Anne Keating

Anne KeatingAnne is a company director and holds board positions in a range of industries including insurance, banking, medical research and property. She is on the boards of Goodman Group, Ardent Leisure Group (formerly Macquarie Leisure Group), ClearView Wealth Limited, REVA Medical Inc., G.I. Dynamics Inc., and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Anne is also a member of the Advisory Council of Royal Bank of Scotland (formerly ABN AMRO), Governor of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation and Trustee of the Centennial Parklands and Moore Park Trust.

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Anthony Hayes

Anthony HayesAnthony Hayes is the Managing Director of AAT Kings, Australia’s largest guided holiday company. Specialising in guided holidays, short breaks and day tours, AAT Kings carries hundreds of thousands of guests around Australia and New Zealand each year.

Prior to joining AAT Kings, Anthony was the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Queensland,

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Cameron Kerr

Cameron KerrWhile originally working in agriculture and veterinary R&D, Cameron has over 15 years experience in marketing and communications roles across a range of industries including ag vet, consumer goods, healthcare, fundraising and tourism. Cameron has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Master of Commerce in Marketing and Organisational Behaviour.

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith - Corporate Travel ManagementCraig took the plunge and founded Travelogic in 1989, and over the following 19 years grew that business into a $135M powerhouse which catered to a range of clients primarily in the Sydney market, including the very high profile Macquarie Group. Craig was instrumental in the successful merger of the Travelogic business with Corporate Travel Management in 2008. He is the current President of the Association of Travel Management Companies (ATMC). Craig has 5 children.

Fiona Dalton

Fiona Dalton is the Managing Director of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, a role which sees her responsible for the strategic direction of Uniworld, and ultimately the growth and success of the business from Australia. Fiona has 25 years’ experience across the industry, having worked in retail, corporate, wholesale, logistics and hotels during her travel career.

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Gai Tyrrell

Gai TyrellGai Tyrrell is Chief Executive Officer of Sabre Pacific. Appointed to this role in September 2007, Gai is responsible for driving the strategic goals and operations of Sabre Pacific throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Gai has 20 years of experience in the travel industry, possessing a solid and thorough understanding of the airline industry as well as both the corporate and retail travel sectors. As a prominent, well-liked and highly respected industry figure, Gai consistently demonstrates strong leadership skills and is renowned for her negotiation and change management skills.

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Gary Hearst

Gary HearstSusan and Gary Hearst founded what became Tempo Holidays in 1990. Originally known as Yalla Tours this business began life as niche market wholesaler specialising in the exotic destinations of the Middle East. During the 18 years of our ownership and management of Tempo Holidays the company went from an unknown, small niche market player in the Australian travel industry into a medium sized business with high industry recognition, employing 100 staff.

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Gavin Smith

Gavin SmithGavin Smith was appointed managing director for the Australian operations of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCL) in December 2008, and in March 2010 he opened the company's first office in New Zealand.

Smith leads a team of around 55 employees and oversees all commercial and operational activities in Australia and New Zealand for the company's three cruise brands: Royal Caribbean Intemational, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises.

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Jeremy van de Klundert

Jeremy van de KlundertJeremy van de Klundert was recently appointed to the role of Managing Director Sabre Pacific, the local subsidiary of the Travel technology leader in Asia Pacific, Abacus International. As an international business executive, Jeremy will take forward the distribution strategy for Australia and New Zealand.

Jeremy has served in similar roles, including five years with global distribution systems in Europe, three with a major travel agency and more recently five heading global assistance company, International SOS in developing North Asia.

An individual who started as an domestic consultant who still believes that travel is about making dreams come true.

John Borghetti

John Borghetti - Virgin AustraliaJohn Borghetti commenced as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Virgin Australia group of airlines in May 2010. Under his leadership, the Group is undergoing a strategic repositioning.

