Speakers

Maximum Occupancy is New Zealand’s premier hotel and accommodation industry conference, designed for and by the hotel industry's leaders. The conference features over 30+ leading industry experts and speakers from around New Zealand, Australia and the globe.

See some of our past keynote speakers and panellists below.

David Ovendale

CEO
TOP 10 Holiday Parks

View bio Haley Purdon

Director of Market Management - New Zealand & Pacific Islands
Expedia

Haley Purdon's biography

Director of Market Management - New Zealand & Pacific Islands
Expedia

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
Village Accommodation Group

Hazel Rigler's biography

Chief Commercial Officer
Village Accommodation Group

Hazel has established a strong career within the hospitality industry, joining Village Accommodation Group and Rooms Online at the end of 2019 as Chief Commercial Director. Prior to joining, Hazel worked in senior management roles within hospitality in the UK and Ireland, with her most recent 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, audited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and recognised by the Marketing Association NZ.

View bio Andrew Belsham

Director of Regional Development
Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Belsham's biography

Director of Regional Development
Best Western Hotels & Resorts

A skilled tourism and hospitality specialist, Andrew Belsham heads up Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ New Zealand and Pacific Islands presence. With over 16 years’ tourism industry experience including senior management and director roles with the Flight Centre Group UK, Ten Lifestyle Management UK and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Andrew’s real passion is the people behind the business and partnering with them for a mutually successful future. He has broad of international accommodation and tourism sector knowledge, gained through visiting and consulting with over 250 properties worldwide ranging from the top end luxurious to mid-scale accommodation. 

Todd Lacey

Country Manager - New Zealand
Booking.com

View bio Wim Reupert


Horwath HTL

Wim Reupert's biography


Horwath HTL

Wim joined Horwath HTL in March 2016 with over 28 years’ experience in financial leadership and general management positions in international hotels and resorts. Prior to joining Horwath, Wim was Area General Manager responsible for the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) portfolio in New Zealand.

He specialises in hotel asset management, market demand, supply and feasibility analysis and has worked with a wide variety of owners and investors, from high net worth individuals, to institutional owners and private equity funds.

His extensive international experience includes hotel management roles in Australasia, Europe, USA, China, Japan and the Caribbean.

View bio Julie White

Chief Executive
Hospitality New Zealand

Julie White's biography

Chief Executive
Hospitality New Zealand

Julie White, is Chief Executive of Hospitality New Zealand which represents some 3,000 hospitality and accommodation businesses across Aotearoa.  Julie's experience expanses across two decades working within the travel and hospitality sectors and has expertise in sales, marketing and revenue management.

View bio Bharath Satyavolu

Group Commercial Director
Scenic Hotel Group

Bharath Satyavolu's biography

Group Commercial Director
Scenic Hotel Group

Bharath Satyavolu is Group Commercial Director for Scenic Hotel Group –  New Zealand’s largest locally owned and operated hotel chain that prides itself on offering true Kiwi hospitality at each of its eighteen hotels. Bharath is a seasoned hotelier with extensive experience in Digital Marketing, Revenue Management, and Distribution Technology. Prior to joining Scenic Hotel Group, Bharath spent close to two-decades in Singapore where he held several senior Revenue Management positions. Prior to joining Scenic Hotel Group, Bharath was heading Revenue Management & Distribution for a leading hotel-cum-serviced apartment chain with a foot-print of 6,000 keys across 11 countries/19 cities. In his current role at Scenic Hotel Group, Bharath heads Corporate Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management, Distribution & Central Reservations departments, and is tasked with integrating the functions of all these five departments providing a more holistic approach to overall revenue strategy and distribution.

