Australian Hotel
Conference

Over 35+ speakers dedicated to
achieving Maximum Occupancy

Maximum Occupancy is Australia’s premier hotel and accommodation industry conference, designed for and by the hotel industry's leaders. Suited for all types of hotel and accommodation providers and sizes, it will feature over 35+ leading industry experts and speakers from around Australia and the globe. This is THE event for any hotelier that wants to achieve maximum occupancy month after month.

Who is Maximum
Occupancy for?

Anyone who would like to increase direct bookings, gain market share and maximise revenue. Hear about the latest trends and case studies at Maximum Occupancy to help grow your hotel and accommodation businesses. Find out how you can achieve maximum occupancy month after month.

Why attend?

Maximum Occupancy will appeal to hotel and accommodation providers of all types giving attendees the opportunity to:

Hear

Hear from the thought leaders and experts in the accommodation industry about the latest trends, strategies and know-how on every aspect that affects your business. Engage with speakers through industry Q&A and during breaks.

Gain

Learn easy to use actionable insights to boost direct bookings, increase revenue immediately and gain customer loyalty. Learn the latest trends, strategies and know-how in the world of hotel digital marketing, revenue management, food and beverage, HR, technology, management and more.

Network

Network in the ideal executive environment with 250+ like minded people from a very wide cross section of the accommodation industry both in Australia and internationally.

Our Guest Speakers

View bio Steven Wright

Chief Executive Officer
BIG4 Holiday Parks

Steven Wright's biography

Chief Executive Officer
BIG4 Holiday Parks

Steven Wright is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Company Director. He has held a number of Chief Executive Roles in the tourism, professional sports, major events and leisure industries. He was appointed Chief Executive of BIG4 Holiday Parks in October 2014. Prior to that he was the inaugural CEO of Tourism & Events Queensland, CEO of AFL Clubs Richmond and Brisbane Lions and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. He is also on the Advisory Board for Delaware North. Steven holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters of Law both from Monash University and worked as a solicitor with Freehills for 8 years. 

View bio Scott Wegener

Head of OTA, APAC
TripAdvisor

Scott Wegener's biography

Head of OTA, APAC
TripAdvisor

Scott Wegener is Head of OTA’s for TripAdvisor in Asia Pacific. Based in TripAdvisor’s regional headquarters in Singapore, Scott is part of the management team responsible for its click-based, Meta advertising business in Asia Pacific, and specifically oversees the account management of the leading online travel agencies, with a team of 5 Account Managers.

With a career in travel spanning over 12 years, Scott began working for Virgin Australia Airlines within the partnership team of the Velocity frequent flyer program and was subsequently recruited to TripAdvisor, where he has held a number of sales positions in both Australia & Singapore, culminating in his current role as Head of OTA’s.

Not surprisingly, Scott has a passion for travel and discovering new places. His next stop will be enjoying the history, culture, white sandy beaches and amazing food of Sri Lanka.

View bio Jure Domazet

Managing Director
Doma Group

Jure Domazet's biography

Managing Director
Doma Group

Upon completing his professional qualifications, Jure worked in commercial finance with a national bank and as a commercial lawyer with a national law firm. He applies this experience in the financing and structuring of the Groups investments and developments.

As Managing Director, Jure has responsibility for the Groups strategic decisions and operations, ably assisted by his property, hotels and finance divisions.

View bio Tracey Foxall

Regional Manager – Oceania
Booking.com

Tracey Foxall's biography

Regional Manager – Oceania
Booking.com

Tracey Foxall is the Regional Manager for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands based in Booking.com’s Sydney office, managing a team of 66 across the region. She joined Booking.com in 2011, initially focusing on the New Zealand market. Tracey has over 10 years of hotel industry experience, primarily in revenue management and also 3 years a Lecturer on a Diploma of Hospitality Management. She has a degree in Hotel Management from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. 

View bio Gianluigi Bazzini

Senior Commercial Manager Hotels, APAC
Skyscanner

Gianluigi Bazzini's biography

Senior Commercial Manager Hotels, APAC
Skyscanner

Gianluigi is originally from Milan (Italy) and living abroad since 2007.

Recently relocated to Singapore, Gianluigi is Senior Commercial Manager APAC, Hotels at Skyscanner. During his career he has held various sales and account management roles at online travel agencies (Booking.com, in Barcelona) technology providers for online distribution management (SiteMinder, London) and hotel chains (Hotusa, Barcelona).

