QUEENSLAND REAPS BENEFITS OF 'CRUISE BOOM'

QUEENSLAND REAPS BENEFITS OF 'CRUISE BOOM'

QUEENSLAND has become the port of choice for holidaymakers, attracting more cruise ships than any other Australian state last year. A record 329 cruise ships visited the sunshine state in 2015-16 according to the Australian Cruise Association's Economic Impact Assessment of the Cruise Industry in Australia report. Premier Annastac...

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TOURISM GETS A SHARE OF QANTAS BILLION

TOURISM GETS A SHARE OF QANTAS BILLION

QANTAS Airways (ASX:QAN) is ploughing back some of the mega-profits it has earned this past year into promoting its home market to the world through a three-year deal with Tourism Australia.

The flagship carrier has signed a $20 million joint-venture agreement with the peak tourism body to promote Australia through digital marketing initiativ...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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BUSINESS BITES: M&C SAATCHI

BUSINESS BITES: M&C SAATCHI

IKEA is a property developer, Airbnb is a media company and Facebook is a drone developer.

Got your attention? That's the mark of M&C Saatchi's group innovation director, Ben Cooper.

With too many 'agency of the year' accolades to count, M&C Saatchi pioneers creative direction worldwide.

Cooper heads inn...

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AIRLINE DEAL SET TO DELIVER $53M TOURISM BOOST

AIRLINE DEAL SET TO DELIVER $53M TOURISM BOOST

QUEENSLAND is in for a $53 million tourism boost after China Eastern Airlines announced plans to bump up its Shanghai to Brisbane route to daily flights. The service is expected to commence in December and follows Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's recent trade mission to China. "Our partnership with China Eastern was a first an...

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LITTLE TOUCHES MAKE BIG DIFFERENCE FOR HOTEL JEN

LITTLE TOUCHES MAKE BIG DIFFERENCE FOR HOTEL JEN

A MAJOR rebrand has paid off for Hotel Jen Brisbane, with the Roma Street property topping the city in the annual Star Ratings Australia travellers' rating survey. Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts launched the new brand last year, refurbishing the former Traders Hotel. The four-star chain's repositioning has snare...

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WESTFIELD NORTH LAKES UNVEILS $220M REVIVAL

WESTFIELD NORTH LAKES UNVEILS $220M REVIVAL

WESTFIELD North Lakes has unveiled the first stage of its $220 million overhaul, in a bid to cement its position as the shopping destination of choice in the region. As part of the $80 million Stage 1 redevelopment, the centre opened fresh food precinct The Marketplace and alfresco dining area The Laneway. The Marketplace features a m...

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SIRROMET TOASTS TO CRICKET HISTORY

SIRROMET TOASTS TO CRICKET HISTORY

QUEENSLAND winery Sirromet has teamed up with Queensland Cricketers' Club (QCC) to unveil some of the state's oldest cricket memorabilia. The Sirromet Wall of Fame features more than 60 priceless objects and iconic photographs from 1920 to now. Sirromet Wines director sales & marketing Rod Hill says the sponsorship allows ...

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MERLO CAPITALISES ON COLD-PRESSED TREND

MERLO CAPITALISES ON COLD-PRESSED TREND

WITH summer just around the corner, Merlo has released its new season of Black Bear Cold Press to bolster coffee sales during the warmer months. The bottled drink is made using cold water at the start of the brewing process, rather than chilling hot espresso. The result is a more delicate and less acidic coffee. Founder Dean Merlo say...

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MICHAEL HILL TAKES A BITE OUT OF BIG APPLE

MICHAEL HILL TAKES A BITE OUT OF BIG APPLE

NEW York is home to even more glamour, with Michael Hill International opening its second store in the Big Apple. The new addition marks the New Zealand founded and Brisbane-based jeweler's 11th store in the US, opening its doors at Roosevelt Field in Long Island. The shopping mall hosts 22 million visitors each year, and is home ...

