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  1. http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/worlds-best-tourists-026319?page=0,0 What made me totally ROFL: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh: :biglaugh:
  2. http://www.smh.com.au/travel/down-the-tube-20110727-1hzzc.html I recently watched a documentary about the true cost of tourism in Thailand...cheap holidays deals for us, while the people who clean the rooms can barely afford to eat. :err: Never been one for the party package holiday myself....more of a daytime explorer and one or two drinks in the evening. However, I dont personally have an issue with this type of holiday, but I think its awful what comes out of it. Anyone who's seen the show about brits in bangkok would probably agree! I noticed the attached in the SMH online and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Its clearly boosting the local economy in Laos, but in turn has turned into a public menace. What do other people think about this? Should it be shut down, or allowed to continue?
  3. The holiday is over. Tourism in Australia is flagging but the industry has grand plans for a revival, writes Clive Dorman. Australian tourism has hit rock-bottom. Like an addict looking for a road to recovery, the industry finally conceded last week there is a problem. The State of the Industry report by the federal government's Tourism Research Australia agency, which was presented at the industry's first Tourism Directions conference in Canberra on November 15, laid out the stark reality that tourism ran into a brick wall a decade ago. That was roughly when Australia ceased to be the world's ''flavour of the month'', even though consumers around the globe still rate Australia among the top few places they would like to see. See comments from Australians here. Indian students ditching Australian education plans. AUSTRALIA'S multi-billion-dollar Indian student market has collapsed in just 12 months. This is because new students are turning their backs on the once-prized Australian education sector in favour of Canada, New Zealand and Britain. Enrolments from the Indian student market -- which until last year was showing annual growth rates of up to 40 per cent and was worth almost $3 billion a year to the Australian economy -- have been dropping since March. By September, commencements were down almost 50 per cent on last year, due to the combined effect of onerous new financial requirements, last year's street attacks on Indian students, vocational school closures and the rising Australian dollar.
  4. Guest

    Ten Pound Tourists

    On reading the forum I can see how easy you lot of new arrivals have it these days. When I arrived as a five year old in 1954 we did it tough let me tell you! :laugh: Seriously, most of what I remember was good fun, we were on a passenger ship for four weeks and I have fond memories of the trips ashore in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Bombay (now Mumbai), India. When we got to Perth one of the stewards came down with smallpox, so the ship was diverted from its planned route to Melbourne and we landed in Adelaide where the main Quarantine Station was. It was on a place called Torren's Island, but my two year old sister and my self had chickenpox, so our family had to be quarantined from all the other passengers. When we finally got to the city we were dumped in a migrant hostel at Finsbury, now Pennington, which wasn’t fun at all. My father got a job quickly, he was a qualified wood machinist, a trade much in demand, but there was an acute housing shortage. He got a new job in the south east of the state at Mount Burr which came with a brand new timber built house. I started school there and soon settled in. Migrant kids were almost in the majority, we had Poms, Dutch, Italians, Greeks, various Balts, Yugoslavs, even a couple of unlucky Germans. But we all eventually got on. There was no TV, only the radio, and we played in the pine forests and scrub land. On weekends we went fishing and hunting with our fathers. Gathering firewood for our wood fires was also a regular activity. My father was a returned RAF airman and joined the RSL and we had an active social life. He bought a car, a Morris 1000 van, and we went camping around the country during the holidays. I just hope that the children of all you new arrivals have as great a time as I did as a new kid in Australia!
  5. Hi, does anyone know of any DVDs that you can buy which feature Australia as a tourist destination? I am trying to wet my children's appetite and help with the seed planting. They are too young to look things up on line, but I thought this might help them understand where they will be living and what it will look like. They are abit young for neighbours and home and away!!!!! Cheers
  6. panman

    How Many Tourists Visa's

    Some advice please, If we apply for a 12 month tourist would we be able to renew it while still in OZ? If I can renew it; while still in OZ is there a limit to how many times I can do this. Dave
  7. Hi Guys............just wondering if anyone knows if a dog can be taken into Australia on a tourist visa? I'm trying to plan for my Dad to come to live with us (if WE ever get there!!) but he won't leave his dog here. I think, if I've read the info correct, that he would be best coming on a tourist visa whilst applying for the parent visa. So would he be able to bring little Harvey with him? I can't even suggest that WE take the mutt as ours because we already have 2 dogs that we are taking and there is a limit if I'm right??? Thanks for any info guys and can I just say that I have got so much valuable info from this site (especially Gill....font of all knowledge!!).......thanks again, Lisa.