Malaysia Airlines Placed Into Administration

CEO Christoph Mueller
CEO Christoph Mueller

Malaysia Airlines was today placed into voluntary administration as part of a restructuring process that will see the government-owned carrier relaunched with a 'new business model' and tweaked name on September 1.  “I assure you our operations are very much business as usual," said CEO Christoph Mueller.

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Tech Revamp For Tigerair Australia

Logo - TigerairFreshly liberated Tigerair Australia – now 100% owned by Virgin Australia – is undergoing a tech revamp after years of under-investment. It's started rolling out a new mobile airport check-in system and is preparing to launch what it claims will be Australia's best airfare booking engine later this month.  More 

TripAdvisor Winning Numbers Game

TripAdvisor may be struggling to increase profit due to higher costs and a stronger USD, but when it comes to attracting visitors, the review/meta-search website has no industry peer with a staggering 340m average monthly unique users for the first quarter, according to Google Analytics – a lift of 31% year on year. More 

Mantra Group Has Soul

Soul Surfers ParadiseMantra Group has won a bidding war to secure management letting rights for Soul Surfers Paradise. More than 20 parties expressed interest in the 77-level beachfront tower, which in the hands of receivers. More 

Doing It Their Way at the End of The World

Mike Ballantyne, Online Republic
Mike Ballantyne, Online Republic

Cranky Frank Sinatra sang that if you can make it in New York, well, you can make it anywhere.

True, however imagine trying to make it – in a big way – from New Zealand; remote, population 4.6m  - much tougher, surely.

But not impossible, as two NZ travel tech companies are demonstrating.

Online Republic, an online travel agent, and Serko,  which builds and markets corporate travel management software, are proof that geographic isolation is no impediment to success. More 

Time To Book Hotels on Apple Watch

Apple watch app from Booking.comBooking.com has become the first OTA to launch an Apple Watch app.

"Booking Now is the first and only travel app to enable users to book a stay directly from their watch," the company claimed today.

Massive hype surrounds the the Apple Watch, which will be available in Australia from this Friday, April 24.

Upcoming Events

TRAVELtech Australia 2015

'Disruptive Influences'

Where: Sydney
When: Thursday, October 15
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Bookings: AUD449 pre-program

The travel industry is in the midst of disruption with brash, well-funded new companies and business models upsetting the status quo.

Of course, change is never easy.

Taxi drivers have rioted in Paris over Uber (see above) while Airbnb has shaken up the accommodation industry with its peer-to-peer marketplace.

Traditional (=old) business models are being seriously challenged, forcing many to re-think their approach and adapt.

'Disruptive Influences' will be a major theme of this year's TRAVELtech Australia conference.

The program will explore the changes that are rocking the travel world with a focus on online travel, marketing, distribution and technology.

Innovation, as always, will come under the spotlight with a slew of fresh-thinking companies taking the stage.

TRAVELtech will run over a single day and feature 20+ speakers.

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

Program development is now under way and we're also looking for event partners.

Don't hesitate, get in touch or subscribe for updates - you'll hear more from us very soon.


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No Vacancy Southeast Asia

BACK IN BANGKOK!
 
No Vacancy SEA, Nov 19
 

After taking a detour through Bali, No Vacancy Southeast Asia is returning to Bangkok for the 5th Edition of this popular event.

No Vacancy is unique, working the large grey area between hotels and their customer, the distribution chain and all that goes with it.

While the internet is a big focus, No Vacancy also examines hotel market performance with industry leaders and covers all main industry issues.

No Vacancy is a one-day event series known for topical, punchy programs and great networking.

Founded in 2007, It's been held in Asia since 2011.

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