SYDNEY -- With the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games fast approaching --
Sept. 15 through Oct. 1 -- a number of new Web sites have emerged
carrying Australia travel information.
The newest resource exclusively for travel agents is the
Australian Tourist Commission's site at www.travelagent.australia.com.
The site is specifically for North American agents selling travel
According to the ATC, the site has more than 10,000 pages of
information on Australia. It also has a search engine for
Through the Web site, agents can subscribe to a new electronic
magazine called "What's Up Down Under" and sign up to receive
e-mail bulletins on air fare sales, as well as deals on hotel and
tour packages. Brochures are available to order from the site.
Other features of the site include tips on how to become an
Australia specialist, Australia events, links to other Web sites
and information on how to get an Olympic Games selling kit.
In late 1999, the ATC created a Web-based travel agent
specialist program for the Melbourne and Victoria areas.
Agents first must become a specialist on Australia through the
ATC, after which they receive an individualized Web site address to
access the information needed to complete the training to become a
specialist on Melbourne and Victoria.
Another new Web site on Australia travel has information on the
Queensland area and the Great Barrier Reef at www.destinationqueensland.com.
This site also has a dedicated area for travel agents.
Run by Tourism Queensland, the site has a Where to Go section,
with information on each geographical area of Queensland; a What to
Do section on things to do, such as shopping, eating, tours and
attractions, and a section called How to Do It, with maps showing
where to stay, weather and other information.
Australia Travel Search, at www.australiatravelsearch.com.au, is another new
This site lists other Web sites on Australian travel. For
example, it lists 77 Web sites of travel agents, specialists and
visitor centers; 1,528 sites on accommodations across the country,
and 140 Web sites on attractions and other travel categories.
It also has its own information for visitors, including a list
of embassies, visa information, emergency services, health and
safety, a currency converter and more.
One more new Web site that relates to Australia travel is www.citysearch.com.au, a venture between a company
called LookSmart and CitySearch Australia.
The site is a business directory for all of Australia, with an
emphasis on travel.
The site is broken down by city, but also has general categories
such as What's On, Food and Wine, Weekends Away and a Visitor's