Gianluigi holds a Masters in "Online Marketing for Tourism" at the Universitat de Barcelona and a specialization in "Online Hotel Distribution" issued by ESSEC Business School in Paris, France . 

View bio Drew Bowering

Senior Director, Market Management - Oceania
Expedia

Drew Bowering's biography

Senior Director, Market Management - Oceania
Expedia

Drew Bowering leads Expedia Lodging Partner Services in Oceania, responsible for the strategic direction and execution of the company’s account management and sales approach in the region.  He leads an organisation of 80 professionals throughout the region to establish and develop hotel partner relationships and help maximise their exposure to Expedia’s 200+ travel booking websites.   

Drew is a regular on the industry speaker-circuit, seen as a thought-leader who specialises in delivering compelling presentation and discussion around technology and booking trends.

Drew has worked for the Expedia group for more than eight years, holding a variety of senior roles across the business from the Global Partner Group to Market Management in the UK, USA, and Australia.

Drew holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Loughborough University in the UK, where he grew up.  He currently resides in Sydney, Australia where he is raising his young family.

View bio Alex Kahn

Market Manager Asia Pacific
Triptease

Alex Kahn's biography

Market Manager Asia Pacific
Triptease

Alex leads the direct booking movement at the new Triptease Asia Pacific office. Prior to moving to Singapore, he served as a digital marketing consultant for independent properties that were in the process building a more established direct channel including Carvi Hotels in New York City. He is responsible for the Triptease accounts team based in Singapore.

View bio Paul Constantinou

Chairman
Quest Apartment Hotels

Paul Constantinou's biography

Chairman
Quest Apartment Hotels

With more than 40 years’ experience in accommodation and hospitality, Quest Founder and Chairman, Paul Constantinou is a respected industry leader. Paul founded Quest more than 30 years ago and has built the business to be the largest serviced apartment group in Australasia. 

Today, Quest has 165 properties in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the UK. In July 2017 Quest announced an extension of its partnership with one of the world’s leading serviced residence network, following a 60 per cent increased investment in the business by Singapore-based The Ascott Limited (Ascott). 

View bio Paul Gormon

Senior Manager – Owner Engagement
Luxury Escapes

Paul Gormon's biography

Senior Manager – Owner Engagement
Luxury Escapes

Paul started his career in the Travel Industry in the early 1980’s in regional Australia. Paul moved into his own consulting business in 2009 – with clients such as  such as APT (Australian Pacific), Royal Melbourne Hospital travel procurement and Luxury Escapes in 2012. He moved into his current full time role Commercial Partnerships at Luxury Escapes in 2016.

Paul has extensive experience across the travel industry, including hotel and airline contracting, sales and distribution planning via both online and traditional. He has a strong focus on win/win outcomes for all his partners and understands that one size does not fit all.

View bio Julian Clark

CEO
Lancemore Group

Julian Clark's biography

CEO
Lancemore Group

The Lancemore Group is one of Australia’s preeminent Boutique Hotel groups.  They operate six iconic boutique hotels - Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park, Lindenwarrah at Milawa, Larmont Sydney by Lancemore, Lindenderry at Red Hill, Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore & Lancemore Hill at Macedon Ranges.  Never a group to be boxed, the Lancemore Group also run a multi-award winning winery (Lindenderry Wines) and have a white label hotel management division. 

Their properties regularly feature in best-of-the-best hotel lists and are the iconic hotels of their respective regions. Indeed, most Lancemore hotels have been regular finalists in the coveted Luxury Travel Gold List Awards, with the Mansion Hotel and Spa being in the top 5 “Australian Hotels” for the past three years.  With a core strength in Food & Beverage, many of the Lancemore Group’s restaurants are critically acclaimed and are mainstay’s in the Good Food Guide, whilst Lindenderry Wines is a multi-award winning Halliday 5* winery.

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What people
are saying

"I highly recommend coming to the conference, I had a really great time and met some great people. There’s great networking and excellent speakers. I learnt a lot about social media and how it works really well for the accommodation industry and tourists alike."

– Maximum Occupancy Attendee

"There’s always a diverse range of people here from the industry, great content and engaging speakers. It’s really exciting"

– Maximum Occupancy Attendee

"It’s been a fantastic two days at Maximum Occupancy. They’ve done a great job with the agenda and with the attendees. We’ve had an opportunity to actually network, solve a few problems for customers which is great, make some new friends and meet some old colleagues."

– Grant Colquhoun, Senior Director of Account Management APAC for TripAdvisor

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