• Airbnb boss calls for 'light touch' rules on WA hosts, saying regulations stifle tourism growth

    Short-stay accommodation giant says a mishmash of regulations on Airbnb accommodation is acting as a "handbrake" on WA's economy, and contributing to the state being left behind a national tourism boom.
  • CTM lifts TTV by 31%

    CORPORATE Travel Management (CTM) has continued its strong financial performance, reporting a 31% lift in its Total Transaction Value (TTV) for the six months to Dec 2018, recorded at $2.95 billion (TD breaking news).The business travel management company also recorded a 21% rise in Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, and Amortisation (EBITDA) for 1H of the 2018/19 financial year, bringing in a total of $64.6m.CTM Managing Director Jamie Pherous said the strong results were attributable to the comp
  • Aussie travel growing: ABS

    AUSTRALIA saw 42.1 million movements across its international border in 2018, according to the latest figures from the ABS.The number represented an increase of 5% on 2017 which recorded 40 million crossings, with the vast majority of movements by air (99%).Top performing months in 2018 were Dec with 4 million movements, followed by Jan and Jul, while May was clocked as the least busy month, notching only 3 million.Topping the list as the busiest day of the year was Sat 22 Dec, recording a whopp
  • Sabre appoints OTA head

    SABRE Corporation has announced the appointment of Sean McDonald to the role of Vice President, Online Travel for its Travel Network business.He will be charged with leading worldwide sales, commercial operations, business development & solution delivery for Online Travel Agencies (OTAs), metasearch engines and other digital travel companies.McDonald arrives at Sabre from a role as Chief Commercial Officer at BD4travel, a technology company that delivers AI-driven personalisation to the onli
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  • IHG stays strong

    INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group (IHG) has delivered positive results for the period ending 31 Dec 2018, with the hotel group reporting a 6.6% increase in total gross revenue, to $27.4 billion for the period.Global RevPAR for the business increased by 2.5%, with underlying operating profit growing by 6%, while the total net system growth grew by 4.8% to reach 837,000 rooms.The positive results have been driven by a string of investments by the company, which CEO Keith Barr said “have allowed
  • Helloworld govt

    THE media storm surrounding Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and his alleged “free holiday” acquired through Helloworld Travel has stepped up a notch, with reports now highlighting that Australia’s US Ambassador, Joe Hockey arranged for embassy staff to meet with a corporate travel company before it lobbied for government work.The meeting, which was reportedly intended to help Helloworld understand the travel requirements of foreign affairs staff in the USA, was said to have ta
  • EK launches Porto

    from Jul 2019, Emirates will operate a new route from Dubai to Porto in Portugal, marking the first Middle Eastern carrier to offer a service to the city.The route will be serviced by three-class 777-300ER aircraft, with reservations now open.
  • Crown’s mixed results

    CROWN Resorts Limited has reported mixed results for the half year ending 31 Dec 2018, with Executive Chairman John Alexander calling the outcome a reflection of trading conditions.Reported Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) came in at $174.9m, up 9.9% before significant items were accounted for in the prior corresponding period (PCP) or down 26.7% after significant items were included in the PCP.“Total normalised revenue across Crown’s Australian resorts decreased by 1.2% on the PCP,&rdquo
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  • BNE Show & Go

    BRISBANE Airport is offering agents a chance to win two Business class trips to Manila flying Philippine Airlines.
    To go in the draw to win, agents have to register for the BNE Show & Go event on 13 Mar.For info, see the cover page.
  • Agent fakes cancer

    TONY Petrovski, the Sydney travel agent accused of lying about having cancer and pocketing money from his employer (TD 07 May 18) has reportedly been spared from jail.According to media reports,Petrovski has been sentenced to three years imprisonment to be served by way of an intensive corrections order which includes 750 hours of community service.The former Imperial China Tours employee was found to have made a total of 82 unauthorised transactions from Imperial China Tours’ bank account
  • TD breaking news – CTM delivers strong H1 results

    Corporate Travel Management has recorded a 23% lift in revenue for H1.
    Corporate Travel Management (CTM) has just released its results for the six months to Dec 2018, achieving a 31% growth in Total Transaction Value (TTV).
    The company achieved $212.2m in revenue and other income, up 23% on the prior corresponding period.
    Underlying Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) was $64.6m, a 21% increase.
    CTM Managing Director Jamie Pherous said “this strong perform
  • Search for backpackers scaled back as police make contact with relatives

    A 20-year-old Englishman and his 21-year-old French companion were travelling along the east coast of Australia before they were reported as missing.
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  • 'Glimmer of hope' remains in search for young backpackers missing off NSW beach

    A 20-year-old Englishman and his 21-year-old French companion were travelling along the east coast of Australia before they were reported as missing on Monday morning.
  • Viking cruise saving

