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FRI 13 JANUARY 2017

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The hosts are joined by Tom Tate, Gold Coast Mayor.... Gold FM, Gold Coast, Breakfast, Bridge and Spida

12 Jan 2017 8:11 AM

Duration: 3 mins 41 secs • ASR AUD 1,361 • QLD • Australia • Personal • ID: M00068952043 The hosts are joined by Tom Tate, Gold Coast Mayor. Tate jokes he is cutting the ribbon for the show for 2017. He says 2017 is going to be the year of preparation on the Gold Coast. He is going to be cutting the ribbon on the light rail Stage Two near the end of the year. Stage One of the Culture Precinct will also begin. Tate says other major project will also be underway in the region and they will be preparing for the Commonwealth Games. A new sporting stadium will be opened and sporting events such as the Badminton World Championship will be held there. Bridge comments that many new things are happening in the region, such as the Helensvale night quarter, new community centres in Palm Beach and village markets. Tate says the culture on the Gold Coast is booming and dismisses claims from Melbourne that Gold Coast is a cultural desert. Tate says they will be appealing to the State Government about new ocean pools, which the public seem to be very fond of. Tate says he will be pushing for disabled access to the pools. [cont] Audience 22,000 ALL, 9,000 MALE 16+, 12,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Tom Tate, Gold Coast Mayor

Light rail works are on track ahead of next year's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Hot Tomato, Gold Coast, 11:00 News, Newsreader

12 Jan 2017 11:00 AM

Duration: 0 min 39 secs • ASR AUD 235 • QLD • Australia • Personal • ID: X00068954789 Light rail works are on track ahead of next year's Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Audience 19,000 ALL, 8,000 MALE 16+, 10,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Stirling Hinchliffe, Commonwealth Games Minister

GOVT KL flies high with Air Asia X and Tourism & Events Queensland to embrace the Gold Coast Campaign Brief Asia

12 Jan 2017 12:31 PM

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There's already speculation about a possible Qld election this year. However, Labor says ... Channel 10, Brisbane, TEN Eyewitness News, Lachlan Kennedy

12 Jan 2017 5:09 PM

Duration: 1 min 52 secs • ASR AUD 22,790 • QLD • Australia • Personal • ID: M00068958919 There's already speculation about a possible Qld election this year. However, Labor says it's focusing on transport upgrades and a new train timetable for Brisbane. Qld Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says the stage two Gold Coast light rail extension is on track for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Meanwhile, One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson wants the Qld Police Service renamed the Qld Police Force, but neither Labor nor the LNP see this as a priority. The redistribution of electoral boundaries take place this year, and the Opposition has called on Qld Acting Premier Jackie Trad to rule out an early election. Labor says Qld Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson has plenty of time to challenge Qld Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls for leadership of the LNP. Audience 215,000 ALL, 64,000 MALE 16+, 138,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Pauline Hanson, One Nation Party|Scott Emerson, Queensland Shadow Treasurer|Stirling Hinchliffe, Queensland Transport Minister Also broadcast from the following 9 stations Channel 10 (Perth), Ten Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), WIN Cairns (Cairns), WIN Mackay (Mackay), WIN Rockhampton (Rockhampton), WIN Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), WIN Toowoomba (Toowoomba), WIN Townsville (Townsville), WIN Wide Bay (Bundaberg)

Passengers will be able to ride on the Gold Coast new light rail line in 12 months time. ... NBN Gold Coast, Gold Coast, NBN News Gold Coast, Paddy Kilmurray

12 Jan 2017 6:09 PM

Duration: 1 min 24 secs • ASR AUD 5,040 • QLD • Australia • Personal • ID: X00068960357 Passengers will be able to ride on the Gold Coast new light rail line in 12 months time. The project is on track to be completed even earlier than that to ensure all the finishing touches are in place before the Commonwealth Games. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Phil Mumford, GoldLinQ |Stirling Hinchliffe, Transport Minister

Southern spree on Glitter Strip luxury Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Hannah Sbeghen

13 Jan 2017

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Bridging shortfall Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News

13 Jan 2017

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Barney forces plane's U-turn Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Jessica Elder

13 Jan 2017

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On front foot in forging relations Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD, General News, Rachel Riley

13 Jan 2017

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Australia's new hotel openings to dominate 2017 Australian Financial Review, Australia, Property, Larry Schlesinger

