TRAFFIC Down Under is fast approaching and the organisers want potential visitors to note there has been a collapse in the value of the Australian dollar against the U.S. dollar. As well the Aussie dollar has fared badly against the Euro and Pound. So that trip down under has just got cheaper, especially if you haven’t paid for your accommodation yet.
The Aussie dollar was almost at parity against the U.S. dollar, and has now slumped to be around A$0.60 to the American dollar, while against the Euro and pound it has been less of a slip, around 15 to 20 per cent.
To give you an idea, TRAFFIC advises that three months ago, accommodation at The Sheraton Hotel would have cost approximately US$250 per night, but now it’s as little as US$150.
And not only are there high quality speakers on the agenda such as the president and CEO of ICANN Paul Twomey, but there is lots of organised entertainment such as Paintball, Zorbing, an Island Beach party and more.
So beat the rush, especially with Australia: The Movie about to hit cinemas and, hopefully, mean lots more visitors down under.
For those coming for TRAFFIC Down Under, remember international attendees will need a valid passport and valid visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Australia.
Visas are available from Australian visa offices, such as Australian embassies, high commissions and consulates. They are also available electronically over the internet. Some travel agents and airlines may also be able to assist you with visas.
If you visit the Australian Government’s Electronic Travel Authority site, you can check your eligibility for an online ETA. A service charge of A$20 applies for online applications. If you are not eligible for an online ETA you will need to apply for a Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456) that could take 2 to 3 weeks to process.
And for those wanting to check out the likely weather, see the Bureau of Meteorology website for climate averages at www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_040190.shtml. And the forecast for the week ahead for Brisbane, not very far north, can be found at www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ10095.shtml.
To register for TRAFFIC Down Under, go to trafficdownunder.com/register.htm.