Despite a slew of new developments planned for the Gili Islands off the north west coast of Lombok, industry analyst Bill Barnett of C9 Hotelworks is confident these long-time backpacker escapes will maintain their relaxed character. More
Sydney hotels have posted the best September occupancy rate (+86%) since at least 1995, when STR Global began tracking the market. Average daily rate reached A$206, trailing only the 2000 Olympics when when it was A$313.99.
Qantas is returning to the Chinese capital of Beijing after an absence of seven years, launching a daily A330-200 service from Sydney starting next Australia Day – 25 January, 2017. More
TripAdvisor has bowed to pressure from animal rights lobby groups and will no longer take bookings on its site or Viator for "hundreds of animal attractions where tourists come into physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species including but not limited to elephant rides, petting tigers, and swim with dolphin attractions". More
Well-known industry exec Arthur Hoffman has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Trvl.com – a new peer-to-peer website built on the premise that anyone can be a travel agent.
It features tools that enable people to develop, create and market travel itineraries for friends or colleagues and earn a 10% commission on product booked through the site (and its affiliates).
Book early, pay more. That's the one message consumers can take from some new Expedia research which shows that room rates in regional Australia were 30% more expensive three months out than the night before. Shouldn't it be the other way around? More
Good times for the Aussie tourism industry with continued growth on all fronts. Inbound (see chart above) has been particularly strong while outbound continues solid growth from a significantly higher base. More
Airbnb has stolen a march on its OTA accommodation rivals by signing a deal with Qantas Frequent Flyer. Qantas has set up a special Airbnb booking tab and, from today, every Airbnb booking Qantas Frequent Flyer members make through Qantas.com earns one point per dollar spent.
AccorHotels has just announced a new brand targeted at – you guessed it – millennials. Called Jo & Joe, on first glance it's a mish-mash of ideas (based on a press release that breaks every rule of basic communication). All you need to know that it's cool. But if someone has to tell you that, is it? More
In a classic political compromise that gives with one hand and takes with the other, leaving no-one happy, the Australian Government has reduced its proposed working backpacker tax rate from 32.5% to 19% on earnings up to $37,500 but will pay for the revenue shortfall by increasing the departure tax by $5 to $60. More
Great crowd at TRAVELtech 2016, held in Sydney on September 27. They enjoyed fantastic speakers, an excellent program and brilliant networking (not forgetting the best buffet lunch in town). See a sample of who attended… More
TripAdvisor says it will donate "at least US$5 million from its charitable foundation over the next three years to aid the humanitarian refugee crisis." The TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation has donated US$20 million to international charities over the past five years. Such actions are a growing trend among travel companies and will be covered in TRAVELtech session called Community – The Triple Bottom Line.
Flight Centre has launched a travel start-up accelerator called Little Argas, named after a hippy trail bus once piloted by founder Graham Turner in the early days of his first company, Top Deck. More
The global digital advertising duopoly of Google and Facebook – and the rising cost of advertising that comes with it – threatens online innovation and may precipitate a second tech crash, warns Simon Ryan, CEO of Dentsu Aegis, Australia's biggest digital media buyer. More
Asian hotel website Agoda has teamed with some of the world's leading airlines to launch PointsMAX. Bookings on its site now earn points with loyalty programs including Velocity Frequent Flyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Asia Miles, United Mileage Plus and American Airlines AAdvantage.
Flight Centre has continued its acquisition spree by buying a 49% stake in the Ignite Travel Group, which operates the Holiday Exclusives, MyHolidaycentre and RewardsCorp businesses. More
Travel products are the most popular online purchase for Australians according to a Sensis survey of 800 individuals and 1000 businesses. Airline tickets topped the rankings, while hotel reservations came in third. Overall, 71% of Australians now buy stuff online, up 10% on 2015.
MERITON Serviced Apartments opened its newest property at Southport today, a skyscraper stretching to 55 levels.
Accommodation starts at level 25 and features 208 one, two and suites with sweeping views across the Gold Coast beaches and hinterland.
Meriton has been growing rapidly on the east coast and is now one of Australia's largest accommodation operators.
Nothing – not murder, congestion, increasing pollution or a mooted booze ban – can interfere with the passion Australians have for a Bali holiday.
According to the the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics the number of Aussies visiting Indonesia (ie Bali) during July was 112,000, up an incredible 23% year on year, making it our favourite destination for the month. More
We have no idea, not a clue. That's the clear message to the travel industry from Australia's anti-competition watchdog, which has lost the plot, making two contradictory decisions about the the same issue – the right (or not) of suppliers such as airlines and hotels to offer cheaper prices through their own online channels than they do through retailers. More
The aviation equation is simple – lower fares equals more passengers (although long-haul to troubled Europe is the exception), and that was the case for airlines during July, according to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association. More
Intrepid Travel is investing $1m in its Urban Adventures community tourism brand to turbo-charge the day-tours initiative, which this year will host 130,000 customers on 600 different tours.
Australian hoteliers have blown up over the "secret" agreement between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the online travel agent duopoly of Booking.com and Expedia, which allows the global retail duopoly to prevent hoteliers offering cheaper prices than them online. More
Forget mother nature – cost effective snow production, that's what it's all about. Certainly it's a major reason the Thredbo alpine resort recorded a strong result last financial year, a pre-tax profit of $15m, up 12% over previous year. More
Backpackers are shunning Australia with visitor night numbers down -7% for the 2015-16 financial year and the industry is pointing the finger of blame squarely at the Federal Government and its maybe-we-will, maybe-we-won't working holiday tax. More
It's baking hot and dirt-dry as we emerge from our silver tube down the stairs into the bright blinking midday light at Tambolaka Airport.
The sprawling tarmac is empty apart from our aircraft and a couple of men, their faces vaguely Papuan, in bright safety gear. More
Expedia has joined Booking.com in easing its rate parity restrictions on Australian hoteliers from September 1, allowing them to offer better deals on every channel except the one that matters most – their own branded website. More