Queensland Tourist News

The Bee Gees “Stayin Alive” at Redcliffe

In the late 1950s three brothers living on the Redcliffe Peninsula gathered around a microphone and performed for the first time using a name that is now famous around the world. In 1958 they played their first gig at Redcliffe Speedway and received their first airplay on radio 4BH. Over following decades Barry,Robin and Maurice Gibb took their place among the world’s greatest recording artists and the Bee Gees Way at Redcliffe, opened in 2015 by only surviving brother Barry is a tribute in the Moreton Bay Region they called home. It’s free and open all the time; consisting of a life-sized statue (complete with bare feet as Barry requested); more than 60 photographs and album covers, 70 metre mural, copy of the contract with speedway promoter Bill Goode and radio announcer Bill Gates, signed in 1959 on the kitchen table of their Redcliffe home.

Biggest travel gripes

Travel insurance comparison service, comparethemarket.com.au conducted a survey with flight delays, not enough leg room and long luggage waits topping the list of Australia’s biggest travel complaints. Nearly 75% of respondents named delays and cancellations as their top gripe with not enough leg room on planes coming second and long waits to reclaim baggage in third place. Over a third said people putting their seats back on planes is a serious annoyance and another third found crying babies unbearable over long distances. Spokesperson for Compare The Market said “Aussies can be an impatient bunch when they head off on hols and suggest annoyances change with age as almost half 25 to 35 year olds said no internet was their idea of holiday hell; and the 55 to 65 age group said not having TV in their hotel room and overly expensive food and drinks were the most annoying.” Check out your travel insurance options on comparethemarket.com.au

Biggest travel gripes

Travel insurance comparison service, comparethemarket.com.au conducted a survey with flight delays, not enough leg room and long luggage waits topping the list of Australia’s biggest travel complaints.
Nearly 75% of respondents named delays and cancellations as their top gripe with not enough leg room on planes coming second and long waits to reclaim baggage in third place. Over a third said people putting their seats back on planes is a serious annoyance and another third found crying babies unbearable over long distances. Spokesperson for Compare The Market said “Aussies can be an impatient bunch when they head off on hols and suggest annoyances change with age as almost half 25 to 35 year olds said no internet was their idea of holiday hell; and the 55 to 65 age group said not having TV in their hotel room and overly expensive food and drinks were the most annoying.” Check out your travel insurance options on comparethemarket.com.au

Mariah Carey is coming to Bribie

One of the world’s most loved and recognized voices, Mariah Carey is heading down under, touring Australia and New Zealand in February. She will perform at the Sandstone Point Hotel on Bribie Island, February 3, 4pm to 10pm with tickets from www.mjrpresents.com.
Mariah will perform the songs that made her the biggest selling female artist of the millenium, including Hero, One Sweet Day, Fantasy, Always Be My Baby, Vision of Love, We Belong Together and many more. The shows will be Carey’s first in Australia and New Zealand in four years.

Commonwealth Games on time, on budget

Following a recent tour of venues, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said key planning milestones are being met with the Games set to inject billions into the economy, support thousands of jobs and delivers benefits now and into the future. Key milestones achieved include: Completion of all venues, with the $550 million Village on track for completion this year. Queensland Police Service working with other authorities for a security force of more than 10,000 people including the Australian Army and AFP. Transport Operations Plan finalized with timetable to be released months ahead of the Games. Tourism Minister Kate Jones said with around 1.5 million spectators expected to attend, she wants to make sure all athletes, coaching staff, spectators and tourists have a great time and promote Queensland as a brilliant holiday destination. “There will also be chances across the state for Queenslanders to become involved with Festival 2018 events in the event cities of Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns,” she said.

 

China Eastern Airlines’ daily flights

Queensland is set to welcome more than 120,000 new visitors over the next four years with China Eastern Airlines to increase its direct Shanghai-Brisbane flights to daily. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said China is Queensland’s most valuable and fasting growing international market with visitors spending over $1 billion over the past year. “We know that securing additional international flights to Queensland is the best way to grow tourism,” she said. “Recent tourism data shows last financial year we welcomed more than 2.6 million overseas visitors who spent an estimated $5.2 billion in Queensland.” Tourism Minister Kate Jones said with Brisbane the main gateway to the state, these extra flights are also a significant win for the Gold Coast and Whitsundays. “It offers Chinese travelers easier access to our iconic destinations known for world-class beauty, natural environments, unique experiences and world-class events.”