Welcome to this weeks edition of my Cairns News Report, a complimentary ‘week in review’ of all the pertinent news stories on what’s happening around Cairns.
The news last week was dominated by talk about tourism growth for Cairns and the Tropical North. Here were some of the topics:
- direct flights are identified as a key drawcard with a call to lift global and domestic air links;
- two prominent business leaders have targeted Qantas accusing it of stifling potential tourism numbers in favour of profits, with Qantas hitting back rejecting those claims;
- Emirates has fuelled speculation it plans to start flights to Cairns with a recruiting seminar to be held next week in the city;
- tourism and civic leaders have thrown their support behind the need for TTNQ to receive more funding, with Cairns Mayor proposing a $1 levy on each of the 2.9 million visitors to the Far North each year; and
- the best way to brand and market Cairns to the world as a premium tourist destination is under debate.
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We are Ready to Serve, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 4 Mar 2019
JOBSEEKERS in the Leichhardt electorate should set their sights on public administration and safety, accommodation and food services or health care and social assistance to give themselves the greatest chance of career success. These industries are forecast for the strongest local employment growth between 2017 and 2022.
Ships just Marching In, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 4 Mar 2019
MARCH marks the busiest month of the year for the Far North with 14 tourist-filled vessels docking over the next 27 days. Eight of those will visit Cairns. The first Azamara Quest arrives at 8 am on Thursday form Townsville.
It’s Time to Soar, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 4 Mar 2019
A NEW international airline and the provision of more seats on domestic routes would open the door to a new era in tourism in the Tropical North. Two prominent business leaders have targeted Australia flagship carrier Qantas accusing it of stifling potential tourism numbers in favour of profts.
Solo Ventures Struggle, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 5 Mar 2019
MORE people are starting their own businesses and failing, but Cairns’ transport, postal and warehousing sector is booming, adding 233 businesses in two years. The growth spurt, which saw Cairns add another 281 businesses to the local economy, was linked to the nation’s 6 per cent jump in total business numbers between 2016 and 2018.
City Hotels get Bronze, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 5 Mar 2019
CHINESE tourism fell by more than 7 per cent, US visitors jumped by almost 10 per cent, domestic visitors grew, while international numbers fell. By the numbers, 2018 was a year of mixed fortunes for the Far North and ended on a low with December figures showing a 6.7 per cent drop in hotel room demand compared with the previous year.
Change for the Better, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 5 Mar 2019
A $1 levy on each of the 2.9 million visitors to the Far North each year could make a big difference to the marketing of the region. The small impost could raise an extra $3 million to give Tourism Tropical North Queensland more funding on top of its annual $8.2 million budget.
Qantas Rejects Claims it is not doing Enough to Grow, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 5 Mar 2019
QANTAS has hit back at criticism it is not doing enough to bring tourists into Far North Queensland saying there was no bigger supporter of Cairns tourism than the airline and Jetstar. The comments come after Cairns business leaders Nick Trompf and Nick Loukas criticised the national airline for keeping seat numbers low and prices high into Cairns.
Come Fly With Us, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 6 Mar 2019
EMIRATES has fuelled speculation it plans to start flights to Cairns with a recruiting seminar to be held next week in the city. The airline has advertised for people keen to become cabin crew and “deliver exceptional customer service on every journey and make Dubai your new home” to attend an open day.
Highway at a Bargain, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 6 Mar 2019
A FORMER giant of the Far North construction industry says he has found a way to duplicate the Kuranda Range road for a paltry $350 million – and he already has one political party’s support. CEC Group chief Roy Lavis, whose empire once boasted more than 600 employees, told the Cairns Post the billion-dollar cost estimates flaunted by state and federal governments were easily avoided.
Backing for Levy to Drive Growth, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 6 Mar 2019
MULTINATIONALS who reap the rewards of the Far North’s tourism industry, but give nothing in return, should be helping fund promotion of the region, a politician said. Cairns MP Michael Healy, a former tourism industry leader, said businesses like Woolworths, whose CBD store is constantly filled with visitors, should be hit with a levy.