13 Jan 2017

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Tourists cruise into city Northern Miner, Charters Towers QLD, General News, Tourism Andrew Gurr

13 Jan 2017

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Leaders to begin economic talks Northern Miner, Charters Towers QLD, General News, Andrew Gurr

13 Jan 2017

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Two arrested after plane turned back Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News

13 Jan 2017

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Live Cross to Brisbane Airport.... Channel 9, Melbourne, Today, Tim McMillan, Sylvia Jeffreys, Alicia Loxley, Tim Gilbert

13 Jan 2017 5:31 AM

Duration: 1 min 41 secs • ASR AUD 40,392 • National • Australia • Personal • ID: M00068962200 Live Cross to Brisbane Airport. Tigerair passengers remain stuck at airports as they try to get back to Australia from Bali. Indonesian authorities are allowing the airline to operate 11 flights out of Denpasar to bring home 2000 stranded passengers. Yesterday Tigerair cancelled its flights between Bali and Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, after the Indonesian government accused the airline of a breaching its agreement. Those stuck in Bali have been offered accommodation while another 500 passengers have boarded flights back to Australia. Last night passengers arrived in Brisbane after being flown in by Virgin and many expressed their outrage. All Tigerair flights to Bali have been cancelled until at least next Friday. Audience 149,000 ALL, 72,000 MALE 16+, 68,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees vox pops Also broadcast from the following 35 stations Channel 9 (Adelaide), Channel 9 (Brisbane), Channel 9 (Perth), Channel 9 (Sydney), Channel 9 Darwin (Darwin), Channel 9 Gold Coast (Gold Coast North), Imparja Alice Springs (Alice Springs), Imparja Longreach (Longreach), Imparja Mt Isa (Mt Isa), NBN Central Coast (Gosford), NBN Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), NBN Gold Coast (Gold Coast), NBN Lismore (Lismore), NBN Moree (Upper Namoi), NBN Newcastle Hunter (Newcastle), NBN Tamworth (Tamworth), NBN Taree (Taree), Southern Cross ACT (Canberra), Southern Cross Albury (Albury), Southern Cross Bundaberg (Bundaberg), Southern Cross Cairns (Cairns), Southern Cross Mackay (Mackay), Southern Cross Rockhampton (Rockhampton), Southern Cross Shepparton (Shepparton), Southern Cross Toowoomba (Toowoomba), Southern Cross Townsville (Townsville), Southern Cross Victoria Ballarat (Ballarat), Southern Cross Victoria Bendigo (Bendigo), Southern Cross Victoria Gippsland (Bairnsdale), Southern Cross Victoria Swan Hill (Swan Hill), Southern Cross Victoria Warrnambool (Warrnambool), Southern Cross Wagga Wagga (Wagga Wagga), Southern Cross Wollongong (Wollongong), Tasmania Digital Television (Hobart), West Digital Television (Albany)

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Interview with Quentin Long, Australian Traveller. Long talks about how passengers ... Channel 9, Melbourne, Today, Tim McMillan, Sylvia Jeffreys, Alicia Loxley, Tim Gilbert

13 Jan 2017 7:02 AM

Duration: 1 min 54 secs • ASR AUD 65,887 • National • Australia • Personal • ID: M00068963002 Interview with Quentin Long, Australian Traveller. Long talks about how passengers being stranded in Bali is 'very damaging' for Tigerair. He says he believes the issue is with the airline selling one-way tickets into Bali. Jeffreys points out that passengers at Brisbane Airport have said they will never use the airline again. Long advises that impacted passengers will be entitled to refunds and he says travel insurance is helpful when it comes to accommodation losses. Audience 361,000 ALL, 150,000 MALE 16+, 183,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Quentin Long, Australian Traveller Also broadcast from the following 39 stations Channel 9 (Adelaide), Channel 9 (Brisbane), Channel 9 (Perth), Channel 9 (Sydney), Channel 9 Darwin (Darwin), Channel 9 Gold Coast (Gold Coast North), GEM (Perth), GEM (Regional West Australia), Imparja Alice Springs (Alice Springs), Imparja Longreach (Longreach), Imparja Mt Isa (Mt Isa), NBN Central Coast (Gosford), NBN Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), NBN Gold Coast (Gold Coast), NBN Lismore (Lismore), NBN Moree (Upper Namoi), NBN Newcastle Hunter (Newcastle), NBN Tamworth (Tamworth), NBN Taree (Taree), Southern Cross ACT (Canberra), Southern Cross Albury (Albury), Southern Cross Bundaberg (Bundaberg), Southern Cross Cairns (Cairns), Southern Cross Mackay (Mackay), Southern Cross Rockhampton (Rockhampton), Southern Cross Shepparton (Shepparton), Southern Cross Toowoomba (Toowoomba), Southern Cross Townsville (Townsville), Southern Cross Victoria Ballarat (Ballarat), Southern Cross Victoria Bendigo (Bendigo), Southern Cross Victoria Gippsland (Bairnsdale), Southern Cross Victoria Swan Hill (Swan Hill), Southern Cross Victoria Warrnambool (Warrnambool), Southern Cross Wagga Wagga (Wagga Wagga), Southern Cross Wollongong (Wollongong), Tasmania Digital Television (Hobart), West Digital Television (Albany), WIN Mildura (Mildura), WIN Orange (Orange)

