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Burning Man Australia: Prologue

The annual week-long Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada is the stuff of legend. Some call it the world’s most incredible festival. This extraordinary experiment in community, radical self expression and radical self reliance, began around a bonfire on San Francisco’s Baker Beach at summer solstice in 1986 – now Burning … Continue reading

Captain Jack sells Fiji at travel expo

Backpackers treated themselves to free coffee, free BBQ and free travel advice at the Adventure Travel and Backpackers Expo at Sydney’s Town Hall last weekend. The Expo, sponsored by TNT Publishing and Hostelworld.com, attracted legions of keen travellers to meet and talk travel with more than 150 exhibitors from all over the world. A few operators took … Continue reading

Photo: Boy with brolly, HCMC, Vietnam

2011 Backpacker Industry Conference #2

There was an unusually upbeat mood at the 2011 Adventure and Backpacker Industry Conference in Sydney’s Darling Harbour this week. More than 200 delegates from all over Australia, New Zealand and Fiji gathered at Dockside in Cockle Bay Wharf to engage with expert insights from quality speakers on wide range of topics. New South Wales … Continue reading

2011 Backpacker Industry Conference #1

The 2011 Adventure and Backpacker Industry Conference (ABIC) takes over Darling Harbour in Sydney later today. Delegates from all over Australia will hear from some of the industry’s leading lights on trends in the sector. Sessions will cover: the global economic outlook, backpacker travel patterns, managing online communities, changing consumer behaviour and marketing via mobile. Operators … Continue reading

Photo: First smoke of the day, Central Java

OZ Tourism Focus on China, India

19/10/11: China and India remain the focus for Australian tourism chiefs, with the point further reinforced at last week’s Australian Tourism Directions Confererence. The event, organised by Tourism Australia and now in its second year brought together an impressive line up of tourism, government and business leaders to report on the state of Australian tourism … Continue reading

Google Earth: One World. Many Stories.

10/10/11: Google‘s prized real estate – the white space on the home page – which last week carried a one line tribute to Steve Jobs, links today to the news that Google Earth is celebrating (incredibly) its one BILLIONTH download. Google Earth (I’m proud to say an Australian innovation) is a fantastic tool for the … Continue reading

Photo: Swimming in the Ganges, Varanasi

Best view in the, um, Universe?

The stunning landscape of Chile’s Atacama desert in the Norte Grande is now home to one of the best views in, well, the Universe. The world’s biggest astronomy project – the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) – has set up a powerful new telescope which can see millions of light years into the coldest, darkest … Continue reading

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