TripAdvisor has won Best Website at the TRAVELtech 2014 Web Awards while Airbnb and Hamilton Island have taken out the other major awards: Most Innovative Website and Best New Website.
Singaporean company Ascott Limited has bought a 20% stake in Australia's Quest Serviced Apartments for AUD28.8m and says it expects to invest a further AUD500m buying new Quest properties over the next five years. More
Rakesh Hegde, currently heads the Travel Vertical for Sonata Software which recently acquired Rezopia – a cloud based travel ERP system founded by Rakesh.
Rakesh has been the driving force behind Rezopia and XYKA Travel Platforms.
He has been responsible for the product vision, design and architecture of the cloud based Rezopia Travel Platform and growing successful companies focused at innovation for the travel industry.
He has more than 16 years of experience in the Travel Technology Industry where he has worked with brands like STA Travel, Virgin Atlantic, OAG, Disney, STA Travel, Papillion, Virtuoso, Mark Travel Corporation.
In his two decades of working career he has worked with iXL, Saba, HSD and Sonata Software in different roles as Software Architect, development manager, database engineer and product specialist.
He has a computer science engineering degree from India.
Apart from being a technology geek, he is an avid runner and has more a dozen marathons under his belt and is a RRCA certified running coach.
He is also the president of School-Force a Silicon Valley non profit Education Foundation.
He lives in Redwood shores, California with his wife and 2 boys.
Google's war against spammy websites has gone up another notch with the implementation of Penguin 3.0 over the weekend. Past iterations of Penguin have rocked the black hat search world, penalising sites for dubious SEO practices, especially those associated with linking.
Tourism Australia is looking for a new head of marketing following the resignation today of Nick Baker, who has been with TA for the past seven years, overseeing such campaigns as Best Job In The World. Baker will leave the job in January.
Great Hill Partners has bought a majority stake in Momondo Group, owner of the Cheap Flights and Momondo online travel brands, for USD130m, valuing the company at USD213m. See announcement.
Cheap doesn't mean value. That's certainly the case with the aviation money pit also known as Tigerair Australia, the worth of which has plummeted to virtually nothing in just over a year. More
Global airline passenger passenger numbers will more than double over the next 20 years, according to IATA, which also predicts China will overtake the United States as the world's largest passenger market by 2030. More
Excellent networking is guaranteed at TRAVELtech in Sydney next Friday, October 24, with a great audience already booked for Australia's leading web, tech and distribution travel event. More
Hotel and travel stocks continued to soften Monday after falls last week on fears the killer virus will spread beyond its African roots and restrict global travel. More
London, Singapore and Sydney hotels all performed strongly in September with demand once again outpacing supply. London was the standout with occupancy increasing to 89.4%, Sydney grew to 83% while Singapore recorded 82.5% of rooms occupied for the month, according to STR Global. Singapore had the most expensive rooms at SGD324.61.
Say what you want about the quality, but in terms of bang for your buck, this YouTube ad from Scottish travel agents Thorne Travel is a winner with more than 600,000 views in six days.
Rod Bishop is CEO and co-founder of Jayride.com, a world leading e-commerce platform for passenger trips and the number one source of bookable transport information in 7 countries.
Expert in passenger transport and marketing, Rod is an award-winning presenter including "Best Pitch Sydney" (SSW 2014) and others. Rod is based at Jayride HQ in Sydney.
Dan Lynn, pictured, returns to the travel industry with his appointment as VP Asia-Pacific for HomeAway. Lynn joins from Groupon and was previously with Expedia.
Meanwhile, Darren Wright has left Scoot, where he was GM Australia to join Flight Centre as Head of Brand and Marketing. Dennis Basham will replace him at Scoot, effective immediately.
Travel industry veteran Brad Gurrie has a career spanning more than 20 years, five of which have been spent at the world’s number one travel deals publisher Travelzoo.
In January 2014 he re-joined Travelzoo as Managing Director of Travelzoo Australia, having previously served as Managing Director across Southeast Asia and Australia.
Brad also spent time as Chief Executive Officer of an ASX-listed media and events company, headed up the hotels department at lastminute.com.au, served as the Asia Pacific Sales Director for Pegasus Solutions and worked with Stamford Hotel and Resorts as Group IT Manager.
A hands-on industry expert, Brad is also personally passionate about travel, having visited 30 countries, staying at more than 450 hotels and checking into more than 500 flights.
He has extensive experience across hotel properties, online travel media, travel technology and services.
Chinese insurance company Anbang has paid a whopping USD1.95 billion to buy New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel from Hilton Worldwide – the biggest price ever for a US hotel. More