Australian Hotel

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 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.


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 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.


View bio Dean Long

Accommodation Association of Australia

Dean Long's biography

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

Philip Niemann's biography

Group Vice President, APAC

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. 

Kari Hunter

General Manager - Marketing
Choice Hotels APAC

Brett Salter

National Accommodation Manager
ALH Group

Chantelle Veness

Group Director of Sales & Marketing
The Lancemore Group

View bio Vincent Lombino

Group Food & Beverage Director
Ovolo Hotels

Vincent Lombino's biography

Group Food & Beverage Director
Ovolo Hotels

Overseeing food and drink across the Ovolo brand, from concepts to delivery, in-house to in-room, Vince works closely with our Creative Culinary Partners, Chefs, Bar team to curate exciting and innovative offerings to reflect Ovolo’s philosophy. This role sees Vince work across the hotels, creating vibrant new concepts and implementing the highest standard of service and offering, allowing Ovolo to continue to push the boundaries, improve on existing concepts and launch new and unique innovations within the industry.

With over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Vincent brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. His role as Group Director Food & Beverage has seen him working at organisations globally including Noble House Hotels & Resorts in Seattle, Urban Purveyor Group and Australia’s Event Hospitality Group as Group Food and Beverage Director focusing on development and implementation of their food and beverage concepts across Hotels and Cinemas.

View bio Nick Jeffery

Vice President - Sales & Account Management, APAC
Sabre Hospitality Solutions

Nick Jeffery's biography

Vice President - Sales & Account Management, APAC
Sabre Hospitality Solutions

Nick Jeffery leads the Asia-Pacific Business Development team for Sabre Hospitality Solutions. A veteran of the Asia-Pacific Hospitality sector he joined Sabre back in 2009 after leading the Account Management team for IDeaS across Asia-Pacific since 2001. Prior to his roles with leading hospitality technology companies he “cut his teeth” in Hospitality with the Intercontinental Hotel Group where he held a variety of roles during his 13 year tenure. Whilst working with the Sydney Intercontinental he implemented the first automated Revenue Management solution for the Group globally which prove the catalyst for a rollout of the solution across six continents in the late 1990’s. He has studied Commerce and Economics at both the University of NSW and Macquarie University in Sydney.

Philip Stanley

General Manager ANZ
Sabre Hospitality Solutions

Trent Fraser

Choice Hotels APAC

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.

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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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