All posts by Martin Kelly

TripAdvisor Taking on Airbnb?

Trip Advisor - rooms pitch EDMTrip Advisor appears to be gearing up to take on fast-growing accommodation rental site Airbnb, sending an email out to key stakeholders over the weekend headlined: Rent out your space on TripAdvisor.

"Turn your home, spare room or vacation house into a goldmine," the email read. More 

Kevin Jochelson, Founder and Chief Events Officer, Fiestafy

Kevin Jochelson, Fiestafy Founder, wideKevin Jochelson is the Founder and Chief Events Officer of entertainment travel startup, Fiestafy.

Fiestafy turns anyone into an entertainment expert anywhere they travel by allowing them to find available and accessible major events, anywhere in the world, in their own language. You can think of it as 'Expedia for Major Events'.

Fiestafy is also an adtech solution for entertainment clients, allowing them to have their events translated, promoted globally, and supplied with complex analytics to help them make more informed marketing decisions, all at a cheaper cost and a higher performance than both traditional billboards and even a typical Facebook marketing campaign.

Before making the leap into entrepreneurship and startups, Kevin spent five years in Investment Banking for UBS, where he worked in Sydney and in Hong Kong in Equities and Operations. He is also a former member of award-winning, Sydney-based travel startup, Jaride.

Kevin in an avid traveller and has lived in four different countries, and studied in Sydney, Jerusalem and Hong Kong. He has a double Bachelor in Commerce and Arts from the University of Sydney and has been awarded scholarships from four different institutions.

Beyond Fiestafy, Kevin is also a Co-General Manager at the newly opened iCentral.Co the biggest co-working tech entrepreneur space in Sydney, where he works alongside 80 other startup entrepreneurs.

He is passionate about travel, art, music and good coffee.

Asian Room Boom, China Leads The Way

China leads the way with hotel construction in Asia with 145,167 rooms currently being built across 452 properties, according to STR Global. "Three other countries reported more than 10,000 rooms under construction: Indonesia (27,243 rooms in 148 hotels); India (26,159 rooms in 158 hotels); and Malaysia (10,806 rooms in 39 hotels)."

Richer, Younger and Living On The Web – Meet The Chinese Traveller Circa 2015

chinese travellers, young and affluentChinese travellers are becoming richer, younger and more savvy, with half of them now booking or planning their trip on a mobile device, ditching traditional travel agents at an unprecedented rate.

The 4th annual Hotels.com Chinese Travel Monitor, launched today, reveals that the proportion of Chinese travellers using 'traditional travel agents' has plummeted from 34% to just 13%. More 

Online Pioneer World Nomads Sells For $95m

One journey has come to and end and another is beginning for the founders of online travel insurer World Nomads Group, which yesterday sold for $95 million to listed health insurance giant NIB.

The sale was the culmination of a process instigated by the company in January and includes the brands World Nomads, Travel Insurance Direct and SureSave. More 

Reho Expands With NGT Travel Acquisition

Corporate agency Reho Travel today announced it has bought rival NGT Travel for an undisclosed sum. The resulting entity will have 36  staff and annual turnover of $45m with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. As of today, the NGT Travel brand no longer exists.