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  • Godfrey expands tourism portfolio | Business Spectator
    user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Godfrey expands tourism portfolio Lisa Allen The Australian 20 Sep 2013 12 05 AM DataRoom Mergers Acquisitions Industries Tourism Virgin Australia co founders acquires Tasmanian Walking Company You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By Lisa Allen The Australian Virgin Australia co founder Brett Godfrey is rapidly amassing a major tourism portfolio announcing yesterday the acquisition of the Tasmanian Walking Company from Gresham Private Equity Godfrey and co Virgin Australia founder Rob Sherrard already own the Quamby Estate hotel near Launceston as well as boutique accommodation properties such as The Pilot Station at Low Head and Lake House at Cressy Tasmania Further north they are also involved with Richard Branson s Makepeace Island upstream from the Queensland tourism township of Noosa The acquisition of the Tasmanian Walking Company by Godfrey and Sherrard includes the six day Cradle Mountain Huts Walk and four day Bay of Fires Lodge Walk Rob and I have spent a great deal of our corporate careers building or developing tourism assets that we ve felt particularly passionate about said Godfrey a one time chief executive of Virgin Blue in a statement yesterday The investors said they planned to continue the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk and the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk two of Australia s most recognised tourist walks The purchase will further strengthen Quamby Estate s position as the preferred hotel for walkers of Cradle Mountain Huts Walk and Bay of Fires Lodge Walk Sherrard believes Tasmania exhibits strong potential as a world class environmental tourism destination Tasmania is such a wonderful state that offers a multitude of extraordinary travel

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  • Lisa Allen The Australian | Business Spectator
    a premium There is potentially more fallout to come from QBE s ill fated expansion into the US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Lisa Allen The Australian Godfrey expands tourism portfolio Virgin Australia co founders acquires Tasmanian Walking Company by Lisa Allen The Australian 12 05am September 20 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators What s behind China s debt spiral Peter Cai 28 min ago China s unbalanced fiscal policy means

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  • TAHL bought by Abu Dhabi fund | Business Spectator
    Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu TAHL bought by Abu Dhabi fund 11 Sep 2013 6 01 AM Industries Property Tourism Nation s largest hotel owner sells portfolio as foreign interest grows in local sector You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Australia s largest hotel owner Tourism Asset Holdings Limited TAHL has been purchased by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for 800 million amid growing foreign investor interest in Australia s hotel sector according to The Australian The possibility of a deal first surfaced in July when the Abu Dhabi fund was reportedly among several foreign suitors interested in the portfolio The lower Australian dollar and a shortage of rooms in major cities has helped fuel interest in the local hotel sector Among TAHL s major properties are Novotel and Ibis Darling Harbour in central Sydney Novotel and Ibis at Sydney Olympic Park and Novotel Canberra French hotel chain Accor will continue to operate the portfolio The Australian added We chose to run a discreet targeted sale process and we were very pleased with the response we received which is a testament to the strength and performance of the underlying portfolio TAHL chief executive Matthew Eady said according to The Australian Print this page Related articles 09 Jan WRT investors say split costs 1 5 bln too

