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ENTRIES OPEN FOR TRAVELtech WEB AWARDS

Stamp - 2014 TRAVELtech Website of the Year 137x142Sydney, Sept 30, 2014: Entries are now open for the 2014 TRAVELtech Web Awards which recognise the best of the Australian travel web.

The big prize is Website of The Year and there'll be a number of other awards including Most Innovative, Best New Site and, for the first time, Best Travel App.

To qualify a company needs to be based or employ staff in Australia and the winner will be announced at the TRAVELtech conference in Sydney on Friday, October 24.

TRAVELtech director Martin Kelly Past said winners include Lonely Planet, HotelsCombined, Rome2rio, Hooroo.com and VroomVroomVroom.

The winning sites will be chosen by independent judges with evaluation based on the following criteria.

  • Innovation (is the site moving faster than the competition and utilising the latest technologies)
  • Design and Usability (does it looks good, is the theme carried throughout the site, can it be easily navigated, is there always a logical click pathway)
  • Meeting the Brief (Does this site achieve what it sets out to do, how well does it serve the target market)
  • Speed and Build (Do things happen quickly with no waiting around for images or information to download, does the site feel robust, well-built)
  • Content (Does the site have good content, it is well laid out and authoritative, are images used well both to inspire and educate)

To enter, forward website or app details to martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz.

Further Information: Martin Kelly, 612-9882-1575

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Innovation & Inspiration @ TRAVELtech 2014

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Media Release                                                                        September 17, 2014

- Great Speakers, Topical Program, Early Bird Ends Friday –

Flight Centre co-founder and CEO Graham Turner headlines a fantastic program at TRAVELtech 2014 in Sydney on October 24.

This year's theme is ‘Innovation – Finding A Better Way’ and the fast-paced on-day event features the latest industry data, case studies, panels, interviews, presentations and debate.

There’s also a special session on ‘Fostering Innovation’ while other highlights includes the annual Web Awards and 'Pitch It To Me' for start-up travel businesses.

Conference director Martin Kelly advised prospective delegates should book now and save with the $499 early bird rate, which ends this Friday, September 19. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mike Boyd, CEO, VroomVroomVroom
  • Peter Bradd, Entrepreneur in Residence, Fusion Labs
  • Elise Chang, Marketing, Partnership & Leisure Sales Director, Thrifty
  • Luke Crawford, Director, tripbooka
  • Michael Curry, Manager Digital Innovation, Qantas Airways Limited
  • Michael Daley, Insights Delivery Manager, Experian Hitwise
  • Brad Gurrie, Managing Director, Travelzoo Australia
  • Rakesh Hegde, Founder & CEO, Rezopia
  • Anthony Hynes, Managing Director and CEO, eNett
  • Richard Ings, CEO & Co-Founder, Troopr
  • Simon Lenoir, Founder, Rezdy
  • Ross McDonald, Industry Head – Travel & Tourism, Google Australia
  • Richard Morgan, Director Business Development AP, Sabre Holdings
  • Georg Ruebensal, Managing Director, Expedia Australia
  • Andy Sleigh, GM Asia-Pacific, Skyscanner
  • Graham Turner, CEO & Managing Director, Flight Centre
  • Clement Wong, CEO, BeMyGuest
  • Rod Bishop, co-Founder, Jayride.com
  • Margaret Scott, Founder and Chief Viewologist, Views on Top

Founded in 1999, TRAVELtech is Australia’s leading web travel business and technology conference.

It typically attracts 200+ senior tech, marketing, e-commerce, management and sales staff from a large range of companies, and is known for a tightly moderated agenda that cuts to the chase.

There’s been strong demand for TRAVELtech 2014 from delegates and sponsors, which include Sabre Pacific, Sonata Software, Amadeus, byojet.com.au, Viator, Tourism Technology, Dynamic Creative and Skyscanner.

Media Queries: Martin Kelly, 612-9882-1575 or 61-414-774-978.

Less Than Two Weeks Until First No Vacancy Bali

Media Release                                                                                      August 18, 2014

Time is running out to book for the first-ever No Vacancy Bali Conference on August 29, which features a fast-moving, issues-based program that lifts the lid on Asia’s hottest accommodation market.

Growing Pains is the theme and the program focuses on distribution, development, marketing, innovation, consumers and technology, plus the latest performance data.

It features 20 industry-leading speakers including Chuck Abbott, Regional VP Starwood; Mark Flower, Director Commercial SEA of IHG; Tenaiya Brookfield, Director of e-Commerce at Archipelago International and Stephen Thresh from Booking.com.

