MILE Tourism Event

MILE Tourism Event

Welcome to the 16th Meet the Industry Leaders Event (MILE) Get Connected.

The purpose of MILE is to provide students with the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from the Tourism, Events & Hospitality Industry to gain a greater understanding of the industries' expectations and potential career paths and opportunities. The main purpose of the event is to create a networking environment and encourage a meaningful two-way exchange between graduating students and exhibitors. 

MILE Student Assessment

MILE Program:

5:30pm - MILE Pre-event Industry Networking Function (UQ Staff & Exhibitors) 

6:15pm  - MILE Commences (UQ Students) 

6:30pm - Welcome from Associate Professor David Solnet

6:35pm - Keynote address from Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive of AEG Ogden 

6.50pm - MILE Exhibition & Networking (UQ Students) 

8:15pm - MILE to Conclude 

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ACCOR Hotels

ACCOR Hotels

We are far more than a worldwide leader. We are more than 240,000 women and men who share something unique. Each and every day we host the world. We care for millions of people. We are all moved by curiosity. We love blending cultures. We are proud of our differences. Yes, we lead the way, but we want to go further. With audacity, with imagination, with passion. Feel Welcome in more than 4,000 hotels in 95 countries.

Represented by: 

  • Tricia Conelius
  • Mark Mewburn

Find out more about ACCOR

Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, was made famous by the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. The 105-acre zoo is the most interactive conservation destination on the planet where you can get up close to animals including tigers, koalas and lemurs! Watch a saltwater crocodile strike from the water’s edge in the daily Wildlife Warriors show, and explore the world’s busiest Wildlife Hospital, where you can watch vets saving endangered Australian animals.

Represented by

  • Nadine Baumann

Find out more about Australia Zoo

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre


Named the World’s Best Convention Centre by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) hosts an average of 1,200 events per year.

BCEC is Australia’s most flexible meetings venue providing unprecedented choice for events of all sizes and delivering a next level experience for clients. It is the only convention centre in Australia with a dedicated boutique event hub designed for the smaller sized meetings and events.

Brisbane has a strong knowledge economy with the BCEC located in the middle of a recognised ‘Knowledge Corridor’, home to universities, hospitals and research centres.

Represented by:

  • Kym Guesdon
  • Shaun Mitchell

Find out more about BCEC

Brisbane Marketing

Brisbane Marketing

As Brisbane’s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing plays a key role in the ongoing evolution and success of our city. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Marketing is a key partner in driving the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan. Powered by innovation, collaboration and opportunity, we create economic and social value for the city and promote Brisbane nationally and internationally as Australia’s New World City. We are the agency responsible continuing Brisbane’s growing reputation as a destination of choice for business, investment, major events, conventions, study and tourism.

Represented by:

  • Rhona Stewart
  • Jill Wimberly

Find out more about Brisbane Marketing

Cuisine on Cue

Cuisine on Cue

Cuisine on Cue is a fast-paced, dynamic catering and events company. We cater for and organise many different events from small corporate conferences to large weddings and gala dinners.

Cuisine on Cue offers full event planning including organising event equipment, staffing, event theming, and venue hire for events and catering in Brisbane and wider South-East Queensland.

Represented by

  • Caitlin Williamson
  • Claudia Davis

Find out more about Cuisine on Cue

Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games

Queensland Government, DTMESB

The Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games provides leadership in making Queensland an attractive destination for tourists, investment and events, supported by strong, capable and responsive businesses.  The Tourism Division drives growth in Queensland’s tourism industry and works with the private sector and across government to build the state’s tourism infrastructure and create a favourable environment for the industry to grow.  The Young Tourism Leaders program is a key initiative of the department to promote career opportunities in tourism.

There are currently ten Young Tourism Leaders who are dynamic, young people who are keen to share their knowledge and experience, inspire others and pursue an exciting career in tourism.

