Daily Deals site Groupon is evolving into an online travel agency in Europe. It has set up separate tour operating companies in France and Germany enabling it to legally package tours. Gregory Linn, director of hotel and travel – Europe, told Tnooz that Groupon is "little by little becoming an OTA with a difference … We want to give them a second choice to go to a more traditional mode but still with more interesting packages.” See Tnooz story.
THE BIG SQUEEZE
No Vacancy Australia 2015
Bookings are now open for No Vacancy Australia in Sydney on March 26.
Tickets are available for a limited time at the special pre-program rate of $449 + gst, so book now and save.
No Vacancy 2015 is going to be a great day, featuring a topical tightly moderated program packed with industry leaders.
There'll also be excellent networking with 200+ delegates expected.
The 2015 theme is 'The Big Squeeze' - reflecting the intensely competitive travel marketplace.
There are still ample opportunities but you've got to work harder to exploit them.
Work has started on the program and if you have any thoughts or ideas, please contact Martin Kelly.
TRAVELtech New Zealand
TRAVELtech is heading to New Zealand for the first time in May, 2015.
It marks the international debut of Asia-Pacific's original travel internet and distribution event.
NO VACANCY BALI
Returns mid-September 2015
No Vacancy Bali will return bigger and better to the Island of the Gods in mid-September, 2015.
There are some exciting developments in store - check back soon for further developments.
The first edition of No Vacancy Bali was held for the first time this year.
WHAT A DAY - TRAVELtech 2014
TRAVELtech 2014 has just wrapped up, and safe to say it was one of the best ever.
Vibrant crowd, excellent atmospere, strong program, lots of fantastic ideas.
Innovation & Inspiration ruled, at least for a day.
The interview with Skroo Turner (pictured), the entrepreneurial story of Anthony Hynes, the optimism of the Pitch It To Me crew, the sensational food, new friends and conversation.
Thanks to everyone who contributed: speakers, guests, sponsors.