Virgin Australia Under Pressure Yet Again

Virgin Australia's business is struggling due to "subdued trading conditions", particularly in the domestic market, with the carrier reporting an underlying loss before tax of A$3.6 million ($2.76 million) for the quarter ended Sept. 30. Once again it looks like Virgin's expenses are running ahead of revenue as both passenger numbers and load were both up for the period, no doubt driven by unprofitable discounting.

Caravan Media Business Sold By Bauer

Caravan by Streaky Bay foreshore 200 wideCaravan and camping website along with consumer titles Caravan World, Campertrailer Australia, Motorhome and Caravan Trader, Travelin have been sold by Bauer Trader Media to Adventures Group Holdings and its CEO Robert Gallagher, who knows the business intimately, leading the division at Bauer since 2012. More 

Anyone Can Be A Travel Agent says Hoffman

Portraits Expedia.Well-known industry exec Arthur Hoffman has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of – a new peer-to-peer website built on the premise that anyone can be a travel agent.

It features tools that enable people to develop, create and market travel itineraries for friends or colleagues and earn a 10% commission on product booked through the site (and its affiliates).

Airbnb Links With Qantas Frequent Flyer

Airbnb has stolen a march on its OTA accommodation rivals by signing a deal with Qantas Frequent Flyer. Qantas has set up a special Airbnb booking tab and, from today, every Airbnb booking Qantas Frequent Flyer members make through earns one point per dollar spent.

TripAdvisor Commits $5m to Refugee Organisations

TripAdvisor says it will donate "at least US$5 million  from its charitable foundation over the next three years to aid the humanitarian refugee crisis." The TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation has donated US$20 million to international charities over the past five years. Such actions are a growing trend among travel companies and will be covered in TRAVELtech session called Community – The Triple Bottom Line.

Upcoming Events

TravelTrends Live 2017

TravelTrends Live is Coming

What happens when you combine two of Australia's most established and respected travel industry conferences?

The answer is TravelTrends Live, a brand new event incorporating No Vacancy and TRAVELtech.

We feel that combining both events - each of which attracts 220+ delegates each year - will be a real step forward.

The really exciting thing is that it will bring the whole industry together in a single event.

There's no question of throwing the baby out with the bathwater and each brand's core values and integrity will shine through at TravelTrends Live.

The plan is to keep things simple and run it in Sydney with No Vacancy on day one, followed by TRAVELtech on day two with a common theme.

Timing is mid-September and there'll be lots of of social/networking events and cross-pollination.

Delegates will be able to buy tickets for either or both days at the usual reasonable rates.

The same rationale applies to sponsorships, details of which will be available soon.

We're working through the details now and will post further information in late February.

It will be the next step in what has been quite a journey - No Vacancy started in 2007, TRAVELtech in 1999.

If you have any questions, please get in touch

No Vacancy Australia

No Vacancy Changes It Up

- Now Part of TravelTrends Live - 

Big news. This year No Vacancy will become part of TravelTrends Live, a brand new conference also featuring TRAVELtech.

TravelTrends Live will be held mid-September in Sydney and we are scouting venues now.

It's an exciting change and one that will bring the entire industry together in a single event.

The plan is to run No Vacancy on day one followed by TRAVELtech the day after.

Programming will be complimentary but distinct with a common theme running across the two days.

They can be consumed independently or as a whole.

Pricing will be reasonable and flexible with one and two-day tickets available.

We're working through the details now and will post further information in late February.

It will be the next step in a journey that started with the creation of TRAVELtech in 1999.

No Vacancy was founded as a spin-off event in 2007, finding immediate success.

Both events have been extraordinarily strong, attracting 220+ delegates, speakers and sponsors each year.

We're really looking forward to bringing them together changing things up and hope to see you there.

Enjoy yourself and hope to see you through the year.


Martin Kelly
Event Producer

PS: To be kept abreast of the latest developments, please register here.