AccorHotels has just announced a new brand targeted at – you guessed it – millennials. Called Jo & Joe, on first glance it's a mish-mash of ideas (based on a press release that breaks every rule of basic communication). All you need to know that it's cool. But if someone has to tell you that, is it? More
In a classic political compromise that gives with one hand and takes with the other, leaving no-one happy, the Australian Government has reduced its proposed working backpacker tax rate from 32.5% to 19% on earnings up to $37,500 but will pay for the revenue shortfall by increasing the departure tax by $5 to $60. More
Great crowd at TRAVELtech 2016, held in Sydney on September 27. They enjoyed fantastic speakers, an excellent program and brilliant networking (not forgetting the best buffet lunch in town). See a sample of who attended… More
TripAdvisor says it will donate "at least US$5 million from its charitable foundation over the next three years to aid the humanitarian refugee crisis." The TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation has donated US$20 million to international charities over the past five years. Such actions are a growing trend among travel companies and will be covered in TRAVELtech session called Community – The Triple Bottom Line.
Flight Centre has launched a travel start-up accelerator called Little Argas, named after a hippy trail bus once piloted by founder Graham Turner in the early days of his first company, Top Deck. More
The global digital advertising duopoly of Google and Facebook – and the rising cost of advertising that comes with it – threatens online innovation and may precipitate a second tech crash, warns Simon Ryan, CEO of Dentsu Aegis, Australia's biggest digital media buyer. More
Asian hotel website Agoda has teamed with some of the world's leading airlines to launch PointsMAX. Bookings on its site now earn points with loyalty programs including Velocity Frequent Flyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Asia Miles, United Mileage Plus and American Airlines AAdvantage.
Flight Centre has continued its acquisition spree by buying a 49% stake in the Ignite Travel Group, which operates the Holiday Exclusives, MyHolidaycentre and RewardsCorp businesses. More
Travel products are the most popular online purchase for Australians according to a Sensis survey of 800 individuals and 1000 businesses. Airline tickets topped the rankings, while hotel reservations came in third. Overall, 71% of Australians now buy stuff online, up 10% on 2015.
MERITON Serviced Apartments opened its newest property at Southport today, a skyscraper stretching to 55 levels.
Accommodation starts at level 25 and features 208 one, two and suites with sweeping views across the Gold Coast beaches and hinterland.
Meriton has been growing rapidly on the east coast and is now one of Australia's largest accommodation operators.
Nothing – not murder, congestion, increasing pollution or a mooted booze ban – can interfere with the passion Australians have for a Bali holiday.
According to the the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics the number of Aussies visiting Indonesia (ie Bali) during July was 112,000, up an incredible 23% year on year, making it our favourite destination for the month. More
We have no idea, not a clue. That's the clear message to the travel industry from Australia's anti-competition watchdog, which has lost the plot, making two contradictory decisions about the the same issue – the right (or not) of suppliers such as airlines and hotels to offer cheaper prices through their own online channels than they do through retailers. More
The aviation equation is simple – lower fares equals more passengers (although long-haul to troubled Europe is the exception), and that was the case for airlines during July, according to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association. More
Intrepid Travel is investing $1m in its Urban Adventures community tourism brand to turbo-charge the day-tours initiative, which this year will host 130,000 customers on 600 different tours.
Australian hoteliers have blown up over the "secret" agreement between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the online travel agent duopoly of Booking.com and Expedia, which allows the global retail duopoly to prevent hoteliers offering cheaper prices than them online. More
Forget mother nature – cost effective snow production, that's what it's all about. Certainly it's a major reason the Thredbo alpine resort recorded a strong result last financial year, a pre-tax profit of $15m, up 12% over previous year. More
Backpackers are shunning Australia with visitor night numbers down -7% for the 2015-16 financial year and the industry is pointing the finger of blame squarely at the Federal Government and its maybe-we-will, maybe-we-won't working holiday tax. More
It's baking hot and dirt-dry as we emerge from our silver tube down the stairs into the bright blinking midday light at Tambolaka Airport.
The sprawling tarmac is empty apart from our aircraft and a couple of men, their faces vaguely Papuan, in bright safety gear. More
Expedia has joined Booking.com in easing its rate parity restrictions on Australian hoteliers from September 1, allowing them to offer better deals on every channel except the one that matters most – their own branded website. More
Queenstown is the star performer of a resurgent New Zealand hotel market that is, ironically, reaping the benefits from years of under-investment, a trend that shows no sign of changing with barely any new stock coming on in the major markets over the next few years. More
After the astonishing Qantas result earlier this week the good times continued to roll in travel with Air New Zealand, Corporate Travel Management and Event Hospitality and Entertainment all reporting record profits over the past couple of days. CTM net profit rose 60% to $42.1m, Air New Zealand made NZ$663m net while Event Hospitality and Entertainment's net profit was $130.2m, up 19.6%.
Revenue up, costs up, profit down, uncertain times ahead. That was the message today from Flight Centre's MD Graham Turner after revealing that pre-tax profit for the 15/16 financial year fell 5.8% to $345 million. The result had been flagged, was expected, but it still hurt. See result announcement.
Booking.com has made major concessions to its controversial rate parity policy in Australia following negotiations with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission but will still not allow hoteliers to offer cheaper rates on their own websites.
In an email this week, Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans advised Australian hoteliers that from September 1 the world's largest online travel agent (OTA) will allow hoteliers and accommodation operators to offer better deals they like through most other channels without retribution. More
Australian tourism is on a roll despite uncertain economic conditions with both inbound and domestic travel growing at the fastest rates in two decades. More
Five years ago Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was the most hated man in Australian aviation, playing extreme hard-ball with unions in a bitter round of wage negotiations culminating with him sensationally grounding the Qantas fleet for two days in late October, 2011. More
Traveller networking app Travello, based in Brisbane, today announced it has raised $1.26 million from Australian and Angel investors. Co-founder Ryan Hanly says Travello connects users to like-minded people before they set off on their adventures. Travello participated in last year's Pitch It To Me comp at TRAVELtech, which returns to Sydney on September 27.
Sharply improved performance from its Queensland resort properties helped the Mantra Group deliver a solid net result for the 15/16 financial year of $37.1m. Resort revenue was up 34% while pre-tax profits for the division grew 48%. More