All posts by Martin Kelly

Renee Welsh, CEO, Booking Boss

Renee Welsh, Booking BossRenee has always been at home in the world of travel tech. Over the past 15 years she’s held senior roles at Lastminute.com, GoDo (Wotif) and travel.com.au where she has been working on opening new distribution opportunities for the attractions, tours and activities sector.

Renee recognised that technology could revolutionise this industry in positive ways, but also pose challenges to businesses that were bound to outdated processes. This is why she launched Booking Boss in 2013. The company has since then secured significant investment and helped hundreds of attractions and tours streamline and grow their business.

If Renee isn’t busy shaking up the travel industry, she loves spending time with her two kids and seek inspiration from the world of interior design.

Damien Tampling, Partner Corporate Advisory, Deloitte

Damien Tampling, DeloitteDamien is currently a Partner in Deloitte’s Corporate Finance Advisory group in Sydney, Australia and specialises in providing mergers, acquisitions, divestment, capital raising and commercial strategy advice to organisations in, or investing in, the technology, media and digital media sectors. Damien also leads the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) M&A practice across Asia Pacific. Prior to joining the Corporate Finance team, Damien led part of Deloitte’s Digital consulting practice (now known as Deloitte Digital), a team of 1000+ online and mobile specialists across the US, UK, Japan and Australia.

Ken Frohling, Vice President – Business Development, Viator

Ken Frohling, ViatorKen Frohling joined Viator in 2006 bringing nearly 20 years of travel industry expertise to the team, acquired during roles in the cruise, hotel, and travel technology sectors.

Ken is a member of the executive management team and leads the strategy and operations for Viator's global network of more than 3,000 distribution partners, actively overseeing relationships with leading companies throughout the travel sector such as AAA, British Airways, American Express and Lonely Planet.

Prior to joining Viator, Ken was Country Manager – Americas at HotelClub.com, acquired by Cendant Corporation in 2005. He was previously with Atinera, a joint venture between Amadeus and Fourth Dimension Software and Renaissance Cruises.

David Rohrsheim, General Manager, Uber Australia & New Zealand

David Rohrsheim, Uber

David Rohrsheim is Uber's General Manager for Australia and New Zealand.

David was living in San Francisco in 2012 when he met the Uber founders and agreed that Australian cities needed a better way to get around. After initially launching Sydney as Uber's third international city, David has since helped Uber expand to nine cities across Australia & New Zealand, creating thousands of new jobs for responsible car owners along the way.

David previously worked at DFJ, a top tier venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, famous for investments in Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, SpaceX and Box. He holds a B.Eng from his hometown Adelaide University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Speakers Announced, Agenda Revealed for TRAVELtech Australia – 'Disruptive Influences'

Lots of fresh faces and innovative companies feature in the first round of speakers for TRAVELtech Australia, which returns to Sydney on October 15, 2015

This year's theme is 'Disruptive Influences' with the fast-moving, issues-based event anchored by a compelling agenda exploring the seismic changes rocking the travel world and beyond.

Where: Sheraton on The Park
When: Thursday, October 15
Bookings: AUD499 + gst Early Bird

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS (mtc)

  • Stefan Cordiner, Regional Director – South Pacific, Hotel Tonight
  • Murray Decker, Founder, Tour Amigo
  • Sam Dobson, Head of Transport Equity Research, Macquarie
  • Ken Frohling, VP Business Development, Viator
  • James Gaskell, Managing Director, Travel Corporation FIT
  • Darrin Grafton, CEO and co-founder, Serko
  • David Hamblin, Snr Director Mkt Mgt AP Expedia
  • Ryan Hanly, Founder, Outboundapp
  • Adam Hutchinson, Founder, Geozone
  • Kevin Jochelson, Founder, Fiestafy
  • Serena Leith, Director of Marketing Asia Pacific, Spotify
  • Jeff Lewis, VP Engineering, Viator
  • Lisa Pagotto, Founder, Crooked Compass
  • Stevan Premutico, CEO and Founder, Dimmi
  • Jeremy Reitman, CEO, Helloworld.com.au
  • Christian Schaefer, Founder, Carhood.com.au
  • Debbie Soo, Vice President Asia Pacific, Kayak
  • Damien Tampling, Technology and Media Partner, Deloitte
  • Ryan Tuckerman, Marketing Director, Art Series Hotels
  • Alistair Venn, CEO, Groupon Australia
  • Renee Welsh, CEO, Booking Boss

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, ring (02) 9882-1575 or email martin.kelly@traveltrends.biz.

