Campaign to improve travel for pax with intellectual challenges

Travelport is launching a campaign to raise awareness among travel agents about how they can improve airline travel for passengers with intellectual challenges. The first goal is to promote the DPNA Special Service Request (SSR) code, which alerts airlines that a passenger has intellectual or developmental disability and needs assistance. This six-month long campaign, allied to the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 which begin next week in the UAE, will reach more than 100,000 travel agents in over 30 countries. Pictured is Team Jordan.

Meanwhile, in the European Alps…

Across the world there’s been crazy weather these past few weeks. But in the Swiss and French Alps it has been business as usual this winter. Snow, sunshine, alpine sport and spectacular scenery. I took these shots while travelling in Verbier and Chamonix, two of the world’s iconic mountain towns, in the second half of January. Get there of you can. And now, unfortunately, it’s back to work…

On the way to Tortin, deep in the Swiss Alps.

All Hail Captain Cook – New Disruptive Ferry Service for Sydney

Captain Cook Cruises has launched AHOY, Australia’s first ‘ferry hailing’  app.  The first on-demand route started yesterday and covers Elizabeth Bay to Garden Island and Circular Quay in Sydney for a cost of $7.50, much cheaper than a cab, Uber or water taxi. 

“Like popular ride sharing services, AHOY allows customers to locate their ferry, hail a ride and then track the ferries journey and time until it arrives, More 

Age Bubble Won’t Burst for Australian Holiday Parks Says Salt

Demographer Bernard Salt says the future is looking good for Australia’s holiday parks as the two most populous age groups – the Millennials and Baby Boomers – move into the sector’s sweet spot, albeit with very different intentions.

For the Millennials, it’s a family and mortgage thing.

“Millennials will be the fastest-rising demographic over the next 10 years,” says Salt. Nothing new in that but this time around they will be people in their 30s and 40s with kids. More 

Sign of the Times at Brokenwood – and the Hunter Valley

It’s a huge day in the ever-evolving Hunter Valley with wine industry legend James Halliday opening the brand new tasting rooms and restaurant at Brokenwood, a winery he founded in the early 1970s with fellow Sydney solicitors Tony Albert and John Beeston.

Almost 50 years on, Halliday is the sole survivor of the original trio and, at 80, remains incredibly productive, unchallenged as Australia’s leading wine writer. More 

Strong Christmas Bookings for Australian Holiday Parks

The Melbourne Cup is done, and won, and summer’s almost here. As temperatures rise, holiday park operators around Australia are working frantically to prepare for the holiday hordes who will descend over the Christmas break, six weeks when normal life ends and it’s time to work, work and work some more.  RMS Cloud has spoken with some of Australia’s leading holiday park operators to find out how the peak summer season is shaping up. Here’s what they had to say. More 

STAY - Short Term Rental Summit

- Sydney, November, 2020 - 

Welcome to STAY – Short-Term Rental Summit 2020, the first Australian event focused on short stay accommodation.

It will be an action-packed day where all sectors of the industry can meet, learn and network, setting up their year ahead with new relationships, contacts and prospects.

Space has been blocked for mid-November in Sydney. 

While a  lot can change between then and now, given the recent pace of social relaxation, we're confident we'll be able to run a flesh and blood event with live streaming for those who can't make it.

Given what 2020 has thrown at us all, STAY will bring the industry together for the first time and help shape the future of Australia's short term rental industry.

Because final capacity is understandably uncertain at this point, please register your interest in STAY to be put on a non-obligatory wait list and also receive the latest updates. 

More details will be posted soon.  Meanwhile, here's an early overview of the event.

Theme: Growing Pains.

Target Audience: Owners, Property Management Companies, Aggregators, Platforms, Investors, Suppliers, Regulators, Real Estate Agents, Government.

Format: One day conference and marketplace. Tightly run, mix of issues and education. Focus on high profile speakers/companies, potential for workshop.

Program: Packed with news, views, trends, opportunities, case studies and industry leaders.

Focus: Marketing, distribution, branding, quality control, guest, tech, data and regulatory environment.

Marketplace: Latest industry products and innovations from suppliers participating at STAY Marketplace, a trade show which will run throughout the day, complementing the conference.

We're looking for foundation partners for both STAY and other related initiatives we have planned - please get in touch if you'd like to find out more.

STAY is being produced by Martin Kelly, creator of several successful B2B travel industry event brands, including No Vacancy and TRAVELtech.

He can be reached on


Travel IQ is a content, marketing, research and strategy consultancy for travel businesses.

It helps travel companies improve positioning, communications, stakeholder engagement and public relations through content-led strategic initiatives.

Typically, Travel IQ develops a multi-tier approach including stories/blog posts, newsletters, media releases, white papers, reports and events - all designed to better connect business with their customers.

Often, clients have neglected their marketing communications, so Travel IQ works with them to create credible positioning and messaging to ensure a solid, relevant platform before embarking on outreach.

Travel IQ is run by Martin Kelly, who has a strong background in travel, journalism, communications and marketing.

He is also a respected travel industry analyst, contributing to Phocuswright's regional research reports while representing them as a speaker at events in Australia and overseas.

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