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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

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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Masquerade at Etihad – upper class masks for premium passengers

By |2020-08-12T18:11:54+10:00August 7th, 2020|Daily News|

Forget about the Qantas pyjamas. There's a new aviation status symbol in the front end of the plane at 36,000 feet. And it's called a #snood. In a sign of the times, and precursor of what’s to come, Etihad has launched a 'luxury' face mask (dubbed a snood) for its More ...

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Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin says business travel down 10% long term

By |2020-08-06T10:38:04+10:00August 6th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin believes business travel will "never return to the new normal" and that in the long term corporate numbers likely sit around 10% less than they were pre-COVID. Short term, until mid-2021, he estimates business travel will be down 25% to 30%. "Longer term, my expectation is More ...

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Virgin ditches Tigerair Australia, cuts workforce, opts for Boeing 737 fleet

By |2020-08-05T15:50:35+10:00August 5th, 2020|Aviation, Daily News|

Virgin Australia will, under the pending ownership of Bain Capital, cut its workforce from 9000 to 6000, eliminate low cost carrier Tigerair Australia, move to an all-Boeing 737 mainline fleet and shift to a new technology platform, CEO Paul Scurrah announced today. Scurrah said the failed airline, currently in administration, More ...

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Booking.com to restructure business and reduce workforce by 25%

By |2020-08-05T08:56:52+10:00August 5th, 2020|Daily News|

Booking.com, the world's dominant online travel agent, will restructure its business and shed 25% of staff by the end of this year due to the impact of COVID-19. Up 4500 staff could lose their jobs, though final numbers are still being worked through, according to a US Securities and Exchange More ...

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Travel agents to close as Victoria enters Stage 4 Restrictions

By |2020-08-04T10:25:36+10:00August 4th, 2020|Daily News|

More permanent travel agency closures appear inevitable after the Victorian government ordered all non-essential retailers to shut their doors from Thursday for six weeks as part of its onerous Stage 4 Restrictions. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the new restrictions in a last-ditch bid to bring the rampant spread of More ...

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Superhero sunset on social media rescues Gympie’s daggy reputation

By |2020-07-31T09:49:40+10:00July 31st, 2020|Daily News|

Fabulous story on the ABC website about how the power of celebrity, social media and stunning imagery from the Hemsworth bothers, Liam and Chris, combined to change the focus on the previously daggy Gympie region just north of Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Check it out!

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Palmy is back baby! Holiday house shortage looms as demand booms

By |2020-07-29T09:02:40+10:00July 29th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

Property managers predict this winter will be the busiest ever for Sydney's northern beaches holiday house market as cooped up Sydneysiders make the area their weekend playground. They also report Christmas bookings are being made at an unprecedented rate, fuelling fears of a holiday home shortage. Premium stock is already More ...

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Aircraft a bigger virus risk than cruise ships say consumers

By |2020-07-27T17:42:25+10:00July 27th, 2020|Daily News|

It hardly seems possible, but despite all the adverse publicity about cruising and COVID, travellers across Asia-Pacific except Japan consider flying to be the riskier proposition.  More than a third (37%) of respondents to a survey commissioned by Sabre said they believed ''air travel posed the highest risk of infection More ...

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Indigenous tourism business model challenged by int’l travel bans

By |2020-07-24T17:12:46+10:00July 24th, 2020|Daily News|

Indigenous tourism - a star performer over the past decade - is among the hardest hit sectors of the  Australia's travel industry from COVID border restrictions with a new report revealing its heavy dependence on wealthy international visitors. The Indigenous Tourism Sector Analysis commissioned by Tourism and Events Queensland shows More ...

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Short-term rentals outperform hotels across 27 markets during COVID

By |2020-07-23T09:28:44+10:00July 23rd, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

Short-term rentals have been much more popular than "traditional hotels" throughout the COVID pandemic, recording significantly higher occupancy rates between March and June, according to the preliminary findings of a joint analysis across 27 global markets by STR and AirDNA. STR and AirDNA compared the performance of traditional hotels, hotel-comparable short-term rentals More ...

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Domestic air traffic increases at Sydney Airport after hitting rock bottom

By |2020-07-21T10:23:07+10:00July 21st, 2020|Daily News|

Last June 3.4 million passengers either arrived or departed from Sydney Airport, Australia's busiest aviation gateway. This June, that number had collapsed to just 174,000 - a precipitous decline of 95%. Most were domestic travellers: 142,000, which is better than May or April, however there is no prospect of a More ...

