Vacation rental market leader HomeAway may have missed its first quarter profit targets, but says it had a "blockbuster" three months in terms of converting property owners to e-commerce. More
Booking.com has agreed to loosen its stance on rate parity, allowing hotels to offer better deals through other OTAs in Europe – but not on their own sites, which for most hoteliers wanting to drive direct traffic is the core issue. See announcement.
Booking.com has become the first OTA to launch an Apple Watch app.
"Booking Now is the first and only travel app to enable users to book a stay directly from their watch," the company claimed today.
Massive hype surrounds the the Apple Watch, which will be available in Australia from this Friday, April 24.
Accor has bought its second tech company as the global hotelier strives to accelerate its digital-first strategy. The latest acquisition is Fastbooking, described as a digital services provider for the hotel industry. More
Global hotelier Starwood has launched a new brand – Tribute Portfolio – aimed at independent hotels that want access to Starwood's loyalty program, distribution systems and customer database. Fees are reportedly 10%-12% of revenue.
Sabre Pacific is staging five agency-led travel technology seminars in Australasia during May and June. They're being held in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne Perth and Brisbane. Click for details.
No such thing as a free meal? Well, with an airline you'll take what you get and today Virgin Australia announced it will match full service rival Qantas by no longer charging for in-flight meals. It's the latest move upmarket from the former Low Cost Carrier, which now also includes checked baggage and entertainment in its fares.
Andrew Burnes, founder of Australia's largest inbound travel travel company, AOT Group, has increased his stake in listed retailer Helloworld to 10.2%. Mr Burnes bought 15.5m HLO shares at 36 cents each in an off-market transaction from UBS and Europe Voyager. More
Germany's anti-trust regulator, the Bundeskartellamtt, plans to stop the country largest online travel agent, Booking.com, from using its market power to prevent hoteliers from offering lower rates on their own sites. More
The travel industry's biggest loyalty play has moved beyond the ragged peaks of North America to the Snowy Mountains of Australia where Vail Resorts has just bought Perisher, Australia's biggest ski resort, for AUD176.6m from holdings associated with billionaire James Packer. More
FONK. Heard of it? It's the new FOMO apparently. Fear of not knowing rather than fear of missing out. Well here's your chance to know something you might not already – following is an information download from No Vacancy last week – all the key points. Read on… More
Allegro Funds has bought Great Southern Rail, the loss-making owner and operator of The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Overland trains and products, for just £2.5m from Serco, a troubled UK company selling non-core assets. More
The tech revolution at Wotif is now complete. New owner Expedia last Wednesday replaced the infamous pricing and availability matrix with a standard display. More
Reality has intruded on Myamar's tourism dream with hotel occupancy in February falling 17% year on year.
The main reason was a 12% increase in supply said STR Global. More
Matthew Fuller is the General Manager of Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, the largest and most visited attraction in Regional NSW. He has carried out this role over two tenures returning in 2008, and encompassing ten years in total.
Matthew has had extensive experience in tourism, eco-tourism, and leisure commencing in the family accommodation business at an early age, through to senior management roles in three states as well as prior national responsibilities within the then Packer family owned Hoyts Cinema group.
Matthew has served extensively on external committees, boards and reference groups. Appointments have been across tourism, leisure, economic development and wildlife conservation organisations.
Matt is currently a director of the Inland NSW RTO and is Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He also contributed as a member of the NSW Government’s Visitor Economy Taskforce Regional Reference Group.
In 2012 Matthew became a Winston Churchill Fellow, which provided the opportunity to undertake a global study on creating a world leading conservation based visitor attraction where he also gleaned an enormous amount of information on destination management and visitor economy activities as well as access to leading industry representatives in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
He has a strong connection and commitment to Regional NSW and regional destination management and development. He is highly motivated to ensure that regional visitor economies have every opportunity to succeed through the development of their own unique propositions.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is the current Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Winner for Best Tourist Attraction, and in November the Zoo was awarded Best Attraction and Best Unique Accommodation at the New South Wales Tourism awards.