View bio Stephen Mansfield

CEO
Quest Apartment Hotels (NZ) Ltd

Stephen Mansfield's biography

CEO
Quest Apartment Hotels (NZ) Ltd

Stephen Mansfield is the CEO & Founder of the Quest Apartment Hotel Group in New Zealand.  Stephen was originally the Managing Director of the Quest business in Australia based in Melbourne. However identifying the opportunity to establish and grow the Quest Business within the New Zealand market place, he relocated his family to New Zealand in 1999, and from the original two operations secured in Auckland, he has grown Quest to be the largest accommodation provider by number of outlets within New Zealand. Quest continues its track record of being the fastest growing accommodation business with 8 new operations scheduled to come online over the next 24 months, bringing the total number of Quest properties New Zealand wide to 43.

Stephens focus is developing the organisations capability and infrastructure that provides the platform for future corporate growth, sustainability and performance with the view to enhancing the position of the Quest business as a well regarded, dependable and relevant corporate citizen within the New Zealand environment.

View bio Adrian Turner

Group General Manager
Quest Apartment Hotels (NZ) Ltd

Adrian Turner's biography

Group General Manager
Quest Apartment Hotels (NZ) Ltd

Adrian Turner is the Group General Manager for Quest Apartment Hotels in New Zealand. Prior to this role Adrian was originally the General Manager for retail travel chain Holiday Shoppe, part of the original Gullivers Travel Group. Over a 10 year period, he then managed the transitions and rebrand of the chain to Harvey World Travel and then to helloworld Travel.

Adrian has overall responsibility for the general day to day operations of the 35 current Quest franchises business and also works with Stephen Mansfield the CEO on the strategic direction of the business including the new developments.

Quest is the largest and fastest growing accommodation business in New Zealand and this will be further enhanced with the growth opening of a further 8 properties over the next 24 months and is considered a well regarded, dependable and relevant corporate citizen within the New Zealand environment.

Kari Hunter

General Manager, Marketing
Choice Hotels Asia-Pac

Tim Alpe

CEO
JUCY Group

View bio Travis Macauley

Sales Director | Australia & New Zealand
Sabre

Travis Macauley's biography

Sales Director | Australia & New Zealand
Sabre

Travis is a passionate and dedicated hospitality technology professional with 15 years’ experience in the areas of sales management and solutions engineering. At Sabre he is focused on collaborating with customers to achieve technology nirvana through working distribution solutions and simplified processes.

Joe Ellingham

Revenue Consultant, Business Owner
Revenue Team

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 Les Morgan

Chief Operating Officer
Sudima Hotels/ Hind Management

Les Morgan's biography

Chief Operating Officer
Sudima Hotels/ Hind Management

Les Morgan is the Chief Operating Officer of Sudima Hotels and Hind Management. The Group has an annual turnover in excess of $50m and employs over 450 people. Sudima Hotels is currently is undergoing a significant expansion phase with numerous new Hotels under development, and is contracted to have 1,600+ rooms under management by 2021.

Les recognises that whilst commercial success is a primary function of any business; strong organisational values and community empathy are vital ingredients to a healthy prosperous company. 

Les is a previous recipient of a Westpac Excellence in Leadership Award, was the 2018 Winner of NZ Hotel - Industry Senior Hotel Executive Award and recently received the Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Tourism Industry Champion Award.

Originally from Rotorua, he now resides in Auckland. He holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a Sommelier by trade. His background includes experience in 3 to 5 Star Hotels from boutique to substantial in both the UK and New Zealand with several of the World’s leading Hotel Brands.

 

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.

View bio Paul Hammond

Business Development Manager, Pacific
STR

Paul Hammond's biography

Business Development Manager, Pacific
STR

Paul Hammond is the Business Development Manager, Pacific at STR, a global company who collects performance data from accommodation properties all over the world and provides aggregated reports and insights on market performance for accommodation providers and custom groups, which enables them to make better business decisions. Paul has over 20 years of experience in tourism & hospitality, and previously he worked for almost 10 years in the Online Travel (OTA) industry with global companies Orbitz, part of the Expedia Group, and Booking.com, as well as over 2 years in a major sports project with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) organising committee. Paul has also held several management and sales & marketing roles with numerous Hotels and Hotel Chains internationally and in Australia including Palazzo Versace, Hyatt, and Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG).

