Chinese insurance company Anbang has paid a whopping USD1.95 billion to buy New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel from Hilton Worldwide – the biggest price ever for a US hotel. More
Tourism Australia says August was the strongest month for inbound tourism since the 2000 Olympics with 538,800 visitors during the month, up 8.1% over the previous year.
Tourism Northern Territory is reviewing its advertising and marketing providers, inviting agencies to tender following another poor year for travel in the Top End. More
There are many in travel who believe that the politically correct term of 'price parity' – which describes the practice of charging the same rate across all channels and punishing those that don't comply - is actually industry spin for rate fixing, which is illegal just about everywhere. More
Australia's corporate watchdog, the ACCC, today said it will not oppose Expedia's purchase of Wotif.com because the online travel market is becoming increasingly competitive due to the emergence of meta-search sites and the rise and rise of other OTAs such as Booking.com. More
Major cultural shift and potential shock at Starwood next March when its global HQ shifts to Delhi and Mumbai for a month-long business and cultural immersion. India and South Asia are very much on the radar of the US accommodation giant, which has also done executive immersions in China and Dubai.
Maybe our world isn't so last minute after all. Pioneering accommodation app, HotelTonight, has extended its reservation window from same-day to seven days. More
A plan by the world's biggest online travel agencies, Booking.com and Expedia, to offer exclusive discounts on IHG properties has been declared anti-competitive by the Britain's Competition and Markets Authority following a complaint by travel search engine Skyscanner. More
Submissions are now open for the 2014 TRAVELtech Web Awards.
The big prize is Website of The Year and there'll be a number of other awards including Most Innovative, Best New Site and, for the first time, Best Travel App. More
Wow! Australian sites are getting hammered by global juggernauts – that’s the biggest take-out from the 2014 edition of Hottest 100 travel websites from Experian Hitwise and TravelTrends.biz. More
Top 10 online Australian travel agent BYOjet has sold a majority share of its business to publicly listed Disruptive Investments, which also owns Check-in.com.au. More
High rise hotels are coming to the Maldives, the spectacularly pristine Indian Ocean archipelago, a spray of atolls where resorts have traditionally been no higher than the tallest coconut tree.
Cirrus Media has entered in a binding agreement to sell two of its major publications – Travel Weekly Australia and B&T – to the existing management teams. The sale will include all associated Media and Travel products and services. More
Asian travel search engine Wego.com has launched ts first television and YouTube campaign. It's already live in Indonesia and there are plans to extend into our other key markets.
Virgin Australia says staff are the focus of its new video campaign but the main character is well-known model Alexandra Agoston. Undermines the message, don't you think?
TravelGiver.com marks its first anniversary this month with a fresh website and 15 new booking partners including Etihad, Booking.com, Intrepid Travel and Hertz. More