TripAdvisor Commits $5m to Refugee Organisations

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.

Meriton Reaches for the Sky at Southport

Meriton SouthportMERITON 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.

Record results for Corporate Travel Management, Air New Zealand, Event Hospitality & Entertainment

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%.

Booking.com Softens Rate Parity Stance In Australia

Gillian Tans, CEO Booking.com
Gillian Tans, CEO Booking.com

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 

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