    VIKING Cruises has released a $3,600 saving offer on its popular “Grand European” river cruise.The 15-day sailing between Budapest and Amsterdam is now priced from $4,995 per person, not including airfares, for selected departures in Jul, Aug and Sep 2019 for guests who book between 08 Feb and 31 Mar – more info 138 747.
  • Tauck ramps up Oz

    TAUCK is running an incentive where agents can earn a free river cruise when six pax are booked or a free Tauck land journey when 20 pax are booked.The cruise line is also preparing to run free agent info sessions.For more info, see page 11.
  • SeaLink H1 profit up 15%

    SEALINK Travel Group today cited “subdued trading conditions in the tourism sector” as it reported its results for the six months to 31 Dec, with a $13m net profit after tax, up 15%.Revenue was up 32% to $130.4 million, mainly due to the inclusion of the company’s newly acquired Kingfisher Bay Resort operations on Fraser Island in the full six-month period.“The first half of 2019 was one of continued expansion of our product offerings to iconic Australian destinations,&rd
  • Scoot $299 Athens

    SCOOT has launched a “Deal of the Decade” sale, including fares from Perth to Athens starting at just $299 one way including taxes.Offers also include flights from the Gold Coast to Singapore for $139, and $159 from Sydney and Melbourne, while deals are also available for flights to Japan ($209), Thailand ($149) and Hong Kong ($189), not including bags.Fares are on sale until 23.59 on Thu 28 Feb – flyscoot.com.
  • New role for Bijoy

    BIJOY John has taken a new position at Booking.com, as the online accommodation specialist’s Connectivity Partner Business Manager.Based in Sydney, John takes up his role after just over three years at Tramada Systems, most recently as Head of Sales and Account Management.Booking.com’s Connectivity Partnerships team manages the ecosystem of tech firms providing IT solutions for the company’s accommodation partners such as property management systems, channel managers, online bo
  • HLO hits the headlines

    HELLOWORLD Travel has been embroiled in a political controversy today, after revelations the company paid for a family holiday in Singapore taken by Federal Finance Minister, Senator Mathias Cormann.The front page story in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald confirms the 2017 transaction on the HLO “staff and family travel” account, covering Perth-Singapore flights of Cormann, his wife and two children.The trip took place just over a year ago, but Cormann only paid for the flights
  • Dream coastal trips

    DREAM Cruises is showcasing a series of Australian coastal voyages aboard its newly refurbished Explorer Dream over the 2019/20 summer season.Trips include several seven-night Tasmania Explorer departures ex Sydney – see the cover page.
  • BW acquires WorldHotels

    BEST Western Hotels & Resorts today announced the acquisition of the WorldHotels collection of independent properties, with the deal said to enhance the Best Western portfolio to include the “upper-upscale and luxury segments” of the market.WorldHotels currently has about 300 members, described as a collection of “unique and special hotels and resorts in premier destinations around the world”.The acquisition settled last week, with Best Western saying WorldHotels woul
  • Biz events inject $187m

    BUSINESS Events Australia has announced that the total economic value of events secured by Tourism Australia’s (TA) Business Events Bid Fund (BFP) almost doubled in the past three months to reach a new milestone of $187 million.The program, which was launched in Jul 2018, aims to boost Australia’s visitor economy by tapping into the Business Events sector.Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan said the results demonstrated the fund’s effectiveness in improvi
  • CWT rebrands

    CARLSON Wagonlit Travel has officially changed its name, overnight unveiling its new three-letter identity as simply CWT.The company said the new brand honours its heritage and digital leadership ambitions, as well as reflecting the “three pillars of its focused valued proposition” – simplifying corporate travel, connecting to unlock possibilities, and collaborating with businesses.
  • 'Stabbed in the back': China threatens 'double-faced' NZ with tourism 'stick' following Huawei ban

    Chinese state media claims Chinese tourists are abandoning New Zealand because of its Huawei ban, but analysts say China is not giving up on the country just yet.
  • On one side of this island, taxpayers will foot a clean-up bill. Developers are invited on the other

    In Australia's largest island national park, taxpayers will be forced to spend $1.3 million cleaning up a resort in ruins while the Queensland Government courts companies to build more eco-accommodation on the other side of the island.
  • Sydney is expensive, but what people spend their money on might surprise you

    It's not the usual suspects of rising energy costs, tolls or petrol that are hitting the hip-pockets of New South Wales voters the hardest. Take a look at what expenses are chewing up the household income.
  • Sydney is expensive, but what people spend their money on may surprise you

    It's not the usual suspects of rising energy costs, tolls or petrol that are hitting the hip-pockets of New South Wales voters the hardest. Take a look at what expenses are chewing up the household income.
  • Show Group price

