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Tourism Australia revealed that this year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (GC2018) are anticipated to deliver AUD2 billion (USD1.54 billion) to the Australian economy, and attract an estimated 672,000 visitors, including 50,000 from overseas.

Whale sharks, considered the gentle giants of the ocean, have been sighted at Nigaloo Reef on West Australia’s (WA) Coral Coast.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts announced the development of AVANI Central Melbourne Residences, which will be its second Australia-based property.

As part of the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, known as The Aussies, surf lifesavers from Australia’s more than 300 surf clubs, are to come together at Scarborough Beach this April to compete across more than 400 beach and ocean events.

On March 24, Qantas Airways completed its inaugural QF9 flight to London, the first non-stop scheduled flight from Australia to the UK.

Following a major refurbishment, the heritage-listed The Melbourne Hotel, located within Perth’s Central Business District has been transformed.

Hong Kong flagship Cathay Pacific and Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana have begun codesharing on a number of their services.

Research recently released by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed that 2017 was a record year for Australian travel and tourism with the sector contributing AUD197.5 billion (USD152.7 billion) to the economy.

On March 22, Alibi restaurant officially opened at Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel.

Lauren Moss, minister, tourism and culture, Australia, announced an AUD12.1 million (USD 9.4 million) boost to open up new areas of Litchfield National Park to visitors.