Best August Ever for Thai Hotels But New Supply a Future Threat

Thai hotels recorded their best-ever August occupancy rate at 81% while revenue per available room rose 6% over last year, according to STR.  The reason is simple – a record 3.13 visitors for the ‘low-season’ month.  But Thai hoteliers need to make hay while the sun shines. STR says Thailand has 100 hotel projects in the pipeline (21,615), equivalent to 11% of the country’s existing hotel supply.  

Forget the Gravy Train, Take Tigerair to Canberra

Low cost carrier Tigerair Australia has expanded its services on the rapidly evolving and historically high-yielding Canberra route,  where planes come stuffed with political fat cats and corporates, launching three return  services between Brisbane and the national capital each week. It’s also boosted its Melbourne-Canberra service by an extra weekly flight. Tigerair’s Canberra expansion is good for competition but not for yields.  Fares start at $49 ex-Melbourne and $69 ex-Brisbane.

China Propels Asian Cruise Growth, Numbers Double in a Year

China has been confirmed as the world’s most dynamic cruise market with annual growth of 76% between 2013 and 2016, according to an Asia Cruise Trends report from industry association CLIA. The report reveals that 3.1 million Asians took cruises in 2016, 55% more than in 2015. “Of these, 68% (2.1 million) were from mainland China, a market which almost doubled as it grew by 99% last year.” More 

Australia Odd One Out – Domestic Demand Drop

Australia was the only major aviation market where domestic demand dropped during July, according to the International Air Transport Association. “Domestic travel demand grew by 7.9% year-on-year in July, in line with 8.0% growth recorded in June. China led all markets (+15.0%).” 

July 2017
(% year-on-year)
World share¹ RPK ASK PLF     
Domestic 36.3%         7.9% 7.1%  0.6%       85.0% 
Australia 1.0%             -0.8% -1.9% 0.9% 80.1%
Brazil  1.2% 3.9% 4.3% -0.3% 84.2%
China P.R              8.7% 15.0% 12.7% 1.8% 84.8%             
India              1.3% 12.5% 14.5% -1.5% 82.6%             
Japan              1.1%  6.6% 1.4%  3.4% 69.6%
Russian Fed.              1.3%  9.1% 9.6% -0.4% 90.3%
US 15.0%  5.1% 5.0% 0.1% 87.2%

Content Is King

- It's All About The Information - 

TravelTrends founder Martin Kelly has diversified and now also runs a communications consultancy specialising in travel.

"I am particularly interested in bigger picture, strategic work but happy to pitch in with the bread and butter tasks that good communication entails," he says. Services include:

- Strategic Communications
- Media Releases & Distribution
- Crisis Management
- Thought Leadership
- Industry Advocacy
- Positioning, Messaging
- Marketing Plans & Execution
- Engaging Content

Martin is a communications, public relations and media professional with extensive high-level experience across the travel, internet, property and banking industries, both in-house and as a consultant.

He is skilled at working collaboratively and building lasting relationships, accustomed to pressured, complex environments.



No Vacancy Returns
July 17-18, 2018

Exciting times ahead for No Vacancy, which has been acquired by National Media from founder Martin Kelly, who also publishes

The new era kicks off with No Vacancy - The Accommodation Business Expo at Sydney’s new International Convention Centre on July 17-18, 2018.

“We’ll be taking No Vacancy to another level, combining high quality content with a large trade show featuring up to 150 exhibitors across all verticals, transforming it into the business hub of Australia’s accommodation industry,” says Harvey.

He says the accommodation industry is worth more than $18 billion to the Australian economy. “Yet surprisingly, given the size of the industry there is no dedicated exhibition designed to meet all its needs.”

“No Vacancy - The Accommodation Business Expo will fill this void and offer hoteliers and other accommodation industry professionals a platform to discover products and ideas to optimize their properties, create amazing guest experiences and ultimately boost their profits.”

Historically No Vacancy has been very much an accommodation marketing conference, but the new look exhibition will embrace all aspects of the accommodation business.

Content is still central to the event and will be expanded upon with more topics, more sessions and more speakers.

The exhibition will showcase the best quality suppliers across design and decor, property management, operations and finance, housekeeping, spa and leisure, in-room and guest-facing technology, and marketing, distribution and reservation solutions.

“We are really excited about where we can take No Vacancy and look forward to working closely with the community that's been supporting the event since 2007,” said Harvey.

For more information, contact:

Mark Harvey, MD, National Media
Phone: +61 7 5510 5101  //  0419 775 488


TRAVELtech Australia 2018

Returning in 2018

Change is the only constant in travel and so it is with TRAVELtech, which will be returning early in the second quarter of 2018.

The event has been bought by National Media - one of Australia's most respected event management companies - from founder Martin Kelly, who also publishes

Kelly says he’s happy TRAVELtech is in good hands and will remain connected in a programming and moderation role.

“I’ve really enjoyed creating and running TRAVELtech but it was time to step aside and let someone else with the capacity to accelerate their evolution take it on,” says Kelly.

He will now focus on further developing, while also consulting to travel companies on communications, innovation, industry trends and strategy.

Mark Harvey from National Media says TRAVELtech, founded in 1999, will evolve into a much larger event.

"We have plans for become the main exhibition and conference in Asia Pacific for travel technology buyers, travel agencies, tour operators and transport professionals to source, learn and network," he says.

"It will bring together a large selection of specialist suppliers showcasing the latest innovations across distribution, reservation, business operation and sales and marketing."

For more information, contact:

Mark Harvey, MD, National Media
Phone: +61 7 5510 5101  //  0419 775 488