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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

Radical Travello pivot nets social media gold, doubles followers to 3m

By |2020-09-09T14:39:41+10:00September 9th, 2020|Daily News|

A radical pivot for travel networking and experiences app Travello has seen the company's Facebook followers double to 3 million, while downloads have grown dramatically to reach more than one million in just five months since the company was forced to re-evaluate its business in the wake of COVID-19. Co-founder More ...

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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 ...

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Travel stocks soar by up to 50% in a month on vaccine speculation

By |2020-09-03T15:17:16+10:00September 3rd, 2020|Daily News|

Prospects of a vaccine have sent Australian travel stocks soaring by up to 50% over the past month and a leading fund manager believes they have plenty more headroom despite recent dismal financial results and dire short-term prospects. Corporate Travel Management (CTD) and Webjet (WEB) led the pack with share More ...

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Hope springs eternal at St. Arnaud, now part of the Silo Art Trail

By |2020-09-02T14:45:19+10:00September 2nd, 2020|Daily News|

Sleepy St. Arnaud, population 2619, is now part of the ‘Silo Art Trail’ in western Victoria thanks to a huge new artwork called ‘Hope’ spanning two grain silos on the outskirts of town. Created by local artist Kyle Torney, the painting depicts the human history of St. Arnaud, originally a More ...

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Helloworld pays out more $800m in refunds so far, more to come

By |2020-09-03T08:54:51+10:00September 1st, 2020|Daily News|

Major Australian travel retailer Helloworld (ASX: HLO) says it paid out out more than $800 million in full or partial refunds to customers from its corporate, wholesale and ticketing businesses in Australia and New Zealand up to June 30, 2020, due to the impact of COVId-19 on travel. It says More ...

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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 ...

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Auckland hotel price war on cards as record number of new properties open

By |2020-08-31T15:04:54+10:00August 28th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Auckland's hotel market is about to get challenged by the biggest wave of new top-end properties in its history at precisely the wrong time. The openings are led by the Park Hyatt Auckland on September 15, The Hotel Britomart on October 1, the QT Auckland before the end of 2020 More ...

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Upton sees tech upside as travel companies reboot online approach

By |2020-08-27T12:26:25+10:00August 27th, 2020|Daily News|

Travel technology and website specialist Dave Upton has never been busier. He says COVID - and the enforced downtime that comes with it - has caused many travel retail businesses to rethink the way they do business and invest heavily in their online website and distribution infrastructure. Upton, who is More ...

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Hertz cuts Australian fleet by 40%, calls for border openings, launches #backontheroad

By |2020-08-27T15:06:17+10:00August 27th, 2020|Daily News|

Hertz wants to get Australia moving again. Eoin Macneill, Vice President, Hertz Asia Pacific, today called on Australian governments to start opening borders and encouraging travel, revealing a lack of demand has forced the car rental giant to cut its Australian rental fleet by 40 per cent, from 35,000 vehicles More ...

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TFE Hotels left with Travelodge COVID quarantine mess, guests evacuated

By |2020-08-26T08:59:07+10:00August 26th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

The reputation of TFE Hotels, one of Australia’s largest accommodation groups, has taken a hit after 366 guests quarantined in the Travelodge Hotel Sydney were last night evacuated by NSW Police who determined that complaints about poor standards of cleanliness and hygiene at the property were valid. Guests, some of More ...

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Apollo takes off with $25 million in Fed and QLD Govt money

By |2020-08-25T13:58:54+10:00August 25th, 2020|Daily News|

Motorhome rental and manufacturing company Apollo Tourism and Leisure (ASX: ATL) has secured $25 million in government loans to help it trade through the pandemic. Apollo's cash reserves had been hit hard by global travel restrictions with the company revealing in early May cash had dropped to $12.4 million from More ...

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Holiday park bookings up 30 per cent in NSW says NRMA

By |2020-08-20T15:44:05+10:00August 20th, 2020|Daily News|

Leading holiday park operator NRMA Parks and Resorts says October school holidays bookings in across its NSW properties are up 30 per cent over last year. The most obvious trend is that people are seeking locations well away from cities and towns such as National Parks. This can been through More ...

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Qantas $2.7 billion loss due to “near total collapse of travel demand”

By |2020-08-20T14:28:05+10:00August 20th, 2020|Aviation, Daily News|

Qantas Group today reported a statutory loss of $2.7 billion for the year to June 30 - the "most challenging period" in the airline's 100 year history. The massive loss is entirely due to the impact of COVID-19. Until the virus hit, Qantas was doing well, posting a $771 million More ...

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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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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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