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NoVacancy 2023 champions diversity with a gender-balanced programme

Matthew Gatfield, Event Director of NoVacancy 2023 proudly announces an impressive gender-balanced programme & introduces a new addition to the event

The highly anticipated return of Australia’s premier hotel and hospitality industry tradeshow and conference, NoVacancy 2023 is almost upon us, once again its focus is on gender diversity to achieve one of the most female-gender-balanced events in Australia. 

AccomNews caught up with Matthew Gatfield, Event Director, to ask what to expect from NoVacancy’s gender-balanced event in 2023.

He told us: “NoVacancy is proud to deliver an agenda that champions diversity, showcasing a gender-balanced programme of esteemed leaders from across the hotel and accommodation sector.

What’s more, he revealed an exciting surprise addition to the programme!

“Among the event’s standout features, we are thrilled to introduce our latest addition: the Women in Hospitality Breakfast,” He said.

“This event gives female leaders and professionals within the industry the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and explore the unique challenges women face within the industry.

“With tickets in high demand and limited spaces, I would encourage you to secure your spot at this essential gathering now to avoid missing out.”

In 2023 NoVacancy attendees can look forward to an impressive lineup of female leaders set to speak throughout the event.

A lineup that includes Sarah Derry CEO, of Accor, Renae Trimble, CEO, Accor Plus, Melissa Kalan CEO and founder of the Australian Revenue Management Association (ARMA), Heidi George Director of Operational Excellence TFE Hotels, Maria Taylor Head of APAC – Hospitality, Amadeus, Elissa Keenan Chief Executive, Ecotourism Australia and Shaizeen Contractor Senior Commercial Director – Australasia, Hilton Hotels.

What makes NoVacancy different from all the other hotel events out there? A: NoVacancy is Australia’s largest hotel and accommodation expo and conference. What truly distinguishes NoVacancy from other events is its exceptional scope and offerings. No other event brings together thousands of professionals from across the country and hundreds of exhibitors to showcase the latest products and innovations in the industry.

We also invest heavily in our education programme and take great pride in the content we provide. Through seven meticulously curated summits, we cover a wide range of topics from marketing strategies and technological advancements to sustainable practices and design trends. Our range of panels and expert commentaries is led by industry leaders who bring invaluable insights and expertise to the stage.

What truly sets NoVacancy apart is our commitment to fostering lasting connections and relationships. We understand the power of networking in this industry, and we create an environment where professionals can engage, exchange ideas, and build meaningful partnerships. It’s not just about attending sessions and visiting booths; it’s about forming connections that can have a profound impact on your career and business. And the best bit – it’s completely free!

What’s new for 2023? This year, the content will focus on the theme ‘innovate to elevate’. In an ever-changing landscape, it is crucial to look ahead, think innovatively, and be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. The program for this year features brand-new topics, cutting-edge research, and a mixture of industry leaders, experts, and brand-new voices within the industry. We are also continuing to ensure that we develop networking opportunities with social hubs and have added targeted networking events for Women in Hospitality and Young Hotel Leaders.

NoVacancy Expo is the must-attend annual hotel and accommodation industry event – put it in your calendar and come visit the AccomNews and Resort News team at the expo!

The details:

  • What: NoVacancy Hotel + Accommodation Industry Expo
  • When: Thursday, August 31, and Friday September 1, 2023
  •            Women in Hospitality Breakfast, 1st September, 7:45 am
  • Where: ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
  • FREE ticket link:

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