The ski industry is a simple business. If it snows, you do really well. If it doesn't times are tough, as they were for Thredbo in 2013, a poor season stalked by rain. More
Helloworld shares surged almost 30% today after it was revealed Sintack, a company associated with the Alysandratos family, bought 30.8m shares from UBS Australia for $12m, or 39 cents a share. More
One step forward, two steps back for Virgin Australia, which announced its half-year results today. They revealed that while the airline is making great progress as a full-service domestic carrier, its international business is going from bad to worse. More
Webjet, thanks to new acquisition SunHotels and good performance from its core Australia/NZ markets, has announced a 22% increase in TTV to $620m for the second half of 2014, though net profit remained static at just over $9m. More
Expedia is attempting to move all Wotif.com contracted properties onto a single company-wide contract and is raising site commission for larger producers from 12% to 15% – an increase of 25% – four months after buying the Australian OTA. More
Starwood Hotels CEO Frits van Passschen has resigned under pressure from a board and shareholders dissatisfied by the total returns under his watch – 10% over the past year compared with 30% for peers such as Marriott and and Hilton Worldwide – and the slow rate of growth in properties under management. More
Cash may still be king in Myanmar, the most undeveloped of all Southeast Asian economies, but this week marks the launch of the country's first e-commerce payments platform, a move experts believe will stimulate all aspects of the Myanmar economy, including travel. More
When Flight Centre announces its half-yearly results on Feb 24, sure as night follows day the retailer will be asked about the falling Aussie dollar and its impact on outbound travel. More
The highly-publicised $30m revamp and relaunch of Blue Mountains icon – the Hotel Hydro Majestic in Medlow Bath – has been met with a mix of jubilation and castigation. More
Expedia has agreed to buy Orbitz for USD1.6 billion, or $12 a share. There's still some regulatory hurdles to overcome but it looks like a done deal. The acquisition follows Expedia's purchase of Wotif Group last November and Travelocity in January. More
Hilton Worldwide has closed the USD1.95 billion sale of the Waldorf Astoria to the Ambang Insurance Group from China and reinvested most of the proceeds in five more US properties – four of them in Florida – a parlay that cost the company USD1.76 billion. More
P&O has restructured its top management leaving incumbent leader Tammy Marshall without a role. Sture Myrmell is the new Australian SVP in an expanded role. More
TripAdvisor founder and president, Steve Kaufer, has declared 2015 will be the year that the "world's largest travel site" get truly serious about becoming a transaction based site rather a research platform where a few bookings get made. More
Tourism Australia has upgraded its main website, Australia.com, which now offers international travellers personalised content and works efficiently across all devices.
Uber lobbyist and former Obama staffer, David Plouffe, pictured, has this week been meeting with the state governments of NSW and Victoria in a bid to legalise the controversial but popular UberX riding sharing service. More
Midnight Oil sang: "The rich get richer, The poor get the picture, The bombs never hit you, When you're down so low, Bombers keeping coming, Engines softly humming, The stars and stripes are running, For their own big show." More
Symbolically, literally and perhaps even financially, Virgin Australia has now completely left its Virgin Blue budget carrier past behind. More
New owner Expedia believes returns from Wotif.com will remain static until the Australian OTA's business is completely shifted onto the Expedia platform, which is forecast to happen by June 30. More
Expedia recorded strong room night growth of 28% for the fourth quarter of 2014 but earnings per share were under market expectations. The company cited unfavourable foreign exchange as a factor. For 2014, Expedia made a full year profit of USD398.1m, 71% up on the previous year.
Hotel channel manager and tech company, SiteMinder, has just signed its 16,000th property, the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa in Florida. SiteMinder, based in Sydney, now has customers in 160 countries.
Meet Max, the somewhat cynical, not so cuddly bear that meta-search company HotelsCombined has chosen to unify its site branding and also help consumers through the booking process. More
Mark Williams, an executive with strong links to Chairman Paul Scurrah, was today announced as the new CEO of the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, replacing Liz Ward.
Lord Howe Island is a tropical jewel less than two hours flying time from Australia's east coast.
It is also, as I discovered yesterday, monopoly pricing paradise for Qantas Airways. More
Hotel review analytics and online reputation management company, Revinate, has raised USD15.34m, bringing total investment in the San Francisco company to $33m. It's one of the biggest companies in this space with 24,000 hotel customers across 164 countries.
The honeymoon is over at AirAsia X – the long-haul brand of AirAsia. CEO Azran Osman Rani 'resigned' from the loss-making carrier on Friday, replaced by Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, who has been charged with turning the struggling airline airline around.
One of his first tasks will be to oversee a USD109m rights issue to strengthen AirAsia X's balance sheet, under pressure from incessant losses by the carrier. More