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'The new Bali': AirAsia unveils first direct flights from Perth to Lombok

'The new Bali': AirAsia unveils first direct flights from Perth to Lombok

The airline will fly to the island directly east of Bali on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from June 9, adding 77,000 seats to its Australian services every year.

  • by Hamish Hastie

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Hemsworth family boards helicopter for private Rottnest Island visit
Chris Hemsworth

Hemsworth family boards helicopter for private Rottnest Island visit

It’s understood Tourism Australia invited the group to Western Australia, and Tourism WA has devised the itinerary.

  • by staff writers
Australian government to spend millions attracting Chinese tourists
Tourism

Australian government to spend millions attracting Chinese tourists

The $5 million advertising campaign, which is using Australia's natural scenery to target young Chinese urbanites, launches this week.

  • by Kirsty Needham
'Serious risk' as Puffing Billy fireman drives train to impress woman
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'Serious risk' as Puffing Billy fireman drives train to impress woman

A train driver has resigned and volunteer fireman is suspended after a Puffing Billy service on January 30 was under the control of an unaccredited driver.

  • by Richard Baker
Tourism hopes pinned to luxury liners docking in Perth for first time

Tourism hopes pinned to luxury liners docking in Perth for first time

The state government heralded the arrival in Fremantle of a luxury cruise liner on its maiden voyage to WA as an important boost for Perth's tourism sector.

  • by staff writers
No overnight stay? Venice introduces visitors' tax for day-trippers
Italy

No overnight stay? Venice introduces visitors' tax for day-trippers

City officials say the tax is meant to generate revenue for public services that cost more to provide in the lagoon city, such as rubbish collection and cleaning.

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Scenic Rim walking trail a huge step for ecotourism
Graham Turner

Scenic Rim walking trail a huge step for ecotourism

The new Scenic Rim walking trail will meander through national parks and private properties in a five-day retreat.

  • by Lucy Stone
Heritage-listed power station 'rotting on banks of the Swan': Perth MP
Tourism

Heritage-listed power station 'rotting on banks of the Swan': Perth MP

In his first speech six months ago, Mr Gorman raised the East Perth Power Station as a missed tourism opportunity; he now says his constituents are demanding action.

  • by Emma Young
Rottnest Island Authority failed to properly manage jetty prior to collapse, inquiry finds
Tourism

Rottnest Island Authority failed to properly manage jetty prior to collapse, inquiry finds

The government will not pursue previous ministers, board members or officials over the cause of the terrifying incident.

  • by Daile Cross
'It's now or never': The campaign to save Victoria's longest timber rail bridge
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'It's now or never': The campaign to save Victoria's longest timber rail bridge

Some see it as the future, others as an eyesore. Either way, an historic trestle bridge in East Gippsland could be on its last legs.

  • by Karl Quinn
Tourism generates jobs but leads to congestion and higher prices: survey
United Nations

Tourism generates jobs but leads to congestion and higher prices: survey

Australians believe tourism generates wealth and jobs but also causes overcrowding in cities and higher prices, according to a United Nations survey.

  • by Andrew Taylor