Lindy Andrews, the former CEO of Luxperience, a luxury travel trade show, is suing the company and its owner Helen Logas for more than $500,000 in damages and costs for alleged breach of contact. More
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.
Qantas Group today announced it will pay a 5% salary bonus to 28,000 employees covered by an 18 month wage freeze after the release of its annual results in late August. More
You know things are tough in in Australia's snowfields when Mt Buller announces a 2cm overnight "dump" of snow. But fresh snow has been a rare commodity this season so even a dusting is a blessing with school holidays well under way. And nice to see a smiley face.
Amadeus has agreed to buy the low cost carrier reservation and technology platform, Navitaire, from Accenture for USD830m. More…
Roshan Mendis will lead Sabre Travel Network in Asia Pacific. His appointment as Senior VP was announced after Sabre's acquisition of Abacus, the Asian GDS, closed yesterday.
The Abacus business will be absorbed into STN and report through to Mendis. More
Here are some abstract notes from TRAVELtech NZ, held in chilly Auckland last week. Good day, some great presentations and plenty of enthusiasm from those present… More
Travel stocks may have bounced back from the ASX plunge a couple of days ago (prompted by Grexit fears) but a cursory review of the price history of popular companies shows that investor sentiment has turned negative for retail stocks as the Australian stock market starts a new financial year. More
Airbnb has just raised a phenomenal US1.5bn in one of the world's biggest-ever private funding rounds, valuing the online home rental company at USD25.5bn, more than 28x its estimated 2015 revenue of USD900m.
Qantas has overhauled its media brands, led by the replacement of long-term in-flight mag The Australian Way with Travel Insider, which it says will take more of a 'news stand' approach. More
Based in Australia, Nicole is the Director of Sales for the Asia Pacific region at Revinate and has been in the hotel industry for over 10 years, having had experience in both the hotel and hospitality vendor space.
Before joining Revinate, Nicole worked with companies including Booking.com and has previously had a stint working in Asia.
Revinate helps hotels know more about their guests so they can deliver personalized experiences that create valuable relationships and lifelong customers.
Using guest data combined with a marketing engagement platform, hotels can better understand and engage their audiences, increase loyalty and revenue. 25,000 of the world's leading hotels trust Revinate to help them reinvent the guest experience.
More than one in four of Expedia's global bookings came through a mobile screen in the first three months of 2015 – and half of those were made within 48 hours of stay, says the company. More
Joining thl in August 2014, Keith is responsible for the technology direction, product development and creating a best in class user experience for thl customers.
Keith spent the previous 12 years in the States building consumer facing products in the education space, holding various positions ranging from Co-founding partner to Senior Vice President of Engineering.
With a passion for consumer driven product development and the
technology that powers it, Keith is changing the way that thl approaches the delivery of its digital solutions to its customers.
It could be another five years before Airbnb makes a profit while the the company is forecasting a loss of USD150m this year on revenue of around USD900m, which is triple the 2013 figures. More
Originally from New Zealand, Paula Maxwell has over 20 years experience in the travel & hospitality industries both internationally and in Australia.
She is responsible for the management of trade partnerships across Mantra Group’s wholesale, international and online segments.
Mantra Group is Australia’s second largest hotel group with 116 properties and over 12,500 rooms under management across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
Elizabeth Gaines resigned this morning as CEO of travel retailer Helloworld after just over a year in the top job but will stay in the role for the next six months or until the HLO Board appoints a successor. More
Online travel industry identity Richard Eastes has moved to greener pastures, literally, after going on an "entrepreneurial exploration" lasting 12 months.
Ricky has 10 years travel industry experience in various sales and commercial roles across sectors including hotels, TMC, GDS technologies relating to retail, direct corporate and government, and now the online sector.
In his current role of Manager – Online Business AU/NZ, Ricky owns and drives the commercial direction of Sabre Pacific’s online strategy across Australia and New Zealand.
Ricky owns the commercial relationships between Sabre Pacific’s key online partners.