Mr Borghetti has had 38 years experience in aviation, including a long career at Qantas where he was appointed Executive General Manager Qantas in November 2003, responsible for Qantas Domestic, International and QantasLink.

Mr Borghetti has served as a Director of Jetset Travelworld, Sydney FC and Piper Aircraft (USA). He is currently a Director of The Australian Ballet and CARE Australia.

John Weeks

John WeeksJohn Weeks is Chief Executive Officer of The Travel Corporation for Australia. He is based in The Travel Corporation's Sydney head office and is responsible for the management of each of the travel companies – Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Creative Holidays, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, AAT Kings, Inspiring Journeys, New Horizons Holidays and Busabout – in Australia.

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Jon Marshall

Jon MarshallJon is a senior management executive with extensive experience in the aviation, travel and tourism fields with a solid base in establishing green field start-up operations.

After graduating from the University of Queensland and a brief career in Town Planning, Jon commenced his tourism career with the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation before moving into management roles with industry suppliers such as Hamilton Island and Hertz.

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Judith Crompton

Judith CromptonJudith Crompton is the Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Australia.

Judith has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation and travel industry, gained with some of the largest companies in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

In her current role, Judith has responsibility for Alliances, Network, Revenue Management and Sales, covering Virgin Australia’s domestic and international network.

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Justin Montgomery

Justin MontgomeryJustin Montgomery, former General Manager Virgin Australia Group, has extensive experience in the travel and aviation industries spanning 23 years.

Joining Virgin Australia in August 2010, Justin was responsible for all sales and distribution channels across the current four airline brands in the Virgin group including V Australia, Virgin Australia , Polynesian Blue and Pacific Blue.

With a team of 150 people in several countries, Justin’s responsibilities included Corporate, Government, Travel Industry, Business Events & Groups and Blue holidays.

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Leanne Geraghty

Leanne GeraghtyLeanne is the General Manager Australia for Air New Zealand and is responsible for managing the airlines passenger revenue within Australia. Her portfolio includes the regions strategy development, sales performance, consumer market development, along with local pricing, PR and Brand activity.

She joined Air New Zealand in 2004, having held a number of senior sales roles within the Australian travel industry.

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Lesley Grant

Lesley Grant - Chief Executive Officer Loyalty Qantas AirwaysLesley joined Qantas Airways in May 2002 and held a number of key executive roles across the business, including Group Executive, Customer Marketing, prior to her appointment as CEO, Qantas Loyalty in May 2012. The vision for Qantas Loyalty is to be the most valued loyalty business in Asia/Pacific. Her top priorities are continuing to drive innovation and sustainable growth in the loyalty business through deeper customer engagement; strong partner relationships; online retail strategies and developing and engaging the workforce.

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Mark Hassell

Mark HassellMark Hassell joined Virgin Australia airlines in January 2012 as General Manager Brand and Customer Strategy, a role where he will focus on supporting the business by developing the brand and tailoring the customer experience from start to finish.

Mark joins Virgin Australia with more than 25 years of aviation and customer service experience. His extensive career began in the United Kingdom, joining British Airways as a part time flight attendant. He soon moved to a number of a senior management roles principally in the Brand, Product and Service Development; Alliance Marketing and leading Customer Service divisions.

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Matthew Cameron-Smith

With 25 years of experience within the tourism industry, Matthew Cameron-Smith was appointed Managing Director for Trafalgar Australia in February 2011. Over the past four years, Matthew has been instrumental in the implementation of Trafalgar’s strategic vision, values and corporate objectives, while providing leadership and direction to Trafalgar’s Australia team.

Matthew has played an integral part in Trafalgar’s transformation and brand evolution as the global guided holiday leader.

Matthew has previously held positions with Tourism Australia as General Manager – Trade Marketing and Director of Distribution and Partnership Development for UK/Europe. Prior to that Matthew spent seven years with Rydges Hotels in Resorts based in the UK and Australia.

Pat Skalsky

Pat SkalskyPat is an Executive Coach with AltusQ, an international expert coaching firm with 33 coaches across Aust/NZ.