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Tigerair passengers have arrived at Brisbane Airport overnight after long delays returning ... Channel 9, Melbourne, Today, Tim McMillan, Sylvia Jeffreys, Alicia Loxley, Tim Gilbert

13 Jan 2017 8:30 AM

Duration: 1 min 58 secs • ASR AUD 67,103 • National • Australia • Personal • ID: M00068964891 Tigerair passengers have arrived at Brisbane Airport overnight after long delays returning from Bali. Thousands of other passengers remain stranded in Indonesia. The Indonesian Government has accused the airline of a contract breach. A Virgin flight carrying passengers arrived in Brisbane last night. Audience 348,000 ALL, 136,000 MALE 16+, 197,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Unnamed passengers Vision Nike Also broadcast from the following 39 stations Channel 9 (Adelaide), Channel 9 (Brisbane), Channel 9 (Perth), Channel 9 (Sydney), Channel 9 Darwin (Darwin), Channel 9 Gold Coast (Gold Coast North), GEM (Perth), GEM (Regional West Australia), Imparja Alice Springs (Alice Springs), Imparja Longreach (Longreach), Imparja Mt Isa (Mt Isa), NBN Central Coast (Gosford), NBN Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), NBN Gold Coast (Gold Coast), NBN Lismore (Lismore), NBN Moree (Upper Namoi), NBN Newcastle Hunter (Newcastle), NBN Tamworth (Tamworth), NBN Taree (Taree), Southern Cross ACT (Canberra), Southern Cross Albury (Albury), Southern Cross Bundaberg (Bundaberg), Southern Cross Cairns (Cairns), Southern Cross Mackay (Mackay), Southern Cross Rockhampton (Rockhampton), Southern Cross Shepparton (Shepparton), Southern Cross Toowoomba (Toowoomba), Southern Cross Townsville (Townsville), Southern Cross Victoria Ballarat (Ballarat), Southern Cross Victoria Bendigo (Bendigo), Southern Cross Victoria Gippsland (Bairnsdale), Southern Cross Victoria Swan Hill (Swan Hill), Southern Cross Victoria Warrnambool (Warrnambool), Southern Cross Wagga Wagga (Wagga Wagga), Southern Cross Wollongong (Wollongong), Tasmania Digital Television (Hobart), West Digital Television (Albany), WIN Mildura (Mildura), WIN Orange (Orange)

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13 Jan 2017 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Author: Hannah Sbeghen • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 24,753 • Page: 10 • Printed Size: 510.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 3,219 • Words: 433 • Item ID: 712452882

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Southern spree on Glitter Strip luxury

