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West Australian govt funds $3m support package for travel agents

By |2020-09-18T12:19:01+10:00September 18th, 2020|Daily News|

The West Australian government today announced a $3 million support package for the state's travel agents, whose businesses have been decimated by COVID travel restrictions.  It will provide packages of up to $5,000 to home-based agents and minimum $10,000 packages to brick-and-mortar businesses. To qualify, travel agents must have an More ...

New COVID travel portal from Tourism Australia

By |2020-09-17T10:08:15+10:00September 17th, 2020|Daily News|

Travellers can now access a new COVID travel web resource from Tourism Australia. The ‘Australian COVID Travel Portal' aggregates key safety information, travel restrictions and guidelines from every state and territory. It includes current status of all state and territory borders and associated travel restrictions, relevant information on transport, hotels More ...

It’s terminal, Tigerair Australia shut down for good by Virgin Australia

By |2020-09-11T08:12:08+10:00September 11th, 2020|Aviation, Daily News|

Virgin Australia (VAH) has finally killed off its low-cost carrier Tigerair Australia, according to multiple media reports. The carrier, which has been grounded since late April, was originally going to be mothballed by VAH and resurrected when travel recovered post-COVID . But in a customer email obtained by Yahoo Finance, More ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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