Travel IQ Business and Investment Conference, Sydney, October 24


Welcome to Travel IQ, Australia’s first travel business and investment conference.  

  • Celebrate the business of travel
  • Engage with the industry’s entreprenuers
  • Explore new opportunities and partnerships
  • Hear from industry leaders, debate key issues
  • Just 135 seats, exclusive opportunity

Where: Langham Hotel, Sydney
When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Program: See below
Bookings: Early Bird – $495 + gst

Travel IQ Program –  Celebrating The Business of Travel
9am to 5pm Wednesday, October 24

Travel – A Growth Story: Travel remains a growth story despite global uncertainty and is forecast to grow at more than 5% a year for the next decade. Our opening speakers crunch the data on key industry sectors. We also look at where the smart money has been heading with analysis of key industry investments over the past two years, both in Australia and overseas.

  • Follow the Money: Martin Kelly,
  • Hotels: Vasso Zographo/Michael Simpson, Savills Hotels
  • Aviation: Anthony Moulder, Head of Transport & Infrastructure Research, CLSA Australia

Trends, Issues, Challenges & Opportunities. Travel may be growing however progression is anything but linear. That’s because travel is a complex, occasionally volatile industry that’s ultimately all about people, who are anything but predictable. Strategies change, opportunities emerge, and growth is an ever-present challenge. Meanwhile globalisation looms large. Tightly moderated panel discussion involving travel business leaders.

  • Bob East, Chairman Tourism Australia, Chairman Experience Co (EXP)
  • Anthony Hayes, Chief Operating Officer, Sealink Travel Group (SLK)
  • 2x panelists tba

Going Public: Serko is a story of dogged perseverance and bloody mindedness. After a rocky start on the NZSX, Serko staged a huge turnaround and became its top performing share last year while achieving a long-time goal of co-listing on the ASX in June.

  • Darrin Grafton, Co-Founder & CEO, Serko (SKO)

Engineering an Exit – How I Sold My Travel Business. Building a travel business is one thing, selling it and moving on another. It sounds simple but it’s most definitely not. Here’s how one Melbourne couple managed their transition.

  • Josh Oakes, The Sunshine Tribe

Founder’s Dilemma and The Art of Stepping Back: Founders can’t do everything but sometimes it’s hard to step aside and give someone else the reins. Earlier this year Simon Lenoir, who co-founded Rezdy with Hugo Sterin, decided to move away from day to day management. Here is his story.

  • Simon Lenoir, co-Founder, Rezdy

Attractive Proposition: Attractions are the invisible infrastructure underpinning Australian tourism. Session opens with focus on the rapid evolution of third-generation company Hammons Holdings, owner since 1945 of Scenic World Blue Mountains and now operator of commercial climbing on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Followed by industry leader discussion covering everything from ski resorts and aquariums to water parks.


  • Nigel Benton, Publisher, Australian Leisure Media


  • Anthea Hammon/David Hammon, Directors Hammons Holdings, Scenic World/Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb Experience
  • Rob Smith, Divisional Director, Australia & NZ, Merlin Entertainments
  • Dax Eddy, GM, Jamberoo Action Park 

Investor Insight. Les Szekely has picked a few winners in his time: HotelClub, SiteMinder and Rezdy to name a few, so what he says is worth listening to. What is his philosophy on investing, what does he look for in a company and what does he think the future holds? Find out here. Followed by panel.

Owning the Moment: Why lease when you can build and own? Australian travel companies APT and Scenic have been at the forefront of investing in and building their own ships. Now Aurora Expeditions has joined the party, commissioning the ‘Greg Mortimer’ expedition ship. Case study on rewards and risks of building your own ship.

Focus on: Intrepid Travel Group: It’s been a remarkable journey for the Intrepid Travel Group, which is boldly pushing ahead with an ambitious strategy to be the biggest player in the global adventure travel industry through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth

Adventure and Expedition Travel: Discussion… Adventure travel is hot right now with consumers increasingly looking for culture, meaning and interaction when they take a break. Experiential travel is the buzz word. Find out what’s driving this sector, where the opportunities lie and what the future holds

Working Locally, Growing Globally. The common wisdom is that you can’t build a global business from Australia. However, it can be done. Rod Cuthbert has used Australia as a launching pad for two global businesses, Viator, now owned by TripAdvisor, and Rome2rio, headquartered in Melbourne. What did he learn along the way?

Founder’s Story: Jamie Pherous founded Corporate Travel Management (CTD) 24 years ago with a couple of staff in Brisbane and big dreams. Now the business he created is a publicly-listed global enterprise with offices in 70 countries, thousands of staff and a market capitalisation of more than $3 billion. Learn about Jamie’s journey in this presentation followed by Q & A.

The Next Big Thing… If only if it were that simple. Here is your chance to get ahead of the curve in our closing session featuring a panel of well-connected industry insiders with their take on how travel will evolve in the coming years and who will be best placed to take advantage of the ever-shifting tourism landscape.

  • Speakers tba

Bookings for Travel IQ are now open and cost from $495 + gst.

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