Cost cutting continued to yield strong results at Helloworld Travel with net profit increasing 48% to $32 million in the year to June 30. Revenue was basically the same as 16/17 at $326.9 million however operating costs “lowered significantly”, hence the dramatically improved profit.
The announcement also revealed that the price of international airfares fell 6.6% through the year, driving volume but not margin. More …
Originally from Zimbabwe, Brett has always felt a connection to Africa, which has seen him travel across the continent entirely on public transport from London to Cape Town, which took over 9 months.
Brett is a Chartered Accountant and has a professional background in finance which included senior roles in the accounting profession, telecoms and manufacturing industries. Working in London for over five years, Brett successfully led a number of debt raisings, M&A activity and an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.
Brett joined Intrepid Travel in June 2008 as the Group’s Financial Controller, before being appointed Group Finance Director of the Intrepid Group, and progressing to the Executive Group in September 2012.
In 2017, Brett was appointed the Regional Director of the Asia Pacific Region for the Intrepid Group.
Serving on the Audit & Risk committee, JV boards and as a Board Director of The Intrepid Foundation for over 4 years, Brett is committed to delivering on the businesses strategy around creating shared value and making a positive difference to all stakeholders.
Loyalty ain’t what it used to be, says Google, and it’s time that travel marketers woke up to the new reality which, being Google, is all about businesses using technology to personalise messages and advertising. Loyalty was also a hot topic at the Australian Revenue Management Association conference in Melbourne last week, where the view was that loyalty can’t be bought but must be earned. See Google post.
Robert took over the reins at Aurora Expeditions as Managing Director in February 2017, after 6 years as Director, Global Account Development & Asia Pacific with Rocky Mountaineer.
He brings over 25 years experience of senior management in the travel industry in both North America and Australia, having overseen sales and marketing throughout Asia, South Africa, Australia and the New Zealand markets.
After experiencing first-hand an Aurora voyage onboard the Polar Pioneer, Robert will be leading Aurora Expeditions into their next chapter with a commitment the original philosophies Aurora is known for.
Australian visitor numbers to New Zealand have now fallen for six consecutive months with the June overseas arrival and departure stats showing a -1.5% slump over last year, presenting a major challenge for Andrew Waddel, who has just been appointed GM Australia for Tourism New Zealand. More …
Tammy Marshall is the Founder of The B Hive – a business transformation consultancy that specialises in the Travel, Tourism, Hospitality, Leisure and Entertainment sectors.
Tammy has built her career around enabling global companies to pivot, transform and capitalise on rapid growth opportunities. She has held C-level positions and executive roles at TFE Hotels, Carnival Australia, P&O Cruises, AAT Kings/Inspiring Journeys, Contiki and more.
Early on in her career right up to her most recent roles, she’s always been drawn to challenging, complex roles that require a progressive and change-oriented leadership style to forge paths into new territories and markets.
Today, as the founder of The B Hive, she is solidly focused on helping people and businesses to future proof themselves through a focus on business optimisation, growth and innovation initiatives.
Tammy holds a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business – Management from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and is part of the Laureate Torrens Australia University Industry Advisory Board.
Tammy is also a mentor on and the official Hospitality & Tourism Industry Advisor for Slingshot – Australia’s only Corporate Accelerator Program, a mentor for the Rare Birds Network and she is regularly engaged as keynote speaker and presenter at various events.
And when she’s not working, you’ll find her indulging in her passions of travel & discovery, food & wine, and getting outdoors every chance she can.
Jamie Pherous, Founder and Managing Director, founded Corporate Travel Management in 1994. He built the company from its headquarters in Brisbane to become the largest privately-owned travel management company in Australia before listing it on the Australian Stock Exchange in late 2010.
Today, the company employs more than 2000 FTE staff.
Prior to establishing Corporate Travel Management, Jamie was employed by Arthur Andersen (now Ernst & Young) as a chartered accountant specialising in business services and the financial consulting division in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the United Arab Emirates.
Jamie was also a major shareholder and co-founder of an online hotel booking engine Quickbeds.com.au which was sold in 2003.
His core strengths include strategic planning, growth and development, risk management and technology. In recognition of his role in overseeing Corporate Travel Management’s strong growth, Jamie has twice been a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Les Szekely B.A. LL.M. FAICD is the managing director of Grand Prix Capital (GPC). He functions as a board strategy consultant, a non-executive director and an angel investor focused on rapid growth businesses. He specializes in start-ups, privately owned and micro-cap listed businesses.
Les is an active business angel, mentor, and M&A consultant. His portfolio includes Hotelclub, Siteminder, DesignCrowd, Microequities and Rezdy.
Prior to founding GPC Les was a Tax Consulting Director with Deloitte Private and is the author or editor of 14 publications on tax planning. He is also engaged in pro-bono Boards including The 40K Foundation and the JCA Executive.
It’s been reported in Skift that the price Booking Holdings agreed to pay for HotelCombined was USD140m while the global giant also outlaid USD250 million for tours and actvities tech company FareHarbor. Small change really. Neither was mentioned in the acquisition announcements by Booking Holdings because they are “immaterial” – and it’s hard to argue. Booking Holdings is still sitting on USD7.3 billion in cash and marketable securities.
