Articles tagged “gateway”

India’s Ola Enters Competitive Australian Ground Transport Market

India’s Ola Enters Competitive Australian Ground Transport Market

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

India’s Ola has started operations in two major Australian cities, following hot on the heels of Estonia’s Taxify. The newcomers are exploiting opportunities unlocked when Uber paved the way for increased competition in a market in the tight grip of taxi operators.

3 weeks ago

Tariff Spat Could Chill China-U.S. Travel Even Without a Trade War

Tariff Spat Could Chill China-U.S. Travel Even Without a Trade War

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Travel companies were spared the first round of the U.S.-China trade war. But outbound travel to the United States and U.S. hospitality companies could become collateral damage without too much provocation.

4 weeks ago

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Qantas' new pilot academy may address the airline’s needs, but won’t solve an imbalance which has already seen regional Australian airlines cancel and reschedule services. Meanwhile, the government has bowed to pressure and will again grant temporary visas to pilots after scrapping them last year.

2 months ago

Australian Charter Operator Gets Opportunistic About Tourism Surge

Australian Charter Operator Gets Opportunistic About Tourism Surge

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Brisbane-based Alliance Airlines continues to see opportunities where others fear to fly. It has done extremely well in Australia’s mining boom, and now aims to grow its tourism activities to shield it from the ups and downs of the resources sector.

2 months ago

Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Flight Centre Will Eliminate Some Leisure Brands

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Australia’s largest travel agent, Flight Centre, is not resting on its laurels after posting record revenues and strong profits. To ensure it stays on track, the group is shedding underperforming businesses, and dumping some of its leisure brands. It is also chasing growth in emerging business lines ranging from destination management to foreign exchange services.

2 months ago

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Qantas and Virgin Australia Battle Over In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollouts

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia should have Wi-Fi available on all domestic flights by the end of 2018. While travelers want to stay connected, they probably won’t pay for Wi-Fi, but might choose flights on the basis of internet coverage, especially on longer routes.

2 months ago

Australians Are Cruising Like Locals — Close to Home

Australians Are Cruising Like Locals — Close to Home

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Australians have taken to cruising like ducks to water. With around 85 percent of bookings going through travel agents, this sector is providing a shot in the arm for travel retailers hit by falling margins in their bread-and-butter flights and hotels business.

3 months ago

Looming Water Shutoff Threatens Cape Town Tourism

Looming Water Shutoff Threatens Cape Town Tourism

Richard Holmes, Skift

In less than 100 days, Cape Town may run out of water. While the impact on the city’s crucial tourism industry has been limited thus far, that could soon change.

3 months ago

AccorHotels Copes With the Airbnb Factor in Australia

AccorHotels Copes With the Airbnb Factor in Australia

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

With the sharing economy accounting for almost one in three vacation beds in Australia, the impact of Airbnb and Stayz is being widely questioned. But with hotel occupancy levels and room prices still rising, hotels and lobbying groups' efforts to restrict private rentals seem like an overreaction.

4 months ago

Australia’s New Long-Haul Service to Europe Could Be Just the Beginning

Australia’s New Long-Haul Service to Europe Could Be Just the Beginning

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

A new direct route will change traveler habits on Australia’s west coast and may deliver more market share to Qantas. But, more importantly, it looks set to herald more ultra-long-distance connections between Australia and Europe.

5 months ago

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Asian Activities Booking Platform Klook Heads to the Americas

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Hong Kong-based Klook has selected the Americas as its first stop for expansion outside Asia. To beat the deeply entrenched competition, it will have to find partners that can adapt to the needs of Asian travelers.

5 months ago

Hotel Chains Are Scrambling to Keep Up With Demand in Africa

Hotel Chains Are Scrambling to Keep Up With Demand in Africa

Richard Holmes, Skift

Despite its infrastructure challenges and a reputation for red tape, the world’s biggest hotel brands can’t seem to get enough of Africa. With thousands of rooms in the development pipeline, African cities will soon be festooned with a slew of international brands. It’s good news for global travelers and local economies alike.

5 months ago