• Why Airbnb was so Successful in Competing with Bigger Hotel Chains?

    Apr 23, 2021

    Classically hotel chains have been dominant in the accommodation provider segment of tourism and travel. Hotel chains such as Accor Hotels and the Hyatt Group spend large amounts of cash on marketing nationwide such as Accor’s most recent Subaru/Accor Plus membership offer. But problematically those bigger hotel chains do not own large amounts of their networks. They franchise them out. This is not what was causing a large-scale movement away from the classic hotel booking before COVID19. It was by-in-large a stagnation of offerings by those groups to compete with the cost-focus strategy with which online services such as Airbnb… Read more »

  • Australians Are Returning to Sporting Events in a Big Way

    Apr 23, 2021

    2021 and sports got off to cough and splutter start with the Australian Grand Prix (held in Melbourne) getting rescheduled to November and the initial AFL rounds experiencing problems with state-based COVID-19 zoning excluding travellers from grounds once they’d already arrived at the location. As 2021 has progressed though it’s started to look like Australian sport is stronger than ever. Reports have claimed that the current average attendance at the MCG is 40,000 compared to 53,000 in 2019 (a drop that is as a result of crowd caps at the football). But the crowd numbers are far more consistent than… Read more »

  • Inner-city Australian Populations Are Migrating North

    Apr 23, 2021

    New data released by the Australian Government is showing that inner-city Australians are looking for warmer states with bigger backyards. Victoria’s migration rate during 2019-2020 dropped for the first time in almost a decade while Queensland’s migration rate rose significantly. Queensland growth centres identified in the study included the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns. The Australian Government claims that this population migration is temporary and that most of the population movement was caused by COVID-19 but consumer attitude studies are showing different stories. One of the proclaimed reasons for population movement in a qualitative study done to delve into… Read more »

  • Air New Zealand Are Status Matching QANTAS

    Apr 23, 2021

    With the New Zealand travel bubble well in force, airlines have turned to what they can do to encourage travellers to sit back in an airline seat to head away for their holiday. One of the areas which airlines are looking at is status matching for frequent flyer programs. Air New Zealand and QANTAS had already thought of this with the two airlines offering respective “Touch of Gold” (Air New Zealand) and “Status Fast Track” (QANTAS) promotions. Basically, in the case of QANTAS and until July 31 if you are a Gold status frequent flyer with any of 16 airlines… Read more »

  • First Visitors from New Zealand in Over 12 Months Set Foot in Australia

    Apr 23, 2021

    New Zealand and Australia share a bit of a special and unique worldwide bond. The two countries in many and most ways are extremely alike. But there are also a bunch of sparse differences amongst our friends across the ditch. One of which is the hard policy introduced to stop the spread of Coronavirus. That one policy has stopped visitors between Australia and New Zealand for over 12 months. It has also separated families and halted business. But finally, in the early week of the 19th of April that border was binned. On the first day of travel between Australia… Read more »

  • Apple’s New iPad Pro and AirTags Are Travel Gamechangers

    Apr 23, 2021

    This past week Apple has held their April hardware launch event. However, the purview of what is normally a relatively low-key event was expanded this year. Apple’s event was so large that counter to Apple’s normal one or two products that they launch in April, Apple released or upgraded 5 products during the event. And that was not including the typical raft of mid-term software updates the company normally announces at their product conferences. What was interesting about this event though was two specific products that may revolutionise travel in multiple ways. The first was the new iPad Pro. Apple,… Read more »

  • Electric Vehicles Are Going To Change How We Rent Cars

    Mar 9, 2021

    A little thought about the aspect of the electric vehicle revolution in today’s world is the effect it’ll end up having on the rental car market. Once electric vehicles become far more affordable, we’re going to see the offshoot of what that means for this market. What it should mean is a much more cost-effective rental car market. But is that what will happen? The short answer is maybe. It’s not a great answer but it’ll depend on the change of government policy prior to the uptake of electric vehicle on a fleet level. Policies such as electric vehicle taxation… Read more »

  • The Wall Street Selloff Is Good For Travel Based Markets

    Mar 9, 2021

    Wall Street’s volatile market run is entering its second year now, with growth stocks suffering another selloff after the previous two severe trading drops since March of last year. But this selloff is a little different. The decline this time around is much deeper and is driven by rising interest rates. It’s also driven by the decline of COVID19 and the increasing pace of the vaccine rollout worldwide. That means that many growth technology stocks which have provided safe haven for investors over the past 12 months are beginning to feel real pain. Though many analysts and investors predict this… Read more »

  • REX Is Now Offering Domestic Business Class And Will Soon Open A Lounge In Sydney

    Mar 9, 2021

    Since Regional Express’ re-brand and re-structure last year the airline seems to be kicking goals. The airline has consolidated its travel routes and started planning on a frequent flyer program which is rumoured to have international flight partners. Most recently though REX has updated the layout of it’s Boeing 737s (many of which they purchased from Virgin during COVID19). And excitingly REX is now the third domestic Australian airline to offer a business class (after QANTAS and Virgin). Even more excitingly, because the planes which REX are using on the frequent routes are ex-Virgin planes, the business class seats on… Read more »

  • Why Is Victoria Hesitant To Allow International Flights Back In-State?

    Mar 9, 2021

    It’s no secret that the Victorian State Government are desperate to stop any further outbreaks of Coronavirus in Victoria. The previous outbreak ended up causing a circuit breaker lockdown which shut all business down for 5 days. A move that devastated some already hurt hospitality venues around the state. But moving forward the State Government hasn’t committed to allowing international flights back into Victoria, even though it’s almost been a month after that initial lockdown. So why is this? And it’s a subject that is indeed bi-partisan and far more scientific than it’s made out to be. The answer to… Read more »