Cheap Airfares, Marketing To Stimulate Flat Domestic Demand – Flight Centre

Flight Centre is hoping that cheap airfares and increased marketing will combine to stimulate flat demand from Australian consumers, a trend which led to the company's first profit downgrade in four years yesterday.

Australia's largest travel retailer is boosting its sales and marketing spend by 10% – from 1.0% of total turnover value to 1.1% of TTV – to stimulate demand, which it believes is still suffering from the Federal Budget way back in May. More 

Airbnb Goes Corporate with Concur Integration

Leisure travel phenomenon Airbnb has completed its integration with Concur’s TripLink product – giving  the site corporate credibility. It means business travellers can book through Airbnb and and have expense reports and itineraries automatically pre-populated in Concur. More than sixty companies have so far signed up.

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Expedia Reveals Plans for Wotif…

Cyril Ranque, Expedia
Cyril Ranque, Expedia

New owner Expedia has confirmed at its annual partner conference in Las Vegas that it will shift onto its tech platform as soon as possible and is committed to preserving the core brand.

It will also maintain Wotif commissions at the present level for the time being and  invest more heavily in marketing.

Cyril Ranque, Expedia's Senior Vice President of Global Market Management, stressed that it is very early days with company execs still coming to terms with the Wotif business. More 

Airbnb Fuelling 'illegal' Black Market

ALocal councils and the NSW Government are coming under pressure from accommodation industry lobby groups to crack down on the "booming market for illegal accommodation in Sydney" fuelled by the "exponential growth of websites such as Airbnb for booking short-term accommodation in private apartments and houses". More 

Controlling The News A Goal for Tourism Austraia

Tourism Australia wants to set up its own newsroom to generate content as it moves away from traditional advertising to what it calls "owned and earned" channels. Departing marketing boss Nick Baker also claimed TA could sell its content back to traditional publishers or give it away "because ultimately if I give it to the broadcaster I don’t have to pay to get it out there.” See Mumbrella  interview.

Google's Virtual Travel Monopoly In Australia

Google has a virtual monopoly of the Australian search market with up to 98% share of revenue, according to Bing, its main search 'rival' in western countries. David Pann, GM for search at Microsoft,  told The Australian that Bing has 6% of search queries and 2% revenue in Australia, meaning it converts much worse than Google. More 

Hotel Competition Too Intense For Webjet

Logo - webjetWebjet has gone cold on the consumer hotels market just a couple of years after declaring the sector would be an engine of higher margin growth for the company,  which is heavily dependent on airline bookings.

MD John Guscic told shareholders yesterday that hotels are "no longer a key growth focus due to intense market competition" for the Australian online travel agent and that turnover from the sector is "expected to remain constant". More 

Upcoming Events

No Vacancy Australia 2015

SYDNEY, MARCH 26, 2015

This year's edition of No Vacancy Australia is shaping up to be one the best yet.

It's going to be a great day with an excellent agenda and speakers including:

  • Bob East, CEO, Mantra Group
  • Paul Constantinou, Chairman, Quest Serviced Apartments
  • Jarrod Crump, Director of Revenue and Distribution, Accor Australia
  • Michael Daley, Insights Delivery Manager, Experian Hitwise
  • Dean Dransfield, Director, Dransfield Hotels and Resorts
  • Emma Fraser, Group Director of Marketing, TFE Hotels
  • David Hamblin, Senior Director of Market Management - Oceania & Indian Subcontinent, Expedia Inc.
  • Dan Lynn, Vice President Asia Pacific,
  • Will Owens, Director, Revenue Finders
  • Rodger Powell, Director, Tourism and Hospitality Services Australia
  • Jeremy Reitman, CEO,
  • Tony Sheer, General Manager, Arra Accommodation Group
  • Karin Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer - Australasia, Japan, Korea & AMEA
  • Ray Stone, Executive General Manager, Voyages Indigenous Tourism
  • Andrew Taylor, Regional Director of Development, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Andrew Turner, Executive VP Hotel Operations, SilverNeedle Hospitality
  • Adrian Thompson, Director of Revenue and Distribution, Meriton
  • Stephen West, Executive General Manager, Turtle Beach Resort
  • Han Zantingh, Managing Director Asia, Brainjuicer
  • Neil Ackland, Founder, Sound Alliance

Sponsor support for No Vacancy 2015 is at record levels, ensuring a bustling conference floor with a crowd of 200+ expected.

There'll be lots of opportunities to connect with industry peers, gossip, network and hopefully do some business, complemented by excellent food throughout the day - including a proper sit-down lunch at Feast.

And it's always worth sticking around for the post-event drinks, where the real truth inevitably comes out.

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Travel Invest - Sydney 2015

Travel Invest: Sydney, May 26, 2015

Travel Invest is a one-day conference at the Westin Sydney that will take a 360 degree view of the world's most dynamic industry. 

Produced by the team behind No Vacancy and TRAVELtech, Travel Invest is unique, bringing all industry sectors together, giving investors and business owners the full story rather than a couple of chapters...


TRAVELtech New Zealand



  • The Pullman Hotel Auckland
  • Thursday, June 25, 2015

Get set for the first-ever TRAVELtech New Zealand conference and trade show.

It marks the international debut of Asia-Pacific's original travel internet and distribution event.

Bookings will be open soon while program development is now underway.

We're always open to ideas so don't hesitate to get in touch.

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No Vacancy Bali 2015


Late August 2015

No Vacancy Bali will return bigger and better to the Island of the Gods in late August, 2015.

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TRAVELtech Sydney 2015

TRAVELtech Australia

TRAVELtech returns to Sydney on October 15.

Founded in 1999, it's Australia's leading web travel event, attracting 200+ delegates each year.

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