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US OTAs Airbnb, Agoda, Booking and Expedia form Asian lobby group with no Asian members

By |2020-07-17T09:38:27+10:00July 16th, 2020|Daily News|

Booking Holdings, Airbnb and the Expedia Group  have formed a regional lobby group called the Asia Travel Technology Industry Association, but it would appear there is something missing.  No Asian-owned companies are listed as members on the ATTIA website, while the entire association executive is drawn from the most senior More ...

Indian hospitality at tech tipping point says new report from RMS

By |2020-07-15T11:11:09+10:00July 15th, 2020|Daily News|

Technology will play a key role in the long road to recovery from the COVID crisis for India’s hospitality industry, according to a comprehensive new report, Indian Hospitality at Tech Tipping Point, produced by RMS Cloud. The report reveals that hotels using cloud-based property and revenue management technology have been More ...

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Airbnb’s Australian web traffic halved by international travel ban

By |2020-07-14T11:12:10+10:00July 14th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

International border closures by the Federal Government are the obvious reason for a for a 50% drop in the number of monthly visits to Airbnb's Australian website between January and June, 2020, based on data from SimilarWeb. In January Airbnb.com.au had 8.6 million visits. Numbers fell to to 1.6 million More ...

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Special Report – short term rentals bounce back, Byron Bay leads the way

By |2020-07-17T15:24:14+10:00July 9th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

It was like a car smash in which the driver and passengers were battered and bruised but managed to escape the wreck, hobbling  away with a new resolve to make the most of every day – because you never know what will happen next. I’m referring to COVID, of course, More ...

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The Jumbo Jet – Get on Board, Last 747 Flight for Qantas Looms

By |2020-07-13T13:51:52+10:00July 6th, 2020|Daily News|

People get emotional about aircraft and the looming retirement from the Qantas fleet of the workhorse Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet has got a few people a bit teary, so  Qantas is running three one-hour  flights of nostalgia for aviation buffs and customers. The 747 has been serving Qantas since 1971 More ...

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Book direct campaigns having impact in SA says former Expedia boss

By |2020-07-14T15:30:03+10:00July 3rd, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

Government and tourism industry campaigns encouraging consumers to book direct with accommodation providers rather than Online Travel Agents appear to be working, according to the former Managing Director of Expedia Australia, George Ruebensal. Ruebensal now operates  Karawatha Cottages in McLaren Vale, a food and wine region 45 minutes from Adelaide More ...

Webjet flags potential acquisitions as it seeks to raise EUR100m

By |2020-07-13T13:54:41+10:00July 3rd, 2020|Daily News|

#Webjet had a monthly cash burn rate of $15 million for the June quarter and “nominal” revenue in April/May yet says it sees opportunity in adversity and is open to buying other companies despite the global travel slowdown almost certain to extend well into 2021. Optimistic. MD John Guscic said the More ...

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Registration on the way for NSW short term rental industry

By |2020-07-14T15:31:29+10:00July 1st, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

ASTRA Chairman Rob Jeffress The NSW government will introduce formal registration of short term rental properties in the first half of next year, the The Australian Short Term Rental Accommodation Industry Association (ASTRA) believes. Chairman Rob Jeffress today said legislation governing short term rentals and a code of More ...

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Younger travellers behind demand surge for holiday parks, caravans

By |2020-07-13T13:55:26+10:00June 29th, 2020|Daily News|

Younger travellers are behind a surge in Australian holiday park bookings  and caravan sales according to an encouraging story on the ABC website. "The Caravan Industry Association of Australia said since the easing of restrictions in recent weeks, every state and territory had experienced a "boom" in caravan sales and More ...

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Bain Capital agrees to buy Virgin Australia, hard work begins

By |2020-07-13T15:41:59+10:00June 26th, 2020|Daily News|

Bain Capital has entered into an agreement to buy Virgin Australia, Australia’s second-largest airline, which entered voluntary administration on April 21.   Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Paul Scurrah said: “This is a great day for Virgin Australia and a huge milestone as we move forward with More ...

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Sonder says occupancies now at 75%, raises $170m funding

By |2020-07-14T15:32:11+10:00June 26th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

Sonder interior. Company says guests want digital check-in, keyless entry, professional cleaning, and no contact. Leading short term rental company Sonder has just raised US$170m and says average occupancy has bounced back to 75% across its portfolio of 12,000 rooms in six countries after falling to 40% at More ...

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Qantas announces redundancies, capital raising & grounding of 100 aircraft

By |2020-07-13T15:36:55+10:00June 25th, 2020|Daily News|

Qantas today announced a total operational and staffing overhaul –  “rightsizing” all aspects of its operation to reflect anticipated long-term reduced demand. It’s part of a three year strategy to “guide recovery and return to growth in a changed market”.  All details contained in following media release: More More ...

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