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.

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No Such Thing As a Free Meal? Yes Says Virgin

No such thing as a free meal? Well, with an airline you'll take what you get and today Virgin Australia announced it will match full service rival Qantas by no longer charging for in-flight meals. It's the latest move upmarket from the former Low Cost Carrier, which now also includes checked baggage and entertainment in its fares.

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Fears of FONK Unfounded…

FONK. Heard of it? It's the new FOMO apparently. Fear of not knowing rather than fear of missing out. Well here's your chance to know something you might not already – following is an information download from No Vacancy last week – all the key points. Read on… More 

Accor Backs Indigenous Employment Goals

Accor indigenous training picAccor Hotels says it is aiming to employ 1000 Indigenous Australians – or 10% of its workforce on present numbers – by 2018. The hotel operator has just helped launch the Federal Government's Employment Parity Initiative, the goal of which is to increase Indigenous employment. It wants 'corporate Australia' to set goals on Indigenous employment with a 3% target by 2020.

Forget the US Dollar, What About The Euro?

Oz dollar v Euro 12.03.15There's been heaps of commentary about the impact a weakening Aussie dollar will have on outbound travel. Yet the comparisons are always done with the USD.

What about the Euro, against which the AUD has been strongly rising over the past few weeks? That is surely a good news story for Aussies heading to Europe this northern summer…

Upcoming Events

TRAVELtech Australia 2015

'Disruptive Influences'

Where: Sydney
When: Thursday, October 15
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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.

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No Vacancy Southeast Asia


- 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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