Luxperience, Australia’s leading luxury travel business exchange, has announced its Advisory Board members for 2019.
Members of the Luxperience Advisory Board are recognised innovators and leaders from Australia and New Zealand who specialise in the premium tourism and travel events sector. Their role is to provide strategic insights and help guide the Luxperience management team in identifying new opportunities to shape the future of the event and the community at large.
“We are delighted with the high calibre of this year’s Advisory Board,” says Michelle Papas, Event Director of Luxperience. “It was important for us to find the right people who understand and value our goals as an organisation. This year, our board will be focusing on expanding the event and further positioning Luxperience within the global travel industry as the cornerstone event for high-end experiential travel within the Australasia Pacific region.”
The 2019 Luxperience Advisory Board:
Katarina has spent the last decade immersed in all things luxury, as the Editor of the Australian Financial Review’s lifestyle portfolio, including Luxury magazine and Life & Leisure. As an avid consumer and curator of luxury, she is currently Founder & Director of content agency Primary Ideas, which specialises in custom lifestyle, luxury and business publications. She is also the editor in chief of Maserati’s Il Tridente magazine, the brand-new quarterly luxury glossy magazine Winning, and a monthly contributor to Harper’s Bazaar.
Starting his travel career in 2004, Danny is the Director of Leisure Sales, heading up both the Leisure Team and the Independent Contractors affiliated with FBI Travel, one of the most awarded premier Luxury Travel Agencies in Australia. In 2017 he was voted as the “Best Travel Agency Manager” in Australia by AFTA in the NTIA (National Travel Industry Awards). He was a member of the Virtuoso Advisory Board implementing the current setup of the membership model for Virtuoso in Australia and is also an honorary Advisory Board member with Tauck.
With over 26 years of working in the travel industry, Helen founded The Honeymoon Boutique, after seeing a demand for a niche service in honeymoon planning. A Traveller Made partner and recent member of SKAL International Sydney South, Helen brings a wealth of knowledge surrounding the luxury travel market and offers an intimate service tailoring bespoke honeymoons for the well-travelled Australian.
With extensive Hotel Management training in Switzerland and holding a number of senior positions around the world, Stephen joined one of the UK’s largest airlines as Head of Inflight Product and Service. Following four years at Warren Buffets private Jet Company, NetJets, as Director of Flight Services, Stephen joined The Exclusive Travel Group as a partner in 2010. He is an experienced traveller with an eye for detail and brings expert knowledge in luxury brand partnerships.
Belinda is a Client Experience (CX), Event, and Sponsorship strategist. She is known for her commercial mindset, authentic approach, and her ability to deliver transformational change.
In her role as Head of Client Engagement & Sponsorships at King & Wood Mallesons she leads a team in the transformation of the client experience through bespoke strategically aligned events and marketing campaigns. In addition to her position on the advisory board for Luxperience, Belinda is founder and chair of the Sydney Event Network which has placed her at the forefront of business event marketing, driving change and pushing boundaries in strategy and innovation.
Rebekah heads up the marketing department at Diversified Communications Australia, a global B2B media and events company that run industry-focused face-to-face events, digital products and publications covering industries from technology to oil and gas, luxury travel to food.
In her role as Marketing Director, Rebekah sits on the senior leadership team and leads the 17-strong marketing department. She brings a strong focus on market and customer insight, balancing data-driven intelligence with old favourites like focus groups, in-person research and customer feedback surveys to keep Div Com, and their brands, market-relevant and growth-ready.