Ouch! The move by officials at Wimbledon to silence The Fanatics – a raucous Aussie supporter group that became a big travel business, now owned by TUI – has met with almost universal acclaim in their homeland, where sports fans clearly have issues with their behaviour. See comments.
Corporate agency Reho Travel today announced it has bought rival NGT Travel for an undisclosed sum. The resulting entity will have 36 staff and annual turnover of $45m with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. As of today, the NGT Travel brand no longer exists.
Qantas Group today announced it will pay a 5% salary bonus to 28,000 employees covered by an 18 month wage freeze after the release of its annual results in late August. More
You know things are tough in in Australia's snowfields when Mt Buller announces a 2cm overnight "dump" of snow. But fresh snow has been a rare commodity this season so even a dusting is a blessing with school holidays well under way. And nice to see a smiley face.
Amadeus has agreed to buy the low cost carrier reservation and technology platform, Navitaire, from Accenture for USD830m. More…
Roshan Mendis will lead Sabre Travel Network in Asia Pacific. His appointment as Senior VP was announced after Sabre's acquisition of Abacus, the Asian GDS, closed yesterday.
The Abacus business will be absorbed into STN and report through to Mendis. More
Here are some abstract notes from TRAVELtech NZ, held in chilly Auckland last week. Good day, some great presentations and plenty of enthusiasm from those present… More
Travel stocks may have bounced back from the ASX plunge a couple of days ago (prompted by Grexit fears) but a cursory review of the price history of popular companies shows that investor sentiment has turned negative for retail stocks as the Australian stock market starts a new financial year. More
Airbnb has just raised a phenomenal US1.5bn in one of the world's biggest-ever private funding rounds, valuing the online home rental company at USD25.5bn, more than 28x its estimated 2015 revenue of USD900m.
Qantas has overhauled its media brands, led by the replacement of long-term in-flight mag The Australian Way with Travel Insider, which it says will take more of a 'news stand' approach. More
More than one in four of Expedia's global bookings came through a mobile screen in the first three months of 2015 – and half of those were made within 48 hours of stay, says the company. More
It could be another five years before Airbnb makes a profit while the the company is forecasting a loss of USD150m this year on revenue of around USD900m, which is triple the 2013 figures. More
Elizabeth Gaines resigned this morning as CEO of travel retailer Helloworld after just over a year in the top job but will stay in the role for the next six months or until the HLO Board appoints a successor. More
Online travel industry identity Richard Eastes has moved to greener pastures, literally, after going on an "entrepreneurial exploration" lasting 12 months.
Hotel distribution company SiteMinder has just signed up Bangkok-based hotel group Compass Hospitality, which has 42 properties across Thailand, Malaysia and the UK with another 15 in the pipeline.
Holiday rental site Stayz.com.au has launched a new campaign targetting pet owners.
This dog of an idea features a couple of pooches and is dubbed Pawz.
It's designed to highlight the thousands of pet friendly homes Stayz has for rent.
It's taken five years but last-minute booking app HotelTonight finally went live with Australian product today. More
Sydney-based tours and activities software company Booking Boss today announced it has raised $2m in Series A funding from investors including tech entrepreneurs Michael and Daniel Dempsey, who sold Ezidebit for $304m last year, US venture capital firm Acequia Capital and former CEO of Wotif, Scott Blume. More
Memo Tourism Australia. You've got it all wrong. The people have spoken, their reviews analysed by a special TripAdvisor algorithm (hail the geeks) and it's been determined that an underground home, a shopping arcade, an old prison and More
Carnival Corporation claims to have created a new tourism category it's calling 'social impact travel' with the launch today of fathom, a cruise product that offers "authentic, meaningful impact travel experiences to work alongside locals as they tackle community needs." More
Sabre Pacific today said its travel consultants can now work from any location and device following the launch of a new cloud-based application called Sabre Vero that acts a portal to the company's suite of travel retail products. More
AccorHotels has announced it's embarking on a new strategy that will see the global hotelier sell the rooms of independent hotels (for a commission of course) and also provide them with technology services, much like a modern Online Travel Agent. More
More big moves in China's online travel space. Just days after market leader Ctrip acquired smaller OTA eLong from Expedia and received a USD250m investment from Priceline Group, it's been revealed Ctrip made an unsolicited offer to buy rival Qunar on May 8. More