Insights Summit Sydney

May 19 at 9-10 a.m. Australian Eastern Time

Four Seasons Sydney, Studio 123

Networking and breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

 

Save your seat for our Insights Summit in Sydney

Join us in person at our Insights Summit taking place the day after Australian Tourism Exchange! We’ll be sharing our new research on sustainable travel and regenerative tourism, as well as our latest insights into traveler search and booking trends across Asia Pacific.

We'll also host a fireside chat with Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill to hear how Fiji has reengaged travelers and recovered business lost during the pandemic, and what they're looking to do next. Plus, hear from Expedia Group's Daniel Finch and Philippa Durant for the scoop on what their brands are doing to stay competitive in the marketplace. 

During the Insights Summit, you'll learn: 

  • Just how much more travelers are willing to pay to make their trip more sustainable
  • How search windows and search volume are changing as travelers eagerly start exploring again, and what that might mean for bookings. 
  • How data-driven advertising strategies can attract and convert more travelers. 

 

About Expedia Group Media Solutions 

Travel marketers leverage the Expedia Group Media Solutions platform—which offers a wealth of data, technology, and media expertise—to engage and convert travel shoppers throughout their purchase journey. As travel reopens worldwide, we’ve been helping brands navigate opportunities and aid their rebuild strategy within Australia and the surrounding region.

 

Featured speakers

 

Celine Wickerhoff, Director, Business Development

Expedia Group Media Solutions

Celine Wickerhoff is a director of business development at Expedia Group Media Solutions. Together with her team, she consults travel and non-travel partners in APAC to promote their brands and meet their business objectives through strategic advertising campaigns across Expedia Group's sites.

Celine joined Expedia Group in 2011 and occupied account management and sales roles, first in London then Kuala Lumpur and now in Singapore. She was most recently responsible for driving business development for TravelAds sponsored listings with lodging partners across Asia Pacific. Celine is originally from Belgium and is a graduate of Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne in Switzerland.  

 

Michael Brennan, Director, Business Development

Expedia Group Media Solutions

Michael is a director of business development at Expedia Group Media Solutions where he oversees the Asia-Pacific region, leading his team of trusted advisors to develop insights-led marketing strategies for lodging partners. Michael has worked in the hospitality and online travel industries for over 13 years and prior to joining Expedia Group, he worked in various revenue management roles at Accor and IHG.

Michael has been recognized for several notable industry awards, including the national Hotel Industry Rising Star award from the Australian Hotels Association. He also volunteers with the Global Mentorship Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides online mentorship to college students from underserved communities. 

 

 

Brent Hill, CEO

Tourism Fiji

Brent is the CEO of Tourism Fiji, a role he commenced in July 2021, successfully reopening Fiji once again to the world on December 1, 2021 to tourists. Prior to working at Tourism Fiji, Brent was an award winning CMO for South Australian Tourism Commission for over 5 years, leading SATC to record tourism revenue in 2019, following by playing a key role in responding to the twin devastations of bushfires and COVID19.

Brent lives in Nadi, Fiji and is now focussed on leading Tourism Fiji towards a goal of 1M tourists spending $3B by the end of 2024, a goal Tourism Fiji is progressing well towards.

 

Philippa Durant, Market Activation Director

Expedia Group

Philippa is the Market Activation Director for Expedia Group for Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. This means Philippa and her team brings together the teams across these markets and the EG globe for Growth. Understanding travellers and how to best deliver for them is what Philippa has been focused on for the past 5.5 years, firstly for the Holiday Rental business, and now across all lines of business at Expedia Group.

Philippa is a strong business and brand builder with over 25 years’ experience building brands with some of the best Global and local branded players such as Coca Cola, Optus & Kellogg.

 

Daniel Finch, Managing Director

Wotif

Daniel Finch is a customer centric, results-driven business leader and 20-year travel industry veteran, overseeing both Wotif.com and lastminute.com.au in Australia and New Zealand, and has been a leader the wider Wotif Group business since 2010.

After his professional journey took him to the United Kingdom, Thailand and Malaysia, Daniel and his family are back on home ground in Australia, where he remains committed to encouraging Aussies to explore and see more of the land of Oz.