There are also senior executives from Google, Expedia, Pop! Hotels, Mantra Group, HotelsCombined,  Komune Hotels, Wotif.com, C9 HotelWorks, Horwath HTL, JLL Hotels, Vill-Bali.com, Elite Havens and more.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Chuck Abbott, Regional Vice President Southeast Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Hichame Assi, Chief Operating Officer, HotelsCombined
  • Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 HotelWorks
  • Peter Brampton, General Manager, The Stones Hotel – Legian
  • Tenaiya Brookfield, Director of e-Commerce, Archipelago International
  • Michael Burchett, Senior VP Operations & Development, Mantra Group Indonesia
  • Tony Cannon, Co-Owner, Komune Resorts
  • David Chambat, Managing Director, Villa-Bali.com
  • Daniel Finch, Executive General Manager Asia, Wotif.com
  • Mark Flower, Director of Commercial Southeast Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Matthew Gebbie, Director, Horwath HTL
  • Alan Gertner, Industry Head – Travel, Google Southeast Asia
  • Irene Janti, Brand Director, Pop! Hotels
  • Traci Mercer, Vice President Market Management AP, Expedia
  • Daniel Miller, Head of Bali Office, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels
  • Craig Seaward, General Manager, W Bali Retreat and Spa
  • James Stuart, Managing Partner, The Brand Company
  • Jon Stonham, Chief Executive Officer, Elite Havens Group
  • Stephen Thresh, Regional Director Southeast Asia, Booking.com
  • Mary Justice Thomasson, Resident Editor – Bali, Luxe City Guides

Tickets cost AUD449 – including all conference sessions, post-event access to presentations, lunch, morning tea, afternoon tea and drinks.  Bookings can be made on www.traveltrends.biz.

Speakers, Program Revealed for No Vacancy Bali

A powerful speaking line-up has been revealed for the No Vacancy Bali accommodation industry conference at the W Seminyak on August 29, 2014.

Based around the theme ‘Growing Pains’, the fast-paced one-day event features speakers from Starwood, IHG, Accor, Google, Expedia, Pop! Hotels, TripAdvisor, Mantra Group, HotelsCombined, Booking.com, Komune Hotels, Wotif.com HotelWorks, Vill-Bali.com, Elite Havens and many more.

Highlights include the Bali development boom, sales and marketing, online accommodation trends and opportunities, a dedicated OTA session covering all the major issues, and a panel examining latest talking points in distribution, pricing and yield management.

There’ll also be an opening industry leader’s panel, sessions on both budget and luxury properties (Bali’s hot at both the top and bottom) plus case studies on mobile marketing and the creation of the Komune niche surf accommodation brand.

Where: W Seminyak
When: Friday, August 29, 2014
Program: Click for details

The following speakers have been confirmed so far with more on the way.

  • Chuck Abbott, Regional Vice President Southeast Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Hichame Assi, Chief Operating Officer, HotelsCombined
  • Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 HotelWorks
  • Michael Burchett, Senior VP Operations & Development, Mantra Group Indonesia
  • Tony Cannon, Co-Owner, Komune Resorts
  • David Chambat, Managing Director, Villa-Bali.com
  • Daniel Finch, Executive General Manager Asia, Wotif.com
  • Joel Fisher, Director, Display Advertising AP, TripAdvisor
  • Mark Flower, Director of Commercial Southeast Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Matthew Gebbie, Director, Horwath HTL
  • Alan Gertner, Industry Head – Travel, Google Southeast Asia
  • Irene Janti, Brand Director, Pop! Hotels
  • Mary Justice, Editor, Luxe Guide Bali
  • Rio Kondo, VP Development – Indonesia and Malaysia, Accor Asia Pacific
  • Traci Mercer, Vice President Market Management AP, Expedia
  • Jon Stonham, Chief Executive Officer, Elite Havens Group
  • Stephen Thresh, Regional Director Southeast Asia, Booking.com

No Vacancy has been run annually in Sydney since 2007 and expanded to Bangkok in 2011. After three successful years in the Thai capital, the No Vacancy SEA conference is now shifting to Bali

Further information: Martin Kelly, Conference Director, 612-9882-1575, martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz

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No Vacancy 2014 – Balancing Act: Fantastic Speakers, Excellent Program, Awesome Value

Tune Hotels CEO Mark Lankester, HotelClub President Nicolas Chu, Wotif.com CEO Scott Blume, Toga Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman and Baillie Lodges co-Founder James Baillie are just a few of the fantastic speakers taking centre stage at No Vacancy Australia in Sydney on March 26.

Others include Rob Anderson, CEO Best Western Australia; Hichame Assi, COO of HotelsCombined; and Adrian Currie, Senior Vice President Corporate Development at the Priceline Group.

There are also senior executives from Mantra, Accor, YHA, The Ascott Limited, Hotels Windsor, JP Morgan, Starwood and many more.

No Vacancy is where accommodation meets the internet and has been held annually since 2007.

It brings together hoteliers, online travel agents, sales/marketing experts, suppliers and tech providers.

This year's conference theme is Balancing Act – a reflection of the increasingly complicated nature of the accommodation business, where there's no such thing as black and white and it's impossible to keep all stakeholders happy.

Following an opening keynote from Rachel Argaman, the program moves through key issues confronting accommodation professionals such as distribution, marketing, innovation, consumers and technology, plus the latest performance data.

It will also drill down into both the economy and luxury segments, and feature exclusive case studies on the recent Hostelworld.com brouhaha and also the innovative online approach taken by HotelClub and Orbitz.

