GOLD COAST OFFSHORE TOURISM SURGE HITS NEW HIGH

GOLD COAST OFFSHORE TOURISM SURGE HITS NEW HIGH

INTERNATIONAL tourism spending growth on the Gold Coast has surged past the national average, rising 20 per cent to $1.23 billion in 2015. The increase compares with 18 per cent growth in spending to $36.6 billion across the broader Australian market, according to Tourism Research Australia's international visitor survey. The nati...

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STW SLUMPS TO $52M LOSS, BUT SHARES LIFT

STW SLUMPS TO $52M LOSS, BUT SHARES LIFT

STW Communications Group (ASX:SGN) has cleared the decks after a challenging year involving a restructure and a proposed merger that it says will return Australia's largest marketing services group to sustainable growth. The Sydney-based company has posted a $52.6 million bottom-line loss in calendar 2015 following $92.2 million in no...

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SYDNEY SUPERSIZES SELFIES FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR

SYDNEY SUPERSIZES SELFIES FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR

INTERNATIONAL visitors celebrating Chinese New Year in Sydney will have the chance to make their mark in a 'Giga Selfie' overlooking the Opera House and harbour. The supersized photo opportunity takes place in front of a giant Chinese dragon head installation at Dawes Point, in a campaign created by Tourism Australia. It follo...

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GOLD COAST SKIES CARRY SIX MILLION

GOLD COAST SKIES CARRY SIX MILLION

IT'S been a big 12 months in the skies above the Gold Coast with the city's airport recording more than six million passenger movements during the past year. The figures, for the 12 months to the end of December, were boosted by a string of new routes secured by Gold Coast Airport within Australia as well as overseas. Internat...

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METER MAIDS TO FEED HUNGRY BEACHGOERS

METER MAIDS TO FEED HUNGRY BEACHGOERS

GOLD Coast meter maids are expanding their offering after partnering with mobile ordering technology company AirService to launch Australia's first beachside food ordering and delivery service. Beachgoers will be able to order and pay for food via the new Maid to Order app, powered by the AirService platform. Customers will then h...

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HEMSWORTH HELPS LAUNCH NEW TOURISM AD

HEMSWORTH HELPS LAUNCH NEW TOURISM AD

IN a bid to lure more international visitors to Australia, a new campaign has been launched highlighting the country's aquatic and coastal experiences.  The latest ad, which is part of Tourism Australia's global There's Nothing like Australia campaign, was officially unveiled at an event in New York on Australia Day eve a...

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AUSSIES FLOCK TO HOME-GROWN GOODS

AUSSIES FLOCK TO HOME-GROWN GOODS

MORE Australians are turning to home-grown products despite increasing competition from international retailers, according to figures from Roy Morgan Research. In the 12 months to September 2015, 89.2 per cent of Australians aged 14 years old and above said they'd be more likely to buy products made in Australia up from 85.6 per cent ...

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BAUER SCRAPS CLEO TO FOCUS ON DOLLY

BAUER SCRAPS CLEO TO FOCUS ON DOLLY

BAUER Media today announced the closure of CLEO magazine in Australia, with the publisher now set to follow through with plans to relaunch Dolly as a digital first property. In a statement, interim CEO of Bauer Media Andreas Schoo says scale, engagement and a robust digital strategy are key to the future success of Bauer. "We bel...

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FACEBOOK GIVES MARDI GRAS THE THUMBS UP

FACEBOOK GIVES MARDI GRAS THE THUMBS UP

ONE of the world's most recognised brands has aligned with Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations, coming out as a major sponsor of the famous parade. Social media giant Facebook, which also acquired Instagram in 2013, will be promoting the festival on both platforms and will enter a float in the parade, which takes plac...

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RETAILERS FIRE UP FOR SCHOOL SALES

RETAILERS FIRE UP FOR SCHOOL SALES

SHOES, uniforms, bags and endless supplies of stationery are once again on the shopping list as parents prepare to send their children back to school for 2016. According to Australian Retailers Association (ARA) executive director Russell Zimmerman, while Boxing Day sales are undoubtedly the biggest retail gold mine across the board, many...

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AIRASIA LAUNCHES NEW TRANS-TASMAN FLIGHTS

AIRASIA LAUNCHES NEW TRANS-TASMAN FLIGHTS

GOLD Coasters are set to benefit from direct flights to New Zealand, following the announcement of new AirAsia X services from the Gold Coast to Auckland. The first flight is set to jet off on 22 March 2016, with flights departing Gold Coast at 9.05am each day for Auckland arriving at 3.30pm local time.  To celebrate the new services...

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STW MERGER CREATES NEW MARKETING GIANT

STW MERGER CREATES NEW MARKETING GIANT

BRITISH marketing and advertising giant WPP is taking a majority shareholding in Sydney-based STW Communications Group (ASX:SGN) through a $512 million merger of its Australian and New Zealand operations.

The move formalises the joint working relationship the two companies developed almost two decades ago under the Singleton Ogilvy and Mather...

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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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OVERSEAS VISITOR SPENDING CRACKS $1.1B

OVERSEAS VISITOR SPENDING CRACKS $1.1B

INTERNATIONAL visitor expenditure has hit an all-time high on the Gold Coast, with more than 850,000 tourists spending $1.109 billion in the city during the year to the end of September. Figures released by Tourism Research Australia show that Australia is experiencing a period of strong growth in tourism with international visitors spend...

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KPMG SCORES FRONT ROW AT 2018 GAMES

KPMG SCORES FRONT ROW AT 2018 GAMES

KPMG has thrown its corporate weight behind the 2018 Commonwealth Games in a deal that will see the accounting group assist in both the lead-up and the dismantling of the event. KPMG has signed up as a tier-two sponsor of the event on the Gold Coast through which it will offer Games organiser GOLDOC a broad range of professional services ...

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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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WMS NAMED TOP BOUTIQUE FIRM

WMS NAMED TOP BOUTIQUE FIRM

A GOLD Coast accounting firm has come out on top among the best in the nation at the 2015 Australian Accounting Awards in Sydney. WMS Chartered Accountants edged out nine other firms from across the country, taking out Boutique Firm of the Year. The honour is awarded to the firm that has driven increased revenues and efficiencies last...

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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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