Discussion Panel: To Share or not to Share?The ‘sharing economy’ has attracted a great deal of attention in recent months. Platforms such as Airbnb and Uber are experiencing explosive growth, which, in turn, has led to regulatory and political debate. The issues are widespread and include; duty of care, fair competition, innovation and change. The questions still remain: How can we handle the opportunities and challenges it presents to the SA economy? How do they impact existing tourism businesses? How can we tap into this change in consumer behaviour? What are the opportunities or is it just plain competition? Listen with an open mind, as our discussion panel weighs in on the debate for our State’s tourism industry.
Moderated by Grant Cameron
• Eoin Loftus | Majestic Hotels | SATIC Vice Chairman
• Tony Barradale | Mount Lofty House
• Kym Brown | Getaways SA | Tour Barossa | Treasured Memories Accommodation
• Johan Revalk | Taxi Council South Australia
More about our Discussion Panel Participants
Eoin Loftus: General Manager | Majestic Hotels & SATIC Vice Chairman – Eoin (Owen) Loftus has over 20-years’ experience in the South Australian tourism industry and is CEO of Culshaw Group of Companies incorporating SA owned & operated Majestic Hotels and numerous commercial property investments. Within the Majestic Hotels portfolio are Majestic Roof Garden Hotel in Adelaide, Majestic Old Lion & Tynte Street Apartments in North Adelaide, Majestic Oasis Apartments in Port Augusta and Majestic Minima Hotel in North Adelaide. Eoin has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Adelaide University. Eoin has extensive experience in planning, designing, establishing & successfully operating new hotel accommodation businesses. He has a proven track record in strategically growing revenue consistently, continuously refining expense models to ensure efficiency and successfully securing profitability long term.
Tony Barradale: General Manager | Mount Lofty House – An entrepreneurial executive with extensive management, operational and financial experience across hotels and resorts, Tony’s focus has been on the implementation of successful management practices and the creation of unique customer experiences. He is a recognised revenue management expert having managed hotels and resorts across Australia, increasing their top line revenue performance, operating income and net return. Following luxury lodge planning and hotel pre-opening experience in Australia, Tony’s appointment as Lead Consultant to advise on the development and operating model for a private 5 Star resort in Asia heralded his foray into this highly specialized area of resort development. Tony’s intuitive approach to “what works” coupled with a collaborative and high-level strategic approach with owners, architects and local authorities ensures the best of outcomes operationally and commercially for any hospitality and tourism enterprise.
Kym Brown: Director of Fun and Experiences | Getaways SA, Treasured Memories & Tour Barossa. With 21 years of tourism experience, Kym continues to grow the business, now offering 15 Self-catering properties in the Barossa, 1 in Glenelg, 10 Tour vehicles and a Reservation Service. Kym is fortunate to have won 45 awards consisting of 2 Australian Tourism Awards, 2 Telstra Awards, and a Telstra Business Women Finalist. As a Tourism Accredited and Advanced Eco Tourism Certified operator, Kym’s business services continue to expand, creating Tourism Experiences State-wide.
Johan Revalk: CEO | Taxi Council SA – Johan has significant experience in major change management and stakeholder engagement. Adelaide-born and educated, Johan is qualified as an international lawyer. He has completed post-graduate studies in International Economics, International Politics, International Trade Law and International Human Rights Law. He has a Masters in International Law and International Relations, a Graduate Diploma in International Law, a Law degree and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. His leadership roles have included: CEO, Corporate Governance Director, Parliamentary and Legal Manager, Litigation Lawyer, Corporate Legal Manager, Corporate Affairs Manager, Corporate Marketing Manager, Contracts Manager and Journalist.