Our attractions really are second-rate.

Oct 26, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Sydney Morning Herald

Europe-based Australian travel writer David Whitley explains we just can't compete when it comes to top tourist attractions.

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Oct 29, 2011
 
Myth buster wrote:
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Do u agree that from TBA's post he tried to tell us that non-white tourist are not wellcome.
Like it or not white tourists to Australia is declining. Those who are broke simply stayed home.
Here is somme statistics for u.
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According to the survey, international visitors spent a total of $18 billion within Australia, out of total trip expenditure of $26 billion.
Of that, local spending by visitors from Asia in general rose 9.7 per cent last year, better than from any other region in the world in 2010.
"Visitors from Asia had the highest expenditure ($9billion, up 9.7%)- including $2.4billion by Chinese visitors,$966million by Korean visitors,$912million by Singaporean visitors and $881million by Japanese visitors.
"Visitors from Europe spent $4.3billion (down 6.5%)- including $1.8billion by UK visitors and $545million by German visitors," according to TRA.
"Expenditure by Chinese, UK, Korean and US visitors was highest in New South Wales ($1.1billion,$613million,$574m illion and $518million respectively). In contrast, New Zealand and Taiwan visitors spent more in Queensland than in any other State or Territory ($526 million and $123 million respectively)."
"Do u agree that from TBA's post he tried to tell us that non-white tourist are not wellcome."

No I dont. I'm not sure how you managed to translate "if someone wants friendly pleasant people who speak english, come here." as "non white tourists are not welcome".

Since I live in sydney, I'm quite aware of the number of asian tourists, dont need you to tell me. they are as welcome as any other tourist, so is their money - stop seeing 'racism' where there is none.

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#63
Oct 29, 2011
 
Excuse me, but I said nothing about non white tourists being unwelcome.
I can't even follow your thought processes.
Plenty of asians come here. Most stay in tight knit groups and discover nothing about the aussie people. Those who stray from the pack might find some very welcoming locals here.
Any tourist who obeys our laws and respects our customs is welcome here.
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Do u agree that from TBA's post he tried to tell us that non-white tourist are not wellcome.
Like it or not white tourists to Australia is declining. Those who are broke simply stayed home.
Here is somme statistics for u.
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According to the survey, international visitors spent a total of $18 billion within Australia, out of total trip expenditure of $26 billion.
Of that, local spending by visitors from Asia in general rose 9.7 per cent last year, better than from any other region in the world in 2010.
"Visitors from Asia had the highest expenditure ($9billion, up 9.7%)- including $2.4billion by Chinese visitors,$966million by Korean visitors,$912million by Singaporean visitors and $881million by Japanese visitors.
"Visitors from Europe spent $4.3billion (down 6.5%)- including $1.8billion by UK visitors and $545million by German visitors," according to TRA.
"Expenditure by Chinese, UK, Korean and US visitors was highest in New South Wales ($1.1billion,$613million,$574m illion and $518million respectively). In contrast, New Zealand and Taiwan visitors spent more in Queensland than in any other State or Territory ($526 million and $123 million respectively)."

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I think the message TBA trying to give is that Australia only welcome White tourists but white tourist and backpackers are broke now.
since you have comprehension problems, I'll explain my comment.
Geographically australia is a huge country but apart from tribal aborigines, we all basically speak the same language and come from the same culture.
The same geographical area in europe or asia would produce dozens of languages and cultures.

Get it?

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Elias wrote:
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Depends on how it was done.
She like others within the SA government didn't have a clue,such ignorance from such an ignoramus
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Whites are not welcome in Australia anymore. Tell them to f*ck off back to Europe so they can work and pay off their debts.
white race is the only one with a work ethic
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since you have comprehension problems, I'll explain my comment.
Geographically australia is a huge country but apart from tribal aborigines, we all basically speak the same language and come from the same culture.
The same geographical area in europe or asia would produce dozens of languages and cultures.
Get it?
The Australian Tourist Board very much like to promote Australians as having diverse origine/history and having diverse culture which I think is closer to the truth.

