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Martin Kelly is a travel industry expert, journalist, marketer and event producer. He also consults to travel businesses on content, communications, marketing and strategy. Contact - martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz

$128m travel agent support package announced by Australian Government

By |2020-12-02T14:11:39+10:00December 2nd, 2020|Daily News|

Australian travel agents with turnover between $50,000 and $20 million will receive grants ranging from $1500 to $100,000, the Federal Government has announced. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham (pictured) said: “This one off payment recognises that travel agents are operating in an exceptional set of circumstances where most are having More ...

One trick ponies – just 15% of global short term rentals use more than one OTA channel

By |2020-12-02T12:58:01+10:00November 30th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

Check out this Venn diagram from Transparent, which dramatically illustrates how one dimensional the distribution strategies are of most short term rental property managers - just 15% are using a multi-channel strategy - and of course the market dominance of Airbnb. Transparent explains: "In addition to booking power, Airbnb controls More ...

Helloworld doubles down on cruising, buying CruiseCo, but says no rebound until 2022

By |2020-11-23T09:40:58+10:00November 23rd, 2020|Daily News|

Retail group Helloworld has doubled down on cruising - which it doesn't expect to rebound from COVID until 2022 - purchasing  privately owned Australian wholesaler CruiseCo for an undisclosed amount from existing cash reserves. CruiseCo had annual total turnover of $70 million before COVID hit and will complement Helloworld's existing More ...

Booking.com launches new cleanliness standards for short term rentals

By |2020-11-20T09:32:01+10:00November 20th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News, Short Term Rentals|

Booking.com has decreed that short term or holiday rentals will have to meet a minimum cleanliness standard by May 4, 2021, or have their properties delisted from the world's biggest online travel agent. "We’re asking partners to commit to a Minimal Cleanliness Score of 6 out of 10," Booking.com has More ...

Attitude makes all the difference in times of crisis says hotel revenue management expert

By |2020-11-19T15:31:02+10:00November 19th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Attitudes good and bad flows through to the bottom line, particularly in times of crisis. That's the message from leading hotels sales and revenue management consultant Tamie Matthews. Matthews, who consults a wide range of independent hotel clients in Victoria, NSW and Queensland,  says while 2020 has been a tough More ...

Airbnb reveals COVID booking and revenue slump but IPO good to go

By |2020-11-27T14:52:34+10:00November 18th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News, Short Term Rentals|

Airbnb has opened its books for the first time with the company's long-awaited SEC filing detailing the heavy impact COVID-19 has taken on bookings and revenue while defiantly declaring its performance during the ongoing pandemic has shown it to be a resilient business primed to rebound. The online accommodation juggernaut More ...

Show us the money – AFTA left hanging after Prime Minister promises

By |2020-11-11T10:00:04+10:00November 11th, 2020|Daily News|

Australian Federation of Travel Agents CEO Darren Rudd appears to have awkwardly misjudged the political climate by prematurely announcing a funding package that has yet to eventuate following a conversation with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Rudd, pictured, who had asked the Federal Government for $250 million emergency funding over 18 More ...

Travello Buys Backpacker Deals website & business

By |2020-11-10T16:31:41+10:00November 10th, 2020|Daily News|

Travel networking and experience app Travello has bought the Backpacker Deals website and business for a mix of cash and shares. Travello claims the deal will create Australia's largest 'experience based, youth focused' Online Travel Agent.  “Backpacker Deals is a market leader in the youth vertical and they’ve built some More ...

Long way back for Melbourne short term rentals but heading in right direction

By |2020-11-09T11:11:34+10:00November 9th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

 It's a long way back from the depths of COVID for Melbourne's short term rental industry but occupancy rates are finally heading the right direction after a year of despair, according to fresh research from Transparent Intelligence. Occupancy rates exceeded 50% in late October for the first time since More ...

Boom! NSW opens Vic border, Qantas, Jetstar launch 250 flights a week

By |2020-11-05T09:57:49+10:00November 5th, 2020|Aviation, Daily News|

Borders open, flights start, tourism gets going again. Simple. Qantas and Jetstar today announced they'll operate more than 250 flights (48,000 seats) across five routes between NSW  and Victoria from November 23, the date the border between the states reopens after months of closure due to Victoria's Coronvirus crisis.   More ...

