Tourism conferences 2017, what should I attend?
While doing my planning for 2017 I wondered what conferences and events should I attend in 2017 and what conferences might I like to speak at. In researching, the list become quite extensive, so here it is, a list of good Australian travel and tourism conferences 2017, all in one spot!
Please let me know your favourites or any you’ll be attending. I can also update, so please let me know if you’d like me to add any.
Local Government NSW Tourism Conference 2017
12 -14 March 2017, Taree (NSW)
Details: Focused at local government/council level tourism this is beneficial for those council staff involved in tourism, economic development, marketing, planning and event management. I haven’t attended in the past but it is on my consideration list for 2017 – the price point is an issue for this one.
Destination Australia Conference 2017
16 March 2017, Sydney
Details: This Tourism Australia event has a focus on international tourism with the 2016 event drilling deep into the China travel market. It is a mix of government, operators and tourism experts discussing both trends, future predications and case studies. You can find videos from last years events on the Tourism Australia website. From memory tickets are about $300.
Mumbrella Travel Marketing Summit 2017
15 April 2017, Sydney
Details: Tickets are already on sale for this much talked about April travel conference. In its third year the Umbrella Travel Marketing Summit consists of lots of panels and as the name suggests has a marketing focus. I only caught the last couple of speakers at the 2015 event but I always hear great things. Early bird tickets are about $500.
Travel DAZE 2017
TBC usually June, Sydney
Details: TravelDaze is my sort of conference, shortish TED talk style of event with a huge amount of speakers all in one day plus the past two years Chris Taylor from The Chaser has been the MC which keeps the mood super fun. It is good for marketing, tech, digital and social media trends and case studies – a slight travel agency skew too. Early bird tickets around $400.
SATIC Tourism Conference
Details: I have never attended this conference but I always follow along via Twitter and it seems very awesome.
NSW Regional Events Conference 2017
14 – 16 June 2017, Wagga Wagga
Details: Events are so vital for regional areas and so fitting an event has been created just to discuss and dissect this multifaceted topic. Last year was the inaugural event with June dates just announced for 2017. Ideal for anyone working in regional tourism or wanting to focus more on events for their destination. Not sure of the price point for this one.
ARTN Convention 2017
Details: Staying on the regional tourism theme the ARTN Convention is the flagship event for the Australian Regional Tourism Network. I attended (and spoke) at their 2015 event and was impressed, you can listen to my podcast from this event here. I like the fact that there is a conference that focuses on regional tourism issues and you can hear what destinations all over Australia are actioning be it in marketing, governance, funding and infrastructure. It can be quite expensive, especially as a non member but if regional tourism is your game then you won’t be disappointed.
No Vacancy 2017
Details: This conference is aimed at those working in the accomodation sector of the travel and tourism industry. I have not attended. These guys also put on TravelTech Conference – you can hear more about the TravelTech conference where I podcast live from the 2015 event – more news on these two events to come. I think this event is about $600 but I can’t remember.
Maximum Occupancy 2017
Details: One of the last tourism conferences each year Adrian Caruso from FastTrack Group puts on a good event. Again it is aimed at those in the accommodation sector but there are always lessons and learnings for the greater travel & tourism industry. This event is about $800, cheaper for earlybird.
Other travel and tourism events to have on your radar.
Tourism Upgrade LIVE: I have been running LIVE events in Sydney (and sometimes Melbourne) since 2011 (used to be named Tourism Tweetup before my name change to Tourism Upgrade). I call them networking and learning events. Very low cost (free mostly), and we have a panel who discuss a particular topic or issue. Past guests have included Olly from Twitter, Paul from Facebook, Jesse from Tourism Australia, Jayne from Girl Tweets World and so many more! Several events will run in 2017 and i’ll update this page with dates and topics soon.
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Women in Tourism Leadership Events: This side side side project is run by myself and Emma Castle Editor of SPICE News. We held three lunch events in 2015 and three in 2016 and have another three in the planning for 2017. The first Sydney event will be held on International Womens Day (March 8th) and tickets will be on sale for that very soon. The other Sydney WiT Leadership events will be in July and very end of October.
Travel Massive: Started by an Aussie in Sydney about 5 years ago Travel Massive is a global network holding free social events across the world including a fun Sydney Chapter of which I am part of. You should join up if you want to connect with others in the travel industry including travel startups, bloggers and generally very interesting people. Check it out here https://travelmassive.com