2018 Speakers

  • Stefanie Acworth
    Travel Influencer, Founder, amodernwayfarer.com

    Stefanie is a full-time travel blogger and freelance travel writer. She founded the popular travel blog, A Modern Wayfarer, as a side-project in March 2013, and has since turned it into a thriving website and Instagram account for the young or young-at-heart creative nomads who crave honest and unique global experiences. She has been featured in The Guardian, Traveller.com, The Age, Get Lost Magazine, Jetstar Magazine and more; and has worked with various tourism boards, hotels and airlines around the world. After visiting and writing about 253 cities in 67 countries over 5 continents over the last few years, she has well and truly earned her reputation as a travel junkie!

  • Sarah Anderson
    Founder & Managing Director, GTI Tourism

    Sarah is the founder and managing director of GTI Tourism, an integrated travel marketing agency with a blue chip client list comprised of airlines, international luxury hotels chains, tour operators, cruise operators and national, state and city tourist boards. GTI was appointed to represent New Caledonia Tourism in Australia and New Zealand in 2014 and a successful brand, consumer and trade marketing strategy has seen visitation to the island nation grow significantly since. Core to the work has been a series of digital and content led campaigns, including a virtual reality piece produced by StartVr, driving increased awareness and interest in the destination.

    Sarah was a finalist in the coveted Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards in 2012, awarded Travel Weekly’s Mentor of the Year Award in 2016 and was named in Travel Weekly’s 2018 Power List. www.gtitourism.com.au

  • Scott Barber
    Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Travelport

    Scott is Travelport's Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, with responsibility for the strategic and commercial vision of the Pacific region.
    Scott has been with Travelport for 10 years and has held several key roles across a wide range of departments, giving him a wealth of knowledge across our customer base. He has also worked with airlines, hospitality and travel wholesale. Originally from the UK, Scott has been based in APAC for over 10 years, including Singapore, and has now returned to live in Sydney.

  • Fabian Bartnick
    VP, Asia Pacific and International Business, LodgIQ

    Fabian is the Vice President of Asia Pacific & International Business at LodgIQ overlooking all aspects and operations within the region as well as the commercial part of LodgIQ. Fabian’s career covers all sides within hospitality including property, regional and corporate level roles as well as consulting and technology vendor roles across 4 continents and 25 countries.

  • Matt Beard
    Chief Executive Officer, Tripfuser

    Matt has over 10 years experience in the travel industry. Initially as the COO of the world’s largest small group adventure travel company operating across multiple markets, distribution channels and destinations. Matt is the Founder is Tripfuser.  He and the team at Tripfuser are developing a marketplace to allow Travellers to access and tailor private custom travel experiences all over the world.

  • Jose Bishop
    Senior Team Leader , Flight Centre

    Jose's travel journey began at the young age of 8 years old when him and his family ran away with the Circus. Touring the globe with Cirque Du Soleil, he visited over 50 countries before the age of 18 and has now since reached 67 at 22 years old. Setting up several enterprises and websites while on tour he returned to Australia to set up the database, lock in investors to help start up a random activity generator app called AroundAbout.  That's when the travel, business and tech fire started in Jose. From here he joined Flight Centre to learn the industry from one of the biggest and best. Using his outside of the box approach, tireless work ethic and pioneering tech integration in the customer sales experience it is only a short 3 years later and he is the fastest (and youngest) Senior Team Leader at FCTG.

  • Rod Bishop
    CEO, Jayride

    Rod is the co-founder and managing director of Jayride.com (ASX:JAY), the e-commerce marketplace for travellers to compare and book ground transport to and from airports around the world.

    Rod has deep experience in transport technology with a career spanning multiple transport initiatives across startups, private sector and NGO sectors, both domestically and overseas.

    Passionate and outspoken on transport issues, Rod is a huge believer that seamless mobility services are set to transform the world we live in, reinventing how and when we travel, and will do so with information technology, data and AI at the core.

