2022 Perth Airport WA Tourism Conference - Program

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The 2022 Perth Airport WA Tourism Conference will take place in Perth on June 21 – 22, 2022. 

Program and timings subject to change. 

Monday, June 20 – Visitor Centres WA Session (Exclusive to Visitor Centre Representatives)

3.00pm Visitor Centres WA meeting
5.00pm Meeting Concludes

Optional tour activities available

Tuesday, June 21

8.00am Registrations and networking
9.00am Welcome to Country

Introduction by Master of Ceremonies

Jessica Strutt

9.15am Federal Ministerial Address

Australia's tourism future - key insights, trends and opportunities for tourism growth

Carla Giuca, Austrade Head of Visitor Economy Capability, Workforce and EMDG Policy Branch


The SSEA Opportunity for WA

Introduction by Pip Harrison, Tourism Australia Managing Director

Brent Anderson, Tourism Australia Regional General Manager, South, South East Asia


WinterLive: Perth's Blockbuster Winter of Events

Mike McKenna, Optus Stadium Chief Executive Officer

10.40am Morning Tea

Tourism Western Australia Update

Carolyn Turnbull, Tourism WA Managing Director



Robert Taylor, WAITOC Chief Executive Officer


The Heroic Experience: Designing highly profitable and desirable moments

Jesse Desjardins, Experience Strategist & Formal Global Manager, Social & Content Tourism Australia



Sponsored by Tourism WA


City of Perth Update

Basil Zempilas, Lord Mayor of the City of Perth


Journeys to Recovery

Anna Edie, InterContinental Perth City Centre General Manager

Jamie Van Jones, Salt & Bush Eco Tours Co-Owner

Chris Sialtsis, Experience Lancelin Holiday Park and Perth Central Caravan Park Owner

3.15pm Afternoon Tea

An International Perspective on Indigenous Tourism

Knucwentwécwes Knucwentsút: Helping One Another, Helping Oneself 

Frank Antoine, Indigenous Tourism British Columbia Co-Chair


Dark Sky Tourism & the 2023 Ningaloo Eclipse

Facilitated by Ross Dowling AM

Paul Hanlon, Shire of Ashburton Manager Business and Economic Development

Carol Redford, Astrotourism WA Founder

Jim Sharp, Tourism WA Ningaloo Eclipse Working Group Chair

Rick Tonello, Gravity Discovery Centre & Observatory Chief Astronomer


Networking Drinks

6.00pm  Day One Concludes

 Optional evening tour activities available

Wednesday, June 22

8.00am Registrations and networking

Are We There Yet? The Future of WA Road Trips

Facilitated by Evan Hall, Tourism Council WA Chief Executive Officer

Julian Barry, Caravan Industry Association WA Chief Executive Officer

Anita McCracken, RAC Senior Manager Public Policy

Vivienne McEvoy, Kununurra Visitor Centre General Manager

Manny Papadoulis, Australia's Coral Coast Chairman

Karl Millard, WAITOC Memberships and Product Development Coordinator

10.30am Morning Tea

Winning Back the Tourist

Facilitated by Kristy Bailey, One Eighty Marketing & Swan River Seaplanes Director

Fiona Axford, Broome, Kimberley & Beyond National Sales Manager

Kevin Brown, Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer

Leycester Cory, SeaLink WA Partnerships & Marketing Manager

Chris Galvin, Tourism WA Senior Manager Insights and Planning

Dianne Garbin, Floreat World of Travel Managing Director

Dale Tilbrook, Dale Tilbrook Experiences Owner

12.30pm Lunch

Staff, Skills & Robots: The Future of WA's Workforce

Facilitated by Evan Hall, Tourism Council WA Chief Executive Officer

Angela Beechey, Australian Hotels Association WA Skills & Workforce Development Manager

Derryn Belford, StudyPerth Chief Executive Officer

Fran Kirby, Human Resources Consultant

Renata Lowe, Tourism WA A/Executive Director - Destination Development

Karen Priest, Tourism Talent Managing Director

Peter Sourivong, Bryte Group Partner representing Keenon Robotics

3.00pm Optional Session - To Be Announced
3.45pm Day Two Concludes
6.00pm Pre-Dinner Drinks
10.00pm Dinner Concludes