This free event has been designed for the mobile and luxury travel agents and key MICE buyers looking to discover exciting new suppliers and destinations, reconnect with existing suppliers, uncover the latest traveller trends and gain invaluable market insight from industry-leading speakers.





seminar moderator

Liz has spent over 20 years in the business of market research.

Alongside helping clients solve business issues and plan for growth, Liz has enjoyed success in public speaking and the design, development and facilitation of both strategy workshops and professional training courses.

Liz currently balances her own portfolio of clients with working part time for Faster Horses Consulting. Liz will bring her passion and curiosity to the seminar and panel sessions at the Travel Industry Exhibition.

the speakers

Julia Palmer is a respected Relational Strategist and best known for leading the face-to-face revolution!

Her expertise includes 20 years of practice and research combined with Advanced Certifications in Neuro-linguistics, Emotional Intelligence (MSCEIT), Performance Consulting, Training and Assessment. By age 25 Julia was the General Manager of a Multi-Million dollar global organisation, she has built her career by organising and attending thousands of networking events across all industries internationally.

Now as CEO of Relatus, Julia helps you position yourself in professional networks and build your relational capabilities to maximise the human advantage.

Bond is the Business Travel Lead for Airbnb across Australia and New Zealand.

The world of business travel is changing. More and more business travellers looking for unique accommodations that match their lifestyles, similar to the authentic experiences that come from leisure travel.

Come join this session and learn more about Airbnb for Work and the new innovate offerings that they will be introducing to the industry.

If you are a travel manager or travel professional,  you can also learn more about the Airbnb for Work dashboard that have been created to help managers have more visibility to the entire employee travel experience.

Leigh is the founder and principal consultant at ALTO Global Consulting. She has a wealth of experience across the non-profit, philanthropic, business and international development sectors, having spent the past 15 years building organisations, projects and movements, while advising clients on best practice and high impact approaches.

Leigh is also the co-founder of the ReThink Orphanages Network has been instrumental in working to secure the inclusion of orphanage trafficking and tourism in the Australian Government’s recommended Modern Slavery Act.

Leigh is an internationally recognised expert in child rights and child protection in development, tourism and philanthropy. She supports her clients to ensure projects, products and services do not inadvertently harm children and their families.

Research from the 2016 World Food Travel Association Food Travel Monitor shows food tourists are more likely to consider food and drink when selecting a destination and are more likely to believe food and drink experiences help in understanding local culture.

Sydney-based food and tourism marketer Holly Galbraith will present at The Travel Industry Exhibition and share insights and marketing tips on better understanding and communicating with the food tourist.

Holly is Australia’s first Certified Ambassador to the World Food Travel Association and creator of Destination Food, Australia’s leading food tourism conference.

Dr. John Ayoub works in various tourism capacities including research, consulting, marketing and networking and has experienced a 25 year indulgence in tourism. Additionally, as a higher education lecturer and vocational trainer, John delivers education in tourism, management, marketing and business to international and local students.

Through the consultancy Third Millennium Tourism (TMT), John seeks to connect the broader stakeholders of international tourism with remote and indigenous communities. John enjoys travelling to remote an exotic locations both in Australia and abroad.

With an open heart to the Tourism question, the Tourism Doctor is ready to diagnose your challenges and help prescribe sustainable and profitable remedies.

Rian Smith is Hootsuite’s Senior Key Accounts and Partner Manager for Australia and New Zealand region.


He works with our largest customers across various verticals in partnering with us to leverage social media as a strategic advantage.


His extensive client work has seen him grow our regional hospitality footprint extensively and partnering with clients like Accor Hotels, EVT, Merivale and Australian Venue Company.


As a secondary focus, Rian is tasked with building out our alliance, strategic and commercial partnership portfolio across ANZ.

Simone Clarke is a sustainability, corporate responsibility and “for-purpose” executive with over 25 years-experience working in NGO’s, the United Nations and the private sector.

During this time Simone’s work has been focused on sustainable development,  resource mobilisation, cross sector partnerships, corporate affairs and marketing communications in Australia, the USA and Asia Pacific. 

Simone is an executive leader with global experience in strategic philanthropy, sustainable partnerships and social impact programs with a range of corporations, NFPs, IGOs, NGOs and international sporting bodies.

Simone is passionate about social impact, animal welfare, ethical consumption and the long-term sustainability and viability of our planet, achieved through multi stakeholder collaboration, innovation and enabling technologies.


Dilek Saticieli is a speaker, author, business mentor and CEO of Attraction Marketing agency.

Dilek has a diverse background in the MICE industry in the areas of:

  • Marketing and business growth strategies
  • Online advertising – Facebook Ads, Adwords and LinkedIn
  • Sponsorship

Her experience spans across financial services, tourism, emerging technology and SMEs. Dilek loves sharing her valuable and unique insights.

Neil Rodgers is the Managing Director of Adventure World Travel.

For the past ten years Neil has led the company to become Australasia’s largest tailor-made soft-adventure provider.

Over his tenure Neil has launched National Geographic Traveller magazine into the market as a member publication and worked alongside prestigious organisations such as the Sydney Opera House , the Australian Museum and the Taronga Conservation Society. Adventure World Travel is a division of The Travel Corporation and was recently awarded ‘Best International Wholesaler’ at the 2018 National Travel Industry Awards.

Paul Hewett is an entrepreneur, digital marketer and data enthusiast recognised for his expertise in data-driven customer experience.

Paul is the director & principal consultant at In Marketing We Trust, a global digital analytics consultancy helping travel brands grow through data activation, his customers include Expedia, Skyscanner, Club Med, Ebookers, and Alitalia. His work has earned him multiple prizes and honours from leading associations including the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Institute of Digital Marketing, and Business Insider.

Kaylene is a seasoned travel industry leader with a successful and proven track record in really making a difference to the organizations she leads.  

 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.

Kaylene has recently been appointed Regional Managing Director for Travel Counsellors, a UK head quartered company. As part of the global leadership team, Kaylene will spearhead the company’s ambitious growth plans in Australia and the Region beyond.