    At Jayride.com, Rod has taken the company from two co-founders to over 100 employees, and now serves hundreds of thousands of travellers around the world every year from Jayride’s head office in Sydney, Australia

  • Mike Boyd
    Managing Director & Group CEO, VroomVroomVroom

    Mike Boyd is the Managing Director & Group CEO of global car rental comparison website VroomVroomVroom.com.au which leads the market in the Asia Pacific region.

    Mike is an innovator and entrepreneur and loves to solve challenging problems with technology. From startup, to growth-stage and scaling up, he's particularly interested in building sustainable and profitable businesses over the long term. Mike stays creative by building, consulting to and investing in various businesses and loves nothing more than negotiating a great win-win deal.

    Mike joined VroomVroomVroom in 2011 and took on the CEO role shortly thereafter. Prior to Vroom he built ecommerce and SaaS startups in various industries.

  • Matthew Carney
    Head of Commercial - Parking and Ground Transport , Melbourne Airport

    Matt is no stranger to the transformation of ground transportation or the growing expectations of travellers. He has over 10 years' experience in the aviation industry, with the last 5 years at Melbourne Airport where he is currently Head of Commercial for the airports Parking and Ground Access business. He is responsible for the business unit strategy, customer experience, revenue and distribution management, as well as sales and marketing.

  • Mark Chatterton
    Co-Founder , Ingenious AI

    Mark is experienced in using technology to successfully drive change through large organisations using agile, innovative approaches. After years in the corporate world observing large enterprises sacrifice positive interactions with their customers by reducing customer service costs, he decided there should be a better solution. Now, driving the use of conversational interfaces that leverage A.I. and Machine Learning, Mark is enabling organisations to interact with their customers with an enjoyable one-to-one experience that can be scaled cost-effectively.
    Mark co-founded inGenious AI to create a customer experience based on conversational language, as it’s the most natural interface for humans to use and understand. inGenious AI chatbots enable simple, familiar interactions via voice or text that people enjoy connecting with, and will change the way great customer service is perceived.

  • Julien Coste
    Sr. Sales Manager , TripAdvisor

    After many years of travel and a career in media, Julien Coste now heads up display media on the world’s leading travel website TripAdvisor, for the region.

    A history filled with international travel included extended time in South East Asia, and 5 years in the South of France. His passion for media was responsible for the creation and ownership of several small businesses including within the online space.

    The temptation of travel and the opportunity to mix it with publishing led to the role of International Advertising Manager at Global Publishing. More recently he was responsible for Partnerships at Lonely Planet BBC Worldwide, before joining the TripAdvisor Media Network, (including brands such as Cruise Critic, Dimmi, Viator).

  • Richard Crawford
    Senior Director of Hotel Development, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International Australia

    Richard  Crawford  is  Marriott  International’s  Senior  Director  of  Hotel  Development  for  the  Australia  Pacific  region.  A  New  York  Stock  Exchange  listed  company,  Marriott  is  the  world’s  largest  hotel  company,  operating  6,500  hotels  under  30global  brands. 

    Richard  Crawford  co-founded  Hobart's  internationally  acclaimed  Henry  Jones  Art  Hotel,  which  under  his  ownership  was  Australia's  most  awarded  hotel.    Other  former  business  interests  include  Thrifty  Car  Rental  Tasmania  and  travel  wholesaler,  Tas  Vacations. 

    Richard  has  served  as  a  Board  member  of  the  Tourism  Industry  Council  Tasmania,  The  Skills  Institute,  Waterfront  Business  Community,  Fahan  School  for  girls,  and  Tennis  Tasmania. 

    Following  its  acquisition  of  Starwood  Hotels  and  Resorts  in  2016,  Marriott  has  a  global  team  of  more  than  675,000  people,  across  130  countries.    The  group’s  leading  brands  include  Marriott,  Sheraton,  Ritz  Carlton,  Westin,  W,  St  Regis,  Le  Meridien,  Aloft,  Moxy,  EDITION,  and  Bulgari.Illustrating  Marriott’s  rapid  rate  of  global  expansion,  the  company  will  open  a  new  hotel  -  somewhere  in  the  world  -  every  14  hours  for  the  next  three  years.

