Leisure travel phenomenon Airbnb has completed its integration with Concur’s TripLink product – giving the site corporate credibility. It means business travellers can book through Airbnb and and have expense reports and itineraries automatically pre-populated in Concur. More than sixty companies have so far signed up.
Online, offline pioneer, BYOjet, has announced it will ditch its bricks and mortar operation to focus on the web. More
The snow drought has broken with a bang in Colorado and skiers, boarders – not to mention the resort operators – are rejoicing. More
Up to 400 Accor hotels will be developed in China by the Huazhu Hotels Group under an alliance between the two companies announced today. More
You've got to spend money to make money. That's the theory and those fighting tooth and nail in the Chinese online space have certainly bought into it. But the problem for all the major players is that money's much easier to spend than make. More
New owner Expedia has confirmed at its annual partner conference in Las Vegas that it will shift Wotif.com onto its tech platform as soon as possible and is committed to preserving the core brand.
It will also maintain Wotif commissions at the present level for the time being and invest more heavily in marketing.
Cyril Ranque, Expedia's Senior Vice President of Global Market Management, stressed that it is very early days with company execs still coming to terms with the Wotif business. More
Sydney hotels had the best November for 20 years, according to STR Global, which reported a 5.7% increase in Revenue per available room for the month to A$201 for the properties it monitors. Average rate rose by a similar margin and is now at A$222. More
Big win for Australian website HotelsCombined which has just been named the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Website at the 2014 World Travel Awards for the 2nd consecutive year. Among the companies it beat were Hipmunk, Trivago and Kayak.
Qantas shares surged almost 14% today after the airline forecast its best first half result since 2010 – an underlying profit before tax of $300m to $350m. More
Local councils and the NSW Government are coming under pressure from accommodation industry lobby groups to crack down on the "booming market for illegal accommodation in Sydney" fuelled by the "exponential growth of websites such as Airbnb for booking short-term accommodation in private apartments and houses". More
Tourism Australia wants to set up its own newsroom to generate content as it moves away from traditional advertising to what it calls "owned and earned" channels. Departing marketing boss Nick Baker also claimed TA could sell its content back to traditional publishers or give it away "because ultimately if I give it to the broadcaster I don’t have to pay to get it out there.” See Mumbrella interview.
Things aren't looking good at Tourism Fiji, which currently has no CEO or Head of Marketing following the resignation of Ken Freer.
Mr Freer joined Tourism Fiji in 2013 as marketing boss and also took on the role of acting CEO after Rick Hamilton left in May this year. More
Lastminute.com.au has adapted one of its most popular and profitable products, Secret Hotels, to the mobile space, launching a new iOS app that allows consumers to book a room up to 72 hours in advance. More
Google has a virtual monopoly of the Australian search market with up to 98% share of revenue, according to Bing, its main search 'rival' in western countries. David Pann, GM for search at Microsoft, told The Australian that Bing has 6% of search queries and 2% revenue in Australia, meaning it converts much worse than Google. More
Qantas and Japan Airlines have boosted their investment in Jetstar Japan ahead of its international debut early next year. The carriers are making a combined equity injection of ¥11 billion (AUD114m), increasing their respective stakes to 47.1%. More
Webjet has gone cold on the consumer hotels market just a couple of years after declaring the sector would be an engine of higher margin growth for the company, which is heavily dependent on airline bookings.
MD John Guscic told shareholders yesterday that hotels are "no longer a key growth focus due to intense market competition" for the Australian online travel agent and that turnover from the sector is "expected to remain constant". More
Mumbrella reports that Airbnb is rolling out its global video campaign in Australia. No mention of where it will be appearing or media spend…