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Cruise Ship’s Historic Return to SA’s Copper Coast

When CMV’s Vasco da Gama made its maiden call to sleepy Wallaroo, the town and its history came alive. Roderick Eime (www.travography.com ) is there for the big day. … Continue Reading

Kimberley Cruising On Wandjina Time

Time moves so slowly in the Kimberley, it might as well stand still. Adventure cruiser, Roderick Eime ( www.expeditioncruising.com ), faces off with the ancient Wandjina. … Continue Reading

MSC: Is this the future of cruising?

Our committed cruiser casts a critical eye over one of the world’s most advanced cruise ships, the newly launched MSC flagship, the 6000-passenger Grandiosa. Words: Roderick Eime … Continue Reading

AirAsia: An Asian airline success story

Australia’s love affair with Thailand just seems to strengthen every year. By the time you read this, arrivals from Australia will have surpassed the 800,000 per year mark, placing pressure on our airlines and airports to deliver and receive these visitors. … Continue Reading

Rediscovering the Barossa Valley

September 10, 2019 Headline News No Comments

The new Barossa Food and Wine Experience Tour uncovers secrets even the locals are only just discovering. Roderick Eime tags along. … Continue Reading

ASTW members collect awards

July 23, 2019 Accolades No Comments

Australian Society of Travel Writers member Kerry van de Jagt has won the 2019 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award for Travel Journalism for her destination article entitled “The Thailand you didn’t know you were missing” published in Traveller in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Melbourne, and online at traveller.com.au … Continue Reading

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: Visit Planet Batuu on your next holiday

Space travel may be beyond the reach of most of us, but not when you visit Disney’s newest multi-million-dollar attraction, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Ardent Star Wars fan, Roderick Eime, travels to a galaxy far, far away. … Continue Reading

US Travel Needs to Address International Market Share Decline

Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO

Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO

By Roderick Eime in California for eGTM

At the 51st IPW held in Anaheim, California, Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO highlighted the fact that the US must address the country’s decline in international travel market share.

“When we met last year, I told you that the U.S. is losing international travel market share. Unfortunately, that is still the case,” said Dow in the standing-room-only press conference, “Just this past Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce put out figures showing that international travel to the U.S. grew 3.5% last year.

“That might sound pretty good—but not when you consider that globally, long-haul travel grew by 7%. What that means is that the U.S. is still falling behind in the competition to attract international visitors. That’s the bad news. And it means we have work to do.”

While popular opinion seems to point to Trump’s presidential style and the perception of dangerous crime, Dow politely side-stepped those issues noting that while US Travel is mindful of all factors affecting visitation, it is not the remit of his organisation to participate in such discussion.

“The number one factor affecting visitation to the US remains cost and the relative strength of the US dollar.”

Instead, Dow drew attention to the success of the pre-clearance and Visa Waiver programs already operating in numerous countries and how that has had a dramatic effect on visitation.

Australia, for example, already enjoys Visa Waiver status, but there was no mention of Australia in the pre-clearance program.

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Additionally, a new bill before Congress intends to rename the Visa Waiver Program to the Secure Travel Partnership

Pre-clearance involves visitors clearing US immigration procedures at the point of embarkation (ie the airport in their country of departure) thereby reducing pressure on US airports when visitors arrive. Dow mentioned that visitation numbers spike when such programs are enacted, citing a boost of nearly 50 per cent from South Korea.

The media were left with the takeaway of “Travel is trade, travel is security, and travel is commerce” reinforcing US Travel’s prime objective of boosting (and maintaining) the export trade surplus currently enjoyed by the US.

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IPW 2019 is being held in Anaheim, California and has attracted 6,000 delegates from 70 countries, including 500 media. The 2020 event will be held in Las Vegas.

A full transcript of the media conference can be found here:

https://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/media_root/U.S.%20Travel%20IPW%202019%20Transcript%20.pdf

Relive Riverboat History on the Murray River

May 25, 2019 Headline News No Comments

Australia’s riverboat history is a colourful one. What began as a challenge between two entrepreneurial merchants in the infant colonies, turned into a thriving industry for over half a century. … Continue Reading

Travel Feature Catalina Island

Catalina Island: 26 Miles Across the Sea by Roderick Eime, editor of Adventure Cruise Guide

“Twenty-six miles across the sea Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me Santa Catalina, the island of romance A tropical heaven out in the ocean” … Continue Reading

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