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Far off in sunlit places : stories of the Scots in Australia and New Zealand

by Jim Hewitson
  Jim Hewitson creates affectionate pen-portraits of a gallery of Scots immigrants to Australia and New Zealand from 1788 up to World War II. He tells stories of determination, of quiet bravery, of bold enterprise and of homesickness - stories of people with the steel of a Caledonian heritage in their souls. Focusing on themes such as emigration, arrival, exploration, farming and relations with indigenous people, the book also features over a hundred fascinating historical illustrations. Hewitson's delightfully readable collection of colourful anecdotes, remarkable family histories, and tales of fortune and misfortune will intrigue all Australians and New Zealanders of Scottish descent.
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Tourism up for November But Flat for 2002 -- Australian Tourist Commission

Thursday 23 January 2003 - New figures released today show international visitor arrivals were up by 16 percent for the month of November, however overall growth is expected to remain flat for the year, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Managing Director, Ken Boundy said.

"While the figures released today look impressive, the reality is that there was a massive slump in visitor arrivals towards the end of 2001," Mr Boundy said. 'November 2001 was the worst month since 1998 for international visitor arrivals to Australia.

"There are some positive trends emerging in key tourism markets, including Japan and the UK, with ongoing improvement in consumer confidence.

"A strong November for visitors from Japan has boosted arrivals out of this market by four per cent for the 11 months to November 2002. This is encouraging, given that outbound travel from Japan is flat - highlighting that Australia is increasing its share of the market.

"Tourist numbers from Japan slumped during the final the quarter of 2001 with most of this decline resulting from a loss of school groups travelling to Australia. However, these groups are now beginning to return.

"Growth out of Japan, and in some Asian markets has also been fostered by the launch of Australian Airlines which has opened up new routes and new opportunities to increase capacity out of Asia.

'Australia continues to be a favourite amongst Chinese travellers, with visitor arrivals up 45 per cent compared to November 2001 and forward bookings from the market indicate a strong Chinese New Year period.

Mr Boundy said the United Kingdom, the third largest market for tourists to Australia, delivered 539,400 visitors in the eleven months to November, an increase of three per rent compared to the same time last year.

"UK remains a key focus for ATC activities, with a new campaign to be launched next week which will further help to stimulate demand in travelling to Australia," he said.

"Despite an improvement in the number of US visitors, arrivals are down by 3 per cent for the eleven months to November 2002."

Mr Boundy said 2003 is a critical year for the industry, as the sector looks to recover from a year of decline.

"There is pent up demand for travel to Australia across key tourism markets, however the challenge is to convert this interest into actual holiday bookings. Full recovery is not guaranteed."

Highlights of the latest Overseas Arrivals data:

* A total of 437,000 visitors during November 2002, up 16 per cent on November 2001. This increase has reduced rate of decline for 2002 from 2 per cent (Jan to Oct 2002) to 1 per cent (Jan to Nov 2002).

Key Results (for the 11 months to November 2002 vs same period for 2001)

* UK - Arrivals up by 3 per cent
* NZ - Visitor arrivals down by 3 per cent
* Japan - Visitor arrivals up by 4 per cent
* USA - Visitor arrivals down 3 per cent
* China - Arrivals up by 19 per cent
* Malaysia - Visitor arrivals up by 7 per cent
* Korea - Arrivals up 13 per cent
* Singapore - Visitor arrivals down 3 per cent
* Hong Kong - Arrivals down 2 per cent
* Germany - Visitor arrivals down 9 per cent

Source: The Australian Bureau of Statistics, Overseas Arrivals and Departures, November 2002.

Main Source: Australian Tourist Commission

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  Comprehensive guide to Tasmania's national parks, historic Aboriginal and Convict sites. Plus travel, accommodation and places to eat. More information and prices from:
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Lonely Planet: Australia
Susie Ashworth, Carolyn Bain, Neal Bedford
  This guide to Australia covers the vast continent in comprehensive detail. It provides details of various types of accommodation, from budget to five star; places to eat; different activities, such as ballooning over the Blue Mountains and surfing in Sydney; and a section on Aboriginal Australia.
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