The digital revolution has claimed another victim. Star Ratings Australia today announced its subscriber-pays business model is no longer viable and the scheme will close on June 30, 2017. More
Trivago's TV-heavy advertising strategy is clearly working. The hotel search engine recorded spectacular Australian online growth during January – increasing its unique audience by 95% to 1.7m – giving Trivago second position in the 'Hotel Information' sub-category of the Nielsen Digital Ratings survey. More
Online travel agents in the United States now have 39% of the digital travel market and continue taking market share from the suppliers whose products they sell, according to new research from Phocuswright. More
Travel networking app Travello has launched a new 'groups' feature and signed partnership agreements with several leading Australian travel companies including Student Flights and YHA Australia. More
Surging Chinese visits to Bali ensure the holiday island's tourism numbers continue growing – but at what cost?
That's the question posed by a new report from Horwarth HTL and C9 Hotelworks. More
Need some inspiration? Fast Company has named what it reckons are the 10 most innovative companies in travel: 1. Airbnb, 2. Marriott, 3. Vail Resorts, 4. Ctrip, 5. GoEuro, 6. Norwegian Air, 7. AccorHotels, 8. Beautiful Destinations, 9. Carnival Cruise Lines, 10. Lola. See the reasons why.
May and November are the cheapest months for Australians to travel by air while December is by far the most expensive, according to research by Skyscanner. For long-haul flights to Europe, the best deals can be found more than six months out from the date of travel.
Coincidence? I think not. The rivalry between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, separated by the urban sprawl of Brisbane, is very real so no surprise to see both destinations launch their new winter marketing campaigns within 24 hours of each other. Gold Coast yesterday, Sunshine Coast this morning. More
The rapid consolidation of Australia's tourism asset ownership has continued with news motoring organisation NRMA has bought Australian Tourist Park Management and control of its 27 properties while it's been reported the sector's largest ever single park sale has just closed. More
Qantas will launch free Wi-Fi internet it claims is up to 10x faster than industry standard on its first domestic aircraft later this month with content streaming partners including Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify. More
In the 40 years from 1976 to 2016 the number of Chinese tourists to Australia has grown from just 500 (no-one ever said communism was good for tourism) to 1.2 million. More
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TripAdvisor v. Australia's richest man. A juicy headline, though not quite true. But there's no question TripAdvisor's credibility as a review site will be on trial when Meriton Serviced Apartments, owned by billionaire Harry Triguboff, challenges Australia's competition watchdog in the Federal Court of Australia next year. More
Qantas will launch the first non-stop passenger service between Australia and Europe in March 2018 , using the revolutionary 787-9 Dreamliner on the 14,498km route between Perth and London. More
All Dreamworld rides have been triple-checked for safety as the Gold Coast theme park prepares to reopen tomorrow. Dreamworld was shut on October 25 after four people were killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride. Management initially wanted to reopen just three days after the tragedy but wiser counsel prevailed.
The Chinese tourism boom has been given added impetus with Australia and China agreeing to an open aviation market, removing all capacity restrictions for airlines from each country. More
Best Western Australasia has added three new hotels, including the global group’s first upmarket ‘Plus’ branded property in New Zealand, while expanding coverage in the key Australian cities of Brisbane and Perth. The new properties are: More
Ten years ago SiteMinder co-founders Mike Ford and Mike Rogers saw a problem – and an opportunity. Product distribution was a nightmare at a Sydney hostel Mike Ford part-owned. Managing online travel agent bookings was slow, clumsy, labour-intensive, time-consuming.
There had to be a better way… More
Former Expedia exec Traci Mercer will lead Sabre Corporation's non-air business as senior vice president of hotel, car, cruise and rail. Mercer was with Expedia for many years, most recently managing its hotel relationships in Asia-Pacific, and also spent time at Hootsuite. One of Mercer's major tasks will be to define a strategic direction and ensure Sabre's tech development "meets distribution and e-commerce needs of this customer segment".
Tigerair is the latest Australian airline to stop pre-selecting extras such as insurance for its customers – without asking them – following similar moves over the past 24 hours by Virgin Australia and Jetstar. More
It's only a number after all. The takeover by Marriott International of Starwood Hotels & Resorts created an accommodation behemoth with 30 brands. The question has been – will they all stay? And the answer is that they will, for now at least. Marriott's Global Brand Officer Tina Edmundsen, pictured, says each brand is different enough to retain. Or maybe the the reality is that doing anything else is just too difficult right now. See her Bloomberg interview.
Australia is in the midst of its biggest hotel building boom since the 2000 Sydney Olympics but industry groups are confident the extra supply is sustainable and will be comfortably absorbed. More
Australia's corporate watchdog is taking Meriton Serviced Apartments to the Federal Court for "misleading or deceptive conduct in connection with the posting of reviews of its properties on TripAdvisor". More
It's a common refrain these days. Corporate leaders will say they are not in the business of whatever it is they produce. Uber says it is a digital rather than a transport company, for example. Now the Ford Motor Company is starting to seriously push the travel experiences their cars deliver rather than just focus on vehicle specs and price. More
Leading Chinese online travel agent Ctrip has bought travel meta-search site Skyscanner for about 1.4 billion pounds from its private equity owners. More