Her clients include IBM, Macquarie Bank, Reckon, Acer, Lloyds International, Bankwest, Quantium, Olympus, Coal Services, BlueFin Resources, M&T Resources, SMS Technology,  THINK Education group, Hunter Douglas, Squiz, HR Partners, Certitude Global Investments, Rohlig, Funkis, RMG Partners and the AWCCI.

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Peter Lacaze

Peter Lacaze has more than 30 years management experience across the manufacturing, retail, healthcare and travel sectors. With more than ten years in the travel industry, Mr Lacaze has previously held CEO roles at Transonic Travel, Concorde International Travel Services, Qantas Holidays and Jetset Travel & Technology. Mr Lacaze holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK), is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Management, and is an Associate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Phil Hoffmann

Phil Hoffmann - Phil Hoffmann TravelWhen Phil Hoffmann established his own agency in 1990 with a staff of two, he wanted to provide his customers with something out of the ordinary – inspiring travel experiences coupled with outstanding customer service. It’s this approach that has enabled the success of his multi-award winning business in a competitive and challenging market; building an impeccable reputation amongst the travelling public for quality, value and personalised service. Today, the proudly family owned business employs over 200 South Australians and operates from 10 branches throughout the State.

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Rachel Argaman

Rachel ArgamanA visionary leader who believes in “encouraging the heart,” Rachel is CEO of Toga Hotels and their brands: Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments, Travelodge Hotels, and Vibe Hotels.

With over 20 year’s international experience at senior management level in the travel and hospitality industry, Rachel has won numerous awards including the 2008 Telstra National Corporate Businesswoman of the Year.

Sarina Bratton

Sarina Bratton - Orion Expedition CruisesSarina Bratton founded Orion Expedition Cruises in 2004 and serves as Managing Director of the company. The high point of a career that has taken her from nationally ranked sportswoman to the first female founder of a shipping line, Sarina has succeeded in creating Australia’s only world class, five-star expedition cruise line that is rated as a world leader in maritime environmental sustainability.

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Shelley Roberts

Shelley Roberts, Executive Director Aviation Services at Sydney Airport, has over 12 years experience in the aviation industry in both airline and airport management.

Before joining Sydney Airport, Shelley was responsible for the start-up and strategic development of Tiger Airways Australia.

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Stephen Lewis

Stephen LewisStephen Lewis has spent 41 years in the Hospitality Industry most recently as Four Seasons Hotel Sydney General Manager.

Mr Lewis joined the former Regent Sydney when it opened in 1981 as the number one employee and has spent almost 30 years working with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts - 16 of those as the second ever General Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

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Sue Hollis

Sue HollisSue Hollis has had a wild and crazy ride within the airline and travel industry over the past 30 years. As a senior airline executive with British Airways in both Australia and the U.K., her roles included Manager Sales London, GM 767 Fleet, GM BA/QF JSA, and then RGM Australia Sales for Qantas.

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Susan Hearst

Susan HearstSusan and Gary Hearst founded what became Tempo Holidays in 1990. Originally known as Yalla Tours this business began life as niche market wholesaler specialising in the exotic destinations of the Middle East. During the 18 years of our ownership and management of Tempo Holidays the company went from an unknown, small niche market player in the Australian travel industry into a medium sized business with high industry recognition, employing 100 staff and a turnover in excess of $60million.

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Tammy Marshall

Tammy Marshall is Senior Vice President, P&O Cruises & Commercial Shared Services.

Tammy Marshall is an experienced senior management executive and leader within the tourism industry that extends more than 20 years. Tammy’s current position is Senior Vice President of P&O and jointly representing Carnival Corporation Australia in commercial business requirements.

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Tony Carter

Tony CarterIn this role Tony is responsible for driving the commercial and operational strategies for Amadeus throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific as well as identifying and maximising new market opportunities throughout the region.

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