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2017 Travel Industry Exhibition

This year's fourth annual Travel Industry Exhibition for the first time also included a paid conference stream, with a host of high profile speakers providing intriguing insights for delegates to apply in their professional and personal lives.

This year’s fourth annual Travel Industry Exhibition for the first time also included a paid conference stream, with a host of high profile speakers providing intriguing insights for delegates to apply in their professional and personal lives. The show was formally opened by Trent Zimmerman, formerly deputy CEO of the Tourism and Transport Forum and now member of parliament for North Sydney who spoke about the huge potential for tourism and travel to help drive the Australian economy. Other presenters explained the opportunities afforded by social media channels such as Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook, while others provided case studies on marketing, customer experience & engagement and business success strategies.

Day two of the Sydney and Melbourne events included travel industry experts such as Michael Chase-Smith from Orbit World Travel and Amadeus commercial manager Justin Montgomery. The conference sessions, hosted by urbane master of ceremonies Sam McCool, were complemented by a trade exhibition where a number of fascinating destinations and suppliers were on show. Wholesalers such as Ormina Tours were present alongside representatives from Ethiopia, Uganda and Mexico, while South Asian destinations were also out in force including India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sarawak and Myanmar. Other suppliers present included consolidators, the SkyTeam airline alliance, travel industry employment specialists and home-based agency groups. Alongside the paid conference stream, free workshops were offered on the show floor at which delegates were provided with updates from exhibitors as well as a session on career development from the Travel Industry Mentor Experience.

Both the Sydney and Melbourne Travel Industry Exhibition and Conference events included the travelBulletin Christmas in July networking events, at which exhibitors, attendees and special guests mingled before a number of prizes were awarded. In Sydney the major winner was Michael Davis-Smith of Cruiseabout Rose Bay, who was thrilled to win an exotic 18-day tour package visiting Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran,
courtesy of exhibitor Silk Road Travel. Global Heritage Tours also generously provided three prizes of trips to Yangon, Siem Reap and Bhutan which were won by some of the other travel agents present on the evening.

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