RMS – The Hospitality Cloud has become the first accommodation technology company to achieve FedRAMP security certification for its Property Management System enabling it to win a game-changing contract with the US Marine Corps. More …
Hospitality tech company TravelClick has proved to be an amazing investment for its past two owners – will incoming owner Amadeus, which has just agreed to pay private equity firm Thoma Bravo USD$1.52 billion for the business, be able to say the same? More …
In a sensational and unexpected announcement, key SiteMinder shareholder Bailador Technology Investments has revealed that company owners are considering a stock market listing of the hotel tech and distribution business, which has more than 30,000 customers in 160 countries. More …
Klook is now officially valued at more USD1 billion, making the ‘in-destination services booking platform’, the Asian travel industry’s first ‘unicorn’* following a USD200 million raising this week. More …
Australia’s tourism industry has the potential to grow visitor nights in Australia to one billion by 2029-30 and contribute $150 billion to the national economy, according to a new report from the NRMA called Are We There Yet?
The NRMA, the largest motoring organisation in Australia, is a major tourism investor owning a $800+ million portfolio across Thrifty Car Rentals, Manly Fast Ferries, Travelodge, Hotel Kurrajong and Holiday Parks in six states. More …
Get set for Travel IQ, a new one-day conference that celebrates the business of travel. It’s at The Langham, Sydney, on October 24 and features a dynamic program packed with the leaders of Australia’s most influential and interesting travel companies.
“Delegates will see the industry through their eyes, connect with like-minded peers and leave with a better understanding of where they’d like to take their business,” says event founder Martin Kelly.
“Travel IQ is an intelligent travel business forum designed to inform and inspire,” he adds.
TRAVEL IQ – CONFIRMED SPEAKERS
Anthony Hayes, Chief Operating Officer, Sealink Travel Group (SLK)
Anthony Moulder, Head of Transport & Infrastructure Research, CLSA Australia
Consolidation in the travel insurance sector has continued with NIB Holdings Limited (ASX: NIF) buying QBE Travel, Australia’s fourth-largest travel insurer, for up to $25m, the final price dependent on performance. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2019. QBE Travel will be rolled in the World Nomads Group, which NIB bought for $95m in July 2015. The sector’s biggest travel insurer, Cover-More, was bought by Zurich Insurance for $741m in April, 2017.
Meriton has been fined $3 million by the Federal Court of Australia for “engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct” and breaching the Australian Consumer Law by not soliciting TripAdvisor reviews from guests the serviced apartment operator believed would be negative. More …
It’s been a massive week for AccorHotels, which is moving faster than a rabbit down a hole, chasing new opportunities and deals from Sub-Saharan Africa to the Australian coast, all the while continually reinventing itself as more than an accommodation business. More …
It’s official, InterContinental Hotels Group has won the management rights for Hayman Island, which will re-open in 2019 after a revamp by its owners Mulpha Australia due to the devastation wrought by Cyclone Debbie last year. More …
Australia’s hotels were busier than they ever have been in the period from April to June with an average occupancy rate of 73.2% – “the highest for any Q2 on record”, according to STR. The record run came despite an overall increase in room supply of more than 2%. The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast during April were a significant factor with strong demand driving a revenue per available room increase of 24% for the quarter.
Inbound tourism to Australia continued its steady rise during May with Indian market the strongest performer, recording a +20.9% increase over 2017, according to the latest ABS stats. The biggest flops were Malaysia (-13.0%), the United States of America (-4.5%) and Singapore (-4.4%).
Meanwhile, outbound travel by Australians rebounded after a flat few months. Japan +20.9%, China +16.3% and Indonesia +11.0% recorded the best results. Worst were Thailand (-3.2%), New Zealand (-2.3%) and Fiji (-0.4%).
Startup Daily reports that Australian travel app “Seatfrog has raised $8 million in Series A funding led by European venture capital firm Octopus Ventures, with participation from existing backers including HOWZAT Partners.” Seatfrog enables users to bid for an airline seat upgrade and allow access last-minute premium seats. See story…
Graphic imagery of the forecast domination of Chinese tourists in the Australian market and part of an investor presentation by the Star Entertainment Group. Stats from Tourism Research Australia. The phrase never put all your eggs in one basket comes to mind…
Accommodation meta-search company HotelsCombined – based in Sydney, Australia – has been bought by Bookings Holding for an undisclosed sum. HotelsCombined will be absorbed into the Booking Holdings maw with management reporting to its “leading travel metasearch brand, Kayak.” “We’ve always been inspired by the entrepreneurial culture of Booking Holdings brands,” said Hichame Assi, CEO of HotelsCombined. Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, added, “HotelsCombined has built a strong brand with loyal consumers across APAC, and we believe the team will be a great addition as we expand our worldwide meta-search strategy.”
Speakers, Program Revealed - Sydney, October 24, 2018 -
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