Australian visitor numbers to Thailand fell throughout the three months of summer, culminating in a -10.3% plunge during February, despite cheap, all-inclusive resort packages being heavily marketed by leading deal sites and travel agents.
The Ascendas Hospitality Trust, listed on the Singapore stock exchange, has surprisingly abandoned the sale of its 11 property portfolio (4200 rooms), which attracted the interest of numerous high-profile investors. No reason was given and the news sent its unit prices tumbling more than 13% yesterday.
Former Virgin Australia website exec Deb Morrison (pictured) has launched PetCloud, a new pet sitting service for travellers.
It allows people who want to host pets in their home to apply for a listing while pet owners can book nights directly, paying the site a fee of 19% on the total transaction. More
Airbnb is having no discernible impact on hotel occupancies or pricing in Sydney according to a study by STR Global, which says that the room sharing and apartment letting site is most popular in suburbs where hotels do no not have a significant presence. More
Air New Zealand is set to sell either all or part of its 26% holding in Virgin Australia, effectively saying the $350m it's got tied up in the loss-making carrier could be better used elsewhere. More
Vendetta or just cause? I'm referring to the ACCC's determination to get Flight Centre for price fixing, a crusade that has now reached the ultimate battleground – the High Court of Australia, where the country's most senior lawmakers will determine whether an everyday travel industry occurrence is legal or not. More
After $1.5 million and a year's hard work, within a month all 40,000 travel products distributed by Australian Tourism Data Warehouse will finally be available on a single, totally redesigned and rebuilt, state of the art tech platform. More
The outlook may bright for the Australian hotel industry thanks to increasing tourism and a stable economy but one of Australia's leading analysts warns that older independent properties that have failed to invest and modernise are getting left behind. More
Hospitality and airline industries are considered to be the epitome of best practices in pricing and revenue management. In the battle to gain competitive advantage alongside high yields, sophisticated software suites are deployed by them to forecast demand, manage inventory and monitor competitor prices. Yet technology, no matter how refined, is just an enabler of a broader business strategy. More
Hoteliers and other 'land operators' should get set for a united negotiating stance from Helloworld which has poached one of rival Flight Centre's key contracting staff and unified its approach across all wholesale and inbound brands, giving it increased clout but also simplifying the process. More
Marriott International has quickly responded to Anbang Insurance Group, its challenger for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, lodging an increased takeover bid of USD13.6bn, which has been accepted by the Starwood board. The deal, unless trumped, will create the world's largest accommodation company.
Star Entertainment boss Matt Bekier says tourism is in the midst of an "arms race" and that his company is investing $5 billion over the next few years to ensure it doesn't get left behind. More
It's been a red hot summer north of Brisbane with Sunshine Coast Airport reporting a 19% boost in passenger numbers – but locals want more investment to ensure such growth can continue. More
Marriott's bid to create the world's biggest hotel company via its USD11bn bid for Starwood has been torpedoed by a USD13.2bn offer from Anbang Insurance Group, which the Starwwood board accepted Friday. Marriott has until March 28 to respond with a better offer.
Australian women are dominating Thai medical tourism with breast augmentation their procedure of choice. The Chinese meanwhile are opting for anti-ageing procedures. More
Darwin, heavily exposed to the slumping mining sector, was Australia's worst-performing hotel market last year with the average room rate collapsing 20%. More
January was a record month for the global airline industry with passenger load factors hitting an all-time high of 78.8% – and the good times are likely to continue through 2016, according to the International Air Transport Association. More
Summer holidays are becoming winter holidays for an increasing number of Australians with 44,200 making the trip to Japan for its famous powder skiing and boarding this January, up 27% over last year, according to the latest travel figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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