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.

Speakers

View bio Dean Long

CEO
Accommodation Association of Australia

Dean Long's biography

CEO
Accommodation Association of Australia

Dean is a Public Policy professional with over a decade of experience providing advice to Governments around Australia and the business sectors with a focus on delivering advocacy outcomes that are mutually beneficial. Throughout his career Dean has created and maintained strong and trusted relationships across the political, private and public sectors.

Dean was appointed the CEO of the Accommodation Association of Australia in June 2019 following roles as a Senior Adviser in the NSW Government, Head of Public Policy for the Australian Federation of Travel Agents and the National Manager of Government Acquisition (merchant services) for American Express. Dean has successfully led industry responses to regulatory changes across financial services, taxation, consumer affairs, immigration and planning. Dean holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Environmental Management and Tourism from Western Sydney University and Masters of Management from the University of Technology Sydney.

View bio Philip Niemann

Group Vice President, APAC
Duetto

Philip Niemann's biography

Group Vice President, APAC
Duetto

As Group VP of the APAC region, Philip leads Duetto's mission to address hospitality’s complex technology landscape, providing solutions that increase organizational efficiency, revenue and profitability. Based in Singapore, Philip oversees the sales, deployment and customer success efforts throughout Asia Pacific. He brings with him a decade of experience in revenue leadership roles on property, in corporate and area capacities in resort and city locations. While of German heritage, Philip is native to Singapore and holds a Bachelor of Science from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. More than 3,000 hotel and casino properties in more than 60 countries have partnered to use Duetto’s applications. 

View bio Gavin Faull

Chairman and President
Swiss-Belhotel International

Gavin Faull's biography

Chairman and President
Swiss-Belhotel International

Gavin has over 35 years experience in hotel management and operations under his belt. He started his career as an accountant for The Peninsula Group, Hong Kong. In 1983, he was made chief executive of Kingsgate International Corporate Limited, a publicly listed company that owned several hotels in Australia and New Zealand.

He worked for a start-up hotel management company Swiss-Belhotel group in 1990, before taking over the ownership of the company in 1999. Apart from his illustrious career in the hospitality industry, he also runs a number of agricultural companies in his native New Zealand. Gavin holds hold a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Victoria University of Wellington.

View bio Dai Williams

SVP - Global Partnerships
SiteMinder

Dai Williams's biography

SVP - Global Partnerships
SiteMinder

From establishing SiteMinder’s second global office in London, to growing sales internationally and subsequently leading the expansion of the company’s EMEA operation as managing director for the booming region, Dai Williams has been instrumental in nurturing the success of the SiteMinder brand for almost a decade.

With a drive to continually challenge the norm in travel technology, today Dai is responsible for a diverse partner network that generates in excess of $21 billion annually for SiteMinder’s 30,000 hotel customers around the world.

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 Adrian Caruso

Founder, Managing Director
Fastrack Group

Adrian Caruso's biography

Founder, Managing Director
Fastrack Group

Adrian is founder and CEO of Australasia's leading travel, tourism and hospitality full-service marketing and communications firm, Fastrack Group.

Adrian is a highly experienced and respected travel, tourism and hospitality digital marketing, media and communications expert with over 25 years in the industry. He is also a management consultant and strategist. 

View bio Michelle Allen

Head of Travel
Google

Michelle Allen's biography

Head of Travel
Google

Michelle is Head of Travel for Google Australia. She joined Google in 2011 and has 14 years experience in the travel industry in France, Spain and Australia having previously worked for Amadeus. Michelle is passionate about understanding consumer behaviour and how the travel path to purchase has been impacted by digital transformation.

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 Steven Wright

CEO
BIG4 Holiday Parks

Steven Wright's biography

CEO
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 Graham Perry

Managing Director, Australasia
Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Graham Perry's biography

Managing Director, Australasia
Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Graham is a seasoned executive leader with experience working across the global travel, tourism, media and hospitality sectors.  The thread that flows through his career is his passion for marketing and the ever-evolving travel distribution and technology landscape.

From 2016 Graham has worked with a number of successful travel start-ups including eRoam who are applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to transform travel distribution. He was appointed Managing Director, Australasia for Best Western Hotels & Resorts in May 2018.

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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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