CAPA Wellington Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit

Wellington, New Zealand
12 Apr 2018

12 April 2018

08:00 Registration and Coffee
09:00 Chairman's Welcome
The Association of Travel Management Companies, Chairman, Grant Bevin
09:10 CAPA’s New Zealand and Asia Pacific Aviation Outlook
CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison [Download Presentation]
09:35 Aviation executive panel: Sustainable aviation access and implications for corporate travel
  • How are key stakeholders co operating or what are they doing to attract air services to the nation’s capital?
  • What are the best performing routes?
  • Is the growth of inbound markets impacting the corporate travel market?
  • How important is flying direct? The life of a Wellington businessman
  • Is New Zealand poised to capitalise on the growth of low cost long haul carriers?

Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison


  • Wellington Airport, Airline Development Manager, Mike Vincent
  • Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ), Executive Director, Justin Tighe-Umbers
  • Orbit Travel, Managing Director, Paul Rennie
10:15 Airline Keynote
Air New Zealand, Head of Government & Industry Affairs, Duncan Small
10:35 Airport keynote: Wellington Airport - enhancing connectivity in the nation’s capital
  • The airport’s strategy to grow travel demand
  • How the airport is enabling more international direct air services
  • Partnering with industry to enhance the traveller experience

Wellington Airport, Chief Executive, Steve Sanderson [Download Presentation]

11:00 Coffee & Networking
12:00 Airline Keynote - Delta’s transformation story
Delta Air Lines, General Manager Australia/New Zealand and Virgin Australia Joint Venture, Clare Wheatley [Download Presentation]
12:20 Case study: A virtual journey around the world
Wrestler, Director and Producer, Hannah McOwan [Download Presentation]
12:35 Risk management in the digital economy
International SOS, Manager of Travel Risk, Andy Patten [Download Presentation]
12:55 Lunch & Networking
14:00 Procurement Keynote: The NZ Government perspective on travel procurement in 2018/2019
  • What is the competition benefit of consolidated long term contracting?
  • Managing unexpected opportunities/implications presented by new industry suppliers (or disruptors) such as Airbnb, low cost carriers etc.
  • Adjusting to new needs to manage risk associated with a) end to end travel in an uncertain world and b) systemic issues (such as cost management)
  • The Government vision for industry - what can suppliers do to improve efficiencies and the end user travel experience?

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Manager Contract Administration, Jo Prescott [Download Presentation]

14:20 Facilitating the growth in China/Asia inbound: overcoming the challenges

Visitor numbers to New Zealand were up 12% in 2016 to 3.5 million and rose a further 7% to more than 3.7 million in 2017. According to Air New Zealand CEO, Christopher Luxon, New Zealand “is really on a big growth trajectory for the next 30 years. What we are seeing is lots of opportunity to strengthen and add capacity”.

  • Is government policy and the rest of the travel and transportation industry value chain prepared for the influx of travellers?

Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Chief Executive, Chris Roberts [Download Presentation]

14:55 CAPA’s Wellington aviation markets outlook for corporates
CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Strategic Advisor, Virginia Fitzpatrick [Download Presentation]
15:05 Unlocking value for both corporations and travellers: meeting customers’ expectations in the NZ corporate market
  • What is the best way to optimise travel spend in the current environment?
  • The cross challenges of reconciling business travel needs and personal traveller demands
  • How to engage travellers to ensure they comply with policy guidelines and use negotiated rates eg through feedback loops and education
  • Catering for the mobile workforce - safety & security challenges
  • How is the TMC and travel suppliers evolving to manage the changing demands of the modern business traveller? What are some of the key factors they need to consider in order to get buy in from the procurement department as well as the travel category manager?

The Association of Travel Management Companies, Chairman, Grant Bevin


  • New Zealand Rugby, Administration and Procurement Manager, Gabriela Stuart
  • GoldSpring Consulting, Regional Director APAC, Catherine Craig
  • Inland Revenue NZ, Strategic Procurement Manager at New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Pru Popple
15:50 Networking Drinks
16:30 Conference End