Category Archives: Tourism

Best coronavirus response advice offered by Austan Goolsbee & Dr Norman Swan

The best economic advice I’ve heard during the coronavirus threat is that offered by Austan Goolsbee, former Council of Economic Advisers Chair under President Obama. In a recent NPR Planet Money podcast Medicine for the Economy, which is compulsory listening, … Continue reading

Posted in Macroeconomy, Tourism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Coronavirus and the Qld economy

Despite all the bad news on coronavirus, the RBA Board, which left the cash rate unchanged yesterday, and financial markets, which are currently rallying, seem pretty relaxed about the potential economic impacts of the virus. While equity prices are lower … Continue reading

Posted in Tourism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Priorities for boosting tourism in Qld

Veteran ad man Don Morris AO spoke to the Property Leaders Brisbane group at the swanky Emporium South Bank hotel on Thursday night about how Queensland can boost tourism. Morris, now at Pure Projects, was part of the Mojo Advertising … Continue reading

Posted in Brisbane, Tourism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

YIMBY, self-fulfilling prophecies, Cairns tourism & Qld GSP growth: Comments & questions on my outlook presentations

I’ve had several interesting comments and questions regarding my economic outlook presentations last week. YIMBY – Yes in my backyard In my Brisbane Club presentation last Wednesday Qld: Hot or not? I commented on Brisbane City Council’s temporary planning instrument … Continue reading

Posted in Cairns, North Queensland, Tourism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Qld “gets its mojo back” on international visitors

Mission Beach-based economist Pete Faulkner has great coverage of the latest international short-term arrivals and departures data for August from the ABS in his latest post: International arrivals still growing; QLD gets its mojo back while Tassie slows As Pete … Continue reading

Posted in Tourism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daylight saving in Qld would be welcomed by hospitality sector

Tomorrow, daylight saving commences in southern states, and Queensland businesses will again experience the inconvenience of being out of sync with customers, clients, suppliers, and partners in southern states. In his latest QEAS blog post, my colleague Nick Behrens has … Continue reading

Posted in Retail trade, Tourism, Townsville | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

International education booms in southern states – Qld sector growing nicely, but can do even better

In the vicinity of my office at the Johnson on Boundary St, Spring Hill, it appears that Queensland’s international education sector is booming. During weekday lunch times, Boundary St is usually teeming with students, mostly East Asian, studying at the … Continue reading

Posted in Tourism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interview with Steve Austin on Qld election issues incl. LNP’s fiscal principles & Greens’ promises

Yesterday, on Steve Austin’s 612 ABC Brisbane Mornings radio show, I had another enjoyable chat with Steve and some of his listeners regarding a range of state election issues. These included John Quiggin’s critique of the LNP’s fiscal principles, the … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Tourism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spit casino cancellation highlights dysfunctional system constraining development

The Queensland Government’s politically expedient decision to cancel Chinese company ASF’s proposed casino-resort on the Spit at Southport completely stunned me yesterday. In its media release, the Government offered no good reason for why it was cancelling the project. If … Continue reading

Posted in Gold Coast, Tourism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

ID scanning law a risk to night time economy and Brisbane’s growing international reputation

When I picked up the most recent issue of Monocle, I was pleased to see Brisbane in the list of the world’s top 25 cities, but I suspect Tyler Brule and his Monocle staff would be aghast at Queensland’s new … Continue reading

Posted in Tourism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments