Yes, it’s true. The travel industry’s most insightful, inspirational, and above all, entertaining conference is taking place once again on September 25 at Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre.

And for those who haven’t had the pleasure of attending before or simply need a refresher from last year, here’s what you can look forward to. Alternatively, suss out the best bite-sized bits of last year’s event here.

In short, Travel DAZE is a one day TEDx-style ideas and strategy forum for travel marketers, professionals, business heads, strategists and technologists. This year’s theme will be one that truly engages all speakers and guests: A Festival of Failure.

With failure in the spotlight this year, there will be a focus on stories and lessons learned using smart business strategy, bravery, experimentation and innovation. Speakers will deliver 12 to 18 minute TEDx-style presentations and participate in several panel discussions.

As always, Travel DAZE will challenge the status quo in an ever-changing market. The forum will bring to the stage curated topics, not death-by-powerpoint presentations or sales pitches. It is the first travel conference of its kind to be held in Australia – and you can expect high calibre local and international speakers throughout the day. In case it wasn’t clear already, this is not your average travel conference.

Just a few of the speakers who will share their wisdom with attendees at this year’s Travel DAZE conference include:

Tony Wheeler, founder, Lonely Planet
Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner, CEO, Flight Centre
Fred Schebesta, CEO,
Sarina Bratton, chairman, Asia Pacific, Ponant
Jacqui Walshe, managing director, The Walshe Group
Matt Taylor, managing director, Milkmoney
Mark Henley, director of transformation and digital strategy for Asia Pacific, Adobe
Christian Hunter, managing director, Travellers Choice
Wendy Wu, founder, Wendy Wu Tours
James Tait, managing director, Performics
Jennifer Vandekreeke, vice president and general manager Australia, Carnival Cruise Lines
Paul Nahoun, travel vertical lead, Instagram
Jackie Crossman, Sydney principal, Red Agency
Tara Harrison, editor, Travel Weekly
Travel DAZE will once again be hosted by acclaimed funny man Chris Taylor and will feature several panel discussions and opportunities for audience Q&A.

Earlybird tickets on sale now – what are you waiting for?

We look forward to seeing you there in September!

For any speaker queries contact and sponsorship enquiries, please contact Ruth –

The Travel Weekly Team

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