Adelaide conferences near

The Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) and Bus SA are hosting the inaugural summit for the Australian coach sector at the Adelaide Convention Centre on June 16

Adelaide conferences near
The aim is to run the new BIC Coach Connections summit every two years, the venue this year being Adelaide


The theme of the coach summit is ‘coach connections’ and will be a one day forum for industry to examine the future for Long Distance, Charter and Express (LDCE) sector of the industry.

The summit will explore a range of pertinent and current issues, such as the next generation of coach design and the challenges and opportunities for operators in this sector.

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese will open the summit and share his views on Adelaide tourism and the visitor economy.

Speakers include Australian Tourism Export Council national board member and Wel-Travel founder Edwin Kwan who will give a presentation on the expectations on inbound tourism operators and what they are looking for in providing seamless transport for visiting tourists.

"From a destination development perspective, over the last 10 years I have personally organised and lead several successful tourism trade sales missions into Asia to help promote key destinations within Australia to various international markets including Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong and China," Kwan says.

"With over 20 years in the tourism industry, I have built a strong distribution network and understand the varied needs of these ever-changing international tourism markets."

National Tourism Industry Council interim director Jenny Lambert will speak about the latest national tourism agenda, and Irizar Asia Pacific managing director Daniel Castro will form part of a panel; discussing the latest in coach design and technology.

BIC executive director Michael Apps says the new coach summit is the start of a wider effort to focus on LDCE businesses.

"It is not just for the big guys, this is an opportunity for coach operators of all business sizes to get a feel for where the sector is heading what is happening in the tourism sector, what the trends are and how you might capture some of that tourist dollar," he says.

"It’s not just about tourism , it is about the coach business itself, what the next development are in coach design and traveller comfort and technologies, what your customers and not just your passenger are looking for but what inbound tourism providers, attractions, accommodation providers are seeking.

The aim is to run this new coach summit every two years, with the next one to be held in March 2019 in parallel with the BIC National Technical and Suppliers Summit and National Industrial Relations Workshop in Canberra. This will include an Industry Dinner with Federal Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Members and Senators.

"We need a good turnout at this first coach summit. We are testing the water in effect, to see if the sector will support this event and if we get a good turn-out we will certainly commit to doing it again," Apps explains.

BusSA will also be holding its annual conference the following day at the same venue with a theme focusing on the challenges for mobility in South Australia.

BusSA executive director Lauran Huefner has some excellent speakers lined up including SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan and an industry update will be given by DPTI representative Paul Gelston , BusNSW president John King will talk about the future of the bus industry and TransportMe director Nigel Tooth will discuss emerging technology for future bus operations.

Registration for the coach summit closes on June 12 and more information on this event can be found via

Those wanting to attend the Bus SA annual conference must register by June 9 via


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