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Priceline CEO Darren Huston Resigns

Darren Huston, PricelineDarren Huston, CEO of the Priceline Group, which owns Booking.com and other leading online travel agents, resigned from the company yesterday after admitting to behaviour with another staff member that breached the company's Code of Conduct. Former CEO and current Chairman Jeffrey Boyd will take over from Huston in an acting capacity.

Ascendas Units Hit as Hotel Sale Abandoned

Logo - Ascendas Hospitality TrustThe Ascendas Hospitality Trust, listed on the Singapore stock exchange, has surprisingly abandoned the sale of its 11 property portfolio (4200 rooms), which attracted the interest of numerous high-profile investors. No reason was given and the news sent its unit prices tumbling more than 13% yesterday.

Upcoming Events

TRAVELtech Australia 2016

TRAVELtech 2016 -
Disruptive Influences,
The Story Continues...

Where: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
When: Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016
Event Updates: Register here
Bookings: $449 + gst pre-program

TRAVELtech, Australia's leading online travel marketing and distribution event, returns to Sydney on September 27 featuring a provocative program based around the theme - Disruptive Influences, The Story Continues...

Bookings have also opened with a pre-program rate of just $449 + gst, available to June 30.

Work on the program is under way and topics under consideration include:

• The Disruptors, Part 2
• Modern Media – Subversion, Fragmentation, Disintegration
• Insta-Gratification
• Inside The Global (Consumer) Brain
• Cruise, Full Steam Ahead
• The New Package Players
• Pitch It To Me…
• Tech Talk, The Innovators
• Work Local, Think Global

The main focus is on topicality - what's happening now and how that's impacting the travel business.

We're also looking for event partners, so if you'd like to participate please get in touch.

Meanwhile, here are some pix from 2015... 


Book now for lowest price - $449 + gst pre-program

No Vacancy Australia

No Vacancy Returns to Sydney in March 2017

No Vacancy is where accommodation meets the internet and innovation.

Founded in 2007, it's a dynamic one-day event with a strong track record.

It aims to be provocative, interesting and honest.

To be kept abreast of the latest developments, please register here.

Click for details on NV17...