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Inaugural tourism conference secures top speakers

Cairns has scored three inspiring thought leaders for the inaugural Tourism Innovation Conference in Cairns being held in November.

Cairns has scored three inspiring thought leaders for the inaugural Tourism Innovation Conference in Cairns being held in November.


Signed on to be social commentator is Bernard Salt. Salt will also be the opening keynote speaker.

According to Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Chief Executive Officer Alex de Waal, Bernard is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has been asked to be the keynote innovation motivational speaker.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Get your motivation from Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Dr Karl is one of eight Australian Apple Masters, a program with less than 100 members across the globe that celebrates the achievements of people who are changing the world through their passion and vision, while inspiring new approaches to creative thinking.

And MC for the event will be media personality James O’Loghlin – one of Australia’s most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers.

According to Waal, he is a leader in the field of innovation and works with organisations and individuals to help them become more innovative in the way they do their business every day.

James O’Loghlin

James O’Loghlin has signed on to MC.

“As well as conducting the introductions and conference close, James will facilitate the Tropical North Queensland business leaders’ panel discussion and facilitate questions and answers in four out of the eight concurrent sessions.”

Alex de Waal, TTNQ Chief Executive

“Concurrent workshops led by savvy business leaders will present case studies designed to demonstrate outstanding innovation across the eight disciplines of leadership and management, international marketing, distribution, digital for beginners, financial management, product development, digital innovation for the digital savvy and domestic marketing.”

In addition to top speakers, the inaugural event will have what Waal describes as a ‘compelling agenda’ catered to anyone serious about proactively working on their business.


“While particularly focused on driving innovation in the tourism industry, a number of the speakers are not directly associated with tourism to allow broader, more thought provoking perspectives to be delivered,” Waal said.

“This will ensure the objective of the conference to inspire industry innovation that capitalises on emerging and future consumer trends will be met for both tourism and non-tourism business delegates.”

The one-day conference will be held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel and will be followed by a Celebration of Tourism Industry Excellence at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal for industry networking that evening.

Will you be attending the inaugural Tourism Innovation Conference?