Represented by

  • Rachel Dudock
  • Ashleigh Taylor
  • Elizabeth Shannon 
  • Gayle O'Brien

Find out more about Dept. Tourism   Find out more about Young Tourism Leaders

Emporium Hotels

Emporium Hotel

Australia’s most awarded boutique luxury hotel, Emporium Hotel is Brisbane’s first true property of its kind, renowned for its exquisite design, beautiful detailing and exceptional service.

The Hotel has gained an enviable reputation nationally and internationally and was most recently named Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards for the third consecutive year (2015, 2016 & 2017) as well as being a 2015 inductee into the Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame.

In early 2018, Emporium Hotels will open the doors to its new flagship property, located in South Bank, Queensland’s premier lifestyle precinct.

Represented by

  • Alex Hall
  • Shubho Dasgupta

Find out more about Emporium Hotels

Flight Centre

Flight Centre Travel Group

Flight Centre Limited is one of the world’s largest travel agency groups with more than 2,500 leisure, corporate and wholesale businesses in 13 countries and 18,500 employees worldwide. After starting with one shop more than 30 years ago, we have enjoyed remarkable ongoing growth, booking $17 billion worth of travel globally last financial year. In Australia alone, Flight Centre Travel Group issued 6.5 million tickets this year, or 12 tickets every minute. Our rapidly expanding network now extends throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Hong Kong, India, China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, providing travellers with a complete service.

Represented by:

  • Lily Ball 
  • Kelli Shaw
  • Grace Foran

Find out more about Flight Centre

Hilton Brisbane

Hilton Hotel

A vision of contemporary design and unpretentious luxury, Hilton Brisbane is the city’s most innovative five-star hotel. Superbly located in the heart of the city, towering over the iconic Queen Street Mall, Hilton Brisbane features state-of-the-art surroundings ranging from modern accommodations, award-winning dining, and 2500sqm of space purposefully designed for meetings and events. Whether it’s for business or leisure, when you stay with Hilton Brisbane you’ll be at the heart of a vibrant metropolis with all the choice and excitement of a big city, and the unpretentious charm of a small hotel.

Represented by

  • Adrienne Putelli
  • Shaye Wolski

Find out more about Hilton

Kingfisher Bay Resort Group

Kingfisher Bay Resort

The Kingfisher Bay Resort Group incorporates Kingfisher Bay Resort, Eurong Beach Resort and Fraser Explorer Tours on Queensland’s World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, a must see destination on any east coast holiday itinerary. Working in paradise is a lifestyle choice and if joining a supportive team of tourism and hospitality professionals, on the world’s largest sand island appeals, then we may have the job for you! The Kingfisher Bay Resort Group is one of the region’s biggest employers. The Group employs about 600 staff to live and work on the island at Kingfisher Bay Resort and Eurong Beach Resort, and in tourism-related businesses on the mainland including Barges, Tours and Ferries.

Represented by

  • Kerry Brough
  • Monique Parker 

Find out more about Kingfisher Bay

Marriott Birsbane

Marriott Brisbane

We are a leading global lodging company with more than 6,000 properties in 122 countries and territories, founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by family leadership for nearly 90 years. Our core values make us who we are. As we change and grow, the beliefs that are most important to us stay the same—putting people first, pursuing excellence, embracing change, acting with integrity and serving our world. Being part of Marriott International means being part of a proud history and a thriving culture.

Represented by

  • Nayna Panjanani
  • Daina Larsens

Find out more about Marriot

Queensland Cricketers' Club

Queensland Crickets' Club

For more than 50 years the Queensland Cricketers’ Club has been the premier place in Brisbane for lovers of sport to unite. The place to enjoy cricket, AFL, unbeatable views and a great social environment, the Club is located in the northern stand of The Gabba stadium. More than just a Cricket Club, the venue has recently played host to Adele where 855 members and guests enjoyed fine food and wine inside the newly refurbished venue over 2 nights. Boasting a cafe, restaurant, bar and private function spaces, the Club sees over 30,000 people through its doors each year.

