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CAPA to host biggest ever aviation and travel summit in Sydney – 5 weeks to go!


The CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, to be held in Sydney at The Four Seasons Hotel on 7-9 August 2013, will be the biggest ever aviation and travel strategy summit ever held in our region. CEOs from airlines and airports across Australia and New Zealand, plus a selection of leaders from airlines serving the region will examine the industry's crucial issues.

“This will undoubtedly be the richest gathering of aviation thought leaders we’ve seen in this country and a wonderful opportunity for the exchange of ideas and the deepening of relationships”, said CAPA Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison.


Confirmed speakers (as at 29 June) include:

  • Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Mike Mrdak, Secretary
  • New Zealand Ministry of Transport, Bruce Johnson, GM Aviation and Maritime
  • Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Paul Retter, Executive Director of the Office of Transport Security
  • Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Stephen Borthwick, GM Aviation Industry Policy
  • Tourism Accommodation Australia, Tony South, Chairman
  • Australasian Casinos Association, John Lee, CEO
  • Commonwealth Bank, Michael Blythe, Chief Economist
  • HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, Richard Davis, Partner
  • Macquarie Securities, Russell Shaw, Transport Equity Analyst
  • Mantra Hotels Group, Bob East, CEO
  • Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Rob Solomon, Chief Marketing Officer
  • National University of Singapore, Alan Khee-Jin Tan, Professor of Aviation Law, Faculty of Law
  • Nawal Taneja, Aviation Business Strategist and author
  • Pinpoint, Kirsty Rankin, Joint CEO
  • AIMIA, Evert de Boer, GM Global Business Development Travel
  • Travelport, Ian Heywood, Head of Global Supplier Strategy
  • SITA, Ilya Gutlin, President Asia Pacific
  • SITA, Mark Hilton, Vice President, North Asia and Pacific
  • Web in Travel, Siew Hoon Yeow, Founder
  • World Travel & Tourism Council, David Scowsill, President & CEO
  • ACCC, Joe Dimasi, Commissioner
  • Accenture, Paul Dalton, Sales Director
  • Airbiz, Greg Fordham, CEO
  • AMP Capital, Mar Beltran, Portfolio Manager
  • Deutsche Bank, Cameron McDonald, Head of Transport & Infrastructure Research
  • HostPlus, David Elia, CEO
  • Sky News, David Speers, Political Editor
  • Sydney Business Chamber, David Borger, Western Sydney Director
  • The Australian Workers’ Union, Paul Howes, National Secretary
  • The Daily Telegraph, Paul Whittaker, Editor
  • Adagold, Jeff Eager, General Manager Commercial
  • Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), Andrew Kelly, Regional Director – Australasia
  •, Adrian Currie, Managing Director APAC
  • Boral, Brian Jefferys, Group Procurement Manager – ICT,
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Peter Brady, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand
  • Corporate Travel Management, Glenn Wilcox, General Manager WA
  • FCm Travel Solutions, Rob Dell, Global Sales Director
  • Macquarie Group, Douglas Marcotte, Global Lead - Travel & Entertainment
  • O business, Oliver Tams, Founder
  • Platinum Travel Corporation, Greg McCarthy, Managing Director
  • Rio Tinto, Kurt Knackstedt, Category Lead, Global Sourcing, Travel and Expense Management
  • Santos, Zarina Carty, Procurement Manager
  • Travel Innovation Partners, Martin Warner, Partner
  • Travel Procure, Simon Crunden, Director
  • Travelport, Alexandra Fitzpatrick, GM Pacific
  • Webjet, Shelley Beasley, COO
  • Xstrata, Darren Oliver, Manager, Supply

Inside the Agenda

Sessions on Days 1 & 2 (7/8 August) include the 'growth markets to watch', the 'new duopoly on the Tasman', 'long haul LCCs', 'China's outlook', 'Qantas' strategic outlook', 'Virgin Australia's transition', the 'roles of tourism and liberalisation' and the 'partnership approach to attracting international services'.

There is a major gala dinner, hosted by Travelport, on the evening of 8 August that will feature a Keynote Address from Martin Ferguson MP.

On Day 3, 9 August, there will be two dedicated streams on Airport Innovation and Corporate Travel Innovation. The Corporate Travel Stream will feature leaders of Travel Intermediaries, Online Travel Agencies, GDSs, Travel Management Companies, Travel IT companies, Airlines, Corporate Travel Buyers and suppliers and have a unique strategic focus on the challenges facing Air Procurement for corporates.

The Airport Stream will feature leaders from airports and their suppliers, as well as analysts, airport investors and regulators, to weigh up the challenges and opportunities for our airports sector.

The event will close with a Sydney Second Airport debate, featuring Max Moore-Wilton (Sydney Airport), David Borger (Sydney Business Chamber), Paul Whittaker (The Daily Telegraph), Paul Howes (Australian Workers' Union), David Elia (HostPlus) and Paul Hughes (Newcastle Airport).

More information and a full list of confirmed speakers can be found here:

Early bird delegates – Extended by one week till 7 July

Savings of A$300 on delegate fees for this unique event are available under the Early Bird rates, which have been extended until 7 July, but be quick.

There are limited exhibition and sponsorship opportunities remaining, so please contact Derek Sadubin for more information.

Education Short-Courses

Just prior to the Summit, CAPA is also running some one-day educational courses on 5-6 August: 

  1. Executive Briefing: Hotspots in the Asian Aviation Market Starting Tuesday, 6 August 2013 - Half day
  2. Fundamentals of the Aviation Industry Starting Monday, 5 August 2013 - Full day
  3. Innovation opportunities for Airlines & Airports- What are the pain points and how to address them Starting Tuesday, 6 August 2013 - Full day
  4. Social Media Strategy for Aviation Professionals Starting Tuesday, 6 August 2013 - Full day

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