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Business news blog – first published by Monash Journalism Online News site

The Turnbull Government is spending $100 million on a “women’s safety package” to combat the domestic violence epidemic plaguing Australia


Jewish Holocaust Centre to lend books to the public

Published in the Jewish Holocaust Centre’s The Voice newsletter After almost thirty years in development, the Jewish Holocaust Centre library will soon be lending books to the wider public. According to the most recent inventory conducted in 2010, the multi-lingual library holds about 9,000 books and journals and is impressive in the breadth of its collection. The collection… Continue reading Jewish Holocaust Centre to lend books to the public

Chinese Tourism market booms while western travellers ignore Australia

Tourists navigate way around Melbourne CBD. Picture: Aron Lewin.

Mass influx of Chinese tourists coincides with declining number of North American and European travellers to Australia – experts blame strong Australian dollar.

By Aron Lewin

China is forecasted to leapfrog western countries and become Australia’s primary tourism market.

According to Tourism Australia’s 2020 China Strategic Plan, the number of Chinese tourists in Australia is expected to increase exponentially over the next decade.

The number of Chinese tourists in Australia increased by 19 per cent in 2011.

Despite this growth, CEO of the Australian Tourism and Export Council Matt Hingerty said that Australian suppliers are not providing for the emerging Chinese market.

“It is hard enough to find your way around Central station if you speak English, let alone if you are a foreign language speaker.

“Simple things such as [more] Chinese language signage [are needed]… we have to find products that cater to their specific needs”, Mr Hingerty said.

Even with the massive influx of Chinese tourists, inbound tourism grew just 4.6 per cent in 2012.

Inbound tourism

Senior lecturer of tourism at Monash University Dr Vicki Peel said that the high Australian dollar has caused a retraction in travel from Europeans and North Americans.

“The idea of … spending any length of time in a country where the dollar is so high against their own has been a challenge for them”, Dr Peel said.



*Edit – 15/10/2013 11:50 pm: Corrected spelling mistake.

Congestion grinds Melbourne to screeching halt

Teaser: Traffic experts seek more public transport, as congestion clogs up Melbourne roads A lack of public transport in Outer Melbourne has contributed to road congestion. According to a report by the RACV (2012) 34 per cent of Outer Melbourne residents do not live within 400 metres of a bus or tram station. As a result, Outer… Continue reading Congestion grinds Melbourne to screeching halt

Thousands walk together to give refugees a voice

Thousands of people across Australia rallied for a more humanitarian approach towards asylum seekers. In the midst of Refugee Week, fifteen cities across Australia participated in the ‘Walk Together’, a nation wide walk which advocated for the acceptance and integration of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in to the Australian community. Melbournians were particularly receptive… Continue reading Thousands walk together to give refugees a voice