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Maximum Occupancy, New Zealand’s leading hotel and accommodation industry conference is proudly in partnership with the Accommodation Association New Zealand to champion, strengthen and guide the industry to a new normal.

A partnership built in a time of need as we look to rebuild the industry, we bring together some of New Zealand’s most influential owners, operators, CEOs, investors and suppliers. Together we embrace the alignment of kaitiakitanga (guardianship), manaakitanga (hospitality), and providing a platform for whanaungatanga (sense of belonging) for the industry.


New Zealand Hotel Conference 5-6 June 2024, Auckland

Over 50+ 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 50+ 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 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 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 in the ideal executive environment with 300+ like-minded professionals and speakers from a very wide cross-section of the accommodation, travel and hospitality industry in both New Zealand and internationally.

2023 Speakers

View bio Adrian Caruso

Group Managing Director,
Fastrack Group

Adrian Caruso's biography

Group Managing Director,
Fastrack Group

Adrian is founder and CEO of Australasia's leading travel, tourism and hospitality full-service digital marketing, media and technology 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. 

Stephen Hamilton

Horwath HTL

David Ovendale

TOP 10 Holiday Parks

View bio Haley Purdon

Director of Market Management - New Zealand & Pacific Islands

Haley Purdon's biography

Director of Market Management - New Zealand & Pacific Islands

Haley Purdon leads Expedia Lodging Partner Services in New Zealand and Pacific Islands, responsible for developing the strategies for the Group’s lodging supply business in the region.

With more than 12 years’ experience with Expedia Group, she leads the team to establish and develop strong partner relationships with hotel partners, helping to maximise their exposure to the Group’s 200+ travel booking websites. 

Prior to her role as Director of Market Management, Haley held various roles at the company. She started out as a Senior Market Manager for Orbitz Worldwide, where she was responsible for building a team on the ground, developing the brand awareness and expanding its presence to New Zealand and Pacific Islands region.

Haley brings valued knowledge of the online travel landscape to her role. Her passion for leading and developing people is instrumental to the rapid expansion of the NZPI team over the past four years.


View bio Hazel Rigler

Chief Commercial Officer
Motive Group

Hazel Rigler's biography

Chief Commercial Officer
Motive Group

Hazel has established a strong career within the hospitality industry, joining Motive Group / Village Accommodation Group at the end of 2019 as Chief Commercial Director, managing all operations and strategy across the 7 properties within the portfolio. Prior to joining, Hazel worked in senior management roles within hospitality in the UK and Ireland, with her previous role being Director of Marketing & eCommerce Australia/New Zealand at Grand Chancellor Hotels.  She has knowledge in a diverse range of hospitality systems and processes, from ecommerce, data integration, revenue, sales, loyalty, brand management and is also a Chartered Marketer through the Marketing Association NZ.

View bio Troy Clarry

Katalyma Hotels & Hospitality - Whangaparaoa Lodge & Kerikeri Park Lodge

Troy Clarry's biography

Katalyma Hotels & Hospitality - Whangaparaoa Lodge & Kerikeri Park Lodge

After spending more than 20 years managing in some of Asia’s most exciting hotels for Hyatt International & Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Japan, Bali, China, New Zealand, Saipan and Taiwan, Troy decided to return home to New Zealand in 2013 to start his own hospitality management company – Katalyma Hotels and Hospitality.


Subsequently, Troy and his wife Tomoko became the owners of Whangaparaoa Lodge in mid 2013 and added a second property Kerikeri Park Lodge from the beginning of 2017.

“Owning and running our own business, creating our own path and destiny is a luxury earned from taking risks and working hard” Troy says.


Troy spent the majority of his time in Hotels managing Food & Beverage operations working his way up through the Hotel hierarchy. He started as a Corporate Trainee for Hyatt International, moving through to restaurant management, Banquet and Catering, and divisional and hotel operations management. Troy’s last position was the General Manager of Bulgari Hotels & Resorts – Tokyo Restaurants, which oversaw the Japan operations of the luxury brand’s lifestyle operations.


Additionally, passion for the industry and local community is also very important to Troy. He is a board member of the National Board, Hospitality New Zealand, chairs the Auckland accommodation sector group at branch level, and is an executive committee member of the local Whangaparaoa Business Association.


Malcom Hazelton

Director of Sales

View bio Michael Anderson

Director of Hotel Operations
SkyCity Auckland

Michael Anderson's biography

Director of Hotel Operations
SkyCity Auckland

Michael is a highly motivated and strategically minded hospitality professional who has consistently delivered results through a consultative and collaborative leadership style. Currently serving as the Director of Hotel Operations for SkyCity Group he has extensive experience in both Australia and New Zealand across sales, marketing, guest experience, loyalty, distribution and operations.

Edwin Saldanha

Regional Manager - Oceania
Head of Marketing - STAAH

View bio Craig Hooley

Chief Operating Officer
Minor Hotels

Craig Hooley's biography

Chief Operating Officer
Minor Hotels

With over two decades of extensive industry experience working with some of the globe’s most prestigious leading hotel and hospitality brands, Craig Hooley is Minor Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer for Australia and New Zealand - where it currently boasts a portfolio of over 50 properties under its Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites and Avani Hotels & Resorts brands.

Since joining Minor Hotels in 2018, Mr Hooley has guided the brand’s strategic direction, while delivering the day-to-day management of operations with overseeing sales, marketing, all revenue focused strategies and activities, as well as crafting bespoke forward growth plans for the hotelier, and providing leadership across various corporate factions to convey continued business excellence.

Prior to this, Craig Hooley held a number of key leadership positions with major international industry front-runners including recently finishing a successful three-year tenure at Shangri-La International Hotel in Australia and Hong Kong, as well as spending seven and a half years at Mirvac Hotel & Resorts, and seven and half years at the InterContinental Hotels Group both in Australia and United Kingdom. As a recruit straight out of university studying an Engineering degree, Craig started his career in the Royal Australian Navy’s food, beverage and housekeeping operations for ten and a half years.

Mr Hooley is based in Minor Hotels’ head office in Maroochydore on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He is a long-term member of Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA).

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