Flight Centre Travel Group has added to its line-up Uber’s Global Head of Uber for Business, Ronnie Gurion, at FCTG’s annual event dedicated to informing and providing insights into the global corporate travel industry.
From the U.S., Ronnie Gurion will join a top-flight line-up of industry experts talking about the evolving world of corporate travel. Prior to joining Uber, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at HomeAway where he was responsible for business development, corporate development, strategic planning, and new growth initiatives. He also served as President at Orbitz between 2009 and its acquisition by Expedia in 2015 where he led the creation and rapid expansion of the Orbitz Partner Network into one of the leading providers of global travel technology solutions.
Illuminate 2019 is being held on 12th September 2019 at The Venue, Alexandria, Sydney, where over 400 attendees will hear from some of Australia’s key business leaders and influencers.
Registrations close on Friday 30th August. Register now to avoid missing out.
Paul Scurrah, CEO and Managing Director of the Virgin Australia Group, will open the day’s event and he will share his insights on Virgin Australia, the key trends within the aviation industry and how the airline keeps ahead of the curve, particularly with regards to corporate travel.
John Eales, Australian rugby legend and business leader is also featuring as a keynote speaker. A Flight Centre Travel Group board member, John shares his insights into the similarities between sport and corporate business in learning, leadership and the driving factors for success.
Popular international media commentator and digital futurist Chris Riddell will share thought provoking insights into what tomorrow looks like.
James Kavanagh, Executive General Manager, FCTG Corporate said: “With our high-calibre speaker line-up, Illuminate is shaping as the perfect opportunity for procurement professionals, travel bookers, travel decision makers and c-suite executives to hear the latest news and insights from thought leaders and corporate travel executives.
From the implementation of AI and technology innovation, to new distribution channels, emerging category trends and socially responsible policies, the future of travel presents new opportunities with exciting new innovations.
The line-up of confirmed key speakers for Illuminate 2019 include:
A feature panel discussion will unpack the New Distribution Capability (NDC) and what it means for the future of air travel buying and flying and how it will impact us here in Australia. Panellists will include Sonya Lowry, Australasian ACTE Global Board Member; Darrin Grafton, CEO & Executive Director, Serko; Jason Toothman, Executive General Manager, NDC, FCTG; and Neil Fyfe, Vice President Global Account Technology, Sabre.
The after party ‘Illuminate the Night’ allows attendees the opportunity to be entertained, relax and network with industry peers.
Illuminate 2019 is sponsored by Platinum Partners Sabre and Air Canada and is supported by Flight Centre Travel Group’s corporate businesses – FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller, cievents, Stage and Screen Travel Services and 4th Dimension Business Travel Consulting.
For further details and registrations please visit the Illuminate website www.illuminate19.com
Media enquiries to Cassandra Thurston PR & Communications Manager, FCTG Corporate Marketing 0431 246 883 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Illuminate 2019 keynote speaker, Chris Riddell, is an award winning global futurist and industry recognised inspirational speaker on emerging trends in our hyper connected world.
He is a global pattern hunter, discovering and identifying how humans are changing and adapting to high speed change, unlocking insights for businesses and leaders in today’s highly disruptive world. Check out his video on what you can expect from his keynote speech at Illuminate 2019.
A global trailblazer, Chris is a regular on Sky News Business, The Project on Ten, Channel 7’s The Morning Show, The Daily Edition prime time shows, and ABC 774 Radio giving insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media.
Don't miss Chris Riddell's thought provoking insights into what tomorrow looks like - register for Illuminate today!
With record registrations already locked in (including your own!), the countdown is on to Australia’s premier corporate B2B travel management event. We recently spoke to the event curators, cievents, and its Global Head of Marketing, Cate Carpenter, about how to get the most out of the day. Here are her Top 5 tips.
1. Hear from key industry experts
One of the most exciting aspects of Illuminate is the thought leadership provided by some of the industry’s most influential leaders and partners, who will be discussing everything from the future of hotels and the aviation sector to emerging travel trends and new technologies.
As Cate says, “These people know what they’re talking about and will provide amazing insights you won’t get anywhere else. This year’s keynote speakers include Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah, Accor COO Simon McGrath, Digital Futurist Chris Riddell and Australian sporting legend John Eales. There will also be a number of panel discussions including how the NDC will shape the future of air buying, booking and travel, and what travel procurement and category trends are set to emerge”.
2. Gain valuable industry knowledge
Illuminate not only highlights the credibility and influence of FCTG’s corporate brands, it allows leading industry partners to showcase their own offerings. From keynote speakers and sponsor booths to discussion panels and unique audience participation activities, it offers delegates a valuable opportunity to increase their knowledge base.
“From a FCTG perspective, the event is really about giving back to our industry partners and our people. We have an in depth understanding of the market and the pain points that go along with it, so through the power of connections we’re able to cover all bases from a travel procurement perspective - whether it’s air, land or tech. Plus, the layers of interactivity on the day will not only provide a current overview of what’s happening in the industry, but motivate and inspire delegates to enhance their skills and be proud of their place in the travel sector”, says Cate.
3. Connect with new technologies
Delegates will hear updates on FCTG’s online booking tool, Savi, that was launched at the event last year plus more about the evolution of chatbot travel assistant app Sam:] and where it’s headed in the future. Attendees will also be encouraged to engage with the event’s own app where they can ask questions, share content, participate in live polling and exchange virtual business cards with contacts they meet on the day.
Plus, there’s a surprise in store for lovers of all things tech, but at this stage Cate’s not giving too much away … “All I will say is that it involves RFID technology, will offer a completely new level of interactivity and every delegate will be given their own personalised version on the day”
4. Network, network, network
This year’s event will be attended by delegates from a range of backgrounds including corporate customers, leading travel partners, key industry experts and travel and procurement professionals. Being among like-minded people allows attendees the opportunity to expand their networks, establish new relationships and be educated and inspired.
As Cate explains, “At these types of events, networking is crucial. Being able to connect with people in your own industry can be really beneficial and thought provoking and from a FCTG perspective, we not only encourage knowledge sharing, we ask everyone to be actively engaged. Delegates should be 100% in the moment and make the most of the opportunity, because Illuminate will be a memorable journey from registration right through to the fantastic After Party!”
5. Enjoy yourself
Aside from the amazing educational and up-skilling opportunities, this year’s event will also be great fun. From the announcement of this year’s Illuminators and the amazing travel prizes on offer to the not-to-be-missed After Party, it’s a fantastic opportunity to spend time with your peers, clients and of course, your new networking partners.
As Cate sums up,“Quite simply, delegates will get out of it what they put into it. So even though we’re all in the travel sector, in this instance, don’t be a passenger (pardon the pun!)”