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Month: July 2018

HotelsCombined sold

GLOBAL online giant Booking Holdings has struck an agreement to purchase Australian hotel metasearch site HotelsCombined. The parent of Booking.com and other digital retailers including Agoda and Priceline has announced the Sydney-based site will join the group and report to its KAYAK brand in a deal to be settled later this year. “HotelsCombined has built a strong brand with loyal consumers across APAC, and we believe the team will be a great addition to KAYAK to further expand our worldwide metasearch strategy,” said Glenn Fogel, ceo of Booking Holdings. Details of the sale have not been revealed, though the...

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TD breaking news – Rachael Harding to head Club Med

New general manager for Australia and New Zealand. Former Trafalgar sales director Rachael Harding has been named as the new general manager for Club Med Australia and New Zealand. “We’re pleased to welcome such a well-recognised travel professional to lead the growth of Club Med in the Pacific as the company expands its portfolio across the region and globally,” said Club Med ceo East & South Asia and Pacific, Xavier Desaulles. Harding will commence on 20 August, having this week confirmed her departure from Trafalgar after 15 years at The Travel Corporation (TD Mon). See Wednesday’s Travel Daily for full details. Source: Travel...

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Gai Tyrrell heads Globus

GLOBUS Australasia will complete its first change of leadership in 20 years next month as Gai Tyrrell takes over as managing director (TD breaking news yesterday). Having announced her resignation as the regional head of Hawaiian Airlines last week (TD Fri), Tyrrell was yesterday confirmed as the successor to Stewart Williams, who stepped down from Globus in Feb after leading local operations since 1998 (TD 08 Feb). “I am delighted to be joining the Globus family and I very much look forward to sharing my expertise with the team, as we build on past achievements and shape an even...

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AC Hotels to enter Aus

MARRIOTT International will introduce its AC Hotels brand to Australia in 2020, with the signing of a 200-room property in Melbourne. The AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank will open under a deal with Melbourne-based property development company Capital Alliance and be part of a 40-storey mixed-use development called Normanby. It will feature collaborative spaces, including the AC lounge, which is a co-working space by day and a “social hub offering European-style tapas” by night. The hotel will also offer its guests a 24-hour fitness centre, three food and beverage outlets and 150m2 of meetings and events space. “The...

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Airport probe underway

THE Productivity Commission has called for evidence on the market power of Australia’s airport monopolies as it begins its investigation into whether greater regulation is needed at the country’s key gateways. In an issues paper released yesterday, the commission outlined the terms of reference for its investigation (TD 22 Jun) and highlighted key areas of concern that will be addressed over a 12-month period. It has called for submissions from interested parties on a range of areas, including airport market power, the potential abuse of power, service quality, commercial negotiations and regional services. Submissions are due by 03 Sep...

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