Melbourne Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit | 30 May 2017
Mark Lucas from Japan Airlines explains the reasons behind the launch of Narita-Melbourne services launching in September 2017. Melbourne has a strong Japanese business community which is a key target for the carrier, while it also foresees strong leisure demand.
Rebecca Tissington explains how corporates can now issue one-time use virtual cards, which works extremely well for companies with contractors, have ‘non-traditional’ travel and expense (T&E) profiles and improve security. Expect to see more from Commonwealth Bank in the travel …
Rob Dell explains that Generations X & Y have come into the workforce and changed the game. Travel management companies are reinventing themselves around the traveller experience with a big focus on mobile.
John West delves into the future of the accommodation market and offers hints on getting a successful outcome from an accommodation RFP. He also explains the rising significance of independent travel review sites on hotel contracting.
Nick Sutherland says there is a strong emphasis on travel policy compliance, which is ensuring a good outcome for corporates. He also describes the three pillars of ensuring travel management company success: people, process and technology.
Peter McGregor’s view is that procurement is about much more than price alone. He says travel is a unique category, and the wider procurement industry is ‘ripe for disruption’.
Rob Dell, Chair of the Association of Travel Management Companies (ATMC) explains how the industry association, whose members account for 90% of corporate travel bookings in Australia, is taking an active role in challenges and opportunities affecting Travel management companies.
NAB Senior Economist Gerard Burg talks economic outlooks for Melbourne and Australia. Gerard touches on the Trump effect, growth in the Asia Pacific region, anti-globalisation and Australia’s transition post the mining boom.
Michael Jarvis, Executive Planning at Melbourne Airport, discusses the need for strong development and infrastructure to assist with increasing demand and growth. Infrastructure includes a third runway, rail link and new lounges.
Air Canada GM Australia and New Zealand Paul McLean talks strategy for the Australian market which includes the introduction of nonstop services between Melbourne-Vancouver, the introduction of Air Canada’s own frequent flyer programme and a possible leisure brand.