ACTE-CAPA Global Conference Sydney 2016

Sydney, Australia
21-22 Nov 2016

AGENDA - Day 1 - Monday 21st November

11.00 – 17.00: Registration

11.30 – 12.30: Buyers Lunch (by invitation only)
Fully sponsored by Sheraton on The Park, this is held in Feast Restaurant on Level 1

12.30 – 14.00: Welcome & Networking Refreshments in InterACTE

13.00 - 13.45: Newcomers’ Orientation Hyde Park Room, Level 2

14.00 – 15.45: General Session 1 – The Big Picture Outlook

14.00 - 14.05: Welcome & Housekeeping

ACTE, President, Kurt Knackstedt

CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbision

14.05 - 14.15: Keynote Introduction: HRS, Vice President Global Solutions, Jason Long

14:15: The Global and National Economic Outlook: What are the big picture implications for Corporate Travel? 

Michael Pascoe, Economist 

We take a look at the state of the world economy, the Australian economy and the outlook for any impacts it may have on corporate travel. Corporate travel buyers and suppliers will gain the insights they need to know to prepare for the future.  We pose a number of scenarios to our keynote speaker, including:

  • How in the global economic outlook shaping up for 2017?
  • How is the national economy performing and what’s the outlook for interest rates and consumer/business sentiment?
  • USD75 oil - when do we get there & how will that impact airfares?
    • Airlines are hedged between US$45 & US$60, how will they pass on an increase and will the market accept it given the airlines didn’t remove surcharges when the oil price fell, they renamed them “Carrier Imposed Surcharges”
  • What impact does change in Europe “post brexit” mean in Australasia?
  • The US election - what does the outcome mean to business and business travel?

15:15: CAPA’s Asia Aviation Outlook and Trump reaction and analysis

As the world contemplates a Trump White House, CAPA will dissect the implications for Aviation & Corporate Travel:
  • Could international trade protectionism affect business travel?
  • Where to Open skies. Could the Gulf Carriers’ expansion plans be threatened?
  • Could stricter US border security affect inward travel?
  • Could an aggressive stance against China undermine the US airlines’ potential future largest growth markets?
A Q&A between:
  • CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison

15:35: ATMC Executive of the Year 2017 Launch 
Association of Travel Management Companies (ATMC), President, Craig Smith 

15.45 – 16.15: Networking & Refreshment Break in InterACTE

16.15 – 17.30: General Session 2 - Expert panels

16.15: General Session Introduction: Sabre Travel Network, Global Account Director APAC, Adam Tulich

16.25: What does all this mean for Travel Procurement? Symposium of Australasia's Leading Travel Buyers

This panel of senior Travel Procurement experts will dissect the economic and key supplier trends and share the challenges that are keeping them awake at night. Kurt Knackstedt, ACTE President will guide the panellists through discussions on a variety of trending topics that are shaping the current state of corporate travel in Australasia.

Moderator: Troovo CEO/ ACTE President, Kurt Knackstedt

  • Serco, Category Manager, Travel - Asia Pacific, Matthew Holmes 
  • Microsoft Procurement, Group Manager, Global Travel & Expense, Sourcing Strategy & Operations, Georgie Farmer 
  • BP Indirect Procurement, Program Manager – Corporate Travel (Asia Pacific & Middle East), Matt Coviello

17.00: American Airlines InterACTEive Ice-Breaker

17.05: (Not Quite) Happy Hour!

A lighthearted look at the corporate travel landscape. But beware: prepare to get some serious food for thought!
Provocateurs at large: Martin Warner & Martin Cowley 

17.30 – 20.00: Networking Reception
Fully sponsored by Sheraton on The Park, held in bar area on level 1