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Trending domestic destinations for Australian travellers

Booking.com dug into its internal data to find the trending destinations for 2017. What holiday scenario could beat having a beach paradise all to yourself, or a never-ending blanket of snow with not a soul in sight? Most of us ache for the chance to cross unchartered tourist territory. And as the new year dawns, our desire to discover and …

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QLD: Port Douglas and Airlie Beach among most charming beach towns in Australia

Port Douglas and Airlie Beach have both been voted among the most charming beach resorts in Australia in a survey conducted by Travelmag.com. The online travel magazine invited more than 50 travel writers, photographers and selected professionals to name the three resorts that they consider the most appealing. All of the votes were then counted to produce the final ten. …

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Online travel agency duopoly must be broken, says AAoA

The industry body is calling on Australia’s competition regulator to re-examine the issue of concentration in the online travel agency market. The Accommodation Association of Australia has formally requested this action in a letter to the Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Mr Rod Sims, and follows an ACCC investigation into this market, which ended with it …

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Results are inn: Aussies prefer hotels to Airbnb

Australians overwhelmingly prefer hotels over Airbnb according to a new survey by comparison site Comparetravelinsurance.com.au, which shared the following… Despite the popularity of Airbnb, the survey found that travellers continue to harbour reservations over home sharing services. 73.8% of respondents say they would prefer to book a hotel over an Airbnb for reasons such as; ‘reliability, ‘better convenience’ and ‘safety …

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Will Trump impact US tourism investment in Queensland?

It was twenty years ago this month that then US President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary visited the sleepy north Queensland seaside village of Port Douglas and helped put Queensland on the international tourism map. After the surprise victory by Donald Trump in the US election, the Clintons can only return to Queensland as tourists, but tourism experts believe …

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Disruptors – time for the Australian hotel industry to fight back

Join Ross Beardsell and Peter Hook as they discuss online travel agents and unregulated short-term accommodation operators. They’re challenging the Australian hotel industry and are likely here to stay. How can Australian hoteliers mitigate against these challenges? Should they embrace these disruptors as opportunities? Ross Beardsell, Hotel & Project Development Services at JLL, and Peter Hook investigate the testing, and …

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Asia Pacific hotel pipeline for October 2016

STR’s October 2016 Pipeline Report shows 595,213 rooms in 2,654 projects Under Contract in the Asia Pacific region. The total represents a 5.4% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with October 2015. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. The region reported 252,195 rooms …

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Hospitality front and centre in fight against sex trafficking

This is a global problem and you can be part of the solution. New app TraffickCam is just one initiative that promises to help catch sex traffickers that operate out of hotel rooms. Human trafficking is a hidden crime that can occur anywhere – sometimes right under your nose. It is a widespread and extremely profitable crime with Unicef estimating …

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Choice Hotels partners with Chinese OTA

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac CEO, Trent Fraser

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of Australia’s largest hotel franchise groups, has announced a new global agreement with Chinese online travel agency (OTA), Ctrip. The new initiative will allow Chinese tourists to find, book and stay at any of Choice Hotels’ 230 Australian properties, quickly and easily. It is the first partnership Choice Hotels Asia-Pac has made with a Chinese tourism …

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New brand promotes the pioneering spirit of outback Queensland

Today Kinnon & Co launched a new tourism brand for its holidays and experiences. The ‘Outback Pioneers’ brand is designed to capture the essence of outback Queensland and its heritage. Owner and present day outback pioneer, Richard Kinnon, said they are building a world-class brand that will help give the region a stronger profile so people realise there’s more to …

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