Conference Program

The 2024 Perth Airport Tourism Conference will take place in Mandurah on June 10 - 12, 2024. More information is available here.

Program subject to change.

Sunday, June 9

Optional paid tours for delegates.


Monday, June 10

Conference Sessions (included for all delegates)
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, 9 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah

8.00am - 9.00am

Registrations and Exhibition Open

Smoking Ceremony

Frank Nannup

9.00am - 10.30am

Opening Remarks

Chrissy Morrissy, Master of Ceremonies

Welcome to Country 

Frank Nannup

Opening Ministerial Address 

Hon David Templeman MLA, Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage and Member for Mandurah

Scene Setting – Economic Trends & Insights

Simon Brown, RSM Australia 

Scene Setting - State of the Industry

Evan Hall, Tourism Council WA 

Host Town Address – Tourism in the City of Mandurah

Mayor Rhys Williams

10.30am - 11.00amMorning Tea and Exhibition
11.00am - 12.30pm

Travel Trigger: How Major & Regional Events Create Impact

Tabitha McMullan, FORM Building a State of Creativity 

Linda Tillman, Tilma Group 

Anna Last, Tourism WA 

Gareth Martin, Business Events Perth 

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Lunch, Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia


1.30pm - 3.15pm

International Keynote: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Your Tourism Business

Peter Syme

Tourism & Technology: Case Studies

Erin Clark, Stories Unseen 

Carmen Fasolo, City of Albany & Ryan Mossny, Smart Visit 

Emma Fraser, Fraser Marketing International 

3.15pm - 3.30pmAfternoon Tea and Exhibition
3.30pm - 4.00pm

Ready for Anything: Disaster Preparedness & Risk Management

Nigel Russell, EarthCheck 

4.00pm - 4.15pm

Developing Your Business: Risk, Sustainability & Accessibility

Marie Franze, Australian Tourism Industry Council

4.15pm - 4.30pmClosing Comments

Sessions Conclude

Coaches depart for Welcome Function


Networking Function (Included for all delegates)

Hosted by the City of Mandurah. 

Boundary Island Brewery, 21 Marina Quay Drive, Erskine

5.00pm - 7.00pm 

Dress code: Smart casual/business

Experience that unmistakable “Relaxed by Nature” vibe! Your Welcome to Mandurah begins at Boundary Island Brewery with great beer and delicious food served in a spectacular waterfront location overlooking beautiful Boundary Island. 

Winner of 6 medals at the 2023 Australian International Beer Awards, this family-owned Mandurah hotspot has proved a smash hit with locals and visitors alike.  Graze on a selection of mouth-watering eats including crab bruschetta, mini burgers, arancini balls and wood-fired pizza along with house wines and craft beer. Musical entertainment from Dan McGrath completes the laid-back waters-edge vibe. 

Transport provided to and from the venue by Mandurah Bus Charters. 


Tuesday, June 11

Conference sessions (Included for all delegates)
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, 9 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah

8.00am - 9.00amRegistrations and Exhibition Open
9.00am - 10.30am

Opening Remarks

Chrissy Morrisey, Master of Ceremonies

Tourism WA Update 

Stephanie Underwood, Tourism WA

Tourism Australia Update 

Phillipa Harrison, Tourism Australia

Generation Impossible: A Destination Marketing Guide to Engaging Gen Z

Hannah Statham, Media Mortar  

10.30am - 10.50amMorning Tea, Sponsored by Austrade
10.50am - 12.30pm

Building an Accessible & Sustainable Destination – Sponsored by Austrade

David Cooper, Austrade 

Ben Aldridge, 30 Foot Drop 

Tracy Lindsey, Off the Beaten Track WA 

Ben Daley, Emissions Reduction Collective 

Juliane Bush, Horizon Power 

12.30pm - 1.15pmLunch
1.15pm - 3.00pm

Developing Aboriginal Tourism Experiences

Robert Taylor, WAITOC

Meg and Walter McGuire, Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours & Experiences

Best Practice Law Talk for Cultural Tourism

Suzanne Derry and Jo-Anne Driessens, Arts Law Centre of Australia

Closing Keynote

Justin Langer AM

3.00pmSessions Conclude


Conference Dinner (Included for all delegates)
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, 9 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah

6.00pm - 10.00pm

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies and 7News presenter Noel Brunning, the conference dinner will bring together delegates for a relaxed networking and entertainment opportunity.

Dinner proceedings will include the presentation of the 7NEWS Top Tourism Town Awards and 2024 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Individual Excellence Awards.

Dinner entertainment includes:

  • Comedian Simone Springer
  • Musicians Two Broke Boys
  • Collaborative dot painting with local Aboriginal artist Deborah Bonar
  • 360 degree photo booth

Dress code: Smart casual/business


Wednesday, June 12

Touring Day (Included for all delegates)

Optional tour experiences included for all delegates. Click here for details.

Delegates select which tour they will take during the registration process. 


Visitor Centres WA Session (Exclusive to Visitor Centre representatives)
The Sebel Mandurah, 1 Marco Polo Drive, Mandurah

8.45amRegistrations Open

Welcome and Introduction

Mel Virgo, Visitor Centres WA Chair


Visitor Centre Research

Chris Galvin, Tourism WA

Evan Hall, Tourism Council WA

10.00amVisitor Centre Discussion Session
12.00pmSessions Conclude