Helloworld has lost more than 30% of its NZ network following the mass resignation of 36 United Travel franchisees. More
The Asian travel industry could be heading for a "massive" fourth quarter with industry-leading B2B wholesaler GTA reporting surging hotel room sales across its network. More
Great speakers, companies, program… Bookings for TRAVELtech 2015 are tracking really well with 200+ delegates already confirmed and excellent networking guaranteed. See a sample of who will be there: More
Reuters is reporting that Airbnb's bookings are expected to double this year from 40 million nights to 80 million nights, blowing away previous growth estimates. See story.
Travel agency group Helloworld has agreed to buy up to 10 New Zealand retail travel stores from Air New Zealand ahead of launching its brand there in 2016. More
The NSW Government has launched an assault on ride sharing company Uber, hitting 40 of its drivers with suspension notices and thousands of dollars in fines. Uber says it's shocked by the action and is taking legal advice. See ABC story.
Isabella Tipping, a country kid from Dubbo, NSW, is the brains behind kidzcationz.com, a new review website for children, giving kids a voice on how well hotels, restaurants, theme parks and attractions cater for them.
"I came up with this idea when Mum was filling out a TripAdvisor review after a family holiday," Isabella said. More
A survey of 900 travel agents across 48 countries reveals a slim majority (51%) are now using Global Distribution Systems more often to book hotel rooms. More
It's finally happened and the gloves are off.
Google is taking on its biggest travel customers – the online travel agents – with a new commission based ad program for hotels.
They'll be charged "industry standard" commissions for bookings generated through Google Hotel Ads rather than the standard cost per click through AdWords. More
I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the word 'personalisation' has been made up or hijacked by marketers and management consultants. You know like up-sizing.
That's because there's nothing personal about personalisation, which is so often used to justify the carpet-bombing approach to travel marketing we endure these days. More
Virtual cards are becoming a standard payment method within the travel industry and according to the numbers it’s happening faster than you may think! More
The online travel world just got a little smaller with Expedia yesterday completing its purchase of Orbitz Worldwide after an investigation by the US Department of Justice concluded that that "the acquisition is unlikely to harm competition and consumers." More
It's just been revealed that Priceline's stake in Chinese OTA Ctrip is now at 11.5% and worth USD1.9bn. Seeking Alpha says, "last year Priceline struck a deal to buy up to a 10% stake in Ctrip, partly through a $500M convertible bond, while this May it committed to invest another $250M". See note.
The board of travel group Helloworld has ended talks to buy Australia's biggest inbound operator, the AOT Group. More
The TripAdvisor user-led juggernaut powers ahead with 15.6m visits to its Australian website during August – more than 6.5m ahead of Booking.com, the next most popular travel site on 9m, according to the latest Experian Hitwise statistics. More
One of the world's most iconic and durable tourism marketing brands – Tourism Victoria's enduring 'Jigsaw' branding and advertising platform – is under threat and the state's industry believes there's a very real risk it will be phased out. More
Luxe City Guides is rolling out its new digital strategy but CEO Simon Westcott (pictured) still sees a big future for its print products. More
Australia's competition watchdog, the ACCC, is investigating the contentious practice of parity pricing in the accommodation industry to see if it constitutes anti-competitive behaviour. More
The Sheraton brand shake-up continues with the resort and hotel operator launching a USD100 million multi-channel marketing campaign with the tag line 'Where Actions Speak Louder'. More
"Hey guys I'm going to Thailand and would like to meet new people over there and have some drinks and share some stories." Or…. "Australia travel buddy needed!" Or… More
One of Asia's leading industry analysts, Bill Barnett, has warned that mass tourism is doing more harm than good in Phuket, where rates tumbled another 9% in the first half of this year. More
Actor and entertainer Hugh Jackman has signed on with Qantas to become a global ambassador for the airline. More
Australian restaurant booking technology company, AS Digital, has been bought by Priceline Group, which aims to own online dining bookings in the same way it dominates hotel reservations through its online travel agents Booking.com and Agoda. More
Forget an unstable stockmarket and a slowing economy, China's outbound travel boom is tipped to continue with Chinese traveller numbers forecast to grow 16% in 2015. More
Hotels.com says the global average price its customers paid for hotel rooms increased just 1% in the first six months of 2015 compared with the previous year. More