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15 March
Novotel Canberra
Managing Travel in an Uncertain World
08.00 Registration and Coffee

Chairman’s Welcome
  • Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), President, Kurt Knackstedt
09.10 Keynote Address: Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment, The Hon. Keith Pitt MP
CAPA Keynote: The Australian Aviation Outlook: The impact of LCCs and new airline business models & Gulf carriers and the outlook for Australia's airports
  • CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
09.55 The Supply Market: External Perspective - how do the financial markets view travel and tourism?

The amount of money spent on corporate and related travel is ultimately driven by the level of business activity and confidence in the marketplace - both domestically and internationally. Australia & NZ remain attractive markets for international travel and investment as well as driving high domestic and international travel levels. Within Australia the economy is still vulnerable to some post-resources adjustment (although generally has adjusted well), however externally a rise of protectionism could present new challenges. NZ faces 2017 with continued natural disasters impacting their economy and a new PM after the resignation of John Key. John O'Shea will provide an overview from the market perspective of trends and expectations that may impact on the local buyers' market for travel.
  • Senior Research Analyst, John O'Shea
Canberra: Implications of the Capital Cities route and new airline entry
  • Canberra Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Byron
10.45 Coffee & Networking
Keynote: The cost of success: Managing the boom in air travel
The impact of significant travel and tourism growth on infrastructure, the big knock-on effects on corporate travellers, and recommendations for change
  • Transport & Tourism Forum Australia (TTF), CEO, Margy Osmond
Landing Slots: Utilising Infrastructure to Improve Operational Efficiency
Macquarie Bank,
Division Director, Peter Farthing
11.45 Australia's bilateral air services policy: what does it mean for Australia's airlines?
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Secretary, Mike Mrdak
12.10 Executive Panel: The Aviation Outlook: Access & Capacity
  • Border facilitation and need for continued reforms
  • Preclearance and single visa on the Tasman
  • Future preclearance for China and other key Asia markets
Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison

  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Secretary, Mike Mrdak
  • Canberra Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Byron
  • Qantas, Group Executive Government, Industry and International Affairs, Andrew Parker
  • Transport & Tourism Forum Australia (TTF), CEO, Margy Osmond
13.00 Lunch sponsored by MasterCard
14.00 ATMC Executive of the Year 2017 Launch
Association Of Travel Management Companies (ATMC),
President, Lisa Akeroyd 
14.10Audience Polling - Hot Issues & Trends for Corporate Travel
  • business travel BUZZZ, Editor, Allan Leibowitz
14.15 Hotel Data & Benchmarking
  • Air Fares: How is Canberra trending vs the national average
  • Accommodation: What’s really happening locally with rates, new properties and seasonality
Moderator: business travel BUZZZ, Editor, Allan Leibowitz

  • American Express Global Business Travel, Consultant, Anoop Rattan
  • TravelClick, Director of Sales, Jacqui Vieusseux

Followed by audience Q&A

14.50 Panel Discussion: Disruption: from booking to travelling, paying and expensing, it’s all changing…

The sharing economy is impacting on corporate travel, with travellers looking online and outside of the traditional offerings. In the ground transport sector for example, Uber has overtaken taxi use for many organisations, but few have embraced private apartment rental as a replacement for hotels. Regardless of the current levels of adoption of the new travel alternatives, travel managers need to revise their programmes and policies to cope with them and address:

• The new risks associated with the sharing economy
• The expense management implications of dealing with non-traditional vendors
• The demands of the new mobile booking processes
• Balancing corporate responsibility with traveller experience and expectations.

Moderator: Changing Times, Director, Richard Savva

The Lido Group, ‎Director of Operations, Peter Beveridge
Mastercard, Vice President, Gregor Lochtie
CWT, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Lisa Akeroyd
SimPPLY, Partner, Richard Jacobs
    15.25 Coffee & Networking
    15.50 Roundtable discussion: International SOS incident simulation

    Delegates are presented with an unfolding emergency scenario and given a range of tasks as more information emerges. This will provide a unique opportunity to evaluate risk readiness and determine what steps are needed to get up to speed.

    Facilitator: business travel BUZZZ, Editor, Allan Leibowitz with International SOS, Manager - Risk Services, Simon Francis
    16.30 Closing Keynote: Shaping the future of corporate travel: a view from 2020
    • Amadeus, Managing Director, Tony Carter
    16.50 Networking Drinks 
    17.30 Conference Close