Bangkok, August 21, 2017
highly-acclaimed PATA Global Insights
Conference (PGIC) returns to Auckland, New Zealand on 29 September, 2017. With the support of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and BBC World News, the event takes place
once again at the SKYCITY Grand Hotel.
This year’s event programme is boosted by the addition of a PATA / ATEED Tourism Leaders Forum on 28 September, 2017 when the leading
travel industry figures will discuss opportunities and challenges in a session
moderated by BBC World News correspondent Mr.
is an unprecedented opportunity for New Zealand’s tourism community to share
their views, ideas and perhaps their concerns with senior executives now
shaping long-term strategy. I am very excited about the programme we have
developed for this year’s event. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that
delegates will be wowed by the depth of knowledge, insights and global
reputation of our guest speakers and the sectors and disciplines that they
represent. The Tourism Leaders Forum brings together an important and
influential group to address issues, threats, challenges and opportunities for
New Zealand’s tourism sector in line with the Tourism 2025 Plan and beyond.”
says PATA Regional Director Pacific Chris
participating in the Tourism Leaders Forum include Mr. Chris Roberts, Chief Executive - Tourism Industry Aotearoa; Mr. Nick Hill, Chief Executive – ATEED;
Stephen England-Hall, Chief Executive - Tourism New Zealand; Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO - PATA, and Mr. Cam Wallace, Chief Revenue Officer
- Air New Zealand. With the theme ‘R U
Future Ready’, the PGIC conference programme on 29 September, 2017 includes
presentations from Boeing, Trip Advisor and Microsoft. The conference also
features, for the first time, a panel discussion with ‘Tomorrow’s Tourism Leaders’.
Richard Aquino, Sarath
Munasinghe, Sabrina Seeler and Xuan
Bach Tran (Alex) from the newly-established PATA New Zealand Auckland
University of Technology Student Chapter will share their views on how tourism
will likely develop by 2025 and beyond.
speakers include Dr. Mario Hardy,
CEO - Pacific Asia Travel Association; Mr.
Russell Craig, National Technology Officer - Microsoft, New Zealand; Mr. John Schubert, Managing Director -
Marketing Asia Pacific and India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Mr. Jameson Wong, Director for Business
Development APAC - ForwardKeys.com; Mr.
Chris Monk, Head of Region (APAC) - Decoded; Sandra Chipchase, CEO - Destination NSW; Stu Stacy, Commercial Director - ADARA; Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination Marketing APAC – Trip Advisor
and Maggie Wu, a well-known International Travel Vlogger. They will be sharing
insights on topics such as artificial intelligence, the future of airline
capacity, cyber security and digital marketing.