TripAdvisor has won Best Website at the TRAVELtech 2014 Web Awards while Airbnb and Hamilton Island have taken out the other major awards: Most Innovative Website and Best New Website.
Singaporean company Ascott Limited has bought a 20% stake in Australia's Quest Serviced Apartments for AUD28.8m and says it expects to invest a further AUD500m buying new Quest properties over the next five years. More
Google's war against spammy websites has gone up another notch with the implementation of Penguin 3.0 over the weekend. Past iterations of Penguin have rocked the black hat search world, penalising sites for dubious SEO practices, especially those associated with linking.
Tourism Australia is looking for a new head of marketing following the resignation today of Nick Baker, who has been with TA for the past seven years, overseeing such campaigns as Best Job In The World. Baker will leave the job in January.
Great Hill Partners has bought a majority stake in Momondo Group, owner of the Cheap Flights and Momondo online travel brands, for USD130m, valuing the company at USD213m. See announcement.
Cheap doesn't mean value. That's certainly the case with the aviation money pit also known as Tigerair Australia, the worth of which has plummeted to virtually nothing in just over a year. More
Global airline passenger passenger numbers will more than double over the next 20 years, according to IATA, which also predicts China will overtake the United States as the world's largest passenger market by 2030. More
Excellent networking is guaranteed at TRAVELtech in Sydney next Friday, October 24, with a great audience already booked for Australia's leading web, tech and distribution travel event. More
Hotel and travel stocks continued to soften Monday after falls last week on fears the killer virus will spread beyond its African roots and restrict global travel. More
London, Singapore and Sydney hotels all performed strongly in September with demand once again outpacing supply. London was the standout with occupancy increasing to 89.4%, Sydney grew to 83% while Singapore recorded 82.5% of rooms occupied for the month, according to STR Global. Singapore had the most expensive rooms at SGD324.61.
Say what you want about the quality, but in terms of bang for your buck, this YouTube ad from Scottish travel agents Thorne Travel is a winner with more than 600,000 views in six days.
Dan Lynn, pictured, returns to the travel industry with his appointment as VP Asia-Pacific for HomeAway. Lynn joins from Groupon and was previously with Expedia.
Meanwhile, Darren Wright has left Scoot, where he was GM Australia to join Flight Centre as Head of Brand and Marketing. Dennis Basham will replace him at Scoot, effective immediately.
Chinese insurance company Anbang has paid a whopping USD1.95 billion to buy New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel from Hilton Worldwide – the biggest price ever for a US hotel. More
Tourism Australia says August was the strongest month for inbound tourism since the 2000 Olympics with 538,800 visitors during the month, up 8.1% over the previous year.
Tourism Northern Territory is reviewing its advertising and marketing providers, inviting agencies to tender following another poor year for travel in the Top End. More
There are many in travel who believe that the politically correct term of 'price parity' – which describes the practice of charging the same rate across all channels and punishing those that don't comply - is actually industry spin for rate fixing, which is illegal just about everywhere. More