HANNAH SBEGHEN

CASHED-UP interstate buyers are swapping Sydney investment properties for holiday homes on the Gold Coast. Interstate buyers are outbidding foreign investors for Gold Coast property, spurred to purchase in the tourist capital by red-hot prices in southern capitals. Property experts tip the Gold Coast to attract more interstate interest in 2017. Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens said in the past 12 months more than 80 per cent of luxury property sales had been to Sydney and Melbourne buyers. “These people are after absolute beachfront homes and apartments that they can’t buy in their home cities for the price,” he said. “They are mostly professional couples who own beautiful homes in the big cities but find expensive Gold Coast properties more affordable than properties in their home city. “Gold Coast beachfront property represents value and the buyers are able to stretch their cash.” Mr Stevens said interstate buyers were aware that the Gold Coast market was on the rise and were targeting absolute beachfront locations from Main Beach to Coolangatta. Multimillion-dollar deals

he has recently sealed for Sydney buyers include 702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, 9/3 Garfield Tce and 15/20 Old Burleigh Rd, both in Surfers Paradise. Mr Stevens said the appe-

tite for luxury beachfront homes has led to a stock shortage. “There are only so many homes to snap up in a tightly held area,” he said. Heightened interest in the Gold Coast comes as the nation experiences a housing affordability crisis. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that, while 67,496 people migrated to Sydney in 2014, just 14,177 people left the city, and 31,725 moved to the Gold Coast from across Australia. The Federal Government’s 2016 Treasury Working Paper revealed that most Gold Coast property buyers were Australians. It said foreign demand accounted for only a small proportion of purchases and had had little impact on property prices in recent years. It said Australian migration, higher incomes and interest rates were the main factors driving property prices upwards. The research showed a nationwide 42.2 per cent rise in property values over the past four and a half years with Sydney prices jumping 67.3

per cent and Melbourne prices by 46.3 per cent. Bob Reed and wife Judyth Preston are among many Sydney residents to quit the southern capital and buy a Surfers Paradise penthouse in 2016. “I practise in Sydney and go back during tax season but I have always had a soft spot for the Gold Coast,” said the semi-retired accountant.


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Bob Reed and Judyth Preston in their recently purchased penthouse at the Avalon, Surfers Paradise. Picture: REGI VARGHESE

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EDITORIAL

Bridging shortfall FEW Gold Coasters will disagree with developer Norm Rix’s criticism that the city is suffering a serious infrastructure shortfall. While Mayor Tom Tate is able to argue that his council has been proactive in its push to widen roads and develop infrastructure including both stages of the light rail, commuters struggling through congested Gold Coast streets or fuming in stalled traffic on the M1 after yet another road accident are not seeing the benefits. Cr Tate has tried to resolve the M1 funding row between the state and Canberra. But of course, Mr Rix’s points are aimed at not just the city but all tiers of government. Matters like the M1, the need to develop the alternative Intra-Regional Transport Corridor, pushing heavy rail or light rail through to Coolangatta Airport, and upgrading our heavy rail service to what Mr Rix terms “heavier rail” so that freight trains can return to the Gold Coast fall

within the province of state and federal governments. Freight trains powered by steam rattled their way here until the 1960s, when a myopic state government opted for road freight instead and ordered the old line be torn up. In time the trains returned, at considerable cost to taxpayers, but now the electric rail carries only people and the Bdoubles and semi-trailers remain king in the freight industry, adding considerably to the volume of road traffic between Brisbane and here. And Mr Rix is right. The city was told a flyover would be built to deal with road congestion at Bundall, but work under way now will deliver something else entirely. We are yet to be convinced it will work. Infrastructure is matter for a debate the city must have. As a tourism city, the Gold Coast understands the vital importance of development. It provides jobs and is the

mainstay of the local tourism economy. But the public, fed up with a succession of governments at all levels that failed to keep up with demand, will be sympathetic with a call to fix transport and bridges, and to provide parks – the “breathing space” a city needs, as Mr Rix says.


13 Jan 2017 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Author: Jessica Elder • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 24,753 • Page: 2 • Printed Size: 265.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,673 • Words: 430 • Item ID: 712454058

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Barney forces plane’s U-turn

JESSICA ELDER

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A PACKED Jetstar plane was seconds from takeoff when an argument between two passengers forced the pilot to turn the aircraft around and return to the Gold Coast Airport terminal. Confused passengers had no idea what was going on when three Australian Federal Police officers boarded the plane to take two men into custody. The AFP is remaining tightlipped about the incident on the Gold Coast to Sydney flight, which is being described as a “minor disagreement”. Rob MacDowall was onboard the plane, which was scheduled to leave the Gold Coast for Sydney at 7.40pm. Mr MacDowall said the flight was a little behind time

