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Australia's Travel Update - April 2008




Australia’s festival season continues this March with Sydney’s Mardi Gras.
This month we also recognize the increasing importance and popularity of Indigenous Tourism, and say hello to ‘Frankie’ the blue eyed Koala.


ATE To Focus On Indigenous And
Eco-friendly Tourism

ate2008The Australia Tourism Exchange (ATE) is an opportunity for media and the travel industry from around the world to meet with Australian tourism businesses, transportation companies, special interest operators, attractions and accommodation providers to learn about and experience the Australian lifestyle and environment first hand.

ATE 2008 will take place in June 2008 in Perth, Western Australia. The key themes will be Indigenous Australia and eco-friendly Australia.

Sydney's Mardi Gras Turns 30


Sydney's Mardi Gras turns 30The 30th annual Mardi Gras parade drew 10,000 costumed and flag-waving participants from all over the world to Sydney this March. The 2.5 mile parade showcased 150 colorful floats to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness.

Air New Zealand joined in on the fun with North America’s first ever gay themed pink flight transporting party goers from San Francisco for the event.

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Blue-Eyed Koala Captures Hearts At Frankie, the blue eyed koalaDreamworld

Whether genetics or a random event, a blue-eyed Koala nick-named ‘Frankie’ who recently emerged from his mother’s pouch at Queensland’s Dreamworld, is getting lots of attention.

Koalas are native to Australia and found in the wild in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, their eyes are usually brown.
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Indigenous Culture Key For Visitors To Australia's Northern Territory

Aboriginal culture is one of the key motivators for people journeying to Australia’s Northern Territory according to a recent survey conducted by the Territory’s tourism body.

91% of respondents expected to meet and interact with Aboriginal people when visiting the region and most of them said that it was important for them to meet and interact with Aboriginal people on their trip.

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