  • Simon Dodd
    General Manager-Australia and New Zealand, American Airlines

    Simon was appointed General Manager Australia & New Zealand Sales in August 2015 to support the commecial start-up of American Airlines in the Australia and New Zealand market.

    He is based in the Sydney office and is responsible for American Airlines commercial activities in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this role, he was responsible for American's offline commercial activities as Manager Australia and New Zealand Sales.

    Prior to joining American Airlines he held the position of Head of Sales and Marketing for Qantas Business Travel and has experience in a range of commercial roles with Qantas and the Publicis Groupe in both Sydney and Canberra.

    Simon is a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce (NSW) and is on the advisory board of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) in Australia/New Zealand. Simon holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (University of New South Wales) and a Bachelor of Tourism Management from the Univeristy of Technology, Sydney.

  • Monty Doshi
    Director of Technology and Architecture, Travelport

    Monty Doshi is responsible for Travelport’s enterprise architecture, governance and technology strategy in Asia Pacific. He also heads technology consulting for key Travelport customers in the region. Monty and the global Architecture team leads Innovation at Travelport, working closely with major global technology partners.
    Monty has been with Travelport for 7 years and comes from a strong consulting background, previously working for PWC Consulting Australia. He holds a Masters in IT Management from University of Sydney and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Monash University, Melbourne. He is also an TOGAF Certified Enterprise Architect, Amazon Certified Solution Architect, Microsoft Certified Architect and a member of the Australasian Enterprise Architects Group.

  • Jennifer Fein
    Founder and Digital Nomad, You live to travel

    Starting with a successful career in NYC leading the technical operations for the largest global email platform at the time, Jennifer then relocated to Melbourne to launch digital marketing products across APAC.  Now, as the co-founder of YouLive to Travel, she delivers solutions to transform the travel industry. Their signature product makes it easier to lead transformational group travel experiences. She is also the co-Author of "Ready to Launch?: Becoming an Entrepreneur in Australia" which captures her insights from the journey so far.

  • Daniel Finch
    Managing Director, Wotif Group

    Daniel Finch has held the position of Wotif Group Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand since early 2015 and has been a leader within the wider Wotif Group business since 2010.
    Prior to his current role, he was a member of the Wotif Group Executive Team, and led Wotif Group’s business in Asia, managing the Asia Web Direct and LateStays.com businesses and brands, along with the Group’s network of travel content and destination sites including Bangkok.com and Phuket.com.

    Daniel has lived and breathed the travel industry for more than 17 years’ with experience across Australia, London, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpar working mostly in the hotel industry, with his past roles including in-house sales and revenue director positions with leading global hotel chains.
    Before returning to Australia in early 2015, Daniel was based in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Now he and his family are back on home ground, he is passionate about encouraging Aussies to travel and experience their own backyard.

  • Paul Fischmann
    Owner, 8Hotels

    Paul Fischmann is the Founder, CEO & Owner of 8Hotels. Founded in 2003 by leasing a 14 room hotel in Sydney's Darlinghurst, 8Hotels has grown into a market- leading boutique hotel management company. Since these humble beginnings 8Hotels has developed or repositioned and managed 25 hotels with over 1500 rooms located throughout Australia and abroad.

    8Hotels has developed a fully integrated operating platform including architecture & design, hotel finance, human resources & training , distribution & revenue management, information technology and food & beverage services. Currently, new hotels are being developed in Surry Hills Sydney.

  • Sebastien Gibergues
    Vice President, Online Travel Asia Pacific, Amadeus

    Sebastien drives the Amadeus commercial strategy for the online segment in Asia Pacific, his main objective is to build and grow our partnership with all online travel players in the region. He also has global responsibility to develop our Travel Media business around the world. During his career at Amadeus, Sebastien helped senior industry leaders develop new business models that capitalize on the evolution of travel industry trends. For the past 6 years, he has been focusing on the online travel segment, delivering a unique value proposition supporting Amadeus growth with our global online accounts around the world.

    Prior to his move to the commercial organization, Sebastien managed large projects for key multi- national customers across Europe, US, Asia and Latin America; including business initiatives to optimize travel distribution, as well as numerous complex IT systems implementations and operational change management programs.