and everyone was relieved to be seated and preparing for takeoff. “We were on the plane, going down the runway, about to take off, when the pilot slowed down, turned around and headed back to the terminal,” he said. “No one knew what was going on and we wondered if there was something wrong with the plane. “When we got to the terminal the crew disarmed the doors and three police officers came on board. “They took two men away and the people seated near them started to cheer. “There were three other people with the two men and they insisted they had to get off too, it took some time, but eventually they were all off and we were on our way. “A few people were worried and thought it must have been

something serious for the plane to turn around. “Jetstar crew and the pilot handled the situation very professionally, but there was a concern we might not make it to Sydney. “We got there with five minutes to spare until the 11pm curfew for flights.” An AFP spokeswoman said Gold Coast Airport officers responded to a request for assistance on Wednesday night. “This was following reports of a minor disagreement between passengers on-board an aircraft,” she said. “At the request of the airline, the AFP escorted a 37year-old man and a 26-yearold man from the flight. “Inquiries into this incident are ongoing and while this occurs, no further comment will be provided. “No charges have been laid,

but may follow the conclusion of the investigation.” A Jetstar spokeswoman said two passengers were arguing and disrupting other customers before takeoff. “Our crew made the decision with our captain that they would not travel on that flight,” she said. “The Australian Federal Police escorted the two passengers off the aircraft. Other passengers travelling with them voluntarily elected to not travel on that flight.”

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13 Jan 2017 Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD Author: Rachel Riley • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 18,061 • Page: 10 • Printed Size: 209.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,268 • Words: 333 • Item ID: 712483197

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On front foot in forging relations RACHEL RILEY A DELEGATION of city leaders will travel to Singapore before July in a bid to ensure the North gets the most out of the $2.25 billion Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. It comes after a similar delegation from Rockhampton – which will also benefit from the multibillion-dollar defence training partnership – visited Singapore last year. The city’s Singapore Economic Development Advisory Committee was formed last month and is responsible for “identifying strategies to convert the economic development opportunities” between Singapore and Townsville The Townsville Enterprise committee, chaired by TEL chairman and Townsville Airport chief operations officer Kevin Gill, is made up of private and public representatives from the Townsville region. It includes Townsville and Charters Towers mayors Jenny Hill and Liz Schmidt,

Senator Ian Macdonald, James Cook University vice-chancellor Professor Sandra Harding, and Townsville Hospital chairman Tony Mooney. Townsville Bulletin editor Ben English is also on the committee. Cr Hill said the committee would be instrumental in identifying opportunities to boost trade and cultural relations. She indicated she hoped to be one of those in the upcoming foreign delegation. “As a near neighbour, Singapore has a lot to offer North Queensland in terms of trade but I am also interested in exploring what makes the independent state a leader in areas such as information and communications, transport and industry,” Cr Hill said. “It could be five years before we see any movement up on High Range, so we do have some time to put a strong case forward to their government and defence department.” Acting TEL CEO Michael McMillan said Singapore pre-

sented an opportunity to create Asian market partners. “What we want to achieve in our first visit is extend a hand of friendship,” he said. “The first trip and potential series of trips over the next couple of years will also help us to forge relationships. Mr McMillan said aviation connectivity to a major Asian hub like Singapore would be a “real game changer” for Townsville but said talk of direct flights were premature.


13 Jan 2017 Australian Financial Review, Australia Author: Larry Schlesinger • Section: Property • Article type : News Item Classification : National • Audience : 48,009 • Page: 31 • Printed Size: 629.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 10,998 • Words: 956 Item ID: 712521353 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Australia's new hotel openings to dominate2017 Tourism The hotels sector is booming, fuelled by record traveller numbers, writes Lany Schlesinger. Australia's booming hotel sector is set for a massive injection of fresh supply this year with new hotels to open in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth. Some of this new supply will put downward pressure on daily room rates and occupancy levels in weaker markets such as Brisbane and Perth. But in Sydney and Melbourne, where occupancies are near 90 per cent at the luxury end, expectations are for new supply to be more than matched by demand. "2017 will be a record year for new hotel openings," said CBRE Hotels national director Wayne Bunz. "There will be more new supply coming on board on a weekly basis in Australia than ever seen before." The click-over from investment to new development is a natural progression for the hotels sector, which is enjoying its strongest run in decades. This has been underpinned by record numbers of overseas and domestic tourists with the weaker Australian dollar a key factor in this resurgence. Tourism Research Australia forecasts are for international visitor numbers to rise 8.3 per cent this financial year to a record 8.3 million, led by China, and reach 12.3 million by 2024-25. Domestic visitor nights are forecast to reach 432 million by 2024-25 up from 340 million, according to TRA With many of the trophy luxury CBD hotels snapped up in recent years (mostly by Asian investors) this rising underlying demand for hotel accommodation, combined with much stronger operating conditions, is driving the new wave of hotel completions, which will continue until at least the