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  • The heady business of soccer brand power | Business Spectator
    a world record transfer fee on Tottenham Hotspur s forward Gareth Bale It s absolutely crazy comments the US coach Jürgen Klinsmann Indeed the sum probably does not make business sense Nor do other purchases this summer by Monaco or Paris Saint Germain The market makes sense only once you grasp that football is not a business The best place to understand this is Mr Pérez s bedroom A decade ago the construction billionaire had himself photographed posing with Real s four big stars of the time Zinedine Zidane David Beckham Ronaldo and Luís Figo His art adviser enlarged the picture The photograph was now the size of half a double bed writes John Carlin in White Angels his book on Pérez s Madrid I knew it was the size of half a double bed because Pérez took me up to his bedroom to show it off to me This was not the behaviour of a cool headed businessman Most fans players directors and sponsors would say a club exists to seek victory on the field not profits off it The sports economists Stefan Szymanski and Pedro García del Barrio studied Spanish and English clubs to see whether this was true If a club wanted profits it would have to spend less than it earned That would mean limiting its players wages But then it would not get the best players It is a trade off to get victory you sacrifice profits To maximise profits forget victory Their finding was unambiguous clubs did not seek profits but wins Even winning is not the sole point The game is about glory the former Spurs player Danny Blanchflower once said Pérez is not trying to buy maximum results with minimum outlay Spending 100 million on Bale is in part a marketing gift to Madrid s fans It gives them the thrill of expectation which is possibly as much fun as actually winning things Bale may be no better a player than Mesut Ozil whom Madrid are now selling but he is excitingly new The 100 million only enhances his glamour Bale does not look the canniest of buys he is unproved at the highest level and injury could diminish his magical speed Yet he is thrilling He moves like a superhero Billy Beane the general manager of the Oakland A s baseball team who gave sport the concept of Moneyball marvels If he was born in the States he would have never touched a soccer ball He d be playing wide receiver for the New York Jets he d be playing centrefield for a major league baseball team or he d be a shooting guy for an NBA team Buying Bale is not like buying a machine that will provide an annual return It is more like buying a Picasso a beautiful thing that gives its owner status No wonder that Pérez and Manchester City s owner Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi also collect art as does the girlfriend of Chelsea s

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/9/6/industries/heady-business-soccer-brand-power (2014-01-13)
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  • Simon Kuper - FT | Business Spectator
    expansion into the US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Simon Kuper FT The heady business of soccer brand power Spending 100 million on a soccer player might seem like a staggering amount But in the world of sports it s not just about securing victory it s about fortifying the brand by Simon Kuper FT 5 42pm September 06 1 comment Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators What s behind China s

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  • Tourism | Business Spectator
    Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Tourism Sandy Oatley s winning ways Sandy Oatley owner of Hamilton Island says keeping staff happy even in paradise is a challenge by Ed Merrison 5 58pm August 30 Wotif slips on full year profit drop Online group confident of improvement in year ahead despite problematic retail conditions 4 46pm August 28 Markets Sky high confidence The stock may benefit from Flight Centre s reassurance that Australians are showing no signs of throwing off the travel bug by Brett Cole 10 26am August 27 World tourism in surprise surge Nearly half a billion people travelled abroad in first six months of the year 4 33am August 27 2 comments Webjet FY profit halves Costs rise on acquisition expansion domestic travel flat 8 58am August 21 UK travel firm ups carbon target TUI Travel raises carbon reduction target after airlines reach goal 2 18am August 20 1 comment HomeAway interested in Fairfax s Stayz report Goldman Sachs helps media group with interest in its holiday rental business 4 35pm August 15 Yoda s culinary guide to southeast Asia At Yoda Café on Sydney s Northern Beaches generous servings of Thai Vietnamese and Singaporean inspired treats make lunching a holiday by Lorraine Elliott 7 18pm August 09 InterContinental H1 profit rises Hotel chain reports earnings boost from Americas operations 11 25pm August 06 The bold brave race to make money in space It s impossible to predict whether the space entrepreneurs plans for space tourism prospecting or settlement will achieve lift off But that s not stopping wealthy investors with stars in their eyes by Alicia Clegg FT 2 05pm July 30 Bangkok sets a high bar Bangkok s rooftop establishments sport spectacular views but are teeming with expats so it s worth the extra effort to track down some of the city s culinary secrets by Lorraine Elliott 6 17pm July 19 Qantas signs tourism deal with NT Airline adds to partnerships with NSW Qld outstrips initially planned TA spend 12 22pm July 16 Tourism can support economy lobby group Tourism and Transport Forum says 95bn sector can fill gap left by mining decline 8 31am July 15 1 comment A gateway to China s tropics China s not generally thought of as a tropical holiday location but luxury hotel chain Anantara has opened up a slice of paradise in Yunnan province by Lorraine Elliott 5 15pm July 12 TAHL fields global advances report Hotel group being eyed by international investors chasing high yields 7 38am July 11 Packer defends Sydney casino Crown chair

