P&O has restructured its top management leaving incumbent leader Tammy Marshall without a role. Sture Myrmell is the new Australian SVP in an expanded role. More
TripAdvisor founder and president, Steve Kaufer, has declared 2015 will be the year that the "world's largest travel site" get truly serious about becoming a transaction based site rather a research platform where a few bookings get made. More
Tourism Australia has upgraded its main website, Australia.com, which now offers international travellers personalised content and works efficiently across all devices.
Uber lobbyist and former Obama staffer, David Plouffe, pictured, has this week been meeting with the state governments of NSW and Victoria in a bid to legalise the controversial but popular UberX riding sharing service. More
Midnight Oil sang: "The rich get richer, The poor get the picture, The bombs never hit you, When you're down so low, Bombers keeping coming, Engines softly humming, The stars and stripes are running, For their own big show." More
Symbolically, literally and perhaps even financially, Virgin Australia has now completely left its Virgin Blue budget carrier past behind. More
New owner Expedia believes returns from Wotif.com will remain static until the Australian OTA's business is completely shifted onto the Expedia platform, which is forecast to happen by June 30. More
Expedia recorded strong room night growth of 28% for the fourth quarter of 2014 but earnings per share were under market expectations. The company cited unfavourable foreign exchange as a factor. For 2014, Expedia made a full year profit of USD398.1m, 71% up on the previous year.
Hotel channel manager and tech company, SiteMinder, has just signed its 16,000th property, the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa in Florida. SiteMinder, based in Sydney, now has customers in 160 countries.
Meet Max, the somewhat cynical, not so cuddly bear that meta-search company HotelsCombined has chosen to unify its site branding and also help consumers through the booking process. More
Mark Williams, an executive with strong links to Chairman Paul Scurrah, was today announced as the new CEO of the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, replacing Liz Ward.
Lord Howe Island is a tropical jewel less than two hours flying time from Australia's east coast.
It is also, as I discovered yesterday, monopoly pricing paradise for Qantas Airways. More
Hotel review analytics and online reputation management company, Revinate, has raised USD15.34m, bringing total investment in the San Francisco company to $33m. It's one of the biggest companies in this space with 24,000 hotel customers across 164 countries.
The honeymoon is over at AirAsia X – the long-haul brand of AirAsia. CEO Azran Osman Rani 'resigned' from the loss-making carrier on Friday, replaced by Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, who has been charged with turning the struggling airline airline around.
One of his first tasks will be to oversee a USD109m rights issue to strengthen AirAsia X's balance sheet, under pressure from incessant losses by the carrier. More
Tnooz claims that travel distribution company Sabre Inc is set to buy the 65% of Abacus it doesn't already own for around USD500m within the next two months. See story.
Everyone's getting excited about the potential end to the odious fuel surcharge airlines have been slapping onto airfares over the past decade to compensate, so they say, for record high fuel prices.
But now the oil price is plummeting - from USD115 per barrel to less than USD50 in just six months – public pressure has led to key airlines such as AirAsia, Qantas, Virgin Australia, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines to either withdraw or amend fuel surcharges. More
A report in the Sydney Morning Herald says CEO Scott Blume is leaving Wotif.com this week and that new owner Expedia is targetting the online travel company's IT and regional staff for redundancies over the next few weeks. Expedia has not commented on the claims. See story.
Tahiti was the best performing hotel market in the Asia Pacific region during 2014, posting +7.4% growth in average daily rate during the year thanks to strong demand for its luxury accommodation, according to STR Global. More
Expedia has, as the market expected, bought the North American operations of Travelocity from Sabre Corp. The former arch-enemies have been business partners for the past couple of years with Expedia handling Travelocity's marketing and IT. Expedia paid USD280m. Meanwhile, Skift reports that Bravofly has an agreement with Sabre to buy Lastminute.com for USD120m.
French travel icon, Club Med, will be likely Chinese-owned by Feb 9 after regulators approved the takeover bid by Fosun International, which has offered €24.60 per share for the resort operator, valuing it at around €939 million. Fosun has been in a bidding war with Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi for Club Med since May, 2013, the longest takeover fight in the history of the Paris Bourse.
In Canberra, home of Australia's Federal Parliament, politics are business. So it should come as no surprise that with Tony Abbott's Liberal-National Government performing so poorly, Canberra's hotel market is in something of a hole. More
Speculation is rife that Orbitz Worldwide is looking to sell up and go private. The company – an online travel conglomerate listed on the NYSE – has never really made it since being founded by Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines way back in 1999. More
Indonesian Government moves to stop the country's airlines from selling heavily discounted fares have been attacked as a "counterproductive, unfortunate knee jerk response" that adds further complexity to an already over-regulated system. More
You too can bare it while bearing it as nature gets up close and personal at the newly opened Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra. See more at the Daily Telegraph.