Program and speakers

The 2024 conference keynote speakers:

Gus Balbontin

Tourism Towards 2030 Conference key note speaker Gus Balbontin

Gus Balbontin, globally recognised for his influence in developing cutting edge products and technologies for companies including Google X, Nokia, Apple, Amazon… and the list is still growing.  As a current investor founder, and owner of a creative studio, he is involved heavily in educating the next cohort of entrepreneurs and corporate innovators.
Gus discussed ‘Customer focus and activating innovation’. The power of simplifying innovation; moving from an unsolved problem to a solved problem. Learn practical tools to help turn the often vague concept of innovation into immediate action. 

Dave King

Tourism Towards 2030 Conference key note speaker Dave King

Dave King is a passionate entrepreneur and strategist in the fields of creativity, emerging technology and research and development. He is founder of artificial intelligence start up Move 37, which explores how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will impact the way we work, create and think.

Dave shared AI best practices, provided case studies and practical examples that can be  implement in your business’ day-to-day workflow.

The speaker sessions:

International recovery, trends and the future of consumer demand. 
Presented by Dominic Mehling from Tourism Australia.

Supporting an Aboriginal tourism workforce.   
Presented by Samantha Watkins from Airport Development Group Indigenous Training Academy. 

Future of travel.
Presented by Jessica Small from Tripadvisor.

The panel sessions:  

Navigating the future: marketing the Northern Territory in 2024.
An update on Tourism NT’s marketing plans for 2024 was presented and a panel of top marketing experts unveiled the strategies and trends propelling Northern Territory tourism into 2024 and beyond. Explored what is driving consumer holiday decision making and how we can make the NT the place to go, through creative, media and publicity. Get involved and gain actionable strategies to drive innovation in your marketing approach and supercharge your business through differentiation, cut through and messaging.

Chaired by Monika Tonkin, Director Domestic Marketing, Tourism NT. Panelist are media expert Ashleigh Carter from Atomic212, creative expert Tristan Glover from KWPX and PR expert Andrea Kerekes from Access PR.

Successful partnerships and packaging product.
The Alice Springs conference panel gave insights and shared how they have packaged and worked with distribution partners.
Chaired by Tourism Central Australia CEO, Danial Rochford, and key partners and businesses on the innovative ways to work together and package products. 

Success in the cruise ship sector.
This Darwin conference panel gave first hand insights from local businesses into how the cruise ship sector can benefit and expand business. 

Chaired by Tourism Top End General Manager, Samantha Bennett, top end businesses shared how they approached the unique opportunities in the sector and adapted their product for on shore experiences. 

Tourism innovation. 
To finish the day an expert panel of conference speakers. Answered questions, provided deeper insights and take away practical tips that can be implemented in business both now and into the future.

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