Priceline CEO Darren Huston Resigns

Darren Huston, PricelineDarren Huston, CEO of the Priceline Group, which owns Booking.com and other leading online travel agents, resigned from the company yesterday after admitting to behaviour with another staff member that breached the company's Code of Conduct. Former CEO and current Chairman Jeffrey Boyd will take over from Huston in an acting capacity.

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Ascendas Units Hit as Hotel Sale Abandoned

Logo - Ascendas Hospitality TrustThe 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.

Modern Art Lights Up Australia's Red Centre

Artist Bruce Munro's biggest work - Field of Light Uluru - opens today at Ayers Rock Resort. The solar powered installation features more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of four football fields.
Artist Bruce Munro's biggest work – Field of Light Uluru – opens today at Ayers Rock Resort. The solar powered installation features more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of four football fields. The exhibit will run for a year.

Comparing and Contrasting Industry Problems with Revenue Optimisation (Sponsored Post)

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TRAVELtech Australia 2016

Agenda, First Round of Speakers Announced

Where: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
When: Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016
Agenda: Disruptive Influences
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Check out the agenda and first round of speakers for TRAVELtech 2016, Australia's leading online travel marketing and distribution event.

  • John Beros, General Manager, Scoopon.com.au
  • Tony Carne, General Manager, Urban Adventures
  • Greg Carter, co-Founder, Chimu Adventures
  • Gerry Comninos, CEO, RMS
  • Frederic Chanut, MD, In Marketing We Trust
  • Rod Cuthbert, CEO, Rome2rio.com
  • Matt Evans, Analytics Lead Travel, Google Australia
  • Brett Jardine, Commercial Director, CLIA Australasia
  • Chris Hall, Chief Executive Officer, APT Group
  • Peter Hopgood, General Manager, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
  • Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research
  • Bruce Piper, Publisher, Travel Daily/Cruise Weekly
  • Ryan Posa, General Manager, Cruise Republic
  • Nicola Benyon, Head of Campaigns, Animal Protection Australia
  • Chris Reed, Founder & CEO, SafeTravels.com
  • Alexander Robinson, CEO, Airly
  • Fred Schebesta, co-Founder, Finder.com.au
  • Adam Schwab, Managing Director, Lux Group Limited
  • Alex Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, SiteMinder
  • Sean Sutherland, Head of Digital and E-Commerce, OTA Division at Flight Centre Travel Group
  • Ben Tattersfield, co-Founder, Dreams AI
  • Justin Wastnage, co-Founder Cine Souk
  • James Woodford, co-Founder, YouCamp

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