CTC Australasia Corporate Travel Summit & Sustainability Awards

Sydney, Australia
22-23 Nov 2022

AGENDA DAY 1 - Tuesday 22 November 2022




CHAIRPERSON: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Global Content & Marketing Director, Marco Navarria

09:00- 09:05


Welcome and Introduction from CAPA


CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Global Content & Marketing Director, Marco Navarria

09:05- 09:20


CTC Outlook: State of the Industry {Download Presentation}

Corporate Travel Community, Executive Director, Benson Tang 

09:20- 09:50


The Metaverse: The Future of Travel?

Did you know that the global metaverse market size was $47 Bn in 2022 and is predicted to grow 39% yearly to $678 Bn by 2030?


In 'The Metaverse - The Future of Travel?' you will:

  • Learn what the metaverse is

  • Identify opportunities for the travel industry

  • Understand how to prepare your business for the future of travel

Metaverse Sydney, Chair, & Web3Academy, Chief Metaverse Officer, Patricia Haueiss

09:50- 09:55


Future technologies for corporate travel with Serko


Serko, SVP of APAC, Murray Warner

09:55- 10:40


Industry Leaders Overview: The essential checklist for a successful return to travel 

As corporates look to begin travelling again, the landscape of the industry looks very different to what it did pre-pandemic. The traveller journey itself is more complex and companies with a mobile workforce have new standards to meet for traveller duty of care and a different set of criteria to address when it comes to risk management. 

In this important discussion, we bring together industry leaders to help travel managers navigate the post-pandemic travel landscape.   

  • The new traveller journey - what does it involve and how are TMCs supporting clients? 

  • What’s at stake for companies with a mobile workforce when it comes to duty of care and risk management? 

  • What role does the TMC have in a post-pandemic world? 

  • What role will innovation and technology have on the future of corporate travel? 

  • How are companies pivoting towards carbon neutrality? 

  • What are the toolkits that travel managers will need to be successful to measure and report on carbon footprints and reduce the overall impact of travel on the environment? 

Moderator: ATMC, Chairperson, Tass Messinis  


Airplus International, Director APAC Operations, Piers Gibbons

Lamb Weston, Sr. Director, Procurement | Capitals & Indirects, Bhart Sarin 

AMEX GBT, Director Of Commercial Australia and Remote Account Management India,  Danielle Russom 

Marriott International, Regional Director, Global Sales Australia and New Zealand, Karryn Cutcheon

AMEX, VP and Regional General Manager, Asia Pacific, Joanne Sully

Airplus, Director APAC, David Newington 

10:40- 11:10


Coffee Break & Networking

11:10- 11:40


Duty of Care: Are you ignoring the rear-view mirror? {Download Presentation}

Travel has rebounded, but are organisations being caught out by not looking in the rear-view mirror?

The travel experience has changed, not only due to pandemics, current conflicts and political unrest, but staffing shortages across the board, making the whole travel experience tough.

In this important discussion we talk through your 2023 travel risk programme musts to support your travellers health, safety and wellbeing and meet your duty of care and legal requirements. 


  • International SOS, Client Services Director, Louise Volsen


  • International SOS, Medical Director Consulting, Dr Natalie Gray 

  • International SOS, Security Director, James Robertson

11:40- 12:25


Talent acquisition – Ensuring future fail safes for labour requirements

The recovery of travel in North America and Europe has been significantly impacted by staffing issues. From a lack of pilots across the United States of America to difficulty recruiting and training security and ground staff at airports across Europe – the impact on air travel has been significant. 

This has hit business travellers particularly hard as airlines have been forced to consolidate schedules. Frequency has always been essential to corporate travel itineraries. But now where there were previously two or three efficient flight options, there is often now just one that involves significant lost time waiting at connecting points on a journey or offers an inconvenient schedule for travellers. 

Then there is the issue of securing the best talent for your own organisation. The COVID-19 pandemic led to a huge reduction in working hours, reversed job growth, and pushed millions into working poverty across Asia Pacific. 

A report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) warns that given the scope of the damage to labour markets, the overall size of the fiscal response in the region has been insufficient, especially in the region’s developing economies. As a result of fiscal expenditure gaps, the crisis is likely to exacerbate inequalities among countries in the Asia and the Pacific.

  • How does the industry prepare for future events which may have the same effect to the labour market?

Moderator: BostonairAPAC, General Manager, Nicholas Rapp

Qantas, Executive Manager, Global Sales and Distribution, Igor Kwiatkowski

Informa Markets, HR Manager, Robyn Sgambellone

​​Reed & Mackay Australia, Managing Director, David Greenland

CTC - Corporate Travel Community, Ambassador, Virginia Fitzpatrick

12:25- 13:00


Trends and innovations shaping the way businesses stay, work and pay

During this session, we will discuss the latest trends, innovations and research shaping the way businesses stay, work and pay including:

  • Global and local market trends and insights and its impact

  • The convergence of work and travel and how it will impact your role

  • How modernised pay and spend management can deliver cost savings, greater employee experience and compliance in your travel programme

HRS Group, Chief Data Storyteller, Philippa Johns 

HRS Group, CEO Pay, Kurt Knackstedt 

13:00- 14:00


Lunch Break & Networking


14:00- 14:45


Airline Corner: An update on the traveller experience {Download Presentation}

In most parts of the world life has returned to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic, but for travel the impact of the biggest global health crisis in modern times continues to influence on a daily basis.  