    HELLOWORLD Travel’s first half accounts released today (see p1) confirm the company paid $7 million for Show Group Enterprises, which was acquired late last year from former owner Avis Budget Group (TD 20 Dec 18).The figure included $5.8 million in goodwill attributable to the “experience of Show Group’s management, operating synergies and future profitability”.Show Group will complement Helloworld’s existing corporate operations, which performed strongly during the
  • Quest newbuilds

    QUEST Apartment Hotels is continuing its expansion across Australia, today highlighting new properties in Melbourne and Perth, including the soon-to-debut Quest St Kilda Road with 104 studio, one- & two-bedroom apartments – see page 10.
  • QF SIN promotion

    QANTAS has today launched a new promotion in partnership with Singapore’s Changi Airport, offering QF customers a S$20 Changi Airport voucher if they book eligible flights transiting through the airport.Passengers can collect vouchers at the iShopChangi counter in Terminal 1 by presenting their passport and flight itineraries.Vouchers can be redeemed across a range of retail outlets and lounges, valid for bookings made until 31 Dec 2019.
  • Meudell to DNSW

    KRISTY Meudell has been appointed to a new role as Director, PR and Visiting Media at Destination NSW.Meudell’s career includes more than seven years with Gate 7, including a stint as Visit California Account Director Australia/NZ.
  • Malaysian ups MEL

    MALAYSIA Airlines has flagged an expansion of services between Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur, with GDS indicating frequencies moving to 17 per week from the current double daily operation.The three extra services are currently scheduled to operate from 01 Jul-30 Sep 2019.
  • Leisure Pass profile

    LEISURE Pass Group is taking part in the upcoming Visit USA expos, offering agents the opportunity to save clients time and money on admission to top attractions, tours and museums.The company offers product in more than 30 cities worldwide – for more details see the product profile on page 12 of TD.
  • Helloworld lifts TTV 6.1%

    HELLOWORLD’S 2017/18 first half results released today (TD breaking news) reflect the spate of acquisitions the firm made last year, with Total Transaction Value (TTV) up 6.1% to $3.2 billion.The company said integration of Magellan, Asia Escape Holidays and Flight Systems (Skiddoo) would drive profitable growth in future years.The six-month period saw a net increase of 10 new members in the company’s Australian and NZ retail network to 2,233, while key achievements included the comp
  • Go golden with VA

    VIRGIN Australia is promoting its “fly freedom and get gold” initiative for SMEs.Gold Velocity memberships are up for grabs in conjunction with purchases of return Freedom fares for travel by 28 Feb – more details on the cover page.
  • Bestjet creditors mount

    THE liquidators of collapsed online travel agent Bestjet have revealed a significant number of claims relating to “damages” on top of actual chargebacks for tickets not received, with total debts of the company potentially worth over $24 million.Minutes of the second meeting of Bestjet creditors, released last week, noted that for the purposes of the meeting the damages claims were being admitted, but they are likely to reduce substantially.In the lead-up to the meeting, the leader o
  • AIME opens today

    THE business events sector is descending on Melbourne today for AIME 2019, with the show managed for the first time this year by Talk2 Media & Events.
  • TD breaking news – Profits and TTV up in strong first half for Helloworld Travel

    Helloworld reports 6.1% increase in TTV to $3.2 billion.
    Helloworld Travel Limited has just released its financial results for the six months to 31 December 2018, with the acquisitions of Magellan Travel Group, Asia Escape Holidays and Skiddoo (Flight Systems Group) driving a 6.1% increase in Total Transaction Value.
    Basic earnings increased 2.8% to 18.2c per share, with shareholders to receive an 8c fully franked interim dividend. Pre-tax profit was $31.5 million for the period, up 4.2%.
  • Detention island or tropical paradise? Christmas Island's quiet campaign to make over its image

    On one of Australia's most remote tropical islands, a quiet campaign has been playing out to change the way the rest of the world sees it. And it looks like it's working.
  • Territory tourism blow as youth travel company Contiki pulls out of Alice Springs

    The international youth travel company pulls the pin on Alice Springs as several other tour operators also threaten to cut their stays in the Central Australian town.
  • QF’s dose of virtual reality

    QANTAS Chief Customer Officer Vanessa Hudson and Head of International, Alison Webster (pictured) hosted an event at the QF First Lounge in Sydney yesterday to unveil the design of the carrier’s new First Lounge in Singapore.The Singapore lounge doesn’t actually exist yet – but that wasn’t a problem, because the carrier and its industrial designer David Caon are using virtual reality to visualise the facility, as a way of allowing them to preview and fine tune the lounge

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