  • Omri Godijn
    Marketing & Commercial Industry Director, Travel, NewsCorp Australia

    Omri is the Industry Specialist for Travel and Tourism at NewsCorp, ensuring their products and partnerships are evolving to meet changing industry needs. He works closely with teams and senior marketers from across top travel and tourism brands, helping them to realise their business goals and to drive greater mutual value from their partnership with News.
    Fundamental to the role is a deep understanding of the travel industry, travel marketing and the consumer.

  • David Graville
    Industry Manager, Google

    David is the Travel Industry Manager at Google Australia. His focus is to help the largest travel companies stay abreast of changing consumer behaviour and develop digital strategies to achieve business, marketing and comms objectives.

    David started his working career in the UK and moved to Sydney 14 years ago, where he held multiple marketing and sales roles at Vodafone and Foxtel prior to joining Google in 2014.

  • Melissa Gruse
    Senior Marketing Manager, Hamilton Island

    With over 17 years of marketing experience spanning across the travel, leisure and entertainment industries, in both London and Sydney, Melissa Gruse has been responsible for some of Australia’s most innovative and well-known tourism marketing campaigns.

    As senior marketing manager for Hamilton Island, Melissa’s brought to life notable marketing activity, including the development of the ‘World’s first virtual holiday’ in partnership with Qantas and a global celebrity activation with Taylor Swift, which was recognised at the Australian Marketing Institute Awards. Driven by a passion for creating relevant and meaningful consumer experiences, Melissa’s fascination with understanding the emotional needs behind a consumer’s behaviour, is central to her approach.

    Prior to Hamilton Island, Melissa worked with companies such as Virgin Holidays UK, Event Cinemas, Thredbo Ski Resort and Novotel. She has recently completed her MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

  • James Hewlet
    Head of Marketing, Collette

    With extensive experience in the tour and cruise sectors in both Europe and Australia, James has seen and led the evolution in travel marketing strategies for prestigious organisations over the past two decades. He is passionate about travel, the realisation of dreams it brings to guests and positive impacts on communities.

    He will look at and give insights into changing strategies in this era of disruption and assess the needs of leisure travel customers tomorrow.

  • Rhett Holt
    Futurist, Allotz

    Allotz is an Australian company with a global presence in The Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The company was founded to address the growing complications associated with digital and online distribution in the hospitality industry. As the resident futurist, Rhett is designing and delivering the sales strategy to enable Allotz to disrupt the hotel management technology industry.

  • Melissa Jones
    Manager Aviation Product & Delivery, Sydney Airport

    Melissa joined Sydney Airport in September 2017 in a new role of Manager Aviation Product & Delivery, leveraging her 23 years of experience coming from major premium airlines.  This role has a particular emphasis on passenger facilitation and innovating the customer journey, with current key focus area being biometrics.

  • Stewart Jones
    Regional Director - Strategic Partnerships APAC, Booking.com

    Stewart is the Regional Director, Strategic Partnerships (APAC) for Booking.com. He is responsible for Booking.com's strategic partnerships in APAC across accommodations, ground transportation and corporate travel.

    Prior to this, he was APAC director for RentalCars.com, a Booking.com sister company and the world’s largest online car rental reservation agency. He has also held a variety of roles in start-up advisory as well as business development and consulting.

  • Jeff Lewis
    Vice President of Technology, Strategic Initiatives , TripAdvisor

    Jeff’s current role is Vice President of Technology Strategy which involves searching the globe for the best technology, ideas and businesses to complement or extend TripAdvisor Experiences’ mission of helping people around the world plan and have the perfect trip. 

    Jeff was previously Vice President, Engineering for Viator and where he spent a decade managing the software development and IT infrastructure teams through that hyper growth period.

    Since the acquisition of Viator by TripAdvisor in 2014, Jeff has been involved in many challenging and exciting initiatives to scale and integrate Experiences into the world’s largest travel site.

