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Finally, Aussie Outbound Numbers Fall…

For the first time since 2003, the number of Australians holidaying overseas has dropped. Tourism Research Australia says outbound holiday numbers for the year to Sept 30 fell 1% after growing by 132% between 2006 and 2104. TRA attributes the drop to a weaker Aussie dollar.

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Airbnb's Room Nights Double, Revenue Soars

Logo - AirbnbThe Wall St Journal reports Airbnb made USD340m in revenue in the third quarter. Gross bookings were $2.2 billion while room nights grew 110% to 23.8 million. The figures were part of an presentation used to secure an extra $100m for the company, bringing the total it's raised to $2.4m.

Burnes Gets 40% of Helloworld, Becomes CEO

Andrew BurnesAOT founder Andrew Burnes has had the last laugh as long-winded and sometimes acrimonious 'merger' negotiations with Helloworld concluded with him sitting pretty as CEO and, along with his wife and business partner, Cinzia,  owning 40% of the combined entity.

The power couple also get a couple of seats on a brand new HLO board, just a couple of months after the old one told him to go away, saying "the strategic and financial merits of the acquisition were insufficiently compelling. More 

Upcoming Events

No Vacancy Australia


Time to 'Change It Up' at No Vacancy, Australia's leading accommodation industry conference, which returns to Sydney on March 15.

The punchy, issues-based program is packed with industry leaders and features presentations, data, debate, panels and discussion.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Matt Bekier, Chief Executive, Star Entertainment Group
  • Donald Borg, Revenue Performance Director Australasia, IHG
  • Matthew Burke, Analyst & BDM, STR Global
  • Grant Colquhoun, Senior Director of Account Management APAC, TripAdvisor
  • Adrian Currie, SVP Corporate Development, Priceline Group
  • Dean Dransfield, Managing Director,  Dransfield Hotels/Resorts
  • Bob East, CEO, Mantra Group
  • Andrew Hughes, VP Hotel Sourcing Asia Pacific, GTA
  • Girish Jhunjhuwala, Founder and CEO, Ovolo Hotels
  • Cemlyn Jones, General Manager, Travelzoo Australia
  • Sam McDonagh, Country Manager, Airbnb
  • Bernie O'Keefe, Director of Marketing, Tangalooma Island Resort
  • Adam Posner, CEO & Founder, Directivity
  • Steve Richards, Head of Commercial, Best Western Australia
  • Greg Shaw, CEO, Mulpha Australia
  • Armina Soemino, Emerging Companies Research Analyst, JP Morgan
  • Anton Stanish, Regional Director Australia/NZ,
  • Renae Trimble, Vice President Loyalty & Digital Commerce, Australia, Accor Hotels
  • Matthew Thomas, National Manager, Meriton Serviced Apartments
  • Peter Waters, Director of Distribution, Global Hotel Group, Amadeus IT

Founded in 2007, No Vacancy has a strong track record and averages 200+ high-quality delegates each year.

Please get in touch if you havde any questions about attending or sponsoring.

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TRAVELtech Australia 2016


TRAVELtech - Australia's leading online travel marketing, distribution and technology event - returns to Sydney on October 13 this year.

So mark it in your diary and keep and eye out for further details, which will be available from April.

Alternatively - and this would be a much smarter option - register for updates and we'll send them through.

Meanwhile, here are some pix from 2015... 

If you'd like to find out more please email us or call 612-9882-1575.

See more great pix at: TRAVELtech 2015 - It's A Wrap...