Taking A Break, See You in February

It's been a long year or two and – like you – I need a break from the day to day. I've got a couple of other projects on the go and will be back at the writing desk in mid-February. Meanwhile enjoy the 3000+ stories on the site. Thanks for visiting.  Martin Kelly, Publisher, TravelTrends.biz.

Safety Triple Checked, Dreamworld Reopens

Dreamworld safety checks.
Dreamworld safety checks.

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.

Hotel, Car and Cruise Focus for Mercer at Sabre

Traci Mercer SVP hotel car cruise rail Sabre Travel NetworkFormer 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".

MarriottWood To Keep all 30 Brands – For Now

Tina Edmundsen, MarriottIt'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.

Ford Goes Off Road, Makes A Splash In Travel

Slashing through the Sacobia River smaller
That's one way to get across – Sacobia River, Philippines

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 

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No Vacancy Australia

No Vacancy Changes It Up

- Sydney, October 24 &25 -

Just as times change, so must businesses or they get left behind.

You've probably heard speakers talking about such things at No Vacancy or other conferences in the past.

Well, you've got to practice what you preach otherwise you're Jimmy Swaggart.

Get set for some huge changes to No Vacancy.

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