  • Melissa Librandi
    General Manager, Marketing & Communications, Discovery Holiday Parks

    Melissa  Librandi  is  an  internationally  recognised  marketing  leader,  known  for  her  work  in  the  Travel  and  Tourism  Industry.  In  2016  she  was  awarded  the  Australian  Marketing  Institute  Award  for  Marketing  Excellence  in  Tourism.  In  2014  she  was  a  key  member  of  the  team  that  won  Best  Tourism  Film  in  the  World  -    Barossa,  Be  Consumed.  Melissa  is  known  for  her  ability  to  create  exceptional  external  and  internal  partnerships,  through  her  commercial  acumen  and  respect  for  stakeholder  contributions.  Her  relentless  focus  on  customer  experience,  ongoing  learning  and  use  of  behavioural,  data  driven,  digital  marketing  underpins  her  success  and  she  believes  in  championing  new  insight  tools  to  become  part  of  organisational  culture.    Grounded  in  classic  marketing  foundations,  Melissa’s  ability  to  shift  across  the  spectrum  of  marketing  enables  her  to  lead  and  inspire  teams  while  solving  complex  problems  -  always  focusing  on  ROI.  Currently  General  Manager  of  Marketing  and  Communications  for  Discovery  Holiday  Parks  where  she’s  on  a  mission  to  reignite  passion  for  the  true  Australian  holiday.

  • Sam McDonagh
    Country Manager ANZ, Airbnb

    Sam McDonagh is Airbnb's Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand. He has over 25 years experience in senior management roles across Australia, the United States and Asia, at companies including eBay (10 years, from start-up management team in Australia, Finance Director and New Ventures Category Manager in the US to Director of Southeast Asia) and iiNet as CMO. Prior to Airbnb, Sam was General Manager and advisor to US-based Dollar Shave Club's Australian business.

  • Wayne Nagle
    Head of Travel ANZ & S.E Asia, GROUPON

    Wayne Nagle is the Head of Travel for Groupon ANZ & S.E Asia based in Sydney.

    Wayne is a charismatic e-commerce leader specialising in online travel. Under Wayne’s leadership, Groupon Travel has enjoyed five consecutive years of growth, successfully transitioning from a daily deals business to a global marketplace.

  • Bruce Piper
    Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Travel Daily

    From travelling the world to meeting the people of the travel industry to breaking a juicy story, there's never a dull moment in Bruce’s job. He’s proud of his more than 20 years as an electrical engineer but thinks the travel industry is a lot more fun.When he’s not writing, moderating an industry panel or judging awards Bruce loves fiddling with computers, driving fast cars and appreciating a fine glass of red wine.

  • Mark Rizzuto
    CEO, Livn

    Mark has seen travel from every angle, holding senior roles across the Airline, Retail, Corporate, Wholesale, Destination Marketing, Online, GDS and technology verticals, including GM Distribution & E-Commerce at Virgin Australia, Head of Retail Distribution Strategy & Partnerships at Helloworld and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Travelport.

    Now the CEO at Livn, he is helping to shape the tours and activities sector while maintaining transparency, integrity and a healthy sense of humour. His love of travel, food and new frontiers, (all forms), keep him and those around him, highly entertained and engaged.

  • Adam Schwab
    Co-Founder and CEO, Luxury Escapes

    Adam Schwab is the Co-Founder and CEO of Luxury Escapes, one of Australia’s largest home grown pure play ecommerce  business with more than 180 employees, operations in four continents and turnover of more than $300 million. From a standing start less than five years ago, more than half a million people take a Luxury Escape each year, while Luxury Escapes has one of the highest net promoter scores globally in any sector (NPS 75).
    Luxury Escapes was named #1 on the AFR Fast 100 Company list in 2013 and again in 2017 and #1 in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 while Adam was the Young CEO of the Year in 2015 and was nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 (Southern Region).

  • Michael Sewards
    Co-CEO and Director , AATS Group of Companies - SkyBus

    From  1994  until  2014,  Michael  Sewards  was  a  Director  and  principal  of  the  Heritage  Group  of  Companies.    This  included  Heritage  Finance,  Heritage  Corporate  and  Heritage  Bus  Rentals.    The  small  boutique  advisory  business  grew  into  the  largest  advisory  firm  in  Australia,  providing  a  range  of  corporate  advisory  services  including  finance  procurement,  debt  structuring,  equity  placement  and  M&A  skills  to  the  wider  participants  in  the  Australian  Bus  industry. 