end of the decade. "Investor appetite is as strong as ever. We're getting substantial inquiry from major Asian investors looking to get a foothold into Australia but the biggest challenge is the availability of assets to buy," Mr Bunz said. CBRE recorded $2.5 billion worth of hotel deals last year, well down on the record $3.9 billion of deals negotiated in 2015 when many of the country's top hotels changed hands. "Counter-cyclical opportunities will arise for astute investors in areas such as Brisbane and Perth. However, we expect that most deals done in these markets will be off-market deals rather than on-market" Mr Bunz said. "Looking ahead, new supply will be a concern in many major markets in 2017." New hotels coming on board this year range from economy to luxury and are backed by the world's biggest hotel operators including Accor, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Hyatt and Marriott and Starwood, many of whom have introduced new brands to the market, alongside local players such as Mantra, Event and TFE Hotels. Among the new hotels to open will be the highly anticipated 600-room Sofitel Hotel at Darling Harbour at the recently opened International Convention Centre. Developed by Lendlease, owned by hotel magnate Jerry Schwartz, and operated by Accor, the 35-leveI hotel will be the first new five-star luxury hotel to open in Sydney in 20 years when it starts trading in November. In Melbourne a new Four Points by Sheraton Hotel operated by Starwood will open at Docklands and a new Hyatt Place business hotel will open soon at

Essendon Airport Brisbane Airport will add 373 new rooms when two hotels - a Pullman and an Ibis - open this year. Hotel developer Pro-invest will continue its roll-out of Holiday Inn Express hotels with two to open in Brisbane and Adelaide while ASX-listed Mantra Group will open its first Tribe Hotel in Perth and new Mantra hotels at Sydney Airport and in Canberra. "This year we have one of our strongest pipelines of new hotels. Market conditions are very good for room rate growth," said Simon McGrath, chief operating officer of AccorHotels' Pacific division. "All markets are relatively strong. We even see Brisbane and Perth showing signs of strengthening," said Mr McGrath who oversees the country's biggest hotel portfolio. He highlighted the pre-Christmas purchase by Accor of a portfolio of 15 Ibis and Ibis Budget hotels from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for $200 million as "indicative of investor confidence in the Pacific region". While large Asian institutional investors have been the primary buyers of five-star hotels - the standout deal for 2016 being Chinese developer Greaton's acquisition of the $700 mil-, lion Ribbon project from Grocon including a new W Hotel - the biggest owner of hotels is Harry Triguboff s Meriton serviced apartments group, followed by the Schwartz Family Company and ASX-listed Event In the operator stakes, Accor remains the biggest player with more than 27,000 rooms followed by Mantra Group, Choice and Toga. Regional markets are expected to


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benefit from the boom in tourism with Mantra boss Bob East tipping Cairns in far north Queensland to be the best performing travel destination this year based on revPAR growth. "Cairns is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities presented out of Asia, particularly with its large leisure travel market attracted by Cairns' close proximity, single flight offering and favourable time zone," Mr East said.

More room New hotels opening in 2017 i Hotel • • • • • • • • • • • E

Holiday Inn Express Hyatt Place Mantra Four Points by Sheraton Aloft Sage Hotel ;\ Ibis Pullman Tribe Mantra Holiday Inn Express Sofitel

1 Location Brisbane Melbourne Canberra Melbourne Docklands Perth James Street, Brisbane Brisbane Airport Brisbane Airport West Perth Sydney Airport Adelaide Darling Harbour, Sydney

Rooms 226 160 176 273 224 93 243 130 120 136 245 59S

1 Opening Early 2017 Early 2017 Early 2017 March May Mid-2017 Mid-2017 September 2H2017 2H2017 3Q2017 November SOURCE: FINANCIAL REVIEW


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Among the new hotels to open this year will be the 600-room Sofitel at Darling Harbour at the International Convention Centre.