View bio Graham Perry

Managing Director, Australasia
Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Graham Perry's biography

Managing Director, Australasia
Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Graham is a seasoned executive leader with experience working across the global travel, tourism, media and hospitality sectors.  The thread that flows through his career is his passion for marketing and the ever-evolving travel distribution and technology landscape.

From 2016 Graham has worked with a number of successful travel start-ups including eRoam who are applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to transform travel distribution. He was appointed Managing Director, Australasia for Best Western Hotels & Resorts in May 2018.

View bio Adam Cunningham

Managing Director
Motive World

Adam Cunningham's biography

Managing Director
Motive World

Adam is the owner of several service related businesses throughout New Zealand, including a multi-site hotel and serviced apartment provider, urban backpacker, conference centre, online marketing group and business development consulting company. He has written training material for the service sector for 20 years and facilitated more than 10,000 people in the art of soft skills.

Andrew Boocock

Sourcing Regional Manager - Pacific
Hotelbeds

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. 

View bio Fabian Bartnick

Founder
Infinito

Fabian Bartnick's biography

Founder
Infinito

Fabian is the Founder of Infinito, a technology company dedicated to improving the work-life balance of hotel managers through IVI, a personal revenue management assistant. He previously was the Vice President of Asia Pacific & International business at LodgIQ overlooking all aspects and operations within the region and as the Director of Global Revenue Generation at Tune Hotels Group encompassing Sales, Distribution, Business Analytics, Revenue Management and the Central Reservations Office. Having lived and worked across 4 continents, Fabian has a rich history in hospitality and a thorough understanding of the global revenue optimization landscape as a user, builder and seller of technology. Fabian has successfully turned around revenue performance in many companies by providing strategic consulting services as well developing powerful revenue analytics solutions that empower the business to maximize its revenue potential. Fabian has been on the Board of Directors for HSMAI South East Asia and currently sits on the HSMAI Advisory Board.  

View bio Mauro Risch

Hotel & Resort Photographer
The Hotel Photographer

Mauro Risch's biography

Hotel & Resort Photographer
The Hotel Photographer

Over the last decade, Mauro Risch has become known simply as The Hotel Photographer. He travels around the Asia Pacific region creating visual content that brings brand awareness and most importantly, improves bookings. He is trusted by PR and marketing teams, hotel managers and executive brand teams right across the Asia Pacific region. Mauro is the preferred photographer for some of the top operators across the industry, including IHG, Wyndham and Meriton.

Samantha Foster

Director & Business Owner
Healthy Highs Pty Ltd

View bio AJ Shantiratnam

Principal Client Partner
Tripadvisor

AJ Shantiratnam's biography

Principal Client Partner
Tripadvisor

AJ Shantiratnam is Principal Client Partner for TripAdvisor in Australia. AJ manages click-based advertising business for hotel chains and OTAs in Australia.With a blend of experience working for large OTA and hotel chains, AJ has over 10 years’ experience in the travel industry which he capitalises with his passion for data and business analysis. AJ has previously worked for Agoda.com and Frasers Hospitality leading account management and e-commerce performance.

View bio Essen Tsou

Digital Marketing Manager
Fastrack Group

Essen Tsou's biography

Digital Marketing Manager
Fastrack Group

Essen has a wealth of knowledge in digital marketing for the hotel and travel industry. Essen has over 5 years digital marketing experience in the hotel/travel industry, previously working within the Global Marketing Team at Expedia. Essen brings in her expertise across online acquisition channels, including paid media, remarketing and social direct response.

View bio Henry Leung

SEO Specialist
Fastrack Group

Henry Leung's biography

SEO Specialist
Fastrack Group

Henry is Fastrack Group's SEO Specialist. He is responsible for delivering effective and best-in-class SEO strategies from start to finish. With a proven record of success in developing and executing creative organic growth strategies for stakeholders, Henry brings his broad industry knowledge having worked with reputable brands, such as Sofitel, Mercedes Benz and Allianz, among others, to achieve their goals in organic ranking and traffic.

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