Bookings are tracking well and a crowd of 200+ is expected.

No Vacancy is known for tightly focused and moderated programs packed with issues, opinions, panels, presentations and debate.

Tickets cost $549 + gst and all information can be found at www.traveltrends.biz.

No Vacancy Sydney 2014 – Balancing Act

Media Release, 14 November, 2013

No Vacancy, Australia’s leading accommodation industry conference, returns to the Sheraton on The Park in Sydney on March 26, 2014.

As ever, it will be a focussed one-day event revolving around a strong program with entertaining, influential speakers.

There’ll also be great networking through the day with a bustling trade show and more than 200 delegates.

Balancing Act is the 2014 theme and work has started on the program.

Conference director Martin Kelly said the event timing couldn’t be better.

“This is a very interesting yet challenging and complex time for the Australian accommodation industry,” Mr Kelly said.

“Demand is strong especially the CBD markets led by Sydney which had its strongest ever month during October with record occupancy and rate.

“Other cities aren’t far behind while leisure destinations are also picking up.

“It feels like accommodation is on the cusp of a long-term upswing.

“But it’s not all plain sailing. There are also tensions in the marketplace, especially between suppliers and distributors such as Online Travel Agents.

“Meanwhile, consumers are evolving as fast as their latest electronic gadget. It’s hard to keep up.”

Mr Kelly said: “The program will definitely explore the distribution dynamic and also look at the latest industry issues and trends.”

Two hot topics that will be included while seemingly contradictory are luxury lodges and budget hotels.

“That both sectors can be doing well may indicate a more switched on consumer who trades up and down depending on circumstance. As I said, it’s interesting times.”

Sponsorships are now available and tickets will go on sale soon.

Further information: Martin Kelly, (612) 9882-1575, martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz

Rome2Rio Beats Strong Field to Win Website of the Year

Media Release, 19 Sept 2013

A small Australian online business, Rome2Rio.com, has beaten out a strong field including some of the world’s largest websites to win the TRAVELtech GlobalCollect Website of the Year for 2013.

Rome2Rio.com is a multi-modal search engine – which displays air, rail, bus and ferry transport options – that operates both a B2B and B2C business model.

The judges were most impressed by the innovative approach from this Melbourne based business, which at last count employed five staff.

One judge commented: “Innovation fantastic – this is really hard to do”.

Rome2Rio co-founder Michael Cameron said “it’s a very much unexpected but thrilling win”.

The TRAVELtech GlobalCollect Web Awards were open to websites which are either based in Australia or have staff, sales or tech, employed here.

The Top Ten websites were:

The web awards concluded the TRAVELtech: Reboot conference in Sydney last week. More than 200 people attended and it was a great couple of days.

You can see photographs here.

TRAVELtech : Reboot 2013

Media Release, Sept 5, 2013

Get ready for a new, improved and expanded version of TRAVELtech in 2013, which will be staged over two days instead of the traditional one in Sydney on September 12 & 13.

This year the first day – the new day – will be all about travel technology with the content aimed at those working in the industry's growing IT sector.

"We'll be putting the tech back into TRAVELtech," said conference director Martin Kelly.

The second day will address online travel, e-commerce, distribution, digital marketing, mobile, social media, web trends and other key issues.

In other words, day two is the "traditional" TRAVELtech program which has worked so well over the past few years.

"The idea is to reboot TRAVELtech and broaden its appeal without losing program focus, which we'll be able to do by having two distinct days" Mr Kelly said.

This modular approach is also be reflected in tickets and pricing. Delegates can buy individual day tickets at $549 + gst, or a two day pass for just $150 more – $699 + gst.

It’s an exciting time in the history of TRAVELtech, which was founded in 1999 and has a strong reputation for dynamic programming and great networking.

TRAVELtech is independently developed by Bluewater Press, a well-established event producer also responsible for the launch and long-term success of the No Vacancy, Destination Online and Search Engine Room conferences.

If you have any queries, please call or email event director Martin Kelly on (02) 9882-1575.

Beyond Price at No Vacancy – Asia’s Dynamic Hotel Event

Media Release, May 23, 2013

There’s a great program and compelling speakers organised for this year’s No Vacancy Southeast Asia conference in Bangkok on June 25, which is based around the theme of Beyond Price.

Big topics are loyalty, pricing and distribution, brand expansion, new mobile booking models, backpacking, online search, website design, marketing and conversion, aviation and demand trends plus two industry leader’s session –one featuring OTAs, the other hoteliers.

Many of the region’s leading accommodation and online travel brands are represented suchas Accor, Banyan Tree, Agoda, Expedia, Wotif, InterContinental Hotels Group, Compass Hospitality, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wotif.com plus many up and comers.

