• Northern Territory invites Aussies to come and play

    THE Northern Territory Government is enticing travellers to come and stay during the territory’s traditionally low tourist season by providing discounts of $200 for every $1,000 spent on a booking made with trade partners.

  • Guscic unrepentant over “those ads”

    THE travel agent community was given a rare insight into the thinking of Webjet CEO John Guscic last month, with the company’s recent addition to the ranks of AFTA prompting an opportunity for an interview with the leader of Australia’s only listed online travel agent (OTA). Speaking to travelBulletin publisher Bruce Piper, Guscic addressed the elephant in the room as he was invited to explain the rationale behind the controversial Webjet TV advertisements of 2016 which derided bricks and mortar travel agents.

  • Agents will remain key for TTC

    THE Travel Corporation’s (TTC) Global CEO, Brett Tollmann, believes that there is still a bright future for travel advisors, despite the massive disruption imposed by COVID-19 this year. Although booking patterns may change, he forecast that, particularly in the case of long-haul travellers from Australia and New Zealand to the USA and Europe, trips are actually likely to get longer in the future because coronavirus measures may necessitate complex procedures for crossing borders.

  • Corporate Travel Management takes over Tramada

    CORPORATE Travel Management’s (CTM) acquisition of travel agency software specialist Tramada last month took the industry by surprise, not least because Tramada is a key supplier to 80% of the Australian and New Zealand business travel sector, many of whom are direct competitors to CTM. The move was yet another canny deal for CTM, which by all accounts looks to have positioned itself well for recovery as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides — and clearly had cash in hand to buy out Tramada owner Anna Buduls.