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Holidu says domestic holiday rental searches up as booking window shrinks

By |2020-11-04T15:49:44+10:00November 4th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

NSW destinations lead the way as holiday rental meta-search engine Holidu reports a year on year increase in searches, bookings and rates for its Australian site in the 90 days to the end of October for the summer holidays. Headline findings include: 9.64% rise in searches for domestic destinations compared More ...

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Cash is king again at Webjet – MD Guscic on OTAs, Cruise & Exclusives

By |2020-11-06T12:48:44+10:00November 4th, 2020|Daily News|

Webjet Managing Director John Gusicic (pictured) says cash is flowing back through the business after six months from hell, a period when travel demand collapsed, forcing it to slash costs by 50 percent, including significant staff redundancies, while raising around $500m to stay afloat. Good times. Not. But in a More ...

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Industry body ASTRA supports new STR regime but Stayz queries process

By |2020-10-30T13:01:24+10:00October 30th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

The introduction of a new code of conduct for the short term rental industry in NSW has been welcomed by industry body ASTRA, which represents property owners and managers, as a major step forward. ASTRA Chairman Rob Jeffress hailed it as a "coming of age for the industry" which he More ...

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New short term rental laws in NSW include guest and host bans

By |2020-10-28T15:19:51+10:00October 28th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News, Short Term Rentals|

The NSW Government says unruly guests and bad hosts will be banned from the short term rental (STR) industry for five years under a new mandatory Code of Conduct it announced yesterday. It's part of a legislative initiative which also requires that all STR properties are registered with Fair Trading More ...

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Opportunity in adversity – tropical QLD embraces domestic future

By |2020-10-29T09:02:54+10:00October 26th, 2020|Daily News|

Nowhere in Australia had a greater proportion of international tourists than far north Queensland pre-COVID. The iconic tourism hubs of Cairns and Port Douglas were packed with big spending Chinese, Japanese, European and American tourists through to March this year. But international border closures have meant zero inbound business over More ...

Qantas targets $15 billion in cost savings over next three years

By |2020-10-26T10:45:54+10:00October 26th, 2020|Aviation, Daily News|

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce expects the airline group to cut $15 billion from its operating costs over the next three years, mostly through reduced flying with just $1 billion coming from cost cutting. So far Qantas has made at least 8500 staff redundant with the majority of remaining employees stood More ...

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Australian short term rental booking growth leads the world

By |2020-10-23T08:51:07+10:00October 22nd, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

Leading short term property management platform Guesty reports that sector bookings in Australia grew faster than any other country during September. "In September, we saw a 5% increase in reservation volume worldwide compared to August," the company said. "Australia had the biggest increase in reservation volume worldwide - up 25% More ...

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TravelCard no longer viable, ‘hibernates’ due to lack of demand

By |2020-10-20T09:00:45+10:00October 20th, 2020|Daily News|

Australian insurance provider TravelCard - launched at lavish and expensive event just two years ago - has announced it is going into hibernation with the business no longer viable due to a lack of demand caused by border closures. According to insurance industry media repeorts, all current policies remain valid More ...

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Scurrah out, Hrdlicka in: Virgin to become ‘hybrid’ carrier with LCC leanings

By |2020-10-15T13:21:57+10:00October 15th, 2020|Aviation, Daily News|

Jayne Hrdlicka will become CEO of the Virgin Australia Group after the incumbent Paul Scurrah confirmed he would be leaving the business when new owner Bain Capital takes control in early November. Today's Australian Stock Exchange announcement followed intense speculation yesterday that Bain Capital wanted Scurrah out as it repositions More ...

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Urban blight to continue as regional hotel markets outperform cities says STR

By |2020-10-14T15:41:02+10:00October 14th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Australia's urban hotel markets will remain in the doldrums until at least early 2021, according to industry datya company STR, which says the recent pattern of regional properties faring much better than their city counterparts should continue for the foreseeable future. "Parallel to other countries across the world, higher occupancy More ...

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