Major cultural shift and potential shock at Starwood next March when its global HQ shifts to Delhi and Mumbai for a month-long business and cultural immersion. India and South Asia are very much on the radar of the US accommodation giant, which has also done executive immersions in China and Dubai.
Maybe our world isn't so last minute after all. Pioneering accommodation app, HotelTonight, has extended its reservation window from same-day to seven days. More
A plan by the world's biggest online travel agencies, Booking.com and Expedia, to offer exclusive discounts on IHG properties has been declared anti-competitive by the Britain's Competition and Markets Authority following a complaint by travel search engine Skyscanner. More
Submissions are now open for the 2014 TRAVELtech Web Awards.
The big prize is Website of The Year and there'll be a number of other awards including Most Innovative, Best New Site and, for the first time, Best Travel App. More
Wow! Australian sites are getting hammered by global juggernauts – that’s the biggest take-out from the 2014 edition of Hottest 100 travel websites from Experian Hitwise and TravelTrends.biz. More
Top 10 online Australian travel agent BYOjet has sold a majority share of its business to publicly listed Disruptive Investments, which also owns Check-in.com.au. More
High rise hotels are coming to the Maldives, the spectacularly pristine Indian Ocean archipelago, a spray of atolls where resorts have traditionally been no higher than the tallest coconut tree.
Cirrus Media has entered in a binding agreement to sell two of its major publications – Travel Weekly Australia and B&T – to the existing management teams. The sale will include all associated Media and Travel products and services. More
Asian travel search engine Wego.com has launched ts first television and YouTube campaign. It's already live in Indonesia and there are plans to extend into our other key markets.
Virgin Australia says staff are the focus of its new video campaign but the main character is well-known model Alexandra Agoston. Undermines the message, don't you think?
TravelGiver.com marks its first anniversary this month with a fresh website and 15 new booking partners including Etihad, Booking.com, Intrepid Travel and Hertz. More
Update: Travelport has raised USD480m through the sale of 30m shares at $16 and is now trading on the NYSE. The long awaited public float of Travelport is now under way with the travel sales and distribution company looking to raise up to USD552m from investors through the issue of 30m + shares. The proceeds will be used to pay down debt and Travelport stock will trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
Budget has been the travel buzz but when all you’ve got is low prices, where do you go when Plan A doesn’t work?
That’s a dilemma the budget travel sector is facing right now. More
Malaysia Airlines bookings have rebounded in Australasia, its main international market, after being decimated by the recent shooting of MH17 following the disappearance of MH370. More
Loyalty. The mega US hotel group Starwood wants more of it from industry and business partners.
And to get it Starwood is embarking on the largest and most expensive B2B marketing program in company history, pumping USD30m into a campaign promoting its new loyalty scheme SPG Pro. More