13 Jan 2017 Northern Miner, Charters Towers QLD Author: Tourism Andrew Gurr • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 2,233 • Page: 10 • Printed Size: 694.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,517 • Words: 311 • Item ID: 712596467

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Tourists cruise into city Outback explored by visitors TOURISM Andrew Gurr

CHARTERS TOWERS was inundated with international travellers on Saturday, as the Seven Seas Voyager arrived in the Port of Townsville from Barcelona carrying 700 passengers and 450 crew. While many tourists remained in Townsville for the day, around 300 opted for a pre-organised tour of the North Queensland region, visiting Charters Towers, Billabong Sanctuary, Mungalla Station and Magnetic Island. Guests travelled to the major tourist destinations of Charters Towers including the Venus Gold Battery and the Stock Exchange Arcade and were accompanied by Mayor Liz Schmidt. Around 140 visitors descended on Charters Towers to take in the many tourist attractions guided by the staff from the Visitor Information Centre. They also met with some of the Visitor Information Centre volunteers, who shared their knowledge of the town. Townsville Enterprise tourism and events executive manager Bridget Woods said Saturday’s cruise ship was the first of 11 to visit the city this year with big rewards expected from each visit. “It’s wonderful to see these cruises because they benefit the whole region,” she said. “It’s wonderful for some passengers as it’s their first

time in the Townsville and North Queensland region. “It’s hoped some of them will return and visit the region for longer periods and that they also tell their family and friends about us.”

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Charters Towers visitor services officer Chad Hill with a couple of Seven Seas Voyager cruise ship passengers from Minnesota, USA.

The cruise ship passengers enjoyed the stories told to them by Alan Silverwood of The Miner’s Cottage.


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Visitor information Centre volunteers Rob Dixon, Jean Lindley and Marie Thomasson welcomed Seven Seas Voyager cruiseship passengers to the Venus Gold Battery.

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Charters Towers mayor Liz Schmidt with Seven Seas Voyager cruise passengers from the Netherlands and South Africa, who travelled west for the day during a stop over Pictures: SUPPLIED in Townsville.


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Leaders to begin economic talks ECONOMICS Andrew Gurr

CHARTERS Towers Mayor Liz Schmidt will attend the first meeting of the Singapore Economic Development Advisory Committee (SEDAC) next Friday in Townsville. The meeting will involve key leaders in North Queensland who will discuss possible development opportunities for the region. SEDAC was formed in December to explore specific economic development opportunities between North Queensland and Singapore. The committee will review and monitor progress on strategic initiatives and projects, and provide a forum for discussion and debate on the Singapore Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, which was signed last year. Cr Schmidt said the initiative to work with Singapore predates the proposal by the Australian Defence Force to acquire properties around the Townsville Field Training Area and is driven solely by economic development. “While I was unaware of the development of a committee

until my appointment was released I am looking forward to my first meeting of the committee and being involved in discussion around opportunities that may be identified and realised for the Charters Towers and the broader region,” Cr Schmidt said. “Opportunities like this are rare and we need to be well placed and in attendance to take advantage of any such opportunities. Tourism and educational opportunities are two that come quickly to mind as I prepare for the meeting in Townsville.” Council said the members of the Not For Sale Not For Acquisition Steering Committee have been consulted by Cr Schmidt in relation to the meeting. Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia Callaghan said it was a great opportunity to strengthen ties with Singapore and look at ways to open new markets for trade. To comment on this story: miner@news.com.au facebook.com/thenorthernminer twitter.com/northern_miner TXT the editor: 0416 905 586

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Two arrested after plane turned back A PACKED Jetstar plane was seconds from takeoff when an argument between two passengers forced the pilot to return the plane to the Gold Coast Airport terminal. Confused passengers had no idea what was going on when Australian Federal Police officers boarded the plane to take two men into custody. The AFP remained tight-lipped about the incident on the Gold Coast to Sydney flight, describing it as a “minor disagreement”. A Jetstar spokeswoman said two passengers were arguing and disrupting other customers before takeoff. An AFP spokeswoman said: “At the request of the airline, the AFP escorted a 37-year-old man and a 26-year-old man from the flight. Inquiries into this incident are ongoing.”

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