2018 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards

The Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium and Awards will be held by Maranoa Regional Council from 1st – 4th November 2018, in Roma

Package Price: $450.00

  • OQTA Symposium (Thursday & Friday)
  • Free TEQ ‘Conversations with Industry’ session
  • Thursday Night Welcome dinner and drinks under the EMSCO Rig
  • Enjoy dinner on Friday night at the largest cattle selling complex in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Early Risers Yoga or Ecowalk
  • Saturday Evening Gala Dinner under the stars on the apron of the Roma Airport
  • Farewell friends at the breakfast on Sunday
  • A choice of one of four regional tours

Package Price: $350.00

Don’t miss any of the fun in Roma

  • Thursday Night Welcome dinner and drinks under the EMSCO Rig
  • Guided Friday morning tour of Roma
  • Enjoy dinner on Friday night at the largest cattle selling complex in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Early Risers Yoga or Ecowalk
  • Saturday Evening Gala Dinner under the stars on the apron of the Roma Airport
  • Farewell friends at the breakfast on Sunday
  • Choice of one of four regional tours

This package is designed for partners of those attending the OQTA Symposium and does not include the symposium sessions.

Package Price: $350.00

  • Enjoy dinner on Friday night at the largest cattle selling complex in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Saturday Evening Gala Dinner under the stars on the apron of the Roma Airport
  • Farewell friends at the breakfast on Sunday
  • A choice of one of four regional tours

This package does not include the OQTA Symposium

Package Price: $120.00

Air Roma welcomes you aboard the trip of a lifetime. Fasten your seatbelts and watch our regional heroes shine

  • Saturday Gala Dinner under the stars on the apron of the Roma Airport

Package Price: $40.00 

Full day Friday symposium pass at a reduced price for Maranoa Industry

Please note that this ticket does not include night functions and is the symposium only.

Note: Ticket refunds can only be made prior to the event. The cut-off date for purchases and refunds is October 25th, 2018.

Enquiries: admin@outbackqueensland.com.au

The Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium and Awards Schedule 

Thursday, 1st November

  • 9:30am: Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium at the Roma Hibernian Hall
  • 12:30pm: Tourism and Events Queensland Conversations with Industry
  • 6:00pm: Welcome drinks at EMSCO rig

Saturday, 3rd November

  • 8:30am: Outback Queensland Tourism AGM
  • 9:30am: Panel discussion and couch session
  • 10:15am: Famil Departures (all returning by 5pm at the latest)
  • 6:00pm: Gala Awards Dinner “When in Roma” at Roma Airport

Friday, 2nd November

  • 6:30am: Earlier risers yoga or ecowalk
  • 8:00am: Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium at the Roma Hibernian Hall
  • 6:00pm: Dinner at the largest cattle selling complex in the Southern Hemisphere

Sunday, 4th November

  • 8:00am: Farewell Breakfast at Moorelands Nursery

Tourism and Events Queensland Conversations with Industry – Outback

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), in partnership with Outback Queensland Tourism Association, invite you to attend Conversations with Industry – Outback, to be held on Thursday, 1st November 2018.

This forum will be a free event run by Tourism and Events Queensland for industry from 12:30pm, and will consist of presentations from TEQ followed by the opportunity to book a 1:1 session with specialists in the key business areas of partnerships, marketing, events, research and experience development.

The event includes a light lunch.

For further information contact Sarah Thomson (07) 3535 5376 or sarah.thomson@queensland.com

Speakers Featuring at the OQTA Symposium

CEO: Veracity Technology
Thursday 2nd November: 11:35am

Bill Owens is the CEO of Veracity Technology, an IT services company that transforms business by simplifying IT. Veracity specialises in the small & medium enterprise segment. We design, build and remotely support IT platforms for small & medium businesses across Australia. Bill has 26 years’ experience in the technology sector and specialises in IT strategy development including technology-led business transformation. He frequently addresses industry leaders on technology, cybersecurity and digital literacy.

Co-Founder & CEO: Digital Frontier
Friday 3rd November: 9:35am

Digital Frontier is a creative media studio specialising in visualization, virtual reality, augmented reality to all forms of digital media.  For 20 years, Digital Frontier has been working with hundreds of clients all over the globe, including; Tesla, Disney, Remy Martin, Princess Cruises, Landmark Entertainment, Audi, BHP Billiton, Reebok and L’Oréal.

Gavin Crombie was an early proponent of the new experiential technologies such as Augmented reality, Virtual Reality etc. and has combined commercial insight with the digital savvy to use these technologies in ways that actually work for clients and bring solid bottom line gain for clients.

Gavin is a two-time published author, with his specialist area being interaction and doing business in China. As an advisor to the New Zealand Government’s Trade and Enterprise Department, Gavin has worked with more than 200+ business leaders, 2 Prime Ministers, 8 Government Ministers, 1 Prince, and a collection of other parties from around the world.

Gavin is an accomplished speaker and is ready to give actual case study insight into making Experiential marketing work for your business – whether that business is a world-renowned major brand or a small business with limited resources.

