The outlook may bright for the Australian hotel industry thanks to increasing tourism and a stable economy but one of Australia's leading analysts warns that older independent properties that have failed to invest and modernise are getting left behind. More
Hospitality and airline industries are considered to be the epitome of best practices in pricing and revenue management. In the battle to gain competitive advantage alongside high yields, sophisticated software suites are deployed by them to forecast demand, manage inventory and monitor competitor prices. Yet technology, no matter how refined, is just an enabler of a broader business strategy. More
Hoteliers and other 'land operators' should get set for a united negotiating stance from Helloworld which has poached one of rival Flight Centre's key contracting staff and unified its approach across all wholesale and inbound brands, giving it increased clout but also simplifying the process. More
Marriott International has quickly responded to Anbang Insurance Group, its challenger for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, lodging an increased takeover bid of USD13.6bn, which has been accepted by the Starwood board. The deal, unless trumped, will create the world's largest accommodation company.
Star Entertainment boss Matt Bekier says tourism is in the midst of an "arms race" and that his company is investing $5 billion over the next few years to ensure it doesn't get left behind. More
It's been a red hot summer north of Brisbane with Sunshine Coast Airport reporting a 19% boost in passenger numbers – but locals want more investment to ensure such growth can continue. More
Marriott's bid to create the world's biggest hotel company via its USD11bn bid for Starwood has been torpedoed by a USD13.2bn offer from Anbang Insurance Group, which the Starwwood board accepted Friday. Marriott has until March 28 to respond with a better offer.
Australian women are dominating Thai medical tourism with breast augmentation their procedure of choice. The Chinese meanwhile are opting for anti-ageing procedures. More
Darwin, heavily exposed to the slumping mining sector, was Australia's worst-performing hotel market last year with the average room rate collapsing 20%. More
January was a record month for the global airline industry with passenger load factors hitting an all-time high of 78.8% – and the good times are likely to continue through 2016, according to the International Air Transport Association. More
Summer holidays are becoming winter holidays for an increasing number of Australians with 44,200 making the trip to Japan for its famous powder skiing and boarding this January, up 27% over last year, according to the latest travel figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Livn, Asia-Pacific’s largest aggregator of tours and activities content, today announced a distribution and sales partnership with popular gifting website RedBalloon. More
Senior Mantra Group exec Kent Davidson unexpectedly left the company after 13 years this week. Davidson was Executive Director Sales, Marketing and Distribution and also a member of Mantra's Executive Committee. More
Search marketers are fearful that pay per click prices on AdWords will rise following Google's recent and surprising removal of the right column ad display. More
In a surprisingly political move, American-owned online travel agent Hotels.com has called on the Australian Government to legalise same sex marriage ahead of this weekend's Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney. More
The big winner from Virgin Australia's move upmarket and away from its low cost carrier roots is Jetstar, according to Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. More
After years of staff layoffs, capacity cuts and financial losses, newly resurgent Qantas International, buoyed by strong inbound demand and lower fuel prices, has declared it will increase seats to key markets by 9% in the first six months of this year. More
Australia's biggest retail groups Flight Centre and Helloworld both released their half-year results today and the difference could not have been more stark. More
Cheapflights MD Andrew Shelton says the meta-search site will ramp up its Australian marketing spend with the goal of increasing local revenue by 65% over the next two years. More
Four of Helloworld's most senior executives – all of them women – have been given their marching orders by new boss Andrew Burnes following a restructure. Out the door are: More
Wotif vows its new-found passion for television and brand advertising is no casual fling, more a long-term relationship as Australia's original hotel booking site transforms into 'The Home of Holidays'.
Flights have resumed to Fiji – an island nation left in tatters by the record winds of Cyclone Winston, which flattened the South Pacific island chain on Saturday.
Meteorologists says some wind gusts reached in excess of 300kmh, a record for a southern hemisphere cyclone, causing chaos and killing at least 21 Fijians (updated 26/2: death toll now at 42). More
Coincidence or trend?
That's the question I'm asking after coming across the number 34 twice in recent days -that is a 34% increase in the number of Chinese visitors* to both Australia and distant Phuket. More
Revenue at the Mantra Group – one of Australia's largest hoteliers and apartment managers – grew 21% in the six months to Dec 31, contributing to an increased net profit of $24.3m, up from $21.8m over the previous corresponding period. More