Where: Sofitel Sukhumvit Bangkok
When: 9am – 5pm, June 25, 2013
Program: Click for details

No Vacancy SEA – which last year attracted 160 hoteliers, OTAs, distributors and tech suppliers – is unique in the way it mixes the online and offline worlds. Speakers for this year’s event include:

  • Scott Blume, CEO, Wotif Group
  • Bill Barnett, Director, C9 Hotelworks
  • Javier Cedillo-Espin, VP Comms and Loyalty, Accor Asia Pacific
  • Daniel Fraser, Director, Smiling Albino
  • Anthony Green, Digital Director, QUO Global
  • Nalin Kalayanamitr, Marketing & Sales Strategies Manager, Lub d Bangkok Hostel
  • Bambos Kaisharis, Industry Head, Travel, Southeast Asia, Google
  • Tomas Laboutka, CEO & Co-Founder, HotelQuickly
  • Max Lambert, Co-Owner, Vietnam Backpacker’s Hostels
  • Andrew Langston, VP Hotels Operations APAC, Banyan Tree
  • Vikram Malhi, GM, Expedia South Asia
  • Clint Nagata, Founder and Creative Director, BLINK Design Group
  • Stephen O'Dell, Director, SODA
  • Lothar Pehl, SVP Operations and Global Initiatives, Starwood Hotels and Resorts AP
  • Rob Rosenstein, CEO, Agoda
  • Nikki Scott, Publisher, SEA Backpacker
  • Tejinder Sidhu, VP Sales & Marketing, Compass Hospitality
  • Tarandeep Singh, Director Revenue Management For Hire – AMEA, InterContental Hotels Group
  • Karthik Siva, Chairman, Global Brand Forum
  • Brendan Sobie, Chief Analyst SEA, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation
  • Mark Southby, CEO, CheckInTonight.asia
  • Jerome Wise, VP eCommerce, TravelClick

No Vacancy SEA is produced by TravelTrends.biz, which has been creating and running successful travel industry conferences since 1999.

Further Information: Martin Kelly – 612-9882-1575 or martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz

Wotif Boss Blume Joins No Vacancy Program

March 3, 2013

WOTIF BOSS BLUME JOINS NO VACANCY PROGRAM

THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT?

New Wotif Group CEO, Scott Blume, has confirmed he will participate in the Online Travel Agents session at the No Vacancy Australia conference, which returns to Sydney next Thursday, March 14.

He joins Adrian Currie (Booking.com), Yury Shar (HotelsCombined.com) and Bruce Fair (Hooroo.com) in what is sure to be a compelling closing session to a great day.

Registrations are strong, with a crowd of 220+ expected, and industry support is at record levels.

No Vacancy features a great program and excellent speakers from both the real and online worlds.

The program emphasis is on relevance and loosely based around the concept/question – The Customer Is Always Right?

Topics covered include distribution, service, Google Hotel Finder, reviews, social, mobile, private space, holiday parks, branding, web usability, sales, marketing, meta-search, OTAs and more.

Speakers include:

  • Scott Blume, CEO, Wotif Group
  • Katherine Birch, Marketing Director, Hotels.com Australia
  • Adrian Currie, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Booking.com
  • Bob East, Chief Executive Officer, Mantra Hotels and Resorts
  • Bruce Fair, Head of Commercial, Hooroo.com
  • Paul Fischmann, Chief Executive Officer, 8 Hotels
  • Turochas Fuad, Chief Executive Officer, travelmob
  • Robert Gallagher, General Manager, Turu.com.au
  • Kate Gamble,  Director SEO, Social Media, Bruce Clay
  • Frank Grasso, Chief Executive Officer, e-Channel Search
  • Melanie Ingrey, Research Director, Nielsen, APMEA
  • Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Australia
  • Bryon Merzeo, Analyst, STR Global
  • Greg Muller, Chief Executive Officer Global Reviews
  • Yury Shar, Managing Director, Hotelscombined.com
  • Jakki Temple, Executive Director Sales & Events, The Star
  • Matthew Thomas, National Manager, Meriton Serviced Apartments
  • Michelle Wohl, Vice President Marketing, Revinate

Tickets cost $549 + gst until Friday, March 8, and bookings can be made through www.traveltrends.biz.

Further Queries:

Martin Kelly, Conference Director: (02) 9882-1575.

Program, Speakers Announced for Travel Appy

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Finally, the reality matches the hype with mobile.

Some travel companies are now doing 10% of their bookings through mobile devices while research and browsing rates are much higher.

There’s no choice. You’ve got to have a mobile strategy. Even if it’s to do nothing, you should understand why.rough mobile devices while research and browsing rates are much higher.

Travel Appy is a new event from TravelTrends.biz, which also produces the popular No Vacancy and TRAVELtech conferences in Sydney and Bangkok.

It will cover all aspects of the mobile revolution with a particular focus on Travel Apps, including conceptualisation, development, platforms, execution and marketing.

Travel Appy is packed with case studies and great speakers from some of Australia's best travel companies and mobile industry leaders, including:

  • Peter Bradd, CEO, ScribblePics; Executive Director Fishburners
  • Katherine Birch, Marketing Director, Hotels.com Australia and New Zealand
  • Jeff Lewis, Vice President Engineering, Viator Inc.
  • Christopher Masanto, Regional Manager – Mobile Audience Measurement, The Nielsen Company
  • Simon Monk, CEO, World Nomads
  • Shane Morris, Director, Automatic Studio
  • Bernie O’Keefe, Group Online Sales and Marketing Manager, Hamilton Island
  • Jem Reis, Partner/Developer Relations, Nokia
  • Oliver Weidlich, Director – Design and Innovation, Mobile Experience

Travel Appy is being held in the AGL Theatre in the Museum of Sydney. Capacity is limited.

