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ACI releases 2014 Asia Pacific Travel/Hospitality Industry Salary Report

In summary:

  • 68 per cent of respondents received a pay increase in the past 12 months
  • 22 per cent of respondents felt career opportunities with their present company were poor
  • 71 per cent of respondents rate career progression as important or very important
  • 12 per cent higher salary for male respondents than female respondents  

SINGAPORE – Speaking at the official launch event held at the Singapore Tourism Board and attended by HR and Travel & Hospitality professionals, ACI’s Founder & CEO, Andrew Chan said this year’s results showed positive signs for staff working in the Asia Pacific travel and hospitality sector, with 68 per cent of all respondents who participated in the survey indicating they had received a pay increase in the last 12 months.

“2013 proved to be an excellent year for international tourism which showed a remarkable capacity to adjust to changing market conditions, fuelling growth and job creation across the region, despite the lingering economic and geopolitical challenges.” Mr Chan said.

While salary continues to be an important factor for candidates, Mr Chan pointed to the increasing trend in the importance of career development on employee satisfaction. A total of 71 per cent of all respondents stated that career progression was either ‘extremely important’ or ‘very important’, with just 3 per cent saying career progression was unimportant.

Interestingly, employees appear more satisfied with their current prospects than they did in previous years, with just 34 per cent of those surveyed said they believed that their current employer offered ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ opportunities for career progression, compared with the 28 per cent seen in 2013, and only 22 per cent felt career prospects with their present employer were ‘poor’ or ‘zero’ compared to the alarming 35 per cent from the previous survey.

Mr Chan said one of the possible reasons was that the improved economic outlook has allowed companies to expand, creating new opportunities for existing staff in new areas of their business or sub-regions.

Launched in late January, the survey this year attracted over 800 respondents from 9 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

These range from company CEOs, managing directors and general managers through to middle management and front line staff.

The largest proportion of respondents (37 per cent) was based in Singapore with China (31 per cent), Hong Kong (17 per cent) and Thailand (4 per cent) also providing strong samples. 
Underlining Singapore’s reputation as one of the most expensive cities globally, average salaries from respondents grew by 16.1% according to the 2014 survey. This was followed closely by Thailand (11.5%) and China (9.8%). On actual highest average salaries from the survey, that once again belonged to Macau with (U$106,800), followed by Hong Kong (U$84,936) and Australia (U$81,939). Malaysia once again posted the survey’s lowest average salary (U$37,418).

For more information, contact Andrew Chan at

About ACI 

With over 50 years of combined management experience ACI is Asia’s leading specialist Recruitment, Executive Search and Professional Training firm dedicated to the Travel, Tourism, Hospitality and Lifestyle Industries.



All-star cast of founders and top brands assembled for WIT Dubai

A cast of top speakers, blending global and local expertise, has been
assembled for the inaugural Web In Travel Middle
to be held at the Sofitel The Palm
Resort and Spa
in Dubai on March 26-27.

The all-star cast includes
founders of some of the top online travel companies in the world namely
Trivago’s co-founder and CEO Rolf Schromgens, MakeMyTrip’s co-founder Keyur
Joshi, South Africa-based Travelstart’s founder Stephan Ekbergh and’s
co-founder & CEO, Kei Shibata.

Leading brands such as Google, Expedia, Skyscanner, Accor,
hotelscombined and Singapore’s Wego are also represented.

With a WIT signature being a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation,
the first WIT Middle East will also blend the global insights of top
entrepreneurs from around the world with leading players in the region’s
burgeoning start-up scene.

Fritz Demopoulos, a co-founder of Qunar, China’s leading travel search
engine and one of Asia’s biggest start-up success stories, will share a global
bird’s eye view of start-up trends. Since exiting Qunar after selling to Baidu,
Demopoulos is an active investor and advisor in start-ups around the world.

Giving his take on the start-up scene in the Middle East is Paul Kenny, founder
and CEO of e-commerce website Cobone, and travel website Triperna. Kenny, along
with Arya Bolurfrushan, recently set up Emerge Ventures, a fund for early-stage
investments in the region’s technology companies.

Ventures recently closed its first investment fund MENA Fund I and has made its
first three investments within the UAE – The Impact Hub – a collaborative
incubator and co-working space to open in Souk al Bahar, Dubai; Lumba – a
Silicon Valley-based mobile gaming company focused on the Arabic-speaking
world; and Elevision – a new digital media network that broadcasts news,
information and advertisements from screens inside the lifts of premier towers
in the UAE.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes made
and lessons learnt from local start-ups such as Albert Dias, co-founder,
marketing & technology Director,, Girma Wossenseged, managing
director, by Kuoni Travel and Pieter Sleeboom, co-founder and

“A key signature of WIT events is the blending
of global knowledge and local insights to create a true exchange of learning
for both overseas and local delegates,” said Yeoh Siew Hoon, editor and
founder of the Singapore-based WIT, which also
holds events in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and across the

Visit Britain, Tourism Queensland and the Singapore Tourism Board will be
represented in a session about “The Outbound Promise: Understanding the Middle
East traveler” alongside local experts including Nasiruddin Mohammed Shafiq,
general manager, Regency Travel and Tours, Francis Dharmai, head of tourism, Al
Tayyar Travel Group and Mohamed Jassim Al Rais, deputy managing director, Al
Rais Tours and Holidays.

