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New leader for Amadeus in Asia Pacific

Albert Pozo_Amadeus photoMeet Albert Pozo, the new President of Amadeus Asia Pacific. His brief is to grow the business with a focus on travel distribution as Amadeus diversifies from its aviation base into rail, hotel, payments and venture investments. He replaces Angel Gallego, who is returning to Madrid.

TourAmigo Launches Tours Comparison Engine

Murry Decker, Tour AmigoFormer tour guide Murray Decker has launched TourAmigo, "the world's first non-biased tour comparison website" which "aims to revolutionise the tour industry."

Decker says more than 40 tour operators have signed up, including Contiki, Intrepid and TopDeck, with the site searching 7500 tours across 150 countries. More 

TripAdvisor Taking on Airbnb?

Trip Advisor - rooms pitch EDMTrip Advisor appears to be gearing up to take on fast-growing accommodation rental site Airbnb, sending an email out to key stakeholders over the weekend headlined: Rent out your space on TripAdvisor.

"Turn your home, spare room or vacation house into a goldmine," the email read. More 

Asian Room Boom, China Leads The Way

China leads the way with hotel construction in Asia with 145,167 rooms currently being built across 452 properties, according to STR Global. "Three other countries reported more than 10,000 rooms under construction: Indonesia (27,243 rooms in 148 hotels); India (26,159 rooms in 158 hotels); and Malaysia (10,806 rooms in 39 hotels)."

Richer, Younger and Living On The Web – Meet The Chinese Traveller Circa 2015

chinese travellers, young and affluentChinese travellers are becoming richer, younger and more savvy, with half of them now booking or planning their trip on a mobile device, ditching traditional travel agents at an unprecedented rate.

The 4th annual Chinese Travel Monitor, launched today, reveals that the proportion of Chinese travellers using 'traditional travel agents' has plummeted from 34% to just 13%. More 

Online Pioneer World Nomads Sells For $95m

One journey has come to and end and another is beginning for the founders of online travel insurer World Nomads Group, which yesterday sold for $95 million to listed health insurance giant NIB.

The sale was the culmination of a process instigated by the company in January and includes the brands World Nomads, Travel Insurance Direct and SureSave. More 

Webjet Forecasts $27m Profit As SunHotels Kicks In

Webjet today reaffirmed its EBITDA forecast of $27m – up from $23.3m the previous financial year – with strong turnover growth across all divisions in the six months to June 30.

The Australian OTA didn't break it down but profit growth is likely to be driven by new acquisition, the Europe based SunHotels, and a weaker Australian dollar. More 

Reho Expands With NGT Travel Acquisition

Corporate agency Reho Travel today announced it has bought rival NGT Travel for an undisclosed sum. The resulting entity will have 36  staff and annual turnover of $45m with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. As of today, the NGT Travel brand no longer exists.

Smiles at last as snow falls

Mount Buller snow 2 July 2015You know things are tough in in Australia's snowfields when Mt Buller announces a 2cm overnight "dump" of snow. But fresh snow has been a rare commodity this season so even a dusting is a blessing with school holidays well under way. And nice to see a smiley face.

Upcoming Events

TRAVELtech Australia 2015


Lots of fresh faces & innovative companies feature in the program for this year's edition of TRAVELtech Australia, the theme of which is 'Disruptive Influences'.

Where: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
When: Thursday, October 15
Program: Disruptive Influences
Bookings: $499 + gst EB

The day is anchored by a compelling agenda exploring the seismic changes rocking the travel world and beyond.


Sessions will be a mix of presentations, case studies, discussion and debate.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to partner with us.



Industry Partners:

AUD499 + gst Early Bird