Any Questions…

Martin Kelly, Director, TravelTrends.biz

(02) 9882-1575, (0414) 774-978

Follow The Money @ TRAVELtech 2012

August 22, 2012

TRAVELtech, Australia’s Australia's original web travel, marketing and distribution conference, returns to Sydney on September 7, with fantastic speakers, a fast-paced, issued-based program and excellent networking.  This year’s theme is Follow the Money and highlights include:

  • Ground breaking online travel research from Quantium that will reveal the online/offline spending split, evolution of the online travel market, customer profile, spending and more.
  • Case studies from some of Australia’s newest and most innovative websites – Hooroo.com.au, Rome2rio.com and Australian Pacific Tours.
  • Announcement of the TRAVELtech Amadeus Website of the Year.
  • Distribution session featuring international speakers from Scoot and Rail Europe.
  • Real time social media  case studies on ‘Twittergate’ (SATC),’ Facebook Fracas’ (Huon Bush Escapes) and ‘Socially Aware’ (Contiki).
  • Profile of the Wired Asian Traveller from Abacus plus an insight Chaos to Collaboration by Amadeus.
  • There’ll also be speakers from Expedia, TravelManagers, GetFlight , Orient Express Travel Group, Greyhound Australia and Bullseye.

Conference director Martin Kelly, who founded TRAVELtech in 1999, said 200 delegates are expected and that bookings are progressing well. ““It will be great day,” Mr Kelly said.

Confirmed speakers TRAVELtech 2012:

  • Pierre-Stephane Austi, CEO, Rail Europe
  • Joe Araullo, CEO, TravelManagers Australia
  • Michael Cameron, Co-Founder, Rome2rio
  • Ian Cumming, Founder, GetFlight
  • Tony Davis, Director, Quantium
  • Paul Dimmick, Owner/Operator, Huon Bush Retreats
  • Debra Fox, General Manager Marketing, APT Group
  • Steven Greenway, Head of Commercial, Scoot
  • Brett Henry, Vice President Marketing, Abacus International
  • Fiona Hunt, Managing Director, Contiki Australia
  • Guillaume Kozinski, Creative IT and Partners Development, Amadeus IT
  • Tom Manwaring, CEO, Orient Express Group
  • David O'Loughlin, Director Marketing & Communications, SATC
  • Georg Ruebensal, Managing Director, Expedia Australia
  • Gagandeep Singh, GM Experiences & Marketing, Greyhound Australia
  • John Sullivan, Head of Technology, Hooroo.com
  • Alec Tarshis, Business Director, Bullseye

TRAVELtech 2012 is being held at the Amora Jamison Hotel Sydney. For program information and booking (tickets cost $549 + gst) please visit www.traveltrends.biz.

Further queries: Martin Kelly (612) 9882-1575 or martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz.

Speakers, Topics Revealed for No Vacancy SEA – Bangkok, June 26

May 16, 2012

A powerful international speaking lineup has been confirmed for No Vacancy Southeast Asia in Bangkok on June 26 – a conference which addresses the rapidly changing online business environment confronting regional hoteliers and online travel agents.

It examines key industry issues such as travel distribution, the internet and mass tourism while presenting the very latest in industry research. It is packed with panels, case studies, issues and debate. Key sessions include:

  • Managing user reviews
  • Hotel website design
  • Digital marketing and online distribution
  • SEA online consumer trends
  • Latest hotel and aviation research
  • The opportunity and threat of mass tourism
  • Latest booking trends
  • Online Travel Agents case study and panel
  • Revenue management

The program is shaping up really well with some great speakers from Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, United States and Australia already confirmed and there are more on the way. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks
  • Bill Black, President, SilverNeedle Hospitality
  • Scott Blume, Group CEO, PT Raja Kumar International
  • Ben Emery, Director of Revenue Strategy, Southeast Asia, Marriott International
  • Mark Flower, Director of Commercial – Southeast Asia, IHG
  • Timothy Hansing, CEO, Red Planet Hotels
  • Craig Hewett, Co-Founder, Wego.com
  • Sonia Kapoor, Director, Nielsen
  • Markus Keller, Regional Director of Sales & Distribution – Asia Pacific, Accor
  • John Koldowski, Special Advisor – Strategic Intelligence Centre, PATA
  • Dan Lynn, CEO, AirAsia Expedia
  • David Perry, General Manager, Gran Melia Jakarta
  • Robert Rosenstein, President, Agoda
  • Jagdish Sandhu, Director, Revenue Management & Distribution, Banyan Tree
  • Sen Sun-Moon, Director, Horwath HTL
  • Jessica Tham, Corporate Director – Yield Management, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts
  • Jerome Wise, Vice President – Global Internet Marketing Services, TravelClick
  • Michelle Wohl, Vice President Marketing, Reinvate

No Vacancy Southeast Asia is being held at the Banyan Tree Bangkok on June 26. Tickets cost from AUD$399. Please visit www.traveltrends.biz for program and booking details.