    Notable  achievements  during  this  term  included  over  $1.5b  in  Debt  Placement,  successful  buy  side  work  on  the  purchase  of  the  Grenda  group  in  Victoria,  and  over  $1b  in  Sell  side  engagements. 

    The  range  of  advice  also  included  advising  operators  on  commercial  negotiations  with  Governments,  financial  and  tender  modelling  and  off  balance  sheet  solutions  for  two  multi  national  operators. 

    Michael  and  his  fellow  CEO  at  SkyBus,  Adam  Begg  also  successfully  assisted  the  successful  tenderers  in  both  Melbourne  and  Sydney  Metro  Bus  contracts. 

    In  late  2014  Michael  and  Adam  successfully  structured  a  consortium  acquisition  -  led  by  the  Canadian  Pension  Fund,  OPT  -  of  the  SkyBus  business,  a  family  owned  business  based  out  of  Melbourne  which  began  operations  in  1978.  Following  this,  they  have  taken  on  the  role  of  co-CEOs  delivering  upon  a  strategic  plan  of  airport  transit  service  growth. 

    At  the  time  of  the  acquisition,  SkyBus  operated  a  single  express  bus  service  between  Melbourne  Tullarmarine  and  Melbourne  CBD,  with  200  employees.  Since  then,  SkyBus  has  now  grown  to  operate  at  five  airports  across  Australia  and  NZ,  and  provides  fifteen  (15)  dedicated  Airport  transit  services,  as  delivered  by  525  staff.    SkyBus  also  provide  the  B2B  services  for  our  partners  at  Melbourne  Airport  (carparking  bus)  and  Auckland  Airport  (airside) 

    Four  (4)  of  those  services  have  been  introduced  since  July  1  alone.    Along  the  journey,  SkyBus  have  obtained  the  Trip  Advisor  Certificate  of  Excellence,  Victorian  Gold  Tourism  Awards  2016/2017,  and  Melbourne  and  Auckland  Airports  Service  Provider  of  the  Year  awards,  and  are  consistently  recognised  for  their  dedication  to  customer  experience,  innovation  and  stakeholder  alignment. 

    Outside  the  hectic  world  of  SkyBus,  Michael  is  a  father  of  two  children,  a  dedicated  recreational  cyclist  and  passionate  follower  of  Liverpool  FC!

  • Kaylene Shuttlewood
    Regional Managing Director , Travel Counsellors Australia

    Kaylene  hales  from  Brisbane,  QLD  where  she  started  her  career  as  a  ticketer  straight  out  of  Travel  college.  She  now  has  over  28  years  experience  in  senior  executive  roles,  across  multiple  markets  having  lived  &  worked  in  USA  and  UK.   

    Kaylene  is  a  seasoned  travel  industry  leader  with  a  successful  and  proven  track  record  in  reallymaking  a  difference  to  the  organizations  she  leads.  This  has  ensured  a  wide  range  of  roles  across  various  channels  and  segments  in  the  travel  industry  –  including  consolidation,  airline  contracting,  product,  airline  representation  (GSA),  vertically  integrated  retailer,  GDS  technology  and  online. 

    Always  attracted  by  a  challenge,  Kaylene  has  run  transformation  projects  with  significant  success  in  turning  around  loss  making  businesses.  Working  across  privately  owned,  publicly  listed  (ASX  and  NYSE)  and  Private  equity    operating  environments. 

    A  key  to  her  success  is  building  amazingly  talented  teams,  with  a  high  performance  mindset.  Putting  the  customer  first  and  having  a  culture  that  ensures  the  team  are  operating  as  one  in  a  collaborative  &  empowered  environment.  Kaylene’s  market  knowledge  and  insight,  international  commercial  experience  and  understanding  of  technology  and  other  trends  on  a  global  level  delivers  enormous  benefits  to  the  business. 

    Until  early  2018,  for  the  preceding  3  ½  years  Kaylene  was  Managing  Director  for  Travelport  in  Australia,  New  Zealand  and  the  Pacific  Islands.  Leading  a  team  of  150  people,  across  5  locations  in  Australia  &  NZ.  She  sat  on  the  APAC  leadership  team.   

