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Sydney in The Winter Off Season

Wedding Cake Island Saturday July 19 2014Winter, when all the tourists are gone, can be the best time of year in Sydney. Cold but clear with strong south winds and big waves like this off Wedding Cake Island near Coogee. Look closely and you'll see a surfboard (10' 2") being pushed over the outside wave. Pic taken on Saturday by Bill Morris.

China Tourism By the Numbers

China is all about the numbers – 1.36 billion people, 97 million of whom travelled internationally last year. Easy to see why China is the world's most important tourism market, especially for tourism offices looking to boost visit numbers. More 

Travel AdWords Costs To Surge as Google Ends Trademark

An online travel advertising free-for-all is looming in Australia and New Zealand with Google declaring it will no longer protect trademark for suppliers on AdWords, opening the door for online travel agents to bid on hotels, airlines and tour operator brand names – a move that will force up advertising costs and turn partners into competitors or "frenemies". More 

Wotif Sells To Expedia for $703 million

Online travel agent Wotif looks to have stitched up a deal to sell its entire operation to global giant Expedia for AUD703 million, or AUD3.30 a share. Company directors and co-founders, Graeme Wood and Andrew Brice, who between them control 35% of Wotif stock, support the deal, making a counter-bid unrealistic and therefore unlikely. (Check back for a detailed analysis later today).

Tiger Tanks as Lacklustre Market Hurts Virgin Performance

The recurring theme of 'weak domestic consumer sentiment" has once again been cited by a travel company when announcing slower than expected growth. On this occasion it was Virgin Australia. During May it said domestic business was up slightly, international flights did quite well but the company's low cost carrier Tigerair Australia under-performed, with revenue load factor falling 15%. More 

Upcoming Events

TRAVELtech Conference 2014


Where: Sheraton, Sydney
When: Friday, October 24, 2014
Program: Click for details
Bookings: AUD499 + gst Early Bird

Tickets are now on sale for TRAVELtech 2014, the central theme of which is innovation - "finding a better way of doing something"...

The program has just been revealed while lots of great local and international speakers are already been confirmed, with more on the way.

  • Mike Boyd, CEO, VroomVroomVroom
  • Peter Bradd, Entrepreneur in Residence, Fusion Labs
  • Elise Chang, Marketing, Partnership & Leisure Sales Director, Thrifty
  • Luke Crawford, Director, tripbooka
  • Michael Curry, Manager Digital Innovation, Qantas Airways Limited
  • Michael Daley, Team Lead – Research, Experian Hitwise
  • Brad Gurrie, Managing Director, Travelzoo Australia
  • Rakesh Hegde, Founder & CEO, Rezopia
  • Anthony Hynes, Managing Director and CEO, eNett
  • Richard Ings, CEO & Co-Founder, Troopr
  • Simon Lenoir, Founder, Rezdy
  • Ross McDonald, Industry Head – Travel & Tourism, Google Australia
  • Georg Ruebensal, Managing Director, Expedia Australia
  • Andy Sleigh, GM Asia-Pacific, Skyscanner
  • Graham Turner, CEO & Managing Director, Flight Centre
  • Clement Wong, CEO, BeMyGuest

Please get in touch if you'd like to contribute an idea, speak or sponsor.

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No Vacancy Australia 2015

No Vacancy Australia returns to Sydney on March 26, 2015

Get set for No Vacancy Australia 2015.

The date has just been set and the venue confirmed.

More news in the coming months.

Any thoughts or ideas, please contact Martin Kelly.

Still reading?

Then check out this lively sizzle reel from 2014 to get a feel for the event.

No Vacancy Bali - August 29, 2014


No Vacancy Bali was staged at the W Seminyak on Friday, August 29. It featured a fast-moving, issues-based program that lifted the lid on Asia’s hottest accommodation market.

Speakers included:

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