Roshan Mendis will lead Sabre Travel Network in Asia Pacific. His appointment as Senior VP was announced after Sabre's acquisition of Abacus, the Asian GDS, closed yesterday.
The Abacus business will be absorbed into STN and report through to Mendis. More
Here are some abstract notes from TRAVELtech NZ, held in chilly Auckland last week. Good day, some great presentations and plenty of enthusiasm from those present… More
Travel stocks may have bounced back from the ASX plunge a couple of days ago (prompted by Grexit fears) but a cursory review of the price history of popular companies shows that investor sentiment has turned negative for retail stocks as the Australian stock market starts a new financial year. More
Airbnb has just raised a phenomenal US1.5bn in one of the world's biggest-ever private funding rounds, valuing the online home rental company at USD25.5bn, more than 28x its estimated 2015 revenue of USD900m.
Qantas has overhauled its media brands, led by the replacement of long-term in-flight mag The Australian Way with Travel Insider, which it says will take more of a 'news stand' approach. More
More than one in four of Expedia's global bookings came through a mobile screen in the first three months of 2015 – and half of those were made within 48 hours of stay, says the company. More
It could be another five years before Airbnb makes a profit while the the company is forecasting a loss of USD150m this year on revenue of around USD900m, which is triple the 2013 figures. More
Elizabeth Gaines resigned this morning as CEO of travel retailer Helloworld after just over a year in the top job but will stay in the role for the next six months or until the HLO Board appoints a successor. More
Online travel industry identity Richard Eastes has moved to greener pastures, literally, after going on an "entrepreneurial exploration" lasting 12 months.
Eastes, who with brother David grew the VroomVroomVroom car rental website into the Australian market leader, is now developing a new business he hopes will become the Uber of lawn mowing. More
Hotel distribution company SiteMinder has just signed up Bangkok-based hotel group Compass Hospitality, which has 42 properties across Thailand, Malaysia and the UK with another 15 in the pipeline.
Holiday rental site Stayz.com.au has launched a new campaign targetting pet owners.
This dog of an idea features a couple of pooches and is dubbed Pawz.
It's designed to highlight the thousands of pet friendly homes Stayz has for rent.
The last domino has fallen – Australia's most powerful inbound tour operator and wholesaler, the AOT Group, has increased the commission on all rooms booked through NeeditNow.com.au from 10% to 15%, bringing it into line with all major rival sites. More
It's taken five years but last-minute booking app HotelTonight finally went live with Australian product today. More
The first TRAVELtech New Zealand conference in Auckland on June 25 comes at a crucial time for the local travel industry, which is under pressure to innovate and meet the challenges of globalisation. More
Sydney-based tours and activities software company Booking Boss today announced it has raised $2m in Series A funding from investors including tech entrepreneurs Michael and Daniel Dempsey, who sold Ezidebit for $304m last year, US venture capital firm Acequia Capital and former CEO of Wotif, Scott Blume. More
Memo Tourism Australia. You've got it all wrong. The people have spoken, their reviews analysed by a special TripAdvisor algorithm (hail the geeks) and it's been determined that an underground home, a shopping arcade, an old prison and More
Carnival Corporation claims to have created a new tourism category it's calling 'social impact travel' with the launch today of fathom, a cruise product that offers "authentic, meaningful impact travel experiences to work alongside locals as they tackle community needs." More
Sabre Pacific today said its travel consultants can now work from any location and device following the launch of a new cloud-based application called Sabre Vero that acts a portal to the company's suite of travel retail products. More
AccorHotels has announced it's embarking on a new strategy that will see the global hotelier sell the rooms of independent hotels (for a commission of course) and also provide them with technology services, much like a modern Online Travel Agent. More
Hotel tech company SiteMinder has bought Asian reservations system, Globekey, which has 1200 clients, primarily in Indonesia and Thailand. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
More big moves in China's online travel space. Just days after market leader Ctrip acquired smaller OTA eLong from Expedia and received a USD250m investment from Priceline Group, it's been revealed Ctrip made an unsolicited offer to buy rival Qunar on May 8. More
Intrepid Travel will donate all profits from the next season of Nepal trips to aid organisations working to rebuild the earthquake devastated country. More
Travel agents are set to get caught in the middle of a spat between Lufthansa Group and the the Global Distribution Systems that distribute its airfares to retailers after the German airline said it is introducing a €16 surcharge on all GDS bookings from September 1. More
Struggling low cost carrier AirAsia X, founded as a direct bookings model, has turned to traditional third-party channels to help rebuild its sales and profile in the Australian market, today announcing a commercial agreement with retail leader Flight Centre. More
The ACCC – Australia's so-called competition watchdog – is looking naive and ignorant after Hooroo this week became the latest online travel agent to raise its commissions following Expedia's acquisition of Wotif while industry giant Booking.com is telling some operators its rate in major markets will increase from 12% to 15%. More
Priceline is increasing its stake in Chinese OTA Ctrip with a USD250m investment. More