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TripAdvisor Winning Numbers Game

TripAdvisor may be struggling to increase profit due to higher costs and a stronger USD, but when it comes to attracting visitors, the review/meta-search website has no industry peer with a staggering 340m average monthly unique users for the first quarter, according to Google Analytics – a lift of 31% year on year. More 

Doing It Their Way at the End of The World

Mike Ballantyne, Online Republic
Mike Ballantyne, Online Republic

Cranky Frank Sinatra sang that if you can make it in New York, well, you can make it anywhere.

True, however imagine trying to make it – in a big way – from New Zealand; remote, population 4.6m  - much tougher, surely.

But not impossible, as two NZ travel tech companies are demonstrating.

Online Republic, an online travel agent, and Serko,  which builds and markets corporate travel management software, are proof that geographic isolation is no impediment to success. More 

Time To Book Hotels on Apple Watch

Apple watch app from has become the first OTA to launch an Apple Watch app.

"Booking Now is the first and only travel app to enable users to book a stay directly from their watch," the company claimed today.

Massive hype surrounds the the Apple Watch, which will be available in Australia from this Friday, April 24.

No Such Thing As a Free Meal? Yes Says Virgin

No such thing as a free meal? Well, with an airline you'll take what you get and today Virgin Australia announced it will match full service rival Qantas by no longer charging for in-flight meals. It's the latest move upmarket from the former Low Cost Carrier, which now also includes checked baggage and entertainment in its fares.

Upcoming Events

TRAVELtech New Zealand

- TRAVELtech NZ, June 25 -

Auckland is the place to be on June 25 for the first-ever TRAVELtech New Zealand.

Bookings are now open with early bird tickets great value at AUD499 including all sessions, meals and drinks plus exclusive access to the presentations.

The following speakers have confirmed so far and more are on the way:

  • Mike Ballantyne, Co-Founder, Online Republic
  • Daniel Bridges, Head of Satellites, Trade Me
  • Sydney Burdick, Global PR and Social Media, Trivago
  • Keith Chilek, Chief Technology Officer, Tourism Holdings Limited
  • Andrew Fraser, Director of Marketing, Tourism New Zealand
  • Darrin Grafton, Chief Executive Officer, Serko
  • David Hamblin, Senior Director Market Management AP, Expedia® Lodging Partner Services
  • Andrew Hodges, Head of Revenue NZ and Fiji, Accor Pacific
  • Paula Maxwell, Director of Trade Sales, Mantra Group
  • Dougal Mckenzie, Industry Head – Travel, Google Australia & NZ
  • Jon Randles, Head of Talking - Marketer, Strategist and Trainer at Mosh Social Media
  • Anton Stanish, Regional Director Australia/NZ,
  • Nigel Taylor, Country Manager NZ, Sabre Pacific
  • Nicole Wiener, Director of Sales Asia Pacific, Revinate
  • Ben Woodward, Social Media Strategist and Founder, #whywellington

It promises to be a definitive day with great speakers and the latest industry data, case studies, panels, interviews, presentations and debate.

TTNZ has a focus on online travel, e-commerce, distribution, digital marketing, mobile, social media, technology, web trends and other key issues.

Founded in 1999, TRAVELtech has an outstanding track record with an international reputation for strong programs, real information, entertaining speakers and excellent networking.

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TRAVELtech Sydney 2015

TRAVELtech Australia

TRAVELtech returns to Sydney on October 15.

Founded in 1999, it's Australia's leading web travel event, attracting 200+ delegates each year.

Early days at this stage and further details of this year's event will be posted over the next couple of months.

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No Vacancy Australia 2015


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No Vacancy Bali 2015


November 2015

No Vacancy Bali will return to the Island of the Gods in November, 2015.

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