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The fine print – buyer beware

I have written recently of the sometimes troubled relationship between banks, borrowers and regulators. Indeed, hardly a week goes by without some fresh allegation of wrongdoing, consumer complaint or a misguided call for an enquiry. As we rush toward the dubious title of most over-regulated and over-governed country on the planet, I think we risk missing the point. In our …

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Obayashi Corporation & Built announce first project at Hotel Windsor in Melbourne

Built announced it has entered into an agreement with Japanese construction giant Obayashi Corporation to work together to target select large-scale construction opportunities in Australia. Built managing director, Brett Mason said: “I’m delighted to announce that Built has entered into an agreement to partner with Obayashi Corporation on select construction opportunities in Australia.  This represents an important step in Built’s …

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Rivershore Resort enchants with family glamping

Check out our exclusive video profile! On August 1, Diddillibah, Sunshine Coast, didn’t quite know what hit it, as game-changing luxury holiday park Big4 Rivershore Resort opened its doors to an eager and excitable horde of guests. In its first week, the glamping extravaganza was at full capacity from Thursday ‘til Sunday, which is no small feat. The family destination …

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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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Want happy guests? You have the power

Now, more than ever, your guests expect technology-based amenities to support their gadget love affair. A mobile phone has become a soul mate in all things home and work. Being torn away from a daily routine, even for something as enjoyable as a holiday, can be difficult for guests. Which is why you will rarely catch a living soul without …

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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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Mantra Group announces new chief financial officer

Mantra has announced the appointment of Stephen Hobson as chief financial officer, who will join the Group in mid-February 2017. Stephen has more than 20 years senior financial management, commercial and operational experience, holding executive roles in well recognised global industries mainly in hospitality, tourism and travel sectors. Most recently Stephen was CFO and Transformation Executive at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, …

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