Represented by:

  • Georgina Stains

Find out more about QLD Cricketers' Club

Queensland Tourism Industry Council

Queensland Tourism Industry Council

QTIC is the peak body for Queensland’s tourism industry. We are a not-for-profit organisation providing leadership for the industry and a strong voice for Queensland’s tourism operators. We do this by working with tourism operators, industry bodies, government and the community to build a sustainable, world-class tourism industry in Queensland.

Represented by:

  • Claire Brown 
  • Natalie Hardy

Find out more about QLD Tourism Industry Council



Riverlife is Brisbane’s most spectacular lifestyle and entertainment venue. Located in the heart of the CBD right on the Brisbane River, Riverlife is the perfect playground for unbeatable adventures and exquisite functions in Brisbane’s most stunning location.

Adventure Experiences:

Paddle & Prawn, Paddle & Dine, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Bike Tours.

Function Breakdown:

75% Weddings, 15% Corporate, 10% Gala Balls, Public Events, Formals, Birthdays & Family Fun Days

Ask us about Internship Opportunities! Riverlife offer internships in Event Management, Tourism & Leisure Management, Adventure Recreation, Marketing & Business Development, Graphic Design and more!

Represented by

  • Tahlia Roberts
  • Neil Lofthouse

Find out more about Riverlife

Spicers Retreats

Spicers Retreats

Spicers Retreats boasts a collection of spectacular, award winning properties set in multiple locations throughout South East Queensland and New South Wales. Our luxury retreats are notorious for providing an unforgettable experience complete with gourmet cuisine, attentive service and refined comfort. We are a multi-award winning brand with the retreats and restaurants consistently winning industry awards, including TripAdvisor, Queensland Tourism and Restaurant & Catering Awards. Three of our gourmet restaurants currently hold Chef Hat awards from the Queensland and Australian Good Food Guides.

Represented by

  • Vicki Nagle
  • Olivia Sambell

Find out more about Spicers Retreats

Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma island Resort

Escape to the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, just over an hour from Brisbane by resort passenger ferry. Leave the mainland behind, switch to island-time and get ready for simple pleasures, adventure, discovery, and more than a little fun. Tangalooma is one of a few destinations in the world where visitors can interact with native wildlife in their natural environment, including wild bottlenose dolphins who visit our shores each evening to be hand-fed by resort guests. Tangalooma has lots of activities on offer, choose from sand tobogganing, quad biking, snorkelling, segway tours and so much more! There are six beachfront accommodation styles, each set amidst luscious landscaped gardens and natural bush land. Your Tangalooma memory will last a lifetime!   

Represented by

  • John Mouzourakis
  • Robyne Wilson

Find out more about Tangalooma

Tourism & Events Queensland

Tourism and Events Queensland

Tourism and Events Queensland is a statutory body of the Queensland Government and the state’s lead marketing, destination and experience development, and major events agency. 

In partnership with government, regional tourism organisations, industry and commercial stakeholders, we aim to build Queensland’s tourism and events industry to foster innovation, drive industry growth and boost visitor expenditure.             

Our vision is about ‘inspiring the world to experience the best address on earth’. We are a consumer-led experience-focused and destination-delivered organisation that connects people and places like never before through innovation and collaboration with the tourism and events industry.

Represented by

  • Teagan Thompson
  • Megan Sword 
  • Liana Jones 

Find out more about Tourism and Events QLD

Virgin Australia 

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is part of a big family, the Virgin Group. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Group has become one of the most highly respected global brand names.

Since the establishment of its first company, Virgin has created more than 300 branded companies worldwide, employing approximately 50,000 people in 30 countries. 

The Virgin Group believes in making a difference and stands for the principles of value for money, quality, innovation, fun and a sense of competitive challenge. 

Virgin Australia shares these values and are determined to become the airline of choice for corporate and leisure travellers alike.

Represented by:

  • Adam Humphries
  • Neil Robertson

Find out more about Virgin Australia


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