Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has highlighted the that some people and areas still need manual sign-in systems around COVID-19 safety plans and there is not a one size fits all policy available.
It’s no secret that unemployment in the Byron Shire has spiked as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated recession.
Despite the significant impacts of the border closure on our local health and construction sectors, our tourism and retail economies appear to be performing solidly.
Another festival cancelled – what does this mean for a region that is so highly dependent on tourism and festivals?
As the fantasy of freedom and a cheap holiday leads more people to hire vans and take advantage of the beauty of Byron Shire and surrounding areas the impacts on both the residents and nature are becoming a major issue.
With a tag line: 'Dear United Kingdom, Your besties across the ocean are calling. Love, Your mates in Australia…' a new tourism campaign to entice tourists to the entire country, features a hefty swatch of Byron Bay and the Byron Shire.
Vital sanctuary zones in the Batemans Marine Park are set to be scrapped to accommodate for more recreational fishing.
At Destination Byron’s recent Sustainability in Tourism event, held at the Byron Community Centre, a large audience listened to representatives from Council and the founder and CEO of EarthCheck, Stewart Moore, explore the possibilities of a sustainable future for tourism in our region
The recent release of region by region statistics from Tourism Research Australia has sparked a flurry of responses from local stakeholders in the industry.
Contentious plans for a tourist accommodation development in Wilsons Creek have been knocked back by Byron Council in dramatic circumstances.
The practice of building rural cabins and farmstays in order to cash in on tourism in the Shire would be significantly restricted under a proposal to be voted on at this week’s Byron Council meeting.
A Talking Future Tourism campaign was launched by Council at the Mullumbimby Farmers Market on Friday, with the aim to develop a new ten-year tourism management plan.
A #SaveByron from over-tourism public meeting is being called for this Wednesday at 7pm as locals collect signatures to ask that Byron Shire be exempt from new holiday letting laws that will come into effect in January 2019.
Margaret Lewis, Lennox Head. Please congratulate Mandy on another excellent piece, Dear Tourist. I live in Lennox Head and we are so quickly going down the same path. Every bit of land left is being built on or concreted to... Read More →
The creation of an Australia-wide advocacy group of councils affected by tourism is now underway after mayor Richardson received the full support of fellow councillors at last week’s meeting.
Australia’s powerful tourism-accommodation lobby has come out strongly against a push for a bed tax in Byron Bay.
Jim Beatson, Byron Bay. Peter Noble is right in saying Byron shire needs to promote itself as the Regional Arts and Festival Capital of Australia. And he’s also right in asking what is ‘the Byron brand?’
The other day on Gumtree someone posted a one-bedroom cabin for rent in Mullumbimby for 485 bucks a week. Wow, was it state-of-the-art, architect designed, fully furnished?… Nope. It’s rustic settler cottage style.
A handful of local tourism operators have scooped awards from the North Coast Destination Network awards night held in Port Macquarie last Saturday.
Byron Beach Cafe has won the coveted Best Restaurant and Catering Service award at the Australian Tourism Awards in Adelaide.
The electorates of Tweed and Ballina are two of the state’s most reliant on tourism for employment, according to figures released last week.
S. F.Greene, Byron Bay. I note that Mr Spooner considers himself to care about the environment, yet sometime ago I approached him regarding the possibility of a permanent sign to be placed in or outside the Byron Community Centre, highlighting preservation of local wildlife and awareness of litter on the beaches in relation to repercussions for marine life.
A booming Antarctic tourism industry is threatening the last wilderness on earth.
NSW Greens MP Jan Barham has called on the state government to compensate north-coast accommodation providers following its cancellation of hundreds of motel bookings after its sudden suspension of Metgasco’s Bentley gas licence.
Splendour in the Grass together with North Byron Parklands and Falls Festival have joined forces to become a collective foundation partner of VIA Byron.