Futurist: Emergent Futures
Friday 3rd November: 3:45pm

Paul Higgins is a Futurist with Emergent Futures. He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Veterinary Science, a Bachelor of Animal Science (Diagnostic Research) and a Masters Degree in Strategic Foresight

Paul is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Program. Paul is a venture philanthropy partner at Social Ventures Partners Melbourne and lead partner for their first investment. Paul is also Chair of the Policy and Research Board for the Future Business Council.

Paul writes and presents regularly on future disruptions to business models and consults to a range of organisations on how to think about the future. He is currently co-authoring a book on driverless cars called: Is Driverless Always More: How Driverless Vehicles Will Transform our Economies and our Societies.

Managing Partner: Leisure Solutions
Friday 2nd November: 11:20am

An exploration geologist by profession and training, Angus established his business, Leisure Solutions® in 1993 and is now engaged in ecotourism/geotourism activities. In recent years he has served as the inaugural Chair of the Geotourism Standing Committee of the Geological Society of Australia and is a member of the Geotourism Forum of Ecotourism Australia Ltd, serving initially as its Chair. Angus is also the designated spokesperson on geotourism for the Australian Geoscience Council.

Over the past 25 years, Angus has been engaged in leadership roles relating to technology park development and hi-tech industry association work, particularly in developing industry linkages in the Greater China Region.

In earlier years he has enjoyed various leadership roles in major Sydney tourist attractions and at the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria.

Senior Lecturer: The University of Queensland
Friday 2nd November: 11:40pm

Dr Walter’s primary research interests revolve around tourism marketing communications, tourist behaviour and tourism crisis recovery. Currently, she is working on a series of studies that seek to investigate the impact that Terrorism related activity is likely to have on travel behaviour and tourist decision making. This research will identify marketing related response strategies for tourism managers seeking to avoid a significant downturn in tourist visitation if and when such events occur.

Dr Walters has led a number of industry consultancy projects for both state and regional tourism organisations within Australia and has been invited on several occasions to deliver key note addresses on brand image recovery to destinations that have been affected by some form of crises or natural disaster.

She has spoken of her research findings at a number of international conferences and she has over 35 publications that include acclaimed academic journals, University text books and edited research books. Prior to her University career, Dr Walters spent 16 years in the hospitality industry.

Krista Haurtiz: Tourism Marketing and Event Specialist
Friday 2nd November: 12:00pm

Krista is a tourism marketing and events specialist with over 25 years’ industry experience. She has a passion for country and regional Australia, and has worked on award-winning events and tourism projects for local and state governments, private enterprise, towns and regions. Krista is featured in the Who’s Who of Queensland and Who’s Who of Australian Business Women publications. Join her on a food and events experience development journey for the outback!

General Manager Tourism Industry Development: Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games

Friday 3rd November: 2:35pm

Melanie is a dynamic, highly motivated proven leader with 20 years of experience in leadership roles, the last 12 years in public sector within economic development at a senior executive level.   

In her current role Melanie leads the Tourism Industry Development Branch, which assists industry to create new tourism infrastructure and boost the sector’s revenue and sustainability.   The team increases investment in tourism product, improves transport access and connectivity within Queensland, and enters into partnerships to support tourism development. As GM Industry Development Melanie leads two units including Tourism Investment Attraction, and the Infrastructure and Access teams.  

The Tourism Investment Attraction Unit, under Melanie’s leadership, works across domestic and international markets to attract and facilitate investment into new or revitalised infrastructure including hotels and short-term accommodation, resorts and island developments, theme parks and attractions, and access infrastructure.   This helps Queensland to remain competitive with interstate and international destinations, creates employment and provides benefits for the broader economy.  Melanie works closely with an array of Chinese and Hong Kongese investors, and she has overseen significant investment success within the Tourism product and hotel sector.

The regional tours on offer this year will be:

“Where the Wild Things are”

Paleo Tourism in the Carnarvon Ranges at Beilba NP.  You will be inspired by nature, uncover legendary folklore and discover pioneering exploits.   This is an exclusive road less travelled tour under the trusted guidance of some local Injune characters.
To enjoy this tour you must be able to walk 2 kms
(Maximum 25 Participants).  

Please note that “Where the Wild Things are” will depart prior to the AGM on Saturday morning.

“Iconic Australia”

You will not be mistaken to think you have stepped back in time when you visit Cobb and Co Changing Station in Surat.  

After lunch, hang out at the pub with the locals for a coldie or wander the Surat riverside parklands along the Balonne River. This community is the epitome of pioneering spirit.

“Rejuvenate the Soul”

No visit to Mitchell is complete without a soak in the thermal mineralized waters of the Great Artesian Spa. After a couple days of conferencing, this will relax the body and is therapeutic to the soul.

Enjoy lunch on the deck, take time out and prepare for the upcoming night of entertainment.

WARNING: Bushranger activity recently spotted. The Kenniff brothers capture is still fresh on the locals minds & history making events may occur!

“Hopeful Ignition”

Explore the gas fields and unearth the industry that set the region alight. Santos will off an exclusive tour of one of their gas fields and allow you to see firsthand the operations that define Roma as the “Cradle of the Oil and Gas industry”.

After, relax at “The Barn at Mt Hope” and experience some genuine country hospitality.