Livn, Asia-Pacific’s largest aggregator of tours and activities content, today announced a distribution and sales partnership with popular gifting website RedBalloon. More
Senior Mantra Group exec Kent Davidson unexpectedly left the company after 13 years this week. Davidson was Executive Director Sales, Marketing and Distribution and also a member of Mantra's Executive Committee. More
Search marketers are fearful that pay per click prices on AdWords will rise following Google's recent and surprising removal of the right column ad display. More
In a surprisingly political move, American-owned online travel agent Hotels.com has called on the Australian Government to legalise same sex marriage ahead of this weekend's Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney. More
The big winner from Virgin Australia's move upmarket and away from its low cost carrier roots is Jetstar, according to Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. More
After years of staff layoffs, capacity cuts and financial losses, newly resurgent Qantas International, buoyed by strong inbound demand and lower fuel prices, has declared it will increase seats to key markets by 9% in the first six months of this year. More
Australia's biggest retail groups Flight Centre and Helloworld both released their half-year results today and the difference could not have been more stark. More
Cheapflights MD Andrew Shelton says the meta-search site will ramp up its Australian marketing spend with the goal of increasing local revenue by 65% over the next two years. More
Four of Helloworld's most senior executives – all of them women – have been given their marching orders by new boss Andrew Burnes following a restructure. Out the door are: More
Wotif vows its new-found passion for television and brand advertising is no casual fling, more a long-term relationship as Australia's original hotel booking site transforms into 'The Home of Holidays'.
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
Coincidence or trend?
That's the question I'm asking after coming across the number 34 twice in recent days -that is a 34% increase in the number of Chinese visitors* to both Australia and distant Phuket. More
Revenue at the Mantra Group – one of Australia's largest hoteliers and apartment managers – grew 21% in the six months to Dec 31, contributing to an increased net profit of $24.3m, up from $21.8m over the previous corresponding period. More
A survey by industry group Tourism Accommodation Australia of three to five-star hotels and serviced apartments shows that 96% of the properties polled now offer 'some level' of free Wi-Fi to guests. Here are the key findings: More
Online travel company Webjet reports that all facets of its increasingly diversified business are growing strongly with profit after tax increasing by 17.2% to $10.7 million for the six months to December 31. More
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%.
It's not just you, Sydney hotels are getting more expensive despite the arrival of extra competition in the shape of several flash new hotels. More
Virgin has signed a partnership to expand its charter businesses, sealing an agreement with Alliance Aviation, which has 28 aircraft based around the country servicing the mining, energy, tourism industries and govt in remote parts of Australia.
Star Entertainment Group today revealed it is planning to develop a 200 metre high tower at its Jupiters Integrated Resort on the Gold Coast featuring 700 hotel rooms and apartments. More
Mantra Group has announced an agreement with Metro Property Development to purchase management rights for 1500 apartments across seven towers currently under development in Brisbane. More
Australian tourism continued its recent strong inbound performance through December with double digit increases from seven of the top 10 international markets, propelling an overall rise in numbers of 11.1%. More
Virgin Australia yesterday announced its strongest half-year net profit since 2010 at $62.5m for the six months to Dec 30, a turnaround of $110.3m over the previous corresponding period. More
An analysis by STR Global has concluded that that the spectacular emergence of Airbnb as an alternative accommodation channel has had "no measurable effect" on Manhattan hotel bookings. More
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 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.
TripAdvisor has launched its Instant Booking feature – effectively the financial future of the company – in nine new English speaking markets including Australia ahead of a global roll-out by mid-year. More
No wonder charismatic Serko boss Darrin Grafton is talking up a listing of his company on the Australian Stock Exchange. Business in its home market of New Zealand, where it trades on the local bourse, is minimal and heading south. More