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Lisa Pagotto, Founder, Crooked Compass

Lisa Pagotto Profile shotWith her mother finding out she was pregnant whilst travelling through Egypt, Lisa had caught the travel bug before she was even born.

Travelling domestically and internationally from a young age with her family, living out a bag is nothing new for this jetsetter.

From the age of eight, Lisa dreamed of travelling the world and sharing her stories with others, wanting them to experience what she had from such a young age.

Having explored many of the South Pacific Islands, as well as Bali and Malaysia when she was 18, at the age of 21, Lisa set off on her first long haul overseas stint.

A year of backpacking through Tunisia, participating in a mock wedding in Morocco, discovering the jewels of Western and Eastern Europe, lazing on a felucca in Egypt, eating way too much baklava in Turkey and serving as a bar maid in a small village in rural UK, before living with a local family whilst studying Italian in the romantic city of Florence.

On returning home, it wasn't long before the itchy feet needed a scratch again and off she went for round two – this time for two years.

Travelling to the Rockies in Canada, Las Vegas, Iceland to see the Northern lights, travelling independently and mixing with the locals through a vast region of the Middle East.

Sleeping on roof tops in Jerusalem, celebrating a White Christmas in the Bavarian Alps, spotting tigers in the wilds of India, throwing a tomato or two at La Tomatina, clanking steins at Oktoberfest, exploring the mystical Baltic’s and finishing off with an amazing two month overland trip through Africa, trekking with the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and jumping out of a plane in Namibia!

Trekking in the Kingdom of Bhutan, staying in a local home with the hill-tribe minority groups in Sapa, Vietnam, hiking the unrestored 'Wild Wall' in China and diving on WWII shipwrecks in the Solomon Islands…

The list continues, as Lisa edges towards 100 countries (and counting) on her travels as she aims to visit every country in the world.

Professionally, Lisa's background is within the travel and tourism industry.

Having lived and breathed the industry since 2003 and excelling in all facets of the industry from product development, price contracting and negotiations, heading up several sales and marketing teams nationally as well as creating and establishing a touring brand for another company.

Lisa's genre of travel is focused on the more unique, remote, lesser known and untouched destinations as well as looking for fresh ways to explore old haunts.

Adventure and experiential travel is close to Lisa's heart as she believes to truly experience a destination, you must be completely immersed in it and live like the locals do.

Murray Decker, Founder, TourAmigo

Murry Decker, Tour AmigoMurray Decker is passionate about inspiring, educating and empowering people to live extraordinary lives through travel.

Decker is the Founder and Managing Director ofTourAmigo, the first, independent digital platform for travellers wanting to search, compare and book their desired tour online and all in the one place. He launched in July 2015.

Having completed a Bachelor of Business with Honours and subsequently being recognised with the Dean’s Award for Excellence, Murray went straight from university into a fast-paced, corporate sales and marketing environment.

With a desire to see the world the experience was short-lived and at the age of 22 Murray packed his bags and left his friends and Australia to go overseas.

Shortly after arriving in London, he found himself a job as a tour guide, which led to eight years of travel across 70 countries and four continents.

He originally wanted to create a type of in-flight magazine about different tour offerings before realising that an online platform would allow for more information to get across.

As the Founder of TourAmigo, he has self-funded the development of the platform and has skilfully used his network to secure access to data from 40 leading tour operators, providing over 7,500 tours across every continent.

Decker is based in Sydney.