New Zealand Hotel Conference

Over 25+ speakers dedicated to achieving
Maximum Occupancy

Maximum Occupancy is New Zealand's premier hotel and accommodation industry conference, designed for and by the hotel industry's leaders. Suited for all types of hotel and accommodation providers and sizes, it will feature over 35+ leading industry experts and speakers from around New Zealand and the globe. This is THE event for any hotelier that wants to achieve maximum occupancy month after month.

Who is Maximum
Occupancy For?

Anyone who would like to increase direct bookings, gain market share and maximise revenue. Hear about the latest trends and case studies at Maximum Occupancy to help grow your hotel and accommodation businesses. Gain actionable tactics and find out how you can achieve maximum occupancy month after month.

Why Attend?

Maximum Occupancy will appeal to hotel and accommodation providers of all types giving attendees the opportunity to:

Hear

Hear from the thought leaders and experts in the accommodation industry about the latest trends, strategies and know-how on every aspect that affects your business. Engage with speakers through industry Q&A and during breaks.

Gain

Gain actionable insights that you can apply and bring back to your team as soon as you get back to the office! Learn the latest industry trends, direct bookings strategies, increase revenue immediately and gain customer loyalty.

Network

Network in the ideal executive environment with 250+ like-minded professionals and speakers from a very wide cross-section of the accommodation, travel and hospitality industry in both New Zealand and internationally.

Our Past Speakers

View bio Adam Cunningham

Managing Director/ National President
Raconteur/ Hospitality New Zealand

Adam Cunningham's biography

Managing Director/ National President
Raconteur/ Hospitality New Zealand

Adam is owner to many service related businesses in New Zealand also National president of Hospitality NZ, Chair of Service IQ Hospitality Sector Committee and a member of the Hospitality Industry Advisory Group for government.

Stephen Hamilton

Director
Horwath HTL

View bio Gavin Faull

Chairman and President
Swiss-Belhotel International

Gavin Faull's biography

Chairman and President
Swiss-Belhotel International

Gavin has over 35 years experience in hotel management and operations under his belt. He started his career as an accountant for The Peninsula Group, Hong Kong. In 1983, he was made chief executive of Kingsgate International Corporate Limited, a publicly listed company that owned several hotels in Australia and New Zealand.

He worked for a start-up hotel management company Swiss-Belhotel group in 1990, before taking over the ownership of the company in 1999. Apart from his illustrious career in the hospitality industry, he also runs a number of agricultural companies in his native New Zealand. Gavin holds hold a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Victoria University of Wellington.

Sally Atfield

Hotel Sector Manager
Tourism Industry Aotearoa

View bio Tim Pollock

Area General Manager New Zealand
InterContinental Hotels Group

Tim Pollock's biography

Area General Manager New Zealand
InterContinental Hotels Group

Tim Pollock is Area General Manager New Zealand for IHG, and General Manager of Crowne Plaza Auckland.

Appointed to this role in April 2016, Tim oversees operations for IHG’s portfolio of InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels in New Zealand, as well as having operational responsibility for Crowne Plaza Auckland.

Tim joined IHG in 2007 as General Manager of Crowne Plaza and then Holiday Inn & Suites in Port Moresby, before becoming Area General Manager of Papua New Guinea until he moved to his current role in New Zealand.

His extensive hotel career seen him work as food and beverage manager, rooms division manager, operations manager and general manager with a number of well-known hotel brands, including Travelodge, Parkroyal and Heritage Hotels.

Tim’s greatest enjoyment in life is game of golf, spending time with his family, and watching an All Blacks game with a good glass of Shiraz. 

Brendan Taylor

Managing Director
Scenic Hotel Group

View bio Scott Rees

Marketing Manager
Heritage Hotel Management

Scott Rees's biography

Marketing Manager
Heritage Hotel Management

Scott Rees is the Marketing Manager for Heritage Hotel Management looking after the marketing of the overall brand and 17 properties throughout New Zealand. Scott has considerable experience in services marketing having held positions including marketing portfolio manager for State Insurance at IAG New Zealand, marketing manager for Massey University and marketing manager and product manager for BTI New Zealand, now known as HRG New Zealand. Scott holds a postgraduate diploma in business and administration (marketing) and a bachelor of business studies (marketing) from Massey University. Scott also has a certificate of direct marketing from the Direct Marketing Association.

View bio Drew Bowering

Senior Director, Market Management - Oceania
Expedia

Drew Bowering's biography

Senior Director, Market Management - Oceania
Expedia

Drew Bowering leads Expedia Lodging Partner Services in Oceania, responsible for the strategic direction and execution of the company’s account management and sales approach in the region.  He leads an organisation of 80 professionals throughout the region to establish and develop hotel partner relationships and help maximise their exposure to Expedia’s 200+ travel booking websites.   

Drew is a regular on the industry speaker-circuit, seen as a thought-leader who specialises in delivering compelling presentation and discussion around technology and booking trends.

Drew has worked for the Expedia group for more than eight years, holding a variety of senior roles across the business from the Global Partner Group to Market Management in the UK, USA, and Australia.

Drew holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Loughborough University in the UK, where he grew up.  He currently resides in Sydney, Australia where he is raising his young family.

View bio Dai Williams

SVP - Global Partnerships
SiteMinder

Dai Williams's biography

SVP - Global Partnerships
SiteMinder

From establishing SiteMinder’s second global office in London, to growing sales internationally and subsequently leading the expansion of the company’s EMEA operation as managing director for the booming region, Dai Williams has been instrumental in nurturing the success of the SiteMinder brand for almost a decade.

With a drive to continually challenge the norm in travel technology, today Dai is responsible for a diverse partner network that generates in excess of $21 billion annually for SiteMinder’s 30,000 hotel customers around the world.

View bio Adrian Caruso

Founder, Managing Director
Fastrack Group

Adrian Caruso's biography

Founder, Managing Director
Fastrack Group

Adrian is founder and CEO of Australasia's leading travel, tourism and hospitality full-service marketing and communications firm, Fastrack Group.

Adrian is a highly experienced and respected travel, tourism and hospitality digital marketing, media and communications expert with over 25 years in the industry. He is also a management consultant and strategist. 

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