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Tahiti celebrates 50 years of over-water bungalows

In terms of tourism innovations, it was absolutely huge but one we now take for granted: 2017 marks 50 years since three young Americans – the “Bali Hai Boys” – created the tourism world’s first over-water bungalows in Tahiti. Don “Muk” McCullum, Jay Carlisle and the late Hugh Kelley – who were inspired to visit Tahiti […]

Stefan Cordiner, Regional Director, HotelTonight

Stefan Cordiner, a Sydney-born serial tech entrepreneur, claims to be revolutionising the way people travel as the Regional Director for the leading hotel booking app HotelTonight. Stefan has a strong background in creating and growing technology ventures, most recently as co-Founder of  a global digital concierge app called “Lime&Tonic” which he successfully built out across five countries. He […]

Ryan Tuckerman, Group Director Sales & Marketing, Art Series Hotels

Ryan Tuckerman is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Art Series Hotels in Melbourne (The Olsen, The Blackman & The Cullen). Ryan has also held senior sales roles at Sofitel Melbourne and Stamford Plaza Melbourne including Reservations & Yield Manager and Sales Manager – International. Ryan has a strong background in all market segments, […]

Rezdy raises another $3m and there’s more on the way

Sydney company Rezdy has raised a further $3m to fuel growth in North America, opening a second US office in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The company said: “This was an interim round to fund acceleration in the international growth of Rezdy ahead of a larger equity round later next year.” Grand Prix Capital, which first invested […]

Ray Stone, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

Ray Stone commenced his career in hospitality in London. Ray’s career in hospitality, sales and marketing spans more than 35 years with Hilton, Westin, Shangri-La and Accor, where he held Director of Sales and Marketing and Vice President Corporate Marketing roles with Westin Hotels in the United States. Ray worked for Accor, for six years […]

Randall Deer, Managing Director, Ignite Travel Group

Randall Deer – Managing Director of Ignite Travel Group – is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur who has yielded exceptional success and growth for his innovative travel and tourism marketing company as he continues to challenge traditional travel practices. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Accounting) at the University of Adelaide at the age […]

Outdoorsy expands to Australia

Jeff Cavins is something of an anomoly – a person who runs a ‘sharing economy’ business, Outdoorsy, and promotes the fact that  some people using his Recreational Vehicle and caravan marketplace are ‘power sellers’ he says can turn over millions of dollars a year through the site. “Just like Airbnb, we’ve seen the emergence of power […]

Nalin Kalayanamitr, Marketing and Sales Strategies Manager, Lub d Bangkok Hostel

Nalin Kalayanamitr is a Marketing and Sales Strategies Manager at Lub d Hostel in Bangkok, which was rated “one of the 17 coolest hangout hostels in the world” according to Britain’s influential daily, The Observer. Nalin was born and grew up in Chiang Mai. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Chiang Mai University. […]

Most leading Australian accommodation websites are US owned

Most of Australia’s best-selling accommodation websites are owned by US corporations, according to research from SiteMinder.  Online channel analyst Duncan Waterman said: “The rapid rise of international sites like Expedia, Booking.com and Agoda in the Australian market really stood out. Some of the local online players unfortunately haven’t capitalised effectively on their early entrance into the market.”  The top 10 […]