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FILM STUDENTS SET TO GO GLOBAL WITH FRUIT NINJA

FILM STUDENTS SET TO GO GLOBAL WITH FRUIT NINJA

LOCAL university students have collaborated with a professional filmmaker to present a behind-the-scenes video series of popular digital game Fruit Ninja on a global scale. Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch says the YouTube project, titled Fruit Ninja Nation, was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Griffith University...

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AWARD ADDS TO ORIGO EDUCATION SUCCESS

AWARD ADDS TO ORIGO EDUCATION SUCCESS

BRISBANE-based learning system provider ORIGO Education has triumphed in the Education and Training category at the Premier of Queensland's Export Awards. Presented by the Export Council of Australia in conjunction with Trade & Investment Queensland, the Awards highlight the state's exporting businesses and their contribution ...

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SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND BECOMES 'AGILESMART'

SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND BECOMES 'AGILESMART'

BRISBANE, the Gold Coast and Springfield, in conjunction with the Open Data Institute Queensland (ODIQ) and QUT, have become Australia's first region to join the Open and AgileSmart Cities (OASC) network. The OASC is an international initiative which stems from the Danish-led Connected Smart Cities Network, designed to establish a mec...

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NIGHTOWL FLIES INTO BRISBANE CBD

NIGHTOWL FLIES INTO BRISBANE CBD

CONVENIENCE chain NightOwl has announced the opening of a new store in Brisbane's CBD, as part of its 'store of the future' strategy. The Adelaide Street store which celebrated its grand opening this week, features a new layout, improved product and service offering and increased digital presence. Conceived as a response t...

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SUNSHINE STATE MARKS 19.1 MILLION VISITS

SUNSHINE STATE MARKS 19.1 MILLION VISITS

MORE Australian holidaymakers are opting to explore their own backyard and Queensland is reaping the benefits, recording its highest year of domestic travel since 1999. The state notched 19.1 million visits this past financial year, increasing 6 per cent or almost half a million more visitors than the year before, new figures state. M...

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EVOCCA COLLEGE HEADS TO APPLE ISLE

EVOCCA COLLEGE HEADS TO APPLE ISLE

TRAINING organisation Evocca College continues to expand its national footprint, with a new campus set to launch in Tasmania. The Brisbane-based company will open in Glenorchy and offer diploma-level courses in business, administration and management. Evocca College has 40 campuses across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and ...

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BREAKFAST CREEK HOTEL ADDS TO RUM DIARY

BREAKFAST CREEK HOTEL ADDS TO RUM DIARY

QUEENSLAND'S love affair with rum is in for a new twist, crafted behind the bar at Breakfast Creek Hotel. Commissioned by the team at its namesake bar within the venue, Substation No. 41 Rum is a dark blend made with sugarcane molasses. The Substation No.41 Rum Bar opened in 2012 and is home to one of the largest collections of ru...

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BRISBANE'S BOLD PLAN TO BECOME A NEW WORLD CITY BY 2022

BRISBANE'S BOLD PLAN TO BECOME A NEW WORLD CITY BY 2022

BRISBANE has laid plans to put itself firmly on the global stage through a bold strategy that aims to encourage new-age thinking to build upon the success of last year's acclaimed G20 conference. The Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan, prepared by the Lord Mayor's Economic Development Steering Committee, has handed down 40 k...

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GREETERS PROGRAM SECURES NEW PERK

GREETERS PROGRAM SECURES NEW PERK

THE Coffee Club has teamed up with the Brisbane Greeters program to welcome visitors to the city with a cuppa. The Brisbane-based café franchise is the first official sponsor of the initiative created by Brisbane Marketing in 2012. The free ambassadorial service has welcomed more than 25,000 visitors to Brisbane from its networ...

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PIZZA-PRENEURS BRING IN THE DOUGH

PIZZA-PRENEURS BRING IN THE DOUGH

A YOUNG entrepreneurial couple has pocketed more than $50,000 from the Domino's (ASX:DMP) Pizza Mogul campaign, with their international inspired pizzas. Emma Edwards and Cameron Blackburn charged to the top of the Pizza Mogul leader board with their range, #FlavoursOfTheWorld. The website and app allows Australian users to create...