In a bizarre interview, Malaysia Airlines' marketing boss Dean Dacko has compared the carrier's high levels of brand recognition with Coke and Pepsi despite the fact it is entirely due to the disappearance of MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 – twin disasters in which 522 MAS passengers lost their lives. More
Accor Hotels says it is aiming to employ 1000 Indigenous Australians – or 10% of its workforce on present numbers – by 2018. The hotel operator has just helped launch the Federal Government's Employment Parity Initiative, the goal of which is to increase Indigenous employment. It wants 'corporate Australia' to set goals on Indigenous employment with a 3% target by 2020.
Mantra Group today announced it has agreed to buy Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Australia for $29.5m and will raise $50m to fund the acquisition and other opportunities. More
With a cap on capacity, Australia's domestic airfares are starting to rise with the fastest growth coming from unrestricted economy fares on business routes, which have increased at twice the rate of leisure fares. More
Jarrod is an experienced revenue management and distribution professional who has been working in hospitality since 1999.
His current role is to drive the strategic revenue management and distribution direction for Australia, develop talent, training programs and improve processes across the business with a macro view on strengths & weaknesses of the various markets.
Andrew Taylor joined Starwood Hotels & Resorts as Director of Acquisitions & Development for the Pacific Region including Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in June 2011.
Since joining Starwood, Andrew has led the company’s growth across the Pacific region including signing the following significant deals:
- W Brisbane (305 rooms)
- Westin Perth (368 rooms)
- Aloft Perth (224 rooms)
- Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane (246 rooms)
- Sheraton Fiji Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island (100 rooms)
- Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne, Docklands (269 rooms).
Starwood operates 9 world class brands across more than 1,600 hotels globally.
In Australia, Fiji and New Caledonia Starwood manages 22 upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Westin and Le Meridien brands and just signed and converted two properties into the Luxury Collection in early 2012.
Starwood is one of the fastest growing hotel management companies in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining Starwood, Andrew was the Development Manager at Mirvac Hotels & Resorts for over 5 years.
During his tenure, Mirvac Hotels increased its footprint from 28 to 47 hotels and resorts in CBD and regional locations across Australia and New Zealand.
Andrew also holds a law degree and was a qualified lawyer for over 6 years, working mainly on real estate and property transactions.
Andrew’s experience spans the full gamut of hotel management, acquisition and development deals including hotel conversions, large scale refurbishment & rebranding projects, mixed used developments, branded residential projects and the construction of a number of corporate and leisure based hotels in both CBD and regional resort locations.
The Chinese hotel war may be coming to an end. Chinese OTA Qunar just reported a strong Q4 result and flagged its intention to cut back on hotel "couponing" – a strategy that has devastated yields for hoteliers and competitors such as Ctrip and eLong, which have both responded in kind. More
Emma Fraser is a true hotelier, a strategic marketer with a creative mind and a strong PR advocate, she has a real passion for creating and delivering results-oriented initiatives across the business, principally acting on guest behaviour and insights.
With a genuine belief in the power of relationships and partnerships, Emma ensures all Marketing and PR activities are collective, responsive and market driven.
Through creating multi- channel, integrated and targeted campaigns, whilst managing alignment across the brand portfolio, Emma ensures initiatives are continually delivered through a guest focused lens.
With 15+ years in Marketing and Communications in the Hospitality industry, Emma’s wealth of international experience includes working for major hotel groups such as Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels after starting her career with InterContinental Hotels Group.
TFE Hotels, a leading Australian hospitality management company with more than 10,000 rooms across Australia New Zealand and Europe, welcomed Emma Fraser into its fast growing business, in the position of Group Director of Marketing, late 2013.
Dan has spent most of his career in online travel.
He currently leads the HomeAway APAC business, which incorporates Stayz in Australia, Bookabach in New Zealand, and TravelMob in Asia, as well as a stake in Tujia in China.
Before this Dan spent most of his career at Expedia, latterly as VP APAC based in Sydney and Singapore, and previously as VP Search Marketing, and in other roles.
Dan started his career in London at McKinsey and at a VC called Smedvig Capital.