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TAA slates Jetstar’s decision to partner with Airbnb

Australian accommodation sector representative body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), expressed disappointment that Jetstar had entered into a partnership agreement with the sharing economy accom provider, Airbnb. “Hotels, motels and serviced accommodation operators have been great supporters of Jetstar since it launched in Australia and we actively partner with them in providing holiday packages as well as accommodation for their crews, …

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3 quick wins to get your guests to commit to a hotel reservation

There’s nothing more frustrating for a hotel than when all their great marketing work pays off and huge traffic flows to their website, only to see a minimal increase in bookings. Driving as much traffic as possible is certainly important, but the harsh reality is most visitors abandon their booking. The general industry conversion rate on travel and hospitality websites …

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The secrets behind successful events

Hosting a successful function for business or pleasure, whether it’s a laid-back get-together or a formal wedding, the experience is all about the food. How is it presented? How does it look? How does it smell? How good does it taste? Do you want your guests to feel welcomed and relaxed, or stimulated and engaged? Either way, you will always …

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Sydney edges Melbourne out for top spot in Australia

TripAdvisor ranked regions from Noosa to Airlie Beach to the Gold Coast to Exmouth… but Sydney won top billing in the 2017 Travellers’ Choice awards for destinations in Australia. In Australia, Melbourne was second while the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island took the number three spot. Queensland destinations of Gold Coast, Magnetic Island, Noosa, Port Douglas and Airlie Beach made up half of the …

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How can smaller hotel chains compete with mega chains?

Hotel guests are increasingly valuing the digital experience – often more than other amenities a hotel might offer – but how can smaller hotel chains implement the technology to compete with ‘mega chains’? Derrick Lee, VP global & vertical accounts at ALE, shares his view on how new developments in digital communications technology are enabling smaller hospitality companies to embrace …

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Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central: the people story

The new Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central is ready for its big April opening, as InterContinental Hotels Group and Pro-invest put the finishing touches on what will be Brisbane’s freshest hotel for smart, savvy travellers. The second Holiday Inn Express to open in Australia, this entirely new hotel offering will deliver an enticing experience not only for its guests, but …

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Sunshine Coast Airport wins Routes Asia 2017 Marketing Award

Sunshine Coast Airport’s marketing campaigns and route development achievements were last night recognised when the airport was crowned as a winner in the Routes Asia 2017 Marketing Awards at a ceremony held in Okinawa, Japan. The annual awards recognise excellence in airport marketing and are highly regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry as they are voted for, …

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Skye Hotel Suites announces new restaurant and culinary direction

Crown Group has announced that it has partnered with three renowned culinary innovators who will bring to life the food and beverage (F&B) concept at its highly-anticipated flagship hotel, Skye Hotel Suites at Parramatta. Noted hospitality designer Nic Graham, hospitality consultant Dave Galvin and industry-renowned chef Stephen Seckold have been tapped to launch the new restaurant concept, a lobby-level all-day …

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