Conference Speakers

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We’ve confirmed lots of inspiring and knowledgeable talent for this year’s conference and will be releasing our speaker line-up soon! We’re bringing together world-class presenters who will be able to share their thoughts on where the industry is heading, new technologies and how you can get a competitive edge to be an industry-leader in your field.

 

Speakers from our last conference

Frankie J Holden

Frankie J Holden

Our Resident MC

We're extremely excited to announce Australian icon Frankie J Holden as our MC! Legendary rock band member, actor, television presenter, caravan park owner and NewBook client are a few of Frankie's ac...

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Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham

Business Growth Expert, The Practice

You’ve probably seen Jason on Channel 10’s The Living Room or maybe you’ve read his book. Jason has a wealth of experience in helping business owners and individuals articulate and then achieve ...

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Rachael Robertson

Rachael Robertson

Antarctic Expedition Leader

Business growth expert, media personality and successful business owner: Rachael's journey to Antarctica is a story you'll remember forever. Hearing about her leadership, teamwork and determination wi...

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Cr Tom Tate

Cr Tom Tate

City of Gold Coast, His Worship the Mayor

Tom is a civil engineer by trade, having graduated from the University of NSW in the early '80s. He started his career in the construction industry and later moved into the tourism and hospitality ind...

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Brad Illich

Brad Illich

Tourism Entrepreneur, NewBook

Brad Illich grew up in a family business operating two holiday parks on the Gold Coast and Brisbane. After finishing high school Bradley created his first business Xtreme, providing websites and IT se...

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Hon Kate Jones MP

Hon Kate Jones MP

Minister for Education, Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games

Kate is passionate about ensuring access to quality education for everyone, no matter where they live. She also stands with Queensland’s tourism industry to attract a greater share of visitors and s...

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Daniel Gschwind

Daniel Gschwind

Chief Executive at Queensland Toursim Industry Council

Daniel Gschwind is the CEO for the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC). QTIC is Queensland’s peak tourism industry body with more than 3,000 regional members. Daniel represents QTIC on variou...

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Ben Price

Ben Price

Australia's Best Impersonator

Known as Australia’s Best Impersonator, comedian Ben Price has his audiences rolling in the aisles with his spot on impersonations of personalities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Owen Wilson, Homer ...

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Hon Steven Ciobo

Hon Steven Ciobo

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Steven grew up in a country town in North Queensland where his family ran a tourism small business. It was here he learnt the link between hard work and reward, the importance of a strong family, and ...

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Andrew Hirst

Andrew Hirst

Territory Manager, Xero

Andrew spent the first 10 years of his career advising family businesses as a chartered accountant. He saw first hand the opportunity that technology presents for small business. Andrew is passionate ...

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Erin Cullen

Erin Cullen

NewBook Guru

Erin Cullen is certainly a unique talent and young achiever. Since her early start in the family hospitality business, Erin has immersed herself in diverse roles spanning management of restaurants, ti...

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Martin Grunstein

Martin Grunstein

The Customer Service Expert

Martin's outstanding results with over 500 companies across over 100 industries have made him Australia's most in-demand speaker on Outstanding Customer Service. Martin doesn't hype people up, he teac...

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Karl Heyman

Karl Heyman

General Manager, Family Parks

Karl has been General Manager with Family Parks for the past 5 years. Originally from the UK and after spending 23 years in local government starting as an apprentice and finishing as the head of serv...

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Tenille Bentley

Tenille Bentley

Social Media Expert

From the early age of 21, Tenille has a track record in property investing and the arts, By 24 she had her first ‘entrepreneurial seizure’ whilst working in a senior position in the oil and gas in...

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Ian Hutchinson

Ian Hutchinson

Life and Work Engagement Strategist

Ian Hutchinson is one of Australia's leading lifestyle strategists and an expert in self-driven employee engagement. As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the lifestyle management agency Life ...

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John Cullen

John Cullen

Director of Operations, International Hotel Security

John has over 35 years’ experience within the Investigative and Security fields. Based in Queensland, John was formerly a Senior Detective with Victoria Police specialising in Homicide and Child Exp...

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David Ovendale

David Ovendale

CEO, TOP 10 Holiday Parks Group

Originally from South Africa, David is an experienced GM and CEO with over 20 years’ experience in international tourism in 6 different countries. He joined the TOP 10 Group as CEO in July 2013 and ...

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Steven Wright

Steven Wright

CEO, BIG4 Holiday Parks of Australia

Steven is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Company Director with a demonstrated track record of success in reorganising, developing and growing companies to increase their profitability, ass...

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Grant Colquhoun

Grant Colquhoun

Senior Director of Account Management APAC, TripAdvisor

Grant Colquhoun is Senior Director of Account Management for TripAdvisor in Asia Pacific. Based in TripAdvisor’s regional headquarters in Singapore, Grant is responsible for its click-based advertis...

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Grant Wilckens

Grant Wilckens

CEO, Discovery Parks

Grant Wilckens is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Discovery Parks, Australia’s largest owner and operator of lifestyle, holiday and workforce accommodation parks. From a corporate fina...

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Paul Davies

Paul Davies

Executive General Manager, Travel and Touring, NRMA

Paul was appointed Executive General Manager, Travel and Touring in April 2016 after holding the position of Acting Executive General Manager, Assistance Services from October 2015. He leads the team ...

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The Twins

The Twins

Tourism Innovators DJs

Already clocking up serious studio time with some of Australia’s biggest producers, Hitting #1 on the Australian Dance Chart alongside Bombs Away with Party Bass and their solo tracks 'Coming Home' ...

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Reece Evans

Reece Evans

Account Manager, Booking.com

Reece Evans is the Senior Connectivity Account Manager for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands based in Booking.com's Sydney office. He joined Booking.com in 2012, initially focusing on int...

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Nelson Twins

Nelson Twins

Tourism Innovators Conference Comedians

The Nelson Twins are one of the most unique stand up comedy acts in the world. Raised in rural New South Wales, they have been performing as a duo for the past 7 years. From their humble beginnings in...

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Talis Evans

Talis Evans

Digital & Improvement Executive, Business Services, BDO

Talis Evans is a Digital & Improvement Executive in the Business Services division of BDO in South Australia and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. In partnership with ...

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Angus Booker

Angus Booker

CEO of SEQ Properties

Angus manages a family business with holiday parks on the Sunshine Coast. He is also a director of BIG4 Holiday Parks and the technology incubator, Iceberg Inc. Angus is also a nerd and a tinkerer and...

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Shara Evans

Shara Evans

Technology Futurist and CEO, Market Clarity

Technology Futurist Shara Evans is a globally acknowledged Keynote Speaker and widely regarded as one of the world’s Top Female Futurists. Fusing her engineering background with an intuitive underst...

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