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TripAdvisor Taking on Airbnb?

Trip Advisor - rooms pitch EDMTrip Advisor appears to be gearing up to take on fast-growing accommodation rental site Airbnb, sending an email out to key stakeholders over the weekend headlined: Rent out your space on TripAdvisor.

"Turn your home, spare room or vacation house into a goldmine," the email read. More 

Asian Room Boom, China Leads The Way

China leads the way with hotel construction in Asia with 145,167 rooms currently being built across 452 properties, according to STR Global. "Three other countries reported more than 10,000 rooms under construction: Indonesia (27,243 rooms in 148 hotels); India (26,159 rooms in 158 hotels); and Malaysia (10,806 rooms in 39 hotels)."

Richer, Younger and Living On The Web – Meet The Chinese Traveller Circa 2015

chinese travellers, young and affluentChinese travellers are becoming richer, younger and more savvy, with half of them now booking or planning their trip on a mobile device, ditching traditional travel agents at an unprecedented rate.

The 4th annual Chinese Travel Monitor, launched today, reveals that the proportion of Chinese travellers using 'traditional travel agents' has plummeted from 34% to just 13%. More 

Online Pioneer World Nomads Sells For $95m

One journey has come to and end and another is beginning for the founders of online travel insurer World Nomads Group, which yesterday sold for $95 million to listed health insurance giant NIB.

The sale was the culmination of a process instigated by the company in January and includes the brands World Nomads, Travel Insurance Direct and SureSave. More 

Smiles at last as snow falls

Mount Buller snow 2 July 2015You know things are tough in in Australia's snowfields when Mt Buller announces a 2cm overnight "dump" of snow. But fresh snow has been a rare commodity this season so even a dusting is a blessing with school holidays well under way. And nice to see a smiley face.

Upcoming Events

TRAVELtech Australia 2015

'Disruptive Influences'

- Book Now and Save -

The first round of speakers has just been announced for TRAVELtech 2015 and more are on the way.

  • Stefan Cordiner, Regional Director – South Pacific, Hotel Tonight
  • Murray Decker, Founder, Tour Amigo
  • Darrin Grafton, CEO and co-founder, Serko
  • Ryan Hanly, Founder, Outboundapp
  • Adam Hutchinson, Founder, Geozone
  • Kevin Jochelson, Founder, Fiestafy
  • Serena Leith, Director of Marketing Asia Pacific, Spotify
  • Stevan Premutico, CEO and Founder, Dimmi
  • Christian Schaefer, Founder,
  • Debbie Soo, Vice President Asia Pacific, Kayak
  • Damien Tampling, Technology and Media Partner, Deloitte
  • Ryan Tuckerman, Marketing Director, Art Series Hotels
  • Alistair Venn, CEO, Groupon Australia
  • Renee Welsh, CEO, Booking Boss

It will be a fantastic day based around the theme of 'Disruptive Influences'.

Where: Sydney
When: Thursday, October 15
Updates: Subscribe here
Bookings: AUD449 pre-program

Book now and save - the pre-program rate expires today (Aug 4) with the agenda announced tomorrow.

Sessions will be a mix of presentations, case studies, discussion and debate.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to partner with us.


AUD449 Pre-Program rate

No Vacancy Southeast Asia


- No Vacancy SEA, late November - 

After taking a detour through Bali, No Vacancy Southeast Asia is returning to Bangkok for the 5th Edition of this popular event.

No Vacancy is unique, working the large grey area between hotels and their customer, the distribution chain and all that goes with it.

While the internet is a big focus, No Vacancy also examines hotel market performance with industry leaders and covers all main industry issues.

No Vacancy is a one-day event series known for topical, punchy programs and great networking.

Founded in 2007, It's been held in Asia since 2011.

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