Links Make it Pay, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 6 Mar 2019
THE direct link between a Mareeba mango worker and a Chinese tourist snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef may not be immediately obvious, but a Cairns business leader believes the combinations are vital to the future growth of the region.
Sharp Land Values Raise for Inner Areas, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 7 Mar 2019 PARRAMATTA Park is solidifying its reputation as an increasingly sought-after location in the Cairns property market. Median land values in the small inner-city suburb, which has a population of 3508, escalated by almost 20 per cent over the past three years.
Clarity in Marketing Key for FNQ Tourism’s Growth, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 7 Mar 2019
AN ECONOMIC development advocate says the tourism industry must be clear and concise about the marketing and promotion of the Far North. Kevin Byrne of Enterprise North said there was “confusion as to where our markets are and too many competing interests for the scarce marketing dollars available”.
Beware Cruise Control: Mayor, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 8 Mar 2019
CAIRNS needs to keep working hard to entice cruise ships into our port and not “take them for granted”, according to Mayor Bob Manning. The cruise industry has boomed in the past decade and the city will be able to cater for even larger vessels after the Port of Cairns is deepened and widened later this year.
Direct Flights Identified as Key Drawcard, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 8 Mar 2019
TOURISM is sure to grow as an industry in Cairns for many years to come. But where will our tourists come from? What languages will they speak? What attractions will they want to see?
Funds Finally Flowing, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 8 Mar 2019
HOUSING for domestic violence victims in Cairns, the Cooktown Airport expansion and a shelter for neglected Cape York dogs have all been cleared for a long-awaited federal funding injection. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch will today announce seven Far North Queensland projects will share in $8.5 million under the Building Better Regions Fund.
Kuranda Options Growing, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 8 Mar 2019
AT least four very different routes are on the cards as Far North Queensland communities push for infrastructure to take pressure off the overloaded Kuranda Range road. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has poured cold water on any faint hope the Federal Government might announce a billion-dollar road duplication ahead of the anticipated May election.
Fast Food Fuels New Project, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 8 Mar 2019
A THREE-WAY fast food bidding war is under way as developers plan to start construction of a new Cairns service station and office block. The 237 Sheridan St project is being spearheaded by development group Hamdig, involving Peter Williams, Michael Newman and former Trinity Petroleum owner Dean Pradal among its ranks.
Time to Rethink Tourism Brand?, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 8 Mar 2019
THERE is initial support for a rebranding of Far North tourism to make Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef and rainforest the “heroes” of marketing. A Cairns Post survey of online readers saw a large majority throw their support behind making the slogan “Cairns: Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef” rather than its current moniker of “Tropical North Queensland”.
Floods Siren Work to Start, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 9 Mar 2019
SIRENS blaring through Redlynch Valley will signal a catastrophic dam wall collapse and a warning for residents to find immediate shelter from a wave of water. It is a highly unlikely scenario, but one Cairns Regional Council is tackling, with work on its new Copperlode Falls Dam early warning system due to start next month.
Outback Oasis on Brink of Opening, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 9 Mar 2019
FINISHING touches are being made to an exclusive outback resort nestled in the foothills of the rugged Mount Mulligan range. But the price tag of the luxury Mount Mulligan Lodge is not for the faint hearted.
Three Steps to Paradise, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 9 Mar 2019
A TOURISM levy, a fresh brand and flight access have been flagged as the cornerstones to reinstating the Far North as a premium tourist destination. Flagging under the weight of a tough start to the year due to wet weather, global and domestic economic uncertainty and fatalistic messaging about the Great Barrier Reef, the Cairns Post joined forces this week with Tourism Tropical North Queensland.
Holding on to Paradise, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 9 Mar 2019
PARADISE Palms boss Darren Halpin has no intention of handing over the reins if his luxury residential subdivision and tourist park development moves ahead. He will stay on as managing director to oversee the entertainment facilities, commercial property and resort even after the new community has been built and bought.
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