Flight schedules – especially on international city pairs – is still notably down on pre-pandemic levels and where flights are operating schedules remain reduced with lack of frequencies on some routes impeding the return of business travel. 

There is also the indelible impact on traveller behaviour and the need for duty of care and traveller well-being taking on a more dominant position. The recovery process has been tough on the airlines and airports which were forced to cut to the bone to survive unprecedented periods of restrictions and then immediately ramp back up to meet demand. 

This panel will provide insights directly from airlines with an update on some of the challenges they have faced with meeting post pandemic demand. 

  • What are airlines doing to improve the traveller experience? 

  • What do airlines look for in supplier relationship discussions with buyers? 

  • What impact has COVID-19 had on the airline business? 

  • What new technologies are airlines utilising in a post COVID world? 

  • How do airlines value relationships with TMCs? 

Moderator: CTC - Corporate Travel Community, Ambassador, Virginia Fitzpatrick

CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Head of Research, Simon Elsegood

Etihad Airways, General Manager Australia & New Zealand, Sarah Built

Qantas, Executive Manager, Global Sales and Distribution, Igor Kwiatkowski




Expectations for travel in 2030 {Download Presentation}

What are your expectations for the future of travel? How would you like to see the corporate travel industry evolve during the next 10 to 15 years? While it’s difficult to predict exactly how the traveller experience will change into the future, most people have clear expectations for what they’d like to see come to fruition by 2030.


But to what extent will companies prioritise the traveller experience and individual preferences in the coming years? How important is the traveller experience compared to other travel program objectives such as cost minimisation?


Join Felicity Burke, General Manager of FCM Consulting APAC, as she explores Gen Z and the Millennial generation’s expectations for travel in 2030. Felicity will be joined onstage by Dean Easton, The Australian National University Manager, Travel Services and Murray Warner, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Serko, to unpack how organisations are managing the rise of employee-centric travel programs and traveller expectations for industry change.

MODERATOR: FcM, General Manager Consulting APAC, Felicity Burke


Serko, SVP of APAC, Murray Warner

The Australian National University, Manager, Travel Services, Dean Easton

15:05- 15:25


8 Trends Shaping Travel Management to 2030 {Download Presentation}

What are the macro trends driving the future landscape of corporate travel & meetings management? 

We explore eight key trends, identify variances in impact across APAC and other regions, and deep dive on the most impactful trends to affect travel & meetings management strategy and operation. Join with your peers to help develop strategies for success in the decade ahead.

Learning Objectives

1.      Consider the big picture, how it affects companies and your program

2.      Understand perspective variances between North America, Europe & APAC

3.      Develop strategies for success in the decade ahead

15:25- 15:55


Coffee Break & Networking

15:55- 16:35


Technology Workshop: Digital Transformation strategies and distribution

The travel and tourism industry has been among the early adopters of digital transformation, but processes are continuing to evolve. For businesses, digital adaptation is not optional but rather an indispensable condition to continue being competitive and respond to the continuously growing consumers’ demands. 

Personalisation has become a crucial element of the travel business, mobile devices are now standard search and booking channels, AI-powered applications and technology are more commonplace, and data is driving digital transformation journeys. 

For travel buyers it creates a complicated framework and understanding the technologies that exist to help themselves and travellers in a post COVID world is complex. 

This workshop will discuss processes to help buyers understand what they should look out for with technology partners, look at how buyers can truly integrate into their technology partners, and question if technology is the answer to all the buyers' problems. 

Moderator: CTC - Corporate Travel Community, Executive Director, Benson Tang

Serko, SVP of APAC, Murray Warner

Amadeus, Commercial Development Resellers and Corporations, Ingrid Picard

HRS Group, CEO Pay, Kurt Knackstedt 

Transurban, Global Procurement & Expense, Stephanie Maisano

DataCom, Group Procurement Manager, Tony Rurkpuritat

Informa, Group Travel Director & Head of Corporate Events, Melissa Willock 

16:35- 17:15


New TMC models – A burst of change is coming, will the old model still be relevant?

There has been a shift from unmanaged to managed business travel, partially because of the rising logistical challenges of travel and high chances for disruption, the increased focus on optimising travel spend, and the renewed emphasis on duty of care 

It is clear that buyers are now more reliant on corporate travel companies than pre-COVID as they require more information than previously. Booking policies have become stricter, budgets are tighter and at the same time travellers demand and travel patterns are changing. 

Companies that engage in business travel are once again seeing the value of TMCs. New needs are emerging, and corporate clients are looking to TMCs to help meet those new demands – to provide a whole new level of service and information, to manage sustainability issues, and to keep travel costs under control. 

  • But is the existing TMC model fit for purpose or is there a change coming?  

  • Could the model be better?  

  • How are TMCs adapting to the change? 

Moderator: ATMC, Chairperson, Tass Messinis 

Intro done - redo when FCM join

CTM, GM New South Wales, Karen McGilvray 

Uniglobe Travel Asia Pacific, Managing Director Asia Pacific, David Hughes

GBT proposed session

FCTG Corporate Australia, Managing Director, Melissa Elf

17:15 - 17:20

Day 1 Closing Remarks & Break