The number of Australians visiting Thailand slumped for the fourth consecutive month with March Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today showing a -5.7 drop in visitors compared with the previous year.
Does Helloworld (HLO) really have a proper web and IT strategy?
The question has to be asked because right now it doesn't seem to extend beyond cutting short-term costs to boost the company's next profit announcement on the Australian Stock Exchange. More
It seems safe to say domestic travel has peaked with Virgin Australia following Qantas in cutting capacity across its network due to softening demand. More
Sydney travel companies SiteMinder (#17) and Jayride (#50) have made it into the 'Tech Pioneers Top 50' for Australia and NZ, just announced. Check out 'The List' compiled by H2 Ventures and Investec Australia.
I love this: "The internet has created a global brain with access to the same information, culture and ideas. Consumers from Boston to Beijing are served by global megabrands (think Apple, IKEA, Airbnb, and Uniqlo). The result? A worldwide convergence in tastes and aspirations." More
Darren Huston, CEO of the Priceline Group, which owns Booking.com and other leading online travel agents, resigned from the company yesterday after admitting to behaviour with another staff member that breached the company's Code of Conduct. Former CEO and current Chairman Jeffrey Boyd will take over from Huston in an acting capacity.
In what could prove to be a seminal decision, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has ruled that it's fine for tenants to let a spare room to paying guests through accommodation portals such as Airbnb – even if their landlord doesn't want them to. More
Cairns tourism operators have gone political and are refusing to carry Greens leader Richard Di Natale to the Great Barrier Reef in a bid to prevent him highlighting widespread coral bleaching. But their stand may have backfired with the story of their recalcitrance – and the reasons for it – going nationwide. See Cairns Post.
What's in a name? Everything says Booking.com, which has filed a suit against the US Patent and Trademark Office to have the brand trademarked after its application and a subsequent appeal were rebuffed. See Travel Weekly.com.
Agency group Helloworld has decided to switch web platforms and strategy after declaring its web partnership with Orbitz has been an expensive flop that is still losing money. More
The ABC's consumer program Checkout reckons OTA rate parity booking clauses "suck" and advises consumers to contact a hotel direct for savings of up to 25%. Check out the six minute segment, well worth a watch.
Qantas says there are signs the Australian travel boom has peaked and is cutting back and re-routing services to better manage a drop in demand that became obvious late last month. More
The last thing I want when visiting a website is to be told I'm a loser because I don't want to subscribe to their newsletter.
It's hardly good marketing yet that's what's happened twice in the past week. More
Speculation is mounting that Air New Zealand will sell its 25.9% stake in Virgin Australia by this weekend. Singapore Airlines is the favoured buyer after boosting its Virgin Australia holding from 22.91% to 23.11% last week. More
Good news for the tourism industry from the International Air Transport Association which is predicting cheaper global airfares through 2016 due to greater competition and lower oil prices. More
Starwood Preferred Guest members have been advised that their loyalty program will remain independent until 2018 following Marriott's recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts to create the world's biggest hotel company with 5500 properties in more than 100 countries. More
Australian visitor numbers to Thailand fell throughout the three months of summer, culminating in a -10.3% plunge during February, despite cheap, all-inclusive resort packages being heavily marketed by leading deal sites and travel agents.
The Ascendas Hospitality Trust, listed on the Singapore stock exchange, has surprisingly abandoned the sale of its 11 property portfolio (4200 rooms), which attracted the interest of numerous high-profile investors. No reason was given and the news sent its unit prices tumbling more than 13% yesterday.
Former Virgin Australia website exec Deb Morrison (pictured) has launched PetCloud, a new pet sitting service for travellers.
It allows people who want to host pets in their home to apply for a listing while pet owners can book nights directly, paying the site a fee of 19% on the total transaction. More
Airbnb is having no discernible impact on hotel occupancies or pricing in Sydney according to a study by STR Global, which says that the room sharing and apartment letting site is most popular in suburbs where hotels do no not have a significant presence. More
Air New Zealand is set to sell either all or part of its 26% holding in Virgin Australia, effectively saying the $350m it's got tied up in the loss-making carrier could be better used elsewhere. More
Vendetta or just cause? I'm referring to the ACCC's determination to get Flight Centre for price fixing, a crusade that has now reached the ultimate battleground – the High Court of Australia, where the country's most senior lawmakers will determine whether an everyday travel industry occurrence is legal or not. More
After $1.5 million and a year's hard work, within a month all 40,000 travel products distributed by Australian Tourism Data Warehouse will finally be available on a single, totally redesigned and rebuilt, state of the art tech platform. More
The outlook may bright for the Australian hotel industry thanks to increasing tourism and a stable economy but one of Australia's leading analysts warns that older independent properties that have failed to invest and modernise are getting left behind. More