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Kenneth Rogers, Regional General Manager of Indonesia and Australia, The Ascott Limited

Mr Kenneth Rogers joined The Ascott Limited (Ascott) in 2006 as the General Manager of Somerset Palace Seoul in South Korea before taking up the position of Country General Manager in Indonesia, which he has held since July 2008. Mr Rogers’ role has recently expanded to incorporate Australia in early 2013, he now oversees the […]

Julian Clark, CEO, The Lancemore Group

The Lancemore Group is Victoria’s pre-eminent Boutique & Conference Hotel group.  They operate four iconic hotels in Regional Victoria  – Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park, Lindenwarrah at Milawa, Lindenderry at Red Hill & Lancemore Hill at Macedon Ranges.  Never a group to be boxed, the Lancemore Group also run a multi-award winning winery […]

Joel Fisher, Director of Display Advertising Sales, Asia Pacific, TripAdvisor

Joel Fisher is the Director of Display Advertising Sales for Tripadvisor in Asia Pacific. Based in Trip Advisor’s regional headquarters in Singapore, Joel is responsible for driving the growth of its display-based advertising business, leading the sales team across Asia Pacific, including India and Japan. Joel has 20 years of experience across sales, advertising and […]

It’s terminal: TigerAir Australia shut down for good by Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia (VAH) has finally killed off its low-cost carrier Tigerair Australia, according to multiple media reports. The carrier, which has been grounded since late April, was originally going to be mothballed by VAH and resurrected when travel recovered post-COVID. But in a customer email obtained by Yahoo Finance, Tigerair Australia yesterday confirmed it will no longer […]

Georg Ruebensal, Managing Director, Expedia

As Managing Director Expedia ANZ, Georg Ruebensal has overall responsibility for Expedia’s businesses in Australia & New Zealand, with full P&L ownership and strategic direction. Part of the original launch team for Expedia.com.au in 2005, Georg moved into an regional APAC role in 2006, setting up the Expedia Inc. operations (for all three brands) for […]

Expedia, Agoda say ‘sacred cows’ of rate parity and last room availability killed by COVID

The adversarial relationship between hoteliers and the OTAs has changed to an “all hands on deck mentality” during COVID with operators no longer insisting on rate parity and last room availability – once major sticking points – as they scramble to put heads on beds, according to Expedia and Agoda. Speaking at the Web in Travel […]

BridgeClimb brand to continue under new owners

The BridgeClimb brand will live on under new owners Hammons Holdings who won recently won commercial climbing and tourism rights for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. BridgeClimb is the incumbent company and its contract expires at the end of September. In mid-August Hammons Holding bought BridgeClimb’s assets and today confirmed the iconic brand would continue, appointing Scenic […]

Anthea Hammon, Managing Director, Scenic World; Director Hammons Holdings

Anthea Hammon, who is speaking at Travel IQ 2018, is the Managing Director of Scenic World, a third-generation family business which has been operating in the Blue Mountains for over 70 years. As Australia’s most visited privately owned tourist attraction that welcomes over one million visitors annually, Anthea has led the company through a strong period of growth and […]

All hail Captain Cook: New disruptive ferry service for Sydney

Captain Cook Cruises has launched AHOY, Australia’s first ‘ferry hailing’  app.  The first on-demand route started yesterday and covers Elizabeth Bay to Garden Island and Circular Quay in Sydney for a cost of $7.50, much cheaper than a cab, Uber or water taxi.  “Like popular ride sharing services, AHOY allows customers to locate their ferry, […]

Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin says business travel down 10% long term

Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin believes business travel will “never return to the new normal” and that in the long term corporate numbers likely sit around 10% less than they were pre-COVID. Short term, until mid-2021, he estimates business travel will be down 25% to 30%. “Longer term, my expectation is going to be it will […]