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Illuminate 2019 – New Speakers Announced!

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Virgin Australia CEO and MD Paul Scurrah, AccorHotels Pacific COO Simon McGrath, and Global Media Commentator and Digital Futurist Chris Riddell are the latest speakers to join the panel at Illuminate 2019.

Illuminate 2019 is being held on 12th September 2019 at The Venue, Alexandria, Sydney, where over 400 attendees will hear from some of Australia’s key business leaders and influencers. 

Paul Scurrah, CEO and Managing Director of Virgin Australia will open the day’s events with his first public interview since becoming Virgin’s new CEO. Paul will share his insights on the future of Virgin Australia, the aviation industry and travel in general.

John Eales, Australian rugby legend and business leader will feature as a keynote speaker. Also a Flight Centre Travel Group board member, John shares his insights into the similarities between sport and corporate business in learning, leadership and the driving factors for success.

Popular international media commentator and digital futurist Chris Riddell will share thought provoking insights into what tomorrow looks like.

This is the perfect opportunity for procurement professionals, travel bookers, travel decision makers and c-suite executives to hear the latest news and insights from thought leaders and corporate travel executives.  From the implementation of AI and technology innovation, to new distribution channels, emerging category trends and socially responsible policies, the future of travel presents new opportunities with exciting new innovations.

The line-up of confirmed key speakers for Illuminate 2019 include:

  • Paul Scurrah, CEO and Managing Director, Virgin Australia
  • John Eales, Business Leader and former Wallabies Captain
  • Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Pacific
  • Chris Riddell, Global Media Commentator and Digital Futurist
  • James Kavanagh, Executive General Manager, FCTG Corporate
  • John Morhous, Chief Experience Officer, Flight Centre Travel Group

A feature panel discussion will unpack the New Distribution Capability (NDC) and what it means for the future of air travel buying and flying and how it will impact us here in Australia. Panellists will include Sonya Lowry, Australasian ACTE Global Board Member; Darrin Grafton, CEO & Executive Director, Serko; Jason Toothman, Executive General Manager, NDC, FCTG; and Neil Fyfe, Vice President Global Account Technology, Sabre.

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