    Seeking  a  new  challenge  and  a  strong  desire  to  truly  grow  a  business,  she  took  the  brave  decision  to  resign  from  a  large  global  technology  business  listed  on  the  New  York  stock  exchange.  She  has  backed  herself  to  give  it  a  go  in  an  exciting  new  entrepreneurial  role. 

    Kaylene  has  recently  been  appointed  Regional  Managing  Director  for  Travel  Counsellors,  a  UK  head  quartered  company  who  recently  secured  Private  equity  investment  from  Vitruvian  Partners.  Whose  previous  investments  in  a  PE  world  include  skyscanner.  As  part  of  the  global  leadership  team,  Kaylene  will  spearhead  the  company’s  ambitious  growth  plans  in  Australia  and  the  Region  beyond.  A  key  reason  for  her  joining  them  was  their  Company  culture  and  its  technology  enabled,  high  tech  &  high  touch  relationship  based  business  model.   

    2018  Voted  Nos  10  most  influential  women  in  the  travel  industry  (Travel  Weekly  AU) 

    Committee  member  of  the  Travel  Industry  Mentor  Experience  (TIME)   

    Kaylene  is  a  Graduate  of  the  Australian  Institute  of  Company  Directors  (GAICD)

  • Jared Simcox
    General Manager- Australia, Scoot

    Jared Simcox – Scoot’s General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, has had a career in travel and aviation ranging from a baggage handler at Auckland Airport, driving the LAV truck, through to charter logistics, airside operations, sales and e-commerce, eventually joining Scoot in January 2017.

    A passionate adventure seeker, Jared considers contributing to a team whose purpose at Scoot is to help their passengers escape the ordinary and discover the world a privilege every day. Proof that despite the airline industry being perceived as a little bit dry, it can be an exciting, fast paced and ever evolving community of businesspeople, story tellers and innovators – especially in todays’ challenging aviation market.

  • Fuchsia Sims
    Co-Founder, Adventure Junky

    By age ten, Fuchsia had already visited 30 countries and knew how to say ‘I’m a vegetarian’ in 12 languages.
    After school she ran away to the jungles of Costa Rica, spending 18 months living in harmony with sloths and toucans, where she worked as a river guide, helping troubled youth rewild and rebuild their self-esteem. Here she discovered the true power of adventure – to help us grow and develop as individuals.
    Fuchsia has degrees in International Marketing and the Experience Economy. Having spent the last decade juggling marketing and mountains, Fuchsia finally found her calling as co-founder of the Adventure Junky App – Earth’s Sustainable Travel Game. With literally billions of travellers circling the planet every year, Fuchsia is on a mission to influence the future of travel. Using her business as a force for good - to inspire us to protect the people and places we love to visit.

  • Jennifer Vandekreeke
    Vice President – Australia, Carnival Cruise Line

    Jennifer Vandekreeke is Vice President Australia and New Zealand for Carnival Cruise Line - the world's largest cruise line.  She spearheaded the launch of the company's first international business unit in Sydney in 2011 shortly before the arrival of Carnival Spirit in 2012 and her sister ship Carnival Legend in 2014.  Today, over 800k Australians have enjoyed the free-spirited, family friendly fun of a Carnival Cruise.

    Prior to launching Carnival in Australia, Jennifer lived and worked in some of the world’s most inviting destinations including Italy, France, Colombia, Mexico and Miami, Florida, with past roles including Marketing Director at Club Med North America.

  • Jayson Westbury

    Jayson Westbury has a long career in the Hotel, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism industry. He has held senior roles in all industry settings and now applies his efforts and mind as the representative of the travel industry both in Australia and around the globe as the Chief Executive of AFTA. He is the former Chairman of the World Travel Agency Association Alliance (WTAAA), current co-Chair of the World Tourism Alliance (WTA), a China base voice of the NGO's in tourism and a member of several federal government advisory committees. He strongly believes that all indirect travel distribution channels have a future and working together will ensure success for all.