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The Australian Tourist Board very much like to promote Australians as having diverse origine/history and having diverse culture which I think is closer to the truth.
why would anyone bother coming all the way to australia to see 'diverse' cultures? if tourists wish to see asian cultures, they can go to asia, if they wish to see european cultures they can go to europe.
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Tiger7 wrote:
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"Do u agree that from TBA's post he tried to tell us that non-white tourist are not wellcome."
No I dont. I'm not sure how you managed to translate "if someone wants friendly pleasant people who speak english, come here." as "non white tourists are not welcome".
Since I live in sydney, I'm quite aware of the number of asian tourists, dont need you to tell me. they are as welcome as any other tourist, so is their money - stop seeing 'racism' where there is none.
Actually I see more racism in Malaysia than in Australia.
I just stick to the facts.
Still some Aussies are racists.
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And if people wish to see indian culture, they can turn aound and gaze into the toilet bowl next time they have a shit....
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why would anyone bother coming all the way to australia to see 'diverse' cultures? if tourists wish to see asian cultures, they can go to asia, if they wish to see european cultures they can go to europe.
There are lots of last minute tourists who just decide that ok its too boring at home let's go to Australia.
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since you have comprehension problems, I'll explain my comment.
Geographically australia is a huge country but apart from tribal aborigines, we all basically speak the same language and come from the same culture.
The same geographical area in europe or asia would produce dozens of languages and cultures.
Get it?
No what we get it is that REAL-TBA has falsely set her location as Sydney so get ready folks for more subterfuge and impersonations.
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There are lots of last minute tourists who just decide that ok its too boring at home let's go to Australia.
What I mean to say is tourist probably don't come to Aus to experience European culture or Asian culture but Aus Tourisism board still promote Aus as multicultural. May be it give Asian people more friendly feeling.
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why would anyone bother coming all the way to australia to see 'diverse' cultures? if tourists wish to see asian cultures, they can go to asia, if they wish to see european cultures they can go to europe.
That's it, if people want to see other cultures they would surely go to the countries where they can experience those cultures in original form, with all the architectural and geographical associations - we have Italians here, but not a pure Italian culture/the Vatican/the ancient city of Rome - ridiculous, tourists come here to see Australia as a country in its own right, not as a showcase for multiculturalism.
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Myth buster wrote:
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What I mean to say is tourist probably don't come to Aus to experience European culture or Asian culture but Aus Tourisism board still promote Aus as multicultural. May be it give Asian people more friendly feeling.
Well that would be true, Australia would be promoted by the tourism industry as being multicultural and that may well influence people on the 'friendly feeling' basis.

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What is your attraction? NT?D!ck
You got that right
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Myth buster wrote:
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The Australian Tourist Board very much like to promote Australians as having diverse origine/history and having diverse culture which I think is closer to the truth.
Yes our origins and culture are unique.
The three founding cultures here are aboriginal, anglo and celtic.
Many other people and cultures have settled here and given us diverse cuisine and many community languages.

But our infrastructure is entirely based on the anglosphere- transport, education, law, civic planning etc.
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That's it, if people want to see other cultures they would surely go to the countries where they can experience those cultures in original form, with all the architectural and geographical associations - we have Italians here, but not a pure Italian culture/the Vatican/the ancient city of Rome - ridiculous, tourists come here to see Australia as a country in its own right, not as a showcase for multiculturalism.
Exactly- what would people rather see- chinatown or hong kong?
Leichhardt or italy?
Ethnic enclaves often provide an interesting distraction in our cities, but they are a poor reflction on the real thing.
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Beady wrote:
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No what we get it is that REAL-TBA has falsely set her location as Sydney so get ready folks for more subterfuge and impersonations.
I do live in sydney, as you well know.
Otoh, you engage in dozens of proxies and nics.
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Myth buster wrote:
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There are lots of last minute tourists who just decide that ok its too boring at home let's go to Australia.
Highly unlikely with our visa system.
I'm still trying to figure our what your point is.
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I think TBA has raiding his medicine cabinet. Never seen him post this prolifically before.

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