The Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism excellence; promoting and rewarding tourism businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. The criteria and categories of the Tourism Awards are set by the Australian Tourism Industry Council and winners from selected categories automatically...

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The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) is the combined effort of all Australian State and Territory Tourism Organisations, as well as Tourism Australia. It operates to provide industry with a national database of tourism products and destinations so that they can be published, promoted and sold through multiple websites and other...

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The state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber, has renewed its calls for a new approach to penalty rates. Throughout the course of this year, the NSW Business Chamber has been actively pursuing an Application before Fair Work Australia to vary the structure of penalty rates in the restaurant and catering industry.   ...

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The Fair Work Ombudsman is writing to more than 25,000 accommodation providers, pubs, taverns and bars as part of a new national education and compliance campaign. The campaign is promoting the range of free tools, templates and advice accessible on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at www.fairwork.gov.au/hospitality. Detailed, user-fr...

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New apps have been launched to assist business/organisations in creating business plans and emergency management plans. And they are free! Click here to view or the website address is below: http://www.business.gov.au/Business-Apps/Pages/Default.aspx

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The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has a useful funding program which may be of benefit to local businesses.The program promotes energy efficiency for small business. It can provide help with an energy assessment and energy action plan of a business to save energy (and money). The program can also help with up to 50% of t...

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How to start with social   It seems Australian web users are a social lot. Over half our ENTIRE population uses Facebook let alone all the other social options; that's a lot of reasons why you need a social strategy for your business. But, which platform to choose? To decide that, you first need to know where Aussies are socialising. F...

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User generated content covers a wide range of applications, including problem processing, news, gossip, reviews and research that are accessible to the general public.Tourism operators should monitor, manage and grow their online reviews.TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.com) is the most popular online review site in the world and a basic l...

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The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism have recently launched the resilience toolkits, which have been developed via Australian Regional Tourism Network and industry stakeholders. The toolkits are practical self-help guides for mitigating risks and improving business continuity, and are available in two tailored versions for t...

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The NSW Department of Trade and Investment has developed a series of comprehensive community economic development self-help modules. They are available  to download. They have also created a list of useful websites for regional community economic development practitioners.Visit the website for the modules

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The NBN will be a new Broadband network, finished by 2021. It will meet our broadband needs for the next 60 years. NBN costs will be similar to current broadband costs for some. Others will pay more. The NBN is also a much needed reform to the Australian broadband industry, which benefits all of us. For more information, visit the w...

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Email Marketing has become one of the most popular, fastest growing ways for businesses to get their marketing messages out to a large audience in a very fast and cost effective way. Put basically email marketing helps businesses enhance their relationship with new and existing clients. Both email marketing and traditional marketing ...

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