Yearly Archives

Archive criteria : 2015

Queensland signs MOU with China Eastern Airlines

November 24, 2015 Queensland has become the first Australian state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with China Eastern Airlines in a landmark agreement set to deliver a $22 million tourism boost for the State.  The agreement secured a new, year round Shanghai –Brisbane … read more

Helloworld and AOT to merge

November 24, 2015 Two of Australia’s largest wholesale travel groups, the ASX-listed Helloworld and private company AOT, have agreed to merge, with Andrew Burnes as CEO and Cinzia Burnes as Executive Director. The merger will enable the company to better compete with Flight … read more

Expedia to buy holiday rental site HomeAway for $3.9 billion

November 24, 2015 Expedia is buying the holiday rental site HomeAway for $3.9 billion, as both companies feel competitive pressure from the rise of Airbnb.  HomeAway, as it becomes part of Expedia Inc., will become more city-oriented, and Airbnb is determined to increase … read more

Hotel giants consolidate

November 24, 2015 Global hotel giant, Marriott International Inc. has agreed to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. for US$12.2 billion, a combination that will create the world’s largest hotel group with more than 5,500 hotels, 1.1 million rooms, 30 brands and … read more

Investment guide to help grow Queensland tourism

November 24, 2015 Investors are encouraged to capitalise on Queensland’s booming tourism industry with the release of the state’s investment and development opportunities. Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones launched the Queensland Tourism Investment Guide 2015¬16 at the Northern Queensland Economic Summit … read more

Tasmanian Visitor Economy Strategy 2015-2020 – T21

November 24, 2015 The Tasmanian Government launched the Tasmanian Visitor Economy Strategy 2015-2020 earlier this month. The strategy will see the government and industry working together on four priorities: – Growing demand for travel to Tasmania; Expanding air and sea access; Investing in … read more

Red tape identified as major inhibitor of hotel development

November 24, 2015 Austrade has released a report examining the costs and time involved in developing hotels in Australia. The Hotel Development Regulations in Australia Report examines the complex planning and regulatory processes that apply to hotels across the three tiers of government. Significantly, … read more

ACCC and Price Parity

November 24, 2015 Following our submission to ACCC last year opposing Expedia’s acquisition of Wotif, ACCC recognised that the issue of OTAs and price parity was of significant concern to accommodation providers and launched a survey to determine the impact of the consolidation … read more

Dangers on unregulated accommodation highlighted

November 24, 2015 Reports of deaths in unregulated accommodation have put the spotlight on the burgeoning sector and pressure is growing on governments at all levels to recognise the need to implement rules for commercially operated ‘share’ accommodation. The issues surrounding insurance and … read more

Regional accommodation continues to lag in performance

November 24, 2015 Tourism Research Australia’s State of the Industry 2015 showed a growing disparity between the performance of city accommodation and regional/remote accommodation. According to the research, regional occupancies have fallen 2.2 percentage points to 53.8 percent and total takings from accommodation … read more