Booking accommodation direct – is it really cheaper?

Over the last few years, there has been a push in the Australian travel and tourism industry to encourage travellers to book their accommodation directly with the property owner or manager, rather than through an online booking agent. The advantages in doing so include: Cheaper rates Dealing directly with the provider makes it easier to… Continue reading Booking accommodation direct – is it really cheaper?

Staying overnight at Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport is Australia’s second busiest airport, transporting over 33 million passengers per year.  It is currently Victoria’s only international airport and is located at Tullamarine – 21 kilometres by road from Melbourne’s CBD. A very convenient advantage of Melbourne Airport is that the international terminal (T2) and all of the domestic terminals (T1, T3… Continue reading Staying overnight at Melbourne Airport

Caravans and motorhomes in Victoria

Some travellers seek holidays where they can truly charter their own destiny and who want to take their accommodation with them as they travel around Victoria. Caravans, campervans and motorhomes are an ideal option for this purpose. Caravans A caravan is a mobile home on a trailer, towed behind a vehicle. It is equipped with… Continue reading Caravans and motorhomes in Victoria

Accommodation in Victoria for disabled or mobility impaired travellers

If you or your family have mobility impairments, there are a number of accommodation options throughout Victoria that may suit your needs. Hotels and motels are often able to cater for disabled and wheelchair-bound visitors thanks to their modern layout, lifts and the use of ramps instead of stairs.  A growing number of larger hotels,… Continue reading Accommodation in Victoria for disabled or mobility impaired travellers

The background behind the major online accommodation websites

When searching on the internet for accommodation, it can be quite a daunting task with many options available, particularly in large towns and cities. So a quick way to get an overview of these many options is to use an online travel website. They can display availability and pricing for many hotels at once, so… Continue reading The background behind the major online accommodation websites

Careful with Victoria Tourism & www.victoriatourism.com.au listing renewals

A number of accommodation managers in Victoria have been receiving unsolicited emails requesting that they renew their listing on the Victoria Tourism website at www.victoriatourism.com.au. Before going any further, it is very important to note that Victoria Tourism is in no way related to the official government tourism organisation of Tourism Victoria.  In fact, the… Continue reading Careful with Victoria Tourism & www.victoriatourism.com.au listing renewals

The Wotif grid is back

Wotif was established during 2000 in Australia as an online hotel booking service. It was bought by United States travel giant Expedia during late 2014. Up until recently, what set Wotif apart from other online booking and comparison service was its grid or matrix of hotel prices and availability.  Many other competing services required a… Continue reading The Wotif grid is back

Some accommodation owners in denial about the internet

We received an interesting phone call a few weeks ago from a motel in Lakes Entrance, in Victoria’s beautiful Gippsland Lakes area. This motel had been advertising  on our website for the last 5 years.  In fact, when their annual renewal was due last year, they paid their subscription and sent us an email thanking… Continue reading Some accommodation owners in denial about the internet

Dog-friendly holiday accommodation

Did you know that in Australia, there are more pets than people? Pets are very important to people in today’s society. Among other things, they provide companionship and positively influence the lives of their owners and families. When it comes to dogs, Australians love their canine friends. In fact, 39% of households across the nation… Continue reading Dog-friendly holiday accommodation

Caravan parks close to Spirit of Tasmania

When travelling within Australia with your caravan, you need not let the waters of Bass Strait constrain your journey. Spirit of Tasmania, a passenger and vehicular ferry which traverses Bass Strait and links mainland Victoria with Tasmania, welcomes aboard those travelling with caravans, campervans and motorhomes. Between late September and Easter, Spirit of Tasmania operates… Continue reading Caravan parks close to Spirit of Tasmania