Real Time @ No Vacancy 2012

March 25, 2012

Time is running out to book for the No Vacancy accommodation industry conference in Sydney this Friday, March 30.

It will be an excellent day with great speakers and a dynamic program based around the theme ‘Real Time’.

There's a focus on distribution, marketing, innovation, consumers and technology, plus the latest performance data.

No Vacancy is where accommodation meets the internet, bring together hoteliers, suppliers, tech providers, sales and marketing experts and Online Travel Agents.

More than 220 delegates are already booked, guaranteeing great networking, while confirmed speakers include:

  • Rachel Argaman, CEO, Toga Hospitality
  • Dave Audley, Heading of Consulting, Experian Hitwise
  • Jeremy Bellinghausen, President, HotelClub.com
  • Daniel Bridges, Head of Travel, Trade Me (NZ)
  • Julio Bruno, Global Vice President Sales, TripAdvisor
  • James Cassidy, HomeAway.com.au
  • Paul Constantinou, Chairman, Quest Serviced Apartments
  • Robbie Cooke, CEO, Wotif.com
  • Will Deague, CEO, Art Series Hotels
  • Dean Dransfield, Director, Dransfield Hotels and Resorts
  • Bob East, CEO, Mantra Group
  • Marc Letourneau, National Sales Manager, Club Med Australia
  • Leah Lipman, Area Director Reveneue Management Australasia, IHG
  • Simon McGrath, CEO, Accor Australia
  • Bryon Merzeo, Analyst, STR Global
  • Bernard O’Keefe, Group Online Marketing Manager, Hamilton Island
  • Nikolai Pitchforth, Head of Online Travel, Google
  • Anton Stanish, GM, The Stayz Group
  • Janet Wilson, Managing Director, Nationwide Hospitality
  • Jonathan Wooller, Executive Vice President – Operations, SilverNeedle Hospitality

For further information and bookings please visit www.traveltrends.biz

Media Queries:

Martin Kelly, (02) 9882-1575

Destination Online Launches in Cairns Nov 11

Media Release – October 26, 2011

Speakers have been announced and bookings are open for the first Destination Online conference in Cairns on November 11.

Destination Online TNQ focuses on online marketing, sales and distribution in an afternoon packed with speakers, panels and debate.

Highlights include online case studies from Hamilton Island and TRAVELtech Website of the Year, VroomVroomVroom.com.au, plus expert presentations on web booking trends, hotel performance, tactical marketing, search marketing and website usability.

The event is being generously supported by Travelzoo, ensuring the cost of admission is affordable for all at just $100. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Richard Eastes, International Director, VroomVroomVroom.com.au
  • Brad Gurrie, GM Australia and SE Asia, Travelzoo
  • Martin Kelly, Director, TravelTrends.biz
  • Bryon Merzeo, Australian Manager, STR Global
  • Christopher Northam, Area Operations Manager TNQ, Mantra Group
  • Bernard O’Keefe, Group Online Marketing Manager, Hamilton Island
  • Todd Parker, Managing Director, Parker Travel Collection
  • Rush Pathak, Social Media and Search Engine Marketer
  • Richard Tribe, Director, Ski.com.au
  • Duncan Waterman, Partnerships Manager, SiteMinder

Destination Online is being held at the Hilton Cairns and runs from 1.00pm to 5.30pm on November 11.

For more information and bookings, visit www.traveltrends.biz.

Media Queries: Martin Kelly (02) 9882-1575

Call For Australia's Best Travel Website

Media Release: July 27, 2011

TRAVELLERS are being invited to nominate their favourite Australian travel website for the 3rd annual TRAVELtech Amadeus Web Awards.

The top prize is Website of the Year while the awards also recognize Australia’s Top Ten Websites.

Past winners of Website of the Year include HotelsCombined.com (2010) and LonelyPlanet.com (2009).

Martin Kelly, Director of the annual TRAVELtech conference says the awards are open to any travel website developed and managed in Australia.

“The size of the company behind the website is not an issue but innovation, design, usability and speed are,” Mr Kelly said.

Winners will be selected from a shortlist of the top 25 sites across all travel categories by an independent judging panel who take consumer voting into account.

Nominations are open until next Friday, August 5, and full details are available at the travel industry website TravelTrends.biz.

Entering the TRAVELtech Amadeus Web Awards is easy. Just send the website URL through to 'martin dot kelly at traveltrends dot biz'.

Websites will also be sourced from the Top 100 ranked travel websites according to Experian Hitwise combined with suggestions from readers of TravelTrends.biz.

Candidates will then be narrowed to the Top 25 website, which will be posted on TravelTrends.biz Monday, 8 August, and the public invited to vote for the next 10 days.

These results will be forwarded to the judging panel and the winners announced at TRAVELtech in Sydney on August 29.

