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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

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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Serko Results Reveal Business Travel Decimated by COVID-19

By |2020-07-13T15:48:14+10:00June 24th, 2020|Daily News|

Annual results from corporate travel booking platform Serko reveal a sector decimated by  COVID-19 with the recovery time frame exceptionally uncertain. The company predicts the Australasian market could still be operating at just  40% of previous volumes by March 2021 – nine months from now. As for the US and More ...

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Border Wars: Andrews’ SA Tourism Sledge Backfires after Vic COVID Surge

By |2020-07-13T15:48:54+10:00June 23rd, 2020|Daily News|

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who last week lampooned South Australia as a tourist destination, looks like a fool this morning as COVID cases in Melbourne spike causing other states to issue a travel warnings to the city. Andrews had taken offense at South Australia’s decision not to admit Victorians (in More ...

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Qantas cuts international flights, situation a “mess” – Flight Centre

By |2020-07-13T15:50:53+10:00June 18th, 2020|Daily News|

Graham Turner, Flight Centre Qantas has cut all international flights except to New Zealand until at least October, prompting Flight Centre MD Graham Turner to say the situation is a “mess” and will “only get worse” for tourism. Australia’s largest airline confirmed the move after Federal Tourism Minister More ...

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Hilton to sack 2100 staff, CLIA claims cruise closures could cost $5bn

By |2020-07-13T15:51:29+10:00June 17th, 2020|Daily News|

Hilton Worldwide has announced it will shed 2100 ‘corporate’ jobs across its global network and extend current staff furloughs, reduced hours, and pay reductions for up to 90 days.  Christopher Nassetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hilton, said he was “devastated” that the staff cuts were made. More ...

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Australian domestic air capacity to reach 74% of 2019 levels by Dec

By |2020-06-12T13:25:55+10:00June 12th, 2020|Daily News|

In good news for local tourism operators, the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) predicts Australian domestic air capacity will reach 55% of 2019 levels by the October school holidays and 74% just before the Christmas break. CAPA’s Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison said Australia is well positioned to suppress the “first wave” More ...

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Short Term Shift Continues as Sydney Vacancies Hit 18 Year High

By |2020-07-14T15:32:53+10:00June 10th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

The Airbnb gravy train is off the rails due to impact of COVID-19. Investors continued to shift their short term rental properties to the long term market in NSW, Australia’s largest state, through May with vacancies in inner Sydney hitting an 18-year high, “a trend that’s likely to continue.” The More ...

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Kohler Rips Into Federal Govt for Wanton Mistreatment of Tourism

By |2020-07-13T15:54:14+10:00June 9th, 2020|Daily News|

Respected economic commentator Alan Kohler has slammed the Federal Government for its short-sighted fiscal abuse of tourism businesses on two fronts – first by shutting the industry down and then not providing any targetted support. “The Federal Government began shutting down Australia’s tourism industry on February 1, when it banned More ...

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COVID-19 Makes Australian Skiing Even More Expensive in 2020

By |2020-07-13T16:06:48+10:00June 3rd, 2020|Daily News|

Thredbo ambassador Torah Bright – smoking! Thredbo has become the first Australian ski resort to reveal its pricing for season 2020, increasing the cost of a daily lift ticket by 20 per cent to $159 a day. Sounds outrageous at a time of hardship and unemployment for many, More ...

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Welcome to Winter – Queensland Comes to the Party as East Coast Australia Opens its Doors to Tourism

By |2020-07-14T15:35:16+10:00June 1st, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

Late autumn sunset at Narrabeen, a popular tourist spot on Sydney’s northern beaches. A surprise last-minute decision by Queensland to encourage travel within the state means the entire east coast of mainland Australia including NSW, ACT and Victoria is open for tourism as of today, June 1. More ...

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Closed Borders Could Equal Domestic Bliss says Analyst

By |2020-07-04T20:36:48+10:00May 27th, 2020|Daily News|

Dransfield Hotels and Resorts believes increased Australian domestic travel due to closed borders could more than compensate for the dearth of international tourists caused by COVID-19 travel restrictions. “Estimated domestic replacement in hotels could be considerably higher than the loss of international nights in both the cities in both the More ...

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Australian Hotels Hit Record Performance Low in April

By |2020-07-13T16:25:57+10:00May 26th, 2020|Daily News|

STR reports that April 2020  was the worst month ever in terms of performance for Australian hotels. "The absolute occupancy, ADR and RevPAR levels were the lowest for any month in STR’s Australia database," the company said. Occupancy: -72.7% to 19.9% ADR: -33.1% to AUD119.87 RevPAR: -81.7% to AUD23.85 "Melbourne More ...

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Opinion: AFTA Needs to Reset after Westbury Loses it, Leaves in Disgrace

By |2020-07-04T20:37:29+10:00May 14th, 2020|Daily News|

The spectacular and sudden immolation of CEO Jayson Westbury’s career speaks to bigger issues at the Australian Federation of Travel Agents, which looks badly out of touch with the modern world. Westbury resigned yesterday after saying TV host Tracy Grimshaw “needs to be given a firm uppercut or a slap More ...

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Qantas Slashes International Capacity by 23% to mid-September

By |2020-03-10T10:17:39+10:00March 10th, 2020|Daily News|

Qantas reducing capacity, withdrawing eight A380s from service. Qantas Group has taken decisive action to reduce costs because of slumping passenger demand caused by the coronavirus. In a major strategic shift, Qantas today announced it is withdrawing eight of its largest aircraft, the Airbus A380, from service and deploying smaller More ...

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OTAs Bend on Confidentiality and Agree to Share Short-term Booking data with European Union

By |2020-07-14T15:39:43+10:00March 9th, 2020|Daily News, Short Term Rental News|

Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group and TripAdvisor have agreed to share their short-term accommodation booking and guest data with the European Union (EU). Commissioner Thierry Breton said the data will help with “evidence-based policy” planning and transparency for the short-term leasing sector, critics including local government claim is destroying the social More ...

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Google Takes With One Hand and Then The Other as TripAdvisor & Trivago Play the Blame Game While Revenues Continue to Fall

By |2020-02-14T10:00:30+10:00February 14th, 2020|Daily News|

Google’s “have your cake and eat it too” approach to business – selling ads to companies while operating competing products – has been blamed by two leading online travel companies, Trivago and TripAdvisor, for significant revenue drops. Both companies said current industry dynamics, including increased competition from new player Trip.com More ...

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