Shaping Tourism for New Zealand’s Future

3-4 September 2019, Wellington


Tourism Summit Aotearoa will be a thought provoking mix of keynote speakers, panels and discussions. The event is being extended to two days in 2019, commencing at 10.00am on Tuesday 3 September and concluding at 3.30pm on Wednesday 4 September. You’ll leave feeling energised, focused and ready to take our industry forward.

Check back regularly for updates and more information on the programme.

9am  – Registration desk opens
10am – Mihi whakatau
10.05am – Welcome and introduction MC

Session 1

10.35am – The current state of our industry / Tourism 2025 update
Chris Roberts, Chief Executive – Tourism Industry Aotearoa
10.55am – 12.15pm – Panel discussion and speakers
12.15pm – Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust 2020 Scholarships Presentation
12.50pm – Lunch

Session 2

1.30pm – 3pmSpeaker sessions
3.30pm – Afternoon tea

Session 3

3.30pm – International keynote
4.30pm – Panel discussion
5.05pm – Celebrating success
Announcement of the New Zealand Tourism Awards finalists
5.20pm – Close of day one
6.30pm – Summit dinner and inaugural Tourism Quiz night
Unwind at the end of the first day of the Summit and enjoy the opportunity to network over dinner.
Test your tourism knowledge in the inaugural Tourism Quiz!
7.30am – Breakfast
8am – 
Annual General Meeting of Tourism Industry Aotearoa
9am – Welcome to day two of the Summit MC

Session 4

9.05am – Climate change and sustainable tourism
9.55am – Speaker session
10am – Panel discussion
10.45am – Morning tea

Session 5

11.10am-12.50pm – Speaker sessions
12.50pm – Lunch

Session 6

1.50pm – Keynote speaker
2.30pm – Panel discussion
People and skills
3.30pm – Summit close

Speaker Spotlight

Michael McQueen

International keynote speaker: Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and six-time bestselling author. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and...

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Professor Susanne Becken

Prof Susanne Becken is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University in Australia and a Vice Chancellor Research Fellow at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. Susanne was the founding Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and has...

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Alexia Hilbertidou

Alexia is the founder and CEO of GirlBoss NZ - a 10,500 strong army of young women who are determined to achieve gender equality in their lifetimes. Dismayed by the under representation of women in leadership roles Alexia founded GirlBoss when she was just 16....

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Shed 6, Wellington

3-4 September 2019

Join us to exchange ideas and information on tourism in New Zealand.