Media Queries: Martin Kelly – (02) 9882-1575

TRAVELtech 2011 SPEAKERS AND PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Media Release: 18 July, 2011

Early Bird Rate of $499 + gst Expires Friday, 22 July

TRAVELtech, Australia's original web travel, marketing and distribution event, returns to Sydney on August 29 with a compelling program, great speakers and fantastic networking.

Best of Enemies is the tongue in cheek theme, exploring the fabulous friction that has always propelled our gloriously complex industry.

Highlights are numerous including sessions on daily deal sites, airlines, mobile, Facebook, GDS, Online Travel Agencies, destination marketing and so much more.

The day will culminate with the TRAVELtech Web Awards, presented by Amadeus IT, which recognises Australia's top travel websites, including Website of the Year.

The program is strong and speakers include:

  • Paul Baron, Group Manager Online Marketing, Tourism Victoria
  • Richard Eastes, Director, Vroom Vroom Vroom
  • Sam Friend, Co-Founder, Travel Candy
  • James Gaskell, Managing Director, Zuji Australia
  • James Gilbert, Co-Founder, Jump On It
  • Mark Higginson, Director of Analytics, Nielsen NetRatings
  • Tom Howard, Co-Founder, Adioso
  • Tim Hughes, CEO, Getaway Lounge
  • Brenton Jones, Digital Communications Manager, Carnival Australia
  • Martin Kelly, Director, TravelTrends.biz
  • Jeff Lewis, VP Engineering, Viator
  • John Lonergan, Head of Qantas.com
  • Simon Monk, CEO, World Nomads
  • Justin Montgomery, General Manager Sales, Virgin Australia
  • Richard Morgan, General Manager Sales, Marketing and Product, Sabre Pacific
  • Jamie Pherous, CEO, Corporate Travel Management
  • Steve Reynolds, CEO, Cox & Kings Australia
  • David Simmons, GM Online and Leisure, Air New Zealand
  • Sari Vahakoski, Managing Director, Amadeus IT Asia Pacific
  • Kate Vale, Director, Loopster Media
  • Sam Yip, Senior Research Manager, Telsyte

More speakers to be announced shortly – refer to www.traveltrends.biz for details.

Media Queries: Martin Kelly 612-988-1575 or martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz

Speakers Announced For No Vacancy Thailand

A POWERFUL speaking lineup featuring some of Asia’s leading websites and hoteliers has been revealed for the first No Vacancy Thailand, a conference in Bangkok of June 7 addressing the ‘Accommodation Distribution Revolution’ now sweeping the Thai travel industry.

The No Vacancy Thailand program has a web, marketing, product distribution and revenue management focus, while key issues confronting the Thai accommodation industry will also be addressed by top industry analysts.

The issues-based agenda features topics such as Road Ahead – Trends, Issues, Opportunities; Branding, Marketing and the Bottom Line; User Reviews; Search Engine and Digital Marketing, Flash Sales; the Accommodation Distribution Revolution and much more.

Among the companies speaking are Agoda, Travelocity, Centara Hotels & Resorts, HotelClub, Accor, TripAdvisor, Travelzoo, Wego.com, Sawadee.com, ComScore, STR Global, Ensogo Travel, Anantara, MakeMyTrip (India), Dusit International, HotelTravel.com and Golden Tulip.

Conference Director Martin Kelly says No Vacancy Thailand will equip delegates with strategies to drive demand, raise rates and stimulate destination awareness.

Speakers – No Vacancy Thailand

  • Chris Bailey, Senior VP Sales and Marketing, Centara Hotels & Resorts
  • Jeremy Bellinghausen, President, HotelClub
  • Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks
  • Alvin Ch'ng, Commercial Director APAC, TripAdvisor
  • Frank Grasso, Managing Director, e-Channel
  • David Keen, CEO, Keen
  • Brad Gurrie, General Manager SE Asia, Travelzoo
  • Craig Hewett, Founder and COO, Wego.com
  • Bryan Lewis, Chief Commercial Officer, Agoda.com
  • Christian Lukey, Chief Operating Officer, Sawadee.com
  • Joe Nguyen, Regional VP, ComScore
  • Jonas Ogren, Area Director, STR Global
  • Oswald Pichler, VP Operations Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Accor Asia Pacific
  • Poompong Patpongpanit, Owner, Paresa Resort Phuket
  • Tai Perata, Managing Director, Ensogo Travel
  • Damien Pfirsch, Director of Electronic Distribution, Anantara Hotels, Resorts, Spas
  • Amit Saberwal, Senior VP Hotels, MakeMyTrip (India)
  • Bobby Saw, Corporate Director Revenue Management, Dusit International
  • Blair Speers, Chief Executive Officer, HotelTravel.com
  • Prab Thakral, Managing Director, Boutique Asset Management
  • Abdul Thingna, Regional Manager SE Asia, Travelocity
  • Mark Von Ogtrop, Managing Director SE Asia, Golden Tulip Hospitality
  • Tiwa York, Director of Platforms, Omnicom Media Thailand

No Vacancy Thailand is being held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok on June 7.

