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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%. Softens Rate Parity Stance In Australia

Gillian Tans, CEO
Gillian Tans, CEO 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, 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 

Quote of the Day – Corporates Psyched Out…

Peter McConnell
Peter McConnell

"At a big corporate these days everyone's been psych tested so you get a sameness in the personalities." As someone who once worked at a large bank, where everyone seemed to be an ex-school prefect, I loved this quote from Peter McConnell, who has left a 700k job at retailer Woolworths to work at a startup,  Commtract. The same could be said of many global online travel companies. See AFR story.

New Ski Resort Comparison Site Launches

David Freuden back in the day - Thredbo
David Freuden back in the day – Thredbo

Entrepreneur and former pro skier David Freuden has launched a new site enabling skiers and boarders to search for their ideal resort based based on terrain, vertical drop and accommodation.

Featuring 2400 resorts in 56 countries, Freuden says he decided to develop  after a trip to Europe last year.

“I was in Prague and wanted to ski some of the intrepid Eastern More 

Upcoming Events

TRAVELtech Australia 2016

Disruptive Influences,
The Story Continues...

Where: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
When: Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016
Agenda: Disruptive Influences
Bookings: $549 + gst standard

Book now for TRAVELtech 2016, Australia's leading online travel marketing, distribution and tech conference.

It's a fast-paced, issues-based one-day event with loads of history and a reputation for integrity and topicality.

There's also great networking with 200 delegates expected and plenty of time built into the day to make new contacts and catch up with old friends.

This year's theme is Disruptive Influences - The Story Continues and confirmed speakers include:

  • Ben Angell, VP Marketing Asia Pacific, Norwegian Cruise Line
  • John Beros, General Manager,
  • Tony Carne, General Manager, Urban Adventures
  • Greg Carter, co-Founder, Chimu Adventures
  • Katherine Cole, Regional Director Marketing,
  • Gerry Comninos, CEO, RMS
  • Frederic Chanut, MD, In Marketing We Trust
  • Rod Cuthbert, CEO,
  • Matt Evans, Analytics Lead Travel, Google Australia
  • Brett Jardine, Commercial Director, CLIA Australasia
  • Chris Hall, Chief Executive Officer, APT Group
  • Peter Hopgood, General Manager, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
  • Cassandra Italia, Founder, TopDocs
  • Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research
  • Bruce Piper, Publisher, Travel Daily/Cruise Weekly
  • Nicola Beynon, Head of Campaigns, World Animal Protection Australia
  • Chris Reed, Founder & CEO,
  • Alexander Robinson, CEO, Airly
  • Dan Russell, General Manager,
  • Fred Schebesta, co-Founder,
  • Adam Schwab, Managing Director, Lux Group Limited
  • Alex Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, SiteMinder
  • Sean Sutherland, Head of Digital and E-Commerce, OTA Division at Flight Centre Travel Group
  • Ben Tattersfield, co-Founder, Dreams AI
  • Justin Wastnage, co-Founder Cine Souk
  • Tim Welsh, Director of Social Media, Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited
  • James Woodford, co-Founder, YouCamp

There's more to come, so stay tuned.

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Founded in 2007, it's a dynamic one-day event with a strong track record.

It aims to be provocative, interesting and honest.

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