All posts by Martin Kelly

All Hail Captain Cook – New Disruptive Ferry Service for Sydney

Captain Cook Cruises has launched AHOY, Australia’s first ‘ferry hailing’  app.  The first on-demand route started yesterday and covers Elizabeth Bay to Garden Island and Circular Quay in Sydney for a cost of $7.50, much cheaper than a cab, Uber or water taxi. 

“Like popular ride sharing services, AHOY allows customers to locate their ferry, hail a ride and then track the ferries journey and time until it arrives, More 

Age Bubble Won’t Burst for Australian Holiday Parks Says Salt

Demographer Bernard Salt says the future is looking good for Australia’s holiday parks as the two most populous age groups – the Millennials and Baby Boomers – move into the sector’s sweet spot, albeit with very different intentions.

For the Millennials, it’s a family and mortgage thing.

“Millennials will be the fastest-rising demographic over the next 10 years,” says Salt. Nothing new in that but this time around they will be people in their 30s and 40s with kids. More 

Sign of the Times at Brokenwood – and the Hunter Valley

It’s a huge day in the ever-evolving Hunter Valley with wine industry legend James Halliday opening the brand new tasting rooms and restaurant at Brokenwood, a winery he founded in the early 1970s with fellow Sydney solicitors Tony Albert and John Beeston.

Almost 50 years on, Halliday is the sole survivor of the original trio and, at 80, remains incredibly productive, unchallenged as Australia’s leading wine writer. More 

Strong Christmas Bookings for Australian Holiday Parks

The Melbourne Cup is done, and won, and summer’s almost here. As temperatures rise, holiday park operators around Australia are working frantically to prepare for the holiday hordes who will descend over the Christmas break, six weeks when normal life ends and it’s time to work, work and work some more.  RMS Cloud has spoken with some of Australia’s leading holiday park operators to find out how the peak summer season is shaping up. Here’s what they had to say. More 

Hotel Demand Solid, International Visits Increase

Most of Australia’s hotel markets are in good shape due to consistent underlying demand across the nation – except for Western Australia – resulting in an average occupancy rate of 76% and an increase in Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) of 2.9% for the year to June 30, according to the latest Accommodation Industry Monitor from STR. More 

Record First Quarter Revenue for Qantas

Qantas revenue for  the first quarter for the FY18 has hit a record high of $4.41 billion, an increase of 6.3% over the same period last year, despite rising fuel costs. The airline’s CEO Alan Joyce attributed the result to increased passenger revenue (higher fares) and capacity discipline. This also reflected in the value of forward bookings, which is up 8%. Domestic was the revenue growth engine at +6.8% while international was up 4%. See Qantas results release.

Cruise Pumps Almost $5 billion into Australian Economy, Report

Cruise tourism contributed almost $5 billion to the Australian economy in the 17/18 financial year, according to a new combined report from  industry groups CLIA Australasia and the Australian Cruise Association. The report claimed 1236 “ship visits” led to 3.5 million passenger and crew visit days, raising $2.3 billion in direct economic output and $2.5 billion in indirect and induced output. More 

Jeff Lewis, VP Technology & Strategic Initiatives, TripAdvisor

Jeff’s current role is Vice President of Technology Strategy of TripAdvisor. This involves searching the globe for the best technology, ideas and businesses to complement or extend TripAdvisor Experiences’ mission of helping people around the world plan and have the perfect trip. 

Jeff was previously Vice President, Engineering for Viator and where he spent a decade managing the software development and IT infrastructure teams through that hyper growth period.

Since the acquisition of Viator by TripAdvisor in 2014, Jeff has been involved in many challenging and exciting initiatives to scale and integrate Experiences into the world’s largest travel site.