in Lonely Planet’s pick of the world’s top 10 regions in its Best in Travel 2019 book. The NT inclusion is largely due to Uluru finally closing to climbers from October 26, almost 150 years after people first started scaling it.
According to the publisher, the first three regions worth checking out next year are Piedmont in Italy, the Catskills in New York state, and northern Peru. Webjet has also found the Red Centre gaining in popularity, with interest in Alice Springs up 55 per cent, thanks to more accessibility.
“Additional airline capacity in 2018 with more frequency by Virgin Australia and Qantas has created more options to fly into and out of Alice Springs at a competitive price,” Webjet’s David Galt says.