Expedia Reveals Plans for Wotif…

Cyril Ranque, Expedia
Cyril Ranque, Expedia

New owner Expedia has confirmed at its annual partner conference in Las Vegas that it will shift Wotif.com onto its tech platform as soon as possible and is committed to preserving the core brand.

It will also maintain Wotif commissions at the present level for the time being and  invest more heavily in marketing.

Cyril Ranque, Expedia's Senior Vice President of Global Market Management, stressed that it is very early days with company execs still coming to terms with the Wotif business. More 

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Airbnb Fuelling 'illegal' Black Market

ALocal councils and the NSW Government are coming under pressure from accommodation industry lobby groups to crack down on the "booming market for illegal accommodation in Sydney" fuelled by the "exponential growth of websites such as Airbnb for booking short-term accommodation in private apartments and houses". More 

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Controlling The News A Goal for Tourism Austraia

Tourism Australia wants to set up its own newsroom to generate content as it moves away from traditional advertising to what it calls "owned and earned" channels. Departing marketing boss Nick Baker also claimed TA could sell its content back to traditional publishers or give it away "because ultimately if I give it to the broadcaster I don’t have to pay to get it out there.” See Mumbrella  interview.

Google's Virtual Travel Monopoly In Australia

Google has a virtual monopoly of the Australian search market with up to 98% share of revenue, according to Bing, its main search 'rival' in western countries. David Pann, GM for search at Microsoft,  told The Australian that Bing has 6% of search queries and 2% revenue in Australia, meaning it converts much worse than Google. More 

Hotel Competition Too Intense For Webjet

Logo - webjetWebjet has gone cold on the consumer hotels market just a couple of years after declaring the sector would be an engine of higher margin growth for the company,  which is heavily dependent on airline bookings.

MD John Guscic told shareholders yesterday that hotels are "no longer a key growth focus due to intense market competition" for the Australian online travel agent and that turnover from the sector is "expected to remain constant". More 

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No Vacancy Australia 2015

No Vacancy Australia 2015

No Vacancy Australia is returning bigger and better than ever to Sydney on March 26.

This year's program theme is 'The Big Squeeze' and it's going to be a great day anchored by a punchy, issues-based agenda packed with excellent speakers.

Early Bird tickets are now on sale and cost $499 + gst, so beat the rush, book now and save.

It's great value with the following speakers confirmed and more on the way...

  • Bob East, CEO, Mantra Group
  • Paul Constantinou, Chairman, Quest Serviced Apartments
  • Jarrod Crump, Director of Revenue and Distribution, Accor Australia
  • Michael Daley, Insights Delivery Manager, Experian Hitwise
  • Dean Dransfield, Director, Dransfield Hotels and Resorts
  • Emma Fraser, Group Director of Marketing, TFE Hotels
  • Matthew Lawson, Director, Getaroom .com.au
  • Dan Lynn, Vice President Asia Pacific, HomeAway.com
  • Rodger Powell, Director, Tourism and Hospitality Services Australia
  • Tony Sheer, General Manager, Arra Accommodation Group
  • Karin Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer - Australasia, Japan, Korea & AMEA
  • Ray Stone, Executive General Manager, Voyages Indigenous Tourism
  • Andrew Taylor, Regional Director of Development, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Andrew Turner, Executive VP Hotel Operations, SilverNeedle Hospitality
  • Adrian Thompson, Director of Revenue and Distribution, Meriton
  • Stephen West, Executive General Manager, Turtle Beach Resort
  • Han Zantingh, Managing Director Asia, Brainjuicer
  • Neil Ackland, Founder, Sound Alliance

Meanwhile, sponsor support for No Vacancy 2015 is at record levels, ensuring a bustling conference floor with a crowd of 200+ expected.

There'll be lots of opportunities to connect with industry peers, gossip, network and hopefully do some business, complemented by excellent food throughout the day - including a proper sit-down lunch at Feast.

And it's always worth sticking around for the post-event drinks, where the real truth inevitably comes out.

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TRAVELtech New Zealand

TRAVELtech New Zealand

TRAVELtech is heading to New Zealand for the first time on June 25, 2015.

It marks the international debut of Asia-Pacific's original travel internet and distribution event.

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No Vacancy Bali 2015


Late August 2015

No Vacancy Bali will return bigger and better to the Island of the Gods in late August, 2015.

There are some exciting developments in store - check back soon for further developments.

The first edition of No Vacancy Bali was held for the first time in 2014.

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TRAVELtech Conference 2014

WHAT A DAY - TRAVELtech 2014

TRAVELtech 2014 has just wrapped up, and safe to say it was one of the best ever.

Vibrant crowd, excellent atmospere, strong program, lots of fantastic ideas.

Innovation & Inspiration ruled, at least for a day.


The interview with Skroo Turner (pictured), the entrepreneurial story of Anthony Hynes, the optimism of the Pitch It To Me crew, the sensational food, new friends and conversation.

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