Monthly Archives: September 2013

Domestic tourism to Gold Coast recovering while other Qld regions struggle

Domestic tourism figures for 2012-13 reported yesterday by Tourism and Events Queensland show that, while the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) are recovering, some other regions, such as the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Townsville and Whitsundays are … Continue reading

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Govt should explore transport demand management options before committing to costly infrastructure

While it’s good news the Government has found a much cheaper alternative to Cross-River Rail, before committing billions of dollars to an underground rail and bus network (see this morning’s Courier-Mail report), the Government should ensure it has fully considered … Continue reading

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Michael Porter on Cairns’s tourism cluster

In a recent talk (Social Progress and Competitive Growth), Michael Porter illustrated the concept of an industry cluster using the Cairns tourism sector as an example (see figure below from Porter’s presentation). Basically I think it illustrates just how difficult … Continue reading

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Queensland doing relatively better than Southern States, but growth still subpar

It’s good that Premier Newman is upbeat about the economy, but I’m less excited about yesterday’s ABS National Accounts figures than he appears to be, based on this morning’s Courier-Mail report: Campbell Newman seizes on ABS data showing Queensland growing … Continue reading

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Very little real growth in retail trade since financial crisis

Yesterday’s retail trade data for July from the ABS were disappointing and continue to show consumers are reluctant to spend. Indeed, in real terms (i.e. adjusting for inflation), there has been practically no growth in retail turnover since the financial … Continue reading

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Housing outlook improving

Yesterday’s building approvals data from the ABS should be encouraging for the Queensland building industry because they signal a recovery in housing construction, just as approvals of new apartment stock are declining. Approvals of private houses are trending upwards (first … Continue reading

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