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Travel DAZE is back in 2021!

Yes, you read correctly – Travel DAZE is back for another year, bringing together the best minds from within the travel industry, along with external experts, to foster the reboot of travel and tourism.

The industry’s rebirth must come from innovation for a lasting and healthy rebound. The time has come to adapt, adopt unconventional ideas, ground-breaking technology, marketing prowess and a willingness for change. What will a reboot involve? How will the travel industry’s pause turn into a creative renewal?

Presented by Tourism Australia, Travel DAZE 2021 will explore what tangible steps business owners, travel agents, tour operators, marketers and communications specialists can take toward rebuilding a sustainable and profitable future.

The conference will take place from Monday 12 July to Friday 16 July 2021, and it will once again be held virtually and free to attend because we know what the industry has been going through and we’re supportive of inclusivity.

We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out, so save the dates and register now HERE to secure your place! The first 100 to register will go into the draw to win an InterContinental Hotels & Resorts voucher!*

The speaker line-up for this year’s event will be revealed shortly, so stay tuned.

*Winners must redeem voucher points by 10 June 2021.

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by Ali Coulton

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Allianz returns to the travel insurance fold

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Qantas delays international restart, as Joyce issues “hermit state” warning

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