Hotel occupancy rates grew throughout Asia Pacific over the past year as consumer demand grew faster than developers could build new properties. More
Travellers to Bali can now use bitcoin to pay for hotel, train, flight and tour bookings. Bitcoin Tours launched two weeks ago and says it has already taken USD10,000 in bitcoin bookings. See story at CoinDesk.
The problem was a Roy Morgan poll said cruising is nowhere near as popular as CLIA Australia says. More
Webjet's diversification strategy has started paying dividends with a record AUD19.1 million net profit for the 13/14 financial year.
It was tipped into record territory by first-time contributions from Zuji – an Asian OTA that until now has done nothing but lose money – and B2B accommodation wholesaler Lots of Hotels.
Even Zuji's past losses worked for Webjet this time around, reducing its tax rate to just 9% for the year.
In a sure sign sales are sagging after two recent disasters, Malaysia Airlines has virtually doubled its agent commission for the next month. More
“We are kicking ass – in Thailand we are actually much more profitable than AirAsia. We’re kicking the shit out of them,” he said. More
"How long have you been in the industry?!" demanded Campbell Wilson, boss of Scoot, the Singaporean Low Cost Carrier, ridiculing the notion that airlines are in business to make money.
Wilson was outraged that he'd been asked if the low cost business model is busted. More
The agenda and first round of speakers, headlined by Flight Centre founder Graham Turner, have been confirmed for TRAVELtech 2014. The central theme this year is innovation – "finding a better way of doing something"… Book now and save with AUD499 + gst early bird rate. Questions? Please email or call 612-9882-1575.
“As you can imagine, hiring for this particular position was a challenge as we were seeking a very specific set of automated skills, and one that could work – literally – around the clock,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands. More
Booking.com, part of the Priceline Group, has for the first time officially claimed market leadership in Australia, confirming online stats that show it has surged past former market leader Wotif, which today announced a 15% fall in profit for the 13/14 financial year. More
Priceline has invested USD500M in Ctrip, China's market leading travel website, while the companies have entered into a wide-ranging (and game changing) inventory sharing agreement that cuts both ways. More
Flight Centre boss Graham Turner today said the travel industry is in the midst of a golden era that will last at least another two decades. More
Travelport has bought 49% of travel management platform Locomote. The investment comes hard on the heels of the global travel technology giant increasing its stake in eNett. More
More than 20 different Yolngu communities in remote Arnhem Land, far northern Australia, have united behind a vision to create up to 50 tourism businesses that may one day bring prosperity and opportunity to their people. More