Online Travel Agencies: Friend or Foe? Panel discussion

A panel discussion on the “pros and cons” of Online Travel Agencies for large operators and the small, boutique ones too.
Time: 3:00

Allyvia Oberman, Georg Ruebensal & Tony Scrivener

| Expedia Australia | Karawatha Cottages | Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide
Allyvia Oberman, Georg Ruebensal & Tony Scrivener

Allyvia Oberman | Market Manager | Expedia Australia

Allyvia is a Queensland based Accommodation Product Specialist with five years’ experience in online travel. She has previously worked with the Wotif Group as a Product Assistant. As of March 2015, Allyvia started in the role of Associate Market Manager at Expedia managing the Gold Coast (March 2015-June 2016) and Market Manager of South Australia from July 2016.

Georg Ruebensal | Owner | Karawatha Cottages McLaren Vale

In his 25+ years in the travel and consulting industry, Georg has worked in sales and senior management roles at multiple airlines prior to joining the Expedia Australia start-up team in 2005. Establishing the operations first in ANZ then across APAC, Georg had returned to Australia to lead the Expedia ANZ Group (Expedia/Wotif) as Managing Director until end of 2016.

He then made the ultimate sea (and wine) change, moving to McLaren Vale and putting into practice what he had preached to hoteliers for many years: starting his own boutique accommodation operation with Karawatha Cottages and using OTAs as marketing platform to establish the business and ultimately drive direct bookings.

Tony Scrivener | General Manager | Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide

As a high achiever Tony has used his career to gain as much experience in all facets of the hospitality industry. By applying this experience, he has been able to improve his leadership skills including staff and key stakeholder management as well as increase the guest experience throughout all operating departments.

This in turn has led to running operations that remain compliant with regulatory bodies and deliver above budget profitability to the owners and shareholders, whilst achieving high guest satisfaction results.

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