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Where's Everybody Going? The United Nations Provides Some Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/20/2017, 10:15 AM

If you've been feeling more crowded than usual on vacation this year, it's not your imagination. The United Nations World Tourism Organization just released its tourism barometer report for the first four months of 2017, and it found that the number of overnight stays in destinations across the globe reached 396 million. That's some 22 million more than the same period for 2016. That growth reach...

The World's Most and Least Expensive Campsites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/18/2017, 12:15 PM

Camping is one of the most affordable options for spending a night on the road, and, thanks to glamping, it can be a budget-busting splurge as well.  Highlighting what has to be one of the biggest price ranges in travel is a new report from Campsy, an online campsite booking service based in Berlin. The company has named the world's most and least expensive campsites, using data from 30 countries...

How Much Is the Great Barrier Reef Worth?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/27/2017, 4:00 AM

You can't really put a price on the world's great natural marvels—or can you? A report issued by the accounting firm Deloitte Access Economics has assigned an estimated monetary value to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the 1,400-mile (2,300 km) stretch of coral that supports more than 1,700 different marine species and is currently the title holder for World's Largest Living Thing. Alt...

Australia Tourism Boost in 2016

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/19/2017, 4:00 AM

Travel to Australia was big in 2016. According to Tourism Australia officials, the country received an estimated 8.3 million international visitors last year—an increase of 11%. Arrivals from the United States rose by 16%. The most tourists came from nearby New Zealand, followed by China, the U.K., and the U.S., in that order.  If we were going to speculate on reasons for the spike...

If You're Traveling to Australia from Asia, Beware Stowaway Toads

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/17/2017, 4:00 AM

An Indonesian toad's wild ride had an unhappy ending in Australia last week. At Cairns Airport in the country's northeast, a sniffer dog brought a biosecurity officer's attention to a shoe being worn by a man who had just arrived from Indonesia. Discovered inside the shoe was a dead black-spined toad. And get this: Officials believe that the stowaway amphibian had only recently died an...

This Year's Loss of Great Barrier Reef Corals Is the Worst on Record

By Shakeema Edwards

Posted on 12/01/2016, 6:30 PM

It might be time to move the Great Barrier Reef to the top of your bucket list.   The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has reported that about 67% of the corals in the northern section of the reef died in 2016 due to bleaching, a result of prolonged exposure to warm water temperatures.   Fortunately for the thousands of species living in the 1,430-mile reef, cor...

Australian Tourism Campaign Adopts Unfortunate Slogan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/09/2016, 5:00 AM

A new tourism ad campaign has been launched for Australia's Northern Territory (the NT), a desert region best known as the home of red sandstone monolith Ayers Rock (or Uluru).  The marketing push has caused a stir on social media because of the slogan, which looks like this: (photo: Facebook / CU in the NT) In case you can't see the image on your device, allow us to spell it ...

Sydney Opera House Getting a $202 Million Renovation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo by Bkamprath/Wikimedia Commons) The Sydney Opera House is unquesionably one of Australia's most iconic sights—if we're talking manmade landmarks, it probably tops the list. But let's be honest: few who visit the architectural stunner come back raving about how entertained they were. Most just snap a photo or two (or 30). That could change in the not too distant future, ...

"Wild By Nature"—A Compelling New Travel Memoir—Upends Expectations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/23/2016, 8:30 PM

As a professional travel writer, I periodically have to deal with one of the hazards of my profession. It has nothing to do with airport security, or brain eating larvae. No, because of my work, I’m often required to read the latest travel memoirs. That may not sound like a hazard, or even a chore, but so many fall into the same pattern that it certainly can be a big bore. You open u...

Doing the Famed Sydney Bridge Climb The Speedy Way

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/06/2014, 5:15 PM

Some 16 years ago, a clever entrepreneur named Paul Cave came up with the idea of allowing tourists to scale the arch of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge (largest single span steel bridge on the planet). The activity has been an initiation rite, of sorts, ever since. In the lobby is a gallery with “Who’s Who” of contemporary celebrities giving a thumbs up to the camera at the peak of the sp...

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