Digital innovation, marketing and leadership are among the topics to be covered by speakers at the inaugural News Corp Australia Tourism Innovation Conference in Cairns on Friday, 6 November.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Chief Executive Officer Alex de Waal said a panel of inspiring business leaders had been selected to host the conference’s Concurrent Sessions and Business Panel discussions. They are:
- Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive of AEG Ogden
- Ken Chapman, CEO of Skyrail-ITM and a director of the Chapman Group
- Keith De Lacy, former Queensland Treasurer
- Donna Moritz, founder of Socially Sorted
- Sean Blocksidge from The Margaret River Discovery Co
- Simon McGrath, Accor Pacific Chief Operating Officer
- Unique People Pty Ltd Managing Director Shelley Wild
- Ian Balme, from Forgotten World Adventures New Zealand
“They join a stellar line-up with social commentator Bernard Salt giving the opening keynote speech, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki the keynote innovation motivational speech and media personality James O’Loghlin the Master of Ceremonies,” Mr de Waal said.
“The Tourism Innovation Conference will challenge delegates to think about how they can drive innovation in their business, no matter what industry they are in.
“Concurrent Sessions include discussions on innovation in leadership and management, international marketing, digital marketing, domestic marketing, product development and financial management.
“After being inspired to drive innovation in your business, kick up your heels at a special networking event celebrating excellence in tourism.
“Forget the black tie, this event is all about having fun with your colleagues and friends as you celebrate the champions of Tropical North Queensland’s leading industry, tourism.”
An Early Bird Special rate of $500 is available until 28 August, giving you a $105 on the standard conference price of $605. TTNQ members will receive further discounts on this rate.
The proud sponsors are: Conference Naming Rights sponsor News Corp Australia, Key Note Speaker sponsor James Cook University, Concurrent Session Leadership and Management sponsor Central Queensland University, Industry Awards for Excellence Naming Rights sponsor Intrust Super, Conference Hospitality Partner (Morning Tea) Intrust Super, Business Leader Panel sponsor Cairns Regional Council, Chairman’s Award Partner The Cairns Chamber of Commerce, Conference Luncheon Partner Cairns Airport, Venue Partner Ports North and Hall of Fame Awards sponsor Hostplus.