Customer partners include large multinational OTAs, boutique OTA start-ups, traditional offline agents moving into the online space and our retail and TMC partners who consume online third party technologies.
In addition to managing customer partners, Ricky drives strategy for who and how Sabre Pacific integrates with other innovative online travel suppliers. These range from online booking solutions, non-GDS content and automation suppliers of the travel industry.
Anton is HomeAway's Director for Australia and NZ, responsible for all of their businesses in the region, which include the Stayz, Bookabach, YesBookit and HomeAway brands. He led the Stayz team through the sale of the business by Fairfax Media to HomeAway in 2013, and is excited to now be part of the leading online vacation rental marketplace worldwide. Anton joined Fairfax in 2006, and enjoyed successful stints in a number of senior strategy and digital product management roles. Before stepping into the Stayz General Manager role in 2011, other notable highlights within Fairfax included the start-up of the BrisbaneTimes and BusinessDay websites, as well as the acquisition of InvestSmart, an online managed funds business. Prior to joining Fairfax, Anton’s career spanned corporate development, product development and consulting roles in New Zealand, the UK and Australia, including time at Hoyts Cinemas and Fletcher Challenge. Anton brings over 12 years of experience in growing online businesses. Anton holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Cantebury (NZ), and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and London Business School. Born in New Zealand, Anton has lived in Sydney for the past 15 years. Outside of work, Anton hopes to be spotted on a golf course or cheering on the All Blacks as they win another Rugby World Cup, but he is more likely to be spending time with his three young children.
Hotel distribution company SiteMinder has just signed up Bangkok-based hotel group Compass Hospitality, which has 42 properties across Thailand, Malaysia and the UK with another 15 in the pipeline.
Holiday rental site Stayz.com.au has launched a new campaign targetting pet owners.
This dog of an idea features a couple of pooches and is dubbed Pawz.
It's designed to highlight the thousands of pet friendly homes Stayz has for rent.
Andrew plays a critical role in AccorHotels operations with direct responsibility for optimising the group’s revenue performance across 35 hotels in 11 brand portfolios, each targeted at different market segments from Luxury, Upscale, Midscale, Economy and Budget.
AccorHotels.com is a key distribution lever for the group and Andrew has been integral in thought leadership and market implementation of strategies that has seen the New Zealand team recognised with AccorHotels highest global honour, the Bernache, for achieving significant market share growth of direct hotel bookings.
He has international Revenue Management and Distribution experience, having worked in markets including London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.
Fergus oversees the strategic rollout of Amadeus solutions for travel agencies in the Australian and New Zealand markets.
Fergus ensures that the Amadeus front, mid and back office, e-commerce leisure and corporate booking tools and the suite of Amadeus shopping tools are tailored for the Pacific region. Fergus also manages Amadeus’ local third party development partners.
Fergus joined Amadeus in 2000 and has worked in product and commercial management roles spanning the Middle East & Africa, India subcontinent, Philippines and Singapore.
Prior to joining Amadeus, Fergus worked across a number of executive roles in the Heavy Equipment and Private Credit Card Payment sectors.
With a degree in English Literature and Classical Studies and a career that includes being GM of a Language school in Japan and a Business Banking Manager, Jon Randles draws on a wide range of experience.
He is one of the founders of Mosh Social Media, one of the few agencies who focus purely in this space.
Jon likes to emphasise the ‘human’ nature of social media and having been at the coal-face since 2009, is one of the the most experienced community managers in New Zealand.
Sydney Burdick, Spokesperson and Head of Global Public Affairs for trivago, is based in Cologne, Germany. Her talks cover a variety of topics including metasearch, start-up growth, company culture and identity.
Having spent the past few years as Head of Public Relations at trivago, she helped shape the external and internal company communication, while also overseeing Social Media development, trivago’s Blog, Checkin, as well as Video communication.
In the past, Sydney worked in both editorial and advertising sales, most notably in New York City at Forbes and Travel + Leisure Magazine.
Born in California, she attended university in Madison, Wisconsin and Cape Town, South Africa. She is an avid traveler, lover of simple design, boutique hotels and being by the sea.