Top 10 List: Australia

To celebrate the new year, I’m looking to the future in a positive way with my Top 10 list of countries which we expect to hear a good deal in the coming year.

I am consistently impressed by what’s happening across Australia. Before my first trip Down Under, I started my research with Radio National programs such as Bush Telegraph and Late Night Live. No wonder Australia ranks high on our playlist! The home to aboriginal tourism, we’re a big fan of the SBS series, the First Australians and Radio National’s Awaye. Australia does well with dead tree media such as Martin Hugh’s exceptional slow guides to Melbourne and Sydney.

Over the past few years I’ve been working with locals in updating the wiki’s regional guides: Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. These feed into the more traditional features on Planeta.com.

What we’d like to see: On top of our wishlist for Australia is a more concerted effort on part of the tourism leaders to work with local entrepreneurs, including indigenous tourism owners, to better communicate what’s on offer through the Web. From this side of the Pacific, the efforts seem fragmented and hard to find. Here’s to a new and improved use of Web 2.0 as documented in our presentation Victoria 2.0

Call for photos: Ecotourism Oceania

YOUR TURN – What are you favorite things about Australia?

Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan 2010-2020

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