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Awards go north...and south

THE north and south of WA were evenly represented at the recent WA Tourism Awards for Excel-lence with ten winners each.

Insurance covers hijacks

CGU Travel Insurance recently released a new corporate travel insurance policy.

Travel bookings come online

AN advanced online corporate travel reservations system has been recently introduced by American Express.

Corporate Traveller expands

THE Corporate Traveller, a division of Flight Centre Limited, has considerably expanded its WA operations over the past three years in response to growing demand for business travel services in both metropolitan and country areas.

Territory welcomes boom

THE Northern Territory is one of the fastest growing states in Australia says NT Tourism Minister Mike Reed.

Ansett increases flights

ANSETT Australia is increasing the number of its services into and out of Darwin in response to growing demand for travel to the Northern Territory capital.

Top teaching

CHERRY Williams-Hein is a well known Darwin identity who never slows down.

Emerald Hotel now in Darwin

WA Tourism Awards finalist Emerald Hotel now has facilities in Darwin. Owned by Tourism Council Australia president Laurie O’Meara, the hotel offers a one bedroom apartment for the same price as a hotel room. Spa rooms are available upon request.

‘Flashest pub in the scrub’

THE RUM Jungle Motor Inn in Batchelor has earned a reputation as ‘the flashest pub in the scrub’ says operator Jackie Hargreaves.

Phone betting pulls punters

A NORTHERN Territory-based telephone betting service is proving popular.

Vanderfield is expanding

VANDERFIELD Machinery has recently expanded their equipment operations into northern Australia as part of their commitment to meeting the needs of farming and grounds-care customers.

Liner to set sail from Darwin

A LUXURY cruise vessel to be based in Darwin, the Oceanic Odyssey, will make its maiden voyage from Darwin to Bali on 3 July.

Consortium wins railway bid

THE ASIA Pacific Consortium has been chosen to build, own and oper-ate the Adelaide to Darwin railway.

New air service to Irian Jaya

A REGULAR Qantas Airlink passenger charter service from Darwin to Timika in Irian Jaya, Indonesia has recently been introduced.

Business assistance programs launched

A NEW range of business assistance packages funded by the Northern Territory Government were recently launched by Northern Territory Industries and Business Minister Tim Baldwin.

Legal code stresses good management

Are you a bullying boss? Do you drive your employees to reach unrealistic deadlines, and demand greater productivity with less resourcing in these competitively tough times?

UCLA impact study casts a wide net

It makes interesting news to read that a group of researchers at UCLA are about to embark upon a longitudinal study of the impact of the Internet upon consumers’ lives.

Gusti, but without gusto

YEAH, BABY YEAH! One felt like shouting Austin Powers' anthem of approbation from the rooftops. How marvellous to find a wine list where every wine is also offered by the glass.

’Taint always obvious

Would you feel confident enough to pick a corked wine? The difficulty in identifying corked wines was recently illustrated in London during a seminar organised by a wine and spirits magazine called Harpers on 16 March.

WA winery wins international gold

MARGARET River wine producer Evans & Tate has been awarded gold medals for its 1996 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and 1996 Margaret River Merlot at the 1999 International Wine Challenge in London.

Capitalism fails to deliver for new millennium

AUSTRALIA must find a third way because capitalism and socialism are failing the country says Monash University International Centre for Management in Government senior research fellow Race Matthews.

Hackers present security nightmare

TOO many companies falsely believe they are safe from computer hacking but it is a real and growing threat to business – and Australia is recognised as having some of the world’s most skilled hackers.

Small business must move on GST

SMALL business needs to learn how the GST will affect them – fast, says Small Business Development Corporation director enterprise development Bruce McFarlane.

Injury management cuts costs

THE recently announced workers’ compensation premium rate hike will pose a substantial challenge to employers. Employers face an average 34 per cent increase. Some industries will experience increases of more than 100 per cent.

Credit decisions hurt WA

CENTRALISED credit decision making by the major banks is contributing to WA’s insolvency crisis, says Castle Gates managing director John McGlue.

Cuts keep Rio in the race

COST cutting is keeping Austra-lian and UK-listed mining giant Rio Tinto robust despite a strong downturn in commodity prices.

NAB banks on income securities

THE National Australia Bank hopes to raise up to $2 billion by means of an innovative investment scheme.

Heritage furore ignored on Mount Street

A PLAN to build a seven storey, six-apartment building at 60 Mount Street, West Perth has been approved by council, despite a negative recommendation from council staff.

Staff concerns over setting precedent ignored

A $2.3 million development planned for the vacant site at 1292 Hay Street has been approved by the Perth City Council.At its 8 June meeting, councillors voted to overturn a staff recommendation that the application be refused.