Hospitality brands with specialist knowledge such as Trust
International, a leading name in hotel distribution and Circos Brand Karma,
social media analytics and digital marketing firm, will bring their unique
insights to the first event in the Middle East to focus on travel marketing,
distribution and technology.

And with aviation playing such a vital role in the Middle East travel
promise, airlines and airports will be a key part of the agenda. Confirmed thus
far are Abdul
Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General, Arab Air Carriers Organization, Sameer Poonja,
Head of Digital Technologies, Emirates, Lewis Naim, head of marketing and brand
management, Dubai Airports and Cengiz Dirgimenci, online sales and marketing
manager for Turkish Airlines.

This is WIT’s first Middle East edition in recognition of the booming
online and ecommerce opportunity in travel.

“More speakers are being confirmed as we enter the new Year and we are excited
about kicking off WIT’s 10th anniversary with our first conference
in one of the world’s most exciting and untapped regions when it comes to
online travel,” said Siew Hoon.

Click here for
the programme

Register here

About Web In Travel (WIT)

Web In Travel is a community for anyone passionate about travel technology, distribution and marketing. This basically means if you love travel, and if you are a bit of a technology freak in terms of wanting to understand how technology is changing travel, you are one of us.

We provide news through our website and social feeds, and run events that are strong in content and different in style and delivery. We launched our first event in 2005 and have been spreading learning through events in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Our events include the flagship WIT Conference, WIT Japan, WIT Indonesia, WITX – Women Redefining Travel, WIT Bootcamp for start-ups and investors and WIT Summercamp, our coaching event for young professionals and entrepreneurs.

Our purpose is to take your mind to new places so that together, we can accelerate travel innovation.

To get in touch with us, please contact:

Gerry Pang         +65 979 77730 / +66 87 887 6623

Angeline Rivera  +971 4 298 1775

7 September 2011, SINGAPORE – Leading travel search company Skyscanner Ltd, which is headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, has opened its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Singapore this week.

Led by Ewan Gray, the newly appointed Director for Asia Pacific, Skyscanner expects to match the rapid growth trajectory achieved in Europe over the last two years, aiming to build the number of visitors to the site from Asia Pacific countries to 13 million per month within the same timeframe – generating downstream revenues for its airline partners of some US$2 billion per annum.

Gray says that Asia is already contributing to Skyscanner’s fast growth trajectory, which is currently 75% year on year. “To date our growth in Asia Pacific has been largely organic, but we are seeing exceptionally strong growth rates from Asia, with yearly increases in traffic of up to 90%. This growth has mainly been from Singapore, China, Indonesia, Japan, India and Malaysia. We expect that growth to accelerate considerably now we will have a presence in each of those markets.”

Skyscanner plans to enter 10 markets in Asia Pacific, and has already appointed market managers for China, Indonesia, the Philippines and India. Active recruitment for market leaders in Korea, Australia and New Zealand is underway. The other markets include Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. is currently available in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. Over the next few weeks, the website will be rolled out in five new languages, namely Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Vietnamese and Thai.

Skyscanner is presently the only resource in Asia Pacific where a user can compare flights from all low cost carriers in the region, as well as flagship carriers including Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Air China, and fares from online travel agents such as Zuji and Asia Travel.

He added, “The relationships we have with airlines and OTAs are incredibly important to us and are founded on sending them highly qualified referrals from customers who are happy they have found the very best flight deal available on Skyscanner. We’re looking forward to providing this region with dedicated support to capitalise on the massive potential it presents, building our position as one of the world’s leading travel search sites.”

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About Skyscanner
Skyscanner is a world leading travel search site providing instant online comparisons on millions of flight prices for over 600 airlines, as well car hire deals and holidays. Founded in 2001 by three IT professionals, Gareth Williams, Barry Smith and Bonamy Grimes, Skyscanner is based in the UK with a second office in Singapore. Traffic to the site comes from 244 countries and territories worldwide. With more than 15 million users per month, Skyscanner generates downstream revenues of nearly two billion dollars every year.

Notes to Editors:
1.    The CEO and Co-founder of Skyscanner Ltd is available in Singapore this week for interview. Please contact Illka Gobius to arrange an interview.