Zuji Finally Fires in Pleasantly Taxing Times At Webjet

Webjet's diversification strategy has started paying dividends with a record AUD19.1 million net profit for the 13/14 financial year.

It was tipped into record territory by first-time contributions from Zuji – an Asian OTA that until now has done nothing but lose money – and B2B accommodation wholesaler Lots of Hotels.

Even Zuji's past losses worked for Webjet this time around, reducing its tax rate to just 9% for the year.


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Robot Butler To Serve Guests at Aloft Hotels

Robot - Aloft HotelsAloft Hotels is trialing a robotic butler  - dubbed A.L.O. the Botlr - at the Aloft Cupertino in the heart of Silicon Valley.

“As you can imagine, hiring for this particular position was a challenge as we were seeking a very specific set of automated skills, and one that could work – literally – around the clock,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands. More 

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No Vacancy Bali - August 29, 2014


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Where: W Retreat and Spa Bali
When: Friday, August 29, 2014
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Book now for the first-ever No Vacancy Bali, which being staged next Friday, August 29.

It'is a fast-moving, issues-based one-day accommodation industry featuring excellent speakers (see below) and a focussed program that lifts the lid on Asia's hottest accommodation market. 

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When: Friday, October 24, 2014
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Tickets are now on sale for TRAVELtech 2014, the central theme of which is innovation - "finding a better way of doing something"...

The program has just been revealed while lots of great local and international speakers are already been confirmed, with more on the way.

  • Mike Boyd, CEO, VroomVroomVroom
  • Peter Bradd, Entrepreneur in Residence, Fusion Labs
  • Elise Chang, Marketing, Partnership & Leisure Sales Director, Thrifty
  • Luke Crawford, Director, tripbooka
  • Michael Curry, Manager Digital Innovation, Qantas Airways Limited
  • Michael Daley, Team Lead – Research, Experian Hitwise
  • Brad Gurrie, Managing Director, Travelzoo Australia
  • Rakesh Hegde, Founder & CEO, Rezopia
  • Anthony Hynes, Managing Director and CEO, eNett
  • Richard Ings, CEO & Co-Founder, Troopr
  • Simon Lenoir, Founder, Rezdy
  • Ross McDonald, Industry Head – Travel & Tourism, Google Australia
  • Georg Ruebensal, Managing Director, Expedia Australia
  • Andy Sleigh, GM Asia-Pacific, Skyscanner
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  • Clement Wong, CEO, BeMyGuest

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No Vacancy Australia 2015

No Vacancy Australia returns to Sydney on March 26, 2015

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The date has just been set and the venue confirmed.

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