Global Industry Leaders @ No Vacancy Sydney

Early Bird Rate of $499 + gst expires this Friday, Feb 11, 2011

No Vacancy, Australia’s leading accommodation industry conference, returns to Sydney on March 23 with fantastic speakers, a fast-paced, issued-based program and excellent networking.

This year’s No Vacancy has a strong international flavour with five overseas speakers joining 15 Australian industry leaders.

The international contingent includes keynote speaker Glenn Fogel, Head of Worldwide Strategy and Planning at online accommodation juggernaut, Priceline.com. Other internationals include:

  • Alvin Ch'ng, TripAdvisor (Singapore)
  • Johan Svanstrom, Hotels.com (Hong Kong)
  • Jerome Wise, TravelClick (US)
  • Genevieve Atkinson, Fossick.com (NZ)

No Vacancy is a great day that equips delegates with fresh ideas, new strategies and the ability to benchmark against industry leaders while setting them up for the year ahead. Program and booking details can be found at www.traveltrends.biz.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rachel Argaman, CEO, Toga Hospitality
  • Genevieve Atkinson, Founder, Fossick.com
  • Layne Beachley, World Champion Surfer
  • Peter Blackwell, CEO, AAA Tourism
  • Justin Butterworth, Co-Founder, Occupancy.com
  • Alvin Ch’ng, Commercial Director, Asia Pacific, TripAdvisor
  • Julian Clark, CEO, Lancemore Group
  • Robbie Cooke, CEO, Wotif.com
  • Dean Dransfield, MD, Dransfield Hotels and Resorts
  • John Feenaghty, GM Quickbeds.com
  • Glenn Fogel, Head of Worldwide Strategy and Planning, Priceline.com
  • Martin Kelly, Director, TravelTrends.biz
  • Shannon Knapp, Group Revenue Manager, Mirvac Hotels and Resorts
  • Simon McGrath, VP Australia, Accor Hospitality
  • Bruce McKenzie, COO, IHG Australasia
  • Dean Minett, GM Australia, The Ascott Ltd
  • Brett Pointon, CEO, Oaks Hotels and Resorts
  • Kirsty Shaw, Managing Director, Stayz.com.au
  • Marion Smart, Senior VP  Property Development and Resort Operations, Wyndham Vacation Resorts AP
  • Johan Svanstrom, Vice President and Managing Director, Hotels.com Asia Pacific
  • Jerome Wise, VP Global Internet Marketing Services, TravelClick

No Vacancy is being held at Dockside in Sydney on March 23, 2011, from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Media queries should be addressed to Martin Kelly – 612-9882-1575 or martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz.

DYNAMIC PROGRAM, NETWORKING AT NO VACANCY 2010

Hot topics, great speakers, big brands and excellent networking: No Vacancy 2010 has got it all in just one action-packed day in Sydney on Thursday, March 18, 2010.

Highlights include interviews with ‘Hotelier of the Year’ Simon McGrath from Accor, Robbie Cooke, CEO of Wotif.com, and Jerry Schwartz, Australia’s largest private hotel owner.

The spotlight is also thrown on less celebrated industry sectors such as remote accommodation and ‘Holiday Parks’ and there’s a focus on distribution, marketing, revenue management and online strategies.

Key themes are Distribution, Innovation and Inspiration while the program is packed with industry-leading speakers such as:

  • Yvonne Bristow, Chief Operating Officer, FreeSpirit Holiday Parks
  • Robbie Cooke, CEO, Wotif.com
  • Bernadette Dennis, Managing Director, HSMAI Asia Pacific
  • Dean Dransfield, Managing Director, Dransfield Hotels and Resorts
  • Sebastian Fontanarossa, Marketing Strategist
  • Mike Ford, Managing Director, SiteMinder
  • Grant Hunt, Chief Executive Officer, Anthology – The Traveller’s Collection
  • Alan Long, Research Director, Hitwise
  • Luke Jamieson, GM Distribution, Mantra Group
  • Chloe Lim, Managing Director, HotelClub
  • Simon McGrath, Vice President Australia, Accor Hospitality
  • David Oliver, Chief Executive Officer, Roamfree
  • David Perry, Chief Executive Officer, The Windsor Hotel
  • Prashanth Radhakrishnan, Area Director of Revenue Management, Starwood
  • Dr Jerry Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer, Schwartz Family Company
  • Yury Shar, Managing Director, Hotels Combined
  • Kirsty Shaw, General Manager, Stayz.com.au
  • James Shearer, General Manager Operations, Big4 Holiday Parks
  • Paul Southey, Vice President Asia Pacific, TravelCLICK
  • Peter Topping, Social Media Strategist
  • Liz Ward, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Tourism Data Warehouse

Bookings are strong and 200 delegates are expected. Tickets cost $549 + gst.

Please visit www.traveltrends.biz for further details.

Contact: Martin Kelly (02) 9882-1575

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Get set for No Vacancy Australia 2015.

The date has just been set and the venue confirmed.

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