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First speakers announced for inaugural Maximum Occupancy West Coast conference

In an exciting development for the accommodation industry, the inaugural Maximum Occupancy West Coast Conference has revealed its first lineup of esteemed speakers. 

Set to take place on April 16, 2024, at the prestigious Crown Perth, the event promises to bring together leaders from Western Australia, the East Coast, and beyond.

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Adrian Caruso, the Group Managing Director of Fastrack Digital and the event’s organiser, expressed his enthusiasm about the quality of speakers. “We have always been very particular about who we invite to speak at our Maximum Occupancy conferences,” he stated.

“The West Coast conference is no exception. We are working very hard to ensure we have a very wide cross-section of the Western Australia accommodation industry speaking coupled with the best from the rest of Australia and abroad.

Adrian Caruso at The Maximum Occupancy Australia Conference 2022

Supported by the Australian Hotels Association WA (AHA(WA)), the conference is strategically scheduled for the day following the AHA(WA) Gala Awards Night, maximising the industry’s engagement.

The roster of confirmed speakers includes prominent figures such as Matthew Burke from STR, Bradley Woods (CEO of AHA(WA)), Michael Johnson (CEO of Accommodation Australia), and Kerry Gouws (Program Performance Manager, Expedia), among others.

In addition to keynote sessions, the conference will feature a trade show showcasing innovative services and products from dedicated suppliers, offering attendees valuable networking opportunities and access to cutting-edge solutions.

With an expected turnout of over 300 attendees, the event presents an excellent opportunity for businesses to forge connections and stay abreast of industry trends.

These confirmed speakers represent a diverse range of expertise, ensuring comprehensive coverage of industry insights:

  • STR – Matthew Burke
  • Bradley Woods, CEO – AHA(WA)
  • Michael Johnson, CEO – Accommodation Australia
  • Kerry Gouws – Program Performance Manager, Expedia
  • Surajit Sinha – Director of Revenue Management, The Ritz-Carlton Perth:
  • Garet Martin, CEO – Business Events Perth:
  • Carolyn Turnbull, CEO – Tourism WA:
  • Australian Revenue Management Association: Georgina Williams
  • Emma Fraser, Founder – Fraser Marketing International
  • Kari Hunter – Senior Director, Strategy, Sales, & Marketing, Choice Hotels Asia-Pac

For a full list of speakers please visit

Early Bird tickets are currently available for purchase, offering discounted rates until sold out. Interested individuals can secure their spot by visiting

Event Details:

  • Where: Crown Perth
  • When: April 16, 2024

For media inquiries, conference details, or sponsorship opportunities, interested parties can contact Adrian Caruso at +61 418 789 525 or via email at [email protected]. Further information is also available on the event website at

About Maximum Occupancy: Maximum Occupancy is organised by Fastrack Digital, APAC’s leading digital marketing agency for the industry. Now in its 9th year, the conference attracts professionals from various sectors of the hotel and accommodation industry across APAC. With annual events in Australia and New Zealand, the Maximum Occupancy Conference consistently draws over 1000 attendees. For more information, visit

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