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/industries/tourism?page=1 (2014-01-13)
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  • Tourism | Business Spectator
    Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Tourism Govt under pressure on tourism Leading chiefs ex minister call for federal minister for the 98bn industry 11 43am January 07 1 comment Cheap imports How about no imports Australia is fast becoming the country that bought the world Holden s demise is a reminder that earning export income requires making a product that people want to buy especially if we want to satisfy our growing taste for imports by Rob Burgess 6 15pm December 13 89 comments Chinese visitors set to soar BCG Consulting group forecasts strong growth opportunities in tourism hospitality 5 53pm December 11 1 comment Flight Centre loses price fixing case Travel agency s shares tumble after losing federal court battle with the ACCC 2 16pm December 06 2 comments Asian investors cash in on Aussie hospitality As China s growing middle class looks further afield for leisure travel Asian investors are snapping up Australian hotels on a bet that our shores will be in hot demand by Florence Chong 11 16am December 02 2 comments Palmer a tyrannical bully staffer Former security manager claims mining magnate abused workers mocked voters 2 19am November 12 11 comments Palmer a tyranical bully staffer Former security manager claims mining magnate abused workers mocked voters 2 19am November 12 Virgin expands Indonesian routes Air carrier adds five destinations for Australia and New Zealand customers 2 15pm November 05 1 comment Tourism Aust in record spend McEvoy unveils 200m push to market Aust overseas industry rallies in 2012 13 9 59am October 29 1 comment NIB to target medical tourism Insurer seeks to address key consumer hurdles of safety and quality 6 54am October 26 Sri Lanka suspends casino approval Final approval for two projects one backed by Packer postponed 12 10am October 23 McEvoy quits as Tourism Aust MD Andrew McEvoy has accepted role as MD of Fairfax events from January 1 43pm October 15 Qld could get seven new casinos Premier Campbell Newman says mega casino resorts will help attract tourists 4 10pm October 14 4 comments How Mickey Mouse seized the cheese in China The success of Disney English language centres in China illustrates how companies can tap into a rising middle class market by retaining iconic branding and adapting their product to suit the local market by Stefan Michel Howard Yu 4 05pm October 01 1 comment Crown set for name change Group focuses on tourism as chief executive officer s pay packet falls 2 48pm September 26 Qantas inks 4 35m Tas deal Airline to target visitors from

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  • Livestock giant Wellard mulls sale options | Business Spectator
    on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Livestock export giant Wellard Group is understood to have hired consultants to assess a partial sale or restructure of the sprawling Fremantle based conglomerate after it this year swung deep into the red Accounts lodged this month show Wellard Group Holdings one of the world s biggest exporters of live sheep and cattle posted a 53 16 million loss for the year to June 30 a sharp drop on the 841 302 profit it booked in 2011 12 It came on the back of shrinking margins and a fall in revenue to 311 million in the year from 416 2 million in 2011 12 The conglomerate has been hurt by closures and increasing competition across its biggest export market for live sheep the Middle East as well as its biggest cattle market Indonesia restricting import quotas Wellard s controlling shareholder is the Perth based Balzarini family which founded the company in 1979 The private equity arm of UK based banking heavyweight Standard Chartered invested 83 million in February 2011 through a convertible note to become the second biggest holder on the Wellard register Just months later the Federal Government put a snap ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia over animal welfare concerns It is understood the cash squeeze on the business pushed Wellard to hire McKinsey this year to assess a sale of key assets or divisions and a restructure although the consultants are not currently advising the company At least two consultancy firms are currently advising the company on its options which also include a public float according to people familiar with the matter Wellard s accounts show it had 525 3 million in consolidated gross assets as at June 30 Industry players say Wellard is a shipping and trading play with most of its value held in its Singapore based shipping fleet which has three vessels and a fourth under construction Wellard has 124 27 million in freehold land at fair value largely in Western Australia Substantial fixed cost overheads have added to pressure on Wellard s cash flow Standard Chartered private equity is in a position to inject more cash into the group but such a move would dilute the Balzarini family s holding Margins for Wellard s livestock business are understood to have become razor thin on the back of lighter volumes and fiercer competition in the Middle East particularly from North Africa Live sheep exports fell from 621 400 head of sheep to 466 422 in the year to June 30 while slaughter cattle dropped from 253 401 head of cattle to 99 796 Wellard began life as a livestock exporter in Fremantle in 1979 founded by an Italian migrant butcher Emilio Balzarini It now

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