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Hollywood Hunk Chris Hemsworth New Tourism Australia Ambassador

chris-hemsworth tourism ambassadorTourism Australia has appointed actor Chris Hemsworth – who grew up surfing on Phillip Island – as its global ambassador for a new coastal and aquatic campaign. “Being in the water or near to it is a way of life for us,” Hemsworth said. “I’m really looking forward to launching this new campaign in New York and sharing with the rest of the world just how amazing this country is.”

Expedia Deals for Rezdy and Booking Boss

Sydney travel tech companies Rezdy and Booking Boss - which specialise in the tours and activities space – have both announced distribution agreements with Expedia. Though there are slight differences in their business model, each of the companies provides booking and CRM technology to tour operators and attractions while marketing their products through various sale channels.

Tourism Legend Bob Oatley Dies After Full Life

Bob Oatley sailingAustralian tourism, wine and sailing legend Bob Oatley has died aged 87 after a long illness and an extraordinary life. Mr Oatley made his first fortune growing and trading coffee in Papua New Guinea before founding Rosemount wines, which he sold for $1.5 billion. Mr Oatley then bought the faded Hamilton Island resort in the Whitsundays, Queensland, investing heavily and turning it around. Apart from family, sailing was his life-long passion. See obit.

Upcoming Events

No Vacancy Australia

TIME TO ... CHANGE IT UP!

Time to 'Change It Up' at No Vacancy, Australia's leading accommodation industry conference, which returns to Sydney on March 15.

The punchy, issues-based program is packed with industry leaders and features presentations, data, debate, panels and discussion.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Matt Bekier, Chief Executive, Star Entertainment Group
  • Donald Borg, Revenue Performance Director Australasia, IHG
  • Matthew Burke, Analyst & BDM, STR Global
  • Grant Colquhoun, Senior Director of Account Management APAC, TripAdvisor
  • Adrian Currie, SVP Corporate Development, Priceline Group
  • Dean Dransfield, Managing Director,  Dransfield Hotels/Resorts
  • Bob East, CEO, Mantra Group
  • Daniel Finch, Managing Director, Wotif Group
  • Andrew Hughes, VP Hotel Sourcing Asia Pacific, GTA
  • Girish Jhunjhuwala, Founder and CEO, Ovolo Hotels
  • Cemlyn Jones, General Manager, Travelzoo Australia
  • Sam McDonagh, Country Manager, Airbnb
  • Bernie O'Keefe, Director of Marketing, Tangalooma Island Resort
  • Adam Posner, CEO & Founder, Directivity
  • Steve Richards, Head of Commercial, Best Western Australia
  • Greg Shaw, CEO, Mulpha Australia
  • Armina Soemino, Emerging Companies Research Analyst, JP Morgan
  • Anton Stanish, Regional Director Australia/NZ, HomeAway.com
  • Renae Trimble, Vice President Loyalty & Digital Commerce, Australia, Accor Hotels
  • Matthew Thomas, National Manager, Meriton Serviced Apartments
  • Peter Waters, Director of Distribution, Global Hotel Group, Amadeus IT

Founded in 2007, No Vacancy has a strong track record and averages 200+ high-quality delegates each year.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about attending or sponsoring.

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TRAVELtech Australia 2016

RETURNING
OCTOBER 2016

TRAVELtech - Australia's leading online travel marketing, distribution and technology event - returns to Sydney on October 13 this year.

So mark it in your diary and keep and eye out for further details, which will be available from April.

Alternatively - and this would be a much smarter option - register for updates and we'll send them through.

Meanwhile, here are some pix from 2015... 

If you'd like to find out more please email us or call 612-9882-1575.

See more great pix at: TRAVELtech 2015 - It's A Wrap...