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 airlines, with:
- Air Niugini saying it’s ready to swoop on Asia link to take over Cathay Pacific’s freight and passenger routes;
- Qantas bosses have held talks in Cairns to discuss opportunities for the local tourism industry;
- Airport retail set for takeoff with 13 new stores to hit the terminal when the $55 million domestic terminal upgrade is complete; and
- Cairns airport CEO Noriss Carter discusses his role and vision.
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CBD Full as Shoppers Applaud Free Parking, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 May 2019
Free parking, the Masters Games and a visit from celebrity life coach Tony Robbins translated into one of the Cairns CBD’s busiest weekends in recent memory. Cairns Regional Council’s decision to axe parking fees after 2pm on Saturday and all day on Sunday was a hit with shoppers and even earned an unsolicited round of applause for one local identity of the hospitality industry.
Designs on New Hotels, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 May 2019
Crystalbrook Collection’s big green hotel Bailey is making a bold statement as it emerges from the Cairns CBD streetscape – but what will the finished product look like? New artist impressions submitted to Cairns Regional Council reveal the developers’ full architectural vision for the site, right down to the logos for its restaurants.
Opinion Split Over Pricey Reef Outings, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 May 2019
A leading Cairns-based tourism expert has questioned whether the scUber campaign is going to be the trigger the industry needs to get back on track. The State Government unveiled the quirky campaign on Thursday which will see punters using the rideshare app Uber and paying $1500 for a taxi and helicopter transfer to the Great Barrier Reef, followed by a one-hour submarine ride.
Sporting Chance, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 May 2019
The far North’s tourism industry is off and running with a calendar of sporting events set to pump $20 million into the economy. Following the weekend’s succesful Great Barrier Reef Masters Games, the region is preparing for next month’s Ironman which is tipped to be worth $10 million. Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the calendar of events, including the return of Targa Great Barrier Reef in August, generated a combined $20 million for the region.
Business Floats Pool Bar Plan With Council, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 May 2019
They have the ideal setting for a new watering hole at Smithfield, now all Placid Pools needs is council approval. In the pool industry for 40 years, owner Joe Spelta, (left) is looking to diversify into the hospitality industry, turning his former pool showroom into a quirky new bar. The Placid Pools team has been working with Peppe’s Bar operations manager Travers Wilkins (right) to float the idea.
In For The Long Haul, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 May 2019
Bringing more passengers through the boarding gates of the international terminal and fulfilling its civic responsibility is the long-term focus of Cairns Airport. Chief executive officer Norris Carter has spoken exclusively to the Cairns Post in a special three-part series exploring the facility’s key role in FNQ’s future.
Quirky ScUber Campaign Working, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 May 2019
A cairns tourism boss says he hopes the scUber promotion is the first of many “outside the square” campaigns to bring visitors back to the Great Barrier Reef. More than 50,000 people from around the world have applied to win a trip in the first rideshare submarine at Agincourt Reef off Port Douglas in the first few days of the new Tourism and Events Queensland campaign.
Chef Has Tourism Plan on a Plate, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 May 2019
The Far North’s flourishing food bowl will be front and centre of a new tourism campaign in a bid to encourage visitors to follow their tastebuds to Queensland. Award-winning Nu Nu Restaurant in Palm Cove and Mossman’s Silky Oaks Lodge are among a host of sites where the advertising campaign was filmed, showing off various fresh produce including fruit and seafood.
Airport Retail Set for Take-Off, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 May 2019
PASSENGERS needing a hair refresh will be able to get a quick blowdry on the fly or grab their kids last-minute gifts from one of the biggest toy brands in the world with the unveiling of 13 new stores coming to Cairns Airport. A $55 million domestic terminal upgrade is already under way and today the Cairns Post can exclusively reveal the first phase of new retailers — 15 brands across 13 stores- which will set up shop.
Local Entrepreneurs Really Raising the Bar, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 May 2019
From a celebration of beer, pizza and tacos to a gin distillery and a thumping nightclub – these are the five new bars coming soon to Cairns. Pizza loca cantina Cairns football identity Zenon Caravella is about a month away from opening the latest venture in his The Grounds complex in Woree – a small Mexican-Italian themed bar and restaurant with simple and delicious fare.
Strong Employment Shows Predictions Outperformed, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 May 2019
Job growth over the past five years has exceeded government expectations, with 13 out of 18 industries outperforming official forecasts. The manufacturing industry and agriculture, forestry and fishing industry both were predicted to experience job losses, yet recorded growth. Meanwhile, health, hospitality, transport and professional services were among the other industries to show surprisingly strong results.
Qantas Shares FNQ Tourism Goals, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 May 2019
Qantas bosses have held talks in Cairns to discuss opportunities for the local tourism industry just weeks after Cathay Pacific signalled it would not negotiate on plans to cancel its Hong Kong route. Tourism organisations remained tight-lipped about the outcome of talks but the mood was positive.
Work to Start on Uni Build, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 May 2019
Construction is set to begin within weeks on James Cook University’s landmark $30 million Cairns Innovation Centre. Watpac has won a tender to build the CIC, with the project expected to be completed by mid-2020. The project is expected to create 75 jobs in the construction phase.
Diligence Key to Lure Airlines in, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 May 2019
Convincing an airline to dedicate a $200 million piece of flying steel to service a new destination is a delicate waltz requiring a sustained campaign focused right down to the individual passenger. Norris Carter is no mere bit player on that marketing stage, at least as far as Far North Queensland is concerned.
We Can Carry Load, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 May 2019
A surprise contender for Cathay Pacific’s freight and passenger routes to Hong Kong has emerged with Air Niugini management saying it could carry exports to Asia from as early as next week. Airline officials have flagged their desire to fill the void left by Cathay with city business leaders.
Prospects are Good for Cairns, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 May 2019
A water basin 50-100km west of Croydon could potentially yield long-term economic benefits for the region, with promising signs of gold, oil shale and the transition metal vanadium used in making batteries.
Tourism Targets Visitor Shortfall, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 May 2019
The six-month upgrade of the Cairns Convention Centre next year will leave a wideopen gulf in the lucrative business tourism market for Far North Queensland. Tourism Tropical North Queensland will launch a concerted campaign to target high-value leisure travellers from key domestic markets to counteract the loss of 56,000 business events room nights during the closure from May to November.
Airline Plan Welcomed, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 June 2019
Any request by Air Niugini to start a direct freight and passenger service between Cairns and Hong Kong would be considered by Federal MP Warren Entsch. Managing director Alan Milne said, while the airlines currently stopped in Port Moresby on all its routes determining a direct flight to Hong Kong from the far North was not off the table.
Fix Our Broken Heart, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 June 2019
Desperate Shields Street traders are pleading for urgent action to attract customers to the City Heart.
Ongoing issues with itinerants, young kids loitering and a lack of attractions are being blamed for mass vacancies in the precinct with seven more shops closing just in Shields St since the beginning of the year and two more on the brink.
Rents on Rise with Reduction in Supply, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 June 2019
Rents have increased across all five of Queensland’s regional markets amid strong signs property investors are back in the game following the federal election outcome. Cairns recorded the largest increase in advertised rental rates for houses and units in the year to March of $15 a week, according to today’s CoreLogic Quarterly Regional Market Update.
Big Spend to Get Visitors to Far North, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 June 2019
Part of the world, both domestically and internationally, and look forward to continuing to collaborate with TEQ and TTNQ.” Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Pip Close said work would start immediately on a marketing plan targeting high-value travellers through consumer and trade campaigns.
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