Media Release, 14 November, 2013

No Vacancy, Australia’s leading accommodation industry conference, returns to the Sheraton on The Park in Sydney on March 26, 2014.

As ever, it will be a focussed one-day event revolving around a strong program with entertaining, influential speakers.

There’ll also be great networking through the day with a bustling trade show and more than 200 delegates.

Balancing Act is the 2014 theme and work has started on the program.

Conference director Martin Kelly said the event timing couldn’t be better.

“This is a very interesting yet challenging and complex time for the Australian accommodation industry,” Mr Kelly said.

“Demand is strong especially the CBD markets led by Sydney which had its strongest ever month during October with record occupancy and rate.

“Other cities aren’t far behind while leisure destinations are also picking up.

“It feels like accommodation is on the cusp of a long-term upswing.

“But it’s not all plain sailing. There are also tensions in the marketplace, especially between suppliers and distributors such as Online Travel Agents.

“Meanwhile, consumers are evolving as fast as their latest electronic gadget. It’s hard to keep up.”

Mr Kelly said: “The program will definitely explore the distribution dynamic and also look at the latest industry issues and trends.”

Two hot topics that will be included while seemingly contradictory are luxury lodges and budget hotels.

“That both sectors can be doing well may indicate a more switched on consumer who trades up and down depending on circumstance. As I said, it’s interesting times.”

Sponsorships are now available and tickets will go on sale soon.

Further information: Martin Kelly, (612) 9882-1575, martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz

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