PATA Global Insights Conference 2017

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The highly-acclaimed and anticipated PATA Global Insights Conference (PGIC) returns to Auckland on Friday, September 29, 2017. With the support of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and BBC World News, the event will again be hosted by SKYCITY at the SkyCity Grand Hotel.

Under the theme ‘R U Future Ready’, the conference has already received confirmations from a number of expert and high profile speakers and panel members from Europe, Asia Pacific and North America representing such major international brands as Microsoft, Boeing and Visa.

“I am very excited about the programme we have developed for this years event. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that delegates will be wowed by the depth of  knowledge, insights and global reputation of our guest speakers and the sectors and disciplines they represent,” says PATA Regional Director – Pacific, Chris Flynn.

All panel discussions will again be moderated by a leading BBC World News Business/Economics TV anchor with the 2017 programme including, for the first time, a final session featuring ‘Tomorrow’s Tourism Leaders’. Supported by a number of New Zealand Universities we will explore the future through the eyes and minds of those who are destined to lead our industry in the years to come.

We therefore, invite all industry, associated stakeholders and young tourism professionals and  students to become a part of this key event and engage with those who influence, shape and change our world.

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Dr. Mario Hardy
SESSION ONE: Artificial Intelligence and Tourism – is this the future?

Russell Craig
National Technology Officer
SESSION ONE: Innovating user experiences to increase reach
BBC World News Panel Session: Technology and Demand – where to now?

John Schubert
Managing Director – Marketing Asia Pacific and India
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
SESSION TWO: Managing demand on an ‘unimaginable’ scale
BBC World News Panel Session: Technology and Demand – Where to now?

Sandra Chipchase
Destination NSW
SESSION FOUR: Success and Demand. Limited only by our imagination
BBC World News Panel Session: Destination development in a changing world

Sarah Mathews
Head of Destination Marketing APAC
SESSION FOUR: People Power – Learning through visitor insights
BBC World News Panel Session: Destination development in a changing world


Maggie Wu
Chief World Explorer
Travel V-logger, Life Coach + Motivational Speaker

SESSION FIVE: In my opinion. Getting online with e-influencers
BBC World News Panel Session: Destination development in a changing world

Representatives of the FUTURE
Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
SESSION SIX: Future Tourism leaders: Their view of tourism in 2025 & beyond


Chris Flynn
Regional Director-Pacific

Here’s what some people thought of PGIC 2015

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SKYCITY Auckland is an entertainment destination, home to two first-class hotels, over 20 bars restaurants, a world-class Casino, convention centre and the iconic Sky Tower. Located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the heart of Auckland City, it is 45 minutes drive away by bus, car or taxi from Auckland Airport. If you are travelling by taxi, they are located outside the domestic and international terminals and cost approximately NZ$75 into the city. If you are travelling by car, take the Southern Motorway north, exit at Nelson Street and follow the signs directly to SKYCITY. SKYCITY has its own airport shuttle that runs 365 days a year from $30 per person – click here for full SKYCITY Airport Shuttle details and times. It is also a quick 10 minute walk from Britomart – Auckland’s central bus and train station, and the Intercity Bus terminal is right on our doorstep.

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