News Briefs

    Tourism Research Australia (TRA) stated (21-Dec-2016) international visitors spent an average of AUD4361 (USD3129) per trip in 2015-16, a 1.9% year-on-year increase.

    Domestic travellers spent AUD347 (USD249) per trip, a 4.5% year-on-year reduction. On average, accommodation and expenditure costs for domestic travellers vary greatly between day (AUD114/USD82) and overnight (AUD837/USD607) trips.

    TRA noted: “For every dollar spent by international tourists, 14 cents is spent on accommodation, 17 cents on long distance transport, 14 cents on shopping and 12 cents on takeaway and restaurant meals”, adding: “Although domestic visitors consume more tourism-related products than international visitors, international visitors are the main consumers of education services, with AUD5bn (USD3.5bn) spent in 2015–16. This is equivalent to 14 cents in every dollar going on education services, with demand especially high from Asian markets. Among domestic travellers, the main items of expenditure in 2015–16 were eating out, long-distance passenger transport and shopping – accounting for 17, 16 and 11 cents respectively of every dollar spent.”


    Air New Zealand opened reservation for expanded Auckland–Denpasar service for northern summer 2017 season (Routes Online, 27-Dec-2016). The carrier will operate a third weekly service on Tuesdays with Boeing 787-9 aircraft from 27-Jun-2017 to 29-Jul-2017 and from 19-Sep-2017 to 14-Oct-2017.


    Qantas Airways and Air Niugini expanded their codeshare partnership on 18-Dec-2016, after securing regulatory approval for its recently revised operation between Australia and Papua New Guinea (Routes Online, 27-Dec-2016). The expanded codeshare partnership also includes selected markets within domestic Australia. New codeshare routes including Qantas services from Brisbane to Melbourne, Perth and Port Morseby and from Sydney to Melbourne and Perth, and Air Niugini services from Port Morseby to Brisbane and Sydney.


    Australia Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher insisted Sydney Airport “has four months, until mid-May, to accept the ­notice of intention” for the Western Sydney Airport development project (Adelaide Now, 28-Dec-2016). As previously reported by CAPA, Sydney Airport believes it is entitled to a nine-month consideration period and is continuing to discuss this with the Commonwealth.


    Australia Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher stated (20-Dec-2016) “Should Sydney Airport Group not accept the Notice of Intention” the government “have contingency planning in place and we certainly have the capacity to fund” Western Sydney Airport development project. Mr Fletcher added “We are committed to…having Western Sydney Airport operational by 2026”, “We’re not in any way waiting or holding off on critical activities in relation to the airport while we work through this process with Sydney Airport Group”.


    Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) stated in its pre 2016 Christmas newsletter that it will continue “vocal opposition to any moves that make it easier for commercial unregulated short-term accommodation providers to expand further in Australia”. Citing New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Paris as examples of cities which are actively tackling the issue of the ‘peer to peer’ accommodation model, the TAA stated that it will continue to advocate policies that crack down on unregulated short-term operators promoting new laws that would force companies like Airbnb to act against commercial exploiters and become more accountable. The TAA was also critical of Qantas’ recent commercial agreement with Airbnb stating “the hotel industry was disappointed that they should form an alliance with Airbnb, given that hotels have been an integral component of their loyalty programs for decades”.

    These are among over 30 news items in relation to the Australia Pacific region published by CAPA Centre for Aviation in their Asia Pacific Airline Daily and over 400 news items covering global aviation.