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Fiji Flights Resume, Cyclone Winston Heads South

Cyclone Winston smashes Fiji
Cyclone Winston smashes Fiji

Flights have resumed to Fiji – an island nation left in tatters by the record winds of Cyclone Winston, which flattened the South Pacific island chain on Saturday.

Meteorologists says some wind gusts reached in excess of 300kmh, a record for a southern hemisphere cyclone, causing chaos and killing at least 21 Fijians (updated 26/2: death toll now at 42). More 

Alysandratos Clan Boosts Stake in Helloworld

Sydney-based Helloworld is now controlled by two prominent Melbourne travel families after the Alysandratos clan increased its stake in the retail group to 19.9% via its company Sintack. CEO Andrew Burnes, who also calls Melbourne home, holds 40% with his wife Cinzia. The other major shareholder is Qantas with 19.3%.

Bali Bagus – Almost 1m Aussies Visit in 2015

Blue skies, six foot swell, 28 degree water, offshore winds and a game of cards. Scene from an Uluwatu warung, June 2014
Chilling at Uluwatu

Nothing it seems can get between Australians and their love affair with Bali, which last year recorded just over 4m tourists, according to the Bali Government Tourist Office.

Of those, almost 1m were Australians who kept on coming despite consistent flight disruptions through the year caused by repeated volcanic eruptions. More 

Tiger's Wings Clipped As SIA Takes Over

Tiger Airways is set to be completely absorbed by Singapore Airlines and removed from the local stock exchange after more than 90% of its shareholders accepted an offer from SIA of 45 cents a share valuing the struggling low cost carrier company at more than S$1.13 billion.

Upcoming Events

TRAVELtech Australia 2016

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

Where: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
When: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Event Updates: Register here
Bookings: $449 + gst pre-program

TRAVELtech, Australia's leading online travel marketing and distribution event, returns to Sydney on October 4 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.

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