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TATTS GROUP BETS ON REMODEL TO BOOST SALES

TATTS GROUP BETS ON REMODEL TO BOOST SALES

UBET has opened its first Australian store in Brisbane, as part of a multi-million dollar rebranding strategy of TattsBet. The UBET New Farm store is the first to be overhauled in its network of more than 1200 retail sport and race betting outlets. Parent company Tatts Group (ASX:TTS) is chasing an increase in sales following the mode...

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GRANTS TO KICK-START BRISBANE TECH SCENE

GRANTS TO KICK-START BRISBANE TECH SCENE

BRISBANE technology start-ups are being encouraged to apply for an investment program to get their hands on a share of $25,000 in funding. The Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program offers grants of up to $5000 for business owners to study, attend a start-up conference, seek professional advice or participate in a trade mission. ...

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TOUCH OF COUNTRY HEADING TO THE CITY

TOUCH OF COUNTRY HEADING TO THE CITY

BRISBANE will experience a taste of the country life, when Southern Queensland Country takes over Eat Street Markets at Hamilton. The showcase will run on April 17 and 18, in celebration of Southern Queensland Country in autumn, with special guest chef Miguel Maestre. Maestre will lead cooking demonstrations using produce from the reg...

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA VOTED BEST TRAVEL SITE

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA VOTED BEST TRAVEL SITE

VIRGIN Australia's (ASX:VAH) website is taking off, with Australians voting it the best for online flight and travel bookings. According to the 2014/2015 Travel Website Consumer Recommendation and Loyalty Study, Virgin Australia's site was a leader in overall value, ease of navigation and customer service and support. The airli...

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BEGINNING BOUTIQUE RANKS NO. 1 IN AUS

BEGINNING BOUTIQUE RANKS NO. 1 IN AUS

AHEAD of Audi Australia and BMW Australia, Beginning Boutique has taken out the top spot in Australia for social media engagement, impact and responsiveness.

The winner of Brisbane Business News' Retail & Services category in the 2014 Young Entrepreneur Awards scored the highest for all three key performance indicators of Engagement L...

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UBER ROARS THROUGH BRISBANE WITH PR STUNT

UBER ROARS THROUGH BRISBANE WITH PR STUNT

UBER, the company meowing through the taxi industry's monopoly, has attempted to soften its image with the delivery of kittens on demand.

Playing the cards of charity and cute animals in the name of viral marketing and good PR, Uber teamed up with six animal shelters across major cities in Australia today to offer its UberKITTENS service....

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NEW APP TO ASSIST DURING NATURAL DISASTERS

NEW APP TO ASSIST DURING NATURAL DISASTERS

A TEAM of researchers at the University of Queensland have launched a new web application which has the potential to help residents get a real time snapshot of damage and disruption during cyclones, floods and bushfires. In addition, the WikiQueensland big-data fusion system provides open data across a range of areas including safety, hea...

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TRADE MARK OR 'ARI VIDERCI'

TRADE MARK OR 'ARI VIDERCI'

'CIAO' business owners, a recent High court Decision has implied now is the time to register non-English language trade marks in Australia.

Two coffee distributors, Cantarella and Modena, found themselves embroiled in a heated brew over the Italian words 'oro' and 'cinque stelle', which mean 'gold' and 'fiv...

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ONLINE SALES SOAR FOR EAGLE BOYS

ONLINE SALES SOAR FOR EAGLE BOYS

EAGLE Boys is celebrating the record breaking success of its most recent ‘Mad Minutes’ digital campaign. The pizza restaurant’s two-week online marketing drive saw an approximate 50 per cent increase in sales from the fortnight prior, with nearly 40 per cent of those customers visiting the site for the first time. Ea...

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JOURNALISTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA SHARE COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP

JOURNALISTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA SHARE COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP

AUSTRALIAN journalists have a strained relationship with social media, the 2014 BBS Media Survey reveals.  Social media acts as a valuable tool for any journalist, with approximately three-quarters of those surveyed agreeing that media outlets frequently monitored their online traction, and more than 90 per cent supporting the monito...

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