Tag Archives: Ayers Rock

Alice tourism: slow recovery while Rock booms

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In 2014/15 all Alice Springs accommodation houses combined had 506,000 “guest nights occupied,” earning $36m. Ayers Rock Resort (pictured), just one operator, had 454,000, earning $51m. What’s Alice Springs doing wrong? Should taxpayers pay for the promotion of the interstate-owned resort? ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Stephen Schwer, the new CEO of Tourism Central Australia.

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Rock art

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What do you think? Photo by Mark Pickthall.

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What the Rock handback bash wasn’t told

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Key Aboriginal workers and ambassadors don’t get a mention. While activists complain of third world conditions, a vandalised new building is hidden behind a hessian fence, right next to the festivities. Guest writer DAVID HEWITT reports.

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Tourism recovery? The proof will be in this year’s pudding.

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Making the most of what we’ve got is Tourism Central Australia’s strategy.¬†The second report in a series by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Ellery Bighole marketing image from Tourism NT.

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Tourism: let the battle for the big spenders begin

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Some operators are not pulling their weight in Tourism NT’s quest to end the 10 year slump. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Tony Mayell, the CEO of the government promotion body, in the first of a series of reports about the industry that stands between Alice as a private enterprise centre, and a welfare town.

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50 years devoted to each-other, and tourism

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Norma and Pat Brennan making it as a couple, and in an industry that has seen better days. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Being with Uluru: a God inside

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“A meditative and mindful experience is about being in the moment, aware of the surroundings but not being judgemental about them.” It may be a new way of travel, reports I-LING CHEN, a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland (pictured).

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Tiny minority runs Rock, ‘working’ towards closing climb

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The Abbott Government leaves¬†unchallenged the Ayers Rock (Uluru) park management plan, approved by Peter Garrett, despite its flaws. When the climb is closed permanently, as it is planned, will the sunset be enough? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The Rock: To climb or not to climb

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“I climbed the Rock.” That was the proud boast of hundreds of thousands of people who, over the years, bought T-shirts with this inscription, fondly remembered their adventure and were part of a world-wide promotion of Australia’s greatest natural wonder. Today climbing the Rock is a No-No. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Climbers ignoring the closed sign.

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Alice tour firm wins awards in difficult times

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A tour company battling a 25% downturn of its business in the wake of the Tiger Airlines withdrawal wins a string of industry awards. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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