Anyone Can Be A Travel Agent says Hoffman

Portraits Expedia.Well-known industry exec Arthur Hoffman has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of – a new peer-to-peer website built on the premise that anyone can be a travel agent.

It features tools that enable people to develop, create and market travel itineraries for friends or colleagues and earn a 10% commission on product booked through the site (and its affiliates).

Airbnb Links With Qantas Frequent Flyer

Airbnb has stolen a march on its OTA accommodation rivals by signing a deal with Qantas Frequent Flyer. Qantas has set up a special Airbnb booking tab and, from today, every Airbnb booking Qantas Frequent Flyer members make through earns one point per dollar spent.

TripAdvisor Commits $5m to Refugee Organisations

TripAdvisor says it will donate "at least US$5 million  from its charitable foundation over the next three years to aid the humanitarian refugee crisis." The TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation has donated US$20 million to international charities over the past five years. Such actions are a growing trend among travel companies and will be covered in TRAVELtech session called Community – The Triple Bottom Line.

Agoda Launches Loyalty Program – PointsMAX

Asian hotel website Agoda has teamed with some of the world's leading airlines to launch PointsMAX. Bookings on its site now earn points with loyalty programs including Velocity Frequent Flyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Asia Miles, United Mileage Plus and American Airlines AAdvantage.

Meriton Reaches for the Sky at Southport

Meriton SouthportMERITON Serviced Apartments opened its newest property at Southport today, a skyscraper stretching to 55 levels.

Accommodation starts at level 25 and features 208 one, two and suites with sweeping views across the Gold Coast beaches and hinterland.

Meriton has been growing rapidly on the east coast and is now one of Australia's largest accommodation operators.

Bali Booms But Thailand's Aussie Struggles Continue

Bali in the SandNothing – not murder, congestion, increasing pollution or a mooted booze ban – can interfere with the passion Australians have for a Bali holiday.

According to the the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics the number of Aussies visiting Indonesia (ie Bali) during July was 112,000, up an incredible 23% year on year, making it our favourite destination for the month. More 

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TRAVELtech Australia 2016

Disruptive Influences,
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The 2016 edition of TRAVELtech, Australia's leading travel marketing, distribution and tech conference, has just wrapped up.

Great crowd, with more than 200 in attendance, and some fantastic sessions, including a presentation by Sean Sutherland of Aunt Betty (above).

This year's theme was Disruptive Influences - The Story Continues and speakers included:

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