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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

West Australian govt funds $3m support package for travel agents

By |2020-09-18T12:19:01+10:00September 18th, 2020|Daily News|

The West Australian government today announced a $3 million support package for the state's travel agents, whose businesses have been decimated by COVID travel restrictions.  It will provide packages of up to $5,000 to home-based agents and minimum $10,000 packages to brick-and-mortar businesses. To qualify, travel agents must have an More ...

New COVID travel portal from Tourism Australia

By |2020-09-17T10:08:15+10:00September 17th, 2020|Daily News|

Travellers can now access a new COVID travel web resource from Tourism Australia. The ‘Australian COVID Travel Portal' aggregates key safety information, travel restrictions and guidelines from every state and territory. It includes current status of all state and territory borders and associated travel restrictions, relevant information on transport, hotels More ...

It’s terminal, Tigerair Australia shut down for good by Virgin Australia

By |2020-09-11T08:12:08+10:00September 11th, 2020|Aviation, Daily News|

Virgin Australia (VAH) has finally killed off its low-cost carrier Tigerair Australia, according to multiple media reports. The carrier, which has been grounded since late April, was originally going to be mothballed by VAH and resurrected when travel recovered post-COVID . But in a customer email obtained by Yahoo Finance, More ...

Positives emerge in disastrous season for Australia’s snow resorts and towns

By |2020-09-08T11:59:33+10:00September 8th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

The season from hell is coming to an end for Australia's domestic snow sports industry, worth an estimated $2.4 billion and a direct contributor to 23,000 jobs in a normal year.  However 2020 was anything but normal, especially in Victoria where government COVID travel restrictions meant the three main resorts More ...

Hotel tech company ReZme launches $800,000 crowd funding capital raise

By |2020-08-31T12:51:39+10:00August 31st, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Hospitality tech startup ReZme has launched an $800,000 capital raise to build out its website design, management and online marketing platform, which the founders claim will help operators increase direct bookings. reZme was founded by Matt Taylor, former GM of Marketing at Choice Hotels Asia-Pacific, (pictured right) and and digital More ...

Wind in his sails, saltwater in his veins, Jeff Lewis joins Flotespace

By |2020-08-19T07:51:16+10:00August 18th, 2020|Daily News|

Jeff Lewis, part of the TripAdvisor diaspora, has joined Flotespace.com as a Non Executive Director. Flotespace Founder and CEO Hugh Treseder says Lewis, the former VP of Technology and Strategic Initiatives at TripAdvisor, has been brought on board to help the company scale. "We are delighted to have Jeff join More ...

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Moment in time for The Travel Industry Hub, now open for business

By |2020-08-25T08:46:49+10:00August 18th, 2020|Daily News|

The timing could have been better, then again it could have been much worse, or maybe it's just about right. It all depends on your perspective. The Travel Industry Hub, Australia's first co-working, meeting and event space for travel and tourism companies, is now open and ready to welcome tenants More ...

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Australian domestic travel strongly trending up pre-COVID

By |2020-08-17T10:49:26+10:00August 17th, 2020|Daily News|

Australian domestic tourism was on a roll pre-COVID, according to Tourism Research Australia. Its latest survey reveals: Domestic overnight tourism showed considerable growth for the year ending March 2020 despite the effects of the Australian 2019-2020 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, with overnight spend up 6% to $78.8 billion and More ...

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Immunity, suppression or eradication? Turner wants COVID clarity

By |2020-08-14T11:03:57+10:00August 14th, 2020|Daily News|

Flight Centre Managing Director Graham Turner has called on governments to clarify their objective with COVID-19 so that businesses can better plan for an already uncertain future. "It is critical that businesses across all sectors know these objectives and data lines for COVID-10 control and lifting of restrictions - whether More ...

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Retail travel screwed as bricks and mortar agents go to the wall

By |2020-08-13T19:55:17+10:00August 13th, 2020|Daily News|

Retail travel is screwed. Hard to say but, after Flight Centre this morning announced it will lose between $825 million and $875 million for the financial year ending June 30, impossible to dispute. Flight Centre has already sacked or stood down thousands of its staff and closed many of its More ...

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Emirates Australia cuts local workforce by 40 per cent

By |2020-08-17T09:47:12+10:00August 12th, 2020|Aviation, Daily News|

Emirates Australia has cut 40% of its local workforce - making up to 50 staff redundant at the end of July, Travel Trends can exclusively reveal. The redundancies - part of a global cull by the carrier - have impacted employees in support, finance, human resources, airports and commercial. The More ...

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Sydney Airport to raise $2bn as business struggles with COVID

By |2020-08-12T16:26:13+10:00August 12th, 2020|Aviation, Daily News|

Sydney Airport is raising $2 billion to pay down debt and increase liquidity during the toughest period in its history. The company revealed that passenger numbers during the second quarter were down 96.6% over the previous corresponding period, contributing to a $53.5 million loss for the half year to June More ...

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Sign of the times for bricks and mortar agents in suburban Australia

By |2020-08-13T09:46:08+10:00August 11th, 2020|Daily News|

Sad sight but common sight this morning - a former Helloworld affiliate empty and up for lease in a half-dead shopping centre at Mona Vale on Sydney's northern beaches. It's a scenario endlessly repeating across suburban Australia. Hundreds of 'bricks and mortar' travel agencies have already shut their doors, many More ...

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