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 

Record results for Corporate Travel Management, Air New Zealand, Event Hospitality & Entertainment

After the astonishing Qantas result earlier this week the good times continued to roll in travel with Air New Zealand, Corporate Travel Management and Event Hospitality and Entertainment all reporting record profits over the past couple of days. CTM net profit rose 60% to $42.1m, Air New Zealand made NZ$663m net while Event Hospitality and Entertainment's net profit was $130.2m, up 19.6%.

Booking.com Softens Rate Parity Stance In Australia

Gillian Tans, CEO Booking.com
Gillian Tans, CEO Booking.com

Booking.com has made major concessions to its controversial rate parity policy in Australia following negotiations with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission but will still not allow hoteliers to offer cheaper rates on their own websites.

In an email this week, Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans advised Australian hoteliers that from September 1 the world's largest online travel agent (OTA) will allow hoteliers and accommodation operators to offer better deals they like through most other channels without retribution. More 

Quote of the Day – Corporates Psyched Out…

Peter McConnell
Peter McConnell

"At a big corporate these days everyone's been psych tested so you get a sameness in the personalities." As someone who once worked at a large bank, where everyone seemed to be an ex-school prefect, I loved this quote from Peter McConnell, who has left a 700k job at retailer Woolworths to work at a startup,  Commtract. The same could be said of many global online travel companies. See AFR story.

Upcoming Events

TravelTrends Live 2017

TravelTrends Live is Coming

What happens when you combine two of Australia's most established and respected travel industry conferences?

The answer is TravelTrends Live, a brand new event incorporating No Vacancy and TRAVELtech.

We feel that combining both events - each of which attracts 220+ delegates each year - will be a real step forward.

The really exciting thing is that it will bring the whole industry together in a single event.

There's no question of throwing the baby out with the bathwater and each brand's core values and integrity will shine through at TravelTrends Live.

The plan is to keep things simple and run it in Sydney with No Vacancy on day one, followed by TRAVELtech on day two with a common theme.

Timing is mid-September and there'll be lots of of social/networking events and cross-pollination.

Delegates will be able to buy tickets for either or both days at the usual reasonable rates.

The same rationale applies to sponsorships, details of which will be available soon.

We're working through the details now and will post further information in late February.

It will be the next step in what has been quite a journey - No Vacancy started in 2007, TRAVELtech in 1999.

If you have any questions, please get in touch

No Vacancy Australia

No Vacancy Changes It Up

- Now Part of TravelTrends Live - 

Big news. This year No Vacancy will become part of TravelTrends Live, a brand new conference also featuring TRAVELtech.

TravelTrends Live will be held mid-September in Sydney and we are scouting venues now.

It's an exciting change and one that will bring the entire industry together in a single event.

The plan is to run No Vacancy on day one followed by TRAVELtech the day after.

Programming will be complimentary but distinct with a common theme running across the two days.

They can be consumed independently or as a whole.

Pricing will be reasonable and flexible with one and two-day tickets available.

We're working through the details now and will post further information in late February.

It will be the next step in a journey that started with the creation of TRAVELtech in 1999.

No Vacancy was founded as a spin-off event in 2007, finding immediate success.

Both events have been extraordinarily strong, attracting 220+ delegates, speakers and sponsors each year.

We're really looking forward to bringing them together changing things up and hope to see you there.

Enjoy yourself and hope to see you through the year.

Sincerely,

Martin Kelly
Event Producer

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